5G powers up IoT

HONG KONG, Jul 31, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Communications technology reached a historic milestone at the beginning of April this year as Hong Kong's fifth-generation mobile (5G) network was officially fully connected, linking all major communication equipment.

A 5G network provides much more than just increased bandwidth and speed – 5G provides the opportunity to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technology to bring the much-discussed Internet of Things (IoT) out of the laboratory and into the real world. To give people from all walks of life a better understanding of 5G networks, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held the Tech Trends Symposium 2020 – The Future of Intelligent Connectivity on 28 July. Forming part of the HKTDC's Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE virtual trade fair (27 July-7 August), the symposium was streamed online. At a session titled "Empowering a Connected Future with 5G", industry leaders introduced the latest developments in 5G networks and expressed the hope that Hong Kong will keep pace with the world in moving towards 5G and building a smart city.

Research focus

5G networks could turn the established business-to-customer (B2C) model on its head and profoundly change consumers' experiences, said Justin Chuang, Vice President, Communications Technologies at the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI).

Citing examples, he said real-time augmented reality (AR), a 360-degree visual experience and ultra-clear imaging will profoundly change traditional marketing and publicity models. Business-to-business (B2B) transactions could expand in scale, while autonomous vehicles, smart offices and smart factories could be linked up through 5G systems to improve productivity.

Manufacturing reworked

More importantly, Mr Chuang pointed out, 5G networks could deploy artificial intelligence (AI) and a marriage of the two would completely change the ecology of manufacturing. Factories would be able to use automated vehicles, robots and monitoring sensors. AI applications, instead of human managers, would coordinate and monitor this fully automated production system. Human engineering expertise could be applied to remotely formulating workflows and ordering work patterns. The saved human resources could then concentrate on quality monitoring and decision-making, said Mr Chuang. He believes 5G is not only a new era of networks but also a way to promote the progress of the entire city.

ICT overhaul

The April 5G launch in Hong Kong saw telecommunications companies swiftly rolling out services on networks the city's main telecommunications companies had set up.

Henry Wong, Head of Strategic Wireless Technology & Core Networks at local telecommunications company HKT Limited, said network technology in Hong Kong has advanced step by step in recent decades from voice and data Internet access to the latest 5G networks. The speed and usage pattern of the network had improved. During the 2G and 3G eras, watching videos was just about viewing. With 4G came high-definition videos and video conferences but the network was prone to time delays and freezes or even bad frames on screen.

5G, however, supports not only a wide range of visual innovations such as high-definition multi-dimensional 360-degree images, but also interactivity thanks to virtual reality (VR) technology which enables the screen view to change to match users' movements and become whatever the user wants to see.

4G technology was unable to fully support VR, and there were lags and delays in transmitting images, which greatly weakened the application of VR, Mr Wong added.

Changes are also impacting television broadcasting. Citing the example of HKT's pay TV, Mr Wong said on-demand viewing, as opposed to the traditional broadcast-by-schedule model, has been introduced in recent years and audiences can freely choose viewing times for content such as concerts, sports events and more without the limitation of a schedule, which improves convenience. The 5G network can combine these two modes to give high-definition, freely selectable content, even including 360-degree virtual-reality images, presented directly to the audience, he remarked.

Property play

In addition to expanding network bandwidth, 5G permits the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) to begin in earnest, according to Andrew Young, Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Group, A leading Hong Kong real-estate developer.

Mr Young said 5G networks could bring in a raft of Massive IoT technologies such as smart building, logistics tracking and smart agriculture. The networks could also permit time-dependent Critical IoT applications such as Remote Medical, Traffic Safety Control and Industrial Automation.

IoT applications are more reliable on 5G networks with less time delay and the ability to process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently. In the real-estate sector 5G networks could be used in such applications analysing the flow of people in shopping malls and gauging their consumption habits, helping managements adjust the distribution of stores and arrange activities based on the analysis.

These 5G technology applications could become "pervasive". Mr Young pointed out that 5G can handle a large amount of data but the subsequent data processing and storage would inevitably raise network security concerns. While the networks develop rapidly, personal information and network security should also be protected, so the 5G network can continue to grow healthily.

