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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

New U-Linc IoT device protocol could transform hotel stays

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U-Linc, a new Internet of Things (IoT) device protocol which has been developed at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, could dramatically improve the experience of staying at a hotel.

One of the key challenges with smart home applications and similar smart device implementations, such as those which could be used in hotels, is that users typically need a different app for each type of technology – e.g. lighting, heating, security, etc., and this leads to a disjointed customer experience.

U-Linc,  a next-generation protocol likened to Bluetooth, allows users to access and control numerous IoT devices from different manufacturers via one interface. When users decide to operate an IoT device via U-Linc, a branded interface is created for that device. Device manufacturers retain control over the customisation.

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “We are proud that U-Linc was developed here at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre. U-Linc is indicative of the forward and enterprising thinking that we encourage our researchers to adopt.  We are excited to see how this product develops in the years to come.”

Hotel of the future

U-Linc’s creators believe the protocol could have applications in a number of industries, including hospitality, potentially enabling hotels to offer unique experiences for each guest as well as the ability to better manage guest access to hotel rooms, areas and facilities.

A number of hotel chains are eyeing the opportunities offered by the IoT. Late last year, Hilton announced its Connected Room concept, noting that the ‘mobile-centric hotel room’ idea was based on the fact that hotel guests have limited time in their rooms. The experience should be seamless and they don’t have time to learn a lot of new technology each time they check in.

Marriott has also launched the IoT Guestroom Lab to explore the hotel room of the future, including responsive IoT systems to personalise the experience and streamline operations.

User-friendly IoT

SAS predicts that the IoT will be worth £81 billion in the UK alone by 2022. As new devices come onto the market and more areas of life become connected, the need for a user-friendly interface will increase. A protocol such as U-Linc could also have applications in retail, smart cities, industrial settings and connected cars.

U-Linc can be used via a software licence or provided embedded within a chip.

Source: Sarah Wray-5g.co.uk

Düsseldorf Airport: Ready for takeoff with smart sensor technology

Deutsche Telekom: Düsseldorf Airport: Ready for takeoff with smart sensor technology

  • Internet of Things (IoT) by Deutsche Telekom supports smooth flight operations.
  • Access road to central tank farm equipped with smart sensor technology.
  • Networking of transport infrastructure is growing in importance.
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Düsseldorf Airport is one of the most important German hubs in international air traffic. In future, digital processes will play a role in successfully handling its more than 24 million passengers annually. Intact, reliable traffic routes and the construction infrastructure form the foundation of these processes. The airport has teamed with Deutsche Telekom and its partner BS2 Sicherheitssysteme to develop a digital monitoring solution for bridges, tunnels, buildings, and other infrastructure objects made of concrete.

Bridge transmits over the IoT

The access road to the airport’s tank farm is a neuralgic point for smooth flight operations. A bridge provides the sole access route to the farm. More than 120 fuel tank trucks, carrying 30,000 liters of kerosene each, commute daily over this stretch of road between runway and container tanks. This enormous load causes material fatigue in the long term. In the future, sensors and the Internet of Things will identify impending damage, preventing bottlenecks in supplying kerosene to the aircraft. 50 sensors in the road surface and bridge copings measure temperature, humidity, and corrosion. This sensor data can help identify critical conditions or irreparable damage to the concrete structures. The renovation measures can be extensive. The data is exchanged over Deutsche Telekom’s machinery and sensor network (Narrowband-IoT) nearly in real time.

The transportation infrastructure is getting smart

“Previously, material samples were needed to gain information about a building’s condition – a complex method that usually involved destruction,” says Michael Hohenecker, Head of Data Management and Building Inspection at Real Estate Management, Düsseldorf Airport. “We have a bottleneck here at the central tank farm. The digital solution protects us against unforeseeable damage to the access road and the disruptions to tank usage that it would entail.”

Other roads around the Düsseldorf Airport are also being equipped with sensors, step by step. The installed sensors have a lifetime of up to 70 years. They can be installed quickly and easily in new construction products or retrofitted in existing concrete structures.

