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Hardware news

New Digi XBee3 series of smart edge IoT modules and modems announced by Digi International

Digi XBee3 advanced capabilities:

  • Easy over-the-air (OTA) changes to devices in the field for bug fixes and new features
  • Dynamically reconfigurable, based upon situation
  • Easily establish business rules to aggregate, store, transform and filter data via MicroPython programming capability
  • Create alerts and alarms for priority data and device health
  • Built-in support for advanced I/O including I2C, SPI, to drive modern sensors and actuators
  • Provide control logic for devices that require a microcontroller, without electronics redesign
  • With Digi Remote Manager®, enables better bandwidth management via prioritisation/ transmission of actionable information
  • Dynamic changes to behavior as requested from cloud platforms such as AWS and Azure (e.g., enabling real-time decisions based on local conditions)
  • Continue to operate during communications outages by dynamically executed logic that is not cloud-dependent

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EIT Digital launches new generation ModBox gateway

Specifically, CEA LIST proposed to Agileo to implement a gateway between the Isybot collaborative robot (a CEA LIST spinoff, born in 2016) and an industrial cloud platform, in order to develop a predictive maintenance service for the robot arm actuator.

“ModBox makes the link between the industrial IoT platform into the cloud and the devices on the shop floor like PLC and robotic systems.” Agileo Automation’s CEO Marc Engel, commented in a video introducing the initiative.

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Alpha Micro’s Laird 60 Series Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules ready for today, and for the future

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Alpha Micro Components announced the availability of the new Laird 60 Series of certified 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.2 modules. The 60 Series modules are based on cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, which not only help developers and designers get the most out of today’s most powerful wireless connectivity technologies, but are also ready to support the next phase of market-changing innovations in wireless, including the upcoming 802.11mc Wi-Fi standards and Bluetooth 5.

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IoT company hoopo launched to provide ‘low-power, accurate’ geolocation solutions for asset tracking

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In an effort to radically improve precision for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) tracking, start-up firm hoopo announced the launch of the company and its geolocation solution for low-power wide area (LPWA) networks.

hoopo’s geolocation solution enables companies to locate their valuable assets, without the significant cost or battery consumption that can be associated with GPS. hoopo’s IoT solutions help companies precisely track specific assets in areas such as ports, vehicle dealer yards, parking lots, cattle ranches and other asset-dense areas.

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CALLUP to introduce secured eSIM remote management system for IoT at MWC 2018

CALLUP, a provider of Value Added Services (VAS) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions for the telecom industry, will introduce at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) a new secured version of its eSIM remote management system for IoT (IoT eSIM Engine), with two new key network elements: Subscription Manager Data Preparation (SM-DP) and Subscription Manager Secure Routing (SM-SR). MWC will be held February 26 – March 1, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The system, CALLUP IoT eSIM Engine, will be displayed at CALLUP’s booth (Hall 5, Stand 5D81).

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u-blox introduces LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT multimode module with quad band 2G fallback

u-blox, a provider in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced the SARA-R412M, an LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT, and quad band 2G (EGPRS) module with worldwide coverage. Measuring just 16 x 26 mm, the module is the world’s smallest to provide both LTE and quad band EGPRS support in a single design.

The flexibility extends further with dynamic system selection as Cat M1, NB-IoT, and EGPRS in single mode or as a preferred connection that does not require a module reboot to switch between modes. It brings a rich feature suite optimised for LPWA (low-power wide-area) IoT applications that require the assurance of 2G connectivity to guarantee broad geographic coverage, even in areas where LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT are not widely available yet.

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WaterBit uses AT&T connectivity in IoT irrigation solution to help farmers grow more with less

WaterBit and AT&T are working to make automated irrigation easier for growers. WaterBit chose AT&T to provide secure connectivity to its autonomous irrigation solution. The smart irrigation solution aims to help farmers increase yields and conserve resources.

In-field data collection of soil moisture and nutrients gives farmers near real-time insight into crop conditions. Integrating data collection with WaterBit’s cloud-based software lets growers monitor and analyse soil moisture, as well as plan and control irrigation with pinpoint accuracy.

