Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Mar 18, 2020


Wifi 6In the first of this two-part post, we’ll discuss the new and upcoming Wi-Fi 6 standards and the performance benefits. Our subsequent post will cover how to make sure that your cabling plant is ready.

In September 2019, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched is Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification program for Wi-Fi devices based on the upcoming IEEE 802.11ax Enhancements for High Efficiency Wireless (HEW) LAN standard, scheduled to be ratified by the middle of this year. Like we’ve seen with past generations of Wi-Fi, devices are starting to show up in the marketplace well ahead of the standard and are rapidly becoming the norm.

Netgear, Arris and Asus recently introduced Wi-Fi 6 access points, and even Comcast has announced a Wi-Fi 6 version of its Gateway for residential use. The latest iPhone 11 and Galaxy S10 smartphones include support for Wi-Fi 6, and Lenova, HP and Dell have all announced laptops with Wi-Fi 6 on board. And there’s more to come with the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E that is expected to unlock the full Wi-Fi 6 feature set to dramatically improve the wireless experience.

Now that it’s officially here, many enterprise businesses are looking to upgrade. Let’s take a closer look at what you get with Wi-Fi 6 and what upgrading entails.

Just keeps getting better and better

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) finally gave us wireless speeds beyond 1 Gb/s, which was the main driver for IEEE to introduce 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T that allows the installed base of Category 5e and Category 6 to potentially provide support. But apparently with virtually everyone using the wireless network, those speeds just weren’t enough. Enter Wi-Fi 6 with the ability to now deliver 10 Gig transmission through the use of eight spatial streams that each transmit at 1.2 Gb/s compared to Wi-Fi 5 at just 866 Mb/s per stream.

Wi-Fi 6 also can operate in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands versus the 5 GHz band only for Wi-Fi 5. While the 5 GHz band continues to be used primarily for less interference and faster rates (the higher the frequency, the more radio waves), 2.4 GHz is still better at penetrating solid objects and covers longer distances (about three times farther than 5 GHz). There’s also less interference today in the 2.4 GHz band since many of the devices such as cordless telephones that use this band are going by the wayside. Wi-Fi 6 has the capability to use both frequencies simultaneously to increase the amount of data that can be transmitted.

Apparently, as more and more devices take advantage of Wi-Fi, even Wi-Fi 6 is expected to be impacted by congestion. That’s where Wi-Fi 6E comes in with its ability to also operate on the 6 GHz band. Wi-Fi 6E will extend the capacity of Wi-Fi 6 by using up to 14 additional 80 MHz and 7 additional 160 MHz non-overlapping channels in the 6 GHz band. Primarily intended for applications like high-definition video streaming and virtual reality, Wi-Fi 6E will support even more users to reduce congestion — and it won’t be plagued by older Wi-Fi 5 devices using the 5 GHz band. In other words, only those devices with support for Wi-Fi 6E get to use the 6 GHz spectrum.

When Wi-Fi 6E comes to fruition is anyone’s guess since the use of the 6 GHz spectrum requires regulatory approval by the US Federal Communications Commission, and while they say it’s coming, we all know just how quickly federal government approvals DON’T happen. But once regulatory approval does come through, Wi-Fi 6E devices are expected to hit the market immediately.

Source https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html


       Partnering For The Next Step                                                                     

Siemens CanadaWelcome to the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit brought to you by Siemens

How quickly can you react to changing conditions and demands in your market? How can you ensure your production will run securely at any time in the future?

Industry’s digital and technological transformation is the answer for meeting today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and market needs.

With the right digitalization and automation solutions, expertise won from practical experience, and a partnership approach that benefits all involved parties.

To explore these possibilities, we’re bringing together top-level speakers, specialists and decision-makers from various industries and experts from Siemens to the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit under the motto “Partnering for the next step.”   

This virtual summit will be an interactive digital event featuring first-hand experiences and success stories achieved with industrial digitalization and automation solutions, and cutting-edge technologies.

Join us on July 16 and learn from customers and experts how you can respond efficiently, flexibly and safely to the changing market environment.

To cover as many different time zones as possible, we offer two almost identical live sessions – you can also watch them on demand at your convenience:

Sessions runs from :  9:30 am to 2:15 pm ET (3:30 pm to 8:15 pm CEST)


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WestburneMany contractors prefer to deal with the people that they know, in their local branch. When doing a job out of town, it’s often inconvenient or simply impossible to return to your home branch to pick up material orders for the next day, within standard business hours.

Westburne’s new locker solution extends the branch’s pick up times to 24 hours, 7 days a week.

 

 

 


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EmployeesBy Terry Becker

All electrical incidents are preventable! Keep employees safe with an up-to-date electrical safety program and complimentary training.

“Employees don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect!” This is a great quote when it comes down to occupational health and safety. The need for ensuring that an audit is a key component of your overall occupational health and safety management system and your company’s electrical safety program is essential.

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Brady Pull-Handle Butterfly Valve LockoutThe Pull-handle Butterfly Valve Lockout. Its simple, fold-over design effectively lockspull handles in any desired position. And, it holds up to four padlocks for added safety. No matter what industry you’re in, this versatile, one-piece lockout device bolsters your safety lockout solution. And that’s a welcome addition to any lockout program. With this device you’ll also get:

  • A great fit – exclusive, anti-pivot lockout device that fits a variety of pull handle butterfly valve sizes

 

 

 

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Shannon TymoskoBy Blake Marchand

Shannon Tymosko is a first-year apprentice with IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 105, something she undertook after 10 years working her way up the ranks of a payday loan company.

“One of the things I love, working in the trades, is you can see your progress and you can see at the end of the day the work that you have done.

 

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