Friday, December 14, 2018

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EBA Launches Consultation on Draft ICT and Security Risk Management Guidelines - PaymentsCompliance

On December 13, 2018, the European Banking Authority (EBA) released a consultation seeking feedback in relation to its draft guidelines on information and communication technology (ICT) and security risk management.

By means of these guidelines, the EBA wishes to support financial institutions, such as credit institutions, investments firms and payment service providers (PSPs), so that they will be able to increase the level of their resilience against all ICT-related risks, including cyberattacks, and threats arising either externally or internally due to their augmentative reliance on ICT infrastructures for their operational functioning in recent years.

Uganda’s ICT Professionals Association Announces 3-year Strategic Plan - PC Tech Magazine

Global Industrial IoT Market 2018 - 2023 by IIoT Technology, Device, Software, Applications, Solutions, Industry Verticals, and Regions - - Associated Press

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 12, 2018--The “Industrial IoT Market by IIoT Technology, Device, Software, Applications, Solutions, Industry Verticals, and Regions 2018 - 2023” report has been added to’s offering.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is poised to significantly improve reliability, production, and customer satisfaction. Initially focusing on improving existing processes and augmented current infrastructure, IIoT will rely upon as well as integrate with certain key technologies, devices, software, and applications.

Evidence of this is growing to the point of becoming readily apparent to the majority of leading companies in every industry vertical. However, there is a strong emphasis of early adoption in certain industries. By way of example, Telia and Nokia have recently indicated intentions to build industrial 5G ecosystem in northern Finland. As a demonstration of its commitment to projects like this one, Nokia took a 500 million loan from the European Investment Bank for 5G research and development in August 2018, with a mission to boost the region’s drive for industrial and economic transformation.

Fifth generation (5G) cellular is poised to transform the ICT industry through substantially enhanced mobility services, massively scalable Internet of Things (IoT) networks, and support for critical apps and services by way of ultra-low latency communications. With these anticipated improvements come great responsibilities for privacy and security. The 5G Security Market must be robust as solutions need to be deployed on multiple levels including devices, air interface equipment, cloud RAN infrastructure, mobile backhaul facilities, and more.

IoT APIs will support IoT Operations in many regards including interoperability between IoT Platforms, Devices, and Gateways. Moreover, IoT APIs will become a critical part of major IoT application and service developer programs. There is an emerging opportunity for IoT database infrastructure services to support inter-working and access to IoT related resources, most notably data associated with IoT events gathered from IoT Devices and sensors.

Sensors are used for detection of changes in the physical and/or logical relationship of one object to another(s) and/or the environment. Physical changes may include temperature, light, pressure, sound, and motion. Logical changes include the presence/absence of an electronically traceable entity, location, and/or activity. Within an IoT context, physical and logical changes are equally important.

IoT will be a driver of substantial software development in infrastructure, platforms, devices, security, applications and services. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) represents an important go-to-market aspect of IoT for early distribution and as a value-add to IoT product capabilities and/or service offerings. IoT also raises Importance of Value-added Resellers (VAR), Systems Integrators (SI), and Independent Software Vendors (ISV).

The convergence of Cloud, Data Management, IoT Platforms and Solutions is enabling the next evolution of data analytics in which enterprise will realize significant tangible and intangible benefits from IoT data.

3D Printing is transformative beyond the printing industry itself as it is poised to cause a huge shift in manufacturing, especially when coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancements in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In next five years, virtually every human will come into touch with 3D printed products. Mind Commerce sees 3D Printing as an essential building block, along with 5G, AI, and IIoT in forming the 4th industrial revolution, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0.

The Smart Workplace is a concept powered by IoT technologies and solutions and is composed of smart workforce, intelligent environments, and smart components. There are many factors to consider including service robots, ubiquitous connectivity and communication technology, building automation and management systems, sensor equipped energy management systems, cloud and edge enabled infrastructure, mobile device management, wearable networks, intelligent software application, and many more.

Teleoperation and Telerobotics plays a profound role in industrial automation and the rapidly evolving industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) arena. Robots and remote control systems enable various industries to control real machines/equipment by virtual object through master controlling interfaces.

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GSMA's Programme 'Tech4Girls' Wins 2018 Corporate Citizen of the Americas Award from the Organization of American States - Associated Press

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 13, 2018--The Trust for the Americas has selected GSMA as a winner of the 2018 Corporate Citizen of the Americas Award in the category ‘Technical Skills for the Future of Work’ for its program ‘Tech4Girls’. The award was presented by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, at a ceremony held last week in Washington, D.C. Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere, Head of North America, and Paula Ferrari, Regional Marketing Director for Latin America, received the award on behalf of the GSMA.

Tech4Girls is part of the global GSMA’s Women4Tech programme, which focuses on reducing the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry. Women4Tech offers different touchpoints for women across their education and career journeys through dedicated initiatives, development and networking opportunities. Women4Tech supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 5: “Gender Equality.”

