Archive for Luty, 2011

Dovado delivers LTE-ready residential router

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DOVADO, the supplier of mobile broadband routers, today announced that it has software upgraded its product portfolio to support LTE (Long Term Evolution) USB modems, beginning with the Huawei E398 which is already being offered by LTE operators in Europe. This will allow mobile operators to effectively compete with fixed providers by offering a broadband connection capable of delivering speeds significantly above those of most consumer DSL connections. The system also provides extremely low latency, ideal for online gaming and video conferencing.

The upgraded DOVADO 4GR and 3GN router models are currently being trialed by multinational mobile operators for immediate mass deployment. Both models contain four Ethernet LAN ports, a WAN port for DSL fail-over and the latest 802.11n WLAN standard. Mobile broadband connectivity is supplied via USB dongle, allowing subscribers to swap out the modem whenever a new model or speed is made available. The flexibility of this combination means that the modem can also be removed for laptop use when out of the home.

“The emergence of 4G/LTE means that, for the first time ever, mobile operators can rapidly deliver a superior broadband experience at a lower cost than the bulk of fixed broadband alternatives. To suit the consumer needs of sharing these new Internet speeds, we have designed a firmware update which will allow our existing DOVADO 4GR and 3GN router owners to migrate onto the 4G/LTE network,” said Erik Arthur, CEO of DOVADO. “With a rapidly growing base of mobile broadband subscribers in the world, a technology such as 4G/LTE will be boosted tremendously thanks to residential routers, just as DSL experienced nearly a decade ago. Subscribers want an always-on Internet connection which the entire household can benefit from.”

DOVADO currently supplies cellular enabled residential routers to mobile operators such as Hutchison (3) in Denmark and Sweden. The company currently supports 130 different modems including the widest range of 21 & 42Mbps HSPA+ modems which are available from mobile operators worldwide. DOVADO’s coming 5.0 firmware update with support for the Huawei E398 4G/LTE modem will be freely available for download from www.dovado.com/firmware as of early March, 2011.

Smart WLAN automatically extends mobile broadband to Wi-Fi

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Nokia Siemens Networks has launched its Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution that enhances mobile broadband through selectively offloading traffic to Wi-Fi without any break in service. This approach can provide faster data connections, ensuring that mobile network capacity is preserved. Smart WLAN Connectivity removes the need to manually switch a device’s data connection between Wi-Fi and cellular broadband, handling the transition without interrupting service.

“We all know that mobile data traffic is growing at an exponential rate due to the widespread adoption of smart phones, tablets and net books,” said Thorsten Robrecht, head of network systems product management at Nokia Siemens Networks. “All these devices support Wi-Fi so integrating Wi-Fi with mobile networks can reduce the need for additional capacity in the wider mobile network, particularly, in traffic hotspot areas. People can enjoy a superior and seamless service without the hassle of having to choose among different networks and technologies, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and loyalty.”

Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution allows integration of Wi-Fi and mobile networks, thereby, providing increased overall network capacity, supporting both data and voice services.

The solution also allows operators to use the existing services and functionality supported by its packet core network such as authentication, charging, policy control and traffic management for both mobile and Wi-Fi traffic in a unified way. This helps operators to maintain their position in the information value chain coupled with visibility and control over the people’s experiences regarding use of Wi-Fi.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution will be available for commercial use in 1H 2011. Further details of the requirements and capability of the Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution can be seen in the ‘Notes to editors’ at the end of this release.

The new Smart WLAN Connectivity Solution is being launched at Mobile World Congress, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to see the solution at Nokia Siemens Networks’ Experience Center in Hall 8, C01.

Canon launches EOS 600D Digital SLR

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Canon today announces the launch of the EOS 600D – a Digital SLR (DSLR) that makes capturing images easier than ever.

“This new SLR is the perfect choice for aspiring photographers looking for a combination of outstanding image quality and ease-of-use. The EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D,” comments Roger Machin, photo video product manager at Canon Consumer Imaging South African.

