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

Sierra AirLink RV55 simplifies connectivity for renewable energy and smart city applications.

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The AirLink® RV55 is the industry’s most rugged, compact, LTE-Advanced Pro router.

Simple to install, and easy to manage the RV55 router is designed for connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure, and vehicle fleets. The RV55 is especially well suited for applications in energy, utilities, smart city and public safety. The RV55 provides real-time remote connectivity for SCADA, distribution management systems and metering.

The RV55 high-performance LTE-Advanced Pro connectivity, Wi-Fi and GNSS and location-based applications and dual connectivity for vehicle fleets and mobile workforce. An LTE-M/NB-IoT variant is perfectly suited for hard to reach conditions.

The RV55 supports an extensive range of LTE bands worldwide, and its LTEAdvanced Pro capabilities deliver up to 600 Mbps downlink speeds. The RV55 also supports new unlicensed LTE bands (eg. CBRS) to support dedicated Private LTE service.

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  • Reduces complexity in connecting legacy equipment with dual-serial, ethernet, and multi-protocol support.

  • Powerful remote cloud-based or on-premises management solutions.

  • Proven reliability and over 3 million AirLink routers and gateways deployed.

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Microlease increases 5G testing inventory

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Leading 5G test and measurement equipment supplier, Microlease, has increased its existing 5G testing inventory, opening up more opportunities for adequate testing by mobile network operators and 5G equipment manufacturers.

The supplier has invested $30 million (with $10 million of that being in the past 12 months) in a bid to serve the growing demand for 5G testing from both manufacturers and network operators alike.

With growing interest in 5G also leading to more interest in seeing what companies provide the greatest amount of bandwidth, lowest latency, and all round general superior service, it’s vital for these companies to be able to test their products thoroughly. Microlease is providing that service.

At the moment, handset and base station manufacturers are focusing on producing equipment necessary to serve the rollout of commercial 5G networks, but it’s important to also have greater visibility on how operators will build and bill for such services.

“With the launch of 5G handsets and increasing shipments of 5G base stations, it’s become clear that 5G will carry a significant price premium,” cites market analysts Gartner.

With that premium, quality of service and experience is paramount and Microlease is going some way to providing effective testing. Such testing can help to optimise signal quality, network throughput and capacity. It also means better interoperability between user equipment and network infrastructure, thereby enriching the experience for customers and businesses alike.

Currently, Microlease stocks equipment including Keysight Technologies’ N9040B UXA Signal Analyzer (above), with a frequency range of 2Hz to 50GHz, made available in various configurations to suit different parts of 5G validation work. It also stocks the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyser, which characterises wideband components and communications systems.

Companies looking to rent test equipment from Microlease gain fast flexible access to the technology, along with ongoing technical support, free servicing and calibration. Alternatively, customers opting to buy have a range of new and certified pre-owned equipment to choose from.

Microlease’s test equipment can help users mitigate the potential risks that stiff market competition within the 5G network can bring, ultimately leading to a better product for all.

This further investment by the firm will likely encourage companies to pursue testing via Microlease’s equipment in the continuing bid to establish a strong 5G network across the country.

Source:  Jennifer Allen

Cradlepoint and NetMotion form an alliance for connecting mobile workforces

 

Internet-of-Things-1920xx  NetMotion and Cradlepoint today announced a technology alliance relationship that will give customers in public safety, transportation, healthcare, utilities and other mobile workforce-oriented industries access to the companies’ complementary and interoperable range of best-in-class network solutions, allowing them to deploy quickly and with complete confidence. Combining Cradlepoint’s strengths in cloud-delivered wireless edge networks and NetMotion’s full suite of mobile connectivity, analytics and operational intelligence solutions, the world’s rapidly growing mobile workforce will have access to integrated, always on, always protected, always optimized connections that help improve everything from productivity and user experience to safety and security. 

 
A majority of first responders in North America have already deployed solutions from Cradlepoint, NetMotion, or both, with a combined international footprint that is rapidly expanding. With 5G technology promising to be an enormous catalyst for the continued growth of mobility, Cradlepoint and NetMotion are ideally positioned to help first responders and other mobile workforces quickly and reliably establish a persistent network connection that is fast and secure while enabling an exceptional user experience. 
  
“We can’t afford to compromise when it comes to public safety,” said Adrian Hutchinson, superintendent, Mobile Technology, London Metropolitan Police Service. “That’s why we’ve invested in solutions from Cradlepoint and NetMotion that ensure fast, efficient, reliable and secure communications with our officers at critical times, allowing them to spend more time on the streets helping and protecting the public. We’re changing the game in the way we fight crime and bring offenders to justice, making our community and our officers safer as a result.” 
 
