Accelerating Wide Area Network (WAN) speeds is a subject that, for a while now, has been attracting the attention of IT users and manufacturers of this technology. At present, they are not always able to take maximum advantage of WAN networks. But this is set to change, as Fujitsu Laboratories has announced that it has developed a technology that improves WAN speeds, finding a solution to the problem of packet loss and delays on communication networks.
This technology is able to double transfer speeds on communication networks, including mobile and international networks. The details of this WAN solution were announced by Fujitsu Laboratories last year at the SoftCOM2014 international conference for software, networks and telecommunication in Croatia. The technology enables hardware (accelerators) to automatically choose the communication protocols that best match the properties of the network, the hardware and the parts of the network with which they correspond.
The method used by Fujitsu Laboratories maximizes speeds between the client server and the application server. Tests have been conducted with this technology by using mobile devices in Japan to access cloud services abroad. These tests showed that the WAN solution more or less doubled the transfer speeds of traditional WAN technology. The objective now is to further develop the “distributed WAN acceleration technology”, as it is still called by developers, for practical implementation in 2015.
Breakthrough in Network Technology
This invention can undoubtedly be called a breakthrough, solving an important bottleneck in the trend towards increasing volumes of mobile traffic. Mobile networks are expected to process ever growing volumes, including large audiovisual files and applications that provide users with real-time communication. To cope with these volumes, telecommunication companies will also have to make maximum use of existing communication infrastructures. The new WAN technology also facilitates better coordination of various network functions, such as firewalls and load balancers.
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The paperless office is an ideal solution for many. All the information you need to do your job is stored digitally on a mobile device or, even better, in the cloud, enabling you to work on any device, at any time and at any location. Nevertheless, it is sometimes difficult to achieve this ideal because of the amount of paper we keep on receiving. Photos, reports, business cards and notes jotted down on notepads: the easier it becomes to quickly digitize them and store them via cloud services such as OneNote and Evernote, the closer we’ll be to paperless offices
No Fiddling with Cables
The ScanSnap iX100, an ultra-light, ultra-portable and wireless document scanner, has been developed on the basis of this idea. Not only is it the world’s lightest and fastest scanner, it is also equipped with WiFi functionality and has a built-in battery, making it ideal for mobile workers who are often on the road. Users can directly scan documents to devices and cloud services via WiFi, without having to fiddle with cables and worry about network coverage. They can even do so while sipping coffee at a roadside restaurant or from a car park. In other words: anytime, anywhere.
Even with its full range of features, such as WiFi functionality and built-in battery, the ScanSnap still only weighs 400 grams. A fully charged battery can scan 260 sheets of A4 in color at 300dpi. It takes just 5.2 seconds to scan a complete page; 30 percent faster than previously possible with the fastest portable scanners in the market. The built-in WiFi automatically recognizes known networks for uploading scanned documents. Other innovative functions include Dual Scan (simultaneous scanning of two small documents, such as receipts or business cards) and the ability to merge double pages onto A3 sheets.
Of course this mobility solution works with Windows and Mac OS devices. But that’s not everything. Also smartphones and tablets can be connected with the mobile scanner when their operating system hears on the name AndroidTM or iOS.
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To make driving safer and more comfortable for drivers, manufacturers are equipping cars with all kinds of technology. Systems that help bring the vehicle to a standstill as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency are a key focus. Nowadays, almost all cars feature an automated anti-lock braking system (ABS), but newer technologies take safety one step further. More and more cars are being equipped with systems such as a millimeter-wave radar, LiDAR and stereoscopic cameras. These systems can detect obstacles on the road and can even take over the control of the brake and accelerator pedals in an emergency.
Of the safety systems mentioned above, the millimeter-wave radar is the most effective. Unlike LiDAR and stereoscopic cameras, it does not use visible light frequencies. Instead, it relies on extremely high audio frequencies (millimeter waves) in the 76–81 GHz range. This means the system is less sensitive to difficult weather and traffic conditions, such as rain, fog and reflections from water.
The automotive industry is showing widespread interest in these safety systems. To make them available to a wide audience, manufacturers are endeavoring to bring the technology onto the market with the lowest possible production costs. However, until now, it has not been possible for millimeter-wave radar to function on the widely used and relatively inexpensive CMOS chip technology. SiGe bipolar transistors were needed to enable the radar to function at extremely high frequencies. That is, until now.
Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed a chip technology that enables millimeter-wave radar systems to be implemented using CMOS chips, significantly lowering the production costs and energy requirements of these systems. At the same time, the researchers have also succeeded in improving the detection performance of this safety system in lower frequency ranges. “Noise” in these frequency ranges would render cheaper detection systems ineffective for long periods of time, making them impractical to use. This breakthrough could have a significant impact on traffic safety, especially when the technology is made widely available. However, this will take some time as Fujitsu Laboratories does not expect CMOS millimeter-wave radar technology to be sufficiently advanced until 2018.
Whoever travels in cities from A to B in the future will probably, without realizing it, make use of a solution which Fujitsu helped to develop. The company has recently entered into an international collaboration with several knowledge institutes with a view to addressing challenges faced by large cities regarding issues such as logistics, traffic, and energy. For the next five years, the large metropolis of Singapore will be used as a “living lab.” Fujitsu, the technology institute A*STAR, and Singapore Management University (SMU) will jointly invest 44 million euro in this initiative, which will also be supported by the government of this Asian city-state.
Migration to The City
All around the world, people are leaving the countryside to move to the city. According to the estimates of scientists, the urban population is expected to rise to 70% of the global population by 2050. As cities are becoming busier and busier, this creates challenges related to “high-density living,” such as efficient resource usage and traffic congestion. The next generation of solutions, based on IT, are being developed and tested in Singapore, a place with an ideal environment for testing these solutions in practice.
To solve their problems, global cities are increasingly looking to access knowledge and expertise on the convergence of data analytics, complex system simulations, computational social science, and behavioral science. The center being set up by Fujitsu and its partners will initially focus on two projects: Dynamic Mobility Management and Maritime and Port Optimization. The objective of the first project is to develop methods to improve the dynamics of commuter traffic as well as manage crowds (at events for example) using a computing platform. The aim of the second project is to study logistical movements associated with port operations.
Big Data and Simulations
The center will combine the knowledge and technologies of three different organizations to find solutions to urban challenges. A*STAR is an institute for high-performance computing and will contribute capabilities in big data. SMU’s expertise includes methods and systems for managing models and simulations. Fujitsu has the knowledge and resources needed to integrate big data analytics and simulations and will also leverage its R&D capabilities from Fujitsu Laboratories. All three organizations will focus their research on real challenges faced in Singapore. The knowledge this brings can be applied anywhere in the world in future.
It is about time we had a learning environment suitable for the 21st century. ICT in the classroom continues to be a challenging combination for many educational institutes, often not extending beyond an occasional lesson in which a tablet is used instead of an exercise book. Given the fact that ICT is in use everywhere and has led to increased productivity and a better user experience in a variety of sectors, this is rather unfortunate. Fujitsu has therefore announced it will be promoting a “Learning Project of Tomorrow” to help shape the schools of the future.
More Effective Use of ICT
Six elementary and secondary schools in Japan and South-East Asia are acting as guinea pigs in the project, which will run until March 2016. Fujitsu is providing software and equipment to facilitate the use of ICT in the classroom. It will also be able to apply to this new project the know-how it acquired during two earlier educational projects on the use of devices such as tablets in lessons. Another aim of the project is to find methods to make more effective use of ICT in a learning environment. The project also includes an online portal, which teachers can use to share lesson plans with one another and where pupils can easily download teaching materials.
The Japanese government, in particular, pursues an active policy to encourage the creation of a digital learning environment. The education system must be ready for the 21st century in terms of ICT infrastructure by 2020, which is why tablet usage in schools, among other things, is being strongly encouraged. Nevertheless, Fujitsu has noticed from experience that individual schools are finding it difficult to fulfill these ambitions in reality. Fujitsu is therefore helping these organizations to expand their experience of ICT usage in lessons and to implement education-specific ICT solutions.
Devices and Partners
The aim of this project is to develop a model for the distribution of ICT knowledge in classrooms among schools and for the practical implementation of lessons through ICT. Fujitsu will be using a variety of devices, including tablets, servers, and projectors, and company employees will support participating schools in a number of different ways. Fujitsu is collaborating with several partners in this education project, including Microsoft, which is providing Office 365 software for educational applications.
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