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I can answer questions regarding the telecom networks which exist throughout the world as well as requirements and approvals required for equipment to be connected to the networks.

Experience in the area

I have been involved in product approvals for over 25 years, working both for major manufacturers, design organizations, and two major testing laboratories. I have experience putting products into countries around the world, working with various approvals agencies, and have been involved in various standards development agencies (Product Safety, EMC and Telecom). I was the Senior Approvals Engineer at the first private telephone approvals laboratory in Canada, and have been involved in the development of Industry Standards for telephone and telephone products.


- Senior Member of IEEE - Association of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) - Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) - Terminal Attachment Program Advisory Committee (TAPAC) which is under the jurisdiction of Industry Canada (Department of the Gov't of Canada) - Canadian Standards Association - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - Product Safety Engineering Society - Former Approvals Liaison Engineer (ALE) for the British Approvals Board for Telecommunications (BABT) - Former ALE for AUSTEL (Australia) - Only ALE Appointment outside of Australia - Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) - Registered Consultant to the Hong Kong Telecommunication Authority


Suggested Design Techniques for Telephone Equipment Requiring Canadian Certification Presented at the International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), Chicago, Ill.(1985). Paper published in IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics.


B.A.SC (Electrical Engineering)

Awards and Honors

- Only Approvals Liaison Engineer (ALE) ever appointed by AUSTEL (AUSTEL is no longer the authority in Australia, and the ALE program was also replaced in 1997) - Former Deputy Approvals Liaison Engineer appointed by the British Approvals Board for Telecommunications (BABT) - Elevated to Senior Member by IEEE - CSA Plaque given for 20 years of Services in standards development

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2017-01-25 Touch Screen Landline Phones.:

Prashant,    Technologically, it is indeed feasible. From a business perspective, perhaps less so as cell phones become more prevalent. Landline phones have a decreasing portion of the market share and

2016-07-18 Cat6 cable for backbone network.:

Prashant,    Yes, it could be used, but it is important to to first look at the physical length of the run for the cable, as well as the required data capacity. Fiber will give you much higher data rates

2016-07-05 SMS Encryption.:

Prashant,    Yes it can be encryption. A simple search will show a variety of different software apps to provide SMS encryption, for example:    Blackberry:

2016-07-04 Rechargeable or Non rechargeable batteries Thumb Rule.:

Yes, but it would be important to ensure that some means is incorporated to ensure that non-rechargeable batteries are not subjected to a charging input because of potential damage or safety issues. On

2016-07-03 Rechargeable or Non rechargeable batteries Thumb Rule.:

I am not sure specifically what the context of your question is but if you are referring specifically to installing a replacement battery in an electronic device, then the key factors to consider are:


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