BluFlux News Roundup – Cheaper Sensors; RTLS; First Responders, and more

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BluFlux News Roundup – Cheaper Sensors; RTLS; First Responders, and more

March 25, 2015

Roads Of The Future Will Be Internet of Things Highways
WT VOX – Amanda Smith
“Roads of the future will be Internet of Things highways full of sensors, robots and connected cars, according to Department for Transport (DfT) minister John Hays MP, who believes Britain is at a turning point in the history of road building.”

RTLS market is expected to grow 20% by 2020
WhaTech
“The key driving factor for the growth of the market is the provision for precise asset tracking. For example, healthcare facilities have to invest more money for lost devices in the absence of tracking technologies. When an efficient RTLS is implemented, the devices can be easily tracked, amounting to savings of at least 25 to 30 percent.”

Cheaper Sensors Will Fuel The Age Of Smart Everything
TechCrunch – Ron Miller
“For better or worse, we are about the enter the age of smart everything. Whatever you think of that proposition, the fact is that sensors, the tiny devices that fuel the Internet of Things are getting smaller and cheaper all the time. As they do, we will start to see them transmitting data from some highly unlikely intelligent devices, while tracking everything from road conditions to building health to cars to industrial equipment.”

A Future Smartphone Case That Could Improve Your Wireless Signal
eWeek – Todd R. Weiss
“For the past several years, a small company called BluFlux RF Technologies has been working on solving the problem of weak wireless signals by designing special smartphone cases with an extra antenna that can increase a smartphone’s signal strength by two bars once the phone is slid into the case.”

RTLS for First RespondersFirst responders test future public safety net
GCN – Stephanie Kanowitz
“When a vehicle turned up where it shouldn’t have during a ski competition in Colorado in February, new mobile broadband technology made the difference between a scramble by police to locate the vehicle and a quick, more targeted search from first responders.”

Positioning in Challenging Environments Using Ultra-Wideband Sensor Networks
GPS World
“Most of the existing indoor positioning systems use narrowband radio frequency signals for location estimation, such as Wi-Fi, or telecommunication-based positioning (including GSM and UMTS mobile telephone networks). All these technologies require dedicated infrastructure, and the narrowband RF systems are subject to jamming and multipath, as well as loss of signal strength while propagating through walls. In contrast, using ultra-wideband (UWB) signals can, to some extent, remediate those problems by offering better resistance against interference and multipath, and they feature better signal penetration capability.”

RF Radiation Safety Seminar at NAB Show
Radio World
“The IEEE’s Broadcast Technology Society will host an RF radiation safety tutorial at the NAB Show, April 13, starting at 3 p.m., titled “RF Radiation Exposure Safety Standards, Practices and Regulations.””