What's new at Internet of Things area? Take a look at the latest IoT news and updates in our fresh digest:

Hardware news

NetComm launches new Industrial IoT router supporting medium bandwidth applications

Australian telecom equipment provider NetComm has introduced its new 4G LTE Category 1 IIoT Router (NTC-220) that promises a reliable, and secure medium bandwidth connectivity via LTE networks.

The launch of medium bandwidth IIoT connectivity through NTC-220 will allow deployment of IIoT applications in the market at an unprecedented rate. Moreover, the use of LTE Category 1 technology in the NTC-220 will also provide nearby network coverage enabling greater IIoT deployment.

The NTC-220 runs on the Linux-based NetComm OS, allowing solution developers and system integrators to create their own applications using the company’s proprietary SDK, whereas the built-in GPS allows the router to track on-the-move assets from any part of the world.

Read more oniotinnovator.com.

Vivint Smart Home launches Vivint Car Guard to extend smart security to your car

Vivint Smart Home, a smart home company, introduced Vivint Car Guard, claiming to be the first-of-its-kind service that allows homeowners to manage the security of both their home and car with a single app. Vivint Car Guard provides peace of mind with the ability to monitor the security, location and diagnostics of your car from anywhere. 

Integrated into the Vivint Smart Home app, Vivint Car Guard will send notifications if your car is bumped, towed or stolen.

In addition to monitoring the security of your car, Vivint Car Guard helps you locate your car or loved ones with GPS tracking of your car’s location and travel direction.

Vivint Car Guard also monitors your car’s health and safety, providing reminders for regular maintenance, as well as notifications about mechanical problems and now recall information.

For more check iot-now.com.

Over 100 operators have deployed/launched either NB-IoT or LTE-M networks

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed by 3GPP to enable a wide range of cellular devices and services. NB-IoT focuses specifically on indoor coverage, low cost, long battery life, and high connection density. NB-IoT uses a subset of the LTE standard, but limits the bandwidth to a single narrow-band of 200kHz.

LTE-M (LTE-MTC [Machine Type Communication]), which includes eMTC (enhanced Machine Type Communication), is a type of low power wide area network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed by 3GPP to enable a wide range of cellular devices and services (specifically, for machine-to-machine and Internet of Things applications). 

The advantage of LTE-M over NB-IoT is its comparatively higher data rate, mobility, and voice over the network, but it requires more bandwidth, is more costly, and cannot be put into guard band frequency band for now.

Learn more on iotbusinessnews.com.

IoT can improve waste management systems

An IoT, ML-enabled platform for waste management adds a dimension of agile, real-time mapping and tracking that can improve waste management outcomes.

The sensors attached to the roadside waste bins track waste collection inside the bin and alert the waste collection trucks automatically using an IoT-integrated and networked system, but waste that is thrown directly on the road escapes the digital visual eyes of the sensor cameras. It needs an alert and a conscious citizen or human interference to cover that piece of the waste thrown on the road by an errant citizen.

Integration of all these needs very little human interference, with most of the activities being automated and monitored round the clock by a smart machine with the ability to analyze pictorial data and to do a bit of number crunching, when needed.

Find out more on hobi.com.

IoT and blockchain convergence: WISeKey launches digital identity offering

WISeKey International Holding has launched SensorsID, a digital identity offering which aims to protect device identities and their data.

SensorsID as a result aims to ‘combine dual-factor authentication capabilities with an innovative blockchain platform to protect device identities and their data transactions’, in the words of the company. 

The company added that, combined with an application microcontroller in the IoT edge device, the security available in the new solution is at a ‘premium’ level – even going as far as saying it could have blocked both the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

Read more on iottechnews.com.

Special Olympics leverages Sigfox network to ensure athlete safety

Sigfox created a solution bringing together Sigfox connectivity and Wi-Fi in a simple device resembling a credit card. In less than three months, LITE-ON was able to develop, produce, certify and deliver 10,000 devices that run on Sigfox’s 0G network, all fitted with batteries providing up to four months of charge for an uninterrupted and reliable service throughout the week-long event.

Throughout the course of the event, devices worn by those opting into the scheme periodically transmitted messages including the closest Wi-Fi MAC addresses to help identify the location of athletes and delegates in the event a person became lost. These MAC addresses were converted into coordinates based on Sigfox Atlas Wi-Fi services. Integrating a button, the devices were also able to send an alert if a person were to find themselves in an emergency situation or in need of assistance, immediately triggering the tracking mode to get help to the scene.

Learn more on iothub.com.au.

