Nokia adds new products and features to whole-home Wi-Fi portfolio to enhance consumer experience

Nokia WiFi Beacon 1

Nokia announced it is adding a new beacon and several new features to its whole-home Wi-Fi portfolio. The new Beacon 1 complements Nokia’s premium Beacon 3 solution, while new Intelligent Channel Selection, pre-pairing and bridging features help to simplify network setup and enhance the overall Wi-Fi experience. Despite more than 9 billion Wi-Fi-enabled devices in use, many homes suffer from poor Wi-Fi. This can be attributed to the number of connected devices on the Wi-Fi network, the amount of high bandwidth activities — such as video streaming — taking place, or…

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Festo aims for simpler visual inspection configuration with new SBRD smart camera

SBRD smart camera

The new SBRD smart camera from industrial automation specialists Festo lies at the heart of an intuitive image processing system that opens up new perspectives in automation and robot technology. High-resolution cameras and a powerful controller form the core of the SBRD smart camera system, while high-performance image-processing software delivers fast, process-reliable results. Lightweight and compact in design, the system makes carrying out inspections from several perspectives or with a large field of view very simple and intuitive. Equipped with two camera interfaces, the fanless remote head controller is suitable…

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China, India, Japan and South Korea set to surpass 1bn installed smart electricity meters in 2025

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According to new a research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in the Asian markets China, India, Japan and South Korea will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% from 613.4 million in 2018 to reach 965.9 million in 2024. Over the next six years, smart meter penetration among electricity customers in the region is projected to increase from around 67% in 2018 to 94% by the end of 2024. At this pace, Berg Insight anticipates the markets will…

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Taiwan Star Telecom prepares for 5G migration with Nokia portfolio

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Nokia announced that TST (Taiwan Star Telecom) has chosen the Nokia end-to-end (E2E) solution to expand the coverage and capacity of its LTE network to support subscriber growth. The new solution will also enable TST to offer narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) services, as well as prepare TST to migrate to 5G services in the future. The expansion will enhance network quality and improve the user experience. With their open and transparent mobile rates and highest price-to-performance scores, TST continuously invests in the performance of their mobile network in order…

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Smart home automation revenues to exceed $57mn by 2024

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New data analysed by Juniper Research indicates that automation revenues will exceed US$57 million (€50 million) by 2024. This is up from $18 million (€16 million) in 2019, and is driven by smart security solutions. Juniper’s new research, Smart Homes: Strategic Opportunities, Business Models & Competitive Landscape 2019-2024, found the ‘Do It For Me’ model, with vendors offering advice, installation, maintenance and cloud storage on monthly/yearly subscriptions, is gaining ground. More players, such as Hive, Vivint Smart Home and TP-Link, now offer subscription packages, which broaden the value proposition with…

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5 Benefits of Commercial IoT and Automation

Commercial IoT and Automation

Some of the current applications of the Internet of Things feel more trivial than others. Humans have been outrunning each other for a hundred thousand years without the aid of internet-connected sneakers, for instance. And using telephones to close the blinds in our homes often feels like more, not less, work. But commercial IoT is a different beast. It’s distinct from consumer IoT and arrives with different challenges and a separate set of benefits and opportunities. Here’s a look at five of them. 1. Make Your Buildings More Efficient Optimizing…

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Next Generation Miniaturized IoT Asset Security

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The Kudelski Group, the world leader in digital security, and CoreKinect, a leader in scalable hardware design & manufacturing which allows clients to achieve scale rapidly without compromising on quality or customization, today announced an agreement to create a joint solution enabling companies and organizations to securely and economically track their assets at scale, in sizes and form factors that have not been seen to date in the industry. The solution combines the custom hardware engineering expertise of CoreKinect with Kudelski’s more than thirty years of developing security technologies to…

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Soracom Backs Smart Tracking Technology Innovator Pebblebee

