Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Greenlee AirscoutThe new Greenlee Communications’ AirScout characterizes the Wi-Fi environment, optimizes the wireless network setup, and produces a simple, on-screen report that a technician can immediately share with the customer. The system goes beyond simple test and measurement by validating a home for Wi-Fi readiness and identifying solutions to solve potential problems.


AirScout brings intelligence to the process by measuring multiple locations simultaneously, then using the data to select the best channel and optimum location of the wireless access point. To do this, the system surveys the Wi-Fi environment, produces a heat map, and provides a Quality of Experience (QoE) score that can immediately be shared with the subscriber. Armed with this information, the technician can educate the consumer about their Wi-Fi coverage, ensure the Wi-Fi setup meets their expectations, enabling up-sell opportunities where gaps exist, and provide a birth certificate for future reference.


“AirScout takes testing to the next level, bringing the rigour of real world Wi-Fi performance testing into an easy-to-use automated solution that provides visibility into the subscribers Wi-Fi experience,” says Jason Byrne, Director of Product Management for Greenlee Communications. “Currently, most technicians installing services have limited tools to support Wi-Fi network installations, if any. The actual customer’s Wi-Fi user experience is a blind spot that is costing the operators millions in customer support, truck rolls, and increased churn.”


For further information, including product details and video demonstration, visit www.greenleecommunications.com.

 

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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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Lumens

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Jean-Marc Myette

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Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB’s Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada’s Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life.

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