Roads are already safer for pedestrians thanks to 5G and C-V2X

 

GSMA Announces Progress on Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme

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“The GSMA recognises the support and participation of Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE who have satisfied the scheme’s security requirements via an independent security audit and we congratulate them on achieving this important first step,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “By committing to NESAS, vendors are helping network operators, and other stakeholders make informed decisions about secure product development. We look forward to others participating in the scheme, evidencing their commitment to good security practice by promoting a security-by-design culture within the industry.”

During the second stage of NESAS, vendors will submit network equipment products to qualified test laboratories for evaluation. This stage involves laboratories running security tests, defined by 3GPP, and checking that the products undergoing evaluation have been developed under the assessed development and lifecycle management processes. The evaluation concludes with the production, by the test laboratory, of a valuation report that records the test results. The report is provided to the vendor who can make it available to its customers and other stakeholders at its discretion.

The GSMA is actively supporting the latest developments and the efforts being made within the industry to increase network infrastructure security levels. NESAS represents a critical industry initiative that increases transparency and incentivises vendors to develop and support network equipment in a way that protects operators and their customers and can underpin national security requirements. The GSMA looks forward to the participation and support of the mobile industry and other stakeholders.

Source: GSMA

 

Cao Cao and DeepRoute Form Autonomous Driving Partnership

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Cao Cao and DeepRoute Form Autonomous Driving Partnership Ahead of Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games

DeepRoute’s new Level 4 self-driving system will be used in Cao Cao’s autonomous robo-taxis service at the multisport event

DeepRoute, an international self-driving vehicle technology provider, and Cao Cao Mobility, a strategically invested business of Geely Technology Group, are pleased to announce the companies’ partnership to advance the design, development and commercialization of Cao Cao’s Level 4 autonomous robo-taxis service.

The autonomous vehicles, powered by DeepRoute’s innovative self-driving technology solution, will be deployed at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Cao Cao will integrate DeepRoute’s new Level 4 full-stack self-driving system, including its second generation sensing system, DeepRoute-Sense II, into its dedicated fleet of Geometry A fully electric vehicles at the multisport event. The autonomous robo-taxis represent a new milestone in Cao Cao and Geely’s vision to usher in a fully autonomous future where transportation is safer and more efficient. Asian Games athletes and guests will be able to use the Cao Cao app to seamlessly hail these vehicles to get around the event sites.

DeepRoute’s new, second generation sensing system, DeepRoute-Sense II, will transform Cao Cao’s fleet of electric vehicles into robo-taxis with advanced self-driving capabilities. DeepRoute’s comprehensive system provides vehicles with every component needed for Level 4 self-driving technology – including sensing, HD mapping, perception, planning and control, simulation system and cloud technology.

The slim, water-resistant roof-box design for DeepRoute-Sense houses seven DeepRoute-Vision vehicle cameras, three LiDAR sensors, a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) with two GPS antennas, and other advanced sensors. The system also integrates a telecommunication and data synchronization controller to accurately synchronize data from the different sensors in real time. With built-in 5G support, DeepRoute-Sense gives companies the ability to remotely control vehicles so operators can take over a vehicle’s driving system if needed. Plus, 5G capabilities will be essential for future vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks in smart cities. This fully integrated design makes it easier for companies to quickly and safely test and deploy autonomous vehicle fleets around the world.

“Our partnership with DeepRoute reinforces our shared vision of making transportation safer, connected and accessible as we work together to develop the highest-performing and safest autonomous vehicles,” said Jinliang Liu, chairman of Cao Cao Mobility. “As the chief partner of the 2022 Asian Games, we are excited to have the athletes and guests experience riding in autonomous robo-taxis, which will be be the primary mode of transportation in the not-so-distant future.”

“It is an honor to be working alongside automotive giant Geely and Cao Cao to demonstrate our innovative self-driving technologies at the upcoming 2022 Asian Games,” says Nianqiu Liu, vice president of DeepRoute. “Our second generation DeepRoute-Sense system will help drive this new era of transportation forward with our comprehensive self-driving technologies integrated into one compact design for easy integration and deployment.”

Source: DeepRoute

Semtech Deploys LoRa®-based Network for South Korean Expressways

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CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2020 – Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC), a government affiliated company building and managing expressways in South Korea, has built a network based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol for its expressways as the first stage in its ongoing four-year Internet of Things (IoT) deployment plan in the country.

