The divine spark – Wireless LAN is in the air

godspotsWireless LAN has been conquering the market for many years by now and still does. This is no news for us. In the business world, Wi-Fi plays a vital part in processes and also in our everyday life hardly anybody can image to living without wireless LAN.

We are used to having Internet access almost anywhere for our mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. In Germany, free Wi-Fi will soon be offered even in churches around Berlin and Brandenburg. In the first step, 220 churches will offer wireless LAN and the plan is to install Internet services in all 3,000 Protestant churches in the region. The cleverly named project is called “Godspot” and the first hotspot – sorry – Godspot will appear in the famous Französischer Dom in Berlin’s busy Gendarmenmarkt square and the iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz.

Godspot’s aim is to build a safe and familiar home for the Protestant Church in the digital world. The places of communication have shifted and much of it now happens in digital social networks. According to the Church, Godspot’s use has no strings attached. There’s no registration, no login, and the Church insists it won’t push advertising or retain users’ personal information. However, when users first sign on, they’ll be taken to a webpage with information on the church building and local parishes.

Legal obstacles to WIFI in German Protestant Church

Germany currently has tough legislation regarding a network provider’s accountability when it comes to the online activities of its users. If, for example, you illegally download software on my network, I face the consequences. Though the German federal government says it’s working to change this legislation, Godspots will be installed prior to any new legislation taking affect. To avoid liability, the Church has appointed a couple of Berlin companies as the service’s legal providers.

Though an estimated 61 percent of Germans are Christian, a report in 2013 by Die Welt claimed that Christians will become a minority within the next two decades. Whether Godspot is an attempt to spread God’s word or an effort to meet the demands of the digital age, Berlin’s churches will surely see an uptick in attendance – if not for the sermons then for surfing the web. However, the end justifies the means as long as the “divine spark” leaps over to the audience.

Business cases for new technologies such as wireless LAN solutions seem to be unlimited and find their way into almost all parts of our daily and even our spiritual life. Teldat as a manufacturer of access points and provider of wireless LAN solutions is looking forward to the future developments of this market.

Heidi Eggerstedt: Heidi Eggerstedt is part of the bintec-elmeg's Marketing Department. Within this department she is responsible for Marketing Documentation and Translations

Wi-Fi MIMO scenario in extreme environmental conditions

mimo technologyWi-Fi networks with high performance are not only needed in offices but also in extreme environmental conditions such as cold stores. Nevertheless, dual band access points for office environments cannot be installed inside cold stores because of the extreme environmental conditions. However, special MIMO Wi-Fi antennas with IP 68 protection operate even under extreme conditions up to minus 40 degrees, extremely humid environments and over a long time.

How can MIMO Wi-Fi antennas be installed

The MIMO Wi-Fi antennas are mounted under the ceiling, whereas the cables and the MIMO capable access points have to be laid outside of the cold store. This solution enables the smooth operation of standard access points and the homogeneous MIMO field allows all applications such as Wi-Fi barcode scanners, special tablets and PDAs inside the cold storages.

It is also worth to mention that this kind of antennas can also operate in greenhouses. Via a Wi-Fi dual band network, the complete control system monitors and controls light, watering, automatic fertilization, as well as the harvest. The durability and robustness of the operating antennas are crucial. They have to operate for many years under extreme conditions such as high UV radiation and temperature, humidity up to 100 percent and constant irrigation with water containing a high concentration of fertilizer.

More MIMO technology advantages

In general, using access points and antennas with MIMO technology, allow a significantly higher data transmission rate by sending and receiving several streams at the same time. In addition, wireless LAN coverage in all premises is considerably optimized by the better reflection property. Some antennas on the market support not only 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as the new wireless LAN standard HaLow with 900 MHz. As the antenna elements also reflect each other, the antenna gain increases substantially. If two physically separated networks with a separate router and network infrastructure are necessary, a 6×6 MIMO antenna or two 3×3 MIMO antennas can be used for two 3×3 MIMO access points.

Using several antennas or receiving components at one end of the communication link has become quite common during the last few years. These smart antennas have a downstream signal connection processing all received signals. Mobile telecommunication systems such as 4G, 3G or GSM also use several receiving antennas at the base station, because this offers the advantage of transmitting more energy from the electromagnetic field than only one single antenna.

However, it is clear that more and more high performance Wi-Fi solutions for all kinds of applications and company processes are needed in the upcoming years. Teldat as a manufacturer of MIMO access points and provider of wireless LAN solutions is looking forward to the future developments of this market.

Heidi Eggerstedt: Heidi Eggerstedt is part of the bintec-elmeg's Marketing Department. Within this department she is responsible for Marketing Documentation and Translations

ALL IP advances – Deutsche Telekom means business

all ipDeutsche Telekom’s customers have to face the fact that their service provider means business. Over a year ago Germany’s largest service provider started cancelling analog and ISDN connections if their customers refused to migrate their voice connection to VoIP.