Noting the potential of smart buildings and related technologies, Sino Group established the Sino Creative Research and Development Office in 2018 to monitor related technology trends and introduce technologies such as artificial intelligence (AR) and robotics into the group's business. It analyses the potential of innovative technology, including 5G, under three criteria – business model, operation process and customer experience.

Websites
– Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE official website: https://ssw.hktdc.com/
– Seminar registration: https://ssw.hktdc.com/en/intelligence-hub.html
– Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE promotion video: https://bit.ly/2ZYiwiG
– HKTDC Media Room: http://mediaroom.hktdc.com

# Note to editors: considering the impact of the pandemic, the HKTDC has changed the dates for several exhibitions and conferences, at the same time as continuing to create business opportunities for enterprises through other channels. Details of the latest event arrangements can be found at https://bit.ly/2BbhSVh

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Contact:
Christine Kam, Tel: +852 2584 4514, Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org



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Fujitsu Develops Technology to Optimize Deployment of Millimeter-Wave Private 5G System Base Stations

KAWASAKI, Japan, Jul 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of new, high-speed computing technology to significantly streamline the deployment of wireless base stations compatible with 28 GHz millimeter-wave private 5G systems.



Fig. 1 Diagram of efficient parallel computation assignment focusing on branching structure of radio wave simulation


Fig. 2 Faster search for beamforming patterns using radio wave simulation results



Private 5G demonstrates great promise as a key infrastructure technology to support digital transformation (DX) for a variety of companies across different industries and business areas, delivering low-latency communications for applications as varied as AI video analysis on worksites to seamless remote operations for robots in manufacturing and medical facilities. In order to realize this technology's true potential, however, it is essential to optimize the deployment of wireless base stations. This often proves challenging, and despite its wide bandwidth the millimeter wave band remains difficult to handle because of its susceptibility to interference, including obstruction by surrounding obstacles. To avoid this, radio experts are often needed to determine the correct location of wireless base stations, which remains costly and requires extensive field adjustments.

With its new technology, Fujitsu has successfully developed a high-speed algorithm that can automatically calculate the best placement for private 5G millimeter wave base stations 5 to 10 times faster than conventional approaches. The technology also accounts for the adjustment of parameters including transmission power, radio channel, antenna direction and position, which makes it easier for non-radio experts to determine layouts for wireless base stations for private 5G systems.

Going forward, Fujitsu will continue to advance its automated design technology and aims to leverage it in the area design of its private 5G system integration service within fiscal 2020.

Challenges, About the Newly Developed Technology

Fujitsu has previously developed an automatic wireless base station design technology(1) that enables non-specialists to design and install wireless LAN networks in a day or so, instead of the previous seven-day work required by wireless experts, by using radio wave simulation technology that makes use of the knowledge of network technology we have accumulated over the years. However, the millimeter-wave band is more direct than microwaves of 6 GHz or less, which to date have been used mainly in cellular and wireless LANs. Therefore, the millimeter-wave band is easily affected by surrounding obstacles, and furthermore, the signal attenuation is large when the distance between the base station and the terminal increases. Therefore, by controlling the antenna with many antenna elements to perform beamforming(2), it is important to increase signal power and compensate for attenuation by directing radio waves to each terminal.

In designing a private 5G system in the millimeter-wave band, the number of base stations required increases due to the attenuation characteristics of the millimeter-wave. Additionally, many combinations need to be explored to estimate the effect of beamforming, which greatly increases the amount of computation required for automatic wireless base station deployment. As a result, it may take more than one day for each high-precision simulation on a typical desktop PC in an office, etc., and shortening the calculation time remains a important challenge to overcome.

To resolve these issues, Fujitsu Laboratories developed the technology described below:

Optimal parallelization technology for radio wave simulation calculation

Radio wave simulation has a branching structure that performs simulation calculations of propagation for each route in each combination of base stations and terminals for calculation scenarios that consist of movement or change of surrounding objects, base station candidate positions, and terminal candidate positions. When the CPU is allocated in parallel by dividing the calculation at the path level of the smallest unit of calculation as in the conventional method, the simulation time varies because the distance and the presence of obstacles differ depending on the path, and the overhead due to the synchronous processing of parallelization is large. On the other hand, dividing the calculation at the scenario level of the largest unit of calculation may make it hard to fully utilize the computing resources of the processor when the number of scenarios is small.

