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Los Angeles Deploys Street Lighting With Built In 4G LTE Wireless Technology

A better signal wherever you go. Los Angeles is the world’s first city to deploy Philips’ SmartPole Street lighting with fully built in 4G LTE wireless technology from Ericsson

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  • Delivers enhanced and more reliable wireless data broadband coverage to businesses and citizens in one of the largest cities in the world.
  • 100 LED light poles to be fitted with new small cell technology from Ericsson that will host mobile network operator equipment.
  • Leading-edge energy efficiency LED street lighting to help LA to meet sustainability goals while improving mobile network performance and reducing urban clutter.

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Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, today announced that the City of Los Angeles (LA) will be the first city in the world to deploy 100 Philips SmartPoles – connected LED street lighting that includes fully integrated 4G LTE wireless telecommunications technology by Ericsson. The collaboration between Philips and Ericsson delivers on the latest Internet of Things (IoT) innovation and provides a double benefit to LA citizens: high quality, public lighting that is energy efficient as well as improved network performance in dense urban areas.

 

“The analog light pole has evolved right here in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “L.A. is a world leader in LED street lights and has more poles than any other city in America. We are now taking advantage of previously untapped real estate to give our streets better broadband connectivity and future-ready infrastructure, while generating revenue for the city. This project shows what smart infrastructure can do for Los Angeles: create jobs, save tax payer dollars, and improve our environment.”

 

This project expands on Philips’ existing relationship with the City of LA. Earlier this year, LA became the first city in North America to monitor and control its street lighting through Philips CityTouch, an advanced Philips streetlight asset management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies. Better lit streets contribute to safer streets, less accidents and deter crime while connected management of street lighting reduces further the amount of energy used and simplifies maintenance.

 

Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas said: “The Philips SmartPole technology proves its role as the backbone in an outdoor Internet of Things platform capable of delivering new services and value.  This is also fully aligned with many of Mayor Garcetti’s key priorities and outcomes by taking LED street lighting and turning it into a services hub that can adapt to the changing needs of a particular neighborhood over time.”

 

With cellular data traffic expected to grow 9 times by 2020, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report, and current telecoms infrastructure struggling to respond to this demand, Philips SmartPoles are enabling seamless mobile wireless 4G/LTE connectivity, with the small cell technology from Ericsson housed in the poles to enable increased data capacity in the telecoms network.  Philips SmartPoles were specifically designed and tested to accept FCC licensed wireless mobile network operator equipment. This enables an alternative deployment methodology for 4G LTE broadband services which will connect each pole through a fiber link to its core network.

 

Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, said: “LA will be a role model for other smart cities that place sustainability and connectivity high on their agenda. As citizens, businesses and industries transform through mobility, cities have an increasingly important role to play as eco-system partners enabling the next wave of innovations that will bring us to 5G in 2020. Innovative solutions like Philips SmartPoles and Ericsson Zero Site that efficiently improve the performance of mobile networks will be necessary to address the growing demand from both smartphone users and the Internet of Things.”

 

For mobile network operators this innovation offers new possibilities to find the right site location. It also helps scale mobile wireless 4G/LTE infrastructure deployment beyond traditional sites. As a result operators can improve data coverage and capacity for citizens so there are no more signal dropouts.

Source: Royal Philips

 

Co-Star Maximise the Performance of a Peplink Wireless Router Installed on a Luxury Yacht

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Wally 148 SaudadeCo-Star a global distributor to the mobile communications industry based in Harrogate UK have helped a luxury super yacht based in Palma Majorca to maximise the performance of a Peplink wireless router used to provide mission critical connectivity whilst at sea by supplying a Panorama MIMO 4G Antenna which has a rugged low profile design suitable for demanding and harsh environments and contains two wideband LTE/Cellular elements and covers frequencies from 698 to 2700MHz.peplink

The Yacht which is manufactured from carbon fiber was impairing the signal internally so Co-Star supplied a ground plane independent antenna mounted externally on the mast of the yacht together with 20 meters of ultra low loss coaxial cable terminated with SMA male connectors to connect the antenna directly to the Pepwave wireless router.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: “We were approached by the Captain of the Yacht who needed an urgent solution to get the best possible performance from the Pepwave device. We supplied an external antenna because the yacht which is manufactured from carbon fiber and caused interference with the router by hampering the signal when used with the standard internal antennas. The antenna was installed on the ship’s mast so we needed long lengths of cable which is why we went for the ultra low loss coaxial cable designed specifically for cellular and WiFi applications offering unparalled attenuation to minimise any signal loss”

Source: Co-Star

Huawei warns on IoT hype, confusion over LPWA

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LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 MIDDLE EAST: Chinese vendor giant Huawei fired a warning shot on the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, claiming that the numerous different technologies capable of supporting Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) services are hindering overall market growth.

