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The invention is related to a method for establishing a data communication (20) between a mobile entity (10) and the internet or network internal services (100) via a WiFi access point (AP) with a mobile network backhaul (30) over a secure connection (SC), comprising the following steps:- Sending a communication request (40) from the mobile entity (10) to the WiFi access point (AP) including a content information (CI),- Establishing a secure communication tunnel (50) between the mobile entity (10) and the internet or network internal services (100) via the public mobile network backhaul (30),- Setting a priority (P) for the secure communication tunnel (50) based on the content information (CI),- Start the data communication (20) via the established and prioritized secure communication tunnel (50).


Analysis of cellular network base stations may be performed by a computational engine. A ranking of the cellular network base stations, generated at an Automatic Neighbour Relation (ANR) function of a Self-Organising Network (SON) platform is received. A set of base stations for coordinated operation is determined based on the received ranking of the cellular network base stations.


A safety system (100) for controlling the communication between at least one control unit and an auxiliary device (1) in apparatuses for the on-board diagnostics of a vehicle (V) has been provided; the safety system comprises a communication line (15) for the data passage, a plurality of control units (C) in data communication with the communication line (15) and a device for interrupting the communication (12) configurable between an interruption condition and an enabling condition for selectively interrupting the communication between an auxiliary device (1) and the control units (C). The communication interrupting device (12) is active on the communication line (15) and separates a portion (15a) of the communication line (15) upstream the device (12) adapted to receive data from the auxiliary device and a portion (15b) of the communication line (15) downstream the device (12); the interruption condition interrupts the communication between the upstream portion (15a) and downstream portion (15b). A main driving unit (11) is programmed for configuring the communication interrupting device (12) in the interruption condition and/or enabling condition. The main driving unit (11) detects the data passing in the downstream portion (15b) of the communication line (15), determines a non-authorized access as a function of the condition of the interruption device and of the presence or not of data passing in the downstream portion (15b) of the communication line (15).


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-01-11

A controller device for dynamically manage a plurality of cells over a telecommunication network, wherein said device is configured to: determine a set of cells from a plurality of cells, said plurality of cells being suitable for transmission using a same predetermined frequency or frequency band, wherein each cell of the determined set of cells is suitable for combination with one or more other cells of the determined set of cells, the determination of a cell which is suitable for combination being based at least on a load of said cell; select, among the cells in the determined set of cells, a sub-set of cells, wherein said selection of the sub-set of cells is based on at least one criterion, and; instruct combination of the sub-set of cells by selecting a common identifier to be used for each cell in the sub-set of cells.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-02-15

The invention describes a method of automatically linking at least a first function (11) and a second function (12, 22), wherein the first function (11) comprises at least a first sub-function A, and wherein the second function (12, 22) comprises at least a second sub-function A, the method comprising the steps of:- receiving a first identifier in a first network entity (150), wherein the first identifier is assigned to the first function (11) and a first user (10), wherein the first identifier enables connection to the first function (11) by means of a communication network, wherein the first identifier enables identification of the first user (10), and wherein the first identifier comprises first information related to the first sub-function A,- automatically determining by means of the first network entity (150) whether the second sub-function A of the second function (12, 22) is compatible with the first sub-function A of the first function (11) of the first user (10),- automatically linking by means of the first network entity (150) the first sub-function A of the first function (11) of the first user (10) with the second sub-function A of the second function (12, 22) such that a connection between the first function (11) and the second function (12, 22) is enabled if it is determined that the second sub-function A of the second function (12, 22) is compatible with the first sub-function A of the first function (11) of the first user (10). The invention further describes a corresponding first network entity (150), communication system, communication device and computer program product.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-01-18

Controlling periodic transmission of beacon messages from a vehicular network station at a vehicle is considered. The beacon messages each comprise data specific to the vehicle. At least one parameter of the vehicle and/or one other vehicle having an associated vehicular network station are determined. An updated periodicity of the periodic transmission is set based on: a reaction distance; a slowing distance that identifies a distance determined for the vehicle to decelerate from a current velocity to a velocity of the other vehicle; a positioning error; a latency for communications; whether a determined distance between the vehicle and the other vehicle is less than a minimum distance; and increasing the periodicity of the periodic transmission in response to a reduction in a determined distance between the vehicle and the other vehicle.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-03-01

The invention is related to a method for establishing a voice communication (30) between a mobile entity (10) and a receiving entity (20) within an enterprise network (100), comprising the following steps:- Sending a communication request (CR) from the mobile entity (10) to a WiFi access point (AP),- Forwarding the communication request (CR) from the WiFi access point (AP) to a core network (200),- Establishing a signaling session (SS) between the core network (200) and the enterprise network (100),- Breaking out the voice communication (30) at the WiFi access point (AP) to a private exchange server (110) of the enterprise network (100),- Connecting the voice communication (30) from the private exchange server (110) to the receiving entity (20).


The invention relates to a method and a system for resource reservation executed by a network element (9) of a mobile communication network (12) for a communication connection between a mobile device (6) and a communication destination (8) comprising the steps of receiving (1) a request (7) for establishing the communication connection between the mobile device (6) and the communication destination (8) originating from an application of the mobile device (6); determining (2) the type of application requesting the communication connection between the mobile device (6) and the communication destination (8); estimating (3) the required Quality of Service (QoS) for the requested communication connection with respect to the upload and/or download requirements under consideration of the type of application requesting the communication connection between the mobile device (6) and the communication destination (8); checking (4) whether the communication connection between the mobile device (6) and the communication destination (8) can provide the estimated required Quality of Service (QoS); and reserving (5) if possible the resources for the communication connection between the mobile device (6) and the communication destination (8) to provide the required Quality of Service (QoS). The invention further relates to a network element and/or a mobile device built to implement at least partially the method according to the invention.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2017-01-18

System and method for providing secure machine to machine, M2M, communications comprising a device management, DM, server configured to obtain credentials of one or more M2M devices and provision the one or more M2M devices with credentials of a virtual private network, VPN. An application programming interface, API. A VPN server comprising a first communications interface configured to communicate API requests and API responses with the API. A second communications interface configured to provide a VPN for the one or more M2M devices. Logic configured to issue an API request, wherein the request includes the credentials of the VPN. Receive an API response from the DM server including an indication of the one or more M2M devices provisioned with the credentials of the VPN. Initiate a VPN over the second interface between the one or more M2M devices and the VPN server.


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.

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