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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.

Sierra Wireless IoT solutions allow French TV journalists global connectivity

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Sierra Wireless, the leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network and software to unlock value in the connected economy, today announced that its smart IoT connectivity solution is enabling global communications for France Télévisions, the main public broadcaster in France, ensuring global connectivity for its broadcast journalists around the world.

Previously, reporters had to buy local SIM cards in each country in order to broadcast their TV reports. Sierra Wireless’ smart IoT connectivity solution automatically connects to the best available 2G, 3G, or LTE network in a given region, without the need for installing a local SIM card and configuring the equipment. France Télévisions’ cameras and distribution equipment are always “ready to use” to reliably broadcast news reports from wherever news breaks. France Télévisions can also manage its subscriptions in the cloud, using the AirVantage™ Platform.

Cédric Masset, France Télévisions’ head of the projects department for national newsrooms, said: “Reporters previously had to buy and set up the SIM card locally to be able to upload their video reports to France Télévisions systems. Sierra Wireless’ IoT connectivity has exceeded our expectations. It saves our staff a significant amount of time and hassle and provides the capacity for reporters to share news far more rapidly.”

Marc Overton, Chief Solutions Officer, Sierra Wireless, said: “No matter where in the world a newsworthy event is taking place, Sierra Wireless’ smart IoT connectivity ensures France Télévisions reporters are ready to broadcast whenever and wherever they need to.”

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The public carsharing fleet reached 332,000 vehicles worldwide in 2018

The public carsharing fleet reached 332,000 vehicles worldwide in 2018

According to a new research report by IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of users of carsharing services worldwide is forecasted to grow from 50.4 million people in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.1 percent to reach 227.1 million people in 2023.

Berg Insight forecasts that the number of cars used for carsharing services will grow at a CAGR of 29.2 percent from 332,000 at the end of 2018 to 1.2 million at the end of 2023.

Carsharing is one of many car-based mobility services that have become available for people that want to complement other modes of transportation with car-based mobility occasionally. Examples of other car-based mobility services include traditional car rental, carpooling, ridesharing, taxi and ridesourcing services.

Carsharing is a decentralised car rental service focusing on short term rentals. CarSharing Organisations (CSOs) offer members access to a fleet of shared cars 24/7 from unattended self-service locations. Usage is billed by the minute/hour and by distance driven, with rates that include fuel, insurance and maintenance. Today, most CSOs use station-based networks with roundtrip rental. This operational model requires members to return a vehicle to the same designated station from which it was accessed. Some CSOs have also started to offer one-way carsharing that enables users to return the car to any station operated by the CSO.

Another model that is rapidly gaining in popularity is free floating carsharing, which enables members to pick up and drop off cars anywhere within a designated area. Leading vendors of hardware and software platforms enabling carsharing services include INVERS, Convadis, Omoove, Wunder Mobility, OTA Keys, Vulog, Ridecell, Targa Telematics and Mobility Tech Green. Several carsharing technology vendors are also targeting the emerging corporate carsharing market which can be used by corporations to increase corporate car pool availability and reduce mobility costs.

Carsharing services are offered by specialist carsharing companies, car rental companies, carmakers, as well as other players such as public transport operators. “During the past year, carmakers have been very active and launched new carsharing services”, said Martin Svegander, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight.

Chart: carsharing members World 2018-2023In February 2019, Daimler and BMW formally merged Car2go and DriveNow under the SHARE NOW brand. The Car2go app rebranded to SHARE NOW this November and the integration work will continue in 2020, starting in cities where both Car2go and DriveNow are present.

Other carmakers including Volkswagen (WeShare), PSA Group (Free2Move) and Volvo Cars (M) have also launched new carsharing initiatives in 2018–2019.

Car rental CSOs include Ubeeqo (owned by Europcar Mobility Group), Sixt Share (Sixt) as well as Zipcar (owned by Avis Budget Group).

Mr. Svegander concluded:

“Specialised carsharing providers such as EVCard, GoFun, GreenWheels, Pand Auto, Mobility Carsharing, Enjoy, Communauto, Socar, Delimobil and many others accounted for about 72 percent of the carsharing members and managed close to 70 percent of the carsharing fleet worldwide at the end of 2018.”

