Ruckus explains the difference between Adaptive Antennas and Transmit Beamforming

Ruckus Wireless does a great job of discussing how their Adaptive Antenna technology has stood the test of time.  With the introduction of 802.11 ac, the notion that transmit beamforming (TxBF) with 11ac replaces the need for Smart Wi-Fi. This common misconception that smart, adaptive antennas—as proprietary Ruckus BeamFlex technology—and transmit beamforming—as a standards-based technology—are one-and-the-same. In this geeky, technical blog, Ruckus explains the differences in the two technologies. You can go to the Ruckus Blog to read more or watch the video on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

Canon’s acquisition of Milestone raises questions on vendor neutrality

 

We’ve had a lot of our customers read that Canon has recently acquired leading network management software platform, Milestone Systems. Among our customer’s key concerns is that Milestone has always been known for its commitment as on open platform/architecture and vendor neutrality. Will the acquisition affect this neutrality?First, let’s clear something up. Milestone Systems was acquired by Canon Group. I different division of Canon that does not manage their camera development and sales. Canon has a clear ambition to drive future growth through diversification and has identified network video surveillance as a strategic new business area.  Bringing Milestone into the Canon Group will significantly enhance Canon’s software capabilities in this sector.

According to Lars Thinggaard, President & CEO, Milestone Systems: “Milestone is extremely excited about the huge potential that being part of a global group will provide. Canon respects how we built our business with our partners and supports our strategy of providing open platform solutions and therefore the need to remain a standalone company within the Canon Group. We feel this step is right for taking both our business and support for suppliers and partners to a new level.”

We here at WLANmall are pretty optimistic about the future of the Milestone platform. We think that the support of Cannon Group can help Milestone accelerate its business and development of new products while still operating as a standalone company.

For more information on the Milestone acquisition, you can read their press release here.

WLANmall Named to SD&I FAST50

Ranks as among the fastest-growing security dealers/integrators in North America

We excited to announce that WLANmall, has ranked #28 in SD & I’s Top 50 fastest growing security dealers and integrators in North America. SD&I’s Fast50 program is considered the industry’s premier best practices and ranking program that recognizes the fastest-growing firms across the entire landscape of security,alarm dealers, installers and systems integrators.

Since 2006, the WLANmall has been delivering end-to-end IP surveillance network solutions including wireless access points and bridges, IP cameras, video management software (VMS), servers, storage networks and more from top vendors including Cambium, Exalt, Radwin, Sony, Axis, Milestone Systems, Dell and Brocade. Our customers now include The City of San Clemente, City of Fullerton Police Department, Nexus Treatment Centers, City of Columbus, Ohio, City of Longview, TX, LAPD, LASD and Anaheim PD.

We think that WLANmall’s growth can be attributed to one key philosophy– One size does NOT fit all.Our deep technical knowledge of the products we represent and networking allows us to fully understand our customers’ surveillance and network needs. We can then deliver cost-effective, customized solutions based on industry-leading technologies.  Completing the sales process with personalized post-sales support and services has helped us to gain overwhelming customer loyalty.

Ethernet Will Help Make Tactical Vehicles “SMART”

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New Military Tactical Vehicles Will Rely on Ethernet Backbones for both Vehicle and Soldier Survivability

We recently wrote about Future Soldier applications for Ethernet backbones for advanced weapon and communication systems that will enhance soldiers’ survival and effectiveness by augmenting command and control (C&C), lethality, mobility, and sustainability. But Ethernet backbones will have a much bigger job. For next-generation giants like armored vehicles and trucks, Ethernet will be a key technology of the network that will not only enhance the survivability of the soldiers, but enhance the survivability of the these vehicles that will be used for infantry combat, command, reconnaissance, and armored utility applications.

One such program is the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV), a new support vehicle program being developed by the US forces, specifically the US Army, USSOCOM, and the Marine Corps to replace the rapidly aging and outmoded high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), the design of which is over 25 years old. The JLTVs specific requirements are that it would be: more mechanically reliable, maintainable (with onboard diagnostics), all-terrain mobile, and equipped to link into current and future tactical data nets.

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An Advanced Layer 3 Ethernet Switch that Leads the Way in Flexibility, Weight and Form Factor for Military and Aerospace

Just over a year ago, Techaya introduced the MILTECH 9012. This unique MIL-STD platform is a fully managed military-grade layer-3 switch with 12 triple speed (10/100/1000) Ethernet ports. It’s a flexible Ethernet communications device with the smallest weight and form factor available today. The innovative design allows for wire speed traffic switching and routing with low power and real-estate consumption.

Perfect applications for this products include unmanned vehicles, ground vehicles, aircraft, and ground stations that need to connect sensors, computers, video camera or other types of data to one another and then transfer that information back to a central command.