“Perhaps no other mobile workforce is more dependent on fast, resilient and secure wireless connectivity for their productivity and safety than first responders,” said Donna Johnson, vice president of Product and Solutions Marketing at Cradlepoint. “This is the catalyst behind our alliance with NetMotion, the recognized leader in software-based mobile performance and operational intelligence solutions for the public safety market. Together, we are providing integration and interoperability between our network services so that first responders have a mission-critical in-vehicle network they can rely on for fast and reliable application connectivity when they need it most.” 
 
“Over the last decade, we’ve witnessed incredible demand for mobility products that improve the user experience, especially in fields such as public safety and mass transit,” said Christopher Kenessey, chief executive officer at NetMotion. “Now, with the help of Cradlepoint’s incredibly powerful NetCloud services, NetMotion’s Mobility solution works hand in hand to meet the needs of an exploding mobile worker market. This partnership will enable NetMotion to significantly expand its customer base, particularly in industries where in-vehicle solutions are required.” 
 
As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, Cradlepoint NetCloud and NetMotion Mobility provide an optimized, always-on platform with enhanced features that give end users rapid, seamless transitions between available WiFi and cellular networks, unique data compression, optimization and more. Meanwhile, IT teams gain valuable visibility into network conditions even outside the organization’s firewalls, enabling dynamic prioritization of traffic to enhance business-critical applications. The solutions also make it possible to identify mobile performance issues, monitor application usage trends, and monitor data consumption and cost. 
 
For more information about the partnership between Cradlepoint and NetMotion, visit: http://netmotionsoftware.com/cradlepoint/
 
About NetMotion Software 
NetMotion Mobile Performance and Operational Intelligence solutions give IT teams the ability to monitor, alert and dynamically make decisions using real-time data and analytics. Thousands of enterprises around the world depend on the company’s solutions to improve the performance, visibility and security for their mobile workers. NetMotion has received numerous awards for its technology and customer support. The company consistently receives an impressive customer satisfaction Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 91, significantly exceeding NPS averages in the technology and telecom industries. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
About Cradlepoint 
Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-delivered wireless edge solutions for branch, mobile, and IoT networks. Cradlepoint’s Elastic Edge™ vision — powered by NetCloud services — provides a blueprint for agile, pervasive and software-driven wireless WANs that leverage 4G and 5G services to connect people, places and things everywhere with reliability, security, and control. More than 25,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world, including 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100, and first responders in 10 of the largest U.S. cities, rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical branches, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected and protected. Major service providers use Cradlepoint wireless solutions as the foundation for innovative managed network services. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with a development center in Silicon Valley and international offices across EMEA and Australia. 
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Huddersfield Uni wins £1M grant for 5G training and research

The University of Huddersfield received £1 million in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program to launch a new 5G research and training project. The UK university will have a central role in the Europe-wide project that involves ten academic and industrial partners to further the development and understanding of 5G technology.

5G Research

The program is called MOTOR5G, which is short for “Mobility and Training for beyond 5G Ecosystems,” and it received a total of £3.6 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research funds, of which Huddersfield Uni received £1 million. The aim is to advance the state of the art in many dimensions of 5G.

Led by Dr. Pavlos Lazaridis, Reader in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, four doctoral researchers will be based at the university to conduct lab work, theoretical studies and work closely with the project’s academic and industrial partners, which include Rohde & Schwarz, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, Denmark’s Aarhus University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The project will focus on several aspects of 5G technology: embedding artificial intelligence into 5G systems; using drones to improve communications; and developing beam-forming antennae. The researchers will work on the antennae at Rohde & Schwarz’s headquarters in Munich and will have an opportunity to train in metrology at the National Physical Laboratory.

In addition, the researchers will also have opportunities to work with a 5G-based video production and distribution network that is being installed at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Funding 5G Research

As it is still early days for 5G technology, many governments are making funds available for research and development. In the UK, the government has appropriated £25 million for the national 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. The UK government also recently announced a competition for a share of £1 million for 5G research projects.

Source Michelle Donegan

Bad Cars: Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

TV and science fiction writers have let their imaginations run wild with theories about what could happen if your car was attacked by bad actors. There have been a few real-world cases where white-hat hackers and researchers have been able – in limited, controlled instances – to actually penetrate a car’s electronics and communications systems, take over the car’s steering and acceleration systems, and potentially do real damage.

However, there are other scenarios that might not be as obvious or as dramatic.

For example, what if your car’s computer was infected by a virus that greatly reduced the engine’s efficiency or capped the car’s maximum driving speed? What if the virus did something less dramatic, such as make the car unable to lock the controls for automatic window operation, or simply prevent the car from starting? No one would die, but the car owner would be very upset, posing a disaster for the automobile’s manufacturers.

