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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

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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

Rogers Launches Solution for Private Cellular Networks with Cradlepoint

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Provides end-to-end control of large enterprise networks with reliable connectivity and coverage in a secure environment

Over the next decade, the number of wireless private networks will double to 14 million globally1, driving $2 Trillion in Gross Domestic Productivity2

Rogers for Business have announced the launch of a managed solution for Wireless Private Networks (WPN) that provides large businesses with a dedicated on-site wireless network platform to securely connect devices to their network, prioritize network traffic, control sensitive data, and run business applications.

This scalable managed solution delivers high performance with low latency and is suited for businesses in industries including mining, oil and gas, utilities and manufacturing. For example, manufacturers can now connect more sensors, machines, and devices through a single private network, resulting in end-to-end visibility from product order through shipment and delivery.

“With Canadian businesses on the lookout for the next competitive edge, Wireless Private Networks offer an agile solution that provides reliable and secure network connectivity over large, multi-site areas,” said Dean Prevost, President, Connected Home and Rogers for Business. “Rogers for Business is proud to partner with technology leaders including Ericsson, Expeto, and Cradlepoint to launch this new ‘Enterprise First’ service to business customers.”

As businesses across Canada look to improve and transform their digital capabilities, Wireless Private Networks are a cost-effective and reliable managed network solution for securely connecting employee devices and SIMs – from smartphones and the Internet of Things (IoT) to autonomous vehicles and robotics.

“We are excited to partner with Rogers and provide the Expeto Enterprise First NeXtworking(TM) platform as a foundation for the WPN solution,” said Michael Anderson, CEO, Expeto. “The WPN solution seamlessly integrates with existing IT systems and provides business customers with the confidence of end-to-end security and control of their network and data. With this industry-first breakthrough, Rogers once again is providing the innovation that will help its customers drive more competitive advantage and meaningful business outcomes for Canadian businesses investing in digital transformation and industry 4.0 initiatives.”

“Cradlepoint private network edge router solutions play a critical role in helping to deliver an enterprise IT experience,” says Jason Falovo, Vice President and General Manager, Cradlepoint Canada. “Business customers want all the benefits that private cellular network solutions uniquely provide, but they don’t want to give up on visibility, security and control as well as interoperability with their existing WAN infrastructures. This is what Cradlepoint and our NetCloud Service delivers along with the Rogers Wireless Private Network partners Ericsson and Expeto.”

“Enterprises see the enormous potential of wireless private networks to provide the agility, flexibility, security and scale they need to drive real transformation and innovation in their businesses,” said David Everingham, Chief Technology Officer with Ericsson Canada. “By leveraging a trusted managed solution, companies can continue focusing on their core business and not be heavily burdened by having to maintain the infrastructure for a wireless private network.”

Rogers for Business is committed to offering the latest in innovation to Canadian businesses as they work through their digital transformation. While WPN can be deployed on any generation of mobile network technology, it sets the stage for businesses to adopt 5G technology and massively increases the number of devices that can be connected to a private network in real-time for applications such as autonomous mining.

To learn more about the Rogers for Business Wireless Private Network managed solution, visit rogers.com/business/iot/connectivity

[1] Deloitte Insights, Private 5G networks: Enterprise untethered

[2] McKinsey Global Institute, Connected World

Source: Rogers

Aquamonitrix Revolutionizes Water Quality Monitoring With Sierra Wireless Octave Edge-to-Cloud IoT Solution

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Octave all-in-one solution enables company to launch in less than five months a ground-breaking water quality analyzer for accurate, real-time information
Sierra Wireless, a world leading IoT solutions provider, today announced that Aquamonitrix® is using Sierra Wireless Octave™, the all-in one edge-to-cloud solution for connecting industrial assets to the cloud, to enable its ground-breaking water quality analyzer to provide accurate, real-time information on nitrate and nitrite levels in fresh and effluent water.

Octave Provides Real-Time Continuous Information, Speeds Time-to-Market, and Reduces Costs

Working in conjunction with Sierra Wireless and Sierra Wireless’ partner Linkwave Technologies, Aquamonitrix Ltd – backed by the resources of its parent company T.E. Laboratories (TelLab), – has been able to use Octave to develop a new remote monitoring IoT application that enables water managers to react immediately to nitrate-related pollution events, helping them to avoid fines, environmental damage, and reputation loss. The application also allows for near-continuous monitoring, so that episodic pollution events need no longer go undetected. Users can gather sufficient data to better model and understand nitrate/nitrite sources and treatment dynamics, enabling them to arrive at evidence-based, optimized solutions.

