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Vodafone Group Plc is a British multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's second-largest mobile telecommunications company measured by both subscribers and 2011 revenues , and had 439 million subscribers as of December 2011. Vodafone owns and operates networks in over 30 countries and has partner networks in over 40 additional countries. Wikipedia.


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The invention refers to a method for establishing 205 a communication connection, preferably an IP and/or data connection, between a mobile terminal 20 in a mobile communication network 50 and a service provider 60 in a data communication network 70, comprising the steps of:- sending 101, 201 a request for establishing 205 the communication connection between the mobile terminal 20 in the mobile communication network 50 and the service provider 60 in the data communication network 70 originating from an application 10 or type of application of the mobile terminal 20 to a network element 30 of the mobile communication network 50,- determining 202 the application 10 or type of application requesting 101, 201 the communication connection;- determining 203 the location of the mobile terminal 20 in the mobile communication network 50;- identifying 204 a gateway 40 between the mobile communication network 50 and the data communication network 70 by the network element 30 of the mobile communication network 50 for the requested 101, 201 communication connection by considering the determined 202 application 10 or type of application requesting 101, 201 the communication connection and the determined 203 location of the mobile terminal 20 in the mobile communication network 50; and- establishing 205 the requested 101, 201 communication connection between the mobile terminal 20 in the mobile communication network 50 and the service provider 60 in the data communication network 70 by the network element 30 of the mobile communication network 50 via the identified 204 gateway 40 between the mobile communication network 50 and the data communication network 70. The invention further relates to a mobile terminal 20 and a network element 30 which are adapted to perform the method steps according to the invention performed by such a mobile terminal 20 respectively network element 30.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-05-17

There is provided apparatus for obstacle mapping in a vehicle, the apparatus comprising a memory configured to store a location matrix and an obstacle matrix, each representative of an area around the vehicle and a logical module. The logical module is configured to receive a plurality of sensor signal datasets from a plurality of respective sensors, each sensor signal dataset comprising at least one amplitude value having a respective at least one associated distance value. The logical module is further configured to modify the location matrix by superposing each amplitude value of each sensor signal dataset on the location matrix at all locations representative of a possible obstacle location based on the associated respective distance value and a location of the respective sensor. The logical module is further configured to determine an initial shaped obstacle as a peak location corresponding to a maximum value in the location matrix. The logical module is further configured to determine a final shaped obstacle based on recursively determining locations in the location matrix around the initial shaped obstacle having a value within a predetermined threshold of the maximum value and expanding the initial shaped obstacle to include the determined locations. The logical module is further configured to populate the obstacle matrix based on the final shaped obstacle. The logical module is further configured to, after the final shaped obstacle has been determined, calculate a further location matrix not including at least some of the amplitude values in the sensor signal datasets which represented a possible obstacle location at the peak location, whereby to identify any remaining peaks in the further location matrix indicative of a further obstacle.


A method of controlling access to a telecommunications network is disclosed. One of a plurality of commercial UEs receives an SIB2 signal from the network. The SIB2 includes a threshold signal BF (0(FR)Linvention concerne un procd de commande daccs un rseau de tlcommunication. Lun dune pluralit dquipements utilisateur (UE) commerciaux reoit un signal SIB2 du rseau. Le SIB2 comprend un signal de seuil BF (0


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-04-05

Method, system and apparatus for provisioning a subscription of a service to a device comprising: receiving a message from a device, the message protected by first provisioning data installed on the device. Authenticating the message using data corresponding to the first provisioning data. On successful authentication, providing data enabling the device to recover protected second provisioning data from a subscription manager. Providing the device with the protected second provisioning data.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-04-05

User location determining in a cellular network may be provided. Geographical location information for one or more mobile terminals of the cellular network is received at a network entity of the cellular network from one or both of: a core network part of the cellular network; and a network management part of the cellular network. A message for communication from the network entity to another entity is then generated based on the received geographical location information. For instance, this may allow one or mobile terminal locations to be tracked and their locations may be reported.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-04-12

