Here are the top 10 most popular blog posts on the Laird Wireless Connectivity Blog from 2012:
- FDA Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps: The FDA plans to regulate some smartphone medical applications. This decision has received mixed reviews since its announcement in 2011.
- BT v4.0 in Windows 8: The relative success or failure of a new wireless technology is dependent on its ease of use, real-world application usage, global availability, and price. BLE® delivers on all of these key points. Native support in Windows 8 further ensures a successful future.
- 802.11ac and Wi-Fi Client Devices: 802.11ac offers a lot of promise, but 802.11n remains the safe bet in the near future.
- FCC Allocates Spectrum for MBANs: GE Healthcare® and Philips Healthcare®, which are developing MBAN technology, had petitioned the FCC to allow MBANs to share a piece of the spectrum traditionally used by the aerospace industry and government agencies for flight testing.
- VA Waives FIPS 140-2 Requirement for Wi-Fi Patient Monitor: The Veteran’s Administration® has chosen to deploy a Draeger patient monitor on its Wi-Fi® networks, even though the monitors are not validated for FIPS 140-2.
- Wi-Fi Mobility at 5 GHz: The vast majority of Wi-Fi client devices operate only in the 2.4 GHz band, which has only three non-overlapping channels. The 2.4 GHz band also is the home of Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, microwave ovens, and other devices. The 5 GHz band is less cluttered and offers considerably more capacity.
- TV White Space: After TV White Space was proposed, there was pushback from television broadcasters and event coordinators. Technical and regulatory restrictions will reduce the use cases for TV White Space.
- Applications for TV White Space: Currently two very different use cases are emerging to take advantage of restriction-laden frequencies available: rural broadband deployments, and low-cost, low-power machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
- What OS is Best for a Medical Device?: Android makes a good operating system (OS) choice for some medical devices, stacking up well against traditional mainstream OS competitors such as Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact (CE) and Linux.
- Wi-Fi Networks at VA Hospitals: What Security is Acceptable?: The VA recently made news because of a complaint that it was circumventing federal rules for information security in its deployment of certain devices.
Our blog posts cover the latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other wireless news. Which posts will be the most popular in 2013? That’s up to you.