News In Brief: Alca-Lu, Telecom Italia, Cryptocard, Amazon

Alcatel-Lucent achieved maximum data rates of 120 Mbps in the downlink during six months of LTE field tests with Chungwha Telecom Laboratories. The vendor conducted interoperability tests with five local handset makers, and hit peak downlink rates of 90Mps on a train moving at 281 kmh.
Police in Rome have begun trialing a new suite of ICT applications from Telecom Italia that aim to improve safety by optimizing on-street and back-office systems using dedicated smartphones.
Authentication expert Cryptocard claims a new cloud-based authentication-as-a-service offering could cut 60% from the total cost of ownership of authentication systems, and 90% from admin and management outlay.
Amazon’s German unit claims to have launched the country’s largest e-bookstore offering 650,000 titles including 25,000 German-language books.