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About Tim Cosgrove

Tim Cosgrove heads two technology companies Co-Star and Cloud-Star who supply 5G and4G LTE connectivity products to the ICT industry globally and are based at Harrogate in the UK. Working at the forefront of the mobile communications industry gives Tim a unique perspective on the latest emerging technologies that help to improve how businesses and people communicate and operate in the future. Tim is keen to share his insights and passion for the latest technologies through the Co-star blog. Please get in touch if you have any technology related news or press releases that you would like us to share.

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E-scooter company introduces sidewalk detection technology

Bird’s sensor fusion solution, designed and developed in partnership with U-blox, is being piloted in Milwaukee and San Diego and will be coming to Madrid and more global cities soon.

Riders who are detected travelling on a sidewalk will receive both audible alerts

Riders who are detected travelling on a sidewalk will receive both audible alerts

Micromobility company Bird has announced it is trialling sidewalk riding prevention technology for its electric scooter fleets in Milwaukee and San Diego with a view to a wider global roll-out next year.

The “smart sidewalk protection” module, which is integrated into Bird’s vehicles, is designed to prevent micromobility devices from being used on city sidewalks and footpaths, or other indications of unsafe operation.

Audible alerts

Riders who are detected travelling on a sidewalk will receive both audible alerts as well as mobile notifications warning them to return to the road. Ignoring the instruction will result in the electric vehicle steadily losing power by removing throttle and being brought to a safe stop.

As cities increasingly look to integrate shared micromobility into their climate action plans that focus on reduced carbon emissions in their communities, technology that helps prevent sidewalk riding has become increasingly important, notes Bird.

But, in a blog post on its website, Bird points out the process of preventing sidewalk riding isn’t easy and requires, among other things:

  • hyper-accurate locations of moving vehicles
  • precise sidewalk measurements
  • immediate enforcement
  • scalability.

“Any proposed solution must be able to work in hundreds of different city environments across the globe and be rolled out with minimal cost and labour while maintaining accuracy over time,” the company writes.

To help tackle these issues, Bird teamed with Swiss communication and positioning technology specialist, U-blox and using Bird’s data, the companies co-developed a version of the ZED-F9R module tailored specifically to meet the needs of the shared micromobility industry.

By combining U-blox’s ZED-F9R high-precision dead reckoning module with centimetre-level sidewalk mapping and Bird’s suite of onboard vehicle sensors, the integrated system effectively and efficiently detects and prevents sidewalk or footpath riding in real time, Bird claims.

“Everything we build at Bird is centred around safety and scalability, [and] sidewalk riding detection is no exception”

Both the co-developed sensor-fusion U-blox module and Bird’s precision sidewalk map data are integrated directly into all its newest e-scooters.

According to Bird, this “key differentiator” means that its smart sidewalk protection system can be implemented at scale without risk of damage caused by weather or vandalism, unlike expensive, externally mounted cameras.

“Everything we build at Bird is centred around safety and scalability, [and] sidewalk riding detection is no exception,” said Scott Rushforth, chief vehicle officer at Bird. “After three years of building, testing and piloting a range of technologies, including but not limited to on board cameras, GPS tracking, ultra-wideband and beacons, we found that each was insufficient with regard to accuracy, precision, immediacy or scalability.”

He added: “Our testing led us to a collaboration with U-blox which resulted in the development of our end-to-end sensor fusion solution that meets our criteria.”

Bird’s sidewalk detection technology is expected to be piloted in Madrid as the first city in EMEA in early 2022, with plans for a broader deployment to additional locations of its fleet in more than 300 cities later the same year.

The ZED-F9R is a dual-band multi-constellation GNSS receiver that supports up to eight times more satellite signal types and four times more constellations (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDou) than standard solutions.

The module processes real-time vehicle data including wheel speed, IMU sensor data including acceleration and spatial orientation, and real-time kinematic data that corrects for ionospheric interference. The technology is also optimised for e-scooters by applying dynamic models matching the movements of the vehicle.

Source: Smart Cities World

Vodafone launches unique IoT offering to accelerate change in the UK water industry

Vodafone launches unique IoT offering to accelerate change in the UK water industry

New IoT management platform frees water companies from being locked in to purchasing equipment from just one supplier.

