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How Smart City and IoT Technologies Help Governments & Communities

IOT-networksFrom Traffic Lights to First Responders, Agencies Implement 4G LTE as Part of Smart City Initiatives

The definition of “Smart City” is seemingly as broad as its potential. To some, it’s about building roadways with sensors embedded in the ground. The next person might view first responders as the best example of Smart City technology. Others include schools and healthcare in their Smart City vernacular.

While the definition and scope of Smart Cities is up for debate, most agree on the benefits of these technologies: increased operational efficiency for governments — much of which is based on actionable IoT data — and improved services and quality of life for citizens.

“A smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public, and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare,” according to TechTarget. Even this excellent definition of a Smart City barely scratches the surface at conveying what’s possible in cities, states, and countries in every area of the world.

Gartner notes that “Urban challenges such as safety and security, traffic congestion, aging infrastructure, and even responses to events like climate change and disasters have often been addressed by silo-based departments. However, more and more city governments are moving toward smart city solutions that leverage IoT technologies.”

For many governments, 4G LTE — with 5G on the horizon — and cloud-based network management are providing the reliability, visibility, and flexibility necessary to keep Smart City edge technologies connected to agency networks at all times.

Police Vehicles

Police vehicles ensure access to mission-critical applications and communication tools by leveraging dual-modem in-vehicle routers that support instant failover from one carrier to another, as well as intelligent traffic steering based on performance factors such as latency, jitter, signal strength, and data usage.

Schools

Whether on campus or on the bus, students are benefitting from 4G LTE solutions that provide constant access to WiFi and to the swiftly expanding number of online education apps that are part of their day-to-day learning.

Fire Apparatus

The ability of firefighters to access building schematics, HazMat data, and traffic information en route to a blaze improves response time and better prepares them for the dangerous scenario at hand.

Video Surveillance

With remote access to video surveillance, agencies can capture and analyze video footage to pinpoint and prevent theft, illegal dumping, and other suspicious activity. As 5G rolls out and evolves, live streaming of surveillance footage will become more common.

Public Transit

Vehicle tracking, telematics, real-time route data for riders, passenger WiFi, on-board CCTV surveillance, and digital fare boxes are among the many connected technologies used on today’s metro buses. Transit fleet managers also use cloud management tools to make firmware, configuration, and security updates without having to bring every vehicle to headquarters.

 

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Huawei and Audi Sign MoU for Connected Vehicles Partnership

Huawei, a leading information and communications technology company, today gained a strong partner for the development of intelligent connected vehicles signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation with Audi, the German automobile manufacturer, today. The agreement forms part of a broad-based partnership between the companies in the two countries initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Saad Metz(right), Executive Vice President of Audi China and Veni Shone(left), President of LTE Solution, Huawei.

“We are entering a new era of intelligent vehicles that will see the emergence of new technological synergies between information and communications technology and the automotive industries,” said Veni Shone, President of LTE Solution, Huawei, adding: “With increased innovation in mobile connectivity, Huawei is committed to transforming the driving experience.”

The cooperation between Huawei and Audi is also intended to facilitate the ongoing advancement of intelligent driving and the digitalization of services in the vehicle environment. To this end, the parties have additionally agreed to jointly develop training programs in order to strengthen the skills of technology experts in both of these areas. Intelligent connected vehicles allow relevant information to be exchanged between the vehicle and the surrounding environment. To achieve this, cars need a high-quality, stable data connection. The expansion of this communication requires intensive research and development.

“We are intensifying our joint research with Huawei in the area of intelligent connected vehicles,” explained Saad Metz, Executive Vice President of Audi China, adding: “Our aim is to improve safety and optimize traffic flows in order to create intelligent cities. The concepts will be concentrated initially on the Chinese market.”