Motor City Ransomware

Electric Vehicles require sophisticated control and safety technologies for their electrical power systems to safely manage the high voltages that store and distribute from their battery systems. If something goes wrong, the car cannot operate, people could get electrocuted, or the car could burst into flames or explode. These are real dangers that are managed by the car’s network of fuses, circuit breakers, and control systems.

What would happen if a cyber hacker got into these sensitive electronic systems and turned off the safety and control system?

Why would someone do this? Money, of course.

Suppose the bad guys successfully penetrated and infected these vehicles? Imagine now that they had the software or security keys that could fix these problems, but hold them as ransom, jeopardizing an automaker’s entire fleet of new cars.

How many millions (or tens of millions) of dollars would the automaker pay to get that solution? Holding a manufacturer hostage is a very real possibility, as evidenced by the results that today’s hackers are getting by attacking hospitals and cities and successfully extracting substantial ransoms to just return these institution’s data. In a recent WIRED article, The Biggest Cybersecurity Crisis of 2019 So Far, which discusses the risks to “things” and across supply chains, the FBI explained, “We are seeing an increase in targeted ransomware attacks. Cyber criminals are opportunistic. They will monetize any network to the fullest extent.”

Pre- and Post-Assembly Infections

It is possible that cars could be infected before they even hit the auto dealers’ lots. Bad actors have the capability to infect a small electronic part, essential to the auto manufacturing food chain, purchased from one of the hundreds of component suppliers.

How could auto manufacturers possibly test each electronic element? It is almost impossible – and requires that parts manufacturers themselves take more care in their software development process to ensure the software in these components are not infected during manufacturing process, or during the testing and shipping processes.

Of course, cyber infections could happen on the actual assembly line where the cars are put together. With many car manufacturing plants using IoT connected robots and machines, there is always a possibility of infection happening on the assembly line.

These components could even become infected after assembly, during the manufacturers’ testing and process. Infection, during installation, or with after-market parts and upgrades, could arise after the vehicles arrive at the dealers’ facilities.

Already aware of the possibility and the potential disastrous effects of infected cars reaching the market, manufacturers throughout the supply chain need to become more aware of how their devices could be attacked and infected even before they leave the warehouse. This means embedding IoT security from day one – from the smallest electronic components to final assembly of motors, transmissions and other large vehicle components.

Source: Alan Grau, VP of IoT, Embedded Systems, Sectigo

Vodafone goes live with Ericsson 5G technology in London

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  • Partnership includes Ericsson Radio System installed base
  • Ericsson Spectrum Sharing enables extended 5G coverage on existing LTE spectrum

Ericsson’s  technology leadership was at the heart of Vodafone UK’s launch of 5G for consumer and business customers in London today – July 3. The spectacular cityscape views of London’s Sky Garden hosted a dedicated launch event powered by Ericsson 5G technology, including a virtual demonstration with highlights from the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab Report: 5G Consumer Potential.

In London, Ericsson will provide comprehensive 5G coverage based on the latest Ericsson Radio System portfolio. This includes the latest Baseband 6630 and Massive MIMO 6488 products to enable 5G on the 3.5GHz frequency. Combined with LTE, this will achieve speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G for 5G users with much lower latency.

Ericsson Radio System’s unique dynamic spectrum sharing functionality will also enable Vodafone to extend 5G coverage over a wide area, leveraging 4G spectrum on existing Ericsson Radio System infrastructure.

In accordance with the 5G Consumer Potential report findings, access to 5G connectivity is hotly anticipated by UK consumers, who expect to use 10-12 times more mobile data on average on new 5G devices. Vodafone UK’s 5G launch will be welcomed by the four out of every ten subscribers identified by the research who face issues caused by network congestion in crowded and dense urban areas.

Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK, says: “Today, we are switching on 5G in seven UK cities, including London. Backed by our largest ever investment in the capital and new unlimited data plans, in partnership with Ericsson we are enabling Londoners to access an ultra-fast 5G and 4G network without any limits.”

Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe & Latin America, Ericsson, says: “As the recognized leader in driving 5G in Europe, we are delighted to launch Vodafone UK’s 5G network in London. We have a history of working in close partnership with Vodafone and we have done so again in 5G with fast, efficient and customer-focused delivery of Ericsson Radio System 5G technology. Our unique spectrum sharing abilities will also enable Vodafone to extend the scope of 5G in its network.”

