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Ultra-Wideband (UWB) has been gaining popularity since major smartphone makers adopted it as the next-generation, indoor positioning wireless standard, starting back in 2019. Since then, there have been flurries of product announcements, such as UWB tags to assist finding lost keys, and news of novel applications, such as real-time ball location tracking at FIFA World Cup 2022. However, the question remains whether UWB is just hype or here to stay as a default wireless standard like Wi-Fi. We will explore the potential of UWB technology in mission-critical applications such as keyless car entry and digital payment, and the challenges it faces in wider adoption.

UWB in Keyless Car Entry

In 2022, Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that it has adopted UWB as a complementary technology to Bluetooth® Low Energy for secure, keyless entry in its Digital Key Release 3 specification.  While Bluetooth® Low Energy-based key fobs and apps have been widely adopted, concerns about possible relay-attacks have been raised. In a viral video, a Tesla was remotely unlocked and driven off with a laptop with an attached Bluetooth® relay device, and it was explained that this security vulnerability can affect any Bluetooth® Low Energy-enabled keyless entry vehicles. UWB, which relies on its nanosecond pulses to provide centimeter-level accuracy distance measurements, can ensure that the signal is coming from a legitimate, physically-present source, not from a boosted, relayed signal. With UWB providing added security, Bluetooth® Low Energy and UWB can work together to provide a reliable and secure keyless entry for ever-security conscious automotive industries.


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UWB in Wireless Payment

As the smartphone attach rate keeps rising, UWB is also being considered as an alternative or complimentary technology to Near Field Communication (NFC). Contactless payment has been steadily gaining acceptance, as more smart devices such as smartphones and smart watches have been shipped with NFC, now reaching more than a 50% attach rate in smartphones. COVID-19 in the last 3 years has accelerated the adoption of contactless payment, both NFC- and QR code-based, to avoid handling of physical cash and credit cards. UWB can advance contactless payment even further; UWB can revolutionize the payment industry, enabling consumers to pay for the groceries and unlock their cars, all without taking out a credit card, a key or a phone. With its centimeter-level accuracy, UWB can ensure you are paying for your own groceries, not for the person in the next checkout lane.

Bluetooth® and UWB

While UWB provides unparalleled accuracy and security for mission critical applications, Bluetooth® is still a practical option for some location-based services. Bluetooth® SIG is exploring new ways to improve distance measurement accuracy and security such as Channel Sounding (CS), previously known as High Accuracy Distance Measurement (HADM). In CS, Bluetooth® signals of two or more frequencies are used to calculate the distance between two Bluetooth® devices based on the observed relative phase differences of those signals. Unlike the Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) method, previously used for Bluetooth® distance measurement, which relies on the relative power level of the received signal, it is less susceptible to relay attacks and can provide better, meter-level accuracy. Such accuracy could have been previously achieved with multiple antennas, with triangulation, but the single-antenna implementation of CS is attractive in terms of reducing hardware cost. Furthermore, one can use a metric called Normalized Attack Detector (NAD) in Bluetooth® Channel Sounding to identify and quantify sudden changes in the RF environment. Comparing the received packet against the expected packet signal, a NAD metric value is calculated as the probability that an attacker is present. Given its 100% attach rate to smartphones, when CS is finalized and adopted, it will likely enable many real time location services (RTLS) that require distance measurements within a few meters, such as indoor navigation, asset and personnel tracking. However, UWB will likely continue playing the primary role, for mission critical applications that demand better accuracy and security such as contactless payment, keyless car access, and digital hotel room key.



Challenges Faced by UWB

UWB’s 500 MHz or wider bandwidth inversely produces the nanosecond pulses that uniquely deliver the unprecedented distance measurement accuracy. However, the wideband width also leads to more complexity in the design and higher power consumption. It is more regulated for emission limits as it operates in the licensed band per Part 15 of FCC Rules than its narrow-band counterparts that operate in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz band. To mitigate these challenges, location and security applications will keep relying on some of the initial discovery and synchronization on narrow band wireless standards such as Bluetooth® to offload communication, reserving UWB usage for mission-critical distance ranging. Rather than competing for convergence, wireless standards must collaborate with each other in providing the best user experience for a given use case. In other words, we will likely see more, not fewer, wireless standards integration in smartphones and cars, and UWB will likely become the main source of the precise, secure location-based communication. For that, UWB devices’ utmost priority will be accuracy quality.


UWB technology has the potential to revolutionize mission-critical applications such as keyless car entry and digital payment, providing unparalleled accuracy and security. While other wireless standards like Bluetooth® remain practical options for some location-based services and a critical partner in offloading traffic, UWB will likely play the primary role in security-centric applications. Despite some of the challenges UWB faces, collaboration with other wireless standards can ultimately help overcome these challenges to provide the best, integrated wireless experience for users.