Working in cooperation with Huawei and the Chinese authorities, Audi became the first foreign automobile manufacturer to participate in the first-time deployment of “LTE-V” on public roads in the megacity of Wuxi in eastern China in 2017. “LTE-V” is a mobile communication standard, which is specially tailored for connected cars. Drivers were provided with real-time traffic information via connections to traffic light systems and video monitoring at intersections.

In September 2018, the project will enter its next phase at the “World Internet of Things Exposition” in Wuxi with an even broader range of applications.

Before the signing of this MoU, Huawei and Audi have cooperated in many areas related to intelligent connected vehicles in recent years. The two companies initiated the telecom-vehicle cross industry organization 5GAA and have held several joint demos/trials in various countries including Germany, Spain and China, ensuring the vibrant growth of the intelligent connected vehicles industry.

Source: Huawei

Wagz Smart Collar uses LTE Technology to Monitor Dogs.

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Sequans Communications S.A. and Wagz, the first completely connected pet lifestyle company, announced that Wagz has adopted Sequans’ Calliope LTE Platform to LTE-enable its flagship product, the Wagz Smart Collar.

The Wagz Smart Collar helps dog owners understand and monitor their dogs like never before. It’s the first of its kind collar and app that tracks activity, barking, exercise, food, and location – while enabling live HD video streaming, two-way audio and invisible leashing and fencing. The collar is part of a larger connected system with a smart feeder and door that connect through one app experience.

“The Wagz Smart Collar is truly innovative and we are very pleased to see our LTE technology inside this intelligent pet tracking solution that will be of great value to dog lovers everywhere,” said Danny Kedar, VP of Sequans’ IoT Business Unit. “The Wagz Smart Collar, now connected by the always on and everywhere available LTE, means dogs can never get out of range or out of sight—this LTE for IoT application will find wide appeal.”

“We chose Sequans’ technology to add LTE connectivity to the Wagz Smart Collar, because Sequans is the leader in LTE for IoT and has had more experience connecting IoT products to the internet than any other company,” said Tom Mason, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Wagz. “We were very impressed with how easy it was to integrate Sequans’ Calliope technology into our solution and how quickly we were able to get it to market.”

The Wagz Smart Collar was invented by dog lovers who are passionate about innovation, and making life easier for pet owners. With modern technology, the Wagz Smart collar has everything you need to monitor your dog’s health, track and enforce location, and stay connected at all times.  It’s a product built to eliminate worries and ensure peace of mind. Wagz works with one simple app and is available in Apple IOS and Android.

The LTE-enabled Wagz Collar, powered by Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform, will be on display at Sequans’ booth at Mobile World Congress, hall 5, stand 5C87.

About Wagz

Wagz, Inc is a company on a mission to strengthen the connection between humans and dogs for safer, healthier, happier pets. The Wagz, Inc. team is a group of tech gurus, entrepreneurs, and vet experts dedicated to creating practical solutions that help dog owners spend more time enjoying their dogs and less time worrying about them. For more information on Wagz, visit www.wagz.com or find us on Facebook or Instagram.

SOURCE: Sequans Communications S.A.

KORE and Cooltrax Partner to Provide Uninterrupted Real-Time Cold Chain Management

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Leaders in IoT Infrastructure and Real-Time Cold Chain Management Deliver Seamless Temperature Reporting for Fixed and Mobile Assets

KORE, the people powering IoT innovations and opportunities, today announced an expanded partnership with Cooltrax, the leader for real-time cold chain management of fixed, mobile, and product-level assets. KORE’s reliable, seamless network coupled with Cooltrax’s cold chain management solutions help provide real-time information for cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, allowing for less food waste and increased food safety. Along with the partnership, KORE is assisting Cooltrax to obtain AT&T LTE network certification.

Cooltrax’s suite of products, powered by the KORE network, track the location of refrigerated trailers and perishable products. Their solutions also monitor all performance aspects of refrigerator units, delivering independent temperature monitoring using combined telemetry and wireless technologies. Cooltrax solutions monitor the temperature in real time in cold storage warehouses, retail and food-service refrigeration units and other climate controlled facilities using wireless tags and readers. For cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, it’s imperative to have up-to-date information on temperature, location and functionality to avoid possible food safety issues and the loss of product due to spoiling.

