Arista beats Dell, Cisco, Gigamon and Juniper to buy Big Switch Networks

Fierce Telecom | January 27, 2020

Arista Networks beat out some big names in its deal to buy Big Switch Networks, which came to light last week. SDxCentral was the first to report that Arista was buying Big Switch Networks, and FierceTelecom has confirmed the deal with its own source, who said that Cisco met with Big Switch "numerous times" while a possible deal with Dell reached the level of having CEO and founder Michael Dell involved in talks at one point. Additional companies that kicked the tires on Big Switch Networks include Juniper Networks and Gigamon, according to the source.  Arista Networks declined to comment on the deal to buy Big Switch Networks. Arista reports its next earnings on Feb. 13, at which time it may mention Big Switch if the company’s lawyers deem the deal “material” to its finances. Big Switch Networks' media contact didn't reply to an email inquiry about the sale. A Cisco spokesperson said the company does not respond to rumors. Dell, Juniper and Gigamon didn't respond to email requests for comments by Monday afternoon.

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Strategy Analytics: 5G at the Core of the Positioning System in Midea's Fully Connected Factory

Midea Group | December 20, 2021

The 4th "Blooming Cup" 5G Application Pitch Competition was completed recently, which was organized by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, and 5G Applications Industry Array. With the extensive development of 5G B2B applications in China, the competition has attracted broad participation from industries, businesses, and individuals. In 2021, 12,281 5G B2B projects participated in the competition. Industry Internet, smart campus, and smart city are the top 3 application areas. Positioning is the technology most adopted by the participating projects.The result indicates that vertical players have strong demands for positioning solutions in their 5G B2B applications. Since many vertical players have deployed 5G networks, could the 5G network be leveraged to improve the efficiency of the positioning service? Dr. Wang Jun, Chief Architect of Industrial Internet at Midea Group gave an answer from Midea's point of view. Fully Connected Factory Midea Group is a Chinese household appliance manufacturer headquartered in Foshan, China. It has been listed on the Fortune Global 500 since July 2016. Midea produces lighting, water appliances, floor care, small kitchen appliances, laundry, large cooking appliances, refrigeration appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, etc. It also owns KUKA, the world's leading industrial robot manufacturer. In its manufacturing base in Foshan, more than 3,000 workers produce diverse appliances in the 160,000 square meters plant. Since 2019, Midea Group has piloted 5G + Industry IoT applications in its manufacturing bases and started deploying the 'fully connected factory' in 2021. So far, Midea Group has collaborated with China Unicom Guangdong Branch to deploy a customized 5G network in its Foshan base. The network includes 16 macro base stations, 253 indoor small cells, and two sets of edge computing platforms. Industrial automation equipment, such as robotics, AGVs, machine-vision cameras, PLC controllers, etc., are connected through the customized network to the private cloud in Midea Group headquarters. As a result, diverse industrial automation applications have been implemented, including smart logistics. Smart Logistics Not Only Means AGV Unlike people's