Launched in March 2018 by GSMA North America, Tech4Girls delivers hands-on educational workshops for young girls, designed to increase their self-confidence and interest in technology, encouraging them to pursue education and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics).

The initiative was rolled out in GSMA Latin America’s office in Buenos Aires on 4 October, complementing the Women 20 (W20) International Summit held that week in the city. Throughout the year, the GSMA had served as Topic Chair for Digital Inclusion within the W20, the official engagement group of the G20 focused on gender equality. Boosting women’s participation in STEAM studies and industries had been signalled as a prominent recommendation in the group’s Final Communiqué submitted to G20 Heads of State.

Tech4Girls participants acquire skills that prepare them for careers in STEAM, such as developing an artificial intelligence device, like a Google Home, creating a computer using a Kano Kit and, in the Buenos Aires workshop, coding a mobile app for the first time. The Latin American session also brought together women leaders in the public and NGO sectors to share their own experiences in the ICT industry as a way of inspiring the girls to explore the multiple possibilities of a career in tech. This multi-stakeholder approach was key to increase visibility and extend impact beyond the girls taking part in the workshop.

“We, The Trust for the Americas, recognize these initiatives as part of the efforts that advance our vision of economic empowerment of women and girls to promote development in the region. Tech4Girls has great potential for replicability and demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships to generate new opportunities,” said Linda Eddleman, Executive Director of The Trust for the Americas.

“We are proud and grateful for this recognition, but we know it’s just the cornerstone of what is to come,” said Paula Ferrari, Regional Marketing Director for Latin America, GSMA, at the award ceremony. “Our objective is to scale Tech4Girls at a regional level, fostering girls’ development through appropriate training, networking and mentoring all across Latin America.”

“We are very committed to this effort as women only hold less than 20 percent of all roles across the technology sector,” said Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere, Head of North America, GSMA. “The expansion of the Tech4Girls initiative into Latin America plays an important role in boosting female representation in STEAM studies by providing girls with confidence in their abilities and changing the gender and career narrative.”

The next Tech4Girls event is scheduled for Saturday, December 15 in Atlanta. For more on Tech4Girls, visit:

About the GSMA The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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What 5G Is? Is It Transforming The Tech? - Customer Think

5G-network - TechTIQ

It has been almost a decade in the making, but 5G is finally turning into a reality. 5G is finally arriving next year, which indicates that smartphone manufacturers are banging out the features presently.

Smartphones have become important now that we can reliably say that they are an essential part of us. The entire mobile industry is emerging at an incredibly fast pace along with the growing technology.

So what is 5G and what changes it will bring once it is widely accessible? Let’s get into deeper.

What is 5G?

Before we go further let’s check what exactly 5G is? 5G is the fifth generation of mobile communications. It’s the successor to 4G or LTE, which replaced 3G, to provide faster and more reliable service with lower latency. Once phones and the network infrastructure are 5G-capable, everyone can begin experiencing quick upload and download speeds. But who decides what 5G will look like?

ITU- International Telecommunication Union is a specialized firm, at United Nations that decides and develops technological standards for communication technology. It also sets the controls for radio spectrum usage and telecommunications interoperability.

How much faster is 5G?

Well, the speed depends on your device, location, and also network, but improvements throughout 15-50% should be possible day to day in the real world. Technically, in lab conditions, 5G can change on 4G many ways, so there’s room to grow: believe that 5G can download full 4K movies in a minute or two, and you are at the right place.

5G isn’t just about speed though: It’s all about capacity and being capable to produce a stronger signal in whole crowded areas. Therefore, you shouldn’t miss the connection at a crowded games arena or a music carnival.

Furthermore, let’s go through Goals and standards of 5G developed by UTI-

eMBB- Enhanced Mobile Broadband-

It essentially deals with customer usage. With eMBB users will approach faster and more stable mobile broadband for most onerous tasks like HD video and AR/VR. It also handles immense traffic more efficiently and ensures at least a 100Mbps data transmission rate when the signal is low.

URLLC- Ultra Reliable and Low Latency Communications-

URLLC was formed to present real-time services that need very low latency. Its main usage is for mission-critical assignments such as remote operation, autonomous vehicle interaction, and industrial automation. URLLC produces an ultra-solid information inclusion with a hypothetical dormancy of less than 1 millisecond.

mMTC- Massive Machine-Type Communications-

It declares, “This use case is determined by a wide number of linked devices typically transferring a comparatively weak volume of non-delay-sensitive data information. Devices are needed to be inexpensive, and have an extremely long battery life.”

Besides, let’s check how 5G can make smartphones ugly again?

The difficulty is, as Sightreading points out, is that 5G will rely on much higher-frequency range as compared to our present mobile networks. The higher wavelengths allow those multi-gigabit speeds that the networks have been building so much, but at the cost of penetration. Greater frequency radio waves travel a shorter distance than low-band signals, and most importantly, they don’t comprehend through objects well.

