Choosing The Best Home Phone Systems For Elderly People

Are you planning to get a new phone for an elderly? If so, you cannot pick just any phone on the market. Since elderly people suffer from a range of health concerns including impaired vision and hearing, you need to find the most reliable home phone systems specifically designed for elderly people. In this short guide, you will learn the most important things you should look for in order to find the best cordless phone for seniors.

Vision

One of the most common problems that accompanies aging is impaired vision. Most people over the age of 60 suffer from some sort of eye problem. Because of this, they may have a difficult time seeing what is written on the buttons of a traditional phone. They might end up pressing the wrong buttons all the time, which doesn’t help during an emergency.

Most phones designed for senior citizens feature large and high contrast buttons. This is to allow for easier pressing. Most models also eliminate upon touch and also include display screens to allow the elderly to see the collar information readily.

Hearing

Another common problem of the elderly is hearing impairment. Thankfully, advancements in technology have given rise to telephones with amplified sound. This technology allows for better call quality, especially for those suffering from hearing loss. This ensures that senior citizens can better understand their calls.

Amplified telephones also, with adjustable volume configurations. You can freely adjust the decibel range of both the speaker and the ringer. These are particularly designed to be louder than a regular telephone. In most cases, there is also an emergency button which can be pressed directly from the interface.

Headsets

There are also home phone systems which will work by diverting outgoing calls through a headset. This offers so much convenience for the elderly, as they do not need to move around just to reach the phone and answer it. This can also help save more money, as it eliminates the need of using an old and expensive landline telephone.

The Internet also solves a lot of communication problems for the elderly. There are plenty of the service providers that allow high quality yet affordable voice and video calls online. Senior citizens can now place and receive calls straight from their mobile device.

Emergency Features

It’s also wise to look at the emergency features of a home phone system. In particular, you may want to consider using an emergency response phone. This system is equipped with a remote personal alarm which the user can carry around while proceeding with his or her daily routine. Simply pressing the alarm will call the preprogrammed number automatically.

Now that you know the most important features to look for in home phone systems for elderly people, it’s time to start your shopping. Bear in mind that you should look beyond price and instead focus on what features the phone has that solves most of the problems encountered by the elderly. Not only do these phones help with staying in touch with friends and family, but they can make a huge difference in case the elderly find themselves in an emergency situation.

The Hazards Of DECT Phones

Why have a conversation about DECT phones when this is a TETRA website? The primary reason is to ensure people don’t mistake the cause of issues and presume TETRA to be at fault. We’ve had to respond to several technical issues that turn out to be caused by DECT phones rather than TETRA.

When the Digital Electronic Cordless Telephones are turned off, the problems stop. If you have one, you may not realize the number of different problems that can crop up. In addition, if your neighbor has a DECT phone it’s possible that the signals from that phone will pulse through your own home. There are no health warnings or even basic guidance for most DECT phones.

Information About DECT Cordless Telephones

The modern digital cordless devices use pulsed microwave radiation. This is no different from the standard mobile phone. As long as the mobile device is plugged in, you can expect an emission level of about 6 V/m.

The base recharge stations emit the waves of radiation whether or not the phone is in use. As long as the base unit of a DECT phone is plugged in, it will emit microwave radiation non-stop. Because of this, many people regard cordless phones as problematic at best.

Recently, a paper was published in Lennart Hardell connecting brain tumors increased in groups who used regular cordless phones over the course of 5 years. Since a DECT phone is mobile, most people leave their base unit in a room where they often work.

Do you have one in your home or office? Try to keep the base unit as far away from where you either sleep or sit. You should also keep any extra handsets away from your sleeping area, as well. Don’t forget, these emissions do go through walls, so you might be sending them towards your neighbor.

DECT technologies aren’t exactly the same as mobile phones, however. These cordless telephones use a fixed power. The pulses of a DECT phone is much stronger and more aggressive than mobile phones, which turn their power levels as low as possible. DECT phones simply don’t do this.

DECT Pulse Frequency Concern

Remember that DECT phones should have warning labels. They could easily be up to 100 times worse than any ordinary mobile device. This is particularly true if it’s used in an area already heavy with emissions. This is due to the pulse frequency.

GSM mobile devices pulse at a rapid 217Hz. DECT pulses are much lower, at 100Hz. The lower the frequency, the more effect it has on humans and other living creatures. If there are any ELF pulses, then watch out. Extremely low-frequency pulses can really wreck your body up. This is why TETRA can be so dangerous.

TETRA pulses are at 17.6Hz. Such a low frequency actually hits the human brainwave rhythm range. When Dr. von Klitzing published his research on DECT phones, he found that samples of blood taken from children who lived near DECT phones showed corpuscles that didn’t grow properly. These children showed signs of aggression and/or listlessness, as well as sleeplessness.

With the removal of the DECT phone, however, these children began to normalize.

