Pubinno Chooses Quectel Modules to Develop Smart Tap for Perfect Beer

Pubinno Chooses Quectel Modules to Develop Smart Tap for Perfect Beer

It mostly seemed to be a marketing slogan when a few years ago elites were talking about how IoT can concur in every corner of plant earth as it can basically be embedded in everyTHINGS.Nowadays we are not surprised if even strange THINGS are connected, but beers in pubs could have been the last one we thought of. But pioneers like Pubinno are among those who redefines how a business can operate by pushing into new frontiers.

Mr. Necdet Alpmen, CTO & co-founder at Pubinno said:
“Pubinno is a San Francisco based technology company, developing Smart Beer Taps that serve perfect beer and boost profits.”

“Pubinno’s leading product, Taptronics™, is a plug & play, smart and connected draft beer tap combining robotics, IoT and AI. Taptronics™ delivers rich and smooth foam that produces a wonderful drinking experience.”

He added that:
“As a fast-growing company, Pubinno is working closely with the largest beer brands in the world such as InBev Turkey. Pubinno’s products are being used over 200+ bars and pubs across USA, Germany, Italy, India, Israel, Netherlands, Turkey and more to come. A total of 300.000 glasses are being served monthly through Taptronics™. Quectel was a very natural choice as it offers quality, competitive price and incredible service at once. We also loved Quectel for its commitment and clear yet smooth migration path from 2G toward NB-IoT. Backward compatibility with newer technology; which saves tremendous amount of cost and engineering efforts; is also considered as additional advantage of using Quectel modules.”

Quectel M66 is an ultra-small quad-band GSM/GPRS module using LCC castellation packaging on the market. It has the optimal performance in SMS & Data transmission and audio service even in harsh environment. The ultra-compact 15.8mm × 17.7mm × 2.3mm profile makes it a perfect platform for size sensitive applications.

smart beer tap with Quectel M66“Industrial 4.0 revolution is not a theoretical concept anymore. In fact, related products and services are being widely used in almost all industries and even penetrated into micro retailing, and as seen, food and beverages sector. This is indeed a turning point in human being history,”said Mr. Onur Canıtez, Quectel Regional Sales Director, Turkey & Middle East.

He added that:
“At Quectel, we are overwhelmingly excited to be part of this revolution by offering communication cores thanks to our richest product portfolio in the cellular connectivity market, from 2G and NB-IoT all the way to 5G and beyond.”

Quectel owns a broad portfolio of cellular modules and will showcase the latest LPWA products at booth B.j40 of the upcoming European Utility Week (EUW) during 6-8 November in Vienna.
Soure: IoT Business News

Autodrive Pods provide last mile solution in Milton Keynes

This month will see the conclusion of the UK Autodrive pod trials in Milton Keynes, the Transport Systems Catapult is a proud member of the UK Autodrive consortium. The pods provided a crucial link to the autonomous and connected vehicles in the project’s grand finale, enabling the world’s first demonstration of multi-CAV vehicles completing an end-to-end journey in the UK.

Aurrigo’s self-driving pods have been undergoing trials on pavements in Milton Keynes: As part of the UK Autodrive project, Milton Keynes Council has been working with Aurrigo to test out a new first/last mile transport solution for local people, shoppers and visitors to Milton Keynes.

Mile Garner, Sales and Marketing Director at Aurrigo, said: “The trial in Milton Keynes has proved we have advanced autonomous technology that works in a live public environment and pods that can provide that crucial first and last mile transport solution for towns and cities throughout the world.”

Up to 15 pods – capable of travelling up to 15 miles per hour and lasting up to 60 miles off one charge – have been operating in the city centre from Central Railway Station. There are plans for the pods to continue to operate in the city, with a service being offered to residents in the near future.

“Being involved as one of the lead partners in UK Autodrive has transformed our business and given us the opportunity to test our technology alongside some of the world’s largest manufacturers in Jaguar Land Rover and Tata,” continued Garner.

“We need to take advantage of being first to market and we are already in discussions with a number of potential customers to take our pods for use on University campuses, theme parks, shopping malls and retirement villages. The potential is huge and we are projecting increases in turnover that could reach £100m over the next three years.”

Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council commented; “We are thrilled to have seen the successful demonstration of the technology here in Milton Keynes. What we have seen is the potential for this technology to develop into a full blown public transport service. This is important to us because, we want to have the ability to provide first and last mile mobility options that can help people get about their business in an efficient and safe way and  giving improved travel options for those who cannot drive or might find it difficult to use buses, cycles or have difficulty walking.”

