MWC 2019: Orange showcases latest technological breakthroughs in 5G, AI and IoT services and hosts a series of start-ups on its stand - Hall 3, Stand 3K10.

 

25th February – 28th February 2019

Fighting digital exclusion and providing innovations that are easily accessible and useful to the largest number of people through “inclusive innovation” is a key priority for Orange. To do so, Orange is constantly innovating in 5G, IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help its customers enter a new form of digital society while keeping their data safe. This year, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Orange will be exhibiting a vast array of new innovations and technical breakthroughs that will enable the delivery of new services, smarter, faster and more powerful networks and improved customer experience.

WHITE PAPER

Orange, together with large European Telecommunications companies including Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica, endorse the white paper “Telecoms as the “Secure Data Hub” for the digital society”. It has been produced by GSMA in the context of the Data Portability Cooperation led by the three operators within a working group established a year ago. Portability is an essential right of the GDPR that provides citizens with a way to reclaim control over their personal data. The working group also collaborates in the definition of a common data portability standard.

The white paper presents how Telecoms, as a “Secure Data Hub”, can create the conditions for the consumer to benefit both from their data and innovations fostered by Telcos. The white paper also introduces the first specification of data portability among operators. Other Telco operators and industries are welcome to join the Data Portability Cooperation initiative and build a wider ecosystem of trusted data managers reaching beyond the Telco industry. Visitors at Telefónica’s stand in MWC will be able to enjoy a demonstration of data portability between Orange and Telefónica based on this first version of the specification.

You can download the white paper at: http://www.dataportabilitycooperation.org/

5G ZONE

5G smartphone experience

For some time, people have been hearing that 5G is about to revolutionise the telecoms industry – but how different from 3G and 4G is it exactly, and how will this affect the way people use their smartphones?

Orange shows how 5G will enhance and transform the way people use their most essential piece of everyday tech and provide the chance to experience first-hand a real 5G ready smartphone on a real 5G network. It will also  show its own-branded 5G-ready smartphone ahead of its launch later this year.

Holoparty, future of 5G AR services

With the rise of 5G, new types of communication will be possible and change the way people interact together, but also with businesses. Sales and customer service is an area that will change with 5G as new technologies, such as AR, will be used at a greater scale.
At MWC, visitors will experience the future of sales and customer service. By wearing Magic Leap One AR glasses, visitors will see and interact with the hologram of an Orange staff member based in a different location and be able to interact with various Orange products and devices in real time, without leaving the booth.
5G live network slicing
5G is not just about faster speeds and bigger amounts of data – 5G is also about bringing new network capabilities that will enable operators to offer new, specialised services that will greatly benefit consumers and businesses. End-to-end network slicing, combined with virtualisation, makes the delivery and management of these new, specific services possible over a common network infrastructure. 

At MWC, Orange will show how customers and operators will benefit from end-to-end network slicing with the following examples, running live on Orange’s 5G standalone trial network in Valencia:

•    A 360° video camera, showing views from Valencia in real-time to someone wearing VR glasses in Barcelona
•    An autonomous vehicle with cameras on board driving in Valencia
•    Gamers who play together: one in Valencia, one in Barcelona
•    A graphic interface showing how Orange controls and manages the network slicing, depending on the traffic and service levels, in real-time. 

5G for industrial robots

Portable robot trolleys which are used to feed production lines currently rely on wired technology – which means it takes a long time to reconfigure when a change of course is required. But for these devices to work efficiently over wireless connectivity, high data capacity is required (to relay video feeds), as well as a very low latency level (to ensure responsive, flexible piloting) – which is where 5G is key. The demo shows the robot in self-driving mode, and then illustrates some remote control actions to demonstrate how 5G technology can save time in industrial processes.

5G end-to-end open source experimental chain

Orange is actively preparing for the widespread deployment of 5G technology. As this shift will be highly software-based and cloud supported, Orange is engaging in initiatives such as O-RAN Alliance and ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform) to promote a smarter, more open and flexible 5G network with open source. 

This demonstration is part of Plug’in, the integrative research platform promoted by Orange to strengthen the 5G innovation ecosystem and prepare the future of 5G. It will show how Open Source communities, notably OSA (OpenAirInterface Software Alliance) can be used to its advantage in the deployment, orchestration and lifecycle of an experimental 5G network. Orange will also show how this Open Source based 5G network speeds up exploration, such as an Orange made innovative scheduler to prioritise data flows through a customer use case.

