IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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3 Dec 2020

Indonesia’s Indosat Ooredoo has launched the ‘IoT Smart Manufacturing’ service aimed at enabling customers in the manufacturing sector to easily manage their business, ensuring the entire production flow runs optimally with real-time production machinery monitoring, whilst reducing operational costs. Various manufacturing industries such as chemicals, automotive, textiles, medicines and others are expected to utilise service features including ‘Smart Productivity’ which uses mobile and non-cellular devices (Zigbee, BLE, etc) and web-based/AI platforms in monitoring machine performance to optimise output and detect/predict/diagnose faults and damage.

Tele2 Russia has implemented a comprehensive modernisation of its IoT platform based on Ericsson cloud core network technology, creating dedicated network segments for NB-IoT with minimal additional load on the commercial network. The updated platform supports services in NIDD (Non-IP Data Delivery) mode, transferring data through signalling channels of the network without allocating separate IP addresses, and supporting one million IoT connections concurrently with the ability to quickly scale capacity. In addition, the project will improve the functionality for B2B customers, providing for an additional improvement in tariffication scenarios, as well as provide an API (Application Programming Interface) for integration with enterprise information systems. With geographically dispersed cloud resources, the redesigned platform provides additional reliability and flexible, automatic network scaling to accommodate changing IoT loads. Tele2 also received new tools for visualisation and traffic analysis (CNOM – Core Network Operation Manager). Tele2’s announcement noted: ‘Together with Ericsson, we have already implemented significant pilot projects on process automation based on NB-IoT technology in the housing and utilities sector, industry and environmental monitoring. Deep technical modernisation has made the IoT platform even more scalable, reliable and adaptable to the needs of our customers. Tele2 is working on individual scenarios for using the platform with new large customers and expects to soon launch the solution into wide commercial operation.’

A ‘world first’ 5G ocean-based marine testbed will benefit from a 5G mobile private network built by Vodafone UK using Nokia equipment, the Maritime Journal reports. Plymouth Sound’s testbed is part of the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC’s) testing and proving ground Smart Sound Plymouth. The network, known as Smart Sound Connect, will enable ultrafast download speeds and low-latency 5G connectivity to support the development of new marine technology, utilising Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), a digitalisation platform capable of providing high-bandwidth, hyper-fast private networking and edge computing capabilities. Eligible businesses will have free access to test 5G use cases including advanced applied autonomy, clean propulsion, smart ports, smart shipping, and IoT-based environmental monitoring. The full testbed will be available from early 2021 and will also form the basis of a proposed virtualised testing platform. MBTC director Rob Watson said: ‘With Smart Sound Connect, the MBTC is able to provide a complete innovation service that allows businesses to utilise one of the most high-tech and comprehensive test and proving environments in the world.’

Nokia has extended its agreement with US carrier AT&T to support global enterprise customers with IoT connectivity using its WING solution and IoT ecosystem. AT&T’s enterprise customers will be able to connect and manage a multitude of IoT devices on their networks, leveraging Nokia WING’s capabilities, including increased performance and flexibility, and lower latency. As a managed IoT service, Nokia WING offers global connectivity for all major regions with the benefits of regulatory compliance and cost control paired with real-time device management. The collaboration with Nokia WING is designed to enable AT&T to extend its footprint and bring local capabilities to any enterprise operating globally. Nokia WING has already been launched into the automotive and financial industries with AT&T, and the operator is now targeting additional industries including transportation, retail, agriculture, utilities, and smart cities. As IoT networks transition to 5G and with Nokia WING also supporting 5G network slicing, AT&T will be able to partition its 5G network into multiple networks that can deliver specific capabilties to its IoT customers and support various use cases.

Kazakhtelecom has expanded its LoRaWAN IoT/M2M network with an additional 104 base stations in the Zhambyl, West Kazakhstan, Turkestan and Almaty regions, bringing the total to 428 stations in 17 cities/regions, covering an area of 5,000 square kilometres and 1.8 million households. Having begun deployment in 2017, Kazakhtelecom utilises the LoRa network for Smart City and Smart Home services including automated housing/communal services, remote utility meter reading and city lighting and garbage collection systems.

In Austria, Nokia has been selected to provide end-to-end 5G private wireless connectivity to Citycom Telecommunication Graz in the city of Graz and across the province of Styria, to offer high-availability autonomous private 5G networks for enterprises, public services and high-quality business solutions. A subsidiary utility operator of Holding Graz, Citycom will provide ICT services exclusively for priority business customers, prioritising Smart City IoT use cases developed on private networks. Citycom will commercially launch the network in Q1 2021 with 50 macro base stations in the first phase, and full deployment will comprise more than 200 sites. Nokia will also provide ongoing managed services, network planning and optimisation, while the University of Graz will develop 5G IoT use cases supported by the Nokia IMPACT IoT software platform. Citycom acquired its regional 5G mobile spectrum at auction in March 2019.

KPN of the Netherlands has launched its sixth 5G field lab, this time for testing 5G healthcare applications. In the new lab KPN aims to help develop solutions for quickly setting up COVID-19 test lines where data can be shared immediately, alongside testing 5G connectivity for ambulances, enabling medical specialists to engage remotely with ambulance personnel and treat patients in emergencies. In its other 5G lab environments, KPN runs pilots for use cases such as: robotisation and drones for farming; critical 5G applications for production processes and human-machine interaction; self-driving vehicles and intelligent transport systems; smart city applications; and industrial port processes.

Sweden-based multinational operator Tele2 has launched an updated version of its IoT Connectivity Management Service (2CONTROL) in collaboration with Cisco, now offering two options to the IoT sector: 2CONTROL Enterprise and 2CONTROL Enterprise Premium. The former is tailored towards customers who need connectivity management with minimal effort to get started, while Enterprise Premium is for companies in the IoT industry who are more focused on advanced functionality and customisation.

Thai cellco AIS has launched a 5G network trial for smart manufacturing at a Bosch factory, claiming a national first. A company release said: ‘AIS 5G technology has high speed, low latency and is a new communications standard for sensors and machinery in the Internet of Things (IoT) on Bosch’s Industry 4.0 solutions. They are being applied to factories to transmit data in real time, making the system transparent through Bosch’s ActiveCockpit solution. This can analyse and display a massive amount of data in real time, making machinery more efficient and making the factory’s internal logistics more convenient with unlimited signal transmission and connection.’

Finally, Spain’s Telefonica is partnering Huawei to launch 5G drones for monitoring rail tracks in the Galicia region. The solution uses Ineco-manufactured drones, Oculus VR headsets, Huawei mobile network technology and Telefonica’s in-house AI technology for remote inspection and analysis of assets owned by Spain’s national railway infrastructure operator Adif.

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