Thermoplan and Qiio Connect Coffee machines to the cloud

Thermoplan Partners with qiio for IoT Coffee Machine Solution

 Exclusive coffee machine supplier to a global coffeehouse chain selects qiio for IoT   connectivity.
Swiss-based qiio (pronounced “kio”), a leading provider of complete, end-to-end “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) solutions from sensor to cloud, today announced a partnership with Thermoplan, manufacturer of the “Black&White” brand of professional coffee machines. Since 1999, Thermoplan has been the exclusive provider of fully automatic coffee machines to one of the world’s largest coffee house chains.

 

Bridging the information gap about machine usage

Professional coffee machines are normally sold with a maintenance contract. Manufacturers usually do not know how coffee shops use their machines, e.g. whether a machine serves 2 or 60 cups of coffee per hour. Without real-time data to monitor machine usage, technicians are sent to shops on a monthly basis which may be too frequent for some machines, or too little for machines that serve a lot of coffee.

Connecting coffee machines to the cloud

Based on embedded sensors and qiio’s IoT connectivity hardware and cloud platform, Thermoplan is now able to remotely monitor machine usage and other critical parameters in real-time. As a result, they only need to send out technicians when maintenance is actually required, saving on average one service visit per machine per year. With thousands of machines installed, this results in an annual cost savings in the millions of dollars.

“Our client expects smoothly running machines with minimum down-time”, said Sylvia Schoeberl, Head of Marketing, “For Thermoplan, maintenance is a significant part of overall costs. With qiio’s IoT solution, we have achieved the optimum balance between the two, resulting in a reliable, uninterrupted supply of great-tasting coffee which is the foundation of our client’s business.”

“Thermoplan’s huge installed base of professional coffee machines is precisely the type of application where qiio’s IoT solutions excel,” said Felix Adamczyk, CEO at qiio, “We handle the complexity of remote asset management, allowing Thermoplan to focus on their core business – enabling their clients to deliver the best coffee experience to consumers quickly, reliably and cost-effectively.”

qiio: taking the complexity out of IoT connectivity

To complete Thermoplan’s coffee machine IoT monitoring system, they looked to qiio to provide a secure, “plug and play” wireless connectivity solution and cloud-based monitoring platform. Based on qiio’s “IoT Concentrator” hardware and secure WiFi connectivity solution, sensor data is collected, concentrated, encrypted and relayed directly to a secure cloud platform hosting qiio’s remote monitoring dashboard. qiio’s solution includes a seamless migration path from WiFi to cellular connectivity, providing future-proof IoT connectivity for machines located in even the most remote locations.

About qiio

qiio provides complete, end-to-end IoT solutions including hardware, software, connectivity, cloud services, and operation. Everything customers need to securely connect, monitor and control their products via an online dashboard is delivered. We take the complexity out of the IoT, creating “off-the-shelf” solutions customized to customer requirements within 4-8 weeks. With headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, qiio’s technology is ideal for logistics, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance. Visit www.qiio.com for details.

About Thermoplan

Founded in 1974 in Weggis, Switzerland, Thermoplan produces premium, fully automatic coffee machines in modern design for the high demands of the worldwide hotel, restaurant and gastronomy sector. Each coffee machine we produce is a masterpiece – our employees guarantee premium craftsmanship as part of their Swiss work ethic and professional pride. Thermoplan is represented in 75 countries by professional business partners and manages a global network of over 200 certified distribution and service partners. www.thermoplan.ch

Source: qiio

Canadian drone test uses LTE network to deliver defibrillators

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LTE-enabled delivery of life-saving equipment and emergency medical supplies via beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drones could see a 17-fold increase in the distance covered compared to current non-mobility-enabled alternatives. That’s just one finding from successful tests driven by health authorities in the Canadian province of Ontario, enabled by Ericsson LTE connectivity. 

Renfrew County authorities say using the mobile network could see life-saving equipment and supplies being delivered more than 128 km from the control point compared to the 7.25 km range of current non-mobile-network enabled drone delivery services. The 4G LTE-enabled tests included live video streaming, photo-sharing, and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, such as collision avoidance.

Renfrew County says the trial results will be used to plan services to reduce time to treatment for people suffering cardiac arrest, and, in the future, those who need urgent medication in private, residential, or rural locations.

