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ETSI multi-access edge computing keeps pace with 5G

By Zenobia Hegde

ETSI’s group on Multi-access Edge Computing (ETSI MEC ISG) is pleased to announce upcoming Hackathons and the release of two white papers entitled“Cloud RAN and MEC: a perfect pairing” and “MEC deployments in 4G and evolution towards 5G”respectively.

Multi-access Edge computing is one of the innovative technologies for 5G networks while being essential for the smooth transition from 4G networks to the new generation. Virtualisation, now a full part of the ICT world, is a major driver to deploy generic computing at the edge of the network.

The Cloud RAN and MEC white paper addresses the benefits of, and challenges met by, a co-location between cloud radio access networks and multi-access edge computing. This paper provides readers with a first, high-level introduction to these issues and reaches the conclusion that C-RAN and MEC are highly complementary technologies.

The MEC deployments in 4G and evolution towards 5G white paper highlights several MEC deployment scenarios in 4G and demonstrates how multi-access edge computing will enable operators to make a smooth transition towards 5G services.

And last but not least, ETSI MEC ISG has recently created a Hackathon framework to accelerate multi-access edge computing adoption and interoperability, and encourage all stakeholders to use the group’s specifications to develop edge applications. After the successful experience of MEC Proofs of Concept, the group continues engaging the ecosystem.

Operators, vendors, application and content providers, as well as start-ups and developers, will collaborate to develop new services or applications within a limited amount of time, in a focused and market-driven effort. The Hackathon gives developers the opportunity to learn and use ETSI MEC defined services and APIs and the open source Forge repository. If you want to join this exciting event or host the first ETSI MEC Hackathon event, answer the open call for proposal on our wiki page here.

Alex Reznik, chair of ETSI MEC ISG said: “While MEC is central to enabling the world of 5G applications over both 4G and 5G networks, it is only part of a solution to a bigger puzzle. Increasingly, the industry is looking for guidance on how to put the overall solution together. By providing end-to-end solution guidance, encouraging and promoting the market through events like Hackathons and other related activities, our group is stepping up to this challenge.

As the first Standards Developing Organisation to address the challenges of MEC, ETSI brings the world’s leading experts on MEC to the table. The ETSI ISG MEC can make a significant impact in the effort to make 5G a reality and we invite the industry to take advantage of everything we have to offer.”

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Vodafone and Huawei test applicability of IP microwave backhaul for 5G

By Zenobia Hegde

Vodafone and Huawei have completed lab tests which indicate that traditional IP microwave links will be considered a viable technology for 5G backhaul. 5G will play a critical role in meeting the bandwidth requirements of mobile customers from 2020 onwards.

The ubiquity of smartphones, particularly in developed markets, continues to exponentially increase mobile data consumption. As the load on networks rises, backhaul (the connection of the base station to the core network) must keep pace. 5G networks will present new backhaul capacity, peak data rate and latency requirements and the ability of IP microwave in traditional bands to support the new network technology is a positive development.

The trial tested both the capacity and latency that could be achieved using a traditional IP microwave link.

The tests showed that it is possible to deliver up to 2.7 Gigabits per second (Gbps) capacity from a single IP microwave link, aggregating 2×112 MHz channels in a single vertical or horizontal polarisation. It is the first time that a single radio frequency (RF) outdoor unit has been capable of reaching over 2 Gbps in a single polarisation.

Enhancements made by Huawei engineers to the modem and RF unit enabled the testing team to achieve latency of as little as 50 microseconds.

The two companies plan to next test whether it is possible to achieve 4 Gbps total capacity in one box with the support of dual polarisation. A single RF outdoor unit with dual polarisation can respond to both horizontal and vertical radio waves simultaneously, increasing the traffic handling capacity of the system, dramatically reducing the power consumption and halving the amount of space needed to house units providing that capacity.

Richard Jin, president of Huawei’s Transmission Network Product Line, said: “5G deployment requires backhaul network to be in place first. The core features of Huawei 5G microwave bring a breakthrough in solving the bottleneck of large capacity and low latency, proving that IP microwave in traditional bands can support 5G networks when required.

