#MWC17 Connected Car News Too: 5G, Qualcomm, LG, Nokia, Mercedes-Benz, Intel, Giesecke & Devrient

Yesterday, we called Mobile World Congress a home for connected cars. Today, we see more mobile wires ways for cars to connect with mobile solutions for 5G  Cellular-V2X,  portfolios, testing, antenna, programmers, M2M SIMs, eSIM management solution, devices routers and security. Demonstraitions and information will be available from Qualcomm, LG, Nokia, Mercedes-Benz, Intel and Giesecke & Devrient.

Qualcomm & LG 5G & Cellular-V2X

Today, Qualcomm and LG Electronics announced coordinated efforts to facilitate testing and adoption of 5G and Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications into vehicles. Qualcomm Technologies and LG expect to showcase these next-generation wireless technologies through trials during the first half of 2018.

On the path to 5G, LG is developing advanced automotive connectivity solutions based on Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform, which features support for Gigabit LTE speeds using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and is complemented by the QCA65x4 Wi-Fi 802.11ac solution. The connected car platform also supports 802.11p/DSRC and C-V2X, based upon 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications.

With a strong evolution path to 5G, C-V2X technology is a key feature for safety conscious and autonomous driving solutions. C-V2X complements other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar and LIDAR, to provide information about the vehicle’s surroundings, even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios. In addition to allowing for 360 degree NLOS, C-V2X is also designed to allow for enhanced situational awareness by detecting and exchanging information using direct communications in the 5.9GHz ITS band with other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians’ devices, as well as network-based communications to cloud services using commercial cellular bands. Compared to current technologies, C-V2X is designed to deliver enhanced V2X direct communication range, reliability, latency and superior NLOS performance. The technology is supported by a broad ecosystem based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications, with trials expected to begin later this year.

C-V2X evolution to 5G offers more wireless communication capabilities for autonomous vehicles, supporting advanced use cases such as high-throughput sensor data/map sharing among vehicles, see-through capabilities streaming camera information from one car to another, and wideband ranging for improved positioning – all while maintaining backward compatibility with 3GPP Rel. 14 C-V2X. With the ability to support multi-Gigabit speeds, mission-critical services with ultra-reliable low latency communication and massive number of nodes, 5G will support a unified connectivity platform to the always connected, autonomous vehicle of the future.

Demonstrations of 5G, C-V2X, Qualcomm Technologies’ connected car platform and other automotive-related technologies, will be at the Qualcomm booth at Mobile World Congress .

Nokia Mobile Transport Portfolio Anyhaul

Nokia has expanded its industry-leading mobile transport portfolio with new products and innovations specifically designed to address the critical requirements of the 5G era. This expansion aims to satisfy the increasingly complex and diverse challenges of today’s evolving mobile infrastructure with the industry’s most comprehensive range of ‘anyhaul’ mobile transport options. The programmable, end-to-end networking solutions build upon Nokia’s deep pedigree in mobile, microwave, IP, optical, and fixed access technologies.

Nokia has developed a broad portfolio of next generation ‘anyhaul’ transport solutions with new additions in microwave, IP, optical, and fixed access solutions, all being launched at MWC 2017. In addition, new innovations will be demonstrated including the ability to use 5G wireless spectrum as a transport mechanism for 5G services. All capabilities leverage Nokia’s early investments in SDN and virtualization to deliver the programmable IP interconnectivity needed to assure the heightened service requirements, and with an evolutionary path to support past, present and future mobile technologies on a common infrastructure.

Nokia’s entire portfolio has been enhanced for latency-sensitive Ethernet ‘fronthaul’. These new capabilities in microwave, IP, packet optical and fixed access products complement Nokia’s existing optical WDM-based CPRI fronthaul solution.

