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Manchester scientists develop graphene sensors that could revolutionise the Internet of Things

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Researchers at The University of Manchester have devised graphene sensors embedded into RFIDs, which have the potential to revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT).

By layering graphene-oxide (a derivative of graphene) over graphene to create a flexible heterostructure the team have developed humidity sensors for remote sensing with the ability to connect to any wireless network.

Graphene was the world’s first two-dimensional material isolated in 2004 at The University of Manchester, it is stronger than steel, lightweight, flexible and more conductive than copper.

Since then a whole family of other 2D materials have been discovered and continues to grow.

Using graphene and other 2D materials, scientists can layer these materials, similar to stacking bricks of Lego in a precisely chosen sequence known as van der Waals heterostructures to create high-performance structures tailored to a specific purpose.

As reported in Scientific Reports, the groundbreaking nature of this development is that such sensors can be printed layer-by-layer for scalable and mass production at very low cost. The device also requires no battery source as it harvests power from the receiver.

Sensors with a RFID enabler are at the heart of the IoT. This new development can provide various applications such as battery-free smart wireless monitoring for manufacturing processes that are sensitive to moisture, food safety, healthcare and nuclear waste.

The developed technique has the potential to simplify how the information is gathered through its wireless system, nor is it is limited to a particular wireless network and has the ability to be compatible with networks including WiFi and 5G.

Dr Zhirun Hu who led the work said: The excitement does not end with this new application here, but leads to the future possibilities of integrations of this technique with other 2D materials to open up a new horizon of wireless sensing applications.

Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics and coordinated the project, added: It is the first example of the printable technology where several 2D materials come together to create a functional device immediately suitable for industrial applications. The Internet of Things is the fast growing segment of technology, and I’m sure that 2D materials will play an important role there.

Advanced materials is one of The University of Manchester’s research beacons – examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet. #ResearchBeacons

 


How the connected smart store will enhance the retail experience

What Smart Stores Look Like

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Forward-Thinking Retailers Depend on Agile, Dependable Networks More Than Ever

In retail, smart stores and connected everything have captured the attention of the public as well as the technology community. Retailers are leading the way in testing and implementing customer engagement and operations strategies that someday will be adopted across virtually all industries.

In turn, retail enterprises are moving away from legacy network technologies and toward solutions engineered for the complexities of IoT, high-bandwidth usage, and the fluctuating needs of companies that must be able to change direction on a dime.

Customer Engagement Technologies

One area ripe for testing and implementing smart retail technologies is customer engagement efforts. Today’s customers demand personalized, interactive experiences that seamlessly connect the online and in-store experience. Emerging smart store technologies are designed to strengthen and deepen the retailer’s relationship with the customer.

Examples of relationship-enhancing technologies include:

  • Facial recognition technology: In-store cameras and video analytics software recognize a customer’s face and serve up offers customized to that individual’s preferences and buying history.
  • Interactive mirrors: These smart mirrors allow customers to see how a certain clothing item would fit without ever trying it on. These mirrors also leverage RFID tracking to help capture customer behavior, recording data regarding how long customers spend in dressing rooms, how they behave when an item doesn’t fit, and which items they are most likely to purchase.
  • Smart shelves: These devices recognize when customers pick up items and whether they put them back down, allowing retailers to gather behavioral data and make better decisions around pricing and merchandising.
  • Robotics: Customer service robots greet customers as they enter stores, sometimes using facial recognition technology to deliver tailored messages. Robots can also be used to fetch and deliver items to customers.
  • Seamless checkout: Using RFID and/or video analytics technology, retailers allow customers to check out without standing in line or even scanning items. Customers may use an app on their phones to confirm their purchases and pay.

Operational Technologies

Whereas customer-facing technologies help retailers increase revenue, operations-facing technologies reduce expenditures and improve efficiency.

Often, retailers adopt customer-facing technologies that can serve a dual operational purpose. Examples of emerging operational technologies include:

  • Advanced HVAC and lighting controls: These systems can be programmed and controlled remotely. A more recent development in such systems is the ability to enable automatic adjustments based on exterior conditions such as temperature and weather. Some smart power controls can actually react to happenings on the power grid, such as rolling brownouts, and adjust accordingly.
  • Advanced loss prevention: Retailers can use the same video analytics technology for both customer recognition — as outlined above — and retail loss prevention.
  • Interactive digital signage: The same signage used to present varied content to customers can also be used for employee training and video conferencing.
  • Robotics: Robots track and move merchandise in warehouses, allowing retailers to fulfill more online orders and more efficiently manage shipments to brick-and-mortar locations.

