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VIAVI | August 19, 2022
Viavi Solutions Inc. today announced that it is supporting 6G academic and industry research worldwide through its new 6G Forward program. The program is designed to provide vital expertise, technology, and funding to promising avenues of research, which may lead to breakthroughs for the next generation of wireless technology. VIAVI has already supported three universities, Northeastern University and the University of Texas at Austin in the US and the University of Surrey in the UK.
At Northeastern University, VIAVI is supporting the Institute for Wireless Internet of Things and the Open6G cooperative research center led by Professor Tommaso Melodia. The group is exploring large-scale RF propagation channel modeling based on AI and ML technologies to develop a city-scale digital twin of a 6G network. The team is also developing a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC)-enabled Massive MIMO beamforming optimization testbed using the Colosseum 256-port RF channel emulator and the VIAVI E500 UE Emulator.
At the University of Texas at Austin, VIAVI supports 6GUT, led by Professor Jeff Andrews, within the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). The key topic of the joint research is applying end-to-end machine learning, specifically deep reinforcement learning (DRL), using adversarial conditions to re-train more robust cellular traffic forecasters.
At the University of Surrey in the UK, VIAVI is a founding member of the 5G/6G Innovation Centre led by Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli FREng. The Innovation Centre addresses advanced communication systems and the key challenges in the development of a 5G, 5G+ and 6G infrastructure for providing connectivity for future technologies. Key research areas include: Antennas and signal processing; Artificial intelligence for wireless communications; Intelligent and high-performance networking and service delivery; Intelligent RAN technology and management; Mobile network security; New physical layer; Satellite communications; THz components and communications all under future Integrated communication and sensing.
"At the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, we envision a future in which people and their environment are connected by a continuum of AI-powered devices and networks," said Professor Melodia. "6G research initiatives require collaboration between academia and industry, and the technology, expertise and funding provided by VIAVI are critical to our contributions to making wireless communications exponentially faster, smarter, more energy efficient, and more secure."
"6GUT is imagining the future of wireless connectivity at the intersection of immersive sensing and machine learning," said Professor Andrews. "VIAVI's unique perspective on enabling the entire network lifecycle from R&D to deployment provides academic researchers like us insights into problems affecting real-world network deployments, and we welcome the collaboration with the VIAVI experts as we embark on this journey towards 6G."
"VIAVI is a founder member of the Innovation Centre at Surrey and we deeply appreciate the support and expertise they are bringing to the table," said Regius Professor Tafazolli. "It enables us to fully explore concepts, to deliver technologies and methodologies that will help define and improve connected communities in the future. This is a good example of academia and business working together to improve technology and people's lives."
"Academic institutions play a vital role in exploring the potential of 6G, We believe it is important to get involved now and to allow disruptive and productive areas of research to see their ideas come to fruition ahead of formal standards definitions. We have had fascinating and beneficial exchanges with our academic partners and we hope to expand the scale of the program in the future."
Dr. Ian Wong, CTO Office, VIAVI
VIAVI is also involved with several other 6G-focused initiatives globally, including:
The Next G Alliance, an ATIS-led industry initiative focused on advancing North American mobile technology leadership in 6G and beyond over the next decade. VIAVI is a founding member of the Next G Alliance, whose projects encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.
6G BRAINS, which is developing AI-driven multi-agent Deep Reinforcement learning (DRL) to perform resource allocation in 6G networks for Industry 4.0, intelligent transportation, e-health and other applications. Supported by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme, 6G Brains initiatives include providing network operators with new options for using and combining sub-6 GHz, mmWave and THz spectrum, as well as optical wireless communications.
The Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium, a forum for industry, academia and government in Japan to share information about research and development in areas such as integrating cyberspace with the real world, known as Society 5.0.
VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. We help these customers harness the power of instruments, automation, intelligence and virtualization to Command the network. VIAVI is also a leader in light management solutions for the anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, government and automotive markets.
TrustiPhi | June 07, 2022
SanCloud and TrustiPhi have announced the integration of TrustiPhi’s Triathlon™ tool into SanCloud’s SanTrack™ IoT Web Platform for the management of Micron Authenta™’s cybersecurity capabilities in SanCloud devices. This move takes advantage of Authenta’s recent integration into Triathlon, providing an unprecedented simplifying and enabling of trusted IoT services and transforming Authenta into a plug-and-play security solution. The powerful combination of all three platforms will allow SanCloud to address the growing cybersecurity demands of its industrial, factory automation and automotive customers for strong hardware-level IoT device security that can be easily deployed and managed at scale.