Source: Catapult

 

Co-Star Launch Mercedes Sprinter 2019 Dashmount Bracket

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Co-Star  home of Dashmount in the UK are pleased to announce the release of the latest 2019 Mercedes Sprinter in-car mounting bracket.

Designed to mount the latest mobile communications devices Dashmount is the original in-vehicle no-holes mounting bracket manufactued by specialist engineers who have more than thirty years experience in the mobile communications industry. Dashmount is the only in-car mounting bracket that has  full safety approval  from TÜV Rheinland, the German Traffic Department. The type approval includes everything from the development, documentation, production, installation to crash test with the product.

The DM711810 Mercedes Sprinter Dashmount bracket is a heavy duty mount capable of securing the latest mobile communications equipment and has the standard amps hole pattern which is  an industry standard configuration. It consists of four holes located in a rectangular pattern spaced at 30.17 mm by 46.05 mm. It is common for the AMPS pattern to consist of multiple holes to allow vertical or horizontal implementation.

The no-holes dash mount brackets are designed to fit safely and securely in a convenient area of the vehicles console  without the need to drill any holes resulting in a damage free no holes installation. Manufactured from top quality steel that has a special black powder coating means that the Dashmount is tough enough to deal with everyday professional use.

The Co-Star Dashmount brackets are compatible with the following equipment:

About Co-Star:

Co-Star specialise in supplying the ICT Industry globally with all the equipment necessary to initiate and conclude 3G/4G LTE Mobile Networking Installations for Mobile Data, Telemetry and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications. Our core product range includes: Sierra Wireless and Cradlepoint Mobile Wireless Gateways for 3G/4G LTE applications, Antennas, RF Connectors and RG58 Low Loss Coaxial Cable Assemblies.

To order the Mercedes Sprinter 2019 Dashmount bracket Click here>

Source: Co-Star

Addison Lee And Oxbotica To Accecerate Autonomous Vehicle Implementation In London

Addison Lee Group And Oxbotica Join Forces In Strategic Alliance To Make Self-Driving Services A Reality In London

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Addison Lee Group, the global ground transportation business, and Oxbotica, the British leader in self-driving vehicle software, have agreed a wide-ranging strategic alliance that accelerates the implementation of autonomous vehicles to London’s streets.

Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the development, deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles with a view to providing customers self-driving services in London by 2021.

The long-term aim is to take greater share of an expanding car services market for connected autonomous vehicle technology, forecasted to be worth £28 billion in the UK by 2035*. Addison Lee Group aims to use its trusted brand to offer affordable, quality, ride-shared services to passengers currently underserved by existing driven transport modes, as well as explore opportunities to provide corporate shuttles, airport and campus-based services.

Addison Lee Group and Oxbotica, both British success stories, will pool expertise, technology and on-the-ground resource to explore self-driving car services that are safe and environmentally friendly, and which still deliver the exceptional customer experiences Addison Lee Group is known for.

The companies will work together to create detailed, digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around the capital. These maps will record the position of every kerb, road sign, landmark and traffic light in preparation for the deployment of autonomous cars.

Mobility Opportunity

With private car ownership declining at the same time city populations are expanding, consumers are increasing their use of car services. Added to that, the global transport services market is experiencing significant growth – specifically for the premium segment, which shows strong growth of up to 21 per cent by 2030*.

This provides an opportunity for focused investment in future-looking technologies that, alongside traditional driven vehicles, will help meet this need. By leveraging the strengths of each partner, the alliance will open new opportunities to reach consumers in new markets and segments starting in London, following into New York and other international markets.

Graeme Smith, CEO of Oxbotica, said: “This represents a huge leap towards bringing autonomous vehicles into mainstream use on the streets of London, and eventually in cities across the United Kingdom and beyond.

“Our partnership with Addison Lee Group represents another milestone for the commercial deployment of our integrated autonomous vehicle and fleet management software systems in complex urban transport conditions. Together, we are taking a major step in delivering the future of mobility.”

Andy Boland, CEO of Addison Lee Group, said: “Urban transport will change beyond recognition in the next 10 years with the introduction of self-driving services, and we intend to be at the very forefront of this change by acting now.

“Autonomous technology holds the key to many of the challenges we face in transport. By providing ride-sharing services, we can help address congestion, free space used for parking and improve urban air quality through zero-emission vehicles. We are proud to be partnering with a British technology pioneer and leader in autonomous vehicle technology, Oxbotica, and together we will continue our British success story in how we revolutionise the way people get around cities.”

