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South Korea rolls out LTE Drones for First Responders

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KT Corporation has unveiled technologies that are part of a public safety project to enable fire, police and rescue responders to better communicate with each other using everday devices.

South Korean telco KT Corperation on Tuesday demonstrated new technologies engineered to better respond to disasters or public safety crises in remote areas, including a mobile network server that can deliver LTE coverage mounted from a backpack.

In Pyeongchang in the country’s Gangwon Province, the telco demonstrated the LTE Backpack, a lightweight network mini-base station designed to be deployed on the fly and in remote areas, such as at sea or in the mountains; along with its Drone LTE, specially armed with telecom modules as well as video and thermal cameras to facilitate search and rescue operations by first responders.

The LTE drone and backpack were displayed as part of a multi-billion dollar emergency communications infrastructure project dubbed Public Safety LTE, which will enable fire, police and rescue responders to better communicate with each other using everyday devices.

The technologies can be effectively used for search and rescue operations because they work together using the emergency IT infrastructure, according to Oh Sung-mok, KT network division head and company vice president.

South Korea is in the process of building a national public safety network to be used by the military, police, fire department, transportation department and other agencies — a project worth 2 trillion won ($1.74 billion) tentatively projected to roll out next year. The project became prioritised after the Sewol disaster last year, in which over 300 people died after a ferry capsized. The heavy casualty was blamed on late responses.

KT and SK Telecom were officially chosen to participate in the project, while handset makers Samsung and Pantech are also in talks to supply specially made devices that will be a boon to their enterprise businesses.

KT will also deploy its “Triple GiGA Network” of satellite, fiber optics, and microwave technology to make sure the communication links stay connected in case one or two of them malfunction. “KT can contribute to making the nation safer by leveraging KT’s LTE network technology,” Oh said in a statement.

The telco also teamed up with local handset makers and other companies to roll out smartphones and walkie-talkies running on the public safety networks.

Source: Philip Iglauer-ZDNET

Co-Star see significant increase in sales for M2M applications

Co-Star the UK based Global supplier of Mobile Communications equipment have experienced a huge increase in sales of Antennas and RF cable assemblies for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications.

The Antennas and RF cable assemblies are designed to maximise the signal strength and improve the performance of mobile devices that contain mobile phone style SIM cards to transmit  data and control equipment remotely using global cellular networks including GSM & 4G.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: ” We have been working flat out manufacturing RF cable assemblies for M2M applications over the last twelve months to keep up with the demand, we are able to make a diverse range of cables using  high quality low  loss RG58 coaxial cable with connectors including FME, SMA, TNC and N type  to our customers specification and offer very fast turnaround times, we have received orders from all over the World.

An M2M company based in Australia recently approached us to work on a project for a Wine company who needed Antennas and Cables to  control sprinklers on a vine yard remotely. The area covered hundreds of miles and the technology allowed the owners of the vine yard to monitor the weather forecast and react quickly to changes in weather conditions helping them to protect the vines and maximise the yield”.

Co-Star have  also seen a substantial growth in sales  of multiband Antennas that work across global cellular networks  and are used for M2M applications including Smart Meters, Vending Machines and remote advertising systems.

M2M has helped companies from all industry sectors to become more  efficient, responsive and accurate.

Source: Co-Star

Faster broadband coming to planes, trains and ships as UK eyes spectrum changes

The UK is looking to open up spectrum currently used by satellite Earth stations for vehicle-mounted stations that could boost broadband capacity in aircraft, ships and trains.

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom is hoping to spur innovation in mobile broadband services by making it easier for satellite operators to use ‘Earth stations on mobile platforms’ (ESOMPs) to deliver passenger broadband.

Ofcom has proposed (PDF) three frequency bands that operators could apply for to support mobile Earth stations mounted on aircraft, ships or other land-based vehicles.

While alternative technologies are already used to provide wi-fi on board in transport, the regulator believes the spectrum could be used to provide links with higher capacity and spur a new market for mobile communications.

Several satellite operators are planning to launch commercial satellite networks in 2013 and 2014 that support the use of mobile earth stations transmitting in the 27.5GHz to 30GHz range, according to Ofcom.

Ofcom also points out that recent advances in stabilised antenna technology make it possible for earth station antennas to track a satellite in orbit even when it’s mounted on a fast moving platform.

While there was a risk the mobile Earth stations could cause interference to other fixed site satellite networks, Ofcom considered that risk “very low”. With the appropriate controls, the mobile stations would cause no more interference than fixed-site earth stations, it said.

It also notes that the aircraft and ship-mounted Earth stations can already operate in international airspace and waters, but that parts of these frequency ranges are used by terrestrial radio systems in some countries. That’s why Ofcom was proposing frequency ranges that are already authorised for satellite Earth station applications, such as the permanent Earth stations and high density fixed-satellite services.

Key proposals Ofcom is seeking feedback on under a public consultation are:

  • Radio equipment for land-based ESOMPs should be exempted from the need to have a Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 licence
  • Radio equipment for aircraft and ship mounted ESOMPs should be licensed under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 rather than licence-exempt
  • Licensing of aircraft-mounted ESOMPs should be done through variation of the aircraft radio licence issued on Ofcom’s behalf by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with no additional fee
  • Licensing of ship-mounted ESOMPs should be done through variation of the ship radio licence with no additional fee.

The deadline for stakeholders to respond to the proposal is 10 October 2013 and Ofcom expects to release a statement on the consultation in December.

Source: Liam Tung ZDnet

Topics: Broadband, United Kingdom, Wi-Fi