“Düsseldorf Airport is one of the pioneers in Germany that is using IoT technology for its road constructions at the airport,“ says Ingo Hofacker, responsible for IoT business at Deutsche Telekom. “Networking of transport infrastructure is growing in importance. The new network of equipment and sensors is an ideal foundation for data transmission.”

Sensible Sensors – intelligent bridges: IoT live to see at Düsseldorf airport

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Another place where sensors from BS2 Sicherheitssysteme are being deployed is the Köln-Ost junction, where Germany’s Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is testing the sensors on their Cologne test grounds, together with Deutsche Telekom’s equipment and sensor network. BS2 Sicherheitssysteme was born in hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom’s startup incubator.

Due to the special properties of the narrowband technology for the Internet of Things (Narrowband IoT), it is an enabler for the IoT. Deutsche Telekom is driving its expansion in Germany, Europe, and North America.

Source: Deutsche Telekom

UK market leader delivers rooftop media screens to London cabs

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Brightmove Media (www.brightmovemedia.com) is the UK market leader in real-time digital moving media. Formed in 2013, the organisation has broken new ground by becoming the first Transport for London (TFL) regulated service to deliver rooftop media screens onto London cabs. As a technology media platform, Brightmove has integrated in-built intelligence triggers enabling the dispersal of messages that are geo-targeted, time sensitive, dynamic and highly flexible. This is particularly important for Brightmove’s two main audiences – advertisers who can now utilise a vibrant and far-reaching medium with reduced wastage and improved ROI, and Transport for London, who have exclusive rights to the enabled taxis for public messaging.

The technology behind Brightmove Media is also ahead of the industry curve. Each system uses a private and secure link via 3G cellular networks to stay in constant contact with the centralised media platform that can push out new or updated content in real-time. The system also maintains location awareness via GPS, allowing advertisers to tailor their campaigns and messaging to specific geographic locations.

The design and development has been fully executed in house by BrightMove’s team, giving the organisation opportunity to blend expertise with experience and produce a reliable product that is both innovative yet simple to install, operate and manage. By working closely with the regulator, Brightmove helped develop a high benchmark of technical, operational and safety requirements, helping to set the industry standard going forward.

Source: Brightmove Media

Atos becomes official IoT partner for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

  • The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC) to implement the first mass-rollout of Atos Codex Connected Cooler solution
  • A significant number of coolers to be connected globally, with Coca-Cola HBC leading the way
  • This is the first application of Atos Codex for Retail – the Atos service for a fully connected ecosystem in the Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods markets

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces a new multi-national contract with the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC), one of the world’s largest bottlers for The Coca-Cola Company with operations in 28 countries in Europe, Russia & Nigeria serving approximately 595 million consumers. Under the new contract, Atos will provide end-to-end IoT services for the Coca-Cola HBC Connected Cooler program. The program delivers valuable insight into consumer behavior and retail performance while helping to improve operational efficiency and increase sales revenue.

Turning Connected Cooler data into valuable business insights

Connecting assets, such as in-market cooler placement, is a cornerstone of The Coca-Cola System’s digital business enabling strategy. Coca-Cola HBC, with investment in a fleet of 1.6 million coolers in operation, is leading the way. Coca-Cola HBC is partnering with Atos to rollout the Atos Codex Connected Cooler solution and will have the first 300,000 coolers connected by the end of 2018. This solution will enable Coca-Cola HBC to access huge amounts of point of sale data, including: in store cooler placement and availability, temperature, stock-level, product placement, customer behavior and trends. This end-to-end solution will enable Coca-Cola HBC to connect, collect and manage data from connected coolers across the 28 countries where Coca-Cola Hellenic operates.

Smart coolers also enable proximity interaction with the use of mobile apps, enabling Coca-Cola HBC to engage with customers in real-time. This provides an added value with customized offers and near-me promotions, turning digital engagement into increased product sales.

Atos Codex Connected Cooler is an IoT solution. Using either existing cooler sensors or fitting new ones, the solution establishes secure network connections to a cloud-based IoT platform over which the data can be processed and analyzed. Atos is managing the entire project using Atos Codex IoT technologies and through long-lasting partnerships including those with Microsoft and the domain expert, eBest IoT. The Connected Cooler solution provides flexible, scalable, and secure end-to-end support.