Taking advantage of the fact that parallelization is possible without any dependency between nodes in each hierarchy of the calculation tree of the radio wave simulation, Fujitsu has developed a parallel acceleration technology for the radio wave simulation calculation that minimizes the overhead caused by parallelization and maximizes the use of computing resources by automatically selecting the optimal hierarchy from the calculation tree at all times, taking into account the number of CPUs in the calculation environment(3). This is achieved by first dividing the processing in a hierarchy where the number of nodes in the hierarchy is equal to or larger than the number of CPUs when the tree is moved down one layer from the top of the tree structure to the number of CPUs in the calculation environment, and allocating the processing to the CPUs. This technology enables efficient and fast computation at all times in a variety of processor and core configurations, from laptops to workstations.

In addition, in the simulation of beamforming, which takes into account the directionality of antennas for millimeter-wave band private 5G systems, instead of the conventional method of searching for a combination of base station and terminal beam patterns, 1/10 the range of search can be narrowed down based on information such as the direction of radio waves and signal intensity obtained from the results of radio wave simulation, and the characteristic amounts of the base station and terminal beam patterns.

Outcomes

The newly developed technology enables the calculation of radio wave simulation and beamforming performance estimation to be accelerated by 5 to 10 times at maximum. For example, when high-precision radio wave simulation is conducted with 24 wireless base station position candidates and 40,000 terminal position candidates in a place simulating a factory with an area of 10,000 square meters, the calculation can be completed in about two hours with a desktop computer. This represents a considerable improvement over existing approaches and promises to accelerate planning for the placement of terminals and wireless base stations for private 5G systems in the field, delivering customers the chance to accelerate the digital transformation of their operations.

(1) automatic wireless base station design technology "Fujitsu Develops Field Engineering Technology to Rapidly Provide IoT Services" https://bit.ly/2CVOjHX
(2) Beamforming technique for concentrating radio waves in a specific direction by controlling the phase (Angle) of a signal emitted by an antenna element on an antenna panel.
(3) number of CPUs in the calculation environment Strictly speaking, the number of concurrent threads.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 130,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.9 trillion yen (US$35 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Laboratories

Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Next-generation Services, Computer Servers, Networks, Electronic Devices and Advanced Materials. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/group/labs/en/.

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Digital Innovation Core Unit
E-mail: labs-wd-contact@dl.jp.fujitsu.com

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Daraz – Smartphones Remain One of the Leading Categories in Pakistani E-Commerce

Karachi, Pakistan, Jul 20, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Daraz, the pioneering e-commerce platform in Pakistan, offers customers access to the largest assortment of mobile phones across the country.



Mobile Week 2020



The platform's catalog carries 10 million products across more than 100 categories, and "Mobile and Tablets" has remained one of the leading categories on Daraz. In 2019, 37 new phone models were launched exclusively on the platform by leading brands such as Samsung Mobile, Nokia Mobile, Vivo Mobile, Infinix Mobile, and Tecno Mobile. The e-commerce platform sold over 280,000 smartphones in 2019 with Infinix Mobile leading the chart, followed by Realme and Xiaomi.

In the recently concluded Mobile Week Sale, Huawei Mobile exclusively launched the Y5P model on Daraz, while Infinix launched the Hot 9 model. The sale kept the lowest mobile prices as one of the unique selling propositions to cater to the audience in Pakistan during the pandemic situation.

A number of leading mobile brands have launched their stores on DarazMall, a premium service channel through which customers have access to trusted brands, original products, a 14-day return period and express delivery.

Daraz offers customers a range of digital payment options to ensure accessibility and affordability. Customers can opt to pay through debit and credit cards and e-wallets. They can also opt to pay in installments on a monthly basis as a number of tenure options are available on different bank cards. The Daraz Wallet is the smartest way to pay on the Daraz app, as it offers customers access to exclusive bonuses, fast checkout and instant refunds.