KORE enables all Cooltrax solutions and products to deliver real-time business intelligence to supply chain managers through a single, web-based interface, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. The Cooltrax Business Intelligence platform allows for customized real-time and scheduled reporting on event-based conditions including geocode/fence activity, door opening activity, temperature monitoring point variations and a variety of other events, allowing for constant control and overview of assets and environmental performance within the cold chain.

“With the 2G sunset and eventual discontinuation of 3G, it’s imperative that our solutions operate at the highest level. KORE’s LTE offering enables us to deliver the service our customers demand,” said Chris Hughes, president, Cooltrax. “KORE has been an invaluable partner in enabling service provider certification for our solutions. Our customers need real-time information on temperatures, locations and overall cold chain asset visibility and performance and KORE allows us to provide that information seamlessly.”

“Secure, managed connectivity is a critical element in cold chain management,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE. “Our longstanding relationship with Cooltrax has focused on supporting their in-service business goals, which demand the long-term service assurance of LTE services provided by KORE over its global hub and helps provide critical solutions for cold chain businesses to ensure high standards and safe delivery to their customers.”

To learn more about how KORE can help you with device certification and your secure, managed fleet tracking connectivity needs, please visit http://www.koretelematics.com.

About KORE

KORE provides the people, expertise and technology to support the many visions of the IoT, from the Inspiration of Things to the Innovation of Things to the Internet of Things. Founded in 2003, KORE quickly rose to become the world’s largest managed network services provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. Today, KORE is a global leader in software service and platforms that power the IoT, with millions of active on-network units. KORE is the brand powering other leading brands, including some of the world’s largest enterprise customers. KORE’s singular customer-centric focus is to identify and develop solutions that help clients realize IoT innovations and accelerate time-to-market schedules. KORE has over 350 people who serve customers in 110 countries, empowering new business models and opportunities to monetize the IoT. KORE: the people powering IoT. For more information, visit www.korewireless.com, read the KORE blog and connect with KORE on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook,TwitterYouTube and Vimeo.

About Cooltrax

Cooltrax brings unique value and confidence to its customers by providing comprehensive wireless temperature monitoring, GPS-based asset tracking, and web-enabled business intelligence tools to better manage and control the physical quality and informational integrity of their cold chain operations. For additional information, please visit the Cooltrax website at www.cooltrax.com.

Source; Kore/Cootrax

Sagemcom brings on field first european LTE cat1 smart meter for DSO Enexis in Netherlands

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This month, Enexis Netbeheer starts large scale rollout of Sagemcom ESMR5 smart electricity meters with mobile LTE cat1 communication technology.

This massive rollout follows successful joined achievements in between Enexis Netbeheer and Sagemcom including final system Integration, Field Test period monitoring and LTE cat1 Radio performance completeness proven by 3rd Party accredited Laboratory.

One and a half year after the award, Sagemcom is delivering to Enexis Netbeheer XS210 single phase Meter and T210 three phase meter for massive rollout.

Through the use of Wireless Mbus communication, Sagemcom ESMR5 smart electricity meters are fully interoperable with all ESMR5 compliant smart gas meters. This new combination of electricity and gas meters will offer real time information on energy consumption in order to reduce energy usage and significantly decrease energy costs for customers.

According to Haico Hangx, Program Manager Smart Meter Development at Enexis Netbeheer: ”we are eager to speed up the roll out with Sagemcom ESMR5 smart electricity meters and we would like to highlight the quality of the partnership with Sagemcom, which has demonstrated its ability to collaborate with Enexis Netbeheer by designing, implementing and producing the smart electricity meters in full compliancy with ESMR5 specifications”

With this start of massive rollout Sagemcom confirms its leadership in Smart Metering in Europe and its position as top multi technologies smart meter solutions partner. Commenting on this start of rollout, Jean-Philippe Sacriste, Director of Sagemcom Energy department, said: “Sagemcom is very proud to be a long term technology and industrial partner to Enexis. It is also key for us to demonstrate one more time that by choosing Sagemcom our customers have the warranty to fulfill their ambition for Smart Metering roll out and grid management capabilities.”

