Abu Dhabi rolls out 3D visualisation tool to improve city services

The IoT Cockpit is a collaboration between the UAE capital and Orange Business Services and aims to monitor and enhance services across the Emirate. Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) and Orange Business Services are collaborating on a smart city application that will use 3D visualisation to monitor and enhance services across the capital of the UAE. Orange Business Services’ co-innovation approach supports ADM’s vision for Abu Dhabi and its five-year smart cities plan to achieve sustainability and enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents. Inside the Cockpit The bespoke…

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Waymo’s autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

Waymo autonomous

Autonomous cars developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have now driven over 20 million miles on public roads. The milestone was announced during this year’s CES in Las Vegas and shows how Waymo’s driverless technology is almost ready for widespread deployment. Speaking at a dinner hosted by Fortune, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: “You need to have a lot of real world experience, there’s no way to avoid it.” While autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents, Waymo has managed to avoid – so far, at least – any fatalities like…

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Gothenburg boosts sustainable public transport push with e-bus roll-out

Gothenburg

More than 150 electric buses will be introduced in the region covering Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille, where 180 million trips are made by bus each year. A fleet of electric buses has begun operating in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and its region covering Mölndal and Partille. The 157 electric buses from Volvo represent the largest single order of its kind in Europe. Bus operator Transdev Sweden was awarded the contract to operate the service from public transport company Västtrafik, which expects to have electrified all city traffic in Västra…

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Smart waste sensors to total 1.5mn installed units worldwide in 2023

smart waste

M2M/IoT market research provider, Berg Insight, has released new findings about the market for smart waste management says Levi Ostling, IoT analyst at Berg Insight. The installed base of smart waste sensors reached 379,000 worldwide in 2018. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 %, this number will increase to 1.5 million in 2023. These wirelessly connected fill-level sensors can either be pre-integrated into waste bins and containers or retrofitted into existing ones. Europe accounts for more than 50% of the installed base. Markets such as the…

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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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Tampere launches carbon footprint calculator

Tampere

The calculator aims to allow users to find a route and check how much their carbon footprint would be affected by using public transport, cycling or walking, compared to driving. The Finnish city of Tampere has introduced a carbon footprint calculator to its Tampere.Finland mobile application and announced the next addition will be a tool for citizen participation and feedback. The carbon footprint calculator aims to allow users to find a route and check how much their carbon footprint would be affected by using public transport, cycling or walking, compared…

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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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Kerlink signs IoTdc as Internet of Things solutions distributor into South Africa

Globe World Earth

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), announced its expansion into South Africa and a distribution agreement with IoTdc, a distributor of connected hardware and device-related applications for the IoT in that country. Kerlink, a provider of solutions for designing, launching, and operating public and private LoRaWAN IoT networks, offers a comprehensive product portfolio of industrial-grade network equipment, best-of-breed network-core, operations, and management software, and value-added applications. Serving solutions integrators, IT/IoT resellers and telcos, IoTdc focuses on primary verticals such as agriculture, mining, smart cities,…

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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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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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IMS Evolve and Current partner to deliver IoT-enabled energy and financial savings

IMS Evolve

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company, IMS Evolve, has announced a strategic partnership with Current, powered by GE, the digital engine for intelligent environments, to deliver IoT solutions to the food retail sector. The partnership leverages IMS Evolve’s integration and automation capabilities and Current’s Daintree wireless controls infrastructure to offer a proven solution that is helping food retailers reduce operational costs and improve the customer experience. The new partnership aims to achieve significant savings across energy, waste and maintenance by leveraging real-time data from assets across the enterprise. A popular…

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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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The IoT Community and Certnexus partner to address global IoT skills gap

Community and Certnexus

CertNexus, the global purveyor of vendor neutral, emerging technology certifications and micro-credentials and the Internet of Things Community announced a partnership to facilitate and accelerate closing the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) skills gap. According to a report by Inmarstat, 76% of companies surveyed require additional senior, strategic-level staff with skills in IoT, and 80% do not possess the IoT skills required to ensure their current IoT solutions will work as intended. According to Bain and Company, the IoT industry is on its way to becoming a $450 billion…

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