Ericsson Shows How the Body Can Make Connections

By Paula Bernier February 26, 2013

Ericsson in the Connected City area this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is showing a nifty little proof-of-concept demo that uses the human body as a transport mechanism.

Visitors to the Ericsson room in Connected City are invited to place their hands on two tin foil-like surfaces atop two boxes to create a link between a smartphone and a TV.

One future application of this kind of technology could enable people to disengage locked doors with the touch of the hand, according to an Ericsson representative demonstrating the proof of concept. In that case, of course, the lock would need to have embedded smarts and wireless capabilities.

As reported previously by IoTevolutionworld, Ericsson had a slew of news at the Mobile World Congress event. That includes the introduction of the SDN-based Ericsson Cloud System, the launch of an addition to its Antenna Integrated Radio line, the unveiling of Mobile Order Management and the presentation of a CDN solution called Ericsson Media Delivery Network

Ericsson also has launched a Device and Application Verification service to help device and application vendors guarantee the quality of their offerings prior to introducing them to the marketplace. Ericsson has also revealed that its LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation will soon be generally available. That will support data rates of up to 150mbps over 20mHz.

Ericsson Cloud System will package some of the company’s existing applications and equipment in a virtualized format and pair them with an OpenStack-based KVM hypervisor called Ericsson Cloud Executive Environment. Existing parts of the solution include the Ericsson Blade System and the Ericsson Smarter Service Router as well as the company’s operations support system, which under this new solution is being called the Ericsson Cloud Manager.

The company also plans to develop an app store of telecom applications as part of the offer, Magnus Furustam, vice president of product area core and IMS at Ericsson, told IoTevolutionworld. He added that Ericsson Cloud System will be an open environment, so  it will support both Ericsson apps as well as third-party software.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

Executive Editor, TMC

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