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Anritsu launches new modules to make production line testing more efficient

Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce the simultaneous launch of its TRX Test Module MU887002A, designed to improve the efficiency of production-line inspection of wireless communications devices, including 5G, and its space-saving Universal Wireless Test Set MT8872A.

With 24 RF connectors, the newly developed TRX Test Module MU887002A is a TRX module for installation in both the MT8870A and MT8872A. It supports 5G Sub-6 GHz New Radio (NR) RF tests, as well as various other simultaneous wireless communications tests, including WLAN, Bluetooth®, and GNSS. As such, this makes the inspection of wireless communications devices on the production line much more efficient.

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The MT8872A is a measuring instrument designed for use in mass production and is fully compatible with the MT8870A. Its small footprint is designed to be used in narrower spaces than the standard 19” rackmount, saving space on crowded production lines.

Designed to meet the needs of manufacturers of chipsets, smartphones, wireless modules and other wireless products, Anritsu expects these new MU887002A and MT8872A solutions to save space and cut costs on production lines for wireless communication devices.

The numbers of 5G smartphones and subscribers continue to rise as commercial cellular 5G services start operations. In addition, more antennas are being built in to each 5G wireless device to achieve both higher speeds and greater capacity.

Because of this, wireless-device manufacturers need to test more antennas and are demanding a tester that can be used on the production-line to shorten inspection times.

To meet this demand, Anritsu has developed the TRX Test Module MU887002A with 24 RF connectors per module and the space-saving Universal Wireless Test Set MT8872A. These products meet manufacturers’ needs by improving the inspection efficiency of 5G wireless communications devices.

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Time for biometric security on contactless cards: New research from TietoEVRY reveals UK consumers' contactless concerns

New market research from leading digital services and software company TietoEVRY shows that UK and European consumers are concerned about infection risk when paying in-store, with worries about theft and fraud growing as contactless limits rise. In a new white paper TietoEVRY argues that now’s the time to introduce biometric security on contactless cards.

Conducted by Zwipe on behalf of TietoEVRY during COVID-19’s “second wave” across Europe in January 2021, the research found that 83% of UK consumers are concerned about infection risk when it comes to shopping and paying in-store. The research also shows more than half (55.3%) of consumers are concerned about the safety of their payment cards as transaction limits increase.

2021 03 01 125203Steve Warner, Sales Director for the UK and Ireland at TietoEVRY, said: “With the new proposed limit of £100 (€110) per transaction in the UK from 6th April 2021, it becomes possible for thieves to spend significant sums of money on unprotected contactless cards, even if theft is reported quickly. This is a real concern, and card issuing banks must act now to ensure contactless transactions remain safe and bolster consumer confidence.”

TietoEVRY’s research confirms that contactless payments have become the habitual choice of 78.3% of UK consumers, with fully 90% having used contactless at some point in the last three months. This compares to 2019 information from UK Finance stating that 60% of UK adults used contactless, demonstrating how fast contactless transactions have become the norm. Other leading European markets have shown a similar shift, with contactless used by 72% of Swedish consumers and 77% of Norwegians as of January 2021.

“Our research shows just one in four UK citizens believe the current situation is sustainable”, Warner continued. “At the same time, though few are aware of biometric cards, 80% of UK consumers are telling us they want a biometric security factor on their next payment card – and more than half of them are willing to pay for it. With recent surveys telling us that one in five Brits would move bank for better services, now’s the time for banks to claim competitive advantage by offering biometric cards.”

The research reveals just under half of UK consumers (49%) would switch banks to get hold of a biometric payment card, with around half of consumers in Sweden and Norway willing to make a similar switch.

Download the white paper for more information https://www.tietoevry.com/en/campaigns/2021/biometric-cards-whitepaper/. Please also see the attached PDF's for biometric study and executive summary.

About the research: 300 British citizens were surveyed by Zwipe on behalf of TietoEVRY in January 2021. 48% of respondents were female. 8% were aged under 18, 22% between 22 and 29, 18% between 30 and 44, 31% between 45 and 60, and 21% aged 60+. Survey information for Norway and Sweden available on request.

