Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sprint Offers Extended Mobile Safety Enhancements

Sprint introduced a collection of mobile family safety and device security bundles aimed at protecting mobile users. Sprint Guardian features mobile apps from Safely and Lookout for use of Sprint Android-powered devices.

Safely provides location tracking for phone-carrying children. Parents can lock their child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. They can browse the child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone. Safely also enforces limits on texting while driving when traveling more than 10 mph. Incoming calls are sent to voicemail and distracting alerts are suspended while a car is in motion. The service is priced at for $9.99 per month for up to five lines on an account.

Lookout is a service that protects mobile devices from loss and malware for $4.99 per month for up to five lines on an account.

Sprint customers also have the option to purchase both bundles for a single monthly fee of $14.98.

"With Sprint Guardian, we’re helping to make it easy for individuals and families to manage how their children are using their mobile phone and giving them the tools they need to protect their wireless devices from theft, loss and malware," said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint is pleased to be the first in the industry to unify innovative safety and security applications from Safely and Lookout in two simple bundles at a great value for our customers." 

Huawei Achieves 150 Mbps in European LTE Cat 4 Field Trial

Huawei has achieved data rates of 150 Mbps in an LTE Category 4 field trial on a commercial LTE network in Europe.

The trial was based on an LTE Category 4 device powered by the first Hisilicon LTE multi-mode chipset to support LTE R9. 

Ericsson Debuts Smaller Smart Services Router, Adds Akamai CDN Sharing

Ericsson has expanded its Smart Services Router 8000 portfolio with a smaller 10-slot model operators to deploy the SSR family in different parts of the network: IP Edge and aggregation. A 20-slot version of the SSR debuted last year.

The 10-slot SSR 8010 consumes only 3.3 watts per gigabit of traffic throughput and offers a smaller footprint while using the same universal slots, hosting the same hardware and software components, and using a common management system as the larger chassis.

Jan H├Ąglund, Head of Product Area IP & Broadband, Ericsson, says: "The introduction of the SSR 8010 highlights Ericsson's ongoing focus on developing 4th-generation IP solutions that can scale in multiple dimensions - data, control and service. Given we anticipate that the traffic between data centers and end users will quadruple to close to 1,000 exabytes annually by 2016, demand for smart solutions of this type is expected to be strong."

The SSR 8010 will be commercially available in Q3 2012.

Separately, Ericsson announced its Smart Cloud Accelerator solution for providing a unified caching solution for content delivery.  It optimizes over-the-top traffic and monetizes cloud content for operators, adding Akamai capabilities to Ericsson's SSR 8000 family of routing gateways. This allow operators to manage and deliver both their own content and that provided by third parties.

Ericsson confirmed that is using unified caching technology from Akamai to provide for dynamic capacity sharing between operators and their CDN customers, as well as over-the-top Internet traffic.

Polaris Wireless Develops High-Accuracy Mobile Location Surveillance App

Polaris Wireless introduced a mobile location surveillance application for providing accurate mass location of all mobile devices operating on a cellular network, on-demand location, subscriber device tracking, and geo-fence capabilities to field agents on their mobile devices.

Altus Mobile is powered by Polaris Wireless Location Signatures technology and is the latest feature of Altus, the company's intelligent surveillance application suite for law enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide.   Altus is the industry's only software-based surveillance solution that enables accurate mass location - providing users the ability to simultaneously locate all subscriber devices in a wireless network in real time and on a historical basis. The Wireless Location Signatures (WLS) technology identifies the location of a wireless device to within 50 meters, even in tough urban and indoor environments.

Altus Mobile allows field agents to simultaneously track suspects on a Smartphone or tablet, and make life-or-death decisions in real time by receiving up-to-date intelligence from headquarters, such as:

  • Past and current locations of suspects

  • Locations where two or more suspects meet

  • Occasions where suspects enter/exit a restricted area

  • Visualization of suspects' surroundings by augmented reality

  • Nearby locations of authorities (police, military, etc.)