Addison Lee Group recently set up and led the MERGE Greenwich consortium, a government-funded project investigating how autonomous vehicle ride-sharing could be introduced to complement existing public transport services. Using the London Borough of Greenwich as a model, the project found that by 2025, self-driving, ride-shared services could assist significantly with addressing the capital’s transport challenges and make it easier and more accessible for citizens to move around. In parallel, Oxbotica is leading the DRIVEN consortium, and has already launched a fleet of vehicles currently running autonomously in public trials in London and Oxford.

Source: Addison Lee

 

EE brings first live 5G trial to the UK with Canary Wharf trial

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EE has seemingly just hit a major milestone with its 5G trials and testing, as it has launched its first live 5G trial, which it also claims is the UK’s first live 5G trial.

Hosted in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, the trial is designed to test 5G spectrum and devices for coverage, speeds and performance, and Canary Wharf was an obvious choice of location, as it’s a very busy area, with 150,000 people coming to the Canary Wharf estate every day.

5G will have to cope with huge data demands from vast numbers of connected devices, so it’s important to trial it in an area such as this that really will put it to the test.

Indeed, EE notes that high capacity zone testing is a critical part of its 5G launch programme, and as such it’s not stopping with Canary Wharf, as the network also plans to put ten more 5G sites live across east London later this month, with the trials aimed at both consumer and business technology.

Using 3.4GHz spectrum and Huawei equipment

This trial will use 5G New Radio over the 3.4GHz spectrum that EE acquired 40MHz of at Ofcom’s recent spectrum auction. This spectrum is likely to be the cornerstone of early 5G networks and EE wants to test how it behaves in a real-life setting. The trial will be carried out using Huawei equipment.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said: “This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand from customers for increased mobile capacity. With constant upgrades to 4G, and laying the foundations for 5G, we’re working to always be able to deliver what our customers need – both consumers and the vertical industries that will make the greatest use of 5G. We were UK pioneers with 4G and today we saw the UK’s first live connections on 5G – this is a huge step forward for our digital infrastructure.”

This of course isn’t EE’s only 5G test. The network previously tested 5G in lab conditions, hitting download speeds of 2.8Gbps in the process. This was done using 3.5GHz spectrum. Last year it also became the first UK network to demonstrate pre-5G backhaul technology.

Source: James Rogerson-5G.co.uk

 

Waitrose Uses Smart Lock Technology To Offer The Ultimate Home Delivery Experience

Waitrose & Partners to deliver and put away your shopping while you’re out

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Waitrose & Partners is to become the UK’s first supermarket to deliver groceries to customers inside the home and put them away while they are out.

The retailer will initially test demand for the new service, which is called ‘While You’re Away’, with 100 customers located within the delivery area of its dotcom fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, south London.

Using Yale smart lock technology, the customer grants access to a Waitrose delivery driver by setting a temporary access code for the lock which is then sent to Waitrose via a secure app. The code is then sent to the driver’s device at the time the customer has booked for the delivery and is deleted once the delivery is complete.

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The driver will put refrigerated and frozen goods away and leave other groceries on the kitchen counter, or as instructed by the customer. The whole delivery is captured on a chest-cam worn by the driver, with the video available for request for the customer the next working day.

There is a minimum order of £25 and given the small number of customers involved at this stage, there is a minimum number of six orders, however this will be reviewed after the trial.

If the trial is successful, Waitrose & Partners anticipates being able to make the service available to more than 1,000 customers in spring 2019.

Customers can find out if they are eligible for the trial or can register their interest in using the service in the future by visiting www.wya.waitrose.com.

Archie Mason, head of business development from Waitrose & Partners, said:

“There is certainly an increasing demand among our customers to make shopping with us even more convenient to fit around their busy lifestyles. Rather than waiting for a delivery or trying to put everything away, it gives customers more flexibility to use that time differently, including more time enjoying cooking and eating the food they’ve bought.

“The concept of ‘in-home delivery’ has started to prove popular in other countries so we are keen to establish if there is an appetite for it in the UK.”

Nigel Fisher, Managing Director for Yale UK, said:

“Working with Waitrose & Partners to develop the UK’s first in-home delivery service is an exciting premise for Yale, as we look to understand how smart products can enhance daily lives, as well as protecting your home. Our heritage and priority is in security, but the technologies we’re now working with means we can also collaborate with companies, like Waitrose, to also develop services that fit with modern life.”

