Issue 8 2020

Mar20105 Wireless Wonders Secure Success Wireless technology has a major role to play in many industries around the world. Continued development by companies such as JMA, is what keeps it at the forefront of a brand-new world. After JMA was named in 2020’s Corporate Excellence Awards as the Most Cutting-Edge Wireless Technology Development Firm, we thought we’d look more closely at the firm and its team to find out more about what they do. The effect of 5G on the world has yet to be seen, but already countries and businesses around the globe have begun to account for its arrival. This exciting, new kind of network, a step up from the 3G and 4G networks to which many have become accustomed, is ideally positioned to revolutionize the worlds of work and leisure. With extended capacity to enable next-generation user experiences, working faster and more efficiently, it can be of little surprise that many have already begun to explore the potential benefits that this will bring. JMA works at the cutting edge of this next generation of wireless technology. While many businesses exist to exploit current technology, the team at JMA is committed to finding new ways of constructing networks that remove dependence on linear decision making and hardware based lock-in. Drawing on years of experience, the team has helped to place the U.S. at the heart of this technological race, with their work designed to focus on the long-term development of complex, disruptive solutions. What sets JMA apart is its dedication to providing a wholly U.S. approach to this exciting new way of working. All the solutions that have been developed by the talented team are designed, developed, and manufactured within the U.S., drawing on a proud history of innovation and determination. JMA’s U.S.-based technology also extends globally with more than twenty different supporting locations worldwide. As a result of working in wireless technology, the JMA team has found that their work can be applied to many different industries and developed a suitably broad product portfolio to match. It is possible to find JMA products in sectors such as real estate, sports and entertainment, hospitality, higher education, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and, most obviously, mobile network operators. The incredible scope of these solutions permits businesses to make progress in a wealth of ways that allow people to engage with information, which ranges from keeping fans connected to updating staff on an evolving situation. The solutions that JMA pioneers are generally aimed to disrupt the market, making networks easier to manage, more resilient, and future- proof by instituting a software-first approach. This means that instead of being locked into older generations of technology, JMA solutions are free to explore new frontiers. This is shown best in its XRAN platform, the first in the world to truly deliver a virtualized, software-based solution for wireless basebands – the critical network element that controls radios and network intelligence. XRAN sets the bar when it comes to a software-based wireless network, providing the multiple benefits of flexibility, space savings, and software-driven scalability. Since legacy broadband techniques are designed to average a six-year cycle, three in development and three in an actual network, it’s impossible to know how far technology will have changed and what can be adapted for use in the future. XRAN’s software-based system makes this transformation child’s play, future- proofing networks for years to come. With 80% less power used and 90% of space saved in specific in- building scenarios, it’s easy to see how less is more with JMA. Indoor and outdoor builds have traditionally used the same architecture, meaning that indoor builds have irrelevant radios and RF jumper cables alongside wasted space, power consumption, and Capex cost. By virtualizing all layers of the stack, XRAN transforms the way in which this system operates, while retaining the high standards that businesses demand in terms of network connectivity. As 5G develops, solutions for millimeter wave (mmWave) remain of particular interest to wireless operators globally. The massive bandwidth provided by mmWave is paired with high sensitivity to the surrounding environment, requiring fine tuning when deploying in dense urban areas and, in the future, indoors. With 80% of mobile use indoors, JMA sees indoor mmWave as a major industry need. JMA’s IOTA platform, built from the ground up to support indoor mmWave technology, provides a best-in-class radio footprint for indoor 5G deployments. This solution combines deployment flexibility, power, and specific technologies that help propagate mmWave indoors. When used alongside other JMA solutions such as XRAN, it is possible for a 5G signal to be transmitted in any indoor location. At the center of the project is a system of fully integrated 4G/5G architecture that enables businesses to use the latest technology with a great deal of flexibility.