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How is Femtocell Different From Picocell?


In the previous post we have discussed about a Picocell which is a small mobile base station used to improve in-building cellular coverage and capacity.

Though Picocells have been used by carriers for many years, the limelight on picocell is slowly being moved to yet another new technology: Femtocell technology. Despite similar aims, however, there are some key differences between the two technologies:


Picocells tend to have a longer range than femtocells, which are designed to cover a user’s home or small office rather than an office floor or street corner.


Femtocells only support a handful of users while picocells are designed to handle up to 100 users at one time.


Picocells are normally installed and maintained directly by the network operator, who would pay for site rental, power and fixed network connections back their switching centre.

Femtocells are autonomous and are self-installed by the end user in their home or office, primarily for their own benefit.

Seamless connectivity

Picocell is configured with neighbor lists, so that mobile phones can switch over to an appropriate nearby cell and continue their conversation without interruption.

Femtocells automatically determine which frequency and power levels to operate at, rather than being directed from a central network element.Hence femtocell would not normally broadcast a list of nearby neighboring cells. Mobile phones would thus maintain the connection on the femtocell as much as possible, but there is a risk of call drops or having a short outage if the call needs to be switched across to an external macro or microcell.

As the battle for better capacity, coverage for customer delight doesn’t seem to end with newer technologies emerging in the market. However time would tell whether Picocell or Femtocell would win the race.

Picocell: Improves Capacity and Coverage for Mobile Communication

Picoell is a wireless base station with extremely low output power designed to cover an extremely small area, such as one floor of an office building. In cellular networks, picocells are typically used to extend coverage to indoor areas where outdoor signals do not reach well, or to add network capacity in areas with very dense phone usage, such as train stations, airports or shopping malls.


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What are the applications of Picocell?

Network planners all over the world are discovering the power of picocells for delivering cost-effective coverage and capacity to hard-to-reach places. Its applications include:

1. Improved in-building Coverage

Due to use of special materials and a range of innovative construction techniques, public buildings, such as museums, visitor centers, airports and train stations are often susceptible to coverage problems. Picocells work well in these environments by providing coverage as well as increasing the network capacity.

2. Filling the network black spots:

Every network has black spots where coverage is minimal or non-existent. In areas with marginal coverage, service quality inside buildings can drop off sharply, resulting in call drop, ‘network busy’ signals, slow data rates and poor voice quality.

The traditional solution to in-building coverage problems has been the repeater. But today, planners aren’t so quick to turn to repeaters to fill black spots or penetrate buildings.

Operators originally deployed picocells as a “band aid” for coverage in these black spots.

3. Extending the Macro cell capability

Making capacity available to customers in densely populated area, during peak business hours with limited spectrum is one of the biggest challenges to all the operators across the world. . Subscribers are spending more time on the network doing new, more bandwidth-intensive activities

Simply adding new macro cells is an expensive affair. Picocells help maximize spectrum re-use, provide sufficient extra capacity to ensure that subscribers of premium rate data services get the better radio quality they need.

4. Satellite Based applications:

Picocell can provide wireless connectivity to isolated areas like rural places, marine , oil and gas company etc where there is no broadband connectivity for backhaul. In these circumstances,

Picocell is a viable solution having the satellite communications for backhaul.

What are the advantages of Picocell?

1. Picocell gives you fast and economical coverage solution to in building weak coverage problem.

2. They’re a great way to offer enterprise customers guaranteed capacity and service quality in their offices.

3. They provide cost-effective coverage solutions for deployments ranging from 10–1000 people and beyond.

4. They actually add capacity to your network instead of draining it away.

5. Reduce operating costs by using existing IP for backhaul.

6. They support fast data rates and high voice capacity.

7. They’re easy to integrate into any GSM network.

8. They’re quick and easy to install.

What are the disadvantages of PicoCell?

1. Picocells are a new element to introduce into your network. You may prefer not to have a new technology in there.

2. In some places, there may be no IP available for backhaul. But you can use satellite backhaul, too.

Who are the Picocell players?

ip.access is the leading vendor in the market in terms of market share of 2G picocells. ip.access as a dominating force in the 2G picocell market, where it is expected to remain relatively strong, especially in emerging markets. 2G picocells still make up the bulk of the picocells shipments in the world, although 3G picocells are expected to catch up soon. This will strengthen the company’s position in the picocell market, although it is seeing increasing competition from the likes of Huawei and ZTE.



12 Interesting Adobe AIR Applications For Flickr Fans

Launched in February 2004, Flickr embodies what has come to be known as Web 2.0 technology. The site provides great tools and the value derived from the contributions of the user community—photos, comments, ratings, and organization and the connections that the site facilitates between individuals is huge. As the number of Flickr users are increasing and as a result of exposing Flickr APIs, there are a number of applications that are getting developed for Flickr.


Here in this article we feature 12 best Adobe AIR free applications that every user of flickr would want to try out.

