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Dear Readers,


Are we ready for 5G? With Mobile World Congress in full swing this week, 5G is on everyone’s lips. But is the industry really prepared for this giant leap that seems to be arriving faster than expected? Find out in our story.


Our team of journalists is perusing the aisles of the Barcelona fair, looking for the latest developments in the mobile industry. Don’t miss our reports on the newest products unveiled.


For this new edition of DirectIndustry e-magazine, we are proud to announce our media partnership with GSMA, the organizer of the Mobile World Congress.


Again, we are giving you the chance to read our feature stories in your own language. Follow the sign and enjoy the experience!


Camille Rustici, Editor-in-Chief




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    How can citizen participation affect the infrastructure of future smart cities? During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, media partner DirectIndustry e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine hosted a webinar to answer the question.


    Invited guest speakers Thomas Ermacora, a regeneration architect and technology futurist, and Molly Webb, founder of  Energy Unlocked, spoke about the importance of citizen participation in generating sustainable architecture for smart cities. They spoke about the latest technologies such as IoT security, the blockchain, sustainable smart cities, community collaborations, energy exchange and more. According to Ermacora:

    The smartest cities are the ones that really embrace the value of the relationship between people that create active, vibrant, meaningful communities.

    Citizen participation sits at the heart of developing smart cities. A prime example of citizen participation mentioned was Canadian company Ethelo, a mission-based business which involves a collective decision-making software system. Its goal is to improve democratic policy-making using Internet technology.

    The Brooklyn project by US start-up LO3 is another example of how citizens can take part in developing their smart city. In this initiative we see how citizens can generate, stock and sell energy on their own.


    In case you missed it, you can find the full video of the webinar here. Just click the button “on-demand webinar”. Skip to 06:00 to avoid our early-discussion technical issues.

    Google researchers have developed a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can in turn create other AI-based systems. Called AutoML, the new system was proven out by being given the task of developing an automated image recognition system. When this system was subjected to benchmark testing it was found to outperform counterparts written by people. The system, known as NASNet, has now been open-sourced for anybody wanting to develop machine vision applications. But the real significance of AutoML is that it could make the whole field of AI development open to almost anybody by both deskilling it and reducing the workload.

    A lifelike android robot is set to start making regular appearances on television in Japan as a news broadcaster. The robot, named Erica, has the features of a 23-year-old woman. It was designed by one of that country’s foremost robotics researchers, Dr Hiroshi Ishiguro of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University. Appropriately, the robot also possesses some other human-like abilities including speech recognition and generation algorithms that enable it to have live verbal interactions with people. Additionally, infrared sensors and facial recognition software allow it to track people around a room.

    Intel partnered with KT to create a 5G experience at this month’s PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The goal was to demonstrate the potential of these lightning-fast networks while learning about what uses were attractive to attendees. DirectIndustry e-magazine was present at Intel’s press event at the Barcelona fair.


    For Aicha Evans, Intel’s chief strategy officer, the Olympic experiments are critical as the chip company reinvents itself:

    We’re very very proud of our heritage and what we’ve done as a PC-centric company. And now we’re moving forward towards becoming a data-centric company.

    Evans explained that at the Winter Games, the company created 5G omni-view technology for the cross-country track allowing attendees to choose multiple angles in real-time and watch them via a tablet app. A similar system was set up for the figure skating ice rink by placing 100 cameras around the arena.

    Intel’s True VR system was installed for some snowboard events to allow viewers to watch live-streamed, 360-degree views using untethered virtual reality headsets. The Intel 5G Go Automotive Platform also allowed some connected car drivers to rapidly download maps, event information and 4K video.

    For KT executive vice president Hong-Beom Jeon,

    We believe our efforts have accelerated the global standardization of 5G. This will bring real innovators and new services to the market.

    Intel also officially announced its Summer Olympics partnership with NTT Docomo. While neither company revealed many details, executives said their overall goal was to turn Tokyo into a massive “smart city.” They suggested the 5G network would allow streaming of 8K video and use of AI training programs for athletes.

    And whereas the recent Olympics were an experiment for KT, NTT Docomo will already be rolling out 5G commercially across Japan by 2020.

    For Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, executive vice president and CTO of NTT Docomo,

    It’s a very good time for us to demonstrate what kinds of things can happen with 5G.


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    Cavalon, a two-seater gyrocopter from the German company AutoGyro that allows a pilot and passenger to sit side-by-side in an enclosed cockpit as comfortably as if they were in a saloon car, won the 2017 AeroExpo i-Novo Design Award. Other interior features of the Cavalon include adjustable seating to allow for differing occupant sizes and also optimized access to the pedals for the pilot. Meanwhile, gull-wing doors ensure ease of access. The machine uses a four-stroke engine for a cruising speed of 140 km/h  and a range of 610 km with a maximum payload of 560 kg.

    i-NOVO Awards rewards products that improve industry standards through INNOVATION. It is organized once a year and is broken down into three main categories: i-NOVO Design, i-NOVO Tech and i-NOVO Eco.

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    Camille Rustici

    Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…

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    Lindsay Clark

    Lindsay Clark is a freelance journalist specializing in computing. He has won industry awards as news editor at Computer Weekly. He has also written for newspapers including The Guardian, The Financial Times…

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    Chris O’Brien

    Chris O’Brien is based in France and is European Correspondent for VentureBeat and a freelance writer. Before moving to France, he spent 15 years in Silicon Valley covering technology for the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times.

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    Hicham Dhouibi

    Hicham Dhouibi is a mechanical and process engineer and writer with years of experience in automotive, plastic processing and telecom industries.

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    Monica Hutchings

    Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is our copy-editor and our in-house DirectIndustry English translator.

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    Abigail Saltmarsh

    Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for industry publications (Packaging Europe) and national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).

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    Erin Tallman

    Erin Tallman is an American writer and Deputy Editor of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She writes novels and contributes to several online magazines like DirectIndustry e-magazine.

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