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About Tim Cosgrove

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.

New £1m UKRI grant to support development of autonomous transport

Professor Ed Manley has been awarded a UKRI grant worth over £900,000 on the UK-Canada AI initiative to develop new models of autonomous transport for enhancing mobility in ageing populations.

The RAIM (Responsible Automation for Inclusive Mobility) project is one of ten UK-Canada projects which will support the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI). The project aims to build a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing autonomous transport, and build these into novel AI-based methods for estimating future demand and optimising new services.

The project is funded under the Canada-UK AI Initiative, with a consortium of University of Leeds, UCL, and University of Manitoba, as well as local transport agencies and passenger advocacy groups.

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Professor Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics

The project is led by Professor Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics at the School of Geography and an affiliate of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, as well as Dr Babak Mehran, University of Manitoba and additional involvement at Leeds from Professor Susan Grant Muller, Institute for Transport Studies.

There is real potential for demand-responsive autonomous transport to have significant benefits for an ageing population, that go beyond accessibility alone.

PROFESSOR ED MANLEY, SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHY

Professor Manley said “There is real potential for demand-responsive autonomous transport to have significant benefits for an ageing population, that go beyond accessibility alone. During this project we’ll aim to not only improve our understanding of ageing mobility needs, but use novel AI-based methods to develop an AV system that fully meets those needs.

“It’ll be great to expand our research to the Canadian setting, which faces similar challenges to the UK, and develop new collaborations with the University of Manitoba.”

RAIM project will run from early 2020 to 2023.

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Full speed ahead for ‘talking’ cars powered by 5G

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Imagine a world where cars warn each other about dangers on the road ahead – to prevent crashes and save the lives of drivers and passengers.

What was once the realm only of futuristic sci-fi shows or Disney animated movies could soon be an everyday reality using fifth generation (5G) technology, predict researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The Smart Connectivity and Sensing Research Group’s work using mobile networks spans over 25 years and includes street-lighting systems, vehicles, communication and smart cities.

Now its experts believe the high-speed-low-delay nature of 5G will improve the reliability and capability of automated vehicles to the point where they will be safer than the manual cars being driven today.

As a result, the number of road traffic accidents – which according to the World Health Organisation account for more than 1.3 million deaths and up to 50 million people injured worldwide every year – will drop drastically.

Dr Dimitrios Liarokapis, a member of the research group, said: “To have a better idea of what the future will look like, think of having Tesla-like cars that not only use sensors to scan what’s around them, they can also talk to each other and exchange safety-related information about their surroundings over an area that covers several square miles.

“How often do we drive over ice patches on the road during winter, especially here in Scotland? I’m sure anyone who has had a bad experience on frozen roads would have benefited from knowing about the dangerous conditions in advance so they could have adjusted their speed or, if possible, even avoided that route altogether. The same could be said of pot holes.

“With the help of 5G, a vehicle-generated early warning system that alerts drivers is feasible within the next few years. Cars that are close enough to the danger area will transmit warning messages to other cars around them using short range communication technologies, but also to cars further away using 5G, fast and reliably. Then those cars will send the same information to cars near them and so on, forming a joined up, multi-vehicle communication chain that stretches far and wide.

“5G is an exciting mobile technology, which will give a massive boost to smart cities and autonomous vehicles among many other things. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has been perceived as a risk to health when it is in fact a provider of many exciting solutions.”

Source:  Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Sierra Wireless Overcomes Last Major Technical Hurdle for 5G IoT Solutions with Live 5G mmWave Data Call

The same is true today for the newest IoT connectivity technology set to transform the economy –5G.

While 5G has been a dominant topic in the IoT space for some time, the actual rollout of IoT products and applications using 5G is still largely ahead of us. To enable these new products and applications, we have been working to develop and commercialize new modulesrouters and other 5G IoT solutions. In fact, we have already passed several milestones on the path towards offering customers a complete set of 5G IoT solutions:

Completing Our First 5G mmWave Data Call

In November 2019, we completed our first 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) data call, using our AirPrime EM9190 module. The 5G mmWave data call was completed at Qualcomm’s protocol lab in San Diego, using test equipment from Keysight. Building on the success of July’s successful Sub-6 5G data transmission, this data call showed that the EM9190 will support mmWave data transmissions, which operate between 20 GHz and 300 GHz. mmWave will enable the deployment of new IoT and other applications that require not only much faster data rates than 4G, but also ultra-high reliability, very low latency, and extremely fast handoffs.

