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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

Haltian delivers one of the largest IoT solutions in Europe – Multi-million deal with one of Europe’s leading textile service companies

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Finnish Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturer Haltian supplies Lindström with over 100,000 IoT devices and a managed IoT data layer service. The multi-million euro deal for one of the largest public IoT installations in Europe to date, was made in late 2017. Smart technology will be rapidly implemented in all of Lindström’s towel dispensers.

It’s a challenge for businesses to keep up with the pace of today’s ever changing digital world. However, companies that make digitalization a priority and harness the latest technological advancements to operate, engage with customers and grow their businesses have a distinct advantage. As almost everything can be connected, the value that IoT solutions brings is the key consideration. These solutions become increasingly feasible as cost-efficient sensors become more available and examples of profitable IoT cases continue to emerge.

“IoT continues its rapid growth and it is expected to more than double in the next three years. Industrial asset management, inventory and warehouse management and supply chain management are the fastest growing IoT areas,” says Pasi Leipälä, CEO, Haltian.

Lindström, one of Europe’s leading textile service companies, paves the way for future IoT solutions

Together with Haltian Thingsee and Wirepas Mesh, Lindström has created a new service offering called Flowability Smart Washroom Service. The solution offers two-way communication and location information and provides reliable wireless connectivity for Lindström Group customers across their facilities. With this smart solution, Lindström increases efficiency by cutting waste and channeling work in a smarter way, thereby decreasing costs.

The Flowability Smart Washroom Service will be installed in shopping centers, hospitals and other public spaces to mention a few. A sensor retrofitted to the towel dispenser measures towel usage in real time. The sensor sends notifications to a site maintenance team when it is necessary to change towel rolls, which helps in planning work more efficiently and in decreasing costs.

“Washroom cleanliness affects the choice of shopping venue and even increases the value of purchases. With Haltian’s solution we save both money and time and keep our customers happy. All of these make it possible to improve the customer experience,” says Satu Haikarainen, Director, Service Concept, at Lindström.

Haltian Thingsee shortens the journey from solution kick-off to commercial operations

The solution developed by Haltian and Lindström is based on Haltian’s new Thingsee IoT Devices platform. The platform allows new IoT solutions to reach commercial maturity faster and easier by offering customizable IoT devices with managed data layer services. The platform is completed with plug & play IoT devices, solutions customization services and lifecycle services – providing customers a smooth journey from ideas to commercial operations.

“Retrofitting wireless sensors to existing company assets and processes is a fast-growing business. We have now more than 25 active pilots running globally in industries varying from manufacturing to asset tracking and facility management. Our growing device and service portfolio provides a good starting point for building new IoT solutions. We can easily customize the whole platform, starting from simple device application development to a fully customized new sensor device,” comments Leipälä.

Source: Haltian

Nokia and Tele2 sign strategic partnership to provide global IoT services


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Enables Tele2 IoT to offer innovative and global IoT connectivity services to large enterprises
A joint innovation and collaboration program to accelerate IoT adoption

Nokia and Tele2 IoT have signed a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia’s worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Nokia WING will allow Tele2 IoT to rapidly and cost-effectively provide complete IoT services to its enterprise customers in fields including transport, healthcare, smart city and utilities to manage their connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars or connected freight containers, around the globe. Access to a worldwide IoT network enables Tele2 IoT’s enterprise customers to benefit from low latency, regulatory compliance, advanced enterprise onboarding and 24×7 troubleshooting offered as a managed service.

Nokia WING is a ‘one-stop-shop’ IoT managed service that includes a pre-integrated global IoT core network, connectivity management as well as dedicated IoT operations, billing, security and data analytics, along with an application ecosystem.

The offering is completed with innovative solutions based on Tele2 IoT technology. The combination of these cutting edge technologies from Tele2 IoT and Nokia WING enables a new paradigm for global IoT connectivity services.

The scope of the agreement also includes the collaboration and partnership on various advanced technologies such as 5G, Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE for machine-to-machine (LTE-M), SIM management and analytics to further accelerate the global IoT ecosystem.

