Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

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  • Project led by R&D division of EDF, will explore low power, wide area (LPWA) wireless technologies to support safe and secure connections with potentially millions of sensors and other devices
  • Joint effort incorporating Nokia TestHub services is among the industry’s most comprehensive testing to date using IoT devices for industries
  • Represents key step in EDF’s move towards the use of IoT; highlights Nokia’s role as a key partner for the deployment of networks for industries

Nokia has been selected by French power utility EDF’s R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies – key emerging standards for Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity – to support critical operations for industries. The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime, among the first of its kind in the industry, exploring the capabilities of LPWA technologies to support real-world industrial applications. Nokia is EDF R&D’s exclusive partner for this effort.

EDF R&D will utilize Nokia TestHub Services in Nokia’s Device Testing Lab in France – which gives customers access to state-of-the-art, carrier-grade wireless infrastructure – when testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies. This enables devices to be tested on real network infrastructure rather than a simulated network, which reduces guesswork in testing and analysis and minimizes risks in advance of widespread commercial introduction.

The testing will compare IoT technologies recently standardized by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) – including NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-Machine (LTE-M) (also known as enhanced Machine-Type Communications or eMTC) – with other emerging, largely unlicensed IoT technologies.

This agreement builds on Nokia’s strong track-record providing mission-critical networks toindustries, and highlights the company’s strong position in the emerging market for IoT connectivity. It also highlights the progress of Nokia’s strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company’s diversification efforts.

Stéphane Tanguy, head of IT Systems, EDF R&D, said: “The Internet of Things offers tremendous opportunities for our group. Many use cases can be enabled by IOT technologies in various businesses from power generation to marketing. As the R&D engine of the EDF Group, it is our responsibility to characterize the objects, their connectivity, their integration into IoT platforms and the related end-to end cybersecurity properties. Among the connectivity solutions, it is essential that we understand the performance, the maturity and the adequacy of each technology for our different use cases by an objective and agnostic approach. The cellular IOT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IOT) are two major technologies that we have decided to test with Nokia, which provides us with a very interesting test environment and valuable expertise to carry out these evaluations.”

Matthieu Bourguignon, head of Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Europe, for Nokia, said: “The use of IoT devices in industrial networks is in its infancy, but given the expected huge numbers of devices that will be deployed in the future, it is critical that our customers can evaluate now the various technologies before making substantial investments. Nokia’s Device Testing Lab, staffed by some of the most experienced wireless networking experts in the industry, will make it much easier for EDF to evaluate the performance of LPWA against other emerging technologies and reduce the risk of future deployments.”

Police in London stop driver looking for Wi-Fi in operation against mobile phone use whilst driving

untitledPolice in London recently launched a week long operation to crackdown on people using mobile phones whilst driving in the capital after statistics showed a rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents involving mobiles.

Officers targeted accident hotspots across London using an unmarked HGV to get a higher vantage point to spot offenders. Cameras inside the HGV filmed evidence to help with prosecutions.

Commander Neil Jerome commented:

“Already this morning Police motorcyclists stopped three individuals. One was using a table computer whilst driving and her excuse was she was trying to connect to wi-fi. She will be prosecuted.”

The Scotland Yard initiative comes 11 months after the penalties and fines for the crime were doubled.

The operation comes after figures revealed two people were killed and nine seriouslt injured in collisions involving mobie phone use in 2016 an increase on 2015.

Co-Star supply a range of hands-free car kits to aid safe communication whilst driving. Kits are available for both cars and HGV vehicles.

The Parrot bluetooth CK.3100 is designed for cars and offers seamless phone book contact synchronisation. The audio quality is very good when used with a car specific audio connection lead.

The Bury CP1000 is a 24V hands-free cab-phone designed for HGV vehicles. It’s a SIM free phone which is easy to use and is very robust for commercial every day use.

Source: London Evening Standard/Co-Star

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

Orange strengthens its leadership in e-health with the acquisition of Enovacom

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Orange Business Services has signed an agreement for the acquisition of Enovacom, a leading player in e-health on behalf of Orange Healthcare, its health subsidiary. This acquisition project is a key element of Orange Healthcare’s strategy, which aims to be the main partner of the digital transformation of healthcare institutions and players in France and abroad.