Media Contact:
Pireh Shafiq
Email: pireh.shafiq@daraz.pk

Mobile Week 2020 happened in the month of June 2020 in Pakistan.
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China Unicom launches 5G CPE powered by UNISOC V510

SHANGHAI, Jul 17, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – China Unicom's 5G CPE VN007 is the telecom carrier's latest commercial 5G terminal, pivotal for the Internet of Things; the 5G CPE VN007, as sold by China Unicom, can support both 4G /5G wireless and wired Internet access, built-in 5G full-frequency antenna, download rates up to 2.3Gbps (theoretical value), ring layout design, and 360-degree signal coverage.





The China Unicom 5G CPE VN007 is equipped with UNISOC's first 5G multi-mode baseband chip, the UNISOC V510. It is based on the Makalu 5G communication technology platform and has technical advantages such as high integration, high performance, and low power consumption. It can be automatically adapted to 5G NSA and SA dual-mode networking.

The UNISOC V510 supports the sub-6GHz global 5G mainstream band, realizing full network coverage: this will bring real wireless ultra-fiber broadband experience to hundreds of millions of users. In addition to the high data speed experience, UNISOC V510 also supports VoNR voice calls.

UNISOC V510 enables terminal products to work in harsh industrial environments due to the industrial standard design. It can be widely used in enterprise wireless networks, campus networks, 5G industrial Internet of Things, and other fields.

Media Contact:
UNISOC Technologies Co., Ltd
Miranda Wu – UNISOC PR Team
E-mail: mengran.wu@unisoc.com
Website: http://www.unisoc.com


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UNISOC 4G Watch Platform W307 Is Newly Upgraded

HONG KONG, Jul 15, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – UNISOC, the world's leading supplier of core chips for mobile communications and the Internet of Things, launched its new smartwatch platform UNISOC W307. Based on ultra-low-power architecture design, it adopts the high-precision positioning scheme and highly integrated 4G full-network, which will bring users a richer intelligent experience.





The W307 is made using TSMC's 28nm HPC+, with a chip integrated with CPU, memory, 4G multi-mode modem, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GNSS, and image system. W307 package area is smaller than the previous generation UNISOC 8521E, which brings more freedom for the design of terminal products. W307 significantly optimizes performance, connectivity, intelligence, and power consumption. Highlights of the platform include:

– High integration: W307 SoC adopts a single-core A53 processor, and the packaging area is reduced by 30% compared with the previous generation, which greatly saves the PCB layout area and can be used as a single-side ornament.

– Light system and low power consumption: W307 adopts RTOS lightweight system and has a smooth and responsive user experience. The overall power consumption is more than 30% lower than the previous generation, which can bring more lasting performance for smartwatches.

– HD video calling: The W307 adopts UNISOC's reliable, globally certified second-generation 4G LTE multi-mode modem. It supports LTE Cat-4, WCDMA, and GSM communication standards, providing 4G + Wi-Fi HD video calling.

– Sub-meter high precision positioning: Combined with the AI multiple positioning technologies and high-precision positioning SDK of UNISOC, W307 can support sub-meter high precision positioning, and provide a strong technical foundation for the electronic fence and other application scenarios. It meets the needs of parents to obtain accurate positions of children.

– Rich applications: W307 can be adapted to a variety of RTOS applications. It supports the nine-axis sensor and popular voice assistant, voice micro chat, pedometer, and other applications, which provides the rich and interesting interactive and entertainment experience for children.

As the demand for the watch market shifts from 2G to 4G and continues to grow rapidly, UNISOC takes a leading position in the field of 4G children's watches by its innovative advantages and has established long-term cooperation with the mainstream smartwatch brands in the industry. The release of platform UNISOC W307 further enriched the platform portfolio for smartwatches.

