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MWC: D-Link’s solutions for businesses and consumers

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D-Link has announced mobile solutions to bring connectivity to consumers, businesses, and carriers at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

“Our range of mobile products cover most scenarios,” said Anny Wei, CEO & President of D-Link Corporation.

D-Link’s new solutions for mobile connectivity include:

Edge as a Service

D-Link’s new Edge as a Service provides enterprises with their own private LTE network. Sensitive data from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices are processed locally rather than through the MNO network, allowing for a network that is more secure and has shorter latency. Our low-power base stations bring unlimited scalability and can handle more intense networking demands.

Connected Transportation

D-Link’s VPN routers provide connectivity that moves with you on public transportation. By working with in-vehicle network cameras and GPS trackers to monitor and report driver and passenger behavior, D-Link VPN Routers enable smarter, safer journeys.

Smart Parking

As more cities struggle with traffic congestion and parking issues, D-Link delivers customized solutions to improve cities’ parking conditions. D-Link’s new LTE VPN Router works with NVRs and other analytics tools to provide central management, data acquisition, and data dissemination.

Smart Retail

D-Link’s Smart Retail solutions consist of smart cameras with numerous beneficial features for retailers who want to sell better and profit faster. Facial recognition not only allows businesses to recognize their best customers and provide better service, but it also auto detects threats. Discover what store display area and products are most popular with hot spot analysis. Automatically keep track of visitors and guests and make sense of numbers with the business analytics software.

BLE IoT Solution

Designed to work with a 3rd party cloud, D-Link’s BLE IoT solution consists of a new connected home gateway, water sensor, and smart plug. With the support of a 3rd party security chipset, the devices have a secure connection to the 3rd party cloud. The hub allows users to conveniently manage Bluetooth-enabled smart home devices. 24/7 reliability is provided with 4G/LTE connectivity and a backup battery. A built-in siren provides on-site alerts based on preset conditions, and the smart devices can also be scheduled to turn on and off when certain events are triggered.

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC)

With an increasing demand for faster bandwidths, D-Link’s robust hybrid IAD combines 4G LTE with fixed line broadband to deliver a faster, more reliable Internet. The solution offers a failsafe Internet connection even when broadband or LTE connections fail.

Connectivity & Surveillance

Everyday life is safer and more convenient with D-Link’s customized smart city solutions. D-Link’s surveillance cameras offer smooth video streaming, and D-Link’s LTE hotspots and bridges allow communities to easily access information and entertainment.

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CES: Most useless gadgets of all

Choosing the best of show is a popular pastime, but the worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.

But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.

The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.

1. DUX voice-assisted bed

The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.

2. Smart Baby Dining Table 

Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.

Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.

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CES: Tech means no more “lost in translation”

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Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.

Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:

Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator

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The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication. 

It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.

It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.” 

Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.

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