Ericsson unlocks IoT ecosystem with IoT Accelerator Marketplace

By Zenobia Hegde

Ericsson is launching the IoT Accelerator Marketplace to help address the need for collaboration within the digital ecosystem community and benefit developers and service providers alike.

For service providers, it is a catalog to find IoT apps from the global ecosystem to offer enterprise customers and provides shorter time to market for new offerings to their enterprise customers.

For application developers and application partners it is a window to an IoT ecosystem to connect with service providers through one single platform, exposing global cellular connectivity APIs. It also includes monetisation and settlement capabilities to facilitate monetisation and billing across the ecosystem.

Carrie MacGillivray, group vice president, Internet of Things & Mobility at Market Intelligence firm IDC, says: “Communications service providers are racing to scale and differentiate in the fast moving IoT market. It’s necessary for these service providers to have a robust developer ecosystem that helps them compete. For developers working across multiple service provider networks and platforms, the challenges of fragmentation are addressed by utilising APIs that apply globally and are consistent across all mobile networks.”

Jeff Travers, head of IoT, Ericsson, says: “The launch of IoT Accelerator Marketplace will unlock the potential for different players in the value chain to deliver value. It is another stepping stone to make 5G a reality by enabling massive adoption of massive IoT. This supports service providers as they seek to expose network connectivity IoT APIs and monetise these assets.”

Application developers can benefit from a new go-to-market exposing their offering globally through Ericsson.

This will enable app developers to scale their business and at the same time develop applications based on cellular connectivity APIs with added value for enterprises, such as fast and automated device and subscription onboarding, higher security, ubiquitous cellular coverage around the world improved for indoor utilisation, and superior handling of battery life.

Service providers and application developers can request access to the IoT Accelerator Marketplace here.

IoT Accelerator Marketplace is being demonstrated by Ericsson at MWC 2018. Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator is a cloud-based horizontal offering comprising of platform services and professional services, for service providers. It provides continuous incremental functionality offered as a Service to enable agile creation and deployment of solutions for the Internet of Things.

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Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine Powers AI Capabilities of Snapdragon Mobile Platform

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, recently introduced its Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, which is comprised of several hardware and software components to accelerate on-device AI-enabled user experiences on select Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platforms. The AI Engine will be supported on Snapdragon 845, 835, 820 and 660 mobile platforms, with cutting-edge on-device […]

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What are your best TipsFor6?

By Erin Scherer

We’re proud to say that over 56% of our members have registered an IPv6 block, but we also realize that means many are still left without IPv6. So, we wanted to give our community the chance to voice what they’ve learned from their own deployments.

Over the next few weeks, we will be asking you to share your best tips and lessons learned when it comes to IPv6. No matter what stage of IPv6 deployment you’re in, we encourage you to share something you’ve found helpful along the way.

As a community, we can continue our work to make IPv6 a reality in our region. We want to give you a platform to share what you’ve learned about IPv6, which may spark others to Get6 too!

Here are a few examples of what you may want to share:

  • An IPv6 deployment tip
  • Something you wish you had known before deploying IPv6
  • Advice for someone who is trying to convince their organization to get on board with IPv6
  • How you created a plan to get IPv6
  • The first step you took in your IPv6 deployment
  • The biggest obstacle you had to overcome

Here are a few examples of what your tip might look like:

  • “Once I got the proper materials and started researching and planning, it [IPv6] was not a nightmare like people had made it out to be. Some resources that we used to get up to speed were online tech documents, message boards, and books like Cisco IPv6 Fundamentals or Cisco IPv6 for Enterprise Networks.”
    – Charles R. Watt
  • “In discussion with my manager, we decided that the best way to get buy-in from the whole IT department was to make it an official project. This is key as it sets expectations for all the project members and stakeholders, and holds each team member accountable for completing their assigned tasks.”
    – Mattias Lindgren
  • “It seemed like a very daunting task at first, but one of the smartest decisions we made was to divide the network up into client and server environments. While our plan is still to eventually implement IPv6 everywhere, we decided to proceed only on the client side of the network that serves end user workstations.” – Mike Milne

There are several ways you can send us your tips. You can email your tip to escherer@arin.net, you can use the hashtag #Tipsfor6 or simply reply to our tweets on Twitter (@TeamARIN), or you can send your tip through Facebook. We will plan to collect all of your best IPv6 advice and turn it into a blog post in the coming weeks.

Now is your chance to share what you’ve learned with our community and beyond. We thank you in advance for sharing your #TipsFor6!

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TEOCO and SIRADEL partner to launch ASSET 5G

By Zenobia Hegde

TEOCO, provider of planning & optimisation, assurance and analytics solutions to over 300 communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide, and SIRADEL, advanced wireless propagation expert, partner to launch combined 5G mmWave design and optimisation solutions.