Media Contact:
UNISOC Technologies Co., Ltd
Miranda Wu – UNISOC PR Team
E-mail: mengran.wu@unisoc.com
Website: http://www.unisoc.com


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Suprema Intelligent Access Control Solutions Help Maintain Employee and Business Wellness

SEOUL, KOREA, Jul 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Suprema, a leading global provider of access control, time & attendance and biometric solutions, recognized the trend towards contactless, biometric and mobile credentialing long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's premier biometrics solution, FaceStation 2 Smart Face Recognition Terminal, employs intelligent facial recognition ensuring highly accurate personal identification and authentication for improved overall security with contactless operation. Mobile Access, Suprema's contactless credentialing solution, eliminates the need for costly access cards and proximity devices by utilizing iOS and Android smartphones as a secure personal access credential.





"Suprema has been pioneering contactless access control solutions long before the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened market demand for safer and more secure access control solutions," said Young S. Moon, CEO of Suprema Inc. "Our FaceStation 2 Smart Face Recognition Terminal and Mobile Access contactless solutions seamlessly integrate with our BioStar integrated security platform to deliver comprehensive functionality for the most demanding security and workforce management applications."

Suprema FaceStation 2 Smart Face Recognition Terminal delivers outstanding performance including: up to 3,000 matches per second; a memory capacity capable of accommodating up to 30,000 users, 50,000 image logs and 5 million text logs; live face detection with IR-based fake face blocking (anti-spoofing) technology; and multi-band RF reading technology to support the latest RFID standards for multi-modal credentialing when required. The ergonomically designed and highly aesthetic device features an Android-based intuitive touchscreen LCD providing ease of use that requires little to no training for both users and system administrators.

Suprema Mobile Access turns virtually any iOS or Android smartphone into a highly secure contactless access credentialing device, eliminating the cost associated with issuing access cards and proximity devices. FaceStation 2 will soon become compatible with Suprema Mobile Access, providing a seamlessly convenient and fast operation. Users can simply tap their smartphone on an RFID reader to gain access from distances within 10cm without the need to wake the host smartphone.

About Suprema

Suprema is a leading global provider of access control, time & attendance and biometrics solutions. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema has introduced innovations to the security industry over the last decades. Suprema's extensive range of portfolio includes biometric access control systems, time & attendance solutions, fingerprint live scanners, mobile authentication solutions and embedded fingerprint modules. Suprema is named the world's top 50 security manufacturers and has worldwide sales network in over 140 countries with no.1 market share in biometric access control in EMEA region. For more information on Suprema, visit http://www.supremainc.com, or email sales_sys@supremainc.com

Contact:
Sunkyo Lee Assistant Manager of Marketing, Suprema Inc. Email: pr@suprema.co.kr



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AppsFlyer Launches Zero, its Free-for-Life Software & APIs to Help Brands Tap into Their Owned Media

SINGAPORE, Jun 10, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – AppsFlyer, the global attribution leader, today announced the launch of Zero, a free-for-life package as part of its Zero Budget Marketing initiative. The new initiative, geared towards developers, product managers, and marketers offers free, state of the art software tools and APIs, to empower their growth and leverage their earned and owned media strategy.

As part of AppsFlyer's effort to enable companies of any size to better utilize their owned assets and channels, Zero includes the powerful tools of AppsFlyer's complete engagement suite, all for free: OneLink deep linking technology, smooth web-to-app & social media-to-app user journeys, Smart Banners, referrals & user invites, SMS & QR codes, cross-promotions, and more.

"Now more than ever, companies need to operate with a 'Zero-Budget Marketing' mindset," said Ronen Mense, APAC President, and Managing Director, AppsFlyer. "If it was not already evident, COVID-19 forced all of us to rethink our marketing strategies and go back to basics, with one certainty in mind – we live in a mobile-first world. Many companies have a 'mobile also' strategy and need to be able to better leverage their most important assets: their owned media, website, social media, and user base as they migrate their customer base to mobile. This is the time for brands to get creative and grow their business with mission-critical tools, so we are proud to provide product managers and app developers with our technology for free as open APIs they can use to delight and engage with their existing customers while also gaining new customers."

New customers can easily create a free account, and start leveraging the Zero package within minutes, without providing payment information or an SDK integration. Part of AppsFlyer's broad offering, Zero includes cost-free software tools and APIs that every marketer, product manager, and developer needs to help improve user experience and acquisition with no advertising budget.

