We were very glad to receive such a great turnout for our first webinar, How to Make Sense of Your IoT Connectivity Options. What a great success! We covered the issues that applications providers should consider when choosing a wireless platform to deliver their products on, as well as issues businesses should understand when choosing a wireless platform for their devices.
We received some great questions about our RPMA technology, including how it works, how it compares to other technologies, and what frequency band it uses. On that last note, we’re releasing our latest white paper comparing the 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz bands. In this white paper we discuss and compare the 2.4 GHz band and 900 MHz band in terms of physics based limitations and government regulation based limitations. Surprisingly, (or not depending on how much experience you have in government) the government regulations dominate the performance limitations of the two bands. In the white paper we present the various limitations and provide a succinct summary table at the end.
During the webinar we talked about how important it is for the wireless provider to be able to handle peak traffic. A participant asked for an example of how a system can fail if it isn’t prepared for congestion. So our CTO, Ted Myers, shared a story about the 2011 California blackout. The gist of it is, that the utility’s fault circuit indicators supported by RPMA all successfully reported their status and remained usable throughout. However, the mesh connected meters also responsible for reporting outages were unable to handle the simultaneous flood of reporting and went down, failing to report. What’s more, even after the power came down the mesh network stayed down and didn’t report for another 72 hours, long after the information was useful. This is a great example of how RPMA was designed as a truly robust wireless sysem, with congestion management allowing RPMA to do its job when it is needed most.
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