Disused Northamptonshire railway tunnel to become world-leading test facility for self-driving vehicles

A disused railway tunnel in Northamptonshire is set to become a world-leading test facility for the self-driving vehicles of tomorrow.

The 2.7km Catesby Tunnel has officially joined CAM Testbed UK, a global centre for the innovation and development of connected and self-driving vehicle technologies. Operated by Catesby Projects, official worldwide resellers of Catesby Tunnel, the first-of-its-kind facility will become the sixth test facility to join the network.

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Aramco enhances industrial IoT and AI with Qualcomm’s expertise

Aramco enhances industrial IoT and AI with Qualcomm's expertise.

Petroleum and natural gas firm, Aramco, has collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies in order to enhance connectivity, artificial intelligence and advanced computing technologies for industrial use cases in Saudi Arabia.

This collaboration aims to speed the development of the industrial 4G/5G and non-terrestrial networks (NTN) ecosystem, which includes 450MHz cellular technologies. It will also focus on designing hardware, software, and services to accelerate the adoption of...

GlobalPlatform releases protocol boosting IoT security

GlobalPlatform has released a new Secure Channel Protocol aimed at enhancing security and enabling remote management for IoT devices operating on low-power, constrained networks. 

Secure Channel Protocol promises to accelerate robust end-to-end security adoption across the IoT ecosystem while simplifying device management, supporting regulatory compliance, and promoting sustainability through reduced energy consumption.

"GlobalPlatform's widely adopted Secure...

Matter 1.3 supports new appliances and energy reporting

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) has announced Matter version 1.3, a significant update that brings support for major household appliances and new energy and water management capabilities to the smart home standard.

"This latest release marks an important step forward, enabling devices that can be more helpful to users in the kitchen and laundry room, enhance entertainment and smart home interaction on screens, and make the smart home more efficient and safer with new...

Advancing the era of eSIM: Unveiling the IoT specification

The journey towards integrating eSIM into IoT applications hasn't been straightforward. Although the M2M specification for eSIM has been available for years, its adoption has primarily been limited to specific industries like automotive and utilities. According to Kaleido Intelligence, the number of active eSIMs used for IoT connectivity only surpassed 100 million in 2022, six years after the publication of the M2M specification.

Streamlining eSIM implementation

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Cisco enhances coffee farming in Tanzania using the IoT

Cisco has teamed up with a group of partners to use the IoT to help Tanzanian coffee growers boost yields and operate more sustainably amid the challenges of climate change.

The networking giant has joined forces with the ConSenso Project: a coalition comprising Tanzanian coffee farmers, Italian plant scientists from PNAT, and researchers from the Accademia del Caffè Espresso. Together, they are deploying IoT sensors to "listen to the plants" on a Tanzanian coffee...

FCC proposes measures to combat abuse through connected cars

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to tackle a pressing issue: the misuse of connected car technology by abusers to harass and intimidate their partners.

In a bid to curb this alarming trend, the FCC has announced the launch of a formal proceeding aimed at exploring ways to assist survivors of domestic violence.

The initiative will delve into how the FCC can leverage existing legislation to ensure car manufacturers and wireless carriers are taking...

Oil and gas industry sees rapid growth in IoT devices

The oil and gas industry is experiencing a surge in the adoption of IoT devices, according to a new report from Berg Insight.

Berg Insight’s report forecasts that the installed base of wireless devices featuring cellular, satellite, or low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity in the industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.3 percent, increasing from 7.8 million units at the end of 2023 to 18.8 million connected devices by 2028.

The primary...

Millions of smart meters in Britain not working correctly

The UK's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (Desnez) has revealed that 4.31 million smart meters have not been operating in smart mode.

At the end of 2023, 3.98 million were found to be faulty, with the trade association for the energy industry, Energy UK, subsequently instructing suppliers to replace broken meters.

There are almost 35 million smart meters in Great Britain and the majority are operating as intended according to Smart Energy GB, a not-for-profit...

Cellular IoT module shipments saw their first decline in 2023

Global shipments of cellular IoT modules experienced their first-ever annual decline in 2023, falling two percent year-over-year.

Counterpoint Research’s latest report cites inventory adjustments following supply chain disruptions and reduced demand in key verticals like industrial and enterprise as driving factors behind the decline.

One bright spot was the rapid growth of 4G Cat 1 bis modules, which captured over 22 percent of shipments in 2023. In China, this...