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NB-IoT presentation at MWC

The GSMA Mobile World Congress shall be held in Barcelona from 27th February to 2nd March, TELNET will present one of world’s first IoT solutions with NB-IoT connectivity, this solution has been develop in collaboration with Telefonica and Ericsson. Among other features, NB-IoT allows operators to increase the capabilities of existing mobile networks allowing connection to thousands of sensors with a low power consumption and that need a real time communication.

This device developed and manufactured by TELNET Redes Inteligentes is bases on Intel Quark C1000 microcontroller and on a Telit‘s NB-IoT modem. Both components represent the art of developing smart devices intended for such different sectors as goods logistic or digital urbanism. This device that shall be shown on Telefonica and Ericsson booth has motion detection capabilities through a magnetometer and an accelerometer.

TELNET Redes Inteligentes is a Spanish company with more than 20 years of experience. Since its foundation TELNET has a commitment with R&D and with self-manufacturing as differentiating elements. This technological autonomy allows to offer its customers a wide portfolio of products and solutions within optical communication sector (cable and optical fiber components, GPON equipment and xWDM) mobile (low visual impact antennas for base stations) and IoT (sensors, M2M gateways and data analysis).
TELNET shall be present on booth 18 within Spanish pavilion located at Congress Square (CS60 and CS73).

NB-IoT device

We will attend the next Mobile World Congress

Barcelona will receive a new Mobile Word Congress edition from February 27th – 2d March and  TELNET could not miss this event. “The Next Element” is the slogan which embraces the most important telecommunications fair, a clear sign that this event will be full with innovations that will revolutionize the market. Nearly 101,000 attendees came to Mobile World Congress 2016 from 204 countries and territories  and more than 3,600 members of the international press and media covering an ecosystem formed by more than 2.200 companies that were participating on the event. This year we’ll be again within the Spanish pavillion where you’ll find us at booth 18.

Secretary of State of the Information Society and Digital Agenda, through public entity Red.es, organizes for fifth consecutive year Spanish Pavilion within Mobile World Congress (MWC17). This institutional space will be located at the Congress Square (CS60 y CS73) and will have an innovative image that will serve as a showcase for 64 Spanish companies, 47 of them with their own stand, expand their contacts network , close commercial agreements and carry out all kinds of demonstrations.

We’ll be giving further information about our participation.

Guillermo Fraile (left) y Adolfo García Yagüe (right) on last MWC edition

G-fast implementation in United Kingdom

G-fast technology allow reaching speeds in cooper networks that only seemed possible with fiber optic networks. On a previous article, we talked about the international award obtained by the Celtic HFCC G-fast project in which TELNET R&D team was deeply involved.

Little by little this technology is leading its way as an alternative for those operators who refuse to take the step to FTTH. British telecommunication company BT has begun implementing this technology in United Kingdom, reaching download speeds superior to the 300 Mbps and 50 Mbps on uploads just by using cooper cable. By 2020, this british company plans to reach 10 millon users.

Big Data Workshop

From 22 to 24 November, TELNET will organise at the Palafox hotel in Zaragoza the first workshop session within the European H2020 project “Methodologies and Data mining techniques for the analyis of Big Data based on Longitudinal Population and Epidemiological Registers”. During the sessions,which will be taugh in english, the advances and forecasts of Big Data technology as a transversal tool to the rest of sectors will be discussed among other topics.

In case of being interested in attending in the event, please fill this form by 17 November. 

Saragossa is well conected by frequent high speed trains (AVE) with Barcelona (Duration= 100 minutes aprox) and Madrid (Duration=75 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the trains). You can find information on trains here: www.renfe.es.

Route from Madrid

Route from Barcelona

Embebed Gateway: Globalrider

Project origins

Hugo Scagnetti who had overcome a degenerative disease was about to confront an ambitious solidarity project, becoming the Phileas Fogg of nowadays, being the first person traveling all around the world riding a connected motorbike, to raise funds for research of the disease he had managed to overcome.

Features

With Globalrider Project, TELNET faced the challenge of developing in less of 4 month a complex IoT Gateway, prepare it for any unforeseen (humidity, dust, vibrations, hits) that could arise during the journey, and manage all the information gathered for sensors and communications lines. On top, our R&D team had to face all the time taken by the advertising commitments and take care of the whole mechanical integration of the gateway in the Vehicle.

Working flow (click image to enlarge)

Hardware architecture

The Gateway has a SoC (System on Chip) E3845 from Intel Corporation.  It is a high end chip from a family of processors based on Atom and intended for the use on mobile devices and IoT equipment. The E3845 has four cores running at 1,91 Ghz. Auxiliary peripherals are also integrated for the Input and output management, memory management and video processing. This chip provides all the necessary processing power needed on any smart thing.

Hardware architecture (click image to enlarge)

Software architecture

TELNET develops its own Linux distros via Buildroot or Yocto thus ensuring perfect adaptation to customer needs and that all the security breaches that could compromise the project’s safety are covered.