Capturing images and Full HD video has never been easier, thanks to a range of automatic shooting modes that beginners can use to instantly express their creativity. A Feature Guide has been added to the user interface to help you learn about the camera as you use it, helping to develop your photography skills. With a range of EF lenses, Speedlites and other accessories to enhance your shooting, the EOS system holds the key to the perfect shot – wherever your journey takes you, and whatever the scene before you.

First-class image quality

The EOS 600D provides all the tools to capture stills and HD movies. Detailed pictures are provided by a high-resolution 18 Megapixel (MP) APS-C CMOS sensor, which combines with 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing. The camera’s low light shooting capability enables you to achieve clear, natural images in darker conditions, with an ISO range of 100-6400 that can be further expanded to 12800.

Great for shooting pets, children or wildlife, the EOS 600D allows high-speed shooting at 3.7 frames per second (fps), enabling you to capture fast-moving action. Each shot will be captured in sharp detail thanks to the 9-point Auto Focus system, which can track subjects using the auto focus points across the frame. Even more accurate focusing is providing by an extra-sensitive central AF Sensor, while the iFCL Metering system from the semi-professional EOS 7D features a 63-zone Dual-layer metering sensor, helping you to ensure your shot is correctly exposed, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Easy shooting, amazing results

Fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode makes it easy for you to capture quality shots with almost no effort. Scene Intelligent Auto analyses the scene for you and automatically picks the best settings to capture it. ‘Auto’ Picture Style automatically makes fine adjustments to colours while you focus on capturing the scene you want.

The EOS 600D also makes it easy for you to instantly add creativity to your pictures. Change the atmosphere of a scene with Basic +, which allows you to pick the mood you want to achieve from one of eight options, including ‘Warm’, ‘Cool’ or ‘Intense’. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, portraits, or close-up macro shots, Basic + makes it easy to capture the perfect image.

Simple, flexible, artistic

Ideal for beginners, a Feature Guide has been added to the EOS 600D’s menu system, offering a brief description of each key setting and its effect, helping you learn more about the camera as you use it.

You can also shoot overhead, at ground level or around corners with the EOS 600D’s Vari-angle 7.7cm 3:2 ratio ClearView LCD. On-screen detail is provided in 1.04 million-dot resolution, and the side-mounted hinge allows users to comfortably and creatively shoot from a range of unusual angles, or when using a tripod. A smudge-resistant fluorine coating and three anti-reflection coatings also ensure you can see the LCD in clear detail, wherever you are.

Allowing you to apply your own stamp to your shots, the EOS 600D is perfect for experimenting with different Creative Filters. Fish-eye-Effect creates a barrel-shaped distortion similar to a fish-eye lens, and you can instantly turn a scene into a small-scale model with Miniature Effect. Toy Camera Effect, Grainy B/W and Soft Focus offer additional options, allowing you to experiment with your images in a number of different ways.

Capture stunning detail with EOS movie

Capture your memories in superb clarity with Full HD (1080p) movie mode, while a dedicated movie shooting mode means you can switch between stills and HD video instantly. You can also reach distant subjects using new Movie Digital Zoom function, which crops the centre of the sensor from 3x to 10x while still maintaining Full HD quality – great for capturing wildlife on a safari holiday.

Enabling you to capture more engaging videos, Video Snapshot mode shoots video in two, four, or eight second segments, creating clips that are short, easy to edit and of similar lengths to clips used in most TV programmes. As they are recorded, the clips are saved to a Video Snapshot Album and combined into one movie. A soundtrack can be added by choosing from tracks uploaded to the camera and the result viewed on the camera’s LCD, or on an HDTV via the built-in mini HDMI connection.

The EOS system – unrestricted creativity

As your skills develop, the EOS 600D grows with you. As part of Canon’s EOS range, the camera is compatible with the unrivalled selection of EF lenses and a range of accessories, so you can add to your kitbag as your ability and style develops. Over 60 lenses provide you with unlimited creative possibilities: wide-angle lenses capture sweeping landscapes, macro lenses capture the most intricate beauty of the tiniest creatures, and telephoto lenses make distant scenes appear as if they are right in front of you.

