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Infineon supports NVIDIA DRIVE Pegasus AI platform for Level 5 autonomy

By Zenobia Hegde

Infineon Technologies AG expanded its safe automated driving collaboration with NVIDIA, announcing that its AURIX ™ TC3xx series automotive microcontroller (MCU) will be used in the NVIDIA DRIVE™ Pegasus AI car computing platform. The supercomputer for autonomous vehicles meets the requirements of Level 5 autonomous driving as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Infineon now supplies the safety microcontroller, safety power supply IC, and selected vehicle communication interface ICs for several NVIDIA DRIVE systems. The devices support increasing levels of autonomous driving capability, ranging from auto cruise functionality to auto chauffeur and full autonomy.

Development time reduced by up to 40%

The collaboration enables users of the platform to access AURIX capabilities through an AUTOSAR-compliant software stack. This potentially allows re-use of higher-level application code and can likely reduce development time by 20% to 40% compared to traditional platforms.

“Infineon has a 30+ year history of delivering the safety and reliability technology that is critical at all levels of autonomous driving. We make cars safer, smarter and greener,” said Ritesh Tyagi, head of the Silicon Valley Automotive Innovation Centre (SVAIC) at Infineon. “Collaboration between Infineon and NVIDIA through multiple generations of DRIVE car computers provides the automotive industry with a consistent platform for development and market deployment across all classes of driver-assist and fully autonomous systems.”

“NVIDIA’s DRIVE AI vehicle supercomputers deliver up to 100-times more computational horsepower than the most advanced cars on the road today,” said Gary Hicok, senior vice president of Hardware Development at NVIDIA. “Their multiple levels of redundancy and safety functionality demand a proven, widely deployed safety architecture, like that of the AURIX TC3xx series.”

Infineon microcontrollers power automated driving

The multicore microcontrollers help the platform meet the highest possible functional safety standard (ISO 26262 ASIL-D) for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and self-driving systems. The AURIX TC3xx series offers significant upgrades in performance compared to the previous generation to enable scalable and efficient platforms.

Gary Hicok

Key features of the AURIX microcontrollers are relevant to implementing both ADAS and Automated Driving (AD) functionality. That includes advanced support for ASIL-D applications assisted by more than 3,000 DMIPS of safety computational performance, self-test mechanisms in hardware for logic and memory, integrated monitoring, and redundant peripherals.

In addition, the latest generation of AURIX offers a greater level of integration, enhancements in high-speed connectivity interfaces, and advanced security capabilities.

The microcontroller handles a key layer of the safety supervision framework of the platform and performs monitoring functions for the SoC. In turn, AURIX plays an important role for DRIVE Pegasus to achieve system-level ASIL-D safety.

It also manages the power-up sequence and monitoring of warning signals for the self-driving platform. In addition, the AURIX microcontroller provides the main in-vehicle interfaces for multiple network communication channels to the system, such as CAN FD, Gigabit Ethernet, and FlexRay.

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Smart grids to save city dwellers $14bn in energy costs by 2022, says Juniper Research

By Zenobia Hegde

New data from Juniper Research has found that the development of smart grids linked to smart cities will result in citizens saving $14 billion (€11.67 billion) per annum in energy bills by 2022. This is up from the $3.4 billion (€2.83 billion) saving estimated for 2017, resulting from smart metre rollouts, energy-saving policies and sensing technology to improve grid reliability and efficiency.

As part of the new study, Smart Cities: Strategies & Forecasts in Energy, Transport & Lighting 2017-2022, Juniper analysed and ranked global cities to assess their performance and approach towards energy consumption and delivery:

San Francisco
New York
Portland, OR

“Seoul’s large-scale deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, smart street lighting and smart metre rollouts will undoubtedly accelerate the development of smart grid infrastructure to manage these elements,” remarked research author Steffen Sorrell.

