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EE SET TO SWITCH ON UK’S FIRST 5G TRIAL NETWORK IN EAST LONDON

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EE SET TO SWITCH ON UK’S FIRST 5G TRIAL NETWORK IN EAST LONDON

  • EE switching on UK’s first live 5G trial network in East London in October
  • 10 sites to be upgraded with latest 5G technology to enable next generation of mobile network
  • Consumers and businesses to experience UK’s first 5G network with beta 5G broadband devices

EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, will switch on the UK’s first live 5G trial network in East London in October, connecting real EE customers and businesses to 5G for the first time.

The trial will see 5G switched on at 10 sites around East London in areas including City Road, Old Street, Hoxton Square, St Paul’s and Chiswell Street. Five small businesses and five homes will have the chance to get connected to the unique 5G launch to trial the new technology, using prototype 5G broadband devices. In the coming weeks, EE will be using social media channels to find the UK’s first ever 5G trialists.

The live trial will demonstrate the ability of 5G to provide the highest speed mobile data connections, even in the most densely populated urban environments. 5G will create more reliable and responsive mobile internet connections, enabling widespread adoption of technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality in apps and services. EE aims to deliver live speeds in excess of one gigabit per second with this first trial.

EE aims to be the first UK operator to launch 5G, and will build the new mobile technology on top of its award winning 4G network, boasting the fastest speeds and the widest coverage.

Minister for Digital, Margot James, said: “We want the UK to be a global leader in 5G as part of our ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. Together with the Government’s own test beds and trials programme, industry initiatives like this will help deliver the benefits of this new revolutionary technology to businesses and consumers across the UK.”

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said: “This live trial is a big step forward in making the benefits of 5G a reality for our customers, and in making sure that the UK is at the front of the pack for 5G technology. We’re focusing our resource and experience across EE and BT to ensure that we continue to lead the UK market with a mobile network that keeps giving our customers the best speeds and the best coverage. 5G is a fundamental part of our work to build a converged, smart network that keeps our customers connected to the things that matter most.”

Source: EE

Local councils missing out on more than £400 Million possible savings from M2M technologies

 

Local councils are missing potential savings of over £400 million and the opportunity to improve the services they offer to citizens by not capitalising on the benefits offered by Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, Vodafone UK has found.

 

  • Smart street lighting and smart in-building energy management systems in local government buildings could provide savings of £402.3 million
  • New research by ComRes for Vodafone UK shows that 67 per cent of urban councillors are not aware of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies and how they can be used to deliver better, more cost efficient public services
  • 77 per cent of people living in urban areas say they would support their council’s decision to invest more in new technology to drive improved public services

To understand why local government is yet to reap the benefits of M2M for the efficient delivery of public services, Vodafone research, unveiled today, found that although the vast majority of urban councillors are positive about investment in technology, two thirds (67 per cent) are not familiar with M2M. This gap in understanding would explain why M2M is yet to be widely used to improve public services such as street lighting, refuse collection, urban traffic and transport management, whilst at the same time saving the tax payer millions.

Vodafone UK worked with research partner ComRes to poll 629 GB urban councillors and over 1,600 residents living in or on the fringes of the country’s urban areas to understand their views on the use of technology for public service delivery and to gauge which services are of concern to residents. The poll found that councillors agree that investing in technology is important in delivering better public services. This approach is also supported by the majority of urban residents.

The provisional local government finance settlement means that councils in England face cuts of almost £8 billion this year (1.8 per cent of 14/15 budget)1. By utilising M2M – also called the Internet of Things (IoT) – local councils could benefit from significant savings while improving key services. Smart street lighting and energy management systems in local government buildings, for example, could save over £400 million (£402.3 million), making up around 5 per cent of the cuts expected over the next year with just two M2M-based solutions.

Today’s research suggests those savings would be welcomed by citizens who overwhelmingly said (77 per cent) they would fully support their council’s decision to invest more in new technology to drive improved public services.

