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Huawei Opens Its Largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in China

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NEW DELHI: Huawei opened its largest Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan, China today, with representatives from GSMA, SUSE, the British Standards Institution, and regulators from the UAE and Indonesia speaking at the opening ceremony.

Along with the opening of the new center, Huawei also released its Product Security Baseline, marking the first time the company has made its product security baseline framework and management practices available to the industry as a whole. These actions are part of the company’s broader efforts to engage with customers, suppliers, standards organizations, and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen cyber security across the industry.

“Cyber security is more important than ever,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, at the opening of the Dongguan center.

“As an industry, we need to work together, share best practices, and build our collective capabilities in governance, standards, technology, and verification. We need to give both the general public and regulators a reason to trust in the security of the products and services they use on a daily basis. Together, we can strike the right balance between security and development in an increasingly digital world,” he added.

Over the past few years, industry digitalization and new technologies like 5G and AI have made cyberspace more complex than ever, compounded by the fact that people have been spending a greater portion of their lives online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These trends have led to a rise in new cyber security risks.

Huawei opened the new Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Transparency Center in Dongguan to address these issues, providing a platform for industry stakeholders to share expertise in cyber governance and work on technical solutions together. The center is designed to demonstrate solutions and share experience, facilitate communication and joint innovation, and support security testing and verification. It will be open to regulators, independent third-party testing organizations, and standards organizations, as well as Huawei customers, partners, and suppliers.

To further a unified approach to cyber security in the telecoms industry, organizations like GSMA and 3GPP have also been working with industry stakeholders to promote NESAS Security Assurance Specifications and independent certifications. These baselines have seen wide acceptance in the industry, and will play an important role in the development and verification of secure networks.

Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA, spoke at the opening of Huawei’s new center. “The delivery of existing and new services in the 5G era will rely heavily on the connectivity provided by mobile networks and will fundamentally depend on the underlying technology being secure and trusted,” he said. “Initiatives such as the GSMA 5G Cybersecurity Knowledge Base, designed to help stakeholders understand and mitigate network risks, and NESAS, an industry-wide security assurance framework, are designed to facilitate improvements in network equipment security levels across the sector.”

At the event, Huawei also released its Product Security Baseline, the culmination of over a decade of experience in product security management, incorporating a broad range of external regulations, technical standards, and regulatory requirements. The Baseline, together with Huawei’s other governance mechanisms, helps ensure the quality, security, and trustworthiness of the company’s products. Over the years, Huawei has built over 1,500 networks that connect more than three billion people across 170 countries and regions. None of these networks have ever experienced a major security incident.

“This is the first time we’ve shared our security baseline framework with the entire industry, not just core suppliers,” said Sean Yang, Director of Huawei’s Global Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Office.

“We want to invite all stakeholders, including customers, regulators, standards organizations, technology providers, and testing organizations, to join us in discussing and working on cyber security baselines. Together, we can continuously improve product security across the industry,” he added.

At present, the industry still lacks a standards-based, coordinated approach, especially when it comes to governance, technical capabilities, certification, and collaboration.

“Cybersecurity risk is a shared responsibility,” concluded Ken Hu in his opening remarks. ”

Governments, standards organizations, and technology providers need to work closer together to develop a unified understanding of cyber security challenges. This must be an international effort. We need to set shared goals, align responsibilities, and work together to build a trustworthy digital environment that meets the challenges of today and tomorrow,” added Ken Hu.

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Spectrum allocation to Indian Railways and provision of more modern signalling solutions to boost all round safety in operations

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NEW DELHI: Signalling System enhances safety in train operations. Upgradation and replacement of equipments in use over Indian Railways is a continuous process and is undertaken based on its condition, operational needs and availability of resources.

In order to further improve safety in train operation and generate additional line capacity, modernisation of Signalling System has been taken in hand which includes –

Provision of Electronic Interlocking (EI) to increase Safety and Flexibility – Electronic Interlocking are being adopted on a large scale to derive benefits of digital technologies in train operation and to enhance safety. So far 2221 stations have been provided with Electronic Interlocking upto 30.04.2021 covering 34% of Indian Railways. A policy decision has also been taken to provide Electronic Interlocking (EI) in future. Further, 1550 EIs are planned to be provided in next 3 years. This will enhance safety and efficiency of train operations.

