Sunday, November 20, 2016

Panasonic Avionics Picks Ericsson for 5G-ready core

Panasonic Avionics, which is a leading supplier of inflight entertainment systems, has selected Ericsson to enable the next generation of connectivity services to the aviation and additional multiple markets.

Ericsson will implement its 5G-ready core solution through Panasonic Avionics' subsidiary AeroMobile, a global inflight connectivity provider and registered mobile network operator. The solution will enable crew and passengers on aircraft, cruise ships and yachts, and employees in the and mining sectors, to enjoy 2G, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Avionics Corporation says: "This innovative collaboration with Ericsson is an integral part of our strategy to address the global communications needs of consumers and businesses in the future, and it demonstrates our commitment to enabling connected devices through the Internet of Things.

"Using this new global communications platform, we will help our customers - across all of our vertical markets - leverage ubiquitous connectivity to improve their operations with real time data across all of their connected platforms."
Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit IT and Cloud, Ericsson, says: "NFV is an important technology for the 5G-ready core, and industry-leading operators around the world are already using our solution in live commercial service. We are extremely happy
that Panasonic Avionics selects Ericsson as the sole supplier for their 5G-ready core."

https://www.ericsson.com/us/news/2057178

Vapor Develops Optimized Data Center for Edge Locations

Vapor IO introduced a new data center platform for building out IoT and edge environments. The solution combines an optimized rack architecture with software based on Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE), an open source protocol created by Vapor IO for monitoring and responding to data center hardware, software and environmental characteristics in hybrid and edge environments.


“The cloud as we know it is changing,” said Cole Crawford, co-founder and CEO of Vapor IO.  “For the last decade, it’s been dominated by large, centralized data centers. But there is an emerging class of applications—including IoT, virtual and augmented reality, and mobile apps—where centralized data centers simply won’t work because compute, storage and network capacity must be near the application or device. With Vapor Edge, we’re paving the way for a truly decentralized data center and enabling cloud computing at the edge.”

Vapor Edge consists of specialized software  for remote operation and workload management, as well as patented hardware designs which are optimized for edge environments and manufactured by partners under license. Included are:

  • Vapor CORE: Operators use Vapor CORE software to remotely monitor and administer their Vapor Edge environments. Vapor CORE spans all of the centralized data center and edge machines, ingests hardware telemetry in real time, and provides operators with a way to remotely view and manage their edge capabilities.
  • Vapor Compass: Operators use Vapor Compass software to build highly-automated command-and-control policies for managing workloads in distributed edge environments. Vapor Compass makes real-time optimization decisions, including rescheduling workloads onto edge nodes or centralized data centers, based on policies, including latency and cost.
  • Vapor Chamber: Optionally, operators use Vapor Chamber designs to build out the physical environment for Vapor Edge. The Vapor Chamber is a revolutionary circular racking system for servers, designed by Vapor IO, which is licensed to manufacturers who sell and distribute the system. The Vapor Chamber is tightly integrated with Vapor Edge software, and is ideal for use in more hostile edge environments, such as in cell towers and on rooftops. It is self-contained, extremely energy efficient and well-suited for remote operation. Customers can also retrofit existing equipment into a Vapor Edge environment, with or without Vapor Chambers.

http://www.vapor.io

NTT Docomo Cites 5G Progress with Samsung, Huawei

In a test conducted with Samsung Electronics earlier this month at Fuji Speedway, a motorsport racing circuit in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, NTT DOCOMO achieved a data speed of more than 2.5Gbps with a mobile device that was in a vehicle travelling 150km/h. The company said this trial verified the feasibility of stable connectivity for 5G mobile devices in fast-moving trains. Transmissions were conducted using the 28GHz high-frequency band, one of the candidate bands that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is considering to designate for commercial 5G networks in Japan.

DOCOMO said the problem of large path-loss of high-frequency radio signals was overcome with massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technologies that incorporate beamforming, which concentrates radio waves in a specific direction, and beam tracking, which adjusts the beam according to the fast-moving mobile device's location.

In a separate undertaking, DOCOMO conducted an outdoor data-transmission trial with Huawei from October 3 to 26. It was carried out in a field measuring 100,000 square meters, equivalent to 12 soccer pitches, in the Minato Mirai 21 waterfront of Yokohama. The trial involved 23 simultaneously connected mobile devices and achieved a cumulative 11.29Gbps of data throughput and latency below 0.5 milliseconds using the 4.5GHz frequency band.

The trial combined multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology for simultaneous multiple access and a precoding algorithm that optimizes signals for maximized performance and also limits inter-user interference. It achieved a MU-MIMO transmission of a maximum 79.82bps/Hz/cell, which was 1.8 times more efficient than an outdoor trial conducted in China in November 2015.
The successful outcomes of these trials will be exhibited at DOCOMO R&D Open House 2016 at the DOCOMO R&D Center in the Yokosuka Research Park near Yokohama, Japan on November 17 and 18.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2016/1116_00.html

Nokia Brings Machine Learning to its Motive Customer Care

Nokia is adding advanced machine learning capabilities to its Motive Customer eXperience Solutions (CXS) software portfolio, providing communications service providers with smarter tools to reduce costs and improve customer experiences.

Specifically, Nokia Motive Service Management Platform (SMP) 7.0 and Motive Care Analytics (CAL) 2.0 use machine-learning algorithms developed by Nokia Bell labs - advanced capabilities that give computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.

Nokia said it aims to set a new standard for proactive care in the industry, dramatically improving the detection, troubleshooting and resolution of subscriber issues.

"Service disruptions are often hard to identify because they happen in the access network, on customer equipment or on customers' devices. Traditional customer care may only address a small part of a larger problem and the time-consuming, step-by-step troubleshooting process can lead to customer frustration and the risk of lost business. By providing the earliest possible detection of network issues and streamlining help desk and self-care interactions, these new Nokia solutions reduce IT and care costs, and result in happier, more loyal customers," stated Bhaskar Gorti, president of Applications & Analytics at Nokia

https://networks.nokia.com/solutions/motive-cxs

5G-ConnectedMobility Consortium Gets Underway in Germany

A new “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium has been formed to strengthen 5G research and development in Germany. A dedicated 5G test network in the 700-MHz band has been established along the A9 motorway and the high speed rail track between Nuremberg and Greding.

Founders of the group include Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, all three German mobile network operators -Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project
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“5G-ConnectedMobility” creates an infrastructure and a real application environment on a “Digital Test Field Motorway”, above all to carry out tests in the area of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, digitalization of the railway infrastructure and other applications using 5G technology.

https://eth.org.hu/5G-ConnectedMobility/en

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