Acquisition of a leading player in the healthcare market

Enovacom is a French software publisher, established in Marseille in 2002, whose business is dedicated to e-health. A leader in the sector and an expert in interoperability, Enovacom designed a software suite to facilitate the exchange, sharing and security of data between all players in the healthcare system. Its solutions are found in over 1 500 healthcare institutions in France and abroad. In particular, Enovacom software is used to manage and secure hospitals’ electronic exchanges with their various partners.

This acquisition is a key step in Orange Healthcare’s growth. Beyond its infrastructure and certified healthcare data hosting solutions, Orange Healthcare wants to develop innovative solutions that will enable healthcare players to communicate with each other and stay in contact with patients throughout their treatment. The digitalisation and streamlining of care is a major issue for the industry and it is for this reason that Orange Business Services chose to invest in Enovacom. Its neutral position enables it to interface with all players on the market.

Incorporating the skills of a healthcare publisher like Enovacom enables us to move up the value chain to offer more comprehensive e-heath solutions to our customers and in particular to hospitals. By acquiring such an innovative and effective player, we are strengthening our growth strategy in the healthcare market, especially under the Territorial Hospital Groups (Groupements Hospitaliers de Territoire) reform, which has made communication between hospitals and equipment interoperability a major issue,” says Thierry Bonhomme, Deputy CEO of the Orange Group, in charge of Orange Business Services.

By joining forces with Orange Healthcare, Enovacom’s customers will benefit from the Orange Group’s wide-ranging skills and capacity to innovate in cloud computing, communication infrastructure, security, connected objects and customer experience. I am overjoyed that through this deal, Enovacom will continue to grow with respect for and in the interest of its employees,” commented Laurent Frigara and Renaud Luparia, Chief Executives of Enovacom.

At the end of negotiations and subject to the usual suspensive conditions, Enovacom will become a subsidiary of Orange Business Services and will be operationally attached to Orange Healthcare, under the management of Elie Lobel. Laurent Frigara and Renaud Luparia will continue to play an active role in the development of the company as Deputy Chief Executives of Enovacom.

The closing of the operation is expected to be carried out in the coming weeks.

Source: Orange Business Services

 

2017 UK car manufacturing declines by -3% but still second biggest output since turn of the century

  • 1.67m cars built in the UK in 2017, a decline of -3.0% with production for domestic demand down -9.8%.
  • Car exports remain at historically high level, down just -1.1% with 1.34m shipped worldwide – 79.9% of total production.
  • British engine manufacturing at record-ever levels, with 2.72m produced, up 6.9% on 2016.
  • SMMT restates need for urgent clarity on Brexit transition, as new calculations show over 10% of exports could be at risk on 30 March 2019 unless we secure all current trading arrangements.

UK car production declined in 2017, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1,671,166 vehicles rolled off production lines last year, a -3.0% decrease on 2016 and the first decline for eight years – but still the second highest output in 17 years.1

A -9.8% fall in output for the domestic market drove the overall decline, as the market responded to declining business and economic confidence and confusion over government’s policy on diesel. Exports also fell, though at a much lower rate, by -1.1%. Overseas demand continued to dominate production, accounting for 79.9% of all UK car output – the highest proportion for five years.2 The EU remained the UK’s biggest trading partner, taking more than half (53.9%) of exports, while the appetite for British-built cars rose in several key markets, notably Japan (+25.4%), China (+19.7%), Canada (+19.5%) and the US, where demand increased 7.0%.

Nevertheless, the latest figures is approximately 130,000 units below the mid-year forecast, given lower than expected demand primarily in the domestic market. This significant decline in production underscores the importance of government and industry working together to ensure the right conditions for the sector. The Industrial Strategy and, in particular, a Sector Deal for automotive are important but must be supported across government ensuring all policies align to the goal of a vibrant and growing industry.

