Device-to-cloud IoT platform services will reach US$18bn by 2026

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From the early days of Thingworx (PTC) and ILS (Telit) to the market today, the device-to-cloud IoT platform service market has changed dramatically. Early platform services included device connectivity and cloud integration, device management services, and simple alerting services. Today, platform services have added drag and drop application development services, more sophisticated data, and device management services, and managed security services. Of four key supplier segments, software and services suppliers, a group that includes start-ups and cloud vendors, are expected to dominate revenue generation at nearly 67% of the total…

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Moovit uses augmented reality for better public transit navigation

Based on user feedback, Moovit is using AR to display digital directions on top of real-world images to help point the way for users to get to their destination. Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions company Moovit has released Way Finder, a feature that uses augmented reality (AR) to better locate stops and stations, with the aim of increasing users’ confidence while using public transit. Based on user feedback, Moovit is using AR to display digital directions on top of real-world images to help point the way for users to easily get to…

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2020 expected to see almost 20% increase in smart city spending

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Singapore is expected to remain the top investor in smart city initiatives, followed by Tokyo, New York City and London. Global spending on smart city initiatives will total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9 per cent over 2019, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide. The report finds that the top 100 cities investing in smart initiatives in 2019 represented around 29 per cent of global spending. It says that while growth will be sustained among the top spenders in the…

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Coast and DG Cities form autonomous collaboration

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The US self-driving technology company and UK urban innovation specialist will provide design and implementation services to help transform cities with connected and autonomous vehicles. California-based self-driving technology firm Coast Autonomous and DG Cities, a smart city specialist and subsidiary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). It marks the second US-UK collaboration in the smart city space this week with Los Angeles and London committing to join…

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Walla Walla plugs 2,000 water leaks with smart utility network

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The city upgraded its infrastructure in the face of 30 per cent annual water losses. The City of Walla Walla in Washington has detected 2,000 water leaks in the first year of deploying a smart utility network. “As our pipes failed and water meters aged, we began to see a 30 per cent annual water loss, which is significant given that we distribute about three billion gallons of water each year,” said City of Walla Walla water distribution supervisor, Adrian Sutor. The city implemented residential and commercial water meters from…

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Waymo’s autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

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Autonomous cars developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have now driven over 20 million miles on public roads. The milestone was announced during this year’s CES in Las Vegas and shows how Waymo’s driverless technology is almost ready for widespread deployment. Speaking at a dinner hosted by Fortune, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: “You need to have a lot of real world experience, there’s no way to avoid it.” While autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents, Waymo has managed to avoid – so far, at least – any fatalities like…

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Gothenburg boosts sustainable public transport push with e-bus roll-out

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More than 150 electric buses will be introduced in the region covering Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille, where 180 million trips are made by bus each year. A fleet of electric buses has begun operating in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and its region covering Mölndal and Partille. The 157 electric buses from Volvo represent the largest single order of its kind in Europe. Bus operator Transdev Sweden was awarded the contract to operate the service from public transport company Västtrafik, which expects to have electrified all city traffic in Västra…

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Smart waste sensors to total 1.5mn installed units worldwide in 2023

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M2M/IoT market research provider, Berg Insight, has released new findings about the market for smart waste management says Levi Ostling, IoT analyst at Berg Insight. The installed base of smart waste sensors reached 379,000 worldwide in 2018. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 %, this number will increase to 1.5 million in 2023. These wirelessly connected fill-level sensors can either be pre-integrated into waste bins and containers or retrofitted into existing ones. Europe accounts for more than 50% of the installed base. Markets such as the…

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London deploys AI for cycle route planning

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Transport for London (TfL) is trialling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to better plan and operate new cycle routes in the capital. Until now, TfL has relied mainly on manual traffic counts to work out how many people are cycling on any given road. This helps assess demand for new cycle routes and supports TfL in planning how it operates the road network for the growing numbers of people cycling. Manual traffic counts, which are carried out at limited locations on London’s road network, are only able to give…

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Tampere launches carbon footprint calculator

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The calculator aims to allow users to find a route and check how much their carbon footprint would be affected by using public transport, cycling or walking, compared to driving. The Finnish city of Tampere has introduced a carbon footprint calculator to its Tampere.Finland mobile application and announced the next addition will be a tool for citizen participation and feedback. The carbon footprint calculator aims to allow users to find a route and check how much their carbon footprint would be affected by using public transport, cycling or walking, compared…

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Shipments of cellular IoT gateways to reach 8.0mn by 2023

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Berg Insight, has released findings about the market for cellular IoT gateways, routers and modems. More than 3.4 million cellular IoT gateways were shipped globally during 2018, at a total market value of approximately US$921 million (€826 million). Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5%, annual shipments are expected to reach 8.0 million in 2023. Cellular IoT gateways are standalone devices intended for connecting machines to a cellular network. These include general-purpose cellular gateways, routers and modems that are enclosed in a chassis and have at least…

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Kerlink signs IoTdc as Internet of Things solutions distributor into South Africa

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Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), announced its expansion into South Africa and a distribution agreement with IoTdc, a distributor of connected hardware and device-related applications for the IoT in that country. Kerlink, a provider of solutions for designing, launching, and operating public and private LoRaWAN IoT networks, offers a comprehensive product portfolio of industrial-grade network equipment, best-of-breed network-core, operations, and management software, and value-added applications. Serving solutions integrators, IT/IoT resellers and telcos, IoTdc focuses on primary verticals such as agriculture, mining, smart cities,…

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A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration

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To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface — an underwater “internet of things.” But how to supply constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long durations in the ocean’s deep? MIT researchers have an answer: a battery-free underwater communication system that uses near-zero power to transmit sensor data. The system could be used to monitor sea temperatures to study climate change and track marine life over long periods…

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Photovoltaic-powered sensors for IoT

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By 2025, experts estimate the number of “internet of things” devices — including sensors that gather real-time data about infrastructure and the environment — could rise to 75 billion worldwide. As it stands, however, those sensors require batteries that must be replaced frequently, which can be problematic for long-term monitoring. MIT researchers have designed photovoltaic-powered sensors that could potentially transmit data for years before they need to be replaced. To do so, they mounted thin-film perovskite cells — known for their potential low cost, flexibility, and relative ease of fabrication…

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Study: Enterprises not prioritising PKI security for IoT

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IoT is one of the fastest growing trends in technology today, yet enterprises are leaving themselves vulnerable to dangerous cyberattacks by failing to prioritize PKI (public key infrastructure) security, according to new research from nCipher Security, an Entrust Datacard company. The 2019 Global PKI and IoT Trends Study, conducted by research firm the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by nCipher Security, is based on feedback from more than 1,800 IT security practitioners in 14 countries/regions, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. According to the study, 56 per…

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