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Swiss Company PlantCare Makes Breakthrough in Digital Farming

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Can you imagine being able to determine the fertilizer content in the soil without taking samples and then having to have them analyzed in a chemical laboratory? PlantCare Ltd., a company based in Switzerland in the field of soil sensors and intelligent self-learning irrigation controls, has succeeded to enable exactly this. Agriculture has been waiting […]

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Garmin and NXT-ID Subsidiary FitPay Announce Garmin Pay Now Live on Garmin vívoactive 3 Smartwatch

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Garmin International, Inc. and Fit Pay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc. recently announce that the Garmin PayTM contactless payment feature is now live on Garmin’s vívoactive 3 smartwatch and available to cardholders of issuing banks supporting the new service. The new feature on Garmin’s latest smartwatch enables consumers to make highly secure […]

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Huawei and University of Edinburgh to research potential of AI robotics systems operating over 5G networks

By Zenobia Hegde

At the 2017 Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei and the University of Edinburgh signed a research cooperation to investigate the potential for AI robotics systems to operate over next generation 5G wireless networks.

Researchers at Huawei’s Wireless X Labs and University of Edinburgh’s new Bayes Centre will investigate together how AI systems can inform and adapt wireless 5G networks to provide optimum wireless support to meet the needs of connected robotics and systems. Areas of initial focus include healthcare robotics and mobile video.

The project will build on the University of Edinburgh’s existing research into AI and autonomous systems to provide new insights into how these systems will use AI to collaborate with mobile broadband networks. This can enhance the performance of both networks and applications to enable greater levels of interaction between people and systems. This new research project extends the existing relationship between Huawei and the University of Edinburgh following the announcement in June of a joint lab hosted at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.

This new research cooperation was signed by Peter Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Wireless Solution, and Professor Charlie Jeffery, Senior Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh.

This new research cooperation was signed by Peter Zhou, chief marketing officer, Huawei Wireless Solution, and professor Charlie Jeffery, senior vice principal, University of Edinburgh. Also in attendance were professor Jon Oberlander, assistant principal data technology, who has joined the Advisory Committee of Huawei’s Wireless X Labs, and Mr. David Richardson, director of Partnerships for the Bayes Centre.

Professor Charlie Jeffery said, “We are thrilled to have deepened our relationship with Huawei to researching 5G within AI applications. Our ambition is to utilise the knowledge of our world-leading experts to fully understand the interaction of AI and robotics systems with mobile networks. This new research agreement gives our team the opportunity to apply their 5G networking expertise into solving real-world problems – helping to transform industries including healthcare and emergency services.”

Peter Zhou at Huawei said: “We are delighted to continue working with the world-leading team at the University of Edinburgh to help understand how improvements within mobile broadband can foster innovation within wireless robotics systems. AI is a key feature of 5G networking, and we are excited to deepen our understanding of how the interaction between applications and networks can create new benefits and enhancements.”

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China Telecom and China Unicom certify u-blox NB-IoT modules

By Zenobia Hegde

u-blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced that its SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have successfully completed AVL certification with China Telecom and validation with China Unicom.

This process includes the SARA-N200 (900 MHz) and SARA-N201 (850 MHz) product variants, which were both designed to meet China market requirements.

The certifications offer greater flexibility to manufacturers of end devices integrating u-blox NB-IoT modules, guaranteeing optimal performance of the devices under China Telecom and China Unicom networks and full compliance to all operator requirements. Both modules are now commercially available.

“We are glad to announce that our SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have been approved for use in China,” says Perry Zhang, principal strategic partnerships at u-blox. “We can now offer full NB-IoT connectivity to our customers in this market.”

The u-blox SARA-N2 series NB-IoT modules feature extremely low power consumption delivering 10+ years of battery life and have been designed explicitly for the needs of applications that need to communicate for long periods of time in challenging radio propagation conditions, such as in buildings and underground, achieving a maximum coupling loss (MCL) of 164 dB. Measuring only 16 x 26mm, the modules are industrial grade, offering an extended temperature range of -40 to +85º C and ISO/TS16949 manufacturing.

