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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.

NEC uses 5G to contribute to remote medical examination trials

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NEC Corporation today announced its contributions to field trials in remote medical examinations using 5G. NEC provided a base station system as part of comprehensive 5G demonstration experiments carried out by NTT DOCOMO, INC., the Wakayama Prefectural Government, and Wakayama Medical University and hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Wakayama Prefecture is a mountainous, sparsely populated region of Japan, with limited access to advanced medical institutions. Moreover, the medical offices located there are often understaffed and doctors are frequently required to see patients who are outside of their expertise. Therefore, the Wakayama Prefectural Government established a remote medical support system (a video conference system that uses an Internet connection) which connects 13 prefectural medical institutions and Wakayama Medical University, allowing doctors to receive advice from specialists, even in towns in mountainous areas. However, the system frequently met with problems, including unclear images and transmission delays. 

In order to address these issues, verification tests have been conducted with an optical cable to establish a remote medical examination service utilizing 5G to connect Wakayama Medical University and Hidakagawa Kokuho Kawakami Clinic, which is about 30 km from the university. As part of this, NEC set up a massive-element Active Antenna System (AAS)base station system supporting a 28 GHz band to create a 5G wireless network.

In this experiment, large-capacity 5G transmission enabled real time communication and sharing of images taken by a 4K close-up camera, high-definition echocardiographic (echo) video and MRI images using a 4K video conference system between Wakayama Medical University and Kokuho Kawakami Clinic.

Participants included doctors from the dermatology, cardiovascular internal medicine and orthopedic surgery departments of Wakayama Medical University and its hospital. Benefits of the experiment included the use of high-definition large-screen monitors, making it possible to easily view the condition of a subject in minute detail. Further, because of the realistic feeling of the reactions and expressions during a doctor’s interview, it became possible to communicate with patients more personally, supporting the progress of the medical examinations and reducing the burden on medical staff and patients.

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“Ultra-high-speed 5G communications are often associated with the entertainment industry. However, these trials showed us that 5G can play a role in solving social issues, such as reducing regional disparities in the delivery of health care. We plan to create new business models and value by continuing to take advantage of 5G technologies in collaboration with ICT vendors, and a wide variety of companies and organizations in the near future,” said Jun Mashino, Senior Research Engineer, 5G Radio Access Network Research Group, 5G Laboratory, NTT DOCOMO.

“The remote medical examinations system, where valuable advice can be delivered by medical specialists, will likely become a reliable support system for inexperienced doctors who are newly dispatched to remote areas. I also believe that the system can be utilized for providing emergency medical care, such as by using small-sized echo cameras to transmit high-speed video images of patients at disaster sites or at the site of an accident. We plan to continue improving the quality of rural medical services by proactively adopting cutting-edge technologies,” said Takashi Yamano, M.D., Ph.D, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Community, Medical Support Center, Wakayama Medical University.

“In the field trials, it was as if the medical specialist at the prefectural medical university was right there next to me as we watched the same video of the patient’s affected area. Getting the opinion of a medical specialist provides patients with the advantage of a highly reliable examination, while the doctors are provided with the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge. I truly hope that this kind of cutting-edge medical service spreads outside our prefecture,” said Naoki Hirabayashi, M.D., Director, Hidakagawa Kokuho Kawakami Clinic.

“In this demonstration experiment, we are honored to have contributed to the efforts to improve medical services in sparsely populated, mountainous areas by utilizing high-speed and large-capacity 5G wireless technology. We will continue to improve the performance of 5G technology and contribute to the provision of new medical services in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO and Wakayama Medical University,” said Seiji Kondo, General Manager, Wireless Access Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.

NEC’s massive-element AAS base station system adopts a fully digital control system, which improves the precision of beamforming. The fully digital control system enables simultaneous beamforming in multiple directions from a single massive-element AAS unit, which efficiently implements high-speed and high-capacity communication without interfering with adjacent users through spatial multiplexing.

NEC will continue its efforts to develop a massive-element AAS base station system that delivers high speed, high capacity, and massive connectivity, aiming for the practical use of 5G technology. As in this remote medical examination, NEC cooperates with telecommunications carriers and partners alike, aiming for the creation of new services and businesses through the utilization of 5G.

  • *This trial was conducted by NTT DOCOMO under a project commissioned by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to examine the technical specificationsfor 5th generation mobile communication systems that can realize a data communication speed exceeding 10 Gbps in densely populated areas.

