Industries are starting to realize the IoT potential

IIoT has been slow to take hold, with some pilot projects sputtering out, and many industries hesitant to commit to the large-scale investments needed to bring about true transformation. One recent survey revealed that 61 percent of business leaders believe we have barely begun to scratch the surface of what this technology can do, but even with a positive outlook, progress is slow with many stops-and-starts. However, a number of developments may be pointing to a breakthrough in the near future.

The Evolving Needs of Fiber-Optics Assembly Houses

Globalization, increasing competition, and changing customer behavior are impacting the fiber-optics market. This, coupled with the ever-growing numbers of specialized customers and the rising expectations with regards to the products and services they want to buy, is putting fiber-optics assembly houses in a challenging competitive spot. This article lays out the evolving needs of fiber-optics assembly houses and describes the main challenges in today’s business environment.

Solving interoperability challenges of delivering up to 90 watts of PoE wiring

As the industry adopts the latest generation of PoE technology for managing data and power over a single Ethernet cable, users face the challenge of making pre-standard powered devices (PDs) work alongside new IEEE 802.3bt-2018-compliant PDs in an existing Ethernet infrastructure. Microchip Technology Inc. has eased the transition with IEEE 802.3bt-2018-compliant PoE injectors and midspans for users and power sourcing equipment (PSE) chipsets for system developers that enable both pre-standard and IEEE-compliant PDs to receive up to 90W of power without changing switches or cabling.

ABB Electrification launches virtual ‘Smart City’

ABB Electrification has launched an interactive ‘Smart City’  tool that shows some of the safe, smart and sustainable solutions that can contribute to the design of a comprehensive ‘smart city’. The Smart City tool breaks down the collective technical elements of smart buildings, e-mobility, energy management and data centers, all of which can contribute to the design of a comprehensive ‘smart city’.

Five ways optical fiber has changed the world.

The development of optical fiber has been a key enabler for technology, from the planet’s largest and most complex machine to the latest quantum encryption. Connecting the elements of the internet together safely and reliably is a major challenge that engineers have been addressing over the last thirty years. All this comes from a quirk of nature, where total internal reflection allows a beam of light to travel hundreds of kilometres down a glass fiber or shorter distance down a plastic version. Here are five of the ways optical fiber has changed the world as we know it.

Network Infrastructure Design Lessons from Converged Traffic Lanes

Judging by the amount of traffic many people face on their morning commutes, anticipating demand and traffic flow is often the greatest stumbling block. My daily commute to work is a prime example: I’m stuck in the traffic on a six-lane highway where it converges into just two lanes ahead. As the car inches forward each time, I find myself repeating in my head “Who designed this highway?” Clearly, I didn’t think this was the most brilliant approach to improve traffic flow. Data center managers go through similar thinking processes when designing the network. The design stage is critical; it practically decides the outcome of a project, and most importantly, whether the investments are fully maximized.