“Semtech’s LoRa devices and LoRaWAN networks represent the ideal infrastructure on which to build Korea’s next-generation IoT solutions,” said Hyo-Hoon, Kim, Manager at SK Telesys. “We want to continue to uphold Korea’s leading technology culture and provide citizens the basic right to enjoy Internet infrastructure freely. One of our main goals is providing citizens and local businesses with the opportunity to innovate and create their own IoT applications. With LoRa, developers can quickly and effectively create solutions to enable a smarter, more efficient home for us all.”

Beginning in 2019, KEC deployed 78 LoRa-based gateways over 306 km of expressway. Woojoo Telecom, a systems integrator, and SK Telesys, a LoRa-based gateway manufacturer and network server provider, were selected as operators for this project, conducting communication tests on roads and in tunnels to establish the high-quality IoT network. Currently the network offers many strategic functions including parking space and trash bin fill monitoring at rest areas, and real-time condition tracking for shock-absorbing barriers and guardrails.

In the coming years, KEC plans to expand the LoRa-based network’s applications to include landslip detectors, road-freezing sensors, electronic displays, fire extinguishers in tunnels, and expressway lights. By continuing to migrate applications from legacy 3G/LTE connectivity to LoRaWAN, KEC expects to reduce operating cost by up to $2 million per year.

“LoRa devices and LoRaWAN networks cover hundreds of uses cases essential to city and often countrywide infrastructure,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “The increasing implementation of large scale, flexible applications reflects the rising demand for massive IoT worldwide. These deployments increase efficiency and cost savings for those government entities providing public infrastructure such as nationwide expressways, and LoRa devices represent an ideal technology and connectivity backbone.”

Source: Semtech

Public transport: The future is happening now! Contactless/ticketless/cashless

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The covid-19 pandemic has imposed new measures, new rules and a whole new organization in our personal and professional lives. Trends that had been identified for the next 2 to 5 years have suddenly accelerated and become an unexpected reality for which we haven’t been fully prepared.

With the majority of the world’s population staying at home, public transport has been one of the most impacted sectors. Due to the lockdown measures that have been put in place around the globe, transport operators have seen a drastic reduction in the numbers of passengers, and, in order to protect their drivers and their customers, they have also had to rethink the sales of tickets on board.

The rise of contactless

Since the beginning of the pandemic, contactless technology has seen its adoption rate accelerating very rapidly. More and more people are now choosing contactless payment when shopping to avoid paying with cash or having to enter a pin code on a terminal.

This trend is also extending to sectors outside of retail and in particular in public transport where users are expecting to purchase and validate their tickets without having to use a vending machine and exchanging cash with drivers. They, however, want a simple solution and be able to use what they already have in their pocket, typically their phone or contactless credit card.

Paragon ID’s contactless on board sales solution

Paragon ID with their sister company airweb and partners Wizway are experienced in implementing mobile ticketing solutions based on diverse technologies including QR codes, NFC, HCE… We have also worked in partnership with Ingenico to develop an open payment solution.

Our 2 solutions – Open M-Ticketing and Open Tap and Pay – bring the answer to a fast and easy implementation of contactless on board sales within your network.

  • Open M-Ticketing: Our mobile app and dynamic QR code system provides a highly adaptable digital ticketing solution with fast implementation.
  • Open Tap and Pay: Developed in partnership with Ingenico, our new validator is compatible with traditional ticketing solutions (contactless tickets, smartcards) and contactless payment via credit card or smartphone (applepay, googlepay…) offering flexibility and a great experience to customers who can choose their means of payment.For a quick answer to the covid crisis and the challenges around de-confinement measures, we also offer a transition solution with autonomous terminals allowing a rapid deployment of payment by contactless credit card.

More than 30 cities are already equipped with our contactless on-board sales solutions, bringing an improved customer experience and safety to their staff and users.

Source: Paragon

Co-Star launch QMA adaptor for secure connection onto mobile WiFi equipment

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Co-Star the UK based supplier to the ICT industry have launched a QMA adaptor cable to connect 4G and 5G antennas to the latest mobile WiFi equipment.

The adaptor has an SMA female connector at one end which is designed to connect on to an SMA male connector which is standard on most 4G and 5G antennas and a QMA male on the other end which connects into the mobile RF port on WiFi eqipment.

The advantages of using a QMA connector against an SMA connector are that a QMA has a locking feature which means that it is more secure and is less likely to disconnect when installed to mobile equipment and wireless routers used in environments with heavy vibration and movement such as industrial equipment and vehicles.

