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Huawei Wireless X Labs announces Digital Sky Initiative to enable the low airspace digitised economy

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By Zenobia Hegde

Huawei Wireless X Labs announced the “Digital Sky Initiative” during the eighth Global Mobile Broadband Forum (Global MBBF). The purpose is to spur development of drone applications and enable the low airspace digitised economy via enhanced low airspace network coverage.

The burgeoning drone industry has been one of the most coveted technology topics for many years. Today, drones are playing a critical role in a diverse set of fields such as transportation, agriculture, infrastructure, rescue and relief, and entertainment.

The birth of the Internet once brought computers to a new development stage. Likewise, connecting drones to networks is a pivotal step in unleashing their application potential. As the industry thrives, point-to-point communication between drones and remote-control platforms can no longer satisfy diverse demands. Innovative applications urgently require the connection among drones and the communication between drones and users. Drones that are connected to mobile communication networks can fly a better route, work more efficiently, and realise more rational airspace usage to deliver greater economic benefits.

“More and more activities that traditionally take place on the ground are now happening in the air,” remarked Zhou Yuefeng, CMO of Huawei’s Wireless Network Product Line. “Flying taxis for personal transportation will soon be a reality. The combination of drones and cellular networks will redefine the airspace, transforming the way we travel, shop, and create.

However, all current base stations are designed to serve humans and objects on the ground. Low airspace drones are supported by reflected signals and side lobe coverage. As a result, drones presently face severe signal interference challenges. The current network can only support a limited number of drone applications where aircraft fly below 120 m.” Network construction is the first step towards application innovation.

The digital sky initiative aims to provide 300 m low airspace network coverage, and create an advanced test environment for drone applications. The initiative will also support non-line-of-sight (NLOS) flight control verification and large volume data transmission to enable the low airspace digitised economy,” Zhou explained.

The digital sky initiative consists of three steps. Step one (2017 and 2018) seeks to set up connected drone application demo sites and promotes standardisation of cellular-network-based management. Step two (2019 and 2020) requires field tests and aims to achieve small-scale commercial use (deployment in over five countries). Step three (2020 onwards) is designed to bring low airspace digital networks into commercial use, and provide network coverage for at least 30% of low airspace.

Huawei Wireless X Labs has also set up a Digital Sky Special Interest Group, gathering governments, operators, drone vendors, industry organisations, and other customers. In October 2017, the world’s first Digital Sky Hub was founded in Shanghai. It aims to encourage joint efforts to set up drone application demo sites. In 2018, hubs will be set up in Europe, Canada, Korea, and other locations around the world.

Guests at the MBBF watched the live video sent back by the drones. Commercial 4.5G networks can now support NLOS flight control, data transmission, and flight. The new generation of 5G networks featuring ultra-large bandwidth, extremely-low […]

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Renesas Electronics delivers advanced security for Industrial IoT with enhanced RX65N/RX651 microcontrollers

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By Zenobia Hedge

Renesas Electronics, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the expansion of its popular RX65N/RX651 Group of microcontroller (MCU) lineup that addresses advanced security needs for connected devices operating in industrial automation, building automation, and smart metering systems. The expanded lineup features MCUs with integrated Trusted Secure IP, and enhanced, trusted flash functionality and human-machine interface (HMI) for industrial and network control systems.

“Security, reliability and connectivity have joined high-performance and quality as top decision-making criteria for industrial control system developers,” said Tim Burgess, senior director of the High-End MCU Business, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “The expanded RX65N/RX651 MCU lineup provides industrial systems manufacturers the high reliability, power efficiency and enhanced connectivity required for operation in industrial systems, while adding the enhanced security and connectivity required for edge devices in increasingly connected environments.”

The expansion of devices operating at the edge of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has increased system manufacturers’ need for secure network connectivity and reliability, including secure on-the-go firmware updates. The expanded RX65N/RX651 devices support these evolving security and reprogrammability needs, offering integrated Trusted Secure IP, enhanced flash protection, and other technology advancements to create a secure and stable integrated solution far above others in the market, as proven by the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation (CAVP) certification.

In turn, these security advancements enable seamless flash firmware updates in the field through secure network communications.