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Combining cellular and Wi-Fi for cost, connectivity, reliability — A Webinar

By Zenobia Hegde

When we think of the applicable functionality that a hybrid connectivity solution would provide, multiple use cases come to mind. Everything from connected solar panels to smart cities to point of sale monitoring to security benefit from a lower cost, more reliable hybrid connectivity solution. For example, within the trucking industry (or for any roadway vehicle), cellular connections would work best while the vehicle is in motion, needing GSP or emergency services. While in the depot, however, Wi-Fi would be a fiscally sound (lower cost) pathway for transmitting static data, such as driver logs, says Carmi Brandis of Aeris.

Singular issues, single solution

The rapid expansion of the Aeris hybrid solution is a direct result of the multiple connectivity issues that exist today. Individually, cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity each have some drawbacks, but with a hybrid connectivity solution, specific problems can be resolved.

At the basic level, cellular connectivity has several challenges, such as poor indoor penetration, but coverage improves with Wi-Fi. Cellular power consumption expenses come down with a hybrid solution, as do high data usage costs. Additionally, Wi-Fi brings its own issues, including coverage, security, device provisioning, diagnostics, and minimal visibility and control.

The Aeris hybrid solution overcomes these by using just a single platform for provisioning, billing, reporting, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and traffic policy configuration. And with a hybrid implementation, deployment is easy and operational complexities are radically reduced.

So, as a business owner, presently paying for connectivity, the questions you need to ask should revolve around coverage, cost, and ease of use. The Aeris solution prevents carrier lock-in, thereby affording many more choices for your connectivity needs.

Why hybrid?

The key value propositions of an Aeris hybrid solution include lower cost with higher reliability, improved coverage, and ease of deployment. The Aeris solution reduces operational complexities via a single platform to manage both cellular and Wi-Fi devices; provides enhanced coverage with a layered Wi-Fi and cellular solution that increases connection consistency while improving indoor reception; provides secure connections and authentication controls over cellular and Wi-Fi connections; provides secure connectivity by VPN to the Aeris data center; and provides cost optimisation for the entire IoT device deployment.

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Want to learn more about the implementation and advantages that an IoT hybrid connectivity solution can bring to your business? This Aeris webinar delves into today’s IoT market drivers, challenges, and new opportunities; the pros and cons of each technology; combining cellular and Wi-Wi into a single subscription; hybrid use cases; and the value and key considerations for this new hybrid connectivity model.

Join subject matter experts (451 Research VP Brian Partridge and Aeris product marketing executive Evan Whitelock) in this webinar as they discuss the merits of IoT hybrid solution viability. Register now.

The author of this blog is Carmi Brandis of Aeris

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How IoT will disrupt healthcare

By Zenobia Hegde

There are hundreds of proposals for the IoT in the health services. Half of them could be terrible. If only we knew which half! I’m not sure about other countries but whenever I hear about ‘disruptive technology’ and the British National Health Service (NHS), I always feel nervous.

We’ve already wasted £11 billion (€12.31 billion) and rising on a ‘fit for purpose’ programme for IT that wasn’t fit for anything. It would be a brave NHS purchaser that would sign off on any more ‘disruption’. Surely, if they are going to sell the idea, they need a new catchphrase, says Nick Booth, freelance IT and communications writer.

For now, in this sector at least, IoT needs to be a bit less brash and ambitious. We don’t want to see any more flash IT salesmen flaunting their wealth. Acqueon claims its IoT could save the NHS £500 million (€559.72 million) a year. Well, OK, prove it, by taking your payment as a commission on the savings you create.

The savings they are so confident about will come from solving the problem of medication noncompliance – that situation where patients don’t keep taking the pills. This will get worse as our population ages. IoT connected pill boxes don’t miss their doses.

Failing to take medication correctly leads to 200,000 premature deaths in Europe a year. Partly it’s because the old are bamboozled with complicated drug taking regimes. This polypharmacy involves a smorgasboard of pills which have to be taken in varying intervals.

A smart pill box knows when they’ve not been opened and sends automated reminders to the patient. If these messages go answered and the pill box still not opened, the device snitches on you to the clinician who then phones you directly.

Robots are getting old now too. The first robot assistant, the Arthrobot, made its debut in an operating theatre in 1984. Since then, robots have performed surgery on everything in degrees of complexity ranging from eyes and knees to neurosurgery.

Imperial College London created the PROBOT, which first performed prostate surgery at Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital in 1992. The robots are starting to take on human characteristics.