LPWA networks are designed for IoT applications with low data rates, long battery lives and that operate unattended for long periods of time. According to analyst firms Analysys Mason, Machina Research and Strategy Analytics, LPWA connections will reach 2.7 billion by 2022.

European operators such as Orange, KPN and Proximus are in the process of using LoRa (Long Range) technology for LPWA services. Meanwhile the GSMA recently launched its own Mobile IoT project,  designed to address the use of low-power solutions in licensed spectrum. And other solutions include Sigfox, Telensa and Weightless.

“If I’m a sensor manufacturer, what standards do I use?” mused Safder Nazir, Regional VP Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei. “There’s a role for regulators in this space to decide, and then we can accelerate the development of sensors.”

Session moderator Matt Hatton, CEO of Machina Research, asked Nazir if there was a concern that mobile operators could end up deploying “the IoT equivalent of WiMAX”, a technology marketed as ‘4G’ but eventually trumped by the more successful global technology LTE.

Indeed, technologies such as Wi-Fi and LPWA are battling with cellular to connect the IoT world.

“Yes that is an issue and should be settled 5 years from now when we have 5G, but we’re in a period of turbulence. It requires close collaboration between operators and regulators to drive standardisation forward and settle on the rules of the game. The more specific it becomes the easier it becomes for people to understand.”

Nazir also urged the industry not to get carried away by IoT hype. “Just because we can connect everything doesn’t mean we should. It should be about the internet of value.”

“For operators, be careful you don’t become Uberised,” he added.

Source:  Justin Springham Mobile World Live

5 Ways 4G is Improving Healthcare

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Patients and Medical Professionals Benefit From Wireless Connectivity

Advancements in technology and connectivity are simultaneously improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare. One of the most powerful factors in the rapid evolution of healthcare IT has been the development of 4G LTE networking.

Reliable wireless connectivity enables thousands of new technologies and applications to help medical care providers “Cut-the-Wire” and provide care far beyond hospital walls. From kiosks and the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) to Telehealth, mobile clinics, and electronic medical records—connectivity is revolutionizing the ways people tend to their health and well-being.

Kiosks

Waiting Room Kiosks: Reliable wireless connectivity gives providers the flexibility to place patient kiosks in waiting rooms to streamline simple data entry, as well as create a more personalized patient experience. At kiosks, patients can:

  • Set appointments and check in
  • Complete forms and questionnaires
  • Scan driver licenses and insurance cards
  • View account balances and pay for services
  • Review medical information
  • Learn more about specific medical conditions and how to care for them
  • Use interactive maps to navigate the building or campus

Specialized Kiosks: Some kiosks are used to increase awareness of and seek candidates for medical donations. Often set up in retail outlets, office complexes, and other high-traffic areas, these kiosks allow potential organ, blood, and bone marrow donors to answer screening questions and watch videos about the process.

Potential donors also can see profiles and photos of patients in need of donations, and they can sign up to receive a donor-testing kit in the mail.

Diagnostic Kiosks: Diagnostic kiosks have been around for decades. For example, blood pressure stations in pharmacies and grocery stores are used by an estimated 70 million people each year.

Today, the potential for diagnostic kiosks to improve patient care and operational efficiencies is rapidly growing. 4G LTE is helping usher in an era of kiosks with Machine-to-Machine (M2M) functionality to help providers do more than just remotely collect data from patients.

Today’s “clinic-in-a-store” kiosks can connect patients to physicians in real time. A patient may use a kiosk to conduct and transmit a retinal scan to an ophthalmologist, who can diagnose ocular disorders based on the findings.

Some kiosks serve as virtual offices where onsite healthcare professionals can conduct diagnostic appointments between remote physicians and patient. These kiosks also are capable of:

  • Updating patient health records on the spot
  • Gauging vital signs and informing patients whether they should seek further medical advice.
  • Administering diagnostic tests and then saving the results for patients to review and track online from their homes

The Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT)

In the just the past few years, wireless technologies and medical devices within the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) have transformed the way medical care is delivered. For instance, a new generation of intelligent heart rate monitors, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, asthma inhalers, and thermometers no longer must be connected with wires.

