Seoul launches multilingual version of its metaverse

Metaverse Seoul

The Seoul Metropolitan Government also plans to launch a PC as well as a smartphone app version of Metaverse Seoul and use it for IT education for citizens. Seoul’s metaverse platform has been made available in multilingual versions (English, Chinese, and Japanese) to allow those who do not speak Korean to benefit from the service. Metaverse Seoul has constantly updated features and added content since its launch in January this year. Users of Metaverse Seoul can use the international version based on the language information saved in their smartphone without…

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Smart meter penetration in LatAm set to triple by 2028

Smart meter penetration in LatAm

The installed base of smart electricity meters in Latin America is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.7 per cent from 2022 through to 2028, according to a new research report. Last year, the penetration of smart electricity meters in the region reached 6.2 per cent in 2022. For the purposes of the study, Latin America is defined as the South American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay as well at the Central American countries – Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama. Installed units…

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Smart metering to generate $60bn in vendor revenue by 2027

smart metering research 2023 2027

Hardware, connectivity and service revenue from future and in-use smart meter deployments will exceed $60bn in 2027, up from $41bn in 2023, a news study predicts. According to the analyst Juniper Research, this 44 per cent growth reflects how smart meters are becoming critical to increasing the efficiency of energy grids via analytics and are central to lowering costs to customers during the energy price crisis. A smart meter records energy usage and leverages onboard connectivity to upload this data to energy suppliers. Smart grid opportunities By 2027, the report…

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AI traffic counter enables citizen science data projects

Telraam S2 multimodal traffic counting device

Telraam has released its upgraded S2 multimodal traffic counting device, which can be used in citizen science data projects to improve urban mobility and planning. The latest iteration is easier to install and uses artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) technology to count cars, vans, bikes, pedestrians and more. Monitor street mobility The Telraam S2 camera device was designed in Belgium and built in the EU to help address the need for affordable devices that monitor street mobility in more locations than would be possible with traditional counting…

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Iteris and Otonomo partner to unlock granular mobility data

Mobility platform Otonomo

Mobility platform Otonomo has been chosen by Iteris to support its traffic intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors. Iteris announced a multi-year agreement to integrate connected vehicle data available through the Otonomo Smart Mobility Data Platform into its ClearMobility solution. Mobility data insights The additional data source will help Iteris unlock new mobility insights from its multiple sources of traffic intelligence, advance its digital mobility infrastructure solutions for the public sector and enterprise customers, and deliver on its mission of creating a future of smarter and connected transportation.…

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Lidar companies team for drone-based mapping and analytics

Lidar mapping and analytics

Silicon Valley-based lidar solutions company Cepton is working with LidarSwiss Solutions to deploy its technology in a drone-based mapping and analytics solution for infrastructure management and engineering design applications. LidarSwiss is a provider of high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based lidar solutions, based in Switzerland. Utilising Cepton’s Sora lidar sensor, its Nano P60 system provides high-fidelity mapping and real-time processing on the fly to serve engineers, forestry managers and urban planners across the globe. Sensor and camera systems To date, Nano P60 has been used to map and analyse powerlines,…

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New relay extends LoRaWAN coverage for metering, utilities, smart cities and industrial IoT applications


The LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN standard for internet of things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), reports it has expanded the LoRaWAN link-layer standard with the addition of a relay specification. Relay allows for battery-operated, easy-to-deploy network coverage extensions at a fraction of the cost of adding additional gateways. This allows LoRaWAN to achieve excellent coverage in use cases requiring deep indoor or underground coverage, or relay data on satellite connected LoRaWAN devices within proximity. “LoRa Alliance members identified that end users in specific…

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New York City expands public LoRaWan network

New York LoRaWan

New York City has expanded the build-out of a public LoRaWan network across all five boroughs of the city. Through the combined operation of Senet’s tower-based carrier-grade network deployment, radio access network (Ran) partner networks, and its extended coverage integration with the Helium Network, Senet claims its New York City network is one of the largest and densest metropolitan deployments of public LoRaWan connectivity in North America. Integration partnership Senet’s integration partnership with the Helium Network provides access to more than 27,500 Helium compatible hotspots in the New York City…

