Tuesday 25th June 2019
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Business & Markets

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RFID is just the ticket for UK’s Serco Caledonian Sleeper rail service

CoreRFID has supplied the UK’s largest outsourcing company Serco with 100,000 RFID access cards for its Caledonian Sleeper railway service.

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Autotalks and NoTraffic partner to improve safety and mobility in traffic management platform with Global V2X

Autotalks, a provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, is supplying its chipset to NoTraffic’s autonomous traffic management platform.

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GCI selects Ericsson for 5G New Radio rollout in Alaska for consumers and businesses

Ericsson has been selected by GCI, Alaska’s telecommunications company, to build the USA’s northernmost 5G network in Anchorage, Alaska. This is scheduled to launch in 2020, and marks Ericsson’s 22nd publicly announced5G contract.

As part of the announcement, GCI will deploy Ericsson’s 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software to 82 macro cell sites across the Municipality of Anchorage. Those sites will be supported by backhaul services provided by GCI’s metro fiber network.

Ron Duncan, CEO, GCI, says: “We are committed to providing superior 5G wireless service to the residents of Anchorage just as we already provide the fastest internet service. We are bringing all our assets – fiber, spectrum, wireless footprint, Alaska expertise – to bear on that commitment. The combination of our assets and Ericsson’s industry-leading 5G solution will increase the capacity of our Anchorage wireless network by 10 times or more and also provide better coverage. All of our customers will benefit from this increase in capacity.”

Börje Ekholm, president and CEO, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson and GCI have partnered over the past decade to connect customers in some of the most remote communities in Alaska. We are pleased to continue working with GCI to bring 5G service to Alaska’s biggest city. The introduction of 5G will create a powerful platform for innovation. Using 5G, new use cases benefitting society, consumers and enterprises, will be created. Consumers will benefit from a premium experience with faster speeds and better coverage, while new wireless functionality will accelerate applications for the oil and gas, mining and healthcare industry across Alaska.”

GCI’s 5G deployment will support local government efforts to grow the northernmost smart city in the US. The Municipality of Anchorage already uses a “light grid” to improve efficiency for municipal street lights and is exploring programs that rely on automated systems and connectivity to deliver services more efficiently to residents. The project will be completed in 2020 with GCI’s initial 5G service coming online in the first half of the year.

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