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Distributor CTB Wireless announced a new, fixed mount, universal wireless Qi charging unit by Bury for smartphones. The Bury Powerkit Qi’s operating voltage of 10v -16v is ideal for mobile installers looking for a new and unique accessory to offer their customers. Unlike other in vehicle wireless charging kits, this unit has an adjustable slot / holder for your smartphone. The arm is 3D flexible from the power base. MSRP $129.99.

The Bury Powerkit is compatible with smartphones using Qi induction charging. It has an adhesive bond or screw connection for mounting. The four axis system of the holder arms allows for individual phone adjustment, regardless of the car model. Suitable for phones with a width of 60-90 mm.

For more information, contact CTB Wireless at 888.345.9705 or www.ctbwireless.com sales@ctbwireless.com

October 24, 2017 CE Outlook

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CTB Wireless announced new phone charging cables for fleets and commercial vehicles. The nylon cables include an reinforced inner lining made of DuPont Kevlar (used in bullet proof vests).

The Slync reinforced charging cables are industrial strength and tangle free. They are available in USB to lightning, micro USB and Type C formats in lengths of 3 or 6 feet.

Slync cables claim a lifespan 10x that of similar cables by other suppliers.

For more information contact sales@ctbwireless.com or 888-345-9705.

CTB Wireless Cable For Fleets, Truckers

 

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By Pete Bigelow

Automakers are hyping voice-activated features as a means to preventing driver distractions and keeping drivers focused on the road. But a new report says hands-free technologies can distract drivers even if their eyes are on the road and hands are on the wheel, and these mental diversions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after a driver has completed a task.

Researchers from AAA discovered the residual effects of mental distraction while studying hands-free technologies offered in ten vehicles. The national organization said the results raised “new and unexpected concerns” about the proliferation of these hands-free features in new cars.

“The lasting effects of mental distractions pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving.”

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Thousands have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. New technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants empower you to put safety first and Take Back Your Drive.

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New York state legislators are considering a bill that would use roadside technology to help determine whether drivers involved in auto accidents had unlawfully been texting behind the wheel, Ars Technica reported.

The device, dubbed the “textalyzer,” is being developed by Cellebrite, an Israeli firm said that reportedly worked with the FBI to unlock an iPhone belonging to an assailant in December’s shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. The bill would require drivers involved in accidents to submit their phones for testing to check whether they were texting at the time of the crash.

New York passed a law in 2001 prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving, and in 2009 the law was expanded to include all portable electronic devices. The bill claims that although New York law enforcement authorities have established “text stops” along all major highways where drivers can pull over to use their phones, car crashes are up 14 percent this year and fatalities are up 8 percent, “suggesting that the problem has not only gotten worse, but it is still greatly misunderstood.”

And officers struggle to enforce no-texting laws in part because it’s often impossible to determine whether a driver was using the phone at the time of an accident, the legislation continues.

Ars Technica reported that the textalyzer reportedly maintains the privacy of phone content such as conversations, contacts and app data in an effort to protect the driver’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy. A warrant could be required for further analysis to determine whether a driver was using a hands-free system.

The New York bill underscores the ever-increasing concerns around privacy and security surrounding the use of mobile phones, which generates a staggering amount of data. The recent standoff between Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice was an extremely high-profile example, but it’s far from the only one.

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Signal boosters are a clever way to make sure you have the best chance of getting a good connection on a cell phone even when geography or atmospheric conditions mean only weak network signals are available. A dual-frequency band works on both the frequency bands on which cell phones operate in a particular world region.

Signal Booster Basics

A cell phone signal booster is similar in concept to a signal booster for a TV with an antenna. It receives a cell phone signal in the same way as the cell phone itself, then performs two functions: amplifies the signal to make it stronger, and then rebroadcasts it at a frequency that isn’t being used by any other broadcaster or receiver in the immediate area. This rebroadcast signal thus becomes the strongest one available in your area, meaning your cell phone should pick it up and maintain it with fewer or no dropouts.

Cellular vs. PCS

Most cell phone networks and cell phones operate on frequencies within one of two bands, similar to the way AM and FM radio works in different frequency ranges. In the United States, the two cell phone ranges are 824 to 894 MHz and 1850 to 1990 MHz, known for simplicity as the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands. They are sometimes also known as “cellular” and “PCS,” respectively, terms that date back to early analog cell phone networks.

Benefits

A signal booster that can work on dual-frequency bands has more options for finding a specific frequency that isn’t being used in your location. That in turn makes it more likely it can produce a rebroadcast signal that is strong enough to be picked up and held by your phone. Using dual frequencies may be of particular benefit if you are in a moving car, where the effects of other local signals may change quickly, and your signal booster can quickly switch to a different frequency.

International

Different parts of the world use different ranges of frequency for cell phone communications. For example, while North America uses the bands around 850 MHz and 1900 MHz, Europe, Africa and Asia use the bands around 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Some cell phones are marked as being “multi-band” or “dual/tri/quad band,” which refers to their ability to work with multiple sets of frequencies and thus work in multiple regions of the world. This is not the same as a multi-frequency signal booster, which is designed to work in one region only. If you do need a signal booster that will work away from your home country, make sure to check the specific frequencies with which it works.