Winning the Wireless War: How to Pick the Right Platform for You


Technological advances and economic forces are expanding the boundaries of networks and incorporating locations that were previously considered unreachable. As IP-based protocols become the standard for inter-operability, end users are demanding that all connectivity designs be IP-based, enabling a flexible suite of customer-selected management tools and infrastructure choices.

Wireless will inevitably become the medium of choice for most remote systems. Wireless networks are no longer the preserve of niche specialty technologies; they are maturing into standards-driven systems that can be more fully embraced by the industrial market. There is no single best answer for all applications. Evaluating where and how to use wireless technologies, and how to compare the functions and features of multiple forms of wireless to find the best option for your project will be the focus of this Connectivity College presentation.

Mike Fahrion and Bill Conley will discuss the ways in which wireless data communications already blur the definition of “network edge” and how to evaluate wireless or cellular options to build your seamless, connected network. They will explain how emerging wireless technologies can be adapted into existing networks and discuss the advantages of blending legacy technology with the latest innovations.


Mike Fahrion, Director of Product Management, B&B Electronics

Mike Fahrion, the director of product management at B&B Electronics, is an expert in data communications with 20 years of design and application experience. He oversees development of the company’s rugged M2M connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks based on serial, Ethernet, wireless and USB communication technologies. Mike has particular expertise in reliable connectivity solutions for devices deployed at the “edge” of networks in remote, harsh or uncontrolled environments. His technical expertise combined with a talent for simplifying complex issues allow Mike to turn technical babble and marketing speak into practical, useful information for engineers and managers. Mike is a speaker and widely published author, including his politically incorrect newsletter, eConnections, with over 50,000 monthly subscribers. Mike holds a BSEE from Iowa State University.

Bill Conley, Cellular and Proprietary RF Device Product Manager, B&B Electronics

Bill Conley is B&B Electronics' leader in wireless product development. He has more than 30 years of experience in the wireless field as an embedded design engineer, specializing in the digital, microcontroller, and microprocessor arenas. Bill has designed SCADA and telemetry solutions for remote monitoring and control for 20 years, earning the ”Most Innovative Product” for one of the first wireless mobile MDT’s (Land Mobile EXPO) and “Best of Wireless Telemetry” (2002 Sensors Expo). Bill is an author and speaker, and holds several patents in the industrial wireless field. He is serving as a TIA delegate to oneM2M, a standards body launched in July 2012 to develop specifications to ensure the global functionality of M2M.

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