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Patients to take more control of healthcare with 5G

Ericsson has published its latest ConsumerLab report, From Healthcare to Homecare. The report reveals consumer insights into the impact of 5G on the future of healthcare and its transformation across preventative, routine, and post-operative care.

Patients take more control of healthcare with 5G

Ericsson ConsumerLab has more than 20 years’ experience of studying people’s behaviors and values, including the way they act and think about ICT products and services. Ericsson ConsumerLab provides unique insights on market and consumer trends.

  • Among main Ericsson ConsumerLab report findings, patients believe online consultation will reduce the pain of waiting times
  • Consumers to take more control over monitoring health with wearables when 5G improves reliability and security
  • Industry players are counting on increased online access to centralized patient data to positively impact healthcare services

The report states that next-generation networks will be pivotal in healthcare transformation, providing transmission efficiency in an ecosystem of feedback and alerts, mobility and low latency. The networks will become a vehicle for a range of applications, including remote monitoring through medical-grade wearables, virtual doctor-patient interaction, and remotely operated robotic surgery.

Key findings include the decentralization of healthcare moving from hospitals towards homes. Also, that patient data is becoming more centralized, turning hospitals into data centers. Increasing dependence on wearables and remote treatments makes 5G essential to provide reliable and secure services. Evolving consumer expectations, anytime patient data access, and increased internet use are also making way for non-traditional players to disrupt the healthcare industry.

This report covers insights from an online survey of 4,500 advanced smartphone/mobile broadband users in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the UK and the US plus an online survey of 900 decision makers across six industries in these countries – healthcare, insurance, medical technology companies, telecom operators, app developers/aggregators and government regulatory bodies.

Read the full report: Healthcare to Homecare

Source: Ericsson

Orange wins M2M Monitoring contract with Sensile Technologies

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Orange Business Services helps Sensile Technologies remotely monitor oil and gas tanks worldwide with M2M connectivity.

 

  • Telemetry solution powered by 25,000 SIM cards in 60 countries
  •  Reduces costs of logistics by 25 percent through optimizing deliveries

Orange Business Services has won a three-year contract with Sensile Technologies for M2M connectivity, including 25,000 SIM cards, to support its two remote monitoring products worldwide: NETRIS®2 and GASLink®.

Headquartered in Morges, Switzerland, Sensile Technologies is a pioneer in the internet of things (IoT) market. Specifically, it is a leading provider of solutions for the remote monitoring of tanks and meters in the oil and gas industry. Sensile Technologies monitors more than 60,000 tanks in industrial and business facilities across 60 countries, via a global network of highly-qualified technicians and local partners.

Up to now, Sensile Technologies used 2G compatible devices to power its telemetry solutions. The contract with Orange Business Services extends this to cover 3G/4G devices, which future-proofs the solutions against 2G network shutdown and ensures seamless global coverage.

Sensile Technologies’ telemetry solutions, GASLink® and NETRIS®2, play a key role in the monitoring process. They are installed directly in the oil or propane tank and regularly send tank level measurements via the GSM network to the cloud, where the data is automatically processed.

The up-to-date tank level data allows oil and propane merchants – and their haulers – to arrange deliveries automatically via planning tools. They get data directly in their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Sensile Technologies’ Oil Link cloud solution to trigger deliveries automatically. In addition, their customers can get access on smartphones to monitor consumption.

Thanks to the optimization of deliveries based on live data, merchants and haulers can lower their logistics costs by at least 25 percent, without the risk of customers running dry. In addition to mitigating the risk of running out of fuel, customers are also able to access a detailed visualization and analysis of their logistics, enabling them to adapt their processes to reduce their costs further.

“Leading oil and propane companies rely on our autonomous, robust, and easy to install systems. We have more than 60,000 in place on tanks in over 60 countries. Orange Business Services has proven itself as a reliable partner with the global footprint we need for our business. Their competitive flat-fee pricing was convincing as well,” said Jean-Marc Uehlinger, Operational Director, Sensile Technologies.

“With its telemetry solutions Sensile Technologies is helping drive the latest revolution in industry. In Industry 4.0 every part of the enterprise and each phase of the manufacturing cycle will be connected. The internet of things (IoT) and M2M play a key part in this revolution, and we manage 10 million connected objects for our customers worldwide, including over 7 million active SIM cards,” Anne-Sophie Lotgering, senior vice president Europe, Russia & CIS, Orange Business Services.