Steffen Sorrell

Renewables & Blockchain transform the grid

Juniper found that the high cost of carbon capture and storage technology was making fossil fuel investment uneconomical. With the projected cost of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar falling close to $60 (€50.03) per MWh (Megawatt hour) in 2022, it predicted the inevitable investment would force accelerated deployment of smart grid solutions to reliably scale renewable energy.

Furthermore, the research argued that the business case for distributed renewable generation would be strengthened by the application of blockchain. Here, dramatic efficiencies along the value chain could be achieved, by simplifying a certification system currently susceptible to accounting errors and increased costs.

Policy required

Juniper found that with smart city budgets now being discussed and allocated worldwide, policy had become more important than the technology. For instance, it argued that MaaS (Mobility as a Service) could drastically reduce city congestion by virtue of nearly eliminating the need for private transport.

Nevertheless, it claimed that MaaS would never come to fruition without strict city policy enforcement. For that reason, it predicted that cities in Far East Asia would become ‘true’ smart cities earlier than their Western counterparts.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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AI and digital assistants to surge in 2018, IHS Markit says

By Zenobia Hegde

As they become more ubiquitous in homes and in various consumer electronics products, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital assistants are likely to be two of the major overarching themes at this week’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Accelerating growth in both of these markets underscores their surging role in the overall consumer electronics landscape. More than 5 billion consumer devices supporting digital assistants will be in use in 2018, with almost 3 billion more added by 2021, according to IHS Markit, a global provider of critical information, analytics and solutions.

Despite this growth, there are still some hurdles to overcome, before consumer adoption is widespread. “Amazon has a clear lead over rivals Google, Apple and Samsung, in terms of the numbers of skills and third-party apps and services supported by its Echo products, but more needs to be done by all platforms, to help users discover new skills and uses for the technology,” said Jack Kent, director, operators and mobile media, IHS Markit.

Jack Kent

“Major technology companies continue to make investments and acquire companies that increase AI expertise. Apple has been the most acquisitive to date, but Google has been the most active investor in third-party AI-centric companies.”

Following are more key points to bear in mind about AI and digital assistants, as leading technology companies converge on Las Vegas for next week’s conference:

Smart home security

Video surveillance will continue to be a critical component of the smart home in 2018, with video cameras and video doorbells representing nearly 20% of devices shipped into the smart home globally this year. As such, video surveillance will become even more intelligent, by pairing noise classifications, voice and facial recognition, and allowing consumers to filter what is most important in their daily lives. Moreover, there will be more all-in-one devices launched in 2018, which will combine smart speakers, video cameras and hubs connecting all devices in the home.

Blake Kozak

“As smart home players look to differentiate themselves and grow market share, smart home products will achieve more proprietary expansions through acquisition and in-house research and development,” said Blake Kozak, principal analyst, smart home and security, IHS Markit, “These deals will likely enhance the opportunities for AI and home automation. For example, although Amazon and Google will continue to ramp up partnerships, Amazon will direct its focus on developing equipment in-house, while Google will revamp relations with Nest.”

Smart speakers

Dinesh Kithany

With heavyweights Google and Amazon aggressively ramping up competition in the space, smart speakers have risen in prominence over the last year, as both standalone products and voice-based interfaces to the smart home. In fact, 39 million smart speakers are forecast to be shipped globally in 2018, up sharply from 27 million units shipped in 2017.

“The smart speaker surge is only just beginning,” said Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit. “2018 is the year competition in this market truly begins – and the year true mainstream adoption accelerates. We expect numerous third-party smart speakers built around one or more digital assistants, so consumers will have more choices, […]

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Senet and Kerlink announce a collaborative expansion of Senet’s LPWA Network in Las Vegas

By Zenobia Hegde

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Kerlink, a provider in network solutions dedicated to the IoT, have announced a collaborative expansion of Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in the Las Vegas area to support a variety of commercial solution offerings, market trials and proofs of concepts.