These days, patients can send providers integral personal health information from the waiting room, at home, or even as they travel. For those with more severe medical conditions, healthcare professionals can remotely monitor patients’ vital signs via 4G LTE-connected, wearable body sensors.

Real-time data improves the ability of providers to quickly and accurately administer treatment based on up-to-date information. In other words, it helps achieve better health outcomes.

One of the most significant challenges physicians face is ensuring patients take medicine when and how it was prescribed. New wireless IoHT technology embedded in pill bottles enables doctors to remotely track whether a patient has taken his or her medicine.

Telehealth

The rise in healthcare costs has led to a reduction in the number of physicians and medical staff available to treat patients. Emerging trends in Telehealth seek to correct this imbalance through the use of wireless networks to connect providers with one another from remote locations.

Modern-day healthcare professionals can use video conferencing to bridge the gap between rural and urban offices. A family medicine physician in a small town can consult with specialists in a large city much easier than before. This practice literally can save the life of a rurally located patient who needs highly specialized care.

With systems now in place to remotely share electronic medical records, review scans or X-rays, and discuss treatment options in real time, doctors can save substantial time and money—which is important for everyone.

Mobile Healthcare

One of the most transformative improvements in healthcare technology has been in-vehicle connectivity. Emergency medical personnel now send triage information and patient histories ahead to the emergency room from the road.

While the patient is en route, ER staff can monitor vital signs, review photos or videos that might help diagnose the patient, check the person’s prescription drug history, and dictate treatment instructions to paramedics.

In-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity allows patients at mobile clinics to receive highly advanced healthcare services without setting foot in a traditional doctor’s office. Also, with mobile routers small enough to fit in a carry-on, in-home and mobile caretakers enjoy a secure, reliable Internet connection for accessing reference materials, email, and patient medical and prescription histories.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

The healthcare industry’s widespread move toward electronic health records has streamlined various processes and made access to a patient’s medical history practically instant— from anywhere.

Remote access to EHRs has been particularly useful in emergency care. As soon as first responders know a patient’s name, they can gain access to a wealth of information about medical status and begin to treat the patient accordingly.

Patients directly benefit from EHRs. They are are subjected to far fewer redundant questions from multiple practitioners during sign-in and follow-up processes. In turn, practitioners can spend a larger percentage of their time providing care.

Of course, security is a major factor regarding EHRs, as well as one of the main concerns for network administrators at healthcare facilities. Should a data breach result in patients’ personal, medical, or financial data being stolen, the resulting fallout could harm patients and subject the provider to fines for failure to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Payment Card Industry (PCI) guidelines.

Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE routing and cloud management solutions enable best-in-breed, cloud-based network security applications — that fully meet HIPAA and PCI regulations — to keep patients, hospital administrators and IT managers at ease.

“Our infrastructure is more secured now because of how Cradlepoint has enabled us to configure, monitor, and manage the network,” said Shawn Wiora, CIO and CISO forCreative Solutions in Healthcare. “We’ve made tremendous progress in achieving a much higher level of awareness of the network. If someone were to try to attack our facilities, we’d know it immediately and have solutions in place to thwart the attack.”

For additional protection, organizations use Cradlepoint solutions to enable Parallel Networking, which keeps credit card and other sensitive data completely separate or “air-gapped” from other applications and third-party networks.

Healthcare Technology Improves Patient Experience

The present and future of 4G LTE-enabled healthcare networking is bright. For instance, robotics is poised to emerge as a major tool for patient care—potentially affecting everything from the distribution of medication to exoskeletons enabling paraplegics to walk.

For now, practitioners and patients alike are reaping the benefits of 4G LTE connectivity making healthcare more accessible, efficient, and flexible than ever before.

Co-Star supply Cradlpoint wireless routers for 4G LTE Networking. Please click here for more information>

Source: Cradlepoint

Co-Star to Showcase the latest Cradlepoint Wireless Technology at Coach & Bus Live

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Co-Star will be showcasing the latest Cradlepoint wireless technology at the Coach & Bus live exhibition which starts on the 30th of September.

