Episode 18 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we look at innovations in digital health, how DHL is using IoT sensors to provide real time data analysis for route optimisation, and the use of anti-poaching technology to secure the land that wild animals roam through.
Honeywell is using AT&T’s IoT Control Center to provision, manage, and connect its aircraft and freight in countries around the world. Using sensor tags and 3G modules, Honeywell is able to track and monitor freight shipments that are in transit, and aircraft that are on the ground.
DHL has announced the launch of DHL SmarTrucking; an innovative trucking solution that leverages IoT technology. The new solution equips trucks with IoT sensors to provide real-time data analysis for route optimisation, and is currently being deployed across the road network in India.
Health tracker and wearables company Fitbit has teamed up with Google to launch new insights and innovations in digital health. Fitbit plans to deploy Google Cloud to increase operational efficiency, agility, and speed to market, and will use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to integrate its data into healthcare applications.
Cainiao Network, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba, is going to invest more than $15 billion to build the technical backbone for a smart logistics network aimed at improving delivery reach and efficiency. Cainiao wants to eventually ensure single-day delivery across China and 72-hour delivery worldwide.
Sprint is taking advantage of its current 5G network overhaul to deploy a nationwide LTE-M network that should be completed by the end of the year. In addition, Sprint is architecting a virtualised core network and building a distributed edge network that will help to handle the millions of IoT devices that could ride on this network.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority signed Memorandums of Understanding with three start-ups companies to work with them in the 4th Dubai Future Accelerators Programme. The programme aims to boost the UAE's position as a hub for innovative businesses, and the Memorandums of Understanding are focussed on building the UAE's position in fields such as AI, electrical load control, and the IoT.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a way to power and communicate with a battery-free nano-device implanted deep within the human body that could be used to treat diseases. The prototypes are the size of a grain of rice, and have the potential to be even smaller as they don't need batteries.
The Australian company Smart Paddock is developing a system that will enable beef cattle farmers to remotely monitor the health, behaviour and location of their herds. Its core technology is a small, multi-sensor, GPS tracking ear tag that will capture biometric data and send information to a cloud platform. The farmers will be able to visualise data via a mobile application and web dashboard.
Dimension Data and Cisco are moving into phase two of the goodwill project, which aims to stamp out animal poaching in Africa. The duo has developed anti-poaching technology that significantly reduces response times of game park rangers and secures the land that wild animals roam through.
HERE Technologies and Sigfox have announced a partnership to develop and deploy a global location service for IoT applications, particularly in supply chain and logistics. The service will integrate HERE’s global coverage of WiFi hotspots with the Sigfox worldwide network and geolocation engine. The partnership is seeking to make asset tracking possible for companies that could not previously afford geolocalisation service.