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CHTF 2017, Lighting Up the Smart City Dream

By IoT – Internet of Things

The Smart City Exhibition under the umbrella of the China Hi-Tech Fair, being held from November 16 to November 21, 2017, at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, features Smart City solutions, products, frontier technologies and innovative ideas in the sector. It aims to make news related to the sector available to everyone. The Smart City Pavilion flies the […]

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CHTF 2017, Lighting Up the Smart City Dream

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The Smart City Exhibition under the umbrella of the China Hi-Tech Fair, being held from November 16 to November 21, 2017, at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, features Smart City solutions, products, frontier technologies and innovative ideas in the sector. It aims to make news related to the sector available to everyone. The Smart City Pavilion flies the […]

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China Telecom and China Unicom certify u-blox NB-IoT modules

By Zenobia Hegde

u-blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced that its SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have successfully completed AVL certification with China Telecom and validation with China Unicom.

This process includes the SARA-N200 (900 MHz) and SARA-N201 (850 MHz) product variants, which were both designed to meet China market requirements.

The certifications offer greater flexibility to manufacturers of end devices integrating u-blox NB-IoT modules, guaranteeing optimal performance of the devices under China Telecom and China Unicom networks and full compliance to all operator requirements. Both modules are now commercially available.

“We are glad to announce that our SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have been approved for use in China,” says Perry Zhang, principal strategic partnerships at u-blox. “We can now offer full NB-IoT connectivity to our customers in this market.”

The u-blox SARA-N2 series NB-IoT modules feature extremely low power consumption delivering 10+ years of battery life and have been designed explicitly for the needs of applications that need to communicate for long periods of time in challenging radio propagation conditions, such as in buildings and underground, achieving a maximum coupling loss (MCL) of 164 dB. Measuring only 16 x 26mm, the modules are industrial grade, offering an extended temperature range of -40 to +85º C and ISO/TS16949 manufacturing.

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China Telecom and China Unicom certify u-blox NB-IoT modules

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By Zenobia Hegde

u-blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced that its SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have successfully completed AVL certification with China Telecom and validation with China Unicom.

This process includes the SARA-N200 (900 MHz) and SARA-N201 (850 MHz) product variants, which were both designed to meet China market requirements.

The certifications offer greater flexibility to manufacturers of end devices integrating u-blox NB-IoT modules, guaranteeing optimal performance of the devices under China Telecom and China Unicom networks and full compliance to all operator requirements. Both modules are now commercially available.

“We are glad to announce that our SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have been approved for use in China,” says Perry Zhang, principal strategic partnerships at u-blox. “We can now offer full NB-IoT connectivity to our customers in this market.”

The u-blox SARA-N2 series NB-IoT modules feature extremely low power consumption delivering 10+ years of battery life and have been designed explicitly for the needs of applications that need to communicate for long periods of time in challenging radio propagation conditions, such as in buildings and underground, achieving a maximum coupling loss (MCL) of 164 dB. Measuring only 16 x 26mm, the modules are industrial grade, offering an extended temperature range of -40 to +85º C and ISO/TS16949 manufacturing.

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Climbing the ranks in automation

By Zenobia Hedge

The top three countries that are leaders in manufacturing have remained fairly similar over the last few decades. The US, China and Germany have continued evolving to export a large amount of products to the world. To remain high in the ranks, these countries have adopted automation, optimised their manufacturing processes and advanced production processes.

Strong economy and large populations suggest that these countries will remain leaders in manufacturing and automation for years to come. However, as the industry grows, smaller countries are beginning to emerge as competitors in the industry, says Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation.

North and South America

Many countries in South America are driven by manufacturing. For example, in Chile, manufacturing contributes towards around 16% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and over 14% of the working population are employed in a manufacturing role.

States in Northern America are also looking south to improve their manufacturing sector. As the world’s eleventh largest economy, Mexico excels in a range of industries such as aerospace, automotive and food and beverage. The automation industry in Mexico is growing rapidly, with over 6,320 robotic units sold in 2015, tripling previous figures.

Mexico is also looking to greaten its presence in the global manufacturing industry by increasing company growth.The country is the first Spanish-speaking nation to partner with Germany at Hannover Messe 2018. At the trade show, Mexico intends to exhibit its new technologies and strengthen its international trade relations.