“Octave’s innovative technology helps us capture critical data on water quality every few seconds. By getting up-to-date information on water quality, management can make data-driven decisions and ensure regulatory compliance,” said Alan Staunton, New Product Development Lead, Aquamonitrix. “Moreover, Octave’s efficient power consumption allows longer deployment periods, diminishing maintenance needs, and provides an integrated monitoring solution that is cost-effective.”

By using Octave, engineers at Aquamonitrix did not have to build any IoT infrastructure from scratch and were able to launch the remote monitoring IoT application in less than five months at a predictable cost.

“Being a complete solution, Octave provides not just the edge devices that extract data from the Aquamonitrix sensors, but also cellular connectivity and cloud actions that securely transmit sensor data over low power cellular networks to Aquamonitrix cloud applications,” said Olivier Pauzet, Vice President Product & IoT Solutions, Sierra Wireless.

“Octave enables secured connections from edge devices to any cloud provider or cloud-based application such as Azure Power BI. It also allows companies to simplify their development and de-risk their deployment so that they can focus on their data and creating innovative IoT applications,” said Andrew Newton, CEO, Linkwave Technologies.

Remote Monitoring IoT Application Delivers the Benefits of Real-Time Data Transmission to Users

Aquamonitrix makes access to real-time information on nitrate and nitrite in water systems practical and affordable. Unlike existing real-time analyzers, the Aquamonitrix solution incorporates a separation step that allows it to analyze ‘dirty’ or cloudy real-world samples, without any loss of accuracy or performance. Moreover, because the sensor sits outside the water, it does not succumb to biofouling and is compact, lite-weight and portable. Its total lifetime costs are also low since no specialized technical skills are required to set it up, operate it or service it.

Aquamonitrix has so far been deployed in applications that include catchment management, raw water abstraction monitoring, wastewater treatment optimization, and effluent monitoring.

Visit the Octave case studies section of the Sierra Wireless website to learn more about how IoT developers and industrial companies have used Octave to build industrial IoT applications that have transformed their business.

Co-Star supply the full range of Sierra Wireless IoT solutions. For more information please contact us: sales@co-star.co.uk
Source: Sierra Wireless

KDDI and Orange connect over one million vehicles with connected IoT services

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KDDI partners with Orange Business Services to equip more than one million vehicles in Europe with connected IoT services

  • Automotive manufacturers Toyota and Mazda leverage connected car capabilities for improved customer experience
  • A seamless connected car platform covers 63 European countries/territories

KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications service provider, has selected Orange Business Services to provide a customized IoT platform for Japanese automotive manufacturers Toyota and Mazda. The platform will allow them to offer connected car capabilities in their vehicles sold across Europe.

The Orange solution will initially enable the Japanese automotive manufacturers to offer connected services across 63 European countries/territories, via Orange cellular connectivity.

The Orange Business Services connectivity management solution integrates directly into KDDI’s own platform and provides secure, reliable IoT connectivity for Toyota and Mazda to enhance the driver experience through advanced services. Cloud connections are made using Orange backbone networks, offering high-performance and secured interconnections between the parties’ platforms.

Enhancing the European driving experience

“Connected IoT services are paramount to enhance the drive experience for our customers. The bespoke Orange IoT platform provides new levels of convenience in terms of personalized services to Toyota and Mazda across Europe. This allows their drivers to benefit from the very best in safety, security and in-car experience,” says Mr. Ken Sakai, Managing Director of KDDI Europe, Ltd.

“Today’s most innovative car manufacturers are leveraging IoT to deliver on the drive experience consumers are demanding. Following extensive consultancy and a pilot with KDDI, we have delivered on a tailor-made IoT platform that will enable innovative connected services to provide drivers with enhanced levels of safety and convenience,” says Valerie Cussac, Senior Vice President, Smart Mobility Services, Orange Business Services.

