My day-to-day work life
often involves putting effort into a variety of projects, with an end-result that I may not see for a while. For example, the sales cycle can take a number of months, including regulatory meetings
for adopting new standards, and involve many follow up meetings, presentations and collaborations before an actual sale. Writing a white paper involves data analysis
followed by long periods of writing and editing before the lengthy approval process. I won’t even get into what’s involved in completing a comprehensive network planning
and analysis project.
is the second installment in a series of blog posts on the oil and gas
industry. It will explore topics such as data delivery, trends in the industry
and the evolution of oil and gas networks.
you are in the network infrastructure industry, then you know how important physical layer is for the endless
demand for capacity and bandwidth. Nowhere is this more evident that in the oil
and gas market. It is helping drive the momentum for the industry’s
next technological advancement in network evolution.
multiplexing technologies are enabling the evolution of network speeds on fiber
optic cabling. Such technologies include time division, space division and
wavelength division multiplexing. Let’s take a closer look at each.
This is the first post in a new blog series about intelligent buildings, based on content from the CommScope Connected and Efficient Buildings e-book.
Buildings have not suddenly become intelligent. Over the centuries, humans have regularly upgraded their homes to offer new advantages. When we humans settled into an agrarian way of life, our dwellings became permanent and purposeful. With permanence came the need to add utility to our buildings by improving basic needs like security and better lighting. What we now take for granted, such as easily moveable and lockable doors and glass windows, were quite innovative in their time.
Buildings have evolved along a continuum driven by need, but progress is rapidly accelerating because of advances in technology. Today, the cutting-edge of building intelligence involves how we enable people and machines to connect and communicate and how we more efficiently manage the increasingly precious resources of energy and space.
As a kid, my dad and I would visit the Metrodome to watch
the Minnesota Vikings play. The stadium didn’t offer much in the way of a fan
experience aside from being blown out of the door at the exit. My dad would
watch the games with ear buds, listening to the color commentary on his
transistor radio. That was about 30 years ago -- the first image I have of a multi-media experience.
Today, expectations are on a whole new level at a stadium or
sporting event. The best stadiums deliver a customized fan experience and differentiate themselves, their teams
and their other clientele based on it. At the Daytona
Speedway, you can listen to the driver/crew communications at an auto race.
You can vote for your favorite All-Stars through a team app at Citi
Field. You can access the odds, the online store, player profiles and
replays not shown on the big screen at Bank
of America Stadium. You want to order drinks delivered to your seat or know
how long the wait is in the line for your favorite stadium snack? That’s got to
be available at one of these or other venues, too.
I was in high school in
1991. I never got in to Pokémon when
it was first introduced that year, and I fail to see the appeal now. I can be
swayed; after all, 21 million other people find Pokémon Go fascinating. So much so, it’s the most active mobile game in U.S. history, and it is gaining
Pokémon Go allows players to capture, battle and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real
world. The app uses GPS and the phone’s camera to play. It’s free with several
in-app purchases. Over the past week, I’ve seen my adult friends – and their
kids – get equally psyched about finding Pokémon.
I’ll hand it to the creators – it has broad
Hybrid fiber coax
(HFC) is the term that describes the service delivery architecture used by
cable operators and multi-system operators (MSO). The architecture includes a
combination of fiber
to distribute video, data and voice content to/from the headend and
the subscribers. Typically, the signals are transported from the headend
through a hub, to within the last mile via fiber optic cable. As an example,
for a service area ranging from 64 homes passed to 1,000* homes, the fiber
optic cable ends in an HFC node. At this point, the optical signal is converted
into a radio frequency (RF) signal and transmitted over coaxial cable to subscribers’
percent of Hong Kong Millennials spend up to two hours per day on video
platforms such as Netflix and
YouTube. In a typical day, 50 percent of these Millennials
and one third of Baby Boomers spend over one to four hours on dating and
messaging apps, according to a recent survey conducted by CommScope which can
be downloaded here
. These trends
are similar in Greater China, home to the world’s largest population and nearly
670 million Internet users.
“To clean or not to clean, that is the question.” I might not have quoted Hamlet
exactly right. Nonetheless, that question is exactly what cell site technicians have to answer during every fiber cable and connector
installation. Keeping the connector clean
is of utmost importance to network performance.