Guest post: Building an iOS app for external devices

iOS app for devices

Some mobile apps will interact with external devices, an increasingly common occurrence in what many call the “Internet of Things.”  A well-known example is Square, the app that allows users to use an iPhone or iPad with a specially made scanner for credit card transactions.  Home automation apps, such as SmartThings or Belkin’s WeMo Switch, […]

Free Wi-Fi comes to San Francisco’s Market Street

sf free wifi

San Francisco finally has free Wi-Fi service along its main artery (Market Street) starting at the intersection with Castro Street and ending at the Ferry Building in Embarcadero. Ruckus Wireless donated the wireless access points and wireless engineering work, which it accomplished together with several other people including Tim Pozar (a contributor to MuniWireless). The […]

Guest post: Cashing in on Hotspot 2.0

ruckus wireless

Nothing is hotter right now in the networked world than Hotspot 2.0. While most of the attention on Hotspot 2.0 has centered on the technology and how it works, the real compelling “feature”, one that has received almost no attention, is the ability for the technology to generate money. What’s Hotspot 2.0 all about? Hotspot_2.0 is […]

GigSky promises an end to high mobile data roaming charges


If you travel frequently to many countries and don’t want to pay exorbitant fees for mobile data roaming, you should consider GigSky, an online retailer of global data SIM cards in three formats: mini-SIM, micro-SIM and nano-SIM. As of this writing, each SIM card costs $19.95 and can be used in unlocked smart phones, tablets […]

Santa Clara free Wi-Fi service more popular than expected

The number of people who use the free outdoor Wi-Fi service of the city of Santa Clara has exceeded projections, with over 6,000 active users now logging in at peak periods of the week. Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the city’s municipal electric utility, introduced the Wi-Fi service in March 2013. “The system is getting over […]

Los Angeles plans citywide FTTH project and a look at Singapore FTTH experience

Los Angeles will issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor to deploy a citywide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network to bring high-speed broadband service to 3.5 million residents, as well as businesses. The RFP is expected to be issued in December; responses to the RFP are due in March 2014. The city will require the […]

Singapore rolls out free Wi-Fi at Gardens by the Bay

singapore free wifi

Singapore has begun offering free Wi-Fi access at the recently opened Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare futuristic park filled with plants, flowers and trees from around the world. The park is located on reclaimed land next to the Marina Bay Sands hotel-casino-shopping mall complex. According to the BBC News video clip below, Singapore plans […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 49: Ubiquiti versus Cambium, Round 2

ubiquiti nanobridge

One thing I’ve noticed is that the article comparing Ubiquiti and Cambium seems to be the most read of everything I’ve written (see Tales from the Towers Chapter 35: Ubiquiti versus Canopy/Cambium for WISPs). With the new ePMP from Cambium (and just this moment while I’m writing this, the PTP 650 announcement shows up in […]

Smart meter deployments to double market revenue of wireless modules

smart grid wireless market analysis

An increase in smart meter deployments will see the global market for wireless communication modules approximately double in value over the coming years, jumping from $532m in 2012 to $1.3 billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 percent, according to a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData. The […]

Nomad Digital wins contract to install Wi-Fi on new Eurostar trains

nomad digital wifi on eurostar

Nomad Digital, one of the key suppliers of wireless connectivity solutions for the transportation sector, has been chosen to install Wi-Fi service on the the new Eurostar e320. Nomad Digital has been contracted by Siemens to supply Wi-Fi systems on 10 e320 trains. Separately, in 2011, Nomad had been awarded a contract by Eurostar directly […]