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Blockchain & the Internet of Value

Blockchains and The Internet of Value

Over the past 10 years you’ve probably heard a lot of banter about Bitcoin. If you’re the curious type, I’m sure you’ve already done a deep dive on how it all works.

But for the uninitiated, it can actually still be quite confusing. This despite how much information is freely available today.

So just what is a Blockchain? What’s a bitcoin?

Well, at it’s most basic level, Bitcoin is

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PoE Remote Cameras | Saving Lives & Solving Crime

PoE Remote Cameras | Saving Lives and Solving Crimes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that much of the South Eastern seaboard was recently devastated by Hurricane Irma.

While we all wish we could live in a world without natural disasters like these, we have to plan for their eventual occurrence. Being prepared and having the infrastructure in place to ensure civilian safety is of paramount importance.

There are a number

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Driverless Cars are Changing More Than Just the Way We Drive

Driverless Cars Are Changing More Than Just the Way We Drive

Since our January 2017 article, Autonomous Cars Are Reshaping the Way America Does Automotives, a lot has happened. We here at Versatek, have been following the developments carefully, especially since we’re playing a participatory role in a few exciting pilot projects with automakers.

Though still in its early stages, the autonomous car

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Hyperconvergence | The Future of IT

Hyperconvergence | The Future of IT

For decades, when we’ve imagined an optimal IT operation, we envision wall after wall of pristine servers. The system admin is holding a clipboard and except for the hum of these trusty servers, all is silent.

Businesses that wanted proper data security and redundancies often had to invest in their own facilities to house these server banks.

Then along came Salesforce. And it changed the game.

Instead

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Digital Signage & Power over Ethernet Have a "Bright" Future

Digital Signage and Power Over Ethernet Have A “Bright” Future

Imagine signs at the DMV that look like large screen TVs. The programs aired are aimed solely at helping you (and every other unfortunate stuck in the waiting room) to pass the time.

The screen not only shows who’s number will be called next, but it’s also giving you updates on the local sports news, and maybe a video tutorial on how to tune up your vehicle before the weather changes.

Or imagine

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The Cable War: Ethernet vs Fiber

The Cable War: Ethernet vs. Fiber

WiFi is excellent. We all love it. But underneath any good wireless network, lies some serious cabling.

The question is, which will be better for any given scenario? Fiber or ethernet?

Ethernet has certainly been in the news lately. From applications of LED lighting to advanced IP camera technology, there are no shortage of applications for ethernet cabling.

Ethernet is the cheaper of the two, making

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Is FTTdp or FTTC the Better Option for G.fast Last-Mile?

Is FTTdp or FTTC the Better Option for G.fast Last Mile?

For ISPs prioritizing infrastructure upgrade spend, Ultra-fast G.fast broadband technology [300-500 Mbps] over existing copper is a dream come true.

Just as a refresher, G.fast takes advantage of last mile configurations–provider to node to customer–to make this possible. But copper, as may installers know, has its limitations.

For starters, it relies on very short lengths of 100m, making

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Optimizing LED Installs with Intelligent PoE Lighting Platforms

Optimizing LED Installs with Intelligent PoE Lighting Platforms

LED Lighting is booming! As all-in-one IoT lighting platforms become more affordable and easier to both install and use, consumers purchases are ramping up.

One such platform, is the “SmartCast” lighting system from Cree, Inc.

The all-in-one platform approach means components are pre-integrated and don’t require complicated setup. In fact, it’s a 1-touch setup.

Systems are intuitive, visually

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Power Supply Units

Power Supply Units: Understanding Performance Thresholds

So your network installation needs a new PSU (power supply unit). There’s no doubt that the marketplace can be a bit confusing as there are many different specifications to pick from.

Today, let’s cover performance thresholds specifically. They’re the single most important factor to consider when making a purchase decision.

So what is a PSU performance threshold anyways?,

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OFDMA | One Step Closer to 5G Wireless Networks

Most wireless users today connect over 4G technology.

There’s a lot to love about 4G, the least of which is that it’s substantially faster than 3G.

The increased bandwidth allows us to stream quality video and much much more. But with so many people accessing larger quantities of data every minute, we’ve just about maxed out our capacity.

It won’t be long before wireless users will find themselves

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