Why 450 MHz is the unsung hero of cellular IoT

In the general clamour surrounding cellular IoT connectivity, it’s easy to overlook some of those key components that may not receive the attention they deserve. One example is the 450 MHz spectrum, currently utilized for 2G and 3G networks around the world. However, as the cellular IoT ecosystem evolves, it is time to understand the potential of 450 MHz.

Around the world, legacy 2G and 3G networks at 450 MHz spectrum are being retired at an ever-increasing rate and migrating to 4G and 5G. Consequently, a significant...

By Ilan Reingold, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Microsoft unleashes Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Following an unveiling at Computex last month, Microsoft has announced it's unleashing Windows 10 IoT Core Services into public preview.

IoT Core Services enables solutions running on Windows 10 IoT Core to be commercialised and companies to create long-term business models for ongoing value.

One of the most important components of the service is the Device Update Center, where an overview of all devices can be seen and updates scheduled for when appropriate. All updates are delivered using the same CDN...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

GE and Microsoft team up in largest partnership yet to aid digital transformation initiatives

GE and Microsoft are extending their partnership agreement to remove the issues that industries face in advancing digital transformation projects. Both companies are planning to bring their respective operational technology and information technology together to accomplish the task.

Under the deal, GE Digital plans to standardise its Predix solutions on Microsoft Azure and deeply integrate the Predix portfolio with Azure’s native cloud capabilities, including Azure IoT and Azure Data and Analytics. The...

By IoT News, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Putting the pedal to the metal on autonomous driving: Where we are now – and where we’re going

According to Allied Market Research, the global connected car market is expected to be worth $141 billion by 2020, with fully autonomous car sales predicted to hit 21 million by 2035. There are clear benefits, but also obstacles to overcome before autonomous cars meet all consumer, industry and legal requirements.

What is an autonomous car?

Since the launch of the first autonomous car, its definition has become a generic phrase for any kind of automation in...

By Sebastien Brame, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Close to the edge: How to realise the benefits of edge computing for IIoT

You may well have heard of the ‘intelligent edge’, as Microsoft puts it – the future of computing, on multiple devices, the blurring of the physical and virtual worlds, driven by huge amounts of data, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. But how can organisations make the most of this opportunity?

A new whitepaper from the Industrial Internet Consortium aims to shed some light on this process and how to architect an edge computing implementation.

It is important to note...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

IoT security spending to hit $6 billion by 2023, says Juniper Research

Global spending on IoT security will hit more than $6 billion by 2023, according to the latest study from Juniper Research.

The study, titled “The Internet of Things for Security Providers: Opportunities, Strategies & Forecasts 2018-2023”, claims that increasing business risks and regulatory minimum standards would help drive spending on IoT security.

Steffen Sorrell, principal analyst at Juniper and research author, said: “The interconnected nature of the IoT means that even innocuous...

By IoT News, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security.

Why slow and steady is the key to winning the IoT race

It has become a no-brainer for organisations to jump on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon. With the amount of data flowing between internet-connected devices, it is vital that organisations are able to implement an effective IoT strategy in order to remain competitive. Yet, as companies race to adopt this technology, it is no secret that many IoT projects are struggling to get off the ground.

In fact, research from Cisco highlights that as many as...

By Anthony Sayers, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Ex-Apple employee is charged with stealing driverless car secrets

A former Apple employee has been charged with stealing driverless car secrets from the company with the intent of bringing them to his new employer.

Xiaolang Zhang was stopped at San Jose International airport by federal agents following the purchase of a “last second” ticket heading to China.

Zhang is said to have stolen sensitive documents regarding Apple’s work on driverless cars while he was on paternity leave. Today, he was charged with trade secrets theft in the U.S. District Court for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

London and Singapore top rankings again as world’s smartest cities

London, Singapore and Seoul make up the top three ‘smartest’ cities worldwide, according to new research from the Eden Strategy Institute.

The 2018-19 study, in partnership with ONG&ONG Experience Design (OXD), involved 140 smart cities ranked across 10 vectors; clarity of vision, leadership, budget, provision of financial incentives, support programmes, talent readiness, a people-centric approach, development of an innovation ecosystem, implementation of ‘smart’ policies and,...

