Take a look at what happened in first months of 2019 in the area of Internet of Things:

Hardware news

Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

There will be 3,000 housing units as part of the development, with a third of those deemed affordable.

Geothermal heat and solar energy will power Quayside to make it a great example of a sustainable city using renewable sources.

That same geothermal heat it's hoped will keep streets and sidewalks clear of ice. When it rains, clear tarps will cover public spaces such as parks to ensure they're still accessible.

Google is building a smart city

Read more on iottechnews.com.

Audi GLOSA helps drivers breeze past green traffic lights

Audi’s latest feature wants to help drivers ensure they’re not stuck at red traffic lights by connecting to city infrastructure.

The feature is called Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and will advise the driver of what speed to go at in order to catch the “green wave” and breeze past traffic lights safely.

Find out more on iottechnews.com.

UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed goes live

The UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed has gone live in Millbrook as part of the AutoAir consortium.

Based at the Millbrook Proving Grounds test track, the Airspan-led consortium has deployed a small cell network of 89 base stations operating in the in the 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz mid-band spectrum. The network also includes a 22 sector high-speed mobility 57-71 GHz mmWave highway system.

Learn more on neom2m.co.uk.

Port of Rotterdam puts IoT into operation with first application underway

The system uses an extensive network of sensors to provide accurate and up-to-date water (hydro) and weather (meteo) data particularly for the planning and management of shipping. Construction of the IoT platform was announced a year ago by collaborating partners IBM, Cisco, Esri and Axians, and has now been delivered under the Port Authority’s direction. 

The generic building blocks that have now been implemented offer the port a safe and reliable basis for rapid innovation, with access to the latest technologies, including edge computing, real-time analytics, artificial intelligence, hyper-precise data and blockchain. This lays the foundation to facilitate autonomous shipping in the Port of Rotterdam in the future.

Check dredgewire.com for more.

Gemalto First in the World to Make 5G SIM Available

Gemalto announces the industry-first 5G SIM in order to meet operator requirements for the new generation of network deployments which will emerge in 2019.

By 2024, 5G network coverage is expected to reach 40% of the global population, and will account for 1.5 billion subscriptions3. Leveraging the benefits of 5G, key use cases of the new SIM are set to include enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT applications, and critical communication infrastructures.

Read more on gemalto.com.

Daatrics Selects Sequans’ Monarch to Power Neebo Baby Wearable

Neebo is an innovative infant wearable that provides parents with highly accurate monitoring of their baby’s vital statistics. Monarch is the industry’s most advanced LTE-M / NB-IoT chip, optimized for IoT devices such as wearables.

The Neebo infant wearable is a beautifully designed egg-shaped wristlet for baby. It is the only penny-sized device that’s small enough to be placed over a newborn’s wrist. Neebo provides the most accurate infant data stream on the market and monitors baby’s heart rate, oxygen saturation, thermal state, and audio environment, and provides a smart alarm system, alerting parents whenever necessary.

Find out more on marketwatch.com.

Sierra Wireless Launches Compact, Rugged LTE-A Pro Cellular Router

Utilities are deploying cellular IoT solutions like AirLink RV55 to modernize grid operations by connecting aging equipment and infrastructure in order to meet customers’ service expectations and increase adoption of new distributed energy sources. AirLink RV55 combines high-speed, reliable LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, serial and ethernet interfaces, allowing utilities to gather real-time data from infrastructure and connect mobile workforces to improve operational efficiency, rapidly identify issues and restore service outages.

For more check sierrawireless.com.

Wireless broadband networking transformed with ‘blazing fast’ 5G wireless speeds

Telit claims it will be among the first providers of data cards based on Qualcomm Technologies’ second generation 5G New Radio (NR) modem, the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and their antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF Front-End (RFFE) and antenna elements, representing an important milestone in the Telit roadmap.

The new data cards are said to be ideal for enterprise network appliances, branch and remote office routers, fixed wireless broadband internet access and other bandwidth-intensive applications benefiting from speeds more than 10 times what a median LTE device can deliver.

Read more on prnewswire.com.

IoT is on track to eat the mobile world

There are a few analysts who seem to be excited about the Internet of Things’ (IoT) potential, while others have argued that it is overhyped. The advent of new technology has changed the way humans interact with machines and vice versa. From desktop websites to mobile apps, says Charles Richards, business analyst at TatvaSoft UK, the world is undergoing a significant transformation – all thanks to IoT and Bots.

Find out more on iot-now.com.