Cradlepoint 4G LTE Connected devices and software are available from Co-Star.

Source: Cradlepoint.

 

Unearthing the IoT in Agriculture

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IoT M2M connectivity specialist Eseye has partnered with Burkard, designers and builders of air samplers for agricultural research since 1953, to harness the power of the IoT. Burkard has developed a piece of real-time pathogen monitoring equipment to predict and provide an early warning system of crop disease risk. The collaboration with Eseye and its AnyNet Secure™ SIM and technology, delivers highly secure and reliable global cellular network data through its AnyNet Secure™ SIM, and provides automatic routing onto up to 440 cellular operators in 190 countries and links seamlessly to the AWS Cloud.

Increasing the world’s food supply is a major issue, crop diseases can have a devastating humanitarian and economic impact and with sustained global population growth it is estimated that by 2050, a 70 per cent increase in food production is required to ensure the world is fed. Jeremy Potgieter, regional head, SADC, Eseye says that 20-40 per cent of crop losses are attributed to disease: “The accurate prediction and prevention of diseases is a vital area to address in the battle to enhance yields, and is now an area in which cellular IoT and the AWS Cloud is providing support to an innovative solution.”

Traditionally, the method of identifying signs of crop disease has been time-consuming, cumbersome and costly, involving research scientists assessing the contents of in-field samplers under a microscope. Preventative pesticide spraying is also used to protect crops from possible disease, with weather or planting dates informing decisions on the chemicals to be applied. This is less effective and more costly than targeted spraying, it may be detrimental to consumer health and the environment, and over time, sees pests and diseases becoming resistant to the treatment.

Burkard’s innovative product uses Eseye’s AnyNet Secure global cellular connectivity and AWS IoT to enable farmers to receive tailored information from their own fields, whenever they want it, and to have full control over that data.

Potgieter says that the Burkard Auto Sampler sits permanently within a farmer’s field remotely collecting DNA release and uses a LAMP assay to quantify airborne spores: “Crop data is transmitted, over-the-air via the AnyNet Secure SIM, back to the AWS Cloud where it is analysed and reported in a matter of minutes using AWS IoT Gateway tools, which do the mathematics behind the forecasting. Information is stored and presented back so farmers can see exactly which fields are at risk and act accordingly to treat the crops.”

Historically, for similar agricultural projects, Burkard used a general modem and SIM card to send texts to alert on potential crop risks. However, Burkard found this unresponsive because the lack of reliable connectivity across different locations resulted in the frequent need to change providers.

Stuart Wili, managing director at Burkard, says, “While working on a similar project a few years ago, we had to send operators out with mobile phones from as many different providers as possible to find out which had the best signal in certain fields. It was not only extremely inefficient but often connectivity was lost anyway. This time we knew we needed a reliable connectively solution to make the project a success.”

The AnyNet Secure™ SIM enhanced features also enable IoT devices to remotely and securely activate, provision, authenticate and certify devices or ‘things’, in field, over-the-air. Integration with AWS Cloud Services, further simplifies project set up and deployment by reducing the need for investment in specialist in-house infrastructure and development resources. By adding AWS’ software tools and cloud the business establishes the means to simply and quickly analyse data and to scale instantly and securely, on demand.

Wili says: “With the AnyNet Secure SIM, farmers don’t need to rely on single local network coverage, which often can’t be guaranteed. Instead they can be assured accurate data from the field is being securely and accurately transmitted back to the server, without any concern over connectivity, the AnyNet Secure SIM will utilise any and all connectivity available. Farmers can completely trust the system data will forewarn about any potential issues with their crops, they can then act quickly to resolve them.”

The module deployed, an Eseye Hera 604 with add-on logger functionality, can store all data and publish to AWS as required, ensuring there is no loss of information. A key challenge to the solution is to deliver secure and resilient connectivity, otherwise the farmers’ data will be void.

