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Tim Cosgrove heads two technology companies Co-Star and Cloud-Star who supply 5G and4G LTE connectivity products to the ICT industry globally and are based at Harrogate in the UK. Working at the forefront of the mobile communications industry gives Tim a unique perspective on the latest emerging technologies that help to improve how businesses and people communicate and operate in the future. Tim is keen to share his insights and passion for the latest technologies through the Co-star blog. Please get in touch if you have any technology related news or press releases that you would like us to share.

Ericsson launches 5G RAN Slicing to spur 5G business growth

 New software solution enables communications service providers to deliver innovative 5G use cases to consumers and enterprises with guaranteed performance

  • Built on Ericsson radio expertise and a scalable and flexible architecture, the new solution supports customized business models and growth requirements of advanced use cases
  • Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing strengthens end-to-end network slicing capabilities needed to deliver different services over a common infrastructure
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JAN 26, 2021 08:00 (GMT +00:00)

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has launched a 5G network slicing solution for radio access networks (RAN) that will enable communications service providers to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance.

Now commercially available, Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing allocates radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling and supports multi-dimensional service differentiation handling across slices. This strengthens end-to-end slicing capabilities for dynamic resource management and orchestration that ensure the high-quality end-user experience required by diverse use cases.

Network slicing supports multiple logical networks for different service types over one common infrastructure. It is a key enabler for unlocking 5G revenue opportunities such as enhanced video, and in-car connectivity, and extended reality. An Ericsson report estimates USD 712 billion in an addressable consumer market for service providers by 2030. The addressable market for network slicing alone in the enterprise segment is projected at USD 300 billion by 2025 (GSMA data). As 5G scales up, service providers are looking to maximize returns on their investments by targeting innovative and high revenue-generating use cases such as cloud gaming, smart factories, and smart healthcare.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson says: “Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing dynamically optimizes radio resources to deliver significantly more spectrum-efficient radio access network slicing. What makes our solution distinct is that it boosts end-to-end management and orchestration support for fast and efficient service delivery. This gives service providers the differentiation and guaranteed performance needed to monetize 5G investments with diverse use cases. With 5G as innovation platform, we continue to drive value for our customers.”

Network slicing is one of the major 5G deployment models. Ericsson has ongoing 5G network slicing engagements for RAN, transport, core network and orchestration across the globe involving use cases for the consumer segment and enterprises/industry verticals such as video-assisted remote operations, AR/VR, TV/Media for sports event streaming, cloud gaming, smart city, and applications for Industry 4.0 and public safety.

Toshikazu Yokai, Executive Officer, Chief Director of Mobile Technology, at KDDI, says: “End-to-end slicing is key to monetizing 5G investment and RAN slicing will help make that happen. Across different slices in our mobile networks, RAN slicing will deliver the quality assurance and latency required by our customers.”

Mark Düsener, Head of Mobile and Mass Market Communication at Swisscom, says: “We’re gearing up for the next stage of 5G where we expect to apply end-to-end network slicing, and RAN slicing is key to guaranteed performance. With efficient sharing of network resources across different slices, we will be able to provide communications for diverse 5G applications such as public safety or mobile private networks.”

Sue Rudd, Director, Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics, says: “Ericsson is the first vendor to offer a fully end-to-end solution with RAN slicing based on dynamic radio resource partitioning in under 1 millisecond using embedded radio control mechanisms to assure Quality of Service, Over the Air, in real time. This truly end-to-end approach integrates radio optimization with policy-controlled network orchestration to deliver inherently secure virtualized private RAN slicing without the loss of the 30 – 40 percent spectrum capacity due to ‘hard slicing’. Ericsson’s real-time dynamic RAN slicing bridges the ‘RAN gap’ to make e2e slicing profitable.”

About Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing

The Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing solution offers a unique, multi-dimensional service differentiation handling that allows for the effective use of dynamic radio resource partitioning, slice-aware quality of service (QoS) enforcement, and slice orchestration functionality for service-level agreement (SLA) fulfilment. Built on Ericsson radio expertise and a flexible and scalable slicing architecture, the solution dynamically shares radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling for best spectrum efficiency. This enables service providers to offer a variety of use cases with increased flexibility and versatility. It ensures end-to-end network slice management and orchestration support for fast service delivery and supports business models for virtual, hybrid and dedicated private networks. The solution can also power use cases for mission-critical and time-critical communication services.

