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O-RAN Alliance Releases First Software Code

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  • This first software release represents a consolidated step towards O-RAN-compliant Radio Access Network Commercialization
  • It covers initial functionality of the O-RAN unique Near Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller, the O1 interface and the protocol stack
  • With more than 1 million lines of code, the “Amber” release is the result of contributions of over 60 developers from more than 10 companies

BONN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the O-RAN Alliance, working with the Linux Foundation, announced the O-RAN Software Community’s first software code release, “Amber”.

The goal of the O-RAN Software Community is to advance opening the Radio Access Network (RAN) with a focus on the open interfaces, followed by implementations that leverage new capabilities enabled by the O-RAN specifications.

The Amber release includes initial contributions across 11 software projects. Key highlights include:

  • The demonstration of the Operation and Maintenance O1 interface, including multi-vendor radio support.
  • The initial release of the O-RAN unique Near Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller. The Near-RT RIC aims at increasing network performance. It utilizes closed loop (~10ms) measurements to optimize load, energy consumption or other parameters across multiple radios. The O-RAN solution benefits from open access to local RAN data and leverages the O-RAN open architecture, including the E2 and O1 interfaces.
  • 3 initial Near-RT RIC microservices (X-APPs) on network admission control, network KPI monitoring and KPI measurement.
  • An initial RAN protocol stack from 4G LTE with extendable framework towards 5G standalone mode that leverages the multi-vendor O-RAN architecture with the open fronthaul interface and the F1 interface.

The Amber Release is available at the O-RAN Software Community wiki pages.

The O-RAN Software Community plans to continue rapid development of O-RAN compliant software, following the Linux Foundation 6 months release cycle.

“The first release of the O-RAN Software Community exemplifies the progress we’ve made as an industry, and AT&T is proud to be a member and active contributor of this effort,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chairman of the O-RAN Alliance, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AT&T. “Together, we’re driving forward open networking, software and virtualization in global wireless networks, which is critical as we shift to a 5G world.”

“We are really pleased to deliver the first release of the O-RAN Software Community with key elements in both repositories in such a short period of time,” said Chih-Lin I, Co-chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee (TSC), Chief Scientist of China Mobile. “The Amber Release provides a good framework for the non-realtime RIC and the near-realtime RIC under Apache 2.0, as well as the O-CU and the O-DU under the FRAND-based O-RAN Software License. It demonstrates the value of close alignment between the specification work and the corresponding open source software development.”

“The TOC is proud of all the contributors who have worked hard to bring together the first release of software for an open and intelligent RAN in such a short time,” said John Murray, co-chair of the O-RAN Software Community Technical Oversight Committee and AVP advanced technologies, AT&T. “It is an exciting and evolving domain that is at the front of technology changing our world. The first release is the start of the project and we expect the contributions and functionality to continue as we grow the community of contributors and deliver additional releases in the future.”

“At Nokia we are strong proponents of O-RAN’s core principles of intelligence and openness and believe it will motivate collaboration and drive innovative new services in the industry,” said Michael Clever, Head of Cloud RAN Solutions at Nokia. “We are pleased to be contributing to the Near-RT RIC software in the O-RAN Amber Release. This and future contributions will help prove out the Near-RT RIC and pave the way for wider adoption.”

“Radisys is a champion of O-RAN Alliance and our open strategy has been a guiding beacon for us to help foster the open RAN ecosystem,” said Neeraj Patel, SVP and GM, MobilityEngine Business Unit, Radisys. “We have been working with the O-RAN Alliance and Linux Foundation to bring an open O-DU and O-CU protocol stack as part of the Amber Release. Radisys will continue to play an active role both as an enabler and integrator to fast track the operationalization and commercialization of a multi-vendor ecosystem for 5G RAN.”

“We are pleased to see the O-RAN Software Community issue its first software release, especially in such a short time since forming the project,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “The speed in which this collaboration came together represents a strong commitment across the open source networking ecosystem towards the harmonization of both open source and open standards, as well as cross-stack integration.”

About O-RAN Alliance and the O-RAN Software Community

The O-RAN Alliance is a world-wide, carrier-led effort with more than 130 member operators, vendors, and research & academic institutions operating in the Radio Access Network industry. Its mission is to drive new levels of openness in the radio access network of next generation wireless systems. Future RANs will be built on a foundation of virtualized network elements, white-box hardware and standardized interoperable interfaces that fully embrace O-RAN’s core principles of intelligence and openness.

For more information please visit www.o-ran.org.

The O-RAN Software Community was jointly created by the O-RAN Alliance and the Linux Foundation in April 2019. Its mission is to provide a software solution to support the implementation of an open and intelligent Radio Access Network (RAN), compliant with the O-RAN Alliance specifications.

