IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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29 Apr 2021

Ukraine’s Kyivstar has signed an agreement with the Sectoral Centre for Digitalisation and Cybersecurity to develop digital solutions for infrastructure projects in Ukrainian cities, focused on five main areas: IoT solutions; Big Data processing; mobile financial services; cloud solutions; and specific automation/improvement of municipal transport systems. In a scheme in Mariupol, the partners have already implemented a ‘Smart Ticket Technology’ solution, equipping public transport with SIM cards for high-quality uninterrupted communications managed via Kyivstar’s IoT Control Centre service platform.

Vodafone Czech Republic and the Brno University of Technology (BUT) Institute of Telecommunications have teamed up to open a ‘Vodafone UniLab’ laboratory to connect the academic sector with industrial partners and offer space for testing and development of equipment in the field of IoT and Industry 4.0, including 5G technology. Jiri Hosek from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication at BUT said: ‘Companies developing devices for smart homes, for example, can easily test their products or ideas with us. We have created an ecosystem to accelerate equipment development that can benefit both small start-ups and large multinationals. We even offer an initial consultation to companies completely free of charge.’ The partners note that a ‘unique’ testing platform has been created at BUT, enabling the development and testing of devices using NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M, connectable to a live mobile network.

In Italy, TIM has signed a digital transformation agreement with transport association ALIS to digitise over 1,500 transport, logistics and intermodal companies, aiming to transform the operations to be smarter, more efficient and greener. TIM and ALIS will form a joint working group for the application of advanced ICT solutions based on IoT, Big Data, cloud and cybersecurity, able to improve, for example, services for managing documents, tracking goods and company assets, as well as remotely controlling technological systems and vehicles, with the aim to improve production efficiency and increase operator security. Blockchains will also be implemented for tracking goods, from when they are loaded for transportation, to their temporary storage, during distribution, and until arrival at their final destination. Artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and drones will be used for activities at ports, interports, stations, warehouses, and logistic hubs to improve the safety of people and goods.

TIM and its subsidiary Olivetti also this week launched the ‘Olivetti IoT Challenge’, aiming to engage the best national and international start-ups, SMEs and scale-ups to find the most innovative technological solutions, with an ‘Open Innovation’ approach. The project ties in with Olivetti’s strategy, which is geared towards building a portfolio of value-added products and services for the market with a focus on 5G. Projects are to be submitted via the TIM WCAP platform (www.wcap.tim.it/it) until 30 June.

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Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, Kyivstar, Telecom Italia (TIM), Vodafone Czech Republic