UK’s first converted ‘electric avenue’ announced

Sutherland Avenue

Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first street that has been fully converted for charging electric vehicles (EV). The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has converted 24 lampposts along Sutherland Avenue in London into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure. A further two adjoining roads are due to be completed in the coming weeks. Lack of charging points The introduction follows research conducted by Siemens showing more than a third (36 per cent) of British motorists planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their…

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Global Certification Forum announces first IoT chipset certification with u-blox

u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has announced that u-blox is the company to certify a product under its new IoT chipset certification scheme (started in January this year). This latest GCF programme is designed for chipsets covering NB-IoT and LTE-M and facilitates the easy integration of embedded chipsets into modules and devices. The u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset is the first product to achieve certification under the new scheme. GCF IoT chipset certification was added to the existing IoT platforms and IoT modules programme at the beginning of the year, to…

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Málaga trials virtual VMS tech for dynamic traffic management

dynamic signalling system

The City of Málaga has signed an agreement with transportation technology company Kapsch TrafficCom to test a dynamic signalling system and real-time optimiser to better manage capacity and reduce emissions. A dynamic signalling system, variable message signs (VMS) and a new ‘virtual VMS’ mobile app, which also provides audio instructions, will deliver the most appropriate route advice. It uses information from the traffic light system to dynamically calculate the optimal route. A real-time traffic optimiser also dynamically modifies the duration of green lights, depending on the traffic conditions detected by…

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Robot deliveries roll out in Milton Keynes’ centre

Starship robots

City centre residents and workers in Milton Keynes can now order food and drinks from selected brands and have it delivered to their door by a robot vehicle. Starship has spent the past two years running the robots in other areas of Milton Keynes but this is the first time that robot delivery will be available in the centre. Since April 2018, Starship claims it has made more than 100,000 deliveries across Milton Keynes, with some residents making up to 200 orders per year for goods such as groceries and…

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C-V2X testing ecosystem established in Metro Atlanta

self driving tests

Testing will take place across a 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta. Intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions provider Applied Information has begun deployment and testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected vehicle technology in Metro Atlanta. The C-V2X testing ‘ecosystem’ will be established throughout an approximately 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Experimental licence The deployment and testing began after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an experimental licence for infrastructure and mobile C-V2X…

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

internet of things IOTNN

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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London deploys AI for cycle route planning

London IOT AI

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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Shipments of cellular IoT gateways to reach 8.0mn by 2023

IoT gateways

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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A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration

MIT-Battery-Free-Sensing

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

MIT Solar Sensor

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

2019 global encryption study

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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Enterprise, automotive IoT to grow 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020

automotive IoT

The enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21 per cent increase from 2019, according to a forecast by Gartner, a leading research and advisory company. By the end of 2019, 4.8 billion endpoints are expected to be in use, up 21.5 per cent from 2018, said a statement. Utilities will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, totalling 1.17 billion endpoints in 2019, and increasing 17 per cent in 2020 to reach 1.37 billion endpoints. Peter Middleton, senior research…

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Dewa inks deal with Alibaba for blockchain, IoT

Dewa Alibaba blockchain IoT

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has signed a MoU with Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group as part of the utility’s ongoing efforts to enhance its digital services. As per the MoU, the two sides will co-operate in presenting the challenges related to algorithms, Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Internet of Things , IoT, and Cloud Computing through Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchi innovation platform. The two sides will also collaborate in organising workshops, training courses and conferences to enhance the digital services provided by…

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Verizon lights the way for future smart grid technology with Peninsula Light Company

Grid Wide Utility Services Intelligent Energy platform

Verizon has been chosen to update Washington State’s Peninsula Light Company (PenLight) power distribution system with Verizon’s Grid Wide Utility Services Intelligent Energy platform. Electric meters equipped with Verizon cellular connectivity will replace end-of-life meters in the homes and businesses of over 33,000 PenLight members.The meters can then be managed using Verizon’s Grid Wide platform. Grid Wide is a managed, cloud-based, Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service solution developed by Verizon to help utilities modernise their systems. The solution allows utilities to remotely configure, monitor and manage end-points within their service…

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ABB creates intelligent football stadium for FK Austria

FK Austria

ABB, a technology provider, was appointed to transform the Generali Arena, originally built in 1925, into an intelligent, future proofed venue that incorporates the latest in smart building technology and energy efficient power distribution, so that it is more intuitive to control and better suited to the needs of visitors. These IoT solutions are part of the unified, cross-industry digital offering, ABB Ability, which extends from device to edge to cloud and combines deep domain expertise with unmatched proficiency in web-enabled connectivity to optimise operational performance and efficiency. This is…

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