About TietoEVRY: TietoEVRY creates digital advantage for businesses and society. We are a leading digital services and software company with local presence and global capabilities. Our Nordic values and heritage steer our success. Headquartered in Finland, TietoEVRY employs around 24 000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. TietoEVRY’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 3 billion and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm as well as on the Oslo Børs. www.tietoevry.com

TietoEVRY Financial services solutions is the number 1 provider within IT, software and platform services for Financial services in the Nordics. We have largest pool of banking and financial IT and software experts in the Nordics supported by global capabilities. In total, we have over 3000 industry experts working with our 400 clients in over 50 markets around the globe.

TietoEVRY Financial Services Solutions create digital advantage for millions of customers every day, helping a wide range of Nordic and global companies in the financial services industry to digitalize business processes, secure operational efficiency and growth in an environment of constant regulatory change. Our portfolio provides a comprehensive range of services and processes, based on flexible modules and innovative scalable software platforms, from innovative real-time solutions within payments, cards and credit to running full stack operations and BPO services.

If you want to learn more, please visit: https://www.tietoevry.com/en/industries/financial-services/

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New Free Fluke products when you buy a Fluke tool

Fluke will again be offering a free product to customers who purchase Fluke products between 15th February 2021 and 30th June 2021. Customers who purchase Fluke products through authorized Fluke distributors have the opportunity to claim a free product. Claim the free product through the Fluke website with the original proof of purchase, invoice, or receipt.

New choices in Free Fluke products
The Free Fluke products to choose from have been updated; you will find new choices in all eight levels of free tools to claim. They are separated based on the value of your qualifying purchase, starting at as little as only £200. For each level there is a fixed range of products to claim, based on the value of the original purchase through and authorized Fluke distributor. A qualifying purchase includes Fluke electrical and industrial test tools, Fluke Networks, and Fluke Calibration products. Full details for how to claim the free product, the range of tools available, and full terms and conditions can be found at www.fluke.co.uk/freefluke

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How does it work?
For example, at level one, after spending £ 200 on a qualifying purchase, the claim can be made for a free unique Fluke TPAK™ Magnetic Hangclip, a soft carrying case to protect the newly purchased instrument, a Fluke 2AC VoltAlert™ Non-contact Voltage Detector, or a Fluke MT-8202-05 IntelliTone carrying case.  At the top levels, levels seven and eight, a claim for the free tool can be made for a range of Fluke measurement tools such as the Fluke TiS20+ Thermal Imager, a Fluke 1664 FC Multifunction Installation Tester or a PTi 120 Pocket Thermal Camera. Check all possibilities on www.fluke.co.uk/freefluke.

Fluke has everything engineers need for installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair in commercial, industrial and residential applications. The intuitive operation will save time when tracking down faults, meaning that the instruments immediately start paying for themselves.

Information about all Fluke products can be obtained via the Fluke website at www.fluke.co.uk.

Fluke’s mission is to be the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. The company’s products are used by technicians and engineers in service, installation, maintenance, manufacturing test, and quality functions in a variety of industries throughout the world. Fluke, founded in 1948, currently has offices in 13 European countries and distributes its products to over 100 countries internationally. The company’s European revenues contribute approximately 40 per cent of worldwide sales. Fluke’s headquarters are located in Everett, Washington State and the company employs over 2,500 people internationally. Its European sales and service headquarters are located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Visit Fluke’s Web site at http://www.fluke.co.uk

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Endress+Hauser launches iTEMP TMT142B smart transmitter with Bluetooth

Rugged field transmitter provides innovative functionality, improved measurement performance, and ease of use for applications in harsh environment conditions.

February 16, 2021 – Endress+Hauser launches iTEMP TMT142B, new generation smart temperature transmitter with Bluetooth. The transmitter delivers highly accurate and reliable measurements, wireless communication via Bluetooth, and user-friendly operation—all packaged in a robust single-chamber field housing. The technology offers significant improvements in process efficiency and plant availability while reducing costs.