This innovative offering is designed to help operators solve new and complex issues when designing and optimizing the rollout of 5G networks.

The bold and ambitious partnership builds on two decades of customer facing experience to overcome the challenges arising at the eve of the introduction of the next generation wireless technology in ever new and additional frequency bands. With 5G moving into millimeter wave spectrum of up to 60GHz, the traditional propagation modelling paradigm is no longer sufficient to address massive MIMO and extensive small cell deployment scenarios that CSPs must plan for different 5G business cases.

This means that service providers must use different approaches to investigate the various wavebands, the different associated propagation loss, and plan and model their networks accordingly. TEOCO’s radio planning tool ASSET 5G addresses this, by enabling the CSPs to cost-effectively plan RF coverage, capacity and cell parameters for the wide range business cases and deployment options under discussion.

Combined with SIRADEL’s Volcano 5G mmWave propagation model and 5G ready GIS data, ASSET 5G allows CSPs to prepare for the roll-out of 5G in both the traditional low and mid bands, as well as in mmWave bands. SIRADEL’s Volcano has been validated by extended measurements in the 28GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz spectrum.

Sylvain Aubin

Moreover, the further advanced ray tracing capabilities enable massive MIMO modelling to be used in ASSET design and help to optimise 5G networks. With ASSET already complying with 3GPP’s release 15 standards and the initial 5G modelling requirements, the partnership will further strengthen advanced design and optimisation capabilities, as needed for massive MIMO processing.

“As a GIS data and propagation solution provider, SIRADEL offers a complete and optimised portfolio, for any environment: rural, suburban and dense urban. Its expertise in GIS data production for telecommunications has meant that SIRADEL has been able to tailor its innovative GIS products for 5G applications, especially in vegetation modelling,” said Sylvain Aubin, Wireless product manager at SIRADEL. “This collaboration with TEOCO expands our offering further by enabling us to deliver an innovative solution for 5G network design. Something that is close to the hearts of our customers.”

“5G is one of the top priorities for our customers today, and will continue to be, especially when planning for and executing the deployment and roll-out in the new mmWave spectrum. As such, we are investing heavily in 5G, to ensure the solutions we are developing make our customer’s 5G journeys as seamless as possible, and a success,” explained Thomas Neubauer, VP Innovation. “Our partnership with SIRADEL enables us to address the needs of 5G mmWave bands including 28GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz today.”

TEOCO will be available at Hall 7, Stand B1 at MWC if you would like to speak about the news in more detail.

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Quby Relies on Databricks for Collaborative Approach to Analysis of Internet of Things Data

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Databricks, provider of the leading Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark™, recently announced that Quby, the Dutch company behind smart energy product Toon, has deployed Databricks’ Unified Analytics Platform to support its analytics and collaboration strategies as it grows the number of energy providers that it works with across Europe. Using […]

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Teleena joins trade association IMC to reach new IoT markets

By Zenobia Hegde

Teleena, a global IoT and Mobility enabler based in The Netherlands, has joined the trade association IoT M2M Council to expand its reach among enterprises, particularly Semiconductors, Microelectronics, Chipset manufacturers and OEMs.

For its part, the IMC is the largest community of enterprise users and OEMs that buy IoT solutions, with 25,000 members globally, with 35% from North America, 25% from Europe, and the rest dispersed elsewhere.

“We see the IMC as a perfect opportunity to be more involved with the community and to support buyers of IoT solutions in getting their projects of the ground,” says Teleena CEO Kim Bybjerg, who will represent the company on the IMC board, “We intend to make full use of the group’s programs to consult, deliberate and help companies roll-out and scale their IoT solution in order to monetise and grow their business.”

Teleena provides an end-to-end IoT management solution for the world’s most demanding companies. Its offering includes IoT connectivity management, device management, business data automation and subscription management, all through a single portal, regardless of network.

The IMC rank-and-file members qualify for admission by being buyers of IoT solutions, and they are active in 24 different vertical markets, from medical device manufacturing to energy management to agribusiness. A plurality of the membership self-identifies as “operations”, and they are highly likely to be active in the procurement of software and connectivity services for IoT.

Recent surveying shows that more than a third of the IMC membership intends to make significant IoT investments in the next 12 months. “We see IMC member demographics closely aligned with the companies we helped worldwide to realise their IoT and Mobile business,” says Bybjerg.

Current IMC projects include organising a new conference and pavilion as the exclusive IoT infrastructure partner for the Consumer Electronics Show, a template RFP program for lead generation, and a quarterly research report that tracks IoT buying patterns.

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Fleet Space wins grant for Dutch agtech project

By Zenobia Hegde

Adelaide-based Fleet Space Technologies has scored a grant from the Dutch Government for an agricultural IoT project that, in collaboration with two Dutch companies, will monitor rainfall and optimise irrigation.