About AppsFlyer

AppsFlyer, the global attribution leader, empowers marketers to grow their business and innovate with a suite of comprehensive measurement and analytics solutions. Built around privacy by design, AppsFlyer takes a customer-centric approach to help 12,000+ brands and 6,000+ technology partners make better business decisions every day. To learn more, visit www.appsflyer.com.

Media Contacts
Ishina Sakhrani
PRecious Communications on behalf of AppsFlyer
appsflyer@preciouscomms.com
+65 6303 0567

Press Contact For AppsFlyer in APAC:
Nico Marco
nico.marco@appsflyer.com

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Transforming the SMART GRID with Fibocom 5G Modules

SHENZHEN, CHINA, Jun 3, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Fibocom (SHE: 300638), a leading provider of cellular embedded wireless module solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced in April that its two 5G supported IoT modules, FM150(W) and FG150(W), had completed the first successful data call using an end-to-end data transmission service under a Chinese Standalone (SA) Structured 5G network. Download speeds skyrocketed, exceeding more than 2.5Gpbs under the ENDC mode.



How do these 5G modules work so fast?



5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for cellular networks. Its objective is to support three generic services with vastly heterogeneous requirements: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC), and ultra-reliable low-latency communications (uRLLC). These capabilities make future scenarios more flexible, reliable, and secure when providing diverse services in the intended usage scenarios.

Both the Fibocom 5G modules FM150(W) and FG150(W) support 5G standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) network architectures, provide an integrated multi-network compatibility with 5G Sub 6 and millimeter-wave bands and work both with LTE and WCDMA standards. This gives customers an edge in harnessing the full power of 5G networks' faster data transmission, vast network capacity, and ultra-reliable low latency.

The applications of Fibocom's 5G smart modules bring efficient cost-effective advantages to a vast number of industries. In this paper, we will look at the application of these 5G modules in the utility industry, specifically in smart grids.

5G Network Slicing Meets the Needs of Smart Grid Effectively

The term "Grid" refers to an "Electric Grid" fundamentally describing the complete network which includes transmission lines, transformers, distribution substation and all accessories that are used for delivery of electricity from generation plants to home and commercial scale. These services require a flexible and orchestrated network, high reliability, and millisecond ultra-low latency for its diverse needs.

Smart grid systems have provided the possibility of enabling two-way communication between electricity consumers and the distributor, thereby allowing distributors to manage and effectively handle electricity distribution. One of the primary reason technologies like smart grids are in place is because of the capabilities of 5G Network Slicing. 5G accommodates the connectivity requirements of multiple end-points and delivers flexibility at a low cost.

In the era of 5G, heterogeneous services are allowed to coexist within the same network architecture utilizing network slicing. Network slicing allocates network computing, storage, and communication resources among the active services intending to guarantee their isolation and given performance levels. This strengthens the security, reliability, and control over the network by creating slices within the network.

5G IoT Modules Empowering Smart Grid Applications

Production and control scenarios include intelligent distributed power, distribution automation, precise load control, distributed power control, supervisory monitoring, and fault localization. These scenarios aim to address power distribution network requirements, including ultra-low latency (15ms), ultra-reliable communication (99.999% reliability), and high-security isolation.

Management and information scenarios include low-voltage power consumption information collection and smart grid video applications. Networks are required to meet 100 ms latency, 99.9999% reliability, and 4-100 Mbit/s bandwidth requirements, as well as thousands of connections per square kilometer.

Line Differential Protection

Future smart grids will look profoundly different from the power grids used today. The increased number of renewables, like solar panels, will increase the need for cost-efficient, reliable communication to ensure the correct operation of the grid. Using a 5G macro network in line differential protection can be handled with wireless ultra-reliable low latency communication. The protection service can be delivered on the same band handling Mobile Broadband traffic. Fibocom 5G modules embedded in the DTU can monitor the power line transmission status in real-time, anywhere, without using local wired deployment, thus lowering the costs of network deployments.