The Calix platform offers the most comprehensive lineup of tri-band Wi-Fi 6E and dual-band Wi-Fi 6 systems with the GigaSpire BLAST u10xe, u4hm, and u4g—making it even easier for broadband providers to deploy in only days while addressing a wide range of subscriber needs

SAN JOSE, CA—May 18, 2023—Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) announces the availability of three Calix GigaSpire® BLAST systems in its world-leading portfolio. The GigaSpire BLAST u10xe, u4hm, and u4g systems are tailored to a variety of premium, high-value subscriber profiles, enabling broadband service providers (BSPs) to address an even broader range of use cases. These include small businesses, gaming enthusiasts, subscribers who want to extend Wi-Fi experiences outdoors to the backyard or patio, or residents in apartments or multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Featuring the latest Wi-Fi technologies, these systems provide faster speeds, better coverage, and increased capacity, offering seamless connectivity within and around the home or business. With an expanding portfolio of systems for the Calix platform, BSPs can easily deliver the exceptional Wi-Fi experiences that subscribers want and need.

Because each new GigaSpire BLAST u10xe, u4hm, and u4g system is pre-integrated on the Calix platform, BSPs can deploy them in days rather than weeks or months—dramatically lowering operating expenses (OPEX). This flexibility allows Calix customers to reduce inventory, simplify training, and streamline field installations. Thanks to the power of the Calix platform, BSPs are leveraging these systems to unlock new market segments, differentiate their services against legacy competitors, and accelerate time to revenue.

The latest additions to the GigaSpire BLAST portfolio include:

  • u10xe: Optimal for high-bandwidth active gamers, demanding home users, or small businesses. With pre-integrated Wi-Fi 6E capabilities—including high-gain and tri-band antennas—the u10xe is the ultimate router for lightning-fast 10G Ethernet. This enables BSPs to support small businesses in their community as they leverage Calix SmartBiz™ to expand into new markets. Additionally, this system delivers high-bandwidth services such as online gaming thanks to greater capacity, faster speeds, and lower latency. It also supports the rapidly growing number of consumer devices that use Wi-Fi 6E technology, including 4K and 8K televisions, computers, and mobile devices.
  • u4hm: Extend the Wi-Fi experience outdoors—to backyards and beyond. The u4hm is a powerful, dual-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh system designed to replicate the whole-home Wi-Fi experience in the great outdoors. This durable, weather-proof system extends residential Wi-Fi coverage into backyards, patios, and pool areas. The u4hm also includes integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) that allows it to be placed in locations without local power supply for optimal outdoor location flexibility.
  • u4g: Offer subscribers a simplified premises solution in a compact, appealing design. The u4g offers a compact, all-in-one integrated GPON-based Wi-Fi 6 system perfect for smaller residences and tenants in MDUs. The u4g complements the recently announced GigaSpire BLAST u4xg for XGS-PON, further expanding the choice of systems available to address every subscriber’s needs and requirements.

“Bulloch Solutions is committed to offering our residential and commercial fiber subscribers across Bulloch County, Georgia, the very latest Wi-Fi technologies from Calix to help us gain market share and beat the competition,” said Stuart Gregory, director of business development, Bulloch Solutions. “We’re excited to be one of the first providers to offer the new Calix systems designed to meet demand for new use cases requiring faster speeds, greater reach, and improved reliability. The GigaSpire BLAST u10xe with integrated Wi-Fi 6E will give us a unique offering for high-bandwidth users that none of our competitors can match. Meanwhile, the u4hm will enable us to extend Wi-Fi so we can truly deliver an unrivalled ‘whole home’ experience—both indoors and outdoors—that will transform our subscriber experience.”


“Broadband subscribers demand seamless connectivity at the ever-growing number of locations where they connect with the network—throughout the home, by the pool, at a small business, or on the move,” said Shane Eleniak, chief product officer at Calix. “By introducing this expanded range of residential Wi-Fi systems, we’re enabling BSPs to offer the most advanced Wi-Fi technologies and expand into previously unreachable markets—offering differentiated services that keep them one step ahead of the competition. Moreover, thanks to the power and flexibility of the Calix platform, BSPs can deploy these new systems quickly and easily by seamlessly integrating with operations, customer support, and other teams.”

In this webinar, “Beat the Competition With Invincible (and Invisible) Wi-Fi,” discover how the latest Wi-Fi systems from Calix deliver an unrivalled subscriber experience that provides BSPs with a competitive edge.

About Calix

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX)—Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission: To enable broadband service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite, and grow.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available at

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Austin, TX and Washington, D.C. – May 24, 2023 – Wi-Fi Alliance® hosted member companies Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, LitePoint, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and RUCKUS Networks/CommScope for an AFC Device Under Test (DUT) Test Harness event. The goal of the event was to validate test harness implementation and to assess standard power device readiness to operate in conformance with requirements established by regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The event successfully demonstrated compliance of all devices with the Wi-Fi Alliance System to Device Interface (SDI) specification and their readiness to effectively operate under the control of an AFC system.

The AFC DUT Test Harness simulates the behavior of an AFC system and is used to automate procedures described in the AFC DUT Compliance Test Plan for 6 GHz standard power devices. The successful outcome of this event underscores the Wi-Fi® industry’s readiness towards enabling 6 GHz standard power device operation. Significant accomplishments of this event included:

  • Successful validation using the AFC DUT Test Harness of all test cases of standard power devices according to the latest AFC DUT Compliance Test Plan and the AFC DUT Compliance Test Vectors specifications.
  • A diverse mix of AFC DUT implementations – including standalone devices and non-standalone devices with local and cloud proxy implementations – demonstrating all combinations of the AFC DUT Compliance Test Vectors, including both Channel and Frequency Available Spectrum Inquiry Request messages.
  • Confirmation that the AFC DUT Test Harness supports both automated and manual radio frequency measurements using RF test equipment.

