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17 Sep 2020

London’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability has enlisted UK telecoms giant BT and start-up Microshare for IoT solutions to automate routine tasks, enabling staff to spend more time with patients and reducing energy costs. IoT sensors in patients’ rooms and on equipment monitor room occupancy and temperature, as well as asset tracking of objects like wheelchairs, temperature monitoring of medicine fridges, and water tank monitoring for legionella bacteria compliance testing. BT provided a secure wireless network using LoRaWAN and cloud technology.

Vodafone Business and Landis+Gyr have entered a strategic global agreement to deliver mobile IoT functionalities for energy management. Using Vodafone Business’ IoT services, Landis+Gyr utility customers can benefit from the Gridstream Connect platform across multiple carrier networks without needing to manage multiple subscription contracts. The agreement covers access to more than 400 networks in 180 countries using a single subscriber identity profile.

Telenor Group’s Telenor Connexion IoT division has extended its global managed connectivity offer to include access in countries that currently restrict the usage of global SIM cards. Via Telenor Connexion’s new platform, a local SIM profile is provided for the global SIM card, with the aim of freeing international enterprises from having to deal with multiple suppliers and various technical solutions in different countries.

American Tower Brasil has signed eleven LoRaWAN IoT reference contracts with research institutions, educational centres and government agencies, including agreements to develop smart city projects, reports Brazilian website TeleTime. Furthermore, the IoT OpenLabs platform in Brazil – developed in partnership with Everynet and BandTec Digital – now has more than 60 partners.

China Telecom and international Tier-1 IoT network carrier 1NCE have announced the commercial launch of NB-IoT roaming for China, making the ‘1NCE IoT Flat Rate’ with NB-IoT/4G coverage available to all customers for EUR10 (USD11.8) per device for ten years including 500MB data volume and 250 SMS, enabling international companies to enter the Chinese market with their IoT products, as well as Chinese companies to expand their IoT businesses worldwide. Besides NB-IoT service for mainland China, the new ‘China+’ SIM card also provides regional 4G coverage for markets including Hong Kong and Macau. 1NCE covers over 100 countries with cellular connectivity on its single tariff. With more than 3,500 customers, 1NCE has sold more than five million SIM cards to date since its launch in August 2018.

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