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Top IoT Predictions for 2018

Top IoT Predictions for 2018

We’ve written a lot about the internet of things this year. But we’ve mostly covered industry news from 2017.

Now that we’re coming up on the end of the calendar year, we thought it appropriate timing to make a few IoT predictions for 2018.

Innovation is the name of the game, and as more and more devices come online, there is going to be growth in a number of different verticals.

Truly, this

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Freedom From the Power Cord | Advances in Wireless Charging

Freedom From the Power Cord | Advances in Wireless Charging

When it comes to electronic devices, recharging has always been a bit of a headache. Even the latest smartphones require a decent chunk of time plugged in, and getting longer battery life is an uphill battle.

There’s one solution we’ve been watching very closely however. That’d be wireless charging.

Any number of half-way there solutions have popped up from time to time, but none of

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Hot-Swappable Equipment Helps Networks Stay Resilient

Hot-Swappable Equipment Helps Networks Stay Resilient

For years now, network installers have been pushing for more and more hot-swappable devices.

There are still some breakthroughs to be made, and not all types of network devices are able to be plugged in while a network continues to hum along. But there’s been a lot of progress.

For the purposes of today’s discussion, instead of focusing on specific hot-swappable devices, we’ll discuss it as

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Aging Network Infrastructure & Delta's Virtual Crash

Aging Network Infrastructure and Delta’s Virtual Crash

Back on January 29, 2017, Delta Airline suffered a well-publicized computer crash grounding 280 planes. An earlier disruption back in August of 2016 caused a startling 1,000 flight delays, on day 1, and another 779 the next.

Things happen. We get it.

But when you have 2 such notable instances where flights get delayed or canceled due to a network glitch, it’s probably time for a conversation about

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MC-1500 and VC-231 Bring Remote Networks Closer

MC-1500 & VC-231 Bring Remote Networks Closer

Remote network installations are becoming more and more common.

In recent years, technological components have been developed to withstand greater temperature and weather extremes. This accordingly allows for more varied installations.

Today, we want to highlight 3 particular types of remote installations.

PLANET media converters are the perfect compliment for each. Featuring plug-and-play functionality,

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SFP Modules & Interfaces | Taking the Next Step

SFP Modules and Interfaces | Taking the Next Step

SFP modules are becoming increasingly popular, and customers are looking for managed switches with integrated SFP ports.

Our PLANET Managed Switch, the GS-5220-24P4XVR is a great example. It has 24 PoE ports, but it also has 4 SFP+ ports built in. This makes the task of integrating fiber-optic cables into Ethernet networks exponentially easier.

IT and installation teams can rejoice. This all-in-one

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Passive Optical Networks Provide Speedy & Economical Broadband

Passive Optical Networks Provide Speedy and Economical Broadband

If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not have noticed the massive infrastructure spend Uncle Sam announced earlier this year. A proposed investment to the tune of $1 trillion!

A few remember reading the stunning announcement in the Washington Post that Uncle Sam was getting ready to “pour” $1 Trillion smackeroos into a massive infrastructure repair program.

As we get a clearer understanding

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Energy Efficiency and the Future for IT Staff Members

Energy-Efficiency and the Future for IT Staff Members

As energy-efficient technology races ahead, the government and private industries alike are hustling to keep up.

As part of this effort, the Department of Energy’s “Building Technologies Office (BTO) recently made an exciting announcement. It will be investing over $3 million in a series of 5 pilot projects aimed at improving the efficiency of the nation’s commercial buildings.

This spending

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PoE Lighting Advancements Illuminate Cities of the Future

PoE Lighting Advancements Illuminate Cities of the Future

Cars fly past your mega-skyscraper window. Your friendly robot arrives serving your favorite martini. As the sun goes down, the lights dim and change hue for a more evening appropriate mood.

You get up and walk into your bedroom. As the light dims further behind you, your bedroom comes to life without you needing to push a single button.

This vision, once merely part of a fantastic dream enjoyed by

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