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China-based Tuya Smart launches the fully upgraded global IoT platform

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On January 10, 2018, Tuya Smart, a China-based provider of IoT platform, announced their fully upgraded IoT platform at CES 2018, the annual tech extravaganza that kicked off in Las Vegas on January 9. The efficient and low-cost global system enables manufacturers to rapidly upgrade their products by providing them with AI services, including hardware […]

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CES 2018: Avnet Demonstrates Vertical-Specific IoT Solutions

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Avnet is showcasing a selection of innovative smart solutions based on its secure IoTConnect platform at CES 2018, January 9-12 in Las Vegas. Avnet’s IoTConnect platform was developed to provide customers with a single go-to software platform to support the complex communications, device and data management capabilities required to leverage the power of the Internet of Things […]

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BOE Presents its 8K UHD display at CES 2018

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On January 9, CES 2018 opened as expected in Las Vegas, the United States. At this top trade show for the global consumer electronics industry, BOE exhibited its 8K UHD intelligent interfaces and IoV innovative products together with its partners such as HiSilicon, Byton and StreamTV, and won the “2017-2018 Consumer Electronics Top 10 Brands from […]

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Sengled Partners with Baidu to Introduce China’s First Voice-Activated Smart Lamp Speaker

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Sengled is partnering with leading AI company, Baidu, to introduce the Sengled Smart Lamp Speaker, a new voice-enabled lighting concept. Both companies will showcase Sengled Smart Lamp Speaker at the annual CES in Las Vegas, NV, January 9-12, 2018, with the official reveal commencing at the Baidu World @ Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. The […]

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Conservation Labs Unveils H2know, an Affordable Smart Water Meter and App for Preventing Leaks

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Saving consumers about $250 a year in water-related expenses, Conservation Labs is introducing H2know, an affordable, innovative smart water meter that is easy to install and access through an app, at CES 2018 on Jan. 9-12, 2018. (Booth #52335, Sands, Hall G – Eureka Park Marketplace). The new company’s non-invasive solution, which recently received recognition from […]

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Cellular protocol provides Impetus to V2X, while delays in the US mandate could stall DSRC

By Zenobia Hegde

A NHTSA proposed mandate in the US to fit DSRC V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) wireless communication systems, that aim to increase road safety and improve traffic management, still has not been implemented and has an uncertain future under the Trump administration.

Meanwhile a cellular technology based alternative (C-V2X) has recently been developed, with its advocates claiming it offers the high performance necessary to support V2X safety-critical applications.

The Strategy Analytics report, “Mandate Delays will Favor C-V2X in ‘Protocol War’ Battle with DSRC for V2X Implementations”, analyses the latest developments and possible V2X market demand outcomes.

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With only limited offerings in Japan and on the 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan in the US, DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) deployments are very low for a technology that was developed 20 years ago, that was standardized 7 years ago and has a recently proposed mandate planned for the US. The lack of “critical mass” of DSRC-enabled vehicles has, however, shifted attention towards the cellular communication protocol as a means of promoting V2X more rapidly.

Stumbling blocks for DSRC V2X include the requirement of a new widespread infrastructure to be built and the limited DSRC adoption in other automotive wireless applications, largely confined to ETC (Electronic Toll Collection). Conversely, C-V2X can leverage beacons already in place by the mobile industry and enables consumers immediate access to less safety-critical V2N (Vehicle-to-Network) and V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) applications, sometimes in tandem with connected vehicle services through a smartphone app.

C-V2X also has the PC5 interface linking to the 5.9 GHz band to enable safety critical Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS) V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) applications without adding data cost to consumers. “This”, said Kevin Mak, senior analyst at the Automotive Practice of Strategy Analytics, “will enable a faster route to V2X than otherwise with DSRC.”

While the C-V2X ecosystem continues to expand, most recently with the release of the Qualcomm 9150 chipset platform, the report findings highlight significant ongoing contention between proponents of the two V2X solutions.

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Are we enter the era of Wearables-as-a-Service?

By Zenobia Hegde

At this week’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Omate will unveil its Wearable-as-a-Service (WaaS) exclusive partnership with Medical Guardian designed to protect senior citizens in North America.

Omate announces new Wearable-as-a-Service solution to protect lone workers.

The new, next generation Omate 4G O5LW smartwatch is powered by Arkea on Life secure location-based services.

This can be seen at Booth 43855 in the Health & Wellness Marketplace. Demo will be available later at ShowStoppers at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, in the Lafite Ballroom on Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 6.00 to 10.00p.m.

On Sunday Omate announced its newest 4G enabled smartwatch, the Omate O5LW – wearable platform powered by Arkea on Life.

Introducing the O5LW

“We are excited to work with Arkea On Life to offer consumers the opportunity to protect their family through the most secure platform to date. Using Arkea insurance and banking background, guarantees the safety of the data of the end users.

This relationship opens up possibilities for new Wearable-as-a-Services for enterprise segments through Arkea On Life services such as lone workers in the security, public utilities, transportation and many other industries,” says Laurent Le Pen, founder & CEO at Omate.

The O5LW is a low power 4G always-on standalone wearable and GPS tracker packaged in a robust IP67 case and is ideal for companies looking for connected services tailored to their industries.