The cable used on the adaptor is a double shielded low-loss RG58 designed for high performance on 4G and 5G applications.

The QMA Connector was developed as snap-on locking replacement for the standard SMA connectors. This connector has the same internal construction as an SMA connector and exhibits similar RF performance characteristics and mechanical durability. The main difference is that QMA connectors feature a 360º rotating snap-on locking interface that is quick to install, has low RF leakage and is tool-less.

QMA connectors are most commonly used in cellular base station hardware, SCADA radios, and a range of wireless test equipment. They are also suitable in military hardware such as radar and satellite systems, where durability, strength, and quick-disconnection features are desired.

The QMA connector series is developed by the Quick Lock Forum (QLF) Alliance in 2003. This alliance includes RF interconnect companies with certified inter-mateable QMA and QN connectors, which are quick disconnect versions of the SMA and Type N connectors. Both offer a more convenient installation with its patented snap-on interface in place of a threaded coupling. Only QLF Alliance members can guarantee product inter-mateability between manufacturers. The members are Huber+Suhner AG, Radiall SA, Rosenberger and Amphenol RF.

Key Specifications of QMA Connectors:

  • Impedance: 50 Ω
  • Frequency range: DC – 6 GHz (optimized); DC to 18 GHz (Working range)
  • Coupling Mechanism: Quick Lock Coupling
  • Dielectric Withstanding Voltage (Sea Level): 1000 VRMS 50 Hz
  • Mating Durability: 100 mating cycles
  • Temperature range: -40°C / +105°C

Source; Tim Cosgrove-Co-Star

 

5G Mobile Private Network supports the the gas processing plant of the future

The company’s Easington plant will become the first plant in the oil and gas sector to install a 5G-ready mobile private network

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Centrica Storage limited (CSL) and Vodafone Business will build the gas plant of the future at their Easington facility by launching the first 5G ready mobile private network (MPN) for the oil and gas industry.

The MPN will help CSL digitalise much of its critical maintenance and engineering operations. This will allow the company to assess the risk and urgency of repairs in real time, streamline activities, reduce cost and increase environmental and worker safety by creating a fully connected digital ecosystem.

A mobile private network is a dedicated, secure mobile network for a specific site. Providing more reliable coverage than Wi-Fi, the low latency, high performance network will deliver ubiquitous secure and localised outdoor and indoor coverage for mission-critical monitoring, control and communications.

Improved worker and environmental safety and increased efficiency are key goals in CSL’s business roadmap. The advancements in network performance, availability, reliability and latency offered by an MPN mean that new overlay services can be implemented to address all of these priorities.

The mobile private network, built by Vodafone Business using Ericsson equipment, will enable the overlay use cases to support a digital maintenance ecosystem for CSL. This means employees will be connected to digital applications across the entire site, increasing productivity while also helping CSL to reduce cost.

Additionally, the mobile private network will allow CSL to have real-time visibility of work conducted at the plant, offering clarity around the condition and status of the various elements of the facility around the clock. This will ensure not just productivity but also safety, as connected workers will be alerted of potential gas emissions which will be rapidly identified and managed in line with industry guidelines.

Paul Stevens, Information System and Technology Director at Centrica Storage said “The mobile private network we are building at our Easington terminal will help us address 1970s problems with a 21st Century solution, taking our business to the future from the moment it’s live. Safety is a critical measure of success at Centrica Storage and the solution we are putting in place in Easington will reduce risk for everyone on our site. By using this technology ahead of our peers, we will establish ourselves as leaders in the future of oil and gas processing.”

Greg McKenna, CEO of Centrica Storage Limited said “The mobile private network will provide Centrica with a conduit through which we can connect a myriad of internet-enabled devices which now range from handheld personal devices to augmented reality headsets.  This will improve safety, verification, asset performance and remote monitoring which ultimately leads to a safer, more reliable and cost efficient plant.”

Vinod Kumar, CEO of Vodafone Business, said: “Mobile private networks will revolutionise the way oil and gas plants are managed by increasing efficiency while also improving workers’ safety. Thanks to this powerful technology Centrica Storage can now start building the gas plant of the future and we are really excited to be with them on this journey”.

Source: Vodafone

City smart sewer project claims to pinpoint unknown Covid-19 outbreaks

The project identified traces of the virus in the municipal sewerage system

The project identified traces of the virus in the municipal sewerage system

The initial findings of an Israeli pilot project aimed at detecting outbreaks of Covid-19 by identifying traces of the coronavirus in the municipal sewage system have been released.