Fleet Space, which is planning a global network of nanosatellites for IoT applications, will contribute its technology as part of the Digital Rain IoT Platform via satellite (DRIPs) system. Other partners in the project include rainfall sensor maker Distrometrics and LoRaWAN specialist FactoryLab.

DRIPs won a competitive grant from the Netherlands’ Small and Medium Enterprises Innovation (MIT) program. It will enable the partners to conduct a trial to transmit data from irrigation systems and rainfall sensors on the ground to nanosatellites.

Fleet Space says the scheme has the potential reduce crop failures by 50%. “The technology will enable farmers to monitor soil moisture and rainfall at micro levels, using real-time data to drive optimal irrigation and fertilisation,” the company said.

Fleet Space co-founder and CEO Flavia Tata Nardini said: “A wireless network of irrigation sensors, connected by nanosatellites, will allow for more precise agricultural reporting, monitoring weather, water distribution, land quality and predicting future trends before it’s too late. The potential economic advantages for farmers globally, and the food production chain, could be life-changing.”

The company’s DRIPs partners are FactoryLab, an industrial IoT company that specialises in LoRa-based wireless data logging systems, and Distrometrics, which has developed an acoustic rain sensor claimed to require zero maintenance and provide information on rain intensity along with data on drop-size distributions. Distrometrics says it is ideal for use in areas with a high spatial variability of rainfall.

Fleet Space’s technology is not designed for direct communication with IoT devices but to use short-range wireless technologies to collect data at a Fleet Space ground station.

Nardini told IoT Hub in August 2017 that the company intended to use a proprietary wireless technology and earn revenue from the chips that would support this technology and from sale of the satellite gateways, rather than charging for the carriage of data via the satellites.

The company secured series A funding of $5 million (€4.07 million) in April 2017 which will enable it to launch its first two satellites this year. It is now looking to raise a further round to fund the launch of additional satellites.

In January Fleet Space secured South Australian Government funding to build the Adelaide-based mission control centre that will manage its planned fleet of 100 satellites, 24×7. The SA Government provided $500,000 (€406715.00) from its Future Jobs fund. This will be matched by a $500,000 investment from Fleet Space itself.

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Controlling fish farms water quality with smart sensors in Iran

By Zenobia Hegde

The fish farming industry in Iran has rapidly grown within recent years, doubling employment rates and multiplying its production. This activity began with the enhancement of the quality of fish species selected from the Caspian Sea and then continued through the development of intensive aquaculture utilising different foreign species.

Investing in the development of earth ponds, reservoirs and sea cages has become crucial for the local government, which supports the private sector by providing low rate interest loans and suitable land at competitive prices.

Location of Iran

The Iranian Caspian Coast is one of the main pisciculture producing areas in the country and its territory is full of breeding pools. These ponds are filled on average once a year and then emptied at the end of the breeding season. This makes water quality control extremely important for the productivity and correct functioning of the fish farms.

Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co. (ASM), Libelium official distributor in Iran, is active in a variety of fields including smart city, smart environment, smart agriculture, smart husbandry, safety, and security, among others. The company has developed a Smart Water sensor network to measure the water quality parameters of the fish farms in the North of the country.

Smart Water Sensor Network installed at fish farm in Iran

Water pollution is the first cause of financial losses in the market. The main objective of this project was to control water quality parameters in order to increase quality and productivity as well as to reduce costs and increase profits. Having information about water quality parameters in fish breeding ponds offers the fish farmers the possibility to manage their installations in an improved and more effective way, accelerating their inner processes.

Experts list a large number of parameters that must be taken into account in order to favor aquaculture productivity. The pH and dissolved oxygen levels are some to consider. Additionally, other chemistry limits are also recommended to protect the health of fish, such as ammonium and nitrite, the main indicators of toxicity created by the feces of fish.

ASM Engineering Team during the installation of the Smart Water monitoring system

In this project, the company ASM installed four Waspmote Plug & Sense! Nodes to measure water quality parameters:

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water (2 units)
Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water Ions (2 units)

Each pair of nodes were mounted in a buoy and located in different locations inside the breeding pond in order to cover the biggest possible area in the pool. Taking into consideration the nature of the project with all nodes installed inside the fish farm ponds, the ASM engineering team decided to use solar power in order to ensure a continuous energy supply.

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water and Smart Water Ions mounted on a floating system

In this project, the values to control were:

Water temperature
Dissolved Oxygen

Communications diagram of ASM Smart Water project

Communication protocol between the devices and the gateway was LoRaWAN and between the gateway and the cloud platform, cellular 3G. ASM used Loriot network server for handling […]

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u-blox announces u-blox F9 robust and versatile high precision positioning technology for industrial and automotive applications

By Zenobia Hegde

u‑blox, a global provider in wireless and positioning modules and chips, has announced the u-blox F9 technology platform, delivering high precision positioning solutions for mass market industrial and automotive applications.

