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CCS Becomes Approved Member of
 UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

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Cambridge, UK, October, 2020 – Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited is pleased to announce that it has become an approved member of the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA) – the recognised trade body for the fixed wireless access industry in the UK.

CCS joins UKWISPA at a pivotal time for the fixed wireless access (FWA) industry, as changing work patterns, a surge in remote education, and increasing moves to home-working due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to drive demand for faster broadband across residential and business communities. Ofcom, the regulating body of UK communications services, has also recently joined UKWISPA, whose aim is to help government bodies and the regulator understand the needs of – and the opportunities offered by – the UK fixed wireless access community to improve the UK broadband landscape.

CCS Executive Chairman Martin Harriman comments: “With Fixed Wireless Access now coming into its own as a way to meet the urgent demand for high-quality broadband, this is absolutely the right time for CCS to join the important UKWISPA community, and for us to contribute to the organisation’s mission of ensuring better quality internet access for everyone. Our Metnet 60G mmWave FWA solution provides an exceptional platform for Gigabit connectivity and virtual fibre services, and we are looking forward to bringing our experience to bear and working closely with UKWISPA and its members, and helping to serve the country’s connectivity needs throughout and beyond the current challenges.”

Working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) and its broadband delivery team, Building Digital UK, UKWISPA is helping to shape several voucher schemes, which use public funds to support the installation of ultra-high-speed internet access to properties that need it, through both fibre and wireless connectivity.

CCS Metnet 60G mmWave Fixed Wireless Access technology enables operators and service providers to rapidly deliver Gigabit services to residential and enterprise customers – from bustling urban centres to remote rural villages. CCS’s Metnet ultra-high capacity unlicensed 60G mmWave mesh system offers 12Gbps nodes with an all-round multi-radio view plus 1Gbps Metnet CPEs to deliver an unrivalled hybrid backhaul and Gigabit fixed wireless access (FWA) solution. Metnet’s 60G nodes and 60G CPEs connect autonomously and intelligently, forming a flexible mesh network powered by CCS’s advanced self-organising and self-healing SDN software.

Metnet offers an optimal Gigabit FWA solution for deployment spanning dense urban, suburban and rural areas, delivering high capacity and supporting low-cost FWA subscribers.

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SmartLabs’ SmartTUBE 7 brings additional functionality to IPTV/OTT operators

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SmartLabs announces the latest version of its Service Delivery Platform, SmartTUBE 7, which will enable IPTV/OTT operators able to make simpler updates to the software on client devices, gain a powerful tool for additional advertising income and get server software updates automatically.

Key features of SmartTUBE 7 include SmartLabs’ ADS (Advertising Decision System), a system for dynamically inserting ad units into Linear TS and OTT video streams depending on target criteria SmartTube Recommender, a system that uses machine learning for automatic generation of video content recommendations and SmartTUBE Device Manager, a module for managing firmware and applications on all types of IPTV/OTT devices including Linux, Android STBs, mobile and SmartTV platforms. The new system also includes CI/CD support, a new toolset for automatic software release deployment in private and public clouds.

SmartTUBE Recommender

SmartTUBE Recommender is a recommendation engine that uses algorithms including  collaborative filtering and context-based recommendations. It also uses machine learning to adjust algorithm parameters based on recommended content viewing statistics. Generated recommendations are displayed in the client user interface, making it more attractive for subscribers and taking the operator’s service quality to a new level. An operator may also use recommendations to promote content such as seasonal interest, commercial and licensing reasons.

To generate individual recommendations, data related to user actions and TV /VoD content is analysed. The data includes purchases, viewing statistics, time of watching certain content, personal rating of TV channels and meta content among others. Based on the data type and analysis technique, different types of recommendations are produced. SmartTUBE Recommender was previously delivered as a separate system that could be integrated into SmartTUBE or a similar third-party system. From February 2021, it will be distributed with SmartTUBE right out of the box.

SmartTUBE Device Manager

SmartTUBE Device Manager is a web console for managing firmware and applications on installed client devices including Linux and Android STBs, mobile and SmartTV platforms. The key advantage of SmartTUBE Device Manager is the control of firmware/application versions and their distribution to devices in a single interface. This greatly simplifies and speeds up the process of updating the client software. This console has a number of features that greatly facilitate the administration of the operator’s client device fleet:

  • Software artefacts management (firmware, private app repository, configuration settings)
  • Device grouping (production, staging, A&B, etc.)
  • HTTP and Multicast firmware distribution
  • Software version tracking and release notes
  • Update strategies management (soft update, force update, minimal allowed version)
  • Configuring the Home screen of the client UI

The SmartTUBE Device Manager interface is simple to navigate and lets operators evaluate the firmware version and system apps installed on the client devices at a glance.

ADS (Advertising Decision System)

SmartLabs ADS is a system for dynamically inserting ad units into Linear TS and OTT video streams depending on target criteria, enabling operators to have a reliable tool for managing ad campaigns. The ADS is intended to be used for direct sold campaigns (i.e. campaigns that the video operator has sold directly to advertisers). With this innovation, IPTV/OTT operators will get a brand new tool for generating additional income. This system is integrated into the SmartLabs platform and includes two functional tiers: Decision Subsystem (DSS) and Insertion Subsystem (ISS).

The DSS carries information about the advertiser, ad campaigns, ad creatives, duration, dates, types, target devices, target content and several other parameters. Using this information, the DSS can make a decision about which ad is the right one for insertion in a specific insertion opportunity. Advertising campaigns are managed in a concise and user-friendly interface. The ISS requests an ad decision from the DSS and from this inserts the ads that meet the requested target criteria into the video stream.

