Major potential for IoT in transportation but lots of work to do, new research finds

A new piece of research from Inmarsat argues that a lack of data-sharing skills and processes will negate deriving the best insights from Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the transport sector.

The research, which was conducted in May of this year by Vanson Bourne and took responses from 100 large transport companies, found many potential use cases for IoT, from monitoring environmental changes – cited by 54% of respondents – to speeding up time to market (48%).

Yet there are still various...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IoT, Telematics.

How Aarhus is using Bluetooth sensors to solve traffic issues

Implementation of Bluetooth technologies for monitoring traffic conditions has experienced success in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, which has used BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors for several years across its entire road network.

The municipality has also been collecting traffic data based on the movement of driver´s mobile devices.

The sensors have accumulated traffic data that provide insights into current road density, flow and formation of queues and share traffic information with users....

By Telecoms, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, Networks, Telematics.

Opinion: Traditional phone systems could hold your business back

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Many small businesses still rely on antiquated phone systems, designed for the old way of work that don’t meet the needs of today’s companies or consumers. These systems often lack the ability to support company growth ambitions – and in many cases – can be damaging and costly to a business.

Using a cloud-based business phone system, users can connect business...

By Monica Visconti-Patel, 04 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Cloud, Customer Service, Industry, Telematics.

Opinion: Future proofing networks for increasing demands

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Broadband networks are built with the aim of lasting for decades and they need to support increasingly heavy traffic at higher bandwidths. Factors that contribute to the network’s reliability and longevity, such as the need for good fibre/cable management and highly reliable connections throughout the network, have been accepted as...

By Sam Leeman, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Telematics.

Issues faced with Small Cell & CRAN deployments – and how to overcome them

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Many people believe you can just go and install a small cell or a RRH (Remote Radio Head) on a pole and you’re done. Well, there is a lot more to it. The real deployment problems begin when you are selecting your sites. Here are some of the most common issues: 

Selecting Mounting Assets 

If you are new to deployment then maybe you believe you can mount the...

By Wade Sarver, 17 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Small Cells, Telematics, Wireless.

Huawei posts revenue jump of 30% - spends €25m on Amartus SDN software

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Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, has posted a revenue jump of 30% for the first six months of the year. Overall revenue climbed to 175.9bn Yuan (£18bn) thanks to growth in the company's far-reaching businesses including telecommunications equipment and smartphones. 

Although behind Apple and Xiaomi in their home country, Huawei is the third biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, SDN, Telematics.

Trials of Operators: Shark attacks, natural disasters, and non-stop streaming…

Recently, Google released footage of sharks attacking its undersea cables. But ‘Jaws’ isn’t the only problem a network operator needs to worry about; there are also fishing trawlers and natural disasters which also pose a serious threat. And the challenges don’t stop there; non-stop streaming and bandwidth guzzling data centres are further obstacles that network providers must...

By Chris Champion, 03 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics.

Genesis advises operators to "turn copper into mobile gold"

The rise of fibre cables was thought to have made copper obsolete when it comes to telecommunications infrastructure, despite being more widespread and costing less. That industry assumption is now changing as impressive new technologies take copper off life support and brings it back harder, faster, stronger.

One of the key problems with small cells is the amount of fibre that is needed.

At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, Genesis' President and CTO Stephen Cooke told...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.

Back to the Future: BT posts results of G-Fast trial

G-Fast is an exciting network innovation which would mean high-speed internet can be rolled-out over the vast amount of existing copper infrastructure. This means reaching a whole lot more customers, at higher speed, with little investment. So it's too good to be true, right?

In the past we've posted results of G-Fast from lab tests by the excellent researchers at Bell Labs who broke the internet speed record at 10...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics.

Car telematics subscribers to reach 158.9m by 2020

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecast to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020.Moreover, the number of cars sold worldwide equipped with head-units featuring handset-based telematics capabilities will grow from 7.0 million in 2013 to 68.5 million in 2020.Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Telematics.

Ring the Bell: Internet speed record set using XG-FAST

The brilliant researchers at Bell Labs have broken the broadband internet speed record by over eight times the previous holder - and it was all achieved over copper landlines. At 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology is 1,000 times faster than your typical broadband speeds.

It even leaves the fastest package available to consumers, Google Fiber, in the dust by over 10x quicker. The new technology is an extension of G-FAST by Bell Labs known as "XG-FAST" and gives broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

How connected cars will create multiple opportunities

Important developments in the consumer and commercial telematics arena have subtly changed the nature of the industry altogether - particularly within the consumer telematics space. Vehicle manufacturers are taking telematics extremely seriously, as connectivity can now make or break the sale of a much more valuable item, that is, the purchase of an automobile.Global revenues from consumer and commercial telematics are forecast to reach nearly $20 billion by 2018 -- with additional soft revenues being generated from areas such as car servicing, big data enabled by telematics, and enhanced customer service offerings.These additional...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics.

MH370: How could Malaysia Airlines just disappear? A telecoms perspective...

With modern telecommunications technology, everyone is asking how an entire aircraft carrying hundreds of people managed to just vanish this past weekend...

Any commercial aircraft is fitted with a ‘black box’ capable of withstanding even a complete explosion (or 3,400 times the force of gravity.) The complete system consists of two other parts; a cockpit voice recorder, and a flight-data recorder for any malfunctions…

The device itself has an ultrasound beacon which can emit a signal as deep in water as 2.8 miles. If...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Telematics.

BT and Truphone on Dodd-Frank compliant mobile recording service

As one of the leading telecommunications providers worldwide; BT caters for customers in more than 170 different countries, including the United States, where new legislation known as the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act” will require mandatory mobile recording.

In order to comply, global mobile operator Truphone has chosen BT as their partner of choice for the company’s experience in this field.

My personal knowledge of the Dodd-Frank act going into the interview was very limited; but I...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators, Telematics.

Facebook’s Internet.org promotes a truly WWW

Facebook has founded an initiative alongside major industry partners to help foster global internet adoption. Launching under the name of Internet.org, Zuckerberg and company hope to expand the World Wide Web to previously unreachable areas.

Other companies under the scheme include heavyweights; Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Samsung and Qualcomm.

Together, they hope to come up with initiatives to provide internet access to the two thirds of the world which is currently missing out on

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics, Wireless.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission

Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.

Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.

This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)

Philippe Keryer, Chief Strategy & Innovation...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Content, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.