Using Canon’s range of Speedlite flashes and the EOS 600D’s Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, you can also experiment with different lighting techniques, or use your flash off-camera, to give your subject or scene a completely different look and feel. With the Easy Wireless function, the camera will also take care of the complicated settings whilst you focus on framing and lighting your scene as you wish.

Introducing the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Launching with the EOS 600D is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – a new kit lens that provides excellent performance for beginners. A lightweight construction makes it easy to carry, and Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilization also minimises the risk of blur, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds 4 stops slower while still maintaining a blur-free shot. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the existing EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s lens line-up.

EOS 600D – key features:

  1. 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
  2. Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  3. Full-HD EOS Movie
  4. On-screen Feature Guide
  5. 3.7fps continuous shooting
  6. Wide-area 9-point AF
  7. 1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) screen
  8. Basic+ and Creative Filters
  9. Built-in wireless flash control

Canon unveils the EOS 1100D

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“As your skills develop, the EOS 1100D grows with you. As the gateway to Canon’s world-famous EOS System, the EOS 1100D lets you experiment with more than 60 different lenses and other accessories including Speedlite flashes, to explore the world of photography,” comments Roger Machin, photo video product manager at Canon SA.

Advanced imaging made easy

The EOS 1100D is a DSLR that’s easy to carry with you, allowing you to capture any moment. When a scene lends itself to video as well as stills, 720p HD video capture is accessible via the dedicated movie function on the mode dial. Never miss a moment of the action as you frame your image easily and accurately through the newly-designed, bright optical viewfinder, offering 95% coverage of the scene. Alternatively, use Live View to see how different shooting modes will affect the final image on the rear screen.

A Feature Guide in the menu system offers a brief description of each key camera setting and its effect, helping beginners to learn about their camera as they use it.

Basic+ and Creative Auto remove any confusing technical terms, using plain language to describe settings and their effect on the final image. Apply a different ambience to a scene, with Basic+ adjusting exposure, white balance and image processing settings according to easy-to-understand pre-sets based on the creative intent or lighting type. Alternatively, make your image lighter, darker or blur the background to create more interesting results with Creative Auto, which takes all the confusion out of achieving the desired effect.

Shoot and share anywhere

The EOS 1100D also makes it easier to shoot and instantly share your images and HD video with friends and family. The 6.8cm (2.7”) LCD screen features a sharp 230k-dot resolution and wide viewing angle, making it easy to review the day’s shoot immediately. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy the big-screen image playback by connecting the EOS 1100D directly to an HDTV via HDMI, using the TV remote control to scroll through images and enjoy your own high-quality video.

From beginners to pros, the EOS system is used the world over

Designed as a user-friendly, powerful, entry-level DSLR, the EOS 1100D features an impressive specification to support the image quality and performance promised by the Canon and EOS brands.

A 12.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor enables A3 size images to be recorded or cropped for exciting compositions, without compromising on image quality or print size, while DIGIC 4 image processing allows you to freeze the action with high-speed shooting at 3 frames per second.

Low light subjects can be captured with minimal noise and without resorting to using a flash thanks to a sensitive ISO range of 100 – 6400, and the fast, accurate nine-point autofocus (AF) system ensures the subject is in focus no matter where they may stand in the frame. The EOS 1100D also uses the same iFCL metering system developed for the semi-professional EOS 7D, ensuring all subjects are well-exposed, even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

The EOS 1100D will be available with a new addition to Canon’s range of EF lenses. The EF-S 18-55MM f/3.5-5.6 IS II new kit lens that offers EOS 1100D users the flexibility to shoot everything from sweeping landscapes to portraits. A lightweight construction means it’s easy to carry, and Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilization offers a 4-stop advantage to ensure sharp images at maximum zoom and when shooting in low light. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s current lens portfolio.

