Motorcycle Drive By

I grew up on the East Coast of the US, so while there were plenty of motorcycles, they weren’t nearly as prevalent as they are in Southern California. It wasn’t until coming to San Diego that I experienced the daily commuting motorcycle riders year round. If you’ve ever driven up the 5, or on any other Californian roadway during rush hour traffic, you know the simultaneous envy and annoyance at motorcyclists. Why, you ask? Well, while the majority of us are sitting in traffic, the motorcycles are squeezing between the cars moving right along to their destination. You envy them because they are moving, and you are not. You are annoyed because, well, they’ve beat the system and you are stuck! And in the same thought you can’t help but admire the innovation. Bless those motorcycle riders in all their traffic surpassing ways.

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Busting Through the ISM Band Jam

A great lesson is to be had from the motorcycle riders of Southern California in using the 2.4 GHz ISM band. You see, Wi-Fi uses the 2.4 GHz ISM band. And Wi-Fi is becoming more and more ubiquitous. It’s pretty clogged. Just go to an apartment building or densely built out suburban area and you’ll see the performance hit. But the 2.4 GHz ISM band has a great analogy in Southern California roadways. Just like highways have lanes that allows buses full of passengers, trucks full of goods, or cars filled with screaming children and crazed parents, Wi-Fi has dedicated sub-bands or channels. These sub-bands are used transmit tons of data over the Wi-Fi protocol.

But there is space in between those sub-bands that the savvy wireless technology can use! That’s right, the Southern California motorcycle rider lesson is baked into RPMA® technology. RPMA channels easily fit between the Wi-Fi sub-bands. And because 86% of IoT connections use less than 3 MB of data a month, that kind of low-bandwidth connectivity is perfect for the IoT. S0, thank you motorcyclists, for showing the way to a more efficient and license free IoT.

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