The Nokia portfolio has also been optimized for 10Gbps cell site connections, up from the previous 1Gbps interface which has dominated 2G/3G and LTE backhaul deployments for nearly a decade. With these capacities comes greater need for high availability and each product offers enhanced capabilies, including timing, synchronization and OAM, optimized to their specific technologies.

The 5G era will leverage cloud technologies, creating a more dynamic application environment that will strain the more static transport networks built in the past. To alleviate this, the enhanced Nokia transport solution is programmable, allowing mobile operators to rapidly address changing market requirements and deliver premium broadband and IoT services when and where needed, in the most efficient way.

To share insight on future innovations, Nokia will demonstrate at MWC 2017 a 5G wireless mmWave-based small cell deployment with self-backhauling capabilities. Using an innovative cloud-based mesh topology manager, it creates an in-band meshed network with self-organizing, self-healing and load-balancing capabilities.

MTI Wireless Edge Antenna

MTI Wireless Edge is developing, in partnership with Nokia, a set of innovative, ultra-high availability wide-band and multi-band antenna systems for small cell and 5G cellular backhaul and fronthaul.As mobile data requirements increase, largely driven by next generation 4G and 5G networks, new high-capacity frequencies, such as the E-band (80GHz), and carrier aggregation techniques are being implemented for cellular backhaul.

MTI Wireless Edge has developed a groundbreaking multi-band antenna solution providing the combined benefits of high bandwidth, increased availability and long range as well as lower Capex and Opex during implementation. This state of the art antenna integrates 18 GHz and 80 GHz frequencies into one Dual Band 2 ft. parabolic antenna.

Nokia has created the Nokia worldwide IoT network grid, a ‘one-stop-shop’, full service model offering seamless IoT connectivity across technologies and geographical borders to address the transport, health, utilities and safety markets.

Mercedes-Benz at the Mobile World Congress 2017: Hack-on-Bus Tour:

The involvement of Mercedes-Benz in to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona is already starting in advance of the event. Ten selected participants of the globally successful Daimler hackathon series “DigitalLife Campus” will travel from Stuttgart to Barcelona on a specially equipped tour bus. Their challenge on the maiden voyage with the DigitalLife bus: programming a driverless RoboCab made from Lego components. Under a playful scenario, the self-driving robot taxi is supposed to pick up fares along a route and drop them off at a desired location. The tour bus will set off from Stuttgart on Saturday and, with a stop in France along the way, will take the international participants from the USA, China, India and Germany to Barcelona in time for the start of the MWC. Starting on Saturday, impressions from the bus can be followed on social media via hashtag #MBMWC17.

CASE. That stands for Connectivity, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive. With it, CASE combines the future topics towards which the exhibits and presentations on the Mercedes-Benz trade fair stand for the Mobile World Congress also. From 27 February to 2 March, each day interested visitors will have the opportunity to experience the latest developments from the fields of connectivity, autonomous driving, flexible usage models, and electric powertrains. In addition to the introduction of new topics such as the virtual vehicle presentation, the trade fair stand and its DigitalLife Café is also a place of encounter with the visitors. Another highlight: Inspiration Talks live on the Mercedes-Benz trade fair stand. They offer visitors the opportunity to talk with experts about the Daimler digitization strategy, culture of innovation, and digital services from passenger cars to commercial vehicles. The talks are held three times a day. The ten creative minds of the current Hack-on-Bus Tour will also present their results. This will bring the hackathon series “DigitalLife Campus 2016″ to its conclusion. Inspiring and unconventional formats such as hackathons accompany Daimler on its journey of digital transformation. All Mercedes-Benz activities on the trade fair stand and related to the Mobile World Congress can be followed via hashtag #MBMWC17.

Giesecke & Devrient Automotive M2M, SIMs, eSIM Management & Cyber Security

G&D will present a comprehensive portfolio of innovative identity management solutions to meet the challenges of securely managing an increasing number of connected digital devices at the Mobile World Congress. As a global leader in mobile security solutions, G&D will demonstrate products, solutions and technologies enabling seamless identity management from digital banking for financial institutions, security concepts for connected cars and scalable IoT security for enterprises or OEMs to flexible connectivity management for mobile network operators (MNOs) on their way to 5G. G&D manages its customers’ transactions, identities and assets securely during their entire lifecycle.