EOS 1100D – key features:

  1. Superior 12-megapixel image quality
  2. On-screen Feature Guide
  3. Creative Auto and Basic+
  4. HD video capture
  5. ISO 100-6400 sensitivity
  6. Wide-area 9-point AF system
  7. 63-zone iFCL exposure metering
  8. 6.8cm (2.7”), 230,000-dot screen
  9. Use with all EF and EF-S lenses

Canon introduces IXUS 115 HS

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“Featuring Canon’s HS System, the IXUS 115 HS makes it easy for you to take outstanding shots in all conditions. Be the envy of all your friends with the enviable design of the IXUS 115 HS, available in four vibrant colours, featuring a super-slim metal body and signature IXUS styling,” says Abri Kriegler, product manager at Canon Consumer Imaging South Africa.

Stunning performance in all conditions with the HS System

It features Canon‘s high-performance HS System. Canon’s HS System gives you exceptional image quality in all conditions. Even in dimly-lit environments where shots can be unclear, grainy and lacking in detail, the HS System produces clear, natural-looking images without having to use the flash.

Shoot exceptional images, with confidence

Canon’s Smart Auto mode automatically detects up to 32 different scenes and takes care of everything for you so all you have to do is point, shoot and enjoy capturing the moment. High-speed Burst Mode takes a rapid burst of shots and freezes the action. You can also capture night-time shots using Handheld Night Scene, which shoots a number of pictures of the same scene in succession and combines them to create one blur-free, and perfectly exposed image.

Shoot more with Movie Mode

You can instantly record Full HD 1080p movies by pressing the dedicated movie record button as the action unfolds. Super Slow Motion Movie can capture life up to eight times slower than real-time. Capture the moment before each photo you take with the new Movie Digest mode which records up to four seconds before every still image taken, before joining the clips together to create a bonus movie to complement your photos.

Express your creativity

The IXUS 115 HS includes a range of creative shooting modes, including Toy Camera effect and Poster Effect. Smart Shutter uses a wink, a smile or the appearance of an additional face in the scene to trigger a perfect portrait or group shot. You can even shoot underwater down to depths of 3m with a waterproof case, or go down further with a 40m diving case, giving you incredible flexibility.

IXUS 115 HS – key features:

  1. Premium image quality even in low light using the HS System with 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  2. 28mm wide-angle, 4x optical zoom Canon lens with optical Image Stabilizer
  3. Slim metal body with large 7.6 cm (3.0”), strong and clear PureColor II G LCD
  4. Full HD movies (1080p) with Dynamic IS and HDMI
  5. Smart Auto detects 32 scenes for the ultimate in point and shoot
  6. High-speed Burst and Super Slow Motion Movie capture fast action
  7. Movie Digest records the fun before each shot to create a bonus movie
  8. Miniature and Toy Camera effects, Smart Shutter with Smile and
  9. Wink Self-Timer
  10. Handheld Night Scene and Best Image Selection: great results anytime
  11. Optional waterproof cases

Canon launches the IXUS 310 HS

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Canon unveiled the new IXUS 310 HS – which combines low-light capabilities, Full HD movie capture and manual photographic controls in a stainless steel body.

“Designed for users who want superior performance and styling, the IXUS 310 HS provides excellent image quality and a host of advanced features, making it easy to capture crisp stills and stunning 1080p video,” comments Abri Kriegler, product manager at Canon Consumer Imaging South Africa.

Canon’s HS System and a bright, ultra-wide angle lens with optical Image Stabilizer allow users to capture any scene. An enhanced version of Canon’s touch interface provides greater control over stills and video, and a new dedicated movie record icon enables fast switching between picture and movie capture.

Ultimate low-light performance

The HS System is included in the IXUS 310 HS. The 12.1Megapixel CMOS sensor combines with Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor to form the HS System and realise the highest possible image quality, capturing images with less noise in all conditions. Dynamic range is improved and users are able to capture sharp, blur-free shots of scenes in low light that would usually demand flash support.

The IXUS 310 HS features a genuine Canon 24mm, ultra-wide angle, 4.4x optical zoom lens with a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture. As well as providing greater shooting flexibility, the lens design enables faster shutter speeds to be used, capturing the maximum amount of ambient light for well exposed, natural shots. Users can also shoot with a shallower depth of field than most other compact cameras for more engaging portraits and creative macro shots. A 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer steadies the light passing through the lens elements, counteracting shake and image blur that can occur when shooting with slower shutter speeds or at the telephoto-end of the zoom.

