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The device, called Ubimetro, allows streetlights to become integrated components within a variety of IoT networks, using them both as power sources and transmission towers. It forms part of the company’s strategy to bring smart-city technology to the masses.
Ubimetro consists of an omni-directional antenna and NEMA socket plug. Ubicquia said the device can work with an estimated 300 million streetlights across the globe.
Using the new system, technology companies and city officials alike will be able to expand their IoT infrastructures using street furniture that is already integrated into the built environment worldwide. It can also improve the overall capacity and efficiency of these networks, claimed the company, and be used in a number of vertical applications.
Under the hood is an FSM-based architecture developed by American chipmaker, Qualcomm. This can support mobile broadband, fibre, ethernet, broadband power line, and wireless backhaul.
The Florida-based tech firm said the device also comes with LAA and V-RAN technologies. These will be paramount in the development of 5G networks, they said.
In the US last year, AT&T struck a deal with GE to begin installing Current CityIQ sensors in streetlights around the US. Its aim was not just to provide smart lighting, but also to monitor traffic, parking, air quality, and extreme weather, and even listen for gunshots.
Transforming smart cities
Ubicquia CEO, Ian Aaron, said the firm is on a mission to revolutionise networking technology. “Our goal was to bring Ubimetro to market at a price point that would make it more attractive for operators, utilities, municipalities, and tower companies to create ultra-dense small cell networks,” he said.
“By leveraging the streetlight infrastructure and our plug-and-play installation, Ubimetro is able to give mobile operators a dedicated host and self-managed network with one of the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership and fastest times to market.”
Tre Zimmerman, chief technology officer of Ubicquia, added that the company wants the device to become a core part of smart city developments all over the world. “We have overcome numerous design challenges to bring to market the first NEMA-socket-powered small cell that plugs into the top of a streetlight,” he said.
Zimmerman added: “Integrating fibre, ethernet, PLC, and wireless backhaul into Ubimetro means operators can deploy more quickly by leveraging a municipality’s or utility’s existing infrastructure.
“Ubimetro incorporates HeMS (HeNB Management System) software that provides operational, administration, maintenance, and provisioning [OAM & P] for the distributed HeNB devices.”
• Ubicquia will demonstrate the device at Mobile World Congress, which takes place from 26 February 26th to 1 March, in Barcelona.
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The race to turn existing infrastructure assets into components of a variety of different IoT networks is on. Streetlights no longer just light up our cities and road networks, but may soon also provide illuminating data. By seeing them as powered towers that are located in every town across the globe, Ubicquia and others are helping to make our cities smarter and more efficient. Plus, the plug-and-play aspect of this new technology means that new types of network can be created on demand.
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The same APK teardown that unveiled the Nokia 7 Plus also mentioned a Nokia 4. It didn’t give much besides the name, but now more detail are coming into view. A new rumor claims Snapdragon 450 power for the mid-range handset. That actually gives it more power than the current Nokia 5 – the newer chipset is built on a 14nm process (down from 28nm), allowing the eight Cortex-A53 cores to be clocked up to 1.8GHz. The GPU (Adreno 506) is twice as fast as the one in the Snapdragon 430 chipset. We don’t know if the Nokia 4 will be unveiled at the MWC – the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 1 will…
VSCO might not be as popular (or ego-driven) as Instagram, but it’s made a comfortable name for itself among photography circles. Rather than dig through piles of low-effort content rated by likes or votes, VSCO strips things down to the just the basics: photos, messages, and you. Now the app is making it a bit easier to find the types of photos you might like, too, with a novel Discover feature that is advertised as being able to match emotional and aesthetic content, all powered by VSCO’s pretentiously named “Ava” AI.
To be frank, if you’ve seen one system for personalized recommendations, you’ve pretty much seen them all, but that’s not entirely true in this case.
VSCO’s new Discover feature is powered by really cool AI with a really pretentious name was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
ACT Fibernet already offers ‘ACT Entertainment’ Broadband Plans in Bengaluru and Hyderabad that offers Hooq TV, YUPP TV and FastFilmz with the pack along with the broadband connection at no additional cost. Last week it updated its Android app that brings support for over 140 Live TV channels at free of cost for all its users, powered by YuppTV. How to avail the free Live TV feature on ACT Fibernet app Download ACT Fibernet app for Android Sign in using your ACT user name and password Click Live TV banner on the home page of the app Select the language (Bengali, Bhojpuri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and more) and click the channel to start watching ACT also says that the update brings new and improved support section, easy and quick steps to get a new connection as well as minor bug fixes. This free service is not available for desktop users, but it is offering free 6 months Yupp TV trial if you subscribe to the Rs. 99 monthly plan after the trial period. It is also offering free trial for Fastfilmz, ALTBalaji, HOOQ. The Live TV feature is not available for the ACT Fibernet app on iOS yet. Via
On Tuesday morning, a flight from Los Angeles landed in Melbourne and made history as the first biofuel-powered flight between the U.S. and Australia. The Qantas plane, a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, was powered using a blend of 90 percent standard jet fuel and 10 percent biofuel, which was derived from brassica carinata, an industrial mustard seed.
When compared to a normal flight, this flight produced 7 percent fewer carbon emissions. In a direct pound-for-pound comparison, though, the mustard seed biofuel produces 80 percent fewer emissions than the traditional fuel over the course of its life cycle.
Currently, airlines are only allowed to use a maximum of 50 percent biofuel to power flights. A Qantas spokeswoman told The Guardian the company believes new specifications could increase that to 100 percent.
Biofuels could go a long way toward reducing flight emissions, but because they are often produced from waste oil from the restaurant industry, supplies are inconsistent. Brassica carinata, on the other hand, makes sense as a crop grown specifically for use as a biofuel because it benefits farmers.
If farmers grow one crop on the same plot of land every year, it hurts the soil. If every few years they planted mustard seed on that land, it would improve the soil quality. The farmers could then harvest the mustard seed, press out the oil themselves, and use it to power their equipment, Daniel Tan, an agriculture expert from the University of Sydney, told The Guardian.
After extraction, the leftover material could be used as animal feed, and any extra oil could be sold to the aviation industry, providing it with the consistent access needed to make biofuels a regular part of operations.
The Qantas flight may have just been one of the thousands that criss-cross the globe every day. However, by showing that mustard seed biofuel is viable, it could lead to a shift that would be good for farmers, for airlines, and for our planet.
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