Accelerating city digitisation and avoiding silos with interoperable IoT data model and LPWA networks

As highlighted in a market report lead by Smart Cities World and released in November 2019, decision-makers at cities, utilities and integrator s admit that they regularly encounter three types of challenges to successfully roll-out their IoT projects.

First, they recognise that they currently have few, if any, controls on the data generated by the sensors deployed on the city territory. They are also too dependent on the solution provider for their collection and treatment – the silo effect – whatever the type of use case.

Second, they claim to spend too much money in a never-ending effort to become familiar with proprietary data formats or try to bypass this situation by integrating APIs in intermediate layers to reach something as close to an interoperable standard as they can get.

Third, and consequently, they decide not to deploy IoT projects, for fear of committing public money to dead-end single-source supplier systems that lack interchangeability, scalability and sustainability over the long run.

Enabling better and quicker decision-making

A first obvious and pragmatic answer to these challenges is to leverage a jointly agreed way to format the data created by the sensors on the field, whatever the type of application (street lighting, parking, water management, waste collection, environmental sensors, traffic monitoring, building efficiency, safety etc).

Smart city projects could cost 30 per cent less if they were leveraging really open solutions, that would probably dramatically reduce the rate of 82 per cent smart cities pilots’ failures currently observed on the market.

Making it uniform and transparent would not only simplify the integration of new applications, build strong synergies between applications and produce enriched and actionable data for better and faster decision-making, it would also enable cities to capitalise on existing infrastructure, software and applications to merge operations. This would come without the need to twist and adapt the communication infrastructure, if not finally adding a brand new communication layer to the existing ones to support the city new needs or plans.

Initiatives do already exist to define a “common language” between communication networks and application central management layers, like the TALQ consortium or the DALI technology, or within the software platform itself, like the FIWARE open source platform. However, until recently what was missing was a joint initiative to converge on a common data model that could enable a quick, easy and native communication format between connected sensors, communication networks and application software. This type of unified payload structure was undoubtedly key to enabling cities to avoid vendor lock-in and offer a more flexible and wider sourcing for sensors, to combine different solutions to fit their specific needs and to eventually swap solutions already deployed in case of issues such as performance, security, remote management or sustainability.

63 per cent of cities rank the lack of interoperability between smart city devices as number one in the list of hurdles that prevent them from deciding for full deployment

This unified data model highlights the opportunity to deploy additional use cases with less risks and less integration effort throughout a city’s digitisation path, but also to retake possession of existing solutions and potentially shake the yoke of their current suppliers to make them more performant, more flexible to open their proprietary solutions or more cost-efficient. The purpose of the initiative driven by the uCiFi Alliance is clearly to fill this gap and to offer a relevant complementor to already existing open building blocks.

Connectivity is a key asset

A second and complementary answer is to give the choice of an alternative connectivity solution that really fits the purpose. Most smart city use cases do not require expensive infrastructure, low latency, high bandwidth and throughput, or demanding QoS. Instead, they require energy-efficient design, easy, flexible and cost-effective deployment, widespread coverage, deep indoor penetration and high scalability to absorb an increasing number of connected sensors of all kind – the massive IoT.

These new types of networks are an exciting alternative to existing proposals by offering cities the tremendous opportunity to deploy, operate and potentially monetise a carrier-grade IoT connectivity on their own. Low Power Wide Area Networks (aka LPWAN) are thus able to offer the appropriate performance, capacity and scalability and they are increasingly perceived as key assets that cities can directly own or control, financially and/or operationally.

Key drivers for such choice potentially include the desire for increased autonomy/independence in the way connectivity solutions are implemented, whether coverage, operations, access or security), an improved trade-off between financial investment conditions and business models throughout the smart city solution’s lifetime, and a more reactive indoor and outdoor coverage optimisation for demanding use cases.

This may also help to federate citizens around open data initiatives and to position privacy-compliant by design city projects. LPWAN is an alternative to consider as it answers both technical requirements and financial advantages while bringing the openness and richness of a thriving ecosystem made of sensors makers, connectivity vendors, applications providers and solutions integrators. This expertise in the entire IoT value chain grants the availability of many validated use cases that can be easily replicated and scaled.