Wili explains, “We are finally giving farmers an answer to their concerns over the ramifications of crop disease. This not only provides peace of mind, but the solution also supports the environment and saves precious time, resources and ultimately money. Looking to the future, we plan to roll out the technology across the globe, particularly in developing countries, where the importance of farming is far higher, and therefore the need to prevent disease to ensure a healthy crop is even greater.”

Paul Marshall, Chief Customer Officer at Eseye, says, “Eseye’s work with Burkard and AWS is a prime example of the range of economic, social and environmental benefits which can be reaped through IoT. By using AnyNet and AWS solutions, the agricultural industry can harness the knowledge and foresight from accurate data in making informed decisions. We are delighted to be part of this project and look forward to seeing the benefits rolled out across the globe.”

Source: eseye

Vodafone launches “V by Vodafone” bringing world-leading IoT expertise to consumers

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Mobile operator Vodafone has entered the Internet of Things (IoT) consumer market with the launch of “V by Vodafone” enabling consumers to connect millions of home and leisure electronics products to the Group’s dedicated global IoT network – the largest of its kind in the world.

IoT technologies bring Internet-connected network intelligence to a wide range of devices at work, home and on the move. Analyst estimates suggest that by 2020 there will be more than 370 million consumer electronics and smart home devices capable of connection to mobile IoT networks in the countries in which Vodafone operates, up from around 50 million today.*

“V by Vodafone” is a new, simple system for consumers to connect and manage IoT devices and a product range that includes a connected car dongle, a 4G security camera, a pet location and activity tracker and a bag location tracker.

Vodafone’s consumer IoT strategy will build upon the company’s extensive track record in developing and implementing enterprise IoT technologies. The Group is the mobile world leader in IoT, with
59 million IoT connections and an international network and services platform for a wide range of business-critical applications.**

 

The new, simple way for consumers to connect IoT devices

“V by Vodafone” comprises:

  • the dedicated IoT “V-Sim by Vodafone”. The Sim card will be shipped as standard with IoT-enabled consumer electronics products sold by Vodafone from today. “V-Sim by Vodafone” will be also offered by third-party retailers next year;
  •  the “V by Vodafone smartphone app, providing customers with a single and intuitive overview of all IoT-enabled products registered to their account. Setting up each product is simple: customers scan a QR code on the product packaging to register it and add the monthly fee to their existing Vodafone mobile account;
  • automatic straight-out-of-the-box connection to the international Vodafone IoT network in any of 32 countries***. Customers benefit from a straightforward means of managing all of their connected devices from a single interface wherever they are, and wherever they travel. Unlike Wi-Fi-enabled devices, “V by Vodafone” products  are constantly connected wherever there is a mobile signal;
  • a single, affordable fixed monthly price plan for each product connected with a “V-Sim by Vodafone”, making it easy for consumers to use multiple IoT-enabled products; and
  • during 2018, Vodafone will launch a new online product marketplace open to IoT developers that will greatly extend the product choice for customers.

The “V by Vodafone” concept and product range were developed with insights from comprehensive research involving more than 15,000 consumers in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Launch products

Vodafone has focused on four product categories at launch. Other categories will follow in 2018.

The products will be available for purchase by current Vodafone mobile customers from today in selected Vodafone stores in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. They can also be purchased online at v.vodafone.com.

V-Auto by Vodafone uses the same IoT technologies developed by Vodafone for some of the world’s most advanced connected cars. The “plug and drive” dongle can be added to most vehicles on European roads manufactured since 2002. The “V-Auto by Vodafone” dongle is fitted to the car in seconds by the customer and is fully configured within minutes.

Once connected, “V-Auto by Vodafone” adds the following capabilities to any compatible vehicle.

  • Auto SOS: the car owner will be contacted and offered support in the event of an accident in their home country. An automated call will be made to the emergency services if there is no response. The Auto SOS function provides the kind of eCall capability that will be a mandatory safety feature fitted in all new cars sold in the European Union from 2018, but does so simply and cheaply for millions of older vehicles that would not otherwise benefit from this life-saving technology.
  • Find My Car: enabling the car owner to track the whereabouts of their vehicle.
  • Safety Score: providing driving performance statistics on every journey. This is ideal for helping younger or inexperienced drivers improve their road sense.

V-Camera by Vodafone is a high-definition mobile security camera that automatically connects to Vodafone’s IoT network. This enables customers to set up continuous remote video monitoring of any location where there is 3G or 4G coverage.