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Ericsson launches 5G RAN Slicing to spur 5G business growth

Ericsson launches 5G RAN Slicing to spur 5G business growth

New software solution enables communications service providers to deliver innovative 5G use cases to consumers and enterprises with guaranteed performance

  • Built on Ericsson radio expertise and a scalable and flexible architecture, the new solution supports customized business models and growth requirements of advanced use cases
  • Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing strengthens end-to-end network slicing capabilities needed to deliver different services over a common infrastructure

Ericsson  has launched a 5G network slicing solution for radio access networks (RAN) that will enable communications service providers to deliver customized 5G services with guaranteed performance.

Now commercially available, Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing allocates radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling and supports multi-dimensional service differentiation handling across slices. This strengthens end-to-end slicing capabilities for dynamic resource management and orchestration that ensure the high-quality end-user experience required by diverse use cases.

Network slicing supports multiple logical networks for different service types over one common infrastructure. It is a key enabler for unlocking 5G revenue opportunities such as enhanced video, and in-car connectivity, and extended reality. An Ericsson report estimates USD 712 billion in an addressable consumer market for service providers by 2030. The addressable market for network slicing alone in the enterprise segment is projected at USD 300 billion by 2025 (GSMA data). As 5G scales up, service providers are looking to maximize returns on their investments by targeting innovative and high revenue-generating use cases such as cloud gaming, smart factories, and smart healthcare.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson says: “Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing dynamically optimizes radio resources to deliver significantly more spectrum-efficient radio access network slicing. What makes our solution distinct is that it boosts end-to-end management and orchestration support for fast and efficient service delivery. This gives service providers the differentiation and guaranteed performance needed to monetize 5G investments with diverse use cases. With 5G as innovation platform, we continue to drive value for our customers.”

Network slicing is one of the major 5G deployment models. Ericsson has ongoing 5G network slicing engagements for RAN, transport, core network and orchestration across the globe involving use cases for the consumer segment and enterprises/industry verticals such as video-assisted remote operations, AR/VR, TV/Media for sports event streaming, cloud gaming, smart city, and applications for Industry 4.0 and public safety.

Toshikazu Yokai, Executive Officer, Chief Director of Mobile Technology, at KDDI, says: “End-to-end slicing is key to monetizing 5G investment and RAN slicing will help make that happen. Across different slices in our mobile networks, RAN slicing will deliver the quality assurance and latency required by our customers.”

Mark Düsener, Head of Mobile and Mass Market Communication at Swisscom, says: “We’re gearing up for the next stage of 5G where we expect to apply end-to-end network slicing, and RAN slicing is key to guaranteed performance. With efficient sharing of network resources across different slices, we will be able to provide communications for diverse 5G applications such as public safety or mobile private networks.”

Sue Rudd, Director, Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics, says: “Ericsson is the first vendor to offer a fully end-to-end solution with RAN slicing based on dynamic radio resource partitioning in under 1 millisecond using embedded radio control mechanisms to assure Quality of Service, Over the Air, in real time. This truly end-to-end approach integrates radio optimization with policy-controlled network orchestration to deliver inherently secure virtualized private RAN slicing without the loss of the 30 – 40 percent spectrum capacity due to ‘hard slicing’. Ericsson’s real-time dynamic RAN slicing bridges the ‘RAN gap’ to make e2e slicing profitable.”

About Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing

The Ericsson 5G RAN Slicing solution offers a unique, multi-dimensional service differentiation handling that allows for the effective use of dynamic radio resource partitioning, slice-aware quality of service (QoS) enforcement, and slice orchestration functionality for service-level agreement (SLA) fulfilment. Built on Ericsson radio expertise and a flexible and scalable slicing architecture, the solution dynamically shares radio resources at 1 millisecond scheduling for best spectrum efficiency. This enables service providers to offer a variety of use cases with increased flexibility and versatility. It ensures end-to-end network slice management and orchestration support for fast service delivery and supports business models for virtual, hybrid and dedicated private networks. The solution can also power use cases for mission-critical and time-critical communication services.

Source: Ericsson

Co-Star are Hiring

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Co-Star are a ICT company who specialise in mobile connectivity products based near Harrogate.