Source: NEC

Sigfox and Louis Vuitton partner for innovative luggage tracker

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Sigfox, the leading IoT service provider, and Louis Vuitton, the most iconic luxury brand in the world, have announced the release of a luggage tracker that uses Sigfox technology. Exclusively available with the Louis Vuitton Horizon luggage range, it allows passengers to track their checked luggage in major airports, even while travelling between different countries.

 

The tracking device is the first to include Sigfox’s Monarch service. Unveiled at the World IoT Expo in September 2017, Monarch is a new service that enables devices to run seamlessly in all parts of the world, by automatically recognising and adapting to the local radiofrequency’s standards. As global operations are split into three geographical zones, the use of Monarch unlocks endless applications in logistics and supply chain, the consumer market, and automated maintenance for the shipping, aircraft and railway industries.

 

Asset tracking is the most important vertical in the massive IoT industry and Monarch represents a major breakthrough. This project is the first commercialized application of many millions that will be developed in the coming years. Sigfox’s unique value proposition is currently the only one allowing this kind of use case: a global network combined with a simple technology based on cost efficiency and low-energy consumption.

The luggage tracker is available as an additional accessory for the Horizon 50, 55 and 70 models and can easily be clipped into a pocket within the suitcase. Extremely easy to use, its low energy comsuption ensures a battery life of up to six months.

For additional information about the list of airports where the Monarch service is available, please check: https://www.louisvuitton.com/Horizon70/Airports

Source: Sigfox

Dense deployment of small cells paves the way to 5G gold in London

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UK infrastructure company Arqiva and O2 are to deploy up to 300 outdoor small cells across London – one of O2’s biggest small cell installations so far.

The cells will increase the mobile network’s capacity and coverage in 14 boroughs. Rollout will start this summer and be completed in 2020 in areas where the demand for data is particularly high, such as close to transport hubs and around shopping areas. This long-term agreement between the two companies is intended to pave the way for the rapid deployment of 5G when it is available.

As their name suggests, these cells are tiny compared to the phone masts required by previous generations of mobile technologies. There are various kinds of small cells, but they are all low-powered cellular radio access nodes that can operate in licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and can have a range as short as 10 metres or up to a few kilometres.

Small cells can be attached to street furniture, including lampposts and the sides of buildings, and make efficient use of spectrum by re-using the same frequencies many times within a geographical area. This densification of networks will become increasingly commonplace as 5G will require a very high density of tiny antennae.

It will run on millimetre waves (mmwaves) which must be relayed between the antenna, around obstructions such as trees and buildings.

Saving £6 billion

O2’s research, ‘The value of 5G for cities and communities’ report, launched in March, claims that 5G will “update the operating system of our cities”, making them smarter and creating tangible benefits for citizens and local councils – contributing £6 billion in productivity savings to the UK economy through means such as smart energy grids, more efficient refuse collection and smart street lighting.

Arqiva has comprehensive concession contracts with 14 London boroughs, including within the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Camden and Lambeth.

David Crawford, Managing Director, Telecoms & M2M at Arqiva, said, “New types of mobile infrastructure are now required to meet the needs of the mobile network operators and their customers. As demand for data continues to increase, the requirement for network densification will grow and use of street furniture and small cells will play a critical role in delivering the mobile networks of the future.”

Useful read : How fast is 5G?

Source: 5g.co.uk-Annie Turner

Image credit: O2

Spain pilots smart water technology

IoTsens is helping FACSA track and control water management in Castellón

IoTsens is helping FACSA track and control water management in Castellón

Semiconductor and advanced algorithms company, Semtech, and Internet of Things solutions and services company, IoTsens, have integrated their technology to deliver a smart water solution for Spain.

IoTsens entered a joint venture with FACSA, Spain’s leading integrated water management company, to accurately track and control water management in Castellón, Spain. Established in 1873, FACSA provides services to over four million citizens in 70 cities. In addition to smart water metering, IoTsens provides FACSA with sound, air quality, smart parking, and irrigation solutions among other IoT services for its smart city project.

“Our smart water platform provides Castellón with relevant and valuable information for the daily management and optimisation of its resources,” said Ignacio Llopis, CEO of IoTsens, which is integrating Semtech’s LoRa technology into its smart water platform. “We were able to quickly integrate, deploy and test 600 smart water meters for a proof of concept, paving the way for the current FACSA comprehensive roll-out of 30,000 water meters.”