CI/CD Support

In the process of developing, testing and implementing software products, SmartLabs adheres to the concept of Continuous Integration, which implies more frequent release of stable software updates. Starting with SmartTUBE 7, SmartLabs will start using the continuous deployment tool set.

This will enable SmartLabs to respond to customer requests more accurately, in an integrated manner, releasing and deploying customised updates more frequently, in less time and with minimum disruption.

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Sigfox Collaborates with Google Cloud to Accelerate its Global IoT Strategy

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Google Cloud and Sigfox announced on Wednesday that the leading global 0G network and Internet of Things (IoT) platform services provider, has partnered with Google Cloud to scale its cloud infrastructure and extend its IoT services portfolio. This partnership will enable Sigfox to rapidly accelerate its “Massive IoT” agenda—processing billions of messages each month from objects connected to the internet using data stored in the cloud.

Sigfox is the world’s largest dedicated LWAN service provider for connecting simple, low-powered, low-cost IoT devices to the Internet. Already deployed in 72 countries, covering more than 1.3 billion people, Sigfox’s 0G network is used for a wide range of IoT use cases, from tracking shipping containers and monitoring fire hydrants, to securing buildings and  helping farmers monitor irrigation levels. In recent years, due to an explosion in the number of internet-connected devices, Sigfox now processes billions of messages each month (an increase of 145% in 2020) from the millions of objects connected to its network—and the company needed a more scalable, long-term solution. 

Google Cloud was chosen as the backbone for Sigfox’s 0G network to bring better scale, increased reliability, and best-of-breed compliance and security to Sigfox’s platform. Google Cloud will also enable faster improvements to Sigfox’s connectivity, geolocation, and other value-added services towards ultra-low-cost and ultra-low-power IoT solutions.

Sigfox’s shift to the cloud will transform many of the applications across the range of industries in which it operates, including supply chain and logistics, automotive, postal services and utilities. This includes the Sigfox auto parts solution, which tracks components on their journeys between assembly plants and suppliers with sensor-equipped containers. Or Sigfox’s solutions for utility companies that digitize the data collection of gas consumption meters, retrofitted Network Controlling Units, and smart features. Also, shipping companies fit trolley rollers or containers with Sigfox smart trackers to give exact information on location, movement and condition. All of them will be now cloud-enabled, helping provide a scalable and seamless way to manage exponential data growth.

“We chose Google Cloud because we share the same appetite for driving digital transformation through helpful, reliable, and sustainable innovation,” said Franck Siegel, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sigfox. “With this partnership, Google Cloud technology will support us in becoming the global leader in ultra-low-cost, ultra-low-power asset visibility and tracking.”

“Google Cloud is proud to support Sigfox and provide an IoT leader with more reliability and flexibility as the company takes on the next steps of its development,” said Samuel Bonamigo, VP Sales, EMEA South, Google Cloud. “Sigfox’s use of Google Cloud technology is the perfect illustration of how we’re helping innovative companies grow and thrive, and better serve their customers.”

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About Sigfox

Sigfox is the initiator of the 0G network and the world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) service provider. It relies on a unique combination of ultra-low cost and ultra-low power technologies together with a global network to enable companies to gain visibility and track their assets worldwide for greater business results. With Sigfox, +17 million of devices send +60 million messages a day so that businesses can accelerate their digital transformation in key areas such as Asset Tracking and Supply Chain.

ISO 9001 certified and surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players, Sigfox was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in France with offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.

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Workz recognised as world leader in IoT

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Dubai company identified as market leader in eSIM and telecom cards.

Workz Group has been declared as one of the world’s leading providers in the mobile IoT sector according to several new industry reports. The acknowledgements include Counterpoint Research who ranked the Dubai-based company as one of the top five leaders in eSIM, and the Nilson Report that recognised Workz as the number one producer of telecom cards.

Mobile sector specialist, Counterpoint’s report on the eSIM market assessed providers of the next-generation SIM technology against eight parameters including security, compliance, technology and customer base. The report identified Workz as one of the top five over-the-air subscription managers of embedded SIMs as well as a top six producer of its hardware. The accolade is seen as a result of the company’s long-term investment in emerging technologies which includes facility upgrades and a range of security certifications, making it one of only six providers in the world to be fully accredited by the GSMA for the production and management of eSIMs across all sectors. Last September, Workz launched the first-ever ‘hybrid’ platform for consumer and M2M eSIM devices enabling service providers to simplify over-the-air management with a single solution, and an entitlement server to activate mobile subscriptions for companion devices with the embedded SIM technology.

Neil Shah, Vice President at Counterpoint said, “Workz has risen up in their completeness, partnership, platform capabilities and geo reach to become one of the top players globally.”

Workz Group was also identified as the world’s largest manufacturer of SIM and prepaid telecom cards by secure mobile and payments auditor, the Nilson Report. The telecoms company was founded in 1997 and has seven offices in five continents providing secure connectivity hardware and software solutions to over 130 clients across 70 countries.

Tor Malmros, Workz Group CEO commented, “Being recognised as a market leader by industry commentators is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team. Although last year was tougher than most, we’ve continued to evolve, further challenging the traditional legacy players in the industry by persistently developing highly competitive new virtual solutions that our clients can quickly and easily roll out to their customers.”

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