WaaS: Wearable-as-a-Service

Omate has strategically invested in IoT for smart connected wearables to offer tailored services to companies evolving in the kids, elderly and enterprise segments. Modules powered by Omate are used in wearable devices for people who need protection from kids to seniors to lone workers

Yvon Le Bihan

“We are delighted that Omate selected Arkea On Life services for its next generation platform,” said Yvon Le Bihan, CEO at Arkea On Life. “Our services are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s wearable devices for both consumer and enterprise segments.”

Always-on connectivity for tailored services

The Omate O5LW powered wearable is designed to deliver an always connected experience with the latest 4G modem, integrated GPS, low power Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®.

The O5LW can last up to three days on a single charge and triangulates location using GPS, 4G cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, for a more accurate positioning.

The O5LW will be available from June 2018 exclusively through Arkea On Life; associated services will be accessible through several mobile network operators and insurance companies starting Q3 2018.

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Avnet introduces IoTconnect software platform and smart connectivity solutions

By Zenobia Hegde

Avnet, a global technology distributor, announced its IoTConnect cloud-based software platform and a portfolio of smart, market-ready connectivity solutions built around the platform to help organisations jump-start development of IoT-enabled systems and services. Avnet will showcase the IoTConnect platform and a selection of innovative smart solutions at CES 2018, January 9-12 in Las Vegas, booth 2609, at Tech East, Westgate.

The highly scalable IoTConnect platform utilises Microsoft’s enterprise-grade Azure hybrid cloud computing service to enable the seamless distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise systems. Azure’s powerful security and connectivity protocols give IoTConnect users the flexibility to develop and deploy apps and solutions using their choice of tools, applications and frameworks.

In collaboration with 14 leading suppliers across its comprehensive IoT partner ecosystem, Avnet has also developed a broad selection of smart, market-ready connectivity solutions that leverage the IoTConnect platform to tackle business challenges common to many industry verticals, including manufacturing, medical, environmental, construction, retail, food processing and smart city.

These digital solutions – Smart Factory, Smart Asset Monitoring, Smart Connected Worker, Smart Building, Smart Healthcare, Smart Retail, Smart Office, Smart Fleet Management and Smart Warehouse – can be deployed out of the box or tailored to meet segment-specific requirements. Avnet’s smart solutions combine advanced software capability with state-of-the-art silicon component technologies to transform real-time operational data into insightful information enabling more informed, strategic decision-making.

“Avnet recognises that concerns such as security risk, unexpected downtime, low efficiency and information latency frequently hinder organisations’ ability to capture the full potential of digitisation,” said Lou Lutostanski, Avnet vice president, Internet of Things. “IoTConnect, supported by Microsoft Azure, not only helps mitigate these risks, but enables enterprises to generate intelligence that will make their organisations more productive, secure and competitive in the digital age.”

“Built on Azure services, Avnet’s versatile IoTConnect platform and its new Smart Industry solutions include powerful analytics, cognitive services, artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Rodney Clark, vice president, IoT, Microsoft. “With these repeatable Edge to Cloud solutions both partners and customers will be able to take full advantage of the digital transformation opportunities IoT represents.”

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Verizon, Qualcomm, and Ericsson collaborate to trial latest Massive MIMO advancements, on the path to 5G

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Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated extended their technology innovation leadership by completing the first successful FDD Massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device.

This achievement builds on the momentum from the deployment of FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) Massive MIMO (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) on Verizon’s wireless network in Irvine, California.

“We don’t wait for the future, we build it. And this is another great example of moving the industry forward,” says Nicola Palmer, chief network engineer and head of Wireless Networks, Verizon. “Massive MIMO is a critical component of our 4G LTE Advancements and will play an important role in 5G technology that will result in single digit latency and scalability in the billions of connections.”

In this trial, the three companies used the latest Ericsson Massive MIMO software and hardware on Verizon’s network, along with a mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform with X20 LTE using TM9 (Transmission Mode 9). TM9 is an enhancement for consumer devices that will make them fully compatible with Massive MIMO, enabling a better experience.

Massive MIMO is a key technology component in the evolution towards 5G. It has the potential of greatly improving network capacity and the customer’s experience. To realise the gains, both the network and devices need to support new TM9 functionality which leverages advanced beamforming schemes between the network equipment and the mobile device. This will raise network spectral efficiency and customer speeds.

Nicola Palmer

Joe Glynn, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. says: “This milestone further demonstrates Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership and commitment to continually bring innovative technologies to consumers to improve their mobile experiences. We look forward to continuing our work with Verizon and Ericsson to push the limits of LTE while ushering in a world of 5G.”

Niklas Heuveldop, head of Market Area North America, Ericsson, says: “Advanced Antenna Systems and Massive MIMO are key technology enablers for 5G, and 4G LTE service providers and end users will also benefit from the superior capacity and network performance these technologies enable. The latest trial is another important step in the collaboration we have with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to further evolve 4G and prepare the network for 5G.”

The Ericsson Massive MIMO portfolio is expected to be available next year, putting it well in line with commercial smartphones with the TM9 compatible chipset, which are expected to hit the markets in the first half of 2018.

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Alps Electric to Introduce Input Device for Autonomous Cars and Other Technologies at CES 2018

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Japanese electronic components manufacturer Alps Electric Co., Ltd. will open a booth at CES 2018 to introduce its latest technology. CES 2018 opens at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States on January 9, 2018. At CES 2018, an exposition of cutting-edge technologies brought together from […]

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