Matt Key, Director of M2M sales and commercial at Vodafone said, “While the importance of technology seems to be widely appreciated by local councillors and residents in urban areas, the lack of awareness of the massive benefits to be gained from M2M and the Internet of Things means that urban councils are missing out on opportunities to deliver better, smarter and more cost effective services in the areas which matter to their local communities.”

“Among the small amount of councillors who are familiar with M2M, almost all of them (83 per cent) feel the technology will be important in delivering better services and improved value to the community. If we can help more councillors understand the possible savings and the benefits, then we have a real opportunity to help local councils improve the services for their communities, as well as free up more budget to be reinvested in front line services.”

Citizens are in support of smart technologies

The poll of Britons living in or on the fringes of urban areas found them to be in strong support of using M2M technologies to improve public services and reduce running costs. The greatest savings could come from monitoring systems in local authority buildings to reduce energy consumption, a measure supported by 85 per cent of residents. When Vodafone implemented smart monitoring systems across 200 of its sites, the company made an average saving of 29 per cent in energy costs, per site. With UK local authorities spending around £750 million each year on energy costs2, they could save close to £190 million per year with an average saving of 25 per cent through the introduction of similar systems.

Further savings could be achieved by smart street lighting – 80 per cent of residents in urban areas said they are in favour of lighting which brightens when it senses people or vehicles are nearby to reduce energy consumption. If connected or smart street lights were rolled out to all 7.5 million street lights in the UK this could drive savings of £52.9 million on energy costs (based on a conservative 20 per cent reduction) and £161.9 million in maintenance, equating to total savings of almost £215million (£214.8 million).

M2M technology can improve the services that citizens are most dissatisfied with

According to the survey, residents of urban areas are less likely to be satisfied on issues concerning transportation and traffic, compared to other council services, such as refuse collection and street lighting.

Traffic management, for example, can readily benefit from M2M technologies. As the survey suggests, congestion in urban areas such as London, is a major frustration for its residents, as well as costing councils money. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the number of hours spent by drivers idling in traffic in London is expected to increase by nearly 20 per cent over the next fifteen years to 299 hours – equating to 40 working days a year by 20303.

In fact 88 per cent of adults living in urban areas said they support the introduction of smart traffic light systems which automatically respond to the flow of people and vehicles for more effective traffic management. Support for improvements to traffic light systems was higher than any other proposal tested in the polling.

Furthermore, fifty-seven per cent of residents said they would be in support of their local council investing in applications to help them find parking spaces. One City Council is already embarking on a project with Vodafone to help direct drivers to the council’s 10,000 parking bays4 – some of which remain vacant because people can’t find them. Drivers spend around 15 minutes looking for an available space, so the project will greatly reduce congestion.

“The benefits that are already being seen by the private sector, other markets and some local authorities are just too significant for urban councillors to ignore,” said Matt Key. “Those at the highest level in Government are starting to recognise the potential with IoT making its way into the Spring budget for the first time earlier this year. We recommend that urban councillors find out more about M2M technologies to see how they can improve the services that matter most to their residents while making budgets work harder. At Vodafone, we are committed to working with local councils to make best use of technology to create some of the smartest, most efficient cities in Europe.”

Source: Vodafone

 

Libelium Releases Smart Cities Sensor Platform for Precise Urban Monitoring

Libelium has released a newSmart Cities sensing platform, based on Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor nodes, that integrates hardware and software design improvements developed in response to feedback from scores of Smart Cities projects over the last four years.

Increased urbanization is a market driver for the rapid growth of the global Smart Cities market, forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $1.56 trillion by 2020. Cities aim to give citizens a quality lifestyle in terms of economic growth, well being, and sustainability.

Libelium’s modular sensor solution enables cities to establish a platform to build future smart city applications and services, such as traffic management, environmental sensors, smart parking, water quality and conservation, noise pollution, and urban resilience.