Fingertip control, intuitive interface

A large, 8.0 cm (3.2”), 460K dot-resolution PureColor II Touch LCD offers excellent contrast and colour rendition, with a wide viewing angle that makes it easy to frame and play back images. Canon’s advanced, customisable touch screen interface allows the icons for various camera settings to be arranged according to the user’s preference. Touch AF sets the focus area with a simple touch, while Touch Actions and Tap Control offer an easy and intuitive way to operate the camera with pre-set gestures used for various functions, such as flicking through the image library, or changing settings on-screen.

Full HD movies made easy

IXUS 310 HS owners can capture all the excitement of a special moment in superb quality, thanks to Full HD movie recording with stereo sound. The optical zoom can also be used when shooting, and Smart Auto in Movie offers additional support, optimising the camera settings in accordance with the shooting conditions and scene.

Dynamic Image Stabilizer has also been included, allowing users to shoot smoother and steadier video – even if the footage is shot whilst walking or sitting in a moving car.

For a “behind the scenes” story of the day’s shots, a new Movie Digest function automatically captures up to four seconds of video before a still image is taken, and then assembles all the day’s clips into a bonus reel of spontaneous, fun video.

Users can now shoot video in iFrame format, which requires no transcoding before being imported – making it faster and simpler to transfer and edit footage. HDMI-CEC compatibility also allows the camera to be connected to an HDTV and controlled via the TV remote control, making it easier to enjoy captured moments on a big screen.

High speed shooting

The inclusion of a CMOS sensor enables a number of high-speed shooting functions which offer more creative flexibility. Best Image Selection shoots a high speed sequence of five shots, evaluating all the frames and selecting the best one to be saved to the memory card. The IXUS 310 HS can shoot full resolution stills at up to 3.4 shots per second and 8.2 shots per second at a reduced, 3.0 MP resolution in High-speed Burst mode. Handheld Night Scene mode allows the capture of multiple shots of the same scene, before merging them together to create one image with the least possible blur and the best possible exposure.

The IXUS 310 HS also features Super Slow Motion Movie mode, allowing users to slow down fast-paced action, such as sports – capturing the scene in VGA resolution at 120 frames per second (fps), or in 320×240 resolution at 240fps. Play-back at 30fps enables users to analyse movement like a golf swing, or to add drama and atmosphere to fast-paced action.

Control and creative support

More advanced users will appreciate the control over aperture or shutter speed offered by Av and Tv modes respectively, while for those who prefer point-and-shoot simplicity, the Smart Auto mode is now capable of detecting up to 32 scenes, capturing well-exposed images without manually changing the camera settings. A new Advanced Subject Detection technology allows the camera to detect and track even non-human moving subjects, while Servo AF/AE ensures the subject remains in-focus and correctly exposed right up to the moment the picture is taken.

For those who want to experiment with their shots, six creative shooting modes offer the freedom and flexibility to create different effects. In addition to Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid and Poster Effect, the new Toy Camera Effect gives images a retro, pinhole camera feel, while Monochrome creates atmospheric shots with sepia, black and white or other monochromatic tones.

Canon’s popular Miniature Effect can be applied to movies as well as still images, recording 1.5, 3 or 6 frames per second in Movie mode to create the impression of a time-lapse video of a small-scale model. Multi-Aspect shooting also allows the individual to frame their original photo in 3:2, 4:3, 1:1 and 16:9, to create the desired effect, right from the start.

For even greater flexibility, Smart Shutter makes it easy for the user to be part of the image. Thanks to Face Detection technology, the shutter can be triggered by a wink, a smile or by a new face being detected in the scene.

IXUS 310 HS – key features:

  1. HS System (12.1 MP)
  2. f/2.0, 24mm, 4.4x zoom. Optical IS
  3. Stainless steel body
  4. 8.0 cm (3.2″) PureColor II Touch LCD
  5. Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS
  6. Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  7. High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  8. Movie Digest
  9. iFrame movie
  10. Creative modes & manual control

Sophos announces all-in-on virtual email appliance

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IT security and data protection company, Sophos, has announced the availability of its Virtual Email Security Appliance, bringing strong security, data protection and administration ease to the latest VMware virtual environments. It delivers on the growing popularity of businesses looking for cost savings, responsiveness, scalability and continuity through virtualisation, from a trusted brand in the industry.