UAV Inspection

UAV inspection is an innovative and safe way for the assessment of transmission towers and power lines, eliminating human risk. UAV inspections are mainly for maintenance with drone cameras and robots to access dangerous areas. With 5G's high speed and network capacity, Fibocom's FM150(W) and FG150(W) enable data transmission of high-quality resolution (4K/8K) videos which require high bandwidth requirements of over 100Mbps. These devices transmit a crystal-clear view of the maintenance area, making it easier to identify problems in emergency repair scenarios, reducing labor costs, and grid downtime.

Advanced Metering

Automatic meter reading is adapted into smart meters, which leads to applications such as dynamic load management, time of day rates, and net metering to name a few. It has also fueled many behind-the-meter applications such as customer-owned renewables through advanced metering.

Power companies, consumers, and first responders will gain real-time wireless control with 5G-enabled AMI networks, and a variety of sensors monitoring variables including electricity quality, temperature, pressure, rate of consumption, and more. These sensors send readouts directly to utility companies, where data is analyzed and reformatted into diagnostics that help users better understand their averages and monthly use comparisons. This usage information benefits users to improve their energy efficiency and costs. With 5G speeds and access already reaching the consumer market on a limited basis, we will see better performance, faster power reconnection after outages, and more cost-effective measures across AMI-equipped homes and facilities.

5G low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity facilitates this need with a longer battery life of devices using 5G enabled modules and expanded geographic coverage for connected devices. Advanced metering will reach its intended potential with the full rollout of 5G with the ability to have multiple end-point connections with 99.9% reliability.

AI and Power Prediction

A smart grid can help utilities conserve energy, reduce costs and carbon emissions, increase reliability and transparency, and make processes more efficient. By combining the current generation of these smart grid cutting-edge technologies with AI, it is possible to automatically adapt to changing conditions so prevalent and modify the grid as needed to improve efficiency. AI will ensure that smart grids are more user friendly by analyzing grid data, scenario and routine learning, and take action without any form of human intervention. 5G will support AI's high bandwidth and low latency requirements to improve power prediction patterns, energy production, and forecast usage more efficiently. Fibocom's 5G modules will aid in the transmission of the data required for AI to be functional in real-time.

Conclusion

Network slicing can create a customized industry-specific network for the power industry to better meet the security, reliability, and flexibility needs of smart grid services. 5G slicing technology can give priority to ensuring high-priority power services, and when necessary, through flexible slicing resource allocation to meet the needs of emergency security services. Fibocom's FM150(W) and FG150(W) 5G modules will enable the next leap in smart grids, reducing labor, costs, fossil fuel usage, and saving time. Eventually, leading to a sustainable greener environment.

About Fibocom Wireless Inc.
Founded in 1999, Fibocom is the first wireless communication module and Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider listed in China (Stock Code: 300638). Headquartered in Shenzhen, with R&D center in both Shenzhen and Xi'an, Fibocom is located globally in North America, Europe, India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, serving customers over 100+ countries.

Fibocom's main product lines include 5G, LTE, SoC, NB-IoT/eMTC, HSPA+, and GSM/GPRS wireless modules, empowering customers from industries of consumer electronics, wireless payment, metering, security surveillance, and connected cars, etc. With Perfect Wireless Connection as our DNA, Fibocom is envisioned to improve smart life and make the all-connected world within reach. Visit www.fibocom.com.

Media Contact:
Ellie Yuan
info@fibocom.com
+86 755-26733555
www.fibocom.com


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Suprema announces Suprema Europe SARL to reinforce regional presence

SEOUL, KOREA, May 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Suprema, a global leader in access control and biometrics for physical security, officially announces the formation of Suprema Europe SARL, which has been established to provide partners and customers in the region with better localized support.





Formerly Suprema France SARL, Suprema Europe SARL will provide direct supply products and services to European partners. Suprema Europe has been granted an additional capital and will maintain products in stock and a technical support hotline in Europe. This will help Suprema partners grow further with better services available in Central European Time.

Given the global pandemic and increased demand for touchless access solutions, Suprema is experiencing high demand for contactless solutions such as RFID solutions, mobile access cards and facial recognition readers.