Based in Rueil Malmaison, Sagemcom, owned by its employees at 30%, is a French company that designs and manufactures communication terminals especially in the Energy, Telecom and Broadband areas. Every day, 250 dedicated people located in Rueil-Malmaison (head office of Sagemcom) contribute to the research, the development, the design and the marketing of meters, data concentrators and software suite for the management of electricity, gas, and water.

Source: Sagemcom

LTE puts Madrid Metro on track for the future

 

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Madid Metro uses LTE technology to futureproof it’s Communications Network.

Metros need reliable, high-performance communications to help them run smoothly. Yet nearly all metros today rely on outdated, disjointed communications networks. A case in point is Madrid Metro, the 8th longest metro system in the world, carrying 560 million passengers a year.

Metros typically use separate radio access networks, based on proprietary or standard Wi-Fi. When train drivers need to talk to their control center, they use terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA), DMR technology, or another private mobile radio network. Passengers who need help in an emergency use the same system.

Managing these separate systems is difficult and inefficient. Most are narrowband, lacking the ability to use the data hungry apps and critical services that transportation companies now look to adopt.

“Is just one network possible?”

What if there could be just one, all-encompassing communications network that seamlessly supported all the voice and data services a metro could need?

This was a question Madrid Metro wanted to answer. It initiated a project called railNET, designed to upgrade its train-to-ground system to get more bandwidth and provide new services such as CCTV-HD.

The project had several goals in mind – to provide internet access for passengers via on-board and platform Wi-Fi access points and achieve high definition video both on trains and platforms. Keeping the trains running is, of course, essential and the network had to also carry maintenance data from trains to the control center. Voice over IP (VoIP) from train to ground and between trains was another ambition.

While looking for a partner to help it realize this vision, Madrid Metro turned to Nokia following its successful LTE trial for the Paris Metro

. Working with several partners, Nokia managed the project, supplied the LTE technology, and was responsible for testing at its Transportation Solution Labs.

The Paris trial showed that the most critical applications, such as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), could operate with no packet loss and lower latencies than conventional Wi-Fi technologies, even in metro tunnels.

Madrid Metro invited Nokia to run a Proof of Concept (PoC) project to see how an LTE based system would meet its needs. Step one was installing an LTE system based on its AirScale Wi-Fi controller and access points, AirFrame Servers, Flexi Base Stations and Compact Network LTE core. Several months of testing and development showed that the network could in fact provide everything Madrid Metro wanted.

The Madrid Metro PoC is the most sophisticated metro communications trial yet. A major success of the project was to aggregate two 20 MHz carriers to deliver up to 150 Mbps, and bring a high-quality mobile broadband service to passengers. Real time video of the train doors is also displayed on screens in front of the driver, boosting passenger safety.

Madrid Metro now has a clear track to drive its systems forward towards the latest mission-critical broadband technology and provide its customers with optimal service.

 

Source: Selva Cromwel. Nokia

 

Telefónica presents the first mobile LTE network running on just 40 grams of hardware

Innovation implemented for rescue teams, retail and small companies

  • The demo shown at the Telefónica MWC2017 stand is LTE Nano for Rescue Teams, where it can be seen an autonomous & portable LTE Network in a small backpack, providing support for completely private communications for a rescue team and all its tools.
  • This innovation initiative counts amongst its elements the Quortus EdgeCentrix (ECX) Enhanced Packet Core, one of the most efficient software implementations in the market for a virtualized 4G core.