Rami Avidan, CEO of Tele2 IoT, said: “Nokia WING is a unique concept for worldwide IoT enablement which will allow us to serve our enterprise customers better and differentiate our offering on a global scale. We are excited about the prospect of helping our customers to easily deploy IoT services, driving new revenue growth opportunities.”

Ankur Bhan, head of WING at Nokia, said: “Nokia WING will enable Tele2 IoT to offer its enterprise customers a global service with flexible control, low latency and high levels of efficiency and enterprise automation. Together we will work on enabling new IoT solutions that can be adopted in various industries to deliver seamless, reliable and efficient processes to help businesses run more intelligently.”

Nokia WING has been nominated for a Global Mobile Award for the 2018 Mobile World Congress in the ‘Best Mobile Network Infrastructure’. In 2017, it was recognized as the winner in IoT leadership at the TechXLR8 Awards and also won the Global Telecoms’ highly commended’ award in the category ‘IoT initiative of the year’.

Source: Nokia

Constantly Connected: Continental Is Shaping the Future of Mobility

 Mobile World Congress 2018

  • Continental will be unveiling innovative solutions and services at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
  • Holistic connectivity is turning vehicles into smartphones on wheels
  • Smart integration of mobile devices maximizes driver and user experience

Starting in April 2018, every new car in Europe will have to be equipped with an integrated SIM card enabling vehicles to make an emergency call at any time in difficult situations. By becoming part of the digital ecosystem, cars will effectively turn into mobile devices. The technology company Continental will demonstrate how it is shaping this transformation during its premiere at the Mobile World Congress from February 26 to March 1, 2018.

“Smartphones, tablets and now cars – this year eCall will finally make vehicles part of the connected world, and they will have to blend seamlessly into users’ daily digital routines. At the Mobile World Congress, we will demonstrate that having a seamless online connection and comprehensive cyber security is just as important as ensuring trouble-free integration of mobile devices and intuitive operation,” commented Helmut Matschi, member of the Executive Board at Continental and head of the Interior division, explaining the company’s focus at the Barcelona fair.

A glimpse into the future: predictive connectivity

Continuous and high-quality mobile network coverage is crucial for drivers wanting to expand their digital lifestyles to the domain of driving without any restrictions. But many regions are still plagued by low bandwidths and high latency; broken off phone calls and interrupted music streaming are not uncommon. This is why Continental has developed a predictive connectivity manager, which collects data on the network quality for the road ahead via crowdsourcing. It uses this data to create a map of available mobile networks and their quality for the specific region in the backend, for example in Continental.cloud. Once it has analyzed this data, the solution can predict when the network connection will deteriorate or drop out and optimize data and channel management accordingly.

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Predictive connectivity for an optimized user experience.© Continental AG

Based on the results the software can, for instance, notify drivers that their current phone calls will be terminated in a few minutes’ time and tell them when the network quality will be good enough again to continue the call. Alternatively, it can prioritize applications subtly in the background by, for example, distributing less bandwidth to downloading a software update so that the current music stream is not interrupted. Accurate and up-to-date network information will also be decisive in enabling automated vehicles to find their path in the future – another reason why the predictive connectivity manager is set to be an important device. If it detects that the bandwidth along the road ahead is too weak for downloading high-resolution and up-to-date maps, for example, it can “prefetch” the HD map for the relevant section of the route.

The all-rounder smartphone: keyless vehicle access

“Cars themselves are not only becoming mobile devices, but the diverse integration of smartphones is also an important factor in maximizing the user experience. This is why we will be demonstrating our solutions for intelligent vehicle access by means of the virtual smartphone key at the Mobile World Congress,” explained Matschi. These solutions are making car rental more convenient for customers and rental companies alike. In partnership with the Avis Budget Group, Continental’s “Key as a Service” technology from its aftermarket range enables an end-to-end mobile rental experience with keyless vehicle access and engine start authorization. The technology offers scalability for vehicle manufacturers, vehicle models and regions combined with faster time to market without requiring any changes to the vehicle electronics or modifications to the vehicle architecture. It encompasses not just services but also hardware, and can easily be retrofitted.

