Renault unveils autonomous concierge concept for last mile delivery

EZ-PRO concept-car

Renault has unveiled the EZ-PRO, an autonomous delivery concept that could provide a modular, last-mile option for logistics operators. Renault launched the futuristic concept at the Hannover Motor Show this week, highlighting the company’s confidence in this potentially lucrative market. The ‘last mile problem’ is a critical challenge for cities, as the boom in online and mobile commerce has caused an influx of petrol- and diesel-powered vans into crowded centres and suburbs, ramping up pollution. Companies are exploring a range of solutions, from autonomous electric vehicles to electric bikes and…

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Liege gets smart parking through NB-IoT technology – and a new partnership

Liege

Belgium-based CommuniThings has partnered with Orange to launch the first smart-parking solution over NB-IoT technology for commercial use. Dubbed as “Shop & Drive”, the solution assists commuters to find available parking space via a mobile application at the same time as stimulating shopping activities through increased vehicle rotations at each spot. This Shop & Drive smart parking solution running on Orange Belgium’s Mobile IoT network introduces low-power wireless sensors and open-data applications serving residents, retailers and municipalities. CommuniThings has been selected by Orange Fab BeLux – an accelerator programme for…

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US regulator repeals net neutrality rules, threatening future of IoT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to dismantle net neutrality, granting internet service providers (ISPs) the power to prioritise and hinder web traffic at will – with worrying implications for the future of IoT. The FFC voted three to two, on Thursday, to undo rules regulating companies that provide consumers and businesses with access to the internet. The result sees the net neutrality regulations introduced in 2015, prohibiting ISPs from blocking content or charging a premium for certain services, repealed. The move also means the federal government will no…

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AT&T and Amazon Web Services collaborate on IoT solutions

AT&T and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) are rolling out several innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to enable businesses to better compete in a data-driven world. The solutions were announced at the annual AWS re:Invent 2017 Conference. The two companies are collaborating to make it effortless for enterprise customers to deploy IoT solutions so that businesses can improve operations and manage large numbers of devices worldwide. “These new solutions bring enterprise customers best-in-breed solutions to manage IoT assets wherever they are,” said Mike Troiano, Vice President, Internet of Things…

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China Mobile invests $300m in IoT push

The world’s largest telco by subscriber numbers, China Mobile, is set to subsidize IoT equipment manufacturers. Telecoms operator China Mobile is to plough £300 million into subsidizing IoT makers as part of a push to build one of the largest IoT networks in the world. According to a report in China Daily, half of the money will finance companies making NB-IoT modules, the rest will go to 4G IoT module makers, said Li Yue, president of China Mobile. The subsidy should make IoT devices cheaper and increase adoption, said Li…

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Deutsche Telekom and Fraunhofer launch IoT R&D centre

Deutsche Telekom and Fraunhofer are teaming up on applied research to solve real-world logistics challenges, initially using NB-IoT. When experts argue that governments should fund research and development (R&D) work in order to boost innovation and economic advancement, they often point to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as a shining example of best practice. As Europe’s largest institution for applied research, Fraunhofer is indisputably successful in the way that it mixes public and private funding to fuel its activities – so much so, that the so-called ‘Fraunhofer model’ is much emulated elsewhere in…

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Bell uses IoT to boost production at Canadian winery

Canadian telecommunications giant Bell has teamed up with BeWhere Technologies and Huawei to kit out a winery with connected technology. Bell, BeWhere and Huawei are currently implementing an automated IoT system at the Henry of Pelham vineyard in St Catherines, Ontario in a bid to transform planning and sustainability. The partners announced the news with the support of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Bell has provided the winery with a range of wireless environmental sensors, connected to its LTE-M network. These sensors monitor temperature and water levels, prevent vine disease and…

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Telia Estonia launches commercial testing of 1oT Platform

