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In a technological advance that could drastically extend the global reach of wireless web access, AT&T Labs unveiled a project to deliver ultra-fast wireless broadband over power lines.
The research and development wing of U.S. communications giant AT&T unveiled Project AirGig today. The company said the project is still deep in the experimentation stage but the first field trials are expected in 2017.
This technology aims to supply broadband anywhere there are power lines. The consequence of using such electrical infrastructure could enable high-speed connectivity for significant numbers of underserved and remote communities around the world.
AT&T says that this technology can run over license-free spectrum as it delivers ultra-fast wireless internet to homes and connected devices. And as it relies on using power line infrastructure, it says this connectivity will be easier to deploy than fiber.
The technology allows you to roll out a low-cost broadband solution in underserved areas “like a bit of a mesh network,” says AT&T chief strategy officer, John Donovan. He added he expects the first network to be up and running around 2020.
Cost issues for bringing new broadband “can’t just mean installing new equipment” in line with Moore’s Law, he said, adding that existing infrastructure needs to be leveraged.
The technology promises to provide the speedy web connectivity without requiring any direct electrical connection to the power line. AT&T adds that Project AirGig will provide last-mile connectivity without the deployment of any new fiber-to-the-home.
AT&T filed hundreds of patents
As part of the development of its new technology, AT&T has filed over 100 patents or patent applications related to Project AirGig.
Among its patent pending technologies, AT&T Labs created low-cost plastic antennas and devices that regenerate signals along the length of the power lines. These can accommodate 4G LTE and 5G multi-gigabit mobile and fixed deployments.
The flexibility of the technology allows the use of distributed antenna systems or small cells, which avoids requiring new buried cables or towers.
Beyond providing high-speed connectivity to many isolated and underserved customers, the company says utilities can also benefit from piggybacking the AirGig technology on their power lines.
It said that the new technology could provide allow the utilities to roll out new smart-grid applications and also enable new capabilities for power line integrity monitoring.
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Biotricity has selected AT&T as its prefered network partner, providing the wireless carrier entry into the medical market.
AT&T has a pilot program in place that provides Biotricity with “near real-time connectivity for data transmission.” That will expand to a full program later this year, when Biotricity launches its first wearable.
Bioflux, the name of the wearable, enables physicians to diagnose cardiovascular and coronary heart disease (CVD and CHD) by monitoring the person for 30 days and sending results back in real-time.
Having the system send back data in real-time is important, as it may inform physicians or doctors that the patient is in cardiac distress.
Biotricity also plans a new wearable
Biotricity also plans to sell Biolife, a personal wearable for people to track heart-rhythm, respiration, calories, temperature, physical activity, and other measurements. Users will receive support from physicians, but its unclear if data will be sent in real-time to a physician.
“For medical device manufacturers to successfully enter and establish themselves in the new connected healthcare industry, it is imperative that they look beyond traditional forms of technological innovation,” said Biotricity founder and CEO Waqaas Al-Siddiq. “IoT, for example, would be an avenue for consideration. Medical device manufacturers are uniquely positioned to be successful in this market, as they have a profound understanding of the regulatory process, critical applications, and patient risk.”
Biotricity is attempting to hit two surging markets, IoT and personal healthcare, at the same time. It has went through the regulatory process of getting the device approved by the FDA as well, something traditional tech firms like Apple and Fitbit have struggle with in the past.
The question now is can Biotricity win over physicians and consumers, the former may be inclined to stick with current methods, the latter may be happy enough with their Fitbit or Apple Watch health services.
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