MediaTek Pushes Boundaries of Advanced IoT 5G Satellite Communications With Successful Field Trial

MediaTek | August 20, 2020

MediaTek is pushing the boundaries of advanced IoT 5G satellite communications with a successful field trial that transfers data through Inmarsat's Alphasat L-band satellite, in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) 35,000 kilometers above the equator.

The results of MediaTek and Inmarsat's IoT field test will be contributed to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)'s Rel-17 standardization work on Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN), which is part of its overarching initiative to establish 5G standards toward new use cases and services.

The new 5G satellite NB-IoT technology established a bi-directional link from MediaTek's satellite-enabled standard NB-IoT device to a commercial GEO satellite, breaking new ground for a truly global IoT coverage. The successful test builds the foundation for hybrid satellite and cellular networks to enable new ubiquitous 5G IoT services at a global scale.

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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

ClearObject, an Industry Leading IoT Solutions Provider, selected by Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as the preferred partner

ClearObject | August 29, 2022

ClearObject has been selected as the GCP Approved Migration Service Integrator (SI) for North America. Working closely with Google's Product team, ClearObject has built Google approved upfront diagnostic discovery and templates for migration. With over a decade's worth of experience in the Internet of Things, ClearObject is the most well-established company in the business. But in ClearObject's case, well-established doesn't mean conventional. "The digital era moves at a lightning-fast pace, and ClearObject makes it their goal not just to move along with it, but to move ahead of it. This takes significant forward-thinking and a visionary mindset—both of which the ClearObject team possesses in spades" – Chuck Scullion, COO, ClearObject. ClearObject delivers global embedded software development environments for its customers, and designs and delivers unique data analytics digital products that help them recognize the value of their data. ClearObject IoT solutions include: Extensive knowledge and understanding of IoT Core/alternative solutions Google Approved upfront Diagnostic Discovery and Templates for Migration IoT Experience in Manufacturing, Automotive, Energy, and Healthcare Clients "We are pleased to be trusted by GCP and their customers with this critical initiative. As a leader in the design and engineering of today's cutting edge IoT Solutions, ClearObject is committed to partnering and providing the best solutions available in the industry. No change like this is ever "one click" but with our proven templated approaches, we will make the change as seamless as possible for customers with the right architecture for today, and future needs" Derek Bleyle, Head of Product, ClearObject Connect with your Google Cloud account manager to set up time with ClearObject for an introductory discussion or coordinate a meeting directly with ClearObject by emailing iot@clearobject.com to discuss your current IoT environment and plan next steps. About ClearObject: ClearObject is a software and AI company based in Fishers, Indiana. Founded in 2010, ClearObject has become a leader in digital transformation of IoT partnering with state municipalities to Fortune 500 companies. The use of Google Cloud and Google AI has opened the doors for ClearObject to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for our partners.

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DEVICES

FPT Software Recognized in IoT Consultancies Report by Independent Research Firm

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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VIAVI 6G Forward Program Drives Academic and Industry Research

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. About VIAVI 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.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

Kudelski IoT empowers hardware security for semiconductor manufacturers with new Secure IP portfolio

Kudelski IoT | July 18, 2022

Kudelski IoT, a division of the Kudelski Group (SIX: KUD.S), the world leader in digital security and IoT solutions, today announced the launch of its Secure IP portfolio. Secure IP hardware enclaves give semiconductor manufacturers robust cryptographic capabilities when integrated into their system on chip (SoC) products. Companies benefit from a rich array of security services, which are more powerful integrated in hardware than software, while also enabling compliance with most common industry security standards including NIST, FIPS, PSA and SESIP Level 3 or higher. "Silicon hardware-based security offers better protection from manipulation and interference than its software-based counterpart because it's more difficult to alter or attack the physical device or data entry points," explained Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director at ABI Research. Kudelski IoT Secure IP is a hardware security enclave that gives SoCs key features like a high-quality and robust true random number generator, secure key storage, robust cryptographic algorithms and countermeasures against side channel attacks (SCA, DPA) and fault attacks (DFA). With a footprint smaller than the competition, it both saves space in SoC designs as well as being more energy efficient. Secure IP also gives SoC manufacturers, device manufacturers and end users access to services and features that ensure the longevity and profitability of devices and solutions. These features include remote feature authorization, secure firmware over the air updates, advanced data encryption to ensure privacy, and zero-touch or in-field provisioning to ensure secure and scalable operations. "In an environment where regulation around IoT security is quickly growing and evolving, one thing is already clear: state-of-the-art security and robustness are becoming essential features in almost every component and device design," said Andreas Thiel, Head of Product Centers at u-blox. "Kudelski has been a great security partner helping us embed security at the core of our products so we can enable the services we believe will drive the next generation of chipsets and modules for our business." "We see increasing regulation and demand for security in almost every IoT market, ranging from consumer IoT, automotive, industrial, telco, medical, and asset tracking, We foresee that regulation will require hardware IP in most SoC designs going forward, and through this launch we are giving silicon manufacturers a head start on preparing for the coming wave of demand." Frédéric Thomas, CTO of Kudelski IoT Kudelski IoT is uniquely positioned as a leader in this emerging space with its 30+ years of expertise in hardware security, protecting the high-value pay-TV business with advanced content protection and encryption set-top box security management technologies and services. The Kudelski portfolio includes IP covering everything from cellular devices needing the highest levels of security to IP for size/cost constrained devices requiring PSA or SESIP Level 3 certification. Kudelski IoT enables semiconductor manufacturers to easily integrate its Secure IP blocks with SoC lifecycle support such as JTAG and Secure Debug capabilities, and support for Secure Boot using only a very small footprint. Kudelski IoT has a full offer to integrate security through the entire value chain and does not stop at only providing the security enclave itself. Through Kudelski Lab IoT Center of Excellence services, the company also provides additional tools and services for SoC and device manufacturers to manage the lifecycle of the SoC and devices, including Threat Analysis and Risk Assessments (TARA), security and architecture design review, SoC and device evaluation for certification pre-evaluation (SESIP Level 3, CSPN). Secure IP can be used in combination with Kudelski IoT keySTREAM to manage the device lifecycle and provide a fully secure chip-to-cloud experience for its customers. This includes personalization, key provisioning in the factory as well as in the field, secure firmware updates, and attestation, from design of the IoT solution to refurbishment. As a result, Kudelski IoT fully supports the creation of secure and sustainable products that protect new business models, corporate reputation and regulatory compliance.

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