Madrid, Tuesday, March the 1st, 2017.- Telefónica presents today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an innovation initiative called LTE Nano that provides all the functionality of an autonomous LTE network in an extremely small scale.

This innovation, an evolution of the former project “LTE in a Box” presented at the MWC2015 that brought all the benefits of private critical LTE communications to the corporate world, will allow to bring the same advantages to new scenarios where small scale, low consumption and portability are paramount.  LTE Nano runs on a 40 grams SBC (Single Board Computer), on a Quad Core Cortex™-A53 processor and 2GB of RAM.

For the LTE Nano Project, Telefónica has integrated several components, one of the most essential being the EdgeCentrix virtual Enhanced Packet Core (vEPC) solution from Quortus, one of the most efficient and scalable software implementations of a mobile network functionality, able to run the essential elements of both 4G and 3G networks, including voice and data communications, with minimum HW requirements.

Among the sample scenarios where LTE Nano could be useful, we can mention the following:

 

  • LTE Nano for Rescue Teams. An autonomous and portable LTE solution in a backpack, providing critical LTE communications in isolated places with no pre-existing coverage and difficult Access.
  • LTE Nano for Retail. This solution would allow to provide private and quality guaranteed LTE based communications in retail environments, useful for digital signage, security surveillance solutions, Wireless Access to sales and backend applications from tablets, group comms, etc.
  • LTE Nano for the Office. Similar to the retail concept, this solution would provide quality assured and interference free LTE communications for small office environments, which could be used for voice communications, surveillance solutions and quality wireless access to the office intranet.
  • Embedded LTE Networks: the small scale of the LTE Nano implementation will enable the possibility of embedding LTE functionality in devices like a Femtocell, Customer premises equipments, or any other customer’s device with the necessary computing capacity.

All these scenarios include the well-known Quality of Service provided by LTE networks in licensed spectrum which guarantee the absence of interferences and the security of communications, typical characteristics of regulated environments.

The scenario chosen to be showcased at the Telefónica MWC2017 stand will be LTE Nano for Rescue Teams, where an autonomous LTE network in a backpack will be shown, providing portable LTE communications to the members of the rescue team and its search tools.

We will see:

  • A drone with an LTE enabled camera transmitting video.
  • Several tablets connected to the LTE backpack watching the video stream coming from the drone.
  • Voice over 4G (VoLTE) for closed Group communications.

The Video Streaming functionality is hosted on the same LTE Nano hardware, thanks to an ultra-optimized video solution implemented by Accenture Digital and its critical video specialist team, that has been working in making the streaming solution to run in the remaining capacity available at the LTE Nano SCB.

According to Javier Gutiérrez, director of Network Strategy and Development at Telefónica  España, “This innovation initiative is in line with our current efforts in bring the benefits of the latest generation of  LTE communications to all our customers, enabling services that were not possible before and helping said customers in finding new revenues for their businesses. In this scenario, the combination of the highly efficient virtualized solution from Quortus and the benefits of a licensed LTE spectrum, is helping us in pushing the limits of what we thought possible and bring the reliability, quality, and security of LTE communications to completely new markets. Quortus has proven to be an excellent innovation partner in pursuing these objectives”.

Andy Odgers, Quortus Founder and CEO, commented: “The emergence of initiatives such as Multefire and CBRS illustrate the rising interest in the use of cellular technology in a private context. The rising demand for reliable, secure connectivity exists across a range of enterprises, rural and remote settings and in the public safety arena. LTE Nano takes this to its logical conclusion, providing a completely discrete network which can be rapidly deployed anywhere. Telefónica, thanks to its innovative approach and strong customer orientation, is one of the most advanced operators in developing this kind of scenarios. We are proud to have been selected by Telefónica as a key component of LTE Nano.”

 

About Telefónica

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers with a comprehensive offering and quality of connectivity that is delivered over world class fixed, mobile and broadband networks. As a growing company it prides itself on providing a differential experience based both on its corporate values and a public position that defends customer interests.