Designed to meet sophisticated demands of municipalities, Libelium’s new Smart Cities sensing solution, based on Waspmote Plug & Sense!, reduces installation, integration, and maintenance costs, and offers flexibility and scalability for Smart City applications. The platform includes a new array of sensors for advanced Smart Cities deployments, is compliant with international standards for sensor accuracy and offers out of the box integration with existing Cloud solutions.

Libelium’s new Smart Cities sensing solution, Plug & Sense! Smart Environment PRO

Libelium’s new Smart Cities sensing solution, Plug & Sense! Smart Environment PRO

“City managers recognize they are in transition from digital cities to Smart Cities,” said Alicia Asin, Libelium co-founder and CEO. “Municipalities are far more educated now in terms of technology and infrastructure investment, and they prefer accurate readings over more nodes. They need information they can use across departments to amortize expensive equipment purchases like sonometers. ”

New Gases PRO Sensor Board for Waspmote OEM

New Gases PRO Sensor Board for Waspmote OEM

With Libelium Waspmote and Plug & Sense! sensors, municipalities can combine solutions from a variety of technology partners, including Cloud providers, data management solutions, network operators, or application developers.

New Smart Cities Precision Platform

Key Features Why it Matters
New particle matter – dust sensor (PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10)detects different types of particulate matter by size. New pollen sensor measurements range from 10 to 40um. For ambient monitoring more accuracy in monitoring gas concentration levels and the amount of PM2.5 and PM10 dust particles allows cities and government agencies to meet international Air Quality Index (AQI) compliance values, and better advise the public of air quality and health risk.
Calibrated gas sensors for Smart Cities sensing devices include CO, CO2 NO2 O2, O3, SO2, etc.; They are delivered calibrated from the factory. With calibration, the new gas sensors are fine-tuned to provide the exact value of gas concentration in ppm, instead of a less accurate range of values. Older versions of these gas sensors are much less sensitive.
Noise sensors for Smart Cities allow continuous reading in the 40-100dB range. Noise pollution from air and road traffic, industry, and construction is a prime factor that affects and harms citizens. Monitoring environmental sound levels in cities and urban environments is an important issue.
Light sensors for Smart Cities feature light intensity levels measured in luxes, for high accuracy in control and automation. Smart Lighting applications allow municipalities to save money and energy by dimming lights during low traffic hours, and to enhance security by lighting dark areas when people are present.
Waspmote Smart Cities sensor platform is ready for use in any Smart Cities application with sensors for gas, noise, light, temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. Waspmote Plug & Sense can integrate up to 6 sensors per node, maximizing network infrastructure and reducing installation costs.
Sensor probes and SIM cards can be added or replaced without uninstalling. This is critical for maintenance operations. All gas sensors expire eventually, and taking the node back to the factory for replacement is not viable. Plug & Sense! sensor probes can be replaced as easily as changing a light bulb.

The two key features of this new Smart Cities sensing solution are the inclusion of theCalibrated Gases PRO Sensor Board (with a wider range of gas sensors available and highly increased accuracy) and the particulate matter sensor—commonly known as dust sensor (it allows the measurement of PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 particles).

Smart Environment PRO with new particle matter - dust sensor (PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10)

Smart Environment PRO with new particle matter – dust sensor (PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10)

For more Technical information go to Waspmote and Plug & Sense! website, and to theGases PRO Technical Guide.

For more information about Smart Cities Sensor Platform contact the Libelium Commercial Department.

Source:  Libelium

OTA map and fuel price updates in next generation BMW ConnectedDrive

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The next generation of the BMW ConnectedDrive system permits a regular automatic navigation map update. The data are transferred “over the air” using the mobile SIM card installed and there are no licence charges or transmission costs for the user.

