Facebook’s recent announcement of the development of “Terragraph” — launching a project in San Jose to distribute free, publicly-accessible, gigabit-speed outdoor wireless internet access — captured the attention of national media. To us in San Jose, though, it’s about more than a headline. This promising technology could help bridge the “digital divide” for thousands of our students, their families, and small businesses that today cannot afford internet access — let alone very high-speed gigabit service.
If it works.
Risk accompanies all innovation, but it’s not something that comes naturally to government. From City Hall to Capitol Hill, every mistake finds a headline, the spectacularity of which varies by the prominence of the mistake. Risk-taking public officials have varied traits, but their careers share a perilously short duration.
In San Jose, we recognize the imperative of embracing risk. We’ve launched a strategy to make San Jose an urban platform for testing and demonstrating the most impactful civic technologies to improve safety, services, and quality of life. This “demonstration city” concept comprises one of the five elements of the Smart City Vision that the Council approved in March. In doing so, we set a simple goal: to make San Jose the nation’s most innovative city by 2020.
While ambitious, this goal aligns with the DNA of our community, the 1 million inhabitants of Silicon Valley’s largest city. Evidence abounds that we live in the most innovative urban community on the planet; for example, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office issues more patents annually to San Jose residents, companies, and employees than any other city in the nation.
Innovation has become an imperative for major cities like San Jose, America’s 10th largest. Our fiscal challenges loom large. Although we’ve stabilized our budget for now, like most big cities, we face billions of dollars of legacy liabilities in everything from infrastructure maintenance to pension funds. With a fast-growing population and ever-growing demands for services and infrastructure, we simply cannot continue to deliver the same services in the same ways as the past.
With the Smart City Vision, we embark on a journey to leverage digital platforms, new technology, and creative ideas to reduce crime, reduce traffic congestion, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll do so in part with the aid of many partners, including universities, foundations, companies, and most of all, engaged residents. We’ve created a more robust data portal with the help of partners ranging from “Code for San Jose” to Microsoft, and last week, our Council adopted an “open by default” data policy. We’ve created an analytics team and embarked on using data to reshape many familiar city services, from improving emergency medical response to park maintenance.
Our unique demonstrations and pilot projects, like Facebook’s, appear as a particularly compelling means to help us tackle the ordinary challenges of civic governance. For example, we lack the capital budget to retrofit our yellow sodium streetlights to safety-enhancing, energy saving LED “smart” lights. So, Phillips is piloting “smart poles” throughout our city, and paying for hundreds more retrofits, in exchange for being able to attach small cells to the poles to transmit data traffic. While Phillips generates lease revenue from cellular service providers, our residents get better cell coverage, our neighborhoods get safer lighting, and our taxpayers save money on energy.
Meanwhile, we’re working with industry-leading local companies like Cisco to explore applications for our short-range “virtual fiber lines” from our street infrastructure to vehicles via dedicated short-range communications (DSRC). By 2017, all cars manufactured in the U.S. will be required to have DSRC transmitters, allowing those vehicles to share information with the built environment. By connecting cars and street infrastructure through the fast-emerging “internet of things” (IoT), the city can better manage maintenance, traffic congestion, and safety improvements.
We’ve also come to recognize the increasing need for data security within these IoT networks, to protect us from those who could use this data for harm. In partnership with Silver Spring Networks, we’re launching an IoT wireless network, “Starfish,” to enable data transmission with bank-level security across an entire city. As one of three North American cities launching the “Starfish” initiative, we hope to accelerate the use of sensor technology to address a host of issues, from traffic congestion management to safety. We’re also establishing a platform for future IoT innovation and entrepreneurship by providing free access for low-volume users.
San Jose will become the City of the Future by relying on partnerships like these to address growing demands in an environment of scarcity. We’ll need to also reach out more deeply within our innovative community. Early next month, we’ll be launching “Unleash Your Geek,” a series of challenges to our community to solve vexing civic problems. This isn’t your typical caffeine-fueled, one-day-stand hack-a-thon. Rather, we’re looking to engage bright students, residents, and the tech community in more serious problem-solving. With the support of partners like the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, we’re funding efforts to create and demonstrate prototypes. (And, if you’ve got civic challenges around which we can convene local innovators, just use the hashtag #HeySam to tweet or post your idea, and we’ll steal it!)
Will any of this work? We don’t know — that’s the inherent risk of an innovation agenda. It’s a risk that U.S. cities increasingly must take, however — the challenges of growth, urban problems, and fiscal constraints compel us to reimagine how we serve our communities. And with the help of some of the world’s most generative minds and ambitious spirits, I like our chances.Article by:
The 5G-powered enterprise will be less constrained by its physical location thanks to vastly improved service delivery capabilities that improve employee and customer engagement. The next generation of wireless technology is closer than you think.
Over the past few years, a coalition of companies, industry associations and regulatory bodies from across the globe have been working together to advance the regulatory environment, develop and test 5G technologies and establish a broad ecosystem around infrastructure and device readiness.
In 2016, we saw massive progress in the development of key components like antennas and radio chipsets. Additionally, we’ve seen the validation of core mobility technologies – including handovers and multi-cell networking – and witnessed demonstrations of multi-Gbps data rates and low-latency performance. These innovations have brought us closer to a faster, more reliable, and more capable wireless future.
When that future arrives, 5G capabilities will revolutionize our wireless networks. Mobile users will experience networks an order of magnitude faster than what we have today. Thanks to sub-millisecond air latency, the network will feel instantly responsive while simultaneously supporting ten times as many devices at significantly lower power consumption profiles. These are the foundational requirements to enable the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT).
