Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The top 25 IoT startups to watch in 2019: A guide

  • 26,792 startups are relying on IoT as one of their main technologies to launch new products and services and support platform-based business models according to Crunchbase.
  • 78.4% of IoT startups Crunchbase tracks have had two funding rounds or less with seed, angel and early-stage rounds being the most common.
  • IoT startup funding reached $16.7bn in Q4, 2018, with last years’ funding levels 94% over 2017 according to Venture Scanner.
  • By 2020, 50% of IoT spending will be driven by discrete manufacturing, transportation and...

By Louis Columbus, 21 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

Audi GLOSA helps drivers breeze past green traffic lights

Audi’s latest feature wants to help drivers ensure they’re not stuck at red traffic lights by connecting to city infrastructure.

The feature is called Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and will advise the driver of what speed to go at in order to catch the “green wave” and breeze past traffic lights safely.

Hopefully, it will lead to more of the wonderful moments depicted by James Corden in this Confused.com advert:

Audi’s system works by monitoring the car’s...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Vodafone IoT Barometer 2019: ‘Significant acceleration’ in adoption

The 2019 edition of Vodafone’s annual IoT Barometer has been released showing a surge in adoption of the burgeoning technology.

For its research, Vodafone surveyed 1,758 businesses worldwide. More than a third (34%) have now adopted the IoT to some extent.

Stefano Gastaut, CEO of IoT at Vodafone Business, said:

“IoT is central to business success in an increasingly digitised world, with 72 percent of adopters saying digital transformation is impossible without it.

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Nigel Stanley, TÜV Rheinland: Exploring differences in IT and OT to get cybersecurity right in industrial systems

Towards the end of 2017, researchers from cybersecurity firm Dragos detected a foiled malware attack which, even though it wasn’t successful, had serious repercussions for anyone working in industrial environments.

The malware, known predominantly as Triton but also going under the monikers of Trisis or HatMan, targeted petrochemical plants in the Middle East. What marked it out from other attacks was that it focused on...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Security, Standards.

IoT startup GoFar raises $1.3m to improve drivers’ skills

When driving I’ve often wished fellow road users would improve their skills, but IoT startup GoFar has raised over $1m to help achieve just that.

GoFar builds connected car tech. The Sydney-based startup raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter back in June 2015 and has since expanded to 14 personnel serving thousands of customers across 53 countries.

In a funding round led by Right Click Capital, GoFar has now secured $1.3 million to continue its journey.

The startup makes technology...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

You’ll have had your IoT: Scotland gets most advanced UK Internet of Things network

Glasgow-based intelligent networking and integrated security solutions provider Boston Networks is powering what is claimed to be the UK’s most advanced Internet of Things network, called IoT Scotland.

IoT Scotland is a £6 million wide area wireless sensor network that will work through 500 Long Range (LoRa) wireless gateways situated all over Scotland. The network will help applications and services to gather data...

By IoT News, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Driverless vehicles do not understand Dutch cyclists

The Dutch government is running into problems with its autonomous vehicle plans; namely, the automobiles can’t understand cyclists.

According to ‘I Amsterdam’, there are 881,000 bikes in Amsterdam alone. 58 percent of Amsterdammers older than 12 cycles daily. That’s a big problem if driverless cars are unable to understand and react to cyclists.

Under the Dutch government’s plans, 100...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed goes live

The UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed has gone live in Millbrook as part of the AutoAir consortium.

Based at the Millbrook Proving Grounds test track, the Airspan-led consortium has deployed a small cell network of 89 base stations operating in the in the 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz mid-band spectrum. The network also includes a 22 sector high-speed mobility 57-71 GHz mmWave highway system.

In theory, AutoAir’s network supports 5 Gbit/s every 300m. A public demonstration showed the system...

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

IDC notes how Asia Pacific is set to become global IoT spending leader in 2019

The recently published IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide has predicted that the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan (APEJ), will spend around 36.9% of the worldwide spend, making it the global leader for IoT spending in 2019. Following APEJ will be the US and Western Europe with 26.1% of the WW IoT spend in 2019, respectively.

In 2018, China spent £123.57bn, making it the top spender in the...

By IoT News, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Standards.

