Allsea’s Pioneering Spirit
With gross tonnage measuring in at 403,342 GT and a lifting capacity of 48,000 tons, the Pioneering Spirit is by far world’s largest crane vessel. Its length measures 382 meters – same as the Empire State Building in height.
Equipped with such immense lifting power, it is set to take on the world’s most challenging lifting projects out in the seas. Recently the UK government approved the decommissioning of Shell’s 24,000 ton oil rig known as the Brent Delta. Located 115 miles off the coast in the North Sea, the environment is guaranteed to be harsh and the waves to be rough. Shell considered cutting the platform into small manageable blocks but with the Pioneering Spirit, it is now possible to carry out the operation with a single lift, keeping topside refurbishment costs economical.
The Need For Connectivity
With such a monumental task, coordination with head office during the operation becomes absolutely critical. Holland, who is responsible for implementing the on-board network, researched on how they could make use of as many available connections for their sea-going operations as possible. Budget was not a concern for them; they could have relied solely on VSAT and spend tens of thousands of dollars. However, their goal was reliability and flexibility; they wanted to have a diversity of ways to maintain a connection. They came across Peplink and understood that our products are designed specifically for these situations.
Pioneering Spirit, the world’s largest ship needed a way to stay online at all times, whether it’s out in the ocean on a decommissioning project or moored by the shore. Having connectivity is crucial for the safety of the crew, amongst other things. So a solution where they can make use of all available connections is of paramount importance.
● Stay online at all times
● Reliability and flexibility
● Flexibility to connect to anything from Wi-Fi to VSAT to cellular
● Staying online at all times because of the ability to prioritize and failover between all connections
● Capacity to provide further resilience with redundant SIM slots
● IP67 means the devices are able to withstand the elements out at sea
|A Peplink Balance 710 forms the core and prioritizes its WAN connections as follows: Point-to-point Wi-Fi, 2x LTE/3G via MAX HD2 IP67, VSAT, and finally tethered data from an Iridium satellite phone. To maximize WAN diversity, one MAX HD2 IP67 is placed on each side of the vessel and are kept at over 300 meters apart to maximize the signal reception. This setup is designed to maintain a continuous connection, and is also configured to prioritize the most affordable WAN connections.
When the vessel is at shore, it will be connected to point-to-point Wi-Fi. When this becomes unavailable, it will fail-over to cellular network connections provided by the MAX HD2 IP67s. Once it leaves shore coverage, cellular networks will take over until they are out of reach of the cellular towers. At which point, VSAT takes over, with the Iridium satellite phone as an additional failover option.
The Peplink Advantage
The Balance’s flexibility made network installation and management quick and easy.”
Remco van den Heuvel, SL2A Group. Peplink Partner.
While the main reason for choosing Peplink is because of the ability to prioritize WAN connections and failover between them, there were other considerations at play. InControl 2 for example, offers up convenient cloud-based remote access and monitoring and powerful GPS tracking features. While not yet in use, the redundant SIM slot on the MAX HD2 is also another factor, offering the flexibility that Holland and team have been looking for. The fact that the MAX HD2 has an IP rating of 67 means that it is dust tight as well as being able to withstand submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes – perfect for the harsh seas. Peplink’s agile and persistent support left an impression with Holland – making good products is just half the battle. Keeping customers reassured is an ongoing effort, one that we commit to every day.
With InControl 2, we were able to keep a close eye on the installation process. The remote web admin access feature was very useful for fine-tuning network configurations.”
Remco van den Heuvel, SL2A.
Operator RATP and Nokia have successfully completed the first ‘real-world’ trial of 4G LTE technology on Line 14 of the Paris Metro.
Completed on a portion of the Paris Metro Line 14, this trial demonstrated that a single 4G LTE network can be used for all operational communications of a train, whereas today they are supported by different channels – a mixture of Wi-Fi, digital radio and 3G/4G networks. The introduction of a 4G LTE-equipped shuttle on Line 14, an automated line meeting all RATP security requirements, is a world first.
A single LTE mobile network can replace Wi-Fi networks on the Paris Metro
The test showed that a single LTE mobile network can replace the traditional Wi-Fi networks and manage data transmissions from multiple applications simultaneously, including: a simulation of train control (CBTC simulation based on pre-recorded real data); video on trains and platforms; operational voice communications; multimedia passenger information on trains and platforms; and maintenance and supervision services.