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Continental’s portfolio also includes a solution for car manufacturers, in the form of the Smart Device Integrated Access System. This technology enables hands-free vehicle access and engine start, and is already an integral part of the vehicle architecture. With this, vehicles are already equipped at the factory for all possible “Key as a Service” solutions.

It is also possible to enhance the system with a digital emergency unlocking solution that renders not only the mechanical lock, but also the door handle superfluous. Hence, even if the car battery is flat, drivers can gain access to their vehicle, without having to resort to the mechanical emergency key. Integration of an assistance function creates an intelligent door, which can be used hands-free and digitally because it opens and closes by itself.

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The core component of all Continental’s smart access systems is the virtual smartphone key, which consists of a tamper-proof data record. This key gains access only after successful one-time authentication by the backend, which sends it to the smartphone via a wireless interface. Further communication takes place exclusively between the smartphone and the vehicle. For the Smart Device Integrated Access solution, the system uses multiple Bluetooth Low Energy modules in the vehicle to enable the authorized smartphone to be located from both inside and outside. Near Field Communication (NFC) is also possible. As soon as an authorized virtual key is detected, the system issues permission to open the vehicle and start the engine. Therefore, a mechanical key is no longer needed.

Smartphones are also expanding vehicle technology

Another remote display option for vehicle data on the smartphone is the filling assistant function, which displays the current tire pressure even during filling. This tells drivers precisely how much air the tire needs without them having to consult the air pump display. In an app on their mobile devices, users can also activate personalized profiles such as seat position, air-conditioning settings and entertainment preferences in advance before they even enter the car. The smartphone is also becoming a mobile component of the holistic human-machine interface, meaning that drivers can manage various vehicle functions such as opening and closing windows or extending and retracting side mirrors remotely.

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To make sure that a flat battery does not stand in the way of diverse smartphone integration, Continental will also bring its Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal to the MWC 2018. The terminal enables wireless charging for all smartphones that meet the “Qi” standard, and initializes the smartphone connection via Bluetooth and NFC with the vehicle’s head unit. Thanks to wireless antenna coupling, the smartphone also receives significantly better signal quality.

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To ensure sufficient system security as digitalization advances, Continental’s subsidiary Elektrobit – with its new family member Argus Cyber Security – is delivering multilayer end-to-end automotive cyber security solutions and services. “Vehicle cyber security is a top priority for us, as mobility can only be considered to be intelligent if it is secure,” said Matschi.

At the Mobile World Congress, the companies will highlight their portfolio of end-to-end solutions. These include intrusion detection and prevention, attack surface protection, health monitoring and management to safeguard the cyber security of vehicle fleets as well as wireless software updates.

 

Remote Vehicle Data: a powerful platform for connected vehicles

Continental’s Remote Vehicle Data (RVD) platform is the basis for innovative, connected services. The platform enables standardized access to manufacturer-specific vehicle data for numerous makes and models. RVD is aimed at vehicle manufacturers, car dealers, rental companies, fleet operators, repair workshops and insurance companies. The platform provides an end-to-end solution along the value chain of connected services and integrates seamlessly into Continental’s modular cloud solutions for connectivity-based services. The solution can be adapted to a wide range of customer applications thanks to its modular and cloud-based architecture.

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Visitors can find all trade fair innovations and technology developed by Continental in Hall 6, Booth 6B50 at the MWC 2018. In the outdoor area OA3B.170, the company will also be showcasing two demo vehicles.

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Source: Continental

Guadalajara’s bike-share scheme is transformed by artificial intelligence

Stage Intelligence and BKT will work together in merging bike-sharing schemes with AI technology, demonstrating Mexico’s dedication to becoming more sustainable…

Guadalajara’s bike-share scheme is transformed by Artificial Intelligence

Stage Intelligence, a provider of bike-share scheme management solutions, has been selected by BKT bicipública, a Central American bike-share operator, to deploy its BICO bike-share management platform.

BKT operates the bike-share scheme in Guadalajara and will use the artificial intelligence (AI) based platform to offer citizens an optimised rider experience with the aim to expand their scheme.

This is the first time AI will be used in a bike-share scheme in Mexico and BICO will enable BKT to rapidly and efficiently distribute cycles across the city and ensure that riders have bikes and docks available when and where they need them.

