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Rogers to launch national LTE-M network to power the next era of IoT in Canada.

By Anasia D’mello

Rogers announced its plan to launch an LTE Cat M1 network (LTE-M) to help businesses connect and track their assets in real time – using solutions such as logistics tracking, alarm monitoring, and smart metering. LTE-M will connect fixed and mobile low-power IoT devices to carry critical information over long distances, with longer battery life and better network coverage in hard to reach areas. This investment in LTE-M will make IoT solutions more accessible for Canadian businesses, to help them innovate and save money and time.

“As leaders in IoT, we are committed to supporting our customers as they explore the capabilities and benefits available through Rogers rapidly growing IoT ecosystem,” said Dean Prevost, president, Enterprise, Rogers Communications. “With the launch of LTE-M, we are empowering the adoption of reliable, low cost, and secure IoT solutions that support a variety of use cases such as asset tracking, smart cities, utilities, transportation, and supply chain management.”

The national rollout of LTE-M will start with an initial launch in Ontario by the end of 2018, followed by additional provinces throughout 2019, and a full national rollout completed by 2020. This investment is a stepping stone in Rogers multi-year technology plan to bring 5G to Canadians with its network partner, Ericsson.

“Rogers has a strong history of innovation in IoT. LTE-M continues that leadership and is a key part of our plan towards building a 5G-ready network,” said Jorge Fernandes, chief technology officer, Rogers Communications. “LTE-M will bring Massive IoT to life – a market with tremendous scale for connected devices – and will fundamentally improve how Canadian businesses and cities operate.”

LTE-M is also a great alternative option for all machine-to-machine connections that are still using the 2G network. As LTE-M is rolled out, Rogers will provide its customers with clear and simple options to enhance their service experience when they choose to migrate and upgrade their 2G IoT devices and benefit from all the new capabilities provided by LTE-M. In addition, LTE-M will also enable future consumer IoT applications such as wearables, monitoring and tracking solutions.

“IoT is now a mainstream tool of Canadian businesses, with 81% of medium and large-sized Canadian organisations using IoT solutions today, up from 70% last year,” said Nigel Wallis, vice president, Internet of Things and Industry Research, IDC Canada. “The development of industry-specific IoT solutions addresses unique business needs, like smart utilities and smart asset tracking. Low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) enable businesses to re-think traditional operations practices, and to innovate in ways they would not have attempted before.”

Rogers is expanding its portfolio of IoT solutions to meet the needs of Canadian businesses and municipalities. IoT solution providers who are interested in working with Rogers, or participating in LTE-M field trials are invited to submit an application here.

To learn more about LTE-M, visit the Rogers Business Forum.

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STPay-Boost IC combines hardware secure element with proprietary NFC-boost technology for better contactless performance

By Anasia D’mello

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor provider serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Fidesmo, the contactless-services developer and Mastercard approved global vendor, have created a turnkey active solution for secure contactless payments on smart watches and other wearable technology.

The complete payment system-on-chip (SoC) is based on ST’s STPay-Boost IC, which combines a hardware secure element to protect transactions and a contactless controller featuring proprietary active-boost technology that maintains reliable NFC connections even in devices made with metallic materials. Its single-chip footprint fits easily within wearable form factors.

Fidesmo’s MasterCard MDES tokenisation platform completes the solution by allowing the user to load the personal data needed for payment transactions. Convenient Over-The-Air (OTA) technology makes personalisation a simple step for the user without any special equipment.

“STPay-Boost, featuring our secure element and performance-boosting active contactless technology, is a unique single-chip payment solution that fits the design constraints of wearable devices,” said Laurent Degauque, marketing director, secure microcontroller division, STMicroelectronics. “Fidesmo’s personalisation platform provides the vital ingredient to create a turnkey payment solution that device makers can simply take and use with minimal engineering and certification effort.”

“Our cooperation with STMicroelectronics opens up a new market for us with support for lightweight boosted secure elements, and broadens choices for our customers,” said Mattias Eld, CEO of Fidesmo. “Together, we have created a unique offering that is sure to impact the hybrid watch market and drive the emergence of innovative new products such as wristbands, bracelets, key fobs, and connected jewelry.”

Kronaby, the Malmö, Sweden-based hybrid smart-watch maker, has embedded the STPay-Boost chip in its portfolio of men’s and women’s smart watches that offer differentiated features such as freedom from charging and filtered notifications. The SoC with Fidesmo tokenisation enables Kronaby watches to support a variety of services such as payments, access control, transportation, and loyalty rewards.

