The New York City subway system is the United States’ largest transportation network, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But just a few years ago, more than 5.5 million riders who rely upon the subway system every day, had no access to cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity while traveling underground. A high-speed communications and IP infrastructure was needed to not only keep riders connected but also to support public safety and emerging smart city technologies.
Cisco and Dimension Data have announced a new co-innovation agreement that will allow them “to develop a deeper collaboration environment and framework to jointly solve clients’ business needs by utilizing Cisco’s global network of Co-Innovation Centers to drive collaboration in key areas such as 5G, Internet of Things, and Blockchain technologies.
The demand for in-building services continues to grow. Flexible working practices have led to a focus on cellular services for everyday operations. An increase in BYOD policies ultimately means a greater reliance on high quality, multi-operator cellular services. The delivery of multi-operator, venue-funded in-building cellular services are dependent on three elements; 1) wider mobile network operator acceptance of the challenge and the resolve to look at new solutions and operational models; 2) technical solutions that have common acceptance across all operators and 3) the expertise required to deploy and manage such a service.
There’s a lot of hype about municipalities using smart infrastructure to solve problems from air quality and temperature monitoring, to everyday traffic. But the epicenter of smart technology doesn’t originate at the city; rather it’s airports that have always been the first to embrace technologies necessary for operating efficiently, meeting passenger requirements and providing for traveler safety.
Vertiv and 451 Research, have unveiled the findings from its report that delves into the state of 5G, ‘Industry Hopes and Fears: From Energy Costs to Edge Computing Transformation’, is based on the results from a survey of more than 100 global telecom decision makers with visibility into 5G and edge strategies and plans. According to Vertiv, respondents were ‘overwhelmingly’ optimistic about the 5G business outlook and are investing aggressively into deployment plans. Just 12 percent of operators expect to be rolling out 5G services before the end of the year, while 86 percent expect to be delivering by 2021.
Announces Smart City Startup Accelerator Program in Partnership with Amazon Web Services and Kauffman FastTrac –
US Ignite, in conjunction with Amazon Web Services and Kauffman FastTrac, has announced a Smart City Startup Accelerator program to guide developers through the process of developing a cloud-based business or service dedicated to addressing challenges in the modern, connected city. Program participants will gain access to an eight-week online training course through Kauffman FastTrac, as well as benefits that include up to $10,000 in AWS credits, and the opportunity to connect with Amazon mentors. Participants will also present their business strategies at a final event this September at Amazon offices in Washington, DC.
This is the year of smart technologies, as real estate players seek to put their money where their mouth is and implement the principles of real estate-as-a-service that the industry has widely bought into. There are many ways this goal can be achieved, from the deployment of sensors and the intelligent analytics that go with it, to customer experience platforms that span use cases and asset classes.
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Clean fiber interconnects are essential to 5G performance. A fiber is only slightly thicker than a human hair, so the smallest speck of dust is detrimental to its signal path. Any contamination found on the core of the fiber – where the signal travels through – can cause back reflection, insertion loss and equipment damage. Causes include fingerprint oils, lint, moisture, exhaust fumes or simply dust.
For operators, 5G requires a massive investment in hardware and software based on the promise it will deliver totally new user experiences that take advantage of significant increases in throughput and decreases in latency. One key aspect of delivering and monetizing these new network experiences involves doing away with cell barriers and focusing RF signal on individual users. Download this report to learn how 5G beamforming plays a crucial part in delivering on the 5G promise and how testing beamforming is tricky but crucial, because the technology introduces a level of complexity on both the infrastructure side and the device side that demands careful characterization and verification before 5G can be successfully deployed.