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About Tim Cosgrove

Tim Cosgrove heads two technology companies Co-Star and Cloud-Star who supply 4G LTE connectivuty 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.

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

 

Co-Star supply DIGI 4G Wireless Routers for ESN and IoT deployments

 
 
 
Delivering Scalable Solutions for What’s Next
 
Co-Star supply Digi wireless routers for ESN and IoT deployments.
 
DIGI 4G router available from Co-Star

Co-Star supply DIGI wireless routers for IoT deployments

 
Since 1985, Digi International Inc. (Digi) has been a pioneer in wireless communication, forging the future for connected devices and responding to the needs of the people and enterprises that use them.
 
Before the Internet of Things was a thing, Digi built M2M and IoT devices, adapted to evolving network standards, and optimized data communications around the most advanced protocols and emerging technologies. From radio frequency modems to gateways, cellular routers, networking devices, embedded system-on-modules (SOM) and single-board computers (SBCs), Digi’s solutions have continually grown to serve the full breadth of applications across the IoT landscape.
 
Today, Digi’s IoT offering includes sensor-based solutions, a sophisticated platform for remotely monitoring device deployments of any size, anywhere, as well as professional design, implementation and certification teams to help you carry out your vision, no matter how large or small.
 
Digi Work Where Data Moves
 
From vast oil fields and evolving cities to intensive care units and factory floors, Digi connect the millions of sensors, valves, and components that allow these critical infrastructures to carry out their tasks. Even in the most demanding environments, Digi provides the essential layer of remote monitoring and management that IoT (Internet of Things) communications depend on.
Our customers are pushing the boundaries of their industries and exploring the possibilities for what’s next. They have innovative ideas, big problems to solve, and aggressive goals. Budgets are tight, deadlines are looming, and their success depends on the ability to make smarter decisions faster. That’s where Digi comes in.
 
Digi puts proven technology to work for our customers so they can connect complex networks and take new products from ideation to deployment. We bring visions and innovations to life with machine connectivity that’s relentlessly reliable, secure, scalable, and manageable. That’s Digi.
 
For more information on the Digi range of wireless routers available from Cloud-Star Technology click here>
 
Source: Digi/Co-Star

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.

Compact, Industrial Grade, Low Power LTE Advanced Connectivity.

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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.

Benefits

  • Centrally managed, secure LTE broadband connectivity for both remote, fixed or vehicle applications in harsh environments.

  • Ultra-Low Power consumption ideal for solar or battery powered installations.

  • Connect your field workers and devices with flexible dual Wi-Fi, and ethernet.

  • 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.

  • Peace of mind-included 3-year warranty, direct 24/7 support, and device management access (1st year 24/7 direct technical support and device managent access included FOC).

Co-Star supply the full range of Sierra Wireless routers. Please click here for more information>

 

Microlease increases 5G testing inventory

keysight-inventory

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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This cloud-managed routing platform supports Cradlepoint NetCloud Perimeter and the Extensibility Platform to meet an array of customer connectivity needs and applications.
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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