Autonomous cars of the future seem poised to be the next, best entertainment option after your living room. Tesla, GM, Google, and other major companies are pouring billions of dollars in research and development for self-driving cars. These mega-corporations are vying to be the first to bring a fully autonomous vehicle to the public. AI-powered cars will bring a whole new level of safety and convenience.
Autonomous vehicles can schedule preventive maintenance and perform OTA software updates. All a passenger needs to do is tell the car where to go, sit back, and enjoy the scenery. Cars of the future will be so smart you can do a VIN search on another car even without going near it. Future vehicles talk to each other and can share information.
Source: A Living Room on Wheels? A Look at the Future of Auto Interiors | Design News
CenturyLink has expanded its global channel partner program in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The news comes as part of the company’s strategy to grow its existing channel base and attract new partners in the region, in order to meet growing market demand as companies continue to transform their businesses with digital solutions.
Source: CenturyLink expands global channel partner program in EMEA
AT&T’s recent flurry of cloud announcements with Microsoft, IBM and Dell show the importance of cloud computing to the telecom industry.
But as this blog from industry commentator Tom Nolle points out, it also reflects the somewhat confusing nature of telco cloud. This confusion prompted AT&T to publish its own blog — Setting the Record Straight on Our Cloud Strategy.
But for the telecom industry, the move to cloud also reflects a broader trend about the convergence between network and IT domains. Historically these were seen as quite distinct, with separate suppliers, technologies and protocols. But just as Ethernet and IP have displaced telecom specific technologies such as frame relay and ATM, CSPs are looking to cloud technology as an alternative to the complex infrastructure that supports their IT systems (including their OSS and BSS functions) and even as an alternative to the hardware that supports network specific functions like routing and switching.
Source: Deconstructing the Telco Cloud | Light Reading
There is a lot of talk of applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to manufacturing. But the big question is still: How can AI actually lead to better manufacturing outcomes? For Palo Alto, CA-based Instrumental the best opportunity lies in using AI for quality assurance and testing.
By aggregating images from cameras placed throughout the manufacturing line, Instrumental uses a combination of cloud- and edge-based machine learning algorithms to detect product defects and failures throughout the manufacturing process. The company’s system has already found use cases with name brands including FLIR, Motorola, and Pearl Auto.
Source: Testing the Unanticipated: How Instrumental Brings AI to Quality Inspection | Design News
The Bluetooth 5 standard was designed primarily to share information between devices within the confines of the home or a car and in a workplace. That said, the new version of Bluetooth has properties that should make it attractive for some Internet of things applications. Atmosic Technologies is focusing on low-power Bluetooth 5 wireless platforms to enable networks of IoT devices that are, as the company says, “Forever Connected, Anywhere.”
What might link Bluetooth 5 to the IoT at large is the presence of Bluetooth in smartphones and tablets.
Source: The Next Wave of IoT Bluetooth Devices Might Not Have Batteries | EE Times
Whatever it’s called, Industry 4.0 or IIoT, the underlying goal is the realization of the fourth industrial revolution after the steam engine, conveyor belt, and information technology (IT) aided by cutting-edge electronics. It takes manufacturing and process automation to a whole new level in which the factories of tomorrow will build connected systems comprising sensors, actuators, and control systems, all linked through different types of networks via the internet protocol (IP).
What’s also accelerating the Industry 4.0 movement is the integration of AI applications such as fault detection and classification.
Source: IoT sensors bring Industry 4.0 into commercial focus – Electronic Products
It’s getting pretty crowded on AT&T’s cloud. AT&T previously invited Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Mirantis — and now Tech Mahindra is getting on board.
Specifically: AT&T and the Indian IT services company said Thursday that they’re entering into an expansive partnership to move AT&T’s back office operations to the cloud, to build a business foundation for 5G. Tech Mahindra is moving AT&T’s operation and business support systems (a.k.a. OSS/BSS — billing, order processing, fulfillment and so forth) to Microsoft Azure, following up on AT&T’s Microsoft Azure partnership announced in July.
In other words: AT&T is moving in with Microsoft; Tech Mahindra are the guys who get to carry the furniture upstairs.
Source: AT&T Hires Tech Mahindra for Cloud Move | Light Reading
Three years ago, Reliance Jio stormed into India’s mobile market with a low-cost deal that drove some rivals out of business and forced others to merge. Now it is hoping to pull off a similar trick in the country’s fixed-line broadband market with this week’s launch of the long-awaited JioFiber service. (See BBWN Bites: Jio Begins Vast Fixed Play in India, Sky’s Wimpy WiFi Guarantee.)
But RJio seems to have retreated from some of its earlier steps. When RJio launched 4G operations three years ago, it promised customers free services for the first six months. That fueled interest in the offer and explained a surge in customer numbers.
With RJio, however, there are no freebies. The fiber plans also seem designed to lock customers into a long-term engagement.
Source: RJio Set to Disrupt India’s Wired Broadband Market | Light Reading
David Teoh must sometimes feel Australian authorities are pursuing a vendetta against TPG Telecom, the broadband operator he runs.
First the government bans Huawei, the Chinese equipment vendor TPG was using to build a mobile network.
Then its regulator opposes a planned merger with Vodafone, one of Australia’s existing mobile operators. As if this weren’t enough, the loss of business to NBN, Australia’s state-backed wholesale operator, is eating into profits.
Source: Australia’s Huawei Ban Is Hurting TPG & 5G | Light Reading
5G requires migrating business processes to the cloud, but even AT&T can’t make the migration on its own, leading to a partnership with Tech Mahindra to do the heavy lifting, says Heavy Reading analyst Jennifer Clark.
“They want someone else to take on the headaches,” Clark says.
Source: Even AT&T Can’t Fly Solo to the Cloud | Light Reading