Recent forecasts indicate that standard power 6 GHz devices will drive a 50+% increase in overall Wi-Fi access point shipments by 2028.[1] Wi-Fi Alliance looks forward to enabling this growing ecosystem and is working with regulatory authorities to enable standard power Wi-Fi operations around the world.

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Industry support for this milestone:

“Standard power Wi-Fi 7 will be a game changer, not only for outdoor networks, but to provide a significant boost to indoor wireless broadband. The Wi-Fi Alliance test harness will provide a pathway for industry to certify that standard power access points operating under the control of an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) System comply with regulatory requirements. Broadcom was delighted to collaborate with industry partners to validate standard power 6 GHz Wi-Fi market readiness.” – Christopher Szymanski, Director of Product Marketing, Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division, Broadcom

“Thanks to Wi-Fi Alliance, industry partners, and our team for this successful event. Cisco is fully committed to continued contribution and collaboration towards the success of the AFC program and 6 GHz standard power market availability.” – Bahador Amiri, Senior Director of Wireless Engineering, Cisco Systems

“RUCKUS Networks is excited to have participated successfully in the Wi-Fi Alliance AFC DUT Test Harness testing event with R560, one of our Wi-Fi 6E APs, and AFC proxy. This demonstrates a significant milestone in the development of AFC and takes the industry much closer to realizing the benefits of full, standard power in the 6 GHz band. RUCKUS’s AFC Proxy will enable a fully scalable, enterprise-grade support for deployment of our 6 GHz Access Points, taking advantage of this once-in-a-generation increase in Wi-Fi capacity, extending Wi-Fi performance into reliable multi-gigabit speeds,” – Bart Giordano, SVP & President, Networking, Intelligent Cellular & Security Solutions (NICS), CommScope

“Extreme continues to drive the Wi-Fi industry forward and the most recent milestone is the validation of our standard power access points in accordance with AFC DUT Compliance – which is a significant step in the broader industry’s adoption and transition to embracing standard power 6 GHz Wi-Fi. This accomplishment is a testament to our commitment to securing FCC certification for standard power devices, a crucial step toward implementing Automated Frequency Coordination. We look forward to the completion of FCC certification requirements as it pertains to Wi-Fi 6E as it will drive a significant wave of innovation, performance, and experiences like we have never seen before.” – Dan DeBacker, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Extreme Networks

“As a leader in wireless test solutions, LitePoint is pleased about the continued collaboration with Wi-Fi Alliance to enhance the adoption of the 6 GHz band. With the success of the forthcoming AFC certification, standard power access points will facilitate high density deployments and offer uninterrupted connectivity at both scale and speed. LitePoint’s test equipment will continue to assist product makers in their AFC certification journey and ensure that the Wi-Fi products they ship consistently meet and exceed the highest industry standards.” – Adam Smith, Director of Product Marketing, LitePoint

“Our leadership in Wi-Fi technology would not be complete without ensuring our customers have easy access to AFC solutions. We are delighted to have successfully participated in the Wi-Fi Alliance AFC DUT Test event alongside our industry partners. Our Filogic Wi-Fi 7 and 6E chips commit to support standard power operation in 6 GHz spectrum for companies who produce Wi-Fi devices.” – Alan Hsu, Corporate Vice President of Intelligent Connectivity Business Unit, MediaTek

“We applaud Wi-Fi Alliance’s progress towards advancing the certification of AFC. We have been an active participant in enabling the industry with AFC DUT Compliance testing framework as it is a vital step towards enabling improved access to this important spectrum. Qualcomm Technologies turnkey AFC Solution’s agent meets the requirements of the AFC DUT Compliance Test Plan, an important milestone towards commercial enablement.” – Ganesh Swaminathan, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Infrastructure and Networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Norwegian incumbent’s new home gateway and repeater combo are built by Zyxel Communications, leverage Wi-Fi 6E on a MediaTek Filogic chipset, and are powered by SoftAtHome’s Connect’ON and Wifi’ON software products. The new network-agnostic gateway can be connected to 5G, Docsis, or GPON networks.

PARIS, France – 22 May 2023
 – SoftAtHome, an independent software company for broadband, video, and analytics, announced today the deployment of Telenor’s latest home gateway and repeater. The new devices – available to subscribers since early May – are powered by MediaTek Filogic Wi-Fi technology, which delivers the highest performance, the most reliable and an always-on Wi-Fi experience.

SoftAtHome’s Connect’ON ensures connectivity and Quality of Service using either fibre or 5G networks. At the same time, the software vendor’s Wifi’ON delivers high Wi-Fi Quality of Experience to the new Telenor devices.

These new devices further improve home Wi-Fi for Telenor’s Norwegian subscribers, thanks to 6E features such as more robust security or better radio spectrum usage, a third 6 GHz band and a unique zero-touch pairing of repeaters. Telenor benefits from the same SoftAtHome software running seamlessly on the last two generations of home gateway and repeater. This highly simplifies device management and the hotline processes of Telenor.

