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Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Networks, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Vibration Analysis for Predictive Maintenance (PDM)

Vibration Analysis for Predictive Maintenance (PDM)

One of the major challenges while dealing with heavy machineries is to keep them running for as much time as possible or say to reduce the down time to increase productivity. If a machine breaks down during scheduled operating hours, it can bear huge financial losses. But few machines are operated with a goal to let it run for as long as it can. Once it fails or malfunctions, it is repaired/replaced. This is called Corrective Maintenance. But for most machines, operating it till it fails is not an option. To avoid failures, maintenance is scheduled at regular intervals. This is called Preventive Maintenance. It is costly and requires a lot of resources. But with the advent of sensor, IIoT and cloud technologies, now the actual condition of machines can be monitored continuously and maintenances can be done when truly needed. This is called Predictive Maintenance (PdM). It is much more efficient and hence most cost-effective as well. The process by which PdM is done is called Condition Monitoring....

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Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Automotive, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Can Indian telecom operators and Automotive OEMs join hands for a safer connected car?

Can Indian telecom operators and Automotive OEMs join hands for a safer connected car?

The pace of evolution of the automobile industry rivals other scientific advancements like healthcare and Information Technology (IT.) From being considered a luxury item, not more than a decade ago, today cars have become commonplace even in emerging markets. Even as international brands and models jostle for space on our congested roads, our public transport system has not been able to keep pace with the rising demands of a mobile population. The rise of the automotive industry somewhat parallels the changes we have witnessed in the telecom industy. Over the last two decades, we have seen the democratization of mobile technology, spreading fast to envelope the world – developed and developing. Today, a high proportion of the world’s populace owns a mobile phone. The mobile phone has found wide adoption across the world. From farmers who receive weather reports to globe trotting executives who stay connected with the office, the smartphone is all set to bring forth the next level of revolution. The marriage of the telecom and automotive...

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Enterprise Mobility, Networks, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Mushrooming Mobile Wallets and Payment Applications

Mushrooming Mobile Wallets and Payment Applications

First, plastic money replaced physical money. And now, digital money has taken over the role of the plastic credit and debit cards. We are talking about mobile wallets and payment solutions that have replaced the way we were handling electronic financial transactions. Though companies like PayTM and MobiKwik have been around for a few years now, they have recently become popular. Applications such as Momo and Ultracash have partnered with mobile wallets to help users to pay easily using their mobile phones at various partner places such as restaurants, malls and cinema multiplexes. These applications provide the option of registering credit cards, debit cards for payment to various merchants. These applications also provide net banking as an option for payment. Recently, many merchants – even local grocery shops – allow users to pay through these applications. All parties in the ecosystem that includes merchants, mobile wallets, and application vendors are providing attractive offers in the form of discounts and cashback to promote usage of these applications. How it works:...

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Networks, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Narrowband-IOT: Enabling ultra-low cost IoT devices over cellular wireless

Narrowband-IOT: Enabling ultra-low cost IoT devices over cellular wireless

Cellular wireless communication is on the threshold of its 5th generation of evolution. From diverse region-specific standards in its 1st generation during the late 1970’s, the industry across the world has come together under the aegis of 3GPP for LTE as a unified 4th generation standard adopted today. The focus of services offered has evolved from being voice centric to pure packet data where voice is also offered over a packet network in VoLTE. With increasing relevance of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), 3GPP has recognized the need to enable ultra-low cost wireless devices serviced by ubiquitous cellular networks. The result is Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), a variant of LTE technology that is being specified in Release 13 of 3GPP. LTE has been optimized for high bandwidth performance, during its evolution, till Release 12 of 3GPP specifications. Devices with capability ranging from 1 Mbps up to 450 Mbps of data throughput are supported but overheads are high for devices which should handle low data rates. Notable is the need for...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Automotive, Networks, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

M2M Devices: Cellular Modem Optimizations

M2M Devices: Cellular Modem Optimizations

M2M devices are devices which communicate with other devices or servers, without the need for human interaction. These kinds of devices are used in many application areas such as industrial automation, smart cities, health, etc. These devices are to be networked within a premise (intranet) or over the internet. Within intranet, these devices can communicate over short range connectivity technologies such as WiFi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth. These devices have to connect with the internet using WiFi or cellular. WiFi may not always be an option because of lack of access points at all places, especially outdoor premises. In cases where Wi-Fi is not suitable, cellular effectively provides the last-mile connectivity. Traditional cellular connectivity has been used in high-end devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and netbooks. For this, cellular modems have evolved mainly to handle many scenarios such as seamless mobility and high data rates. Since M2M devices need to be low footprint and less power consumption, there is a need for customizing cellular modems. Here are a few insights to possible...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Networks, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Google is spreading its wings

Google is spreading its wings

Google never envisioned itself as ’just another’ search engine company when other search engines like Altavista, Yahoo, WebCrawler, AskJeeves and Infoseek already existed. It had different plans. Search engines earned revenue through advertisements which were clicked by its users more often. So, these search engine companies tried attracting more and more users to their platform. But Google’s innovative methods of getting user’s attention started with their PageRank, Adwords and MobAd technologies. With Google’s ability to sense user expectations, and define user needs, they continued to grab users through Android-based devices, starting with handsets and expanding to other domains such as consumer electronics, wearable and automotive. All these innovative methods helped Google to become one the most well-known companies from just another search engine. What makes Google revenue roadmap different? They are doing this for what? The answer is content – creating, hosting and carriage – (Creation through devices, hosting through projects such as YouTube and Google+ and carriage through fiber/wireless). Google decisions have always been driven towards encouraging users...

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