The 5G mmWave New Radio (NR) data call was conducted in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, using LTE band 5 and 5G NR mmWave band n260. 5G NR’s NSA mode first establishes a 4G LTE connection and then adds additional 5G NR bearer channels for increased throughput.

5G NR NSA mode does not provide as high a level of performance as a 5G NR Standalone (SA) mode (which does not establish a 4G LTE connection). However, 5G NR NSA mode will be prevalent over the coming years as Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) built out their 5G NR networks to support SA data connectivity.

Conducting Our First 5G mmWave Data Call over Verizon’s 5G Network

In February 2020, we completed a 5G mmWave data call over Verizon’s public 5G mmWave network, using Verizon’s Ericsson RAN infrastructure and our EM9190 module at Verizon’s testing facility in New Jersey. The 5G NR NSA mode call was made using LTE band 5 and 5G NR mmWave band n260.

In addition to showing that the EM9190 works on the 5G network of one of the leading MNOs in the world, this successful data transmission sets the stage for Verizon’s future certification of the Sierra Wireless EM9190 module, as well as new IoT products that use this module to connect to Verizon’s 5G mmWave network.

Partnering with Mobile Network Operators, Certification Bodies and Customers on 5G

In addition to passing these milestones, we are engaged in many other testing, certification, and customer integration activities, keeping us on track to announce commercial availability of new 5G IoT solutions in the third quarter of 2020.  Examples of these activities include:

  • Sierra Wireless has been testing its EM9190 module with MNOs other than Verizon in North America, Asia, and Europe, to ensure it will also work on these MNOs’ 5G networks. For example, testing of the EM9190 module has already started at AT&T AVL, AT&T’s vendor lab. These MNOs indicate there is high demand in for 5G products, with the greatest demand for 5G NR Sub-6 GHz products.
  • A first pass at module testing has also been completed with the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB certification bodies.
  • In addition to testing, Sierra Wireless is actively working with MNOs, infrastructure providers, and Qualcomm to implement DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) in our EM9190 module, to ensure this feature is available with the module’s launch. With DSS, MNOs can dynamically allocate some of their 4G LTE spectrum to 5G, helping them expand their 5G coverage.
  • We have worked with more than 20 launch customers to integrate the EM9190 module into their platforms, and then complete successful modem bring-ups on these platforms. All of these platforms use PCIe as the interface between the modem and the host platform. For 5G mmWave applications in particular, PCIe delivers higher data transmission speeds, more stability, and a more reliable signal than USB.

A Module Designed for a 5G Connected Economy

Designed to connect to networks around the world, the EM9190 is a 5G IoT module that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other companies can trust to provide them with fast, low-latency, reliable 5G NR Sub-6 Ghz and mmWave performance.

In addition to supporting 5G NR mmWave in both NSA and SA mode, the Sierra Wireless’s EM9190 module also supports Sub-6 GHz connections in both of these modes. The module is backward compatible with 4G LTE networks, and includes a multi-constellation GNSS receiver, eSIM, and high-speed USB 3.1 and PCIe 3.0 interfaces.

Sierra Wireless’s 5G leadership goes beyond module performance and functionality. Realizing that 5G will send more data across networks, and bring exponentially more devices online, Sierra Wireless has made security one of the foundations of its 5G strategy. Our strategy includes a multi-pronged approach to defense, with multiple security layers that protect the integrity of our modules and other solutions.

In addition, we work closely with our customers to ensure they are taking full advantage of our security technologies to protect their products from malicious actors. Pulling from our deep experience developing secure IoT solutions, we also help educate our customers on the best practices for securing their 5G and other IoT products.

Your Partner for 5G Success

Having already passed many milestones on the path to bringing our new 5G solutions to market, we are working closely with our technology and MNO partners, as well as our customers, to rapidly complete all the other activities necessary to fully commercialize these new solutions.

