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Numero 14 - 21 giugno 2019

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5G, FutureNet e Tecnologie

 

 

Telefónica to launch ‘5G experience’ in banks in Spain

Una delle prime esperienze in ambito bancario

 

Telefónica has signed a deal with Spain’s Banco Santander to leverage 5G in two banking offices in the city of Alcobendas, Spain. Telefónica already deployed a trial 5G standalone network in Alcobendas. ZTE provided the radio, core network and the terminals for the trial.
Touting that wireless technology will bring “new services to the financial sector,” the two companies said they have developed three use cases for customers in the offices using 5G.
“The initiative with Santander Spain is the result of the collaboration with our corporate customers to ensure that 5G technology is deployed in a way that fully meets their needs, prioritizing the development of the most demanded capacities,” said Emilio Gayo, CEO of Telefónica Spain, in a statement
The network will support 4K video conferencing between the two bank offices in Alcobendas, supporting 4096 x 2160 resolution and 30 frames per second. The network will also support a low latency cloud storage solution that’s based on the Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere Edge solution embedded on Telefónica's edge computing infrastructure.
The final use case involves virtual reality. The service enables customers to “remotely visit” co-working spaces such as the Santander Work Cafe located at the Santander banking office in the center of Madrid, using virtual reality, 360-degree video and edge computing.
The project is the first 5G deployment in the banking sector in Europe. Banking applications could emerge as an early use case for 5G networks. Despite the hype around rolling out 5G networks, operators around the world have been hard pressed to find monetizable use cases for the technology.

 

Uber Partners With AT&T for 4G & 5G Connectivity for Air Taxis & Cargo Drones Light Reading

 

AT&T and Uber are working on LTE -- and eventually 5G -- connectivity for vertical take-off and landing taxis (eVTOLs) and cargo drones.
The multi-stage deal was announced at Uber's yearly Elevate Summit in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.
AT&T is already working with Uber to test drone delivery in San Diego. Its networks will also be used to support the launch of Uber Copter, a high-end helicopter service that's launching in New York City in July.
"We’re in the very earliest stages of seeing what 5G can do to augment next-generation air travel, but we're excited for the possibilities," said Andre Fuetsch, president and chief technology officer of AT&T Labs, in a statement. "Ridesharing services were one of the defining mobile applications of the 4G era. Air taxis and other new air vehicles could well eventually become a signature use case for 5G."
Uber describes the air transport project as "building the future of aerial ridesharing." In 2023, Uber plans to give riders the option of an affordable shared flight, the company says in a statement.
The first phase of the deal will last a year or more. AT&T and Uber will initially assess and allow 4G and 5G connectivity for piloted aircraft and autonomous cargo drones operating in low-altitude airspace.
Future phases may include more advanced projects such as edge computing and network slicing. These technologies would help further enable dedicated and reliable connectivity for air taxis and drones.
Uber plans to demonstrate its vertical take-off taxis in 2020. It plans to launch the service in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne, Australia in 2023.

 

Vodafone and PTC combine to simplify IoT and AR for industry and developers

 

Vodafone has signed a deal with industrial IoT and AR specialist PTC to help developers and enterprises deploy digital-change applications. The deal is an extension of an existing three-year arrangement, they said.
Milwaukee-based PTC quoted market analysis from LNS Research that says less than 10 per cent of industrial companies, as it stands, rate their digital transformation efforts as successful. The deal with Vodafone Business is geared towards PTC’s indistrial strengths in internet-of-things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR) solutions.
Stefano Gastaut, IoT director at Vodafone Business, commented: “The opportunities for IoT and AR solutions in all industry sectors are enormous and we want businesses of all sizes across the globe to be able to leverage the power of IoT to drive better outcomes for themselves and their customers.”
Meanwhile, PTC and Rockwell Automation, which invested X in the Milwaukee firm last X, have been busy at PTC’s 2019 LiveWorx summit proclaiming the value of their combined technologies, with a focus on analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), and new manufacturing execution systems (MES), alonsgide IoT and AR.
In particular, the pair have focused on PTC’s FactoryTalk offer, an industrial analytics software suite for improving efficiency and productivity. FactoryTalk promises industrial companies intelligent management of operations, staff, assets, and and scalable production.

