UROS introduces 5G compatibility via local vertical specific service provider concept with University of Oulu

UROS Group, a global innovator in turnkey IoT solutions and smart connectivity has demonstrated compatibility with 5G technologies by completing a mobile data call over a connection provided by its Goodspeed service at the local 5G Test Network facilities in Oulu, Finland.

More information:
https://www.oulu.fi/university/uroscoop5gtn

5GTN enables efficient mobile streaming to large audiences

National 5G projects co-operate in showcasing the delivery of the Finnish broadcasting company Yle´s live TV channels in mobile wireless network. For the first time in Finland two areas are lit up, and selected commercial smartphones are enabled to receive live streams in Oulu and Espoo 5G test networks using evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) technology.

eMBMS brings benefits to every party involved. With eMBMS Content Providers can transmit high quality videos to larger audiences, and at the same time operators can free spectrum. It means less congested networks and better Quality of Service for every users.

“Most importantly, those Formula 1 or Ice-Hockey finals will not crash at mobile anymore due to peak traffic congestion. In fact, research shows that networks not leveraging broadcast waste a massive amount of spectrum for delivering the most popular content!”, says Mikko Uitto, Research Scientist from VTT.

Studies show that mobile traffic will grow by at least eight times in the next five years, and video is the largest contributor to this growth. For example Finns consume already over 10GB of data per month, for which video streaming takes the largest share. In parallel, the number of connected things will double in the same timeframe which means even less bandwidth for everyone to go around.

eMBMS is widely regarded as a savior technology that allows service providers to deliver more services more efficiently, and to economically cope with the traffic growth the market will live to see in the next few years.

eMBMS offers also new chances for new business. This includes national emergency alerting and critical communications delivery to police forces and fire departments, connected cars to exchange critical information such as speed and location in real-time, and operating system and application updates to prevent security breaches and hacking. All these cases demand networks with higher reliability which is now feasible with broadcast.

“Our objective is to be part of the future media delivery development and 5G networks will be part of this. Digita is actively developing head-end, the CDN and Transmission side of 5G broadcasting. We are currently planning to set up a HTHP (High Tower, High Power) eMBMS pilot in the capital region in Finland in the spring 2019”, says Henri Viljasjärvi, Business development director, Digita.

“Yle aims to ensure that our content is available and easily accessible across all networks and all kinds of user terminals and platforms. Our goal is to offer the best public service media experience to the Finnish people and to be the most important media in Finland. In order to reach that goal we also need to be a bold innovator, as it is stated in our strategy. With 5G network broadcasting we can reduce production implementation and costs, while maintaining the broadcast quality and reliability”, says Olli Sipilä, CTO from the Finnish broadcasting company Yle.

“We aim to provide a platform for innovation and co-development using 5G technologies. We take a pragmatic approach to make the technology easily available to researchers, start-ups, SMEs and others to untap their creativity and design new forward thinking applications and services”, says Jose Costa Requenafrom Aalto University.

“5G offers ample opportunities to introduce new novel services. Turku University of Applied sciences is focused on developing and trialling 5G technologies for new services together with the industry, and media distribution is an important component”, says Jarkko Paavola from Turku University of Applied Sciences states.

The technology used for these projects is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The end-to-end eMBMS solution into 5GTN is provided by Expway, a company specialized in eMBMS IP broadcasting over 5G. “Expway provides its eMBMS solutions to leading operators and device makers around the world. We are delighted to provide a similar end-to-end solution, for the benefit of this Finnish 5G eco-system as well. In fact I could not think of better place to showcase it, as no other folks in the world are as data-hungry at mobile, as the Finnish folks are!”, says Ulla Saari, VP Business Development of Expway

The demonstration is part of a multidisciplinary co-operation of 5G research projects, TAKE-5, WIVE and 5GTN+ including the companies in the media (YLE) and network technology (Digita, Expway and Nokia) industries and research institutes (Aalto University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland). The projects are part of the national 5thGear programme and the 5GTNF ecosystem, funded by Business Finland. This ecosystem aims to help Finnish companies with their 5G business operations.