imagination, even in today's connected factory, the logistics system cannot entirely rely on an AGV system yet. The operation of an AGV system will require a high-precision positioning system that is often very expensive. On the other hand, many labor works are still necessary for a logistics system, e.g., most forklifts and trailers still need drivers, and the communications and coordination in the field cannot fully rely on AI assistants either. Most commercial AGV systems today require a positioning precision at 1 cm level. For some exceptional cases, the 1 mm positioning precision will be needed. Either 1 cm or 1 mm positioning accuracy must rely on high-precision positioning solutions, such as laser radar or geomagnetic positioning. However, it will be too expensive for a factory to deploy these high-precision positioning solutions across the entire plant area and all vehicles. In addition to AGVs, there are many other intelligent devices in a modern logistics system, such as machine-vision cameras, AR glasses, digital assistants of workers, etc. All these devices also need to be positioned, meanwhile need to be connected to the intra-network of the factory. The short-range wireless system, such as RFID, Bluetooth, or UWB, can provide the positioning service, but unfortunately, they cannot provide the necessary capacity of data connectivity. Wi-Fi system can meet the capacity requirement, but the mobility support for forklifts or trailers is still an issue. 5G at the Core of the Indoor Positioning System in a Fully Connected Factory Midea Group's fully connected factory illustrates how to leverage a 5G network to build a comprehensive positioning solution. The 5G network in its manufacturing base has become a common infrastructure for all industrial automation applications, which not only provides data connectivity for smart devices but also enables the positioning service across the entire plant area. Now the 5G positioning technology can provide a positioning precision at the level of 1 meter. It is not as high as the precision of laser radar or geomagnetic positioning solution but is enough for a forklift driver in a warehouse. The 5G network on the campus can be a basic positioning layer across the plant. Other high-precision positioning solutions can be deployed in dedicated areas to facilitate the use of AGVs, robotics, or any other devices that require high-precision positioning. The two layers are integrated to form a cost-effective, comprehensive positioning system for the smart factory. With the 5G positioning system, Midea Group significantly improves the efficiency of the warehouse operation: The average time to find goods is reduced by 80%. The warehouse labor efficiency is improved by 21%. The loading efficiency is improved by 55%. The positioning system also plays a critical role in the overall smart factory operation. The 5G fully connected factory solution has helped the Midea factory in Foshan improve efficiency across the entire production process, which leads to a cost-saving of over RMB 30 million per year. Midea Group is now working with industry partners to test the low cost and low power consumption modules for 5G positioning to extend the 5G positioning service to containers, trays, and even workers. With these developments, people expect the 5G positioning will be adopted by more vertical players and support broader industrial applications. As a result, 5G positioning will play a key role in the positioning system of vertical industrial applications and will be blooming in the 5G B2B market.