 

DT userà solo energie rinnovabili entro il 2021

Come si sa, l'industria TLC è una industria energivora

 

Deutsche Telekom aims to use only electricity from renewable sources by 2021 and, by 2030, to reduce its CO2 emissions by 90 percent compared with 2017.
Also by 2030, Deutsche Telekom wants to lower the emissions from the production and utilization phases of its products and customer solutions by 25 percent.
“As one of the biggest DAX-listed companies, we take climate protection very seriously. We want to build the future for the generations to come, not rob them of it. Climate protection is an integral part of any future-proof business model,” says Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG, explaining the company’s climate protection targets.
Deutsche Telekom is the third DAX-listed company officially recognized by SBTi as contributing toward the target of limiting global warming to 2° C.
Only just over 200 companies worldwide have climate protection targets that have been certified as science-based and will thus contribute toward implementing the Paris Agreement of 2016. Deutsche Telekom is the third DAX-listed company alongside SAP and HeidelbergCement to have received a positive evaluation.

 

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5G: in uk: velocità attorno a 360 Mbps

 

The first, most important point to make is that coverage is hyper-localized. Take Covent Garden as an example. EE directed me to Floral Street, which runs by the entrance to the famous tourist spot, and while 5G did arrive on my phone, it disappeared when I took 20 steps in the “wrong” direction. Even then, speeds weren’t as impressive as I’d hoped.

The Fast speed test app showed consistent data download speeds of 360Mbps and above.

What about when it did fly? Near St Paul’s Cathedral, the Fast speed test app showed consistent data download speeds of 360Mbps and above. Walking down The Strand also returned results of at least 200Mbps and higher. During all my tests I’ve used a standard OnePlus 7 Pro with an EE 4G LTE SIM card inside for direct comparison. Notably at this spot, 4G LTE was very slow, rarely going above 20Mbps, mostly due to the amount of people using their phones, and the time of the day.
Speed tests are one thing, but they don’t really demonstrate the real-world benefits of 5G. I carried out an effective test of 5G’s speed and low latency while sitting down for coffee on The Strand. Playing a 4K YouTube Video at 1440p on both the 5G and the 4G phones, scrubbing to the halfway point from the beginning saw the 5G phone start playing again almost instantly with no image degradation, while the 4G LTE connected phone took much longer to resume playing. Elsewhere on my expedition, I downloaded a 45-minute, 1080p Netflix episode in around 25 seconds over 5G, while the same episode took more than 1 minute 40 seconds over 4G LTE.
Using the 5G OnePlus 7 Pro generally, when the connection was strong in either 4G or 5G, is a fluid experience most of the time. Google Maps loads quickly and viewing Street View images is smoother and more usable than over an average 4G connection. Even viewing webpages in Chrome, and navigating around links is fast. This may have been a placebo effect, but it felt instantaneous when 5G was active. These are simple tasks, yet not having any wait time removed frustration and increased usefulness.

 

Eurosport promises 360-degree Le Mans coverage

Live 360° da tre auto che viaggiano per 24 ore a 300 kmh ...

 

Eurosport says it will deliver its most complete coverage of Le Mans.
In all 38 hours of airtime will be devoted to the race that last year that saw the Toyota Gazoo Racing team featuring Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima take the honours.
As part of the build-up, Eurosport will have live coverage of free practice and a look back at the 2018 race.
There will be then full coverage on Eurosport’s linear and OTT platforms featuring nine-time winner of Le Mans Tom Kristensen.
On the Eurosport Player during the race itself, fans will also have the option of accessing the on-board cameras of up to three cars. Eurosport’s digital platforms, including Eurosport.com and its social platforms, will also provide fans will updates in real-time.
“At Le Mans, I always say to expect the unexpected and this year is no different. It is the flagship event on our calendar and the one passionate motorsport fans always look forward forward to,” said Kristensen.
Eurosport has exclusive pay-TV coverage in every European market with the exception of Spain.

 

Next-generation European fighter jet cooperation ready for take-off

Il prossimo eurofighter nel 2040 (l'italia non è parte del consorzio) userà droni e cloud come sistemi integrati

 

Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer Dirk Hoke, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Defence Minister Margarita Robles and French Defence Minister Florence Parly attend the unveiling of the French-German-Spanish new generation fighter model during the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, 17 June 2019. [EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT]

Germany, France and Spain inked on Monday (17 June) a framework agreement for the joint construction of Europe’s largest arms project to date, the so-called Future Air Combat System (FCAS).