The company has a significant presence in 21 countries and a customer base of over 349 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 5,037,804,990 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

 

About Quortus

Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.

 

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Source: Telefonica

Cradlepoint secures $89M in funding for software and new product initiatives

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Cradlepoint Secures $89 Million in Series C Funding Led by TCV to Deliver Next Generation Network Solutions for Enterprises Embracing Digital Transformation

Growth-stage Investment to Fuel Cradlepoint’s Continued Growth and Expand Product Initiatives in SDN, 5G Wireless Broadband, and Enterprise IoT

BOISE, Idaho – March 9, 2017 – Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-based network solutions for connecting people, places, and things over wired and wireless broadband, today announced it has closed $89 million in Series C funding. The round was led by TCV, a leading provider of capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry. Cradlepoint will use these funds to drive continued growth and further capitalize on the disruption in the enterprise wide area networking market as the result of Digital Transformation (the digitization of every business process and interaction). This includes expanding product initiatives in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), advanced 4G and 5G wireless connectivity, and enterprise Internet of Things (IoT).

In connection with the financing, Ted Coons, General Partner at TCV, and Doug Gilstrap, Venture Partner at TCV, have joined Cradlepoint’s board of directors.

The Cradlepoint investment continues TCV’s legacy of investing in sector-leading companies, such as Netflix, GoDaddy, ExactTarget, Redback Networks, and Splunk. With over 15,000 customers and 1.5 million units deployed to date worldwide, and having achieved an over 40 percent compound aggregate growth rate (CAGR) for the last three years, Cradlepoint is the leading provider of 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, governments, and mobile operators. The company’s diverse customer base includes 50 percent of Fortune 100, 75 percent of the world’s top retailers, and 25 of the largest US cities.

“Cradlepoint has established a strong foundation as the leader in cloud-managed 4G LTE network solutions,” said George Mulhern, CEO of Cradlepoint. “The investment by TCV, and their experience in guiding disruptive companies, will allow us to build on this foundation to capitalize on the opportunity in front of us as digital transformation drives WAN transformation. SDN, 4G/5G wireless broadband, mobile networking and IoT technologies will all play a pivotal role in the new connected enterprise, and we are well-positioned to lead the way.”

Digital transformation is accelerating cloud, mobile and IoT adoption — giving rise to the Connected Enterprise, putting greater emphasis on the wide area network (WAN). According to a report by IDC, the burgeoning market for SDN in the WAN (SD-WAN) is projected to reach $12.5 billion by 2020, spurred on by the need for more agile, automated and available networks and a direct result of digital transformation.

“With roots in enterprise-grade 4G LTE, hardware solutions that span branch, vehicle and IoT use cases, integrated with powerful software that enables remote management and network control, Cradlepoint has the technology and momentum to be a major player in the next generation of enterprise WANs,” stated Ted Coons, General Partner at TCV. “A clear technological advantage combined with market leadership and the ability to innovate are key attributes of companies that we choose to partner with, and we are delighted to support the Cradlepoint team as they continue on their growth path.”

“By 2020, the number of people, vehicles, and things connected to the enterprise network will start to dwarf fixed branch sites,” stated Eric Hanselman, chief analyst at 451 Research. “This dramatic shift in the volume and variety of connections will force the enterprise WAN to become more cloud-orchestrated, software-defined, and wirelessly connected and has already started to usher in an entirely new network security model. With this investment by TCV, Cradlepoint now has the potential to become a major player in wide-area networking for the connected enterprise.”

Source: Cradlepoint

Audi to launch V2I technology to connect cars with traffic lights

 

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The US division of the German automotive manufacturer Audi and Traffic Technology Services (TTS) are partnering to launch the first vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology at select smart cities in the autumn of 2016 in the US. The traffic light information technology will be available with select 2017 models of the Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad with Audi connect.