The new virtual email appliance incorporates Sophos’s integrated protection and simplified management, and provides a solution that combines data loss prevention (DLP) and email encryption with proactive spam and malware protection.

Benefits of the Virtual Email Security Appliances include:

  1. Rapid provisioning, responsiveness and change management using pre-configured virtual machine profiles and a standard Open Virtualisation Format (OVF) distribution file;
  2. Proactive threat protection via Sophos’ Behavioral Genotype technology that provides anti-malware detection of zero-day threats;
  3. Zero setup, offline accessible data protection with integrated SPX email encryption and DLP using pre-packaged sensitive data intelligence supplied and updated via SophosLabs;
  4. Clutter-free inboxes with Sophos anti-spam technologies, such as Sender Genotype and Live in-the-cloud anti-spam lookups that block over 99% of spam;
  5. Automation of most routine maintenance tasks with Sophos managed appliance service that includes automatic updates, monitoring, alerting, and remote remediation if needed;
  6. Improved IT efficiency through a streamlined 3-clicks-to-anywhere task-based administration interface that relies on wizards to make policy and configuration simple; and
  7. Complete interoperability and clustering with Sophos’s hardware appliances and other Sophos security products

The new virtual email appliance is one of many Sophos initiatives focused on supporting virtualised data centres and endpoints with additional virtual appliance products slated for later this year.

“Sophos customers as well as analysts, such as Gartner, agree that virtualisation is much more than a tactical cost-cutting trend,” says Brett Myroff, CEO of regional Sophos distributor, Sophos South Africa. Gartner notes that virtualisation is creating a strategic shift in overall IT modernisation, with virtual machines improving responsiveness and delivery within an enterprise 10, 20, or even 30 times faster than traditional hardware and software server solutions.

According to VMWare, server virtualisation allows organisations to be more efficient, reducing hardware and operating costs by as much as 50% and energy costs by 80%. All while reducing the time it takes to provision new servers by up to 70%.

“Businesses are saving considerable time and effort virtualising parts of their data centres but have been traditionally faced with limited options for comprehensive email security. We believe the Sophos Virtual Email Appliance provides organisations with the most complete option for email security, providing reliable protection against all forms of spam and malware while also addressing the latest demands in safeguarding data through our SPX encryption and DLP capabilities,” Myroff says.

“All of these capabilities are delivered through our managed email security appliance platform, which provides 24×7 monitoring of email traffic and system health. The new offering will give our customers and the market data protection with less administrative burden, greater peace of mind and significant savings.”

Existing Sophos Email Security Appliance customers can tap into the latest offering using their existing email appliance licence.

Data explosion, extreme data warehousing top Teradata Warehouse Summit agenda

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Data warehousing practitioners had the opportunity to learn more about how the technology can give organisations a greater competitive edge from two of the world’s foremost experts in the field at the Teradata Data Warehouse Summit, which was hosted by Bytes Systems Integration in Johannesburg on 3 February.

Dr Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer for Teradata Corporation, spoke on “Extreme Data Warehousing: Business Applications and Issues” and “The SAS/Teradata Relationship and In-Database Capabilities”. Looking ahead, he predicted that within the next two years, the appetite for data will outpace Moore’s Law. Data is growing faster than memory is growing cheaper, he said, stressing that the shift in emphasis from customer value to customer experience will make data governance even more critical than it already is. “Trends in data acquisition have also led to a new generation of information management,” he said. “Data is being used for up-to-the-minute strategic and operational decision making.”

He noted that with pervasive BI, the vertically integrated organisation is being replaced by the virtual organisation, with data sharing occurring across the value chain and customers being integrated into it.