“The LoRa-based sensors, with their long range and low power capabilities, are able to collect and communicate important household data to accurately track and control water management,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT for the wireless and sensing products group at Semtech. “The IoTsens’ system can also quickly detect leaks, breakdowns and manipulation of the water supply network in real-time, preventing loss of service and costly repairs.”

A single base station using LoRa technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas. It provides a battery lifetime of up to 10 years depending on the application and enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption.

The technology also reduces upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs and, based on the LoRaWAN open protocol, provided by the LoRa Alliance, ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

Source: Semtech

EU countries strike cross-border 5G agreements

A number of European countries signed agreements to establish cross-border 5G corridors for connected and automated driving, as part of a push to build “a better environment for the testing and deployment of 5G technology”.

In a statement, the European Commission (EC) announced new partnerships were signed at the Digital Day 2018 event held in Brussels today (10 April), building on existing agreements struck in 2017 between 27 member states to conduct cross-border 5G tests.

The latest agreements see Spain and Portugal signing a letter of intent to establish two joint corridors between Vigo and Porto, and Merida and Evora which will allow connected automated driving to be tested across borders. Meanwhile, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia are working together on a corridor between the cities of Sofia, Thessaloniki and Belgrade.

In addition, Italy and the three presidents of the Tyrol – Sudtirol – Trentino Euroregion also confirmed their intention to work with other interested member states on the development of the 5G corridor on the Brenner Pass motorway.

The EC said a pan-European network of corridors is now emerging with hundreds of kilometres of motorways, where tests will be conducted “up to the stage where a car can operate itself with a driver present under certain conditions”.

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Today’s announcement follows similar initiatives already in place between other member states. For example, France, Germany and Luxembourg have announced a joint corridor, as have Norway, Finland and Sweden, among others.

The EC said the establishment of 5G corridors made Europe “the biggest experiment area rolling out the 5G technology”, while also committing to support the efforts by helping to address issues around security, privacy and data governance.

In a speech, Andrus Ansip, EC VP, said he expected EU countries to agree on a new telecoms policy “that will help 5G become a reality” in the coming weeks, as part of the Digital Single Market Vision.

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Other highlights from the Digital Day 2018 event saw a declaration between 25 European countries to cooperate on artificial intelligence (AI) development.

This agreement will see member states work together on addressing important issues raised by AI, ensuring Europe’s competitiveness and research and deployment of the technology, as well as dealing with social, economic, ethical and legal questions.

In addition, the Commission and the European Investment Fund launched a pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme (VentureEU) to boost investment in “innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe”.

The fund aims to raise up to €2.1 billion in public and private investment.

Source: Kavit Majithia-Mobile World Live

Become part of a winning team in the Co-Star logistics dept.

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Co-Star are a global supplier to the ICT industry we supply and manufacture a range of products used for 4G and Cloud connectivity.

Due to continued growth we are looking for someone to work in a supervisory role within our Logistics and manufacturing team at our head office based near Harrogate.

We are totally commited to offering outstanding customer service from the moment we receive an order to when it’s delivered to our customer and our logistics department plays a crucial role in this process so it’s crucial that you have the ability to maintain and enhance these high standards.

If you have an interest in technology and electronics are enthusiastic and can actively contribute to the future growth of the company by working alongside the partners of the company to ensure all orders are picked and dispatched to the highest of standards than we would love to hear from you.

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The role is varied and includes processing orders to a very high standard to ensure they reach our customers in perfect condition, manufacturing cable assemblies and installation kits and other general logistical tasks. We will provide all the necessary training and no previous experience is required just a willingness to learn and a commitment to producing work of the highest quality.

The hours are: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Our address were the position is based: Co-Star. Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB.

Interested ? Than please e-mail your CV to:                     tim@co-star.co.uk or call us on: 01423 340066.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unhelpful talk of a crash in new car registrations belies the facts

Unhelpful talk of a crash in new car registrations belies the facts. New car registrations were indeed down in March by -15.7%. Two issues are relevant, however. First, March 2017 was a bumper month, the biggest ever in fact, as many consumers pulled forward purchases ahead of changes to Vehicle Excise Duty in April. Secondly, we must remember that this March is still the fourth best in a decade and the market is still at historically high levels with well over 700,000 motorists driving home a new car so far this year.

Nonetheless, there is cause for concern given the market for new cars is down across the board. Private, business and fleet were all negative and, in the CV sector a drop of -5.6% is indicative of declining business and consumer confidence. Furthermore, the continuing drop in demand for diesel cars and disappointing demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles is further evidence of the need for clearer government policy, incentives and advice that encourages consumers to buy the right car for their driving needs irrespective of fuel type. Consumers and businesses also need the right economic conditions to have the confidence to buy new vehicles and it is important to remember that a thriving new car market is essential to the overall health of our economy.

