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15 Aug, 2018

Episode 28 - Weekly IoT News Update

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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 brings dedicated IoT SIMs to consumer telecoms market 

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.

EGPNA, Raptor Maps to combine drone tech and AI software for solar O&M

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.

Opportunity knocks for chipset providers as China rethinks its cellular IoT strategy 

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 eyes prospects beyond IoT tech

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 Sees NB-IoT Boom as Profits Rise

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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Citizens Advice calls for smart meter deadline extension

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…

Anki Vector: Edge-based smarts in a cute companion robot for $250

There’s a new Kickstarter project today and it’s right up my alley. If you’re into home robots, deep learning, neural networks, knowledge graphs or a digital assistant with personality, then it’s likely right up your alley, too.

Is the IoT the next dot-com bust?

Technology innovation and rapidly growing connectivity are great—up to a point. So, it’s best to proceed with caution if and when applying these laws.

Developers Add Smart

Lock Technology to Let the Dogs Out and the In-Laws In - Let your dog walker into your apartment while you’re at the office. Or grant your in-laws access to the building’s gym while you’re sunning on a beach. It’ll be possible at new projects by some of the biggest U.S. builders.


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