This trial marks a significant contribution to start of the standardisation process required before any operational rollout of 4G LTE technology in transport systems and associated customer services. It was completed under the R&D SYSTUF (SYStème Télécom pour les Transports Urbains du Futur) project, in which RATP and Nokia are collaborating. The objective of this project is to demonstrate that it is possible to use a single telecommunication technology – such as LTE – that is able to meet both mission-critical and non-critical applications of future public transport systems.
As part of the experiment, RATP defined the applications that must be supported by the network and determined what constraints are to be met to complete a convincing, secure and non-disruptive trial. In addition to its 4G LTE technology, Nokia provided its expertise in project management and network optimisation, including network design, radio planning, a test bench in its transportation lab, performance simulation, as well as radio coverage optimisation and installation together with RATP.
LANCOM Systems, the leading German manufacturer of networking solutions for business customers and the public sector, is expanding its portfolio of VPN routers with a new model for industrial environments. The LANCOM IAP-4G is a cellular router with an integrated multimode LTE modem for data rates up to 100 Mbps. The device comes with a dust-proof metal housing (IP 50 protection class) and supports an extended operational temperature range (-20 to +50 °C).
The IAP-4G is ideal for mobile data connections, for logistics applications, and for taking connectivity to automated systems, machines and monitoring devices without wired Internet connection. The integrated VPN functionality ensures secure networking between different sites and facilitates the integration of external service providers. The device has an integrated multimode LTE modem and is backwards compatible with UMTS, EDGE and GPRS (3G and 2G). Power is supplied optionally by either a mains adapter or PoE (IEEE 802 3af).
Five IPsec VPN channels with hardware acceleration are integrated into the router upon delivery (25 optional), and the highly secure IPsec VPN connections can be established over any cellular network. The LANCOM IAP-4G provides up to 16 securely isolated IP contexts with separate routing. This allows IP applications to operate between different networks while managing them on a single central router and, at the same time, keeping the different communication channels securely separated from one another. The integrated firewall provides the very latest security features such as stateful packet inspection, intrusion detection and DoS protection.
Like all LANCOM products, this cellular router is equipped with hardware that is dimensioned for the future. Updates to the LANCOM Operating System (LCOS) are available several times per year free of charge. They guarantee a long service life by keeping devices technically up-to-date, so maximizing investment protection.
The LANCOM IAP-4G is available now. The mounting kit LANCOM IAP Mount facilitates the installation of LANCOM IAP devices on top-hat rails or poles in harsh environments. A comprehensive line of 3G/4G antennas completes the portfolio.
LANCOM Systems background:
LANCOM Systems GmbH is the leading German manufacturer of reliable, innovative networking solutions for business customers. LANCOM’s two business units, VPN Network Connectivity and Wireless LAN, offer professional users secure, flexible infrastructure solutions for local-area and multi-site networks. The entire core product range is developed and manufactured in Germany. In addition, LANCOM also provides VPN solutions certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for the protection of particularly sensitive networks and critical infrastructures (EPCIP) against cyber attacks. LANCOM Systems has its headquarters in Würselen near Aachen, Germany, and other offices are located throughout Europe. Customers include small and medium-sized enterprises, government agencies, institutions, and major corporations from Germany, Europe and increasingly worldwide.
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The Connected Car Reference Platform is built upon Qualcomm Technologies’ broad automotive product and technology portfolio, including Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X12 and X5 LTE modems, quad-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and 2D/3D Dead Reckoning (DR) location solutions, Qualcomm® VIVE™ Wi-Fi® technology, Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) for V2X, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth® Low Energy and broadcast capabilities such as analog and digital tuner support using software-defined radio via Qualcomm® tuneX™ chips. In addition, the platform features in-vehicle networking technologies such as Gigabit (OABR) Ethernet with Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) and Controller Area Network (CAN) interfaces.
Highlights of the Connected Car Reference Platform design include:
- Scalability: Using a common framework that scales from a basic telematics control unit (TCU) up to a highly integrated wireless gateway connecting multiple electronic control units (ECUs) within the car supporting critical functions such as over-the-air software upgrades and data collection and analytics.
- Future-proofing: Allowing the vehicle’s connectivity hardware and software to be upgraded through its life cycle, providing automakers with a migration path from DSRC to hybrid/cellular V2X and from 4G LTE to 5G.
- Wireless coexistence: Managing concurrent operation of multiple wireless technologies using the same spectrum frequencies, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy.
- OEM and third-party applications support: Providing a secure framework for the development and execution of custom applications.
The Connected Car Reference Platform allows automakers and their suppliers to explore, prototype and commercialize connectivity designs using modules and solutions offered based on Qualcomm Technologies’ roadmap.