“With WaterBit, precision and science will better inform water delivery and translate into higher yields that can be sustained,” said Chandler Bennett, production manager at Madison Farms, a WaterBit customer.

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Antenova to show two new high performing 4G/LTE diversity antennas for small PCBs

Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules, is showing a brand new pair of high performing 4G/LTE antennas which are suitable for PCBs as small as 60mm, at the consumer electronics show CES. The two antennas can also be used in 3G and MIMO applications.

Antenova has designed these antennas for use in small trackers, OBDs and other similar devices where space is limited.

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Sierra Wireless integrates SIM, security and GNSS into industry’s smallest, lowest power multi-mode LPWA modules

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Sierra Wireless, the provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the industry’s smallest, lowest power, multi-mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular modules targeted at rapidly growing markets in asset tracking and connected industrial equipment, smart city, healthcare, agriculture and wearables.

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Quantenna and Greenwave partner to deliver full duplex Wi-Fi extender for smart connected home coverage

Greenwave Systems, Inc., a global provider in managed services and Quantenna Communications, Inc., an innovator in high-performance Wi-Fi solutions, have announced a new partnership to deliver a full duplex Wi-Fi extender for superior whole-home coverage.

While low-end repeaters may offer decent coverage, they don’t always supply a fast, reliable connection. Thanks to small, powerful mesh nodes, the full duplex repeater is capable of expanding Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of the smart home for HD video streaming, fast downloads and other applications.

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Software news

Multi-vendor Intent-Based Analytics delivered by Apstra to prevent data centre network outages and gray failures

Apstra® Inc. has launched version 2.1 of AOS® with Intent-Based Analytics™ (IBA). AOS IBA embeds automated big data analytics into its real-time continuous validation capability. This provides the control that companies require as they upgrade their network infrastructures to address their digital transformation and IoT goals.

Apstra AOS 2.1 allows network operators to simplify their network operations and realise log-scale improvements in the CapEx, OpEx and capacity of their network infrastructure.

Apstra IBA allows network operators to specify exactly how they expect their network to operate and continuously validates the network operators’ intent, generating anomalies when it detects a deviation. Apstra’s approach works across vendors and reduces the time, cost and risk of network operations by alerting the network operator of specific insights required to validate that the network is operating as intended.

The status quo is to sift through mountains of raw telemetry and stare at network visualisations 24/7 to detect unusual patterns. Sasha Ratkovic, Apstra CTO and founder detailed Intent-Based Analytics in a blog post in 2017.

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IoT solution with remote device control and monitoring is aimed by TeamViewer at VARs, system integrators, OEMs

TeamViewer®, a global software provider for IoT, connectivity, monitoring, support and collaboration, announced the release of a new dedicated IoT solution: TeamViewer IoT. The new product combines TeamViewer’s remote access and control capabilities with monitoring functionalities. Key differentiators of TeamViewer IoT are said to include the ability to access and control IoT devices from anywhere in the world.

The new product is claimed to be cost-effective and easy to deploy, delivering immediate benefits for its users. TeamViewer IoT comes with support for Raspbian, but will be portable to other Linux distributions. Support for additional IoT platforms will also be integrated. TeamViewer IoT is aimed at value added resellers, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and technology enthusiasts.

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TiTAN AI Robot uses facial and speech recognition to read your emotions and make suitable recommendations

TiTAN AI Robot from TiTAN Platform™, a smart content and device company, not only responds to verbal requests (What’s the weather forecast? Did the Cubs win? Play Bob Dylan! Turn on the house lights!) but also gets visual (showing your calendar for the day, home security cameras, your BFF on a video call,streaming content and more). In addition, it can interpret your moods through facial and speech recognition and will make movie, music and food recommendations accordingly.

In addition, the TiTAN AI Robot can be used to access and control the company’s new TiTAN Core all-in-one smart home and entertainment hubs. These whole-house gateways enable consumers to manage smart home systems as well as retrieve videos, music, podcasts, e-books, games, VR and other digital content from a single device for the first time, bringing never-before-possible simplicity to the connected home.