V-Pet by Vodafone is a location and activity tracker for dogs and cats. Owners can track their pets using a combination of GPS and the mobile network and get smartphone alerts if their pet strays from a designated area. They can also use the activity monitor to track their pet’s movements and sleeping patterns.

V-Bag by Vodafone is an advanced briefcase, handbag and schoolbag tracker that helps customers reduce the risk of theft or loss. Customers can set up a smartphone alert to notify them if a bag leaves a designated area such as a playground or crowded bar.

Vodafone Group Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao, said: “The Internet of Things is already beginning to transform how businesses operate. Over the next decade, the expansion of IoT into consumer markets will bring about an equally dramatic shift in how people manage their daily lives, at home and in their leisure time. “V by Vodafone” makes it simple to connect a wide range of IoT-enabled devices, helping customers keep everyone and everything that matters to them safe and secure. We look forward to applying our world-leading expertise in IoT to help consumers make the most of the next phase of the global digital revolution.”

Source: Vodafone

PodM2M Signs Deal with ForaCare to Provide Mission Critical Connectivity for IoT Telehealth Solution

PodM2M (a division of Pod Group), a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)

 specializing in global data connectivity solutions for the M2M/IoT market, has today announced an agreement with ForaCare Inc. a company dedicated to developing products for chronic disease management by combining innovative technologies and clinical applications.

PodM2M will provide a highly resilient connectivity solution for ForaCare´s Telehealth platform and range of connected healthcare monitoring devices designed for both the patient and the practitioner. These devices include the Test’N Go Glucose Monitoring Meter, allowing patients to see trends in their blood glucose levels and plan their treatment and the VSM100 Vital Signs Monitor, which remotely monitors key patient indicators such as blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels and reports back to the physician. Devices are connected via the Fora 24/7 HealthView Platform, a secure, web-access management system giving physicians real-time access to patient data.

The need to quickly and securely share data between patients, physicians and hospitals means a highly resilient and secure network connection is required between the devices and the platform. ForaCare also requires a fully scalable solution to enable the company to expand into new growth markets. PodM2M´s resilient network connectivity with intelligent switching, combined with access to over 600 networks worldwide made it an obvious choice to provide the connectivity of the solution.

Adrian Alexander, Sales Account Manager at ForaCare commented, “Pod offered a cost-effective solution and always gave us a quick response to our questions. We also like the fact that Pod can operate globally as we’re in the process of expanding into other markets outside the US. Thanks to our confidence in the service that Pod provides we will continue to plan our growth and recommend the service.”

PodM2M´s specialist focus on remote and mission critical applications is based on its “No Single Point of Failure” network topology, whereby multiple core networks (IMSIs) are included on the same SIM card and can be automatically switched to provide back-up networks using Pod´s Multi-IMSI app on the SIM. Pod´s extensive experience in this area has led it to develop a special “Pod Profile” which can be used as a bootstrap IMSI on eUICC SIM cards, providing an extra layer of resilience.

Sam Colley, CEO of Pod Group USA commented, “Our expertise in providing connectivity for mission critical applications makes our solution a perfect fit for healthcare IoT applications such as ForaCare´s TeleHealth System. We are constantly researching new and innovative ways to increase the resilience and security of IoT connectivity which is vital for the growth and uptake of IoT solutions.”

About PodM2M

PodM2M is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) specializing in global data connectivity solutions for the M2M/IoT market. Our expertise, dedication to innovation, and comprehensive range of products and services help companies develop resilient, future-proof M2M/IoT solutions, generating innovative new revenue streams for IoT communications.

About ForaCare:

Based in Moorpark, California, Fora Care Inc. is a technology company dedicated to the design, development, and marketing of products for chronic disease management. The aim of Fora Care Inc. is to complete the cycle of chronic disease management by combining innovative technologies and clinical applications. We embrace modern technologies and experience to focus on diabetes and hypertension. By utilizing the advanced information technology and integrated diabetes/ hypertension monitoring, we establish an efficient and effective healthcare management platform to serve professionals and patients.