Source: Orange Business Services

Cellnex and Everynet sign an agreement to roll-out IoT networks in Italy, the UK and Ireland

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Smart IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN technology powered by Everynet, will be deployed across Cellnex’s extensive network of telecommunications infrastructures
A large variety of IoT solutions will be deployed on these networks to drive enhanced connectivity in key sectors such as the utilities, agriculture, transportation and manufacturing, as well as Smart Cities

Telecommunications infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecom and Everynet, a leading provider of IoT connectivity services , have reached an agreement to jointly promote the roll-out of new Internet of Things (IoT) networks in Italy, the United Kingdom and Ireland. These IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN technology, will be deployed on Cellnex’s extensive telecommunications infrastructure networks in these three countries and will rely on Everynet carrier-grade and secure IoT network solution.

Multiple IoT solutions on the Cellnex infrastructure network will be deployed; Industry 4.0 for tracking or monitoring assets throughout their supply chain, Smart Cities, and  Smart Parking solutions to help digitise mobility and optimise the use of public highways and urban space, as well as creating a platform for trial and experimental uses that will allow the development of the ecosystem with new future applications. Outcomes can include Social and Facility Management or Environmental Management, which can foster the development of smart cities in these three countries and improve the well-being of their citizens. This will involve installing sensors and monitoring comfort levels and consumption across multiple environments, indoor and outdoor, in various types of building, and transmitting service and gathering data across wider territory networks. Moreover, Smart Utility for gathering data and monitoring resource consumption represents one of the projects with the highest potential. Services to Utilities are a big opportunity in terms of efficiency and cost savings both for the companies involved and final customers, not mentioning the savings coming from avoiding waste of resources. Smart IoT can help utilities save resources, reduce costs, and improve the impact on the environment. In managing the SmartGrid, electric utilities can leverage IoT to optimize their services to their customers.

Cellnex Global Commercial Director Oscar Pallarols highlighted that “this is an important step forward to embrace the very rapid deployment that new technologies are experiencing in response to the unprecedented changes that society and global economies are facing. A first class connectivity infrastructure at the service of new communication ecosystems that we strongly believe will enable renewed business models.

“We are looking forward to deploying these new IoT networks in Europe that enable  integrators, developers, and telecommunications companies rapidly launch a broad portfolio of IoT solutions in the market.  These networks are interoperable with existing national networks in France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland enabling EU wide roaming” said Lawrence Latham, CEO of Everynet .

To collect the data, Cellnex provides an integrated IoT platform for managing and providing real-time (and remote) diagnostics and the immediate ability to act either predictively or preventively, manually or automatically, with the provider responsible for managing this service resource. Everynet, on its part, provides and manages the LoRaWAN network infrastructure that will be deployed for Data Collection, granting a secure, fast and low-cost service to support real-time actions and decision-making.

Source: Cellnex

 

AT&T and Microsoft to Streamline Cloud Connectivity for IoT Devices Worldwide

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AT&T and Microsoft to Streamline Cloud Connectivity for IoT Devices Worldwide

A new solution built on AT&T’s global cellular network and Microsoft Azure Sphere will enable secured and effortless deployment of the IoT worldwide

AT&T and Microsoft are teaming up to enable enterprises to seamlessly connect machines and equipment to the cloud with highly secure network connectivity across the globe. As part of the effort, AT&T is working with Microsoft to deliver an integrated IoT solution with Azure Sphere. This AT&T powered guardian device with Azure Sphere will help businesses transform their operations quickly through massive IoT deployments at scale.

The AT&T powered guardian device is the latest example of how the two companies are working together through a strategic alliance to improve how people live and work today and in the future.

The new solution combines the secured architecture of Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution including hardware, OS and cloud services with Azure IoT services and the global and multi-layered security of AT&T’s core network.

The AT&T global SIM enables connectivity in more than 200 countries across 500 carriers. AT&T offers managed services to support day-to-day operations.

The guardian device is easy to install and provides an end-to-end solution for connecting machines and equipment to the cloud, bypassing the need for public Internet.

The solution provides fast and highly secure activation right out of the box. It enables enterprises to easily connect existing equipment to the cloud and to Azure IoT Central. With this, a wide variety of industries can rapidly deploy IoT applications relying on the combined security benefits of the AT&T cellular network with Azure Sphere device security.

Think of fast food restaurants, coffee shops, elevators, hospitals, manufacturing plants and the ability to retrofit existing equipment into “smart” devices that are digitally enabled through highly secure cellular connections. Customers can connect their devices and machines to their own cloud environment without the need to connect to a Wi-Fi through a third-party network connection that may not meet their high security standards.

