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Why network slicing is a killer app for 5G

By IoT Now Magazine

Network slicing, the idea of dividing available network capacity into slices that are designed and dimensioned to best serve specific users and applications, is seen as one of the greatest benefits of 5G because it allows the creation of dedicated networks for specific customers or customer groups. Mobile operators see this as one of their largest opportunities for growing their enterprise sales, among others, writes Helmut Schober who leads the 5G Services programme at Nokia.

From a conceptual point of view, slicing is clear and simple to understand. The operator has a pool of resources from which it takes what is required for the slice it wants to create. However, as the resource pool is not unlimited the operator has to ensure the network can deliver the resources and guarantee the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are needed for the network slice to perform as expected.

Operators want to get to the point where a customer can order a network slice on-demand and simply press a few buttons to automatically and across the network layers, set up the virtual network – or slice. This is a realistic long-term goal but operators will need help initially to set up the mechanism of automation and to create suitable templates. The absence of standardisation hampers efforts, although eventually 3GPP standards for slicing, which are being developed, will be published.

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By IoT Now Magazine

Network slicing, the idea of dividing available network capacity into slices that are designed and dimensioned to best serve specific users and applications, is seen as one of the greatest benefits of 5G because it allows the creation of dedicated networks for specific customers or customer groups. Mobile operators see this as one of their largest opportunities for growing their enterprise sales, among others, writes Helmut Schober who leads the 5G Services programme at Nokia.

From a conceptual point of view, slicing is clear and simple to understand. The operator has a pool of resources from which it takes what is required for the slice it wants to create. However, as the resource pool is not unlimited the operator has to ensure the network can deliver the resources and guarantee the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are needed for the network slice to perform as expected.

Operators want to get to the point where a customer can order a network slice on-demand and simply press a few buttons to automatically and across the network layers, set up the virtual network – or slice. This is a realistic long-term goal but operators will need help initially to set up the mechanism of automation and to create suitable templates. The absence of standardisation hampers efforts, although eventually 3GPP standards for slicing, which are being developed, will be published.

To learn more, read the full article here.

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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.

Join us

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

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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.

Join us

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

Comment on this article below or via Twitter: @IoTNow_OR @jcIoTnow

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Smart City Nervous System created by Huawei for more than 100 cities with leading new ICT

By Zenobia Hegde

Huawei is participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in Barcelona under the theme of “Leading New ICT, Creating a Smart City Nervous System”. This highlights how a Smart City can be like a living organism that works seamlessly to continuously learn and enhance the city’s services.

Together with its global partners, Huawei is demonstrating joint ICT solutions to connect the digital and physical worlds across city administration, public services, and industrial economies. Using new ICT including cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), these solutions drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of city services.

Alongside the SCEWC, Huawei hosted the Global Smart City Summit, where representatives from the European Union, international standards organisations, world-renowned consultancies, relevant research institutions and leading Smart Cities shared their insights and experiences in driving Smart City development with over 400 city administrators from around the world.

Huawei Creates a Smart City nervous system to make the city as an organic life body

Becoming a Smart City involves the digital transformation of a city to address challenges in the physical world. This demands data-driven systems that combine management and IoT data to help authorities manage the city and enable the physical and digital worlds to be integrated. Smart City development requires a fundamental change to city administration and for the development to flourish it needs to be a priority for the government. In addition, there must be a strong and capable Smart City project team, long-term and stable investment, and city leaders need to partner with a leading digital provider that can facilitate the transformation.

Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “A Smart City is like a living organism, which is powered by a nervous system. This Smart City nervous system comprises a “brain” [the control centre] and “peripheral nerves” [the network and sensors], gathering real-time information about the status of the city, transmitting the data, enabling the “brain” to analyse and make informed decisions, delivering feedback commands, and ultimately carrying out intelligent actions. This creates a seamless link between the physical and digital worlds. Leveraging leading new ICT such as cloud computing, IoT and AI, Huawei is committed to creating a strong nervous system that powers Smart Cities.

