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Despite being widely considered as one of the vanguards of what has become known as the Digital or Information Age, wireless technology has been with us much longer than one might think. While it has certainly undergone many different permutations and has evolved to the point of forming the backbone of virtually all social, political and economic structures, wireless communication was actually pioneered in the 19th century by the chief innovators of the day.

One of the most important contributors in the field of wireless communication was none other than Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell, commonly credited with being the inventor of the telephone. Around 1880, Bell and his collaborator Charles Sumner Tainter were awarded a patent for the photophone, a sort of transmission system that conducted audio conversations wirelessly over modulated light beams.

Roughly a decade later, Guglielmo Marconi, building upon the groundwork of German physicist Heinrich Hertz (after whom the unit for measuring frequency is named), started using radio waves to transmit signals over great distances, an innovation that led to Marconi and Karl Ferdinand Braun winning the 1909 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Today, the transmission of radio signals is still widely used in wireless communication, most prominently in mobile telephony.

As the field continues to evolve, we are seeing the emergence of ever more robust and flexible wireless protocols facilitating a wide variety of applications.

One example of this is our brand new WiZo-Link wireless solution, which uses what is known as a mesh network to create an always-on, ultra-secure wireless environment. The WiZo was recently introduced through a series of successful launches countrywide, the most recent being in Nelspruit, where the event culminated in a spectacular grand finale incorporating the iconic Soccer Ball water reservoir.

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