08. March 2012 · Comments Off on Bluetooth, Zigbee, WiMax: What is it? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Bluetooth, WiMax; what does this all mean? As the BAS industry continues to integrate and articulates interoperable solutions, the wireless communication medium is becoming an economical solution for both new and retrofit buildings. A plethora of communication standards are available from low distance, low powered to high carrier grade protocols.  Which standard fits the building automation applications? ALL. As the industry diversifies to integrate with other industries such as IT and utilities, almost all the standard wireless communication protocols become prominent to the BAS industry.  It is up to the vendor to synergize the protocols with his respective product mix to obtain an advantage in the market. This article examines the common wireless protocols and their potential usage in the BAS market.

via AutomatedBuildings.com Article – Bluetooth, Zigbee, WiMax: What is it?.

29. June 2011 · Comments Off on On its way to irrelevance, WiMAX stops at the airport · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

While there are about 17.7 million WiMAX subscribers around the world, and the WiMAX Forum estimates there will be 45 million by 2013, the future of the technology is looking bleak. Declan Byrne, director of marketing at the WiMAX Forum, admits that when it comes to mobile broadband, Long Term Evolution technology has won, which leaves WiMAX as an also-ran for mobile networks and searching for new applications, like the smart grid, to keep the tech alive and the standards organization afloat.

via On its way to irrelevance, WiMAX stops at the airport — Broadband News and Analysis.

19. January 2011 · Comments Off on WiMAX wins over WiFi for Smart Grid Applications · Categories: News · Tags: ,


The battle of WiMAX vs. LTE for 4G mobile cellular carriers such as AT&T and Verizon is decided with LTE the general winner.

However, WiMAX is not out of the ecosystem by any means.

WiMAX will be the solution of choice for a variety of niche applications, such as supporting the smart grid, public safety, private citywide communications, and more.

via WiMAX wins over WiFi for Smart Grid Applications – GLG News.

12. October 2010 · Comments Off on Utilities Turning to WiMAX for 4G Smart Grid Now · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Will the smart grid be the savior of the wireless standard WiMAX? When it comes to the next-generation of wireless broadband known as 4G, WiMAX has generally been taking a back seat to the more telco-friendly LTE (or long term evolution). But in an interview with Mark Madden, Vice President of Energy Markets for Americas for telco gear company Alcatel-Lucent, he tells me that “many” of the 4G smart grid networks that the company is helping utility customers build right now are based on WiMAX.

via Utilities Turning to WiMAX for 4G Smart Grid Now: Cleantech News «.

05. August 2010 · Comments Off on Why Pick WiMax, Mesh Over Power Line? Cost. · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

CenterPoint Energy has only good things to say about power line networking, except when it comes to the cost.

The energy delivery company conducted a trial earlier in the decade with power line networking in approximately 10,000 homes, said Ken Murphy, Director of Intelligent Grid Deployment at the company, during a talk at NI Week, a conference sponsored by test and measurement specialist National Instruments taking place in Austin. Because of the high bandwidth that power line offers, the company also gave computers to consumers who were participating in the test.

via Why Pick WiMax, Mesh Over Power Line? Cost. : Greentech Media.