Source: PodM2M

Telit and Husqvarna Collaborate on Robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program

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Telit’s end-to-end IoT solutions are enabling real-time sensor data from robotic lawnmowers that offers valuable insight into green-space environmental conditions and park maintenance

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by Telit and Wireless System Integration (WSI), an award-winning Sweden-based design house developing wireless products and systems, in their city robotic mower pilot program. Cities are using the Husqvarna mowers to collect data about the environment, the quality of air, water, and levels of light and sound, while maintaining the cities’ green spaces, saving time and money, reducing emission and noise pollution.

The mowers cut the grass daily, within a boundary wire, rain or shine, keeping the grass cut and collecting data 24 hours a day from the sensors. The sensors collect real-time data on UV radiation, air quality, ambient noise, luminosity and vibration. The sensor box, designed by Telit, is a first for the industry. The sensor box mounted on top of the mowers, uses the robots’ main battery for power supply, thereby recharging whenever the robot returns to its base. The sensor box transmits the data using Telit’s HE910 cellular module and Telit’s global IoT connectivity data plans (MVNO). The Telit IoT Platform seamlessly connects, manages and delivers the environmental data in a ready-to-use format. In cooperation with Husqvarna, Quantified Planet, an organization that links innovation to science, receives the data and publishes it for citizens to review. The cities can then analyze the environmental data sent by the robots and implement programs to improve the health of its citizens, based on these insights.

“Collecting this city data gives researchers the opportunity to explore and research the health of urban public spaces in a way that has never been done before. By using the Quantified Planet data exploration platform, this new data can provide insights and innovation on how to develop and improve sustainable open green spaces which impact the citizens living nearby. We are excited to be part of the project,” said Maja Brisvall, CEO, Quantified Planet.

“The need for green spaces is growing more and more in urban areas, and it is inspiring to think about how parks in cities will be maintained in the future. I am excited about the pilot program, learning more about the possibility to increase sustainability and productivity in professional landscaping for urban areas,” said Pavel Hajman, President of the Husqvarna Division.

“According to the United Nations, 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, creating sustainability challenges for cities to manage. Cities that are already using IoT are building the infrastructure to manage their assets and relationships with their citizens,” said Yosi Fait, Interim CEO, Telit. “Husqvarna’s city mower program is an example of how cities are using IoT to become more sustainable and efficient. Through this collaboration we have been demonstrating again our unique sensor to cloud capabilities, cutting our customers time to market through our integrated lines of products and services as well through our professional services team’s significant IoT knowhow.”

About Husqvarna
Husqvarna is a brand within Husqvarna Group. Since 1689, Husqvarna has manufactured high performing products and delivered industry-changing innovations such as anti-vibration and automatic chain-break on chainsaws, as well as the world’s first commercial robotic mower. Today, Husqvarna offers a broad range of high performing outdoor power products for parks, forest and garden, and represents technological leadership in the key areas; chainsaws, trimmers, ride-on mowers and robotic mowers. Husqvarna products are sold in more than 100 countries, mainly through servicing dealers.

Husqvarna Group
Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to end-customers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2016 amounted to SEK 36 billion, and the Group had more than 14,000 employees in 40 countries.

Source: Telit

This smart ‘tree’ has the environmental benefits of a small forest

A green hut is pictured at the Grand Palais during the Solutions COP21 in Paris, France, December 4, 2015 as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) continues at Le Bourget near the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier - RTX1X7L7

There is a growing trend towards using technology to tackle pollution.

Urban planners have a balancing act to perform.On  the one hand, green spaces in cities provide an obvious low-tech way to help remedy the growing problem of air pollution. But on the other, they are costly to maintain and space-intensive when inner-city land is at a premium.

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So a single ‘tree’ that has the environmental benefits of a small forest has the potential to be a game changer – and that’s exactly what CityTrees are hoping to be.

Created by start-up Green City Solutions, the freestanding, vertical units are covered in moss and lichens which have a massive surface area to absorb particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.

Image: Green City Solutions

The trees’ inventors estimate that a single structure has the environmental benefits of 275 urban trees, but taking up 99% less space and at just 5% of the cost.

Growing on units four metres high and three metres deep, CityTrees are powered by solar panels and collect rainwater in troughs. They also require little maintenance: via the internet of things, soil humidty, nutrient levels and general plant health are monitored and adjusted accordingly.

The carbon footprint of producing a CityTree is four tons, which is more than offset in the space of a year: the manufacturer estimates each unit will capture 240 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

So far, the product has been rolled out in several cities in countries including Norway, France, Germany, Belgium, Macedonia and Hong Kong.