The UK’s growing reputation as a centre for excellence in powertrain design and manufacturing, meanwhile, helped drive engine production to record levels. Demand for UK-built engines grew at home and overseas, with overall output up 6.9% to more than 2.7 million – with 54.7% destined for car and van plants around the world, the majority in the EU. The growth is the result of significant investment in plants now producing high tech, low emission petrol and diesel engines. Last year, more than 1 million diesel and 1.7 million petrol units were built in Britain, delivering £8.5 billion to the economy.3 These latest figures highlight the importance of diesel and petrol engine manufacturing in the UK – with some 8,000 people employed in engine production and 3,350 directly employed in diesel engine production.4

The news comes as UK Automotive restates the need for an urgent agreement on the terms of a post-Brexit transition deal. This must be comprehensive, result in no change and allow business to continue as usual until a new trading relationship with the EU is in place. This means maintaining the UK’s membership of the single market and customs union and addressing critical details that, if ignored, could have a damaging effect on the industry’s competitiveness.

The agreement must include guarantees that the UK will continue to benefit from EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Customs Union arrangements with third countries, for the full duration of transition. Latest SMMT calculations show more than 10% of UK car exports go to countries with which the EU has advantageous trading arrangements including South Korea, Canada, Turkey and, soon, Japan.5 Secondly, vehicle certifications that have been issued in the UK must remain valid at home and abroad so that vehicles can continue to be sold across the EU. Finally, no new customs checks, which would add cost, cause delays and disrupt manufacturing, should be applied during the transition.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

The UK automotive industry continues to produce cars that are in strong demand across the world and it’s encouraging to see growth in many markets. However, we urgently need clarity on the transitional arrangements for Brexit, arrangements which must retain all the current benefits else around 10% of our exports could be threatened overnight.

We compete in a global race to produce the best cars and must continue to attract investment to remain competitive. Whilst such investment is often cyclical, the evidence is that it is now stalling so we need rapid progress on trade discussions to safeguard jobs and stimulate future growth.

Hawes spoke as SMMT also released new figures showing that UK automotive investment fell by 33.7% in 2017. Some £1.1 billion of investment earmarked for vehicle and supply chain manufacturing was publicly announced last year, down from £1.66 billion in 2016.

  1. Annual car production last declined in 2009. Total output was higher in 2016, and prior to that, in 1999
  2. In 2012, exports as a proportion of production was 82.7%
  3. SMMT calculations
  4. SMMT data
  5. Taking into consideration EU-wide trade deals in force and yet-to-be-ratified agreements, the UK automotive industry benefits from bilateral trade pacts between the EU and several of the sector’s top 10 export markets, including Turkey, Japan, Canada, South Korea and EFTA countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichenstein). Taken together, these countries cover more than 10% of UK automotive exports.

Source: SMMT

 

Hotel guests get a kick out of Nissan’s self-parking slippers

Combining the ultimate in traditional hospitality with Nissan’s autonomous driving technology, one Japanese inn is treating guests to some unusual amenities: self-parking slippers, tables and floor cushions.

At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. Slippers are neatly lined up at the foyer, where guests remove their shoes. Tatami rooms are furnished with low tables and floor cushions for sitting.

What sets this ryokan apart is that the slippers, tables and cushions are rigged with a special version of Nissan’s ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.

First introduced in the all-new Nissan LEAF in Japan in October 2017, ProPILOT Park detects surrounding objects and lets drivers automatically park the vehicle in a selected parking space by pressing a button. The same technology is being used in the amenities at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan during a demonstration to entertain guests and reduce staff workload.

How to experience ProPILOT Park Ryokan

Nissan will offer a free night at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, located in Hakone, Japan, for one lucky pair of travelers. For a chance to win, contestants must post on Twitter using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10.

Visitors to the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery in Yokohama can also experience the atmosphere of the ProPILOT Ryokan and try on the actual self-parking slippers at a dedicated exhibition booth, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Feb. 1-4. The Gallery is at 1-1-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama.

video of the ProPILOT Park Ryokan can be viewed on Nissan’s YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/tazFfEP_NcY

Source: Nissan

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.