  • WIFI HOTSPOT FOR PASSENGER CONNECTIVITY
  • REAL-TIME LOCATION TRACKING
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  • POINT OF SALE
  • CCTV MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Co-Star will be showcasing the latest Cradlepoint wireless technology at the Coach & Bus live exhibition which starts on the 30th of September.

Public transport organisations are rapidly expanding their on-the-road technology in order to deliver improved efficiencies and to expand customer service capabilities. From passenger WiFi, to improved scheduling notifications, connectivity is a key enabler of this. Offering simple installation and integration with existing network infrastructure, 3G/4G solutions can deliver superfast, reliable and secure connectivity anywhere – a perfect solution for mobile applications.

WiFi Hotspot for Passenger Connectivity

From commuter to tourist services, public transport organisations now look to deliver advanced technological services across the board to improve their customers’ experience – with the most in-demand of these services being passenger WiFi. A 3G/4G cellular networking solution provides the perfect answer to this requirement.
Delivering powerful WiFi passenger hotspots both in and around the vehicle, Westbase solutions can also incorporate content filtering, portal sign in, and other security measures to protect both you and your passengers.

Real-time Location Tracking

Many Co-Star solutions feature active GPS and easily integrate with other 3rd party hardware and software to provide the connectivity required to help track the fleet’s movement, delivering real-time information about its whereabouts. This can be used to enhance vehicular security and to provide real-time passenger information, so that customers remain informed about expected arrival and departure times, including up-to-date information on any delays.

Electronic and Mobile Ticketing

Improving the ease with which passengers can book and carry their travel tickets, electronic and mobile ticketing is a fast growing trend across public transport but requires a reliable scanning solution which can check that the customer’s ticketis valid. By implementing a cellular solution the connection required to instantly check ticket information is easily established – both for contactless or paper-based tickets.

Point of Sale (PoS)

Many public transport operators, from trains to taxis, now accept credit card payment and between this and the shift to centralised back-office payment systems, a connection between the vehicle’s PoS equipment and the core network is essential.
A 3G/4G mobility solution provides the connectivity required anywhere, anytime.

CCTV Monitoring and Management

Public transport vehicles now frequently feature in-vehicle CCTV equipment to improve passenger and driver safety. They also use it for factual verification in potential insurance disputes where a road traffic accident or personal injury has occurred.
Using a 3G/4G networking solution, transport companies can:
Electively retrieve footage over cellular
Instantly access and retrieve incident footage from in-vehicle CCTV equipment, perfect for critical situations where footage needs to be accessed quickly or when the vehicle is prevented from returning to depot.
Daily retrieval of footage using WiFi
A mobile connectivity solution can also continue to support daily retrieval of footage over WiFi as WAN when the vehicle returns to depot – helping to reduce data costs.

Digital Signage

Public transport is the ideal advertising location and by installing a digital signage solution operators can further monetise their routes, while improving customer experience by also using the signs to provide information and entertainment.
A mobile connection enables remote control of the digital signage solution, for example hardware updates and content delivery, and can also support the use of location-based advertising.

Cradlepoint
The Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 is a fully-ruggedised, compact 4G router, designed specifically for in-vehicle connectivity. It also features active GPS and has ignition sensing technology.
Offering the latest 802.11ac WiFi it can connect up to 128 devices at high speeds and offers an increased WiFi footprint.
Also in the COR series, the COR IBR600 is a semi-ruggedised, compact 4G router which can connect up to 64 devices.

Please visit Co-Star (stand number C25) at the Coach & Bus Live exhibition for more information on the latest Mobile Communication Technologies.

 

EE TARGETS INTERNET OF THINGS WITH EE CONNECT, THE UK’S FIRST 4G-CAPABLE DEDICATED M2M PLATFORM

  • EE launches EE Connect, the UK’s first 4G-capable dedicated Machine to Machine (M2M) service, driving the future of the internet of things, from smart businesses to driverless cars
  • Over 4 million connected machines on EE’s network forecast by 2017
  • EE Connect platform offers dedicated M2M customer service, remote monitoring, automation and reporting for efficient business operations
  • EE Connect provides businesses and public sector organisations with the highest levels of flexibility, service and scalability – making developing and deploying connected technologies easier and more manageable

EE today launched EE connect, the UK’s first 4G-capable dedicated Machine to Machine (M2M) service. EE Connect provides the foundation for businesses and public sector organisations to develop the connected products and services of the future on the UK’s best 4G, 3G and 2G network.

