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Is cellular telemetry right for your machine data?

Cellular networks are advancing controls engineering via wireless telemetry.

By Jacob Haugen, Communications Director at Portland Engineering, Inc. (PEI)

Ever think about how powerful a cell phone is in 2014? They’re basically soap bar sized computers that we’ve become accustomed to doubling in performance every few years, capable of reliably streaming lots of data at very high speeds to an endless array of applications, no matter the location, for the purpose of making life easier and more productive (or to waste time depending on how you look at it). Cell phones are so ubiquitous that it is easy to overlook where their power really comes from: the underlying communication infrastructure they run on.

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