“With the Connected Car Reference Platform, Qualcomm Technologies has developed a platform for automakers, module OEM customers, and developers that emphasizes scalability, modularity and security for integrating and managing multiple cutting-edge wireless technologies inside vehicles,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to introduce this platform to help enable best-in-class advanced connectivity solutions and services in upcoming vehicle designs.”
The Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform is expected to be available by the end of 2016. Qualcomm Technologies is showcasing the Connected Car Reference Platform, along with application demos from collaborating companies including OTA updates by Movimento, V2X communications by Savari, Inc., and vehicle data management and analytics by Hortonworks, at the TU-Automotive Detroit conference on June 8-9, booth #C69.
- Thales is leading the Fed4PMR project, which involves nine players including seven SMEs, to develop a future high-data-rate 4G/LTE communication network for security agencies and emergency services.
- The 36-month project, coordinated by Thales, includes three operational demonstrations, the first scheduled for September 2016.
- Fed4PMR is one of the official projects approved by the COFIS joint committee for the security sector under the PIA investments for the future programme.
The ambition of the Fed4PMR project is to provide innovative responses to ensure the successful transition of voice-only communications to these next-generation mission-critical 4G/LTE systems, while guaranteeing the necessary network security and resilience.
PMR networks play a crucial role in protecting people and property. They offer specific mission-critical functionality such as group calls and guarantee high availability in emergency situations.
The goal of the Fed4PMR project is to define a unified broadband PMR system spanning everything from user terminals to network operation. The proposed solution will combine multiple types of access networks (dedicated networks, virtual mobile networks, temporary networks) in a single infrastructure. This infrastructure will be used to deliver multimedia-enabled PMR services, including real-time transmission of pictures and video, database lookups and other professional applications, to meet the needs of users conducting critical missions in difficult situations.
Thales has formed a consortium with seven SMEs (Air-Lynx, Archos, Eolane-Douarnenez, Expway, Ibelem, Silicom and Sysoco) and researchers at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris to develop the key technological building blocks for a demonstrator. This demonstrator will be officially unveiled at the end of the 36-month collaboration.
As project leader, Thales is in charge of integrating the various technologies to form a resilient and secure solution. It is also providing the multimedia-enabled PMR services to meet the requirements of mission-critical applications, such as group call and push-to-talk functionality. The SMEs in the consortium are an integral part of the LTE ecosystem. They will be responsible for sensitive components of the solution including the:
- Development of dedicated, operated and deployable networks
- Delivery of mission-critical PMR services (terminal applications, command room applications) and interoperability with legacy systems
- Network operation and engineering, inventory management
- Development of hardened terminals
To prepare for future evolutions, researchers at Pierre et Marie Curie University will ensure that studies incorporate future 5G concepts. To validate the operational scenarios, mobile telephony operator SFR will make its 4G network available for tests to be performed in conjunction with the various dedicated networks.
In the world of mission-critical communications, the gradual shift to commercially available technologies and solutions such as 4G/LTE is having a radical impact on the traditional PMR ecosystem. The transition promises more responsive, more effective solutions for tomorrow’s security services, while drastically reducing hardware and systems costs. The project involves a number of real technological challenges, especially in terms of integrating networks, multimedia services and strong security components to ensure the highest levels of network availability and protection from the full range of cyberthreats addressed by the consortium.
The Fed4PMR project is part of the telecom sovereignty component of France’s new industrial regeneration policy. It is partly funded by the French authorities through the Public Investment Bank (BPI) and the PIA investments for the future programme.
“The professional radiocommunications market is undergoing a real revolution with the advent of 4G/LTE technology, marking a radical break with conventional TETRA-based systems. The key players in this market in the future will be those who successfully integrate the offerings of telecom equipment suppliers, telephony operators and innovation-driven start-ups. Thales intends to draw on this ecosystem to offer resilient, secure high-data-rate PMR solutions. The support of the COFIS committee for the security sector is key to positioning French industry at the forefront of these advances.” Marc Darmon, Executive Vice President, Secure Communications and Information Systems, Thales.
Luxury transportation service creates the ultimate entertainment experience and new revenue opportunities with LTE connectivity
Cradlepoint, the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, announced today that it’s helping JetLoungeX (JLX) connect an advanced in-vehicle entertainment system designed for luxury limousine, mobile gaming, corporate travel, and party bus services. When developing its lavish entertainment vehicle experience, JLX looked to support a wide variety of applications—from interactive social media access and selfie photo booths, to printing, teleconferencing, and digital signage. To meet the high-bandwidth demands these latency-sensitive applications require, JLX needed always-on, flexible in-vehicle network connectivity. Cradlepoint empowers JLX to create a reliable and secure LTE-based network to connect all applications, expand opportunities to promote revenue-generating ad content, and extend connectivity to passengers for the ultimate transportation experience.
