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Ericsson, Orange and PSA Group to partner on 5G connected car

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Ericsson , Orange and PSA Group have signed a partnership agreement to conduct a 5G technology pilot project for automotive applications. The “Towards 5G” connected car partnership aims to leverage 4G to 5G technology evolution to address connected vehicle requirements such as intelligent transport systems (ITS), improve road safety, and enable new automotive and in-car services.

The partnership is focused on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architecture, as well as the technologies required to deploy real-time ITS and connected vehicle services. Initial tests will use an end-to-end architecture system based on LTE technology before evolving to LTE-V and 5G technologies.

The first use cases for Cooperative ITS have been defined and are currently being tested. These include the ability to share images between connected vehicles on a road so that the driver in the following vehicle can “see through” the vehicle ahead; and real-time notification that an emergency vehicle is approaching.

Further testing will be conducted in 2017 as part of this research initiative.

The “Towards 5G” connected car initiative is an important opportunity for the three partners to combine their expertise in connected vehicles to meet the challenges posed by new mobility services and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Ericsson provides the radio and a distributed virtualized core network to enable network slicing capabilities and intelligent geo-messaging service.

Orange provides the cellular network with the associated spectrum on the field trial site and   the on-board connectivity integrating vehicular use cases.

PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.

As a result of their collaboration, the partners will develop a comprehensive experience of the requirements for a 5G infrastructure that fits to the needs of the connected vehicles industry. They will also identify the full potential of innovative services and use cases for the benefit of improving road safety and for better quality of services to end users.

“Connected IoT services are a crucial way to enhance the user experience for our customers, who today demand unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience as well as personalised services in their vehicles,” said Carla Gohin, Research, Innovation and Advanced Technologies VP, PSA Group.

“Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0. Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep on-board systems software permanently up-to-date. By teaming with Ericsson and PSA Group, we are combining our capabilities to drive 5G development for innovative services with the perspective of the availability of 5G by 2020,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.

“5G technology will play a key role in the transport system of tomorrow. Ericsson is bringing Networks, IT and specific innovative solutions to the automotive industry. Along with key players like PSA and Orange, we will ensure the required levels of safety and security as well as contributing to a more sustainable and smart society,” said Charlotta Sund, Vice President and Head of Customer Group Industry & Society, Ericsson.

Source: Ericsson

Ericsson initiates 5G motorway project with cross-industry consortium in Germany

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  • Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland, Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA) are founding members of the consortium
  • Project supported by The Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure and The Bavarian Road Construction Administration
  • Federal Minister Dobrindt: 5G is a key-technology for automated and connected driving
  • Dedicated 5G test network in the 700-MHz band along the A9 motorway and the high speed rail track between Nuremberg and Greding

Ericsson has today announced the formation of a cross-industry consortium to strengthen 5G research and development in Germany. Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, all three German mobile network operators -Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project.

“5G-ConnectedMobility” creates an infrastructure and a real application environment on a “Digital Test Field Motorway”, above all to carry out tests in the area of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, digitalization of the railway infrastructure and other applications using 5G technology.

For this purpose, “5G-ConnectedMobility” operates within an independent infrastructure, and is not dependent on any commercial network. This means that 5G prototype applications can be installed and tested regularly, in various network configurations, at any time, without restrictions. The dedicated Ericsson 5G mobile network allows live tests of real time applications, even under extreme network loads, and with very high travel speeds at the same time. Test conditions, which are hardly ever found in commercially operated live networks, can be created. In this context, Ericsson has received permission from the the Federal Regulatory Agency to use frequencies from the 700-MHz band, for the area of Nuremberg-Feucht to Greding, and will act as a network operator.

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Stefan Koetz, Chairman of the management board of Ericsson GmbH: “I am pleased that it has been possible to form such a wide cross industry consortium with “5G-ConnectedMobility”. With the members of the telecommunications industry, and the application industry, it will be possible to accelerate 5G research and development beyond Germany, and bring the specific requirements of the various industries in Germany into international 5G standardization activities. This will make Germany stronger in this area.”

Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport: “With the next mobile network standard 5G, we are firing the starting shot for the digital real time era. 5G is a key technology for automated and connected driving, enabling direct data communication between vehicles and infrastructure. “5G-ConnectedMobility” will drive forward technology on the digital test field of motorway. Alongside the high precision radar sensors, which we have installed on the test field, the 5G project is a further milestone on the way to the first fully digitalized and fully networked road.”

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO of Deutsche Telekom AG: “More than with any other previous technology, with 5G, the requirements and concrete use cases of the industry influence the development. The cross-sector collaboration within “5G-ConnectedMobility” will help us to translate the potential regarding extremely short latencies of under a millisecond, high data throughput of more than a Gigabit per second, or the network availability for billions of devices into tailor made offers for our customers.”