Central Europe

Western European countries such as the UK and Germany are regarded as the manufacturing leaders of Europe. However, some central European countries have rapidly growing economies due to their investment in manufacturing. Poland, for example, has seen its economy triple in the last decade.

Manufacturing exports contribute towards 33% of the GDP in Poland, compared to an average of 22% among other emerging nations. With a population of over 40 million, more jobs are created to meet the industry demand and support the growing economy.

Poland’s increasing presence in the manufacturing industry was highlighted when they were invited to be the partner country exhibiting at Hannover Messe 2017. As one of the fastest growing markets for automation, the country is now one of Germany’s most lucrative trading partners.

The Mighty-Five

The Asia Pacific region is one of the key players in automation, with Japan and China relying on automated factories to ensure a successful manufacturing industry. Smaller countries are beginning to invest in this technology to experience the benefits and grow their economies.

A group of countries known as the Mighty-Five are expected to rapidly evolve as manufacturing competitors over the next decade. Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam aim to invest in automation to offer the world low cost labour with high quality results.

The countries each excel in different areas of automation. India’s economy, for example, relies on the IT industry as the largest private employer in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, India exported over $167 billion(€143.44 billion) worth of IT and software services. The industry is expected to improve further as standard of living continues to improve in the country.

These countries still have a long way to go to compete with manufacturing giants, such as China or the US. Yet the rapid growth of automation in these countries suggests that the global manufacturing sector may look very […]

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Climbing the ranks in automation

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By Zenobia Hedge

The top three countries that are leaders in manufacturing have remained fairly similar over the last few decades. The US, China and Germany have continued evolving to export a large amount of products to the world. To remain high in the ranks, these countries have adopted automation, optimised their manufacturing processes and advanced production processes.

Strong economy and large populations suggest that these countries will remain leaders in manufacturing and automation for years to come. However, as the industry grows, smaller countries are beginning to emerge as competitors in the industry, says Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation.

North and South America

Many countries in South America are driven by manufacturing. For example, in Chile, manufacturing contributes towards around 16% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and over 14% of the working population are employed in a manufacturing role.

States in Northern America are also looking south to improve their manufacturing sector. As the world’s eleventh largest economy, Mexico excels in a range of industries such as aerospace, automotive and food and beverage. The automation industry in Mexico is growing rapidly, with over 6,320 robotic units sold in 2015, tripling previous figures.

Mexico is also looking to greaten its presence in the global manufacturing industry by increasing company growth.The country is the first Spanish-speaking nation to partner with Germany at Hannover Messe 2018. At the trade show, Mexico intends to exhibit its new technologies and strengthen its international trade relations.

Central Europe

Western European countries such as the UK and Germany are regarded as the manufacturing leaders of Europe. However, some central European countries have rapidly growing economies due to their investment in manufacturing. Poland, for example, has seen its economy triple in the last decade.

Manufacturing exports contribute towards 33% of the GDP in Poland, compared to an average of 22% among other emerging nations. With a population of over 40 million, more jobs are created to meet the industry demand and support the growing economy.

Poland’s increasing presence in the manufacturing industry was highlighted when they were invited to be the partner country exhibiting at Hannover Messe 2017. As one of the fastest growing markets for automation, the country is now one of Germany’s most lucrative trading partners.

The Mighty-Five

The Asia Pacific region is one of the key players in automation, with Japan and China relying on automated factories to ensure a successful manufacturing industry. Smaller countries are beginning to invest in this technology to experience the benefits and grow their economies.

A group of countries known as the Mighty-Five are expected to rapidly evolve as manufacturing competitors over the next decade. Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam aim to invest in automation to offer the world low cost labour with high quality results.

The countries each excel in different areas of automation. India’s economy, for example, relies on the IT industry as the largest private employer in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, India exported over $167 billion(€143.44 billion) worth of IT and software services. The industry is expected to improve further as standard of living continues to improve in the country.

These countries still have a long way to go to compete with manufacturing giants, such as China or the US. Yet the rapid growth of automation in these countries suggests that the global manufacturing sector may look very […]

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NEC Smart City solution is now certified ‘Powered by FIWARE’ to confirm it is aligned with relevant standards

By Zenobia Hedge

NEC Europe and its advanced Smart City solution, the CCOC, has been recently certified “Powered by FIWARE”. This certification recognises that the NEC Smart City platform is fully aligned with FIWARE standards, to ease the development of new Applications in multiple vertical sectors.

