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5G test network launched in the Netherlands

The ground-breaking initiative signed today at the Ministry of Economic Affairs brings together partners from the fields of telecommunications, innovation, science and sustainable economic development to jointly research the practical applications of 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. The 5Groningen project is an initiative of Economic Board Groningen, KPN, the Dutch Telecommunications Agency (Agentschap Telecom), Vodafone, Huawei, Ericsson, TNO, the University of Groningen, SURF and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Innovation research will focus on the sectors of logistics, healthcare, the environment, energy and agriculture. Self-driving cars and the monitoring of crop diseases are two flagship examples of specific applications to be targeted.

Groningen is the only rural area in Europe where 5G tests are being carried out, making the 5Groningen project a unique initiative at an EU level. The first series of tests will be launched before the end of the year at Zernike Campus, Groningen’s large research complex.

“Today, the Netherlands enjoy fast mobile connectivity. We need to ensure that our country continues to benefit from the latest developments of mobile technologies such as 5G,” said Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs. “This will bring added value for citizens, as well as businesses – not only from an economic perspective, but also by enabling key innovations in fields such as healthcare and agriculture.”

Leading 5G innovation

The unique new testing environment will serve as another stepping stone towards 5G deployment by 2020, meaning that citizens and the economy as a whole, in North Groningen as elsewhere, will be able to reap the benefits of this new technology.

The agricultural sector is set to be among the leaders of 5G innovation. “Farmers are at the forefront of technological innovation; not only with regard to the efficiency of their business operations, but also, importantly, with a view to ensuring sustainability and environmental protection,’ explained Peter Rake, 5G programme manager at Economic Board Groningen. “Other sectors in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe are paying close attention to agricultural innovation in the fields of sensors, drones and other technologies that will benefit from 5G development.”

Healthcare is another key sector where 5G will have a strong impact. Enabling elderly people to live independently for longer, thanks to advanced monitoring technologies, is just one example of how 5G will be making a difference in this field.

Knowledge hub

North Groningen was selected as the location for the test network to benefit from the vast space available here, while boosting the local economy of this earthquake area, and also because there are a number of major knowledge institutions located here. These include the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, as well as other organisations working in the field of sustainable energy, such as TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), applied sciences hotspot EnTranCe and the Energy Academy Europe.

In addition, 5G applications fostering regional development and catering to a growing demand for high-speed internet connectivity represent a key challenge for researchers and other innovators.

For more information on 5G technological research, please visit: www.economicboardgroningen.nl (website in Dutch)

Vodafone provide connectivity for Robotic Exoskeleton

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With Vodafone Global IoT SIM, Ekso Bionics Manages Device Diagnostics and Data to Help Improve the Mobility of Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Vodafone will be connecting the world’s first and only exoskeleton that is FDA cleared for use with both stroke patients and spinal cord injuries – the Ekso GT™ from Ekso Bionics®. Vodafone’s network and global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM will ensure reliable communications for diagnostics and improved access to patient data, helping to improve the user experience with the suit.

Robotic exoskeletons are ready to wear, battery-powered robots that are strapped over the users’ clothing, enabling individuals to achieve mobility, strength, or endurance not otherwise possible.

The Ekso GT can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of the patient’s body, helping to improve results for patients. The suit allows physical therapists to mobilise patients earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high intensity steps, all of which will aid recovery.

Vodafone Group’s Head of IoT for the Americas Andrew Morawski said, “The Internet of Things is enabling all types of medical devices to be connected anywhere in the world, which is directly affecting the care that patients are receiving. The focus that Ekso Bionics has on helping stroke and spinal cord injury patients to increase mobility is making a significant impact on the quality of life for its users.”

“We are in business to help people achieve the remarkable, and we can do this most effectively with best in class partners. We chose Vodafone to provide a single global solution that ensures seamless connectivity, no matter where a rehabilitation hospital is located,” said Thomas Looby, Ekso Bionics’ chief executive officer. “With Vodafone IoT technology, we can monitor how our exoskeletons are performing in real time, providing therapists with data on how the patients’ rehabilitation is progressing.”