With our innovations and investment in various technologies, we develop an open platform for Smart Cities, which is compatible with various devices and supports a wide range of applications. We aim to be the rich soil that supports the robust and sustainable development of Smart Cities. Huawei is one of the few ICT solution providers in the industry that can offer end-to-end cloud-pipe-device solutions, leading the way to connecting the physical and digital worlds. We will continue to work together with our ecosystem of partners to create top-level designs addressing city administrators’ needs and achieving the ultimate goals of a Smart City – to enable good governance, promote industry development and deliver benefits for the people.”

Huawei releases intelligent operation centre to Global Audience

During the Global Smart […]

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Smart City Nervous System created by Huawei for more than 100 cities with leading new ICT

By News Aggregator

By Zenobia Hegde

Huawei is participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in Barcelona under the theme of “Leading New ICT, Creating a Smart City Nervous System”. This highlights how a Smart City can be like a living organism that works seamlessly to continuously learn and enhance the city’s services.

Together with its global partners, Huawei is demonstrating joint ICT solutions to connect the digital and physical worlds across city administration, public services, and industrial economies. Using new ICT including cloud computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), these solutions drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of city services.

Alongside the SCEWC, Huawei hosted the Global Smart City Summit, where representatives from the European Union, international standards organisations, world-renowned consultancies, relevant research institutions and leading Smart Cities shared their insights and experiences in driving Smart City development with over 400 city administrators from around the world.

Huawei Creates a Smart City nervous system to make the city as an organic life body

Becoming a Smart City involves the digital transformation of a city to address challenges in the physical world. This demands data-driven systems that combine management and IoT data to help authorities manage the city and enable the physical and digital worlds to be integrated. Smart City development requires a fundamental change to city administration and for the development to flourish it needs to be a priority for the government. In addition, there must be a strong and capable Smart City project team, long-term and stable investment, and city leaders need to partner with a leading digital provider that can facilitate the transformation.

Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “A Smart City is like a living organism, which is powered by a nervous system. This Smart City nervous system comprises a “brain” [the control centre] and “peripheral nerves” [the network and sensors], gathering real-time information about the status of the city, transmitting the data, enabling the “brain” to analyse and make informed decisions, delivering feedback commands, and ultimately carrying out intelligent actions. This creates a seamless link between the physical and digital worlds. Leveraging leading new ICT such as cloud computing, IoT and AI, Huawei is committed to creating a strong nervous system that powers Smart Cities.

With our innovations and investment in various technologies, we develop an open platform for Smart Cities, which is compatible with various devices and supports a wide range of applications. We aim to be the rich soil that supports the robust and sustainable development of Smart Cities. Huawei is one of the few ICT solution providers in the industry that can offer end-to-end cloud-pipe-device solutions, leading the way to connecting the physical and digital worlds. We will continue to work together with our ecosystem of partners to create top-level designs addressing city administrators’ needs and achieving the ultimate goals of a Smart City – to enable good governance, promote industry development and deliver benefits for the people.”

Huawei releases intelligent operation centre to Global Audience

During the Global Smart […]

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SecureLink confirms opening a Cyber Defence Centre (CDC) in China

By Zenobia Hedge

SecureLink – Europe’s independent cybersecurity and Managed Security Service provider, confirmed it is opening a Cyber Defence Centre (CDC) in Shanghai, China. Laws and regulations covering cybersecurity and data protection are rapidly increasing globally. With the introduction of local expertise and localised services, SecureLink can support its customers with both international cybersecurity challenges and Chinese-specific requirements.

SecureLink’s CDC is built on advanced technology, powered by a strong combination of artificial and human intelligence-driven solutions. This robust foundation, combined with its solid focus on best practice, ensures integrity, quality and security for all its CDC customers helping them realise cybersecurity as an enabler.