As 5G applications begin rolling out in five successive waves, OEM business decision makers and designers will be able to use the high performance EM9190 module and our other 5G solutions to develop new Enhanced Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), Mobile Broadband (eMBB), and Ultra-Reliability and Low Latency Communication (URLLC) applications that transform their businesses. We’re focused on enabling our OEM launch customers to be first to market with certified, reliable 5G solutions for IoT markets.

With high-performance 5G IoT solutions you can depend on, and unparalleled IoT connectivity expertise, Start with Sierra if you are considering how to use 5G and the IoT to unlock value in the connected economy.

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Government to co-fund 350kW electric vehicle chargers

England’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure looks set for significant investment as the Department for Transport confirmed part-funding of grid connections for new high-powered chargers.

Its Rapid Charging Fund aims to have at least six high powered chargers serving each of England’s motorway service station by 2023.

According to current growth rates, those chargers will be needed: Western Power Distribution is anticipating a 16-fold increase in EVs on its networks within the next three years.

By 2035, the department claims the scheme will part-finance installation of as many as 6,000 rapid and ultra-rapid power points – between 150kW and 350kW beside motorways and major UK roads.

Foreshadowed in the March budget as part of Rishi Sunak’s £500 million investment in e-mobility infrastructure, the fund will focus on hard-to-connect sites, or where grid capacity is constrained.

To qualify, new public points must charge all EV brands, operate across providers’ different billing platforms, and deliver at least 99 per cent uptime, backed by 24/7 technical support.

Source: WPD EV strategy

EV chargepoint operators will welcome the announcement. Network upgrades required for high powered chargers can be expensive.

Western Power Distribution, charges up to £120,000 to connect a 130kW ‘super’ charger, or multiple 43kW rapid chargers. Installing 350kW chargers, as DfT intends to part finance, will cost significantly more.

Dispelling range anxiety

Management of Britain’s strategic roads is devolved to national governments. As of January 2020 England’s highways were already served by 809 open-access rapid or ultra-rapid powered chargers, excluding Tesla Superchargers. The DfT calculates that already no EV owner is more than 25 miles from an open-access charge point.

The DfT has not disclosed sums for the new fund, but made clear developers and site operators will be expected to meet at least part of installation costs. Its Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, announced in 2017, has recently raised a further £80m from private backers, with fund manager Zouk Capital suggesting it is on track to hit £400m.

Now all the UK needs is cars that can take high powered charging.

More details of the DfT Rapid Charging Fund here.

Standardisation is key

The UK’s EV charging network is currently highly fragmented, lacking standardisation and interoperability. Addressing that challenge is a key priority highlighted by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles-appointed EV Taskforce.

While the taskforce has urged cross-market data sharing and interoperability by 2025, some operators are actively working on commercial partnerships to enable better cross network roaming.

This week power retailer Octopus Energy launched Electric Juice, offering EV owners a single bill, presenting charges from multiple charging providers.

Meanwhile Engenie offers pay as you go functionality across its rapid charging network – and is also negotiating further commercial arrangements with energy suppliers and charging network operators.

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Cradlepoint Wireless Edge Router Ideally Suited for Secure, Rapidly Deployable Pop-Up Networks

Cradlepoint Delivers Next-Generation Wireless Edge Router Ideally Suited for Secure, Rapidly Deployable Pop-Up Networks

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Part of Cradlepoint NetCloud, E300 Series LTE Router Provides Speed and Security for Pop-Up Clinics and At-Home, Elections, and Emergency Response Networks

 

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced the first next-generation edge router for Wireless WAN use cases. The Cradlepoint E300 Series Enterprise Router supports the increased performance and advanced LTE, Wi-Fi, security, and management requirements of high-traffic pop-up sites, including quarantine centers, small clinics, and treatment facilities constructed in response to COVID-19. Additionally, the new E300 Series is ideal for distributed voting sites, as well as the Wireless WAN connectivity for enterprise branch sites.

