AT THE RECENT “Nokia Innovation Day” in Bangkok, the company demonstrated its 4.9G AirScale technology, which can achieve peak rates of 3 gigabytes per second that will allow operators to enhance their network performance dramatically, intensify “mega-city” deployments and drive much-needed capacity on the path to fifth-generation wireless service.
Nokia also demonstrated some uses for the Internet of Things: smart homes for elderly care, connected lampposts, family trackers, and network security.
Connected lampposts can make cities smarter and safer for their residents. This technology includes various features ranging from Wi-Fi hot spots to digital signage that contains information such as traffic data, alerts, advertising, air-quality sensors, and real-time crowd-behaviour analysis.
The demonstration of smart homes for elderly care showed how operators could leverage the Nokia Smart Home Gateway to expand services into the home and enable a safer and more secure environment for aged people. Components include home automation, home security and healthcare.
Nokia also offers a device that can provide both high-speed network connectivity and connectivity inside the home. An integrated solution that requires only one device in the home reduces wiring and power consumption.
The family tracker is based on the cloud-hosted Nokia Impact platform. It promises tracking of family members and vehicles that is precise, reliable and secure. Features include real-time GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking, a microphone and speaker to make a calls, and a panic button that when pressed will send an SOS alarm.
The recent ransomware attacks that affected hundreds of thousands of computers in hospitals, universities and telecommunications companies around the world showed how fragile today’s infrastructures are. Therefore, Nokia showcased NetGuard Endpoint Security (NES) that offers protection for fixed, mobile, and IoT devices with a network-based anti-malware solution.
With NES, network operators will be able to detect malware, minimise its impact on subscribers, and generate revenue by providing a superior protection service.
Sebatsien Sebastien Laurent, country director for Nokia Thailand, said at the Nokia Innovation Day “Enabling Thailand’s Digital Future” event last week that there six global mega-trends were driving extreme innovation in how networks are designed, deployed, managed and utilised.
First, broadband everywhere making a distributed cloud, nearly infinite storage, and a supercomputer in everyone’s pocket is increasingly becoming a reality.
Second is the Internet of Things. According to the Gartner consultancy, there will be 20 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020. The growing number of connected devices, gadgets, sensors and other things will be greatly beneficial to both individuals and businesses.
Third is augmented intelligence, new tools that will assist people in decision-making. Task automation will allow us to be much more effective.
Fourth is human-machine interaction. Virtual and augmented reality, new interfaces based on voice and gestures, implantable chips, and “smart” things of many kinds – such as clothing – will reshape how we interact with machines, just as touch screens did in the past.
Fifth is social and trust economics. The sharing economy will continue to expand. The nature of money will be disrupted by digital currencies making trust and security essential.
Last but not least are digitised ecosystems. Businesses will continue to digitise their operations wherever possible. This will expand into biology with radical new technologies such as 3D printing of organs for transplant.
The networks of today simply cannot meet the performance requirements of the future, and a transformation, in scale and in kind, is needed: a new system that is more efficient and more agile, Nokia says.
Republished with permission from The Nation