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Smart cities revolutionizing how traffic flows to automated cars, health tracking and agriculture

Dear Investors and Friends,

This edition of the Wireless Reporter is a fun one as it’s all about exciting predictions for the near future that will require an increased demand for wireless spectrum. From smart cities revolutionizing how traffic flows to automated cars, health tracking and agriculture, the reliance on spectrum continues to be
unprecedented.

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A City Known for Innovativeness, Austin, Texas Strives to Become America’s First Smart City

Self-driving cars, connected vehicles and smart sensors are in the not-too-distant future of combating safety and congestion on our city’s streets and freeways. An estimated 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by the year 2050, and this new technology will be essential for making urban areas run smoothly. Spectrum will be the driving force behind these innovations.

Austin-based company NXP Freescale, the world’s largest maker of semiconductors for connected vehicles, has developed vehicle-to-x connected car technology that allows drivers to “see” around corners and receive warnings of hazards that lie ahead on the road. Anyone who commutes and sits in traffic will love roads where traffic lights automatically turn green according to current traffic conditions. This will be a reality, and it just so happens that Austin is also one of the seven finalists in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. The city that submits the winning plan will receive $40 million to invest in becoming the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies into their transportation network.

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USDOT is expected to announce the winner of the Smart City Challenge this month. Other finalists include Denver, San Francisco, Portland, OR; Pittsburgh, Kansas City, MO; and Columbus, OH

Future Predictions from Dr. Bob Goldman, Anti-Aging and Sports Medicine Pioneer

In a recent email newsletter from Dr. Bob Goldman, the world-renowned physician and businessman, makes interesting predictions about a future that will rely heavily on spectrum.

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Autonomous Cars:
In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks.

Most car companies may become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

Electric cars won’t become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

Health:
There will be companies that will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

Agriculture:
There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Agroponics will need much less water.

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

Education:
The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world-class education.