Internet of Things (IOT) THE Buzz Word in the IT World

The word that is buzzing in the IT world is Internet of Things. The phrase Internet of Things, abbreviated as IoT, is a combination of two words “Internet” and “Things”.  The Internet is a global network based on interconnected digital networks that use the standard protocol (TCP/IP) to serve millions of users around the world. However the word Things can be any everyday objects which not only includes electronic devices but also “things” such as clothing, furniture, material parts and equipment, merchandise and so on.

There is no one accepted definition for Internet of Things, however in all the definitions put forward, the common point is that the initial version of the Internet was based on people creating data, while the newer version is based on data being created by different things. The definition that best describes the Internet of Things is “An open and comprehensive network of intelligent objects that have the capacity to auto-organize, share information, data and resources, reacting and acting in face off situations and changes in the environment”. People around the world have now admitted to the fact that the Internet of Things (IoT) will eventually have a huge impact on enterprises, consumers and the society as a whole. As the Internet of Things evolves (IoT), the smart connected devices will open numerous opportunities to provide life changing services for consumers (education, healthcare, safety etc.) and increase productivity for organisations.

However people around the world are completely underestimating the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is not just about making regular “things” accessible over the internet, it is not only about lights automatically turning on when the car approaches the driveway, the coffee starting to brew when the morning alarm goes off. The IoT will completely alter how people interact with the physical world as every object (Human beings, Enterprise, Cars, furniture etc.) will have a two way directional digital interface, that will serve as a representation of the object itself. These interfaces will then send out information about the object, as well as provide interaction points for other objects. With the adoption of IoT in our lives, the daily objects that we interact with will be digitised, due to which we will receive an extraordinary amount of information from all around us. The information received will be used to create daily dashboards that will guide our attitude and behaviour with regards to finances, healthcare, education, social life and much more.

In conclusion, the Internet of Things is not just about having more gadgets or things connected to the internet, it is about creating a two way connection between humans and other objects. The IoT will eventually turn objects from static to dynamic, making them fully interactive entities; this in turn will make our environment around us adjust according to our presence, desires and preferences. In the end it seems that the Internet of Things will eventually deliver a change in our quality of life through a widely distributed intelligent network of smart devices.

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

Eliminating Wireless Dead Zones to keep customers connected in-doors

Telecom services around the globe are now considered to be a common utility, due to years of investment by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), to ensure their customers are provided with robust cellular coverage. However, despite the large scale cellular roll-outs, coverage provision for buildings and various venues still proves to be a challenge, and the situation is getting worse as dependency on data services is forecasted to increase at an exponential rate.

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) has long been seen as an excellent solution to the problem, as DAS is a system that allows for the use of cellular phones and other wireless devices in surroundings that do not have a direct or have a weak access to a cell tower. Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), is a system comprised of a series of antennas which are strategically placed around a targeted location where there is a need for additional cellular coverage. Each of the antennas within the DAS are then routed to a communications hub through a system of cables to allow the cell signal to be processed by a cellular base station.

Why is Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) a must have solution-

As technology has evolved over time, our ways of communicating with one another has too. In the past cell phones were a means of communicating with each other on the move (outdoors), however now, over 80 percent of cell phone activity takes place indoors. Users now want to stay connected throughout the day and this is not limited to voice, but data usage as well; data usage is rising at an exponential rate and is being demanded and expected everywhere. With the changing trends in communication, DAS solutions are rapidly becoming a necessity for buildings with coverage challenges. Most buildings currently depend on outdoor macro cells for coverage, however as buildings have evolved in technology, macro cells are often found to have poor penetration into these buildings, resulting in low level performance. Therefore Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) have emerged as a choice to meet the in-building wireless coverage demand and provide the expected quality of experience.

The DAS solutions-
DAS solutions can be classified into three common categories; passive DAS, active DAS and hybrid DAS.

Active DAS – Active DAS solutions are designed using active equipment in large venues, complex buildings and VIP sites, to provide exceptional RF coverage for multi-frequency, multi-operator and multi-service networks.