EE Connect offers M2M customers real time monitoring of all devices, automation to easily set and edit business rules remotely, and granular reporting for more informed decision making. A dedicated M2M service team is also in place to support all M2M customers with expert assistance.

From smart cities and businesses, to smart watches and wearables, analysts estimate that there will be more than 30 billion connected devices by 2020. EE Connect has been developed to provide the platform to ensure that UK businesses are a major part of this booming new ecosystem.

There are currently more than two million machines communicating to each other over the EE 2G and 3G network, and EE predicts that will double to more than four million by 2017. The ability to utilise 4G will make all M2M communications more efficient, and support new scenarios that require higher bandwidth, such as remote video distribution, in-car diagnostics and entertainment, and scenarios where low latency is critical, like driverless cars and future healthcare applications.

Mike van Bunnens, Managing Director at Comms365 Limited, an EE M2M partner said:

“Our business requires the best possible M2M service and support. EE has been a strong and dependable partner as we’ve grown, and we’ve developed new advanced connected products and services such as our Fixed IP SIMs and Fibre Failover solutions on EE’s network. EE Connect provides us with even more flexibility, giving us the ability to offer granular level support to our customers and faster, tailored M2M solutions.

“The strength of EE’s 4G network and EE Connect are helping us to enhance our capabilities including our popular Continuum bonded services for rapidly deployed, mission critical internet access and corporate network connectivity, ensuring that we’re able to meet customer expectations the first time, every time.”

Gerry McQuade, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, EE Business said:

“Every day, the strength and reliability of our 4G network allows businesses to develop innovative connected products and services that improve our lives – whether it’s telematics in cars that help improve driving and road safety, healthcare applications that drastically cut testing and diagnosis times, or connected infrastructure that creates smarter and more efficient public services. EE Connect provides the best M2M management capabilities, on the best network, with the best service through a dedicated support team, which together is helping businesses create the connected technologies of tomorrow.”

Customers will be able to monitor and manage connected devices remotely via the EE Control Centre, providing visibility and flexibility that allows them to save time, money and make more informed business decisions. The EE Control Centre allows customers to remotely diagnose and repair issues with connected machines in the field as well as an ability to set up powerful automation rules to increase efficiency,  resilience and manageability.

The new 4G-capable M2M service is supported by EE’s commitment to invest £1.5bn in its network over the next three years, with a particular focus on rural parts of the UK. In order to further support the inevitable growth of the Internet of Things, EE’s 4G network will reach 90% of the UK geography by the end of 2017, with high capacity 4G+ enabled in 20 of the busiest UK cities.

EE Connect is available to all EE business and public sector customers from today, and EE Connect trial packs are available for free by registering at http://ee.co.uk/business/large/m2m-with-ee

Co-Star supply Cradlepoint AER3100 4G LTE Networking Platform

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Co-Star have added the latest Cradlepoint AER3100 4G LTE Networking Platform to our range of Wireless Routers.

The Cradlepoint AER3100 is an all-in-one networking solution that combines routing, multi-WAN support (wired + 4G wireless), dual modems, advanced security (UTM), private network support, and high performance WiFi in a platform that can be deployed, managed, and optimized via the cloud.

Administrators can extend best-in-breed management and security applications to remote branches with a solution that is customizable and lowers the total cost of ownership in a single deployment.

The Key features of the Cradlepoint AER3100 Advanced Edge Router include:

* Integrated 4G LTE (with 3G failover)
* Dual integrated modem option
* Dual SIM slot in each modem
* Support for active GPS WiFi as WAN
* Failover/Failback
* Load Balancing
* Advance Modem Failure Check
* WAN Port Speed Control
* WAN/LAN Affinity
* IP Passthrough

For more information on the Cradlepoint AER3100 click here>

About Co-Star

Co-Star are a global distributor to the Mobile Communications Industry supplying a range of specialist networking & communications products for critical network coverage including; Antennas, Wireless Routers, RF Cable Assemblies and other related products.