Reliable connectivity isn’t just for fixed locations anymore. Traveling employees need to connect to the office while at remote sites just as much as passengers now expect complimentary Wi-Fi while traveling. Cradlepoint enables businesses, retailers, educators, healthcare providers, public safety, and public transportation to connect anyone anywhere. Cradlepoint’s LTE solutions are highly reliable, ruggedized, and easy to deploy and manage—making them ideal for challenging in-vehicle network environments. Specific to JLX, Cradlepoint’s AER2100 platform was selected to support the robust bandwidth needs of 12 in-vehicle computers, for both primary and failover connectivity. These computers run applications like the first of its kind selfie Fotopod Photo Booth that uploads in real-time to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, all while keeping music humming and digital advertisements running. The solution is built on open architecture that enables any enterprise to easily increase bandwidth, reliability, security, and flexibility with a compact, all-in-one solution.
“We’ve always had a good understanding of our in-vehicle network bandwidth capacity and performance requirements being driven by our entertainment system. However, it was challenging to support those connectivity needs until we found Cradlepoint. The company provided us with an all-inclusive, feature-rich solution,” said Devin Foxx, CEO at JetLoungeX. “Cradlepoint helped us upgrade our network capabilities and successfully transform the use of our vehicles from a traditional limousine service into an all-around transport entertainment experience. It’s a completely different ball game and wouldn’t be possible without Cradlepoint.”
“Cradlepoint enables enterprises to do more and wire less. For JLX, this capability is critical to continuously connecting an abundance of technology in its fleet of luxury entertainment vehicles. For others, it could mean connecting patrol cars so a police officer can spend more time in the field, a nurse can travel to care for her immobile patients while accessing medical records remotely, and a retailer can create a pop-up shop at a city festival and securely manage enough transactions to exceed its annual sales goal. We are helping businesses harness the power of LTE to create reliable, flexible, and secure networks that augment, complement, and extend the capabilities of traditional connectivity,” said Ian Pennell, chief marketing officer for Cradlepoint.
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Companies to Deliver Wirelessly Connected Vehicles with Wi-Fi and Infotainment Services
AT&T* and Porsche Cars North America, Inc., are bringing high speed Internet to select 2017 models in the U.S. as a part of a new multi-year agreement.
AT&T will offer wireless connectivity on AT&T’s 4G LTE network in certain 2017 Porsche Macan, Boxster and 911 models. Porsche’s Connect Plus services, powered by AT&T, are either standard or an available option on a number of models and will include a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, news and weather alerts and other infotainment services. Customers will be able to connect up to 5 devices to the hot spot.
“Porsche’s technologies have advanced performance and spurred improved innovations within the automotive industry,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Business Solutions. “Our work with Porsche will continue that innovative tradition and deliver a connected experience in their cars for drivers and passengers.”
Porsche customers can take advantage of Connect Plus services with a stand-alone plan. Existing AT&T customers can easily share data among phones, tablets and their vehicles with Mobile Share Value or purchase a separate stand-alone plan. The cost for connecting Porsche vehicles equipped with Connect Plus to an existing Mobile Share Value plan is a $10 access charge per month.
To learn more about IoT’s potential to transform business, visit www.att.com/iot
New Study Sees 4G Market Double in 2015; Industry Accounts For 4.2% of Global GDP
The number of 4G mobile connections worldwide has surpassed the one billion mark and is on track to account for a third of all mobile connections by 2020, according to a new study by the GSMA. The 2016 global edition of the GSMA’s ‘Mobile Economy’ series of reports points to an accelerating technology shift to 3G/4G mobile broadband networks across both developed and developing markets, which is fuelling digital innovation, smartphone adoption and mobile data growth. The study calculates that the mobile industry made a $3.1 trillion contribution to the world economy last year, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of global GDP.
“Our new report reveals that mobile broadband is now a truly global phenomenon, extending high-speed connectivity and services to citizens in all corners of the world,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “The unprecedented growth in mobile broadband last year is testament to the billions of dollars that mobile operators have invested in next-generation networks, services and spectrum in recent years. Mobile is now the most ubiquitous platform for people and businesses to connect and innovate in today’s digital economy.”