“We’re delighted to launch our new triband products with our partner SoftAtHome,” said Anna Hvattum, Head of Broadband & Services at Telenor. “Connect’ON’s ability to seamlessly manage both 5G and wired connectivity will help future-proof our latest devices. Having the last two generations using different chipsets run under a single software stack makes our life easier.”

David Viret-Lange, SoftAtHome CEO, added“Telenor Norway is still as innovative as ever, always offering the most advanced services and features. Working with a new chipset and device maker has again shown how we bring hardware independence to our operator clients. I’m especially proud that Wifi’ON and Connect’ON are powering Telenor’s latest home network solution.”

MediaTek’s Alan Hsu, Corporate Vice President, Intelligent Connectivity Business Unit, added, “SoftAtHome is a recognised leader in the software for HOME LAN services. Together with MediaTek’s award-winning Filogic Wi-Fi solutions, we are able to provide the highest performance, the most reliable and an always-on Wi-Fi experience. As our first major deployment together, this project was a great way to start and is the first collaboration of many to come.”

Zyxel’s VP of Product, Deputy Head EMEA RBU James Harris, added“We are proud of our central role in the ecosystem that has delivered the latest tech to Telenor’s subscribers so that their home network can support the latest digital services to enable secure Work-From-Home or the latest high-resolution entertainment.”


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ThinkWiFi and Mawingu Partner to Provide Disaggregated, Open-Source Wi-Fi Network Funded Through A Digital Advertising Monetization Model

Kenya, May 11, 2022—ThinkWiFi, an Africa-based ad-tech free WiFi internet service provider, and Mawingu, an internet service provider backed by Microsoft, today announced it launched the first outdoor Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenWiFi network in Kenya. This collaboration is funded using an advertising-based model, the first time a TIP OpenWiFi network has been built and commercialized using a sponsorship platform.

“ThinkWiFi’s mission is to empower people by giving them access to the internet. We are a purpose-based business working to close the digital divide,” said Janine Rebelo, Founder and CEO of ThinkWiFi. “Working with Mawingu and TIP OpenWiFi provides social upliftment where everyone can get connected to enterprise-grade Wi-Fi through an easy-to-use advertising platform. It’s a win-win-win where brands win by gaining access to high growth consumer segments, consumers win with free, uncapped, high speed connectivity, and the community wins by getting unfettered access to the digital economy through free Wi-Fi networks   powered by advertising revenue.”

Managed from ThinkWiFi’s headquarters in South Africa, the Wi-Fi network uses TIP OpenWiFi certified hardware and software including access points (APs) from Edgecore and CIGWavespot provides the cloud controller which also implements the backend analytics and location-based services through its AICloud allowing ThinkWiFi to gain valuable customer experience insights. The Wi-Fi  network is built on top of Mawingu’s network infrastructure.

“This network clearly demonstrates why TIP OpenWiFi is the most innovative connectivity solution on the market today–it’s open, with multiple vendors supplying hardware, so it can be scaled to provide superb speeds without vendor lock-in. Plus, funding the network through advertising makes community connectivity widely available, and as OpenWiFi already offers a much lower TCO, it’s a very effective way to build affordable Wi-Fi networks in city centers,” said Jack Raynor, TIP OpenWiFi Program Group Co-chair. “Simply put, OpenWiFi is beneficial to the communities that we serve and that’s why we’ve seen it scale so rapidly around the world.”

“Mawingu’s aim is to help our customers access new opportunities for work, education, entertainment, and social connections, through the power of the Internet. Our company’s mission is driven by this very purpose: Open Opportunities”, says Farouk Ramji, Mawingu CEO. “Through our collaboration with ThinkWiFiand OpenWiFi, we can provide free internet to bring us closer to bridging the digital divide in Kenya.”

The ThinkWiFi OpenWiFi network is the first part of a larger rollout that will include additional city centers, transit and tourist hubs and retail malls in Kenya and South Africa  with future plans to expand into other African countries and southern European regions. The ThinkWiFi OpenWiFi network deployments are expected to cover a number of public service and healthcare facilities through collaboration and partnership with public organizations.

TIP OpenWiFi is an open source-based Wi-Fi architecture that enables multi-vendor, interoperable Wi-Fi networks. OpenWiFi-based solutions allow ThinkWiFi to seamlessly mix and match access points and controllers from any TIP OpenWiFi compliant manufacturer and developers to quickly create new applications given it is open source.

There are more than 300 companies involved with the TIP OpenWiFi initiative from OEMs, ODMs and silicon providers to managed service providers and app developers. Launched in 2021, TIP OpenWiFi has announced commercial deployments in the United States with Boingo Wireless, in India with Spectra, in Pakistan with Multinet, and a trial with the City of Dublin and Virgin Media that complies with the European Commission’s WIFI4EU initiative, the benchmark for public Wi-fi deployments in Europe.