Due to continued growth we are looking for someone dynamic to join or sales and marketing team.

The position is  varied and includes all aspects of sales administration including:  Answering the telephone, taking and processing sales orders, booking international shipments and updating the companies websites.

Co-Star have grown and developed organically over the years by offering outstanding levels of customer service. If you would like to work with a small friendly and enthusiastic team where your efforts and enthusiasm will make a BIG difference and you are committed to working to a high standard and have the initiative to actively contribute to the future growth off the business then we would love to hear from you.

 The job is full time and the hours are 9 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

 For more information please call Tim on: 01423 340066 or e-mail your CV to: tim@co-star.co.uk

Quectel supports the automotive industry with large scale C-V2X test

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Quectel has successfully collaborated with over 100 automotive and technology companies in China’s 2020 C-V2X Cross-Industry & Large-Scale Pilot Plugfest held last month in Shanghai, showcasing its automotive modules’ interoperability and conformity to the latest cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) standard and functionality.

Enabling vehicles to communicate with each other, with road users and infrastructures around them, C-V2X technology provides 360° non-line-of-sight awareness and a higher level of predictability for enhanced road safety and autonomous driving. Currently, it has been accepted worldwide as a core technology to support automated driving.

 More than 40 OEMs conducted demonstration rides to test the interoperability at all levels including vehicles, chipsets systems, terminals and communication security systems. This year’s demo also integrates HD mapping, accurate positioning services as well as more complex driving scenarios.

In the demo, 18 car makers and 10 Tier 1 suppliers adopted Quectel’s AG15 C-V2X module and AG520R LTE-A and C-V2X module to deliver automotive communication. The latter module, a new addition to this year’s event, was the first and only module based on Qualcomm’s SA415M chipset, and has supported automotive partners including Geely, NIO, Human Horizons, Honda, Toyota and more to successfully finish the demo.

 The AG520R supports LTE Cat 16 and C-V2X and fully meets the IATF 16949:2016 quality management standards. Adopting the 3GPP Rel. 14 technology, it features LTE connection with a maximum of 1.6Gbps downlink and 75Mbps uplink data rates. With integrated C-V2X PC5 direct communications and high-definition positioning, the AG520R helps enhance driving safety and traffic efficiency to ease congestion and increase capacity, supporting C-V2X commercialization at scale.

   This year’s event saw the addition of the Large-Scale Pilot Plugfest with more than 180 on-board and Roadside units used to emulate complex testing conditions such as rush hours in urban areas and congested roads. The test validates the large-scale serviceability of the C-V2X system with its excellent performance in communication and application functions on chips, modules, terminals and vehicles. With this, the industry has taken important steps to C-V2X commercialization at scale.

Quectel successfully participated in the demo and large-scale pilot tests, showing its C-V2X modules’ superior performance in providing data transmission for connected vehicles. These C-V2X modules will support increasingly automated driving which is safer and more efficient and are ready for large-scale deployment both in China and other countries and regions.

As the leading supplier of IoT modules globally, Quectel has developed a rich C-V2X portfolio for auto-related applications, including C-V2X module AG15, the AG52x series of LTE-A and C-V2X modules and the AG55x series of 5G and C-V2X modules, which ensures technological continuity for future plans in automotive customers’ deployments in intelligent cars and transport systems.

Source; Quectel

BT installs public 5G network at University of Warwick

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BT and the University of Warwick have announced a collaboration on the UK’s first dedicated public 5G network for a connected campus.

Powered by its very own EE mobile network, British Telecom is supplying ultrafast 5G mobile coverage to 30,000 students and staff right across the 720-acre University site. What’s more, as this is a public network, it is also set to benefit visitors and the general public living and working in the area.

Already renowned as one of the UK’s leading research institutions, this new 5G network will further enhance the University of Warwick’s research capacity. This will include the rollout of Europe’s first Connected Autonomous Mobility (CAM) demonstration over a public 5G network, which will explore Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication scenarios with two connected autonomous pods exchanging data.

The new 5G network will also enabled the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering to pioneer 5G use in medical technology, such as the ability for the health and social care sector to care for patients remotely and in real-time.