For more information please visit www.o-ran-sc.org.

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information please visit us at www.linuxfoundation.org.

Contacts

Zbynek Dalecky

O-RAN Alliance e.V.

pr@o-ran.org
+420 603 400 524

Jill Lovato

The Linux Foundation

jlovato@linuxfoundation.org
+1 503 703 8268

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Pluxity Launches PLUG Kiosk for Comprehensive Spatial Information Service

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– It provides convenience service tailored for mobility handicapped people

SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#3DplatformPluxity, a plug-in solution provider based in Korea, announced on December 16, 2019 the launch of the PLUG Kiosk that provides 3D-based spatial information.

The PLUG Kiosk helps one easily find important facilities and stores by displaying spatial information in 3D maps. When a user chooses departing place, transit spots and destination, it intuitively shows the entire route.

It also offers various convenience services to customers who visit the site where the PLUG Kiosk is installed.

Equipped with a digital braille pad, it provides a system for mobility handicapped people including visually impaired persons as well as information on monitored quality of air, fine dusts and harmful gases using smart environmental sensor. And, the kiosk can be used by users with diverse statures as its height can be adjusted accordingly.

Featuring functions of guiding the way tailored for mobility handicapped people and visually impaired persons, it also can provide intuitive information based on easy-to-use interface and intuitive information based on 3D, identical services in diverse environments based on web standards, notices by surrounding facilities, and information on events depending on locations of users.

“PLUG Kiosks will initially be installed at areas congested with transient population, such as subway stations and airports, and we will expand available areas on phased basis for convenience of consumers,” said a manager at the company.

Earlier, Pluxity showcased the PLUG Kiosk at international trade events, including the Smart City Expo World Congress and IoT Tech Expo North America.

For further information on the PLUG Kiosk, please visit website of Pluxity (www.pluxity.com).

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Pluxity Co., Ltd.

Yoon Jae-min

+82-2-332-9002

biz@pluxity.com

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QInsure Goes Live with FINEOS Claims

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AdminSuiteFINEOS Corporation (ASX:FCL), the market-leading provider of group and individual core systems for life, accident and health insurance, today announced that QInsure, the insurance arm of QSuper, one of Australia’s largest and most respected superannuation funds, has successfully gone live with FINEOS Claims.

The QInsure and FINEOS partnership will bring about changes focused on foundational operational uplift including improved, integrated and automated processes and workflow for claims covering life, TPD and income protection. Key highlights of the program included automatic payment calculations and FSC Code of Practice solutions that help case managers deliver on the insurance promise and meet regulatory obligations. The overarching philosophy focussed on member-centric claims outcomes including automated claims management with FINEOS embedded analytics and integrated generation of correspondence to members.

Speaking about the project, Chief of QInsure, Phil Fraser said, “We ran a comprehensive RFP and completed a lot of due diligence to choose FINEOS as our partner. The collaborative partnership has been extremely positive, and the project has delivered high quality results. We achieved this by both parties providing strong leadership and governance, working very closely across business and IT, and sticking assiduously to FINEOS’ comprehensive out of the box solutions. We are already seeing one of the key objectives of this program come to life in our streamlined claims processes, enabling our Claim Managers, to be freed up from routine administrative tasks to focus on providing even more excellent outcomes to QSuper members.”

Michael Kelly, CEO, FINEOS added, “This has been an exciting project for us in Australia and we have enjoyed working with QInsure to assist them improve their service even further. FINEOS has the market leading product and a very strong local team that has established trusted relationships with some of the largest and most respected insurers across the ANZ region – with well over 10,000 licensed users locally, our product helps process millions of claims each year. We pride ourselves on a laser-like focus on adding business value and are delighted to add Qinsure to the growing and thriving FINEOS community.”

About FINEOS Corporation Limited

FINEOS is a leading provider of core systems for life, accident and health insurers globally with 6 of the 10 largest group life and health carriers in the US as well as 6 of the largest life insurers in Australia. With employees and offices throughout the world, FINEOS continues to scale rapidly, working with innovative progressive insurers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

The FINEOS Platform provides clients full end to end core insurance administration and includes the FINEOS AdminSuite core product suite as well as add-on products, FINEOS Engage to support digital engagement and FINEOS Insight for analytics and reporting.

For more information, visit www.FINEOS.com

About QInsure

QInsure was established to exclusively provide Group Life Insurance policies for QSuper, so life insurance benefits can be provided to QSuper members as part of their superannuation membership.

QInsure, the first insurance company set up by a superannuation fund in Australia, was established on 29 July 2015 as a wholly owned subsidiary of QSuper Limited and commenced issuing life insurance policies from 1 July 2016. The company has ASFL and APRA licenses to operate as an insurance company, as well as an independent Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.

