Cell-signal visualizer app and other innovative tech aim for flawless connectivity
Many sectors of society claim that internet access is a basic human right, and no longer a simple option. The evolution of the Internet of Things threatens to discard the gadgets and companies that cannot keep up. Given these two developments that are becoming a norm in the digital landscape, connectivity that is smooth, uninterrupted, speedy, and constant is being regarded as a necessity to daily survival. Nowadays, it is treated the same way we handle our smartphones or wallets: the minute connectivity weakens or dies down, we find ourselves cut off from the rest of the world, possibly isolated and unable to communicate, and with very minimal access to the data that drive our decisions every single minute.
Fortunately, organizations, service providers and tech firms are trying their best to prevent you from suffering that unfortunate state, as they unleash devices that can boost your cell device’s connectivity, especially during the most trying times when your telecom provider is unable to emit the maximum signal.
First off is the app Architecture of Radio which lets you see those invisible Wi-Fi signals in all their dazzling glory. The app literally lifts the veil off the mystery surrounding the Wi-Fi hubs that are near you. “The Architecture of Radio is a 360-degree data visualization of what this world might look like. It shows the cell towers, GPS satellites and Wi-Fi routers around you that allow us to live our digital lives,” the description reads. Rainbow pulses weave and dance in the screen of your cell device, interlinking with each other, and effectively showing a 60-degree angle the streaming data from 7 million cell towers, 19 million Wi-Fi routers, and hundreds of satellites.
In its review of the app, Building Design Construction says that the users can immediately get an appreciation of the magnitude as well as the availability of the signals running around his location. The downside is, they cannot tap into and use them because the digital illustration springs from a database that is not operating on real-time. The most users can hope for is to grasp the density of the connectivity around them as well as the location of the Wi-Fi networks and routers; moving near to their actual physical space to boost connectivity, though, still remains a hit-and-miss affair.
No such limitation obstructs the users of the network extender, the plug-and-play device created, manufactured, and distributed by fast-rising tech company 5BARz International Inc. Without any need for cables or antennas, the easy-to-carry gadget strengthens users’ cell device signals. It can support at least ten mobile devices simultaneously within a 4,000 square feet to maximum signals. The network extender has been proven to work very powerfully in remote areas like mountainous resorts or densely populated buildings where a huge number eventually find their respective cell device signals weakening. Travelling professionals using the network extender are no longer afraid of having conversations with the home office suddenly cut off. The same holds true for tourists journeying in more exotic locations who want to post selfies and other photos on their social media sites for their friends to see.
Meanwhile, Singapore is launching a trial run designed to ensure “uninterrupted connectivity” for mass transport, according to a report by Digital Asia One. The Wi-Fi-On-The-Go project will begin with two buses from the government-owned transport company SMRT. Installed in these vehicles is a 4G+1 network that increases the bandwidth of cell devices used by the passengers who only need to connect to it to make sure they enjoy constant connectivity while commuting. There are further plans to increase the downloading speed of the network ten times by the end of April 2016. Passengers riding on these smart buses can search, chat, send videos, and do other digital-data-related activity before, after, and during their trip.
Connectivity is also taking over the skies, as airlines compete to build structures that will ensure that their passengers enjoy the same kind of data streaming up in the air as powerfully as they do on land. Future Travel Experience takes a look at some of the most promising features in its coverage of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. JetBlue is taking the lead with its FlyFi service that is now allowing passengers to stream movies and TV shows on their own smart devices while on an actual flight.
Then, one of the most radical technologies actually gives the flying vehicle (or the people manning it) the most dynamic and efficient satellite solution by picking either the Global Ku- or the Ka- band capability that is mounted on a single antenna platform. This development, which will eventually cascade into greater connectivity for the airline passengers, is the result of a new partnership between GEE and Airconnect Global.
It seems that connectivity may finally become constant in the next few years. Apps will point to the location of the nearest hub. Satellite-powered networks in airlines will make connectivity happen while maintaining airline safety. Through wired installations in motor vehicles, passengers can continue their virtual experience while going on an actual journey. Network extenders will boost cell signals, providing internet access to people living and working in the most technologically-challenged places. These innovations might very be just the beginning.