Software news

Ericsson and China Unicom announce 5G smart harbor project

The news follows a successful technical solution verification at the port of Qingdao and was jointly announced by the partners during a media event from Ericsson’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

One of the key findings of the field trial is up to 70 percent of labor costs can be saved when a harbor uses the 5G automation upgrade, compared to traditional harbors with a fully automated harbor. The labor cost savings are estimated based on the project of automation at the Qingdao Port automation.

Learn more on marketwatch.com.

Kerlink & Internet of Things America Enable IoT Networks For Agriculture and Towns across Rural U.S.

Kerlink and IoT America will also collaborate on the development of a new service offering from IoT America designed to help clients fully take advantage of the ecosystem of hardware, software and services in the marketplace. The new offering will help clients discover the highest-impact possibilities within their industries and quickly develop LoRaWAN™ solutions through proven methods, benefiting from industrial-grade and future-proof IoT dedicated connectivity.

Read more on kerlink.com.

AgShift announces commercial launch of Hydra F100 BQ – world’s first AI enabled food quality analyser

Announcing the successful launch of Hydra F100 BQ, Miku Jha, the founder and CEO of AgShift said, “This was a much-needed innovation in food quality assessment. The current food quality assessment processes are paper-based and manual, many times leading to inconsistent and subjective outcomes that result in losses in the range of $15 (€13.1) to $16 billion (€14) billion annually, not accounting for millions of dollars lost in recovery costs, claim management and diluted brand equity for the organisations involved. ”

Check abc6.com for more.

Tanaza announces the launch of TanazaOS, the cloud-based operating system for Wi-Fi access points

TanazaOS enables communication between wireless access points and a cloud-based unified management layer; it connects a powerful Linux-based core to a scalable cloud infrastructure featuring an intuitive and responsive user interface. TanazaOS is conceived around the disaggregation concept, which means offering the option to select software from one vendor and run it on hardware from a different manufacturer.

Find out more on marketwatch.com.

The real-life applications of IoT and why battery life is critical

Smart homes are already becoming the norm. Perhaps the most well-known form of IoT (Internet of Things), technology can automate routine tasks like ordering shopping via an Amazon Dash button to offering greater security through home cams and smart doorbells.

But IoT uses far exceed consumer devices, says Vanja Plicanic Samuelsson, founder and CEO of Qoitech. Diversity in devices and applications are vast and wide-spanning enough that IoT can be applied to every industry and sector, be it consumer, corporate or industrial.

Read more on iot-now.com.

Successful AI is all down to data management

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere these days, whether in reality or just as a hyped-up label for some simple rules-based decisioning, and this has led to some interesting problems, says David Smith, head of GDPR Technology, SAS UK & Ireland.

The first of these is mistrust, as noted by the incoming president of the British Science Association, Professor Jim Al-Khalili: “There’s a real danger of a public backlash against AI, potentially similar to the one we had with GM [genetic modification] back in the early days of the millennium”. Al-Khalili highlights that for AI to reach its full potential more transparency and public engagement is required.

Check vanillaplus.com for more.

Bluetooth enhances support for location services with new direction finding feature

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced a new direction finding feature that holds the potential to significantly enhance the performance of Bluetooth location services solutions. The new feature allows devices to determine the direction of a Bluetooth signal, thereby enabling the development of Bluetooth proximity solutions that can understand device direction as well as Bluetooth positioning systems that can achieve down to centimeter-level location accuracy.

Learn more on mactech.com.

Tiresias system processes two billion data points each year for Spanish water utility

The Global Omnium Group is one of Spain’s largest water utilities, with a large share of the water-related service market, it manages more than 400 municipalities, from small towns to large cities. 

Altogether, it serves more than one million customers. In its 130 years of experience, the company’s offering to clients has gone from community service through public sources to highly technical domiciliary service. After the appearance of water consumption meters, Global Omnium evolved from taking readings on paper to manual recording on handheld terminals and automatic taking of walk-by or drive-through measurements, a process which guaranteed the veracity of the data.

Read more on iot-now.com.

Universal Electronics and Microsoft partner on turnkey digital assistant platform for home hubs

Universal Electronics Inc.,, a global provider of universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, is collaborating with Microsoft to launch a new digital assistant platform for the home built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using AI and IoT services.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now playing a key role in improving access to smart living products and services, and this is only expected to expand in size and scope. Digital assistants that connect consumers to important services such as safety and security, collaboration and scheduling or bring joy through better interaction with entertainment devices, will play a key role in delivering the experiences promised by a brand.

Find out more on quicksetcloud.com.