From rural towns to bustling large metropolises, city officials and decision-makers around the world are facing the increasing challenges of climate change, population growth, access to basic sanitation, energy supply and management, infrastructure development and mobility. Officials should consider more flexible and scalable tailored network capabilities and capacities, or the ability to rely on a partner that can quickly and easily adapt to evolving collaboration models between several parties. This would accommodate the needs of public services and authorities, service providers and users, while addressing both their technical needs and financial challenges.

If leveraging IoT solutions can definitely help authorities to monitor critical indicators for faster and better decision-making, the use of open and interoperable data model and connectivity network will accelerate their deployment, streamline their operations and cut their overall costs.

Source: Smart Cities World

FORD MAKES RANGE OF CONNECTED VEHICLE SERVICES COMPLIMENTARY FOR EUROPEAN DRIVERS

Ford has made a range of connected vehicle services complimentary to European customers, enabling drivers to control and monitor key features in their cars from their smartphone. 1

Drivers access connected vehicle features using the Ford Pass app which enables a variety of remote services, including checking on vehicle health, fuel level and oil levels, range, as well as locking and unlocking doors. 2

Previously, connected vehicle services were available to new vehicle owners as a two-year trial subscription. Ford has now waived subscription fees for most of its connected services, potentially saving drivers hundreds of pounds over the lifetime of a vehicle. 3

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With the Ford Pass app drivers can start their vehicle engine remotely, climatising the cabin to a comfortable temperature before setting out – useful for de-icing the windscreen on a frosty morning. 4

Push notifications and in-app vehicle health alerts highlight any issues that may need the owner’s attention, such as low tyre pressure or a failed light bulb. The Ford Pass app can also show the vehicle’s precise location, so drivers won’t need to worry about losing their car in a busy car park.

Being able to remotely lock and unlock their vehicle could help drivers who have forgotten whether they secured their car after walking away, or if they need to allow temporary access to a friend or family member without a key.

Owners can view and download summaries of recent trips to better analyse fuel usage and costs, and to help claim business mileage. Journeys can also be overlaid onto a map to reveal places where harsh braking or acceleration were identified, promoting more efficient driving.

Ford Pass provides support in the event of a breakdown too, automatically coordinating with roadside patrols to enable drivers to continue their journeys as quickly as possible. The Ford Pass app sends vehicle location and diagnostics information to the roadside assistance service, and gives drivers the reassurance of seeing where their patrol is and how quickly it will arrive. 5

Features for electrified vehicles

Ford Pass brings additional features that will help owners of electrified vehicles (EVs) such as the new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and all-new Explorer Plug-In Hybrid.

Alongside information about battery level and electric driving range, the Ford Pass app helps EV owners benefit from off-peak electricity tariffs by enabling them to schedule vehicle charging. Ford Pass users can also set a departure time, warming or cooling the cabin while the vehicle is plugged in, leaving the battery to achieve the best range possible. The Ford Pass app also includes a convenient charging station locator to help driver’s top-up on the go.

The app provides feedback on fuel and electric energy usage too, including energy recaptured through regenerative braking and miles traveled using electric power alone, encouraging efficient driving behaviors to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

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“Whether you’re double-checking you’ve locked your car or just making sure it’s healthy for the journey ahead, the connected car features in Ford Pass help bring convenience and reassurance to Ford owners.”

“From now on, every customer in Europe who buys a Ford can benefit from a range of complimentary connected vehicle services – this is an important part of delivering on our promise to make smart vehicles for a smart world.”

Richard Bunn, Ford Pass Director, Ford Mobility

Footnotes

1 Complimentary Ford Pass Connect modem subscription available to new and existing vehicles equipped with a Ford Pass Connect modem

2 Connection between vehicle and mobile app requires mobile data coverage. FordPass app compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play store in 40 markets in Europe

3 Prior to April 2020, Ford Pass Connect modem example subscriptions for drivers in the UK and France were priced at £89 plus VAT and €99 incl tax for two years respectively. Local Hazard Information and Live Traffic features require a separate paid subscription after an initial complimentary trial; Wi-Fi Hotspot comes with 3 months or 3GB of complimentary data, requiring separate subscription with local mobile network provider thereafter. Future value-added services may require additional subscription.

