PoLTE Collaborates with Sequans to Develop Next Generation Location Positioning Solution for IoT

PoLTE Collaborates with Sequans to Develop Next Generation Location Positioning Solution for IoT

PoLTE Collaborates with Sequans to Develop Next Generation Location Positioning Solution for IoT

Proof of concept demonstrates the power of LTE-only positioning capabilities.

PoLTE Corporation today announced a new initiative with Sequans Communications whereby the two companies will prototype a joint solution integrating PoLTE positioning technology into Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform, enabling ultra low-power, highly-accurate indoor and outdoor positioning capability for LTE for IoT devices.

In a continuous effort to lead the market by reducing volume size, improving energy efficiency and lowering overall device costs, Sequans sees value in PoLTE’s Lite-Touch virtual location architecture. While other competitors will have to increase their costs, size and energy consumption by embedding GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or other radios just for location purposes, the jointly developed next generation prototype solution of PoLTE and Sequans aims to eliminate these barriers by utilizing only the LTE radio for accurate indoor and outdoor location capabilities.

The Monarch LTE Platform is a highly optimized LTE-M/NB-IoT chip that has been adopted by leading device makers and operators around the world. Monarch is optimized to support low data use, ultra low-power, and cost-sensitive IoT applications, such as smart energy meters, industrial IoT sensors, asset trackers, smart city controllers and consumer wearables.

This solution is based on off-loading small amounts of modem data to PoLTE’s cloud servers where location engines accurately calculate positioning of devices. If a location engine was embedded on the device itself, processing power and memory would be constrained while adversely impacting battery life and device size. For mass adoption, PoLTE believes that the wireless device itself should be minimally impacted while adding highly valued location capabilities.

“PoLTE shares a number of synergies with the Monarch platform, including support for constrained low power M2M and IoT devices,” said John Dow, CEO of PoLTE Corp. “Recent changes to our solution have made this collaboration possible, providing an opportunity to make secure ultra low-power LTE positioning available to a wider range of devices and markets globally.”

PoLTE’s solution delivers secure and persistent location of any LTE-enabled device indoors or outdoors seamlessly by leveraging the existing and ubiquitous LTE network. This sets the solution apart from other solutions that rely on GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hybrid location solutions, which usually require at least two different technologies for outside and in-building tracking.

“We are interested in adding high value technologies to the Monarch platform that help to accelerate the market for LTE-M technology, ultimately accelerating the deployment of new LTE for IoT devices,” said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans Communications.

“PoLTE’s technology aligns perfectly with that mission, delivering highly accurate location capabilities that are key to almost all IoT applications today, especially those limited by size and processing power.”

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Digitalist Flash Briefing: UX 2018: User Experiences For A New Generation

Remember the excitement when you got your first smartphone? Your curiosity the first time you typed “@” online? As the world becomes increasingly digital, we expect great experiences in every interaction with every business and organization. What does this mean for user experience (UX) designers?

  • Amazon Echo or Dot: Enable the “Digitalist” flash briefing skill, and ask Alexa to “play my flash briefings” on every business day.
  • Alexa on a mobile device:
    • Download the Amazon Alexa app: Select Skills, and search “Digitalist”. Then, select Digitalist, and click on the Enable button.
    • Download the Amazon app: Click on the microphone icon and say “Play my flash briefing.”

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Empathic AI: The Next Generation of Vehicles Will Understand Your Emotions

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Transportation will never be the same once our machines know how we feel.

We are all entering a wholesale, global disruption of the way people move from one place to another.  More than any other change in this sector, the one that is likely to have the most significant impact on human society is the rise of autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles.

The transportation industry, historically dominated by a handful of large vehicle-manufacturing brands, is evolving into an ecosystem of ‘mobility services,’ underpinned by artificial intelligence (AI). A major step in the development of AI is to give it ‘empathy,’ allowing our physiological and emotional states to be observed and understood. This connection will mostly be achieved by connecting to wearable or remote sensors, the same way that fitness bands allow our physical state to be monitored.

By feeding this sensor data into AI systems, we can train them to know how we feel and how to respond appropriately. This kind of empathy can also be enhanced by giving AI its own artificial emotions, imbuing it with simulations of feelings.

Empathic technology will have no small effect on the mobility sector. How might an empathic vehicle look?

Safe Travels

There is already a growing body of research from top-tier auto companies into what kind of empathic interactions will protect drivers, passengers and everyone around them from harm. To investigate this, biometric sensors, cameras, and microphones are being used to detect:

  • Fatigue & drowsiness: e.g., monitoring head or eye movements, posture or heart/breathing rate.
  • Distraction: e.g., gaze detection to ensure the driver is watching the road.
  • Intoxication: e.g., using infrared optics or analyzing voice or breath.
  • Medical incidents: e.g., detecting a potential cardiac event from a wearable heart-rate sensor.

