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In Depth: Edgewater Wireless

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 30, 2020 by itnerd

Since 1999, Wi-Fi has followed the same architecture — a single lane road — ideal for connecting one or two devices.  Fast-forward to today, where Wi-Fi has become one of the most wildly successful technologies.  It’s everywhere from your laptop, to iPads, phones, TV’s, gaming platforms and now even thermostats and lightbulbs.  And, it simply wasn’t designed to deal with the proliferation of devices –  3 billion devices shipped last year!

Edgewater Wireless, headquartered in Ottawa, is revolutionizing Wi-Fi and have patented the industry’s first multi-lane highway for Wi-Fi. A multi-lane highway for Wi-Fi, Edgewater’s Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing, or MCSR™, offers a revolutionary approach designed specifically to tackle the billions of connected devices globally.  

Developed in concert with CableLabs, the global R&D arm of the Cable Industry, Dual-Channel Wi-Fi is an emerging standard that has been designed to address some of the biggest challenges in the $500B cable industry

Dual Channel Wi-Fi™ means:

1. no more dropouts, 

2. no more lag, 

3. seamless connections for video applications or gaming,  

4. Dramatically reduce latency by using two separate channels for connecting devices.  

5. Enable multiple, concurrent downlink-only channels reduces contention and takes legacy WiFi connectivity to the next level.

This is really the start of what could become the next standard in Wi-Fi. The rise of online gaming and over-the-top streaming services such as Netflix has put more stress than was ever intended on traditional Wi-Fi access points, which were first introduced some 20 years ago. Adding dedicated download channels for services with high-bandwidth demands is a more efficient use of Wi-Fi spectrum, he explains, and can essentially reduce data pileups.  This is the equivalent of a single-lane road to a multi-lane highway.

The foundational code to enable dual channel in Wi-Fi access points, tablets, televisions and gaming systems is open source.  Edgewater’s patents and expertise uniquely position the company to capitalize on the global shift in Wi-Fi.

Most importantly, it’s a strong statement by the $33B global Wi-Fi industry that more lanes are the future of Wi-Fi, and wireless, especially with 5G on the way in the near future.  Edgewater’s patented multi-lane approach, Wi-Fi Spectrum Slicing (MCSR™) is at the forefront of what’s an emerging standard for the global Wi-Fi industry.  This is really the start of what could become the next standard in Wi-Fi.”

You can find out more about Edgewater Wireless here.

TextMeAnywhere Helps Retailers Manage COVID-19 Curbside Pickup Logistics Through Text

Posted in Commentary on July 30, 2020 by itnerd

Unite Communications’ recently launched TextMeAnywhere solution helps retailers manage customer curbside pickup during COVID-19 by introducing an easy to use web application that transforms an existing landline, VoIP, or Toll Free number of a business into a textable number.

COVID-19 physical distancing orders mandate that retailers reduce store capacity so customers can remain two meters apart. Curbside pickup is a great option for customers that want to purchase an item online and pick up the same day without having to go into the store.

Retailers have had to quickly adapt to adopt this new option, frequently running into logistics issues when their business phone numbers are landlines. They have had to ask staff to manage multiple phone calls, send emails that get stuck in spam, or purchase mobile phones and numbers to not have to ask staff to use their personal mobiles. 

Retailers deemed essential had an advantage because they were forced to adapt from the beginning and provide curbside pickup as the only option, but now other retailers are beginning to follow. Curbside pickup is an easy, convenient option to offer customers and the TextMeAnywhere solution makes the logistics behind it just as easy and convenient for any retailer.

Here’s a quick explainer video:

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