(l-r) Liang Hongwan, Solution test engineer, Huawei; Paolo Agabio, senior engineer – IP Infrastructure transport and backhaul, Vodafone Group; Gianluca Sanità, marketing expert, Huawei and Gabriele Ferrari , Microwave expert, Vodafone Group observe the 5G backhaul test

This lab test represents another major milestone after Huawei’s innovation in IP Microwave. Huawei will continue to work with top operators to verify 5G microwave’s technical performance and commercial value through trial networks, getting bearer networks ready for 4.5G & 5G in advance.”

The techniques mean that traditional microwave should be able to support high capacity microwave links already commercially deployed, such as E-band and Multi-Band (a combination of IP microwave and E-band technologies), in providing 5G backhaul.

Vodafone and Huawei will also continue to innovate in microwave technology with the target to further improve the distance that Multi-Band and E-band links can transmit.

These tests demonstrate the feasibility of utilising microwave technology, as well as fibre, for effective 5G backhaul. As such, the results of this test are extremely positive for Vodafone as the operator prepares for the launch of commercial 5G services […]

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Axis launches new software for easy on-site device management and proactive cybersecurity control

By Zenobia Hegde

Axis Communications has announced the release of AXIS Device Manager, a comprehensive on-premise device management tool that offers an easy, cost-effective and secure way to manage all major installation and operational device management tasks.

Moreover, in a world where security threats are becoming more common, AXIS Device Manager facilitates proactive device and network protection. It is suitable for managing up to a couple thousand Axis network cameras, access control and audio devices on one site — or several thousand devices across multiple sites.

A further development of its popular AXIS Camera Management software platform, AXIS Device Manager demonstrates Axis’ commitment to helping customers attain ease-of-installation, cost-effective operations as well as proactively protecting their devices and networks against cybersecurity risks.

The broad range of device management functions available include:
• Automatically assign IP addresses
• Install, configure, replace and upgrade any single device
• Copy configurations between thousands of devices
• Connect to multiple servers/systems
• Restore points and factory default settings
• Upgrade device firmware
• Manage and update user accounts and passwords
• Deploy, and renew HTTPS & IEEE 802.1x certificates

Supporting cybersecurity

Ola Lennartsson

Importantly, in an environment where technology is in a state of constant change and evolution, and threats from cybercriminals are becoming ever more sophisticated, it is essential that any infrastructure related to safety and security is managed dynamically day-to-day.

The new AXIS Device Manager delivers significant enhancements to device security by enabling centralised account, password and certificate management, as well as device hardening. This makes it easier and more cost efficient for system installers and administrators to proactively manage and implement important security management features.

“Being able to access and efficiently install, adapt and secure all of the devices on your network saves a tremendous amount of time and effort. AXIS Device Manager is the go-to tool for reaching all Axis devices — whatever stage of their life-cycle — and make needed adjustments,” commented Ola Lennartsson, global product manager, system management at Axis Communications.

“In today’s fast-paced world, any device or network that is static is not only old-fashioned, it is potentially prone to cyber threats. Therefore it is important we ensure our customers can use a tool that allows them to easily, rapidly and decisively manage all of the devices on their network. AXIS Device Manager is that tool.”

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InterDigital Emphasizes Collaboration on 5G at Mobile World Congress

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MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2018 – More than any other generation of wireless, 5G is seeing research and input from a vast array of companies, universities and research institutions. At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona (February 26 – March 1, 2018), wireless research and development company InterDigital is placing the emphasis on collaboration, with demo […]

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MWC 2018 Demonstrations by Chordant Highlight Smart City Use Cases With Key Collaborators

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IoT and smart technologies will be pivotal to the future success of Smart Cities, but only if players collaborate to embrace a holistic approach. InterDigital’s Smart-Cities focused business, Chordant™, will showcase how to maximize Smart City deployment potential through several key use cases at Mobile World Congress, the industry’s premier conference, from February 26 – […]

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No one has a clue what’s happening with their connected car’s data

By Jonathan M. Gitlin

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The confluence of the technology and automotive industries has given us mobility. It’s not a great name, conjuring images of people riding rascal scooters in big box stores or those weird blue invalid carriages that the government handed out in the UK back in the last century. But in this case, it’s meant as a catch-all to cover a few related trends: autonomous driving, ride-hailing, and connected cars. The last of these is what I’m here to discuss today. Specifically, the results of a pair of surveys: one that looks at consumer attitudes and awareness of connected cars and another that polled industry people.