Source: Waitrose

Business Admin & IT Career at Co-Star

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Co-Star are a leading supplier to the ICT industry based in Copgrove near Harrogate. We distribute a range of products used for 4G and Cloud connectivity. Our customer base is predominantly B2B and we supply Globally.

Due to continued growth we are looking for someone who has the necessary communication skills to deliver outstanding customer service and the IT skills to update our website and e-commerce sales channels. The job is varied and interesting and you will be working in a thriving and positive environment. We will provide you with training on how to operate our IT platforms and full product training.

In brief the job involves:

  • Communicating to a high standard with our customers.
  • Taking and processing telephone and internet orders.
  • Updating the company website.

 

What we are looking for:

  • An excellent communicator with good IT skills.
  • Someone enthusiastic who can actively contribute to the furure growth of the company.
  • Someone who can work well within a small busy team.

Interested ?

Than please e-mail your CV to: tim@co-star.co.uk or call Tim on 01423 340066 for more information.

Hours:

The hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm.

Contact Details:

Our address details are: Co-Star, Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB.

JACK, TBC-France’s Secure, High-Quality Multi-Terrain Autonomous Surveillance and Response Robot for Critical Infrastructures

 

NEW: JACK, TBC-France’s Secure, High-Quality Multi-Terrain Autonomous  Surveillance and Response Robot for Critical InfrastructuresLast week, Renato Cudicio, President of TBC-France, kicked off the career of JACK, his multi-terrain autonomous Surveillance and Response Robot, which promises to revolutionize the surveillance of critical infrastructures.

Cudicio, a Canadian serial entrepreneur and founder of TBC-France, designed his brainchild as a secure autonomous mobile security solution for the protection of indoor and outdoor perimeters that host strategic activities, high value goods and data, and for Organizations of Vital Importance (or OIVs, as these locations are called in France).

With its state-of-the-art cameras, advanced mobility and obstacle detection software, embedded artificial intelligence and secure communications technologies, this tireless patrolman promptly detects intrusions or anomalies, and carries out effective risk assessments.

“A critical infrastructure can be any asset or system which is essential for the maintenance of vital societal functions, such as utilities, telecoms, logistic platforms, and defense sites,” Cudicio explained at the launch before expounding the vision that underlies his robot as a unique key component of advanced security solutions.

JACK’s three founding principles

Cudicio laid out the three founding principles of JACK’s existence.

  1. First Responder

JACK is a First Responder: in the event of an alarm–which can be triggered by any unusual event, e.g. an intrusion, suspicious movement, or a smoke or fire alarm–the robot automatically and rapidly heads out. At 18 km/h in emergency mode, JACK speedily reaches its destination, and the guards in the control room can then safely and accurately assess the incident and decide whether further action is needed or not.

  1. Totally trustworthy

As a First Responder, JACK must not only be fast, but precise, and entirely secure and trustworthy, which explains why JACK:

  • Comprises only high-quality components that are traceable down to the last nut and bolt
  • Offers a range of advanced specifications which are based on partnerships with organizations that work with the European Security and Defense sector in Europe and many of which are often already audited according to NATO criteria
  1. Robot as a Service

Organizations look for results, first and foremost, and they prefer to avoid CAPEX investments in complex security equipment. Therefore, Cudicio has chosen to make JACK available only in RaaS (Robot as a Service) mode. His security robot comes with its own comprehensive ecosystem, which interconnects with partner or client surveillance infrastructure for optimal efficiency and minimal operating costs.

In Europe in general and in France in particular, the security of critical infrastructures, whether they belong to public or private organizations, is under strict State surveillance and governance. This sets extremely high standards, but also creates opportunities for security solutions like JACK, which are tailored to protect and oversee sites that ensure vital operations.

“My team and I take great pride in seeing JACK take another step in achieving a vision based on the creation of an autonomous security robot entirely made in France with high-end components that are reliable and sustainable, and come almost exclusively from France or NATO countries,” said Renato Cudicio. “Not only is this a guarantee of reliability, but it also positions JACK on the market as an innovative technological solution to secure critical infrastructures.”

JACK’s official launch took place in the presence of officials, partners, speakers, and representatives of the media and the industry at thecamp, in Aix-en-Provence, a “digital campus that propels Provence into the future.” The event featured a live demonstration of the robot’s capabilities.