David Plumb, the University of Warwick’s Chief Innovation Officer said: “This powerful innovation alliance with BT gives Warwick the advantage of being an early adopter of 5G technology with a significant partner. Our public 5G connected campus will: support new areas of research; enable new teaching technologies; help us to support even more regional businesses; and it will add to students’ campus experience be it in teaching, esports or simply through an enhanced performance on mobile devices.”

 

Source: 5g.co.uk

Ericsson announces Cloud RAN portfolio for increased network flexibility

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Ericsson announces Cloud RAN portfolio for increased network flexibility

  • Cloud RAN offering for communications service providers will add more versatility to network buildouts to address a variety of 5G use cases
  • Cloud RAN by Ericsson is fully compatible with the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, and supports both 5G standalone and non-standalone
  • Planned in stages, the offering will enable service providers to incrementally add Cloud RAN capabilities as a complement to their existing purpose-built 5G networks

Ericsson have announced Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network), a new offering to enable communications service providers to add greater flexibility and versatility to their networks.

Cloud RAN by Ericsson is a cloud-native software solution handling compute functionality in the RAN. It will complement high-performing purpose-built baseband offerings in the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, giving service providers an optimal choice for any deployment scenario and need.

As the telecoms industry deploys 5G networks around the globe, technologies such as automation and virtualization, with Cloud RAN specifically, will play a key role in future network evolution. These technologies will be the catalyst for more openness in networks, with cloud technology offering new innovative alternatives for RAN deployment that complement existing tried and trusted solutions.

Cloud RAN by Ericsson will deliver network capabilities for both large-scale and centralized 5G deployments. It will allow service providers to address new business opportunities and diverse 5G use cases for indoor, industry, enterprise, stadiums and beyond.

Leveraging Ericsson’s experience in designing and deploying cloud core networks, as well as in service management and orchestration worldwide, the new offering opens the door for service providers to use web-scale technology and benefit from cloud-native design from application to infrastructure. This will bring greater scalability and faster time-to-market for developers and enterprises to innovate new services.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “5G is a platform for open innovation. By empowering a larger ecosystem of developers and industries, we can co-create and bring new cloud innovations to the 5G space. With Cloud RAN by Ericsson, we will help our customers evolve their networks with future-proof technology while maximizing their network investments today.”

Ericsson Cloud RAN will be released in stages, matching the service providers’ journey to complement their purpose-built 5G networks. The first stage will provide the foundation, offering a system-verified solution* for 5G low band that will enable an easy transition to a virtualized RAN using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware platforms.

The first stage includes Ericsson’s new Cloud RAN application software – Cloud RAN DU and Cloud RAN CU – enabling a highly capable and flexible 5G network architecture. It also includes new Radio Gateways, enabling a full utilization of the installed base of remote radios, making them fully compatible with Cloud RAN. These products set the foundation for future mid-band rollouts.

Ericsson Cloud RAN is fully compatible with the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, and supports Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and 5G standalone and non-standalone.

Joe Madden, Chief Analyst, Mobile Experts, says: “Ericsson is launching innovations in Cloud RAN technology, adding to its strong networks portfolio with open high-level APIs to enable improvements to customer experience and reductions in total cost of ownership related to network automation. Their release of the new Cloud RAN DU and Cloud RAN CU achieves a combination of high radio performance and flexibility.”

Virtualization and multi-domain orchestration will also create a foundation for future RAN openness. Cloud RAN by Ericsson is designed to support Service Management and Orchestration architecture including Non Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller (Non-RT RIC), in line with O-RAN interfaces.

The first stage of Cloud RAN by Ericsson will be available in the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

Source: Ericsson

 

First public autonomous car trials begin in Oxford

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The public trials with a fleet of six autonomous cars will take place on roads in the UK city of Oxford.

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The trials will demonstrate autonomous driving in a variety of urban and city environments and will develop engagement models with local authorities and communities to help them prepare for the future launch of autonomous vehicle services.

According to the consortium, the development brings the deployment of commercial autonomous vehicles in the UK one step closer.

The consortium, part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, is using a combination of advanced simulations and on-road demonstrations to help accelerate and scale the deployment and adoption of autonomous vehicles.

The Government-backed R&D project will run until Autumn 2021 with live tests undertaken in three major UK cities.