4G accounted for one billion of the 7.3 billion mobile connections1 reached by the end of 2015. The number of 4G connections doubled in 2015, largely as a result of the increase in 4G network deployments in the developing world. At the end of the year there were 451 live 4G (LTE) networks available in 151 countries, with almost half of these in the developing world. 4G is forecast to account for around a third of the almost nine billion mobile connections expected by 2020. Mobile broadband networks (3G and 4G) accounted for 50 per cent of connections in 2015, a figure set to rise to 70 per cent by 2020.
The combination of increasing mobile broadband access and rising smartphone adoption is contributing to an explosion in mobile data usage. Smartphones accounted for 45 per cent of mobile connections in 2015 (up from just 8 per cent in 2010) and a further 2.6 billion smartphone connections are expected to be added over the next five years. Mobile data volumes are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 49 per cent over the next five years – a more than seven-fold increase – approaching 40 exabytes per month by 20202. This will be equivalent to a global average of 7 gigabytes per subscriber per month.
The number of unique mobile subscribers3 worldwide stood at 4.7 billion at the end of 2015, equivalent to 63 per cent of the world’s population. Unique subscribers are forecast to reach 5.6 billion by 2020, by which point more than 70 per cent of the global population are expected to have a mobile subscription. More than 90 per cent of subscriber growth over the next five years is forecast to come from developing world markets.
Mobile Contributing to GDP, Jobs and Public Funding
The global mobile industry added $3.1 trillion in economic value to the global economy in 2015, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of GDP4. This is predicted to rise to $3.7 trillion by 2020. The industry also directly and indirectly supported 32 million jobs in 2015 (forecast to rise to 36 million in 2020) and contributed $430 billion to public funding in the form of various types of taxation, a figure expected to grow to $480 billion in 2020 based on current levels of taxation. This public funding contribution excludes fees paid by operators for spectrum licences, which generated more than $90 billion for governments around the world last year as operators continued to acquire the spectrum they require to deploy mobile broadband.
The widespread availability of mobile networks is accelerating the ability to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From improving access to vital services such as education, healthcare and financial services, to delivering smart agriculture and electricity management solutions, building resilient infrastructures or closing the gender gap, mobile technology is central in addressing a range of socio-economic development challenges. However, the report also notes the need for regulation to keep pace with rapid innovation.
“The fast pace of change means regulation can quickly become obsolete, irrelevant or, in some cases, harmful – distorting competition, slowing innovation and ultimately depriving consumers of the benefits of technological progress,” added Granryd. “Recognising these challenges, the mobile industry is calling on policymakers worldwide to adapt out-dated market regulations to reflect the new digital ecosystem.”
The new report ‘The Mobile Economy: 2016’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics please visit:http://gsmamobileeconomy.com/2016/global/.
Patients and Medical Professionals Benefit From Wireless Connectivity
Advancements in technology and connectivity are simultaneously improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare. One of the most powerful factors in the rapid evolution of healthcare IT has been the development of 4G LTE networking.
Reliable wireless connectivity enables thousands of new technologies and applications to help medical care providers “Cut-the-Wire” and provide care far beyond hospital walls. From kiosks and the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) to Telehealth, mobile clinics, and electronic medical records—connectivity is revolutionizing the ways people tend to their health and well-being.
Waiting Room Kiosks: Reliable wireless connectivity gives providers the flexibility to place patient kiosks in waiting rooms to streamline simple data entry, as well as create a more personalized patient experience. At kiosks, patients can:
- Set appointments and check in
- Complete forms and questionnaires
- Scan driver licenses and insurance cards
- View account balances and pay for services
- Review medical information
- Learn more about specific medical conditions and how to care for them
- Use interactive maps to navigate the building or campus
Specialized Kiosks: Some kiosks are used to increase awareness of and seek candidates for medical donations. Often set up in retail outlets, office complexes, and other high-traffic areas, these kiosks allow potential organ, blood, and bone marrow donors to answer screening questions and watch videos about the process.
Potential donors also can see profiles and photos of patients in need of donations, and they can sign up to receive a donor-testing kit in the mail.
Diagnostic Kiosks: Diagnostic kiosks have been around for decades. For example, blood pressure stations in pharmacies and grocery stores are used by an estimated 70 million people each year.
Today, the potential for diagnostic kiosks to improve patient care and operational efficiencies is rapidly growing. 4G LTE is helping usher in an era of kiosks with Machine-to-Machine (M2M) functionality to help providers do more than just remotely collect data from patients.