Powered by Kerlink’s 64-channel WirnetTM iBTS gateways to expand Senet’s public outdoor network coverage, the network also will provide indoor connectivity for Senet’s partners to demonstrate IoT applications at this year’s CES. In addition to expanding Senet’s network coverage and capacity, the roll out represents the first production network in North America to support LoRaWANTM geolocation. This functionality uses a different technology than GPS, eliminating the requirement for costly and battery hungry processing GPS requires.

This functionality is supported by Senet’s LoRa end nodes, and can be used for a wide range of applications requiring location determination for battery powered endpoints that do not require the precision of GPS. Demand for these services is significant, with a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be critically dependent on geodata by the end of 2020 according to Machina Research.

The IoT is a broadly covered topic at CES, including sessions on smart homes, connected cities, healthcare and wearable technology, along with several dedicated demonstration areas for IoT infrastructure. To run demo applications on the Senet network during CES, companies simply need to register on Senet’s Developer Portal to coordinate access.

Carlos Briceno

“Strong ecosystem partnerships and critical technical advantages have allowed Senet to become a leading IoT connectivity software and solutions provider,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet. “We are pleased to be working with trusted partners like Kerlink to bring geolocation and other enhanced features to market in order to meet the demands of mass scale IoT deployments.”

“We are excited to support expansion of Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network in Las Vegas, which will bring new IoT benefits like geolocation to companies in the region, and enable a variety of innovative IoT demos at CES,” said Carlos Briceno, senior director of sales and business development for Kerlink Inc. “It also marks Kerlink’s first large IoT network deployment in the U.S. and an expansion of our international footprint, following roll outs across Europe, and in South America, New Zealand and India.”

Senet partners demonstrating applications on its network at CES include MultiTech (booth #2214, Westgate Resort & Casino), Sagemcom (Venetian, Lvl 3 – Murano 3201B), Semtech (booth #2215, Westgate Resort & Casino), ST Microelectronics (Wynn Encore Hospitality Suites), Tektelic (Venetian Tower – Suite 31-201), and TrackNet (LoRa Alliance booth #2121, Westgate Resort & Casino).

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Collaboration with large health insurer claimed to affordably improve independent living for the elderly

By Zenobia Hegde

Qorvo®, a provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, is helping seniors live more independently in their homes with the help of a new eHealth system powered by the company’s chipsets for the Internet of Things (IoT). Health insurer CZ will provide the system to 3,000 elderly customers in the Netherlands, marking the first deployment of a senior smart home solution by a large health insurance company.

eHealth technologies with whole-home sensor systems present an opportunity for health insurers and consumers to reduce healthcare costs and enhance quality of life. According to Grand View Research, the global eHealth market is expected to reach US$308 billion (€256.33 billion) by 2022, and the transition of the healthcare industry into a digital healthcare system for management and analysis of patient health is expected to be the most vital driver of the market.

The system that CZ will deploy consists of a non-intrusive set of motion and open/close sensors, and a gateway. It combines proven cloud algorithm expertise from Sensara with industry-leading Zigbee® Green Power RF solutions from Qorvo. Zigbee Green Power is optimised for ultra-long coin-cell battery life sensors (10-year replacement) and provides secure, long-range and highly reliable wireless data transmission. These features are essential to the evolution of the smart home.

Menno Janssen

Menno Janssen, strategic program manager of CZ, said, “We believe that seniors using reliable eHealth systems will gain a wide range of benefits, enhancing their quality of life and enabling their families or caregivers to have peace of mind that they are safe and healthy.”

Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit, said, “The innovation that Qorvo delivers in its Zigbee Green Power RF solutions, combined with behavior analysis algorithms, helps elderly people live longer and more independently at home.

We’re excited about our partnership with CZ, a large health insurance company, and commend them for being a frontrunner in deploying eHealth solutions to improve lives. The IoT lifestyle market is quickly growing, and Qorvo is proud to play a more significant part.”

Qorvo products that solve the IoT’s toughest RF challenges will be showcased during CES 2018 (#CES2018) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, in booth #42531, Halls A-D of Sands Expo.