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EarthCam Selects Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G for World’s First Multi-Network 5G Camera System

Sierra Wireless | June 22, 2022

Sierra Wireless a world leading IoT solutions provider, today announced that EarthCam, a leading provider of webcam content, technology and services, has selected Sierra Wireless’ AirLink® XR80 5G router for their world-first multi-network 5G camera system, the StreamCam 5G. World’s First Multi-Network 5G Camera System Sierra Wireless’ AirLink XR80 5G provides EarthCam’s StreamCam 5G with the fast, ultra-low latency and reliable 5G connectivity needed to send an almost unlimited amount of visual data from high resolution live-streaming cameras, easily allowing users to keep up to date on the progress of a project, or share their location with vastly improved file transfer times. Large amounts of data from environmental, safety and security sensors can be quickly accessed, and the camera also features AI capabilities. First announced in October of 2020, EarthCam’s 5G multi-network camera system offers 4K streaming, 12-megapixel photography and built-in time-lapse capabilities. “Sierra Wireless is an excellent partner, supporting EarthCam as we pioneer next-generation live-streaming cameras, 5G is the future of webcam technology and it is becoming indispensable as clients require increasingly high quality video data, accessible from anywhere. Our collaboration with Sierra Wireless delivers efficient and powerful new solutions for entertainment, construction safety and AI analytics. With 5G and Sierra Wireless’ AirLink XR80 router, we’re able to drastically cut file-transfer times for a full day of recordings from two hours to five minutes.” Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam Sierra Wireless’ AirLink routers including the XR80 5G and the RV55 LTE-A Pro, are essential for EarthCam’s all-weather cameras for multi-year project documentation, such as time-lapse videos of the NFL’s largest stadium, Los Angeles SoFi, Denver International Airport and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site in Manhattan. “EarthCam systems are renowned for reliable operation for many years in the field, plus easy configuration, deployment and management,” continued Mr. Cury. “Sierra Wireless’ industrial grade, reliable wireless devices are an important component of these industry-leading solutions.” “The Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G router is purpose-built to maximize connectivity, reliability, and security for both mission-critical and business-critical applications,” said Tom Mueller, Vice President, Product Management, Sierra Wireless. “It delivers consistent primary and backup connectivity for both public and private networks ensuring that connectivity is “always-on”, making it ideal for EarthCam’s 5G implementation. Its seamless global connectivity enables users to easily monitor jobsites remotely in real-time and is an integral part of the EarthCam solution. The router provides the secure and reliable network connection to stream live video from EarthCam’s cameras to the cloud, enabling new applications and increased capabilities.” Sierra Wireless AirLink XR80 5G High-Performance Multi-Network Router Purpose built for mission-critical environments and high performance business-critical 5G applications, the XR Series routers, which includes the AirLink® XR80 5G, improve the performance and reliability of video streaming, video offload, voice communications and other data-intensive and time-sensitive use cases by ensuring that the router connects to the best-performing network, at the right time. This is achieved through AirLink OS, which features Cognitive Wireless, Sierra Wireless’ patented technology that automatically delivers sub-second switching to the best available network. The AirLink XR Series was designed for operational simplicity, from initial set up and configuration, with zero-touch out of the box provisioning, to ongoing management. Part of the 5G solution portfolio that includes management software and reporting systems, 24x7 support, routers, antennas, and accessories, the XR80 5G is managed by the AirLink Management System (ALMS), a cloud-based management platform which includes remote device management and mobility-focused reporting through AirLink Complete. Additionally, an embedded LPWA cellular radio, connected through Sierra Wireless Global Connectivity, provides an always-on out-of-band management link to ALMS. This unique capability provides zero touch provisioning and a link of last resort from the router to its management platform, to ensure the ongoing operational success of these 5G deployments. How 5G is Supercharging Visual Data for Monitoring, Documentation and Promotion The combination of low latency and high data throughput provided by 5G has increased the capabilities of project documentation and public outreach, enabling large networks of cameras to stream ultra-high definition video in real-time, and provide vast amounts of bandwidth making 4G wireless congestion a concern of the past. This and its ability to enable advanced analytical capabilities will have a major impact on virtual tourism, smart cities, transportation networks, and commercial environments, offering improved safety, security and documentation. Availability EarthCam offers 5G as an option throughout their entire product line. Both the AirLink® XR80 5G and RV55 LTE-A Pro routers are available to order from Sierra Wireless’ global network of partners. About Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless is a world leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network services, and software to unlock value in the connected economy. Companies globally are adopting 4G, 5G, and LPWA solutions to improve operational efficiency, create better customer experiences, improve their business models, and create new revenue streams. Sierra Wireless works with its customers to develop the right industry-specific solution for their IoT deployments, whether this is an integrated solution to help connect edge devices to the cloud, a software/API service to manage processes with billions of connected assets, or a platform to extract real-time data to improve business decisions. With more than 25 years of cellular IoT experience, Sierra Wireless is the global partner customers trust to deliver them their next IoT solution. About EarthCam EarthCam is the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video, time-lapse construction cameras and reality capture solutions for corporate and government clients. EarthCam leads the industry with the highest resolution imagery available, including the world’s first outdoor gigapixel panorama camera system. This patented technology delivers superior multi-billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving important projects and events. EarthCam has documented over a trillion dollars of construction projects around the world. The company is headquartered on a 10-acre campus in Northern New Jersey.

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5G Networks Continue to Enhance Wireless Capabilities

