Smart city protocol available in public domain

Smart city protocol public domain

The Talq Consortium, which developed the Smart City Protocol, a global interface standard for smart city device networks, has announced it is available on GitHub. According to the consortium, it decided to share the specification to help cities better understand why they should include it as a request in public tenders across a range of smart city applications. In a statement, Talq said after nine years developing a modern, functional and flexible software protocol to enable interoperability of smart street lighting systems and other smart city applications from multiple vendors,…

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Las Vegas deploys 5G-ready private network to help close digital divide

LA LTE, 5G-ready private municipal network

Las Vegas has rolled out an LTE, 5G-ready private municipal network as part of a four-part plan to democratise access to broadband connectivity and close the digital divide for its citizens. In partnership with Terranet Communications, a provider of customised, fully integrated LTE and 5G-ready private broadband networks, and Baicells, a manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G near radio (NR) end-to-end solutions, the aim is to transform Las Vegas into a 5G-ready smart city. Advanced connectivity The companies report the new network, named Advanced Connectivity for Community and Economic Development…

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Californian city partners for drone delivery testing

Ontario Canada

The City of Ontario, California, has partnered with Airspace Link to enable testing for the safe integration of drones into its airspace. Airspace management solutions Airspace Link will team up with drone delivery services provider DroneUp and the City to showcase the digital infrastructure between the New Haven neighbourhood, located within the Ontario Ranch development, and its nearby New Haven Marketplace. Connected community The new-construction, and resort-style, residential development from Brookfield Residential is designed to be a connected community that will benefit from smart innovations, including drone delivery of food…

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Robots trialled for on-demand parcel and grocery delivery in Punggol

Punggol Digital District

A trial to test the use of autonomous robot ‘couriers’ in providing on-demand deliveries in a live environment is underway in Punggol, a residential district of Singapore. The public-private trial aims to pave the way for wider use of autonomous robots in making on-demand deliveries to consumers. One-year trial The one-year trial is led by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), in partnership with Housing & Development Board (HDB), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), logistics service provider CM Logistics, supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice and technology provider, Otsaw.…

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Ubuntu Core 20 secures Linux for IoT

Ubuntu Core 20

Canonical’s Ubuntu Core 20, a minimal, containerised version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and embedded systems, is now generally available. This version bolsters device security with secure boot, full disk encryption, and secure device recovery. Ubuntu Core builds on the Ubuntu application ecosystem to create what are said to be ultra-secure smart things. “Every connected device needs guaranteed platform security and an app store,” says Canonical’s CEO, Mark Shuttleworth. “Ubuntu Core 20 enables innovators to create highly secure things and focus entirely on their own…

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Smart cities predicted to create $2.46 trillion worth of business opportunities by 2025

Smart cities business

According to analysis from Frost & Sullivan, post-pandemic, investment in smart projects like smart grids, autonomous vehicles, smart lighting and e-governance will gain traction. Smart cities are forecast to create ‘significant’ business opportunities with a market value of $2.46 trillion by 2025, new analysis finds. An uncertain post-pandemic situation, according to Frost & Sullivan, will compel smart cities to focus on developing collaborative, data-driven infrastructure to provide appropriate healthcare facilities as well as public security services. Smart initiatives Investments in smart initiatives are also expected to rise over the next…

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Ecommpay announces payment service for mobility sector

payment service

International payment service provider and direct bank card acquirer, Ecommpay has introduced a payments solution targeted at the mobility sector. The solution, which works across Western Europe, Central Asia and the CIS states, allows mobility companies to offer familiar payment methods while building a unified payment process, in order to expand into new markets. Mobility ecosystems According to Ecommpay, the offering integrates “seamlessly and effectively” into existing mobility ecosystems, and can be used for ride-sharing and car-sharing, taxi- and ride-hailing, bike and scooter sharing, and delivery services. Companies can accept…