More information about the IoT is available by downloading the Qorvo free e-book series, “Internet of Things For Dummies®.” The two-volume series is designed to help technical and nontechnical professionals understand the intricacies of the IoT. The e-books are available here. In addition, a video about Qorvo’s senior lifestyle system – can be accessed here.

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Programming’s Heavy Hitters Will Make Presence Felt at CES

By Alex Silverman

The convergence of programming and distribution into an all-in-one video business will be on display this week at CES 2018, as media stalwarts and digital disruptors come together to offer insight into where the business is headed. OTT and streaming video will once again be a well-covered subject, as more established players embrace direct-to-consumer offerings.

Disney, whose transition to OTT is perhaps the most-anticipated in the industry, will be well represented. Disney evp, publishing and digital media Andrew Sugerman’s Wednesday afternoon appearance on the “State of the Stream” panel is a chance to glean more insight into the company’s plans for its supposed Netflix competitor (expected in 2019). Disney ABC Television Group pres Ben Sherwood is also slated to discuss streaming during a “headliner conversation” Wednesday morning.

Also on Wednesday, Discovery pres/CEO David Zaslav will participate in a “Future of Video” panel alongside A+E Networks pres/CEO Nancy Dubuc, YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl and Comcast Cable pres of advertising Marcien Jenckes, among others. Zaslav, who will likely address the company’s pending merger with Scripps Networks, has been vocal about what he perceives to be a lack of quality virtual MVPD options in the US market. Fox, Scripps, Turner, Starz and NBCU are among the other programming groups represented in this year’s lineup. Digital players like Amazon, Hulu and Facebook —all of whom have multibillion-dollar content budgets this year—are also sending execs to discuss the OTT landscape. In addition to streaming video, attendees can expect to hear plenty about emerging technologies like 5G, the Internet of Things and AI.

The broadcast industry will have a revelatory moment Tuesday when the Advanced Television Systems Committee hosts a ceremony commemorating the first complete set of standards for ATSC 3.0 deployment. ATSC pres Mark Richer, CTA pres/CEO Gary Shapiro and NAB pres/CEO Gordon Smith will lead the celebration surrounding the hotly anticipated advancement. On the show floor, Comcast is focusing its efforts this year on its home automation business as one of the featured exhibitors in the Smart Home Marketplace. Turner is the presenting sponsor of the CES Sports Zone, a 4,900-square-foot installment at the Sands. Scripps will host tech consultant Shelly Palmer’s annual “Best of CES This Year” address in its invitation-only space just off the show floor. Palmer will also interview the Property Brothers of HGTV fame about home technology.

On the regulatory front, FCC chmn Ajit Pai withdrew from his highly anticipated appearance in the wake of his rollback of net neutrality. Still, a session featuring three FCC commissioners—Republicans Brendan Carr and Mike O’Rielly alongside Democrat Mignon Clyburn—could produce fireworks of its own. Clyburn has been vocal about her disdain for the FCC nixing net neutrality. FTC commish Terrell McSweeny and NTIA asst secretary David Redl are also slated to sit on the panel moderated by CTA vp, regulatory affairs Julie Kearney. Other hot regulatory topics will likely include spectrum allocation, infrastructure regulations, 5G deployment practices and IoT. Check back with Cablefax throughout the week for dispatches from CES.

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Bsquare partners with Amazon QuickSight and Microsoft Power BI to help drive and share industrial IoT data visualisations

By Zenobia Hegde

Bsquare, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, announced new DataV software integrations with Amazon QuickSight and Microsoft‘s Power BI that allow industrial organisations to quickly create and share powerful new cross-system interactive data visualisations and reports.

Customers can now leverage these popular reporting platforms to take connected device information from within DataV and combine it with other enterprise system data to create new data views that can be critical for business success.

“Data generated from connected equipment is allowing industrial companies to make quicker and more accurate decisions about their business,” said Dave McCarthy, senior director, products at Bsquare.