Source: IoT Business News/Berg Insight

O2 plans rollout of 5G connectivity for world’s most advanced urban testbed for self-driving vehicles

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  • London’s Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) aims to put the UK in the lead to test and validate self-driving car technologies.
  • Experts from TRL, DG Cities, Cisco, Loughborough University and O2 provide critical services enabling trials of driverless vehicles and smart transport systems at Royal Borough of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • O2’s involvement supports operator’s commitment to support businesses looking to explore the potential of 5G in the mobility sector.

O2 has signed an agreement to provide 5G connectivity for the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the world’s most advanced urban testbed, the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) in London.

O2’s 3.4GHz 5G-ready spectrum will enable car manufacturers, self-driving technology companies, start-ups as well as other private and public organisations involved in the transport ecosystem to test both vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to road communications (V2X) in a real-world environment.

SMLL is a government backed CAV testbed based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, created with the aim of building safer, more intelligent and better joined-up transport systems. It comprises world leading expertise from across the transport and technology sectors including TRL, Cisco, DG Cities, London Legacy Development Corporation, Cubic Transportation Systems and Loughborough University. O2 has now agreed to collaborate with SMLL to provide 5G connectivity to the testbed.

5G’s role in supporting CAV and intelligent transport systems

Many transport experts believe 5G is the key to unlocking the potential of self-driving vehicles’ potential. There are three stand-out reasons for this – the extra speed of 5G, its ability to connect with many more devices at once, and a far lower latency, meaning data sent between two 5G devices is almost instantaneous.

The high capacity of 5G also allows for vehicles to transmit large amounts of data, including 4K video, to intelligent cloud-based transport systems, which are expected to improve road safety and help traffic authorities to monitor and manage traffic flow.

Brendan O’Reilly, O2’s Chief Technology Officer, said, “At O2 we’re determined to help businesses of all sizes realise the potential of fifth-generation mobile technology. We know that the transport sector is going to be one of the key beneficiaries of 5G – and that the technology has the potential to reduce traffic congestion, as well as making journeys safer and more enjoyable. That’s why we’re excited to be working with the teams at the Smart Mobility Living Lab, who are driving forward our understanding how this next generation technology will fundamentally change the fabric of the cities in which we live and work as well as creating entirely new methods of travel.”

Paul Campion, CEO of TRL, said“5G is a technology that supports a successful rollout of self-driving cars in the UK. Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) research shows that over a third of industry leaders from the transport, technology and automotive industries think investment in strengthening the UK’s digital infrastructure is a key step for making self-driving cars commercially available in the UK. By working with industry leader O2, we are ensuring that SMLL is not just a real-world testing environment for self-driving cars today; we are future-proofing the testbed so that we can accelerate our customers’ research and development programmes.”

Trevor Dorling, Managing Director of DG Cities, said: “Connected and autonomous vehicles are an emerging technology with the potential to address some of the key challenges cities face. The ‘connected’, in connected and autonomous vehicles is critically important as it enables advanced safety features such as vulnerable road user alerts or dangerous intersection warnings to work, making city streets safer. 5G underpins these use cases and offers further benefits to people and businesses. This latest collaboration with O2 and SMLL will enable us to better understand the potential applications of this new technology.

O2 continues to power UK’s self-driving trials

O2’s Smart Cities report highlighted a number of compelling ways in which 5G can help the UK economy. This included how a 5G-enabled road management system, able to respond to traffic pressures at unprecedented speeds, will reduce the time motorists spend stuck in traffic by 10%, save the economy £880 million a year, and reduce CO2 emissions by 370,000 metric tonnes per year.

In July, O2 announced its ‘Smart Ambulance’ trial to revolutionise patient treatment and reduce hospital numbers. The trial, which began this month, involves equipping a standard ambulance with state-of-the-art devices and connectivity, transforming the vehicle into a unique remote consultation room. In June, O2 also announced that it is preparing to test satellite safety systems for 5G driverless cars in Oxfordshire in partnership with the European and British space agencies. This follows the news earlier this year that O2 will use its 5G network to power autonomous vehicle testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

SMLL uses public and private roads in London. In doing so it has created the most advanced urban testing environment for autonomous transport systems and the opportunities presented by the latest 5G technologies from O2.