Cayetano Carbajo, CTO of Telefónica Deutschland: “This project represents a common effort of distinguished members of the industry to harmonize the requirements of future communications networks with the needs of the automotive industry. Telefónica is supporting this effort, which represents a remarkable opportunity for identifying and developing future applications of both technologies.”

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Deutschland: “With our high performance networks, we are the leading force for the Internet of Things. Together with the experts from Ericsson and the partners involved, we drive forward the development of new 5G technologies in the newly founded consortium, and bring networked and fully automated cars from the laboratory onto the road.”

Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Frank H. P. Fitzek, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks, 5G Lab Germany, TU Dresden: “The TU Dresden sees a great opportunity in this project, to test the previously developed technologies of the 5G Lab Germany, with important partners in the field. Connected cars will significantly increase safety in traffic but also require new technologies for the dynamic networks of the future. Due to the existing excellent cooperation with Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, we are confident of being able to provide the first practical results soon.”

The test track consists of several construction sections on the “Digital Test Field Motorway” in an area of around 30 km between the junctions of Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding, in which the A9 federal motorway and the high speed train route Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich run in parallel, and are covered by the built up test network at the same time. The infrastructure is already completed in the first partial sections, meaning that live tests can begin immediately.

For the mobile network infrastructure, sites of the Motorway Directorate North Bavaria (ABDN) being the local roads authority, Deutsche Bahn and the mobile network operators – Telefónica Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are being used. The connection occurs via a glass fibre infrastructure of the local roads authority and Deutsche Bahn. The concentration point of the network is located in an equipment container equipped by Ericsson, which has been installed on the premises of the motorway maintenance agency in Greding. The core network will be operated from Ericsson’s ICT Development Center Eurolab near Aachen, which supervises Ericsson’s “5G for Germany” program amongst other things. The connection to this core network will be carried out via Vodafone’s “Interconnect Access” of the ABDN.

The intention is to discuss the knowledge, perspectives and recommendations gained from this partnership and the technology, services and operating suggestions from the technical work packages of the project in an “Alignment Forum” of the members involved, and further develop them with the focus being on integration into international 5G standardization activities. In this context, the various project participants will draw on their membership in international bodies.

Within the scope of “5G-ConnectedMobility” in particular, use cases of associated vehicle applications, for vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, for new methods of traffic information provision in real time and cross manufacturer traffic control for automated vehicles, are currently planned.

The “Digital Test Field Motorway” was set up by the The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with the Free State of Bavaria, the German Association of the Automotive Industry and the Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom) on the A9 motorway in Bavaria where the automotive sector, digital economy and research institutions can test out pioneering systems and technologies under real conditions.

Source: Ericsson

Paris Saint-Germain announces digital experience partnership with Ericsson

  • Ericsson will provide football club Paris Saint-Germain with a range of solutions and services that will transform the digital experience for fans, players and support staff
  • This will include a sports performance information system, a digital experience backend system, and technology consulting and innovation services
  • Together with Paris Saint-Germain’s staff, Ericsson will ensure that the international club becomes one of the most technologically advanced

In a press conference held at the iconic Parc des Princes stadium, Paris Saint-Germain and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced their official partnership, focused on building the new digital experience of the Parisian club. With Ericsson’s expertise, the club will become one of the leaders of sports technology.

From left to right: Frederic Longuépée, Deputy General Manager at Paris Saint-Germain, Patrick Kluivert, Director of Football at Paris Saint-Germain, Helena Norrman, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Ericsson, Franck Bouetard, Head of Ericsson France, and Boris Serapian, Chief Information Officer at Paris Saint-Germain

Under the terms of the four-year agreement, Ericsson will become an Official Partner and provide Paris Saint-Germain with a range of solutions and services that will transform the digital experience for fans, players and support staff alike. Ericsson will provide Paris Saint-Germain with three main types of support: a sports performance information system; a digital experience backend system; and technology consulting and innovation services.

This partnership will allow Ericsson to showcase its digital know-how and engage with football fans globally thanks to the club’s growing international footprint.

Frédéric Longuépée, Paris Saint-Germain Deputy General Manager, says: “We are delighted to welcome Ericsson to the Paris Saint-Germain family. One of our aims as a club is to become one of the top sports franchises in the world, and digital transformation is clearly a key priority. We are confident signing with Ericsson represents a major step forward. We aim to make the most from existing and future technology to further enrich the experience of all the club’s stakeholders.”

Helena Norrman, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, says: “We are very excited with this agreement that will both help Paris Saint-Germain to improve its sports performance and its fan experience, as well as allow Ericsson to show its technological leadership. Together with Paris Saint-Germain’s staff, we will ensure that one of the most successful football clubs is also one of the most technologically advanced.”