Today’s “clinic-in-a-store” kiosks can connect patients to physicians in real time. A patient may use a kiosk to conduct and transmit a retinal scan to an ophthalmologist, who can diagnose ocular disorders based on the findings.
Some kiosks serve as virtual offices where onsite healthcare professionals can conduct diagnostic appointments between remote physicians and patient. These kiosks also are capable of:
- Updating patient health records on the spot
- Gauging vital signs and informing patients whether they should seek further medical advice.
- Administering diagnostic tests and then saving the results for patients to review and track online from their homes
The Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT)
In the just the past few years, wireless technologies and medical devices within the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) have transformed the way medical care is delivered. For instance, a new generation of intelligent heart rate monitors, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, asthma inhalers, and thermometers no longer must be connected with wires.
These days, patients can send providers integral personal health information from the waiting room, at home, or even as they travel. For those with more severe medical conditions, healthcare professionals can remotely monitor patients’ vital signs via 4G LTE-connected, wearable body sensors.
Real-time data improves the ability of providers to quickly and accurately administer treatment based on up-to-date information. In other words, it helps achieve better health outcomes.
One of the most significant challenges physicians face is ensuring patients take medicine when and how it was prescribed. New wireless IoHT technology embedded in pill bottles enables doctors to remotely track whether a patient has taken his or her medicine.
The rise in healthcare costs has led to a reduction in the number of physicians and medical staff available to treat patients. Emerging trends in Telehealth seek to correct this imbalance through the use of wireless networks to connect providers with one another from remote locations.
Modern-day healthcare professionals can use video conferencing to bridge the gap between rural and urban offices. A family medicine physician in a small town can consult with specialists in a large city much easier than before. This practice literally can save the life of a rurally located patient who needs highly specialized care.
With systems now in place to remotely share electronic medical records, review scans or X-rays, and discuss treatment options in real time, doctors can save substantial time and money—which is important for everyone.
One of the most transformative improvements in healthcare technology has been in-vehicle connectivity. Emergency medical personnel now send triage information and patient histories ahead to the emergency room from the road.
While the patient is en route, ER staff can monitor vital signs, review photos or videos that might help diagnose the patient, check the person’s prescription drug history, and dictate treatment instructions to paramedics.
In-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity allows patients at mobile clinics to receive highly advanced healthcare services without setting foot in a traditional doctor’s office. Also, with mobile routers small enough to fit in a carry-on, in-home and mobile caretakers enjoy a secure, reliable Internet connection for accessing reference materials, email, and patient medical and prescription histories.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
The healthcare industry’s widespread move toward electronic health records has streamlined various processes and made access to a patient’s medical history practically instant— from anywhere.
Remote access to EHRs has been particularly useful in emergency care. As soon as first responders know a patient’s name, they can gain access to a wealth of information about medical status and begin to treat the patient accordingly.
Patients directly benefit from EHRs. They are are subjected to far fewer redundant questions from multiple practitioners during sign-in and follow-up processes. In turn, practitioners can spend a larger percentage of their time providing care.
Of course, security is a major factor regarding EHRs, as well as one of the main concerns for network administrators at healthcare facilities. Should a data breach result in patients’ personal, medical, or financial data being stolen, the resulting fallout could harm patients and subject the provider to fines for failure to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Payment Card Industry (PCI) guidelines.
Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE routing and cloud management solutions enable best-in-breed, cloud-based network security applications — that fully meet HIPAA and PCI regulations — to keep patients, hospital administrators and IT managers at ease.
“Our infrastructure is more secured now because of how Cradlepoint has enabled us to configure, monitor, and manage the network,” said Shawn Wiora, CIO and CISO forCreative Solutions in Healthcare. “We’ve made tremendous progress in achieving a much higher level of awareness of the network. If someone were to try to attack our facilities, we’d know it immediately and have solutions in place to thwart the attack.”
For additional protection, organizations use Cradlepoint solutions to enable Parallel Networking, which keeps credit card and other sensitive data completely separate or “air-gapped” from other applications and third-party networks.
Healthcare Technology Improves Patient Experience
The present and future of 4G LTE-enabled healthcare networking is bright. For instance, robotics is poised to emerge as a major tool for patient care—potentially affecting everything from the distribution of medication to exoskeletons enabling paraplegics to walk.
For now, practitioners and patients alike are reaping the benefits of 4G LTE connectivity making healthcare more accessible, efficient, and flexible than ever before.