Taking Military Technology Into The Everyday World

It’s long been known that communication is vital to a successful military operation. However, there are many challenges to getting it right. You’ll have to consider the case of “a bridge too far” in Arnhem to follow this.

However, it’s not just the military that has had their fair share of struggles with communication. In The King’s Cross Underground there was a fire in 1985 wherein 31 persons died. It may have been far less serious and catastrophic had they had the proper communications in place.

For decades, each new generation of radio systems had tried to overcome the typical issues of having enough bandwidth, enough range and plenty of frequency. The latest improvements were in 1995 and brought TETRA or Terrestrial Trunked Radio with them.

TETRA is digital and as a trunked mobile radio, it was developed by a European Telecommunications Standard Institute or ETSI that set a goal to meet the multiple levels of interoperability that was required in the development of the infrastructure of the radio terminal products.

TETRA was initially designed for the military and first utilized in 1997. Today, there are hundreds of TETRA systems throughout the nation and it’s a major innovation that readily represents over 150 organizations within 35 countries that were involved in the creation, development and the deployment of the TETRA system.

Many armies of many nationalities have utilized the development of such technology. This includes NASA as well as ARPA in the United States of American. The importance of the communication is consistent in all aspects of military operations. It’s also vital to police communication and emergency services as well.

The goal of TETRA was to meet all of the needs and requirements of traditional mobile radio such as public safety, transportation needs, government, military, utilities, public access mobile radio or PAMR, oil industries, gas utilities and commercial industry.

With the advent of digital communication and incompatible protocols, there have many many issues in the interoperability between various pieces of equipment. The standards of TETRA ensure that the air interfaces with the various network interfaces. They ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to interact within the system for all required communications regardless of the manufacturer.

Public safety is by and far the largest of the TETRA market that is working today. It involved both the nationwide networks as well as the operational autonomy and the interoperability with the services that are utilized during an emergency.

Asia is by and large the quickest growing TETRA market today and there’s huge growth in the European sectors as well.

The second largest growth spurt has been seen in the transportation industry. With mass rapid transport sytems and metropolis airports TETRA is on the cutting edge of technology and uses non-tactical operations as an application that is part of the functioning system. It stems from the requirement for constant communication and military as well as emergency services training.

How It All Functions

In order for it to all function and remain operable, there are specific points that TETRA must set as a standard for the industry. Supported by independent manufacturers it will allow the competition to show its sources and show the security and allow a greater selection of terminal products for user applications.

While still remaining competitive, TETRA must ensure that all of the manufacturers are also in collaboration for the benefits of the end user. They must also use the PMR and user organizations as TETRA sets the standard to develop the required needs of the PAMR operations.

Breakthroughs In The Latest Tech Trends Part 2

Here is the second part in this series. For the first one check out this post.

Cybersecurity

The year 2014 was recognized as remarkable in regards to demonstrating that anything and everything which connects to the Internet will and can be hacked. Just about every day we are used to hearing the stories about large retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Home Depot and Target along with financial institutions such as Chase and the technology businesses such as Sony, eBay and Snapchat have been hacked. No entity or person is cyber-safe and the future holds the latest cybersecurity technologies that progress beyond the current based perimeter firewall defenses. The years to come are about significant changes as it will responsd to the latest advances in cyber attacks. In the future we can expect better solutions in order to protect our endpoints and devices and advancements in default uses of encryption, in BYOD solutions and authentication schemes.

Green Communications

There have been reports that the communication technologies are held responsible for around 2 to 4% of the carbon footprint that is generated by the human activities. What this means is that we should be aiming to manage these amounts and the way of Green Communications is handling this. These trends first tackle the mobile networks due to their extremely high-energy usage. The Base stations along with switching centers account for around 60 to 85% of energy utilized by the whole communication system. This includes renewable-energy sources, environmentally-friendly batteries and intelligence based management of power systems are a few proposed solutions. Over and above the focus on the mobile networks, there are future plans to manage the entire energy usage, performance KPIs and computer-to-consumption ratios in class-green operations.

Connected Sensors And Smarter Smartphone’s

The undeniable rock-start of the devices would have to be the Smartphone, and its future shines ever brighter. In the year 2014 after just a few days after the release of the iPhone 6, the articles were already released for the next-generation iPhone 7. The capabilities, shapes and sizes of these outstanding communication devices keep evolving along with their prices, which is driven by performance and cost improvements in regards to digital technologies. The selling prices of the Smartphone’s are down since 2014.

Internet Governance And Network Neutrality

Since inception the Internet has operated under what we know as “open” principles and open standards networks which treats all the traffic in a similar way. This meant no connection blocks, universal connectivity, bandwidth transparency and best efforts services. However, can these particular standards continue in the latest world of data-hungry services and applications? In the year 2014, NetNeutrality (Network Neutrality) discussions opened covering these questions in regards to ISPs peering and transit and CDNs.