To facilitate a call between a user of a mobile device and a host of the call, a location of the mobile device is obtained. Based on the obtained location, a device identifier for a local device is automatically retrieved, wherein the local device is located at or around the obtained location. A dial-out request is sent to a conference system requesting that the conference system establish a communication link between the local device associated with the retrieved device identifier and a remote device associated with the host.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-05-31

A method of controlling the routing of a voice call between a first entity 50/O and a second entity 50/T in a telecommunications system including a circuit switched network and an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem, IMS, network, the method including: directing the call to a processing node 80; at the processing node, analysing routing information associated with the call; and sending the call via the circuit switched network and/or the IMS network in dependence upon the analysis.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-04-05

User location-based alerting in a cellular network may be provided. Geographical location information for one or more mobile terminals of the cellular network is received at a network entity of the cellular network from one or both of: a core network part of the cellular network; and a network management part of the cellular network. One or more geographical locations are identified and a message is then generated to cause an alert to be sent to any mobile terminals in the one or more geographical locations based on the received geographical location information.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: IoT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 25.77M | Year: 2017

ACTIVAGE is a European Multi Centric Large Scale Pilot on Smart Living Environments. The main objective is to build the first European IoT ecosystem across 9 Deployment Sites (DS) in seven European countries, reusing and scaling up underlying open and proprietary IoT platforms, technologies and standards, and integrating new interfaces needed to provide interoperability across these heterogeneous platforms, that will enable the deployment and operation at large scale of Active & Healthy Ageing IoT based solutions and services, supporting and extending the independent living of older adults in their living environments, and responding to real needs of caregivers, service providers and public authorities. The project will deliver the ACTIVAGE IoT Ecosystem Suite (AIOTES), a set of Techniques, Tools and Methodologies for interoperability at different layers between heterogeneous IoT Platforms and an Open Framework for providing Semantic Interoperability of IoT Platforms for AHA, addressing trustworthiness, privacy, data protection and security. User-demand driven interoperable IoT-enabled Active & Healthy Ageing solutions will be deployed on top of the AIOTES in every DS, enhancing and scaling up existing services, for the promotion of independent living, the mitigation of frailty, and preservation of quality of life and autonomy. ACTIVAGE will assess the socio-economic impact, the benefits of IoT-based smart living environments in the quality of life and autonomy, and in the sustainability of the health and social care systems, demonstrating the seamless capacity of integration and interoperability of the IoT ecosystem, and validating new business, financial and organizational models for care delivery, ensuring the sustainability after the project end, and disseminating these results to a worldwide audience. The consortium comprises industries, research centres, SMEs, service providers, public authorities encompassing the whole value chain in every Deployment Site.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: LCE-06-2015 | Award Amount: 12.66M | Year: 2016

The project SmartNet aims at providing architectures for optimized interaction between TSOs and DSOs in managing the exchange of information for monitoring and for the acquisition of ancillary services (reserve and balancing, voltage regulation, congestion management) both at national level and in a cross-border context. Local needs for ancillary services in distribution systems are supposed to co-exist with system needs for balancing and congestion management. Resources located in distribution systems, like demand side management and distributed generation, are supposed to participate to the provision of ancillary services both locally and for the system in the context of competitive ancillary services markets. Through an in-depth and a simulation in a lab-environment, answers are sought for to the following questions: which ancillary services could be provided from distribution to the whole system (via transmission), which optimized modalities could be adopted for managing the network at the TSO-DSO interface and what monitoring and control signals could be exchanged to carry out a coordinated action, how the architectures of the real time markets (in particular the balancing markets) could be consequently revised, what information has to be exchanged and how (ICT) for the coordination on the distribution-transmission border, starting from monitoring aspects, to guarantee observability and control of distributed generation, flexible demand and storage systems, which implications could the above issues have on the on-going market coupling process, that is going to be extended to real time markets in the next years, according to the draft Network Code on Electricity Balancing by ENTSO-E. Different TSO-DSO interaction modalities are compared with reference to three selected national cases (Italian, Danish, Spanish) also supposing the possibility of a cross-border exchange of balancing services. Physical pilots are developed for the same national cases.

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