We were pleased to see the merits of Vauxhall’s Luton plant recognised this week, with the announcement that the latest Vivaro van will be built in Britain. The decision helps to secure around 1,400 jobs and in time could see Peugeot and Citroën branded vans made in the UK. The UK remains a centre of excellence for vehicle production – with one of the most productive workforces in Europe – an essential component of our current competitiveness, along with our frictionless trade with Europe. We will continue working closely with government to deliver an industrial strategy and sector deal for automotive, one which builds on our long heritage in vehicle manufacturing.

Finally, you will have noticed that Update has changed slightly this week – we hope you like the new format and style and it continues to be on your essential reading list every Friday.

Source: Mike Hawes, SMMT, Chief Executive

UK’s first 5G city could arrive sooner than you might expect

Before rolling out 5G across the UK, the government through the Urban Connected Communities Project wants to carry out a large-scale trial of 5G technologies, creating the UK’s first 5G city in the process.

The trial will involve various initiatives, such as real-time traffic monitoring and management to get rid of traffic jams, augmented and virtual reality integrated into tourist attractions, real-time video consultations and remote treatment offered by doctors, and more.

But the project will particularly focus on busy areas, where high-speed mobile networks are most needed, but where network congestion can make them anything but fast.

This citywide testbed is ideally suited to areas with around 500,000 people, but the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – which is already seeking expressions of interest – is also open to cities with populations below 500,000, as long as they have a strong and clear digital vision and leadership.

Aberdeen is ready

We’d expect lots of cities will apply to be the UK’s first 5G city, and Aberdeen already plans to, according to The Press And Journal, with the site noting that it has a population of around 500,000 and has already become the first gigabit city in Scotland, demonstrating its focus on improved digital infrastructure. That could make it a strong candidate.

The winning city will be selected in summer 2018, with the millions of pounds required for the trial set to be pulled from the £200 million assigned so far to develop 5G technologies.

And it’s not just cities that are getting 5G attention, as the government plans to follow this up with a large-scale Rural Connected Communities Project this summer.

This all suggests that 2018 could be a big year for 5G in the UK, especially as Ofcom’s 5G spectrum auction is finally underway. And while we’re not likely to see a full commercial 5G launch this year, that might arrive in 2019 if EE is to be believed.

Useful read: What are 5G testbeds?

Source: 5G.co.uk

Image: Shutterstock

TRACKER Names Mercedes-Benz C Class As The Most Stolen And Recovered Vehicle In 2017

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The 2017 league table of Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles, from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), places the Mercedes-Benz C Class in poll position for the first time, rising from 4th place in 2016.  The BMW X5 drops to second place as it leaves the top spot for only the second time since 2011.*

The 2016 Top Ten, like many previous years, was entirely dominated by prestige models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Land Rover, but analysis of TRACKER’s 2017 data sees Volkswagen enter the league table for the first time since the report was first published in 2011, with its VW Golf in 9th position.   Mercedes-Benz E Class rises from 5th to 4th place, followed by the BMW 3 Series moving from 6th to 5th.  The Land Rover Discovery reappears in the Top Ten, coming in 6th – last appearing in 2014.  Audi also makes a return with the Audi RS4 taking tenth place.

The Land Rover Defender, which last rolled off the production line 2 years ago, has also disappeared from TRACKER’s league table, having featured in the Top Ten for the first time in 2016, taking 9th position.  Also proving less desirable amongst thieves is the Range Rover Vogue, which is no longer featured in the league table.

TRACKER saw a 5% year-on-year increase in vehicle thefts and recoveries in 2017, with the total value of vehicles stolen recovered in 2017 exceeding 12.5 million.  There has been a 30% increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered by TRACKER since 2014.

The average value of stolen vehicles has remained relatively static from 2016 to 2017, increasing slightly from £16,436 in 2016 to £16,977.26 last year. The most valuable stolen vehicle TRACKER recovered in 2017 was a Rolls Royce Phantom worth around £120k, and the least valuable was a Vauxhall Signum Elite worth just £1,500.  30% of vehicles stolen in 2017 were worth less than £5,000, slightly up from 27% in 2016.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation) says, “It’s fair to say that criminals continued to stay one step ahead of manufacturers in 2017. ‘Relay attack’ is one method car thieves increasingly adopted last year, which involves two criminals working together using an electronic signal relay to intercept a key fob signal from within the victim’s home.  Cars are being stolen and driven off within seconds.

