Wi-Fi vs. Cellular vs. Zigbee – How to Choose the Best Wireless Platform for Your Next Project

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Technological advances and economic forces are expanding the boundaries of networks and incorporating locations that were previously unreachable. As IP-based protocols become the standard for inter-operability, end users are beginning to demand that all connectivity designs be IP-based, enabling a suite of customer-selected management tools and infrastructure choices.

Wireless will inevitably become the medium of choice for remote systems. Wireless networks will no longer be the preserve of niche specialty technologies; they will mature into standards-driven systems that can be more fully embraced by the industrial market. There is no single best answer for all applications. Evaluating where and how to use wireless technologies, and how to compare the functions and features of multiple forms of wireless to find the best option for your project will be the focus of this presentation.

Conley and Fahrion will discuss the ways in which wireless data communications already blur the boundaries at the edge of the network and how the definition of the “field” changed when geographically dispersed locations are all part of the same seamless, connected network. They will explain how emerging wireless technologies can be adapted into existing networks and discuss the advantages of blending legacy technology with the latest innovations. For example, embedded wireless access points can network-enable old serial devices, allowing them to communicate with even the very newest iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

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