Air Gapped HCT America

Computers Physically Isolated From Public Network’s Can Still Be Hacked By Cell Phones

By Amy Jones / September 1, 2015

Air-gapped computers are isolated from public networks, physically and technically, to prevent hacking over the internet, but if the computers are not enclosed in Faraday Rooms to block RF emissions, they may not be safe enough. Basic Security measures such as restricting the use of cell phones, limiting cell phone capabilities like cameras, video, and…

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Regulatory Compliance - CA

Industry Canada Releases 2 New Online Forms To Provide Efficient Information Exchange

By Amy Jones / August 31, 2015

I.C. would like to encourage the use of these web forms to not only facilitate organization but to help Industry Canada prioritize industry updates to standards and procedures, and inventory industry concerns. Industry Canada releases two new web forms for Test Labs / Certification Bodies, Representatives, Manufacturers, users & others to seek changes to regulatory…

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Recalled Ikea Nightlight Korean Radio Certification

Safety Commission Reports Ikea Recalls Children’s Nightlight For Electrical Shock Hazard

By Amy Jones / August 22, 2015

About 442,000 nightlights intended for children were recalled by Swedish retailer Ikea. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that Ikea would be taking all of their Patrull nightlights off the market to prevent further injuries. A child attempting to remove a nightlight out of an electrical outlet got an electrical shock and suffered a minor…

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Grass HCT America CA

Wireless Robotic Lawn Mower (RLM) System: iRobot Request For Waiver Granted By FCC

By Amy Jones / August 14, 2015

A battery operated self-propelled lawn mower uses multiple, portable beacons, strategically placed on a lawn to map the designated mowing area. The beacons send transmissions to the RLM system, defining what boundaries the mower operates within. A petition was granted by the FCC waiving its rules, permitting the iRobot Corporation to deploy their wirelessly operated…

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Board Agency Product Safety Approvals CA

“WATCH” Utilizes The UHF Spectrum Unused By Un-watched TV Broadcasting’s For Data Transfer

By Amy Jones / August 6, 2015

Rice University researchers built “WATCH”, Wi-Fi in Active TV Channels, the first system that allows wireless data transmissions over active TV broadcasts using the UHF spectrum. While using WARP, the wireless open-access research platform, they were able to test WATCH at the Rice University Campus in 2014 with an FCC approval. As the popularity of…

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PED Devices Compliance Testing - CA

MoM-EFIE Method Introduced for EMI Testing In Complex Cavities: Aircraft Environments

By Amy Jones / July 29, 2015

Creating standard methods to measure the Electromagnetic Interference on an aircraft’s environment has been compounded by the constant feed of improved personal electronic devices (PED’s) and the demand of aircraft passengers to fly with communication services similar to office-like conditions. As the complexity of communication services that meets the needs of this business and social…

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Wireless Charging System - CA

Industry Canada: New Issue on Electromagnetic Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) Devices

By Amy Jones / July 28, 2015

Wireless power transfer is essentially the transmission of power (electrical) from a power source to a consuming device with no conductors or solid wires. A device transmits power through electromagnetic fields across an intervening space to a receiver device, where it gets converted back into electric power. All Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) Devices are now…

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Surgery Medical Device Room Regulatory Compliance

Medical Devices Under New Stringent Standards By European Union (EU) Regulatory Directive

By Amy Jones / July 23, 2015

Directive 93/42/EEC by the European Union stiffens the list of medical devices, including software for proper application to be used for human beings including but not limited to diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and alleviating disease, injury or handicap. An updated and revised list of standards to be used for medical devices to demonstrate conformity was issued…

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BMW DFS / Wireless Device Testing

Question: Has BMW Started A Trend by Silencing AM Radio In The New i3 EV (Electric Vehicle)?

By Amy Jones / July 22, 2015

Being called a revolutionary vehicle, the BMW i3 lacks a simple AM radio feature. A carbon-fiber reinforced plastic shell riding on an aluminum platform is blamed for the less-than optimal standards resulting in disabling of the AM radio in this BMW model. After spending close to $40,000 on the most energy efficient car sold in…

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