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7 May 2020

Mobile network operator T-Mobile Poland announced on its website that its NB-IoT network coverage reached 94% of the country at the end of April 2020, via 4,300 LTE base stations. Among various ongoing projects, T-Mobile highlights a partnership with thermal energy company Geotermia Podhalanska, currently serving four municipalities with remote meter reading provided via the NB-IoT network and over 1,500 telemetry devices, while the cellco is also running NB-IoT smart waste management projects. Back in November 2017 T-Mobile Poland launched its first NB-IoT-enabled base stations, and in June 2018 the operator disclosed that NB-IoT – based on its LTE-800 network – had live coverage of more than 250 municipalities.

Singapore’s telecoms regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is partnering mobile operator M1 and tech firms Samsung and IBM to launch the city-state’s first 5G Industry 4.0 trial this quarter, to demonstrate the transformative impact of 5G for enterprises and drive Singapore’s digital economy. The partnership consists of the following three main areas: 5G Innovation (to design, develop, test and benchmark 5G-enabled industry 4.0 solutions that can be applied across various industries); 5G Solution Showcase (featuring Industry 4.0 solutions powered by 5G and leveraging IoT and AI to help proliferate 5G solutions to different industry sectors in Singapore); and 5G Solutions Rollout (IBM and Samsung will evaluate successful solutions developed during the project for possible use in their operations in a broad range of markets and sectors).

Cellco Vodafone UK has launched a connected heat detection camera for screening people for potential COVID-19 infection, developed in partnership with Digital Barriers. The device can take body temperatures of 100 people a minute with approximate accuracy within half a degree Celsius. Vodafone UK CTO Scott Petty stated: ‘The heat detection camera brings together Vodafone’s expertise in IoT with innovative technology and a secure managed service to create an enterprise-grade solution that protects employees and front-of-house staff. Our IoT network can connect many cameras quickly and without disruption in almost any location.’ The move echoes recent solutions for remote body temperature measurement presented by Russian telecoms operators ER-Telecom, Rostelecom and MegaFon.

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