“The value of data comes from event detection and response creation, not from the reporting itself. In addition, with data warehousing going worldwide, one single version of the truth will be available on a global scale.” Referring to “extreme data warehousing”, he noted that extreme performance is being measured in milliseconds; extreme scalability is enabling millions of people to access petabytes of data; and extreme availability is eliminating planned and unplanned downtime.

“In the healthcare sector, for example, this means an integrated medical history for each patient, comprising both structured and unstructured data, facilitating effective healthcare based on complete information, as well as global accessibility. Data ownership, however, remains a critical question and is even more sensitive than in the financial services sector.”

Dr Dave Schrader, Teradata’s director of strategy and marketing: Active Enterprise Intelligence, spoke on “Business intelligence – the next generation”. He focused on pervasive BI, which helps move the use of the database from back-office strategic intelligence to “operational intelligence”, to improve the IQ of frontline people and systems, like websites and contact centres, as they connect to data and insights from the database.

“Mobile BI is one of the current top trends, with mobile Web definitely being the way to go. We are also looking at getting mobile dashboards onto the iPad,” he said.

Schrader noted that geospatial information is everywhere. “It’s the hottest area within the database at the moment, following an explosion of geographic location data. 80% of corporate databases now have a spatial component.”

In his second presentation, “Business Scenario Investigations”, he engaged the audience in solving data warehousing problems.

“Arming the audience with information and specifically case studies of successful implementations helps increase their ability to be change agents within their company for better, faster data-based decisioning.”

Also on the agenda was a presentation by SAA MIS and EDW manager Neelam Rama on the airline’s migration to Teradata which was carried out by Bytes Systems Integration and is being used to record all passenger information, and includes the carrier’s loyalty programme.

Pat Holgate, solutions architect at Bytes Systems Integration, said the company’s alignment with Teradata and its more than 20 years’ experience as the sole distributor of Teradata in South Africa has enabled Bytes to bring international data warehouse best practices to the country. “We have recruited top consultants in South Africa and are developing a reputation for being trusted advisors when it comes to enterprise intelligence.”

Referring to new services on offer, Holgate said Bytes Systems Integration had introduced data warehouse maturity assessments, BI and analytical services, enterprise data management services, managed services, migration services, and enterprise intelligence services.

The Disappearing Mobile Masts and Towers

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The looming global gridlock in mobile communications promises to be averted following the launch today of pioneering technology which will remove the bottlenecks constraining mobile networks and help deliver universal broadband coverage.

Alcatel-Lucent, the leading network technology group, has joined forces with industry partners to develop lightRadio™, a new system that signals the end of the mobile industry’s reliance on masts and base stations around the world.

Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Today’s and tomorrow’s demands for coverage and capacity require a breakthrough in mobile communications.”

He added: “lightRadio will signal the end of the basestation and the cell tower as we know it today.”

Governments and regulatory bodies are expected to welcome the technical development, which will help meet targets for universal broadband access by laying the foundation to address the so-called “digital divide.”

Other major benefits from lightRadio™ include:

  1. Shrinking the carbon footprint of mobile networks by over 50%
  2. Reducing the Total-Cost-of-Ownership of mobile operators by up to 50%
  3. Improving end user services by significantly increasing bandwidth per user thanks to the deployment of small antennas everywhere

Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division said: “lightRadio will help mobile operators evolve their networks to address the mobile broadband deluge.”

lightRadio represents a new approach where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network.

lightRadio also shrinks today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

The innovation coincides with growing demand for third-and-fourth generation mobile networks and devices, involving the mass adoption of wireless television services and other forms of broadband content. The total addressable market for the radio technology necessary to serve such networks and devices is expected to exceed €100bn over the next seven years.

Alcatel-Lucent maps the future of mobile technology

By admin, 8 lutego, 2011, No Comment

Alcatel-Lucent today announced lightRadio™, a breakthrough in mobile and broadband infrastructure that streamlines and radically simplifies mobile networks. The solution was unveiled at a major press launch event in London supported by partners Freescale and HP.