Jonas Morän, global product manager at Kronaby, said, ”We have achieved an intuitive and seamless user experience leveraging the ability to communicate with the Secure Element in the watch using Bluetooth. In addition, the ST/Fidesmo chip’s boosted wireless performance and compact size gives us extra freedom to style our watches to maximise their appeal in our target markets.”

STPay-Boost chips with Fidesmo OTA personalisation are sampling now to lead customers and are scheduled to enter production in November 2018, priced from $3.50 (€3) for orders of 1000 pieces (excluding Fidesmo license).

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Rajant, OSIsoft partner to bring enhanced Industrial IoT offering to mining, transportation, energy, and oil & gas sectors

By Anasia D’mello

Industrial operations looking to embrace the digital transformation, boost productivity and optimise their mobile assets are set to benefit as Rajant Corporation, the exclusive provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, has entered into a partnership with OSIsoft.

This partnership will see the two companies collaborate to deliver insight on demand and on the edge bringing new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to the industries they serve. This announcement follows Rajant’s debut at OSIsoft PI World in Barcelona, Spain last month.

“I’m very excited about the partnership of OSIsoft and Rajant,” shared Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions, Inc (ASI). Anyone involved in IIoT should be paying close attention. In our business, we automate vehicles, equipment, and robots; these two companies’ products are key enablers to our company, ASI. We became a Rajant partner many years ago.

Their Kinetic Mesh wireless network, in my opinion, is the only true mission-critical wireless network on the market. The more challenging the conditions, the better it shines. We recently started using OSIsoft and their predictive analysis, data visualisation, and automation tools are second to none.

But your data is only as good as the wireless network that transports it, so for reliable wireless communication, we depend on a Rajant Kinetic Mesh Network to transport OMF data to OSI’s PI Servers. IIoT is the catchphrase for what these two companies have been delivering for a very long time. My motto is, go with what is proven and what works.”

Rajant and OSIsoft, a trusted manufacturer of application software for real-time data management, will target mining, transportation, energy, and oil & gas to offer a holistic partner ecosystem. This will help organisations to reap the benefits of a digital transformation and build continuous improvement processes using data.

OSIsoft’s operational intelligence PI System offering will be working together with Rajant’s industry-providing Kinetic Mesh technology, a unique wireless network that provides fully mobile broadband connectivity which is fail-proof in any application and critical in data-intensive industrial environments.

To enable customers to shift from complexity to simplicity, OSIsoft will provide its tailored asset maintenance, management and analytical solutions to address the challenges that businesses often find with high-fidelity asset data. In turn, Rajant will seamlessly collect data points from all disparate communication systems and run it through a single pipe, which has autonomous adaptability to continuously self-optimise in response to changing conditions.

“Rajant is already well-rooted within an array of sectors that OSIsoft serves, such as mining, and this is demonstrated with many of our Kinetic Mesh devices being utilised across the globe. Our key strength is the networks’ autonomous adaptability. It can self-optimise routing and many configuration settings, unlike other wireless networks, which have completely static configurations and routes.

Add to this, Rajant’s wireless solution provides continuous connectivity even in high-speed, mobile applications. Industries can struggle to manage, maintain and regulate their assets and network while trying to cut costs,” said Gary Anderson, SVP of Rajant. “Our partnership with OSIsoft will completely eradicate any worries of set-up, maintenance, and troubleshooting truly offering the most mission-critical, reliable wireless offering on […]

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Volocopter will test flight taxis (eVTOLs) in Singapore

By Anasia D’mello

Volocopter, the aviation taxi provider, announced at the Autonomy Conference in Paris that it will conduct a test series of urban flights in Singapore. These tests are scheduled for the second half of 2019 and are actively supported by the Ministry of Transport (MOT), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS), and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore.

The aim of the flight testing is the operational validation of the Volocopter in Singapore’s urban environment. In a next step, public demonstration flights will follow. Volocopter and the CAAS will jointly define the scope of the flight tests. It defines the necessary regulatory and technical requirements for the aircraft and the infrastructure.

In addition, Volocopter will build a local product design and engineering team for further expansion. In addition, Volocopter is now evaluating partners in the areas of real estate development, mobility services, infrastructure development and others, with whom the company intends to co-operate with taxis in Singapore.