The customers had to choose a new tariff otherwise Deutsche Telekom would terminate the contract. The provider’s plan is now to switch its whole network in Germany to ALL IP technology by the end of 2018, although they previously had a more ambitious goal of 2016. All this, without affecting their ongoing business.

However, the switch to this new technology for the service provider Deutsche Telekom, is not the first time and not a single case in Germany. Already in 2013, Deutsche Telekom’s daughter Makedonski Telekom switched its complete telephone network to ALL-IP. During 2014, the network in the Slovak Republic was converted and since the beginning of 2015, Croatia as well as Montenegro were affected, followed by Hungary. By the end of 2018, not only Germany, but also Romania and Greece should have an ALL-IP network.

Migrating all analog and ISDN connections to ALL-IP achieves numerous advantages for the service provider. In particular, a separate phone network no longer has to be maintained. Simply a DSL connection is needed in order to provide the customer with Internet data and telephony which results in notable cost benefits for the service provider. The customer benefits from a better service, shorter time to market and a faster network with less latency. Telephony is carried out via Internet protocol. Broadly speaking, users speak to each other on the phone over the Internet which is called VoIP (Voice over IP). This technology means that fixed telephony no longer has reserved its own frequency band for the voice transmission. Phone calls will be embedded in Internet data (the Internet Protocol – IP) and transmitted together with other Internet data traffic. A splitter separates the connection of the customer into a telephone and a data line. Thus, even during phone calls the user depends on a working DSL connection, which means a working provider software, as well as a satisfactorily high quality DSL connection.

Teldat has looked into the subject of ALL-IP as a whole and is a qualified ALL-IP partner for SMEs and large corporations, including integrators. The manufacturer has come up with various ALL-IP solutions. Looking back on a very long tradition in the telecommunication and IT market, Teldat attracted the service provider Deutsche Telekom as a customer, especially in the new technology ALL-IP.

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The Internet of Things – A blessing and a curse

iotBy now IP devices are already more than just a fancy hype. The Internet of Things (IoT) will connect about 5 billion terminals and devices this year, with a rising tendency – in 2020 about 25 billion intelligent objects are expected to be connected to the Internet, about three times more than the world’s current population.

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Communication is everything

communicate with usCommunication is a crucial part of our daily life. Some people go even further and say that it is everything.

The American author John Gray who wrote “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” is strongly committed to this theory as he advises that communication is very important in helping to bring a relationship back into balance. However, not only relationship counselors believe in communication. “The Father of Advertising” David Ogilvy, for instance, who Time called “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry”, believed in the deep impact of communication and I guess we can acknowledge that his worldwide success proved him right.

What does communication mean?

The pivotal question which compulsorily occurs is of course, why does communication have such an important role, to the extent that it can turn an unhappy relationship into a happy one. It even made Dove for instance, become the top selling soap in the U.S. The slogan at that time was “Only Dove is one-quarter moisturizing cream.”

When we have a closer look at the etymology of the word “communication” which comes from the Latin word “communicare” and means “to share” we get a slight hint. The Latin word “communis” means “things held in common”. So by sharing information between each other, we also enter someone’s community (Latin “communion”) and we get in touch with each other. Thus, communication is more than just exchanging information. It is also forming a community with the person you are talking to.

How do we communicate?

So how do we do it? The first basic model of communication by Claude Elwood Shannon and Warren Weaver consisted of 3 basic parts, very similar to radio and telephone technologies: sender, channel, and receiver. The model is comparable to a telephone conversation. The sender was a person speaking into the telephone, the channel was the telephone device and line itself and the receiver was the other person on the telephone listening to the first person. Interferences during the conversation can occur which they defined as noise. The strengths of this very famous model are no doubt the simplicity and generality, but the model explains only the basic parts of communication.

Why is communication so important?

Having learned that communication is more than exchanging information, we come to the conclusion that there must be more to why it is so important to communicate with our families, partners, and friends, and of course with our customers in order to maintain a good working relationship on both sides. This is why modern companies communicate with their customers and partners through various “channels” (speaking in terms of the Shannon-Weaver model of communication): from press releases to articles, newsletters to advertisements, case studies to brochures and flyers, websites to social media sites. However, that is by no means everything. Communication is constantly evolving. An example of a modern communication methodology is a webcast. This allows companies to keep their clients and partners totally up to date. Moreover, it also gives the audience a chance to be interactive. To ask questions about new features, products, etc. As webcasts can be recorded, somebody who missed a webcast can watch it at a later stage via the internet. Webcasts are also convenient because they are easy to join without having to travel. Nevertheless, it is important to communicate face-to-face. So it is therefore essential to get personally in touch through meetings and various events such as road shows, business breakfasts, trade fairs and in-house exhibitions.

At Teldat we are very highly conscious that “communication” is vital in order to “share our information” with our clients and partners. We use all the above methods of communication and are always investigating for new modern communication platforms.

Heidi Eggerstedt: Heidi Eggerstedt is part of the bintec-elmeg's Marketing Department. Within this department she is responsible for Marketing Documentation and Translations