General news

The top 25 IoT startups to watch in 2019

The following list of 25 IoT startups are based on an analysis of their ability to attract new customers, current and projected revenue growth, patents’ current value and potential, and position in their chosen markets. Presented below are the top 25 IoT startups to watch this year:

  • Armis Security
  • Crate.io
  • Dragos
  • Drayson Technologies
  • Element Analytics
  • FogHorn
  • GEM
  • IoTium
  • InfluxData
  • Karamba Security
  • Xage Security
  • Uptake
  • MachineMetrics
  • MagicCube
  • Myriota
  • Particle
  • Samsara
  • SCADAfence
  • SequoiaDB
  • Sight Machine
  • Splice Machine
  • Tulip
  • Tuya Smart
  • VDOO

Learn more on iottechnews.com.

Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

31 percent of the apps used no encryption whatsoever. 19 percent used hardcoded keys that are easy to discover.

The results show about 50 percent of IoT device apps can be exploited. Put like that, and considering the sheer number of devices, it’s little surprise the IoT has become the number one target for hackers.

If you’ve built a smart home, you have a 50/50 chance whether the app you’re using has even basic security based on these results.

Check hobi.com for more.

Too Many IoT Connectivity Protocols? Haltian’s IoT Protocol Comparison Table Makes Choosing Easier

There is no one-size-fits-all connectivity technology that can provide an optimal solution for all IoT applications. It is a question of selecting the best-suited option for each use-case at hand.

The comparison tables here have been created by Haltian.

2019 Trends in Internet of Things

Internet of Things is another trendy buzzword in the technology industry, and companies have been trying to determine how much is hype and how much is reality. The promise of new data streams or a higher degree of automation is certainly tantalizing, but the greatest benefit comes from large interconnected systems that present a challenge for many organizations. An Internet of Things strategy requires new technology along with new business processes and collaboration.

Key Points:

  • Internet of Things has a broad ecosystem
  • Internet of Things initiatives span the entire business
  • Financial implications are difficult to calculate
  • Internal and external skills are needed for success.

Find out more here iotbusinessnews.com.

Global Certification Forum announces 23% year-on-year increase in cellular device certifications

Record number of devices in the GCF 2018 certification programme:

  • Manufacturers increasing complexity of devices, with ‘average device’ now incorporating 17.3 bands and 2.6 bearer technologies
  • Increase dominated by IoT modules
  • 5G certifications began January 2019 - but GCF forecasts certifications to be low in number during 2019; and no mmWave devices

Learn more on globalcertificationforum.org.

PTC partners with Digital Catapult to launch the Future Networks Lab in London

The facility is designed to make use of advanced digital technology to drive early adoption of solutions that can make UK businesses more competitive and productive to grow the country’s economy.

Opened this month, the Future Networks Lab is one of the first facilities in Europe specifically designed with a focus on IoT, 5G and LPWAN technologies. Digital Catapult and its partners have created a facility that unlocks value for industry by enabling collaboration, experimentation and demonstration of the potential of these new and exciting technologies at scale. The facility will offer a place for start-ups, corporations and network platform providers to collaborate and leverage technical expertise, innovation support and advanced digital infrastructures.

Read more on iotglobalnetwork.com.

Can the IoT save the high street? Yes, if it concentrates on the basics

I don’t care how many boxing day sales riots you’ve witnessed, you haven’t seen crowd madness until you’ve experienced ‘FIRA Frenzy’ at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This vast, out-of-town emporium now seems to attract every vendor in the world and they all seem to want to cram a whole year’s worth of marketing effort into four days.

For that reason some industry watchers, such as Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis, say they prefer smaller boutique events like Embedded World in Nuremberg and Enterprise Connect in Orlando.

For more check techapeek.com.

Bentley Systems introduces Mixed Reality app using Microsoft HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress event

Bentley Systems Incorporated, the global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, presented SYNCHRO XR, its app for immersively visualising 4D construction digital twins with the new Microsoft HoloLens 2, which Microsoft announced during a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Selected as a Microsoft mixed reality partner representing the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, Bentley demonstrated how with SYNCHRO XR for HoloLens 2, users can interact collaboratively with digital construction models using intuitive gestures to plan, visualise, and experience construction sequencing.

Read more on bentley.com.

IoT spaceship, the 5G

There is little doubt that 5G will have profound impact on the course of human civilization. Mobile subscribers would benefit from 5G in different ways which can be summarized as better user experiences. However, the greater impact is on Machines, to make the world highly connected and ultra-smart. The foundation for such transformation will be the 5G.

The new Radio Air Interface (the 5G) comprises New Frame Structure and Waveform, Massive Antenna Technology and Advance Coding and Modulation. However, the biggest improvement is the wider carrier bandwidth as it dramatically increased from 20Mhz in LTE to 400Mhz in 5G.

Learn more on iot-now.com

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