Software architecture (click image to enlarge)

Six managers are executed over the IoT gateway’s kernel. These managers run agents specialized in different tasks: from analysing all the data collected from the sensors, to maintaining driver connectivity or interacting with the gateway. This Supervisor Manager is responsible of managing the other managers; interaction with the Gateway is possible through him. This manager has competency over the display and buttons on board representing the most comfortable and safest way to interact with the Gateway while riding the bike. It also offers a web interface which eases advanced configuration from a mobile or a tablet.  Likewise, this Supervision Manager is a remote gateway entrance to the whole system.

GPS Manager has the responsibility over the connection of knowing the position of the vehicle at any time. This manager delivers to the other managers (Supervisor, Sensor and Camera) an UTC (Universal Time Coordinate) time stamp with longitude, latitude and altitude coordinates. This information will be the temporal and spatial reference which will be  attached to the data collected by sensors. All the data collected by the sensors will be processed by the Sensor Manager. Within this manager we can identify an agent specialized on every single sensor (bio, enviromental, gyroscope, accelerometer,etc) In addition of the data reported by the sensors, it’ll be this manager responsibility calculate the speed of the bike by using the GPS position. Over all the collected or calculated data, Sensor Manager will stamp a time and position mark to locate every sample.   Another manager’s responsibility is related with the real time analysis from the collected data. As we said previously, the Globalrider IoT gateway owns a policy engine which allows identifying a pattern and trigger an alarm before an accident or any other event happens. Finally, Sensor Manager is responsible to pack all the collected data in a CSV (comma-separated values) file to send it later.

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Functional elements (click image to enlarge)

The need of producing and manage content collected by the camera forced us to develop a specific manager for the camera management and processing the videos and photos: Camera Manager. At first instance this manager, through the Camera Agent it is responsible of the remote control of the camera. Hereafter time and position mark from the GPS Manager is applied to the content. Later, the Transcoding Agent allows recoding and compressing the multimedia content adapting, it to the available bandwidth. At last, within the Camera Manager, a manager called Secure Loop is enabled.  Then this manager runs in loop mode capturing small video fragments and sending them to the Telefonica’s Cloud services. Upload Manager is a temporal repository where the CSV files generated by the Sensor Manager and the multimedia content generated by the Camera Manager are stored.  In addition to the storage management, the Upload Manager is also responsible of sending all the data through a secure connection meaning that it is able to detect transfer errors, manage retries, partial sendings and encryption. Likewise Upload Manager is able to prioritize shipments and video security alerts. Lastly through WAN Manager the IoT Gateway connectivity is managed. This manager has competency over Telefonica’s M2M global connectivity being able to connect through any technology and mobile service.  In addition this WAN connection manager is able to stablish backup connections through WiFi.

Globalrider origins, a solidarity ride against osteonecrosis

Origins

For weeks, we have been talking about Globalrider and how Telnet Group has been involved, but today we do not want to talk about the project but about the people and their histories.

How would you feel if a doctor tells you that you won’t be able to walk unaided anymore? For most of us, this is just a hypothesis, but Hugo Scagnetti had to face this hard situation during his fight against the avascular necrosis A.K.A osteonecrosis just 2 years ago.

What is osteonecrosis?

Osteonecrosis is produced by a loss of blood flow in the bones, resulting in a decay in the bone tissue and in the end it collapsing, which, as you can imagine, is a very painful process. Luckily, Hugo overcame his disease thanks to a prosthesis on his left hip and a regenerative treatment based on stem cells in the right.

This disease, which doesn’t understand about ages, affecting adults and children, results specially critic in children’s cases as they are in the growth phase and this does not allow the use of prosthesis, being the regenerative treatment vital in these cases.

Join the fight

Hugo had promised that if he returned to walk unaided again, he would find a way to help in the fight against the disease, and it is at this point, where Globalrider starts taking shape. All the audiovisual material gathered during the journey will result as a documentary produced by Hugo for Movistar+. Both distribution rights from the documentary and donations made through the web during the journey will go directly to the Biomedical Research Puerta del Hierro Hospital Foundation.

If you also want to join this ride against the osteonecrosis click here and made your donation!

COMBO European project demostration

 

COMBO(COnvergence of fixed and Mobile BrOadband access/aggregation networks) is an FP7 ICT European project started in 2013. It gathers 15 partners from 7 countries (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Turkey) :

  • 5 network operators or service providers: Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Fon Technology, Argela
  • 5 manufacturers and SMEs: Ericsson, Adva Optical Networking, JCP-Connect, Aitia International, Telnet Redes Inteligentes
  • 5 academic labs or public research institutes: Telecom Bretagne, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Politecnico di Milano, Budapesti Muszaki Es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem, Lunds Universitet

5G network architecture will have to deal with increasing traffic and changing applications. It should improve placement of intelligence in an open environment integrating fixed and mobile infrastructures. For this purpose, COMBO has defined an architectural framework based on Next-Generation Point of Presence (NG-POP). NG-POP will be an important location in the operator infrastructure, which hosts in particular the subscriber IP edge for all access types (fixed, Wi-Fi, mobile). NG-POPs can be distributed at main central offices, close to the user; or centralized at fewer locations at core central offices, at the boundary between aggregation and core networks.

