Kingston University’s brightest business brains develop glove that could help keep cyclists safer
London's Kingston University entrepreneurs have developed a highly reflective glove that could help reduce cycling accidents on the road.
An award-winning group of third year students - named Company of the Year 2016 at the United Kingdom Young Enterprise Start-Up Awards - will represent their country at the European final in Bucharest with their invention.
Team Staunchh saw off competition from almost 300 different teams representing universities and further education colleges to pick up the first prize, impressing the judges with their Gleam cycling gloves that feature highly reflective arrows to help indicate to motorists which way the cyclist is going to turn.
This is the third year running that students from Kingston University have scooped the top prize at this event, which celebrates the achievements of students who have taken part in the year-long business start-up programme run by the national Young Enterprise charity.
Young Enterprise director Roy Howard commended Team Staunchh – which also picked up the Best Presentation Award – for demonstrating outstanding excellence against all of the competition’s criteria. “Their commitment and resourcefulness to the project was absolute, which was evident by the way they applied the skills and knowledge they had acquired during the year,” he said. “They clearly demonstrated that they will make exceptional representatives for Britain at the forthcoming European final.”
More than 21,000 cyclists are injured on the road each year, according to the latest statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, with 75 percent of these take place at, or near, a road junction. Staunchh marketing director Sanif Momin said they hoped their product would help reduce the number of road accidents involving cyclists: “With so many accidents occurring at junctions, visibility is clearly an issue. We wanted to ensure drivers had a better chance to see cyclists indicating which way they are turning and the retro-reflective material we’ve used is visible from 200 metres away."
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
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).
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
“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.