Source: Ericsson

Ericsson and China Mobile showcase Automated Guided Vehicles for industry digitalization

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At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 (MWC19 Shanghai), Ericsson and China Mobile demonstrated an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) prototype on an end-to-end, stand-alone 5G network.

With the growing adoption of industry digitalization and improvements in industrial automation and intelligence, AGV is becoming increasingly prevalent in manufacturing, ports, and other industries. 5G networks’ powerful mobility management, seamless coverage and quality of service assurance enable them to provide the reliable communication needed for of various AGV applications, such as AGV tractors, AGV pallet movers or AGV forklifts.

The AGV prototype that China Mobile and Ericsson demonstrated at MWC Shanghai 2019 shows how AGV helps to automate product testing using a 5G network. This validates that a stand-alone 5G architecture can adequately be used for industry digitalization:

─     The network slicing-based Dedicated Industrial Network—This technology enhances vertical industries with networking technologies. It can help to create dedicated industrial networks based on the requirements of industrial scenarios and leverage network slicing to ensure the security and reliability of production data.

─     Edge Computing—Deploy the AGV application systems on edge clouds and use the forwarding plane for edge computing to divert traffic locally; meet the requirement for low latency; and ensure the effective management of industrial applications by factory. This also helps to reduce the complexity of AGV equipment and improve the operating stability of the entire system.

─     Data Intelligence—Moreover, AGV application can leverage the powerful computing capability of edge clouds to make in-depth analyses of test data to improve efficiency and integrate data from other manufacturing systems. This enables closed-loop management from product manufacturing to testing and improves the factory’s smart manufacturing.

Lu Lu, Deputy Director of the Networks and IT, China Mobile Research (CMRI), said: “Edge computing and network slicing are the most important enabling technologies for 5G. They also provide important capabilities that operators need to serve vertical industries. Teaming up with Ericsson, we demonstrate the strong potential of edge computing and network slicing for the Industrial Internet, and this is a valuable experiment for industrial applications of 5G.”

Zhang Guangzhuo, Deputy General Manager of Core Network Products at Ericsson North East Asia, said: “As a strategic partner, Ericsson has been working closely with China Mobile to drive the development of the Industrial Internet through 5G, aiming to help in making digital transformation a reality.”

Cradlepoint CBA550 available now from Co-Star

 

The new Cradlpoint CBA550 LTE including 1 year of network management software is now available from Co-Star.

The Cradlepoint CBA550 LTE Adapter is a turnkey branch continuity solution for LTE failover that integrates seamlessly with existing network and SD-WAN infrastructure. It is equipped with Power-over-Ethernet for flexible, unobtrusive placement to optimize cellular reception. This powerful solution maximizes uptime for businesses that require always-on connectivity.

Cradlepoint CBA550 LTE adapter is sold as part of an all-inclusive Branch networking package composed of services, hardware, and support.

Key Benefits

  • Plug-and-play failover, adaptive to any networking & SD-WAN environment
  • Embedded LTE with SIM-based Auto-Carrier Selection
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • External antenna options
  • Cloud-managed for ease of deployment, remote management & reporting

General Information

Model: ARC CBA550 Cloud Managed: Yes, with NetCloud Manager
LTE: Supports up to 150 Mbps download & 50 Mbps upload* Carriers / Operators: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Canada (Bell, Rogers, TELUS), Europe, Australia/New Zealand/Singapore)**
Material: Plastic Size: 3.9 × 3.9 × 1.3 in
(100 × 100 × 34 mm)
Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 50 °C
(32 °F to 122 °F)
Input Range: 802.3af (15 W) PoE only
Inline Failover: No Support: Phone support: 24-hour weekdays with emergency response on weekends, Web: 24×7, Chat: 24×5
Ports: 1 10/100 Modem Included: Embedded 150M Category 4 LTE modem with DC-HSPA Failover

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Opportunity to work in the Mobile Communications Industry with Co-Star

A career with Co-Star, a thriving company in an exciting industry

logoDue to coninued growth Co-Star the UK’s leading supplier to the Mobile Communications industry are looking for someone to join our professsional and friendly sales office team at our head quarters in Copgrove near Harrogate.

Co-Star are predominantly a business to business company supplying the communications industry globally.

The job involves taking & processing orders over the phone and e-commerce channels, advising customers of correct parts and various other sales administration duties. The hours are: Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm. We would also consider a part-time position.

If you would like to work in an exciting environment and can actively contribute to the future growth of the company by offering outstanding levels of customer service then we would love to hear from you!

Some previous expeience in a similar role together with computer literacy and the ability to work well within a team would be an advantage.

The job is based at our Head Quarters: Co-Star, Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB

Interested? Than please send your CV to: tim@co-star.co.uk.