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Timisoara, 2nd April, 2019 – Timisoara-based software solutions provider LASTING Software has formalized its long-term collaboration with Belgian-based satellite communications company NEWTEC by setting up a new, dedicated software solutions research and development (R&D) center. Backed by major public and private sector players – such as mobile network leader Nokia, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and the Politehnica University Timisoara – the LASTING Software – NEWTEC venture aims to turn Timisoara into a hotspot for Satellite telecom expertise via a joint 600K EUR investment in a local R&D center.


LASTING Software has signed a business agreement with NEWTEC, the global technology company specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. The LASTING Software – NEWTEC agreement formalizes a successful existing partnership and collaboration between the two entities: over the past 18 months, the joint LASTING Software – NEWTEC team in Timisoara has grown to 12 dedicated engineers developing satellite backhaul solutions for mobile communications.

NEWTEC brings to the table 30+ years’ experience in satellite communications, as well as considerable knowledge in mobile network technologies. LASTING Software is a technology leader and one of the earliest established software solutions providers in Western Romania, currently focused on areas such as telecommunications, graphics, mobile & IoT & Cloud, analytics & Big Data.

The project for the establishment of a telecom R&D center in Timisoara is co-financed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and coordinated at national level by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA); the latter has provided support in accelerating the growth of the dedicated project engineering team in Timisoara. The development of the satellite backhaul solution for mobile communication is supported and facilitated by Nokia. The latter is working closely with the LASTING Software and NEWTEC team on a proof of concept (PoC) consisting of an end to end platform that will validate the satellite backhauling solution currently being developed, and which will function for 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G mobile networks.

All the players involved in this project led by LASTING Software and NEWTEC, see great value in the continued development of an ecosystem of telecom-related know-how, expertise and infrastructure in Timisoara, turning the latter into an attractive hub for students and experienced professionals alike.

“The LASTING Software Partnership with NEWTEC is a reason to feel honored and motivated. We can now capitalize on our company’s significant expertise in the telecom area while working with – and learning from – experienced industry partners in an international, dynamic environment. We aim to innovate and develop exciting solutions that support a truly digital future for telecommunications & beyond”, stated LASTING Software CEO Daniel Zirmer.

 

About LASTING Software

With an innovative mindset, LASTING Software has grown into a major consultancy and software development company, in touch with the latest advances in digital transformation. LASTING Software is a leader in software development services and Quality Assurance (QA), with special focus on areas including telecommunications, graphics, mobile & IoT & cloud, analytics & Big Data, as well as Agile management.

Our company has specialized in enterprise software solutions since 1996, when it began by implementing and building computer software systems for various clients across industries. LASTING Software is part of LASTING Group, one of the oldest and most established Romanian technology companies; it became an independent business unit in 1999, and has been a standalone company since 2000.

Located in Timisoara, West Romania, we are a truly internationally-minded company, with customers in Western Europe & North America. We like challenges and we empower our people to explore innovation, while providing a robust environment that motivates hard work and fast thinking.

 

About NEWTEC

NEWTEC, www.newtec.eu, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, NEWTEC is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. Its products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.

NEWTEC is a European company headquartered in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Through additional commercial offices in Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, NEWTEC can meet customer’s needs worldwide.

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5G approaches the point in its timeline when correspondent networks and devices are ready to materialize the concept at the scale needed to support viable communications. As it does, we get closer to seeing the related concepts and hypothesis come into practice.

Satellite solutions, in view of this, are expected to gain momentum over their terrestrial counterparts, with a special focus on backhaul solutions. Various debates, events and materials revolve around satellite networks. Some say that 5G needs to tap into satellite bandwidth, regardless of the alignment (or the lack of it), between the two. However, the satellite communications ecosystem does make essential steps towards preparing for the 5G age. The specialists study the challenges and debate the best ways of overcoming them. New alliances get forged. Various partners to this endeavor started testing the most viable solutions.

On this background, the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (European Space Agency) whitepaper (2016), aiming to position the satellite-terrestrial integration opportunities in the 5G environment proves an interesting read.

We selected the main 5G promises from this whitepaper. Most of them are in the same time real challenges from a tech perspective. Perhaps you will find the following highlights insightful.

 

The main 5G challenges, according to ARTES (ESA)

  • Latency

“To make the best use of the 5G radio low latency the end-to-end service level communication    has to have also a low latency”. This is achievable by “moving the functionality to the edge of    the network, at a location close to the termination of the very low delay 5G radio network”. The backhauling therefore needs to be reliable, secure, and safe – 3 characteristics satellite networks can provide.

 

  • Edge nodes that supports on demand, flexible deployments

This involves distributing the data in a uniform manner to a high number of edge nodes. Again, the satellites having native, large-scale broadcasting mechanisms comes in handy.