Automatic Block Signalling (ABS) to increase Line Capacity – In order to increase line capacity to run more trains on existing High Density Routes of Indian Railways, Automatic Block Signaling is a cost effective solution. As on 30.04.2021, Automatic Block Signaling has been provided on 3447 Route km. Indian Railways has planned roll out of automatic signalling on around 15000 Rkm of high density and freight intensive routes. The roll out is planned to be undertaken in Mission Mode. With implementation of automatic signalling, increase in capacity will accrue resulting in more train services becoming possible.

Safety at Level Crossing gates – Enhancing Safety at Level Crossing Gates has been a major area of concern. Safety gets enhanced by interlocking level crossings with Signals. As on 30.04.2021 Indian Railways have provided interlocking with Signals at 11705 Level Crossing Gates to enhance the safety at Level Crossings.

Automatic Train Protection (ATP) System as an aid to Loco Pilot to prevent human error – ATP systems are being used by advanced Railway systems in the world as an aid to the Loco Pilots. These systems prevent collisions due to any human error by Loco Pilot. In order to improve safety, a decision has now been taken to provide ATP systems on Indian Railways (IR) in a Mission Mode.

So far IR was dependent on foreign technology for ATP systems. IR with Indian firms has now successfully developed indigenous cost effective technology for ATP – called Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). It has been decided to adopt TCAS as the National ATP of India under the ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’ Mission of Hon’ble PM. TCAS has been approved for 37300 RKm covering important routes in 1st phase.

The roll out of TCAS will eliminate train collision due to human error and enhance speed potential of IR thereby reducing travel time.

It may be noted that giving a boost to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ Mission, Government has approved allotment of 5 MHz Spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band to Indian Railways for public safety and security services at stations and in trains.

With this spectrum, Indian Railways has envisaged to provide Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route.

The estimated investment in the project is more than Rs. 25,000 Crore. The project will be completed in the next 5 years.

It brings a strategic shift in Railways’ operations and maintenance regime. It will help in improving the safety and increasing the line capacity to accommodate more trains using the existing infrastructure. The modern rail network will result in reduced transportation cost and higher efficiency. Also, it will attract multinational industries to set up manufacturing units to fulfill the ‘Make in India’ Mission and generate employment.

The purpose of the LTE for Indian Railways is to provide secure and reliable voice, video and data communication services for operational, safety and security applications of Railways. It will be used for :

Deployment of Modern Cab based Signalling System with Automatic Train Protection which will increased safety & throughput in train operation. Also, help during fog.

Mission Critical Voice Communication with seamless connectivity in train operations between Driver, Guard, Station Master, Train Traffic Controller & Maintenance staff.

Monitoring Limited Video Surveillance (Live Feed) through CCTV cameras in Trains to enhance passenger security.
For IoT based Asset monitoring specially the rolling stock.

Passenger Information Systems (PIS) in trains & at stations.

In addition to LTE initiative, Other major initiatives in Railway Telecom are:

Wi-Fi facility has been extended at 6002 stations and 101 balance feasible stations will be covered soon. Out of which 70% stations are of rural area.This facility is being used by passengers, local vendors, coolies, etc.

To improve security CCTV System has been provided at 801 stations and balance are also planned.
92% Route of the Railway has been covered with OFC based system (62,205 RKms). This is being used for Railway’s internal communication and spare capacity is being commercially utilized by RCIL.

Indian Railway is deploying e-filing system on a big way. To improve administrative works, e-office has been provided at 185 Units including all Divisions, Zones, CTIs & PUs. More than 1.35 Lakh users are using this and over 15.0 Lakh e-file are created till now. Existing physical files are being converted into digital files.

For above modernization of Signalling and Telecommunication, Indian Railways has envisaged investment of nearly Rs 55,000 crore.

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Anritsu base station simulator supports Korean eCall automatic emergency response system

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NEW DELHI: For Evaluating South Korean eCall over LTE (NG-eCall) IVS, Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hamada) has developed an option for South Korean eCall when used in combination with the company’s base-station simulator/signalling tester MD8475B and eCall Tester MX703330E software as a solution for testing eCall*1 automobile emergency response systems.