“Our work with AT&T is a prime example of how the convergence of secure cloud computing and network technology helps businesses unlock new customer value and continuously simplify every aspect of our personal and professional lives,” said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft Solutions.

“AT&T and Microsoft share the belief that technology should serve people,” added Mo Katibeh, executive vice president and chief product and platform officer, AT&T Business.  “Working with Microsoft we can offer a truly global solution with strong security and data insights that can help a broad array of industries simplify operations, manage costs, and become more agile in any market.”

AT&T and Microsoft launched their extensive multi-year alliance last year.

One area of focus is aimed at enabling new 5G, cloud and edge computing solutions to drive enterprise capabilities for companies around the world.

Find more information about the AT&T powered guardian device here.

Source: AT&T

Semtech’s LoRa® Devices Boost Crop Yield on Connected Avocado Farms

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Semtech’s LoRa® Devices Boost Crop Yield on Connected Avocado Farms

ICT International’s LoRa-based precision environmental sensors enable smarter crop monitoring with a data-centric approach

Semtech Corporation), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that ICT International, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider for environmental applications, and Definium Technologies (Definium), a developer and manufacturer of IoT gateways and devices, are leveraging an advanced array of products based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol to improve crop yield in Australian avocado plantations with a data-centric approach to farming.

“Avocado crops are highly susceptible to stress at key times throughout their growing cycle,” said Dr. Peter Cull, Director of ICT International. “Utilizing plant physiology sensors based on Semtech’s leading and proven LoRa devices enables the simple and accurate monitoring of moisture flow inside the plants, and allows farmers to respond quickly to stressors to improve yield. As a result, farmers maximize profit while reducing expenses related to product waste.”

“As the challenge of extracting high yields from crop farming continues to increase due to changing weather conditions, accurately monitoring environmental crop stress is crucial to ensuring we produce enough food to feed the world,” said Mike Cruse, CEO at Definium Technologies. “Our collaboration with ICT International and Semtech to deliver precision environmental sensing solutions has broad applicability across the agricultural spectrum. These applications include grazing, row cropping, viticulture, and nut orchards, in addition to smart cities and mining.”

ICT International and Definium deployed a suite of LoRa-enabled sensors throughout a large-scale avocado farm in New South Wales, Australia to identify the ongoing causes of low crop yield. Through the use of soil moisture sensors, sap flow sensors, vapor-pressure deficit sensors, and weather stations, the data accurately identified periods of low soil moisture and high plant water stress, and matched those to excess fruit drop. Smart agriculture applications are a proven vertical market for LoRa devices, which offer farmers and ranchers several advantages including up to 30 miles of network coverage from a single LoRaWAN gateway in rural areas. Farmers across Australia are currently in the process of integrating ICT International and Definium’s LoRa-based sensors into their own smart irrigation systems to better address and respond to crop stress and significantly increase yield.

“From measuring environmental conditions influencing crop production to tracking livestock health, smart agriculture applications based on LoRa devices offer a leading flexibility and ease of use for farmers to quickly reduce environmental impact, maximize yield and minimize expenses,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT Product Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Commercial and independent farms alike are increasingly turning to LoRaWAN connectivity, leveraging its flexible and proven capabilities to help create smarter and more sustainable operations.”

Source; Semtech

Semtech Deploys LoRa®-based Network for South Korean Expressways

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CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2020 – Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC), a government affiliated company building and managing expressways in South Korea, has built a network based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol for its expressways as the first stage in its ongoing four-year Internet of Things (IoT) deployment plan in the country.

“Semtech’s LoRa devices and LoRaWAN networks represent the ideal infrastructure on which to build Korea’s next-generation IoT solutions,” said Hyo-Hoon, Kim, Manager at SK Telesys. “We want to continue to uphold Korea’s leading technology culture and provide citizens the basic right to enjoy Internet infrastructure freely. One of our main goals is providing citizens and local businesses with the opportunity to innovate and create their own IoT applications. With LoRa, developers can quickly and effectively create solutions to enable a smarter, more efficient home for us all.”

