IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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12 Aug 2021

T-Mobile Czech Republic has launched live operations over a 5G campus network for the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics & Cybernetics (CIIRC) of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, incorporating a 5G Standalone (SA) network supplied by Ericsson. The private 5G network is aimed at enabling scientists, students and industrial companies to develop innovative solutions for smart manufacturing and implement digitisation and Industry 4.0 more easily, supporting LTE/5G/IoT technologies and including the Testbed for Industry 4.0 experimental lab. Pavel Burget of CIIRC CTU said: ‘Together with industrial partners, we are now focusing on creating case studies, such as the use of mobile augmented reality for remote maintenance in industrial processes.’ T-Mobile is a partner of the nationwide academic-industrial platform National Centre for Industry 4.0. In addition to the testbed at Prague CIIRC CTU, the Centre also connects the testbed at CEITEC at Brno University of Technology, the testbed at the VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and, via the RICAIP centre of excellence, the testbeds of the German institutes DFKI and ZeMA in Saarbruucken.

Verizon, Parrot and Skyward have announced a partnership to launch the United States’ first ‘out-of-the-box’ 4G LTE connected drone solution – the Parrot ANAFI Ai – which will be provided exclusively to Skyward Connected Drone Solution subscribers ‘in the second half of 2021’, giving enterprises ‘one complete experience for planning, flying, data transfer and processing data.’ The new drone is open to developers, with a full open source app, autonomous one-click photogrammetry and new levels of cybersecurity, featuring a uniquely designed omni-directional obstacle avoidance system, 48 MP imaging accuracy, 4K 60fps smooth videos, and up to 32 minutes of flight time in an airframe that weighs less than two pounds. Parrot ANAFI Ai’s embedded Secure Element secures the 4G LTE link between the drone and the user’s device.

T-Mobile US and the Drone Racing League (DRL) have launched their first 5G-enabled drone, designed to stream high-definition, immersive First Person View (FPV) race footage to broadcasters via T-Mobile’s 5G network. T-Mobile President of Technology Neville Ray said that 5G is ‘empowering innovators to completely reimagine virtually every industry and customer experience – from sports entertainment to disaster recovery, to parcel delivery and beyond.’ Throughout DRL’s 2021-22 Season, the ‘5G Magenta’ drone will fly at DRL and T-Mobile events, capturing and sharing immersive content. The drone has a dual FPV and HD streaming camera system, 5s lipo battery setup for extended flight time, and over 2,400g of thrust, enabling it to film content through mile-long courses while flying over 60mph.

Sweden’s Netmore has announced that it will be building out nationwide LoRaWAN IoT network coverage in both the UK and Ireland, having previously disclosed the expansion plan for Ireland in March this year. The company says that the strategic decision to expand the existing network with nationwide coverage in the UK is based on an increased demand for large-scale cost-efficient IoT connectivity, aiming to provide both local and global IoT companies with cost-efficient, robust, and reliable IoT connectivity. The infrastructure and network technology will be purpose-built for connecting millions of devices in a wide range of industries and sectors. Netmore says it will offer LoRaWAN ‘coverage on demand’: for IoT service providers, it will adapt the network expansion to their application and device rollout plan, while service/solution providers as well as other IoT players will have the opportunity to test the LoRaWAN offering free of charge.

Cox Communications has launched ‘Cox Prosight’ in the US, which it calls ‘an extensible, secure solution aimed at transforming hospital operations through real-time location services.’ Cox’s announcement added: ‘By automating tasks like equipment tracking and on-site navigation, Cox Prosight increases operational efficiency, improves staff safety and workflows, and enhances the patient experience… For decades, we’ve connected millions of patients and providers with our network and now we are using technology to connect people and things in new ways that improve the efficiency of healthcare operations. Cox Prosight will create detailed insights that support patient care and hospital optimisation.’ Powered by Cox’s IoT platform, Cox Prosight includes software, hardware and services with integrated features giving hospital administrators and staff access to: asset management capabilities; automated environmental monitoring; ‘duress badges’ and alerts that allow employees to request help quickly in emergencies; and ‘wayfinding’ capabilities for real-time, turn-by-turn navigation for patients and visitors.

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