Ocado creates new wireless protocol to connect swarms of robots at its warehouse

28 November 2016

Ocado has 1,000 of these LTE-connected robots working at its highly automated warehouse.

Ocado has 1,000 of these LTE-connected robots working at its highly automated warehouse.

Ocado, which claims to be the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer, has developed a unique 4G-based system to communicate with thousands of robots powering its new automated warehouses.

The firm claims that the wireless protocol it has developed guarantees a connection ten times per second to each of the more than 1,000 robots that are all working within a 150 metre radius at its warehouse.

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Government to invest a billion to boost fibre broadband

25 November 2016

The new funding will be used to support the private sector in building out more fibre networks over the next five years.

The new funding will be used to support the private sector in building out more FTTP networks over the next five years.

The government plans to invest more money to expand fibre broadband and digital infrastructure. 

While the news has been welcomed across the industry, some senior academics have warned that the government needs to ensure that the investment is targeted at harder-to-reach parts of the country in order to boost the economy.

In the Autumn Statement announced on Wednesday, chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled a new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). This will provide £23 billion of additional spending to ensure that the UK economy is “fit for the future”. 

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Landmark network sharing deal for Updata and SSE Enterprise Telecoms

11 November 2016

Updata says the agreement will enable it to provide enterprise networking services in “all corners of the UK”.

Updata says the agreement will enable it to provide enterprise networking services in “all corners of the UK”.

Capita and SSE Enterprise Telecoms have announced what’s claimed to be a ground-breaking network sharing deal.

Under a seven-year agreement, Capita and its subsidiary Updata Infrastructure will see each of their eight regional data centres connected directly and diversely to SSE’s national fibre optic network.

It’s claimed this new capability will provide rapidly scalable, high availability, highly secure (CESG CAS-T) connectivity for their major government and corporate clients. 

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Big name firms partner for Zero Outage

11 November 2016

Association members will develop a best practice approach to ensuring stable IT environments.

Association members will develop a best practice approach to ensuring stable IT environments.

Some of the biggest names in IT have joined together to establish a new industry standard to safeguard quality and reliability of IT infrastructure. 

With the Zero Outage Industry Standard Association (ZOISA), major tech-companies want to start an industry-wide discussion and work out a common understanding of quality.

The London-based association’s founding members include: Brocade, Cisco, Dell EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper, NetApp, SAP, SUSE and T-Systems.

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