“BKT and Stage Intelligence have a shared vision for simple, efficient and user-centric transportation. Together, we are bringing innovation to Guadalajara’s bike-share scheme and using AI to give riders the best possible bike-share experience,” said Tom Nutley, Head of Operations at Stage Intelligence. “AI makes it simple to provide services that create life-long riders. This is a great opportunity for Guadalajara to innovate in clean and sustainable transportation.”

The Guadalajara bike-share scheme is the second largest in Mexico, serving an estimated population of over 5 million people.

“BICO has allowed us to take better advantage of our resources to improve our service and we are focusing on achieving user satisfaction. BICO is an essential part to provide a better service,” said Noé Santana, Operation Manager at BKT bicipública.

Stage Intelligence’s AI-based BICO platform uses citywide data and the leading AI-technology to provide actionable insights for operators whilst addressing some of the biggest challenges in bike-share.

“The partnership between Stage Intelligence and BKT demonstrates how organisations in the UK and Mexico can collaborate to create greener cities and happier citizens. Thanks to the support of the British Embassy in Mexico, Stage Intelligence and BKT have shown that innovation doesn’t have borders,” said Manuel Mandujano, Trade and Investment Officer at British Embassy Mexico.

Source: Intelligent Transport

24 million 5G SIM connections to drive £2.88 billion revenue in UK by 2022

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The UK is set to have around 22 million 5G SIM connections and 2 million 5G SIM machine to machine (M2M) mobile connections by 2022, driving up to £2.8 billion in revenue. This is according to new analysis from Netscribes.

The Global 5G Markets (2020-2025) report forecasts that the worldwide 5G market will grow at an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 97% and will be worth $251 billion (£177.3 billion) by 2025.

Devashish Nabhi of Netscribes told 5G.co.uk: “In the UK, the revenue from 5G services is expected to increase. The UK is expected to have approximately 22 million 5G SIM connections and approximately 2 million 5G SIM M2M mobile connections by 2022. The revenue generated from 5G SIM mobile connections is expected to reach nearly $4 billion (£2.8 billion), while the revenue from SIM M2M mobile connections is expected to reach approximately $0.09 billion (0.06 billion).”

Nabhi added: “Major drivers for the UK region would be the rising demand for a faster mobile broadband experience to support more connected devices.”

However, Nabhi noted that “declining average revenue per user (ARPU) has also been witnessed” in the UK. A 2017 report from Ofcom, based on operator data, found that the average revenue per user (ARPU) in 2015 was £16 per month, a 32% fall compared to 2005. At the same time, the data use per mobile SIM increased year on year by around two-thirds to 0.9 GB (1.3GB in 2016). Adoption of 5G could exacerbate this further. Recent research from Ericsson found that 26% of consumers envisage that 5G will be much faster than 4G and they also anticipate that it will offer better coverage. However, 13% also expect to get all this and see their plan price drop.

Socio-economic transformation

As well as “making way for a globally connected digital society”, 5G networks will also bring about “socio-economic transformation”, according to the analysis from Netscribes. The technology could increase productivity, sustainability and well-being, the research finds.

5G is expected to address demand for advanced applications such as 4K/8K video streaming, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, connected factories and more.

Getting there

Despite the promised benefits of 5G, adoption will not be immediate and mobile 4G LTE will dominate in terms of volume for at least the next ten years, Netscribes researchers say.

The report highlights that clear business regulations and well-defined standards will be essential to reaping the rewards of 5G. The analysis also outlines key challenges ahead, including inadequate spectrum and lack of infrastructure. These issues are particularly acute for developing countries, Netscribes finds.

The full report can be found here : The Global 5G Markets (2020-2025) 

Source: Sarah Wray-5G.co.uk

The World Of Self Driven Cars Is Truly Here

Today we have a new technology in the automobile and car industry which might take the world by storm tomorrow. It is known as self driven cars. Yes, the day may not be far off when you could sit and relax with your family in your car as the computer and other advanced technologies takes over the driving and negotiating aspects of the car. We share below the way in which modern day technology has made it real and workable on the ground. The points mentioned below are all now in advanced stages of development and the first fully working prototype of self driven car will soon become a reality thanks to the effort of Google and others.

