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The Cloud-Star technology blog brings you the latest news and comment from the Mobile Communications industry including: IoT, 4G LTE, 5G and other mobile technologies.


A major Greater Manchester bus operator will move into the digital age with a new radio communications system developed to provide a range of benefits to the travelling public.
The new digital radio system designed and deployed by industry leader TES Communication Solutions will be capable of enhanced voice, data and fleet management functionality for the fleet of bus operator Go North West.

Serving regions across Greater Manchester, including Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Warrington, the upgrade will make the buses some of the best equipped in the UK to manage bus movements, enjoy reliable real-time communications, and enhance passenger safety.


Connor Lomas, of Go North West, said: “This upgrade to the latest technology will revolutionise the way we are able to manage our services with increased ability to communicate between drivers, inspectors and central control.”

“The travelling public of Greater Manchester will see the benefits and we will be working with TES to ensure this happens as efficiently and as quickly as possible.”


Driver and passenger safety has been key in the design of the system. Dedicated control channels mean that emergency calls can be pro-actively prioritised regardless of system traffic, and a dedicated backhaul infrastructure largely independent of public cellular networks means that in the event of a major incident in key areas Go North West will still be able to communicate with vehicles to manage a fluid response.


The managed services agreement between TES Communication Solutions and Go North West will mean that TES also takes ongoing system ownership responsibility for the commercial and technical maintenance of the infrastructure sites that provide city coverage, the vehicle radios, and compliance matters including Ofcom licence management.


Steve Smith, managing director of TES, said: “This agreement brings a new level of service for the operator, people and communities using these buses across Greater Manchester.


“We have a long history of providing radio communications to a significant proportion of the Greater Manchester transport network and this next step will upgrade the Go North West fleet and infrastructure to a technology fit for the future.


“Our designers and engineers will be working closely with the Go North West team to deploy a radio network which is proven for large regional operators but tailored for Go North West’s specific operational needs.


“TES also work closely with Transport for Greater Manchester and as part of a digital radio roadmap have delivered same technology digital radios for the latest generation of Metrolink trams. We are delighted to deploy a technology fit for the future of radio communications across the Greater Manchester transport network.”

Source: TES

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Two pilot projects commencing in South London will use smart IoT technology to review usage of local green spaces in Sutton, while ensuring safety and security for a building set to be demolished in Kingston. North, the UK’s leading IoT service and solutions provider, is delivering the project for South London Partnerships, and has teamed up with Daizy for software development support. The Innovate UK funded pilots will see sensors installed in access points to parks and recreational grounds across Sutton, in addition to an old residential building on Cambridge Road Estate. Seven parks will be monitored as part of the project in Sutton including Manor Park, Cheam Park and Carshalton Park. Sensors are being installed around the parks to review whether the local community are getting best use out of their local green space, if investment is needed and if the pandemic has shifted trends in local park usage. North is working in close consultation with Sutton Council to review footfall data from 30 key points of interest around the parks, including entrance points and access to playgrounds within the park, giving insight into whether the green spaces meet the needs of local people. In Kingston, work is taking place within the old residential building to prepare for demolition, and it is essential that the building remains empty to ensure health and safety standards are met. The sensors will be installed throughout the 130 previous residential properties and will notify central systems of movement within the building. The sensors will help combat any antisocial behaviour and support with security of the vacant building. The pilot projects are just two examples of how IoT technology can be used to improve local communities, with smart data used to track trends in the area, meet the needs of the community, and ensure the safety of residents. Mark Lowe, Business Development Director at North, said: “The pilot projects in South London demonstrate two excellent examples of how smart IoT technology can be used to transform our communities. Used in two different areas for varying purposes, they will both use data to improve the local community – one to ensure safety and combat antisocial behaviour and the other to improve local green spaces for those living nearby. “We are thrilled to be working with each of the local councils, South London Partnerships, and Daizy to deliver innovative IoT solutions that enhance the local area.” Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of the Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee at Sutton Council, said: “Sutton’s parks have benefitted so many residents during these difficult times and continue to do so. This is why I’m excited for us to be trialling this technology to make the parks and facilities as clean and safe as they can be. “By using this technology it will help us to find out the true number of visitors using our parks and will enable us to act accordingly, continuing our commitment to and vision of being a green borough.”

Source: North Tech

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Ericsson have unveiled the latest addition to its MIMO portfolio – the ultra-lightweight antenna-integrated radio AIR 3268 – for easier and efficient 5G mid-band deployments in dense urban and suburban areas. NEWS At 12 kg (26lb) and 23 liters, AIR 3268 is the lightest and smallest Massive MIMO radio in the industry. With 200W output power, 32 transceivers and passive cooling, the radio weighs about 40 percent less than the earlier generation, making installations easy not only on towers and rooftops, but also on poles and walls.

The radio will help to accelerate 5G mid-band deployment for communications service providers seeking to boost capacity, coverage, speeds and mobile experiences for their subscribers.

Ericsson’s latest radio is 10 percent more energy-efficient than the earlier generation, lowering the total added power consumption when introducing 5G on mid-band. It also supports Ericsson’s unique Massive MIMO architecture and Uplink Booster capabilities that deliver leading network performance. Ericsson has developed AIR 3268 in partnership with BT to address 5G challenges.


Through the development process, the ultra-lightweight radio has been designed for 5G mid-band Massive MIMO performance to deliver the benefits of deployment simplicity and improved energy efficiency. Greg McCall, Managing Director of Service Platforms, BT Group, says: “The 3.5 GHz band and Massive MIMO technology are important to our 5G network strategy to deliver the best customer experience in urban areas. We continue to add capacity within our market-leading 5G coverage, but to maximize our ability to deploy this technology, we need to minimize the burden on our site infrastructure."

He adds: BT is pleased to be working with Ericsson on this product, which is less than half the size and weight of our current solution, reducing wind loading on existing sites and providing potential for adding 3.5 GHz Massive MIMO in new locations. The reduced power consumption will help BT deliver on our sustainability ambition.”

David Hammarwall, Head of Product Line Radio, Ericsson, says: “We continue to revolutionize Massive MIMO with ultra-lightweight radios that allow easier site upgrades and more seamless 5G mid-band deployments. AIR 3268 widens the options for the radio site, allowing service providers to boost their networks and deliver faster 5G speeds and response times. It is also energy-efficient, which is important to us and our customers.”

With its size and weight, AIR 3268 will simplify upgrades and new site acquisitions even in locations where footprint may prove challenging. The new radio also supports Ericsson’s mini bracket, providing lower total weight and easier installations.

AIR 3268 joins the family of ultra-lightweight radios launched in February this year. Like the rest of the company’s Massive MIMO radios, it is designed with Ericsson Silicon, providing real-time channel estimation and ultra-precise beamforming that improves coverage and user experience. Ericsson also offers optimized site solutions with integrated transport for dense urban areas as part of its comprehensive transport and site solutions portfolio.


Source: Ericsson

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