May 16, 2020

Intel to power Google Glass 2.0

google glass
Intel
Apple
Technology
Glen White
2 min
Google is planning to release Google Glass 2.0 and the second-generation lenses will be powered by Intel, say reports.
Google is planning to release Google Glass 2.0 and the second-generation lenses will be powered by Intel, say reports.According to the Wall Street Journ...

Google is planning to release Google Glass 2.0 and the second-generation lenses will be powered by Intel, say reports.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has sealed the deal with the semiconductor manufacturer to supply the system on a chip (SoC) for Google Glass 2.0. Intel will replace current manufacturer Texas Instruments, which recently closed down its operations. 

The new ‘brains’ behind Google Glass will help Apple truly break into sectors such as manufacturing, construction and healthcare, where workers require quick access to information, hands-free.

Currently, Google has a program called Glass at Work, which is a partnership with software developers Augmedix and APX Labs that aims to build Glass inroads in business.

Still, Google continues to see Glass as a consumer device first and a business tool second. Eric Johnsen, a former Google employee now vice president of software company APX Labs, which makes Glass software used in the oil field, manufacturing and logistics industries, says Google is not likely to change its focus for the smart eyewear.

“We expect Glass to evolve and be more useful for companies, but it will still be a crossover device for consumers,” Johnsen says.

He also expects that the new Google Glass will feature a better battery to hook in both consumer and business users alike. Battery life on the current version of Glass clocks in at around a day for normal use, and less than that for heavy users.

The report does not specify what chip Intel will be providing to Google Glass.

Intel is trying to make up for the massive losses incurred when it missed mobile, while chipmaker Qualcomm effectively took over the smartphone and tablet market with its line of Snapdragon processors.

Intel is not about to make the same mistake in wearables this time, building a tiny x86 processor for wearables called Quark and a special circuit board called Edison. It also acquired fitness tracker maker Basis Science and has teamed up with rapper 50 Cent's SMS Audio to build smart headphones and Taiwan's AIQ to create a smart shirt.

Recently, Intel introduced a new smart bracelet called MICA, a fashion-forward wrist communication device designed for women who are put off by the male-centric designs of most smart watches in the market today.

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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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