Like all Cradlepoint branch, mobile, and IoT endpoints, the new E300 series is fully provisioned, controlled, and managed by the Cradlepoint NetCloud Service. The first of the next generation of wireless edge routers by Cradlepoint, the E300 Series utilizes the latest system-on-chip technology to deliver exceptional price/performance for advanced Wi-Fi, internet security, and SD-WAN functionality over Gigabit-Class wired and cellular broadband networks. The E300 Series can also support dual Gigabit-Class LTE modems and is 5G Ready so that it can act as a controller for Cradlepoint’s 5G Wideband Adapter, announced in February.

For healthcare, public safety, education, and other organizations at the center of the COVID-19 crisis, providing an emergency network response for frontline workers is job one. The E300 Series is ideally suited for rapidly deployable and secure pop-up networks that support high-traffic environments, such as:

  • Large footprint pop-up sites: As the healthcare response moves from testing to treatment, larger footprint pop-up sites such as tents, convention centers, and other temporary spaces are required. These sites house many healthcare works and connected equipment; require patient Wi-Fi access for virtual family visits; and have greater availability, security, and compliance requirements. Similarly, in response to the pandemic, more polling sites will be required to facilitate social distancing and require nonstop availability and advanced network security for remote access of poll books.
  • Telehealth: Many healthcare organizations are turning to telehealth to tap into retired doctors and those from other hospitals less impacted by the coronavirus surge. These remote doctors need reliable and secure at-home and remote office connectivity that isolates them from other local networks and provides ample cellular bandwidth to support video and large files, such as chest X-rays.
  • Mission-critical work from home: Many municipal workers and executives are required to work from home and need mission-critical connectivity that isolates work traffic from at-home networks and supports enterprise security requirements, such as VPN, firewall, and IDS/IPS.

To meet the needs of these critical use cases, the NetCloud-powered E300 Series supports Gigabit-Class LTE to ensure the fastest possible cellular connection; dual LTE modems with wireless SD-WAN functionality for link redundancy and traffic load balancing; and unified edge security with VPN, firewall, IPS/IDS and internet content filtering.

“We are thankful that our wireless network solutions are playing a role in a wide range of COVID-19 emergency pop-up sites for healthcare, public safety, and other frontline responder use cases,” said Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer at Cradlepoint. “As the response moves from testing to treatment, more powerful pop-up and remote access networks will be required to support higher-traffic volumes, patient internet access, enterprise-class security, and nonstop availability. The new E300 Series, part of our NetCloud Service, is ideally suited to address these heightened requirements with the rapid, zero-touch deployment and centralized management that IT teams need today.”

The Cradlepoint NetCloud Service for Enterprise Branch with the new E300 Series Router is available today, Please contact Co-Star for pricing.  To support the current COVID-19 emergency network response, Cradlepoint ships directly to the customer’s end location within 24 hours; each router is preregistered within NetCloud Manager and with a cellular SIM included for instant activation and installation upon arrival. For more details on the technical capabilities,

For more information on Cradlepoint’s COVID-19 emergency network use cases, and to learn how your organisation can take advantage of secure and rapidly deployable pop-up and work-from-home networks today, please call Co-Star on: +44 (0) 1423 340066 or e-mail: sales@co-star.co.uk

How 5G-powered robots are helping China fight coronavirus

5G patrol robots are being deployed to monitor mask-wearing and body temperatures in public places while an intelligent robot developed in a week will be used to disinfect hospitals.

A 5G smart patrol robot being used at Guiyang Airport in China
A 5G smart patrol robot being used at Guiyang Airport in China

China is using 5G patrol robots to monitor mask-wearing and body temperatures in public places to help fight the coronavirus.

The robots have been developed by Guangzhou Gosuncn Robot Company, using technology from Internet of Things hardware and software specialist Advantech. So far, they have been deployed in airports and shopping malls in cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and Guiyang.

Meanwhile, intelligent disinfection robots developed in a week from design to sample production by Siemens and Aucma will soon be used in some of China’s hospitals.

Patrol robots

Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the Guangzhou Gosuncn Robot Company, which provides smart city IoT products and services, upgraded its 5G-powered police patrol robot with new capabilities to assist first-line police officers in conducting disease prevention inspections.

Because the manual measurement of body temperature exposes public safety personnel to potential health risks, these robots are equipped with five high-resolution cameras and infrared thermometers capable of scanning the temperature of 10 people simultaneously within a radius of 5 metres.