In the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the world’s largest air show, defence ministers of the three countries signed the agreement launching a trilateral framework of cooperation to design a next-generation fighter jet.
The decision to cooperate followed tough negotiations with the French government and within Germany’s struggling ‘Grand Coalition’. In July 2017, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron agreed on the development of the fighter system and a new battle tank.
Dassault Aviation and Airbus are set to build the fighter jet, while France’s Safran and Germany’s MTU Aero Engines will jointly develop the new warplane’s engine.
The French and German governments expect to invest an initial €4 billion in the combat jet by 2025, with France, the project leader, contributing €2.5 billion, according to the French defence ministry.
Unlike the Eurofighter, the new FCAS will also include a range of associated weapons, such as swarms of unmanned aerial carriers (drones) interconnected by a cloud, surveillance and command aircraft, cruise missiles, satellites and ground stations.
Paris and Berlin want the first flight of the prototype to take place in around 2026.
The new fighter jet is expected to take to the skies from 2040, with a view to replacing the French Rafale and Germany’s Eurofighter.

 

6G Technology Market ~ Transformational Capabilities / Mind Commerce

Ci sono già società di analis che parlano di come fare il 6G nel 2030 .. long term planning!

 

Sixth Generation Cellular: Looking Beyond 5G to the 6G Technology Market

Building upon our extensive analysis in LTE, 5G, and computing (core cloud, edge computing, HPC, and quantum), and other related areas such as artificial intelligence and AI support of other technologies. This report is a one of a kind investigation into the upcoming 6G technology market.
The report looks beyond 5G (B5G) as it evaluates R&D efforts, technologies, and anticipated capabilities that both build upon 5G as well as leap far beyond what is currently envisioned with existing solution abilities. The report includes quantitative analysis with 6G technology market sizing for 2025 through 2030.

 

Vodafone Spagna lancia 5G in 15 città

 

Vodafone Spain launches 5G in 15 cities with Huawei

Vodafone España lauched commercial 5G service in 15 cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Málaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastián, La Coruña, Vigo, Gijón, Pamplona, Logroño y Santander. This is the first commercial 5G launch in Spain.

 

For its 5G rollout, Vodafone España is using 90 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 3.7 GHz band.
A premium 5G service tier is priced at EUR50 per month for unlimited data at the maximum rate available to the smartphone.
5G smartphones on offer include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and the Xiaomi Mi MIX3 5G.

 

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UK’s first 5G industrial trial suggests new technology could increase UK productivity by 2%

 

Initial results of Worcestershire 5G Consortium’s testbed were exclusively revealed at Connected Britain

5G could increase UK productivity by two per cent – the equivalent of overall growth over the last ten years, new results from the UK’s first 5G industrial trial have revealed.
Run by Worcestershire 5G Consortium and bringing together operators, local authorities and equipment manufacturers, the Worcestershire 5G Testbed launched in February 2019. Marking the first step in Britain’s quest to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0, the project deployed a 5G network for Worcester Bosch and Yamazaki Mazak to use to conduct trials to demonstrate how the technology can improve factory output and productivity.
Speaking today at Connected Britain, Worcestershire 5G Consortium Chair Mark Stansfeld declared the testbed a success, revealing there has been a proven two per cent increase in productivity in some applications. This is double the one per cent gain that was hypothesised when the project began and equivalent to UK productivity growth over the last decade.
“So far, a two per cent increase in productivity [has been] proven and each of the different applications have shown improvement in productivity,” said Stansfeld. “We now want to scale it up and commercialise that. That is just within a factory and the real opportunity is looking at the whole area of the supply chain.”
According to Stansfeld, the two per cent increase is the equivalent of a £3.76 billion contribution.
His presentation – titled ‘5G: The Driver for UK Productivity’ – also outlined some of the lessons learnt from the trial so far. These included challenges around spectrum allocation, which he said still needs to be resolved, and a clear gap in the overall skills agenda, with the language of manufacturers being “very different” to the language that telcos are familiar with.
Stansfeld also highlighted 5G as being “very much a nascent market,” disclosing that the testbed had experienced difficulties when trying to get some of the required hardware, including modems and chipsets.
The next step, said Stansfeld, is to move from a testbed scenario to a true commercial business and grow the ecosystem from the factory floor to other areas of the supply chain.
“You have to believe that 5G is part of the overall jigsaw; it’s not the solution to everything but it is a part,” he added. “To be successful, it has to be very different as a technology – it cannot just be 4G+1.”
Stansfeld concluded his presentation by calling on the UK to take advantage of the opportunity it has to be seen as a driver of 5G. To do this he said, the key was to trial [5G] locally, scale it regionally, deploy it national and publicise it internationally.