About ThinkWiFi:
ThinkWiFi’s mission is to reduce digital poverty and empower people whilst providing FMCG brands with access to high growth consumer markets. ThinkWiFi’s core ambition is Giving people access to free  uncapped internet, through an immersive, data enriched, brand safe AdTech platform, .. We’re passionate about closing the digital divide while laying the foundations for the 4th industrial revolution for all  under-served communities, by leveraging a powerful combination of Data analytics, Digital advertising and Open WiFi. Think WiFi’s AdTech platform  delivers over 14 million ad impressions each month for a growing number of major FMCG brands and financial institutions, and is proud to be a member of the IAB SA which represents the South African digital industry to all sectors, including the marketing community, the media, the South African government and the public. For out more

About Mauwingu:

Originally founded at the foothills of Mount Kenya, in Nanyuki. Today, Mawingu has expanded coverage to 22 counties, +9,000 active users, and +300,000 hotspot customers served. We can proudly say we are Kenya’s largest internet service provider (ISP) dedicated exclusively to the rural and peri urban markets in the country. The key to our success? Our versatility. We employ wireless, fiber, and smart green-energy technology, making it possible to adapt to the changing terrain demands and market conditions. Learn more at

About Wavespot:

Wavespot is a leading provider of wifi network infrastructure and location-based services for service providers, quick-service restaurants, retail, hospitality, and healthcare. With its multi-vendor cloud controller and AI-powered analytics, Wavespot helps businesses improve their operations and customer experience through insights and automation. Learn more about Wavespot at

About Telecom Infra Project OpenWiFi

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving open and disaggregated infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity including TIP OpenWiFi. TIP OpenWiFi is an open sourced, community-developed, disaggregated Wi-Fi hardware and software system. The system includes a cloud controller SDK and an enterprise-grade access point (AP) firmware, designed and validated to work seamlessly together. OpenWiFi is managed within TIP’s Open Converged Wireless (OCW) project group, which enables industry collaboration to build, test and validate products that deliver the requirements of valuable service providers’ use cases. The OpenWiFi community currently includes more than 300 participants, including services providers, OEM’s, ODM’s, Software ISV’s, system integrators, silicon vendors & Industry organizations. Learn more about TIP OpenWiFi here.

With technology constantly evolving there are many upgrades that can be added to your property to improve the resident experience. Here are the top 10 technologies to upgrade your MDU.


Smart Home Technology/Mobile Apps 

Smart home technology is expected to become more common in multifamily buildings as residents feel convenience is key. It allows residents to control lighting, temperature, security, and even appliances all from their smartphones or voice-activated devices. Smart home technology has revolutionized the way residents interact with their living spaces. This level of automation enhances the resident’s experience, providing a seamless and connected living environment. For property owners, smart home technology also offers significant benefits. By automating appliances like energy management, property owners can reduce operational costs and increase energy efficiency. Additionally, smart home technology is a major selling point for potential tenants, as it promotes modern and sustainable living options.

Internet of Things (IoT) 

IoT refers to the interconnection of devices through the internet, allowing them to communicate and share data. IoT will continue to drive innovation in the multifamily industry. It can be used to create a network of interconnected devices, such as thermostats, security systems, lighting, and appliances, which can be controlled and monitored remotely. This type of connectivity enables property managers to optimize resource usage, monitor equipment performance, and automate maintenance tasks. For instance, IoT sensors can detect equipment failures anywhere on the property and send real-time alerts to management to take action. This proactive approach to maintenance not only reduces downtime and repair costs but also enhances tenant satisfaction by minimizing disruptions.

Predictive Maintenance 

Predictive maintenance expands on what IoT can do for property owners. By using data analytics and machine learning algorithms to predict when maintenance issues are likely to occur, allowing for proactive repairs and replacements. This will become more common in multifamily properties, so it is essential to invest now. Predictive maintenance analyzes data from various sources, such as equipment sensors, maintenance logs, and weather patterns. It identifies patterns and anomalies that indicate potential failures. This enables property owners and managers to schedule maintenance activities based on actual need rather than relying on fixed schedules, reducing costs and maximizing equipment lifespan. Additionally, predictive maintenance can also help prevent emergency breakdowns, which can be disruptive and costly for both property owners and tenants.

Virtual Tours and 3D Modeling  

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual tours and 3D modeling in the real estate industry. These technological upgrades allow property owners to showcase their properties to potential tenants remotely. This eliminates the need for physical visits and increasing convenience. Virtual tours and 3D modeling create immersive and interactive experiences, allowing potential tenants to virtually walk through units, view floor plans, and visualize living spaces as if they were physically present. This not only saves time and effort but also expands the reach of property marketing efforts. This benefits potential tenants who can explore properties from anywhere, at any time. Additionally, virtual tours and 3D modeling can be easily updated and customized, making them a cost-effective and flexible marketing tool for property owners.

Digital Signage 

Digital signage allows property owners to display informative and interactive content on screens throughout their properties. It can be used to enhance the residents’ experience in a number of ways, such as building directories, displaying local events and announcements, and showcasing property amenities. By strategically placing screens in common areas, such as lobbies, elevators, and fitness centers, property owners can improve communication and engagement with tenants, creating a more connected and informed community. Digital signage is a way for properties to differentiate themselves from competitors.

In Conclusion

As the demand for modern and connected living environments continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly important for MDU’s to keep up. Find a trusted technology partner to grow your property. World Cinema can provide all the essential technology property owners need. This includes digital signage, surveillance equipment, cell-boosting capabilities and so much more.

