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Hardware news

It is high time for IR sensor 2.0 

The IR sensor is a crucial component in many everyday products, ranging from medical equipment to mobile phones. But the technology is 50 years old and in serious need of an upgrade. The next generation IR sensor 2.0 for IoT will be much thinner than old sensors and cheaper to manufacture.

Today's manufacturing industry is highly dependent on sensors. Whether it is heavy industrial products or smaller consumer products – they are all more or less dependent on well-functioning sensors that control levels, presence, temperatures and pressures. Even in medical technology, sensors are used, for example, to measure EEG and ECG, to name only two areas of use.

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Verizon upgrades its Cat M network for IoT solutions

Verizon has made its Cat M network capable of providing voice access and serve applications using fixed IoT voice services, such as alarm panels with communications components, by strengthening its ability to support a wide range of IoT solutions with enhanced features.

A feature called Connected Mode Mobility (CMM) empowers mobile voice service that is being deployed at present and will be complete within the month of September 2018. CMM allows seamless transitions by improving data transfers and handoffs while using mobile voice or latency sensitive data. Upon completion of deployment, the Cat M network will start supporting IoT solutions consuming less power, which will maintain the battery life and providing fixed or mobile voice connectivity.

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Ericsson and Telstra complete ground-breaking long-range NB-IoT connection

Ericsson and Telstra have successfully deployed and tested Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) data connections up to 100km from a base-station in Telstra’s commercial network — the longest-range NB-IoT connection of its kind, and a key milestone towards increasing Telstra’s LTE footprint in rural and regional Australia.

The technology breakthrough, designed by Ericsson, extends the 3GPP standards-based limit from around 40km out to 100km and is activated entirely through software upgrades, with no changes required to NB-IoT devices. The innovation further cements Telstra’s leadership as Australia’s only operator and one of the first globally to offer both NB-IoT and Cat M1 technologies.


Semtech, Senet and Sensoterra’s Proven IoT Solution Offers Farmers Scale and Operational Visibility

Sensoterra’s LoRa-enabled sensors reduce up to 30% of water usage in soil irrigation for commercial farms.

Semtech Corporation, announced that Sensoterra, a leading technology company, offering low-cost, wireless solutions for real time soil moisture measurement for commercial farms, leveraged Semtech’s LoRa Technology and Senet’s LoRaWAN-based network into its smart agriculture systems to reduce up to 30% of water usage in commercial farms including potato and almond orchards.

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Internet of Things Community forms Healthcare IoT Centre of Excellence

 The Internet of Things Community, which claims to be the world’s largest group of corporate executives, IoT professionals and practitioners, has announced a new healthcare-focused IoT Centre of Excellence.

The CoE is being created to provide solid guidelines for healthcare providers to implement IoT.

Chris Sullivan, global healthcare practice lead, Zebra Technologies will lead the CoE, while John Gresham, senior vice president, DeviceWorks and Interoperability, Cerner, will serve as vice chair. The CoE aims to collectively provide healthcare IoT strategy development and implement best practices across healthcare providers.

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Arm launches dedicated processor for autonomous vehicles

SoftBank’s British chip-making giant Arm has launched what it describes as the “world’s first autonomous-class” processor for driverless vehicles.

The Arm Cortex-A76AE has been designed exclusively for automotive applications. The processor is the first in Arm’s new Automotive Enhanced (AE) line and includes specific features for in-vehicle processing.

The move opens the door to the design of safety-hardened chips that combine both the processing performance required for autonomous applications and high-integrity safety features.


5G on Sea: Brighton becomes latest testbed for next-gen communications

Tech innovation centre Digital Catapult has launched the UK’s latest 5G testbed in Brighton & Hove, with the Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership, digital networking forum Wired Sussex, and the University of Brighton.

The 5G Brighton testbed will allow small businesses in the south-coast city – often called London on Sea for its links with the capital – to benefit from 5G mobile communications.

It will also provide a space to test and explore new applications of the technology in a community full of tech startups, games companies, and digital agencies, along with two universities and several colleges.

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Software news

Hitachi Vantara looks to intelligent maintenance with latest releases

Hitachi’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hitachi Vantara recently introduced data-driven, AI-based Lumada Maintenance Insights IoT solutions at the NEXT 2018 event.

Thanks to the use of highly precise, prescriptive and predictive algorithms that these solutions help customers in anticipating breakdowns and guide them on important maintenance repairs, improving operations and avoiding equipment downtime. These enhancements allow enterprises to deliver business outcomes via maximising the power of data, which keeps them one step ahead in today’s digital and data-driven environment.