  • New Vodafone Internet of Things (IoT) offering enables water companies to integrate a wide range of devices and sensors into a single platform.
  • New capability frees water companies from being locked in to purchasing equipment from just one supplier.
  • Solution will make it easier for water companies to reduce wastage and improve efficiency by bringing applications such as smart metering and leak detection together on a single platform.
  • The new capability is delivered through Vodafone’s IoT.nxt platform and follows completion of a project to expand NB-IoT (Narrow Band-IoT) coverage.

Vodafone has launched a new IoT-based technology to help water companies improve monitoring and detection systems, increase efficiency, reduce wastage, and meet regulatory requirements.

One of the major challenges for the water industry is the need to prolong the life of legacy monitoring systems installed over the last 30 years, while becoming more efficient and meeting new targets.

After years of market consolidation, data is often trapped on separate systems that do not talk to each other and often have incompatible technical standards. This has resulted in the water industry facing significant overheads and operational inefficiencies due to the increasing cost of managing disparate technologies that are too expensive and disruptive to replace with modern equivalents.

The new Vodafone solution offers a single data management platform that integrates old and new sensors in one system to dramatically increase operational efficiency. The solution is device and technology agnostic, so it can bring together any device in a network. This means water companies aren’t locked into suppliers and can choose the devices that best meet their needs and those of their customers.

Vodafone gives water companies every element of an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, including devices, connectivity, data management and ongoing service.

  • Devices: Vodafone will procure new devices and sensors, including smart meters and data loggers, as well as integrate existing devices into a single management platform.
  • Connectivity: Vodafone’s NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) coverage now reaches 98% of the UK geography.
  • Data management: There is a single platform that allows the user to manage all devices, both new and legacy, and integrate all data sets. Data from all devices is securely acquired, orchestrated, stored, analysed and visualised.
  • Service: Ongoing advice and collaboration is provided to ensure customers get the greatest value from their IoT deployment, and the quickest possible return on their investment.

SES Water already uses Vodafone IoT to detect water leaks

The technology is simple to deploy and manage, allowing water companies to increase the level of surveillance and telemetry on networks to meet important regulatory and environmental standards, while ensuring greater efficiency and reduced wastage.

Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK, said: “There is growing demand on the UK water companies to increase efficiency and reduce wastage. We’ve worked closely with the water industry to identify a common problem and develop a simple solution.

“The platform has been designed with simplicity in mind – you do not have to be a connectivity expert to benefit from IoT. We are making it as easy as possible to ensure water companies can benefit from cutting-edge technology and connectivity to meet important regulatory and environmental standards.”

Damian Crawford, Head of Smart Networks and Leakage at Stantec, an engineering services company, said: “Vodafone’s smart water proposition is a game-changer for the water industry. While there is ample variety of water network telemetry equipment on the market, Vodafone can be unique in providing the water industry with one full end-to-end secure solution that is device agnostic, removing supplier lock-in and maximising existing assets.

“Vodafone’s innovative solution has set a benchmark for the UK water industry, with the aim to deliver excellent service for water companies and their customers.”

The new solution for the water industry follows the completion of a project to double the amount of NB-IoT sites. For those areas that are not covered by the NB- IoT network today, Vodafone will work with customers to upgrade and add infrastructure on a case-by-case basis. NB-IoT is designed for use cases which require devices with long-life batteries and in locations that might be difficult for traditional mobile connectivity to reach, such as underground water pipes.

Source: Vodafone

Open Data Hub offers a new view of how Glasgow operates

Glasgow City Council has recently launched a newOpen Data Hub to open up access to city data managed by the council and its partners. This data gives a new view on how Glasgow operates as a city.

Open Data Hub to give new view on how Glasgow operates

The hub is a place to access data, to provide tools to enable people to visualise this, and to tell some simple stories around what the data means for the city. The aim is for the hub to also be a place to engage with citizens and other stakeholders around particular themes supported by open data.

The development of the hub helps to deliver on some of the underlying objectives of the current Digital Glasgow Strategy, which sets out Glasgow City Council’s priorities and commitments to developing the city’s digital economy and transforming our public services through the use of digital technology, data and innovation.

