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IIHS tests find ‘irksome’ and ‘dangerous’ flaws with automated driving systems

That’s the verdict of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which has put together a series of tests and found many of the leading automated driving systems weren’t up to the task.

Five models were evaluated by the road safety body; the BMW 5 Series, with ‘Driving Assistant Plus’, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with ‘Drive Pilot’, the 2018 Tesla Model 3 and 2016 Tesla Model S, and the Volvo S90 with ‘Pilot Assist.’

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Sierra Wireless launches AirLink LX40 router for IoT and enterprise use cases

Sierra Wireless has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s most compact cellular router, called AirLink LX40, for the IoT.

The router comes in two variants: LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300 Kbps downlink) for enhanced coverage and LTE Cat-4 (up to 150Mbps downlink) for higher throughput. The LX40 supports data processing at the edge and is suitable for connecting cameras, smart lockers and point-of-sale terminals, as well as industrial remote data logging and sensing equipment in indoor or protected-outdoor locations.


u-blox Module First to be Certified on U.S. Cellular’s New LTE Cat M1 Network

The compact module offers developers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and machine to machine (M2M) communication systems a simple way to implement a low-power air interface. Certification on U.S. Cellular’s LTE Cat M1 network further eases the process of enabling wide-area wireless connectivity.

LTE Cat M1 is a low-power, wide-area (LPWA) cellular networking technology for devices with low to medium data-rate requirements (375kbit/s upload and download speeds in half-duplex mode). It has power-saving modes that extend battery lifetimes, and features that enable greater in-building range than cellular technologies such as 2G, 3G and LTE Cat 1.

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Quake Global announced the launch of QConnect™ an advanced telematics device

The device is designed to meet the demands of a wide variety of requirements from simple low-cost tracking applications to high-performance, multi-channel, video streaming applications.

QConnect is flexible with unique apps and software options on an open source Linux platform. Control your vision with standard built-in security. Users can provision QConnect with a variety of standard configurable apps for specific applications. QConnect also provides advanced users the flexibility to create their own applications to suit their specific needs. Integrated Ethernet, CAN, RS232, and multiple GPIO channels enable a multitude of connectivity options at the machine or equipment level. Advanced features support driver authentication, predictive maintenance, real-time video processing, data collection, process and schedule synchronization, and alert automation.

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Semtech’s LoRa Technology Monitors Cattle Health in Real-Time

Semtech Corporation announced that Quantified Ag, a company specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) cattle tracking and cattle health solutions, has implemented Semtech’s LoRa® devices and technology into its smart cattle tags for advanced health monitoring.

Quantified Ag’s devices are implemented in feedlots in the U.S. and Australia.

Semtech’s LoRa Technology Monitors Cattle Health in Real-Time


Quectel Announces Release of GSM/GPRS/GNSS/Wi-Fi Module

The new module supports hybrid positioning technology including GNSS, Cell ID and Wi-Fi aided positioning, and enables position tracking in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Quectel MC90 integrates multi-GNSS system, including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS, which greatly improves the positioning accuracy and ensures that the module can track position even in areas with weak satellite signals. This makes MC90 especially suitable for urban areas with high-rise buildings and complex environments.

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Internet of Things: Pay once, use over ten years

The joint offering by Deutsche Telekom and 1NCE, now available under the name 1NCE Lifetime Fee, is designed especially for business customers. It provides connectivity for devices using low data volumes in the Internet of Things (or IoT). The prepaid rates can now be booked from the 1NCE webshop.

For a one-off price of ten euros, customers receive a SIM card with a data volume of 500 MB and 250 SMS messaging for use in the Internet of Things. This will normally be enough to cover the entire lifetime of up to ten years of such connected devices. If the data volume purchased is used up before the end of the device’s lifetime, the customer can top up with additional data packages. The rate also includes the right to use 1NCE’s cloud platform for managing active SIM cards.

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XYO Network to Deliver Location Data to CAS Smart City IoT Management Platforms Throughout China

XYO Network, blockchain’s first cryptographic location network, will provide certainty driven location data to China’s automated, connected cities of the future through CAS Smart City’s big data management platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The partnership between XYO and CAS Smart City, which features top talent from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, opens the door for a vast number of location-centric smart city uses. This includes funneling critical data from vehicles to CAS Smart City’s existing infrastructure, which not only includes a central command platform, but a light pole that features IoT sensors, WiFi, navigation information, and more.

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LG CNS announces strategic platform rebrand to focus on IoT, blockchain and AI

A curious announcement from LG CNS, the South Korean giant’s IT services and consulting arm – the company is rebranding its platform business to focus on technologies around the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).

There are seven brands LG CNS will be working under. IoT is covered through INFioT, an ‘infinite scalable internet platform’, smart city platform Cityhub, smart factory automation tool Factova, and Enerdict, which provides energy management services. AI is covered by DAP, the company’s multi-cloud based AI and big data analysis platform, and Orott, a robotics service.


LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

Washington-based CTIA – a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the US – has created the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices.

The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program is said to be the first of its kind to be developed in partnership with several leading wireless operators, tech firms, security experts and test labs, across the country. The Programme, which is built upon IoT security recommendations from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), creates a secure foundation for smart cities, connected vehicles, and mHealth.

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Samsung Announces New SmartThings Mesh Wi-Fi System

Intelligent Wi-Fi system offers AI-based network optimization with a built-in SmartThings Hub; SmartThings Hub and sensors refreshed with sleek design and improved performance.

In an effort to eliminate the dreaded Wi-Fi buffering zone and prevent streaming latency, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced its new SmartThings Wifi mesh network system.

Equipped with AI-based mesh Wi-Fi technology from Plume and a built-in SmartThings Hub, the system delivers an intelligently optimized whole home network with the added value of complete smart home control throughout every room of the home.

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Ayla Networks Announces New IoT Platform Release

Ayla Networks, whose Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS) delivers industry-leading device management and application enablement, today announced new capabilities to its IoT platform that will further simplify the ability to gain business value from IoT.

This new Ayla IoT platform release overcomes restrictions on choosing wireless modules to connect to the Ayla IoT cloud and streamlines the creation of enterprise applications that use IoT device data.


LG, Luxoft expand webOS to automotive, robotics, smart homes

IT services company Luxoft is partnering with LG Electronics to expand the webOS operating system into the automotive, robotics, and smart home sectors.

LG currently deploys webOS in over 60 million smart TVs and digital signage systems.

Luxoft will lead the deployment of webOS in a variety of new sectors, beginning with automotive, according to a joint statement today. The partnership will initially focus on digital cockpit development – which includes infotainment, navigation, and other features that centre on human-car interactions – before moving on to smart homes and robotics.

LG, Luxoft expand webOS to automotive, robotics, smart homes

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How Robotics as a Service extends to whole factories

The concept of Robotics as a service (RaaS) is quickly gaining ground in manufacturing, and one of its latest proponents is industrial robotics firm Kuka, which is taking the idea to a whole new level.

The German company, which was acquired by Chinese consumer products manufacturer Midea back in 2016, recently announced that it is launching a new SmartFactory as a Service initiative. Also onboard are MHP – a Porsche Group consultancy specialising in the automotive and manufacturing sectors – and insurance giant, Munich Re.