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Bosch and Daimler launch automated valet parking in China

Bosch and car manufacturing group Daimler have successfully launched the pilot of an automated valet parking service in China.

The pilot, launched in Beijing, uses automated technology to steer a vehicle to a designated space. Whenever the user wants to leave, a tap on their smartphone can return the vehicle to its owner ready for the onwards journey.

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AT&T and Dedrone Team Up on IoT Solution to Protect Against Malicious Drones

AT&T and Dedrone, a San Francisco-based drone detection technology startup, are teaming up on a drone detection solution that helps protect military bases, venues, cities, and businesses, from malicious drones.

As drones become more prominent, so does the misuse of the emerging technology. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, people purchased roughly 3 million drones worldwide in 2017. More than 1 million drones have been registered in the U.S. This creates a new avenue and threat vector for the community.


Telit and Wind River Provide Industrial IoT Users with Edge-to-Cloud Solution

Telit deviceWISE IoT platform provides out-of-the box device lifecycle management for IIoT customers using Wind River’s operating systems.

Expanded partnership enables industrial and critical infrastructure customers to leverage the combined power of Wind River’s embedded software and Telit’s IoT platform.

Telit, today announced an expansion of its partnership with Wind River® to accelerate industrial IoT (IIoT) adoption.

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AT&T, G+D and Altair Team Up to Spur IoT Deployment

An advanced SIM promises to help usher a new chapter for the Internet of Things by making it easier for businesses to deploy IoT devices.

AT&T is working with Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security (G+D), which is collaborating with Altair Semiconductor, to integrate a SIM into the modem chipset for deployment across licensed Low-Power Wide-Area cellular networks.

Right now, manufacturers buy Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards for IoT devices. The SIMs securely identify and authenticate the subscriber for the mobile network — just like for smartphones.

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Quectel New LTE Module Enables Global Deployment with a Single SKU

Quectel Wireless Solutions, today launched the industry’s first LTE Cat 4 module to provide global connectivity on up to 30 bands with LTE, 3G and 2G coverage all from a single SKU.

This “all-in-one” module EG25-G is designed to massively improve the efficiency of global IoT deployment at optimized cost.

EG25-G is the latest addition to Quectel’s comprehensive LTE portfolio based on Qualcomm MDM9x07 chipset. Adopting the 3GPP Release 11 LTE technology, it delivers 150Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink peak data rates, with an optional GNSS receiver including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS to provide quick and accurate positioning.

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IoT security: Alexa down worldwide, speaks ill of Amazon

Amazon’s Alexa service went down in many parts of the world on 26 September, with #Alexadown problems reported in the UK, Europe, the US, Japan, and Australia.

Reports of the ‘red ring of death’ on Echo and Dot devices, together with ‘Something went wrong’ and ‘Unable to connect’ messages, began appearing about 8am UK time, and seemed to fan out across the globe during the day.

“This morning we had an issue that impacted some Alexa customers’ ability to interact with the service. The Alexa service is now operating normally,” said Amazon.

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Alibaba launches robo-porter, Japan hires disabled people to operate robots

There’s plenty of debate surrounding the impact that robotics and artificial intelligence will have on the job sector. Among reams of recent reports, the World Economic Forum this month predicted that many middle-class professionals are at risk from the technologies, despite a global net gain of 58 million jobs by 2022.

Looking east, the Asia Development Bank paints a similarly positive picture, while a PwC report predicts that China will benefit most from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


How to beat crypto-jacking attacks

Cyber criminals are increasingly hijacking computing power to mine cryptocurrencies. The impact is much greater than firms might think, warns Kate O’Flaherty. But what can you do about it?

Crypto-jacking – in which a hacker uses a firm’s computing power to mine cryptocurrencies – is becoming a major challenge for IT and business leaders.

The problem is wide-reaching: figures released in August by Citrix showed that 30 percent of UK enterprises had been hit by crypto-mining incidents within a 30-day period.

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3DR, Yuneec partner to ease US government drone security fears

California-based drone software company 3DR has joined forces with Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec in a new venture: 3DR Government Services.

The pair will seek to market solutions for sensitive commercial drone applications to the US government and its various branches.

The move, announced at the InterDrone conference in Las Vegas this week, combines several layers of technology from a number of parties involved with the Dronecode project – an open source platform aiming to push common standards across the drone industry.