Beginning in 2019, KEC deployed 78 LoRa-based gateways over 306 km of expressway. Woojoo Telecom, a systems integrator, and SK Telesys, a LoRa-based gateway manufacturer and network server provider, were selected as operators for this project, conducting communication tests on roads and in tunnels to establish the high-quality IoT network. Currently the network offers many strategic functions including parking space and trash bin fill monitoring at rest areas, and real-time condition tracking for shock-absorbing barriers and guardrails.

In the coming years, KEC plans to expand the LoRa-based network’s applications to include landslip detectors, road-freezing sensors, electronic displays, fire extinguishers in tunnels, and expressway lights. By continuing to migrate applications from legacy 3G/LTE connectivity to LoRaWAN, KEC expects to reduce operating cost by up to $2 million per year.

“LoRa devices and LoRaWAN networks cover hundreds of uses cases essential to city and often countrywide infrastructure,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “The increasing implementation of large scale, flexible applications reflects the rising demand for massive IoT worldwide. These deployments increase efficiency and cost savings for those government entities providing public infrastructure such as nationwide expressways, and LoRa devices represent an ideal technology and connectivity backbone.”

Source: Semtech

City smart sewer project claims to pinpoint unknown Covid-19 outbreaks

The project identified traces of the virus in the municipal sewerage system

The project identified traces of the virus in the municipal sewerage system

The initial findings of an Israeli pilot project aimed at detecting outbreaks of Covid-19 by identifying traces of the coronavirus in the municipal sewage system have been released.

According to smart wastewater big data solutions firm Kando, preliminary results demonstrate the technology’s ability to pinpoint specifically affected neighbourhoods and hotspots. The idea is that it would provide authorities early-warning for outbreaks and data to limit isolation of areas and lockdowns – even to city street level.

City of Ashkelon pilot

Kando teamed with researchers from several Israeli institutions including Ben Gurion University and the Technion to conduct the month-long pilot in the coastal city of Ashkelon (150,000 residents).

Ashkelon was chosen as the pilot site as it was believed to have a low number of cases, aside from the city’s “coronavirus hotels” housing Covid-19 patients. But what researchers discovered was something entirely different: significant remnants of the coronavirus in municipal wastewater, indicating early detection of outbreaks in local neighbourhoods.

Kando said the results suggest that tracking coronavirus remnants in the sewer network is a timelier and more efficient gauge of the extent of outbreaks than testing individuals – especially given the asymptomatic nature or delay in symptoms of those suffering from Covid-19.

“This will allow authorities to take actions to contain future outbreaks. This type of interdisciplinary science will continue to help disease containment methods – for coronavirus, and beyond”

Kando, with its partners, took an interdisciplinary approach to develop a method of monitoring cities’ wastewater in the sewer network upstream – from the municipal wastewater towards the city itself, utilising a vast network of sensors in manholes, original algorithms and artificial intelligence.

Researchers were able to accurately measure concentrations of the virus remnants and determine the approximate number of those suffering from infection by factoring in the necessary data – including industrial effluent that destroys the virus, and sewage flow, which dilutes the virus’ concentration.

They were then able to quantify and delineate this environmental and epidemiological data, allowing them to narrow down measurements to neighbourhoods, and potentially streets.

Results of the pilot study offer authorities capabilities for early detection of outbreaks

Results of the pilot study offer authorities capabilities for early detection of outbreaks

The results of the pilot study will offer authorities capabilities for early detection of new outbreaks and can help avoid total lockdowns by pinpointing affected areas. Helping identify hubs of contagion can allow a much more localised response – avoiding the need for more sweeping lockdown measures, claims Kando.

“Identifying traces of the coronavirus in city wastewater is extremely challenging due to the various types of substances found in sewage systems, including industrial wastewater, which can dilute or destroy remnants of the virus,” said professor Nadav Davidovitch, director, School of Public Health at Ben Gurion University.

“Our unique methodology enables us to detect and trace the presence of the virus and calculate its concentration with these substances factored into the equation, and to integrate epidemiological evidence in order to pinpoint emerging Covid-19 hotspots.”

He continued: “This will allow authorities to take actions to contain future outbreaks. This type of interdisciplinary science will continue to help disease containment methods – for coronavirus, and beyond.”

Kando uses IoT, original algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies to enable utilities and municipalities to gain insight and control over their wastewater networks by detecting pollution anomalies and blockages in real-time.

Founded in 2011, Kando operates in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and is headquartered in Israel.

Source: Smart Cities World

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