About QSuper

QSuper started with an Act of Parliament in 1912 creating the entity now known as the QSuper Group.

Over time, QSuper expanded to become the superannuation fund for all current and former Queensland public sector employees and their spouses and is now Queensland’s largest super fund and one of the largest in Australia. QSuper has grown its range of products and services, with its customer base is now numbering more than 585,000 with over $113 billion in funds under administration.

With the passing of legislation in 2016 that removed the restrictions on who is eligible to join the Fund, from 1 July 2017 QSuper was able to welcome more Australians to experience the QSuper feeling.

For more information, visit https://qsuper.qld.gov.au/

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Victoria Jamison

Marketing Manager

FINEOS Corporation

+ 353 1 639 9700

victoria.jamison@FINEOS.com

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Baidam Solutions Joins CrowdStrike’s Elevate Partner Program

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Partnership delivers next-generation endpoint protection to Indigenous communities, supporting education in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector

SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CrowdStrike® Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection, today announced Baidam Solutions has joined the CrowdStrike Elevate Partner Program. Through this strategic partnership, Baidam Solutions will combine their offerings with CrowdStrike’s industry-leading endpoint protection platform to help customers stop breaches. The CrowdStrike Elevate Partner Program provides technology partners, solutions providers, system integrators and managed service providers with the capability to deliver bespoke solutions to customers.

Through the Elevate Partner Program, Baidam Solutions will offer CrowdStrike’s cloud-native Falcon platform, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), unified next-generation antivirus (NGAV), IT hygiene, endpoint detection and response (EDR), cyber threat intelligence, and proactive threat hunting for customers in Australia. Delivered via a single lightweight agent, the solution enables reliable prevention, detection, response and mitigation to all threats, including sophisticated malware-free intrusions, so that customers can spot and stop breaches quickly.

Baidam Solutions is CrowdStrike’s first Australian Indigenous channel partner and offers a unique go-to-market strategy. Phillip Jenkinson, chief executive officer and co-founder, Baidam Solutions, said, “We’re delighted to be working with CrowdStrike to bring the very best cybersecurity solutions to our customers. We are committed to helping to Bridge the Gap of Indigenous diversity and inclusion in the ICT sector. We believe that education, creating role models and pathways of employment for Indigenous ICT students is key to diversifying the IT security industry. Our partnership with CrowdStrike demonstrates how a reseller and a vendor can work together to deliver excellent results, while also creating role models for Indigenous students to follow.”

“We’re pleased to add Baidam Solutions to our roster of channel partners. Baidam’s record of not only delivering industry-leading network security and application security expertise, but of giving back to regional and remote communities through educational scholarships and funding for cybersecurity certification training makes them a perfect partner for both our products and our values,” said Geoff Swaine, regional vice president, Channel and Alliances Asia Pacific and Japan, CrowdStrike.

The CrowdStrike Elevate Partner Program provides technology partners, solution providers, system integrators and managed service providers with the capability to deliver bespoke solutions to customers. Joint customers of Baidam Solutions and CrowdStrike have access to combined, advanced capabilities that leverage all of the existing assets within a customer’s environment, allowing them to operate their security efforts in a more efficient and effective manner responding to security threats faster and with greater accuracy.

About Baidam Solutions

Established in 2018, Baidam Solutions Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated, Supply Nation Certified, information technology business. Baidam Solutions delivers industry leading network security and application security expertise, allowing organisations to achieve greater performance, productivity, and protection.

Baidam Solutions gives back to regional and remote communities through educational scholarships and funding for cyber security certification training.

By partnering with some of Australia’s largest employers, the company is able to provide secure employment options through the Baidam Initiative program. This program provides pathways to employment in the ICT security sector for First Nations people.

About CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike® Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining security for the cloud era with an endpoint protection platform built from the ground up to stop breaches. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform’s single lightweight-agent architecture leverages cloud-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and offers real-time protection and visibility across the enterprise, preventing attacks on endpoints on or off the network. Powered by the proprietary CrowdStrike Threat Graph®, CrowdStrike Falcon correlates over two trillion endpoint-related events per week in real time from across the globe, fueling one of the world’s most advanced data platforms for security.

With CrowdStrike, customers benefit from better protection, better performance and immediate time-to-value delivered by the cloud-native Falcon platform.

There’s only one thing to remember about CrowdStrike: We stop breaches.

Qualifying organizations can gain full access to Falcon Prevent™ by starting a free trial.

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CrowdStrike Media Contact:
CrowdStrike, Inc.

Megan Guthrie +61407464121

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