5G Americas | January 19, 2022

With 5G global connections now exceeding 438 million, 5G networks are well on their way towards becoming the dominant global standard for wireless cellular communications. Today, 5G Americas, the voice of 5G and 4G LTE for the Americas, announced the release of its latest comprehensive annual overview of 5G and 4G LTE networks entitled, “Cellular Communications in a 5G Era. “After three years of 5G network deployments, the industry is moving toward the enhancement phase of this generation of wireless cellular. These networks are beginning to change the technology landscape for new applications with their high data speeds and very low latencies.” -Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas Cellular Communications in a 5G Era” is an annual update to previous versions, which provides a complete overview and reference source for 5G and 4G LTE networks to date, which had been created by Rysavy Research. Topics in this white paper include: Overview of 5G’s impact and intensifying role on networks and industries Statistics demonstrating how 5G is the fastest growing generation of cellular wireless technology ever deployed Factors impacting 5G network rollout, including architecture, spectrum, standards, and technologies Updates on 5G and 4G LTE enhancement timelines Discussion of 5G use cases across different vertical industries, including smart cities, manufacturing, automotive, and many more Further details on improvements in voice, industrial IoT, and public safety services Additionally, the white paper covers updated developments on spectrum use and availability, cellular V2X communications, key supporting technologies like fixed wireless access, virtualization, cloud-native, open RAN, and edge networking, as well as AI and machine learning. “The sheer flexibility of 5G wireless cellular networks will continue to drive innovative use cases. More 5G capabilities will emerge as key enabling technologies and standardized 5G radio and core network architecture are developed, bringing about new use cases to many industry verticals.” - Brian Daly, 5G Americas working group leader and Assistant Vice President, Standards & Industry Alliances for AT&T For a look at previous comprehensive updates on 5G and 4G LTE networks, take a look at: “Global 5G: Rise of a Transformational Technology.” About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas 5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to facilitate and advocate for the advancement and transformation of LTE, 5G and beyond throughout the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at 5G Americas’ website and Twitter.5G Americas’ Board of Governors Members include Airspan Networks Inc., Antel, AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Intel, Liberty Latin America, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Shaw Communications Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Telefónica, VMware, and WOM.

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NV5 Acquires AT Advanced Technologies, Strengthening Data Center Commissioning and Mission Critical Services

NV5 | December 29, 2021

NV5 Global, Inc. (the “Company” or “NV5”) (Nasdaq: NVEE), a provider of compliance, technology, engineering, and environmental consulting solutions, announced that it has acquired AT Advanced Technologies Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (AT), an international consulting firm providing commissioning management and engineering services for high tech facilities and data centers. AT’s clients include large international technology and financial companies that depend on the efficiency and reliability of mission-critical data centers for their day-to-day operations. The acquisition was made with a combination of cash and stock and will be immediately accretive to NV5’s earnings. “Data center commissioning and mission critical engineering is a high-margin, high-growth sector that NV5 entered in early 2021 with the successful acquisition of Industrial Design Associates International,Singapore is one of the largest and fastest growing data center markets in the world, and AT Advanced Technologies’ give us a competitive edge in capitalizing on data center market growth in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia.” -Dickerson Wright, PE, Chairman & CEO of NV5. Founded in 1999, AT has completed more than 350 projects in Asia and Australia and operates out of three offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and India. “We are excited to join NV5 and the acquisition strengthens our existing platform for further expansion,” said Victor John Carey, CEO and Founder at AT Advanced Technologies. “AT Advanced Technologies complements our energy efficiency and building analytics services and expands our international commissioning capabilities. We look forward to presenting our combined capabilities to existing customers and new client pursuits,” - Gary Hui, PE, Vice President of NV5 Energy Efficiency and Mission Critical Services. About AT Advanced Technologies AT Advanced Technologies is a building services engineering, commissioning management, and energy management consulting firm providing clients with integrated skills and expertise to match the expectation of blue chip multi-national companies. With a unique blend of qualified technical staff from the UK, Australia, Singapore, and various countries in South East Asia, AT Advanced Technologies delivers world class services to clients in the financial and technology markets. AT Advanced Technologies is a member of the USGBC (LEED), the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) and is bizSAFE Star certified. About NV5 NV5 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVEE) is a provider of compliance, technology, engineering, and environmental consulting solutions for public and private sector clients supporting sustainable infrastructure, utility, and building assets and systems. The Company focuses on multiple verticals: testing, inspection & consulting, infrastructure, utility services, buildings & program management, environmental health sciences, and geospatial technology services to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions to complex issues and improve lives in our communities. NV5 operates out of more than 100 offices nationwide and abroad. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.NV5.com. Also visit the Company on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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