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Riding the NB-IoT bicycle

May 19, 2017

By Matthew Webb, 3GPP rapporteur on Enhancements of NB-IoT (NB_IOTenh).

Participants at the 3GPP RAN (WGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and the SA2 Working Group meetings, hosted by Huawei in Hangzhou this week, have joined a NB-IoT bicycle tour around Hangzhou’s beautiful West Lake.

modules 1000pxThe equipment used is an example NB-IoT use case being deployed in a cellular network in China, as part of a bicycle sharing service ‘ofo’. The bicycles are unlocked via a pin from a smartphone - by scanning a QR code on the bicycle. The pin code wakes up the NB-IoT module, which reports to the server then goes back to sleep until the user finishes the ride. When the customer locks the bicycle, the NB-IoT module re-activates to report the journey information and to generate a new pin for the next user. The NB-IoT module can also wake more often to provide other functions, such as periodic location reports.

By installing NB-IoT modules - which are pin-for-pin compatible with GPRS modules in the existing locks - power consumption is much improved, with the stand-by time extended by years, using the same battery.

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3GPP Initiates Common API Framework Study

May 9, 2017
 
By Erik Guttman, 3GPP TSG SA Chairman
 
As we seek to provide standards for integration with a growing range of ‘vertical’ business sectors, 3GPP has initiated a new area of API specification work. 
 
At our March 2017 Plenary meeting (SA#75) a new Study on Common API Framework for 3GPP Northbound APIs was approved and now the SA6 Working Group – responsible for application layer functional elements and interfaces - has started investigating the topic. 

5GAA joins 3GPP

West Palm Beach, FL, April 26, 2017

“5G will be much more than mobile broadband connectivity, it will cover a variety of use-cases and industries” Dino Flore, DG 5GAA.

The 5G Automotive Association has today become a Market Representation Partner (MRP) in 3GPP, bringing in the influence and expertise of vehicle manufacturers and a variety of important companies from the automotive sector, to the 3GPP environment.

2017 04 5GAA 500px1Dino Flore, Director General of 5GAA, was present at the 3GPP Organizational Partner’s meeting in West Palm Beach today, to complete the signing of the Partnership Agreement.

The 5GAA application for 3GPP MRP status stated: “It is important to connect the telecom industry and vehicle manufacturers, to develop end-to-end solutions for future mobility and transportation services." Dino Flore told the 3GPP OP meeting: "The access part is vitally important and we will work on that with 3GPP. In addition to that, we will look at the other pieces required – including the work on upper layers (SDOs including ETSI-ITS, ISO, SAE and IEEE) and security aspects - to develop the system as a whole.”

A lot of the work is already happening in 3GPP, with an initial version of the V2X access specifications in Release 14 and active discussions to define next generation V2X capabilities on-going.


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