Lynnette Luna

M2M emerges a key wireless growth market
Long thought of as services that monitor oil wells or track garbage-truck drivers, the M2M sector experienced an expansion throughout 2011 that is now playing a vital connectivity role in exciting services, such as consumer telematics, video surveillance, electric vehicles and wireless home-energy management.
Much has changed, with many more changes to come
It's been quite an educational journey, watching the public-safety industry move from a high-niche industry to one now poised to leverage the commercial advantages of LTE technology. I can't wait to see how it plays out.
Will a public-safety LTE network become a reality in San Francisco? Some $50 million is on the line
It’s going to be an uphill battle for the project — one that will take an unprecedented amount of cooperation among government officials. It could become either a model of cooperation or an example of failure.
In an increasingly high-tech world, SMS still has its place
While the advent of high-end smartphones has brought a lot of innovative technology, the public-safety community still needs an SMS element if it wants to efficiently communicate with the public.
Mobile security becoming a focal point in the wireless market
Vendors and mobile operators are finally making some good strides; now, it’s time to package these solutions in a way that works with systems that enterprises already have in place, such as mobile device management systems.
Keeping Huawei out of LTE in U.S. could cost public safety money
Not surprisingly, Chinese manufacturer Huawei is out of the running for public-safety LTE contracts thanks to the decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to block the vendor, citing concerns over security.
NIST: Look beyond access point when securing WLANs
Often security configurations are set at the access point level, but NIST is recommending that enterprises set standard security configurations across all WLAN components, including client devices. Moreover, organizations should standardize, automate and centralize as much of their WLAN security configuration and maintenance as possible, NIST recommended.
Commercial operators can teach public safety a thing or two about network optimization
One of the hottest topics in the commercial mobile industry is the notion of network optimization — using tools to ensure that traffic is prioritized and capacity is offloaded or loaded more efficiently. And video is at the center of it.
FreeWave shows that narrowband communications still have a place
Chief Marketing Officer Ashish Sharma believes that FreeWave’s long-range radio technology offers a compelling niche in the smart-grid market.
Dish Network gives LightSquared yet another headache (with related video)
Dish is banking on approval given LightSquared's success with the FCC. It wants to build out the hybrid network using 40 MHz of spectrum it acquired from the two bankrupt firms under a new subsidiary called Gamma. The initiative is similar to what LightSquared is proposing in the L-band.
Rural carriers push for all four 700 MHz bands in LTE equipment
Interoperability is an issue that Tier 2 and Tier 3 mobile operators continue to grapple with in their quest to roll out LTE networks, and it’s one that public-safety LTE operators should care about, said Steve Berry, president of the Rural Carriers Association.
Meeting FCC’s new location rules will require multiple technologies
The FCC issued a new order regarding wireless E-911 accuracy requirements for U.S. operators earlier this month, making location requirements more stringent, which means operators will have to incorporate a number of technologies to meet those requirements, said John Baker, vice president and general manager for the Network Solutions Group at Commscope.
Wilson, Verizon strike signal booster deal
The key to the agreement is that Wilson believes these technical specifications drafted by the two companies should work for all cellular networks.
Texas Instruments launches Bluetooth development kit
The solution combines TI’s CC2560 Bluetooth solution and Bluetooth stack within the company’s StellarisWare software — TI’s software suite that is designed to speed up the development of microcontroller applications.
Look for Wi-Fi to play a bigger role in wireless 911 location
Commercial location services have taken off, and mobile operators have a vested revenue-generating interest in making sure that these types of applications provide enhanced accuracy.

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