Cradlepoint Launches All-Inclusive Cloud Service Packages

Cradlepoint Launches All-Inclusive Cloud Service Packages That Make Secure IoT Networking More Affordable and Easier to Deploy and Manage

NetCloud Solution Packages for IoT Include Software-Defined Perimeter Security and a New 4G LTE Router Option; Provides an Affordable and Secure Alternative to Hardware-Centric Offerings

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE network solutions that provide a pathway to 5G have announced all-inclusive cloud service packages for its Internet of Things (IoT) network solutions that include Software-Defined Perimeter technology for secure device-to-cloud connectivity. This is the second major product announcement from Cradlepoint under its new NetCloud Solution Packages model, which launched Jan. 16, 2018.

Organizations of all sizes are deploying IoT solutions over cellular 4G LTE networks to enable new business opportunities, streamline operations and reduce costs. However, according to a 2017 survey report by James Brehm & Associates, over half of the 416 respondents cited the need for better IoT security, with 65 percent listing security as a significant barrier to expanding their deployments. The second highest barrier was the cost-to-deploy at 48 percent. Simply offering low-cost hardware doesn’t sufficiently address the mounting security and device management challenges faced by companies with sprawling IoT deployments.

Affordability Without Sacrificing Security and Manageability

Cradlepoint’s Elastic Edge™ is a blueprint for next-generation IoT networking that includes pervasive wireless connectivity, cloud management and integrated Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) security, which uses encrypted, perimeter-secured virtual overlays with private IP addressing to isolate and cloak IoT devices from the Internet. With today’s Cradlepoint announcement, customers no longer need to trade off security and manageability to get an affordable LTE router solution for IoT.

“Everything we’re hearing from partners and industry experts warns about the risks of trading off manageability and security for a low price when it comes to buying an enterprise IoT solution,” said Todd Krautkremer, chief marketing officer at Cradlepoint. “We’ve bundled cloud management and advanced, software-defined security with every NetCloud Solution Package for IoT we sell, so customers don’t have to.”

At this week’s IoT Evolution Expo conference, Cradlepoint is unveiling NetCloud Solution Packages for its new COR IBR200 LTE router that extends the benefits of Elastic Edge to even the most cost-sensitive use cases, including kiosks, vending machines, ATMs, digital signage and remote sensors. The new cloud service solution packages simplify the way customers buy, deploy, manage and evolve their Cradlepoint IoT networks, facilitating rapid deployment and time-to-value, as well as customer success. Each package, which is available in one-, three- or five-year terms, combines essential NetCloud service capabilities — including NetCloud Perimeter for SDP security — with lifetime-warranted IBR200 Series hardware and comprehensive 24×7 support.

“Despite the huge growth in IoT deployments, security and management-related costs remain top concerns for IT organizations,” said James Brehm, founder of Brehm & Associates. “Cradlepoint has taken a service-oriented approach to addressing these challenges by combining cloud management, routing and security features, along with purpose-built hardware, into a single cloud service with 24×7 vendor support. With their new IBR200 LTE router, Cradlepoint has made it possible for any size and skilled business to deploy a secure and cost-effective cellular IoT solution.”

In addition to the operational savings represented by Cradlepoint’s new, all-inclusive cloud service packaging model, the IBR200 router is equipped with a medium-speed 4G LTE modem that allows customers to take advantage of low-cost IoT/M2M data plans offered by major cellular providers. This combination enables channel partners to bring the value of Cradlepoint’s proven 4G LTE IoT solutions to a wider range of customers and use cases.

“Cradlepoint’s cloud management and innovative software features, such as intelligent 4G LTE routing and automatic carrier selection, have made them the solution of choice for large IoT deployments within Fortune 500 customers”, said Peter Dunn, consulting director at Orbcomm. “The new NetCloud Solution Packages and COR IBR200 router provide an even more compelling value while simplifying the buying process, accelerating deployment times, enhancing security and reducing cellular data plan costs — issues that have been real pain points, especially for more cost-sensitive customers.”

NetCloud Solution Packages for IoT with COR IBR200 and IBR600 Series routers are commercially available now.

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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