THE TESTS

In addition to Ericsson, Renfrew County also partnered with Canadian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) company InDro Robotics, and tech firm Cradlepoint.

The drone flew via the LTE network to remote take-off points selected by GPS and landed successfully to deliver an AED to onsite researchers, who used it to treat a medical mannequin.

InDro Robotics supplied the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); Cradlepoint provided the on-board router, while Ericsson provided 4G LTE equipment with carrier aggregation, as well as mobile network design support and drone research.

THE REACTION

Renfrew County Paramedic, Chief Mike Nolan, says: “Given the large area and varied terrain that the county encompasses, it is often difficult to get emergency medical services to patients in a timely fashion. We have been successfully using drones to support our emergency responders for several years, but until now, the operators have had line-of-sight of the situation. We will now have further reach than ever.

“What’s particularly innovative and exciting about this trial is the potential of drone-delivered AEDs to have a transformative impact on emergency care for patients suffering cardiac arrest, especially those in remote private, residential or rural settings, where getting emergency treatment rapidly is vital.”

David Everingham, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Canada, says: “This trial is an illustration of Ericsson’s belief in Technology for Good. We are proud to partner in this innovative trial with multiple companies showing how 4G LTE networks and drones can be used to advance life-saving services.”

Source: Ericsson

About the Emergency Services Network (ESN)

The Home Office is leading a pan departmental, cross government programme to deliver the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) critical communications system. This will replace the current Airwave service used by the emergency services in Great Britain.

Customers for the ESN include the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services as well as a range of other users stretching from local authorities and utility services to first responders like inshore rescue. There are 300,000 frontline emergency service users who will depend on ESN, using handheld devices or operating equipment in 50,000 vehicles, 115 aircraft and 200 control rooms.

The strategic aim of the emergency services mobile communications programme (ESMCP) is to deliver a much better voice and data service to the emergency services. It will replace the reliable but limited and ageing Airwave system.

ESN will transform emergency services’ mobile working, especially in remote areas and at times of network congestion. It will create a single platform for sharing data and imagery and enable faster adoption of successful mobile applications. ESN also represents value for money for the taxpayer through delivering steady state savings of over £200 million per year.

The software that ESN runs on is being provided by Motorola Solutions and the infrastructure is being built by EE; created by upgrading their existing network, including deploying more 4G radio frequencies in rural areas, and building over 400 new sites. All new sites are open to being shared with other mobile network operators. To maximise coverage for the emergency services the government will build around 300 further sites in the most remote and rural areas of Britain and, potentially, these will also bring much needed commercial coverage to these areas.

ESN represents cutting edge technology and will be the future platform for communications in the emergency services. Delivering this world leading network has presented some challenges. To meet these, delivery of ESN has been refocused in a new and incremental way.

The new focus is on getting the products and services that emergency services customers want, in their hands when they want them. It means key elements of ESN can be tested, adopted and begin to be used as they become available, rather than having to wait until every element of the network is finished. This will allow continuous improvement of the solution and learning of lessons along the way – to boost service, enable innovation and meet new needs of the emergency services.

ESN will deliver:

secure and resilient mission critical communications the emergency services can trust to keep them safea modern voice and data platform which will enable the emergency services to improve front-line operations and work more closely togethervalue for money by replacing legacy technology, improving commercial terms and providing a common platform for innovation and data sharing

Programme review

A review into ESMCP was completed earlier this year. The review undertook an in-depth and exhaustive analysis of all the benefits and risks of continuing with the programme to give our emergency services the modern communications tools and network they need.

It demonstrated conclusively that ESN is the right strategic choice to replace the existing Airwave network. It also found that ESN continues to represent value for money to the taxpayer, but that a new delivery direction was needed to ensure that the emergency services benefit from the new network as soon as possible.

How ESN will be delivered

This new culture will help to build secure and resilient mission critical communications that the emergency services can trust to keep them safe. New behaviours will also support the swift and safe deployment of ESN to allow Airwave to be switched off as soon as possible. To deliver this, ESMCP will:

Build confidence in the programme through delivery and deployment of capability that ESN customers trust will keep their people safe in the most challenging operational circumstances.

Be more customer focused: the programme team is taking an emergency service-centric approach to design, deployment and adoption of products and services, which meet the needs of users and maximise adoption.