“80% of all vehicles stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2017 were stolen without using the owner’s keys, quite a significant increase from the 66% stolen by this means in 2016.  Of course, a TRACKER device won’t prevent your vehicle from being stolen, but if it is, it will significantly increase the chances of the vehicle being recovered quickly and returned by the police.

“We have a unique partnership with UK police forces and 2017 saw our technology assist officers to make 47 arrests.  Together, TRACKER, car owners and the police are closing in on criminals and clamping down on vehicle theft.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.
TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED

Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2017
1.     Mercedes-Benz C Class
2.     BMW X5
3.     Range Rover Sport
4.     Mercedes-Benz E Class
5.     BMW 3 Series
6.     Land Rover Discovery
7.     Range Rover Autobiography
8.     BMW M3
9.     VW Golf
10.   Audi RS4
Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2016
1.     BMW X5
2.     Range Rover Sport
3.     BMW M3
4.     Mercedes-Benz C Class
5.     Mercedes-Benz E Class
6.     BMW 3 Series
7.     Range Rover Autobiography
8.     Range Rover Vogue
9.     Land Rover Defender
10.   BMW 5 Series
Top Manufacturers Stolen in 2017
1.     Mercedes-Benz
2.     BMW
3.     Land Rover / Ranger Rover
4.     Audi
5.     Volkswagen

TRACKER 2017 RECOVERY HIGHLIGHTS

  • First VW appearance in the Top Ten league table since its first publication in 2011
  • TRACKER stolen and recovered vehicles, were worth a total of more than £12.5million in 2017
  • TRACKER helped make 47 arrests in 2017
  • 85 stolen vehicles not fitted with TRACKER devices were also recovered alongside TRACKER-recovered vehicles
  • The average value of a vehicle recovered by TRACKER in 2017 was £16,977.26
  • The busiest month for stolen vehicle recovery was August, with 87 vehicles recovered worth a total of nearly £1.4 million

*The TRACKER Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered league table was first published in 2011.

Source: Tracker

Wagz Smart Collar uses LTE Technology to Monitor Dogs.

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Sequans Communications S.A. and Wagz, the first completely connected pet lifestyle company, announced that Wagz has adopted Sequans’ Calliope LTE Platform to LTE-enable its flagship product, the Wagz Smart Collar.

The Wagz Smart Collar helps dog owners understand and monitor their dogs like never before. It’s the first of its kind collar and app that tracks activity, barking, exercise, food, and location – while enabling live HD video streaming, two-way audio and invisible leashing and fencing. The collar is part of a larger connected system with a smart feeder and door that connect through one app experience.

“The Wagz Smart Collar is truly innovative and we are very pleased to see our LTE technology inside this intelligent pet tracking solution that will be of great value to dog lovers everywhere,” said Danny Kedar, VP of Sequans’ IoT Business Unit. “The Wagz Smart Collar, now connected by the always on and everywhere available LTE, means dogs can never get out of range or out of sight—this LTE for IoT application will find wide appeal.”

“We chose Sequans’ technology to add LTE connectivity to the Wagz Smart Collar, because Sequans is the leader in LTE for IoT and has had more experience connecting IoT products to the internet than any other company,” said Tom Mason, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Wagz. “We were very impressed with how easy it was to integrate Sequans’ Calliope technology into our solution and how quickly we were able to get it to market.”

The Wagz Smart Collar was invented by dog lovers who are passionate about innovation, and making life easier for pet owners. With modern technology, the Wagz Smart collar has everything you need to monitor your dog’s health, track and enforce location, and stay connected at all times.  It’s a product built to eliminate worries and ensure peace of mind. Wagz works with one simple app and is available in Apple IOS and Android.

The LTE-enabled Wagz Collar, powered by Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform, will be on display at Sequans’ booth at Mobile World Congress, hall 5, stand 5C87.

About Wagz

Wagz, Inc is a company on a mission to strengthen the connection between humans and dogs for safer, healthier, happier pets. The Wagz, Inc. team is a group of tech gurus, entrepreneurs, and vet experts dedicated to creating practical solutions that help dog owners spend more time enjoying their dogs and less time worrying about them. For more information on Wagz, visit www.wagz.com or find us on Facebook or Instagram.

SOURCE: Sequans Communications S.A.