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Dynamic Spectrum Alliance announces the publication of new model rules for TV White Space technology

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has announced the publication of new model rules for TV White Space (TVWS) technology. The new model rules will provide governments, policy makers and regulators with the tools necessary to enable the quick and efficient deployment of TVWS networks to help bridge the digital divide and support the Internet of Things (IoT).

Replacing the original version published in 2014, the updated model rules offer higher availability for dynamic spectrum devices and stronger protection for incumbent users. They are based upon the regulatory environments already put in place by Ofcom in the UK and the Federal Communications Commission in the US, incorporating learnings from the operation of TVWS networks, including DSA member Nominet’s experiences running its TVWS services.

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Collaboration with large health insurer claimed to affordably improve independent living for the elderly

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Qorvo®, a provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, is helping seniors live more independently in their homes with the help of a new eHealth system powered by the company’s chipsets for the Internet of Things (IoT). Health insurer CZ will provide the system to 3,000 elderly customers in the Netherlands, marking the first deployment of a senior smart home solution by a large health insurance company.

The system that CZ will deploy consists of a non-intrusive set of motion and open/close sensors, and a gateway. It combines proven cloud algorithm expertise from Sensara with industry-leading Zigbee® Green Power RF solutions from Qorvo. Zigbee Green Power is optimised for ultra-long coin-cell battery life sensors (10-year replacement) and provides secure, long-range and highly reliable wireless data transmission. These features are essential to the evolution of the smart home.

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NXP and Baidu partner on Apollo open autonomous driving platform

NXP Semiconductors, the automotive semiconductor supplier and Baidu, Inc., the Chinese language search provider announced a cooperation in autonomous driving. Under the terms of the agreement, NXP will join Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform, Apollo, and provide semiconductor products and solutions including millimeter wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experience technologies.

Details of the collaboration include:

  • NXP will provide semiconductor products and solutions for autonomous driving, millimeter wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experiences
  • Companies will leverage the NXP BlueBox development platform’s low energy consumption, high-performance and functional safety benefits
  • NXP and Baidu will collaborate on sensor integration and high-performance processors for deep learning networks
  • Baidu’s conversational in-car system, DuerOS for Apollo, will incorporate NXP infotainment solutions for faster time to market and enhanced performance

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Autonomy enters park assist systems to raise convenience and parking efficiency

Enhanced park assist systems are now being developed to enable the vehicle to park itself without requiring the driver to be present in the cabin. First deployments of remote park assist aim to park the vehicle where there is insufficient room for the driver to open the door.

With the arrival of autonomous driving applications, such as highway cruise control, developments of new advanced park assist systems will realise further benefits from autonomy. They include:

  • The parking of larger, modern vehicles in small, unchanged parking spaces and thus enhances driver confidence and lowers insurance cost;
  • The vehicle to drive itself to an available parking space and thus enhances convenience to the driver and reduces fuel consumption, harmful emissions and traffic congestion; and
  • To enable more vehicles to be parked in the same area and thus raises efficiency in parking operations and maximises revenue for operators.

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Interdigital announces successful demonstration of 5G ready mmW wireless crosshaul transport

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile technology research and development company, announced the successful trial and evaluation of the company’s millimeter wave (mmW) EdgeLink™ 60GHz solution and Fast-Forward 70GHz solution that meets new 5G transport requirements.

The successful trial was a key part of a larger two-month trial integrating technology innovations from six partners in the H2020 5G-Crosshaul consortium, InterDigital, Ericsson, Nokia, UC3M, NEC and CND. The trial started in November 2017 and was conducted in Madrid (Spain) at 5TONIC, an open research and innovation lab focusing on 5G technologies.

5G-Crosshaul is an international project with 20 members aimed at developing integrated solutions to support flexibility and unified management for 5G network architectures.

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General news

Ericsson to Implement Smart City Technology in Dallas

The company’s smart city technology solution will give cities the ability to aggregate and analyze real-time data to control traffic lights and more.