Apple 27-inch iMac (2019): No new ground, but welcome CPU and GPU upgrades Review

This year’s iMac is essentially a ‘speed bump’ that brings it up to date with the latest Intel processors. However, Apple’s recent discovery of VR and AR has also prompted it to improve the iMac’s graphics performance, resulting in what it claims is ‘a 2x performance boost’ over previous generations. That will be music to the ears of Apple’s professional and creative users, who need a fast machine for graphics or video work, but who can’t afford the eye-watering price of the iMac Pro that was also launched in 2017 (and recently updated).

The external design of the 27-inch iMac hasn’t changed for this 2019 update, and its 5K display remains the iMac’s crowning glory (especially considering the cost of standalone 5K displays).

Apple 27-inch iMac

For more check techapeek.com.

Canada’s first coast-to-coast Internet of Things network unveiled by Sigfox

Through the partnership with the Sigfox Global Network, Sigfox Canada can provide customers with seamless coverage to any of the 60 countries around the world. By offering access to both the Canadian and Global Network, device manufacturers can use the Sigfox development kit to easily enable country-agnostic IoT connected devices.

A cost-effective, low-bandwidth, high capacity network, Sigfox Canada will cover more than 14 million Canadians coast-to-coast across cities, towns, airports and universities from east to west by the end of June 2019. Each network base station covers several square kilometers and is capable of receiving up to 10 million messages per day.

Find out more on globenewswire.com.

Software news

BlackBerry, Telus, L-Spark among those to launch programme for Canadian IoT startups

Canadian software as a service (SaaS) accelerator L-Spark has collaborated with telco Telus to launch the Secure IoT Accelerator programme, in association with BlackBerry and Ottawa-based software firm Solace.

The programme will empower local IoT ventures to reach globally with a ‘secure-by-design’ technology. The programme will back the companies in its portfolio to develop IoT products and services that leverage the combined capabilities of Telus’ global connectivity and IoT cybersecurity services, BlackBerry's secure OS, and Solace's data movement capabilities.

Read more on iottechnews.com.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launches alliance intelligent cloud on Microsoft Azure

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the automotive alliance, announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform that is enabling Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly all 200 markets served by the Alliance member companies.

Culminating joint development efforts between the Alliance and Microsoft, the auto industry’s first global and most ambitious connected vehicle program will be deployed utilising cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT technologies provided by Microsoft Azure. 

Vehicles utilising the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will benefit from seamless access to the internet, providing enhanced remote diagnostics, continuous software deployment, firmware updates as well as access to infotainment services.

Find out more on iot-now.com.

SwiftStack announces world’s first multi-cloud AI/ML data management solution

SwiftStack, the provider of multi-cloud data storage and management, announced a new customer-proven edge-to-core-to-cloud solution that supports large-scale Artificial Intelligence/Machine and Deep Learning (AI/ML/DL) workflows.

SwiftStack’s AI/ML solution delivers massive storage parallelism and throughput, needed for ingest, training and inferencing; a scale-out global namespace for access to data whether on-premises or in one or more clouds; data services such as tagging, search, and metadata management to support AI/ML workflows; and Kubernetes and TensorFlow support.

The solution includes an integration of SwiftStack with Valohai’s deep learning platform-as-a-service to provide machine orchestration, version control, and AI/ML pipeline management.

Learn more on iot-now.com.

Software AG Announces Major Advance in Self-Service Analytics for IoT

Software AG today announced the availability of Apama Analytics Builder to radically reduce the time it takes to design, develop and deploy analytics for Internet of Things applications.

Apama Analytics Builder has a graphical user interface for non-coders to take advantage of streaming analytics. It allows operators to quickly build and deploy analytical models using a comprehensive library of pre-built analytic blocks. With a drag-and-drop, free-form, web-based editor and the capability to manage deployment and simulation, real-time analytical applications can be developed when and where needed.

For more check iotbusinessnews.com.

Volkswagen and AWS join forces to transform automotive manufacturing

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, and the Volkswagen Group announced a multi-year, global agreement to build the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, a cloud-based Industrial digital production platform that will transform the automotive company’s manufacturing and logistics processes.

Volkswagen will use the suite of AWS IoT services, including AWS IoT Greengrass, AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Analytics, and AWS IoT SiteWise, to detect, collect, organise, and run sophisticated analytics on data from the plant floor. AWS’s IoT services will deliver new insights into manufacturing operations across facilities that will optimise production and improve process efficiencies.

Read more on iotglobalnetwork.com.