Key features of the expanded RX65N/RX651 MCUs:

Integrated Trusted Secure IP

The new MCUs expanded with enhanced security features are based on the high-performance RXv2 core and a 40nm process, which provide strong power efficiency for CPU operation at 4.55 Core Mark/MHz. Integrating the Trusted Secure IP into the new MCUs enables system control engineers to realise high root-of-trust levels for device operation through a combination of three new features:

Protect encryption key by Trusted Secure IP
Integration of encryption hardware accelerators including AES, 3DES, SHA, and TRNG as part of Trusted Secure IP
Protect boot code by area of Flash

The Trusted Secure IP received the CAVP certification, which ensures the customer will use a device with a high security level.

Network connectivity and HMI features optimised for the IIoT

Renesas has optimised the new RX65N/RX651 MCUs for connected industrial environments. The new MCUs offer network connectivity and HMI support that makes it possible to:

Monitor the operating state of machinery from both inside and outside the factory
Exchange data for making changes to production instructions
Reprogram the MCU’s memory to update equipment settings

Design engineers are often asked to integrate small thin-film-transistor (TFT) displays into their IoT edge devices or system control applications. These displays allow users to monitor machine behavior through a modern low-cost HMI solution.

The RX65N/RX651 is an ideal solution for controlling these displays as it features an embedded TFT controller and an integrated 2D graphic accelerator to provide advanced graphics features and high-performance applications. Selecting a WQVGA display size allows the large 640 kB of on-chip RAM to be used as display frame buffer, which saves external RAM, ensuring a cost-optimised design.

Seamless in-the-field firmware updates

Compared with other IoT devices, industrial applications are designed for […]

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Building cross-boundary collaborative solutions for next-gen IoT-enabled operations

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By Zenobia Hedge

Over the past few decades, IIoT technologies have crept into virtually every aspect of industrial automation and operations. Seamless connectivity, technology-agnostic interoperability and data-uniformity have enabled operators to easily monitor, manage and leverage data from any number of proprietary assets and processes in ways that, before, were simply cost prohibitive.

During this time, we’ve also seen the influence of the IIoT extend beyond the factory floor to the cloud. The omnipresent IoT liberates inexhaustible quantities of real-time data and metrics that flow cloud-bound to feed insatiable analytics, predictive AI and enterprise data applications; a holy grail manifested in the form of absolute (almost clairvoyant) awareness, intelligence and knowledge… at least this was the plan, says Nitesh Arora, head of Marketing of Cloudleaf.

Pretty sensational stuff, so let’s come down to earth and talk facts:

All too often, these IoT solutions were designed, implemented and managed on the underlying principle of providing efficiency through automation. In the race to digitise, far less thought was given to the real value of the IoT and its ability to help enterprises future-proof their capital investments by providing the means (not the end) to solving real-world business challenges.

As a matter of course, many enterprises implemented technology simply for technology’s sake and after the novelty wore off, operators were left with yet one more system to learn, maintain and pay-off. Even under the best scenarios, operation managers found that their IoT footprint was anything but low-overhead; the majority of IoT solutions on the market require significant allocation of implementation, integration and training resources.

More importantly, these solutions added unnecessary operational complexity that forced enterprises to shift focus from their core-competencies, building collaborate partnerships, managing staff, enhancing customer user-experiences and maintaining government mandated safety standards.

Today, few industrial IoT solutions are engineered from the ground-up to solve business challenges and uncover opportunities in a sustainable value-added way, and if you ask operation managers what their top 4 pain-points are, they’ll likely say:

I don’t have a way to efficiently orchestrate our complex workflows of materials, tools and people,
I can’t track the location or condition of my assets, or prevent them from getting lost or stolen
I have no idea how to leverage our partner relationships and tie into their inventory systems
I don’t have a good way of keeping my operational costs in check

Fortunately a new-breed of IoT solutions has recently come on-line offering a collection of robust technologies that go the extra mile to provide simplicity and the sustainable industry-centric solutions operation managers are looking for. So before we get ahead of our skis, let’s take a look a 4 essential ingredients that go into successful IoT asset tracking and workflow optimisation solutions:

Robust and battle-tested tech

IoT solutions must be able to rely on technology that is robust, interoperable, cost-effective and offers high-availability functioning. By equipping assets with unobtrusive medium-range wireless transmitters (such as Bluetooth-low-energy), plant managers can quickly build smart networks of IoT-capable sensors, gateways and channel and real-time operational data into their cloud applications.

