Safety is undoubtedly the most important concern for the auto industry the world over. That is one of the reasons there is such a focus on investing in autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles eliminate human errors and limitations—slow reaction speed, blind spots, inattention—which are the primary reason for most accidents.
Smarter, cheaper and always-on devices keep us connected. This includes everything from tiny, low-power sensors to video cameras, actuators and industrial machinery. The sensors and microchips that define Internet of Things (IoT) capture, monitor and share myriad types of data. As the numbers of these smart sensors increase, the amount of information they produce explodes.
Next big thing for the Technology Industry is Internet of Everything. The concept is to bring people, process, data and things together to make networking more relevant. This is a great economic opportunity for the businesses to use the information and provide new capabilities and richer experience to their customers.
The fourth generation of wireless mobile networks (4G) or Long Term Evolution (LTE) as it is popularly called, has evolved rapidly to become the fastest growing cellular network technology. With increased adoption of LTE and advancement in the fifth generation of wireless networks (5G), the present day mobile networks have a high speed and throughput. However, the increased throughput should also support increased number of business cases for the service providers to adopt the latest in mobile technology.
Last two decades saw the emergence and evolution of two of the most exciting technologies, Internet and mobile. Internet is becoming more accessible through mobile devices due to evolution of wireless technologies (2G, 3G and now LTE).
From the time of its conceptualization, Long Term Evolution (LTE) has been positioned as a distributed and flat architecture whose strength lies in its simplicity. However, it wasn’t long before tech titans started acknowledging the benefits, perhaps even the need, for centralization in the LTE stack even if it violated the initial premise. This is where Cloud RAN, also referred to as C-RAN or Centralized RAN, brings value to the table. Wikipedia defines C-RAN as “[A] centralized, cloud-based architecture for radio access networks that supports 2G, 3G, 4G and future wireless communication standards”. C-RAN comprises centralized baseband units (BBU) and distributed remote radio heads (RRH) connected through high-capacity, low-latency links. Put more succinctly, the C-RAN architecture involves splitting the baseband processing between RRH and BBU functions, preferably running the latter on commodity servers in a virtualized environment with the intent of optimizing cost while offering easily-scalable solutions.