 

  • Security and privacy concerns

Since a satellite network provider covers large geographical areas, using this environment can surpass the fragmentation of security and privacy aspects coming from local/regional peering.

 

  • Network resilience and availability

Again, fragmentation and lack of availability is more likely to appear in terrestrial networks. On the other hand, satellites have a high availability rate.

 

  • Mobility support for a large number of use cases

Going beyond what the current technology supports, 5G needs to provide the backbone for global connectivity, as well as high speed platforms (automotive, trains, planes). Delivering a flawless experience for the mix of low speed mobile devices and high speed mobility comes back to the efficiency of satellites, again.

 

  • Addressing a very high number of devices, whilst in the same time constantly delivering common services (such as updates)

Satellite backhaul could handle the extra data traffic, in addition to the regular demand in the system. Alternatively, an integrated satellite-terrestrial solution could share the load.

 

  • Software-delivered new transmission protocols, features and capabilities

Software-defined means of delivering the flexibility 5G promises are key. The same piece of software needs to be able to handle different communication technologies, given the right parametrizations. This demands for satellite networks convergence.

 

  • Sharing an unified single infrastructure

Full convergence points again towards an integrated satellite- terrestrial infrastructure. Completed with a dynamic selection of the specific data transport means to use, sharing this structure should decrease costs and allow the involved parties to focus on development, instead of competition.

 

  • Energy savings

Terrestrial infrastructure needs energy input at a local level, otherwise it cannot function. Broadcasting data to a high number of devices by using a satellite network should reduce the energy consumption required by communications.

 

 

 

 

 

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As CNN puts it “it’s impossible to avoid 5G at Mobile World Congress”. Diving into this subject and browsing extended discussions available in the online and printed press is extremely interesting, especially for concerned parties.

True, with 5G, many end customers feel entitled to be concerned parties. Their expectations are high and the estimated increase in the quality of services – similar.

However, until having this technology on the market in a viable and affordable form, the telecommunication, software and technology companies involved still have a lot of work to do.

 

More flexibility for the industries, as well as preparations in advance

Successfully delivering 5G applications requires growing the compute power present in traditional data centers

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In view of the extensive transformations to come, network architecture, topology and cloud strategy need reshaping. We found a few relevant clues addressing all, not just the specialists for this post. An RCR Wireless article (see link above), allows the Dell EMC Global CTO to shed some light on the current operations of his company, in view of making 5G available to various businesses. That is, as soon as the main players in the 5G technology resolve the infrastructure-related challenges. Not to leave aside the issues that spring from the lack of standardization and cooperation. When big companies compete with each other too soon in the wake of a new technology, this may be counterproductive. But perhaps the leading-edge tech giants can learn to avoid the mistakes of the past.

With 5G up and ready in terms of functionality, it’s up to the telecommunication entities, the software solution providers and ultimately the industry beneficiaries to turn the brave new world of ubiquitous connectivity into reality.

Timing is of the essence when it comes to business competitors. Hence, the best thing to do while waiting for 5G to be available consists of preparations in advance.

 

5G will be a leap into a different level, not just a simple step forward

Due to the technological differences it implies

5G is not just an evolution or a faster 4G–it’s a whole new concept and it’s as much of an IT project as a telecom effort

  • Dell EMC Global CTO John Roese

Subsequently, the professionals in this field expect to see a new breed of applications emerge. It is about taking advantage of single-digit millisecond latency. Making this possible will completely change the way we meet this particular data demand.

While there are myriads of new possibilities at application level, the solution (or solutions) in terms of network architecture will have to carry the data streams to and from. The aim here is perfection, since the greatness of seamless connectivity cannot exist in a world of glitches and fragmentation.

Operators are adding compute power to existing cellular sites–macro towers and colocation facilities, and third-party providers are standing up edge data centers in proximity to existing fiber-optic lines. In either case, the common denominator is IT infrastructure capable of dynamically supporting a wide variety of workloads that can be flexibly tailored to fit the desired application.

We invite you to find out more about 5G – related virtualization and automation in the source article.

We also want to remind you that our company is part of the 5G enablers’ greater movement, from infrastructure solutions to custom-tailored apps. Contact us for details – we are open for partnerships!

 

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Satellites are extremely important for the communication sector. In certain locations and/or circumstances, the terrestrial communication infrastructure is inefficient or even completely out of range/function. That’s where they come in.
You may remember this from our previous post about satellite communication as an enticing solution for Cellular backhaul.Or from the Codecamp presentation held by Mr. Petrut Ionel Romeo, Technical Project Manager at Lasting Software.