Have greater user involvement: representatives on the programme are becoming more involved in the design and delivery of the ESN products than they have ever been before.

Coverage

The successful provision of coverage is one of the key deliverables of the ESN network, allowing Airwave users to migrate to ESN. The various coverage elements will be delivered by multiple suppliers and contracts but will ultimately be assured by a common, service wide testing and assurance process. The vision is to deliver and assure the coverage that will enable emergency services users to continue to operate effectively, efficiently and safely when Airwave is turned off. The programme has overall responsibility for providing coverage, including all contractual and procurement decision-making.

ESN coverage will be delivered by the following contracts/suppliers:

the mobile services (MS) supplier, EE, delivering the primary coverageESMCP delivering the coverage required in the defined extended area service (EAS) parameters that fall outside of EE’s delivery of the primary coverage areaESMCP delivering coverage within the London Underground

EE coverage

EE will provide ESN coverage along major and minor roads, selected buildings, road tunnels and railway facilities, as well as 12 miles out to sea and up to 500 feet above the ground. EE’s delivery of ESN incorporates coverage improvements to their existing commercial 4G network via a programme of site upgrades.

EE have now completed construction of 385 of the new sites needed, with the remaining 81 masts due to be finished shortly.

ESN users will get priority use of the EE 4G network via a dedicated network code and utilise priority radio and core network bearers to access ESN public safety services.

Extended Area Service

The EAS programme is responsible for providing ESN coverage in the most remote and rural areas of Great Britain by building a new network of masts. These sites are in addition to those new sites being provided by EE. EAS will extend ESN coverage and transform mobile working for police, fire and rescue, and ambulance crews in the most rural or remote areas of Britain.

Construction started on the first mast in the new EAS network on 1 October 2018 at Boreland, near Lockerbie, in Scotland and was completed at the end of October 2018. Thirteen further sites have entered the build stage. Over the next 6 months another 50 sites are expected to begin construction in the most remote and rural areas of Scotland, Wales and England. The network is due to be complete by the end of 2019. Approximately 292 EAS sites will be required to deliver the coverage. These will be a mix of around 194 new build sites, approximately 18 site shares with other mobile network operators and around 80 Airwave site shares.

Given the remote and rural location of some of this new infrastructure, it may be possible to use it to bring fast 4G commercial services to locations and communities which have previously had poor or no mobile coverage.

Subject to local planning authorities granting planning for lattice mast structures which can host multiple mobile network operators (MNOs), many of these EAS sites are also expected to support commercial coverage, where MNOs are interested in doing so.

Where practical, advantage will be taken of other government initiatives such as the Scottish Futures Trust 4G infill project. The provision of the active equipment, its installation and integration for all EAS sites is via EE. The ESN programme has shared all provisional locations for these mast structures with all 4 of the UK’s MNOs. The government is very clear on its responsibilities under the European Commission’s state aid decision taken in December 2015 and understands that a key provision is to provide “wholesale access to new state-funded infrastructure on equal and non-discriminatory terms”.

Coverage assurance

This will give users the ability to assure signal coverage, so they can confirm EE are meeting their contractual obligations. It will provide a common approach for checking coverage required from other ESN projects, for example the extended area service and ESN in London Underground.

EE remain responsible for assuring the contracted coverage delivered in the ‘primary area’. EE will do this by using various measuring techniques such as calibrated prediction modelling, crowd sourcing techniques and calibrated drive or walk testing.

ESMCP has procured a coverage testing capability with associated reporting and support services called ‘ESN Assure’, which, in cooperation with the emergency services, will provide a mobile platform for wide-area coverage testing.

ESN Assure was launched on 9 November 2018 and, together with the emergency services, ESMCP will undertake extensive coverage testing. This will give early sight of any issues and allow both early entry into the gap fix process and build user confidence in coverage availability and performance. Any results obtained will need to consider the maturity of the network delivery in that area.

ESN Products

ESN Assure

ESN Assure is the first ESN product to be made available and was launched in its first phase on 9 November. It will help the emergency services to measure and report on ESN coverage in their area and report on where it needs to be improved.

ESN Assure consists of a package of tools on a handheld ESN device including an app which monitors coverage while on the move as well as offering a view of what areas are predicted to be covered. It also allows users to check minimised drive data from all commercial EE customers in an area to give a more rounded view.