Love ’em or hate ’em, connected cars are here to stay

Connected cars are booming. On Tuesday, Chetan Sharma Consulting revealed that 2017 saw more new cars added to cellular networks than new cellphones. In particular, it noted that AT&T has been adding a million or more new cars to its network each quarter for the last 11 quarters. While Chetan Sharma didn’t break out numbers for other service providers, it also revealed that Verizon is set to make at least $1 billion from IoT and telematics. And previous research from Gartner suggested that, this year, 98 percent of new cars will be equipped with embedded modems.

OEMs aren’t just connecting cars for the fun of it; the idea is to actually improve their customers’ experience with the cars. But right now, we’re still missing an actual killer app—and to be honest, data on how many customers renew those cell contracts for their vehicles. A survey out this week from Solace that polled 1,500 connected car owners found that they still don’t really trust the technology.

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Avnet and IDEMIA Develop Highly Flexible ‘Plug & Play’ Cellular Connectivity Solution for IoT and Industry 4.0 Applications

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Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, and IDEMIA (formerly known as OT-Morpho), the global leader in Augmented Identity, have joined forces to collaborate on the development of a new future-proof cellular connectivity solution that meets the growing communication requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. The new ‘plug & play’ eUICC (embedded […]

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STMicroelectronics Powers Next-Generation IoT Devices with Higher-Performing Multiprotocol Bluetooth® & 802.15.4 System-on-Chip

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Powering the next generation of smart connected objects like digital-home products, wearable electronics, smart lighting, and smart sensors, STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has revealed an advanced dual-processor wireless chip that supports new features and enhanced performance with extended battery life to deliver an improved end-user experience. […]

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The Entries are in! Here are the shortlisted nominees for the IoT Global Awards 2018

By Jeremy Cowan

Thursday February 22nd, 2018: Finally, the news that many of you have been anxiously awaiting! The shortlist of Nominees for the IoT Global Awards 2018 have been announced and these are being assessed by our global VIP panel of independent judges.

From these shortlisted candidates, the winners of the 12 categories will be announced at the Smart IoT London event at ExCeL on March 21st by award organisers, IoT Global Network.

The winners of the 2018 IoT Global Awards will be broadcast by leading IoT media brands; IoT Global Network, this site IoT Now, IoT Now Transport and VanillaPlus through their online portals and in the print magazine IoT Now.

“In the inaugural year of the IoT Global Awards it is inspiring to see so many exciting Internet of Things products already in service,” says Jeremy Cowan, Editorial Director of IoT Global Network, the site behind the Awards. “We have been truly impressed by the hard work and ingenuity that has gone into so many IoT applications submitted to us by organisations worldwide. The Shortlisted Entries met our strict selection criteria and will now be assessed by an unrivalled Judging Panel of IoT Experts.”

They are:

IoT PRODUCT / SERVICE OF THE YEAR

AUTOMOTIVE, TRANSPORT & TRAVEL
Products:
Globalstar,
Innoviz Technologies Ltc.,
Altizon Systems,
Designworks Windsor Limited,
Bsquare

Services:
Yacht Sentinel Ltd,
Biz4Intellia, Geotab

INDUSTRY & CONSTRUCTION
Products:
Globalstar,
TELLMEPLUS,
Versasense,
hyBee Inc.,
Temboo,
EUROTECH,
FreeWave Technologies,
Senseye,
Wind River,
LEC IQ2,
McObject,
SalesGoals LLC

Services:
Biz4Intellia,
IOETEC Ltd,
Sensolus,
EY,
SYSMON

RETAIL, MARKETING & HOSPITALITY
Products:
Lantronix,
SAP,
iQ2 LEC,
Amscreen,
Designworks Windsor,
SalesGoals