The COMBO European project has organized in Lannion on 28th April 2016 a public demonstration of both distributed and centralized NG-POP flavours in a fully converged environment. This demonstration followed 7 weeks of integration and measurements on the COMBO demo platform. Five booths have described and demonstrated key transport and functional enablers of fixed mobile network integration. In particular, the demonstration featured unification of transport resources in fixed, mobile and Wi-Fi access and aggregation networks thanks to an integrated optical infrastructure supported by an 18-km field fibre ring. It also demonstrated the concept of Universal Access Gateway (UAG) as a set of virtualized network functions hosted in NG-POP and allowing unification of user authentication and data path management for all fixed, Wi-Fi and mobile users.

c virtualized network functions of UAG such as universal AUThentication (uAUT) and universal Data Path Management (uDPM), as well as uDPM-assisted distributed caching. As an example, one use case has shown seamless authentication of the user on several access types with the same credentials. Another one has shown the combined use of two access types by a given user session and its individual traffic flows. Another use case has demonstrated how distributed caching units assisted by uDPM functions will allow an improved performance for video streaming applications.

This COMBO demo event fully reached its technical and dissemination objectives, with fruitful experimental results and about 40 external visitors. The various booths shown at this demo event have also been video-recorded, so as to allow further dissemination of COMBO experimental outcomes and vision on integration of fixed and mobile networks for 5G architecture. Leveraging on this achievement, the COMBO project is pushing its ideas into the on-going work towards 5G standardization.

In particular, Telnet Redes Inteligentes demonstrated the development of a novel Wavelength Selective (WS) WDM-PON system featuring co-existence with legacy GPON technology, up to 32 10G symmetric 100GHz WDM optical channels, is able to transport CPRI traffic in a transparent way for fronthaul purposes, and is compatible with current FTTH deployments based on power splitters. This novel WS WDM-PON system is an important milestone for the development of future integrated fixed and mobile 5G transport technologies, as it implies important CAPEX savings for Telcos because it makes possible the reuse of their current optical access intrastructure for future 5G deployments. Other relevant aspects of the system are the integration of 10G T-SFP+ and tunable filters in the ONU, and the development of a novel control plane mechanism between the OLT and the ONUs to make possible to dynamically and automatically control the tunability of both the transmitter and the receiver channels on each ONU to any of the available WDM channels in the network with no collisions. In this way, any ONU can make use of any of the optical channels in a dynamic and automatic way e. g. in case of link failures on a particular channel, which will also rely on important OPEX savings for Telcos due to the automatic optical reconfigurability and flexibility of the network

 

comboEquipment used during the demostration

Globalrider and the biometric sensors

Yesterday we received at our facilities the visit from Hugo Scagnetti, Globalrider 360’s driver. Hugo met with the IoT Bridge development team to review last minute details about the biometric sensors.

 

Hugo Octavio Francisco

Francisco Rastrilla (left)  Hugo Scagnetti  (center) y Octavio Benedí (right)

In our previous article , we talked about all the different data that will be collected by the sensors throughout the Globalrider adventure such as:

  • Location data.
  • Gyrocompass/accelerometer
  • Refuel data
  • Meteorological data
  • Enviromental data

From all of them, without any doubt, the most important are the biometrics since they will allow us to ensure Hugo’s wellness. A pulsometer, as its name means, allow us to gauge the heartbeat. As you all know, these devices are very popular between athletes, but, how can we know someone’s mood? For this purpose, Hugo will wear a sensor kit that will monitor his sympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic activation happens when you are experiencing excitement or under the effect of stress factors, physical or emotional. But how to quantify them? In this case, sensors are in touch with Hugo’s skin. The skin, being an organ completely innervated by the sympathetic nervous system, reflects on its surface some electrical changes that, after a complex analysis about the collected data, will allow us to know all the emotions Hugo is experimenting.

This way, thanks to our sensors and IoT Bridge solutions, you will be able to feel the adventure as if you were doing this awesome journey yourselves!.

Less than a month before the start of the Globalrider adventure!!!

 

It’s less than a month before the start of the Globalrider 360 adventure, in which TELNET is participating in a decisive way thanks to the development of a device that will keep connected to a motorbike and its pilot permanently during 80 days on a journey all around the world.

It is an IoT bridge, which will keep conected the driver to its motorcycle managing the collection of data such as speed, engine revolutions and fuel consumption. On the other hand, using biometric sensors, the IoT bridge will take readigns of some vital constants and driver’s mood throughout of a 40.000 Km (24855 miles) journey.

Thanks to the IoT bridge, the driver will be connected to the world regardless of the place he is, and will be able to share with the whole world , pictures and videos from some of the most hidden places of the world.

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