5G Innovation Centre officially opens at the University of Surrey | University of Surrey – Guildford
Housing over 170 researchers and attracting over £70 million of investment, including £12 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the 5GIC is the world’s largest academic research centre dedicated to next generation mobile and wireless connectivity.
The Centre brings together leading academic expertise and major industry partners to define and develop a global 5G network that will radically change lives across the world. Through their work, they have already developed a technology that enables speeds of one terabit per second (Tbps) – more than 1,000 times faster than the highest 4G speed, and filed over 15 patents.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the 5GIC, said: “While we have already achieved record-breaking speeds, 5G is not only about delivering faster mobile internet. It is a transformative set of technologies that will radically change our private and professional lives by enabling innovative applications and services, such as remote healthcare, wireless robots, driverless cars and connected homes and cities, removing boundaries between the real and cyber worlds. These capabilities make 5G a ‘Special Generation’ of connectivity.
“The true impact of 5G will come from the innovative applications the new network will enable, some of which are yet to be realised. The opening of the Centre today marks an important step in allowing those from across the globe to work with us in developing the new network and for partners, other universities and industry to test out their new applications in a real world setting, before they are brought to market.
“The ethos of the Centre is not built on competition but cooperation. 5G will be achieved through global collaboration so that everyone will benefit from working to a single standard. This technology will then be commercialised from 2020, driving economic development and research for the UK, while delivering research that will impact the world.”
Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “The development of 5G presents a significant economic opportunity and this world-leading centre will position the UK at the forefront of research into the next generation of communications technology. The Government wants Britain to be the best place in Europe to innovate and we are committed to supporting collaborations like this one to ensure pioneering research continues to improve people’s lives.”
Video of the future
Opening alongside the Centre is the 5GIC’s new testbed facility, providing researchers with a fully-functioning advanced 4G network. Over time, it will be upgraded to include fully-fledged 5G technologies and large scale Internet of Things (IoT). By 2018 the testbed will be able to deliver 10Gbs/per cell, ten times faster than the highest speed available over 4G.
To demonstrate the potential of the testbed, 5GIC researchers and partners are today unveiling a pioneering wireless technology performing mobile streaming of ultra-high definition video.
Developed in partnership with Huawei, BBC R&D and the 5GIC, ultra-high-definition (4k) video will be streamed to a mobile device over an enhanced outdoor mobile network, providing a first major step in delivering the expected capacity of 5G.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli explained: “Using evolved hardware and software, the demonstration showed the capabilities 5G could hold for bandwidth hungry applications such as ultra-high definition video on the move. This provides much higher quality, less compressed images than 4G/LTE, streamed to a mobile device or television.”
5G Supporting the Internet of Things (IoT)
Another key demonstration is focussed on the requirement for 5G to provide the necessary “backbone” to connect the billions of devices which will form the future IoT, supporting thousands of devices per square kilometre in addition to smart phone usage. The demonstration shows how a new (5G-Sparse Coding Multiple Access) radio waveform can support at least three times the number of IoT devices than would be possible with 4G. It is a great example of how the newly opened 5GIC testbed can be used to trial real 5G IoT applications, illustrating the level of improvement in network capacity that can be expected from a 5G network.
Notes to Editors
5G Innovation Centre Partners
The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey brings together leading academic expertise and key industry partners to develop the next generation of wireless technology, 5G. Partners include: EE, Huawei, O2, Vodafone, HEFCE, Enterprise M3, TEOCO Corporation, BBC, BT, Cobham, Anite, Ascom, Catapult Digital, Fujitsu, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung, Roke, McLaren Applied Technologies, Ofcom, Imagination Technologies, ITRI, MYCOM OSI, Three and Ordnance Survey.
Dr. Tong Wen, IEEE fellow, Huawei wireless CTO and 5G principal scientist, said: “Huawei is very pleased to be working as part of the team at the 5GIC. We are committed to researching and developing future technologies that help build better connected societies, businesses and economies, and ensuring 5G is a success is essential in achieving this. Globally we will work closely with research institutions, operators and small enterprises, to turn the 5G dream into reality. The 5GIC will play an important role in this by helping us start testing foundational 5G technologies as early as possible.”
Dr Mike Short , Vice President of Research & Development at Telefonica said: “As an industry we have seen significant change in market requirements over the past few years – and our customers now expect to have access to fast mobile connectivity at all times. These changing behaviours, coupled with the rise of wearable technology and the Internet of Things, mean that video and data usage are increasing rapidly. As a result, the development of 5G is going to be absolutely crucial in helping to bring customers the new digital experiences they want in the future.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with leading international companies through our partnership with the University of Surrey, to explore and define how 5G connectivity will influence how we work and play. We are excited to help develop this technology over the coming years.”