The hub is also a focus for empowerment of citizens and stakeholders by opening up access to a wide range of data used by the council and partners to inform decision-making, as well as enabling citizens to explore and understand this data about Glasgow in more accessible ways.

The council is focusing on adding a wide range of data to the hub in future on a whole range of subjects including the environment, transport and movement, the economy, education and government. Some of the new data made available have focused on movement across the city such as cycling and walking and also highlight the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other data demonstrates the impact of the pandemic at a neighbourhood level – for example, recently released open data on cycling in the city centre showed at drop of 20% in cyclists as a result of the lockdowns in Spring and Autumn/winter 2020, with a slow recovery of numbers in 2021. The data is available to explore at the App Gallery where users can analyse cycle data all around the city centre for the past three years.

Our pandemic data release has tracked coronavirus cases across local neighbourhoods daily since March 2020, on the Data Hub  and continues to monitor this in real time. To mark one year of the Covid-19 pandemic, a story was posted onto the hub showing its impact up to that point. Users can explore this and other data stories at the Data Hub.

Newly published data tracks footfall across the city centre – that is, how many people are moving around city streets. This data is important as it allows us to understand how busy the city centre is at any one time such as at weekends, at Christmas, or during events.

It has been particularly valuable during the pandemic to monitor Glasgow’s recovery.  For example, city centre footfall increased as a result of the recent easing of restrictions in late July / early August – there were 5% more people in the city centre during August than in July.  This figure jumped by 86% for late night footfall where the hours of midnight to 4am were compared. More footfall data can be accessed from App Gallery.

Councillor Angus Millar, Chair of the Digital Glasgow Board, said: “The use of data can help us understand our city better, support innovation and drive improvements in the delivery of public services. Glasgow’s Open Data hub offers us – the council and our partners, as well as residents, business and organisations in the city – the chance to take a new and unique look at how Glasgow operates, to see what works well in the city and how it could be improved.

“We want to allow people to engage with the portal to not only gain information on aspects of the city they are interested in, but to help shape decision-making and understand how the delivery of public services can be transformed through the use of data. This is a great resource, and we will be working with communities and partners across the city to build on the content already available on the portal to make sure we can get the most out of the opportunities our Open Data hub can offer the city.”

Source: Glasgow City Council

IoT solution to monitor smart lift performance in Singapore

Transforming scheduled and preventive lift maintenance regimes into digitalised and predictive maintenance, the AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution addresses key challenges in the industry while elevating standards in lift safety and reliability

Lloyds lifts, 01/02/09, Mike's blag

ST Engineering have announced that its non-intrusive AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution will be progressively installed on lifts in Singapore starting this year, in one of the largest scale deployments of a smart lift monitoring solution to date. The solution enables 24/7 remote lift status monitoring and diagnostics, providing centralised, real-time visibility of lift operations across different manufacturer brands, models and locations to the building owner, lift operators and technicians. This enables early anomaly detection, reporting and resolution to enhance operational efficiency, lift safety and reliability.

Co-developed with established lift measurement device manufacturer Henning GmbH & Co. KG (Henning), the cloud-based AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution employs remote diagnostics and edge analytics which is backed by proven smart sensor technology. Brand-agnostic and compatible with most manufacturer brands and models, the plug and play solution eliminates the need to integrate with existing lift systems, allowing quick installation in a flexible and scalable manner that supports multi-tenancy, multi-asset and multi-site management. Additionally, its patented rope sensor technology allows for quick deployment and enables technicians to perform lift rope tensioning accurately and efficiently to optimise rope life.

“Large-scale lift maintenance is both complex and laborious, yet there is little room for error as every lift needs to be maintained at the highest standard for safety. The AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution provides unparalleled transparency of lift performance data which will significantly change the way lifts are being maintained, delivering improved reliability, safety and productivity while alleviating the industry’s manpower issues,” said Yao Shih Jih, Head of Smart Utilities and Infrastructure at ST Engineering. “The AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution is a great example of how our innovations are helping industries digitalise to create new value and seize new possibilities.”