Although each tree costs around $25,000, the cost can be mitigated by the potential for advertising on the trees via logos and screens on the unit.

The invention is part of a growing trend towards using technology to tackle pollution.

From air vacuum cleaners to smog diamonds, innovation to combat the problem is at the cutting edge of science.

KORE and Cooltrax Partner to Provide Uninterrupted Real-Time Cold Chain Management

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Leaders in IoT Infrastructure and Real-Time Cold Chain Management Deliver Seamless Temperature Reporting for Fixed and Mobile Assets

KORE, the people powering IoT innovations and opportunities, today announced an expanded partnership with Cooltrax, the leader for real-time cold chain management of fixed, mobile, and product-level assets. KORE’s reliable, seamless network coupled with Cooltrax’s cold chain management solutions help provide real-time information for cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, allowing for less food waste and increased food safety. Along with the partnership, KORE is assisting Cooltrax to obtain AT&T LTE network certification.

Cooltrax’s suite of products, powered by the KORE network, track the location of refrigerated trailers and perishable products. Their solutions also monitor all performance aspects of refrigerator units, delivering independent temperature monitoring using combined telemetry and wireless technologies. Cooltrax solutions monitor the temperature in real time in cold storage warehouses, retail and food-service refrigeration units and other climate controlled facilities using wireless tags and readers. For cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, it’s imperative to have up-to-date information on temperature, location and functionality to avoid possible food safety issues and the loss of product due to spoiling.

KORE enables all Cooltrax solutions and products to deliver real-time business intelligence to supply chain managers through a single, web-based interface, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. The Cooltrax Business Intelligence platform allows for customized real-time and scheduled reporting on event-based conditions including geocode/fence activity, door opening activity, temperature monitoring point variations and a variety of other events, allowing for constant control and overview of assets and environmental performance within the cold chain.

“With the 2G sunset and eventual discontinuation of 3G, it’s imperative that our solutions operate at the highest level. KORE’s LTE offering enables us to deliver the service our customers demand,” said Chris Hughes, president, Cooltrax. “KORE has been an invaluable partner in enabling service provider certification for our solutions. Our customers need real-time information on temperatures, locations and overall cold chain asset visibility and performance and KORE allows us to provide that information seamlessly.”

“Secure, managed connectivity is a critical element in cold chain management,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE. “Our longstanding relationship with Cooltrax has focused on supporting their in-service business goals, which demand the long-term service assurance of LTE services provided by KORE over its global hub and helps provide critical solutions for cold chain businesses to ensure high standards and safe delivery to their customers.”

To learn more about how KORE can help you with device certification and your secure, managed fleet tracking connectivity needs, please visit http://www.koretelematics.com.

About KORE

KORE provides the people, expertise and technology to support the many visions of the IoT, from the Inspiration of Things to the Innovation of Things to the Internet of Things. Founded in 2003, KORE quickly rose to become the world’s largest managed network services provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. Today, KORE is a global leader in software service and platforms that power the IoT, with millions of active on-network units. KORE is the brand powering other leading brands, including some of the world’s largest enterprise customers. KORE’s singular customer-centric focus is to identify and develop solutions that help clients realize IoT innovations and accelerate time-to-market schedules. KORE has over 350 people who serve customers in 110 countries, empowering new business models and opportunities to monetize the IoT. KORE: the people powering IoT. For more information, visit www.korewireless.com, read the KORE blog and connect with KORE on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook,TwitterYouTube and Vimeo.

About Cooltrax

Cooltrax brings unique value and confidence to its customers by providing comprehensive wireless temperature monitoring, GPS-based asset tracking, and web-enabled business intelligence tools to better manage and control the physical quality and informational integrity of their cold chain operations. For additional information, please visit the Cooltrax website at www.cooltrax.com.

Source; Kore/Cootrax

Sierra Wireless 2017 Wireless Summit Focuses on Ready-to-Connect IoT Solutions

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2017 Innovation Summit Highlight: Reducing IoT Complexity with Ready-to-Connect Solutions

As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes essential for running most businesses, the need for reliable, high-quality IoT connectivity solutions grows. That’s why Sierra Wireless hosts the annual Innovation Summit, a conference designed to keep you up to date on the latest IoT technology and the influencers who are making the biggest impact in the industry today. This year, the 2017 Innovation Summit took IoT technology advances to the next level, showcasing the new Sierra Wireless Ready-to-Connect solution that revolutionizes the devices that IoT solutions are built on and how they communicate, on an international scale.