The global cellular connectivity provider 1oT and the mobile operator Telia Estonia started providing 1oT’s connectivity management platform to selected Telia’s IoT and M2M customers. With the pilot project, Telia’s customers can manage their SIM cards and mobile data traffic via the revolutionary 1oT’s self-service platform called 1oT Terminal. “Today’s innovative IoT and M2M device makers are not just buying internet access, they need to be in full control of their SIM cards and mobile data sessions. All this enables to build disruptive IoT and M2M services, seize big data…

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Uber Freight Is the First Step to Automating Away Truckers

First: matching haulers to jobs. Next: leveraging that network to build out fleets of autonomous 18-wheelers. Want to move truckloads of stuff across the country? There’s now an app for that. Uber has finally unveiled the much-anticipated freight-hauling counterpart to its regular ride-hailing service. Uber Freight, as it’s known, will pair commercial shippers with independent truck drivers looking for a job, just like riders find drivers in so many cities. Much like the taxi service before it, Uber’s promise here is to remove friction from the current system. In a…

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Enhancing Transportation Telematics with IoT

For truck manufacturers, fleet operators, and service centers collecting and utilizing operational data has been a standard practices for years. The transportation industry was one of the early adopters of technologies like telematics – the collection and storage of remote truck data for analysis to optimize operations. And the insights provided around truck location and driver behavior continue to drive direct business results.  But while benefits like route optimization, compliance verification, and – with the addition of data analytics – the ability to predict potential accidents based on driver history…

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IoT Development with Windows 10 IoT Core 2: Enabling the Cloud and Security

With Windows 10 IoT Core, you can incorporate the power of Windows into your Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This course is the second in a series of two courses by Michael Lehman; both courses are designed to help you get up and running with Windows 10 IoT. Here, Michael shows how to build a full IoT device based on a Raspberry Pi 3, including effectors, sensors, and cloud connectivity to Windows Azure. https://www.linkedin.com/learning/iot-development-with-windows-10-iot-core-2-enabling-the-cloud-and-security/using-the-exercise-files?autoplay=true    

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THE INSURANCE AND THE IoT REPORT: How insurers are using connected devices to cut costs and more accurately price policies

Insurance companies have long based their pricing models and strategies on assumptions about the demographics of their customers. Auto insurers, for example, have traditionally charged higher premiums for parents of teenage drivers based on the assumption that members of this demographic are more likely to get into an accident. But those assumptions are inherently flawed, since they often aren’t based on the actual behaviors and characteristics of individual customers. As new IoT technologies increasingly move into the mainstream, insurers are able to collect and analyze data to more accurately price premiums, helping them to…

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Smart parking system for Sturtup capitol

Haphazard and illegal parking, which significantly contributes to congestion, may end if the BBMP launches its plan for a proper parking system. The civic body is ready with a technology-led parking management system, which will cover 87 roads in and around the central business district. ET accessed the draft of the tender document to learn how on-street parking will work: Where is it Coming Up? Authorities have divided roads in the central business district into A, B and C zones. Some of the roads identified for the parking system are…

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Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular smart city transport

Airbus is heavily invested in the notion of flying cars. Its secretive Project Vahana – scheduled for test flights at the end of 2017 – has been in development for some time now. And leading figures at the aviation giant predict these revolutionary vehicles could be on the market within ten years. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for futuristic transport, the company’s latest concept takes the idea of getting around smart cities one step further. This is Pop.Up, a unique mode of transport that sits on the…

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Artificial Intelligence is Unshackling DHL’s Supply Chain Potential

Logistics might not be your first thought when it comes to technology’s cutting edge, yet artificial intelligence (AI) is already transforming supply chains, with IoT not far behind. To learn more we spoke with Paul Richardson, chief innovation officer at DHL Supply Chain and Internet of Things World Europe keynote speaker, who filled us in on how the internet of things and its associated tech is now being used by DHL, its partners and its competitors, along with what they’ve got planned. Tell us a bit more about yourself and…

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