1. DestroyFlickr

With the support of both drag and drop uploading and downloading, posting and saving photos is done in one easy motion. Now you can download the highest resolution version of a photo without having to see it first—just drag a thumbnail to the download menu and the download begins


2. Skimmer

Skimmer is an Adobe AIR desktop application designed to streamline, beautify, and enhance the experience of participating in your most frequently used social networking activities. It improves upon your day-to-day interaction with multiple social networks, removing distractions and providing a rich experience that is particularly suited to multimedia content. We bet, everyone would enjoy browsing all their friends’ Flickr sets and photo streams in a completely new way using Skimmer. You can quickly see which friends have recently added photos and efficiently browse through them right from your desktop, or enjoy them in a high-resolution slideshow.


3. Flair

Flair is an application which runs in AIR and will search Flickr‘s database for matched photo tags. Once complete the results are displayed first as thumbnails, you can then view a larger size of an image which also provides the uploader’s user information and links to their photo stream.


4. zFlickr

zFlick enables you to search for anything that your mind could desire. If you come across a really cool image, just drag-n-drop to your desktop to save it. zFlick takes the capabilities of Adobe AIR and produces a rich user friendly animated interface for casual image browsing. Key features include Drag n’ Drop saving, Drag n’ Drop directly into any application that accepts PNGs(iChat, MS Word, PhotoShop, etc), Auto-Updating, Rich user Experience, Unique Navigation and Transitions.


5. Colrful

Colrful desktop allows you to search flickr images based on color or based on another image in the internet. color search of colrful desktop is powered by Idée lab’s technology. Built using Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex , colrful desktop also lets you search for images based on Adobe kuler themes.


6. WebKut

WebKut is an Adobe AIR application that allows you to capture web pages, or parts of them in a very simple way. It provides you 3 capture options: the entire page, the current view, or as the name says, only a selection. You can choose to upload the screenshots to your flickr account.


7. Flickr Photo Browser

A simple Adobe Flex Application using which you can browse photos on Flickr. Right mouse click on the images to print.


8. ImageDropr

ImageDropr is a tool for uploading your images to flickr. This application takes a unique approach towards preparing your content, titles, tags, etc. by creating tools that expedite this process. You will have to simply drag your images into the application at which time your global flickr tags are automatically applied. You may then add additional tags to the entire upload set or click into the image’s settings to further customize the image properties. Next, just click the upload button and get per image and overall upload status feedback. Finally, you an review all of your uploads in the upload log!


9. FlickrOla!

FlickrOla is a desktop application for Flickr, that gives you an update your contacts’ photo stream. You can configure the time interval when you want to auto check for updates. It also provides an option to show preview of pictures.


10. AnyFlickr

AnyFlickr enables you to enjoy Flickr on the desktop. You can list or slide photos, add or remove favorites with your flickr account and manage people your are interested in with local database.


11. Flickr Flipper

Flickr Flipper allows you to search for Flickr photos and also search for photos from specific Flickr users. It uses Papervision to display the photos one at a time and even allows you to download the photo to your computer. Currently it only returns up to 100 photos of your search.


12. PhotoPile

A simple Adobe AIR application that grabs the first 50 “interesting” photos for the day from a random Flickr page and piles it up on your desktop. You can just click on the thumb nail images to view it big.



25 Alternatives to ACDSee Photo Manager

Well, ACDSee has been around for a long time and it is one of the best Image Viewer and Organizer. ACDSee does support more features but primarily its lightning fast thumbnail generation has been its advantage. However, there are couple of alternatives who are similar to ACDSee and offer good set of features and mostly available for free!

Here is a list of 25 Image Viewers, Editors and Organizers who can be compared with ACDSee. Most of them are free and if you want to use them for commercial purposes, Please do understand their licenses and agreements. Some of them do require license for commercial usage. Home users need not bother much!


1. Picasa (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/Freeware)

Picasa is an Image Viewer and Organizer from Google. It lets you easily find photos on your computer, tag them, edit them as well as easily share them with your friends online with PicasaWeb. Picasa can create movies, slideshows out of your photo collections with various transitions. Its photo editor is very easy to use and easily lets you enhance your photos, can remove scratches, red eye, apply filters and more. Picasa is quite popular and our choice too.


2. IrfanView (for Windows/Freeware)


IrfanView is an absolute wonder with its quickness. A very light weight Image viewer and Organizer. It can load images lightning fast and comes with a capable image editing features. It supports a lot of filters and plugins that can do wonders for your photos. Very popular with more than 1 million downloads every month.

3. iPhoto (for Mac OS/Proprietary)

iPhoto makes managing your photos as easy as taking them. It helps you organize your photos so you can find them fast. Edit them so they look their best. And share them with your friends and family. iPhoto is exclusively for their Mac OS X operating system. (Note: We had initially listed Aperture from Apple here, However, based on a comment, we changed it to iPhoto which is more of a Photo Organizer)


4. XNView (for Windows, Linux, Mac OS and many more/Freeware)

XNView is a utility to view and convert graphics files. It supports more than 400 types of graphics files and is cross platform utility. It is free for non commercial use. XNView is also available for Windows Pocket PC (windows mobile devises). XNView supports filters, lenses, comparing images and many more.

xnview picture viewer

5. F-Spot (for GNOME Desktop/Free and Open Source)

F-spot is a fully featured open source Photo Management software for Linux. It has a very easy to use user interface, thumbnail explorer, photo editor etc. Using F-Spot you will be easily create photo CDs, upload images to Flickr, Picasa etc.

