May 16, 2020

Adidas Brazuca Final Rio World Cup Ball Tested By Messi, Casillas, Zidane and 600 others

Brazil World Cup 2014
Adidas
Brazuca
Product testing
Admin
2 min
The Brazuca ball has passed all of the tests
Any complaints about the football being used in the Brazil 2014 World Cup should be directed to the worlds finest players after they tested the model de...

Any complaints about the football being used in the Brazil 2014 World Cup should be directed to the world’s finest players after they tested the model designed by Adidas which is to be used.

Players including Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich’s Bastien Schweinsteiger and former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane were extensively consulted through the design and development stages of the Brazuca ball.

Another participant was Real Madrid’s Champions League winning goalkeeper Ikar Casillas, an important inclusion given the issues goal stoppers have had with previous lightweight footballs prone to vicious and unpredictable swerve, namely the Adidas Jabulani.

German manufacturer Adidas said that the Brazuca had been tested by more than 600 players from 30 teams across 10 countries over a period of two and a half years – it’s most tested ball ever.

An important change to this tournament’s ball is a move away from the eight-panel design of the Jabulani, used at the world cup in South Africa in 2010, to the six-panel Brazuca.

A pair of physicists with Japan's University of Tsukuba has tested both the 2010 and 2014 versions, and found that the newest ball travels the truest. The Jabulani came bottom of the rankings and behind a series of other footballs.

The company typically works five years out, so plans for the ball to be used at the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia are already afoot.  

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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