5G to deliver economic benefits ‘twice as fast as fibre’

14 March 2017

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5G infrastructure will outstrip the economic benefits of fixed fibre broadband in the UK by 2026, according to a new report by O2.

It comes as Ofcom outlined its schedule that will lead to the commercial launch of fifth generation mobile services in 2020.

O2’s report, Tech-onomy: measuring the impact of 5G on the nation’s economic growth, predicts the effects of digital connectivity on post-Brexit Britain.

The study and associated socio-economic modelling was conducted by independent research consultancy Development Economics.

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Mobile ‘not-spots’ eliminated at Sky

14 March 2017

Set over three floors, Sky Central has a total combined area of around 46,000sqm.

Set over three floors, Sky Central has a total combined area of around 46,000m2.

As part of consolidating its operations, Sky has extensively redeveloped its offices.

But with multiple floors and the use of dense materials at its site in Osterley, west London, wireless signals were heavily affected.

The biggest area of concern involved the second phase of the development, Sky Central.

Set over three floors, this has a total combined area of around 46,000m2 encompassing office space, a studio, production facilities, and R&D zones.

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New medical device creates the 'internet of the gastrointestinal tract'

14 March 2017

BodyCap’s electronic pill that allows core temperature monitoring is now commercially available in Europe.

BodyCap’s electronic pill that monitors the body's core temperature is now commercially available in Europe.

BodyCap’s ingestible connected pills that enable wireless medical monitoring have been approved for use in Europe.  

The e-Celsius Performance has been awarded the medical CE mark from Paris-based medical device assessment body and certifying organisation, LNE/G-MED.  

French company BodyCap specialises in miniaturised wireless monitoring devices for e-health applications. Its e-Celsius is a class IIb medical device which allows continuous measurement of the patient’s central temperature by gastrointestinal tract. 

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Schools to trial bodycams – but where will the data go?

14 March 2017

The school teachers will use tech similar to that being used by the Metropolitan Police.

The school teachers will use tech similar to that being used by the Metropolitan Police.

Two UK secondary schools are reportedly planning to trial body-worn cameras to help deal with unruly behaviour.

But technology experts are warning this may lead to data storage problems.

Tom Ellis, principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, said classroom teachers at the two schools are being given the option of using the cameras to film “when necessary”.

The schools have not been named. Body-worn cameras have already been in use at schools in the US since 2015.

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