If a high temperature or the absence of a mask is detected, the robots send an alert to the relevant authorities. All data can be transmitted to a centralised control centre for real-time situational response and decision-making. Moreover, although these robots are self-driving machines, they can also be controlled remotely, saving manpower by reducing patrolling responsibilities and preventing cross-infection.

Gosuncn’s 5G patrol robots integrate IoT, AI, cloud computing and big data technologies to conduct environmental sensing, dynamic decision-making and autonomous motion control, as well as behavioural sensing and interaction.

If a high temperature or the absence of a mask is detected, the robots send an alert to the relevant authorities.

To enable such advanced computing, 5G patrol robots are powered by a high-performance industrial edge computer (MIC-770), developed by Advantech.

To withstand 24/7 operation under extreme conditions, the MIC-770’s ruggedised chassis and cast aluminium heatsink protect against vibration and shock.

The Gosuncn Robot Company's management control system

The Gosuncn Robot Company’s management control system

Disinfection robots

Siemens and Aucma began developing the intelligent disinfection robots in February. The project was initiated by Yu Qi, head of Siemens China’s research group for advanced manufacturing automation in Qingdao, who said a piece of news “caught his eye” that said disinfection robots were urgently needed in many hospitals. He quickly gained support from management and colleagues to create a new type of intelligent disinfection robot.

Most disinfection robots available on the market combine a petrol-driven mistoriser gun with an electric chassis. On-site refuelling of robots is neither clean nor convenient, though, so the team decided to develop purely electric robots to better cater to the needs of affected areas.

An article on the Siemens website explains that among the challenges the development team faced was maximising the sterilisation impact with less disinfectant consumption and providing 360-degree coverage even in confined areas.

Powered by a lithium battery, a robot with double mistoriser guns can disinfect 20,000 to 36,000 sqm in one hour. An omnidirectional camera platform on the top transmits videos and information in real-time, coupled with an intelligent vision algorithm that allows the operator to remotely locate affected areas and prevent the spread of infectious diseases at low cost.

Powered by a lithium battery, a robot with double mistorizer guns can disinfect 20,000 to 36,000 sqm in one hour.

To make the robots operate easily on various road surfaces, the team adopted a caterpillar chassis instead of wheels to improve their ability to surmount obstacles and climb slopes.

With breakthroughs in both structural design and autonomous control systems, the team submitted two applications for national patents. The newly developed disinfection robots are ready to be launched and will soon be deployed in front-line hospitals.

In addition, more robots will be delivered to schools, offices, manufacturing sites and other public places to support the resumption of work and production.

Source: Sue Weekes-Smart Cities World

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Winners of £1.2 million self-driving vehicle cyber security feasibility studies funding announced

Zenic the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving frevolution in the UK, has revealed the recipients of £1.2 million in funding from a competition focused on cyber security in self-driving vehicles. The Cyber Securities Feasibility studies competition is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. The competition winners will help define requirements for, and support the development of a connected and automated mobility (CAM) cyber security testing capabilities.

Zenzic’s UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030, which is based on the input of over 150 organisations across government, academia and industry, highlights cyber resilience as the most significant technical challenge to be solved before the UK can benefit from self-driving vehicles on roads and the services they will underpin. Self-driving vehicles will need to communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure and third-party services, with data being shared across an ever-evolving and increasingly complex national infrastructure.

The competition winners will focus on three key areas:

  1. Finding ways to measure and maintain cyber-physical resilience and identify vulnerabilities, which will support the creation and testing of cyber-physical and software architectures, best practice in design and lifetime management
  2. Providing specifications to support the creation of new cyber test facilities for connected and self-driving vehicles
  3. Exploring commercial opportunities to develop new cyber-related services that can be deployed in the UK and across the global CAM marketplace

Seven projects have been awarded funding:

  • ResiCAVHORIBA MIRA, BT, CFMS Services, Oxfordshire County Council, Techworks, Thales, WMG
    • The use of current tools and techniques applied to static analysis of vehicles will be applied to real-time monitoring and response. It will develop requirements for a cyber security operations centre and extend the application of AI and data visualisation techniques.
  • CAVShieldHonda R&D Europe (UK) Ltd, IBM, Nexor, Toshiba, University of Bristol
    • Focuses on the data privacy aspects of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) to identify methodologies for real-time identification and measurement of vulnerabilities in CAV networks to enable widespread implementation to protect large vehicle fleets. This includes long-term commercial viability of cyber-related services for the CAM industry.
  • Project MeiliIDIADA UK, Crypta Labs, Teskalabs
    • Evaluation of new cybersecurity risks arising from the increasing connectivity in modern vehicles. Based on the network analysis performed and the threats uncovered, a modular hardware and software platform will be defined and demonstrated to test and evaluate the impact of C-ITS on traffic safety, driver confidence, and infrastructure development.
  • V2X Vulnerability MappingF-Secure
    • Development and application of testing methodologies for V2X infrastructure that are effective in providing comprehensive technical assessment of cyber risk exposure in a cost-effective and scalable manner, while allowing focused detection on the points that matter most.
  • PNT Cyber ResilienceSpirent, WMG
    • Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) products and services will be examined to demonstrate and determine the feasibility of a new observer-based technique to ‘attack’ and test CAV PNT-related functions in both controlled and real-world scenarios
  • DT-4-CTChilton Computing, Huduma, Oxfordshire County Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council 
    • Researching cybersecurity threats to connected vehicle networks and proposing a cybersecurity testing methodology using a digital twinning approach to identify and measure dynamic threats and suggest mitigation strategies.
  • BeARCATCisco, Millbrook Proving Ground, Telefonica UK, WMG
    • BeARCAT will explore the feasibility of a coherent, holistic approach to Cybersecurity testing for connected vehicle networks in the UK through CAV Testbeds.

The competition  is part of the government’s £100 million CAM Testbed UK Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge. As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries. This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.

Richard Porter, Technology and Innovation Director at Zenzic said:

“The UK has one of the world’s leading cyber resilience industries. We have incredible academic institutions and testing facilities across the country, and have paved the way for cyber security technology development since the birth of the internet. With the advent of self-driving vehicles, the complexity of cyber defences will increase as thousands of vehicles, pieces of road-side infrastructure and connecting systems need to share data securely. This is an opportunity for the UK to build on the decades of experience we already have and once again set the standards for the rest of the world to follow.”

Future of Transport Minister, George Freeman, said:

“The connected and self-driving vehicle sector is set to be worth £62 billion by 2030, with safer roadsand smoother, more accessible journeys for all. Whether we’re turning cars into Wi-Fi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code, we must consider the new challenges of putting this technology into practice. Today’s £1.2 million funding boost will help to guarantee the future safety and security of self-driving vehicles, both in the UK and globally.”

Business Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: 

“Many of the cars on sale today include assistance systems that drivers are familiar with, like cruise control and lane-keeping technology. Future vehicles will be even more advanced. This funding will help ensure this technology is safe and secure, and will grow our status as a global leader in defining the future of mobility and, in particular, connected and autonomous vehicles.”

Zenzic released its ‘UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030’ report in September 2019 which can be downloaded here: https://zenzic.io/roadmap/

About Zenzic

Zenzic created by government and industry to champion the connected and self-driving ecosystem and accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK. The company drives collaboration with partners across industry, government and academia to shape a world-class Testbed UK, and to deliver a comprehensive UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030. Zenzic is channelling £200 million of investment, with the goal of ensuring a safer, more inclusive and productive mobile future.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. They connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn these ideas into commercially successful products and services, and business growth. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation.

About BEIS

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is working to build an economy that works for everyone, so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow. The Department is responsible for business, industrial strategy, science, research and innovation, energy and clean growth, and climate change.

About the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) 

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles seeks to keep the UK at the forefront of the development and deployment of connected and self-driving vehicles through policy development, regulatory reform and joint investment with industry into R&D and testing facilities.

Coast and DG Cities form autonomous collaboration

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The US self-driving technology company and UK urban innovation specialist will provide design and implementation services to help transform cities with connected and autonomous vehicles.

