V2V communication, the next new thing in wireless
Imagine a system for cars like the Traffic and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) for airplanes, a new system that allows cars to communicate over wireless networks to warn drivers of impending crashes. It is in development with eight automakers and will be tested in real-world conditions this summer.
7 Gbps wireless transfers: No router required!
Wi-Fi home routers with the new 802.11ac wireless standard using 5 GHz are expected early next year. Some may prefer products using the proposed 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard, which will provide short distance, high-speed data transfers over the 60 GHz band, at speeds up to 7 Gbps between PCs and other devices, without the need for a wireless router.
Nearing a standard for LTE-based emergency network
The Public Safety Communications Research Program just completed a key phase of testing to establish a nationwide 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) public safety network called FirstNet. Another phase will begin on July 9th. The new infrastructure, which would be built from the ground up, would use the 700 MHz block of spectrum and replace a patchwork of different systems used today.
The socioeconomics of wireless
Few things have impacted the world of communications in the past 40 years like wireless. A new CTIA report discusses the opportunities and challenges wireless technology faces in areas like health care and finance. As 4G networks are deployed, look for even more applications that will harness the power of smartphones and tablets.