Sectigo adds ACME protocol support in certificate manager platform to automate SSL lifecycle management

Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) announced on Thursday support for the ACME protocol in its Sectigo Certificate Manager platform. By adding ACME support, Sectigo brings the reliability and efficiency of automation to enterprise certificate management.

Advancements in the Sectigo Certificate Manager platform address enterprise-scale challenges by providing mechanisms to automate installation and renewal of SSL certificates to servers within the traditional data center or in a DevOps environment — fully automating both deployment and ongoing management. This ACME support applies to Extended Validation (EV), Organization Validation (OV), and Domain Validation (DV) SSL certificates.

Check iotinnovator.com for more.

Tasmanian Distillery Knocks Out Counterfeiters with HID Global’s IoT Platform for Brand Protection

The distillery’s solution incorporates HID Trusted Tag Services into the AusNFC web application that drive the front-end mobile experience on customers’ phones.

An HID cryptographically secure Near Field Communication (NFC) tag is embedded into the label of every liquor bottle, which links to HID’s cloud authentication service.

By tapping their iPhone or Android phone to the bottle, the customer activates a secure communications channel that authenticates the provenance of their premium product — down to the actual bottle number.

Each tap generates a unique URL, preventing counterfeiters from copying, spoofing or manipulating the URL for false verification.

Find out more on hidglobal.ru.

General news

BT’s latest IoT project is to help Northumbrian Water get smart

BT has secured a contract with Northumbrian Water to supply a low power IoT network which can boost efficiency through improved operational insights.

Approximately 150 sensors will be deployed across the network and will monitor things such as water flow, quality, and pressure. These sensors will be connected via a LoRaWAN (low power, long range, wide area network) and feedback data to BT’s IoT platform.

Using the IoT platform, Northumbrian Water will have access to a visual representation of the entire network. Any potential issues can be dealt with quickly to reduce cost and prevent disruption of services for customers.

The use of a LoRaWAN ensures sensors have a long battery life while functioning across Northumbrian Water’s vast infrastructure.

Read more on telecomtv.com.

LG Uplus and Hanyang Uni test 5G self-driving car in Seoul

LG Uplus and Hanyang University are testing a 5G self-driving car trial in Seoul to demonstrate how it could solve traffic problems.

South Korean telecoms company LG Uplus used its 5G network for the trial which saw a driverless vehicle dubbed the ‘A1’ drive eight kilometres in heavy traffic for 25 minutes.

The car was seen changing lanes and reacting to vehicles around it. Hanyang University’s ACE Lab said the A1 was close to performing at ‘Level 4’ driverless autonomy.

Level 4 would mean the car is able to perform as a ‘local driverless taxi’, the user will not be expected to take over, and pedals and/or steering wheels may not even be installed. Level 5 represents full autonomy which means it can drive under all conditions without supervision.

The A1 vehicle is fitted with Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology in addition to radar sensors. LIDAR uses light to determine how close to objects the vehicle is, while radar uses radio waves.

Check iottechnews.com for more.

Sprint launches new IoT tool to give businesses simpler pricing options


Sprint has announced the launch of its new Curiosity IoT Estimation Tool that will let medium and small size business customers as well as enterprise customers, quick access to customised Sprint Curiosity IoT data pricing.

The Curiosity IoT Estimation Tool offers international IoT data rates in six different regions across the globe to benefit global organizations plan and build IoT solutions. The tool also benefits businesses swiftly scale IoT solutions by showing pricing estimates for adding any number of devices and services without having the need to go back and forth with a sales team.

Learn more on enterpriseiotinsights.com.

Logitech launches Zone Wireless headsets to make the open office less distracting

Logitech launches Zone Wireless headsets

Logitech is launching two wireless headsets to make the open office a little more suited to doing work.

Zone Wireless headsets come with Active Noise Cancellation that’s activated via a button.

The design revolves around making the headset seamless. There are some other nice touches with cabling and materials. Headset will charge via cable or any Qi compatible charger. Battery life is 14 hours with ANC on and 15 with it off.

The companion app gives the user the ability to customize for sound as well as side noise, a setting that enables you to pick how much chatter you want to hear.

Zone Wireless Plus has a unifying receiver that can connect to six peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, headset.

For more check techapeek.com.

Raspberry Pi launches official mouse and keyboard

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched an official mouse and keyboard for its popular single-board computers.

The keyboard is a 78-key affair and also includes a three-port USB hub with USB type A connections. A micro-USB port connects the keyboard to a Raspberry Pi. The keyboard’s been made for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

You’ll need to set things up per the diagram below.


Find out more on iothub.com.au.

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