This option can evaluate an in-vehicle system (IVS) supporting South Korean eCall over LTE (uses NG-eCall standard).

Background to Korean eCall

Immediately after an accident, the eCall IVS makes an emergency voice call to the emergency response center (PSAP*2) to send details about the accident; this early accident report and dispatch of emergency rescue personnel when required is expected to help save lives by reducing deaths from serious injuries. South Korea is making fast progress in development of its eCall system, which will be mandatory in all new vehicles.

Product Outline

Anritsu’s Signalling Tester MD8475B is a base-station simulator for simulating the mobile network configuration used by eCall. The eCall Tester MX703330E software emulates the communication sequence between the eCall IVS and PSAP center.

Adding this developed South Korean eCall option to the MX703330E supports performance of the South Korean eCall function test and end-to-end voice evaluation defined by ITSK-WD-19003*3 over a simulated LTE network.
The spread of the LTE-Advanced communications system is accelerating adoption of larger-capacity in-cabin eCall telematics units and Anritsu is the first in the business to support all-in-one gigabit LTE simulation and NG-eCall IVS evaluation with its Signalling Tester MD8475B for both speeding-up and cutting test costs for telematics units.
DETAILS ABOUT MD8475B AND ECALL SOLUTION

Technical Terms
*1 eCall
Emergency information system for reporting major automobile accidents using wireless communications network and expected to facilitate rapid deployment of emergency assistance to help save lives
*2 PSAP
Abbreviation for Public Safety Answering Point functioning as eCall emergency response system center
*3 ITSK-WD-19003
Standard related to methods for testing interface between ITS Korea eCall (uses NG-eCall standard) terminal and remote server

 

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ANAROCK joins hands with Upflex

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NEW DELHI: ANAROCK, India’s leading independent real estate services firm, has announced that it will make Upflex, a hybrid booking platform with the largest global network of flexible workspace, available to companies in India.

ANAROCK has signed a formal agreement with U.S.-based Upflex Inc. to deploy Upflex’s services across tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in India. The agreement combines Upflex’s technology, processes, and corporate mandates with ANAROCK’s national distribution platform to offer a highly customizable workspace program.

“The unique workspace solution that Upflex offers is highly relevant today, when the country is still coming to grips with the pandemic,” says ANAROCK Chairman Anuj Puri.

The Upflex solutions portfolio is designed to replace traditional leasing models with a low-touch, single-vendor alternative, streamlining real estate, reducing overheads, conserving resources, and improving the employee experience,” says Rohin Shah, Director, ANAROCK Group.

Via the intuitive Upflex mobile app, employees can search thousands of workspaces across 1,600 cities and 75 countries, and book conveniently located desks, offices and meeting rooms on demand. Employers can track usage activity for their distributed workforce, see detailed utilization data, and handle all bookings across thousands of spaces and space operators in one invoice.

“We are proud to join forces with ANAROCK. Combining our leading-edge technology and global network coverage with ANAROCK’s unparalleled expertise of the Indian market is a winning formula” says Upflex Chief Executive Officer Christophe Garnier, based out of New York. “Our expansion into India marks a milestone moment in the growth of Upflex as we introduce our products to new audiences and help the world get back to work flexibly and safely.”

Garnier adds, “We welcome the opportunity to forge new partnerships with flex workspace providers across India as we have done with great success around the globe.”

ANAROCK will also be launching Upflex’s Safe Spaces™ initiative, a global programme aimed helping businesses of all sizes ramp up operations as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, helping employees return to the workplace and access spaces that follow strict health and safety guidelines.

Participating companies will be differentiated by a Safe Spaces™ logo and a health and safety filter on the app and desktop, allowing employees to easily identify and book spaces that are part of the program nearer to home – reducing commute times and boosting productivity, safety, and employee satisfaction.

Upflex Chief Strategy Officer Vincent Lottefier, a three-decade veteran in the corporate real estate industry, was previously CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle India and worked closely with Anuj Puri during and after the merger of real estate consultancy Trammell Crow Meghraj and Jones Lang LaSalle in 2007. Lottefier will join the Advisory Board of Upflex India.

With ANAROCK as operational partner, they will work with commercial space developers, landlords, corporates, and real estate brokerages to grow Upflex’s footprint to an estimated 1000 centres across India in the next 12 months.

 

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