5G massive MIMO full 3D radio propagation model

Orange will make a precise simulation of the wave propagation received from a massive MIMO antenna, 3D propagation and diversity simulations in the busy business district of La Defense in Paris with the 500 new version of its 5G massive MIMO full 3D radio propagation model. This radio propagation model simulates channel diversity by showing the full “shape” of the propagation channel, characterising the echoes that are received (directions, polarisation, phase, power-loss and delay) effectively making the model a 4D radio propagation model.

This model is usable for day to day radio engineering of commercial 5G networks: service coverage, cell planning, exposure and marketing maps for example.

Radio frequency tags for future 5G networks

The Orange Research team is showing its first prototype of sustainable radio frequency (RF) tags. These tags, which will be attached to objects, will not need to be connected to a power source (plug or batteries) as they will power themselves by recycling the energy they find nearby, such as solar energy. Additionally, they will not generate new radio waves when transmitting data as they will recycle the existing radio waves from nearby 5G networks.

This demo will show an RF tag transmitting a message to a reader by recycling TV radio waves emitted by the Torre de Collserola tower in Barcelona. Several other possible uses of the technology will also be presented, including in smart cities, intelligent factories and smart homes.

Responsive video calls

ICASY! (I Can See You!), is an innovative new solution that gives callers a predictive estimate of the quality of the connection between them and their contact before the call, as well as a real-time call quality assessment during the call itself. In the event of a loss of internet connection, ICASY! Also enables a GSM fall-back in order to guarantee the call continuity.

This demo will use a computer to simulate network disruption between two devices, and demonstrate how ICASY! reacts when call quality levels drop. The demo will cover both one-to-one and group audio/video calls, and will show how user-friendly and intuitive this solution is: despite the service’s underlying technical complexity. It is easy to use even for the least tech-savvy caller.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ZONE

In the Artificial Intelligence (AI) zone, you will be able to see how Orange works with its partners to become a key player in Smart Home services. At MWC in Barcelona, Orange will have demos that will highlight how the Smart Home customer experience and triple play services is enhanced by providing virtual assistants capable of accompanying users in their daily lives, at home and beyond, from multiple touch points. Orange is working with its development partner Deutsche Telekom to design a solution suitable for European users. The partnership means that the two companies can not only develop the Voice Assistant and associated voice platform cost effectively, but also offer the products to a large number of customers across Europe.

Djingo with partners

Djingo is the Orange virtual assistant that evolves into an open ecosystem. To provide new experiences and access to many services, Djingo integrates trusted partners selected by Orange.

Orange will present different types of integration it is offering with Dijingo :

  • Bot Party: it enables selected partners with an existing bot to plug it to the Djingo ecosystem.
  • Open APIs: enables partners to integrate into Djingo’s services. This is the case for instance of the Djingo shopping-list, which is now open to all retailers.
  • The co-design of future experiences with specialised partners to add new skills to Djingo.

Last, but not least, the Djingo speaker is even smarter and offers more services with Amazon Alexa. We share with Amazon the same vision where AI systems complement each other to bring the best experience to customers. The integration of Alexa in the speaker Djingo is one of the illustrations.

Djingo with all touch points 

At MWC, visitors will discover how Orange provides the easy delivery of personalised services - whether at home or on the move – by enabling different devices (either general or specialised such as mobile apps, connected speakers, audio remote for TV Set Top Box, sound bar) to grant access to its virtual assistant, Djingo.

Djingo and the connected car

This demo shows some major end-to-end use cases brought to the driver and the passengers by Orange in a connected car.

The following sets of use-cases will be exposed:

•    Setting up the internet in a vehicle via a portal where the user buys internet connectivity and follows his consumption
•    Assist the user seamlessly and safely thanks to Djingo for their well-being, productivity and entertainment, from the home to the car and from the car to the home

AI for security management

AI will have a strong impact on many different sectors and promises significant changes to business and society. In security, AI has been successfully used to detect the spread of viruses, the activation of unknown attacks as well as data and information exfiltration.

Orange Cyberdefense constantly monitors networks and processes a huge amount of data in near real-time, enabling the detection of ‘weak signals’ (attacks) and will show how, with the help of several Machine Learning algorithms, how analysts can be much more efficient in preventing network threats for intelligent connectivity in a smarter society.