In Ericsson’s vision, Dallas’ smart city journey as it relates to traffic management could eventually look something like this: when a car crash takes place at an intersection, a notification is sent to the 911 center and includes a link to a camera feed to lend better information on what’s happening to ensure optimal response. Smart lighting could turn up brighter to ensure better vision for first responders, and the right services dispatched to fix any damaged infrastructure.

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Farmers improve management and crop yields with IoT

To the casual observer, growing crops is fairly straightforward: Plant the seed, add fertilizer and water, wait (and wait), and harvest. The reality is more complex, especially when crops span hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of acres. This is why Farmers Edge is leveraging the power of IoT to help farmers manage operations more effectively and track historical trends in weather patterns, crop yields, and market conditions to position their farm for the future.

Farmers Edge deploys remote weather stations and telematics devices on a farmer’s land and equipment. These devices transmit data to Azure IoT Hub, where it is analyzed using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. With the insights they glean, farmers can more easily monitor soil conditions and environmental variables like wind direction and precipitation levels. And with access to real-time data, they can fine-tune variables such as the best variant of seed to plant, or the type and amount of fertilizer to use in a particular field or field quadrant, based on current nutrient levels.

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Telefonica sees blockchain business opportunities in IoT security, supply chain and fraud control

As Telefonica says, Blockchain is the keystone of cryptocurrencies. And cryptocurrencies are inherently linked to the Internet of Things (IoT).

So Spain’s incumbent fixed and mobile network operator has added some useful material to the debate surrounding blockchain by publishing this infographic on its blog pages.

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Bosch, Vodafone, and Huawei enable smart cars to communicate with each other

It is Friday afternoon, and the traffic on the A9 freeway near Munich is congested. Navigation requires complete concentration. Other vehicles are constantly cutting in front of the car, forcing the driver to brake abruptly − which is the cause of many accidents, slow-moving traffic, and stress.

Intelligent mobile telephony can alleviate some of these problems and help prevent potentially dangerous driving situations from becoming even more critical. Known as Cellular-V2X (vehicle to everything), the technology makes it possible for a car to communicate with other vehicles and its surroundings through mobile telephony.

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Bluewave partners with Mimosa Networks to deliver ultrafast wireless broadband

Mimosa Networks, the global technology provider in fiber-fast wireless broadband, announced that Bluewave has selected Mimosa as its fixed wireless technology partner. For its new island-wide high-speed broadband deployment, Bluewave is deploying Mimosa fixed wireless solutions to deliver ultra-broadband speeds in the British Territory.

Bluewave designed the innovative 5G high-speed network using Mimosa’s signature GigaPoP and MicroPoP architectures. The GigaPoPs are network deployments centered around towers and commercial buildings using Mimosa A5c connectorised access points to service subscribers over long distances across the 21-mile island. Service offerings range from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps for residential customers and up to 1 Gbps to commercial clients.

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Smart City street lighting solution for the first smart marina in the Baltic Sea region

Smart City solutions are becoming a major part of every city. These solutions would enable cities, including harbours to reduce costs and optimise operations as well to increase quality of life and overall safety. The most recent yacht harbour of Tallinn is located at the Western coast of Kopli Gulf at the beautiful Kakumäe peninsula.Its unique and high-tech infrastructure makes Haven Kakumäe the most complete and modern maritime centre of the Baltic region.

The project of the Kakumäe marina focuses on security with the inclusion of the finest technologies and the sustainable use of resources. The production and installation of pontoons at the harbour were completed in autumn 2016 and in June this year the marina was opened to the public.

In the second stage, a modern vessel hotel and the marina’s administrative building.

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Controlling quality of irrigation water with IoT to improve crops production

The quality of irrigation water, as well as the correct management of water resources, is essential for the productivity and efficiency of the crops. Controlling and analysing water before irrigating is crucial and its quality may vary significantly depending on the time of the year. So frequent measurements are recommended.

This platform gives the irrigators access to real-time information on water quality to help decision-making in aspects such as the opening and closing of gates or the hours when water quality is higher. Additionally, manual collection is not necessary anymore so access to the information is now easier and quicker.

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