4 Remote start feature available for vehicles (except Ranger) with automatic gearbox only, in regions where permitted by law; key must be present inside the vehicle for it to be driven

5 Digital Roadside Assistance feature currently available U.K., Spain, France and Portugal with further markets to follow

Source: Ford

Co-Star Heat-Shrink Solder Butt Connectors Provide a Fast and Secure Connection in Seconds

Blue Heatshrink Solder Butt Connector for Wire Size 1.5-2.5mm (Pack of 25)

Co-Star the Harrogate based global supplier to the ICT industry have launched a range of adhesive lined heat-shrink butt splice connectors that contain fluxed solder to ensure a secure connection in seconds. The connectors are designed for installing after market Telematics and mobile communications equipment into vehicles and marine equipment.

Mixed Heatshrink Solder Butt Connector pack (WTHPS.PACK)

The heat-shrink solder terminals provide a quick and simple cable joint without having to use any crimping tools. They just require a low temperature heat source  that can be provided by using a hot-air gun, blow-torch or lighter. Once heat is applied the solder melts and makes the connection with the cable and the adhesive inside the terminal makes a secure watertight seal.

The shrink ratio is 2:1 and the sleeves of the terminals are transparent to allow the engineer to inspect them once connected.

The heat-shrink connectors are available in three sizes:

Red 0.5-1mm 22-18 AWG 

Blue 1.5-2.5mm 16-14 AWG

Yellow 3.2-6mm 12-10 AWG

Assorted pack that contains: 5 Red, 5 Blue, 3 Yellow. Part Number: WTPS.PACK

 

 

 

Semtech’s LoRa® Devices Monitor Ultramarathon Runners with Long Range Connectivity

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Geolocation solution from Everynet to track runners in real time, and pushbutton alerts enable swift response to provide for a safe, successful event

 Semtech Corporation , a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Everynet, a LoRaWAN®-based network operator and provider of network infrastructure, management platforms, network operations and maintenance, and ecosystem partner solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has leveraged the geolocation and asset tracking capabilities of Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN protocol to monitor runner safety at the annual Tor des Géants ultramarathon in Italy. The LoRaWAN-based application tracks the approximately 900 race participants in real time over hundreds of kilometers, providing support staff with accurate data to prevent injuries and lost runners.

“With LoRaWAN-based connectivity, Everynet was able to simply and efficiently provide coverage to the entirety of Tor des Géants, including difficult terrain, without requiring additional network infrastructure,” said Antonio Terlizzi, Sr. Vice President of Global Sales for Everynet. “Combining the strong network coverage of LoRaWAN with reliable tracking sensors provides race organizers with the accurate, consistent and real-time data necessary to keep runners safe and help ensure a successful event.”

Among the most challenging yearly races of its kind, participants in Tor des Géants run more than 300 kilometers and cover over 24 kilometers of elevation change in less than 150 hours. For the fourth consecutive year, Everynet’s LoRa-based solution monitored runner location over the course of the event with the goal of helping guarantee participant safety and wellbeing. Each runner is provided with a LoRa-based sensor that transmit real-time geolocation data to Everynet gateways deployed throughout the race’s course. Race organizers chose Everynet’s LoRa-based application as the race’s location in the Italian mountains leave the course uncovered by Cellular networks. In addition, LoRa devices’ long-range capabilities and low power consumption provide consistent and reliable data on runner location throughout the race’s week-long duration, with most devices using no more than 30 percent of its total battery capacity by the event’s conclusion. Following the introduction of Everynet’s application to Tor des Géants, race staff have been able to directly intervene on a number of occasions to ensure runner safety.

“The successful deployment of network infrastructure to cover Tor des Géants is an example of the proven flexibility and diversity of use case applications possible with Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Solutions built on LoRa devices enable reliable and secure, long range IoT applications for use cases in nearly any possible vertical market. LoRa devices simplify IoT development, enabling Semtech customers, such as Everynet, to deliver high value solutions to effectively address market need.”

Source: Semtech

Igor Launches Nexus the Intelligent Disinfection Solution

 Smart buildings innovator Igor have announced the general availability of Nexos Intelligent Disinfection.The solution pairs ultraviolet (UV-C) lighting with Internet of Things (IoT) controls to enable widespread, automated disinfection of surfaces.

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According to Igor Founder and Chief Technology Officer Dwight Stewart, the patent-pending solution was inspired by the need for confidence in this time of uncertainty and risk. “As more spaces reopen, intelligent disinfection becomes even more crucial,” said Stewart. “Building owners and business operators are anxious about keeping their employees and customers safe.  Igor’s turn-key, rapid-deployment solution kit instantly provides maintenance-free automated disinfection, minimizes human contact and creates an audit trail of data.”