The CCOC will manage information at large scale and gather Context Information coming from different and highly distributed sources such as end users, sensor networks and all kinds of information systems, including social networks, processing it in order to perform smart actions, including prediction and prescriptions.

CCOC (Cloud City Operation Centre) solution collects real-time data of information from around a city, it automates the analysis, and allows for the swift provision of municipal services, which in turn reduces the workload at monitoring centers.

The public operational costs can be reduced using NEC’s technology to crunch and visualise the data, which means city planners can focus on taking decisions for the public welfare, improving the daily operation and coordination of multiple city services, bolstering security and ultimately improving the Quality of Life for residents.

Jose Luis Mate

As an official partner of FIWARE, Mr. Jose Luis Mate, CTO of Public Services at NEC Europe, commented, “NEC deeply believes in openness and collaboration. Our product strategy for digital transformation is fully based on it as well, and there is no better representation of those values than FIWARE. We leverage their implementation-driven software to build smarter applications in sectors such as Smart Cities.”

NEC is one of the first providers to be awarded with the “Powered by FIWARE” certificate, because of its strong support and close following of FIWARE architecture, protocols and best practices that are implemented in all Smart Cities projects.

FIWARE is an Open Source initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards for the development of Smart Applications in multiple sectors.

The FIWARE platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and also combines components enabling the connection to the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud.

The specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free. An open source reference implementation of each of the FIWARE components is publicly available so that multiple FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition.

NEC is also a platinum member of the FIWARE Foundation e.V. NEC was the first Japanese company to join the Foundation and has joined the board of directors and technical steering committee of the FIWARE Foundation, the foundation’s decision-making authorities, thereby contributing to development, standardisation and promotion of the FIWARE technology to accelerate smart city and smart industry businesses utilising IoT (Internet of Things).

NEC’s CCOC (Cloud City Operation Centre) will be on display in the NEC booth during Smart City Expo World Congress, which is being held 14-16 November 2017 in Barcelona. For more information, click here.

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NEC Smart City solution is now certified ‘Powered by FIWARE’ to confirm it is aligned with relevant standards

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By Zenobia Hedge

NEC Europe and its advanced Smart City solution, the CCOC, has been recently certified “Powered by FIWARE”. This certification recognises that the NEC Smart City platform is fully aligned with FIWARE standards, to ease the development of new Applications in multiple vertical sectors.

The CCOC will manage information at large scale and gather Context Information coming from different and highly distributed sources such as end users, sensor networks and all kinds of information systems, including social networks, processing it in order to perform smart actions, including prediction and prescriptions.

CCOC (Cloud City Operation Centre) solution collects real-time data of information from around a city, it automates the analysis, and allows for the swift provision of municipal services, which in turn reduces the workload at monitoring centers.

The public operational costs can be reduced using NEC’s technology to crunch and visualise the data, which means city planners can focus on taking decisions for the public welfare, improving the daily operation and coordination of multiple city services, bolstering security and ultimately improving the Quality of Life for residents.

Jose Luis Mate

As an official partner of FIWARE, Mr. Jose Luis Mate, CTO of Public Services at NEC Europe, commented, “NEC deeply believes in openness and collaboration. Our product strategy for digital transformation is fully based on it as well, and there is no better representation of those values than FIWARE. We leverage their implementation-driven software to build smarter applications in sectors such as Smart Cities.”

NEC is one of the first providers to be awarded with the “Powered by FIWARE” certificate, because of its strong support and close following of FIWARE architecture, protocols and best practices that are implemented in all Smart Cities projects.

FIWARE is an Open Source initiative whose mission is to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards for the development of Smart Applications in multiple sectors.

The FIWARE platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and also combines components enabling the connection to the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud.

The specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free. An open source reference implementation of each of the FIWARE components is publicly available so that multiple FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition.

NEC is also a platinum member of the FIWARE Foundation e.V. NEC was the first Japanese company to join the Foundation and has joined the board of directors and technical steering committee of the FIWARE Foundation, the foundation’s decision-making authorities, thereby contributing to development, standardisation and promotion of the FIWARE technology to accelerate smart city and smart industry businesses utilising IoT (Internet of Things).

