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UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations

If you have ever experienced a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire, etc.), you are well aware of the importance of communications during this time. A functioning communication network is essential to coordinating emergency and recovery operations, rebuilding infrastructure as well as allowing the public to contact rescue services, family and friends. Following a disaster, disruption to the communications network is all too often a problem, usually due to damage to cables and cell towers as well as the loss (or shut down) of electrical power. Yet, the ability to provide an “on-demand” communications infrastructure is critical to the needs ...
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Context-Aware Identity Management: The Who, What, Where, When and How

In the age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), users increasingly want the flexibility to access both their business-critical applications and personal applications anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.  This increased mobility — combined with the fact that many applications are emerging that cross multiple industry sectors or domains — requires authentication and authorization processes beyond single sign-on capabilities.  Furthermore, the continued growth of sophisticated connected devices is creating an abundance of contextual information available to networks. The ability to effectively collect, manage and analyze this information is driving the development of new solutions in the area of Context-Aware Identity ...
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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Telecom

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have long been associated with science fiction movies, with no better example than 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hal the computer (“I’m sorry Dave, I am afraid I can’t do that”). But what exactly is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? In its simplest form it is the automation of tasks or functions which otherwise require human intelligence to execute. Many people may be surprised to learn that AI is already widely used in their day-to-day activities through digital voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.  AI enables users to interact with their services and devices ...
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Understanding the Value of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Innovation in the ICT Industry

There is hardly a day when news related to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin does not make headlines.  But beyond digital currencies, the applicability of distributed ledger and blockchain is finding its way into a number of different industries including telecommunications. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a shared database that is spread across several nodes or computing devices. Each node replicates and saves an identical copy of the ledger to enable open and trusted exchanges over the Internet.  Since it can exist without a centralized authority or server managing it, data quality is maintained through database replication and computational trust that ...
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5G Functional Split: CU, DU and RRU

What the Haul?

5G is coming, and the pipes are getting fat. Please put a penny in the operator's hat. The standards bodies defining 5G services are having a fine old time dreaming up more and more new uses for the 5G mobile network, from ultra high-speed mobile broadband through to integrated transport networks and autonomous vehicles, connected wearables, mobile healthcare, sensor networks, container tracking, and wireless factory automation. These all sound great, but you need a network to connect all of these services.  They all need very different performance and quality of service attributes.  Some services need high bit rates, some low ...
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