Exploring wireless IoT applications within industrial automation

The technologies associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connectivity are enabling a new wave of wireless networking applications within the industrial automation sector.

According to the latest global market study by Berg Insight, annual shipments of wireless devices for industrial automation applications reached 4.6 million units worldwide in 2018, accounting for approximately 6 percent of all new connected nodes.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.3 percent, annual shipments are expected to reach 9.9 million in 2023.

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Water utilities forecast to propel growth with global smart meter revenue to reach US$14bn by 2026

Water and gas meter shipments will see double-digit revenue growth over the next five years. If this market forecast comes true it will be welcome news in a market where smart electricity shipments are contracting and greatly slowing growth of overall revenues across the entire metering segment.

According to ABI Research, energy and water utility meter installations will result in annual shipments of 151 million smart meters in 2018 and will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% to reach 193 million units by 2026.

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IQRF Summit 2019

The fourth edition of IoT conference with the IQRF® wireless network technology will bring news from the world of industry, smart cities and buildings. Members of the IQRF Alliance face new challenges from a wide range of areas of life, such as healthcare, breeding or farming. At the conference, you can personally meet with representatives of companies providing for example parking, lighting or air quality monitoring, and find out which solutions are already available on the market.

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Iguazio powers the intelligent edge for smart retail and IoT solutions with Google cloud

Iguazio, the serverless platform for intelligent applications, announced it is partnering with Google Cloud to enable real-time AI across the cloud and intelligent edge. Google Cloud and Iguazio’s hybrid cloud is enabling Trax, the provider of computer vision and analytics solutions for retail,to benefit from Kubernetes and a cloud-native architecture without managing its underlying infrastructure. Trax’s retail solutions leverage image recognition and predictive analytics to efficiently manage the physical shelf for consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers.

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Intelligent service robots define exciting new direction for LG

At CES 2019, LG Electronics (LG) will debut an updated version of its wearable CLOi SuitBot alongside a lineup of improved service robots which are nearing commercialisation.The wearable LG CLOi SuitBot supports the lower body to reduce stress when lifting and bending while the enhanced CLOi service robots – PorterBot, ServeBot and CartBot – will demonstrate their more advanced capabilities made possible by LG’s continuously evolving AI and robotics knowhow.

Originally unveiled last fall in Berlin, the updated LG CLOi SuitBot supports the user’s waist and augments their own muscle power to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue when performing physically demanding tasks such as lifting and lowering heavy loads.

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B-Secur Sees Potential in ECG Biometrics for Cars and Wearables

The Belfast-based startup is upbeat on the potential of ECG biometrics to identify individuals as well as to gauge their health and physical state.

Passwords are a pain. It is all-too-tempting to reuse the same password whenever possible, but irregular password requirements and security recommendations make it necessary to memorize or otherwise keep track of scores of passwords for everything from online commerce to banking to email accounts. And yet breached passwords are involved in many cybersecurity breaches.

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Smart City Project in Vienna Suburb Begins New Phase

A roughly 30-minute subway ride away from Vienna’s inner core is Aspern, an emerging neighborhood that is home to one of Europe’s most-ambitious smart city projects. Launched in 2009, the project is intended to be a test lab for urban energy use, as well as to showcase a smart city initiative that points the way forward for other similarly-minded, technology-oriented urban planners.

“We are working on solutions for a really renewable energy future,” said Georg Pammer, manager of Aspern Smart City Research.

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IIoT and Mass Customization: How Do They Fit Together?

Recent Deloitte research shows that more than 50 percent of customers expressed interest in acquiring custom products. Empowered by the development of technologies, they are willing to become co-producers and have the opportunity to shape the products they purchase themselves.

To respond to the expectations of individual customers, enterprises have embraced mass customization, which allows them to create products tailored to the needs of a particular buyer while retaining high production volumes and relatively low production costs.

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Dell EMC and Nokia Team Up on Semi-Autonomous Barges in Delft

Dell EMC and Nokia have joined as lead technology partners in a public-private smart city initiative to help the historic Dutch City of Delft reduce truck congestion in the city center using semi-autonomous, hydrogen-powered barges in existing waterways for ‘last mile’ transportation. This collaboration is intended to help reduce traffic, in turn helping the region meet carbon emission, sustainability and economic development targets.

The world’s urban population is expected to double by 2050, and this only serves to increase the demand on already stretched municipal resources.

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Agtech: Waitrose to trial autonomous farming robots

UK supermarket chain Waitrose is planning to deploy autonomous robots, from Shropshire-based robotics start-up Small Robot Company, to farm its Leckford Estate.