How it works

Smart sensors are installed on the lifts for multi-edge computing and data collection, and undergo sense-making at the secure and unified Internet of Things (IoT) platform. This  generate real-time insights on lift performance and provides predictive analytics of individual lift components for maintenance planning that leads to reduced lift downtime and optimised component service life. These improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs and wastage, leading to more sustainable lift maintenance in the long-term.

Integrated with a mobile application, the AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution provides real-time alerts and incident updates on the go, including remote diagnostics that identify possible causes and provide recommendations for more accurate and quicker diagnoses of lift issues.

The AGIL Smart Lift Monitoring solution is part of the smart city solutions suite comprising smart mobility, smart utilities and infrastructure, and urban environment solutions offered by ST Engineering’s Urban Solutions global business area. With more than 700 smart city projects across 130 cities in its track record, ST Engineering helps cities transform into connected, resilient and sustainable spaces to enhance quality of life for communities all over the world.

Source: ST Engineering

Porsche to revolutionise electric van design in the future

Inner Life – the interior of the future


What can Porsche van drivers expect from the interior of the future?

To shape the future, Porsche designers cross boundaries. They take the best from traditions and origins—the brand essence, the values that have made the company successful. At the same time, they boldly add something new. To do so, they study people and their habits in general and Porsche drivers in particular. “In the past, we used to type our destination into the navigation system before a journey. Today, we prepare the route on our smartphones while sitting on the sofa, and then send it to the car.” For Ivo van Hulten, director of user experience design (UX), the possible has long been taken for granted. At the Weissach Development Center, UX stands for everything you can experience in and with a Porsche. It’s about a desire for convenience, flexibility, and timeliness—condensed into a brand experience.

Together with chief designer Michael Mauer and Markus Auerbach, head of interior design, van Hulten experiments every day with what will meet these needs in a few years’ time. The designers keep their minds fresh with the “first principle thinking” method. In doing so, they move away from familiar analogies and break hypotheses down into their smallest components. They focus not on familiar forms but on functions that might be of interest in the future. They ask themselves what a Porsche could be—and what it could not be. This process provides answers to questions that no one has asked before.

Porsche Vision „Renndienst“ (2018), 2021, Porsche AG
Insight: interior of the Renndienst Study The designers at Style Porsche in Weissach journey far into the future of mobility. They think and design visions for the day after tomorrow in order to derive steps for tomorrow. They ask themselves how far they can expand Porsche’s design language and to which products it could be applied. This is how the Renndienst came into being. A minivan; a family-friendly interior design concept for up to six people. Challenges such as these keep the designers’ world of ideas fresh.


Interior of the future

“We thought about how we could still give a distinctly Porsche flair to a passenger compartment that is so far removed from the classic sports-car interior. And how autonomous driving could be designed,” Mauer explains. The second aspect is certainly worth discussing. After all, sports cars are a symbol of self-determination. “We don’t assume that our customers want to give up using a steering wheel,” says Mauer. But in order to be able to think freely about the future, boundaries must be crossed when carrying out these finger exercises. This, he says, is how the centered driver position of the Renndienst came about. “When I want to drive, I have more cockpit feeling than in any other car. And when I don’t, the driver’s seat can be rotated 180 degrees—with one swivel, it turns to face the other passengers. We worked on materializing these basic ideas for about a year,” the chief designer explains.

Porsche Vision „Renndienst“ (2018), 2021, Porsche AG
Space capsule: the bodywork as a logical consequence of the modular interior.

The overall UX, when it comes to interior design, is dedicated to the digital lifestyle and the relationship between driver, passengers, and vehicle. “In the Taycan, we have shown how much we think ahead,” says forty-three-year-old van Hulten. “Now we were looking at a possible next overall innovation. For this, we thought and worked from the inside out.”

Porsche Vision „Renndienst“ (2018), 2021, Porsche AG
Asymmetry: a privacy screen on the left and a large sliding door on the right.

The side windows are designed asymmetrically. “One side is closed; passengers can retreat there,” explains interior design chief Auerbach. “The other side enjoys a large window bank for an unobstructed view outside. When we close the doors, the interior feels like a protective capsule.” A feeling of security and comfort dominates the modular interior. The passengers in the first row sit offset to the right and left in ergonomically shaped bucket seats. They can enjoy an unobstructed view of the road ahead and of their own dashboard screens. The rear seat headrests are installed in a floating position, which allows a clear view through the rear window. The luxury of adaptable space is made possible by the powertrain: fully electric and hidden in the underbody.