By IoT News, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Sense and sensor ability: How AI and connectivity will help each other grow

Connected devices are getting smaller, cheaper, and more specialised. While connected systems as a whole are getting more intelligent, the actual processing power of these devices is not expanding at the same rate - opening up a host of issues for enterprises wanting to enter the IoT, or expand their current IoT fleet.

The development of new network technologies will require a new way of processing data from a huge range of sources, and communication between multiple systems (even in one enterprise) will soon...

By Charles Towers-Clark, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Connecting the smart home: The history of wireless protocols – and why they matter

If you work in IoT, you’re probably familiar with the annual reports and data points that tell us about the opportunities in the connected home. A recent report from Crimson Hexagon found that “from 2014 to 2017 the sentiment towards smart home technology started to sway, with over 60 percent of consumers favoring the technology.”

There are lots of factors that impact why consumers choose smart home – entertainment, convenience,...

By Mitchell Klein, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Report: IoT and analytics market for utilities expected to grow to $5.1bn in 2028

Navigant Research has released a report indicating the IoT and analytics market for utilities should grow to over five billion dollars by 2028.

Many of the tools used for utilities are outdated and in need of replacement. The IoT offers a ripe opportunity to fix problems, improve efficiency, and generate significant revenue.

Neil Strother, Principal Research Analyst with Navigant Research, says:

“Many of the tools are outdated, sit in silos, and were never designed for the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

LG subsidiary CNS has announced its CityHub platform designed to provide centralised management and data analysis of citywide IoT devices.

CityHub, the platform’s tentative name, is able to collect data from IoT sensors across the deployed smart city. This could be sensors installed on things such as vehicles and buildings, or infrastructure like street lights and traffic cameras.

LG CNS is the first private company to be certified by the Korean government

The platform supports the international oneM2M...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Industrial IoT is where the action is - but success will need leadership

The consumer applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology drives many peoples understanding. People equate IoT to the fridge that updates an online shopping list or the smart energy meter that shows electricity usage. These are useful ideas and might save a household some time and money. However, the real power of IoT is in the applications that solve real-world problems and can transform the business models of whole industries or the way that governments deliver public services.

The real action is in...

By Emanuele Angelidis, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Liege gets smart parking through NB-IoT technology – and a new partnership

Belgium-based CommuniThings has partnered with Orange to launch the first smart-parking solution over NB-IoT technology for commercial use.

Dubbed as "Shop & Drive", the solution assists commuters to find available parking space via a mobile application at the same time as stimulating shopping activities through increased vehicle rotations at each spot. This Shop & Drive smart parking solution running on Orange Belgium's Mobile IoT network introduces low-power wireless sensors and...

By IoT News, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

European IoT scene gets boost with two new investments from Breed Reply

Breed Reply, a UK-based active operational investor in early-stage IoT businesses, has recently invested in two new IoT startups: Norway-based CageEye and Germany-based ubirch.

Since they were launched, both have obtained a total of €5.8 million in funding, including this investment round. This is nothing more than a strategic move for Breed Reply, as investing in these new ventures allows it to expand its pan-European investment portfolio which has now increased to 22 in a variety of different...

By IoT News, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Facebook’s latest acquisition shows interest in UK AI industry

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly acquiring London-based Bloomsbury AI, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) startup.

The company is expected to be paying between $23 - $30 million for its Bloomsbury acquisition, which is also said to involve stock changing hands.

In an official statement, Facebook said:

"The Bloomsbury team has built a leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language in order to answer any...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

Ericsson and China Mobile continue IoT collaboration with recent updates

Ericsson and China Mobile have signed a cooperation agreement around the Swedish operator’s Device Connection Platform in order to strengthen the latter’s IoT goals.

The agreement, signed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last week, is based on the strategic cooperation framework agreements which the two firms signed at MWC in Barcelona this year for the expansion of IoT opportunities in industry and enterprises.

Qiao Hui, general manager of China Mobile IoT, said: “By launching DCP, we will...

By IoT News, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: How startups can survive and thrive in an IoT landscape

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"If you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg," explained Wienke Giezeman, co-founder at LoRaWAN network provider The Things Network, "don't go into IoT."

At an entertaining panel session at IoT Tech Expo Europe this morning, representatives from various stakeholders discussed the ins and outs of Internet of Things investment - and what your startup needs to do to survive.

According to Manuela Krull-Mancinelli, managing director of smart city and...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.