When Will Mobile Networks Switch to 5G?

By Stephen Kota / January 11, 2019
5G Collaboration Explanation

This week, technology innovators from around the world convened at CES 2019 to discuss, among other things, the future of mobile broadband. At the event, the cellular manufacturers Qualcomm and Intel both debuted impressive 5G-capable devices. These devices, and others, give us a preview of what 5G will look like when it’s finally implemented. The global standards…

Mobile Broadband Puts Super Bowl LII Online

By Stephen Kota / February 3, 2018

As Super Bowl LII fast approaches, network engineers at U.S. Bank Stadium are updating the stadium’s wireless networks. The stadium is increasing both its Wi-Fi and mobile broadband bandwidth, so that dozens of news outlets and thousands of football fans can enjoy seamlessly internet connectivity on football’s biggest night. These network updates offer a peek…

Louisville: The First Smart City to Begin Automating Public Safety

By Stephen Kota / August 20, 2017

To keep residents safe, city officials in Louisville, KY are using new internet technology to share important information about air quality with the city’s residents. Any resident with internet access can now sign up to receive alerts from the Louisville channel on the IFTTT platform when the air pollution reaches a dangerous level. IFTTT, which…

China Builds Massive Test Field for New 5G Technology

By Stephen Kota / July 13, 2017

China has unveiled the world’s largest mobile broadband test field in Beijing. Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp (the Sierra Wireless equivalence of Asia), will use the massive outdoor space to test the effectiveness of their 5G network technologies. These companies will use the new space to test the real-world range and…

5G Is Definitely “In Progress”, but Still Not Ready for Prime Time Rural Deployment

By Stephen Kota / January 10, 2017

As the technology becomes more commercially viable, the next generation of mobile broadband, 5G, is in the news more and more often. Last week, for example, the telecommunications company Qualcomm made a stir when CEO Steven Mollenkopf compared the introduction of 5G to the introduction of electricity. The company just introduced the Snapdragon 835 chip,…

Smart Car Security: New Encryption Protocols Let Self-driving Cars Decide How to Thwart Attacks

By Stephen Kota / November 5, 2016

Self-driving cars rely on internet-connected computing systems to navigate from place to place. These sophisticated systems allow the car to, among other things, respond immediately to map updates, but being internet-connected also makes these vehicles vulnerable to cyber attack. To protect self-driving systems, engineers at Google Brain – Google’s artificial intelligence division – recently built…

The 10 Dangers of Self-Driving Cars & How Engineers Are Solving Them

By Stephen Kota / November 4, 2016

Designers, engineers, investors, and technology experts all agree that self-driving cars are the next step in the natural progression of automotive technology toward better, safer vehicles. That doesn’t mean, however, that the transition will be seamless. Here are the ten challenges that builders of self-driving cars are still grappling with: Cars are weapons. Whether they’re…

Car Hacking Development: Hackers Take Remote Control of a Tesla

By Stephen Kota / October 28, 2016

A few weeks ago, the independent security research team Keen Security Lab managed to hack into the autopilot mode of a Tesla Model S and take control of the vehicle from a computer as far as 12 miles away. Researchers at Chinese-based Keen Security Lab spent several months uncovering multiple vulnerabilities that put the Tesla…

Internet Connected Farm in a Shipping Container?

By Stephen Kota / October 18, 2016

Can you imagine an internet connected farm in a shipping container? If Farmville wasn’t enough to convince you that there is a lucrative intersection between internet-connected technology and farming, let Freight Farms do the talking. This AgTech Start-up builds climate controlled shipping containers for hydroponic growing projects. Farmers can monitor and control the internet-connected, hydroponic…

Synching Devices on Wireless Networks: How Mobile Broadband Can Support the IoTs.

By Stephen Kota / October 9, 2016

Synching – synchronizing multiple devices to share information automatically – is a basic feature of the high-volume device network known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT synchs (or connects) devices like watches, cars, suitcases, computers, phones, headphones, heating systems, and home security systems so that the user can automate or control everyday items…