For more information on Suprema products and solutions, please visit https://www.supremainc.com/en/wheretobuy/list.asp.

About Suprema

Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of security and biometrics technologies. Suprema's extensive range of products includes biometric access control systems, time and attendance solutions, mobile authentication solutions and embedded fingerprint solutions. Suprema has No.1 market share in biometrics access control in EMEA region and has worldwide sales network in over 130 countries. For more information, please visit www.supremainc.com.

Press Contact:
Chloe Kim
Manager of Marketing, Suprema Inc.
Email: jskim4@suprema.co.kr

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Highly Effective Disaster Prevention with Retarus Email Continuity

SINGAPORE, May 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – When IT systems are no longer functioning, critical business processes grind to a halt. The costs incurred when operations fail can quickly skyrocket into millions. The Email Continuity service offered by Munich-based cloud service provider Retarus ensures that companies and their employees remain productive in terms of communication, even if the email infrastructure becomes unavailable to them, for instance due to a cyberattack.

According to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2020, cyber incidents have grown to become by far the biggest business risk for companies. As soon as IT systems are no longer running, crucial business processes come to a standstill, and when operations are disrupted the resulting costs soon reach millions of dollars. As 100 percent fail-safety can never be guaranteed for any part of a business, effective business continuity management and sound plans for keeping IT operations running in times of crisis have become essential for companies.

"Given that email is a key communication medium in businesses across Asia Pacific, being reachable and having backup systems in place in the event of email infrastructure downtime is mission-critical. By allowing businesses to switch to a backup system in flash, Retarus Email Continuity helps prevent commercial losses and damage to business reputation, with email communication remaining unaffected," says Dylan Castagne, Managing Director, Retarus Asia.

Secure Email Operations

With the state-of-the-art failover service Retarus Email Continuity, companies remain productive even if their own email infrastructures become unavailable, for instance due to server and cloud downtimes or security incidents. In such cases, the service steps in and ensures that the impacted company's email communication continues running uninterrupted. As soon as it becomes necessary, the service reroutes the emails to a server independent of its own email system, ensuring that communication with business partners, customers and colleagues remains smooth and free of disruption.

Added Value for Customers

Retarus' Email Continuity Service provides significant added value for companies aiming to implement a comprehensive cyber security strategy, as is clearly evident from the "Secure Email Gateway – Market Quadrant" market analysis published by the Radicati Group in autumn 2019. According to the experts, Retarus' Email Continuity Services fulfill key criteria for effective disaster prevention.

"More than ever, business continuity management needs to be considered an integral component of the business strategy," says Martin Hager, founder and CEO at Retarus. "Email has a key role to play in continuity, as it has become the main communication channel for companies, both within the company and with external partners. Retarus' Email Continuity service is an essential component in disaster prevention, enabling companies to seamlessly continue communicating via email, even when the infrastructure has failed."

So how can a company ensure that its employees can go on communicating without interruption despite failing infrastructure, thus allowing business-critical processes to stay up and running? Find out more in the Retarus whitepaper titled E-Mail-Continuity: How to ensure email operation. https://www.retarus.com/email-continuity/#whitepaper

About Retarus

With its outstanding solutions and services, intelligent infrastructure, and patented technology, Retarus manages communication for companies worldwide. Retarus' state-of-the-art technologies, highly available data centers, and innovative cloud messaging platform offer maximum security, maximum performance, and business continuity. With experience in steering information flows at the enterprise level, Retarus ensures that information is transferred securely and reliably to the right place, at the right time, in the right format – since 1992 and with now 15 subsidiaries on four continents. Seventy-five percent of DAX 30, half of all EURO STOXX 50, and 25 percent of S&P100 companies rely on Retarus services. Our long-standing customers include Adidas, Bayer, BNP Paribas, Bosch, Continental, DHL, DZ BANK, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, Honda, Linde, PSA, Puma, Sixt, T-Systems, Sony and Zeiss.

Media Contact:
Retarus (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
Dylan Castagne, Managing Director
T: +65 6323 7354
E: press@sg.retarus.com

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