DG Cities and Coast are joining forces to help cities implement CAV technology

California-based self-driving technology firm Coast Autonomous and DG Cities, a smart city specialist and subsidiary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).

It marks the second US-UK collaboration in the smart city space this week with Los Angeles and London committing to join forces to tackle critical global transportation issues as Innovator Cities.
Integrated framework

DG Cities and Coast will work together on services related to the transportation of people and/or goods using autonomous vehicles (AVs) with the aim of helping cities build a more sustainable and liveable future. Their approach is based on four pillars of an integrated framework:

spatial planning and the strategic design of the built environmentdigital infrastructure and new technologiesnew mobility servicesfuture vehicles.

Trevor Dorling, managing director of the urban innovation company, DG Cities, which has played a key part in implementing smart city initiatives in the London Borough of Greenwich, said it shares the same vision for cities as Coast: “Which the global discussion on air pollution and climate change is making more critical than ever.

“Electric shared AVs create the opportunity for cities to reinvent their environments and make them more liveable. Reducing the number of cars in urban centres will deliver many benefits and opportunities: improving air quality, allowing roads to be replaced with landscaping and car parks to be repurposed.

“Electric shared AVs create the opportunity for cities to reinvent their environments and make them more liveable”

“Coast’s unique technology, practical approach and ambition present a real opportunity to accelerate the take-up of autonomous vehicles and deliver benefits for cities and their citizens. Technology itself is not enough, and our expertise in smart city integration and design, alongside Coast’s capabilities in self-driving vehicles for urban environments, means we can offer a full service to clients looking to achieve meaningful impact.”

Coast’s mission is to connect people with mobility solutions that put pedestrians first and give cities back to people. Its AV software includes mapping and localisation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), fleet management and supervision systems.

“We have been aware of DG Cities’ work in this area for some time. Their focus on cities and people aligns closely with our belief that autonomous vehicles must deliver real benefits for cities and their citizens,” said Coast chief technology officer, Pierre Lefevre.

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Georgia lab takes autonomous vehicle infrastructure testing to the streets

The newly opened Infrastructure-Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta, Georgia, provides a hub for automakers, cellular network operators, traffic control device companies and semiconductor manufacturers to create, develop and test connected vehicle safety applications in real-world conditions.

The 4,400-square-foot facility includes dozens of different types of electronic devices that control everything from traffic signals and school zone safety beacons to electronic crosswalks. Automakers will be able to develop safety apps that interact with the devices and cellular network operators will work out communications, including 5G.

Real-world conditions

Through the iATL, automakers can test safety applications in the streets of Alpharetta, which operates the first large-scale deployment of connected vehicle infrastructure technology using all forms of communications simultaneously – 4G LTE, Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X), Dedicated Short Range Radio (DSRC) and 900 MHz radio, underwritten by the North Fulton Community Improvement District.

“The iATL is not just a collection of traffic devices in a laboratory, but it is embedded in an ecosystem of 125 connected intersections to test the day-one applications in real-world conditions”

“The iATL is where automakers, roadway operators and technology companies can come together and make the vision of connected vehicles a reality now,” said Bryan Mulligan, president of Applied Information Inc. “The iATL is not just a collection of traffic devices in a laboratory, but it is embedded in an ecosystem of 125 connected intersections to test the day-one applications in real-world conditions.”

 

 

The rubber hits the road

The opening day began with a workshop outlining policy and plans for connecting smart cars to a smart infrastructure and was attended by government leaders, roadway operators and representatives of the automotive, cellular network and technology industries.

“The iATL is a prime example of Georgia’s leadership in developing critical technology that is so important to our state and national economies while at the same time improving the safety of all of us who use our streets and highways today,” said Georgia Lt Gov. Geoff Duncan. “I am particularly pleased that this incredible facility is privately sponsored and enjoys the overwhelming support of the local government and surrounding business community – where the rubber meets the road.”

“The ability of vehicles to communicate with the traffic control infrastructure is crucial to improving roadway safety and for the rapid adoption of connected vehicle technology across the fleet,” added Jovan Zagajac, head of connected vehicle technology for Ford Motor Company.

Source: Sarah Wray. Smart Cities World