The Triathlon platform simplifies how SanCloud and its customers can manage the security features for the SanCloud’s BeagleBone Enhanced single-board computers (SBCs) Serving as a plug-and-play platform to configure and control Authenta's security functions, Triathlon shields users from the need to write and decode low-level Authenta flash commands, needed to define the embedded security architecture and generate the multi-factor device identities. Instead, Triathlon manages and abstracts these commands from users so they can now quickly set up Authenta flash to help protect the lowest layers of firmware, ensure protection and integrity, and establish the strong, multi-factor device identity for the cloud services. This flash memory is compatible with standard 8-pin footprints, thus eliminating the need for additional hardware components, and leading to more affordable, scalable and robust IoT solutions.
SanCloud’s BeagleBone Enhanced SBCs are highly capable embedded devices, with a blend of on-board sensors, wireless connectivity, I/O and processing power. They are used by a varied range of industrial customers. Security-critical users of these SBCs now have the option to add Micron Authenta, opening up a range of powerful security features including secure boot, golden image locking, memory block allocation, secure over-the-air updates and device integrity monitoring. The integration allows SanCloud’s IoT customers and users to solve the most critical shortcoming in IoT implementations – IoT device security – with an enterprise-grade solution.
Integration of the SanTrack web platform and Triathlon’s device management enables an ability to remotely update firmware suites (either pre- and post- production) and leverage Authenta’s security capabilities at the device level to help ensure the integrity and security of the newly added firmware suites.
“The combination of SanTrack with Triathlon completes the device management capability of our BeagleBone and Micron Authenta secure flash combination,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of SanCloud. “It is now practical and cost-effective for our customers to benefit from a common form factor hardware security layer that is effective and can be added to IoT devices at scale, coupled with the confidence that they can be easily managed throughout their life cycle.”
“This approach to IoT device security offers excellent ease of deployment and usage, Hardware-level security has been the critical missing ingredient in the Internet of Things. We are very excited about the potential for many security-critical industries to integrate with SanTrack, BeagleBone, and Micron’s Authenta solution, and leverage Triathlon to maximize their benefits from Authenta’s security capabilities.”
Ari Singer, CTO of TrustiPhi
"Through this collaboration with SanCloud and TrustiPhi, we are making what used to be a complex sequence – enabling a trusted IoT service – much simpler for end customers," said Luis Ancajas, director of IoT security solutions at Micron. “The combination of SanTrack's scalable, cloud-based IoT platform and Triathlon's straightforward management of Authenta’s powerful security capabilities will lead to better user experiences and business outcomes for the IoT ecosystem.”
SanCloud assists its customers to boost productivity, lower costs, reduce waste and improve their end users’ experience by leveraging the IoT. Its SanCloud BeagleBone Enhanced SBC range is augmented with IoT integration support and an IoT turnkey solution that extends from device-to-dashboard. With sales in over 40 countries, its diverse customer base spans industries that include automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, food and drink, energy and utility sectors.
Triathlon is used by leading enterprise-grade hardware manufacturers to manage fleets of hardware-secured digital devices.
SanCloud assists manufacturers to boost productivity, lower costs, reduce waste and improve their customers’ experience by leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT). Customers can deploy SanCloud’s IoT solution within their manufacturing operations or as an enhancement to their manufactured products – empowering you, your teams or your customers with real time data, new insights, and control.
Founded in 2014, TrustiPhi builds innovative security solutions, from the Triathlon IoT security management platform to highly customized projects for technology providers. TrustiPhi designs and develops security products and subsystems for connected devices in sectors that include critical infrastructure, manufacturing, defense and aviation, election technology, and transportation. Working intensively with Micron to bring its Authenta solution to market, TrustiPhi also created Triathlon, a solution for securely provisioning, updating, monitoring and updating IoT endpoint devices at fleet-level scale.
FPT Software | August 02, 2022
Vietnam’s leading ICT firm, FPT Software, was recently included in The Forrester Wave™: IoT Consultancies In Asia Pacific, Q2 2022 report. The leading global market research firm ranked FPT Software as a “Contender” among the eight most significant Internet-of-things (IoT) consultancies in the APAC region.