Pioneered by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s unique research and development arm, the new lightRadio system will dramatically reduce technical complexity and contain power consumption and other operating costs in the face of sharp traffic growth. This is accomplished by taking today’s base stations and massive cell site towers, typically the most expensive, power hungry, and difficult to maintain elements in the network, and radically shrinking and simplifying them.

lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network. Additionally today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems are combined and shrunk into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard Wideband Active Array Antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

Alcatel-Lucent’s new lightRadio product family, of which initial elements ready to begin customer trials in the second half 2011, provides the following benefits:

Improves the environment: lightRadio reduces energy consumption of mobile networks by up to 50% over current radio access network equipment. (As a point of reference, Bell Labs research estimates that basestations globally emit roughly 18,000,000 metric tons of CO2 per year). Also, lightRadio provides an alternative to today’s jungle of large overcrowded cell site towers by enabling small antennas anywhere.

Addresses digital divide: By reducing the cell site to just the antenna and leveraging future advances in microwave backhaul and compression techniques, this technology will eventually enable the easy creation of broadband coverage virtually anywhere there is power (electricity, sun, wind) by using microwave to connect back to the network.

Offers major savings for operators: Thanks to lightRadio’s impact on site, energy, operations and maintenance costs; when combined with small cells and LTE, this new solution can lead to a reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) of mobile networks up to 50% (as a point of reference, Bell Labs estimates that TCO spent by mobile operators in mobile access in 2010 was 150 billion Euros).

Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “lightRadio is a smart solution to a tough set of problems: high energy costs, the explosion of video on mobile, and connecting the unconnected.”

Alain Maloberti, Senior Vice President, Network Architecture and Design, France Telecom/Orange said: “Alcatel-Lucent’s new vision and strategy of mobile broadband is quite exciting: the new wireless network architecture and innovative radio proposal will potentially help us to achieve significant operating cost savings and be better prepared for future challenges. We look forward to work closely with Alcatel-Lucent to explore and test this new approach.”

Tom Sawanobori, VP Technology Planning, Verizon Wireless, said: “Verizon looks forward to learning more about the benefits of lightRadio technology and how they could be applied as we continue to expand and evolve our LTE network.”

Alcatel-Lucent is also in advanced planning with China Mobile as well as a number of other carriers around the globe around co-creation and field trials of the lightRadio solution.

Alcatel-Lucent studies have concluded that the total addressable opportunity for the multi-technology radio market1, which lightRadio addresses, will be over 12 billion Euros in 2014, representing more than 55% of the total wireless RAN market. The cumulative total addressable market will be over 100 billion Euros from 2011-2018.

Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio portfolio integrates a number of breakthrough innovations and technologies from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs research arm and ecosystem of companies:

Market Impact

A new generation of active antennas allows vertical beam-forming that improves capacity in urban and suburban sites by about 30%, supports all technologies (2G, 3G, and LTE) and covers multiple frequency bands with a single unit.

By moving former basestation components to a System on a Chip (SOC), lightRadio places processing where it fits best in the network – whether at the antenna or in the cloud.

The economics of radio networks are substantially improved by reducing the number and cost of fiber pairs required to support the traffic between the antenna and the centralized processing in the cloud.

Matching of load to demand through ‘elastic’ controller capacity, delivered on sets of distributed and shared hardware platforms, will improve cost, availability, and performance of wireless networks.

Technology Innovation lightRadio cube

A unique Bell Labs antenna technology, the lightRadio Cube includes an innovative diplexer type, radio, amplifier, and passive cooling in a small cube that fits in the palm of the hand.

System-on-a-chip (SoC) jointly developed with Freescale Semiconductor

Integrates intelligent software from Alcatel-Lucent onto fully remotely programmable state-of-the-art hardware.

Unique compression algorithms

Provide nearly a factor of three compression of IQ sample signals.

Virtualized processing platforms

Alcatel-Lucent will use innovative virtualization software and will collaborate with partners like HP to enable a cloud-like wireless architecture for controllers and gateways.

The lightRadio Product Family

The new Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio product family is composed of the following components: Wideband Active Array Antenna, Multiband Remote Radio Head, Baseband Unit, Controller, and the 5620 SAM common management solution. The Wideband Active Array Antenna will be trialed later this year and have broad product availability in 2012. Additional product family members will be available over 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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