As we demonstrate more of the technical innovations of 5G networks, we see more implications for business. We know that next-generation 5G networks will transform companies across industries and geographies. The 5G-powered enterprise will be far less constrained by its physical office location, thanks to vastly improved service delivery capabilities that improve employee and customer engagement through enhanced business communications, new services, and IoT. It all leads to businesses that are more robust, more integrated, and more productive.
Alok Shah, Vice President, Strategy, Business Development, and Marketing, Samsung Networks
It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, you try to check out at a store and you are you are met with an, I’m so sorry; our system is down. Any way you can pay in cash? Or another common scenario, you are calling a business regarding some incorrect charges on your account and the unfortunate reply you hear is: We cannot view your account at the moment; our systems are not cooperating with us. Now flip over to the business owner’s vantage point and imagine the thoughts going through their heads. Having downtime/network failures will cause at least one of the following backlashes:
Loss of potential revenue
According to a survey done by creditcards.com, about 78% of consumers prefer to use debit/credit cards, whereas 9% prefer cash. When your network is down you can possibly lose about 78% of consumers who would prefer to use their credit cards. This doesn’t even include those that would prefer to use gift cards, store credit cards, and other methods of payments.
Employees will have to manually phone/input every credit card transaction
Phoning in every credit card transaction can result in a long wait and leave the customers with a very inconvenient feeling, to put it nicely. This can cause distrust between your business and the consumer. Unhappy customers want to voice their frustrations and they have a platform on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and let’s not forget the ever important Yelp. Some customers may just lament their disappointment but others may never return.
If your employees have jobs that require the network to be fully functional at all at times, then an outage would be a management nightmare. For others, employees are being paid to wait for the network to be restored.
If your business is not properly prepared for the impact of a network failure then you will have to pay to get it repaired. The cost to repair such outages could range from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars. Not being prepared to handle network failures could be costly.
Network outages are going to happen and can have a huge impact to your business which can inevitably, damage your brand. There is a simple way to mitigate this risk. First Communications is now offering 4G LTE Failover as a premise based solution that uses routing intelligence between the primary connectivity router and the cellular based failover device. This routing intelligence allows the device to detect when the primary connection is no longer working and automatically re-routes pre-defined critical business traffic to the 4G LTE connection. With these services, you can stay connected to your mission critical applications, have a reliable back up, and continue to serve your customers. First Communications offers this as a way to protect your most important assets and most importantly, your brand.
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Rising demand for advanced bandwidth requirements has contributed in being a major driver for the growth of global optical interconnect market. Bandwidth capacity needs to be increased along with reduced power consumption within data center networks which has increased the demand for efficient interconnects. These functions are not available with traditional interconnects which are copper based thus further enhancing the utility and in turn the demand for optical interconnect market globally. Other than this, there has been a rise in network traffic which has resulted in higher demand for optical interconnect devices for sustaining in future along with other web applications in cloud computing pushing the growth of global optical interconnect market. In addition to this, currently it is seen that data center networks require high power for managing its services which is where fibre optics are used thereby increasing the application of optical interconnect technologies as well as positively driving the demand for optical interconnect market. Network connections in long distance traffic has been a major restraint for the global optical interconnect market. Loss at high frequencies in electrical lines and fibre optic cables is quite high which has to some extent reduced the growth of optical interconnect devices and technology. Cost is another important determinant having a major effect in the global optical interconnect market. High costs are generally associated with application of optical interconnect technologies which has negatively affected commercialization of this technology and all these factors have acted as major restraints for this market. Optical interconnect technologies has growing applications in automation sector for handling network tasks previously done manually which has huge growth opportunities in future helping the global optical interconnect market to grow.
Geographically, it is North America which holds the major market share in the global optical interconnect market. Huge internet penetration resulting in higher usage of data center networks has formed a major reason for the growth of optical interconnect market which are extensively used for managing networks. In addition to this, presence of huge internet based business like Facebook and Google among others have been a major growth driver for optical internet market in North America. Asia Pacific has been the fastest growing market for the optical interconnect market. Growing internet penetration along with rising technological advancement has been the major factors driving the growth of optical interconnect market in Asia Pacific with China, Japan, South Korea and India being the major growing countries.
Some of the major players operating in the Optical Interconnect market include Furukawa OFS (Japan), 3M Company (U.S.), Acacia Communication (U.S.), Finisar (U.S.), Oclaro Inc. (U.S.), Dow Corning (U.S.), Huawei (China), Intel (US), Infineon Technologies (US) and Mellanox (U.S.) among others which are present in the market globally.Transparency Market Research
Now that Apple has pronounced the end of the headphone jack, the company is aiming to prove that it can do better than the existing wireless options.
At its much-hyped event in San Francisco on Wednesday, the iPhone maker introduced a cordless earbud that it claims is more power efficient than Bluetooth devices. AirPods, as they're called, have their own communications chip, Apple's Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said on stage.
"It makes no sense to tether ourselves with cables to our mobile devices," Schiller said. "Until someone takes on these challenges, that's what we'll do."
The iPhone 7 will be the first smartphone without a headphone jack, marking Apple's latest effort to strip hardware from devices. There are plenty of Bluetooth options on the market, including from Apple's Beats business, but the products have been criticized for their high price and spotty quality.
Apple is betting that improvements in computing power and wireless communications will usher in a new era of cordless gadgetry. Apple's AirPods include double tap access to Siri and five hours of listening on a single charge, the company said.
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