You will never be far away from someone using their smartphone or laptop, other than on board an aircraft. For many years air travel has been a mobile phone free zone, as it was known that electromagnetic radiation, which both portable electronic devices (PED) and transmitting PED (T-PED) emit, could interfere with aircraft avionics in older aircraft.
A recent report from Juniper Research (Mobile Payment Strategies: Remote, Contactless & Money Transfer 2014-2018) predicts that the value of global payments via mobile devices will reach around $507 billion this year, a rise of nearly 40 per cent year-on-year.
Ensuring WIFi compliance with Dynamic Frequency Selection
802.11 was the first WLAN standard and was created in 1997 by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). As this only supported a maximum network bandwidth of 2Mbps, the IEEE developed the 802.11b specification in 1999, which supported an increased bandwidth of up to 11 Mbps. Of course, both of these standards use the same unlicensed radio signalling frequency of 2.4 GHz, which can incur interference with other appliances also using that range.
New Radio Equipment Directive (RED) will replace R&TTE
The new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) was adopted by the Council of the European Union in April 2014 and replaces the R&TTE Directive.
Member States will have a two year transition period to transpose the rules into their national laws. Manufacturers will have an additional year to comply as equipment that is compliant with the current R&TTE Directive may continue to be placed on the market 12 months beyond the transition period.
The UK team at TÜV SÜD Product Service plays a pivotal role across the TÜV SÜD global telecoms network, as their expertise is often called upon by other businesses within the Group. Its experts have specialist knowledge in a broad range of industries in which telecommunications equipment is frequently used. With an in-depth understanding of the market pressures that their clients face, the team is completely focused on ensuring that they have the competitive edge, with the certifications to uphold it.