To support the automotive industry on its way to autonomous driving, G&D will present a complete solution package with automotive specified M2M SIMs, eSIM management solutions and a concept for an automotive security framework. The G&D offering enables the registration of car identities, remote eSIM activation and management as well as secure data exchange within, from and to cars.

Furthermore, innovative Cyber Security solutions to provide scalable security for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) will be presented. M2M SIMs, Cyber Physical Systems protection and an effective eSIM management enable secure IoT device and user ID assignment combined with confidential communication.

To help customers better understand the latest technology, G&D publishes smart! with feature articles and news.

Intel 5GI2 Processers, Modems, Routers & More

Intel is delivering new technologies and working with leaders in the industry on platforms now to realize the full promise of 5G. Join Intel will demonstrate its view of the  the future of 5G.

Ericsson and Intel Corporation are launching the 5G Innovators Initiative ( 5GI2 ), an open industry initiative designed to create transformative experiences that change lives, businesses and society. The  5GI2 will join major equipment manufacturers, leading technology companies, industry leaders and top universities to explore, test and innovate with 5G network and distributed edge technologies to accelerate the adoption of 5G wireless and infrastructure innovation in the United States. Honeywell*, GE* and the University of California, Berkeley are the first participants to join the initiative.

The  5GI2 will first focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and develop pilots for application of technologies including augmented and virtual reality for first responder drone surveillance of hazardous environments and other uses. The pilots will include step-by-step blueprints of the network, cloud and 5G connectivity requirements – from speed and responsiveness to security and analytics. As other participants join, the pilots are expected to expand to other industries where 5G will enable societal improvements, such as autonomous driving, smart and connected cities, health care and media. The pilots will also facilitate accessibility and transparency of results, encouraging progress in support of 5G industry standards and validation of new business models.

New Intel Products for Network Infrastructure, Processing and Parnterships

The right technology is critical to delivering greater intelligence, performance and security to the network edge, which is why we’ve also developed a new portfolio of products:

Available later in Q1 2017:

  • Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710 supports 25 GbE to provide a natural upgrade migration path from 10 GbE for those who need more bandwidth at a lower cost point than 40 GbE.

Available mid-year:

  • Intel Atom® processor C3000 product family enables network edge device vendors to reach a wide range of cost-performance and power-performance points and integrates Intel® QuickAssist technology for up to 20 Gbps crypto and compression acceleration.
  • New Networking Series for the Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product family allows CoSPs to scale up performance beyond the Intel Atom processor C3000 product family while securing and compressing data at the network edge at rates up to 40 Gbps.
  • Next-generation Intel QuickAssist Adapter family can process even larger amounts of data coming from IoT and network edge devices, delivering up to 100 Gbps of crypto, compression and public key acceleration.

Heading into MWC ’17 next week, Intel will continue our journey of showcasing to audiences how the pieces of the 5G puzzle will come together through amazing experiences enabled by Intel. Today, we’re announcing significant progress on that path along with building upon our existing modem roadmap, including:

Accelerating 5G From Cloud Network to Devices: Intel’s early investments in the cloud and core network technologies have resulted in significant developments in the next generation of connectivity and the next-generation core:

  • 3rd Generation Intel® Mobile Trial Platform offers a high-performance development platform for faster integration and testing of 5G devices and wireless access points. Intel is currently working with global operators on 5G development, prototyping and testing with this new trial platform, with further evolution of the platform to come.
  • Intel® XMM™ 7560 Modem for next generation of LTE Advanced Devices. This new modem will deliver Gigabit LTE speeds in a single SKU with global coverage. The modem will also be manufactured on Intel’s 14nm process and will support CDMA.
  • Comprehensive Mobile Edge Computing Portfolio disclosing end-to-end technology offerings, This portfolio enables Communications Service Providers to transform their networks in preparation for 5G. Together, these technologies deliver greater security1, performance and intelligence from the data center to the network edge:
    • Intel Atom® processor C3000 product family, Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product family – network series, the 25 GbE Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710 and a next-generation Intel® QuickAssist™ technology adapter.