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Soracom, Inc., a global provider of smart connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced it has funded a substantial investment in smart tracker developer Pebblebee. This investment contributes to an ongoing $10M funding round and marks the third publicly-disclosed investment through the Soracom IoT Fund. Pebblebee, based in Seattle, designs feature rich location tracking solutions and will benefit from Soracom’s support in ongoing research and development efforts, new product development and further expansion of its IP portfolio. First established in 2012, Pebblebee has grown from a dramatically successful Kickstarter…

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Sectigo acquires Icon Labs, claiming industry-first end-to-end IoT security platform

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Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA), which is said to be the world’s largest commercial Certificate Authority (CA) and a specialist in web security solutions, has acquired Icon Labs. Icon Labs is a provider of cross-platform security solutions for embedded original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers. Sectigo’s expanded IoT Security Platform aims to provide device manufacturers, systems integrators, enterprises using connected IoT, and entire interoperable ecosystems, with the industry-first ability to use purpose-built IoT issuance from a trusted third-party CA. The platform will seamlessly harden device security…

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Samsung introduces Exynos i T100 for secure and reliable IoT devices with short-range connectivity

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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a provider of advanced semiconductor technology, announced a new Internet of Things (IoT) solution, the Exynos i T100, which enhances the security and reliability of devices designed for short-range communications. Along with the previously introduced Exynos i T200 for Wi-Fi and Exynos i S111 for long-range narrow-band (NB) communications, the launch of the Exynos i T100 allows the company to cover a wider gamut of connectivity for today’s IoT devices. Based on a power-efficient 28-nanometer (nm) process technology, the Exynos i T100 is optimised to be…

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Síminn and Ericsson ramp up move towards 5G and massive IoT in Iceland

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As part of its 5G preparations, Síminn will modernise and expand its radio network and continue to deploy the 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System. The two companies will also conduct 5G trials enabled by Ericsson 5G New Radio and Ericsson Spectrum Sharing. Síminn is eyeing the introduction of new IoT services on its 4G network – including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and Cat-M1. The agreement aims to accelerate the growth of Iceland’s IoT ecosystem across diverse use cases. NB-IoT enables low data rate applications in extremely challenging radio conditions, for example, connecting…

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Device Authority launches security suite for PTC ThingWorx IoT platform

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Device Authority, a global provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) for the Internet of Things (IoT), has launched a Security Suite for PTC ThingWorx IoT platform. It combines four security extensions into one bundle for ThingWorx customers and partners. This solves customer demand for enhanced security, meeting compliance and business needs, and ensuring an end-to-end security solution is robust. ThingWorx delivers purpose-built industrial IoT applications and the market-leading technology platform, so customers can rapidly deliver solutions that solve critical challenges all designed to accelerate digital transformation. When connecting applications…

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LoRaWAN Pioneer Senet Expands Business with New Focus

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The first firm to get FCC certification for LoRaWAN sensors and gateways is finding growing traction for an array of applications. “Senet” is the name of an Ancient Egyptian board game dating back to at least 3,000 B.C., which eventually gave rise to backgammon. The company Senet, however, which is a finalist in the IoT World Awards, derives its name from its description of being a “Sensible Network Company.” Founded roughly a decade ago as “EnerTrac,” the company’s initial focus was on using an end-to-end IoT technology to optimize propane…

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How to make the most of IoT in the restaurant business

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been dominating the headlines lately, unfolding on many fronts across the globe. This post from Vikash Kumar Chaudhary of Tatvasoft.com sums up how a restaurant owner, purveyor, or grower can make the most of this tech to automate all the tedious tasks and focus on something else. If we take a close look at the hospitality sector, I am sure you will find it entirely driven by the customer service. The only challenge is how to harness the power of digital transformation in the…

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Why the Internet of Things needs Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are terms that project a futuristic and science fiction image; both have been identified as causing disruption in business in 2018. In fact, says Harnil Oza, CEO of Hyperlink InfoSystem, both concepts are more real today than they have been at any time in the past. However, for companies to be aware of the full potential of the IoT, then IoT has to be merged with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that advance rapidly. This allows “intelligent machines” to think for themselves…

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