Speaking about this move, SecureLink’s CEO – Marco Barkmeijer said, “Cyber-crime doesn’t respect borders, so we’re working to remove ours to deliver continuously reliable cybersecurity worldwide. We recognised that our customers were increasingly looking for a trusted cybersecurity partner in China. By opening our new CDC in Shanghai, they now have someone that they can trust, providing the reassurance that their cybersecurity requirements will be managed globally.”

Marco Barkmeijer

In June 2016 SecureLink acquired Coresec securing a market leadership position in the Nordics, closely followed by its acquisition of Nebulas in August 2016 to gain a market leadership position in the UK. In December it then acquired IT Cube Systems securing the market leadership position in Germany/DACH region.

SecureLink was recognised by PWC as a leader in European Cyber Security emerging market report in January 2017 and listed as a representative vendor in Gartner’s market guide for Managed Detection & Response services in June 2017. The new Shanghai CDC is the latest milestone in SecureLink’s expansion.

Marco concludes, “At SecureLink we are, of course, proud that our international customers want us to follow them worldwide. This means that other companies can also come to us knowing that we have the strength, resources and knowledge to ensure their security anytime, anywhere. We learn and improve based on the data we see daily, and with this new source of information we can deliver an even higher quality service. SecureLink is committed to safely enabling its customers businesses, both today and tomorrow.

To find out more about SecureLink, its services and solutions, click here

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SecureLink confirms opening a Cyber Defence Centre (CDC) in China

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By Zenobia Hedge

SecureLink – Europe’s independent cybersecurity and Managed Security Service provider, confirmed it is opening a Cyber Defence Centre (CDC) in Shanghai, China. Laws and regulations covering cybersecurity and data protection are rapidly increasing globally. With the introduction of local expertise and localised services, SecureLink can support its customers with both international cybersecurity challenges and Chinese-specific requirements.

SecureLink’s CDC is built on advanced technology, powered by a strong combination of artificial and human intelligence-driven solutions. This robust foundation, combined with its solid focus on best practice, ensures integrity, quality and security for all its CDC customers helping them realise cybersecurity as an enabler.

Speaking about this move, SecureLink’s CEO – Marco Barkmeijer said, “Cyber-crime doesn’t respect borders, so we’re working to remove ours to deliver continuously reliable cybersecurity worldwide. We recognised that our customers were increasingly looking for a trusted cybersecurity partner in China. By opening our new CDC in Shanghai, they now have someone that they can trust, providing the reassurance that their cybersecurity requirements will be managed globally.”

Marco Barkmeijer

In June 2016 SecureLink acquired Coresec securing a market leadership position in the Nordics, closely followed by its acquisition of Nebulas in August 2016 to gain a market leadership position in the UK. In December it then acquired IT Cube Systems securing the market leadership position in Germany/DACH region.

SecureLink was recognised by PWC as a leader in European Cyber Security emerging market report in January 2017 and listed as a representative vendor in Gartner’s market guide for Managed Detection & Response services in June 2017. The new Shanghai CDC is the latest milestone in SecureLink’s expansion.

Marco concludes, “At SecureLink we are, of course, proud that our international customers want us to follow them worldwide. This means that other companies can also come to us knowing that we have the strength, resources and knowledge to ensure their security anytime, anywhere. We learn and improve based on the data we see daily, and with this new source of information we can deliver an even higher quality service. SecureLink is committed to safely enabling its customers businesses, both today and tomorrow.

To find out more about SecureLink, its services and solutions, click here

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Nixu attempts to hack an elevator as part of IoT cybersecurity awareness event

By Zenobia Hedge

The prediction of all the products in the world being connected is getting closer year by year. The estimates on how many connected devices there will be in 2020 range from 30 billion to over 200 billion. No matter what forecast will end up being true, the fact is that there are tremendous business opportunities in IoT.

Nixu’s mission is to keep the digital society running. In order to help companies identify IoT cybersecurity risks, Nixu is establishing a pioneering event called Nixu Wreckathon, where companies can evaluate the security of their products and services, learn hands-on about product penetration testing, security- and privacy-by-design concepts, all in 30 hours.