Partnering Across the 5G Eosystem: Intel has a history of building new ecosystems – case in point, the PC and the data center – and we have been busy in 5G too. No one company can move this technology forward alone. We will continue to seek out partners across the industry to define, prototype and deliver early 5G products, solutions and use cases that will shape the market.

  • 5G Innovators Initiative 5GI2 – Ericsson* and Intel are launching 5GI2, an open industry initiative designed to explore, test and innovate with 5G network and distributed edge technologies. It will first focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and develop pilots for application of technologies that include augmented and virtual reality for first responder drone surveillance of hazardous environments and other uses. The 5GI2 will join major equipment manufacturers, leading technology companies, industry leaders and top universities to accelerate the adoption of 5G wireless and infrastructure innovation in the U.S. Honeywell*, GE* and the University of California Berkeley are the first participants to join the initiative.
  • Nokia* 5G Acceleration Labs – Nokia and Intel are building on their long-standing strategic relationship to enable the development of 5G services by opening two 5G solutions labs to test and accelerate the commercial readiness of new wireless technology. The joint 5G acceleration labs, to be located in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and Espoo, Finland, will build on the companies’ core competencies and technology strengths. Together, they will test and develop next-generation wireless solutions focused on all aspects of 5G, from the network and cloud to the client.
  • Intel and AT&T* Collaborate on Connected Devices via Intel® LIQD Program – Intel announced a new category of ready-to-deploy commercial LTE-based devices via the Intel® LTE IOT Quick Deployment (Intel® LIQD) Program; with AT&T as our first major carrier partner. Together, Intel and AT&T will help IoT devices rapidly go to market, become certified and connect online to meet the projected 50 billion devices that will be our world by 2020. The Intel® LIQD program is designed to easily expand to accommodate the rapidly approaching era of 5G systems. By looking ahead to the future of 5G with ecosystem partners like AT&T, Intel will truly enable a truly powerful, agile and flexible program designed to change the way businesses go to market.
  • Telefónica* and 5TONIC* Deliver and Install Intel’s FlexRAN Platform – Telefónica and 5TONIC announced they are installing the Intel FlexRAN software reference platform in the 5TONIC open 5G lab. This will allow Telefónica and other 5TONIC customers to test and validate the functionality and performance of virtualized implementations of current and future radio access networks (RANs). The support of a Virtualized RAN is needed for the evolution of 5G and the different connectivity and performance requirements for various applications.

5G Interoperability Acheived: The industry recognizes that interoperability is critical for setting standards and guiding the development of technologies that work with other products or systems, present or future. It’s a major implementation hurdle. In the spirit of helping lead the industry and drive the innovation agenda, Intel has collaborated with key industry players to test and deploy interoperability, which is critical to scale 5G trials.

  • Intel & Ericsson Achieve First Pre-5G Over-the-Air Wireless Interoperability – A major milestone, the live over-the-air interoperability between the 5G Intel Mobile Trial Platform UE and the Ericsson 5G Radio Prototype system, has passed multiple milestones of interoperability in 2016, including different over-the-air capabilities such as advanced beam forming. This achievement will be demonstrated live over-the-air at MWC via two transformational technology use cases – autonomous driving and virtual reality.
  • Intel has also participated in Nokia’s announcement of the first-ever connection made confirming to 5GTF interface with Intel technologies. This proof point helps advance 5G toward a commercial reality and will expand interoperability with Intel 3GPP NR devices.Intl will demo its technology at Mobile World Congress.