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13 Mar, 2018

Episode 10 - Weekly IoT News Update

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This week we look at how blockchain tech can improve gun ownership tracking, what IoT is doing to help the U.S Department of Defense and how Vodafone can intercept drones. 

WISeKey's authentication IoT blockchain tech adapted to improve gun-control 

WISeKey International Holdings, announced that its WISeAuthentic IoT blockchain technology solution has been adapted to provide safer gun-control measures through a trusted blockchain ledger that digitally certifies, identifies and tracks the gun during its life cycle. 

Vodafone will track and intercept drones with IoT

Vodafone aims to use 4G and IoT to track drones that could present a risk to aircraft. The telecom giant has announced trials of its air traffic control drone tracking and safety system, which combines a Radio Positioning System (RPS) alongside algorithms it has developed to track and control drones that may be wandering too close to a plane's flight path. 

U.S. Department of Defense validates ForeScout for IoT security

ForeScout Technologies have announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has added ForeScout 'CounterAct' technology to its select list of commercial technology products. ForeScout's technology will help the DoD and other government organisations discover, classify and manage diverse devices and arriving  on networks that meet and help enforce the Pentagon's rigorous security requirements.  

GCT Semiconductor licenses CEVA bluetooth low energy IP for its LTE IoT

GCT Semiconductor has licensed and deployed CEVA's RivieraWaves Bluetooth low energy IP solution for IoT.  This solution combines Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with advanced cellular technologies as well as a highly integrated single chip solution. This is targeted at a wide range of next generation IoT devices including tracking, wearables, security, and many more. 

Telenor backs IoT research lab

The CEO of Telenor has opened a laboratory for IoT research and development in the city of Trondheim, Norway. The IoT lab will work alongside an AI lab that the company launched a year ago. The new lab will use a citywide IoT-testbed activated by Wireless connection which is also connected to the Telenor's Start IoT initiative. Users will be able to connect with IoT devices, utilise a developer portal, and access an experimental licensed low-power wide network. This will enable the deployment of pilots and developing of prototypes without large costs. 

MIT, JDA software working on intelligent supply chain

Using Machine learning and AI to predict supply chain demand is the focus of a collaborative effort between JDA software and MIT.  MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems and Society’s (IDSS) research and innovation team will work alongside JDA to create new solutions based on cognitive responses gathered in analysing supply chain demand, with a real-world application. 

Linfox taps Telstra to build IoT network for its transport fleet

Australian logistics company Linfox has tasked mobile provider Telstra with rolling out IoT technology across its truck fleet to capture transport and logistics data. Telstra and its subsidary MTData will implement an advanced telematics and management solution into Linfox’s truck fleet with the aim of enhancing safety on Australian roads. Telstra’s IoT solution will include Samsung tablets which are mounted into large vehicles so that drivers can access logbooks, complete safety checklists for in-cabin recording of road safety incidents.

Aeris & TracPlus team up to track assets on land, sea and air via IoT

Aeris, a technology leader in the IoT, is collaborating with TracPlus, a global tracking, communication and collaboration solutions provider, to offer an IoT connectivity solution which help communicate with personnel fighting fires, performing rescue missions, installing powerlines, saving vessels and providing other land, sea and air services, this also allows its customers to track their personnel and physical assets in real time. 

IoT cultivation boosts greenhouse horticulture

Partnering with horticultural specialists at Hortilux, First Consulting has developed a data-driven IoT application for a client in the greenhouse horticulture sector. The Hortisense application is geared to supply users with real-time insights into the performance of a greenhouse’s electronic infrastructure, as well as broader greenhouse analysis, enabling growers to adapt their strategies, and deliver optimal crops.

Photo: Annie Spratt

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