Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 49 - Page 20


Isotropic Systems joins UK Gov and ESA consortium to develop hybrid satellite communications for trains network connectivity for train monitoring and passenger broadband in 2022 .

Terrestrial connectivity on trains is notoriously unreliable with limited coverage along key sections of track , while satellite connectivity has been challenging due to line-of-sight problems from the train . The new antenna developed by Isotropic Systems solves this problem by offering multiple simultaneous connections to satellites in any orbit , including NGSO constellations that the likes of SpaceX , OneWeb , SES and Telesat are launching .

Isotropic Systems , a leading developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies , has joined the consortium led by CGI , which has been selected by the UK Department for Digital , Culture , Media and Sport , the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency ( ESA ), to develop a demonstration of hybrid satellite communications and terrestrial network for use on trains .

The project is part of a joint initiative in the UK to demonstrate the integrated use of 5G in transport and logistics . The Satellites for Digitalisation of Railways ( SODOR ) project will deliver pilot demonstrations of improved
Together with Isotropic Systems , CGI ’ s consortium will work with IT partners Icomera and 5G3i , alongside Network Rail and rail operators ScotRail , Northern and LNER , to explore how hybrid networks , based on multi-bearer 5G technology , can improve network availability while offering better value for money than existing solutions .

Oracle opens first cloud region in Italy

Oracle has announced the opening of its first cloud region in Milan , Italy , to support the increasing cloud computing demands of private and public sector organisations . The Oracle Cloud Milan Region will provide customers and partners access to Oracle Cloud services to drive business growth .

Oracle ’ s next-generation cloud is now available in 36 regions worldwide with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022 .
The Milan region is strategically located in the heart of Italy ’ s business and industrial hub , supporting some of Italy ’ s largest public sector organisations and important industries , including banking , fashion , food and tourism – as well as one of Europe ’ s largest start-up communities . The Milan region strengthens Oracle ’ s extensive network in the European Union , with Frankfurt , Amsterdam , Marseille and Stockholm already available and a second region in France and one in Spain planned to open . Oracle Cloud Regions are already available in the UK and Switzerland .
“ It is important that we offer organisations access to cloud infrastructure that is located in Italy to manage their most critical data and applications . We currently see significant growth in our cloud business that reflects our customers ’ desire to rapidly digitise their operations so they can better serve their customers ,” said Alessandro Ippolito , Vice President and Country General Manager , Oracle Italy . p
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