GASLink® and NETRIS®2 are the result of 15 years’ experience from Sensile Technologies in the development and production of autonomous telemetry equipment. In addition to using the 2G (SMS) network to transmit data, NETRIS®2 can also use 3G or 4G, as well as create a short-distance radio frequency connection, which functions in every location.
siness Services helps Sensile Technologies remotely monitor oil and gas tanks worldwide with M2M connectivity,

Source: Orange Business Services

 

 

Environment Agency uses M2M Technology To Improve Planning And Efficiency

 

The Environment Agency deploys camera monitoring to remote locations, helping better direct the response of field engineers.

In December 2015 the UK experienced its wettest month in a century, which continued into the New Year. About 16,000 houses in England were flooded and it is estimated repairs will cost £3m and could take a year to complete.

Across the European Union the cost of flood damage is expected to rise from €4.5bn to €23bn per year by 2050. Climate change and changing weather patterns are expected to create a rainier Europe, with heavier, more damaging downpours.

In the UK, the Environment Agency (EA) is at the forefront of our flood defences. It assesses flood risk and maintains the country’s flood defences. The EA must be at a constant state of readiness. “Flash flooding has changed the way we operate,” says Mick Robinson, Technical Advisor FCRM (Flood and Coastal Risk Management) at EA. “Intense downpours can happen anywhere at any time, so we need to be able to respond quickly and effectively.” The EA manages more than 30,000 bridges, culverts and grids, all of which play a role in managing flooding. Culverts allow water to drain off harmlessly, steering flood water into rivers and drainage systems.

These culverts cannot fail. Traditionally, this infrastructure was maintained via a scheduled series of service visits: engineers would regularly check culverts for blockages. A blocked culvert could cause flood water to back up, flooding residential areas. EA wanted to improve the efficiency of these service visits, enabling engineers to be ready to move at a moment’s notice. It wanted to prioritise visits and to build early-warning systems.

Many of these culverts are in remote, hard to reach locations. They require a great deal of time and money to visit. “If our defences are being overloaded we want to be better able to direct ground responses,” says Robinson. The solution Remote monitoring to help direct field engineers The obvious solution is remote visual monitoring – cameras sending regular images of infrastructure, the bridges, culverts and drains, to support regular visits by engineers. The images can be viewed centrally, or by engineers on the move via a mobile device. They provide an early warning system and better direct service visits.

With previous solutions, the difficulty had been in powering, maintaining and ensuring the necessary connectivity to each camera. In the East Midlands region, EA is using a new solution that combats each of these issues. It is working with iDefigo Group, a remote monitoring specialist, and Vodafone’s Global M2M platform. A network of smart cameras, each connected to a central platform and powered by small, solar panels, provide regular, accurate updates. “Many of these cameras are in river valleys, where connectivity is not great. We’ve beaten this with the Vodafone Global SIM,” says Robinson.

Source: Vodafone

 

KONE chooses Vodafone to take maintenance to the next level

KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has chosen Vodafone’s innovative machine to machine (M2M) remote monitoring technology to create a new diagnostics service to schedule proactive maintenance tasks. The new service will help ensure the smooth running of the many thousands of lifts KONE maintains around the world, while keeping down-time to an absolute minimum.

As a legacy of its operations across multiple countries, KONE had acquired contracts with telecoms companies around the world which the company wanted to replace with a single global provider agreement. Regulations stipulate that a lift cannot be used unless it has a working phone in case of an emergency; however, KONE was experiencing delays in installation with fixed line operators, especially in new builds, and decided instead to opt for mobile communications technologies from Vodafone.

A Vodafone M2M SIM card is embedded into each KONE lift, enabling operational data to be sent and received wirelessly over the Vodafone network, including daily update logs with data such as the number of journeys and reports from microprocessors monitoring key components. That data is then compared with historical logs, enabling KONE to monitor trends and anticipate potential issues before they arise, in turn helping the company plan maintenance schedules more effectively and improve service quality.

Thomas Hietto, KONE’s senior vice president, maintenance services business, said: “We want to be the best maintenance partner for our customers and provide the highest quality level possible. Vodafone’s solution helps us to meet that aim. Being able to analyse data means we can also adopt an even more proactive approach to maintenance – and, because this is machine talking to machine, improve overall efficiency.”

Director Machine-to-Machine, Vodafone, Erik Brenneis, added: “Our global platform means that KONE can create a single repeatable technology operated across multiple countries through a partnership with just one provider rather than trying to manage a series of individual country contracts through numerous providers. We are delighted to help KONE achieve their goal of greater operational efficiency and a more seamless experience for their customers.”

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KONE’s remote monitoring solution improves smart elevator maintenance

Source: Vodafone

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