Passive DAS- Passive DAS solutions are developed with a combination of passive components such as splitter, coupler, feeder etc. The passive solution is cost effective and widely used for covering small to medium sized buildings.

Hybrid DAS- A hybrid DAS solution is a network designed using a combination of both passive and active DAS solutions.

Benefits of installing DAS solutions-
Any venue can benefit from installing a Distributed Antenna System, whether it is a passive DAS, an active or a hybrid DAS. All solutions are found to be equally beneficial. Some of the benefits of installing DAS include:

  • Quality of signal strength will improve and users will experience better signal strength throughout the venue, meaning users will not have to worry about searching for windows to acquire a decent signal.
  • Defined seamless coverage is experienced throughout the venue as there is less attenuation due to the signal being generated inside the building.
  • A DAS solution will provide high level of service along with dedicated capacity in high traffic areas such as Airports, Stadiums, Shopping Malls and High rise buildings.
  • Indoor radiation is reduced as DAS uses multiple low power antennas, resulting in cell phones and other devices also using a lower power level when transmitting signals. This also saves energy and improves battery life of the cell phone.
  • Improved signal coverage inside the building will result in higher throughput for data services.
  • A DAS solution can simultaneously support multiple-service, multi-operators, ensuring connectivity for a broader range of mobile devices

As wireless connectivity has become a critical part of our lives, DAS solutions will keep on playing their role in the effort to provide quality cellular coverage throughout venues, keeping people connected at all times.

i-flex is a leading brand of Interconnect Solutions, which provides the most advanced passive RF Distributed Antenna System (DAS) for in-building coverage. Our state of the art processes make it possible for us to develop passive products with low VSWR and lowest PIM ratings. Moreover, i-flex offers a comprehensive product portfolio that fits to all In-Building Solution (IBS) needs.

i-power at Middle East Electricity, 2017

i-power is all set to make its appearance at Middle East Electricity 2017, the region’s leading exhibition for the power industry, covering the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, including the renewable and nuclear energy sectors and the lighting industry. i-power will be putting itself at the forefront of this rapidly developing market by showcasing its state of the art power backup solutions.

GITEX 36th Technology week

Interconnect Solutions, a globally renowned company for providing reliable, high-performance network infrastructure solutions catering to rapidly evolving connectivity needs, is exhibiting at the GITEX Technology Week 16-20th October 2016 at Dubai World Trade Centre along with our technology partners SOLiD Technologies.

At the event Interconnect Solutions will be showcasing the high quality, high performance, multi service, multi operator hybrid and passive DAS solutions.

We look forward to meeting you at our booth # Z-K21, in Zabeel Hall. Our experts will be there to explain our high quality, high performance multi operator, multi service hybrid and passive DAS solutions.

IBS technical Seminar in UAE

Interconnect Solutions Ltd and SOLiD Technologies has jointly organised a technical seminar in UAE on Quad band modular Active DAS equipment where the experts from Middle East, USA, Korea, KSA and Pakistan were invited to share IBS market experience. All the major IBS sub cons of UAE also attended the seminar at Gloria Hotel.

IBS Technical Seminar in KSA

IBS technical Seminar in KSA – Interconnect Solutions Ltd and SOLiD Technologies has organised a technical seminar in Riyadh KSA on SOLiD Active DAS equipment. All the major IBS subcons of KSA attended the seminar at Al Faisaliah Hotel .

Interconnect Solutions Ltd Signing with SOLiD Technologies

Interconnect Solutions Ltd has signed a strategic exclusive partnership with “ SOLiD Technologies” for the MULTI CARRIER ACTIVE DAS for the Middle East region. SOLiD is considered one of the leading RF systems manufacturers in the world. i-flex is a Interconnect Solutions primary brand for RF passives and it will be used with SOLiD Active Das equipment’s in order to provide a complete Active & Passive DAS solutions to the operators in the Middle East region