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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.

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. 

5G-NR workplan for eMBB

March 9, 2017

By Dino Flore, 3GPP RAN Chairman

A major decision was taken this week in RAN on the 5G New Radio (NR) workplan. In particular, the group agreed to have an intermediate milestone for the early completion of the Non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR mode for the enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB) use-case. In Non-standalone mode the connection is anchored in LTE while 5G NR carriers are used to boost data-rates and reduce latency.

With the updated workplan, NSA will be finalized by March 2018.


5G Communication for Automation in Vertical Domains

March 14, 2017

By Joachim W. Walewski, Siemens AG, rapporteur of the FS_CAV study item.

A new SA1 study item on requirements for automation in verticals focuses on critical communications as an enabler for wireless control loops. Once complete, the group will have identified the normative 3GPP work needed to deliver 5G for automation in a variety of industries.

The Study item description is in 3GPP SA Plenary document SP-170169.

3GPP RAN Elects New Chair

RAN#75, Dubrovnik, March 8, 2017

Balázs Bertényi of Nokia Corporation has been elected RAN Chairman this week, gaining the majority needed at the second round of membership voting. He succeeds Dino Flore of Qualcomm Inc., who has served the maximum number of two terms as the Chairman (note 1) of TSG RAN – which has responsibility for radio aspects, functions, requirements and interfaces for all 3GPP networks.


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