They’re starting to leave pieces of equipment in the patients, just like their human counterparts. This is all documented in Adverse Events in Robotic Surgery: A Retrospective Study of 14 Years of FDA Data. The authors from University of Illinois, Michigan Institute of Technology and Rush Medical Center compiled the report from MAUDE data (as in Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience).

In a study of 1.74 million robotic surgical procedures – mostly urological or gynaecological – the data recorded 8,061 device malfunctions, 1,391 patient injuries and 144 patient deaths. Adverse incidents included electrical arcing, sparking or charring of instruments and the falling of broken or burnt pieces into the patient’s body. Such incidents were said to have contributed to 119 injuries and one patient death.

“Clearly, operations utilising robotics are not without their risk, says Greg McEwen, partner at insurance law specialist BLM. As he points out, incidents relating to broken or left behind instruments […]

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Interoute grows its global networked cloud platform in Asia Pacific

By Zenobia Hegde

Interoute, a global cloud and network provider, has opened a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Sydney, Australia. The PoP will host the 18th Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) globally, the company’s third in the Asia Pacific region.

The announcement comes in response to customer demand for expanded global cloud coverage in the Asia Pacific region and extends the reach of Interoute’s new Edge SD-WAN services. Interoute Edge is used by customers to accelerate their enterprise data traffic around the world.

Using the global Interoute Cloud Fabric, public and private access networks can blend into one dynamic digital platform, where application traffic travels over the fastest available routes. The Interoute Cloud Fabric binds together all Interoute VDC cloud zones, co-location facilities, PoPs, as well as third-party cloud providers with Interoute’s ultra-low latency private network backbone.

Mark Lewis, EVP Products and Development at Interoute, said: “Sydney is a global city and businesses are demanding better local connectivity and compute capability to support their growth. As we continue to grow our footprint in the Asia Pacific region, opening a PoP in Sydney is an important step to providing businesses in this theatre with faster, more reliable and secure access to cloud and IT services.”

The Sydney location will be a core PoP on the Interoute network with local peering and resilient connectivity to Interoute’s Singapore and Hong Kong locations. It will host the 18th Interoute VDC global IaaS zone, giving customers the ability to launch virtual machines as well as Interoute Edge gateways.

With these services in Sydney set to go live in the first half of 2018, Interoute’s vast global network will expand to connect 127 major cities across 30 countries and 18 global cloud zones. Interoute offers customers a global ICT infrastructure platform that supports the integration of enterprise legacy IT with Digital environments.

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BP Partners with AspenTech to improve operations through technology

By Zenobia Hegde

Aspen Technology, Inc., the asset optimisation software company, announced that BP, one of the provider of integrated oil and gas companies, has renewed its license agreement for aspenONE® Engineering, a market suite of products focused on process engineering and optimisation, and aspenONE® Manufacturing and Supply Chain, a suite of process operations and supply chain software.

This global strategic enterprise agreement allows BP to leverage the full range of AspenTech’s best in class solutions, including Aspen PIMS-AO for refinery planning, Aspen Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions and Aspen HYSYS® solutions for engineering and optimisation.

Through its wide deployment of AspenTech planning software, BP can address key opportunities to move with price cycle and energy trends in refinery planning and execution, improving capacity management and increasing margins.

aspenONE® Engineering is a market suite of products focused on process engineering and optimisation. Process modeling, analysis, safety and design tools are integrated and accessible through process simulators Aspen HYSYS® and Aspen Plus®. Process design and improvement for safer operations, improved energy use and sustainability, capital and operating costs and product yield are all achieved using this suite.

The aspenONE® Manufacturing and Supply Chain software suite allows customers to optimise feedstock, respond quickly to disruptions, capitalise on trading opportunities, and optimise inventory and transportation assets.

It delivers complete petroleum supply chain optimisation with integrated refinery planning and scheduling and standardised platforms for primary and secondary distribution networks. Aspen PIMS-AO enables planners to quickly and easily solve their complex business challenges. Aspen Petroleum Scheduler supports the key scheduling activities for a refinery.

The aspenONE software suite helps customers, such as BP, to respond more quickly, safely and sustainably to market opportunities, with higher reliability and lower energy use, and to achieve higher oil and gas production levels with existing assets, says Antonio Pietri, president and chief executive officer, AspenTech.

“AspenTech is pleased to be one of BP’s strategic partners. This relationship will allow AspenTech to support BP’s production performance by integrating asset design with operational planning to enable profitable, agile operations across entire business and asset lifecycles.”