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Global smart hospitals market to surpass $103bn by 2027

smart medicine

Companies are focusing on launching new applications in order to establish smart hospitals through artificial intelligence which is expected to drive the growth of the global market. The global smart hospitals market is forecast to exceed $103.6bn by end of 2027, a new research study finds. According to Coherent Market Insight’s (CMI) analysis, this will demonstrate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.6 per cent during the forecast period of 2020 through to 2027. Constant patient monitoring Increasing prevalence of Covid-19 cases has created demand for constant patient monitoring…

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5G autonomous electric vehicle trial launched in Stockholm

5G autonomous electric vehicle

The collective behind the trial aim to explore the safe introduction of self-driving autonomous EVs in complex urban areas to help optimise route planning. An autonomous self-driving, electric minibus trial has been launched in Stockholm, Sweden, using 5G technology to remotely control and supervise the vehicle. The 5G Ride pilot is part of an initiative led by Urban ICT Arena in partnership with Keolis, Telia, Ericsson and Intel that focuses on how 5G and control towers can help facilitate the safe introduction of self-driving, electric vehicle buses in urban areas.…

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Robots to join cauliflower pickers after harvesting tech breakthrough

Robots cauliflower

Fieldwork Robotics’ work already bore fruit with automated raspberry picker. British farmers could be using robots to fill gaps in recruitment of fruit and vegetable pickers after Fieldwork Robotics began work with Bonduelle Group, one of the world’s leading vegetable producers. Fieldwork, a spin out from the University of Plymouth, will initially work on the detection and soft robotics technology with a view to produce an early-stage prototype during the second year of the collaboration. Bonduelle will provide access to fields and expertise in vegetables and knowledge of different growing…

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Singapore tops smart city ranking for second year running

2020 Smart City Index

The 2020 Smart City Index measures citizens’ perceptions of the impact that technology has on their lives, surveying them on areas such as governance, health and safety, mobility and opportunities. Singapore has topped the Institute for Management Development (IMD) Smart City Index for the second consecutive year, followed by the Finnish capital Helsinki and Swiss city of Zurich. The ranking, launched last year, is based on citizens’ perception of the impact that technology has on their quality of lives as well as economic and technological data. Covid considerations This year,…

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Google, T-Mobile, Silicon Labs among those to partner with ioXt Alliance to secure IoT devices

ioXt Alliance

The ioXt Alliance, which describes itself as the global standard for IoT Security, announced today that major technology companies and manufacturers including Google, T-Mobile, Silicon Labs, have certified a wide range of devices through the ioXt Alliance Certification Program. The devices certified secure by the ioXt Alliance include cell phones, smart home, lighting controls, IoT Bluetooth, smart retail, portable medical, pet trackers, routers and automotive technology. The ioXt Alliance is backed by the names in tech and is the only organisation positioned to handle the rapidly increasing demand for IoT…

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Puerto Rico deploys secure IoT network to digitalise critical infrastructure

San Juan

Puerto Rico has completed the roll-out of a new secure data network designed to underpin the commonwealth island’s infrastructure modernisation initiatives. Low power wide area (LPWA) specialist, Everynet, launched the secure IoT network to digitalise Puerto Rico’s critical infrastructure, targeting smart cities, water, energy, communications and healthcare initiatives. National networks “There is a great opportunity to enable efficiencies with the Internet of Things (IoT) in Puerto Rico,” said Tom Nelson, chief commercial officer, Everynet. “Everynet brings this experience from its successful implementation of national networks and leading ecosystem of solutions…

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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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Enel launches crowdsourcing campaigns for open data smart city solutions

Enel is tapping into the global innovation community

The multinational energy firm has set two challenges and will use the InnoCentive Open Innovation Marketplace to drive innovation and help reshape the global energy market. Multinational energy provider Enel has launched two crowdsourcing campaigns to find ideas for new smart city solutions based on open data. It will use the InnoCentive Open Innovation Marketplace network of almost 500,000 expert problem-solvers, comprised of engineers, PhD students, CEOs, start-ups, scale-ups, scientists and business leaders around the world for contributions to help reshape the global energy market and drive innovation in areas…

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