The platform combines multi-band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high precision algorithms, and compatibility with a variety of GNSS correction data services to achieve precision down to the centimeter level. u‑blox F9 paves the way for the next generation of high precision navigation, augmented reality, and unmanned vehicles.

“High precision is the next frontier in positioning for mass markets, with countless applications in need of a robust and scalable high precision positioning solution. u‑blox F9 provides the hardware and integrated software components to address these needs,” says Daniel Ammann, executive director Positioning Product Development, Product Centre Positioning at u-blox.

The u-blox F9 platform will underpin the next wave of u‑blox positioning modules targeting mass market industrial and automotive applications. It uses GNSS signals in multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) to correct positioning errors caused by the ionosphere and deliver fast time to first fix (Fast TTFF). Its ability to receive signals from all GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou) further improves performance by increasing the number of satellites that are visible at any given time. Stand-alone u‑blox F9 solutions robustly achieve meter-level accuracy.

To achieve centimeter-level accuracy, u‑blox F9 offers optional on-chip Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technology. In addition to offering an open interface to legacy GNSS correction service providers, it supports the main GNSS correction services, taking RTK high precision positioning to mass markets for the first time.

Optimised for low power consumption, the u‑blox F9 platform sets a high standard for security with built-in jamming and spoofing detection systems that protect against intentional and unintentional interference. Dead reckoning technology based on inertial sensors extends high precision performance to otherwise challenging urban environments.

Automotive applications of the technology include lane level navigation for head-up displays and vehicular infotainment systems as well as for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, a prerequisite for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles.

In the industrial realm, u‑blox F9 will enable mass adoption of commercial unmanned vehicle applications including drones and ground vehicles such as heavy trucks or robotic lawnmowers.

The u‑blox F9 platform’s technology benefits will be showcased at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany from February 27 – March 1 at Booth #3-139. Product samples will be available in the course of 2018.

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Approxim@ction creates new standard for Ultra-Low Energy wireless sensor nodes

By Zenobia Hegde

The new EIT Digital Innovation Activity, Approxim@ction, will create a digital platform solution for approximated embedded computing, that tackles the challenge of short battery lives of smart wireless devices found in many Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems – such as industry and smart cities.

The answer is to create a new standard of Ultra-Low Energy (ULE) wireless sensors, which boost data package-based bandwidth and battery lifetime predictions through the use of mathematical approximation modules. These reduce the amount of data generated, computed and transmitted by wireless sensor network nodes.

The installation of wireless sensor networks is predicted to grow at an exponential rate over the next few years. Among the fastest-growing sensor types are the temperature sensor, which is expected to expand at an average rate of around 13% between 2016 and 2022 (Source: Zion Market Research 2017).

Gerry Nigro, the Innovation Activity leader said: “Until now, much of the work in wireless sensor networks has focused on saving energy by relying on efficient hardware and routing protocols which are agnostic of the data being transmitted, in order to create a new generation of Low-Energy sensors. Meanwhile, a new approach to scenario prediction and approximation has emerged. It is an application-level technique able to further reduce the amount of data generated and transmitted by wireless sensor network nodes, thereby lessening the transmission of unnecessary data.”

Gerry Nigro

Approximation-based energy consumption prediction focuses on both sensing and computing. On the sensing side, the target is to reduce energy consumption, by adapting sampling frequency and the number of measured bits to the characteristics of the signal. Energy consumption can also be reduced by serial transmission, based on ‘sensor buses’, which transfer data between components inside a device, or between the devices. On the computing side, approximation algorithms help reduce the number of computations and bits used in calculations.

Following a marker validation plan, Approxim@ction Innovation Activity partners will move on to integrate technologies in order to develop ultra-low power sensor network solutions – initially aimed at pressure, sound and temperature sensor manufacturers and machinery producers.

Mr Nigro continued: “Our aim is to bring a prototype of the prediction-based ultra-low power data tool to market by the end of this year. This tool will reduce communication traffic by exploiting a model of data trends available at both the sensing nodes and the data sink, and not sending all sensed samples. It will include the diverse approximate modules for data sensing, collection, and processing a transmission – and can be used to configure approximation modules and device management.”

The wireless sensor network market is expected to be driven by four major factors: rising demand, especially for the cloud; connected small objects advancing wireless technology across the world; growing security concerns especially in the automation industry; and the high reliability of wireless devices compared to the wired devices. The main major geographic regions leading this market are Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India), Europe (France, Germany and the UK), Brazil in Latin America and the USA in North America.

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