As you may gather, we are fascinated by the software engineering side that carries this technology. It does open up new solutions to old problems, such as access to communications for geographically-isolated or architecturally-isolated spots. It also allows to surmount extreme bandwidth crowdedness. With satellite cellular backhaul one can provide communication access for all in areas such as stadiums and malls. Also, satellite-based cellular backhaul constitutes a solid communication infrastructure for emergency response.

On top of all these, an extremely hot topic among the satellite communication potential uses is the 5G technology. To quote from a Space News article, “satellites can bring 5G to areas where terrestrial connectivity companies consider it too expensive to build fiber-optic cables”. In other words, satellites are able to make ubiquitous coverage possible when it comes to 5G.


Why exploring and developing satellite-powered 5G is a premiere opportunity

 

Satellite communication as a solution for Cellular backhaul works and it is as well important for the current wireless mobile telecommunications. But developing solutions for 5G while this technology is taking shape is fascinating. It provides so much more opportunities of synchronizing two amazing progress points. 3G, 4G and LTE networks have evolved and in some aspects have met their limits. Perhaps they even derived the said limits from the lack of a satellite-based infrastructure.

Meanwhile 5G may just prove the whizz kid, born in the right times to fully develop its potential.

What about the advantages estimated in relation with the role of satellite in 5G? We can only quote Newtec. This will “enable newer types of applications and services in the domains of health, transport, entertainment, machine-to-machine communications, and security, to name just a few”.

See their full material here for details.

 

Space powers human communications

With perhaps the ultimate aim of allowing us to further explore it, space provides the hope for a more robust communication infrastructure. Satellite-backed ubiquitous 5G is set to trigger a leap in technological progress.

To quote the European Space Agency (ESA):

“Satellites can extend, enhance, and provide reliability and security to 5G like no other, helping to deliver its promise of global, ubiquitous connectivity, with no noticeable difference to the end-user. ESA’s Satellite for 5G (S45G) programme aims promote the value-added benefits of space to 5G, by developing and demonstrating integrated satellite- and terrestrial-based 5G services, across multiple markets and use cases”.

See their video:

Stay tuned for more!

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5G links to Smart Manufacturing, which links to Industry 4.0. In fact the last two may be seen as one and the same thing.


Smart manufacturing and the Smart Factory is a broad category of manufacturing with the goal of optimizing the manufacturing process. Smart manufacturing is the process that employs computer controls, modeling, big data and other automation to improve manufacturing efficiencies.

Source


Although some big players are still reticent, important 5G promoters continue to develop this technology. Moreover, hands-on demos illustrate its key qualities. Continuous process monitoring is one of the areas 5G should bring shorter lead-times, while returning higher yield.

We took a look at one article occasioned by this year’s Industrial Manufacturing Show held in Chicago:


Industry 4.0 will rely on increasingly fast, secure, and often wireless, data transfers to optimize operations, increase automation and mitigate risk in manufacturing environments.

 

Potential 5G early adopters


Various sensitive industries that would highly benefit from a reduction in the production errors are potential early adopters.


The 5G article mentions the aeronautical industry and the manufacturing industry – when focusing on the production of sophisticate components.


The scope here is to make the collecting and processing of the sensor data, as well as the action of cutting control, take place in under one millisecond.


Research has pointed out that for this type of demands, “5G and cellular wireless can deliver, with its ultra-low latency and high reliability”.

 

What does 5G mean for industrial production?


As mentioned above, no network solutions before 5G have been able to provide instant monitoring and adjustment during production.


An extra benefit is that by storing production and sensor data for each manufactured product, the 5G supported manufacturing enables real-time digital twins. Whenever needed, this data is available and ready to serve in research, analysis, and risk assessment, or to answer other possible demands.

 

While waiting for 5G future developments


As our colleague Ionel Petrut, Project Manager at Lasting Software, mentioned in his presentation held this year for the SACI conference (IEEE 12th International Symposium on Applied Computational Intelligence and Informatics, SACI 2018, Timisoara, Romania):

 

The Internet of Things had a very big impact on the technology as we know today. One important aspect, not yet standardized, is the way in which objects connect to the network to function together. In particular, in the medical field, the Internet of Things faces a high number of technical limitations, most of them related to the electromagnetic emissions.

Until the 5G network will create the infrastructure for sensors to directly connect to the Internet, the connection through Bluetooth Low Energy remains the most suitable solution for Internet of Things connectivity.

 

We prove our software engineering skills and professional commitment by mastering the current technologies involved in the projects we are part of. But we also keep an eye on the latest developments, dreaming of the bold new world of fully deployed IoT capabilities.

 

Contact us for consultancy and partnerships – the future awaits!

 

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