Sanza phone

To improve access to the internet in Africa, Orange, KaiOS Technologies and UNISOC have created the Sanza phone, shown on the Orange booth at MWC, ahead of its launch in April. This phone, powered by a UNISOC SC7731EF chipset platform,  combines the simplicity of a feature phone (superior battery life, 3G+, torch, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) with the capacity to access popular apps including the Google Assistant, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Search, as well as Orange applications such as Orange Money and My Orange – all at an affordable price.

IoT ZONE 

Smart tracking [indoor]

The ability to safely and reliably keep track of people and assets is a major challenge in many sectors, including in healthcare and industrial activities. This demo will introduce two Orange solutions:
•    The Quuppa antenna system (a project conducted with the Finnish company Quuppa): used in the industrial sector. This system enables objects to be easily and extremely precisely located, in real-time. Three different scenarios will be shown on the stand.
•    The Orange Beacon Tag: this solution will showcase the plug-and-play properties of an innovative approach on indoor location. The Orange Beacon Tag has been shortlisted for a GloMo award in the 'Best Mobile Innovation for enterprise' category.

Live Booster

This demo will present some of the ultra-practical applications of Orange’s Live Booster programme, which combines Orange’s expertise in cellular connectivity with EBV Elektronik’s experience, under the Heracles brand, in the electronics market. The result of the Live Booster programme is an IoT module, the size of a one-Euro coin that can be easily purchased by device manufacturers via the same electronics distribution channels they already use. By combining low-power LTE  with a GSM modem, GPS capability and a built-in pre-paid SIM card, Live Booster offers instant IoT cellular connectivity throughout 33 European countries, providing device manufacturers with a user-friendly alternative to existing short-range technologies such as WiFi and Bluetooth.

The demo will showcase Live Booster’s practical uses for electric scooters and scooters fleets, using a dedicated application to lock or unlock the scooter, measure battery levels (and alert users when low), track the scooter and prevent theft.

Live Tracker

Powered by the Live Booster (as above), the Live Tracker is the next generation tag that will use the cellular networks dedicated to the Internet of Things. It is much more reliable than Bluetooth tags and it benefits from new power saving features that do not exist on 2G/3G networks but still benefits from the extended coverage of the mobile operators' networks.

It can be used to find and locate someone’s belongings (bags, cars, bikes...) and to help retrieve lost or stolen items.

Orange Energie

Providing access to electricity with IoT innovation is part of Orange’s ambition to be the preferred multiservice operator of African populations, 50 per cent of which do not have regular access to electricity (82% in rural areas).

Orange’s solution for off-grid electrification embraces green innovation with solar energy for populations living in areas with no access or restricted access to electricity. The simple and effective solution provides lighting, mobile phone charging, radio and television – all powered by solar energy. This digital and affordable service can be paid via Orange Money and will be shown at MWC.

START-UPS

Orange will host 20 innovative start-ups on its stand focusing on 5G, IoT and AI technologies. These will vary each day. Please see the schedule below for more details.

MONDAY, 25th February

AM

•    iFarming: To cope with water scarcity and shortage related to climate changes, iFarming developped "Phyt'Eau" which is an innovative App gathering IoT and Agriculture for real-time simulation of crops’ water requirements and consequently predicts irrigation doses based on:
o    Specific models (Algorithms) to simulate crop’s water requirement according to the crops’ nature, the growth stage and the climatic conditions  
The use of AI for Big Data processing and analysis using the analytics and predictive platform IBM Watson. "Phyt'Eau" can advise how much water a plant needs and can help save up to 40 per cent irrigation water (therefore irrigating more land with the same water quantity). www.ifarming-solutions.com

•    Influvisio: Influvisio is a startup that designs, produces and implements video sensing solutions for the industry 4.0 with an exclusive focus on process manufacturing. www.influvisio.com

•    KeyInfuser: The robot KiOne is a robot the size of a smartphone which attracts business’ leads in retail, events and e-commerce while educating the target. The user experiments via the robot any digital experience (smartphones, IoT, apps) thanks to the patented “Touch” technology.
www.keyinfuser.com

PM

•    Sensing Lab: Sensing Labs offers wireless sensor solutions for the smart metering, smart buildings and smart cities markets, through a range of standard products as well as specific wireless sensor developments based on customers' needs.
    www.sensing-labs.com

•    FollowAnalytics: Provides a mobile and web engagement and GDPR solution connected to a business’ CRM, in order to boost engagement, retain customers and increase app rankings in store.
www.followanalytics.com