Alain Brouhard, Group Business Solutions & Systems Director and CIO at Coca-Cola Hellenic HBCcomments “By connecting the coolers we are starting our journey towards digitizing the marketplace and establishing a connected environment with our customers and shoppers. Such an environment will allow us to accelerate time-to-market and increase operational efficiency, while at the same time gaining more insightful market analytics to engage better with our consumers.

Peter Pluim, Executive Vice President, Infrastructure and Data Management at Atos says “Using Smart coolers is the first step in this journey towards a fully connected ecosystem. This end-to-end solution will not only enable Coca-Cola HBC to easily manage the data from millions of connected coolers, but also be the foundation in turning  more assets such as shelves and vending machines into IoT devices. In addition, these connected assets will become an important touchpoint for consumer engagement.”

Atos has been working with Coca-Cola HBC for more than 15 years as a strategic IT partner in developing and managing its key IT solutions. Atos is a recognized leader in the IoT market and was recently named as a Leader by the global research and analyst firm NelsonHall in the 2017 NEAT analysis on Internet of Things (IoT) Services.

Source: Atos

Vodafone to Help Sanku-Project Healthy Children Reach 100 Million People Across Africa in the Fight Against Malnutrition

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Vodafone today announced it is working with Sanku-Project Healthy Children (Sanku-PHC) to equip small flour mills in Africa with Internet of Things (IoT) services to provide fortified flour to millions of people.

Two billion people around the world suffer from micronutrient malnutrition. Fortified flour battles against hidden hunger in developing countries, which includes pervasive issues of nutrition deficiency such as birth defects, child development issues, and blindness.

Sanku-PHC is bringing real-time, data-driven insights to 3,000 small scale flour mills over the next four years, with Vodafone’s global IoT SIM and USB Connect technology helping to significantly scale the programme and improve its efficiency. Sanku-PHC has created a first-of-its-kind technology – the ‘dosifier’ – which enables small African flour mills in rural areas to fortify flour with key nutrients during the milling process, in a way that is sustainable and cost-effective.

In the past, one Sanku worker could only monitor 25 mills, which would fortify flour to feed 125,000 people. Vodafone’s IoT SIM now connects the same worker to 100 mills, which will fortify flour for 500,000 people. The Sanku worker receives alerts remotely and in real-time when the mills run out of fortified flour or require maintenance.

“Our dosifier has been incredibly successful to date, bringing fortified flour to communities in need across the developing world,” said Sanku-PHC Co-founding President and CEO Felix Brooks-church. “Vodafone’s IoT technology gives us the ability to significantly optimise and scale operations. Sanku-PHC currently helps provide fortified flour to around one million people and, with this new IoT connection, we are on a path to reach 100 million people by 2025. ”

As a result of the partnership with Vodafone:

• Sanku-PHC dosifiers now have reliable, secure connectivity with Vodafone’s IoT SIM. Vodafone’s in-country roaming reaches the most remote areas, allowing access to up-to-the-minute information on maintenance, power supply and machine tracking via GPS;

• Sanku-PHC can accurately monitor fortification levels to ensure communities are receiving the benefits of fortified flour; and

• Vodafone’s M-Pesa mobile money service is being used to enable millers to securely make and receive payments on their smartphones, further improving Sanku-PHC ability to scale.

Vodafone and Sanku-PHC are rolling out Vodafone’s global IoT SIM and USB Connect technology to local flour mills in Tanzania and Rwanda, and will continue to implement the technology across Eastern and Southern Africa.

Source: Vodafone

Ayla Networks Adds Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Support to its IoT Platform

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Ayla’s Device Connectivity and Management Expertise Plus GCP’s Application Enablement Strength Provide a Powerful Option for IoT Product Companies

Ayla Networks, whose Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS) delivers industry-leading device virtualization and management, announced today that it will integrate its IoT platform device connectivity and management technologies to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), delivering a powerful end-to-end IoT solution that enables rapid time to market and business value for companies launching connected products.