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Charlotte, N.C., April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, announced today that it has received its first volume Wi-Fi 6E filter purchase order for a new, advanced, high-speed line of Wi-Fi 6E fixed infrastructure products, which will be sold through a leading US-based service provider. The customer will use multiple Akoustis XBAW® filters in Wi-Fi 6E Access Point products and is currently ramping production of these next generation multi-user, multiple-in-multiple-out (MU-MIMO) devices.

The Akoustis XBAW® filter solutions will be used initially for cable gateway products. The gateways will operate in MU-MIMO architectures, in 4 x 4 configuration, with twelve active radios. The two XBAW®filter solutions utilized for the new gateways operate with center frequencies of 5.6 GHz and 6.6 GHz, respectively.

The 5.6 GHz filter module covers the entire UNII 1-3 spectrum and enables an additional 80 MHz and 160 MHz channel in UNII-4, while the 6.6 GHz filter module covers a majority of the UNII 5-8 spectrum. Current Wi-Fi 6E configurations allow for the use of six 80 MHz and two 160 MHz channels in the UNII 1-3 spectrum, and fourteen 80 MHz and seven 160 MHz channels in the UNII 5-8 spectrum. The new XBAW® 5.6/6.6 GHz coexistence filter modules allow for the use of seven 80 MHz and three 160 MHz channels in the UNII 1-4 spectrum, and twelve 80 MHz and six 160 MHz channels in the UNII 5-8 spectrum.

Akoustis began shipping initial pre-production BAW filters against purchase orders for development, sampling, and qualification during the quarter ending December 31, 2022. The customer is now entering production with its new line of gateway routers powered by Akoustis’ filters.

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, stated, “We are excited to begin a relationship with this tier-1 US-based service provider, a significant new partner in advanced, high-speed Wi-Fi technology. This customer is pushing forward with cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6E gateway routers that will deliver leading data throughput speed and video streaming to its customers, enabled by our proprietary filtering technology.” Mr. Shealy continued, “Working with top-tier, leading companies is the goal of any technology supplier, and we are excited to help them provide the highest quality, highest speed Wi-Fi connectivity moving forward.”

Akoustis continues to experience strong demand and a growing sales funnel for its Wi-Fi, 5G mobile, and 5G infrastructure products, including CBRS XBAW® filters, as well as its new XBAW® and RFMi resonator and oscillator products. During the December quarter, the Company shipped multiple samples of its new 5G XBAW® wafers complete with its new, advanced wafer-level packaging (WLP) technology. Akoustis continues to add new Wi-Fi design wins, many of which are expected to ramp into production in calendar 2023.

Akoustis is actively delivering volume production of its Wi-Fi 6 and 6E tandem filter solutions, shipping multiple 5G small cell XBAW® filter solutions, and delivering initial designs of its new 5G mobile filter solutions to multiple customers, and has entered the market with its new Wi-Fi 7 coexistence XBAW® filter solutions. To date, Akoustis has received more than 20 customer design wins for its patented XBAW® filter solutions.

Given the rapidly growing sales funnel activity, as well as ongoing interaction with customers regarding expected ramps in 5G mobile, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E in calendar 2023, the Company is completing the annual production capacity increase at its New York fab to approximately 0.5 billion filters per year.

About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

Akoustis® ( is a high-tech BAW RF filter solutions company that is pioneering next-generation materials science and MEMS wafer manufacturing to address the market requirements for improved RF filters – targeting higher bandwidth, higher operating frequencies and higher output power compared to legacy polycrystalline BAW technology. The Company utilizes its proprietary and patented XBAW® manufacturing process to produce bulk acoustic wave RF filters for mobile and other wireless markets, which facilitate signal acquisition and accelerate band performance between the antenna and digital back end. Superior performance is driven by the significant advances of poly-crystal, single-crystal and other high purity piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which enables optimal trade-offs between critical power, frequency and bandwidth performance specifications.

Akoustis plans to service the fast growing, multi-billion-dollar RF filter market, using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 registered commercial wafer-manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes a class 100 / class 1000 cleanroom facility – tooled for 150-mm diameter wafers – for the design, development, fabrication and packaging of RF filters, MEMS and other semiconductor devices. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in the Piedmont technology corridor near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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7SIGNAL now optimizes Wi-Fi in consumer environments including homes, hotel rooms and other locations where cable, satellite and over-the-air television systems are used. Available in the Google Play store, the SaaS agent can eliminate the need to roll trucks, shorten helpdesk calls, and reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) by 59% or more.

Cleveland, OH – 7SIGNAL®, the leader in enterprise Wi-Fi optimization, today announced the release of its Android TV set top box (STB) agent. The agent, which is available in the Google Play store, is designed to optimize consumer Wi-Fi for ISPs, IAPs and other professionally managed and supported environments including home and hospitality.

The Agent is developed for enterprise level control, governance, and deployment from Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms, in the future, the platform will provide direct consumer messaging for faster remediation, in support of company’s vision which is to reduce the human interaction required to solve Wi-Fi problems. A free enterprise trial is available, here.

This innovative software agent (known as Mobile Eye) and the SaaS powered 7SIGNAL enterprise dashboard are designed to optimize Wi-Fi in consumer environments including homes, hotel rooms and other environments where cable, satellite and over-the-air television systems are used providing visibility into the consumer digital experience. Proven by IDC research to reduce network MTTR by over 59% in the enterprise, 7SIGNAL expands capabilities beyond enterprise endpoint use cases such as laptops, mobility, robotics and other IoT and into the consumer-based environments for the first time.

