IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

16 Jan 2020

Telenor is providing 4G LTE-based IoT network connectivity to support Zaptec’s electric car chargers across Norway, including charging points at businesses, private homes, communal housing and local council properties. Zaptec previously used Wi-Fi connections, but Telenor says that LTE provides better stability for optimal charging and payments as well as making the charging points simpler to install and therefore cheaper. Zaptec has supplied over 25,000 smart vehicle charging stations in 15 countries to date.

Volvo Cars has signed an agreement with network operator China Unicom to promote 5G-based Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technology in China. Cellular 5G V2X systems enable information exchange between vehicles and the outside environment, providing real-time data on road/traffic conditions and supporting the development of autonomous driving. Yuan Xiaolin, senior vice president of Volvo, said that the Asia-Pacific market including China is one of the most important growth regions for the group.

Zain Group has announced that its Zain Drone subsidiary is the first drone services provider in the Middle East to receive international ISO 9001:2015 Certification with respect to its Quality Management System (QMS). Zain Drone’s certification offers assurances for external parties that the company follows a process-oriented approach for their service delivery standards, risk assessment approaches, and the procedures required to achieve its effective quality management. Zain Drone CEO AbdulAziz Jawad called the certification ‘the next step in the company establishing itself as the leading Drone-as-a-Service provider in the Middle East.’ Among other offerings, Zain Drone facilitates a range of applications relying on the gathering/processing of image data and supports the growing demand to replace physical inspection work with digital/automated inspections.

Tajik mobile network operator ZET-Mobile has signed a memorandum of cooperation with a state-owned company named Smart City based in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, under which the partners will develop 4G LTE-based IoT/smart city infrastructure and applications around the city.

Russian state organisation Rostec has approved an IoT roadmap specifying RUB76.5 billion (USD1.24 billion) investment up to 2024, including RUB37.4 billion from the state budget, of which RUB19.2 billion has already been budgeted (requiring an additional RUB18.2 billion to be allocated in upcoming budgets), plus over RUB39 billion in proposed funding to be attracted from extra-budgetary sources. As reported by Kommersant, the roadmap also proposes Russian IoT equipment development, with an estimate that sales of IoT equipment and solutions in the domestic market will reach RUB466 billion by 2024. Another estimate says sales of Russian IoT manufacturers in foreign markets could amount to USD290 million in 2024. Rostec’s roadmap document requires final approval by the communications ministry and the Government Analytical Centre.

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