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White Space Alliance moves closer with WiFAR, plays buzzword bingo

The White Space Alliance’s (WSA) new WiFAR protocol has taken a step closer to launch this week, with alliance members AmeriSys and Saankyha Labs publishing a test vector format for WiFAR – a long-range wireless protocol looking to take advantage of the unutilized TV white space spectrum. The WSA is promising that WiFAR will be able to support a range of emerging applications, including machine-to-machine communications, IoT, smart grid deployment and industrial automation. However, the announcement reads a little like buzzword bingo – trying to draw in as many potential developers as possible, but thankfully avoiding the AI and machine-learning claims that litter so many announcements these days. By announcing the test specification for WiFAR, WSA partners will now have…

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