Released in June 2022, the report evaluated and scored the most significant IoT players based on 28 criteria grouped into current offering, strategy and market presence, to help companies identify the right provider for their needs.
As the application of IoT broadens across verticals, Forrester suggests that companies should look for consultancies that can combine deep technical expertise with business transformation know-how, have a bold vision, innovation roadmap and market approach, and be able to leverage their exceptional domain knowledge.
Listed in the report for the first time, FPT Software received the highest score possible in the network, communications, and devices criteria, and among the second highest in the market approach criterion. Forrester acknowledges that FPT Software’s “managed services capabilities feature top capabilities in network, communications, and device managed services."
The report notes that "FPT Software drives clients’ digital transformation via a strong focus on product engineering and embedded engineering in its IoT services portfolio”. “Reference customers confirm [the company’s] deep expertise in device engineering for IoT and its overall engagement approach”, the report states.
"FPT Software has been assisting several clients in achieving smarter operations, improved productivity, quality, and high customer satisfaction with IoT. We believe this recognition from Forrester further consolidates our position as a competent IoT consultancy, with great capabilities and scalability in innovation, transformation and talent",
FPT Software Chief Executive Officer Pham Minh Tuan
Setting its goal to become a world-class end-to-end digital transformation services provider and among Asia’s top 50 digital companies by 2023, FPT Software has gained recognition from world-renowned analyst firms for its strengths in RPA, Cloud, and more. "We pledge to harness our technologies and talented workforce to accelerate digital transformation for our clients worldwide", Tuan noted.
About FPT Software
FPT Software is a global technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with more than USD 632.5 million in revenue and 25,500 employees in 27 countries. As a pioneer in digital transformation, the company delivers world-class services in Smart factory, Digital platforms, RPA, AI, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, BPO, and more. It has served 1,000+ customers worldwide, a hundred of which are Fortune Global 500 companies in the industries of Automotive, Banking and Finance, Logistics & Transportation, Utilities, and more.
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Flowfinity | August 04, 2022
Flowfinity, a leading platform for business process automation, today announced new capabilities to help utilities and enterprises with complex physical assets achieve situational awareness to avoid unexpected downtime or major service disruptions via new Internet of Things (IoT) sensor integrations.
Tech-savvy operators across a variety of industries, including major utilities, are recognizing that situational awareness is the key to understanding the context of operational events as they occur to ensure successful sustained service delivery.
Now, Flowfinity has invested in an array of necessary technologies that will help bring about digital transformation to the broader utilities sector so operators can take full advantage of situational awareness IoT capabilities to drive business intelligence.
You can leverage the Flowfinity platform to configure and install IoT devices that will gather all the operational information you need to make informed decisions. These devices can function on a continuous basis, generally compatible with Modbus protocols and GIS location data, to go well beyond what humans could perceive.
Sensors can pick up temperature, power consumption, water flow, liquid levels, vibration, and other relevant metrics, while GIS technologies track movement across the environment. All this data feeds into a central database for humans to view or workflow automations to react.
Since a few high-profile utility and service provider outages have recently affected ratepayers in North America Flowfinity believes the announcement of these new technological advances is well timed.
"With all the attention on service continuity we see right now many software vendors are promising situational awareness, but many simply collect and transmit data," says Alex Puttonen, Marketing Manager at Flowfinity.
"On the other hand, Flowfinity is a no-code platform that can be configured to integrate with your core systems to trigger corrective action through workflow automations. This ensures that events that meet designated criteria will immediately trigger a specific automated preventative response."
By combining the simplicity of no-code application development with IoT driven workflow automation and interactive data visualization dashboards Flowfinity has put the ability to achieve meaningful situational awareness within the grasp of most utilities large or small.
Flowfinity is a no-code platform used to create, automate, and integrate custom business process applications. For over 20 years, Flowfinity has empowered business leaders and IT professionals to build flexible, scalable data collection apps and automate workflows without committing the extensive resources required to write and maintain custom code.
Our intuitive platform combines a web-based app editor, SQL database, process automation robots, advanced data collection including IoT compatibility, edge computing, interactive reporting dashboards, and reliable system integrations.