2021 02 17 094556In industrial process engineering applications, temperature transmitters are an important link between temperature sensors in the process and the higher levels of automation. Measurement instruments are often installed in difficult-to-access locations, which frequently makes commissioning, operation and servicing more difficult.

To address these and other issues, the transmitter features a highly secure integrated Bluetooth interface that enables users to wirelessly visualize measured values, NAMUR NE 017 diagnostic information, as well as perform configuration tasks. The device is extremely easy and fast to operate using your phone or tablet and the Endress+Hauser SmartBlue app. No special tools required. Access to the device is password-protected, and Endress+Hauser security provisions for Bluetooth communication complies with the highest standards.

The newly developed backlit display provides excellent readability under all environmental conditions, both in the dark and bright sunlight. Diagnostic messages are highlighted when the normally white background turns red.

The conversion of different sensor signals into a stable, standardized output signal (4 to 20 mA) represents a logistical challenge as it often requires multiple transmitter variations. To meet this challenge, the configurable single-channel device transmits converted signals from resistance sensors (RTD), thermocouples (TC), resistances (Ω) and voltage transmitters (mV) via the 4 to 20 mA signal or the HART 7 communication.

iTEMP TMT142B temperature transmitter is designed for safe operation in hazardous areas as certified by international approvals (ATEX, CSA C/US, IECEx). Safe operation is enhanced by the incorporation of an integrated overvoltage protection that protects the device from damage and permits continued functionality after common upset events.

For more information visit https://eh.digital/3jN7Dsl.

About Endress+Hauser in the U.S.

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition. We work closely with the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, water & wastewater, power & energy, life science, primaries & metal, renewable energies, pulp & paper and shipbuilding industries. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact. The Group employs nearly 14,000 personnel worldwide and generated [net sales of] more than 2.6 billion euros (2.89 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019.

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Anritsu Launches New 5G RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR Solution

Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of its new RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR solution for regulatory compliance testing of 5G communications systems.

The newly developed RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR uses the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A as a simulated 5G NR base station in combination with a spectrum analyzer and signal generator to implement ARIB/ETSI/FCC-compliant FR1 RF tests. In addition, the measurement efficiency and quality of 5G terminals are assured by the easy-to-operate GUI and built-in calibration function for improved reliability. It is a platform that can perform spurious tests and interference tests, which are difficult for customers to build their own test environment.

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The ME7803NR makes it easy to evaluate whether the RF performance of 5G terminals meets regulatory requirements as well as simplifies evaluation of whether radio-waves are being used efficiently or not, helping 5G market penetration.

Anritsu expects its new ME7803NR to play an important role in deploying commercial 5G mobile network services by facilitating the spread of 5G terminals.

Product Outline

The RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR supports FR1 RF regulatory compliance tests of 5G NR terminals.  It is used with the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A simulating a 5G NR base station, the Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C operating as an LTE Anchor, and with various other test equipment and dedicated software to implement required 5G RF Regulatory (ARIB/ETSI/FCC) Conducted tests using 5G NR  Non-Standalone (NSA) mode call connections.

Key Features

  • Supports World Regional Frequency Bands. Certified North-American, European, and Asian bands as well as other future regional bands to be deployed (5G NR Bands and 5G NSA mode LTE Bands for LTE Anchor) are supported.
  • Maximizes Value of Customers’ Prior Equipment Investment. Customers can configure the ME7803NR test system by adding their own Anritsu standalone test equipment, such as the MT8000A, MT8821C, MS2840A/MS2850A, MG3710E, MG3694C, etc., to minimize additional required hardware purchases.
  • Common Regulatory Tests. The MT8000A and MT8821C used by the ME7803NR can share SAR/OTA/EMC tests.
  • Calibration Function for Better Reliability. The built-in calibration function for use when changing the connection configuration improves measurement stability and measured value reliability.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com), a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization.

Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 3,500 employees in over 90 countries.