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This Issue Technical accuracy is the responsibility of the author(s). PLEASE reference this code when ordering from this issue 2015 08182 (continued on page 2) (continued on page 4) Network Innovation On the Move: Bringing the Private Wireless Network to Life With Kinetic Mesh Technology Submitted by Rajant Corporation In response to the growing demands for any- where, anytime communications by organizations and consumers in almost every industry, today's networks-both wired and wireless-are evolv- ing dramatically. A network's success no longer hinges on its ability to provide simple connec- tivity; it must truly empower those it is serving, removing constraints that hinder accessibility and working intelligently, flexibly and seamlessly to optimize productivity. Mobility is a key driver shaping these network requirements as well as the applications that they must effectively run. Organizations with personnel and equipment that are remote, geographically dispersed and/or constantly on the move need a mobile infrastruc- ture that allows all of their assets, whether fixed or in motion, to connect and communicate in real time at all times. This also means that it must be intelligent enough to adapt quickly to changing network topologies and dynamically shifting data to best available routes without interference, interruption or manual intervention. Unfortunately, many solution providers have claimed this level of mobility and autonomy in their networks but have fallen short. A thor- ough understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of common approaches will help you avoid investing heavily in technology unfit for dynamic environments that are challenging to navigate, and select the solution that delivers on these promises. This article evaluates the com- monly considered network offerings-from public networks to traditional mesh-in contrast to Rajant Kinetic Mesh technology, a fully mobile connectiv- ity solution built from the ground up to excel in today's diverse, mobility-driven marketplace. Network Technology Options There are multiple approaches that organiza- tions can take to construct a workable network, but many options become less and less viable as scalability, throughput, ruggedness, self- management, cost efficiency-and particularly mobility-demands increase. Clearly, the decision whether to implement a private wireless network or use a public wireless network needs to be made early in the planning process. Today, many HetNets-The Future of Wireless Networks Submitted by TESSCO Technologies TESSCO, with its focus on providing complete solutions, is well aware of the important role that heterogeneous networks (HetNets) play in the overall enhanced cellular coverage and capacity picture and is at the forefront of industry developments. Jim Parker, Senior Manager at AT&T Services Inc., provided some insights into the changing landscape at the TESSCO One Conference last month. In its work with distributing neutral-host DAS, small cells and Wi-Fi technologies for large public venues, AT&T has witnessed rapid advancements in the industry. Today, almost all major wireless operators have deployed LTE, allowing for wider user support and spec- tral efficiency-and AT&T is already rolling out LTE Advanced. Meanwhile, their research and development teams are looking toward the future at systems to support trends such as the Internet of Things. Growth Leads to Industry Change With this growth and progress comes tremen- dous opportunity, but also a need for change. AT&T wireless data traffic is up 50,000 percent over the past seven years with most of this traffic coming from smartphone usage. An astounding 80 percent of this traffic originates indoors. This fact is forcing the industry to re- think its RF design strategy. Systems need to transition from an outside-in approach to an inside-out approach to address users' needs. Inside the Toolbox Parker believes that macro towers, with their ability to cover more users over a large area, will continue to be the mainstay of any HetNet system. However, other components of the system are changing. For example, outdoor DAS systems are evolving based on the often aesthetic demands of municipalities. These systems have smaller components BC Commander provides a global view of the BreadCrumb -based wireless mesh network with an easy-to-use graphical interface. 11126 McCormick Road Hunt Valley, Maryland USA 21031-1494 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED System and Product Reviews for Those Who Build, Use and Maintain Wireless PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID TESSCO TECHNOLOGIES The Wireless Journal Feature Article Network Innovation On the Move: Bringing the Private Wireless Network to Life With Kinetic Mesh Technology Page 1 Feature Article HetNets-The Future of Wireless Networks Page 1 Feature Article Rethink Wireless Backhaul: More Speed, More Places Page 2 Feature Article LMR to LTE: A Crucial Advancement in Public Safety Communications Page 3 Carrier-Specific, Signal Booster From Cel-Fi Page 9 PCTEL's MPM12458 Series Antennas Provide Optimal Performance Page 12 Built to Perform: Ericsson's BelAir 20EO. Page 14 Test RF from the Ground With JDSU's CellAdvisor JD745B. 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