Healthy building scientists advise owners to incorporate a layered approach to disinfection in the design, operation and management of better buildings. Nexos Intelligent Disinfection fits well with this strategy, as the solution’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connectivity makes it easy to integrate several other disinfection systems beyond UV-C lighting, like intelligent air purifiers or gas vaporizers. With all solutions unified within Igor, executives have a comprehensive view and data-rich evidence of the proactive actions taken to prevent virus outbreaks in their buildings.

Aware of the potential dangers of UV-C lighting, Stewart and his team of Igor technologists designed Nexos Intelligent Disinfection to connect with other smart devices, such as occupancy sensors and motion detectors. The solution can also be configured to work with smart locks and warning lights to further prevent humans from entering a space that is being cleaned.

In May 2020, the Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution received funding from Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit that supports early stage cleantech startups in the Mid-Continent region of the United States, to bring the solution to the global market. Clean Energy Trust utilized support from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, a technology innovation platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

“We’re very excited about the possibilities Igor has opened up with its PoE-based smart building platform,” said Erik Birkerts, chief executive officer of Clean Energy Trust. “Dwight’s vision to solve very specific problems, exemplified by Nexos, has proven to be a game-changer for the built environment. He and the Igor team are democratizing building automation by innovating around very deployable, off-the-shelf technology.”

Source: Igor

Cradlepoint Launches First 5G-Optimized Wireless WAN Edge Router for Enterprise Branch Deploymentsloyme

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Cradlepoint Launches Industry’s First 5G-Optimized Wireless WAN Edge Router for Enterprise Branch Deployments

Clean-Slate, All-In-One Design Provides Gigabit-Class Wireless Branch Solution With Performance And Investment Protection For Seamless Upgrade to 5G

 Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today announced the Cradlepoint E3000 Series, the industry’s first 5G-Optimized, all-in-one wireless edge router for enterprise branch deployment. The clean-slate design optimizes performance and investment protection, enabling customers to deploy a wireless wide-area network (Wireless WAN) today using the latest LTE and Wi-Fi technology and seamlessly upgrade to 5G in the future.

The current coronavirus pandemic has fueled an already growing demand for agile and rapidly deployable Wireless WANs based on LTE for primary connectivity. The new Cradlepoint E3000 Series directly targets this burgeoning market. According to a new Worldwide 5G and 4G LTE Router Forecast from IDC, the combined market for enterprise branch, mobile, and IoT wireless routers and gateways will reach $2.98 billion by 2024.

Packaged as part of the Cradlepoint NetCloud Enterprise Branch Service, the E3000 Series utilizes the latest multi-core, wireless system-on-chip technology to deliver compelling price/performance relative to traditional wired branch routers. The all-new, all-in-one design provides a mid-sized, enterprise-class “branch-in-a-box” solution. In a compact footprint, the E3000 contains an embedded Gigabit-Class LTE modem, integrated Wi-Fi 6, gigabit Ethernet ports for WAN/LAN connectivity, and expansion slots accomodate a secondary LTE modem module today with 5G modem and Bluetooth 5.0 modules slated for later in 2020.

The powerful E3000 can run processor-intensive WAN edge features within the NetCloud Service at gigabit speeds, including BGP routing and application-aware SD-WAN and security functions, such as firewall, analytics, IPS/IPS and content filtering. It also supports customizable services like Wi-FI guest portal and IoT edge computing capabilities.

The Cradlepoint E3000 Series is ideal for branch-oriented industry sectors that need the flexibility and freedom of primary wireless connections with robust WAN and LAN networking and security capabilities. These include retail stores, restaurants, healthcare clinics, financial services locations — such as banking, insurance, and tax preparation — construction sites, and field service offices.

“Initial SD-WAN deployments have been focused primarily on fixed Internet economics” said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research. “The next phase of WAN transformation broadens the definition of a ‘branch’ and will include an expanded role for LTE and 5G to drive Wireless WAN solutions. The Cradlepoint announcement expands its solutions to enable the transformation to a Wireless WAN.”

Protect Your Investment With The Most Paths to 5G

According to a recent survey by Infosys of 850 industry practitioners and leaders across the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, 90% are actively investigating business cases, defining use cases, or defining service portfolios based on 5G technology. The implications are clear: any IT executive that is planning a WAN edge technology refresh needs to have a defined pathway to 5G or risk having to rip-and-replace before the investment is fully depreciated.

