One of the promises of wireless technology was to free us not just from the tethers of a wired world but also to unravel that rat's nests of wires that used to stare insolently at us from under our desks, behind our entertainment systems, and in our cars.
As is usually the case, advancing technology has, in fact, just raised the rat's nest problem to a higher level of abstraction.
Now, instead of picking mindlessly at a spaghetti bowl of wires we have to unravel protocols.
Zigbee, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, Bluetooth, and UWB are each is designed for specific applications. But how can they be managed and synchronized to optimize their value?
On the factory floor, at least, there has appeared a company that knows how to make money out of a protocol imbroglio.
Apprion, based the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, Calif., provides a service and software platform that untangles and optimizes value from wireless solutions inside factories.
I can't vouch for Apprion because I don't own a factory and have never used its service. But I see the value in the kind of service it provides. I'm particularly intrigued by the software platform part of its pitch. If you are a wireless design engineer, you should be too.
More information about Apprion is available at www.apprion.com.