“The set top box (STB) market was valued at over $23.9 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand well into the future according to analysts like Grand View Research,” said Don Cook, Chief Marketing Officer at 7SIGNAL. “STBs are growing in popularity because as they offer features like personalized experiences, a large app ecosystem, and even video conferencing. Now that multiple connectivity options are available including Wi-Fi, 7SIGNAL can keep these devices streaming while monitoring consumer digital experiences.

For more information about the 7SIGNAL platform, click here.

About 7SIGNAL, Inc.

7SIGNAL is a leading provider of Wi-Fi optimization solutions, helping organizations improve network performance and deliver a seamless user experience. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, 7SIGNAL is committed to delivering the latest technology and best-in-class support to its customers. Learn more at

Real-world Radio Requency (RF) environments produce results with wide variation. A new Wi-Fi test plan approach uses out-of-the-box testing to quantify a customer’s experience using statistics.

Wi-Fi conformance and performance testing for devices is critical whether it’s for Wi-Fi 6/6E or 7, which is on the horizon. As a result, there are new test plan approaches being developed for the new challenges that are being introduced as these technologies advance.

Wi-Fi Alliance members, including Spirent, have collaborated to produce a Wi-Fi performance test plan describing a relatively simple testbed that provides all the means necessary to perform a wide variety of Wi-Fi tests. The testbed provides a foundation to ensure repeatable and reproduceable RF testing and will likely be the cornerstone of further revisions, enhancements, and expansion of the test plan.

While small chamber over-the-air (OTA) testing is becoming the de facto method for testing, the Wi-Fi Device Metrics Test Plan introduces approaches that we believe are unique from other test plans in the industry.

The testing methodology limits the number of test parameters and avoids needless nested parameter loops by specifying fixed “external” parameters like topology, number of devices etc., and allows the tester to save time and money by focusing on “internal” parameters like security, NSS, and others, as appropriate for their organization. Since more and more consumer devices are pre-, or self-configuring, Wi-Fi Device Metrics encourages out-of-box testing to emulate a customer’s experience.

Real-world customer environments produce results with wide variation. Wi-Fi Device Metrics recognizes this and recommends presentation of results in a statistical manner, rather than just a single number. Each test produces a wealth of data and Wi-Fi Device Metrics details ways that this test data can be efficiently analyzed to provide statistical analysis that more accurately illustrates the customer’s experience.

In the beginning
In the early days of Wi-Fi, RF performance was characterized in the lab using RF cabled setups usually housed in shielded RF rooms. Testing tended to be very specifically PHY related, concentrating on TX power, RX sensitivity, spectral mask, EVM and so on. MAC/PHY testing was covered by Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability testing but testing of radio performance in the real world was limited.

OTA RF performance testing is complicated. Often, it was performed in shielded RF rooms, but generally the results were unreliable because standing waves and movement of people within the chamber caused signal variations as much as 70 dB. Open air testing was often performed in a dedicated test home, which gave some degree of real-world assessment, but again reflections and interference almost guaranteed Never The Same Result Twice (NTSRT).

Nearly all of these legacy test methodologies were aimed at point-to-point connections, which is in line with the goals of all Wi-Fi generations up to Wi-Fi 5.

Wi-Fi 6 was designed to give better user performance to a community of concurrent users in the presence of overlapping basic service set (OBSS) interference. This broke the legacy mold for testing.

State of the art testing today

The testbed
Now, a testbed needs to contain multiple devices, up to 37 in the case of OFDMA. The testbed must reproduce spatial diversity for MU-MIMO to be tested, there must be facility to generate OBSS traffic, and there is a need for multiple sniffer devices. Cabling such a setup is impractical and all the same NTSRT problems still remain in an OTA environment.

The Device Metrics testbed is built using relatively small anechoic chambers and uses directional antennas to “couple” RF energy into, and out of, the chamber. This approach limits the signal variability due to standing waves, avoids the need to disassemble the device to make a physical connection, and provides good spatial diversity to support MU-MIMO operation, as explained further in Small Anechoic Chamber Channels and Near Field MIMO Channel Modeling with applications to Small Anechoic Chambers. The chambers are interconnected with RF cables through variable attenuators to simulate distance.

This type of testbed is relatively new in the industry and has been shown to give results that are repeatable (on the same system), and reproduceable (on a remote system). It is rapidly becoming accepted as the de-facto way to test Wi-Fi as evidenced by other standards bodies such as Broadband Forum, ETSI, and others.

Along with the testbed, the test measurement methodology also needs to change. Methodologies like RFC 2544, which rely on the system to be in equilibrium for a measurement to be performed, are no longer useful because of the continuous variation of the measured parameters caused by all the other devices also contending for the channel.

Better performance indicators
Performance indicators of interest need to be more sophisticated. The traditional raw throughput with one device is less useful in the context of real-world testing where we need to assess the combined experience of a community of users. Instead, we see aggregated throughput, individual device latency, and roaming performance becoming more important.

Wi-Fi Device Metrics use modern traffic generation tools such as multiPerf that provide second-by-second key performance indicator data so that the variability of results can be captured and analyzed. MultiPerf also provides more sophisticated analysis capabilities, for example, measuring the packet-by-packet distribution of one-way delay (OWD).