This provides managers with virtually unlimited control over large groups of […]

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SEAT and Telefónica reach an agreement to promote digitalisation in the automotive industry

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By Zenobia Hedge

SEAT president Luca de Meo and Telefónica de España president Luis Miguel Gilpérez have signed an agreement that aims to promote a joint effort to develop innovative initiatives in the automotive industry. The agreement reached, which makes Telefónica a strategic IT supplier to SEAT, is set within the framework of SEAT’s strategy to position itself as a benchmark company in connected, digitised mobility solutions.

In this sense, the agreement between the companies reflects the collaboration in three major areas of work: the shared use of insights (information extracted from anonymised aggregated data) to design optimised approaches to solutions for mobility; the application of 5G connectivity in the connected car and developing digital transformation projects as an integral part of the car manufacturing process.

“With this agreement, SEAT consolidates itself as a benchmark in the sector’s digitalisation. Joining forces with Telefónica as a strategic partner enables us to take a major step forward in our commitment to offering mobility solutions that make lives easier for the drivers of our vehicles” assured SEAT president Luca de Meo, who added that “this collaboration will also enable us to use technology to develop projects that enhance our production processes and relationships with suppliers”.

Luca de Meo

According to Telefónica España president Luis Miguel Gilpérez, “new technologies are truly going to trigger a revolution in the automotive sector, and at Telefónica we want to be the leading partner in helping SEAT spearhead this new phase. How big data and blockchains will influence the sector, or how decisive 5G will be for the future of the autonomous and connected car are a few of the innovations that Telefónica and SEAT are going to work on together”.

One of the highlights of the agreement is that it places value on the implementation of new technologies for 5G networks in the connected and autonomous car ecosystem. The rollout of Telefónica’s fifth generation networks is going to offer a qualitative leap in the capacity, quality, latency periods and speed of telecommunications, which will enable the creation of new experiences and use cases of the connected vehicle.

Under this framework, both companies will work in different innovation sessions and idea workshops with the aim of proposing and assessing applications for this technology in vehicles. The proposals that are identified as offering added value will be put through pilot tests in real-life settings, specific areas where Telefónica has deployed these new capabilities.

Luis Miguel Gilpérez

Furthermore, the cooperation will also introduce the development and implementation of Industry 4.0 initiatives in the vehicle manufacturing process. In this sense, Telefónica and SEAT are collaborating on a proof of concept based on blockchain technology to improve the tracking of parts within the supply chain at the Martorell factory. In addition, solutions and systems based on IoT (Internet of Things) with the purpose of enhancing and streamlining procurement management and supplier relations.

The agreement also provides for the implementation of tools and joint mechanisms that facilitate data collection, management and analysis, all while respecting the principles of privacy, confidentiality and transparency of user-owners.

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4 IoT Devices That Are Perfect Christmas Gifts

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Whether a fan of cold weather or not, winter is soon approaching meaning that the holiday season is just around the corner. Obviously, everyone has probably wondered what devices they are going to get for Christmas, but have you considered what you’re going to get your family and loved ones? If you’re unsure, why not […]

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4 IoT Devices That Are Perfect Christmas Gifts

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By andrewdeen14

Whether a fan of cold weather or not, winter is soon approaching meaning that the holiday season is just around the corner. Obviously, everyone has probably wondered what devices they are going to get for Christmas, but have you considered what you’re going to get your family and loved ones? If you’re unsure, why not […]

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Eurotech and Data Market partner up to provide Industrial IoT solutions in Turkey

By Zenobia Hedge

Eurotech, a provider of embedded systems, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced a partnership agreement with Data Market, a System Integrator deploying products and solutions in the Internet of Things domain.

Eurotech selected Data Market as first partner to increase its presence in the Turkish market because of their expertise in developing enterprise portals, websites, intranet and in their implementation for Turkey’s leading companies.