According to smart wastewater big data solutions firm Kando, preliminary results demonstrate the technology’s ability to pinpoint specifically affected neighbourhoods and hotspots. The idea is that it would provide authorities early-warning for outbreaks and data to limit isolation of areas and lockdowns – even to city street level.

City of Ashkelon pilot

Kando teamed with researchers from several Israeli institutions including Ben Gurion University and the Technion to conduct the month-long pilot in the coastal city of Ashkelon (150,000 residents).

Ashkelon was chosen as the pilot site as it was believed to have a low number of cases, aside from the city’s “coronavirus hotels” housing Covid-19 patients. But what researchers discovered was something entirely different: significant remnants of the coronavirus in municipal wastewater, indicating early detection of outbreaks in local neighbourhoods.

Kando said the results suggest that tracking coronavirus remnants in the sewer network is a timelier and more efficient gauge of the extent of outbreaks than testing individuals – especially given the asymptomatic nature or delay in symptoms of those suffering from Covid-19.

“This will allow authorities to take actions to contain future outbreaks. This type of interdisciplinary science will continue to help disease containment methods – for coronavirus, and beyond”

Kando, with its partners, took an interdisciplinary approach to develop a method of monitoring cities’ wastewater in the sewer network upstream – from the municipal wastewater towards the city itself, utilising a vast network of sensors in manholes, original algorithms and artificial intelligence.

Researchers were able to accurately measure concentrations of the virus remnants and determine the approximate number of those suffering from infection by factoring in the necessary data – including industrial effluent that destroys the virus, and sewage flow, which dilutes the virus’ concentration.

They were then able to quantify and delineate this environmental and epidemiological data, allowing them to narrow down measurements to neighbourhoods, and potentially streets.

Results of the pilot study offer authorities capabilities for early detection of outbreaks

Results of the pilot study offer authorities capabilities for early detection of outbreaks

The results of the pilot study will offer authorities capabilities for early detection of new outbreaks and can help avoid total lockdowns by pinpointing affected areas. Helping identify hubs of contagion can allow a much more localised response – avoiding the need for more sweeping lockdown measures, claims Kando.

“Identifying traces of the coronavirus in city wastewater is extremely challenging due to the various types of substances found in sewage systems, including industrial wastewater, which can dilute or destroy remnants of the virus,” said professor Nadav Davidovitch, director, School of Public Health at Ben Gurion University.

“Our unique methodology enables us to detect and trace the presence of the virus and calculate its concentration with these substances factored into the equation, and to integrate epidemiological evidence in order to pinpoint emerging Covid-19 hotspots.”

He continued: “This will allow authorities to take actions to contain future outbreaks. This type of interdisciplinary science will continue to help disease containment methods – for coronavirus, and beyond.”

Kando uses IoT, original algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies to enable utilities and municipalities to gain insight and control over their wastewater networks by detecting pollution anomalies and blockages in real-time.

Founded in 2011, Kando operates in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and is headquartered in Israel.

Source: Smart Cities World

5G smart roads are coming to the West Midlands

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One of the things that 5G will help deliver is smart roads and smart cities, and the West Midlands looks set to start working on that soon, as £3 million is going to be spent on 5G sensors along key roads in the region.

The project will be funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and will involve the installation of roughly 280 5G road network sensors across the Key Route Network (KRN), which includes roads such as the A34, A38 and A45.

According to a tender submitted by the WMCA, looking for bidders for the project, these sensors would use the increased speed, reliability, and lower latency of 5G to deliver accurate data on transport habits across the West Midlands.

This data would then be used to “facilitate better real time planning of the region’s road network, resulting in a safer, more efficient, well maintained and managed network.”

While the tender doesn’t go into much more detail, it’s easy to imagine that this could mean improving traffic flow, tweaking road layouts, and being aware of problems as soon as they emerge.

Unlocking 5G’s potential

And that might just be the beginning. The WMCA also says that this will help with “unlocking potential new mobility business models and services which rely on accurate network intelligence”, and “provide the opportunity to test new capabilities provided through 5G communications.”

Indeed, while not mentioned here, 5G-powered smart roads will be key in the roll out of driverless vehicles, so that could be one potential result of this work, beyond just making travel smoother, safer and more environmentally friendly through optimisations.

However, this is still going to be years away, as even the sensors aren’t expected to be fully placed until August 2023. But it’s a promising look at the potential of 5G technology beyond faster smartphone data, and along with other projects, such as the UK’s first 5G accelerator, it could help make the West Midlands a 5G powerhouse.