“The ability to quickly create new visualisations of that information by combining it with other data – and easily sharing the results with others in the organisation – is critical to achieving that goal. DataV currently offers native reporting based on the functionality within our apps. By providing an open standard connection to tools from third party vendors like Amazon and Microsoft, we’re helping customers extend the value they can get out of their IIoT data sets.”

With connected endpoints in businesses poised to grow from 3 billion in 2017 to 7.5 billion by 2020, being able to capture device data and turn it into actionable intelligence is fundamentally changing how industrial organisations operate. From predicting equipment failures to better utilisation of assets, DataV already helps organisations drive powerful business outcomes from connected device data.

These new integrations help extend the functionality of DataV so customers can build even more powerful cross-system visualisations and reports. Teams can create custom visualisations or select from a list of pre-built reports that map to the apps available in DataV.

DataV enables industrial organisations, such as those in manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas industries to use data generated by connected devices to make smarter operational decisions.

DataV IoT applications and platform help businesses translate insights generated by industrial assets into critical operational improvements, such as better managing devices, increasing production volume, or reducing operating costs. Visualisation tools are a critical component to realising these and other benefits from IIoT.

Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy to build visualisations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from data.

Power BI from Microsoft is a suite of business analytics tools that enable organisations to connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep and drive analysis. Rich, custom visualisations can be viewed from browsers or mobile devices. DataV also integrates with the Tableau visual analytics platform.

To learn more about how DataV is driving powerful business outcomes from IIoT, click here.

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The season of voice-based personal assistants

By Zenobia Hegde

One of the hottest gift ideas this holiday season are virtual assistants specifically those with a voice user interface (VUI).These handy devices are becoming increasingly common in our daily lives since Siri was first introduced in 2011. Around 700 million people are using AI personal assistants and the market is expected to grow to almost 2 billion by 2021. There are multiple solutions out there from Siri to Google Assistant to Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana. And Samsung has recently launched their Bixby assistant, while Facebook is expected to bring their own virtual assistant, simply called “M”, to commercialisation next year, says Christine Jorgensen, director product management at Qualcomm.

As a developer, it is important to understand how these devices work and how to take advantage of their capabilities. Internally they’re powered with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules like the Qualcomm QCA9377-3 and processors such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform. In this blog, we’re going to dive into how it all fits together.

Conversational and command-based interactions

A conversational interface is a user interface that mimics having a conversation with a human. Personal assistants come in two flavors: chatbots or text based interactions, and voice user interfaces (or voice activated assistants) like the commercial products indicated earlier. Voice activated assistants are typically command-based AI interactions – you ‘wake it up’ and tell it what to do.

Voice activated assistants are ideal for day-to-day tasks such as:

Fact finding: Internet searches to find information, time of day and weather queries.
Tasking: Setting alarms, sending messages, playing music & video, ordering things online, smart home coordination.
Information gathering: Call centers collecting user information, healthcare providing initial diagnosis.
Training: Learn a new language by conversing with an AI teacher.

Using a VUI bypasses the need for a keyboard, screen, and spellchecking which also makes it useful for hands-free communication as well as for accessibility needs.

The components

The hardware components for voice based assistants include speakers & microphone, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, and standard computer architecture (CPU, RAM). Although there’s a lot of technology in the device, the real brains usually reside in the cloud.

The easiest way to start writing apps that take advantage of VUI is to use a library such as Dialogflow which has integrations for all of the major players. If you want to delve deeper into the brains you can learn more about Natural Language Processing and machine learning in general.