Traffic light information will serve as a feature of the Audi connect PRIME system, enabling the car to communicate with infrastructure in select metropolitan areas and cities in the country. With this technology, the car will be able to get real-time signal information from the advanced traffic management system, via an on-board LTE data connection and TTS servers.

The driver information system on the car’s instrument cluster and the head-up-display will indicate the time left until the signal becomes green. The feature is available on the 2017 models built after June 1.

Pom Malhotra, General Manager of connected vehicles, said: “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

The technology is the newest of Audi’s connected car innovations, which include the first broadband enabled vehicle, launched in 2010. Audi connect has since expanded its services and capabilities, including 4G/LTE connectivity in 2014.

Source: Connected Car Tech

Verizon to roll out new LTE IoT solution for Neptune Technology Group to drive sustainability in water industry

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Verizon to roll out new LTE IoT solution for Neptune Technology Group to drive sustainability in water industry

Gas and electric utilities also poised to benefit from new low power/low bandwidth IoT solutions from Verizon

 

Verizon have announced that it will provide a new Cat M1 IoT (Internet of Things) solution for industry-leading water metering technology provider Neptune Technology Group. The solution is designed to equip Neptune with a robust, scalable and secure connectivity platform to help water utility companies reduce costs and accelerate sustainability efforts. This is part of a range of initiatives Verizon is working on to deliver innovative IoT solutions tailored to meet the complex needs of other types of utilities, including reducing development costs, improving integration requirements and reducing time to implementation.

“We are excited to work with Verizon to develop next-generation IoT products to help address the many challenges faced by water utilities,” said Don Deemer, executive vice president, Neptune Technology Group. “We’ve leveraged Neptune’s expertise in rugged water utility endpoints and have combined that with Verizon’s Technologies’ technical expertise to deliver a compelling offering. The collaboration has resulted in a long-life AMI network that eliminates the utility’s need to deploy and manage network infrastructure.”

Announced at the start of CTIA Super Mobility 2016, key solutions that Verizon is bringing to bear for the utilities industry include:

  • A Category 1 IoT solution on 4G LTE ideal for the connectivity requirements of rural cooperative and municipal electric utilities. The solution utilizes Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9207-1 LTE modem engineered for IoT, providing built-in security and features including edge processing and reliable connectivity up to 10 Mbps speed with power and throughput optimization. To meet the requirements of utility customers, the chipset also supports up to 10 years of battery life at a cost-effective price point.
  • A Category M1 solution for water and gas companies. Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 LTE modem is a key component and features a purpose-built IoT design suitable for applications such as battery powered water and gas smart metering applications that demand even lower power consumption and longer range, reliable connectivity with up to 1 Mbps speed, and all at a cost-efficient price point. Solutions based on MDM9206 are expected to be commercially available in early 2017.

For its part, Verizon will leverage its Grid Wide Utility (as-a-service) solution, which includes integrating smart meters with Verizon 4G LTE Category 1 and M1 Smart Meter Communications Device, Verizon’s 4G LTE network, security and a range of cloud-based applications to support smart metering, demand response, meter data management, and distribution monitoring and control. Customers will also have access to flexible deployment options combined with other RF communication technology offered in a highly-integrated package that reduces costs, design complexity and integration time. Verizon currently supports more than 3 million utility meters on its network nationwide.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Neptune to invest in R&D that helps to reduce barriers commonly associated with IoT such as fragmented ecosystems and a lack of standards,” said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president IoT Connected Solutions at Verizon. “Driving innovation on 4G LTE to deliver a unified, reliable, scalable and secure platform optimized for IoT deployments is core to our strategy.”

“Utilities drive some of the most demanding connectivity requirements within the Internet of Things,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “4G LTE networks such as Verizon’s, together with our LTE modem solutions, have evolved to meet or exceed those demands, and these products deliver the ubiquitous coverage, scalability, quality of service, reliability, long battery life, and security required to support utility operations.”

Source: Verizon