Source: James Rogerson-5g.co.uk

 

The 5G Port of the Future

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One of the greatest challenges that ports face today is how they can evolve and adapt to become more efficient, competitive and sustainable. With its low latency, high capacity, and enhanced flexibility, 5G stands to bring unprecedented value to the optimization of ports, delivering a new level of process and operational efficiency that can significantly reduce costs, lower environmental impact, and boost economic value.

Ericsson’s journey to help make this potential become reality began back in 2016, when together with the Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), our Ericsson Research team in Italy began the first developments of our Port of the Future use cases, setting the stage for one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean Sea to become a test bed for the assessment and verification of new 5G innovative solutions, including those related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since then, we’ve been leveraging enhanced connectivity at the Port of Livorno to carry out a number of leading-edge use cases, and in the recently published Port of the Future report, we explore the outcome of these activities as well as how technology innovation can optimize port operations and produce real economic and sustainability value.

For the ongoing success and impact it has achieved, the 5G Port of the Future project was recently named the winner of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award at this year’s Hannover Messe Digital Days.

In line with our mission to create a more intelligent, sustainable, and connected world, we at Ericsson continue to actively contribute to the United Nations’ 17 SDGs — which seek to enhance financial and social inclusion, contribute to overcome global environmental challenges, improve access to education and health, and support humanitarian efforts — and since the beginning of our involvement, we’ve applied this approach to our development efforts at the Port of Livorno.

Making environmental impact

Thus far, we’ve successfully leveraged 5G technologies to enhance the exchange of real-time information among actors in the port’s terminal process — an activity which can lead to a reduction in movements during cargo handling. This can significantly optimize the process overall, lowering fuel consumption as well as associated CO2 emissions. The potential impact is huge, reducing those emissions for one terminal operation by 8.2 percent and contributing to a reduction in overall emissions to meet the ambitions committed within SDG 13 (Climate Action). But SDG 13 isn’t the only target the implementation of 5G can meet.

Our results indicate that 5G connectivity can generate 65 direct and indirect SDG-linked benefits for port systems. These benefits include an increase in competitiveness and efficiency, increased safety for personnel, better management of responsible business in logistics, and strengthened integration relating to smart ports for smart cities.

5G ports provide economic value

Beyond critical environmental factors such as climate, the Port of the Future project has also yielded numerous economic benefits, including reduced operational costs, fuel consumption, and machine working hours as well as increased operation speed rates (thanks to the improved processes).

Today, 5G is currently being tested to speed up data exchanges between actors involved in terminal operations, with IoT, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), and AI-based systems all set to be leveraged to enable the innovative new use cases that require lower latency, increased reliability, and greater capacity.

The deployment of 5G for Livorno’s port terminals and land operations will also enable massive real-time data collection and analytics, increasing intelligent automation and laying the groundwork for better coordination between humans and devices (with augmented reality, video cameras, forklifts, trucks and sensors — the list goes on, all working together).

It’s truly exciting to recognize the potential. All in all, we’re talking about reduced costs and greater efficiency.

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve estimated for the Port of Livorno:

  • EUR 2.5 million savings per year (through optimized vessel berthing)
  • 25 percent improvement in productivity (through 5G remote-controlled gantry and quay cranes)

These figures alone highlight the immense potential benefits of 5G if deployed at scale in the ports of Europe, not to mention the world itself.

This outcome speaks volumes to our ongoing collaboration, and by sharing our results, we aim to inspire other ports in Italy, Europe, and beyond when it comes to enabling the positive effects of 5G for sustainable development. It’s our hope that these results serve as a foundation for business scenario and replicability analyses in other ports and transport hubs around the world.

5G connectivity for the Port of the Future

The Port of the Future pilot has shown that enhanced 5G connectivity can realistically help us adapt traditional port business and operations models to be more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. 5G and digital technologies are streamlining how ports manage their processes and cargo flows in favor of green transport modes.

With 5G, we’re moving technological boundaries forward, creating the biggest innovation platform ever. And with new enterprise services and use cases for the digitalization of industries, business opportunities across all sectors will most certainly be created.

5G is not just another “G” — it’s a platform for innovation capable of exponential positive impact on our societies and economies; our environment and people.

With that, I encourage you to read the Port of the Future report now to find out more about what we’ve been doing at the Port of Livorno as well as what’s possible next.

Source: Ericsson