5GTN is participating to 5GTNF demo seminar

5G Test Network Finland is arranging a demo seminar on 15.11.2018 at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kaitoväylä 1, 90571 Oulu and Aalto University (A-grid), Otakaari 5 A, 02150 Espoo. Video connection between the cities will be arranged.

Come to Oulu or Espoo and see what is cooking in the 5G shop. Latest 5G demos and project results, Business Finland strategy and programs, and 5GTNF plans among other topics are on the agenda of the day.

From 5GTN+ point of view, following demonstrations / presentations are going to be shown:
– Real-time monitoring for sport wearables in a cellular IoT network
– Video streaming with eMBMS-technology including Oulu to Espoo streaming
– Use of sensor data for elderly people in sheltered house
– New antenna solutions for 5G

See the program and the registration link to the event here:

https://www.businessfinland.fi/ajankohtaista/tapahtumat/2018/5g-test-network-finland-demo-seminar/

Please register to the event by 8 November 2018. The event is free of charge.

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Extreme underground measurements on 5GTN with Keysight Technologies and Nokia

The mysterious underground maintenance tunnels of the University of Oulu gained unprecedented value as the expert team of the open 5G Test Network (5GTN) at the Centre for Wireless Communications invited specialists from Keysight Technologies – a leading innovator in electronic test and measurement equipment – and Nokia to perform underground measurements in the vast tunnel network. Surrounded by thick concrete structures, the nearly endless narrow alleys offer an attractive angle for measuring the capacity of the campus wide wireless network and specifically its IoT components.

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Support for mobile broadcast streaming service as part of 5G test network in Oulu

A new efficient media transfer method using multicast and broadcast technologies in the mobile networks, has been introduced to the 5G test network maintained by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Oulu.

See our recent press release: http://www.vttresearch.com/media/news/support-for-mobile-broadcast-streaming-service-as-part-of-5g-test-network-in-oulu

Funding call is now open for SMEs

Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs (MIDIH) is a project co-funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and participating partners. The project has cascade funding for third parties (European SMEs). MIDIH project has announced that 1st call is now open.

MIDIH Call-1 targets the development of data driven applications, by IT SMEs as technology providers, and experiments in Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)/IoT by Manufacturing SMEs.

The open call aims at complementing functionalities around MIDIH reference architecture and performing experiments in CPS/IOT based on the components provided by the architecture. The experiments must cover one of the three main scenarios: Smart Factory or Smart Product or Smart Supply chain.

European SMEs can send proposals to Open call.

Max funding is 60k€ per proposal and call is open until 29th June.

Link to open call details, guidelines, proposal template is

http://midih.eu/open-call.php

VTT (Oulu) is a partner in MIDIH-project. VTT is building a competence center “Real Time Streams Analytics”. The competence center consists of a demonstration and training platform especially for SMEs with

    • Real Time data sources in robotics manufacturing and machine control
    • Low latency communication over 5G Test Network
    • Streaming data analysis in the cloud
    • FIWARE cloud service

VTT’s competence center contact: Jukka Koskinen, email: firstname.surname@vtt.fi

Combined winter and connected car testing area with 5G Test Network (5GTN) launched in Sodankylä

Finnish Meteorological Institute has launched intelligent traffic systems, advanced road weather services and 5G-networking winter testing area in Sodankylä. Area consists of 1.7km track with two interactive Vaisala road weather stations, onboard mobile measurements in vehicles and networking with 5G, 3G, IEEE 802.11p and Wi-Fi. Test environment is a joint effort between Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT in Sod5G EAKR project.

5GTN will host 5G service testing in Sodankylä car testing area. The test area is connected to the 5G Test Network and will offer 5G service development environment for the road weather services as well  for Intelligent transport services and connected cars.

See more: http://sod5g.fmi.fi/

Further information: Jukka Mäkelä, Principal Scientist, VTT, jukka.makela@vtt.fi, tel. +358 400 245 504