A fleet of six Ford Mondeo vehicles, enabled by Oxbotica to be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, will complete a nine-mile round trip from Oxford Parkway station to Oxford’s main train station. Trials will be run at all times of day and night, allowing Oxbotica’s autonomous vehicles to experience a range of traffic scenarios from morning commutes to school runs, in a range of weather conditions.

“The first live on-road public trials mark a key landmark for Project Endeavour as we work with local authorities and members of the public in London, Oxford and other major UK cities to shape the future of mobility”

Launched in September 2019, the project has brought together Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous software, urban innovators DG Cities and Immense, a transport simulation company. Ahead of the public trials, three new consortium partners have joined Project Endeavour: the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Oxfordshire County Council.

“Trials of Level 4 vehicles are an important milestone, keeping the UK at the head of the field in bringing the benefits of this technology into mainstream use,” said Camilla Fowler, head of automation at TRL.

“These exciting trials, and what we learn about assuring safety and encouraging interoperability, will open up new opportunities for many more research demonstrations across the UK, which are the forerunners to the full-scale public trials so eagerly awaited.”

Safety assurance

The trio of new partners will focus on the development of a new safety assurance assessment scheme against PAS 1881 standard for public autonomous trials, helping inspire trust and define a consistent approach to safety that will enable future deployments to happen efficiently without slowing down the rate of innovation.

“The first live on-road public trials mark a key landmark for Project Endeavour as we work with local authorities and members of the public in London, Oxford and other major UK cities to shape the future of mobility,” added Dr Graeme Smith, senior vice president at Oxbotica and Project Endeavour consortium director.

“Alongside our valued partners, we’re making autonomous vehicle services an everyday reality, right here in the UK.”

Project Endeavour builds on the Driven consortium, which demonstrated the capabilities of a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Oxfordshire’s and London’s challenging and complex urban environment.

Source: Smart Cities World

KDDI and Orange connect over one million vehicles with connected IoT services

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KDDI partners with Orange Business Services to equip more than one million vehicles in Europe with connected IoT services

  • Automotive manufacturers Toyota and Mazda leverage connected car capabilities for improved customer experience
  • A seamless connected car platform covers 63 European countries/territories

KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications service provider, has selected Orange Business Services to provide a customized IoT platform for Japanese automotive manufacturers Toyota and Mazda. The platform will allow them to offer connected car capabilities in their vehicles sold across Europe.

The Orange solution will initially enable the Japanese automotive manufacturers to offer connected services across 63 European countries/territories, via Orange cellular connectivity.

The Orange Business Services connectivity management solution integrates directly into KDDI’s own platform and provides secure, reliable IoT connectivity for Toyota and Mazda to enhance the driver experience through advanced services. Cloud connections are made using Orange backbone networks, offering high-performance and secured interconnections between the parties’ platforms.

Enhancing the European driving experience

“Connected IoT services are paramount to enhance the drive experience for our customers. The bespoke Orange IoT platform provides new levels of convenience in terms of personalized services to Toyota and Mazda across Europe. This allows their drivers to benefit from the very best in safety, security and in-car experience,” says Mr. Ken Sakai, Managing Director of KDDI Europe, Ltd.

“Today’s most innovative car manufacturers are leveraging IoT to deliver on the drive experience consumers are demanding. Following extensive consultancy and a pilot with KDDI, we have delivered on a tailor-made IoT platform that will enable innovative connected services to provide drivers with enhanced levels of safety and convenience,” says Valerie Cussac, Senior Vice President, Smart Mobility Services, Orange Business Services.

Source: Orange Business Services

Cellnex and Everynet sign an agreement to roll-out IoT networks in Italy, the UK and Ireland

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Smart IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN technology powered by Everynet, will be deployed across Cellnex’s extensive network of telecommunications infrastructures
A large variety of IoT solutions will be deployed on these networks to drive enhanced connectivity in key sectors such as the utilities, agriculture, transportation and manufacturing, as well as Smart Cities

Telecommunications infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecom and Everynet, a leading provider of IoT connectivity services , have reached an agreement to jointly promote the roll-out of new Internet of Things (IoT) networks in Italy, the United Kingdom and Ireland. These IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN technology, will be deployed on Cellnex’s extensive telecommunications infrastructure networks in these three countries and will rely on Everynet carrier-grade and secure IoT network solution.