With the new hacking event concept, Nixu strives to raise the profile of security culture in the IoT domain and showcase how IoT products can be secured. In addition, the wreckathon is an excellent opportunity to challenge Nixu experts with cutting edge technologies in a private Bug Bounty type of event, which feeds the curiosity and enthusiasm of the best professionals in Europe.

KONE, a provider in the elevator and escalator industry, has been adapting to digitalisation for some time. The company utilises IoT platforms and other advanced technologies to bring intelligent services to elevators and escalators. This enables vast amounts of data from elevator sensors to be monitored, analysed and displayed in real time, improving equipment performance, reliability and safety.

Johan Boije

Being a data-driven company in a safety-critical domain requires significant attention to cybersecurity. In addition to its current robust cybersecurity program, KONE will take part in Nixu’s Wreckathon. In the event KONE and Nixu will put to the test an IoT-enabled elevator. The main motivation for KONE to participate in the Nixu Wreckathon is to further increase its cybersecurity awareness and skills. Wreckathon provides a hands-on opportunity to learn from Nixu cybersecurity professionals.

“KONE takes all safety and security related matters very seriously. Participating in the Nixu Wreckathon is a fun and modern way of challenging the cybersecurity measures of our solutions. It also provides our developers with the opportunity to participate in the event to learn and explore hacker-like thinking,” summarises Johan Boije, chief information security officer, KONE Corporation.

“We are very excited about having an IoT innovator like KONE attending our first ever Wreckathon and we are looking forward contributing to the cybersecurity of KONE’s future elevators,” says Aleksandr Vara, head of industrial internet at Nixu Corporation.

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Nixu attempts to hack an elevator as part of IoT cybersecurity awareness event

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By Zenobia Hedge

The prediction of all the products in the world being connected is getting closer year by year. The estimates on how many connected devices there will be in 2020 range from 30 billion to over 200 billion. No matter what forecast will end up being true, the fact is that there are tremendous business opportunities in IoT.

Nixu’s mission is to keep the digital society running. In order to help companies identify IoT cybersecurity risks, Nixu is establishing a pioneering event called Nixu Wreckathon, where companies can evaluate the security of their products and services, learn hands-on about product penetration testing, security- and privacy-by-design concepts, all in 30 hours.

With the new hacking event concept, Nixu strives to raise the profile of security culture in the IoT domain and showcase how IoT products can be secured. In addition, the wreckathon is an excellent opportunity to challenge Nixu experts with cutting edge technologies in a private Bug Bounty type of event, which feeds the curiosity and enthusiasm of the best professionals in Europe.

KONE, a provider in the elevator and escalator industry, has been adapting to digitalisation for some time. The company utilises IoT platforms and other advanced technologies to bring intelligent services to elevators and escalators. This enables vast amounts of data from elevator sensors to be monitored, analysed and displayed in real time, improving equipment performance, reliability and safety.

Johan Boije

Being a data-driven company in a safety-critical domain requires significant attention to cybersecurity. In addition to its current robust cybersecurity program, KONE will take part in Nixu’s Wreckathon. In the event KONE and Nixu will put to the test an IoT-enabled elevator. The main motivation for KONE to participate in the Nixu Wreckathon is to further increase its cybersecurity awareness and skills. Wreckathon provides a hands-on opportunity to learn from Nixu cybersecurity professionals.

“KONE takes all safety and security related matters very seriously. Participating in the Nixu Wreckathon is a fun and modern way of challenging the cybersecurity measures of our solutions. It also provides our developers with the opportunity to participate in the event to learn and explore hacker-like thinking,” summarises Johan Boije, chief information security officer, KONE Corporation.

“We are very excited about having an IoT innovator like KONE attending our first ever Wreckathon and we are looking forward contributing to the cybersecurity of KONE’s future elevators,” says Aleksandr Vara, head of industrial internet at Nixu Corporation.

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