Volocopter are emission-free electrically driven multicopters that can take off and land vertically. They resemble a helicopter, are based on drone technology and can fly two people for almost 30 km. Volocopter are designed specifically for the city centre. They fly even with micro turbulence around skyscrapers around stable and are characterised by a pleasant feeling of flight for the passengers. Volocopters fly so quietly that they are no longer audible at an altitude of 100 m in front of the normal urban noise.

“Air taxis or eVTOLs have the potential to sustainably change mobility and logistics in cities. Volocopter is leading the aviation industry in this innovative technology. CAAS is pleased to work with Volocopter. We will investigate the technical possibilities, jointly develop appropriate operating guidelines and enable the flight testing in Singapore, “says Mr. Ho Yuen Sang, director (Aerospace) CAAS.

Mr. Tan Kong Hwee, managing director of EDB Singapore says, “Volocopter’s decision to build a local product design and engineering team demonstrates Singapore’s attractiveness as a location for talented aerospace engineers and the industry.” We are pleased to welcome Volocopter to Singapore our future cooperation. “

“We are in the starting blocks to implement the first fixed air taxi routes in cities,” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “Singapore is a logical partner: The city is a pioneer in technology and urban development. The collaboration is another important step towards our goal of making airline taxis.

“Already since 2016, Volocopter has received a provisional permit from the German authorities and is in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), from which the company is a commercial Approval is sought. Volocopter flies regularly in Germany and has been flown several times in the past several times.

In September 2017, Volocopter conducted an unmanned test flight over Dubai. There, the Bruchsaler company is a partner of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and is working on integrating autonomous air taxis into passenger transport.

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KORE’s new CEO unveils solutions and skills strategy to grow customer confidence in IoT

By IoT Now Magazine

In his first major interview with any IoT media, Romil Bahl, the newly-appointed CEO of KORE, tells IoT Now’s editorial director, Jeremy Cowan, why KORE has transformed itself from a connectivity-only vendor to an IoT solutions provider. He describes how clients can avoid the disappointing failure rate of IoT pilot engagements, and focuses on upcoming innovations in connectivity, lifecycle and application management, data-as-a-service, security, and reporting and analytics

IoT Now: What was your background in enterprise technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), and how did you come to this role at KORE?

Romil Bahl: I have enjoyed nearly 30 years in the information technology, analytics and professional services industries, which have been invaluable in setting the stage for my work in IoT – especially at KORE, as we work towards delivering comprehensive, strategic IoT solutions supported by end-to-end connectivity and device management offerings. Earlier in my career, I held leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting, A.T. Kearney/EDS and Infosys, leading to my first CEO position at a data analytics-focused public company.

Next, I served as EVP and GM of Global Industries for CSC, leading the industry go-tomarket strategy across its approximately US$9 billion commercial business unit, creating global growth strategies and expanding CSC’s footprint in cloud, cybersecurity and big data. Most recently, I was president and CEO of Lochbridge, a technology and solutions provider in the IoT and connected car space.

I am excited to join KORE and play a significant role in leading the company through its current transformation. Our new growth strategy changes the trajectory and complexion of our company and ensures we are holistically focused on achieving unprecedented results for our customers and partners. This is an inflection point in our history, and I am proud to be leading the organisation through this next chapter, which we have internally labelled KORE 3.0.

IoT Now: Can you describe KORE’s transformation from a connectivity-only vendor to an IoT solutions provider? And how has KORE aligned its consultative and technical offerings?

RB: Secure, managed connectivity is a foundational part of KORE’s end-to-end offerings, and always will be. But KORE has done more than this for a number of years now, especially in the device management and related service areas. Now, we are building on this core business by more effectively integrating our location based services (LBS) and fleet management capabilities, and formalising other value-added offerings that go well beyond connectivity. We fully recognise that while connectivity is essential to IoT, what our customers need are successful business outcomes, gained from data-driven insights from their IoT applications.

As the world’s largest independent network services provider for IoT and M2M communications, we have earned our excellent reputation as a trustworthy, carrier-agnostic partner. Customers benefit from our nearly two decades of experience in M2M and IoT, and we deliver proven network availability with the largest number of carriers globally in a single platform, across a range of different technologies. We are especially known for our expertise in complex enterprise deployments such as those that are multinational and multicarrier.

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