Customers can report any perceived gaps in coverage which will then be reviewed by the programme and suppliers to see if they should have been resolved with contractual commitments or if additional coverage is needed. Coverage gaps that need resolving can then be implemented as part of a future release.

The first phase of this testing involves distributing devices to selected ESN users and was launched in June month.

ESN Connect

ESN Connect will be a fast, secure and reliable data connectivity for vehicles, allowing communications from other users to the mobile data terminal in the vehicle (for example, dispatch messages) and enabling other devices to tether and connect over ESN.

ESN Connect is a SIM-only offer to connect vehicle modems with the ESN data service. It provides a fast, secure data connection on the dedicated network designed for the emergency services. Emergency services customers will benefit from the widest geographical coverage and bespoke service designed to meet their unique needs.

Customers will benefit from data prioritisation, which means the device will perform consistently when using data, even in times of high network traffic. It will also be possible to specify a higher level of prioritisation if needed for any critical applications.

In its simplest form, this is the ESN equivalent of a SIM only data plan. It is for any emergency services organisation that needs a fast, reliable data connection – for example, in-vehicle dispatch messaging used by the ambulance service – but does not need the public safety communication service applications.

ESN Connect+

ESN Connect+ is a SIM-only voice and data plan that provides a fast, secure voice and data connection on the dedicated network designed for the emergency services.

Emergency services customers will benefit from the widest geographical coverage and bespoke service designed to meet their unique needs.

Customers in the emergency services will benefit from data prioritisation, which means the device will perform consistently when using data, even in times of high network traffic. It will also be possible to specify a higher level of prioritisation if needed for any critical applications.

ESN Direct

ESN Direct is a new generation push-to-talk and critical messaging product on a smartphone.

It offers earlier access to the new ESN Public Safety application suite, to gain insights into performance and usability, ready to create training and roll-out programmes for wider deployments. It can be utilised by the emergency services and other customers who want to try out the new ESN public safety communications in less-critical scenarios and/or while dual-carrying an Airwave and ESN device.

It also offers an opportunity to test out control room integration to ESN, smoothing the path to later upgrades and wider deployments.

ESN Prime

ESN Prime is the fully comprehensive new generation public safety communications service, on a smartphone. It offers a full suite of public safety communications services including critical voice push-to-talk, messaging and video, and is aimed at organisations who are ready to begin the move away from Airwave.

One of the new features it brings is video, which will expand the capabilities of those working in public safety. ESN Prime incudes critical voice push-to-talk, messaging, video, public telephony, messaging and. It also includes interworking and ESN mobile device management (Airwatch).

Source: Gov.UK

Ericsson helps Sprint to launch Curiosity™ Smart Video Analytics

Sprint, in conjunction with Ericsson and Hitachi Vantara, announced the launch of Curiosity™ Smart Video Analytics. The highly adaptable solution delivers automated alerts and advanced video analytics technology, helping to make smarter decisions, respond faster to potential emergencies, and improve efficiency while keeping people and property safe.

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“Together with technologies from Hitachi Vantara and Ericsson, our Curiosity Smart Video Analytics technology is enabling the transformation of critical security operations – from government to enterprises – with the power of AI and IoT to generate intelligence that can be acted upon faster and with more accuracy,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT and product development at Sprint. “According to research, humans miss out on more than 90 percent of video activities after manual monitoring. We’re automating workflow and enabling the visualization of distinct events with unprecedented precision to improve public safety and overall security for a variety of entities.”

“The Curiosity Smart Video Analytics solution takes our strategic partnership with Sprint to the next level, leveraging the Ericsson IoT Accelerator platform and managed services to deliver critical data through Hitachi Vantara that will enhance public safety and security,” said Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses at Ericsson.

Source: Ericsson

Global operators back GSMA-led climate initiative

More than 50 of the world’s largest mobile operators agreed to start disclosing the environmental impact of their businesses, as part of a new climate action initiative led by industry body GSMA.

In a statement, the GSMA said the initiative aims to develop a climate action roadmap and identify ways for the industry to reduce the amount of gaseous carbon compounds it releases.

Companies including AT&T, Axiata Group, Deutsche Telekom, BT, Orange, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Verizon, Vodafone and all three major Chinese operators are among those to have signed up.