MultiPerf also has more sophisticated traffic generation modes that help the tester more accurately mimic real-life applications. For example, multiPerf allows one to generate traffic with a specified data rate mean and variance to mimic a user. Indeed, it goes further to produce isochronous traffic at a specified frame rate to mimic voice or video.

Comprehensive presentation of results
As mentioned earlier, the presentation of the metrics needs to be revised. A single throughput number, or a single delay number is not that useful because, in practice there is always a distribution of results, and it is often the spread of those results that affect users more adversely.

Wi-Fi Device Metrics recognizes this fact and proposes a much more statistical analysis of the results, which are presented in various levels of detail.

The first level will typically be in tabular form presenting the mean, standard deviation, coefficient of variance, and performance at certain percentiles. This is useful for simple reports, perhaps for regression testing, where the numbers can be compared, or matched up with the testers’ own criteria for pass/fail.

The next level will be to generate Probability Distribution Functions (PDF) and Cumulative Distribution Functions (CDF) to visualize the spread of results so that anomalies can be illustrated. Depending upon the test case, other detailed analysis and visualization is performed, as appropriate.

An example of packet delay results
An example of this analysis is shown in the image below where the latency test produces a PDF of packet delays on a packet-by-packet basis. Here we mimic multimedia by generating isochronous, variable bit rate traffic.

Generally, real time video or voice is fairly tolerant to a reasonable mean delay, but the tails of the delay spread are the parts that irritate the customer.

Explicit examination of the spread is important to gauge customer experience. This graph shows a mean delay of about 8 ms. Delays around 20 ms are unlikely to cause problems, but there is a finite probability of delays at 50 ms, 55 ms, and beyond, which might disrupt a voice or video stream occasionally and would be irritating to the user.

Spirent Wi-Fi testing
As a leader in Wi-Fi performance testing for devices and access points, Spirent is a key member of the Wi-Fi Alliance task group and regularly contributes to their evolving standards. In doing so, we continually gain insights for developing our automated testbeds to meet the demand for the ever-changing Wi-Fi technology industry.

By LitePoint

April 20, 2023

In today’s world, connectivity has become almost as critical in our everyday lives as electricity and water. Wireless connectivity is integrated into every aspect of our lives, including how we live, work, and play. This puts companies and manufacturers under immense pressure to bring consistent, reliable products to market quickly. Quality and performance are business imperatives for these companies to maintain consumer confidence and build trusted brand reputations.

Wireless Test Must Evolve as Technologies Become More Complex

When the pandemic hit in 2020, internet consumption and real-time connection rates skyrocketed, also driving consumers to upgrade their devices. Since then, the use cases and exponential growth rate of data usage have only  increased.

To address emerging applications such as high-definition video, industrial automation, immersive experiences, and gaming, the Wi-Fi 7 standard is being defined to offer high throughput and low latency. 5G technology is also evolving to improve coverage, capacity, and connectivity.

As technologies evolve, wireless testing must continually evolve to keep up with challenging device environments, ever more complex technologies, and pressing market demands. Final testing at manufacturing is a critical aspect of any complete testing strategy because products can have different RF performance in the final form factor vs. in the component phase. Only testing in the lab, at device verification, and end-of-line manufacturing can ensure the product that reaches the end user will work the way it was designed, every time.

Efficiency and Security

The Ericsson Mobility report showed that global 5G subscriptions surpassed the one billion milestone at the end of 2022. With the growing rate of adoption and increased 5G device complexity, test strategy must be modified to ensure quality device performance, while still preserving test time and cost. Learn more about building a 5G testing strategy.

From a consumer mindset, upholding the promise of device security is vital to building trust. Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology is advancing to address security vulnerabilities in access control, location-based services, and device-to-device communication. To meet new capabilities, compliance verification and performance validation are necessary in test.

Trusted Brands 

According to the Salsify 2023 Consumer Research Report, 82% of shoppers stay loyal to brands based on product quality. Moreover, 61% of consumers state they would pay more to buy products or services from a brand name they trust. For businesses selling wireless devices, this credibility is dependent on the wireless technology in each product functioning as designed and intended in the consumers hands, every time. To ensure success, reliable testing is essential in lab, DVT, and manufacturing.

Consumers are always on the lookout for the latest technologies. In a competitive marketplace, being the first company to introduce a cool, new device to market significantly impacts the brand’s reputation.

Simplifying Wireless Test

With LitePoint’s fast-to-deploy and easy-to-use test solutions, businesses can focus on making the next, next big thing. Since its founding over 20 years ago, LitePoint has had one overriding principle: making wireless test simple. In a complex and ever-changing industry, LitePoint simplifies wireless test so companies can get the most innovative wireless technologies to market before their competition.



Brands only get one chance to have a successful product launch. Consumers are always waiting to get their hands on the next big thing, and companies need reliable wireless testing to guarantee each device performs as intended in their customers’ hands. Building a reliable test strategy ensures product quality and builds the foundation of trust for businesses selling wireless devices. Each new feature added to a device must work seamlessly to protect reputation and uphold loyalty.

Contact us to learn how LitePoint’s simple, optimal wireless test solutions will bring your innovative products to market with confidence.