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Calix AXOS accelerates past 100 Gfast service provider deployments

By Zenobia Hegde

Calix, Inc. announced it has accelerated past the 100 service provider deployment milestone for its AXOS Gfast solutions faster than any other vendor. Armed with Calix AXOS Gfast solutions, which simplify the delivery of new services, service providers globally are cost-effectively upgrading their offerings to a true symmetrical gigabit experience in challenging multi-dwelling unit (MDU) environments. By leveraging the Calix Gfast portfolio, the copper and coaxial cable infrastructure in many MDUs is no longer an obstacle to deployment, allowing service providers to offer a unified gigabit marketing message across their markets, and reap the benefits of AXOS, the world’s only Software Defined Access (SDA) platform, to deliver Always On services to all subscribers in record time.

One example of a service provider taking advantage of game-changing Calix technology is Skywire Networks, a division of Xchange Telecom. Based in Brooklyn and serving the surrounding areas of New York City and New Jersey, Skywire is often challenged to bring advanced broadband services to residents and businesses in older MDU buildings where the in-building network infrastructure is extremely out of date.

Through an innovative vision of bringing connectivity to these buildings wirelessly via fixed millimeter wave radios, the Company is utilising Calix AXOS Gfast solutions to provide fiber-like speeds to their subscribers within the buildings without the cost of rewiring the building.

“Even though we serve buildings in some of the largest cities in the country, many MDUs in our area are lacking adequate connectivity coming into their locations due to aging infrastructure and high costs to upgrade. It’s an area we like to call the ‘Digital Desert’,” said Alfred West, co-founder and chairman of Skywire Networks, a division of Xchange Telecom.

“However, through the fixed wireless connection to our buildings and the Calix AXOS Gfast solutions inside the MDUs, we can provide the high-speed services our customers are asking for, even business SLAs that rival those of a fiber network. Better yet, we can do it in the fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost through Gfast.“

With the latest additions of the industry’s first 48-port, Amendment 3 Gfast solutions to the Calix AXOS Gfast portfolio, service providers like Xchange can more cost-effectively serve subscribers in higher-density MDUs such as those found in large cities. The E3-48F Gfast Remote Node (sealed DPU) and E5-48F Gfast Nodes leverage the frequency range up to 212 MHz, which doubles broadband speeds over copper and, when deployed with Calix cDTA and bonding technologies, delivers symmetrical speeds of up to 2 Gbps to subscribers.

When combined with the Calix E3-16F and E5-16F Gfast nodes, the Calix AXOS Gfast portfolio comprises the industry’s largest number of Gfast tested configurations in the Broadband Forum Gfast Certification Program, and the broadest and most mature set of Gfast solutions on the market, further accelerating time-to-market for service providers with pre-tested, interoperable solutions.

“The deployment challenges for MDUs have been daunting for the industry as a whole, and Gfast has proven to be an efficient and cost-effective method to bring subscribers an unmatched broadband experience, no matter […]

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TM Forum extends its partnership with the Labcities’ Smart City business network and marketplace

By Zenobia Hegde

TM Forum, the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration, has extended its partnership agreement with Labcities, the global smart city business network and marketplace. While Labcities will continue to operate as an independent entity, this partnership expands TM Forum’s global collaboration activities to over 90,000 smart city, IoT and digital innovation experts, and engineers working at and with TM Forum members.

Labcities serves a wide range of smart city services providers to connect with both public organisations and individual experts. Showcasing their services, exchanging learnings and initiating projects is the primary goal of the marketplace. A high demand of knowledge exchange, initiated the collaborative Labcities knowledge corner and is expanding into media and field related activities.

The accelerating pace of knowledge exchange between smart city service providers and city governments, increase requirements of providing a way to connect the ecosystem that goes beyond what any one organisation is capable of offering.

“Working together with TM Forum promises to be a fantastic adventure,” said Joan Torres, co-founder at Labcities. “With their widespread collaboration network of leading technology and service provider companies, we believe knowledge exchange will accelerate and business opportunity will multiply.”

‘We are pleased to be working with Labcities, and its extensive network, to accelerate the development of smart cities worldwide,” said Nik Willetts, CEO, TM Forum. “We share the belief that city-city collaboration and technology federation between cities is the next step in the development of smart cities and by working together we are playing a part in helping that to happen.”

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