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 Vehicles, 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.

Toyota Mobility seeks to analyse connected car data to inform road repairs

Toyota Mobility aims to analyse data from connected cars to inform road maintenance in Akaiwa City, Okayama.

Local governments in Japan currently identify road maintenance needs following observations from their regular patrols. These patrols help to ensure traffic accidents are prevented and potentially vital evacuation routes are kept clear.

Several natural disasters have struck Japan, including both an earthquake and floods in 2018 alone. The disasters have not only proved the need for good roads but also...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Smart Cities.

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 Vehicles, IoT.

Smart Roads: The UK will use AI to determine the condition of roads

The UK is planning to harness AI to help determine the condition of roads and where investment should be prioritised.

British drivers are well-accustomed to poor road conditions, especially potholes and the long delays in getting them fixed (one ingenious man has even come up with an innovative way of getting the council to fix them faster...)

To be fair to councils, keeping all the roads in top condition is expensive. Factors like...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

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.

Deutsche Telekom and Software AG team up to expand ‘Cloud of Things’

Deutsche Telekom has announced a strategic partnership with Software AG in order to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services on a global scale. The operator’s enterprise customer unit, T-Systems, will expand its ‘Cloud of Things’ offering, using Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform.

The partnership, announced by Software AG CEO Sanjay Brahmawar and T-Systems chief executive Adel Al-Saleh (above) allows...

By IoT News, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, 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.

Qualcomm is working on a much-needed new WearOS chipset

Qualcomm is reportedly working on a WearOS chipset that should finally deliver some tangible performance and battery life improvements.

Qualcomm’s most recent WearOS chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, was widely regarded as a disappointment; offering minimal improvements over its predecessor.

The 3100’s main processor was left relatively unchanged with the key change being the addition of the QC1110 co-processor.

Based on a 7nm process, the QC1110 promised to handle things such as the always-on display...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

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 Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Opinion: The smart tech that will power smart cities

Urbanisation is a huge global trend. In 2007 the world’s urban population exceeded the rural and in less than 40 years, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities.

This growth puts enormous pressure on ageing city infrastructure and services, the environment and affects...

By Stuart Sykes, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

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 Vehicles, IoT.

How artificial intelligence is driving IoT growth across utilities, telecoms and more

There’s no doubt about it: artificial intelligence has become a buzzword in mainstream tech, with every industry talking about how they can leverage AI to do things like serve food, review video footage, drive cars, automate business processes and more. 

Investors are pouring money into AI-based SaaS and hardware startups, and large companies are investing in finding ways to implement AI to better improve on operational, supply...

By Mitchell Klein, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Trend Micro blocked five million IoT camera hack attempts

Cybersecurity experts from Trend Micro blocked five million attempted hacks of IoT cameras.

IP cameras have become a prime target for hackers. Viewing inside someone’s home or business has clear advantages for someone with malicious intent. This could involve blackmail, or even seeing what items a property holds and whether anyone is around.

Other key reasons provided by Trend Micro for hackers targeting IP cameras include:

  • Constant connectivity. Like many other devices, IP cameras need to be internet-connected to function properly. However, exposure to the internet also makes it easy for hackers to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

FIDO Alliance announces new identity verification initiatives

California-based FIDO Alliance has announced two new standards and certification initiatives in identity verification and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The initiatives, which are established on the Alliance’s plan to drive the market adoption of its FIDO Authentication product, aim to reinforce identity verification assurance to support account recovery and automate secure device onboarding to remove the use of passwords from...

By IoT News, 27 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Standards.

Thoughts on MWC Shanghai: Three key factors for IoT growth

There is no shortage of excitement surrounding IoT at MWC Shanghai 2019. As we have seen over the last few years, much of the speculation surrounding IoT, particularly Cellular IoT, has become a reality.

As NB-IoT and eMTC networks are growing across Asian markets, there is a noticeable increase in use cases connecting IoT devices from around the globe.

This year, there will be more than 110 IoT exhibitors, giving us an insight into the development and direction of new...

By Ilan Reingold, 26 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.