 

SK Telecom to work with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung on 5G/6G R&D

 

SK Telecom has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with each company, and will work closely with the technology partners in developing and commercializing 5G technologies such as ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC), enhanced multi-input multi-output (MIMO), differentiated 28 GHz technology, and standalone (SA) 5G networks, the operator said in a release.
Under the deal, SK Telecom will also work with the network vendors on the next generation of cellular networks - 6G. The operator said it will develop and draft technical requirements and new business models for 6G.
SK Telecom’s CTO and head of its ICT R&D center, Park Jin-hyo, said the operator will “lead the way towards 6G mobile network communication” through its collaboration with the equipment vendors.
While it’s still early days for 5G, researchers at NYU Wireless, Nokia Bell Labs and Virginia Tech have already begun work on the next cellular standard; and the first 6G summit was held earlier this year in Finland. Virginia Tech associate professor Walid Saad, who recently co-authored a report on 6G, said its not too early to begin research on 6G.

 

Servizi e Terminali

 

 

Apple USA agli MVNO: per vendere iPhone dovete anche vendere iPad e Apple TV

Antitrust anyone?

 

Comcast and Charter are trying to get some traction with their wireless MVNOs. But, now Apple is putting the screws to the cable operators, requiring them to sell iPads and other Apple devices if they want to offer the iPhone as part of their mobile networks, reports CNBC.

 

Airbus si allea con Palantir (la "famosa" big data company) per Industria 4.0

Palantir è famosa per il profiling degli utenti ... qui l'accordo sembra su big data per progettazione e manutenzione avanzata degli aerei

 

In aviation, data used to be locked in silos for maintenance, flight management, aircraft monitoring and safety, and other critical workflows. Airbus has discovered the value of integrating disparate data sources.
Airbus is the only player in the industry able to connect and enable the complete digital aviation ecosystem. The aim is to make the data sharable, open and transparent to create value for our customers. Being at the heart of aviation, Airbus, through Skywise, supports its customers’ activity on every aircraft-related aspect of the industry.
From engineering and maintenance to flight operations, Skywise allows every aviation stakeholder to make the most accurate decisions and disclose the best ... Read more

Platform of reference

Airbus launched the Skywise aviation data platform at the 2017 Paris Air Show, in collaboration with Palantir Technologies – which is a pioneer in big-data integration and advanced analytics.
Skywise aims to become the platform of reference used by all major aviation players to improve their operational performance and business results, as well as to support their own digital transformation. In time, Airbus aims to extend Skywise to become aerospace’s data platform of reference. 

Customer benefits

By adopting Skywise, customers will benefit from a supercharged and ever-evolving digital platform. The main outcome will be efficiencies, savings and revenue opportunities achieved by reducing operational interruptions, burning less fuel, operating more efficiently, reducing workload and leaving room for third-party services (mostly in maintenance).

Connecting suppliers to the power of data sharing

At the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, Airbus announced the extension of its Skywise to the supply chain. Highlighting the operational advantages of Skywise are Airbus Digital Transformation Officer Marc Fontaine, and Matt Evans, Head of Skywise. Additional perspectives are provided by representatives of Airbus suppliers Liebherr-Aerospace, Thales and Premium Aerotec, which are among the supply chain ‘early adopters’ of Skywise.

 

ETSI and the Linux Foundation agree to bring open source and standards closer

Un altro passo significativo per rendere più agile lo sviluppo degli standard

 

Open source technology group the Linux Foundation and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate more closely.
They say they plan to “bring open source and standards closer and foster synergies between them”.
Building on the existing working relationship between the two organisations, the collaboration agreement aims to enable faster information-sharing and deployment of open networking technologies.
The formal link between communities of experts will encourage and enable collaborative activities, joint communication, promotion and events, as well as potential common initiatives related to interoperability and conformance testing.
Areas of mutual interest between ETSI and the Linux Foundation span across a range of technologies, including those focused on network functions virtualisation (NFV), management and orchestration (MANO), artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing.

Harmonisation

Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, the Linux Foundation, said, “It’s encouraging to see how far the industry has come in such a short time.
“This agreement with ETSI signals it's possible to reach a harmonisation of collaborative activities across open source and standards for the networking industry. Working together results in less fragmentation, faster deployments, and more streamlined innovation."
Luis Jorge Romero, Director General, ETSI, added, “We are eager to deepen our work with the open source communities at the Linux Foundation.
“Open Source has been part of our working methods and our technical groups, Open Source MANO being an example, for several years now. Further collaboration provides the standards community with a quick feedback loop on how our specifications are being implemented.”

