IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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30 Sep 2021

IoT carrier 1NCE has received USD50 million in new financing from investors including Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank and others. 1NCE offers cellular device connectivity at a fixed price in over 100 countries via 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, NB-IoT and LTE-M. Its cloud-based connectivity platform includes IoT services such as plug-and-play setup and device management, and it currently manages ten million connections for over 7,000 business customers. 1NCE earmarked the fresh capital to accelerate international expansion and fuel growth in the US and Asia, further develop its cloud based IoT platform services and recruit key talent to expand its product capabilities to simplify the development of cellular based IoT solutions worldwide.

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Ericsson have claimed the launch of ‘Russia’s first commercial 5G-ready private network’ for gold and silver producer Polymetal, at the Nezhdaninskoye gold deposit in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The network is built on Ericsson Dedicated Networks solutions, supporting integrated mining dispatching systems, positioning, remote and automated control of various objects, including excavators, drilling rigs, measuring devices, monitoring systems for remote equipment and video monitoring. The network initially operates in the LTE standard but promises a quick and easy upgrade to 5G. Alexander Romanov, Head of Private Networks, Ericsson Russia, said: ‘The Private Network is the backbone of critical communications infrastructure and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not only in mining, but also in other industries with a high demand for seamless coverage, performance, security and reliability while supporting mission-critical business processes. Elsewhere, MTS also announced the connection of HAVAL vehicles to its MTS IoT Connected Car platform. MTS began implementing projects to connect cars to the Internet of Things in 2016; among the operator’s partners are manufacturers such as Geely, Renault, Nissan, Toyota and Lexus.

Austria’s Magenta Telekom has launched its ‘IoT Hub’ all-in-one platform for IoT projects via its Magenta Business division. The new platform promises ‘all data, devices and applications in a single, standardised system’, ‘easy communication with all major clouds, various protocols and technologies’ and ‘security through common transport encryption methods for TCP and UDP’, with a free one-month test account for companies. The operator says that IoT Hub connects heterogeneous systems with one another and ‘creates limitless possibilities for the efficient implementation of IoT projects’.

In Belgium, Proximus, BESIX and i.Leco have created ‘Aug∙e’, a smart building application platform combining their respective expertise in ICT, construction and energy. Aug∙e follows the acquisition by BESIX and Proximus, of stakes in i.Leco, a tech start-up specialising in building energy management.

Vodafone Turkey is supporting the ‘Digital Health’ programme initiated in cooperation with Acibadem University Incubation Centre, utilising 5G infrastructure and IoT technologies via the Vodafone Business unit. Project applications will be accepted for evaluation from startups and other participants, while entrepreneurs in the digital health field can receive training and consultancy from Vodafone Business professionals on digital solutions based on 5G, Cloud technologies and IoT.

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has signed a partnership agreement with Dawiyat Integrated Telecommunications & IT, a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company, on development of the IoT ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, aiming to combine stc’s advanced network with Dawiyat’s digital capabilities to introduce new IoT services.

Cox Communications has launched a twelve-month pilot with the US city of Las Vegas to deploy a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) network, initially for video and radar surveillance in Baker Park, designed for parking lot management, safety detection and threat analytics, among other applications. A press release declared that findings from the pilot will ‘empower Cox and Las Vegas to push the boundaries of how networks of the future can be used to scale and support solutions and services’.

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