NEC’s CCOC (Cloud City Operation Centre) will be on display in the NEC booth during Smart City Expo World Congress, which is being held 14-16 November 2017 in Barcelona. For more information, click here.

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ETSI creates City Digital Profile group on smart cities

By Zenobia Hedge

ETSI is pleased to announce the creation of a new Industry Specification Group “City Digital Profile” (ISG CDP) that will help accelerate the delivery of integrated citizen services and provide a technology road map for city leaders who will benefit from standardised solutions from their suppliers.

In providing this technology framework and clear roadmap for technology investment and deployment, market confidence levels in the city infrastructure investments should increase and in addition this will cities the possibility to replicate those solutions across domains, between cities and on a large scale. Smart services are intended to improve the overall quality of living in the city and make them attractive to citizens, investors, business, innovators, visitors and tourists.

The City Digital Profile ISG will enable cities to procure smart solutions with confidence that those solutions will be extendable, configurable and interoperable with similar services from other cities and providers. City administrators will therefore deliver advanced services to their citizens, whilst respecting essential environmental factors, sustainability objectives and reducing the overall cost of deployment.

“I am excited that this group will enable city leaders and suppliers to work together to mass market replication of citizen centric systems that are innovative, agile and creative while also fully standards compliant, secure, resilient and cost effective,” says Paul Copping, convenor of the City Digital Profile ISG, and chief innovation officer at DG Cities Ltd in Greenwich, London.

Initial cross domain city applications will include:

Health and social care (disability entitlement; housing benefit and rent payment; housing condition, assisted living and vulnerability)
Building management and connected homes
Urban lighting
Water and waste management and energy
Transportation and mobility
Environmental issues such as pollution and resource optimisation

Other key issues such as citizen related data retention and privacy protection will also be considered, in co-operation with such groups as oneM2M, the ETSI founded partnership project and the ETSI Technical Committee Cyber.

The kick-off meeting of the ISG will take place on 20-21 November 2017 at ETSI headquarters where the group will elect its chair and vice chair and decide on the future work and priorities.

ETSI will also be a speaker at the Smart City Expo, in Barcelona from 14-16 November in Barcelona, as well as organising a dedicated session alongside the main event to present the ISG CDP concept.

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ETSI creates City Digital Profile group on smart cities

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By Zenobia Hedge

ETSI is pleased to announce the creation of a new Industry Specification Group “City Digital Profile” (ISG CDP) that will help accelerate the delivery of integrated citizen services and provide a technology road map for city leaders who will benefit from standardised solutions from their suppliers.

In providing this technology framework and clear roadmap for technology investment and deployment, market confidence levels in the city infrastructure investments should increase and in addition this will cities the possibility to replicate those solutions across domains, between cities and on a large scale. Smart services are intended to improve the overall quality of living in the city and make them attractive to citizens, investors, business, innovators, visitors and tourists.

The City Digital Profile ISG will enable cities to procure smart solutions with confidence that those solutions will be extendable, configurable and interoperable with similar services from other cities and providers. City administrators will therefore deliver advanced services to their citizens, whilst respecting essential environmental factors, sustainability objectives and reducing the overall cost of deployment.

“I am excited that this group will enable city leaders and suppliers to work together to mass market replication of citizen centric systems that are innovative, agile and creative while also fully standards compliant, secure, resilient and cost effective,” says Paul Copping, convenor of the City Digital Profile ISG, and chief innovation officer at DG Cities Ltd in Greenwich, London.

Initial cross domain city applications will include:

Health and social care (disability entitlement; housing benefit and rent payment; housing condition, assisted living and vulnerability)
Building management and connected homes
Urban lighting
Water and waste management and energy
Transportation and mobility
Environmental issues such as pollution and resource optimisation

Other key issues such as citizen related data retention and privacy protection will also be considered, in co-operation with such groups as oneM2M, the ETSI founded partnership project and the ETSI Technical Committee Cyber.

The kick-off meeting of the ISG will take place on 20-21 November 2017 at ETSI headquarters where the group will elect its chair and vice chair and decide on the future work and priorities.

ETSI will also be a speaker at the Smart City Expo, in Barcelona from 14-16 November in Barcelona, as well as organising a dedicated session alongside the main event to present the ISG CDP concept.

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