The Telegraph reports that the three-year trial, will see three types of robot, known as Tom, Dick and Harry, analyse, plant and weed crops at the 4,000 acre farm near Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Tom handles crop and soil monitoring, Dick is responsible for precision spraying and laser weeding, while Harry takes care of precision drilling and planting.

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Rolls-Royce & Finferries test world’s first fully autonomous ferry

Finnish ferry operator Finferries has demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry, thanks to a collaboration with engineering giant Rolls-Royce.

A car ferry, by the name Falco, used Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to navigate autonomously between Parainen and Nauvo in Finland, before the return journey was carried out over remote control.

The ferry’s sensors worked alongside its AI and collision avoidance technology to complete the journey, even berthing using a newly-developed autonomous navigation system, without any intervention from the crew.

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Schneider Electric Exec Opens Up on Industrial IoT and AI

Schneider’s highest-ranking IoT executive said the company’s Industrial IoT and AI strategy is based on pragmatism.

Cyril Perducat, Schneider Electric’s executive vice president of IoT and digital offers, is a pragmatist. And as such, he views the Internet of Things as simply “a means to an end” and says artificial intelligence “can suffer from an excess of fanciness.” Some people in the industrial space become so enthralled with the potential of artificial intelligence that they started dreaming up science-fiction-like possibilities, Perducat explained.

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Hiber launches nano-satellites for global IoT coverage

Dutch satellite company Hiber will launch its first ‘HiberBand’ nano-satellites over the next few days, delivering connectivity to remote locations around the world.

The Dutch government-backed project claims to be the first truly global satellite solution and hopes to help bridge the digital divide that means 90 percent of the world is currently unable to use connected tech.

The start-up is run by the founders of JustEat, TreatWell and Booking.com.

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On the road to the smart city

It is incredible to think that 70 years ago there were just 751 million people living in urban areas. That figure has now grown to almost 4.3 billion. The United Nations predicts urbanisation will continue to increase exponentially, with 68 percent of us expected to live in an urban landscape by 2050 – that’s another 2.5 billion people to accommodate.

When you take into account that only three percent of the world’s landmass is taken up by urban development, you’d be excused for questioning just how exactly we are going to cope with the number of people flocking to cities around the world.

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Volvo and Baidu partner on autonomous taxi project

Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo is teaming up with Chinese technology giant Baidu to build autonomous taxis. Together they are aiming to launch a level 4 driverless ride-hailing service in China by 2020.

The news follows the announcement of another two-year Baidu project, with Ford, in which the pair will begin level 4 testing on the streets of Beijing before the end of the year.

Industry forecasts predict China will represent the world’s largest market for autonomous vehicles in the coming decades.

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Microsoft, Tencent, Intel race to develop autonomous greenhouses

The world’s population is expected to increase by another two and a half billion to 10 billion by 2055. At the same time, the amount of arable land is expected to shrink as increased urbanisation takes hold. And that’s before other issues such as climate change are factored into the equation.

The end result is a lot of mouths to feed and no obvious way to provide the substantial increase in food production required.

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AT&T and Prevas team up on IoT for industrial automation

US telecommunications company AT&T has partnered with Swedish IT and engineering firm Prevas to create IoT solutions for industrial and healthcare environments.

The three-year deal will see AT&T’s IoT products combined with the industrial design and engineering experience of Prevas.

The joint offerings will be shaped to help customers get their connected products and services to market more quickly. These customers include companies in the automotive, defense, energy, healthcare, engineering and technology sectors.

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How DLT, IoT and AI are converging to reshape transportation

The transportation and logistics industries are undergoing sweeping change. Electric vehicle and lithium battery costs are falling quickly, autonomy software is improving at a rapid pace, and ride-sharing platforms are leading customers to question the need to own their own car. 

These three trends – electrification, autonomy, and access-over-ownership – are reshaping every part of the industry and moving the sector into a new era of integrated mobility. The resulting vision is one of a seamless transit experience incorporating multimodal, public and private transport. 

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Ericsson, Einride, Telia connecting self-driving trucks with 5G

Networking provider Ericsson and Swedish telco Telia, in partnership with autonomous transportation company Einride, are demonstrating how driverless trucks can be enhanced with 5G technology at the DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden.

The global relationship aims to create a more sustainable transport ecosystem by connecting electric, autonomous vehicles.

Einride’s T-pod, a driverless, electric vehicle that the company claims can operate with the safety and reliability needed to bring autonomous trucks onto public roads, will host Ericsson’s 5G technology.