The World Of Self Driven Cars

 

  1. Laser Ranger Finder

The rotating roof top camera or the laser ranger finder or lidar is the heart of this self driven car. It has 64 laser beams, and can create 3D images which make safe self drive a reality.

  1. Camera For Near Vision

It also comes with a front camera for near vision. It is mounted on the windshield and plays a big role in helping the car to see objects right in front of it while on the move.

  1. Bumper Mounted Radar

The self driven car has 4 radars that are located in the rear and front bumpers. It helps the car to find out more about the cars behind it and in front of it.

  1. Geo-Location Aerial

The car is able to get information about its exact location because of high quality aerial which receives inputs from GPS satellites.

  1. Ultrasonic Sensors

If there are any obstacles on the rear and if there is a need to track movements of the car, the ultrasonic sensors placed on one of the rear wheels will be helpful.

  1. A Few Devices Inside The Car

The insides of the self driven come with some devices such as gyroscopes, altimeters, and tachymeters. This helps to find out the exact. They help to generate the right data for smooth operation of the car.

  1. Sensors Function With Synergy

While there are many sensors, the greatest thing is that all that data collected from the sensors is clearly interpreted by the CPU of the car and this helps in a safe and enjoyable driving experience.

  1. It Can Understand Common Road Signs

Another wonderful feature is that the self driven car from Google will also be able to understand and interpret common motorist signs and road behaviors. It has the ability to understand common signals emanating from other motorists and also cyclists.

  1. It Maps The Route In Advance

Before a self-driven car is chosen for a particular route, a regular car is sent out to map the entire route and come out with a full picture regarding pot holes, road signs, road markers and more. The map is fed into the software of the car to make driving easy.

  1. Can Handle Real Life Behavior

Finally the car has some real life behaviors which have been programmed by Google engineers. It can detect slow moving cars and overtake and also slow down when there are cars coming its way and so on.

Source: Techrogers

Tesla to pair world’s largest lithium ion battery with Neoen wind farm in SA

 

The South Australian Government has teamed up with Tesla to roll out the world's largest virtual...

The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be installed in South Australia under a historic agreement between French renewable energy company Neoen, US sustainable energy company Tesla and the South Australian Government.

The energy storage systems from Tesla will be paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm and installed before summer.

Confirming the commitment from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to deliver the battery within 100 days or it is free, it has been agreed between Tesla and the South Australian Government that the starting date for the 100 days will be once the grid interconnection agreement has been signed.

After leading the nation in renewable energy, the 100MW / 129MWh battery places South Australia at the forefront of global energy storage technology.

The battery will operate at all times providing stability services for renewable energy, and will be available to provide emergency back-up power if a shortfall in energy is predicted.

The deal will also bring other investments by both Neoen and Tesla into South Australia’s economy, with details to be announced in the future.

The selection of Neoen will also strengthen South Australia’s links with France’s high-tech sector and reinforce the State’s world-leading role in tackling global warming.

 

Wind power with battery storage has been recommended through the Finkel Review as well as AEMO’s recent reports to provide energy system security services – this plan delivers on these objectives.

Neoen was selected on a merit basis after a multi-stage procurement process attracted around 90 responses to the Expression of Interest, with 14 proponents invited to supply, and 5 shortlisted for detailed assessment.

The consortium demonstrated it is capable of delivering 100MW of capacity by December 1 and provided a highly competitive commercial offer with the best value for money.

Neoen and Tesla have a track record in comparable scale projects, and are committed to deliver on time at the lowest cost with a suite of value-adding initiatives.

In March, the State Government announced a plan for South Australia to take charge of its energy future, ensuring our State would become more self-reliant.

Find out more about this project at hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

Going Massive with MIMO in preperation for 5G

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Massive MIMO is a key technology that helps significantly increase network capacity and spectral efficiency while reducing wireless network interference, ultimately improving the end-user experience. Find out more about this critical technology as well as Ericsson’s latest 5G developments and deployments.

