Bits & Bytes for March 22, 2011 from CTIA Wireless
Verizon Wireless and Consert announced an energy management turnkey solution for utility customers. The Consert Energy Management Solution enables utilities to create and load resources for peak and intermediate periods, improve demand forecasting, facilitate compliance with federal and state standards, automate meter reading and improve communications with end users.
A new set of network-based API specifications released by the Femto Forum will allow developers to incorporate presence, context and location-sensitive features into new and existing femtocell applications. The Femto Forum says some of its members have already built applications using the APIs for their operator customers. In parallel to the API release, the Femto Forum worked with the Broadband Forum to update its TR-196 Femto Access Point Service Data Model, a global femtocell management standard, to enable support for femtocell applications.
Nuance Communications says its FlexT9 app is now available on some Android Honeycomb tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Dell Streak and the Motorola Xoom. The speech recognition app supports English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, and costs $4.99 in the Android Market.
Azimuth Systems says Nokia Siemens Networks has selected the Azimuth Field-to-Lab solution to perform benchmark testing for upcoming user equipment and LTE eNodeB releases using drive test data collected from real-world locations of interest.
Traffix Systems launched its Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC), a single platform consolidating the company's Diameter Gateway, Diameter Load Balancer and Diameter Router solutions.
The IMS Forum has released a new working group document focused on over-the-top services. The document, titled Business Models for the Deployment of Applications Over Broadband IP Networks Working Group, illustrates business models using different technologies including the smart grid and cloud computing. Alcatel-Lucent, Sprint, Tekelec and T-Mobile USA are among the companies who contributed to the document.
Zhone Technologies is unveiling new mobile backhaul solutions that leverage operators’ existing copper and fiber infrastructure to deliver high-bandwidth alternative backhaul capabilities. Zhone says its goal is to work with all service providers, whether mobile operators, telcos, utilities or cable, to enable a seamless migration to the next generation of network technologies without significant investment requirements.
Anritsu’s new MS2711E Spectrum Master handheld spectrum analyzer comes equipped with a touch-screen interface and built-in system level measurements, including occupied bandwidth, adjacent channel power ratio, emission mask and field strength. It can also be configured with options, such as an interference analyzer, channel scanner, power meter and GPS receiver. Separately, Anritsu said ETS-Lindgren had selected its MT8820C one box tester as an approved test solution for over-the-air LTE testing, including MIMO.
Cadex Electronics announced the C5100 Battery Testing System that allows retailers to immediately resolve common customer problems by identifying if the battery or the handset is the source of the power problem.