According to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (New York), a technical professional association, nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error – up to 90% of all crashes – could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads. These include electronics and computing technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers, lane departure warning systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety applications.
Chinese officials have outlined plans to invest nearly $500 billion in electric power infrastructure - including roughly $90 billion in smart grid technologies - by 2020, a strategy experts say could significantly improve the nation's energy efficiency and cement a dominant position in the smart grid market.
Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M device provider, announced that Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) is using its services to enhance its smart metering product with a web-based energy consumption and management platform. The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter.
The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase, according to a recent report from Pike Research (Boulder, Co., U.S.A.). Annual NEV sales will rise from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000 units by 2017, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, and North America will account for 45% of worldwide sales.
Today, service providers are competing in an increasingly competitive market, which makes gaining and retaining customers essential to their overall performance. A hot topic of conversation this week at 4G World in Chicago, Illinois is customer experience, but more importantly the personalization of the customer experience.
“To satisfy a customer, you need to know what satisfies them,” said Steven Cotton, head of revenue management at TM Forum.
Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) said it would need $7 billion in new financing agreements over the next few years to cover a cash shortfall created by Apple Inc's iPhone and a network upgrade.
"If we want to maintain a cash balance as high as $2 billion minimum at any point in time, we would want to extend the maturities of $4 billion that come due in 2012 and 2013 and raise between $1 billion to $3 billion, primarily from vendor financing," said Chief Executive Dan Hesse on Wednesday.
From the testing to the deployment of fiber cables, submarine communication networks come with many challenges. For one, the cost and time associated with submarine networks far exceed that of terrestrial networks—whether it is being deployed or repaired. Furthermore, the number of customers relying on these networks is vast, making a damaged cable critical to repair as soon as possible. Considering these factors, it is essential that these fiber cables be meticulously tested and re-tested before being deployed.
From the planning stage to the deployment of an undersea fiber-optic cable, a considerable amount of time, money and resources are invested to ensure the success of a submarine network. Yet one point that is often overlooked during this process, and which can lead to unfortunate delays, is the final acceptance test of the fiber. Simply put, it comes down to making sure that the fiber can deliver on the promised and expected bandwidth.
The top two U.S. telecom operators, AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Communications (New York) reported financial results from the third quarter of 2011. Both companies reported increased revenue from the year-ago quarter; although AT&T's revenue was below analyst expectations, while Verizon's revenue was slightly higher than expectations. Both companies’ revenue was affected by weak smartphone sales in the third quarter.
China Mobile (Beijing, China), the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, has 10 million iPhone users even though it does not yet have an agreement with iPhone maker Apple, says its chairman.
Wang Jianzhou also said Apple had promised to make an iPhone compatible with China Mobile's TD-LTE standard when its next-generation model comes out. He could not say when this would happen.
"We have not yet got agreement with Apple," say Wang. "Apple promised to provide, when they develop the iPhone for LTE, that it will include TD-LTE. We are discussing the details."