The possibility of receiving continuously updated data also forms the platform for the “fuel price search” by BMW online. On request, it displays continuously updated fuel prices at filling stations in the surrounding area, at the destination of a satnav route or at any other location in Germany. At the touch of a button, the system takes the driver directly to the filling station. From July 2014, the “fuel price search” can be called up directly using the map view of Navigation Professional.

Updates for navigation maps using mobile technology

The latest navigation maps ensure that new roads and modified traffic routes are known. These data can also be effectively included in route planning, as can information concerning matters such as changed urban boundaries. This is transferred into the onboard network for predictive energy management. In order to allow users to access the latest maps at any time, BMW ConnectedDrive is taking new pathways with the next generation of Navigation Professional. The navigation maps are automatically updated with this system, and obsolete databases have been consigned to the history books.

The SIM card installed in the car itself uses mobile technology to transfer the new map data to the vehicle without any diversion over an external data carrier and manual installation.

The system is regularly updated and this happens several times a year if a new map version is available. The progress of the update is displayed in the Control Display. Installation is convenient and completely autonomous. This system provides the latest map software as a basis for perfect navigation without any delays. During the updating process, all navigation functions are available without any restrictions. No registration is required for automatic updating and users do not have to log on to a portal.

This innovative solution is a constituent element of the Professional navigation system. There are no licence costs for customers and no charges for data transfer.

Source: BMW

Gemalto’s new M2M development kit boosts innovation in the Internet of Things

Easy-to-use development board simplifies M2M solution design for Java community, enabling prototypes in just hours

Amsterdam, Sept 23, 2013 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is again simplifying Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and expanding the Internet of Things (IoT) with the launch of the Cinterion® Concept Board for developers. The IoT gives physical objects the ability to automatically transfer information over a network, which creates a platform for smart decisions and continuously improved process and interactions. With the Internet of Things’ ubiquitous intelligence, people can be alerted to the nearest parking space, available taxi or cycle path all with a simple app. The Cinterion Concept Board is designed to expand these IoT possibilities through speeding up the creation of innovative solutions in digital signage1 , automated building applications, remote monitoring and control of devices2 and more.

 
The new development kit simplifies solution design by allowing the vast community of M2M developers to transform original ideas into prototypes in just hours compared to days or weeks with traditional approaches. Leveraging Oracle Java ME Embedded, Gemalto’s unique Cinterion Concept Board will provide potentially over nine million Java developers worldwide with an easy and cost-efficient method to engage in the M2M marketplace. The Cinterion Concept Board is also cloud-ready through Gemalto’s SensorLogic application enablement platform with secure wireless connectivity enabled by a Cinterion M2M module. The all-in-one kit marries the ease-of-use of Java embedded solutions with a simple open source interface for Arduino3 extension boards inspiring the creation of smarter interactive objects and environments.
 
“Java developers are an inventive and passionate group, and Gemalto’s Cinterion Concept Board gives them the ideal tool to quickly get started creating applications for the Internet of Things,” said Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle. “With 50 billion connected devices predicted for 20204, there is a tremendous opportunity for developers to connect and automate the IoT with the Java enabled Concept Board.”
 
“Our Cinterion Concept Board is the easiest and most cost effective way for  anyone with an interest in M2M and the IoT to create solutions like remotely controlling the temperature of your home thermostat helping to save energy and money,” said Axel Hansmann, VP of M2M Strategy and Marketing at Gemalto. “With the Cinterion Concept Board, we are tapping the creativity of Java developers, enabling them to invent cool applications that can then enhance the IoT.”
The Cinterion® Concept Board will be available starting October 2013 and can be pre-ordered here.
 
Gemalto is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).
 
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1)  Example of digital signage: a digital billboard that circulates up-to-the minute information as needed with public safety announcements
2)  Example of remote monitoring and control: connecting streetlights to an intelligent network for just-in-time lights on / off, thus reducing waste of electrical power
3)  Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments
4) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9051590/50-billion-devices-online-by-2020.html