The Association added the move is in line with the UN’s Paris Agreement, with large global operators set to disclose their climatic impacts, energy and greenhouse gas emissions using the internationally recognised CDP disclosure system.

CDP is a not for profit charity running global systems for investors, companies, cities and regions to manage their environment impacts.

Clarity
The GSMA explained the move will enable full transparency for investors and customers involved in the mobile sector, and result in many companies disclosing the information for the first time.

Following initial disclosures, the next step of the process involves developing a carbon-reduction roadmap for the mobile industry, with a view to implementing in February 2020. The pathway will be aligned with Science Based Targets, an initiative, backed by the CDP among others that sets targets for private sector companies on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The GSMA-led roadmap will also include development of an industry-wide plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a target outlined by the Paris Agreement.

Mats Granryd, GSMA director general said the announcement marks a collaborative action by the mobile industry to tackle “the climate emergency, demonstrating how the private sector can show leadership and responsibility in addressing one of the gravest challenges facing our planet”.

“The mobile industry will form the backbone of the future economy and therefore has a unique opportunity to drive change across multiple sectors and in collaboration with our suppliers, investors and customers,” he added.

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP welcomed the mobile industry’s move to disclose climate impacts, stating this “demonstrates a clear step-up in the commitment to providing transparency to its investors and customers as part of an industry-wide approach”.

Source; Mobile World Live

Three 5G home broadband has landed in London and that’s just the start

5G home broadband on Three

Three’s 5G network has finally launched, but for now it’s only in London and only useable for home broadband. But for those who are interested in that, this is still a big deal – and it’s just the start.

Three’s 5G home broadband service comes with unlimited data, it works without a landline, and it offers convenient plug and play setup, as well as free next working day delivery. So you can get up and running almost instantly without an engineer visit.

The service comes in at £35 per month with no upfront cost on a 12-month contract, and on the postcodes we checked (in Camden) supposedly offers average speeds of 100Mbps, which is competitive with fibre broadband.

Banging router

Three’s router can get up to 64 devices online at once too, so you should have no problem getting all of your computers, phones, consoles and other smart devices connected at the same time.

If you can’t wait until the next working day to get it, you even have the option to pay £20 for same day delivery, and when you move house you can simply take your 5G router with you and plug it in at the new place – assuming Three has 5G coverage there.

Limited availability but it’s set to improve fast

Indeed, availability is the main issue with Three 5G home broadband right now. Even within London, Three’s 5G home broadband service isn’t yet available everywhere, but you can enter your postcode here to see if you can get it where you are. Coverage areas include parts of Clapham, Ealing, Hoxton, Acton, Putney and more.

And if you can’t get coverage in your area, or you don’t live in London, that might only briefly be a problem, as Three is bringing 5G to 25 cities and towns by the end of the year, as well as launching a 5G mobile service, so you won’t be limited to home broadband for long.

No extra cost

Not only that, but Three will offer its 5G mobile service at not extra cost, and is promising speeds up to twice as fast as rivals. That could theoretically mean peak speeds of over 2Gbps, and even average speeds should be some way faster than the 100Mbps currently offered on its home broadband.

That might mean that Three’s 5G home broadband will soon get a lot faster too, but that’s just speculation for now.

At the time of writing Three’s only real competition in this space is Vodafone, which also offers a 5G home broadband service. It offers unlimited data too, though it’s priced steeper at £50 per month for that (though plans with limited data start at £30 per month). The space will soon get crowded though, with EE also launching a 5G home broadband service before long.

Source; James Rogerson/5g.co.uk

 

 

Goanna Ag uses IoT to improve water management on Australian farms

Goanna Ag launches first-of-its-kind sensors to provide water management visibility for Australian farmers

ADELAIDE, South Australia, Aug. 6, 2019 – Goanna Ag has partnered with Myriota to develop a remote monitoring, low-cost farm sensor solution for Australian farmers. The solution will tackle one of Australian agriculture’s biggest challenges: the management and optimisation of on-farm water use.

Combining Goanna Ag’s deep experience in farm sensors with Myriota’s direct-to-orbit satellite network for the Internet of Things (IoT), the partnership will unlock the power of remote monitoring at a price and scale never seen before.

