What is a Radio Frequency and Why Does it Matter?

Kevin Scholz, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Technology Officer


No one likes wires. Just ask Apple who invested a billion dollars in wireless battery chargers and failed.   


Wireless communications is not simply desired, it’s expected.  

We cannot have one device work wirelessly at the expense of another.  A drone will drop out of the sky if it is operating on the same frequency as 500 cell phones trying to connect to local hot spots. The cell phones act as a jamming devices, and prohibit communication with the drone.


Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum diversity and isolation are key elements within wireless communication. They allow communication between an array of devices without compromising the intercommunication of other device types.


Many standard devices are allowed to operate within the same RF (radio frequency) spectrum such as the popular WiFi 2.4 GHz used for computers, tablets, and smartphones.   It is expected that each device operates with very limited transmit power so it can only compromise other wireless devices that are within the immediate broadcast vicinity.  This transmit power is governed by U.S. FCC, U.S. Military, and all other countries with similar regulatory capabilities.   


It is both the transmit power and the frequency use that is heavily regulated. Each RF (radio frequency) component within a contiguous system needs to be tested and certified for compliance and conformance.   


Today’s military is highly invested in the coexistence of a multitude of wireless devices in both CONUS and OCONUS base and combat operations.  In addition, civilian safety and first response teams are quickly expanding their wireless device use and diversity.


Industry is moving to supply the U.S. military with new communications technologies that are more cost-effective  and offer enhanced capabilities. Software defined, multi-channel radios are seen as the wave of the future as the  armed services try

to stay ahead of emerging threats (Military, Industry Gung-Ho on Software Defined Radios, National Defense Magazine 2019).


In 2018, there was immense pressure to certify, register, and control the deployment and operation of all wirelessly operated devices within government military and civilian operations.


SmartRayVisionTM approached the RF challenge with “intelligent management solutions.”   We supply diverse RF hardware options with sophisticated, proprietary software control, permitting one-click frequency and transmit power adjustments to match the regulatory requirements of every country and region world-wide. View PDF document here.