UX as a success factor

Ivo van Hulten deals with the clientele of the future—the smartphone generation. “In the past, the hunger for something new was satisfied with the purchase of the product. Today, many young people are no longer just fascinated by the aesthetics of a product, but by the opportunities it offers them.” The aesthetics of the interior therefore depend on many more factors than just shapes and materials. “The questions are: Is the interior modular enough to adapt to changing circumstances even a few years after purchase? Will I be able to run updates remotely and around the clock?” He is confident of finding answers in the form of a new aesthetic: “We are building on an impressive brand history with the UX department—and are boldly looking far into the future.”

 A sense of space with a soul

The visions on which the specialist departments in Weissach work together are complex because they design spaces where people sit. “Seen from the outside, a Porsche is a sculpture, a work of art. The interior adds another dimension. Cars with an unsatisfactory interior do not survive for long, because no emotional connection can be built with them,” summarizes Auerbach. For the interior designer, it is clear that there will still be switches and buttons in the future: “The balance between analogue and digital control panels is shifting. Nevertheless, haptic buttons in the vehicle cockpit are perfect because you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. However, if one day, as the driver, I have much less to do, that may change too. But we cannot solve everything through optics, because otherwise we lack dimensions.”

Porsche Vision „Renndienst“ (2018), 2021, Porsche AG
Cockpit: flexible center – the central seating position is imbued with symbolism and underscores the self-determination that Porsche sports cars represent. The seat can be swiveled 180 degrees with a flick of the wrist. The cockpit becomes a communication center. Five round instruments are on this journey into the future; this maintains tradition and is part of the brand DNA. Haptic buttons have a raison d’être as well. The screens for the passengers on the right and left can be operated individually or folded away on the dashboard.

Source: Porsche


The Roar of the Crowd


When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, there was a general feeling that it would all be over in six months. Few expected the global shutdown of live events and professional sports. Concert tours were postponed and sports arenas stood empty as the effects of the pandemic rolled on into the year. I had bought tickets to see the My Chemical Romance reunion tour in September 2020, for my son Max’s 18th birthday. But of course, it’s been postponed (twice) and it looks like I’ll be taking him for his 20th birthday instead! Pro sports are starting to open up in many countries, and people like me are itching to go to concerts to see our favorite bands, comedians and theater productions, and be immersed in the collective cheers and applause of the audience again. In the immortal words of the late, great Freddie Mercury, “the show must go on!”

BlueRiver® for Stadiums

Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™), powered by Semtech’s award winning BlueRiver® technology, is changing the way we transport content in Professional Audio/Video (Pro AV), providing software-defined workflows and greater flexibility using standard IP-based infrastructure. In Pro AV verticals, where low latency performance and pristine, artifact-free image quality really matters, SDVoE is the ideal solution for AV distribution over high performance networks. When it comes to live sports and events, it is critical that the fidelity of video content is maintained when shown on the big screens, and the audio remains synchronized, not only with the video on the screen, but to the actual event itself. Keeping latency to a minimum is key to a flawless presentation; avoiding unnecessary processing such as compression will ensure that there is no perceptible delay between what you see live and what’s on the big screen.

Let’s take a look at the AV infrastructure in a typical large venue or sports stadium, illustrated in the diagram below. At the heart of this AV distribution system is a high performance IP network, utilizing standard Ethernet equipment and infrastructure. All AV sources and displays connect to this network via SDVoE endpoints, or through direct integration of the BlueRiver chipset. The SDVoE stadium delivers:

  • Crystal clear live action up to 4K resolution
  • All AV sources throughout the venue, inside and out
  • Near zero latency which means everyone cheers at the same time
  • Configurability to meet the needs of sports, live music and exhibitions
  • Flexibility to support stunning, customized digital signage
  • Simple centralized software management and control via a single application programming interface (API)
  • Centralized AV production
  • Unified advertising and billing systems
  • Integrated security, control and building management

The SDVoE Stadium

The SDVoE™ Stadium

Advanced Digital Signage and Displays

The use of advanced signage and displays is commonplace in today’s stadiums and arenas, whether it be your “center ice” display cluster, where you have multiple high resolution displays showing the game live, scoreboards, player stats, or promotional content in between the action. All these displays can be driven from a centralized production center. If you think about a typical sports game, there’s a live production occurring in parallel, with a dedicated crew who is determining what everyone in the stadium is seeing on each of the displays, not only at center ice, but also on the ribbon displays around the arena.