Molecular Communications

These emerging paradigms whereby bio-nanomachines such as genetically-engineered cells and artificial cells communicate have been designed to perform specific coordinated actions. Not like the traditional based communication systems that use electronic waves, the molecular communications use biological molecules in the way of information and carriers. The benefits offered by the molecular approach for communications has to do with biostability, biocompatibility and size. These trends are not yet ready for the mass markets. However, the approach is regarded as so uniquely different to the communications of Today, following these developments is a definite must.

Breakthroughs In The Latest Tech Trends Part 1

Here is the first part in a two part blog series about the latest communication technology innovations.

5G

As the mobile industry continues to evolve with the latest innovations, the next is associated with 5G. This latest innovation is not just about faster speeds and new interfaces but will also be addressing reliability, energy efficiency, costs, network congestion and the connections to a few billion devices and people. In the year 2014, we started to hear about new RF technologies/antenna and MIMO, wider bandwidths with proposed deployment in regards to smaller cells in the higher mmWave frequencies along with reduced latency, a decrease in transmission time-intervals and possible newer modulation methods which would go beyond OFDM.

With the 2020 commercialization horizon, the year 2015 was the year that we moved from these particular concepts into standards development and technology trials. This is the year we will see how and if this year’s ITU World Radio Conference will tackle the 5G’s spectrum aspects.

Fiber Everywhere

The year 2014 was all about “fiber everywhere” which was propelled by the efforts involved in improving connectivity and to address the increase in demands in regards to the utilization of 3G, 4G, high-definition videos, podcast, streaming, along with various other type of broadband services. The exponential increases in these demands revealed the bottlenecks in communication infrastructures. The solutions were prescribed included more investments and the activities in fiber (FTTx). In the more developed markets, FTTC and FTTH dominated the deployments and have continued to well into 2015. In backbone networks, Carrier Ethernet has progressed and continues to make advances towards 100 and 400G, in the way of altering the hardware deployments and the Tb/s of bandwidth.

Virtualization NFV and SDN

Telco’s “software-ization” continued through the year 2014 and this was the year that experienced open source that went mainstream when Microsoft and Midokura the last of the 2 main players that featured close-source solutions releasing their source codes and going open. In the year 2015, adoption of OpNFV, OpenDaylight and OpenStack for services and software and the Open Compute dedicated to hardware is designed to support a more open source and virtualized network computing architecture and platforms.

Everywhere Connectivity For IoT and IoE

Over the past few years we have experienced increased interests in association to IoT (Internet of Things) and IoE (Internet of Everything) that included various acquisitions by the main players like Google’s purchases of Nest Labs for an astounding $3.2 billion. The Ethernet inventor, Bob Metcalfe states that the power of networks increase in a proportional way to the square amount of the users based on Metcalfe’s Law. This predicts the IoT to be around 50 billion connections by the year 2020 which puts it in a very strategic and powerful position. One of the challenges that IoT faces have to do with everything is sitting in isolation which means IoT standards are vital.

Big Data, Cognitive Networks

The communications systems are what the volumes of data that is generated by enterprises, mobile users, embedded devices, network protocols, contextual information and so on. This is an extensive information amount. The global IP backbone is what generates more than 20 billion records on a daily basis, that amounts to more than 1 TB every day. The analysis and processing of such “big data” and presenting the insights timely are starting to become a reality in regards to advanced analytics in understanding the environments, interpretation of events and then to act on these. These positive developments assists in unleashing intelligence within the communication systems and the networks now no longer are classified as “dumb pipes” but rather clever cognitive networks.

Latest Small Business Telecoms Solutions

While cell phone technology has essentially become ubiquitous and an integral part of business communications, the good old fashioned phone line is still a very important technology for pretty much all businesses.

Over the last ten years or so, a lot of high end VoIP technology has become ever more accessible to small business and even for private home use. Large businesses have enjoyed far cheaper and much more reliable phone connections for decades now, so it is about time that smaller and start up business can do the same.

best cordless phoneVoIP essentially uses your Internet connection as the means to transmit voice calls, rather than the plain and simple phone line. This has a lot of benefits, not just the fact that call costs are drastically cheaper. The standard phone line is not a particularly secure form of communication, whereas VoIP can be made very secure with additional technology added in.

With a very basic VoIP box set up and configured, you simple need to add the best cordless phone sets and your business will be ready to communicate with the outside world. These days cordless phones are advanced enough to have allow business user to have all the features of a regular desk phone. Speaker phone, phone books voice mail and call waiting and transfers are all possible.

And the advantage is that you can simply bring the phone with you within range of the office system. If you need to call over to someone’s desk or into a meeting, but at the same time need to be able to take an important call, you can just bring you phone with you.

If phone bills are a major part of your business, then getting set up with modern Internet phone technology can be a great investment. Basic set up for less than 10 phones will be fully up and running for less than $1,000 and many businesses report that the savings on bills pays for that investment in less than one year.