“Invest in Provence” Label

Mrs. Sophie Joissains, Deputy City Councilor for the City of Aix-en-Provence and Senator of the Bouches-du-Rhône district and Mr. Jean Luc Chauvin, President of the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Provence Promotion, were present, among others, for the official launch.

Mr. Chauvin presented TBC-France with the Invest in Provence Label, a testimonial of recognition that Provence Promotion gives to companies that choose to grow in the Aix-Marseille Provence or in the Pays d’Arles region. This investment decision is mainly based on the four reasons most often cited by entrepreneurs who move to Provence – growth, diversification, openness to the world and well-being.

Last March, JACK won the Think Outside the Box Award, which Security & Safety Meetings presents each year to a to highly innovative product.

“These awards–as well as a highly positive response from the industry–are clear indicators that we’re on the right track with JACK,” concluded Cudicio.

TBC-France specialises in the design, manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art robotic technologies for the security sector.

Source: TBC-France

NB-IOT SKYROCKETS WITH NEW COMMERCIAL CONTRACT IN NORWAY

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Telia Company has secured the largest narrowband IoT contract in Norway yet. The three-year agreement with waste disposal container tracking company StalkIT, covers 100,000 connected devices in Telia’s nationwide narrowband IoT network.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a new communication technology that enables excellent coverage indoors, outdoors and in the ground. It is ideal for things that run on battery or only send data irregularly. NB-IoT is a cost-efficient way of connecting devices to existing mobile networks.

Telia Company recently inaugurated its nationwide NB-IoT network and has now closed the first commercial contract with waste disposal container tracking company StalkIT. It has developed a service that provides waste management operators with new and detailed knowledge regarding the location and status of their containers. The three-year contract enables StalkIT to connect 100,000 devices to Telia’s NB-IoT network.

“We are proud to have a wide-ranging agreement with an entrepreneurial company with great ambitions,” says Jon Christian Hillestad, Vice President Enterprise at Telia Norway. “It is very exciting to see our pilot project from this winter going commercial with the potential to expand beyond the Norwegian borders.”

“All our customers need to do now is to mount the tracking device on their containers and switch it on,” says Einar Aaland, Chief Product Officer at StalkIT. “Our tracking service will provide them with a complete overview of where the containers are and what status they have, and the investment will provide quick returns because processes can be automated and waste can be reduced.”

Source: Telia

Vodafone to launch MediaCityUK hub to foster 5G innovation

 

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Vodafone is launching a new Innovation Hub at The Landing (shown above) in MediaCityUK, Salford.

The Landing already offers workspace for companies and has developed a reputation for fostering high-tech and digital businesses. Vodafone’s new hub will give entrepreneurs and start-ups access to the latest tech resources, such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), high-speed fibre and more.

Gigabit cities

Vodafone says it is opening the Innovation Hub as part of its commitment to Greater Manchester as one of the UK’s seven ‘gigabit cities’.

Last year, Vodafone struck a deal along with wholesale fibre network infrastructure provider City Fibre to deliver superfast Gigabit broadband to 12 cities in the UK by 2025, benefiting up to five million UK homes and businesses. Under the agreement, Vodafone has a period of exclusive rights to market ultra-fast broadband services on City Fibre’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP).

The seven cities announced so far are:  Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

Vodafone says it plans to roll out Innovation Hubs in other cities too.

Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford, called MediaCityUK “an emerging smart city”. He said Vodafone’s input would set Salford up as an example of what new networks and interconnectivity can deliver for a city and its citizens. He highlighted potential in areas including transport, energy and health.

Related: What is Gigabit LTE?

A living lab

The Innovation Hub will offer the opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop, test and commercialise their products.

Jon Corner, Chief Digital Officer for City of Salford and CEO at The Landing, said the Innovation Hub will turn the venue into a ‘living lab’. He said it will help to demonstrate that 5G is about more than just new handsets and faster speeds, noting that it will also have an impact on how networks are organised, and the way we share data and consume content.

Further, Corner said, 5G will enable businesses – such as the ones based at The Landing – to use immersive technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to create completely new applications that change the way we interact on a day-to-day basis.

Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, commented: “I am delighted that Vodafone, in collaboration with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and MediaCityUK, will open the Digital Innovation Hub located in the heart of this connected city. The hub at The Landing will give UK businesses, start-ups and tech innovators access to 5G, IoT, high-speed fibre and our best technical resources and we plan to roll out these innovation hubs throughout UK cities.”

Source: Sarah Wray-5g.co.uk