Amazon in-car delivery expands to Honda and Acura vehicles

Amazon has expanded its unique in-car delivery service to newer vehicle models from Honda and Acura.

No-one likes missing parcel deliveries: they could be important to have that day, and often it means having to go on a jaunt to your local delivery office.

You could have a parcel left on your porch at risk of it being stolen, but Amazon has been looking at other possibilities. One of the potential solutions was a digital key allowing Amazon delivery drivers to let themselves in your home to put the parcel...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Global semiconductor revenue to decline by 9.6% year on year in 2019, says Gartner

Gartner’s latest report has predicted a global decline in semiconductor revenue this year.

According to the market researcher, the revenue will decrease $429b (£344b), which is a decline of 9.6% from $475b (£380b) in 2018. This is also a decline from previous quarter’s forecast of -3.4%.

Gartner says that a demand-driven oversupply in the DRAM market will be...

By IoT News, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

BMW and Tencent to develop self-driving cars together

BMW and Tencent Holdings have joined hands to develop self-driving cars in their newly planned computing centre that is said to start operations by the end of 2019. 

This new computing centre will provide cars with data-crunching capabilities that will help them drive semi-autonomously and ultimately in autonomous mode. The centre, built in the eastern city of Tianjin, will support BMW’s autonomous driving development and innovation in China, said Jochen Goller, head of BMW’s China...

By IoT News, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

IoT for agriculture use cases: Oizom monitors soil irrigation for healthier crops

Ahmedabad-based Oizom – a provider of environmental IoT solutions – is leveraging Semtech Corporation’s LoRa devices and Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN-based networking infrastructure for its new Agribot smart agriculture solution, which is designed to offer farmers real-time insight into the health of their crops by monitoring soil conditions, including humidity and pH levels.

The LoRa-based sensors in...

By IoT News, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

IBM X-Force: Mirai is increasingly targeting enterprise IoT devices

Researchers from IBM X-Force have found variants of the infamous IoT botnet Mirai are increasingly targeting enterprise devices.

Mirai caused havoc in 2016 when it was used to flood DNS provider Dyn with unprecedented amounts of traffic. Dyn’s downtime impacted some of the world’s most popular services including Twitter, Spotify, PlayStation Network, GitHub, Netflix, and Soundcloud.

There are more than 60 known variants of Mirai. Typically, these variants have sought to infect easily hackable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security.

IDC: Asia Pacific will spend almost $400bn on Internet of Things by 2023

The latest note from analyst firm IDC has predicted that the Asia Pacific (APAC) region will be the global leader for IoT spending in 2019 – confirming the company’s previous forecast.

The most recent Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, predicts that APAC will account for more than a third (35.7%) of global spend, followed by the US and Western Europe with 27.3% and 21.2% of the spend,...

By IoT News, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

5G Americas explores how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’

A whitepaper released by industry trade organisation 5G Americas delves into how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’.

The whitepaper explains how standards body 3GPP has been helping to future-proof the cellular technology which is expected to underpin massive IoT deployments (defined as at least one million devices per kilometre).

No organisation wants to be responsible for having to replace the batteries of such large deployments on a frequent basis, so the 5G networks are expected...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

ABI Research predicts 24 million satellite-linked IoT connections by 2024

A new study argues there will be 24 million IoT connections made via satellite by 2024 – leading to ‘seamless’ global connectivity.

The report from ABI Research, titled ‘Satellite in IoT: New Satellite Networks for New Wave of IoT Investment’, forecasts that segments expected to see significant growth include agriculture, asset tracking, maritime tracking, and aviation tracking.

By IoT News, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.

The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.

Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies –...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Waymo allowed to use self-driving vehicles to transport passengers in California

Waymo has received a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to run its self-driving taxis.

As first reported by TechCrunch, the approval lets the Alphabet-owned self-driving venture to participate in the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot. The move is a boon for Waymo, as it has started to scale its autonomous...

By IoT News, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.