Smart grid specialist partners in UK energy capacity project

Smart grid

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has been appointed as a key partner in Electricity North West’s Quest energy project, which aims to free up network capacity for more than 2GW of clean energy assets in the UK, saving over £250m. It will drive forward the use of active network management, using its distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) software to create an overarching system to manage voltages and balance centralised and decentralised energy control systems. It will work in partnership with Electricity North West, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and…

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LoRaWAN to go nationwide in the UK

Connexin

The United Kingdom is going to receive nationwide long range wide area networks (LoRaWAN) and infrastructure for the first time after connectivity provider Connexin raised £80 million in funding. The company said the network amounts to a strategic investment in supporting increasing demand for smart networks. LoRaWAN reduces barriers to entering the Internet of Things market, it added. Hull City Council, Yorkshire Water and Icosa Water on the south coast of England are among the organisations that have deployed LoRaWAN. In Sheffield, Connexin technology is being used to provide highway…

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Semtech and AWS collaborate on AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN

IoT LoRaWAN

Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have teamed to integrate the LoRaWAN protocol on Semtech’s Network Server with AWS IoT Core. AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN is a fully managed service that enables enterprise IoT developers to easily connect low power wireless devices over long range, wide-area network (LoRaWAN) based networks to AWS without developing or operating their own LoRaWAN server. Development of IoT solutions According to Semtech, this simplifies the development of IoT solutions that leverage the…

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WEF continues drive to make facial recognition tech more transparent

facial recognition

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released the second stage of its framework for responsible use of facial recognition technology (FRT). Responsible Limits on Facial Recognition, Use Case: Flow Management aims to build a new level of transparency and trust among users. Socially beneficial Facial recognition technology (FRT) creates a range of socially beneficial uses, mostly through enhanced authentication and identification processes, such as unlocking a smartphone, boarding a plane and accessing online public services. It has also come under increasing scrutiny, however, for potentially undermining privacy, misidentifying people, perpetuating…

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UK autonomous vehicle development centre nears completion

autonomous vehicle development centre

An autonomous vehicle development centre is nearing completion in the UK’s Midlands which will enable leading manufacturers of self-driving technology to design, develop and test vehicles from one globally accessible location. Developed by automotive engineering company Horiba Mira, Assured Cav aims to provide the “most complete environment” and ecosystem for industry, policy-makers and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology. Future mobility Assured Cav wants to accelerate future mobility and ensure vehicles are sufficiently robust to cope with the wide range of eventualities seen on public roads, before being released to…

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Smart Dublin chooses IoT solution to curb ring buoy theft

ring buoy

Dublin-based proptech company ZiggyTec has been chosen as one of four bidders to complete the first phase of Smart Dublin’s ring buoy monitoring project. The initiative, run in conjunction with Dublin City Council, aims to help curb ring buoy theft across the capital, helping to save lives. ZiggyTech is an IoT solution that provides real-time data on health and safety equipment, utilities, and air quality. Inland water safety According smartdocklands.ie, approximately 15 ring buoys are stolen in Dublin each week, with 600 needing to be replaced each year. The group…

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Amazon Sidewalk network to launch this year using Semtech LoRa platform

Amazon Sidewalk

Amazon has partnered with Semtech Corporation to use the vendor’s LoRa technology on its forthcoming Sidewalk network. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk is a wireless network for the domestic IoT market that will launch later in 2020. It utilises Semtech Corporation’s long range, low power LoRa platform to extend the range of a customer’s home network to connect both outdoor and indoor, low-bandwidth smart home products, including smart lights, pet trackers, sensors for asset tracking, smart irrigation, and a multitude of additional low cost devices targeted…

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Nokia IMPACT software helps Telefónica’s Movistar Chile deploy advanced smartwatch services

Nokia IMPACT IoT platform

Nokia today announced that Movistar Chile, Telefónica’s affiliate in Chile, has deployed Nokia IMPACT CDP Entitlement Server software in order to offer more advanced services for selected smartwatch models and to more efficiently manage those services. The deployment makes Movistar Chile the first operator in the country to offer services for advanced smartwatches with cellular capabilities, without being connected to a smartphone companion device. Utilizing embedded-SIM (eSIM) technology, the solution allows Movistar to increase its capabilities to support new smartwatches and wearables with advanced features, including monitoring cardiac activity, as…

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Managed smart metering to thrive as utilities max the value of smart grid investments

smart metering

Berg Insight has found that the installed base of smart electricity and gas meters in Europe was 168.3 million in 2019. The installed base is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% to reach 280.4 million units in 2025. The majority of new installations will take place in France, Italy and the UK, with significant contributions also coming from countries such as Austria and the Netherlands in the next couple of years. The penetration rate of smart electricity meters in the EU27+3 amounted to 45%…

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Multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway

Stinger96

Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Shiratech have together launched IoT Box, a multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway solution that enables sensors and actuators to be connected directly to the cloud. IoT Box was developed by Arrow and Shiratech in conjunction with STMicroelectronics (ST). Potential uses for the product include air quality monitoring, safe city/smart city, voice-sensing, home appliance, smart edge node, and industrial gateway applications. At the heart of IoT Box is Stinger96, a single board gateway based on the 96Boards IoT Edition specification, which is coupled with a proprietary…

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AI thermal imager detects elevated body temperature

ThermoRebellion thermal cameras with AI

As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected and this can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening. Honeywell has announced it is trialling a temperature monitoring solution that uses infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering a facility. The ThermoRebellion system uses thermal cameras and AI to detect elevated facial temperature and can also verify if an individual is wearing suitable personal protective equipment. It is one of…

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Singapore pilots robot dog to assist safe distancing in parks

Spot Picture GovTech Singapore

The four-legged robot called Spot, which is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in a section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Singapore is piloting a robot dog to help promote safe distancing in parks, gardens and nature reserves to lower the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Spot, which is controlled remotely and fitted with safety sensors that detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in the River Plains section of…

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Pittsburgh airport deploys autonomous UV cleaning robots

Pittsburgh International Airport - Beth Hollerich

The robots use ultra-violet light and form part of the airport’s new disinfecting strategy to increase cleanliness and help to restore confidence in travelling. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) claims to have become the first US airport to use autonomous robots with ultraviolet light technology for cleaning. The disinfecting robots mark the first project in the airport’s drive to use innovation from the region’s tech community to tackle the challenges brought by Covid-19. The roll-out of the robots follows a partnership the airport has formed with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics. Pittsburgh describes…

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Germany deploys its largest LoRaWAN network for energy and water utility

Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, a LoRaWAN system integrator and solution provider in Germany, have collaborated on the largest LoRaWAN deployment in the country. The deployment includes up to 3,000 Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways. The network is operated by Netze BW, the distribution network company for electricity, gas, and water in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany’s third-largest state. Kerlink, a provider of solutions for designing, launching, and operating public and private LoRaWAN IoT networks, offers a portfolio of industrial-grade network equipment,…

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Securing the IoT edge means cyber security experts must work together

cyber security iot

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a unique cybersecurity challenge. A combination of low computational power, a wide variety of communication protocols, and a lack of security standards leaves a myriad of channels open for hackers. As Itsik Harpaz of Essence Group says, the difficulty in securing the IoT network has created a situation where many IoT devices simply do not provide the requisite levels of security. With hackers operating with access to far better resources than the edge devices being attacked, the IoT sector has ended up on the…

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