A Comfortable Journey

After ensuring the safety of the humans in the system, empathic tech can be employed to optimize the ride experience. There is a universe of auto-suppliers you’ve probably never heard of, who build all the components and systems that end up in the well-known vehicle brands. They are leading the way to a more empathic ride, with innovations such as:

  • Environmental controls: e.g., lighting, heating, AC, sound and olfactory output, customized to suit your current mood.
  • Physical controls: seat position, engine configuration, etc.
  • Humanising AI feedback: the virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri that are invading our homes and phones are also reaching into our vehicles. With empathic AI we can tailor their feedback to suit our preferred style of interaction.

An Entertaining Ride

Now that our customer is safe and comfortable, they can benefit from AI that knows how to push the right emotional buttons at the moment. This is particularly likely to apply to the onboard music and infotainment systems. Other subtle ways in which a vehicle could be designed to optimize the thrill of the ride include offering to increase the engine’s power output when the driver is feeling confident and happy.

The New Norms of Autonomous Society

An autonomous vehicle doesn’t exist in a bubble. Much of its intelligence is based on sensing its environment and making rapid judgments about how to act. Each vehicle will also be integrated with a global network of systems, able to share information ranging from weather forecasts to road obstructions. By connecting each vehicle to its neighbors and the wider world, we will see the emergence of a new type of ‘social’ structure with its own norms of behavior.

This AI-driven ‘society’ will involve interactions not just between the vehicles and their drivers or passengers, but also with onboard devices, nearby pedestrians, other vehicles, and their occupants, as well as surrounding infrastructure. The etiquette and rules of what the market calls ‘vehicle-to-everything’ (V2X) communications will establish themselves as we gradually let go of the wheel and hand our mobility needs over to ‘the machines.’

This mobility ecosystem is also likely to share data and processes with the rest of the AI in our lives, such as in our smartphones and home-automation systems. If coordinated correctly, this unified data architecture would allow empathic vehicles to know us much better, behaving ever more like a trusted friend.

This is not just a technological problem; it’s a monumental user-experience challenge too. Gradually increasing the empathic capability of the system will support the evolution of the transport experience towards one that is not only safe and comfortable but also delightful.

The future of mobility is emotional.

Editor Note & Disclaimer: The author is a member of the Sensum team, which is an alumnus of our ReadWrite Labs accelerator program. 

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Cubic Telecom to develop advanced in-car services for next generation vehicles

Cubic Telecom to develop advanced in-car services for next generation vehicles

Cubic Telecom to develop advanced in-car services for next generation vehicles

Using the cutting-edge application processing and wireless capabilities of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ automotive modems, Cubic aims to offer a new advanced connectivity management solution to aid vehicle manufacturers, and content and system providers, to future-proof their products and technologies over the lifetime of the vehicle.

The solution is designed to support automakers with over-the-air feature updates and applications, network and vehicle analytics, and the ability to help drive connected vehicle services worldwide – using a single architecture that takes advantage of multiple wireless operator deployments across regions. The connectivity management solution has been optimized and showcased using a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 Gigabit LTE modem.

Barry Napier, CEO of Cubic Telecom, said:
“Qualcomm Technologies has been a steadfast supporter of Cubic Telecom and we are delighted to move our working relationship forward to offer an innovative solution to the automotive industry.”

“Joining forces with the leading semiconductor company in telematics means that our new Cubic Telecom’s solution can become widely available to automotive customers in the near future.”

“Cars are now platforms for innovation, new business models and services, and connectivity is the foundation,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Cubic Telecom’s unique connectivity management solution complements our automotive platform to empower automakers with the ability to provide connected car services on a global scale, and the flexibility to work with multiple network operators per region.”

A demonstration of Cubic’s new connectivity management solution is planned to be exhibited during CES® 2018 at the Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive booth #5616.

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Continuing David Vyorst’s Legacy: Recognizing the Next Generation of Open Internet Advocates

Last week we shared the sad news that David Vyorst, the Executive Director of the ISOC-DC chapter and an instrumental part of the North American Internet community, passed away.

The DC Chapter and the Internet Society are jointly establishing a fellowship award in David’s name. The fellowship will be awarded to a young person in a US-based chapter who has an innovative project or initiative for making a chapter more effective in advancing the values of a free and open Internet accessible by everyone.

You can visit the DC Chapter’s website to make a donation in David’s memory.

Photo credit: Glenn McKnight

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