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The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution by Scott Snyder

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1. The Swarm Analogy and the Wireless Revolution

“If you’re looking for a role model in a world of complexity, you could do worse than to imitate a bee.”

—Thomas Seely, bee expert

Swarms have existed since the beginning of the Earth among various types of species, from insects, to fish, to birds. More recently, “swarm intelligence” has been applied to everything from airplane gate routing by Southwest Airlines to guerilla marketing with “swarmteams.”1

The Merriam-Webster definition of a swarm is a large number of animate or inanimate things massed together and usually in motion.

If you think of wireless networks as connecting a virtual mass of users and networked objects, allowing them to converge around specific places, ideas, or activities ...

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