Multiple IoT solutions on the Cellnex infrastructure network will be deployed; Industry 4.0 for tracking or monitoring assets throughout their supply chain, Smart Cities, and  Smart Parking solutions to help digitise mobility and optimise the use of public highways and urban space, as well as creating a platform for trial and experimental uses that will allow the development of the ecosystem with new future applications. Outcomes can include Social and Facility Management or Environmental Management, which can foster the development of smart cities in these three countries and improve the well-being of their citizens. This will involve installing sensors and monitoring comfort levels and consumption across multiple environments, indoor and outdoor, in various types of building, and transmitting service and gathering data across wider territory networks. Moreover, Smart Utility for gathering data and monitoring resource consumption represents one of the projects with the highest potential. Services to Utilities are a big opportunity in terms of efficiency and cost savings both for the companies involved and final customers, not mentioning the savings coming from avoiding waste of resources. Smart IoT can help utilities save resources, reduce costs, and improve the impact on the environment. In managing the SmartGrid, electric utilities can leverage IoT to optimize their services to their customers.

Cellnex Global Commercial Director Oscar Pallarols highlighted that “this is an important step forward to embrace the very rapid deployment that new technologies are experiencing in response to the unprecedented changes that society and global economies are facing. A first class connectivity infrastructure at the service of new communication ecosystems that we strongly believe will enable renewed business models.

“We are looking forward to deploying these new IoT networks in Europe that enable  integrators, developers, and telecommunications companies rapidly launch a broad portfolio of IoT solutions in the market.  These networks are interoperable with existing national networks in France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland enabling EU wide roaming” said Lawrence Latham, CEO of Everynet .

To collect the data, Cellnex provides an integrated IoT platform for managing and providing real-time (and remote) diagnostics and the immediate ability to act either predictively or preventively, manually or automatically, with the provider responsible for managing this service resource. Everynet, on its part, provides and manages the LoRaWAN network infrastructure that will be deployed for Data Collection, granting a secure, fast and low-cost service to support real-time actions and decision-making.

Source: Cellnex

 

SHV Energy improves customer service with smart devices and IoT connectivity from Orange Business Services

SHV Energy improves customer service with smart devices and IoT connectivity from Orange Business Services

  • “Smart IoT” connectivity ensures a reliable and secure gas supply for its customers
  • Improved truck routing saves fuel costs and reduces carbon emissions

SHV Energy has chosen IoT connectivity from Orange Business Services to deploy smart telemetry and meters on its gas tanks across Europe and the US. The solution will provide an enhanced gas delivery service to its customers across the world. It will help SHV Energy to improve infrastructure management, customer satisfaction and supply security, while saving on fuel costs and reducing carbon emissions.

SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG, LNG and is active in the area of biofuels and renewable energy solutions. It supplies gas under brands, including Calor Gas, Gaspol, Liquigas, Pinnacle, Primagas, and Primagaz across four continents.

The company will fit smart devices to both legacy and new gas tanks, along with an antennae and a magnet mechanism that measures the gas. Each of these smart telemetry devices includes an Orange global SIM, which transfers data to SHV Energy’s offices via the Orange global mobile network. There the data is collected and analyzed to ensure that a customer’s gas tank is never empty. SHV Energy is also alerted if the tank registers any malfunction or leak. The data is also used to optimize gas delivery routes to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

“The move toward smart metering and the deployment of digital functionalities are critical in delivering the best possible service in supplying gas to our customer base. With this innovative IoT connectivity solution from Orange Business Services we can increase the flexibility, reliability and robustness of our network, and become greener in the process” , explains Marieke Schoningh, SHV Energy Management Board Member.

Orange’s global mobile network is enhanced by an alliance of operators and more than 500 roaming agreements. This ensures that data gets to the data platform at SHV Energy’s offices fast, efficiently and securely. In addition, Orange provides value-added services, such as service and implementation management, to accompany SHV throughout its entire IoT journey. Orange Business Services was positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Managed IoT Connectivity Services, Worldwide.”

“Connectivity is a key enabler of IoT. SHV Energy’s smart monitoring deployment is an excellent example of how a company can use our IoT connectivity solution to connect devices safely and reliably to transport data for actionable business insight and build a successful IoT-enabled business”,says Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president, Europe, Orange Business Services.

Source: Orange Business Services