•    iTank: iTank is a real-time, cloud-based tank monitoring system and analytics platform that enables customers to monitor liquid (diesel/water) in their tank 24/7.
www.itanklevel.com

TUESDAY, 26th February

AM

•    Africa’s Talking: Africa’s Talking is a Pan-African technology company providing software developers a way to bring their ideas to life and build sustainable businesses with ease. They partner with telecommunication companies in Africa and expose their infrastructure to developers through easy-to-use and integrated communication and payments APIs. As such, Africa’s Talking supports a vibrant community of over 25,000 software developers that is continually growing.
www.africastalking.com

•    SEABEX: SEABEX is an e-monitoring and smart automation system that helps farmers find the right balance of water consumption needed to get the best quality and quantity of products.
www.seabex.com

•    Smartly: Smartly.ai offers a multi-channel platform for chat and voice bots. With natural language capabilities in more than 140 languages and key features like Master bot, the Smartly.ai platform has been adopted by large corporate customers in banking, media or telecoms (Orange). Smartly.ai and Orange have partnered to deliver the best conversational experiences to their customers. The Smartly.ai is hosted on the Orange Flexible Engine cloud solution.
www.smartly.ai

PM

•    Sensing Lab: Sensing Labs offers wireless sensor solutions for the smart metering, smart buildings and smart cities markets, through a range of standard products as well as specific wireless sensor developments based on customers' needs.
    www.sensing-labs.com

•    Brastorne: Brastorne connects the unconnected in Africa by providing access to the internet (chat, Wikipedia, email, mobile marketplace and mAgri) on feature phones via USSD.
www.brastorne.com

•    CommuniThings: Founded in 2014, CommuniThings is the pioneer of LPWAN (Low Power wide-area network) mobility solutions, in the fields of smart cities and IoT. This start-up aims to enable seamless urban mobility, while optimising operational efficiencies across cities and companies. To reach this objective, the company uses a state-of-the-art IoT platform and wireless sensors, as well as a powerful portfolio of services and applications that provide a better user-experience, optimised mobility control, and extensive analytics for improved urban planning.
www.communithings.com

WEDNESDAY, 27th February
AM

•    Adeunis: Adeunis provides connected solutions to manage and optimise assets and services.
www.adeunis.com

•    NeoVigie: Neovigie designs products for the safety of lone workers. The platform can monitor alarms triggered from a phone (Neo app) or a dedicated device using a LTE-M or 2G network.
www.neovigie.com
·    Empath: Empath develops Emotion AI, which can identify emotion from the voice in real-time regardless of the language. Empath has been adopted by more than 1,000 customers over 50 countries.
www.webempath.com

PM

•    Bizao: Bizao is a Fintech platform providing a one-stop-shop for companies looking to integrate mobile operators’ payment services such as Mobile Money and Carrier Billing in Africa.
www.bizao.com
•    Asta Labs: Asta Labs focuses on the development of mobile applications and cloud computing-based systems. The company aims to integrate the capabilities of ubiquitous and simple communication and information access provided by contemporary mobile networks with the potential for scalable and reliable information processing and data storage offered by advanced cloud computing infrastructures.
www.astalabs.com
•    Joy Telecom: Joy Telecom, a Global IoT Operator, sets up global hubs and builds a Cloud PL with eSIM and traditional OTA enabled profile management and delivery system to provide a global coverage and end-to-end solutions to all connected devices.
www.joytelecom.com

THURSDAY, 28th February

AM

•    TransBox: TransBox is a platform that controls users' data (consumers or businesses) regardless of the services they are using (email, chat, social networks). It only allows the genuine user to check the data (texts, photos, documents, etc.) and enables users to track and destroy data.
www.transbox.xyz

•    Intrapreneur Mahali: Mahali enables its users to create a virtual postal address from their mobile phones to simplify delivery services, which are currently a major obstacle to the development of e-commerce. In the long term, this solution could be integrated into Orange & Me and/or Orange Money services, the latter already boasting 39 million customers in Middle-East and Africa.

•    Intrapreneur ClePC: The Clé PC is a small box that looks just like the Clé TV 2 (by Orange). It can be plugged into a screen with an HDMI port and connected to a network - Wi-Fi first, then 5G - to access a PC stored in the cloud.

Press contact:

Vanessa Clarke ; vanessa.clarke@orange.com ; +447818848848
Nicole Clarke ; nicole.clarke@orange.com ; +447811128457

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