Services:
SMARTRAC Technology GmbH

BIG DATA, CLOUD & ANALYTICS
Products:
Altair,
EUROTECH,
Enlighted,
Senseye,
SAP SE,
FreeWave Technologies,
McObject,
Seadrill,
Designworks Windsor Limited

Services:
Cybeats, EY

PLATFORM OF THE YEAR
Products:
Stream Technologies Ltd, Flexera,
PTC,
EUROTECH,
Wind River,
CyanConnode,
LEC Incorporated,
Moxa Europe GmbH

Services:
Aeris,
Creuna

SECURING IOT
Products:
SmartAxiom,
EUROTECH,
Lantronix,
Device Authority,
iQ2 LEC,
Flexera,
Moxa Europe

Services:
Cybeats,
Red Alert Labs,
IOETEC

CONNECTED CONSUMER & SMART HOME
Products:
Yacht Sentinel,
MQTT Buddy,
tado,
Switchee,
hyBee Inc,
Comcast Xfi,
NuCurrent,
Eddy Home,
Designworks Windsor

Services:
Softeq

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT OR NEW LAUNCH
Products:
XIM,
RapidValue Solutions,
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC,
Designworks Windsor Limited,
NetOP IoT Network EU B.V.

Services:
DevicePilot,
Ioetec limited

SMART CITIES, GOVERNMENT & UTILITIES
Products:
Altair,
Ayyeka,
CyanConnode,
KERLINK,
Eddy Home,
Amscreen

Services:
Ioetec limited,
Terracom,
Gemalto

CONNECTED HEALTH OR WEARABLE TECH
Products:
Temboo,
NuCurrrent,
Designworks Windsor

IoT BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

CXO OF THE YEAR
Yair Poleg,
Jim Heppelmann,
Syed Zaeem Hosain,
Pilgrim Beart,
Catherine Michel,
Ady Moores

START-UP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OR ECOSYSTEM OF THE YEAR
VersaSense,
Temboo,
Satisfi Labs,
SAP SE

Thank you to all those who entered their IoT products, services and individuals in the awards. Congratulations to the shortlisted nominees, and good luck on March 21st when the Awards are announced.

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Ericsson unlocks IoT ecosystem with IoT Accelerator Marketplace

By Zenobia Hegde

Ericsson is launching the IoT Accelerator Marketplace to help address the need for collaboration within the digital ecosystem community and benefit developers and service providers alike.

For service providers, it is a catalog to find IoT apps from the global ecosystem to offer enterprise customers and provides shorter time to market for new offerings to their enterprise customers.

For application developers and application partners it is a window to an IoT ecosystem to connect with service providers through one single platform, exposing global cellular connectivity APIs. It also includes monetisation and settlement capabilities to facilitate monetisation and billing across the ecosystem.

Carrie MacGillivray, group vice president, Internet of Things & Mobility at Market Intelligence firm IDC, says: “Communications service providers are racing to scale and differentiate in the fast moving IoT market. It’s necessary for these service providers to have a robust developer ecosystem that helps them compete. For developers working across multiple service provider networks and platforms, the challenges of fragmentation are addressed by utilising APIs that apply globally and are consistent across all mobile networks.”

Jeff Travers, head of IoT, Ericsson, says: “The launch of IoT Accelerator Marketplace will unlock the potential for different players in the value chain to deliver value. It is another stepping stone to make 5G a reality by enabling massive adoption of massive IoT. This supports service providers as they seek to expose network connectivity IoT APIs and monetise these assets.”

Application developers can benefit from a new go-to-market exposing their offering globally through Ericsson.

This will enable app developers to scale their business and at the same time develop applications based on cellular connectivity APIs with added value for enterprises, such as fast and automated device and subscription onboarding, higher security, ubiquitous cellular coverage around the world improved for indoor utilisation, and superior handling of battery life.

Service providers and application developers can request access to the IoT Accelerator Marketplace here.

IoT Accelerator Marketplace is being demonstrated by Ericsson at MWC 2018. Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator is a cloud-based horizontal offering comprising of platform services and professional services, for service providers. It provides continuous incremental functionality offered as a Service to enable agile creation and deployment of solutions for the Internet of Things.

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