Episode 28 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we take a look at Vodafone’s plan to bring dedicated IoT SIMs to the market, while China mobile reported a dramatic surge in the number of IoT connections. Citizen advice Bureau’s call to extend smart meter installation deadline, and a cute AI robot companion – Anki Vector.
Vodafone has become the first telecoms operator in Ireland to bring IoT SIM cards to the consumer market. These V-Sim cards will be shipped as standard with IoT-enabled consumer electronics products sold by Vodafone. A V by Vodafone smartphone app will provide users with an intuitive overview of all IoT-enabled products that are registered to their account.
Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with US-based technology company Raptor maps to optimise the use of drones and AI for operations and maintenance of solar assets. The Raptor Solar software solution will be embedded into EGPNA’s drone hardware, which will allow real-time identification and classification of faults in the solar facilities.
When the new generation of Cat-M1 (LTE-M) and NB-IoT networks began rolling out, there was considerable speculation as to which markets would push forward each technology. The two largest U.S. carriers decided to prioritize Cat-M1 networks, while Chinese operators prioritzed NB-Iot with its simpler and less costly technology.
Ericsson is involved in the deployment of more than half the world’s 60 commercial cellular IoT networks with LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies. But the company is also looking beyond connectivity for the future of its business, with an eye toward helping others manage their IoT deployments.
China Mobile reported a dramatic surge in the number of IoT connections on its network, and said it had added another 190,000 4G base stations in the first half of the year, as it recorded growth in sales and profits.
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With the current 2020 deadline fast-approaching and 42 million smart meters still to be installed, suppliers are scrambling to meet the target, risking sub-standard fittings and reduced value for money for customers. Read on to discover more…
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