Of course, playing surface projection is very popular in many sports venues, with the ability to project team logos and player information directly onto the ice surface or basketball court. Most modern stadiums also provide very high quality digital signage around the exterior of the venue. You can watch pregame events outside, in the parking lot or while lining up for tickets before entering the stadium itself. All this is tied into the AV distribution system powered by SDVoE.

Don’t Miss a Thing

Outside the seating area of the main arena, there are concession stands and merchandise kiosks where screens are provided, so you can continue watching the live action while ordering food and drinks. How many of you have experienced the roar of the crowd when a player scores, but the display you’re watching above the concession stand is a few seconds behind the live action? You want to be cheering at the same time as everyone else, and you don’t want to miss a thing while queuing for refreshments! Only an AV system with near-zero transmission latency, such as SDVoE, can deliver this experience.

Many stadiums provide private suites and boxes where you are given access to a variety of AV content; not only the video production of the live game itself, but other games in progress around the league, unique programs advertising upcoming events, even regular TV channels to keep guests entertained during breaks in the live action. Again, all this can be sourced and distributed using the power and flexibility of SDVoE.

In large venues, safety and security of both staff and guests is paramount, especially when attendance can be in the many thousands. By giving security staff access to the high quality live camera feeds throughout the stadium, displayed on state of the art control room displays, emergency response teams can be better directed and informed. The advanced multiview processing feature of BlueRiver provides display systems the ability to show many video feeds, placed in custom layouts on a single display.

Why Live Events Need SDVoE™

The key features of SDVoE that are critical for high performance AV distribution systems in stadiums and for live events are:

  • Low latency: essential for lip sync and audience reaction at live events. There’s nothing more annoying at a concert when the big screens at the side of the stage are not in sync with the music. It can be very off putting to hear an amazing drum solo but see the drum sticks hit the drums a second after hearing it.
  • Lossless video performance: large venue displays are getting bigger, with higher and higher resolutions up to 4K. With the size of displays used for stadiums and live events, it is essential to maintain the fidelity of a high quality source when scaled up to the size of these displays. Distribution systems that need to employ video compression will introduce artifacts that will be very noticeable (and objectionable) when blown up on the big screen.
  • Fiber transmission medium: optical fiber is the only way to distribute AV over IP in stadium-scale installations. Fiber is critical to meeting the transmission distances in a distributed AV over IP system which benefit from a centralized source equipment room that may be kilometers of cable distance away from the remote displays.
  • Leveraging existing infrastructure: many large venues and sports arenas are pre-wired with optical fiber cabling, which is typically provisioned for broadcast signal distribution, where the broadcast team rolls up to the venue and hooks in to this fiber network. This same fiber network can be utilized for SDVoE, so when event crews using SDVoE-based equipment arrive at the venue, they simply plug directly into the stadiums AV network and take advantage of all the displays within the venue, saving time and rental costs.

SDVoE is the only fully interoperable AV over IP standard that delivers pristine visually lossless image quality, up to 4K resolution, with imperceptible latency. Join the growing team of SDVoE adopters today and reap the benefits of a rapidly expanding ecosystem of products and services that enable the next generation of AV distribution systems for stadiums.

The Roar of the Crowd

As lockdown restrictions ease, many will feel the need to gather and experience that sense of community that can only be derived from cheering for our favorite sports team, or pumping our fists into the air collectively to the musicians—who need our support more than ever. At the same time, providers of Pro AV systems for live events are poised to take our entertainment to another level, with ever more sophisticated displays, sound systems and lighting displays, and SDVoE as the backbone of their AV distribution solution.

You can learn more about the power and flexibility of BlueRiver solutions for SDVoE in the webinar, “BlueRiver ASIC: Enabling a New Class of SDVoE Products,” and why key Pro AV verticals such as entertainment and live events require the power and flexibility of SDVoE in the “Spotlight on Key Verticals for BlueRiver” webinar.