Cradlepoint provides the most pathways from LTE to 5G in the industry. In February, the company introduced its W-Series 5G Wideband Adapter, the first 5G solution purpose-built for the enterprise. The E3000 Series is 5G Optimized and engineered to be a companion branch router for the W-Series, interconnecting over a high-speed 2.5Gbps Ethernet port. Pairing it with a W2000 indoor unit gives customers a complete wireless WAN solution for low-band and mid-band (Sub-6) 5G while paring with the W4005 outdoor unit delivers high-band (millimeter wave). Additionally, the E3000 expansion port will accommodate the new MC500 field-upgradable 5G modular modem (Sub-6) planned for early Q1 in 2021.

“Cradlepoint is committed to being the first and best choice for enterprise Wireless WAN and 5G solutions,” said Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer at Cradlepoint. “We believe, as do many of our customers and partners, that Wireless WAN is the next big networking wave, driven by the emergence of 5G. The Cradlepoint E3000 Series, powered by NetCloud, is the latest addition to our next-generation of 5G-capable solutions, its design provides customers with no-compromise Gigabit-Class LTE performance and the most paths to a 5G future.”

The Cradlepoint NetCloud Service for Enterprise Branch with the new E3000 Series Router is available today, with pricing starting at $2,023. While optimized for wireless WAN and 5G, it supports the broadest range of wired and wireless connections for both WAN and LAN of any edge router in its class, and at a breakthrough price point:

Wired and Wireless WAN Connectivity Options

  • Embedded Gigabit-Class LTE modem (CAT 18)
  • 5Gbps Ethernet WAN port
  • Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
  • SFP/SFP+ fiber WAN port
  • Expansion port for secondary Gigabit-Class LTE or primary 5G modular modem (future)

Wired and Wireless LAN Connectivity Options

  • 9 – gigabit Ethernet ports with 4 Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 6 access point
  • Expansion slot for Bluetooth 5.0 module (future)

For more information on the NetCloud for Enterprise Branch plan and the new Cradlepoiint E3000 wireless edge router, please visit https://cradlepoint.com/products/branch.

IDC, Worldwide 5G and 4G/LTE Router/Gateway Forecast, 2020–2024: Stronger Focus on Cellular Solutions at the Enterprise Edge,  Doc # US46208020, May 2020

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Gogoro to revolutionise commuter cycling

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GOGORO UNVEILS EEYO 1, THE ULTRALIGHT EBIKE FOR CITY RIDERS THAT DEMAND AGILITY OVER UTILITY

At just 26lbs, Eeyo 1s is half the weight of typical ebikes and designed to be quick, responsive, and more exciting to ride.

New Eeyo Smartwheel leverages Gogoro’s innovation in electric propulsion to develop a compact, streamlined, and self-contained smart digital drivetrain for ebikes.


 Gogoro®, a technology leader transforming how innovation is accelerating the shift to sustainable urban mobility, today announced the ultralight Gogoro Eeyo 1 ebike and Gogoro Eeyo™ Smartwheel. The Eeyo 1 is designed to address the daily challenges of city life and takes a different approach to traditional ebikes by prioritizing agility over utility. Eeyo 1 will be available this summer in the United States, Europe, and Taiwan.

“Ebikes don’t all need to be heavy cargo haulers or feel like you’re riding a battery, so we created the Eeyo 1 to be ultralight, quick, responsive, and fun,” said Horace Luke, founder, and CEO, Gogoro Inc. “With its iconic open-frame design and new powerful Eeyo Smartwheel, Eeyo 1 is an adrenaline time machine bringing back the pure joy of riding we all once had.”

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Gogoro creates smarter and cleaner transportation choices for how people in cities live, work, and move. Gogoro Eeyo is a new human-electric hybrid brand established to develop innovations in lightweight electric-assisted transportation. The first Gogoro Eeyo project to address these challenges is the Eeyo Smartwheel and the Eeyo 1.