VE Connect use Cradlepoint COR IBR600 for flexible connectivity

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VENDORS EXCHANGE TRANSFORMS RETAIL AUTOMATION WITH FULLY INTERACTIVE DIGITAL SIGNAGE

SUMMARY

The VE CONNECT is no ordinary vending machine. The “traditional” vending machine experience – dropping coins into a metal and glass box, punching numbers into a keypad, and watching a bag of pretzels fall from the slot – now has a ferocious challenger that comes with rotating 3D product images, sleek multimedia advertising, and unique informational displays, all experienced through a beautiful, intuitive, interactive touchscreen.

While the VE CONNECT is certainly transforming the traditional vending of chips and sodas, it is also moving the automated retail experience into other markets. You might soon spot the VE CONNECT interface distributing:

  • Purple nail polish at grocery stores and malls
  • Laptop batteries and other computer peripherals at business offices
  • Protective gear such as goggles, helmets, and gloves at factories
  • Fancy cupcakes at airports

A typical vending machine gives instant gratification in places where cost and/or space limitations make a regular store impossible or impractical. The VE CONNECT has that same benefit – in a much slicker package – but it also functions as a digital sign when no one is directly interacting with it and can be used as a virtual shopping device.

CHALLENGE

The VE CONNECT requires constant Internet connectivity for uninterrupted operations and an optimal customer experience. These machines are distributed all over the world in incredibly diverse locations including university campuses, factories, malls, airports, sidewalks, and business offices, each with different connectivity challenges. Vendors Exchange needed a single connectivity solution that was both affordable and would work in any environment.

With narrow profit margins, there is little room for error, especially with no one there to troubleshoot. “We wanted to make sure that when we integrated technology, we didn’t disrupt the existing functions of the VE Connect,” explains Chris Goumas, Senior Vice President of Business Development and User Experiences. “Installation of the Cradlepoint is seamless, enabling our machines to create a dynamic user experience.”

SOLUTION

Vendors Exchange needed a network solution that was reliable, cost-effective, and could easily connect to any of the following Internet sources – depending on the unique needs of each diverse location:

  • Ethernet
  • Public WiFi (e.g. university campuses)
  • Private WiFi (e.g. office buildings)
  • Mobile broadband from numerous carriers around the world

The Cradlepoint COR IBR600 with robust features in a small, M2M-designed package met the requirements. The Cradlepoint COR was built for flexible and reliable connectivity anywhere through Ethernet, WiFi, or its embedded modem that works with carriers around the world.

Vendors Exchange found a perfect marriage for its VE CONNECT in the Cradlepoint COR, in part because of its flexibility, but also because of its excellent reliability. “Shy of unplugging the device, Cradlepoint routers pretty much run all the time,” says Goumas. “That’s been something I haven’t had to worry about as we bring this game-changing technology to the world.”

For more information on the Cradelpoint COR IBR600 click here>

EE announces World’s biggest festival phone charging service for Glastonbury 2015

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Glastonbury 2015 – featuring EE Power Bar
  • EE celebrates third year as official technology partner for Glastonbury Festival
  • Festival goers to benefit from largest festival phone charging service – more than 200,000 EE Power Bar swaps expected alongside traditional charging
  • Mobile 4G network to be installed at Worthy Farm to offer superfast connectivity
  • Official Glastonbury App upgraded with new features as part of partnership
  • Also announced today – exclusive PAYG offer includes the chance to win tickets to Glastonbury

EE, the UK’s biggest and most advanced digital communications company, announces its third year as the official technology and communications partner to Glastonbury Festival with the world’s largest festival mobile phone charging operation, featuring the EE Power Bar.

EE will be keeping festival-goers connected with two Power Bar Exchange points on site this year, able to accommodate over 200,000 Power Bar swaps during the festival weekend.

The EE Power Bar – an easy-to-use portable phone charger – was launched at Glastonbury last year as a queue-busting alternative to traditional charging. Users can charge their phone on the go with the bar and then, once it runs out of juice, simply swap it for a fully charged one at the designated Exchange sites.

Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “Our Power Bar phone charging initiative began at Glastonbury in 2014 and proved so popular that we launched it last month as a year-round loyalty scheme for all customers.  We received over a million requests in just four days, so to say there is huge demand for this simple charging solution is an understatement, and at festivals the need for a fully-charged phone is even greater.

“Last year, we know customers uploaded the equivalent of 1.5 million pictures during the festival and downloaded 2.5 terabytes of data, which is the same as 650,000 headlining tracks. To meet this demand we are rolling out the EE Power Bar swap scheme on an unprecedented scale. For us, this is just the next step in making the UK’s best-loved festival even better connected.”

