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5G and eye-tracking enabling mobile VR

How do we cope with the anticipated huge demands on bandwidth and device computational power coming from high-quality virtual reality as video resolutions grow higher and higher? Researchers from Ericsson Research, the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and Tobii have demonstrated how bandwidth and device computational requirements can be dramatically reduced by using smart eye-tracking combined with low-latency 5G networks and distributed cloud. This allows network service providers to provide excellent experiences at a fraction of the network burden.

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Managing drone air traffic with network services

In our previous post, we examined the possibilities and challenges of radio connectivity for drones. In our research, we are also looking at various services that the network can provide. Our approach is to design our reference architectures by taking the design of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) architecture from NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US and connecting it to the mobile network services defined by 3GPP.

In this post we will explore a few of the possible services.

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How mobile networks can support drone communication

Mobile networks are uniquely positioned to improve the safety of drone operations and also to enable beyond visual line-of-sight applications. Our particular interest is in low altitude drones, which fly from around 200-400 feet up to 1,000 feet, because this is where existing terrestrial mobile networks are able to provide coverage. We are focusing our work on two aspects:

  • Radio connectivity for drones in order to understand what the issues are, and how we can solve them.
  • How we can support Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Traffic Management (UTM) or simply drone traffic management with mobile network services.
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Ericsson Garage Silicon Valley spans the innovation chasm

Ideas for products and services are often successful early on but die a death trying to cross the chasm between the early and mainstream markets. By focusing on the key aspects of the innovation lifecycle during each step, our innovation pipeline is designed to help move seamlessly from early incubation to global scale. The newly opened Ericsson Garage and the Chief Innovation Office in Silicon Valley address this challenge by establishing a framework that spans the whole process – from ideation to market adaption.

Ericsson Garage Silicon Valley – along with a new Experience Center – were officially opened in October 2016. Among early visitors were guests from the Berkeley Innovation Forum, who stepped into the new facility for an interactive and engaging experience, where we introduced the Ericsson Garage and our new corporate innovation process.

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The Swedish conversation

A picturesque Swedish seaside town with medieval roots, cobbled streets, church ruins and stone cottages covered in roses, at the height of summer. Sounds just like the right place to go if you want to meet key government and industry decision makers and influencers to discuss digitalization of industry, 5G, Internet of Things, ICT regulations and the importance of SW competence. No?

Well, that is the sort of thing the Almedalen week in Sweden is about.

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