Making the most of every drop of precious water is a challenge that Australian farmers have been dealing with for decades. This has been compounded by the impact of one of the worst droughts in living memory; with water management being brought into stark view across the farming community this year.

Monitoring rainfall and water storage is a critical requirement to better understand and manage what is going on across the farm. Traditionally, this monitoring has required regular trips to check rain gauges and water tank levels; a necessary evil rather than an efficient and sustainable solution.

In the past decade, remote monitoring has emerged as a far more efficient approach, but the relatively high cost of hardware and communications, complexity of data, less than robust sensors and a lack of field support has prevented widespread adoption.

Partnering with Myriota to develop an ‘everywhere’ monitoring solution for Australian agriculture, GoannaAg has deployed a small number of rain gauges and water tank monitoring devices as part of a trial on Australian farms. Now, the tried and tested solution is on the verge of commercial release with pricing and distribution currently being finalised.

The gauges’ data management and app access provide a more affordable solution than other  alternatives, with units set to include three years of connectivity, data management and app access as standard.

Future iterations of the rain gauges will see Goanna Ag integrate smart functionality, including point specific weather forecasting generated by the Bureau of Meteorology, aggregated and granular rainfall mapping, and an initial on-the-go yield forecaster for dryland cropping.

Tom Dowling Chief Operating Officer at Goanna Ag said that the suite of products has been in development for some time.

“Our clients know the value that comes from remote monitoring, but until now, the industry has been restricted by coverage and cost issues,” Dowling said.

“We have been working toward a solution like this for over a decade, and thanks to our partnership with Myriota, have developed a game changing solution that will drive on farm efficiencies – particularly around water management and optimisation.”

Tom Dowling, Chief Operating Officer, Goanna Ag

Business Development Executive at Myriota, Tom Rayner, echoed Goanna Ag’s sentiments, saying that the partnership is already achieving strong results for farmers.

“We are able to provide an ‘everywhere’ communication solution that is ideally suited to agriculture,” Rayner said.

“With ground based communications requiring capital and geographical prioritisation, there will be ‘black spots’ where data is lost, but through this collaboration with Goanna Ag, we have been able to overcome these challenges of cost and connectivity.”

Tom Rayner, Business Development Executive, Myriota

Both Myriota and Goanna Ag are in the process of expanding their respective capabilities to deliver more sensors and satellites to solve problems facing the industry where real-time insights are critical.

Goanna Ag is now taking pre-orders for their rain gauge and tank monitoring solutions, with commercial sales set for October this year.

Source: Myriota

 

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NEC announces successful transmission of live 8K video using 5G

In conjunction with France’s largest television station, France Televisions, NEC successfully transmitted footage of the recent French Grand Slam tennis tournament at Roland-Garros.

The demonstration used NEC’s VC-8900 8K material transmission encoder to transmit high-definition live 8K video of the tournament to 8K video monitors and 5G smartphones and tablets at a location within the tournament’s venue.

The NEC’s VC-8900 8K material transmission encoder utilises real-time video compression technologies to make it possible, along with the use of high-bandwidth 5G technology.

Significant step forward

It’s a significant step for the future of how we’ll consume live television with 8K the natural step following 4K footage. It also builds upon NEC’s efforts last January which had them working together with Japanese telecommunications firm NTT DOCOMO and Tobu Railway, where they conducted video transmission tests through 5G base stations that support 4.5GHz and 28GHz bands.

In this case, the test used an 8K live video sample of a steam locomotive transmitted from a 5G base station installed along the railroad tracks to a 5G mobile station connected to an 8K display inside the moving train. It also used pre-recorded VK video content to confirm the effectiveness of 5G in the transmission of data-dense video content.

Moving from one display to multiple smartphones and tablets at Roland-Garros is a big step forward in NEC’s plan for revolutionising how we consume media in future.

“Building on the success of this initiative, NEC will further promote the realization and expansion of next-generation broadcasting services using high-definition video in 2020 and beyond,” explained Takeshi Inoue, General Manager, Broadcast and Media Division of NEC.

While no other plans have yet been announced for what NEC is set to do next, it’s clear that such tests are paving the way towards a future where 8K video footage is more readily accessible and potentially enhancing what we’re able to see when attending major events.

Source: 5g.co.uk

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