“We are excited to work with Ayla to provide companies with the resources needed to succeed when developing connected products,” said Antony Passemard, head of product management for Google Cloud IoT. “Combined with the power of GCP, Ayla’s technology will enable more companies to tap directly into Google Cloud’s renowned application enablement, AI, machine learning and data analytics capabilities to deliver the outcomes that meet their business needs.”

Ayla Solution on GCP Represents a New Option for Companies

Adding access to GCP services strengthens Ayla’s complete connectivity, device management and application enablement solution. Through the combined strengths of GCP and Ayla technologies, companies can:

  • Achieve fast time to market by taking advantage of Ayla’s broad connectivity options and user-friendly device virtualization and management features.
  • Scale connected device deployments securely and with high reliability.
  • Attain rapid time to business value by leveraging Ayla’s flexible data pipeline along with GCP’s powerful application enablement options, both native and partner-based.

“Success in IoT starts with the ability to virtualize any physical device and rapidly connect it with other digital services and virtualized devices,” said David Friedman, CEO of Ayla Networks. “Then, the real value of IoT happens when the data from interconnected devices can be ingested into applications and services able to transform the data in ways that support better decisions and drive business outcomes.”

By integrating with GCP, Ayla will give companies a powerful new option for unlocking the value contained within their connected-device data. The Ayla IoT platform running on GCP is in beta testing with selected customers and expected to be generally available in Q4 2018.

About Ayla Networks

Ayla Networks, a leading provider of digital twinning, device management and application enablement for the Internet of Things (IoT), enables the world’s largest companies to connect and ingest data from nearly any sensor, system and cloud. By leveraging Ayla’s Agile IoT™ platform, customers are able to quickly productize future-proofed, connected products, while making device data usable for ongoing analytic insights and support for advanced business applications. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.

Source: Ayla Networks

Sierra Wireless launches next-generation mangOH Open Source Platform to accelerate Industrial IoT

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Sierra Wireless , the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today released alpha samples of its next-generation mangOH® open source hardware platform, inviting the IoT developer community to influence the final product. mangOH Yellow, a “super sensor” for connected IoT, allows developers to measure and monitor virtually anything, with all of the interoperable building blocks needed to rapidly develop and productize low-power Industrial IoT applications.

The award-winning mangOH platform helps developers address many of the challenges that limit their ability to quickly and cost-effectively bring connected cellular LPWA (Cat-M1/LTE-M and NB-IoT) and 2G/3G/4G products to market. mangOH’s open source model, industrial-grade components and extensive ecosystem enable businesses to reduce time to market for Industrial IoT applications by up to one year and cut development costs in half.

“Whether you’re developing IoT applications for a startup or a Fortune 500 company, mangOH gives you a head start to a minimum viable product, right out of the box,” said Ashish Syal, Chief Engineer and mangOH Founder, Sierra Wireless. “Building on the success of mangOH Red and Green, we’re excited to release mangOH Yellow and give the IoT developer community the opportunity to influence the final product.”

Smaller and lighter, mangOH Yellow is targeted at IoT applications where compactness and low-power consumption are essential. The size and mechanical design will allow developers to build standalone and extremely compact proof-of-concepts/prototypes or to incorporate it into existing systems for instant IoT connectivity. Existing mangOH Red and Green and applications developed using the Legato™ open source Linux platform can be easily ported to mangOH Yellow. In addition to cellular connectivity, mangOH Yellow features built-in Bluetooth Mesh and BLE 5, as well as Wi-Fi and NFC. It also includes 14 advanced sensors and actuators on board in an ultra-low-power architecture for long-lasting, mobile, battery-powered applications. mangOH Yellow provides ultimate flexibility and functionality with an IoT connector slot to leverage the more than 15 IoT cards built by members of the collaborative mangOH ecosystem, which are available today.

Sierra Wireless also announced that Jabil, a provider of design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services, has joined the extensive mangOH ecosystem. Jabil is the lead manufacturing partner for mangOH Red and the next-generation mangOH Yellow.

