IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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27 May 2021

Isle of Man-based Manx Telecom has relaunched its Global Solutions division under a new brand, OV, to serve the IoT market along with its established global mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) and travel SIM business. Following rapid expansion due to growth in demand for IoT cellular connectivity, OV already has partnerships with network providers worldwide, with over five million OV SIMs connecting IoT solutions, used in smart devices in any areas requiring processes, controls, and automation to be delivered remotely, including wearables for health tracking, connected cars, smart traffic management and connected medical devices in the healthcare sector, amongst others. Sutha Siva, COO at Manx Telecom and CEO of OV, said: ‘Our mission at OV is to deliver the most appropriate connectivity solutions for customers’ IoT ecosystems so they can leverage the full potential of IoT and benefit from transformational productivity gains as a result. Using OV’s portfolio of tools, services and products, combined with our expertise in successfully innovating, designing, and deploying IoT connectivity, we have been gearing up for growth in the IoT connectivity space and continue to invest heavily in our core infrastructure and network reach.’

Japanese telecoms service provider OPTAGE has partnered Samsung to implement a dedicated private 5G network and a real-time 4K Ultra HD video monitoring system at an OPTAGE factory. The end-to-end solution includes a Compact Core designed for smart factories, R&D complexes and other facilities, and enables remote site inspections via a control centre while improving productivity, efficiency and safety via early fault detection.

Russia’s MegaFon is building a private LTE network at the Lebedinsky ore mining and processing plant owned by Metalloinvest, including factories and the world’s largest open pit, 4.7km long, 3.7km wide and 450m deep. The solution involves 13 new base stations, five upgraded base stations, a redundant core network/data centre, fibre-optics and radio-relay links. The network will support telemetry transmission from quarry equipment, enabling monitoring of the production performance of machinery and terrain conditions.

In the Netherlands, KPN and the Port of Moerdijk have signed an agreement to build a private corporate fibre and 5G network, supporting applications such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), autonomous robots, augmented reality, drone inspections and smart camera security. In a similar move, Finnish operator Elisa is supplying a 5G private network for the Port of Pori involving a 5G test environment for partner companies, supported by Pori city council and the Robocoast consortium.

In Germany, NTT is building a private 5G network at Cologne Bonn airport which recently received a local 3.7GHz-3.8GHz 5G spectrum licence. NTT is partnering the airport to introduce innovations including smart baggage and border control functions and to improve operational efficiency.

Hungarian telco Magyar Telekom and T-Systems Hungary have launched the ‘Campus Network’ private mobile network service to support Industry 4.0 solutions as well as clients such as university/business campuses with 4G and 5G connectivity and tailored functionality. New solutions have been piloted with BorgWarner Oroszlany in areas including internal logistics (e.g. barcode reading and automated material handling) and production control (PLC data connections).

Ericsson and Volvo have carried out the first test handover of connected cars between two national mobile 5G networks. The test, at the AstaZero test track in Sweden, is part of the EU-funded 5GCroCo project – a major initiative that is preparing for large-scale connected car trials along a 5G corridor between Metz in France, Merzig in Germany and Luxembourg. The test utilised the Cooperative, Connected & Automated Mobility (CCAM) ecosystem, enabling autonomous and connected cars to behave like smart clusters rather than individual units. Ericsson’s Mikael Prytz said: ‘Sharing an updated map with other cars is a latency-sensitive task and requires high network performance within and across multiple networks.’ The Ericsson/Volvo trial used 5G connectivity to update maps in real-time to aid future autonomous driving operations and an understanding of the environment beyond the range of the vehicle and its sensors.

Uzbektelecom is partnering Huawei, Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanisation Engineers in a smart agricultural project using 5G/IoT technologies, smart transmitters and intelligent platform-based management, remote monitoring and processing/analysis systems. The project aims to optimise usage of natural resources, simplify crop control and management, and provide an early-warning system for environmental impact on crops through the analysis of weather temperature, soil moisture and the state of irrigation systems. Real-time video information from the field will be transmitted via the network of the telco’s Uzmobile subsidiary.

A1 Macedonia has been selected in a tender for a Smart City network project by the Municipality of Veles, under the EU-funded Local and Regional Competitiveness Project (PLRK) in North Macedonia. A sub-project ‘Smart Lake Mladost’ includes an IoT platform incorporating six IoT solutions: integrated automatic lighting control; smart parking; smart waste management; smart benches with integrated wireless internet; electric charger vehicles with electronic payment options; and electric bicycles with smart locks.

Vodafone Ukraine is partnering the Chernivtsi Regional Centre for Emergency Care and Disaster Medicine for connectivity solutions including mobile communications with medical teams and IoT SIM card-based data transmission between ambulances and the control centre.

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