Source: Semtech

Ericsson and John Deere partner to boost 5G innovation in agribusiness

Ericsson Brazil and John Deere have established a partnership agreement to research and develop technological innovation using 5G technology to boost new agribusiness revenue.

The agreement enables the companies to work together to develop solutions focused on 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) to identify and solve issues in the sector through connectivity.

Ericsson and John Deere R&D and innovation centers will apply IoT Mobile ecosystem technologies such as Narrowband IoT (NB-loT) and Cat-M1 to drive agribusiness solutions based on 3GPP standards.

The proofs of concept will initially be jointly developed at John Deere’s Central Office for Latin America, in Indaiatuba (Sao Paulo), and John Deere’s Center of Agriculture and Precision and Innovation (CAPI) in Campinas, where 5G equipment will be installed. The agreement includes equipping John Deere’s factories with fifth-generation equipment to contribute to the journey of digital transformation and immersion in 5.0 agriculture.

5G will bring greater efficiency in the use of spectrum and lower energy consumption in comparison with 3G and 4G LTE. According to the Ericsson 5G Business Potential study, the agriculture sector has the potential to make U$ 9,6 billion by 2030, with U$ 1,9 billion in additional earnings boosted by 5G.

Murilo Barbosa, Business Vice-President for Southern Latin America, Ericsson, says: “It’s essential to understand agribusiness as a complex and plural value chain, from farm to table, to ports and cars, which employs millions of Brazilians, contributing with almost 25 percent of Brazil’s GDP. The entire agribusiness ecosystem, from 5G onward, can make the country even more productive than it already is. 5G technology will play a key role in this new cycle of innovation and we are delighted to be able to move forward in this direction in partnership with John Deere.”

Rodrigo Bonato, director of the Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) at John Deere Latin America, says:

“We are democratizing the use of connectivity in rural areas and providing cost-free solutions for the farmer, who from now on will produce in an increasingly efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. Connectivity unlocks all the potential and innovation available in the field, also benefiting other sectors of society, from Telemedicine to E-learning, for example. Not to mention that technology still attracts more and younger people back to the countryside, promoting job creation and entrepreneurship.”

Source: Ericsson

Seoul’s public Internet of Things (IoT) network will be “in every corner of the city” by 2023

seoul-mathew-schwartz-01hH6y7oZFk-unsplashSeoul’s public Internet of Things (IoT) network will be “in every corner of the city” by 2023, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) said this week.

The 421 km long-range (LoRa) network will be established this year, with 1,000 base stations installed at public facilities such as community centres by 2023. SMG is also setting up an operations platform at city hall which will work as the central command centre to oversee data collection and distribution and the real-time management of the network.

Once the network rolls out, IoT services that were provided through existing mobile networks will be offered over the public network, reducing data fees. SMG said the network will enable services such as smart meters, fire detection, and remote monitoring for older residents who live alone to be implemented more widely.

The IoT network is part of Seoul’s larger plan to increase connectivity offerings, including deploying free public Wi-Fi throughout the city.


IoT sensors will collect data related to areas including transportation, safety and the environment to be used for trend analysis and to deliver new services. The data will be transmissible between Seoul’s 25 district offices and will also be made available for start-ups and research institutions to spur innovation.

Lee Weon-Mok, Director General of Seoul’s Smart City Policy Bureau, said: “We are expecting a considerable increase in object-to-object communications as well as people-to-people communications in the future. In this regard, the S-Net will serve as a core infrastructure connecting the whole IoT network in Seoul.”

Test IoT services will be launched in three districts — Eunpyeong, Guro and Seocho — this year, including safety management for dangerous facilities, smart lighting and fine dust monitoring.

Seoul also recently announced plans to use IoT data and blockchain to continuously monitor older buildings to detect potential safety issues automatically.

IoT growth

IDC predicts that by 2025 there will be 55.7 billion connected devices worldwide. Other cities are also taking steps to gear up for this growth. New York City, for example, launched an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy covering issues such as governance, privacy, security, equity, sustainability and public engagement.

Source: Sarah Wray. Cities Today

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