People are watching, sharing, and streaming video and music more than ever – putting increasing demands on speed. Ericsson has analyzed 4G network performance statistics from metropolitan areas around the world, and found that the probability of a smart device suffering from insufficient speed can be as high as 20 percent during peak hours. By 2023, mobile data traffic is expected to reach 110 Exabytes per month, which corresponds to 5.5 million years of HD video streaming. This anticipated surge in mobile data traffic will require even greater capacity in networks. Massive MIMO can help bridge the transition from 4G to 5G, adding intelligent capacity and boosting user experience.

What is Massive MIMO and why is it so important?

Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) is a wireless technology that uses multiple transmitters and receivers in a minimum 16X16 array to transfer more data. The technology plays an increasingly critical role in the evolution of 4G networks toward 5G, delivering the higher capacity, spectral efficiency, and faster speeds that operators and subscribers are demanding.

Ericsson leads the way with comprehensive portfolio

Ericsson is at the forefront of this technology, with first-mover operators already trialing the technology as they evolve their networks from 4G to 5G. In August 2016, we unveiled the world’s first commercially available 5G New Radio (NR). Called Ericsson AIR 6468, it features 64 transmit and 64 receive antennas enabling it to support our 5G Plug-Ins for both Massive MIMO and Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO).

The portfolio of 5G radios for Massive MIMO is bolstered with new mid-band and high-band versions (AIR 6488 and AIR 5121). AIR 3246, which will be commercially launched this year, is our first 5G NR for frequency division duplex (FDD), giving Ericsson a complete portfolio of 5G radios for Massive MIMO.

Trials around the world

To enable a 5G future, mobile operators must start evolving their networks to support new 5G technology concepts, while also investing in their LTE networks. LTE is forecast to reach 5.5 billion subscriptions by the end of 2023, and it will play a strong role in tomorrow’s 5G networks. Ericsson 5G Plug-Ins make it easier for operators to evolve their networks. These are software-driven innovations that are based on many of the breakthrough capabilities developed in Ericsson’s 5G Radio Test Bed and 5G Radio Prototypes, which are already deployed in operator field trials.

Throughout 2017, Ericsson conducted trials with leading operators around the world with Massive MIMO functionality both on commercial 4G/LTE networks and in pre-standard 5G radio demonstrations.

Ericsson has been working with Singtel to trial Massive MIMO on the operator’s network since February 2017. The two companies first signed a 5G Memorandum of Understanding in January 2015 and were the first to show a 5G system in Southeast Asia in August 2016, achieving a downlink speed of 27.5Gbps.

In October 2017, Ericsson and SmarTone conducted a FDD Massive MIMO trial on 1800 MHz, representing the first of its kind for operators in Hong Kong.

Plans were also announced with SoftBank Corp. to conduct a joint end-to-end trial of 5G in the 4.5GHz band in urban areas of Japan that would include deploying two 5G New Radios with Massive MIMO functionality.

In the US, operator Sprint and Ericsson tested advanced radio capabilitieswith an eye on the upcoming commercial 5G deployment in the country. At Mobile World Congress Americas, results were unveiled of the first US 2.5GHz Massive MIMO field tests using Sprint’s spectrum and Ericsson’s New Radios. Commercial deployment is planned for 2018, with Massive MIMO radios providing a significant increase in network capacity.

Telefónica-owned operator Movistar and Ericsson have brought the first 5G test system to Argentina. Base stations and device prototypes were used to show advanced 5G technologies, including Massive MIMO, massive beamforming, Distributed MIMO, Multi-user MIMO, and beam tracking.

In Europe, Vodafone UK and Ericsson, in partnership with King’s College London, successfully tested standalone pre-standard 5G using a prototype device in a central London 3.5 GHz spectrum field trial. This trial displayed the capabilities of many technologies, including Massive MIMO.

And, towards the end of 2017, Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. completed a  successful FDD Massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device.

Essential for 5G

Ericsson’s recent trials with leading operators and ICT players prove Massive MIMO’s importance in network evolution to 5G, and show the value operator’s place on the technology as a key enabler for 5G.