Today, Techaya continues its commitment of supplying innovative, well designed products that provide advanced solutions can be easily implemented.. The new 9012C has taken this to the next level by combing the 12 port L3 switch with an embedded Cisco ESR router. This allows for effortless integration of the device on networks already using Cisco and reduces training and uptime for those personnel using the product that are already familiar with Cisco.

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How Low Can We Go?

New 4 port versions of our ultra-compact military-grade Ethernet switches

We first introduced the Techaya line of Ethernet switches to the US back in May of this year. The ultra-compact military-grade, COTS Ethernet switches are the smallest switches in the Defense and UAV industry.  Since the introduction of the MILTECH 918 managed Ethernet switch and the MILTECH 308 unmanaged Fast-Ethernet switch, Techaya has spurned on innovation and addressing the “compact” market in innovative ways.  A few weeks ago we announced the MILTECH 309 ultra-compact Fast Ethernet switch on board (ESoB) for extremely tight spaces or as an add-on to an existing board- level computing system already designed in to the UAV.

Today, we’re happy to announce an even smaller version of these industry leaders. The Techaya MILTECH 304 and MILTECH 904 ultra-compact military-grade Ethernet switches which are 4 port versions of their bigger brothers. The lower port density versions were developed for environments where there are less devices that need to communicate and every millimeter of space is crucial.

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The Use of Military-grade Ethernet Switches in Future Soldier Applications

Military organizations around the world are planning for next generation of digitally-armed soldiers. The future digital soldier will be fully equipped with advanced weapon and communication systems. These systems are intended to enhance soldiers’ survival and effectiveness by augmenting command and control (C&C), lethality, mobility, and sustainability. The soldier of the not too distant future will carry a range of devices that will generate and receive more and more data, establishing a single information environment through the transparent flow of information.

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Not all PoE is Created Equal: Why power is a critical element in IP video surveillance and broadband network planning

One of the most challenging aspect of deploying IP video surveillance networks is the planning of power supply to the networks.  Bandwidth allocation and planning is a challenge, yes, but there are a myriad of options available to supply network bandwidth to a camera or a network.  Power is another subject. It’s more complex due to lack of standardization across the industry and because the options for supplying power are somewhat limited.

In this blog, I’m going to discuss Power over Ethernet and how to best plan for your power requirements.  Power over Ethernet or PoE, which allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to networked pieces of equipment such as switches, wireless access points, IP video cameras and even licensed microwave bridges. PoE works across standard network cabling (i.e. CAT5) to supply power directly from the data ports to which networked devices are connected. There are two IEEE PoE standards, with power level classifications within the standards and then there are non-standards-based PoE offerings. In order to create some industry standardization on the physical connections that are made between nodes and/or infrastructure devices, the IEEE standards body currently supports two standards. These two standards assure that all devices that use PoE are compatible and will interoperate with each other.  In 2003, the IEEE introduced the 802.3af-2003 standard.  This original PoE standard provides up to 15.4 W of DC power to each device using 48V.In most cases only 12.95 W is assured to be available at the powered device as some power is dissipated in the cable. Examples of devices that only require this lower wattage power include standard box and dome IP cameras, most WLAN access points and IP phones.

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The Smallest Board-level Ethernet Switch Designed Specifically for COTS-compliant Applications

When we recently took our MILTECH 308 Military grade Ethernet switch to AUVSI, there was overwhelming interest in this ultra-compact 8 port Fast Ethernet switch.  UAV manufacturers could now inter-connect video, advanced weaponry, radar and communications systems with an Ethernet switch that’s the size of a credit card.

However, some UAV engineers were asking for the nirvana of ultra-compact.  Removing our MIL-SPEC housing and offering this innovative Fast Ethernet switch as a board-level device. We’ve heard your call and, today, we’re happy to announce the MILTECH 309 — our board-level Fast Ethernet switch that is perfect for extremely tight spaces or as an add-on to an existing board-level computing system already designed in to UAVs.

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What the UGV industry has been waiting for: COTS Ethernet Switching Solutions for Space-constrained Environment

Robots have long been an essential component of industrial production and domestic law enforcement. Updated and multifunctional Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are now delivering unprecedented support for military and other law enforcement activities. Some examples of these UGVs include:

US Multifunctional Utility/Logistics and Equipment (MULE) – providing combat support in conflict scenarios. These are designed to reduce dependence on external supply, reduce soldier-carried loads and evacuate casualties. The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) is another such example.

Armed Robotic Vehicles (ARV) – capable of improvised explosive device (IED) and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), reconnaissance, communications, CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive)/hazmat, security, heavy lift, defense and rescue missions. The iRobot PackBot and Qinetiq TALON are such examples.

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