If you couldn’t attend the 2017 Innovation Summit, fear not; we’ve compiled a list of the essential IoT updates that you’ll need to know this year to ensure your IoT device management is simple and streamlined.

2017 Innovation Summit Highlights 
This year’s 2017 Innovation Summit attracted more than 400 members of the IoT community. The panels included in-depth information on:

  • LPWA;
  • The future of 5G;
  • IoT security;
  • Open source connectivity;
  • Smart SIM cards; and
  • Device-to-Cloud Global connectivity.

But one of the most innovative highlights at this year’s summit was the Ready-to-Connect IoT Solution panel discussion, where three of Sierra Wireless’ expert staff explained how the Ready-to-Connect solution (modules and routers with pre-integrated global connectivity, IoT management and security) is specifically designed for companies who want to expand their businesses globally, reduce time to market, streamline operations and enable business model flexibility. The 2017 Innovation Summit audience members were some of the first to test the Ready-to-Connect demo, and so far we’re hearing promising feedback about this groundbreaking technology.

One of the greatest concerns that we’ve heard from business owners over the years is that it’s too complicated and time-consuming to expand the scope of their IoT connectivity internationally. Businesses have to negotiate foreign contracts, pay expensive shipping costs to mail SIM cards to far corners of the globe and they’re tasked with managing their devices across dozens of different platforms. Ready-to-Connect solves all of these issues and more, allowing businesses to focus on making great products — instead of struggling with international connectivity challenges.

What is Ready-to-Connect? 
The Ready-to-Connect solution combines modules, global mobile networks, SIM cards and an IoT platform in a single package. While this bundle can and should be used for local connectivity, it’s also a lifesaver for businesses that are looking to expand into overseas markets. The more complex your supply chain is, the more you will need the Ready-to-Connect system to manage it all.

Ready-to-Connect Gets Your Product to Market Faster
It can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months — or sometimes longer — to bring an IoT product to market. This time frame grows as you expand into new international markets, since you need to negotiate new carrier contracts and shipping methods. A far-off launch date means a slow ROI, which, in turn, affects your future expansion projects. Many businesses have to wait until they get an investment return in one new country before they can begin expansion to another. Here are just a few ways that expanding into an international market can negatively impact your ROI time.

You’re tasked with:

  • Negotiating contracts with multiple service providers;
  • Managing multiple SKUs;
  • Assembling SIMs and modules manually;
  • Using truck roll support for your products;
  • Managing your subscriptions with different platforms; and
  • Locking yourself into contracts with service providers.

With Ready-to-Connect, you can cut your time to market by as much as 12 months. That includes the time it takes to install hardware, software, SIM cards and the IoT cloud platform. Since you’re getting the wireless modules, global SIM cards and IoT management software from the same company, it’s much faster (and simpler) to ensure that all of these moving pieces are well-integrated with each other from the very start. You don’t have to work on front-end integration or security, since these are already included in the bundle. This will result in a prompter ROI, making the IoT space less risky for you and your shareholders.

Streamlining Global Operations
The goal of Ready-to-Connect is to have a ready-to-deploy product for customers, and to manage all connected products on a single platform. The AirVantage platform can be customized to meet the specific needs of your business. You can even integrate subscriptions from other mobile operators and manage them all from one place. Rather than jumping back and forth between two different platforms to handle mobile subscriptions and devices, you can tackle both via the AirVantage platform, streamlining the entire process. This results in better customer relationships and a far easier accounting process for your company’s SIM subscriptions. In addition, eUICC and eSIM remote provisioning allows you to change network providers quickly without swapping any SIM cards deployed in the field.

Enable New Business Models
The integrated connectivity service inside the Ready-to-Connect solution provides direct access to the connected product, no matter which local service provider the end users would have selected to connect their data. This enables equipment makers to offer updates, maintenance, or any value-added services over-the-air to the end users, to improve their experience and create new revenue. Moreover, the Ready-to-Connect solution is offered as a bundle with flexible pricing and terms. It will enable enterprises to align their revenue with cost, and maximize their business potential. For instance, a startup company may prefer the pay-as-you-go model; whereas a utility company may prefer to pay for 10 years of connectivity service with a single contract to capture the maximum government funding.