This year, anyone wishing to take advantage of the swapping system on-site must have an official 2015 EE Power Bar and will need to register for a special wristband by the 7th June.  The wristband allows each user one swap per day. EE Power Bars are available (subject to stock availability) at no charge* to all EE, Orange or T-Mobile customers, non-EE customers can pay £20 to take part in the swapping scheme. All Glastonbury-goers will be contacted directly on May 26th to confirm the details of this process.

Traditional charging in the EE Recharge tent – which is free to all – will also be available on site from EE ensuring as many festival-goers as possible can stay powered up.

Back for the third year running, across the whole Worthy Farm site, will be EE’s award-winning superfast 4G network, enabling guests at the festival to upload pictures and videos in record time. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds will be inundated with action live throughout the sold out event.  EE’s on site network infrastructure – which features six mobile masts – is expected to carry over three terabytes of data across the weekend.

EE is also working alongside Glastonbury Festival to update the official Glastonbury app with a new look and exciting new features for 2015. The upgraded app will be available in June and allow those on site to stay better connected with friends than ever before. The app is the ultimate Glastonbury companion: last year it was accessed over 3million times with a total of nearly nine years’ of combined usage.

As well as offering unrivalled connectivity and EE Power on an epic scale, EE is celebrating the beginning of festival season by introducing a brand new PAYG offer**.  Available to  everyone the offer is designed to help EE customers get the most from the upcoming festival season. Anyone who orders the limited edition SIM by midnight on Sunday 31st May will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of two pairs of Glastonbury tickets with no obligation to top up.  Those users who choose to top up for just £10 can also enjoy 100GB of free data per month (for two months) on top of the regular bundle. To take advantage of this promotion, customers simply need to order a £10 Data Pack limited edition SIM from EE – PAYG SIMs can be ordered from EE shops, telesales or via www.ee.co.uk.

For the latest news and updates go to EE.co.uk/Glastonbury.

Source: EE

Vodafone sends mini-network to support Nepal communications

vodafone-logoThe Vodafone Foundation Instant Network Mini, a portable ‘mobile network in a backpack’, has been taken to the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal to help restore communications to some of the areas worse affected by the recent earthquake.

The Instant Network Mini, an 11kg mobile network in a backpack which can be set up in just 10 minutes, has arrived in Kathmandu with the Instant Network team leader on a commercial flight. The Instant Network team will offer support to local operators to help re-establish mobile communications, helping aid workers communicate during the relief effort and enabling people to contact their loved ones following the devastating earthquake.

The Vodafone Foundation has a team of volunteers, all Vodafone employees, on standby to deploy additional Instant Network equipment, including the larger, 100kg Vodafone Foundation Instant Network – a mobile network in four suitcases which can be taken on a commercial flight – as well as a new 3G version of the Instant Network.

The team, working alongside Telecoms Sans Frontiers, is currently awaiting instruction from the local operators and NGOs working in Nepal as to when and where the equipment should be deployed. The equipment will be deployed once the scope of the mission is confirmed.

The Instant Network Mini is a robust backpack that can be taken as hand luggage on commercial flights and deployed by non-technical staff. Instant Network Mini can connect up to five mobile phone users to global telecoms networks within a radius of 100 metres and enable text messages to be sent to thousands of people to provide crucial information following a disaster.

The larger Vodafone Foundation Instant Network is light enough to travel in the back of a car or on commercial flights, enabling a quick response to disasters. Consisting of an antenna, a foldable mast, an industrial computer and base transceiver station, the equipment is powered by generators and can provide coverage within a radius of one kilometre. The Vodafone Foundation Instant Network was deployed in the Philippines in November 2013 during Typhoon Haiyan, where over 443,000 calls were made and 1.4 million SMS were sent in 29 days.

This is the second time in two months that the Vodafone Foundation has responded with emergency telecommunications support in the aftermath of a natural disaster. In March, a team of volunteers deployed to Tanna Island, Vanuatu, where they supported humanitarian calling operations to those affected by Cyclone Pam.

Andrew Dunnett, Vodafone Foundation Director, said: “Establishing communications in the aftermath of a natural disaster is crucial, both for the coordination of aid and to enable those affected to reconnect with family and friends. Through our Instant Network programme, we are able to deploy our people and our technology to provide communications support at a critical time.”

Source: Vodafone