In Ericsson’s latest 5G Readiness Survey, which compiles 5G-related plans and activities among operators, 82 percent of technical respondents chose Massive MIMO and MU-MIMO as essential for 5G.

The report also shows that many operators have accelerated preparations for the new technology, and 5G trials are being carried out by 78 percent of the respondents. Furthermore, 28 percent of the respondents expect to deploy 5G during 2018.

Want to know more about Massive MIMO?

It’s clear that 5G is upon us, and technologies such as Massive MIMO help accelerate operator plans and make the next-generation wireless networks a reality. For more information about the technology components that enable Massive MIMO, check out this paper from the European 5G project Mobile and Wireless Communication Enablers for the 2020 Information Society (METIS).

Discover more about how Massive MIMO improves the end-user experience, significantly increase network capacity and coverage, while reducing wireless network interference.

Peugeot and Beneteau Collaborate on Sea Drive Concept

 PEUGEOT partners with BENETEAU to present innovative Sea Drive Concept

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  • Concept combines PEUGEOT’s intelligently designed i-Cockpit® with BENETEAU’s connected Ship Control® technology
  • Illustrates a new way of designing a boat’s steering station, heralding the future of power-boating

PEUGEOT has today unveiled the innovative Sea Drive Concept, created in partnership with global leisure craft expert, BENETEAU, at the Nautic Paris Boat Show 2017.

Designed and built by PEUGEOT Design Lab, this unique concept combines the ergonomics of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® featured in its popular SUV range, with the connected Ship Control®technology developed by BENETEAU.

The collaborative project illustrates a new way of designing a boat’s steering station, heralding the future of power-boating.

The functional demonstrator showcases how the ergonomic design and innovative technology features of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® can be utilised not only for automotive interiors, but for a wider range of applications. PEUGEOT Design Lab was keen to explore new territories, resulting in the partnership between the two iconic French brands with a shared passion for innovation and bold thinking.

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The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® design enhances the driveability of a car by increasing driver comfort and concentration. All of the characteristic components of the innovative interior layout used in PEUGEOT’s latest models are clearly visible in the Sea Drive Concept.

The Sea Drive Concept’s interior comprises a compact steering wheel for easier, more agile handling, a large 17-inch touchscreen displaying the Ship Control® interface for easy access to the boat’s electronic functions, a folding panel displaying the main navigational information in the pilot’s line of vision in a similar way to PEUGEOT’s vehicle head up display and toggle switches on either side of the wheel for direct access to the main functions at all times.

Elements of PEUGEOT design can also be seen in the concept’s build quality and choice of materials, which are based on its GT trim level, including Nappa leather, copper top-stitching and accents of chrome and satin.

Jean-Philippe Imparato, PEUGEOT Brand CEO, said: “The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® showcases the central values of the PEUGEOT brand – innovation, design and premium quality. It has revolutionised the interior of our vehicles with easily accessible controls and increased comfort for drivers.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to apply the carefully crafted ergonomics and design of i-Cockpit® to a different industry sector and demonstrate its adaptability as a design, particularly as it allowed us to form a partnership with a brand as prestigious as BENETEAU.”

French sailing and motorboat brand, BENETEAU, has paved an innovative path in the boating world, setting up a research programme called Advanced Monitoring System (AMS) to centralise all useful information for on-board piloting, safety and comfort. This work led to the development of its Ship Control® technology.

A true on-board computer, the Ship Control® interface provides support and assistance for both navigation and on-board comfort. Several tablets can be connected locally to the interface, so each member of the crew can access all the functions available.

Ship Control® allows central control of on-board lighting, air conditioning control, navigation, battery and fuel level checks, electrical and bilge pump management, HiFi and engine speed and revs.

Luca Brancaleon, BENETEAU Brand CEO, said: “It is a great honour to be able to combine our Ship Control® technology with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® experience. Innovation is a BENETEAU hallmark, so when PEUGEOT invited us to work on a joint project in the field of connectivity, we agreed immediately! It’s a real pleasure to see these two brands, both pioneers in their own fields, devoting their talents to boating.”

For further information on PEUGEOT’s innovative i-Cockpit® technology and its full product range, please visit www.peugeot.co.uk.

Source: Peugeot