Eeyo Smartwheel

Taking a rider-centric approach to ebike innovation, the new Gogoro Eeyo Smartwheel is an all-in-one digital drive that leverages the company’s advanced technical experience to tightly integrate the motor, battery, sensors, and smart connectivity into a compact self-contained hub. With Intelligent Power Assist, theEeyo Smartwheel  utilizes a state-of-the-art torque sensor to detect a rider’s pedal-power and instantly delivers pedal assist that provides increased control, power, and speed that feels more balanced, and natural. This not only conserves energy and prevents the rider from breaking a sweat, but it ensures there is enough power to get you where you want to go and back with power to spare.

Wirelessly integrated with Eeyo Smartwheel, the Eeyo app optimizes the ride, while displaying a simple and intuitive interface that delivers riding essentials that minimizes distractions.

Natural Riding Modes – To simplify the ride, Eeyo Smartwheel utilizes riding modes that provide varying levels of power assist based on rider preference. Each amplifies the rider’s own power, cadence, and riding style, so they can go faster or farther without a second thought.

  • Sport Mode – A highly responsive assist mode based on the rider’s effort. It provides speed and fun while still managing battery consumption for optimum efficiency.
  • Eco Mode – Extends range by limiting the power assist. Eeyo Smartwheel will automatically switch to Eco Mode when the battery gets low.

Over The Air Updates – Eeyo app enables over the air firmware and software updates to wirelessly deliver the latest features and refinements to the Smartwheel, ensuring the Eeyo experience gets better over time. Gogoro has delivered millions of over the air software updates to its existing Smartscooter™ customers.

Eeyo 1 is Gogoro’s first ebike project to demonstrate the potential of Gogoro’s Eeyo platform. The company will continue introducing new Eeyo products and solutions and work with other bike manufacturers and brands to accelerate their path to market by helping them quickly integrate Eeyo Smartwheel into a range of new ebikes.

Eeyo 1 – Ultralight And Agile For City Life

At 26.4 pounds, Eeyo 1s is designed with purpose and uncompromising innovation highlighted by Eeyo Smartwheel and an iconic open-frame design that eliminates the seat tube and uses Kevlar® reinforced carbon fiber to increase strength, shave weight, and deliver a smoother ride. With forward-leaning sport geometry, Eeyo 1 is aggressive and nimble, allowing riders to move speedily through city streets, bike lanes, and bridges with greater control. Inspired by city living as well, Eeyo 1’s unique design is optimized to be easily carried on a rider’s shoulder into an apartment, subway station, or wherever a bike can’t be ridden.

Commuter Range – The Eeyo 1 combines the power and efficiency of the Eeyo Smartwheel with its lightweight frame and components to provide ample range for any city rider. Sport Mode delivers 40 miles of range, the equivalent of three days of city commuting, or range can be extended to about 55 miles with Eco Mode.

Worry-Free – Eeyo 1 is easy to ride and simple to own. Every part has been chosen for durability and to be nearly maintenance-free. Using the industry-leading Gates Carbon Drive™ system means Eeyo 1 will last much longer than chain drives and is cleaner since it does not require lubrication. Eeyo 1 is simple to charge, there is no need to search for hidden charge ports, just snap the charger around the hub. The included charger is both rugged and small enough to carry with you. Additionally, there is a Stand Charger, sold separately, that allows the rider to simply drop the bike on and display it while charging. With proximity-based auto-lock, once the rider walks away from Eeyo 1, the motor locks, making it challenging to move or ride away.

Eeyo 1 Models

Eeyo 1 and Eeyo 1s utilize the same Smartwheel power and lightweight full carbon fiber frame and fork but come in different colors and are equipped with a different seat post, handlebars, and rims.

Eeyo 1s – $4599 

With the ‘warm white’ color, the Eeyo 1s is subtle but stands out in a crowd. It adds a carbon fiber seat post, handlebars, and rims to the full carbon fiber frame and fork for the ultimate lightweight experience. At only 26.4 pounds it rises above the competition.

Eeyo 1 – $3899

Bold and distinct, the Eeyo 1 comes in ‘cloud blue’ or ‘lobster orange’ colors and utilizes the same carbon fiber frame and fork as the 1s but comes with an alloy seat post, handlebars, and rims. At 27.5 pounds, Eeyo 1 is still half the weight of typical ebikes.

Available This Summer

Eeyo 1 will be available in the US and Taiwan in July and in Europe later this summer. To learn more about Eeyo 1, visit https://eeyo.bike. Also follow @eeyobike on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and details.