Önder Özturan

“Eurotech IoT Gateways and Everyware Cloud solution perfectly fit into and contribute to our “Compass Connected and Smart” platform, which enables machine manufacturers to monitor, analyse and manage their products over the cloud. Eurotech, being a reputable global IoT gateway and platform vendor, has well suited solutions to our Industry 4.0 strategy and offerings.” said Önder Özturan, Data Market Business Development director. “Data Market aims to widen its footprint to broader geographies with vertical solutions and we believe that partnering with Eurotech will accelerate our business growth and success.”

“Data Market, being a solution provider and system integrator since 1992, is the ideal partner to establish Eurotech presence in the Turkish market” said Giuseppe Surace, Eurotech’s CP&MO. “This partnership is a further confirmation of Eurotech leadership in the IoT industry on a global scale and its willingness to continue to provide innovative end-to-end horizontal solutions for different verticals.”

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Eurotech and Data Market partner up to provide Industrial IoT solutions in Turkey

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By Zenobia Hedge

Eurotech, a provider of embedded systems, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced a partnership agreement with Data Market, a System Integrator deploying products and solutions in the Internet of Things domain.

Eurotech selected Data Market as first partner to increase its presence in the Turkish market because of their expertise in developing enterprise portals, websites, intranet and in their implementation for Turkey’s leading companies.

Önder Özturan

“Eurotech IoT Gateways and Everyware Cloud solution perfectly fit into and contribute to our “Compass Connected and Smart” platform, which enables machine manufacturers to monitor, analyse and manage their products over the cloud. Eurotech, being a reputable global IoT gateway and platform vendor, has well suited solutions to our Industry 4.0 strategy and offerings.” said Önder Özturan, Data Market Business Development director. “Data Market aims to widen its footprint to broader geographies with vertical solutions and we believe that partnering with Eurotech will accelerate our business growth and success.”

“Data Market, being a solution provider and system integrator since 1992, is the ideal partner to establish Eurotech presence in the Turkish market” said Giuseppe Surace, Eurotech’s CP&MO. “This partnership is a further confirmation of Eurotech leadership in the IoT industry on a global scale and its willingness to continue to provide innovative end-to-end horizontal solutions for different verticals.”

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How Augmented Reality Will Affect Marketing Campaigns

By Mark van Rijmenam

Often, I write about emerging technologies such as big data, blockchain, IoT and AI. However, other technologies are also increasingly affecting organizations, one of them being Augmented Reality (AR). Thanks to technological advancements, Augmented reality is rapidly growing and is projected to drive billion-dollar annual revenues within the next decade. A Markets and Markets report estimates that AR will grow to be a $117.4 billion market by 2022. Moreover, A Citi GPS report projects AR’s billion-dollar annual revenues will further increase to $692 billion by 2025. AR will be booming and offers great opportunities for organizations to expand and enhance marketing activities. Take a look at augmented reality’s impact on marketing:

AR Marketing Will Change the Marketer’s Role and Marketing

Augmented reality will have significant implications for marketers. To leverage AR’s opportunities for marketing campaigns, it is key to understand AR’s differences and similarities in comparison to other digital engagement platforms. AR is easy to adopt for many users because virtual aspects are superimposed over familiar environments. For instance, one study found that consumers enjoyed the playful experience of an AR mirror-app, compared to physical testers. The app helped them to virtually ‘try on’ eyeshadow and lipstick so they could easily visualize …

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IoT Cybersecurity startup Nanolock nabs $4.5M in venture funding

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Nanolock Security, a cyber security and malware protection startup that helps protect IoT end-points raised $4.5M in venture funding. A Canadian venture capital fund backed Awz Homeland Security Fund, the third in a series of investments by the fund in Israel-based companies.

“Israel is recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in cybersecurity and is commonly referred to as the ‘start-up nation’ for high-tech innovation. There is a growing global need for Israel’s powerhouse security capabilities and expertise. The strategy for our Fund is to invest in companies that are at the forefront of generating real solutions to the most challenging existing security threats.”
Mr. Yaron Ashkenazi, Founder, and CEO of the Awz HLS Fund

With offices in the U.S and Israel, Nanolock was founded in 2016 by Eran Fine, CEO and Shlomo Oren. The IoT cybersecurity solution consists of software and a hardware platform. The platform helps protect the system from the operating system (OS) level preventing the malware to be written at the OS layer.

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