Paul Ceely, Head of Network Strategy at EE, said: “This is a great start in the UK’s development to become the world leader in 5G. Mobile services become more and more central to businesses and consumers every year, and the 5GIC will be central to building the next generation of wireless connectivity.”
Stephen Bowker, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, TEOCO Corporation, said: “As a Gold Founder member, TEOCO are extremely proud today to see the UK open a world leading global centre of excellence to drive research into 5G and beyond. TEOCO initially pledged support for this important 5G initiative in August 2012 (as AIRCOM International) which helped the University secure funding from the HEFCE. Since then we have been active in 5G research providing advanced radio planning, network dimensioning and service assurance capabilities to the 5GIC. Our market leading TEOCO Helix Service Assurance Suite is being deployed as part of the 5G Internet of Things (IoT) programme helping the UK lead the world to a “Smarter” future.”
Chang Yeong Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Multimedia and Communications R&D of Samsung Electronics, said: “Samsung are proud to be a founding partner of the 5GIC. We are sharing our technical expertise in mmWave, Internet of Things and developments in the existing LTE advanced standards to create the next generation of mobile communications. Working with the centre’s researchers and industry partners, Samsung will help bring these new technologies into the global standards arena, putting the UK at the heart of 5G”
Li-Ke Huang, research & technology director at Cobham Wireless, said: “Cobham Wireless is proud to be a 5GIC partner, and supporting this ground-breaking research by participating in the development and validation of the advanced air interface that is essential to power 5G.”
Geoff French, Chair of the Enterprise M3 LEP, said: “The opening of this centre is tremendously exciting and is of worldwide significance. The £5million funding which we have contributed to this innovative project is to support SMEs so that they can make the most of the opportunities which emerge from this research and give them a head start on putting these new exciting technologies into operation. The LEP is determined to support innovation and this centre will be a driving force to increase productivity and economic growth.”
Rohde & Schwarz
Roland Steffen, Executive Vice President Test and Measurement at Rohde & Schwarz, said: “We are delighted to contribute our test & measurement expertise to the 5G research programme developed at the 5GIC in Surrey. With a strong global footprint for 4G LTE/LTE-Advanced, Rohde & Schwarz is committed to continuously accompany the evolution from 4G to 5G. We support the 5G vision to give the users the perception of infinite capacity, which will require a very flexible 5G infrastructure and the ability to manage additional spectrum resources in potentially high frequency bands.”
Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination, said: “Our collaboration with 5GIC is particularly significant, especially as we gear up for the next wave of innovations for a highly connected world. Imagination will invest significant resources into 5GIC over the next five years, including both people and state-of-the art IP platforms, to help 5GIC develop technologies that will be highly scalable and easily deployable by the widest possible semiconductor, electronics goods and service provider community.”
Rikard Lundqvist, Ascom Executive Board Member and General Manager of Ascom Network Testing, said: “We are really excited to be members of the 5GIC’s initiative to establish the next generation of mobile standards. Our TEMS™ test and monitoring tools have already been deployed at the Centre to ensure the test network environment. We look forward to further opportunities to collaborate.”
Paul Beaver, Products Director at Anite, said: “5G has the potential to transform wireless communications, however it will be essential to ensure that key technology attributes are appropriately designed and tested, and this is where Anite can play an important role. We are really excited to part of 5GIC, adding Anite’s valuable expertise to help accelerate key research initiatives.”
Payam Taaghol, CEO MYCOM OSI, said: “As a UK headquartered company with 95%+ of our business coming from leading telecoms brands internationally, participation in the UK’s 5GIC will directly benefit our business through improved development of our market-leading telecom network management technology. 5G is more than just another tech upgrade but a big deal which will fundamentally change how we interact with our world, and we are delighted to contribute technology and expertise to help 5GIC lead global efforts in 5G R&D.”
Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone’s Group R&D Director said: “Vodafone is proud to be a founding member of the 5G Innovation Centre and we believe it will form a vital part of the UK and European 5G research efforts. A fundamental 5G requirement is to enable compelling new use cases and deliver a level of performance, cost and energy efficiency which is a real “step change” ahead of current mobile technologies. 5GIC has the facilities and world class academic resources to undertake primary research and demonstrate how well the emerging 5G technologies work under real world conditions, in a way which is meaningful for customers. Exciting stuff!”