 

Huawei: a breve sistema per smartphone alternativo ad Android, si vedrà

Si vedrà se avrà successo come Apple iOS

 

China’s Huawei is in the process of potentially launching its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) to replace the U.S. Android OS, an executive said on Thursday, after Reuters reported that the company has applied to trademark the OS in various countries.
Data from a U.N. body showed that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is aiming to trademark the OS in at least nine countries and Europe, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as U.S. sanctions threaten its business model.
President Donald Trump’s administration last month put Huawei on a blacklist that barred it from doing business with U.S. tech companies such as Alphabet Inc, whose Android OS is used in Huawei’s phones.
Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei’s public affairs and communications, said Hongmeng was moving forward.
“Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement,” Williamson said in an interview in Mexico City. “Presumably we’ll be trying to put trademarks.”
A senior U.S. official on Thursday said Huawei’s clients should be asking themselves if the Chinese firm can meet its commitments given its dependence on U.S. companies.

 

Netflix has announced a 'Stranger Things' augmented reality mobile game

 

Netflix announced at E3 that it's collaborating with Next Games to produce a mobile game based off of its popular original show "Stranger Things," set to launch in 2020, per CNBC.
The game will integrate GPS through Google Maps, resulting in a Pokémon Go-like experience: Users will explore the fictional world of the show, "The Upside Down," through real-world play. As users move throughout their daily lives, they will encounter challenges and "emerging evils" which they will be able to work with friends to defeat. 

 

Google - controllo degli smartphone con i gesti delle mani

grazie a un radar sullo schermo ... niente più bisogno di touch

 

First announced at Google I/O 2015, Project Soli is a Google ATAP endeavor based on radar hardware, most notably for device control via subtle hand movements. Whether you’re using a watch, phone, or tablet, this miniature radar sensor can, among many other things, differentiate between very fine motions to perform various platform-specific functions. Now, we’re told that 2019 might be the year that Soli finally shows up in Google’s hardware products…
Specifically, we’ve heard that the Soli radar chip is integrated in the Google Pixel 4. We don’t have any idea what this would mean for the product; Google could easily use the chip for anything from gesture-based control while driving to new Assistant interaction methods.
Previous demos of Project Soli might offer insight into how Google might use the tech in the Pixel 4. One video released in 2015 showed Soli imagined for use with a tablet to control a color palette in a drawing app. It’s plausible that Google could use the chip in the Pixel 4 for UI control somehow resembling this. Or perhaps the radar technology could be utilized in ways that even Google hasn’t publicly imagined.

 

More recently — and practically — Google actually showed off Project Soli working on both a smartwatch and a smart speaker at Google I/O 2016. That demo showed the chip embedded in a Wear OS smartwatch for interface control, and the smart speaker integration made it possible to simply wave at the speaker to tell it to stop playing.
Notably, the FCC granted Google a waiver “to operate at higher power levels than currently allowed” on December 31st 2018, effectively approving Soli’s use in future consumer products. The FCC at the time noted that Soli poses “minimal potential of causing harmful interference” and said it was in the “public interest” to grant the waiver.

We further find that grant of the waiver will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology.

Other Google Pixel 4 details are slowly trickling in, with just yesterday marking the first appearance of likely-credible renders based on CAD specifications. Then, this morning, YouTuber Unbox Therapy shared a video showcasing some “case models”, in which he also talked about some rumored details about the forthcoming Google flagship.
Perhaps other 2019 Made by Google products will feature the Project Soli chip. Google is rumored to be launching a new generation of the Google Home this year, as well as a smartwatch, and gesture-based control via Soli might be a great hallmark feature to differentiate those products.
What do you think? How might Google use Project Soli in the Google Pixel 4?

 

Ikea is introducing robotic furniture for people who live in small spaces

 

Coming to Hong Kong and Japan in 2020

Ikea is launching a new robotic furniture system called Rognan, developed in collaboration with American furniture startup Ori Living. The large storage unit, controlled by a touchpad, can slide across a room to divide a small room into two living spaces, and contains a bed, desk, and a couch for people to pull out when needed. It’s designed for people living in urban areas to maximize their small spaces, and will launch first in Hong Kong and Japan in 2020.
Rognan is built on Ori’s robotic platform, and works with Ikea’s Platsa line of storage furniture. It’s also compatible with Ikea’s Tradfri line of cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting. Ikea says the Rognan can save an extra eight square meters (about 86 square feet) of living space. That might not sound like much, but if you live in a tiny home, it could make all the difference.