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LoRaWan deployed for drought alerts in New Zealand

New Zealand and the South Pacific region

The LoRaWan networking protocol is being used to anticipate and mitigate droughts in New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Semi-conductor and advanced algorithm provider Semtech is collaborating with New Zealand’s IoT Ventures and global connectivity provider Lacuna Space to develop a drought early warning system. Water monitoring IoT Ventures has used Semtech’s LoRa devices to develop the system, a network comprising a low-cost rainwater tank and rain monitors to analyse water consumption and rain forecasts in remote New Zealand and South Pacific Island communities. The water monitoring system features…

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Companies team to develop plug-and-play IoT LED streetlight controller

Urban Node 324 Cellular

Smart city solutions provider Urban Control, in partnership with Nordic Semiconductor, has developed a plug-and-play IoT LED streetlight luminaire controller that it claims can make any city ‘instantly’ smart. Set for initial deployment in April 2022, the companies report the Urban Node 324 Cellular is straightforward to deploy and can scale cost-effectively from one streetlight to millions. Luminaire controllers The city streetlight LED luminaire controllers each include Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF9160 multi-mode NB-IoT/LTE-M system-in-package (SiP) and plug into an industry-standard Zhaga LED lighting socket. They then connect over the local cellular…

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3D IoT lidar solutions for smart cities unveiled at CES 2022

3D IoT lidar solutions for smart cities

Quanergy Systems has introduced a suite of 3D internet of things (IoT) lidar technologies for smart cities at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, which is taking place in Las Vegas this week. Its solutions are being used for smart mobility, retail flow management analytics, building occupancy management, and perimeter intrusion detection. Mission critical applications Quanergy will demonstrate its 100 per cent solid-state CMOS lidar sensor, designed to enable the mass production of low-cost 3D lidar solutions. “Quanergy’s 3D lidar flow management solutions are disrupting the IoT market by providing…

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Nebulon announces 2-node smartEdge solution for distributed edge deployments

Nebulon website

Nebulon, Inc, the smartInfrastructure, server-embedded infrastructure software delivered as a service, announced the availability of a 2-node Nebulon smartEdge solution for distributed edge deployments. The 2-node solution reduces infrastructure costs by 33% and also provides enterprises a smaller entry point into smartInfrastructure for test and development deployments or other projects that may start small and grow later. “By 2025 more than 50% of enterprise-managed data will be created and processed outside the data centre or cloud,” according to Gartner. Telcos with 5G towers, retailers, warehouses, medical clinics and cloud service…

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Dairy industry using AT&T IoT connectivity to deliver near real-time information to farmers

smaXtec app diary

AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity is being deployed to help farmers manage their dairy cows to reduce costly veterinary bills and optimise production. Austrian-based technology company smaXtec is using AT&T IoT expertise to enable its smart sensor. The company is already active in 25 countries, including the United States, Germany and the UK, and is planning to expand its operations over the next 12 months with the goal of having more than 1 million connected cows ‘in the field’. Why is this important? Dairy cows need close monitoring at…

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Marseille deploys smart sensors to detect drains blocked by rubbish

Marseille IoT Smart City

Marseille Metropole sanitation department (Seramm) plans to connect 5,000 drains on the Marseille sewerage network to remotely monitor their status and feed back in real-time. Although drains are designed to collect rainwater, they also collect waste abandoned in the streets, which causes operational problems and pollution. Drains clogged by waste can no longer fulfill their primary purpose, and there is also an ecological impact as waste accumulated in the drains transfer into the natural environment during rainfall. Network solution To help Seramm’s operators address these issues, eco-start-up GreenCityZen has teamed…

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Lora technology used to monitor the health of urban forests in real time

urban forests monitoring

Internet of things (IoT) solution provider for environmental applications, ICT International, is leveraging Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard to help improve urban forest management and carbon accounting. According to ICT International, its range of plant physiology devices are able to monitor the health of urban forests in real time via a LoRaWAN network. Carbon capture The products can measure plant water use (sap flow), soil moisture and vapour pressure deficit, and identify periods of low soil moisture and high plant water stress. Addressing these factors quickly can help…

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