“mangOH is creating a disruptive opportunity in the IoT space for companies to innovate, and Jabil is pleased to join the ecosystem to help mangOH users cost-effectively take their prototypes to market,” said Rafael Renno, Senior Business Unit Director, Jabil. “We’re not only manufacturing mangOH, we’re also working with several large customers to develop new industrial use cases based on mangOH Red that will revolutionize industries.”

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Battle of the IoT networks: Cellular versus Wi-Fi – IoT Agenda

When it comes to the internet of things, perhaps the key enabling technology is wireless networking technologies. Without the two primary wireless data networking technologies — cellular and Wi-Fi — almost every IoT device would require a wired connection to the internet, dramatically limiting the ability of developers to create IoT applications that deliver value to businesses and consumers.

However, thanks to these two wireless networking technologies, IoT is big and getting bigger — research firm Gartner forecasted that in 2017, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide, with this number reaching 20.4 billion by 2020. With as many as 10 billion additional connected devices forecast to be deployed over the next three years, IoT application developers face an important question as the market continues to mature — given each technology’s bandwidth, cost, coverage and security characteristics, should they design their IoT applications to use cellular, Wi-Fi or both?

Coverage

While the differences between Wi-Fi and cellular in terms of bandwidth and cost have been narrowing or disappearing, cellular is expanding on its coverage advantages. By definition, Wi-Fi is a local area network (LAN) which provides great coverage in a very limited area. Yet, the moment a connected device leaves that area, coverage is lost, which results in significant design limitations for IoT application developers. On the other hand, cellular data coverage today is extensive and growing, as wireless network operators compete with each other to offer better coverage to their customers. In addition, standard low-power wide-area (LPWA) cellular IoT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IoT) provide deeper coverage than traditional cellular technologies, expanding cellular connectivity to underground spaces, buildings and rural environments. While LPWA is new, it is rapidly being embraced by network operators, as upgrading 4G LTE infrastructure to support LPWA only requires a simple software update. For developers who want to deploy IoT applications around the world or to remote, underground or similar hard-to-reach locations, cellular provides clear advantages — advantages that will only grow over the coming years.

Security

When evaluating the security differences between Wi-Fi and cellular, one must always remember that no network can ever be made 100% secure. Nonetheless, cellular does possess several security advantages over Wi-Fi. First, all cellular data is encrypted by default. Wi-Fi data can be encrypted, but this encryption has to be turned on. This introduces human error into the Wi-Fi security equation, and as seen in recent cybersecurity attacks, such human-error related vulnerabilities can and will be exploited by cybercriminals. In addition, cellular security updates are made by network operators who have dedicated cybersecurity staff in place and very strong financial and reputational incentives to ensure such updates are made as quickly as possible. However, Wi-Fi depends on individual Wi-Fi network owners to make security updates, and it is easy for individual Wi-Fi network owners to delay or overlook these updates. The problem with overlooking such updates was recently demonstrated by the Key Reinstallation AttaCK, aka KRACK, on the key exchange handshakes used in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocols. Another security issue with Wi-Fi is cybercriminals can create “fake” Wi-Fi networks that unsuspected device owners connect to, allowing these criminals to hack into these owners’ devices. While creating fake cellular networks is theoretically possible, cellular’s built-in security advantages, as well as size and scale of network operators, make the creation of similar fake cellular networks much more difficult. As cyberattacks continue to increase, cellular’s security advantages give it a leg up on Wi-Fi for developers building applications where security is a key design consideration.

Bandwidth

For years, Wi-Fi had a significant advantage in bandwidth over cellular, with older 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technologies offering speeds up to 450 megabits per second and the newer 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology offering speed up to 1.3 gigabits per second (Gbps). However, cellular technologies based on the 4G LTE standard are now as fast as 1 Gbps, making cellular bandwidth comparable with Wi-Fi. In addition, while new Wi-Fi technologies based on the 802.11ax standard promise speeds of up to 10 Gbps, new cellular technologies using the 5G standard will offer similar speeds. With cellular now able to come close, if not match, Wi-Fi in regard to bandwidth, when it comes to video and other high-bandwidth IoT applications, there is little to no difference between the two technologies on speed.