F-spot screenshot 

6. FastStone (for Windows/Freeware)

FastStone is an image Viewer, browser, converter and editor. It has a nice set of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments and more.


7. ThumbsPlus (for Windows/Commercial)

ThumbsPlus is a commercial Photo Organizer and Editor. It supports Image comparison, filters, color management, borders and many more. ThumbsPlus is not Free but has lots of features to justify the cost.


8 Windows Live Photo Gallery (for Windows/Freeware)

Windows Live Photo Gallery is part of Windows Live Site. It is very easy to acquire images from your camera, organize them on your local drive and uploading it to Windows Live Storage.


9. Cornice (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

Cornice is a cross platform open source Image Viewer written by a hobbyist Alberto Griggio (agriggio (at) It is very nice photo management software and works on Windows, Linux as well as Mac OS.

Cornice picture viewer

10. Photoscape (for Windows/Freeware)

Photoscape is the fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. It supports image editing features like resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming. Besides image editing it lets you organize your images, convert them into other image formats and many more.


11 Photology (for Windows/Freeware)

Photology helps you navigate the flood of digital photos on your computer by finding photos using simple and intuitive filters like faces, sky, color, location, and time of day. Its easy, fast and fun to manage your photos.


12 digiKam (for Linux, Windows and MAC OS/Free and Open Source)

A competent Open Source Photo Organizer for Linux. Lets you upload photos to Picasa, SmugMug etc, Slideshow support and more.


13 GTHUMB (for GNOME/Free and open Source)

gThumb is an image viewer and browser for the GNOME Desktop. It has Image editor and support to create Photo CDs and DVDs. It can create Web albums, find duplicate images and more.

gthumb picture viewer 

14 Gwenview (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

Gwenview is a fast and easy to use image viewer, editor and organizer for KDE.


15 BlueMarine (for Windows, Linux and Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

BlueMarine is an open source application for the digital photo workflow, the blueMarine project will provide you an all-in-one tool for managing your photos, from the shoot up to the archiving and beyond. blueMarine is an expandable, open platform and includes specific support for different photographers communities, as well as the latest technologies.


16 Lphoto (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

Lphoto is  an open source Photo Organizer, Editor for GNU/Linux. Supports Red Eye removal, Web album/HTML album creation, color enhancements, filters and more.

Lphoto picture viewer

17 Xee Image Browser (for Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

Xee V2.0 is a simple, lightweight Image Viewer and Browser. It can open any files that QuickTime or Preview opens, full screen view, slideshows, EXIF info and much more.


18 Pictomio (for Windows/Freeware)

Pictomio is a software application intended for managing, categorizing, searching, and archiving photos as well as geotagging photos and videos that also allows you to generate animated 2D and 3D slideshows.


19 Photoimpact (for Windows/Commercial)

Photoimpact is a Corel product that lets you easily create photo projects, organizing and editing your photos. Whether you’re a beginner or it’s your hobby, PhotoImpact X3 will help you create professional-looking graphics for slide shows, videos, DVDs and more.


20 WildBit (for Windows/Freeware)

WildBit Viewer is compact and fast Image Viewer with slide show support and image editor. Simple user interface with faster thumbnail creation, fast image loading features. Supports all common graphics files, image comparison and many more.


21 VirtualStudio (for Windows/Freeware)

virtualStudio is a stand-alone, full-featured photo editor that can run virtualPhotographer and other plug-in filters. You can quickly and easily retouch and enhance your photos like a professional, using the power of plug-ins. virtualStudio includes all the features you’d expect to find in high quality editing software, and even comes with a selection of picture frames and the ability to add a title and copyright information.


22 ShowImg (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

ShowImg is a feature-rich image viewer for KDE including an image management system. It is highly configurable and supports numerous image formats.


23 GQView (for Linux and Windows/Free and Open Source)

GQview is an image viewer for Unix operating systems (developed on Linux). It’s key features include single click file viewing, external editor support, thumbnail preview, and zoom features. Some image management features are also included.


24 KuickShow (for Linux/Free and Open Source)

KuickShow is an image browser/viewer with a nice filebrowser to select images to be shown, slideshow support and the ability to display the following image formats: jpg, gif, tiff, png, bmp, psd, xpm, xbm, pbm and eim. Images can be displayed either in their own window, as large as the image, or fullscreen (which shrinks images too large to display). KuickShow also has a slideshow mode.


25 Imagv (for Windows, Linux, Mac OS/Free and Open Source)

Imgv is a unique and feature rich Image Viewer. It is released as free software with full source code. Imgv is portable and can run on Windows, Linux, BSD, OSX, and other operating systems. Features include a GUI that doesn’t get in the way of viewing your images, a file browser, slideshows, zooming, rotating, on-the-fly Exif viewing, histograms, fullscreen support, wallpaper setting, the ability to view 4 images on the screen at once, adjustable thumbnail sizes, playlists, view and download images from Web sites, movie playing, file searching/filtering, multiple directory loading, transitional effects, image hiding and more.


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