The Vodafone Spain Foundation has delivered Tuesday at the Cidade da Cultura of Santiago of Compostela its awards for innovation in telecommunications, which have gone to 'Lazzus', 'Visualfy' and 'Mobile telestroke' projects in this ninth edition.
In a statement, VODAFONE (VOD.LO) explains that the jury took into account when granting these prizes, endowed with 20,000 euros in each category, the innovative character of the solutions within the information society, the target audience benefited by the solution, its viability and its accessibility.
In particular, in the category of applications has been recognized the 'Lazzus' project, developed by Neosentec. This application, aimed at people with visual disabilities, allows the user to explore the elements that has to its around via a mobile device, know your position and discover nearby places based on different categories.
Also in the category 'Machine 2 Machine' has been awarded the project 'Visualfy', an application developed by Fusio d'arts Technology that allows deaf people to discover beeps of her around by flashes of colors. With this application on a device, for example, the user could discover that someone has called the ring through two blinks in green or know that a baby is crying with three blinks in yellow tone.
Finally, Vodafone has recognized telestroke mobile project of the neurologist Marc Ribó, a tool that allows you to evaluate a distance the first symptoms of a stroke by a physician specialized in order to improve the transfer and the speed of the treatment, which would considerably reduce the number of derived units.
The ceremony has been chaired by the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Nuñez Feijóo, who stressed the need for technological advances "at the service of the people" and said that issues such as the social inclusion of disabled people, the attention to the dependency or active ageing are "the major challenges of the technology of the future".
In this sense, Nuñez Feijoo stressed the central role played by innovation during the economic crisis and its influence on the "economic recovery" through attempts to "change the economic model" of the companies.
For his part, the President of Vodafone Spain and the Vodafone Foundation, Francisco Román, stressed that innovation is currently "key" both for public and for private enterprise administration.
With respect to the winners, noted that these projects stand out for their innovative value, but above all by "its vocation to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the people and that is something that I welcome and I am very honored to be able to reward".
In recent months the news about upcoming mobile networks 5G have been going on quickly by calling our attention with tremendous speeds above 1 Gbps and with new applications focused primarily on a the Internet of things.
However, although it may seem that 4 G or LTE are already giving the best of their ability, there is still room for improvement and it is no wonder that operators and manufacturers wish to further squeeze their existing infrastructures especially if we take into account that according to the latest forecasts for 2021 will have more than 4.1 billion contracts 4 G in the world.
How can they improve the current 4 G networks? It seems that the key will be the aggregation of carriers in new frequency bands and the use of commercial form of new modulations. For example, in the last week Nokia Networks, Deutsche Telekom and the Greek Cosmote announced proud that for the first time in Europe had managed to launch an LTE-Advanced network with triple aggregation of carriers.
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The three companies showed the functioning of a system combining FDD-LTE in the 1.8 GHz band with LTE-TDD in the 3.5 GHz band opening the door to future speed improvements in European regions in which spectrum in these bands be granted to operators.
In addition, a few days ago, Ericsson and Cosmote showed Infocom 2015 World Fair your bet by 256 QAM modulation as a basis for future LTE networks in the coming years. Using triple aggregation of carriers with FDD-LTE and three channels of 20, 20 and 10 MHz were able to reach the impressive figure of 500 Mbps in a real test.
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In addition to these advances in 4 G networks we can not forget that 4, 5 G (also known as LTE-Advanced Pro), his successor and nearest evolution while 5G, wants to also contribute their bit and offer new features.
It was approved last month by the 3GPP and collects some progress have been tested in the past year, as for example the Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) to mix mobile networks with WiFi in unlicensed bands, technical 3D/FD-MIMO, Narrow Band IoT, Vehicle transmission to Everything (V2X), Massive Carrier aggregation, Enhanced Machine Type Communication (MCTD), Downlink Multiuser Transmission Superposition or Single Cell-Point to Multi-point (SC-PTM).
The first tests are running extraordinary performances with great speeds that can exceed the gigabit per second and improvements in the total capacity of users that is capable of supporting the network, which will result in greater coverage and fewer overruns.