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Nov. 13, 2013 SVForum Eric Jennings Pinocc.io

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On November 13, 2013 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, the SVForum Digital Media SIG hosted Pinocc.io CTO Eric Jennings’ presentation “How to Build Wireless Web-enabled Projects in Minutes with Pinocc.io.” Jennings showed how to connect the Internet to things using open source hardware and software with their API. Their incredible low power management for a device can use the same battery for years or even run off the same solar panels used on a desktop calculator. It also has a number of antenna options for connecting to the web on a mesh network in a city or rural area.

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Sep 11, 2013 SVForum Matt Haines Of IMP

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On September 11, 2013 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, SVForum Digital Media SIG Chair Bob Ketner introduced Matt Haines, the Developer Community Manager at Imp. Haines talked about how Imp can make designing “The Internet Of Things” easier. Imp wants to a hardware and software environment that removes all the headaches of creating a wireless device so companies can focus on features they do best.

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Apr. 25, 2013 WCA 5G Backhaul Beast

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On April 25, 2013 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, WCA CenterStage presented “Feeding the Beast – The Road to 5G Backhaul.” David Witkowski of Anritsu moderated panelists Prakash Sangam of Qualcomm, Steve Sifferman of Tarana Wireless, Peter Walther of  Antcor and Jonathan Wells of AJIS Consulting. If you are struggling to get coverage with your 4G device, wait until billions of people upgrade to 5G. Meeting the demand requires optimizing metro cells, small cells and femto cells, fiber optics and microwaves. Even with these steps, the backhaul may require an overhaul of regulations to make 5G economically feasible and available to most people.

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Nov. 14, 2012 SVForum Sifteo

On Wednesday November 14, 2012 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, SVForum’s Digital Media SIG held “Sifteo Cubes and their SDK: Enchanting Everyday Objects with the Magic of Interactivity.” David Merrill, President and Co-Founder, Sifteo demonstrated a tactile interactive game system inspired by building blocks. The individual pieces can be aware of interact with each other and the user programmed by their new SDK.

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Dec. 9, 2010 WCA LBS Indoors

On Thursday December 9, 2010 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, the WCA LBS SIG presented “LBS Goes Indoors: Maps, Apps & Positioning.” Raj Singh, Co-Founder of YumYum Labs and EIR at Storm Ventures moderated panelists Ankit Agarwal of Micello, Jeremy Aqulnek of NAVTEQ, Andrew Berschauer of Retailigence, Michael Doherty of Polaris Wireless, Kiyo Kubo of Spotlight Mobile, Tristian Lacroix of IndoorLBS, Jerry Luk of Presdo and Josh Marti of PointInside. The panel talked about the new frontiers for apps in museums, airports or convention centers.

Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors while most LBS apps are used outdoors. GPS has done a great job helping find the shopping mall but was not much help once inside. The goal is a seamless experience as users walk inside. Outdoor systems with accuracy up to five meters have to be pushed down to one meter. Getting indoor data is not easy because much of it exists in the form of architectural drawings or building plans and not organized in a consistent standard accessible by wireless devices like Google’s vectorized maps. Indoor systems also have to display in three dimensions.

Beyond the technical issues is the question of how to make money from it. Should the data be streamed online or cached locally? LBS may add the most value and make the most money when integrated into other apps. In a warehouse or retail space can you locate down to the individual SKU on a shelf? Do you tie it in with a RFID inventory system?

This raises all sorts of questions. Can a store use an app to see what a competitor has on their shelves? Where does public space end and private space begin? If a someone is given a hotel card key that tracks their movements, does it turn off when they are in their room? Will it keep track of them when they go into a room that is not theirs? Will LBS indoors generate more work for lawyers than engineers?

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Nov. 9, 2010 WCA Cognitive Radio Commercialization

On Tuesday November 9, 2010, in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, the WCA Cognitive Radio SIG presented “Commercial Status of Cognitive Radio and SDR Technologies.” Dr. Lloyd Nirenberg of Shannon Bayes Company moderated panelists Dr. Steve Goldberg of Venrock, Dr. Ahmad Bahai of National Semiconductor and Dr. Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University.

Cognitive Radio (CR) and Software Defined Radio (SDR) were originally developed for military and public safety interoperability requirements. Commercial demand for more allocated spectrum now drives development using wireless standard solutions like 802.11n, LTE, WiMax, IMT-A that were originally developed for CR and SDR.

Dr. Steve Goldberg focused on what constrained the technology in the past and future demands. Investors need to focus improving entire network performance, with better reception.

Dr. Ahmad Bahai reviewed optimal statistical channel search and selection techniques to intelligent spectrum sharing. He went on to describe new architectures for software radio and mixed signal processing circuits. Current global mobile traffic will increase between thirty and forty times over the next five years, most of it in video. Solutions to meeting demand on heterogeneous networks are intelligent network topology, spectrum management and interference management.

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith surveyed the CR/SDR technologies and described the design and regulatory challenges behind them. She showed recent innovations in wireless technology that may provide breakthroughs in commercializing smart radios. Cognitive radio could allow frequencies to be reused without increasing interference by using cognitive overlays, compressed sensing and other techniques.

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Apr. 20, 2010 WCA Mobile OS War

On April 20, 2010 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, the WCA Mobile SIG presented “Mobile OS? 2010 and Beyond”. Lars Kamp of Accenture Growth Strategy Practice moderated panelists David Cao of ExtendLogic, Todd Crick of inCode Telecom, Asokan Thiyagarajan of Samsung Telecommunications America, Oliver Gunasekara of the Symbian Foundation and Hugh Fletcher of Verizon Wireless. They discussed who would be the winners and losers in the battle of mobile operating systems. There will be battles between open and closed systems, consumer and enterprise as well as mobile devices beyond phones.

By 2013, smart phones will be over thirty percent of the market and have the same amount of processing power of your laptop today. The question is who will dominate? Right now it looks like Apple, Android and Symbian. Apple seems to have commanding lead with over 150,000 applications for the iPhone and now iPad. The number of devices sold increases every quarter. Google’s Android continues to attract manufacturers, developers and carriers. The risk is that the Android OS may fragment as each party tries to optimize for its own advantage. Symbian OS 4 is about to be refreshed and is based on open architecture. There are Symbian phones batteries that can last over three weeks without recharging. Pretty amazing. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 OS is aiming for a consistent interface with computer and game consoles. RIM’s Blackberry OS 4.6 has a loyal following. Palm’s webOS is in trouble.

The winner will give users the best experience at the lowest cost on the fastest network. Do that and you win the war.

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