UK launches first 5G smart factory as part of industrial trial

The UK has launched its first 5G smart factory as part of an industrial trial examining how British factories can be modernised.

Bosch’s factory in Worcester has been fitted with sensors and 5G-based technology for monitoring its operations.

The factory will be combining IoT sensors and 5G for preventative maintenance. Data analytics will help to predict failures before they occur.

Carl Arntzen, CEO at Worcester Bosch, said:

“We are delighted to have switched 5G on in our...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Inrix: Traffic jams are costing £8bn per year in the UK

Connected car services firm Inrix has released its latest analysis of UK traffic which highlights it costs the economy around £8 billion per year.

Drivers in the UK’s most congested city, London, lost 227 hours each last year. Birmingham took second place with each driver wasting 134 hours, while Glasgow was third losing 99 hours.

Overall, it’s costing each driver an average of £1,137. For weary London travellers, it’s costing around £1,680 each.

Connected cars, and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

VMware and InfluxData team up over enterprise and industrial IoT data

San Francisco-based tech firm InfluxData has announced that it will be integrating its technology with VMware’s IoT infrastructure management solution -- the Pulse IoT Centre, which embeds InfluxData’s InfluxDB Enterprise and Kapacitor.

The Pulse IoT Centre is an enterprise-grade IoT device management and monitoring solution, allowing customers to manage, monitor and secure IoT systems and connected devices,...

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

Study reveals laxness among automakers in terms of cybersecurity

An independent study conducted by Ponemon Institute found that 30% of the automotive companies do not have their own cybersecurity programme or a team. It also found that these companies do not even hire external organisations to secure the software used in their products.

Moreover, the survey shows that around 63% of all automotive firms are heedless when it comes to testing vulnerabilities. Less than half of software, hardware, and other technologies they develop remain untested.  

Commissioned by...

By IoT News, 07 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

How Industry 4.0 developments will be gaining pace in 2019

Sponsored It goes without saying that the ongoing fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, will be a vital theme in 2019. Increasingly, as various industries mature in their thinking and outlook towards the Internet of Things, budgets are looking towards a confluence of emerging technologies and – deployed in concert – how they can drive greater efficiencies in the industrial sector.

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By IoT News, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Extreme Networks launches Defender for IoT with aim to secure edge devices

Extreme Networks, a California-based network equipment supplier, has launched Defender for IoT, which aims to help organisations secure edge and IoT devices.

Defender for IoT, which is part of the company’s Smart OmniEdge solution, can be deployed on any network by anyone, which means no technical expertise is required at all. It is so easy that even a non-technical staff at schools, hospitals, retailers, and hospitality...

By IoT News, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Standards.

Report: Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

A paper distributed on ArXiv last week analysed the concerning lack of security when it comes to IoT device apps.

The security issues plaguing IoT devices themselves are well-documented. Security often seems to be an afterthought in the rush to market.

While there’s been a recent explosion in connected devices, app development has been around much longer. The mature development industry has created best practices to help ensure security, but it seems the note hasn’t reached IoT device app...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Ericsson reveals vision for next-gen cellular IoT solutions

Ericsson is empowering service providers across multiple industries to address a larger part of the IoT market with the help of its newly introduced next-generation cellular solutions.

These solutions will help proliferation of the cellular IoT evolution in what Ericsson sees as four market segments: broadband IoT, industrial automation IoT, massive IoT, and critical IoT.

Among those,...

By IoT News, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Port of Rotterdam puts IoT into operation with first application underway

The Port of Rotterdam is ready to go with its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, with the announcement that the first application for a hydro/meteo has been put into operation.

The system uses an extensive network of sensors to provide accurate and up-to-date water (hydro) and weather (meteo) data particularly for the planning and management of shipping. Construction of the IoT platform was announced a year ago by...

By IoT News, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

The three biggest challenges in preparing IoT data: Getting past the complexity barriers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already entrenched in our everyday lives - from wearables and smart watches through to connected TVs and smart home appliances. Businesses, too, are utilising the technology; in a B2B context, connected devices refer to machines and sensors that are used to track everything from machine performance to maintenance requirements. For instance, sensor devices might be found on a production line to track the readiness of the machines and automate

By Sean Kandel, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.