Advances in Wireless Intercom Technologies have Inspired New Breed of Tactical Radio Communications

Airforce Planes in Communications Drill

Advancements in technology have rendered many advantages to multiple areas. Military is one such area which has been hugely benefited by use of technologically advanced gadgets and setups. Communication network plays a huge role in Military strategies. Wireless intercom solutions have taken the communications among groups to a whole new level. These don’t require wires, which brings in a lot of ease and comfort. These solutions find a special place in military communications since a group of people can stay in touch over long distances.

Why use wireless intercom?

Wireless intercom solutions play a vital role in the success of tactical radio communications. This is the reason due to which military communications make use of these devices. The following are some of the key benefits wireless intercoms render,

  • The ease at which military tactical communications can go on is the main benefit these solutions provide.
  • When one has to build a wired intercom setup, a lot of money and effort need to be invested. Comparatively, wireless intercoms are economical and can be set up and managed easily.
  • Wireless intercoms make it easy for the communications to take place outdoors. You don’t have to worry about broken connections or damaged wires.
  • Portability is another huge advantage these intercoms bring in which proves to be a great asset to tactical communications. No one has to stay in a certain area to access communication networks. The hand held devices and the main unit can be connected wirelessly and used with ease.
  • Every tactical communication needs some kind of codes to be managed. Many feel that wireless networks are vulnerable to eavesdropping or intrusion attacks. However, this can be combated by the use of encrypted signals or audio streams. This makes it especially helpful for the military personnel to stay clear of enemy’s network intrusions.
  • A very essential part of military communications is coordinated group actions. This is facilitated by the conferencing ability of the wireless intercom setups. Many people can communicate at once. This means that the group can have quick meetings and strategize their moves from wherever they are.
  • Wireless intercom solutions make it possible to have privately channeled tactical communications as well. This means that only previously designated group members will be allowed to talk over the network. Using this method only a selected few can be in touch and communicate without any hassle.
  • Modern wireless intercom setups have become so flexible that they allow the latest devices such as Android phones, iPhone, iPad or iTouch to become the terminal handsets. This means that military personnel need not carry bulky devices around to stay connected to the network.

Most importantly, these services are rendered with no restraints on radio frequency which ensures clear communication passage is available for everyone. The intercoms have the capability to also interface with other external communication setups without any limit on the number. Thus wireless intercom solutions prove to be of great help to military tactical communications.

The Emergence of Automotive LED Lighting

Hanging LED Light Fixtures
 
The light emitting diode (LED) is technology that actually goes back more than a century, but only in the past two decades has it emerged to become arguably the most popular type of energy-saving illumination. Today, LED lights are replacing the incandescent bulbs all thanks to their energy efficiency, longevity and surprising durability.

One area where LED lighting has really made strides is in the automotive world where LED light fixtures for headlights, taillights and everything in-between are quickly becoming standard features. The question is why LED light manufacturers have pursued this type of lighting for vehicles which are not normally thought of as being in need of energy efficient light bulbs.

Why LED Lighting Works for Automobiles

There are a number of reasons why you’ll find more LED lights being put to use in cars and trucks as standard equipment as well as specialty lighting kits.

Longevity: A typical incandescent headlight bulb may last for 1000 – 1200 hours while a typical LED headlight will last for over 50,000 hours of continuous use. This difference alone combined with the price drop of LED lighting has caused people around the world to switch over to LEDs for their headlights and taillights.

Durability: Incandescent bulbs are fairly fragile and even one solid bump may be enough to cause them to fail all due to their construction. However, the LED versions are built differently so that they are naturally shock resistant. It takes a far greater impact to affect the performance of an LED bulb.

Reduced Glare: The light from LEDs is better directed than their incandescent counterparts and they create less glare as a result. This makes it safer for oncoming drivers and creates fewer accidents as a result.

Versatility: LED light manufacturers have created their bulbs in a number of different colors to help accentuate vehicles of all types. While the laws governing the colors of headlights, turn signals and taillights are very strict, additional lighting that may be used to illuminate the vehicle can take advantage of the color variations.

Finally, the energy usage of LED lighting is but a fraction of their incandescent counterparts which means far less pull on the vehicle’s battery when using the lights, air conditioning and stereo all at the same time. In turn, this provides greater performance as less energy is being consumed by the lighting system.

All in all, LED light fixtures in cars and trucks are changing the way people are thinking about their vehicles when it comes to illumination.

Cloud Based Computing Services – SaaS

Cloud Computing and Security Solutions Graphic

It’s probably about time we had a talk about SaaS. Perhaps a little explanation of SaaS is in order first. Cloud services have been popping up in the news a lot recently and it seems like everyone is talking about it more than ever. But when I try to talk to the average computer user about SaaS, I’m often met with blank stares. Let’s delve into the topic of SaaS and tease out just why this technology deserves mre attention.

To begin with, SaaS simply means “Software as a Service.” If you’ve been using computers for decades now as I have you’ll probably be a tad unfamiliar with the concept. I remember as a teen, buying video games in large cardboard boxes with ten or more floppies inside. If memory serves me properly, Windows NT 3.1 was about 25 disks worth of data. Software definitely got more condensed over time, but Software as a Service is the farthest you can go from those golden days of big boxes software. And yet there are plenty of advantages to SaaS aside from this physical downsizing.

SaaS is particularly attractive to companies that employ enterprise software in their daily operations. The basic parts of software-as-a-service are contained offsite at the service provider’s facilities. This takes off some of the demand for IT services by lessening the amount of hardware and also by decreasing software maintenance. Granted, this is reinventing the wheel a bit; other industries have already applied similar concepts with successful results. As a quick example, think of a print shop. The necessary equipment is too great in cost for any individual client to accept; and as a result businesses popped up that were willing to shoulder the cost and provide access to these specialized machines for a fee.

Take a look at the numbers for Software-as-a-Service industry-wide and you’ll get the picture of a flourishing industry. This is reflected in a report from Siemer and Associates who cataloged a 17% expansion in the industry between the years 2011 and 2012. This ought to be of particular interest to IT Managers working in the United States, since 60% or more of 2012 revenue was recorded in American markets. In addition to these impressive numbers, a Right Scale survey of technical professionals found that 94% of the organizations surveyed were “running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.” Infrastructure-as-a-service here refers to the hardware that runs software-as-a-service, and so we can take the good news about IaaS as equally good news for SaaS.

Regardless of the hesitancy that some consumers and CIOs have to adopt IaaS or SaaS, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It is clear to me, that any slight resistance from consumers, and especially CIOs, is due to improper education with regard to cloud based computing solutions and surrounding technologies. The Right Scale survey mentioned earlier also found that professionals and novices alike are less concerned about cloud security in 2014 than they were in 2013. The concerns of cloud computing professionals like Critical Space Associates are more focused on issues with compliance between data in disparate locations. If you are a CIO or a consumer who has been slow to get on the IaaS/SaaS train, take this article as a warning; these technologies are not going anywhere, it behooves you to get familiar.