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How super-fast mobile broadband could change our world

October 6th, 2017 Posted by Case Study, News, Tech Talk No Comment yet

What impact could 5G – the new high-speed mobile technology being trialled around the world – have on the way we work and play?

Swedish transport company Scania believes lorries could use far less fuel if they drove much closer together, controlled by wirelessly communicating onboard computers.

But to prevent these “platooning” lorries crashing into each other, you’d better be sure your communications are fast and reliable. So Scania is working with Ericsson on trials of the new 5G (fifth generation) wireless broadband technology, due to be rolled out globally in 2020.

It promises much faster data transfer speeds, greater coverage and more efficient use of the spectrum bandwidth.

“Platooning works very well with wi-fi, but in dense traffic situations with many vehicles communicating, 5G is designed to offer more reliable communication,” says Andreas Hoglund, Scania’s senior engineer for intelligent transport systems. This is because 5G direct communication is designed to handle fast moving objects and congestion more efficiently, he says.

“Faster communication will make it possible to reduce the distance between vehicles in the platoon, which might further reduce the air drag and give positive effects on fuel consumption,” he explains.

This could help create “a more efficient, greener” world.

5G is designed to accommodate the growing number of devices reliant on a mobile internet connection – from fridges to cars – and is 10 times faster than the highest speed 4G can manage.

“It will enable a lot of applications which were unthinkable before,” says Mischa Dohler, professor in wireless communications at King’s College London.

South Korea has plans to implement 5G for the Winter Olympics in February 2018, giving visitors access to virtual reality (VR) content on their mobiles.



Credit Suisse fund invests in ‘employee Big Brother’ technology

August 30th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Big Brother is coming to a workplace near you… with a little help from Credit Suisse. The Swiss bank’s NEXT Investors Fund has taken a majority stake in Sapience Analytics, an Indian “people analytics solutions company” which “delivers unprecedented visibility into work patterns and behaviour in an organisation”.

Sapience’s technology allows bosses to automatically track the work patterns of employees by monitoring their use of PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. That sets it apart from traditional work monitoring systems which require users to log their activity in time sheets.

Sapience’s tools are already being used by “leaders of over 70 major customers to make better informed decisions and improve operating efficiencies across their enterprises”, according to a note announcing the Credit Suisse investment, the scale of which is not being disclosed. “We are seeing rapid growth for Sapience in the US market,” said Sapience chief executive and co-founder Shirish Deodhar, adding that the group will move its headquarters to the US as a result of Credit Suisse’s investment.

NEXT Investors was originally used to make fintech bets on behalf of Credit Suisse’s investment bank, but moved under the group’s asset management umbrella in 2013 so the Sapience investment will be funded using client money, not the bank’s. Two Credit Suisse veterans – NEXT Fund portfolio manager Greg Grimaldi and senior advisor Frank Fanzilli – are also joining the Sapience Analytics board.

Interestingly, there are “no plans” for Credit Suisse’s direct employees to use Sapience’s tools to monitor their own workforce but they will be used by some third parties that do work for Credit Suisse.


Balloon Masts

EE Shows off helium balloon mobile masts

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Mobile phone provider EE has demonstrated helium balloons and drones that could provide 4G mobile coverage following damage to existing infrastructure.

The devices are fitted with small mobile sites that include a base station and an antenna.

They could also be used to connect remote parts of the UK where coverage is thin.

EE said it planned to deploy such a network in a UK rural area this year.

BBC Drone Explanation

BBC Drone Explanation

The drones can stay airborne for up to an hour at a time and the “helikite” balloons for several weeks as they have a tethered power source.

The drone was designed to give short-term targeted coverage to aid search and rescue situations, EE said.

Innovation is essential for us to go further than we’ve ever gone, and deliver a network that’s more reliable than ever before,” said EE chief executive Marc Allera.

“Rural parts of the UK provide more challenges to mobile coverage than anywhere else, so we have to work harder there – developing these technologies will ultimately help our customers, even in the most hard to reach areas.”

It was the first time this had been tried out in the UK, said Kester Mann, analyst at CCS Insight.

Everyone immediately thinks of disruptive players like Facebook and Google when it come to things like balloon-based networks. The traditional networks need to step up so they don’t get left behind,” he told the BBC.

Google is developing a network of huge balloons to provide connectivity to rural areas around the world, known as Project Loon.

Last month the tech giant confirmed it had closed its internet drone project, Titan, which was designed to bring the internet to remote rural areas.

Facebook’s Project Aquila involves building solar-powered aircraft which will fly for months at a time above remote places, beaming down an internet connection.


Article first published on the BBC Technology pages 21st Feb 2017