Source: 02

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Due to continued expansion we are looking for  someone who can actvely contribute to the furure growth of the company by preparing and packing orders to a very high standard at our distribution centre located in Copgrove near Harrogate.

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Three UK strengthens Internet of Things with Low Power Wide Area capability

Three UK to support Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) across its networkLPWA enables Three UK to service deep coverage, low power needs of the Massive IoT marketRealtime data provided by IoT networks will enable utility companies to improve service, enhance billing accuracy and reduce carbon emissionsThree’s enterprise offer set to expand to full provision of IoT technologies

Three UK strengthens Internet of Things with Low Power Wide Area Capability

Three UK strengthens Internet of Things with Low Power Wide Area Capability

Three UK and CKH Innovations Opportunities Development (CKH IOD, a unit of CK Hutchison’s telecom division) are piloting a Low Power Wide Area network (LPWA), which is the first step in a nationwide network roll out that will support mass deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

LPWA networks – made up of Narrowband IoT and LTE-M technologies – provide a cost-effective way to wirelessly connect IoT devices which monitor and control everything from key infrastructure to smart buttons. Sectors such as energy, logistics, building management, and transport can be digitally transformed by LPWA technologies.

IoT devices used in these sectors are generally deployed on a massive scale. Often, the devices need to be placed in difficult environments for wireless (or wired) connections. LPWA technology solves this connectivity challenge in three ways: it covers a large area; the radio signal penetrates deep inside buildings and underground, where infrastructure IoT devices are often placed; and low-energy NB-IoT devices can last 5 or more years in the field. LPWA devices can operate without a fixed power source, meaning they can remain in situ and maintenance free for long periods.

The Three UK LPWA pilot network has been set up at the Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory in Gateshead UK (InTEGReL). The lab is a collaboration between Northern Gas Networks, Newcastle University, Northern Powergrid, Northumbrian Water and Siemens.

The LPWA at InTEGReL will enable researchers to deploy wireless devices throughout the experimental energy network to identify problems and gather performance data. In a live environment, LPWA technology helps energy companies improve service reliability, detect faults, make customer billing more accurate and lower carbon emissions.

Three UK’s Wholesale division currently provides IoT connectivity to partners such as ARM, Arkessa, AT&T, Wireless Logic and Mobius. These partnerships allow Three to target IoT industry verticals including retail, transport, logistics, infrastructure and utilities. The LPWA network enables Three Wholesale to extend the portfolio of services that it offers and work with a range of customers on new use cases which require low bandwidth and wide coverage.

Three UK will draw on extensive LPWA experience CKH IOD has acquired with other CK Hutchison telecoms companies – Three Austria, Sweden and Hong Kong. In Austria, for example, LPWA technology is used by a range of companies in energy, transport, logistics and building management to track assets and monitor energy usage. Three Sweden were the first mobile network in Sweden to launch narrow-band IoT services nationally and are actively partnering with Utility providers on smart-metering applications.

Darren King, Head of Business Development at Three Wholesale said: “The launch of our LPWA pilot is an exciting development for Three UK, giving our Enterprise customers access to a broader range of services. The low power, long battery life and excellent reach of LPWA technology has great potential to support companies in any industry where companies need continuous information from their infrastructure in order to optimise service. We expect that we will be able to start offering LPWA services to a range of industries over the next few years, as we extend the sectors we offer the service in.”

Matthew Little, Innovation, Information and Improvement Director, Northern Gas Networks, said: “LPWA offers huge potential for the gas industry. Real-time data from our infrastructure flowing into advanced data analytics models will allow us to take fast, agile and even pre-emptive action to deliver outstanding customer value whilst maintaining the highest level of resilience, which will be more important than ever as we transition to a low carbon energy network.

Our industry needs new technologies such as this to support our ambitions to decarbonise gas systems, through projects such as H21 to transition to hydrogen for heat and meet the UK Net Zero target by 2050.”

Nigel Watson, CIO Northumbria Water, said LPWA will be an enabler for the delivery of the company’s strategic objectives. “We recognise the power of innovative technologies to enhance what we’re already doing. IoT is a key tool for us to detect and proactively respond to the impacts of climate change,” he said. “We’re excited to be involved in the LPWA IoT test bed and look forward to the learnings it will provide.”

Source: Three

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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.

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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