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£10m of UK government IoT funding lost in the machine

In March 2015, the then UK chancellor George Osbourne announced the Internet of Things UK Research and Innovation Programme. The initiative was to be led by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), with help from the Office for Life Sciences, Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Internet of Things UK was allocated a budget of more than £40m, to be spent over the following three financial years.

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IQRF Summit 2019

We invite you to the fourth annual conference about the Internet of Things with the IQRF® wireless technology. During the last year, many innovations have taken place both in the development of IQRF® technology itself and in the development of IoT projects based on it. Come and see which improvements in your life you can expect thanks to the Internet of Things. In addition to presentations and practical demonstrations, you can also look forward to an informal dinner where you can discuss your IoT ideas with IoT professionals.

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Sisense launches AI edge analytics, turning IoT devices “into supercomputers”

Business intelligence provider Sisense has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that it claims turns Internet of Things (IoT) devices “into supercomputers”.

According to the company, the new Sisense Hunch product represents a “new class of big data analytics” that can be applied to applications that were previously impossible on the Internet of Things, due to its latency, power, storage, and cost challenges.

Using the new system, massive stores of data are transformed into “mere megabytes” allowing for “microsecond response times and the ability to be placed anywhere, even inside a tiny IoT device”, said the company today.

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Lyft’s self-driving ambitions become reality, buys Blue Vision

Ride-sharing platform Lyft is already competing with Uber in cities around the world to provide on-demand mobility. But this week, the San Francisco company took concrete steps toward competing in the driverless taxi space, too.

In July 2017, Lyft announced the creation of its own autonomous transport division, Level 5. Fifteen months and 300 engineers and researchers later – many of whom were picked up from Waymo, Apple, Tesla, and Ford – the company has unveiled its first self-driving vehicle: an adapted Ford Fusion Hybrid.

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Amazon fixes flaws in smart home operating system

Amazon has had to patch 13 flaws found in an operating system used in smart home devices after it was discovered that the software bugs could enable hackers to take over the devices.

The flaws were found in FreeRTOS, an embedded operating system ported into over 40 hardware platforms over the last 14 years. In November 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) took over stewardship of the FreeRTOS kernel and its components. There is also a commercial version of FreeRTOS, named OpenRTOS and maintained by WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS).

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Twilio teams up with T-Mobile US on NB-IoT platform

Cloud platform as a service (PaaS) provider Twilio has partnered with T-Mobile US in a deal that will see the former roll out a developers’ platform for T-Mobile’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network.

The partnership was announced at Twilio’s Signal 2019 customer and developers’ conference in San Francisco. It aims to create apps for NB-IoT that will draw less power, extend battery life, and save users money.

The platform comprises three parts.

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Intel partners with Arm on IoT chips, Rolls-Royce on autonomous ships

Rival semiconductor producers Intel and Arm have agreed to collaborate to manage networks of connected devices based on their chips.

Reuters reports that Britain’s IP giant Arm – acquired by Japanese tech investment conglomerate SoftBank in July 2016 for $24.3 billion – said last night that it had signed a strategic partnership with its rival to use standards developed by Intel for managing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, networks, and data.

Arm’s agreement to use Intel standards for securely managing networked devices that deploy both companies’ chips is a major breakthrough for IoT uptake, by enabling central management and interoperability.

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Volkswagen will build its connected car tech on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform

Volkswagen has enlisted the help of Microsoft to allow its customers to utilise digital services in its connected cars. The joint solution – called the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – operates on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, allowing customers to access key services and seamlessly switch between in-car and home services.

The German car manufacturer enlisted the help of Microsoft’s Azure platform to offer extra-value services, such as the ability to continue streaming music from their home when getting into their car, or accessing a conference call while on their way to work.

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Renault unveils autonomous concierge concept for last mile delivery

Renault has unveiled the EZ-PRO, an autonomous delivery concept that could provide a modular, last-mile option for logistics operators.

Renault launched the futuristic concept at the Hannover Motor Show this week, highlighting the company’s confidence in this potentially lucrative market.

The ‘last mile problem’ is a critical challenge for cities, as the boom in online and mobile commerce has caused an influx of petrol- and diesel-powered vans into crowded centres and suburbs, ramping up pollution.

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Wondrwall makes smart homes autonomous with sensor arrays

Connected-home technology company Wondrwall has launched what it claims is the world’s first truly smart home-automation system, with the aim of converting “standard homes into intelligent homes” – houses that can make decisions for themselves.

The concept is based on replacing standard light switches with new switches that contain 13 different sensors. These monitor temperature, humidity, power, motion, luminosity, and sound. In this way, a typical three-bedroom house could contain a network of more than 100 such sensors, according to the company.

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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.

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