Ru Roberts, Waze: On improving journeys using real-time data

IoT News caught up with Ru Roberts, UK Country Manager for Waze, to discuss how the popular navigation app uses real-time data from vehicles to improve journeys.

As a long-term user of Waze, I’ve seen first-hand the advancements the app has made over the years. Long gone are the days of directions to go the wrong way down one-way streets, across concrete barriers, or a large number of roads being unmapped.

While some improvements to Waze are down to enhancements to its...

Vodafone Connected Consumer 2030: How smart tech will transform our world

Vodafone held an event to celebrate the launch of a new report exploring how “smart technology will fundamentally transform our experience of the world in the next decade.”

The report, Connected Consumer 2030, was conducted by The FutureLaboratory on behalf of Vodafone.

An opening video at the start of the event highlighted the challenges we face—geopolitical tensions, climate change, strained healthcare systems, depleting resources, and more. It’s a pretty bleak...

Editorial: 10 predictions for the IoT in 2022

As we begin wrapping up the year, it’s time to predict what the IoT industry will look like in 2022.

Seamlessly connected homes

“The US market has seen substantial year-over-year growth in the number of connected homes, and this is expected to continue in the years to come,” analysts from McKinsey said in a recent report.

“However, we're still far from the vision of seamlessly connected homes.”

The emergence of Thread as a widely-backed...

Steven Drewett, Concept13: On picking robust IoT solutions to address modern challenges

Modern life is full of challenges that are testing us as businesses, as individuals, and even as humankind. The IoT is all about providing decision-makers with faster and more valuable data to address such challenges now and in the future.

Concept13 is an IoT strategy consultancy with vast experience crafting bespoke solutions for multiple industries. The company mixes its own knowledge with real-world testing and even RF mapping to ensure optimal deployments on a case-by-case...

Sutton Council using IoT sensors to improve disabled parking experience

Disabled Parking Spot

Sutton Council, in South London, is trialling the use of internet-enabled sensors to improve services for disabled car users.

Provided by IoT Solutions Group, the sensors will be placed in disabled parking spots to provide vital data on the usage, frequency, and duration for which a given space is used.

The council hopes the project will help it make informed decisions during area developments and road layout changes, ensuring disabled car users are considered in the...

Smart cities will help fight climate change but more awareness is needed

Smart cities will be key in tackling climate change, but research suggests that public awareness of that fact is low.

According to research from Milestone Systems, 80 percent of Brits want their local authority to take more action to fight climate change. 230 councils in the UK have already declared a climate emergency in their regions.

However, under half (47%) of Brits are aware that increased use of data and technology can help in delivering improvements that can...

Vodafone doubles its NB-IoT network sites to cover 98% of the UK

Vodafone has doubled the number of its NB-IoT network sites in the UK to cover 98 percent of the country’s geography.

The operator has invested heavily in deploying NB-IoT sites to meet growing demand from customers across the country.

“We have invested in NB-IoT because we want to offer our customers the right tools for the right job, in a way which is affordable and accessible for every customer,” says Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone...

Berg Insight: Smart waste sensor market to grow 29.8% annually through 2025

Research from Berg Insight forecasts that rapid adoption of smart waste sensors will result in 29.8% annual growth through 2025.

Cities around the world are rapidly-adopting smart waste sensors to help manage resources, optimise collections, and reduce cases of unsightly (and often smelly) overflowing bins.

The wireless sensors are increasingly being pre-integrated into waste bins but existing units can also be retrofitted. By 2025, the number of smart bins is expected...

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Sony is quickly making it smart

Sony has joined three smart city trials in Rome to help the historic city fight modern problems.

The trials are set to begin in June and will all use Sony’s IMX500 sensor which is the first to feature embedded AI processing—enabling powerful capabilities while addressing privacy concerns.

Antonio Avitabile, MD of Corporate Alliance and Investment at Sony, said:

“This is a clear and concrete example where Sony’s smart vision solution can serve our...

Mavenir powers Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open RAN

Mavenir is powering Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open Ran, in partnership with Cisco, smart city experts 5GCT, and local state-owned telco NT.

The smart city is based in Ban Chang, a city near U-Tapao International Airport that’s connected to a motorway which links Thailand’s two largest cities: Bangkok and Pattaya.

Shannon Kalayanamitr, Chief Executive Officer at 5GCT, said:

“At 5GTC, we are driven to strengthen the potential of Thailand...