Ekso Bionic has been able to simplify its manufacturing process by using the same Vodafone SIM for all suits globally as well as having a single worldwide partner delivering a managed service. Ekso Bionics’ Ekso GT is currently available in the United States, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and in most European countries. The Ekso GT is offered in more than 150 leading rehabilitation institutions around the world and has helped enable its users to take more than 50 million steps not otherwise possible.

Source: Vodafone

How to Enable a Connected World



The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast new frontier. It encompasses the Industrial IoT, as well as the Human IoT, as segmented by Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy. There are unique challenges but also significant opportunities for the Internet of Things in healthcare, textiles, automotive and transportation, energy, smart homes and cities, communications, defense, agriculture and more that form the foundation of an exciting new tomorrow. The Internet of Things isn’t just changing our lives but changing our economies. Cisco predicts that by 2020 there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, generating revenues in excess of $19 trillion. Many companies are looking to be first movers in this area but can be uncertain where to start.

Building the IoT is no easy task and most electronics manufacturers need help fulfilling IoT needs. In April 2015, Jabil sponsored a Dimensional Research global survey of more than 300 supply chain professionals at companies that manufacture electronics goods. While 75 percent of those surveyed are planning, developing or producing IoT-related products, 77 percent admit they lack expertise in-house needed to deliver. This is where a large global manufacturer with broad expertise across multiple industries, like Jabil, comes in.

The size and scale of Jabil enables us to team with leading innovators in virtually every industry to deliver the future of connected devices. With expertise in manufacturing everything from the sensors that gather and communicate data, to the end-products that utilize them (such as smart phones, wearables and medical devices), we possess the expertise to offer one-of-a-kind support to companies who are looking to expand into this exciting new space.

This week, Jabil opened the Blue Sky Center for innovation in Silicon Valley, showcasing expertise and technologies that enable a connected world. Some of this expertise included the IoT Lab, rapid prototyping and digital modelshop capabilities, Radius product development, and New Product Introduction (NPI) capabilities.

It is an exciting time for the Internet of Things and Jabil as we look toward the future. As a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium Jabil continues to work with IoT leaders – including founders Intel, AT&T, GE and IBM – to connect and integrate the world around us seamlessly and elegantly.

Source: jabil

Johnson & Johnson and Google collaborate in Surgical Robotics initiative


Johnson & Johnson Announces Definitive Agreement To Collaborate With Google To Advance Surgical Robotics

Strategic Collaboration Designed to Develop New Technologies that Offer Surgeons and Health Care Systems Greater Accuracy, Cost Efficiency and Better Outcomes for Patients
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – March 26, 2015 – Johnson & Johnson today announced that Ethicon, a medical device company in the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has executed a definitive agreement to enter into a strategic collaboration with Google, Inc., working with the Life Sciences team on advancing surgical robotics to benefit surgeons, patients and health care systems.

The companies will bring together capabilities, intellectual property and expertise to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room. The collaboration was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation in California.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses technology to give surgeons greater control, access and accuracy during the surgical procedure while benefitting patients by minimizing trauma and scarring, enabling accelerated post-surgical healing. The companies seek to develop new robotic tools and capabilities for surgeons and operating room professionals that integrate best-in-class medical device technology with leading-edge robotic systems, imaging and data analytics.

“For more than 60 years, Ethicon has developed products and technologies that have transformed the way surgery is done,” said Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman, Global Surgery Group, Johnson & Johnson. “This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care, and together, we aim to put the best science, technology and surgical know-how in the hands of medical teams around the world.”

The closing of the transaction is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

About Johnson & Johnson
Caring for the world one person at a time inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our approximately 126,500 employees at more than 265 Johnson & Johnson operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

About Ethicon
From creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures, Ethicon has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world’s most pressing health care issues, and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon’s surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treating serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. Learn more at www.ethicon.com, and follow us on Twitter @Ethicon. Ethicon represents the products and services of Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (the signing party) and certain of their affiliates.

Source: Johnson & Johnson