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...

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...

European smart gas meters penetration hit 45% in 2023

According to a new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart gas meters in Europe reached 55.9 million units in 2023.

Equivalent to a penetration rate of 45 percent, this represents significant growth in the adoption of smart gas metering technology across the continent.

The report forecasts that the installed base will continue expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8 percent between 2023 and 2028, reaching 77.6 million...

UK announces measures to advance smart energy technology

The UK has announced new measures aimed at advancing smart energy technology and infrastructure across the country. The plans focus on enabling more homes to benefit from smart meters and flexible energy tariffs, as well as funding for companies to test new IoT-enabled services.

A key part of the strategy is improving support for in-home displays that connect to smart meters. The government has launched a scheme for customers to repair or replace faulty displays beyond the...

IoT transforming solar efficiency in South Africa

Coming off a record year for residential solar panel installations in 2023, the integration of the IoT and with solar energy systems is revolutionising how South Africans view home efficiency and energy independence.

“There’s an incredible opportunity to combine technology with daily home use to create homes that are smarter, more efficient, and more cost-effective," said Ross Mains-Sheard, Co-Founder and CEO of Versofy SOLAR.

“As smart home gadgets and apps become...

Connexin wins UK’s largest smart water metering contract

Connexin has secured the largest smart water metering contract in the UK to date, winning a deal with Essex & Suffolk Water to supply up to one million smart water meters across Essex and Suffolk by 2035.

The deal will see Connexin install wireless network infrastructure and provide Itron smart water meters to Essex & Suffolk Water over the next 11 years. The meters will enable remote, real-time monitoring of household and business water usage. 

Connexin...

Samsung and British Gas will help UK homes reduce energy use

Samsung is partnering with British Gas to help UK customers take control of their household energy consumption.

"As one of the UK’s most trusted brands, British Gas is the perfect fit for us as an innovative technology business. Together we are now able to harness SmartThings Energy to provide customers with easier control into optimising their daily routines and energy use," explained Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President at Samsung.

The collaboration expands the...

Huawei forecasts growth in digital energy and smart car solutions

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is targeting growth in 2024 for its newer business areas including digital energy and smart vehicle solutions, according to rotating chairman Hu Houkun. 

In an end-of-year memo, Hu said the company expects to surpass 700 billion yuan ($103 billion) in sales for 2023. While its core ICT infrastructure business "will remain robust," greater momentum is building behind the firm’s digital energy and smart vehicle solutions.

"The...

Violeta Mitsova, MClimate: Improving sustainability one smart building at a time

In a recent interview at IoT Tech Expo Europe, Violeta Mitsova, the co-founder of MClimate, shed light on the company's approach to designing sustainable and efficient smart building solutions. Focusing on LoRaWAN technology, MClimate pioneers a path towards energy-efficient, secure, and easily accessible IoT systems.

Mitsova highlighted MClimate’s emphasis on LoRaWAN technology due to its extended battery life—enabling every device to last up to a decade. By combining...

IoT Tech Expo: How the IoT is aiding Ukraine in a time of war

Oleg Polovynko, CIO of Kyiv City Council, addressed IoT Tech Expo Europe attendees in a humbling session titled "Maintaining Connectivity in a Time of War".

During his session, Polovynko provided valuable insights into how the Ukrainian capital has leveraged digital solutions to cope with Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.

Polovynko underscored the crucial role of digital applications, particularly the Kyiv Digital application launched in 2021. The...