For the first round of 5G devices, you could also notice a rebound to the incredibly ugly antenna nubs that were a staple of earlier mobile devices.

Another consequence of 5G’s plan limitations could be that it takes even longer for 5G smartphones to match mainstream. Rolling out 5G over a broad range will demand higher performance than updating networks from 3G to 4G, while the wireless transmitters will need to build hundreds of tiny-cell sites in each city.

While running that activity, smartphone producers may not want to make their flagship smartphones uglier and also high to introduce a feature that 90% of users won’t be able to obtain.

Now the question arises should you buy a 5G smartphone or not?

Though 5G will undoubtedly transform the way we communicate with each other and use media, the transformation won’t occur overnight. It will take years to get 5G up and run smoothly across the globe. As it is eventually a personal choice, it might be wise to hold on buying a 5G device in early 2019.

Additionally, the fact that coverage will possibly be very spotty, the hardware will also be first-gen. With the exclusion of a phone AT&T intends to release at the year-end of 2019, some of the 5G smartphones that will arrive in early 2019 will possibly hold single-band 5G support.

Thus, it would be a good decision to wait for 5G instead of buying it immediately after launch.

Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan - Green Car Congress

Continental announced the completion of a joint Cellular V2X trial in Japan together with Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies. The companies have successfully conducted Japan’s first C-V2X testing in the country using 5.8 GHz as the experimental radio frequency for direct communication.

The use cases were designed to address various aspects of V2X communication, such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrians (V2P) direct communications, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) operations.


With a combination of direct and network-based communications between vehicles, infrastructure, and vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, the test results showed that C-V2X can exploit the full potential of connected and intelligent mobility. In addition, the tests also indicated the technology’s strengths for reliability and latency, which assists in enabling the communication of mission critical messages quickly and efficiently.

Direct communication provides vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) and other vulnerable road users connectivity even in the most remote areas where no mobile coverage is available. Under mobile coverage, C-V2X is designed to also enable a vehicle-to-network (V2N) communication link to deliver cloud-based exchanges of information over a longer range, including information on upcoming road conditions or traffic situations.

In their field trials, the companies focused on sending messages directly via cellular V2X technology (PC5). The use cases were tested under varying conditions to evaluate the C-V2X basic communications performance. With test vehicles passing each other at speeds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph) and with a truck or even buildings blocking the communications both direct and network-based communications were tested.

The companies observed a mean latency of 20 milliseconds for direct communication and a nearly error-free communication even at longer distances such as 1.2 kilometers with unobstructed line-of-sight condition as measured by the C-V2X test system.

With these results, the companies demonstrated the performance capabilities of C-V2X. The direct communication technology used in the tests was based on the 3GPP Release 14 specifications.

The companies also demonstrated a wide area V2N communication with end to end average communication latency of 50 milliseconds in NTT DOCOMO’s commercial network in the connected mode state.

The trials took place in multiple test tracks in Japan, where the performance of C-V2X was tested using five scenarios: Do Not Pass Warning, Electronic Emergency Brake Lights, Hazardous Location Warning, Intersection Movement Assist and Vulnerable Road User Warning. These were chosen, to ensure that basic aspects of the communication technology were considered. Thus, the tests did not only focus on V2V communication but also on V2I, V2P and V2N communication under different traffic situations and driving speeds.

For the trial, Continental used the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Reference Design, which features the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability to build connected car systems and to integrate the systems into Nissan test vehicles.

Working with Qualcomm Technologies, Nissan made a test driving plan for C-V2X to be used during the trials at the proving grounds. Bringing in their expertise in roadside unit (RSU) infrastructure and applications, OKI demonstrated V2I as a viable technology for advanced traffic applications by integrating the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset into their RSU. Ericsson, as one of the leading companies in the technology and service for telecommunication, assisted in testing the V2N use case scenario, combining direct communication and LTE-A network technologies. NTT DOCOMO provided a LTE-A network and V2N applications to demonstrate the benefits of the complementary use of network-based communications for a variety of advanced automotive informational use cases.

Following the positive test results, Continental will continue to further develop and investigate the C-V2X technology, globally as well as in Japan to enable an early global deployment. C-V2X will most likely be implemented initially on the 4.5 G (or LTE Advanced Pro) and further on 5G mobile communication standards from 2022 onwards.

C-V2X is a global solution for V2X communications designed to support improved automotive safety, automated driving and traffic efficiency, and is a V2X communication technology compliant with the global 3GPP specifications. C-V2X is composed with direct communication and network-based communication.

C-V2X complements Advanced Driver Assistance Systems sensors, such as cameras, radar and Light Detection or LiDAR. C-V2X direct communication mode is firstly specified in 3GPP Release 14 and designed to offer vehicles low latency communications for V2V, V2I and V2P without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription, by operating on a designated and harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum. Network-based communication offer wide area communications for V2N services. Currently, 3GPP is working on further enhancements of C-V2X in 5G.