New £1m UKRI grant to support development of autonomous transport

Professor Ed Manley has been awarded a UKRI grant worth over £900,000 on the UK-Canada AI initiative to develop new models of autonomous transport for enhancing mobility in ageing populations.

The RAIM (Responsible Automation for Inclusive Mobility) project is one of ten UK-Canada projects which will support the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI). The project aims to build a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing autonomous transport, and build these into novel AI-based methods for estimating future demand and optimising new services.

The project is funded under the Canada-UK AI Initiative, with a consortium of University of Leeds, UCL, and University of Manitoba, as well as local transport agencies and passenger advocacy groups.

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Professor Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics

The project is led by Professor Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics at the School of Geography and an affiliate of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, as well as Dr Babak Mehran, University of Manitoba and additional involvement at Leeds from Professor Susan Grant Muller, Institute for Transport Studies.

There is real potential for demand-responsive autonomous transport to have significant benefits for an ageing population, that go beyond accessibility alone.

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Professor Manley said “There is real potential for demand-responsive autonomous transport to have significant benefits for an ageing population, that go beyond accessibility alone. During this project we’ll aim to not only improve our understanding of ageing mobility needs, but use novel AI-based methods to develop an AV system that fully meets those needs.

“It’ll be great to expand our research to the Canadian setting, which faces similar challenges to the UK, and develop new collaborations with the University of Manitoba.”

RAIM project will run from early 2020 to 2023.

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Full speed ahead for ‘talking’ cars powered by 5G

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Imagine a world where cars warn each other about dangers on the road ahead – to prevent crashes and save the lives of drivers and passengers.

What was once the realm only of futuristic sci-fi shows or Disney animated movies could soon be an everyday reality using fifth generation (5G) technology, predict researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The Smart Connectivity and Sensing Research Group’s work using mobile networks spans over 25 years and includes street-lighting systems, vehicles, communication and smart cities.

Now its experts believe the high-speed-low-delay nature of 5G will improve the reliability and capability of automated vehicles to the point where they will be safer than the manual cars being driven today.

As a result, the number of road traffic accidents – which according to the World Health Organisation account for more than 1.3 million deaths and up to 50 million people injured worldwide every year – will drop drastically.

Dr Dimitrios Liarokapis, a member of the research group, said: “To have a better idea of what the future will look like, think of having Tesla-like cars that not only use sensors to scan what’s around them, they can also talk to each other and exchange safety-related information about their surroundings over an area that covers several square miles.

“How often do we drive over ice patches on the road during winter, especially here in Scotland? I’m sure anyone who has had a bad experience on frozen roads would have benefited from knowing about the dangerous conditions in advance so they could have adjusted their speed or, if possible, even avoided that route altogether. The same could be said of pot holes.

“With the help of 5G, a vehicle-generated early warning system that alerts drivers is feasible within the next few years. Cars that are close enough to the danger area will transmit warning messages to other cars around them using short range communication technologies, but also to cars further away using 5G, fast and reliably. Then those cars will send the same information to cars near them and so on, forming a joined up, multi-vehicle communication chain that stretches far and wide.

“5G is an exciting mobile technology, which will give a massive boost to smart cities and autonomous vehicles among many other things. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has been perceived as a risk to health when it is in fact a provider of many exciting solutions.”

Source:  Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Sierra Wireless Overcomes Last Major Technical Hurdle for 5G IoT Solutions with Live 5G mmWave Data Call

The same is true today for the newest IoT connectivity technology set to transform the economy –5G.

While 5G has been a dominant topic in the IoT space for some time, the actual rollout of IoT products and applications using 5G is still largely ahead of us. To enable these new products and applications, we have been working to develop and commercialize new modulesrouters and other 5G IoT solutions. In fact, we have already passed several milestones on the path towards offering customers a complete set of 5G IoT solutions:

Completing Our First 5G mmWave Data Call

In November 2019, we completed our first 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) data call, using our AirPrime EM9190 module. The 5G mmWave data call was completed at Qualcomm’s protocol lab in San Diego, using test equipment from Keysight. Building on the success of July’s successful Sub-6 5G data transmission, this data call showed that the EM9190 will support mmWave data transmissions, which operate between 20 GHz and 300 GHz. mmWave will enable the deployment of new IoT and other applications that require not only much faster data rates than 4G, but also ultra-high reliability, very low latency, and extremely fast handoffs.