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General news

Eight technologies that are changing IoT – and how they can benefit you

It’s fair to say that IoT has seen a fair few buzzwords roll through over the years, but there is a fresh batch of cutting-edge technology that will really change the way businesses and consumers alike interact. We’ve picked out eight critical areas where this change will be most marked and disruptive to the IoT networks we know today:

  • Wi-Fi AX
  • Printed polymer sensors
  • WPA3
  • Graphene
  • Multi-functional polymer composites
  • 5G
  • AI

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How cellular will be key to sorting the IoT standardisation wars

A new study conducted by the GSMA and InterDigital has highlighted some important transitions in the field of IoT that have started to become a reality with everyday deployment of the technology.

The report, titled ‘Mobile and the Internet of Things: Unanimity Around Fragmentation, Surprises In Connectivity And Geography’, notes that the various transitions include: the key role of the 3GPP standards-based technology in IoT; expectation that North America will become world leader in IoT; and the current small scale of IoT revenue, along with prospects for rapid growth.


The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 45 million in 2017

According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 45 million in 2017.

The most advanced smart home market is North America, having an installed base of 22.3 million smart homes at the end of the year. This represents a penetration of 15.9 percent. Between 2016 and 2017, the market grew by 40.7 percent year-on-year. The strong market growth is expected to continue in the next five years. By 2022, Berg Insight estimates that more than 63 million homes in North America will be smart, meaning 44 percent of all homes in the region.

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Smart lightbulbs can be used to steal secure data, finds report

Smart lighting products have soared in popularity in recent years. A common feature of most of them is the ability to control lights remotely via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or other networks. Most systems are LED based, but some are also equipped with infrared capabilities to aid surveillance cameras in smart homes and offices.

But while smart lighting systems offer many environmental and energy minimisation benefits – as well as the ability to customise settings to suit users’ moods – most are connected to home or office networks – either directly or via a communication hub – and can be controlled by users’ mobile devices. As a result, smart lights are “poised to become a much more attractive target for security/privacy attacks than before”, according to new research published in the US.

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Iridium to simplify adoption of IoT solutions beyond cellular coverage with Amazon Web Services

Iridium Communications Inc. has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) and has been collaborating with AWS on the development of Iridium CloudConnect, the first and only satellite cloud-based solution that offers truly global coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Enabled by the Iridium network, and planned for launch in 2019, this new Iridium service will make Iridium IoT services available with AWS IoT, extending the reach of AWS’s powerful suite of services to the more than 80% of the Earth that lacks cellular coverage.

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Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Time for biometrics?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid pace, with connected devices and white goods entering our domestic and working environments faster than ever before.

Now, thanks to the advent of Wi-Fi, what we once deemed to be white goods are increasingly becoming connected and ‘smart’. It’s now possible to order a pizza, replenish the fridge and download a film to watch, all within ten minutes and without leaving the comfort of your armchair using IoT technology – what bliss!, says David Orme, SVP of IDEX Biometrics.

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Maxim unveils first wrist-worn platform for monitoring ECG, heart rate and temperature

Designers seeking to enable continuous monitoring of various health parameters can now quickly create unique, highly accurate wearable solutions using Health Sensor Platform 2.0 (HSP 2.0) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

This next-generation rapid prototyping, evaluation and development platform, also known as MAXREFDES101#, brings the ability to monitor electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate and body temperature to a wrist-worn wearable, saving up to six months in development time.

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Largest ever AI toolset release is tailor-made by IBM for nine industries including manufacturing

IBM has introduced new Watson solutions and services pre-trained for a variety of industries and professions including agriculture, customer service, human resources, supply chain, manufacturing, building management, automotive, marketing, and advertising.

“As data flows continue to increase, people are overwhelmed by the amount of information we have to act on every day, but luckily the information explosion coincides with another key technological advance: artificial intelligence,” said David Kenny, SVP, IBM Cognitive Solutions. “AI is the tool professionals need to take advantage of the data that’s now at our fingertips and tailoring general AI for specific industries and professions is a critical way to enable everyone to reach new potential in their daily jobs.”

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Realising the growth potential of low-bandwidth IoT use cases

The 1NCE flat rate fee was designed with this in mind, to empower businesses to design and deploy new and innovative use cases, applications, services and devices that weren’t feasible in the past

Their simple, low cost offer of €10 for 10 years, is aimed at industrial IoT devices such as, metering, gas-tank monitoring and heavy machinery.


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