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Barry Manz is president of Manz Communications, Inc., a technical media relations agency he founded in 1987. He has since worked with more than 100 companies in the RF and microwave, defense, test and measurement, semiconductor, embedded systems, lightwave, and other markets. Barry writes articles for print and online trade publications, as well as white papers, application notes, symposium papers, technical references guides, and Web content. He is also a contributing editor for the Journal of Electronic Defense, editor of Military Microwave Digest, co-founder of MilCOTS Digest magazine, and was editor in chief of Microwaves & RF magazine.


Removing Obstacles to Space Travel Barry Manz
Bounce radio signals off the moon? Unthinkable! Well it certainly was in 1946. Hardly anyone knew much about a program called “Project Diana”, and many still don’t today. This is a shame, as the project and its participants removed one of the greatest obstacles to space travel.

At 90W, Power over Ethernet Hits the Sweet Spot Barry Manz
The 802.3bt standard lets devices consume more power, which makes it a compelling solution for smart buildings and cities.

Does Wi-Gig Have a Place in Wi-Fi’s Future? Barry Manz
Wi-Gig was created to make very-high-speed file transfers possible over a short distance, but Wi-Fi 6 (802.1ax) is coming and it will do that too, without the challenges presented by the use of millimeter wavelengths.

Emerging Applications Put Microwave Technology to the Test Barry Manz
Emerging applications, such as IoT, 5G, and autonomous vehicles, pose immense communications challenges. Engineers will be put to the test to solve the current microwave technology gaps and in turn support these emerging applications in meeting their fantastic potential.

Ham Radio Is Advancing in Ways You Won’t Believe Barry Manz
I’ve been out of ham radio for a long time, so recently I checked out what I’ve been missing. It’s even more than I expected and more fascinating now than ever before.

The Physical Web is Dead. The Beacon Legacy Lives On Barry Manz
The Physical Web was an interesting Bluetooth beacon-based notification concept, but it was killed last year by its creator, Google. Fortunately, its basic functionality still exists within the company’s Nearby Notifications platform.

Wi-Fi Will Soon Provide Position Accuracy of One Meter Barry Manz
One of the most formidable challenges facing anyone developing location-based products and services is the inability to obtain precise three-axis location data. A new Wi-Fi capability coming this year, or next, may solve this problem.

Cellular for IoT: Industry Goals and Technology Roadmap Barry Manz
The cellular industry has a solid strategy for making its technologies better suited than LPWANS for IoT. The industry’s goals are many, including low-power consumption, enhanced and increased coverage, enhanced security, and scalability, among others. Three wireless technologies are slated to help meet these goals: LTE-M, EC-GSM-IoT, and NB-IoT.

Robots in the Spotlight at 2018 Winter Olympics Barry Manz
The Olympic Games have become as much a showcase for a country’s high-tech capabilities as they are for the sporting events, but this year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea takes this trend to a whole new level.

Tech Scores a TD at Super Bowl LII Barry Manz
Super Bowl LII fans in the stands will expect flawless cellular and Wi-Fi performance, and viewers at home will expect multi-view, action-packed, real-time coverage. The mammoth technology infrastructure supporting Super Bowl LII should deliver on both.

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