The 5G mmWave New Radio (NR) data call was conducted in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, using LTE band 5 and 5G NR mmWave band n260. 5G NR’s NSA mode first establishes a 4G LTE connection and then adds additional 5G NR bearer channels for increased throughput.

5G NR NSA mode does not provide as high a level of performance as a 5G NR Standalone (SA) mode (which does not establish a 4G LTE connection). However, 5G NR NSA mode will be prevalent over the coming years as Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) built out their 5G NR networks to support SA data connectivity.

Conducting Our First 5G mmWave Data Call over Verizon’s 5G Network

In February 2020, we completed a 5G mmWave data call over Verizon’s public 5G mmWave network, using Verizon’s Ericsson RAN infrastructure and our EM9190 module at Verizon’s testing facility in New Jersey. The 5G NR NSA mode call was made using LTE band 5 and 5G NR mmWave band n260.

In addition to showing that the EM9190 works on the 5G network of one of the leading MNOs in the world, this successful data transmission sets the stage for Verizon’s future certification of the Sierra Wireless EM9190 module, as well as new IoT products that use this module to connect to Verizon’s 5G mmWave network.

Partnering with Mobile Network Operators, Certification Bodies and Customers on 5G

In addition to passing these milestones, we are engaged in many other testing, certification, and customer integration activities, keeping us on track to announce commercial availability of new 5G IoT solutions in the third quarter of 2020.  Examples of these activities include:

  • Sierra Wireless has been testing its EM9190 module with MNOs other than Verizon in North America, Asia, and Europe, to ensure it will also work on these MNOs’ 5G networks. For example, testing of the EM9190 module has already started at AT&T AVL, AT&T’s vendor lab. These MNOs indicate there is high demand in for 5G products, with the greatest demand for 5G NR Sub-6 GHz products.
  • A first pass at module testing has also been completed with the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB certification bodies.
  • In addition to testing, Sierra Wireless is actively working with MNOs, infrastructure providers, and Qualcomm to implement DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) in our EM9190 module, to ensure this feature is available with the module’s launch. With DSS, MNOs can dynamically allocate some of their 4G LTE spectrum to 5G, helping them expand their 5G coverage.
  • We have worked with more than 20 launch customers to integrate the EM9190 module into their platforms, and then complete successful modem bring-ups on these platforms. All of these platforms use PCIe as the interface between the modem and the host platform. For 5G mmWave applications in particular, PCIe delivers higher data transmission speeds, more stability, and a more reliable signal than USB.

A Module Designed for a 5G Connected Economy

Designed to connect to networks around the world, the EM9190 is a 5G IoT module that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other companies can trust to provide them with fast, low-latency, reliable 5G NR Sub-6 Ghz and mmWave performance.

In addition to supporting 5G NR mmWave in both NSA and SA mode, the Sierra Wireless’s EM9190 module also supports Sub-6 GHz connections in both of these modes. The module is backward compatible with 4G LTE networks, and includes a multi-constellation GNSS receiver, eSIM, and high-speed USB 3.1 and PCIe 3.0 interfaces.

Sierra Wireless’s 5G leadership goes beyond module performance and functionality. Realizing that 5G will send more data across networks, and bring exponentially more devices online, Sierra Wireless has made security one of the foundations of its 5G strategy. Our strategy includes a multi-pronged approach to defense, with multiple security layers that protect the integrity of our modules and other solutions.

In addition, we work closely with our customers to ensure they are taking full advantage of our security technologies to protect their products from malicious actors. Pulling from our deep experience developing secure IoT solutions, we also help educate our customers on the best practices for securing their 5G and other IoT products.

Your Partner for 5G Success

Having already passed many milestones on the path to bringing our new 5G solutions to market, we are working closely with our technology and MNO partners, as well as our customers, to rapidly complete all the other activities necessary to fully commercialize these new solutions.

As 5G applications begin rolling out in five successive waves, OEM business decision makers and designers will be able to use the high performance EM9190 module and our other 5G solutions to develop new Enhanced Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), Mobile Broadband (eMBB), and Ultra-Reliability and Low Latency Communication (URLLC) applications that transform their businesses. We’re focused on enabling our OEM launch customers to be first to market with certified, reliable 5G solutions for IoT markets.

With high-performance 5G IoT solutions you can depend on, and unparalleled IoT connectivity expertise, Start with Sierra if you are considering how to use 5G and the IoT to unlock value in the connected economy.

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