The process

To be effective with this technology as a developer and a designer, it is important to understand the process of the complete command interaction which is as follow:

The virtual assistant is “woken up” using a trigger word (“Ok Google”, “Hey Siri”) to ensure that it only starts acting upon your command.
Audio is recorded on the device, compressed, and streamed to the cloud over Wi-Fi. Noise reduction algorithms are often applied to the recorded audio so that the commands are more easily interpreted by the cloud processing.
The audio is turned into text commands using a proprietary voice-to-text platform. Analog sound waves are converted to digital data by sampling the analog signal at […]

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IoT device security startup Cog Systems closes $3.5M Series A

Cog Systems, an IoT device security startup from Sydney raised a $3.5M Series A round from the Grok Ventures led by Co-founder of software firm Atlassian.

D4 Secure Mobile – Architecture

Cog Systems primarily provides device protection and secure communication via its D4 platform offering non-bypassable full disk encryption, nested VPNs, separation kernel protection, and isolated key store.

It also provides embedded software SDKs (software development kits). The startup is targeting enterprise and government customers as it recently named Immix Group as the distributor to US Local, State, and Federal government. Customers can use the technology to secure their voice, video, and call data using Cog System’s D4 encryption technology. Mobile, gateways and IoT devices are the main devices secured by Cog Systems.

“Security of connected devices is increasingly an important challenge to solve. The team at Cog is world-class with deep expertise in solving complex problems.”Cannon-Brookes, co-founder Atlassian

The startup plans to use the funding proceeds to open a new office in San Francisco. It already operates offices in Sydney and Chicago. “By steering the security architecture from monolithic to modular, we have brought proactive security to governments and the enterprise without compromising the user experience,” said Cog Systems CEO Daniel Potts.

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Vodafone UK and Ericsson successful in the UK with live pre-standard 5G test

By Zenobia Hegde

Vodafone UK and Ericsson, in partnership with academics at King’s College London, have successfully tested standalone pre-standard 5G using a prototype device in a central London 3.5 GHz spectrum field trial.

This is claimed to be a first in the UK and the initial step in further collaborative work between the three parties. Until now, no one in the UK has shown pre-standard 5G working independently of existing 4G network technologies.

Vodafone will continue to test 5G technology and evaluate opportunities to provide better services to consumers and businesses prior to its commercial deployment from 2020. The live trials will help to establish the innovative uses of 5G services that will benefit both industry and society in the future – in areas such as factory automation, smart energy grids and remote surgery.

Engineers were able to showcase a number of technologies at King’s College London, including Massive MIMO. The technology, which is already being deployed by Vodafone in its network, is the key building block for 5G. Massive MIMO uses multiple antennae to send and receive data more efficiently to boost capacity where lots of people connect to the network at the same time.

The project is also combining or “aggregating” different bands of mobile spectrums across the UK to increase capacity and boost data speeds. By combining four bands of spectrum, for example, Vodafone enables the latest smartphones to achieve data speeds in excess of 500 megabits per second (Mbps). These fast and ultra-reliable technologies are becoming essential for data-hungry video applications and as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands into people’s homes, vehicles and the workplace.

Vodafone UK head of Networks, Kye Prigg says: “We’re delighted to be the first provider to test standalone 5G in the field, however, building a 5G network will take time. Right now, we’re also modernising our network by making smarter use of our existing mobile technology to keep ahead of consumption demands and provide the mobile coverage our customers deserve.

“5G also needs fibre optic cables. Together with CityFibre, we will soon start work installing the advanced fibre networks providing high-capacity backhaul connections required for 5G mobile services.”

Marielle Lindgren, head of Ericsson in the UK and Ireland, adds: “Supporting our customers in making 5G a reality is key for us. This is a live trial in a densely populated central London urban area and the first time in the UK that we’ve been able to show pre-standard 5G working independently. We remain committed to advancing 5G development in the UK, working closely with leading operators and ecosystem players to enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction.”

Commenting on the news, Mischa Dohler, professor of Wireless Communications and director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s College London, says: “We are immensely proud to support two of the industry’s biggest names in one of the most exciting technology trials of our era. It is the product of years’ long engagement with both Ericsson and Vodafone, and testimony to King’s incredible research and innovation capabilities.

To be the first in the UK to showcase live […]

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