Now that the 2017 Innovation Summit is over, it’s time to reflect on whether your current IoT connectivity solutions are working at peak efficiency. With Sierra Wireless’ latest Ready-to-Connect solution, you can bring your business into the modern world of IoT quickly and easily. Start with Sierra to find out how, and read the white paper Simplifying IoT: How to Make the Journey from Idea to Revenue Smoother and Faster.

Source: Sierra Wireless

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T-Mobile First With Narrowband IoT In The US

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T-Mobile completes the continent’s first live network tests of new Narrowband LTE technology for the Internet of Things (IOT) with Qualcomm and Ericsson; launches partnership with the City of Las Vegas to deploy IoT technology.

The network to power the future of IoT is here. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) is the first wireless provider in North America to successfully complete Narrowband IoT field tests on a live commercial network, working together with Qualcomm and Ericsson. Narrowband IoT or NB-IoT is an evolution of LTE technology built on industry standards and uses very small amounts of dedicated spectrum to carry data with incredible efficiency and performance.

Of course, the Un-carrier is first out of the gate with this global technology platform to prepare for the massive projected growth in the world of IoT — which is expected to surge from 8.3 billion connected devices this year to 20.4 billion by 2020 worldwide, according to technology research firm Gartner. With its ability to scale and support a direct pathway to 5G, Narrowband IoT is already seeing rapid adoption across the globe, even ahead of other technologies.

“Narrowband IoT is no longer a thing of the distant future — T-Mobile is lighting it up this year!” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “By investing in Narrowband IoT now, we’re ensuring our customers will be able to bring their products to market faster with better performance, vastly improved battery life and big cost savings — all on a dedicated highway that’s purpose-built for connected devices.”

The field tests were conducted in partnership with Qualcomm and Ericsson across multiple sites on T-Mobile’s live commercial LTE network in Las Vegas and used just 200 KHz of T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum.

“Connecting the IoT — and virtually everything — requires wireless technologies that can scale up to high-performance IoT and also scale down to low complexity IoT application needs. New LTE narrowband technologies support lower power consumption, improved coverage, and increased device density,” said Vieri Vanghi, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With these groundbreaking field tests, which utilized our global multimode LTE IoT modems, Qualcomm Technologies and T-Mobile have demonstrated the ability to deploy a next-gen network that’s going to bring LTE IoT technologies to life for businesses and consumers across the U.S.”

“Working together on Narrowband IoT for these successful field tests on a live LTE network is one more step in our continued close partnership with T-Mobile to bring the best, most innovative network services to our customers,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson.

What Happens in Vegas … is Innovative AF
T-Mobile and the City of Las Vegas today also announced a new partnership to deploy IoT technology throughout the city — including Narrowband IoT. Together, T-Mobile and Las Vegas are piloting several IoT projects starting in the City’s Innovation District, an area just off the Las Vegas strip that is dedicated to developing emerging technologies. A few of the IoT projects include:

  • Flood Abatement: Flood and storm drainage sensors will provide early warning and fault detection for Las Vegas residents.
  • Smart City Lighting: T-Mobile will power the City’s LED lighting within a single compact device.
  • Environmental Monitoring: Sensors placed atop existing smart city light poles will continuously monitor temperature, humidity and environmental gases.

“The Las Vegas Innovation District was created to bring the most exciting emerging technologies right to our doorstep,” said Michael Sherwood, Director of Technology and Innovation at the City of Las Vegas. “We are excited about partnering with T-Mobile to bring these technologies to the core of our city in a way that will benefit residents and tourists.”

Of course, T-Mobile customers won’t have to wait for Narrowband IoT to power their connected devices. T-Mobile helps IoT customers quickly bring devices to market through all-in-one, low-cost IoT Access packs on certified Cat-1 modules. While the Duopoly predictably overcomplicate the Internet of Things with separate, confusing pricing for connectivity and IoT products, T-Mobile customers get simple, cost-effective solutions ready to go, so they can focus on product development instead of worrying about complex carrier pricing models or data overages.

Source: T-Mobile