Security, bandwidth and coverage are not the only capabilities developers need to consider when deciding whether they their IoT applications should use cellular, Wi-Fi or both, but they might be the most important. In terms of cost and bandwidth, cellular has in recent years caught up to Wi-Fi, and today Wi-Fi’s advantages in these areas are minimal or non-existent. However, when it comes to coverage and security, cellular has significant advantages over Wi-Fi, advantages that it will build on over the coming years.

Despite these advantages, Wi-Fi is not going away anytime soon. Wi-Fi has a strong established base in most households, and the fact there are no additional costs to connect multiple devices to a Wi-Fi network means that Wi-Fi will likely continue to be used for many consumer and smart home IoT applications over the coming years. In addition, with costs coming down for both technologies, building IoT applications that support both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity is an increasingly attractive option for developers looking to cover all their bases and differentiate their consumer versus enterprise-level services. However, with cellular increasingly equal to or better than Wi-Fi in terms of bandwidth, cost, coverage and security, many developers who previously might have only considered Wi-Fi for their IoT applications are likely to be looking at, if not switching to, cellular over the coming years.

Source: Philippe Guillemette Sierra Wireless – IoT Agenda

The ContiConnect™ smart tyre monitor helps prevent cost-intensive tyre-related breakdowns

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Continental is helping to make the world’s roads safer with Vodafone’s support through the new digital tyre monitoring platform, ContiConnect. The companies are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect commercial vehicle fleets to the digital tyre monitoring platform to improve road safety and vehicle efficiencies. ContiConnect is currently deployed in US, Canada, Malaysia and Thailand with the rest of the world to follow.

ContiConnect communicates tyre temperature and pressure data to a central web portal via the wireless network, allowing fleet managers to continuously monitor the data for their entire fleet. If low temperature or high pressure data are reported the system automatically sends an alert to the driver and the central fleet manager, providing recommendations on resolving the issue.

The new platform helps prevent expensive tyre-related breakdowns and accidents affecting commercial fleets, and maximises vehicle uptime. The Vodafone mobile communications network transmits the data securely, reliably in real-time to destinations around the world.

Continental‘s Commercial Tyre Division Digital Solutions Manager Michael Neuheisel, said: “ContiConnect provides commercial vehicle fleet operators such as haulage, bus or construction companies with greater transparency in their fleet management activities and allows them to digitally monitor their vehicles’ tyres in real-time. The recorded data helps fleet managers to maximise vehicle uptime and reduce maintenance costs and fuel.”

Vodafone’s IoT Director Stefano Gestaut said: “This is a great example of how IoT can make real world differences in so many unexpected places. This ensures that truck drivers experience fewer tyre-related breakdowns and accidents – making the roads a safer place to be for every vehicle user.”

Special Continental sensors continuously monitor tyre pressure and temperature data and transmit it to a receiver unit. The receiver unit then transmits the data in real-time to the Continental server where a software program analyses it. If any of the values are critical, ContiConnect sends an alert so that the fleet manager can take action.

In the ecological fast lane

ContiConnect is putting commercial vehicles in the ecological fast lane. The regular data streams that are sent to the fleet managers help them to plan tyre changes and maintenance far more efficiently, improving the operational performance and lifespan of the tyres. Tyre pressure monitoring also contributes to protecting the environment because tyres that are operated at optimum pressure save fuel and reduce commercial vehicles’ CO2 output. For example, a tyre operating at just 80% pressure uses around 0.9 litres more fuel for every 100 kilometres driven. Over an average distance covered of 120,000 kilometres per year, that’s 1,080 litres more fuel consumed for each tyre. So in addition to the environmental benefits, ContiConnect also improves commercial fleet profitability.

Global flexibility in the Internet of Things

The system transmits data by SMS or e-mail, so the driver doesn’t need to have a display unit in the cockpit. And the global Vodafone network ensures that fleet managers have real-time data on all their vehicles that are out on the road.

Source: Vodafone