IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

17 Apr 2019

Slovenia’s Telekom Slovenije has announced that it has ‘completely upgraded’ its national mobile network with NB-IoT technology. The operator notes on its website that NB-IoT supports varied solutions ranging from connecting individual sensors to the development of smart cities/communities, providing data for electricity/water/gas management, environmental monitoring, security, logistics/transport, production, agriculture, sales, financial, health and communal services. Telekom Slovenije is currently implementing its first NB-IoT projects in the areas of smart cities, e-mobility and e-health, and the company added: ‘NB-IoT technology, which through its existing network infrastructure provides excellent coverage and reliable connectivity, offers many opportunities to developers, companies, organisations and public institutions.’

Sigfox Canada has launched a coast-to-coast low power wide area (LPWA) IoT network. A press release states that the network has the capacity to support millions of IoT sensors and will benefit from a current ecosystem of over 693 Sigfox sensors to provide Canadian businesses with simple and cost-effective connectivity. The network is live as far east as St. John’s, Newfoundland, and as far west as Vancouver, British Columbia, with coverage ‘continuing to be added weekly’. Through its partnership with the Sigfox Global Network, Sigfox Canada offers customers ‘seamless’ coverage for 60 countries. By offering access to both the Canadian and Global Network, device manufacturers can use the Sigfox development kit to enable country-agnostic IoT connected devices.

Tunisia’s Tunisie Telecom and 3S have established a partnership to roll out a national LoRaWAN IoT network. The partners stated that the project has two main aims: to respond to different use cases requiring the transmission of small amounts of long-range information with low cost and energy consumption; and to support companies and start-ups in their IoT projects ranging from connectivity to transport, ensuring a high level of network/data security. According to the announcement, the chosen LoRaWAN open technology is designed to respond to the specificities of IoT projects in emerging economies, while ensuring interoperability between all actors in the value chain: application developers, connected object manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, service providers and others.

Spanish group Telefonica has launched its IoT Cybersecurity Unit, which will develop new IoT security solutions to cater to the existing and emerging threats faced by businesses deploying IoT. The division will also strive to expand the existing catalogue of IoT products and services offered to customers, leveraging Telefonica’s existing network infrastructure and the Kite Platform, an IoT connectivity management platform aimed at improving business efficiencies while reducing costs. As part of the initiative, Telefonica, via its ElevenPaths cybersecurity unit, has expanded its collaboration with Subex, a company specialising in analytic solutions for the telecommunications sector with whom it already offers a Fraud Management as-a-service solution (FMaaS).

Tele2 Russia and its part-owner Rostelecom, in partnership with Nokia, have expanded the scope of their NB-IoT pilot in the utilities services sector in Moscow. The pilot involves energy meters connected via NB-IoT technology, Nokia’s virtualised cloud packet core, Tele2 radio access network and Rostelecom’s transport network. In late 2018 Tele2 and its partners conducted the first testing of NB-IoT technologies for the energy sector, and subsequently expanded the pilot to ‘a large number of metering devices’, according to Tele2 technical director Alexey Telkov. A company release added: ‘The test results proved the effectiveness of automating the transfer of [meter] readings.’

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