Ericsson will create, operate and manage a sports performance information system as a service for Paris Saint-Germain. The information system will consist of a centrally managed data storage platform that stores, manages and controls data captured from all of Paris Saint-Germain’s sports-related businesses.

Secondly, Ericsson will create, operate and manage a digital experience backend system which will be the single point of access to data and services required by all of Paris Saint-Germain’s digital platforms, including its web site, mobile apps, onsite fan experience solution, and in-stadium big screens and monitors.

Thirdly, Ericsson will provide Paris Saint-Germain with technology consulting and innovation services. A joint team of Ericsson and Paris Saint-Germain staff will analyze and define new solutions, innovations and improvements.

Source: Ericsson

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Source: Royal Philips

 

Ericsson Connected Traffic Cloud to support World Solar challenge team

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Ericsson supports Solar Team Eindhoven in World Solar Challenge

 

  • Ericsson signs partnership agreement with Eindhoven University of Technology’s Solar Team Eindhoven
  • Solar Team Eindhoven will build a solar-powered, four-seat family car capable of traveling 3,000 km while recharging only once
  • Ericsson will contribute an application that will optimize the vehicle’s route, conserve energy and increase Solar Team Eindhoven’s chances of success

Ericsson  today announced a development partnership with Solar Team Eindhoven – a multidisciplinary team of 21 students from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Solar Team Eindhoven won the inaugural Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge in 2013 – a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia – and will aim to retain its title in the second running this year. The World Solar Challenge is the ultimate race for solar-powered vehicles and encourages teams to push the limits of technology.

Solar Team Eindhoven will build a solar-powered, four-seat family car capable of traveling 3,000 km while only once recharging its battery from the grid. Ericsson will contribute an application based on the Connected Traffic Cloud, launched at Mobile World Congress 2015.

Connected Traffic Cloud is a managed cloud platform that enables two-way sharing of data between connected vehicles and road traffic authorities. For the purposes of the World Solar Challenge, Connected Traffic Cloud will be used to provide a competitive advantage for Solar Team Eindhoven by aggregating car, traffic and weather data, performing in-depth analytics and selecting an optimal route. By minimizing braking and acceleration, Connected Traffic Cloud will help to conserve energy and increase Solar Team Eindhoven’s chances of success.

Orvar Hurtig, Head of Industry & Society at Ericsson, says: “Partnering with Solar Team Eindhoven gives Ericsson a great opportunity to demonstrate the potential of Connected Traffic Cloud and our transport portfolio in general. This is also a great way to show how our solutions contribute to a sustainable future. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise while working with this enthusiastic team of students.”

Tom Selten, Solar Team Eindhoven 2015 team manager, says: “At the moment we are working on designing a brand new solar-powered family car with an incredible range of 1,500 kilometers. Although we will obviously benefit from having designed the winning entry in 2013, the new car is a clean-sheet design that will be equipped with an Ericsson application that enables us to optimize our route. Efficiency will be even more important this year, as competitors in the Cruiser Class will only be able to recharge once – compared to three times in 2013.”

Winning the World Solar Challenge 2015 would help to demonstrate the potential of Connected Traffic Cloud, but it is also an ideal showcase for Ericsson’s ability to contribute to a sustainable future.

Source: Ericsson

Telstra claims world first on LTE broadcast

Telstra, Australia’s biggest operator, says it has completed the world’s first LTE broadcast session on a commercial LTE network. Using kit from Ericsson, the demonstration included live video feeds (sport) and devices receiving a large file using a single LTE broadcast channel.

By streaming the same content to multiple devices at the same time – similar to a TV broadcast – it is claimed that mobile operators can make more efficient use of network capacity than transferring multiple data streams separately.

“The trial is an important step in testing this technology to see how it provides network efficiencies while providing consumers the content they want in a high-quality experience,” said Mark Wright, Telstra’s executive director of networks. “Our goal is to ensure consumers can get the content they are looking for easily and to explore the wider benefits that might be obtained using broadcasting technology.”

Thomas Noren, Ericsson’s VP and head of project area radio, argued that LTE broadcast gives mobile operators the chance to monetise their media and network assets for new services. “Revenue generation and cost-saving opportunities are significant and provide an attractive value proposition for mobile operators,” he said

Qualcomm Labs’ LTE broadcast SDK and middleware running on Snapdragon processors was also used in the trial.

Other large operators are showing keen interest in LTE broadcast technology. AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference last month, indicated that 700MHz spectrum bought from Qualcomm two years ago would be used for LTE-based TV broadcasting and so ease traffic congestion on its cellular network.

Verizon Wireless, however, is expected to be the first in the US to deploy LTE broadcast, using next year’s Super Bowl as the launch event.

Ericsson’s Mobility Report 2013 predicts that video traffic in mobile networks will grow by around 60 per cent annually until 2018, driving demand for LTE broadcast services.

Source: Ken Wieland MWC