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4 Nov 2021

Bell Canada is partnering geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri Canada to create the Bell Integrated Smart City Ecosystem, combining Bell’s 5G network and IoT solutions with Esri’s real-time analytics and location intelligence capabilities ‘to help cities of all sizes across Canada become connected communities, empowering them to realise their smart city ambitions.’ The new ‘holistic platform’ is designed to manage critical infrastructure and services in real time, enabling secure collection of data from multiple sources for a diverse array of applications including water leak detection, asset management, smart waste management and energy management.

MTS Belarus reports that its NB-IoT network has been expanded to 43 cities – ‘all major cities of the country’ – and 165 other settlements, with ‘systematic expansion’ continuing across rural areas while a project is underway to improve NB-IoT coverage in hard-to-reach locations of the capital Minsk, such as basements of buildings. Alongside previously-publicised electricity, gas and water metering/supply monitoring applications, MTS Belarus is operating pilot NB-IoT agricultural projects using smart collars with sensors to monitor cow health, while an electric scooter sharing service in Minsk is also supported by the NB-IoT network.

Everynet has selected Tektelic Carrier Grade Mega Gateways to build its ‘US National Carrier Grade’ LoRaWAN IoT network, with deployment of the network currently ongoing in ‘36 major US markets’. Six city launches have been completed so far, in Phoenix, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and Portland. Tektelic IoT devices and solutions are designed to address Smart City and Buildings, Smart Agriculture, Industrial IoT, Smart Healthcare, Logistics, and Hospitality IoT usage cases.

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Ericsson have signed a strategic partnership to develop private 5G-ready networks for industrial enterprises in Russia. The partners highlight that dedicated networks are designed for the digitalisation and automation of critical production and technological processes, and integration of various elements of production (such as wireless sensors and devices, industrial IoT solutions and controllers) into the IT infrastructure of an enterprise, with a single closed ecosystem providing security, reliability and dependability. Since 2019, MTS and Ericsson have implemented 15 pilot projects for private networks across industries including mining, metallurgy, oil and gas, petrochemistry, energy, engineering and transport/logistics, and the pair have also signed contracts for the construction of commercial LTE/5G-ready networks in Russia for enterprises including SIBUR, EVRAZ and Severstal.

In a blog post, Cisco has highlighted its collaboration with Telefonica Espana (Movistar), Securitas, Alisys, ZTE and Universidade de Vigo in Galicia, Spain, to deploy the first European 5G Standalone (SA) private network with end-to-end transport network slicing capabilities for the surveillance sector. The 5G SA private network slicing pilot was begun in February, and a proof-of-concept demonstration was carried out in October, based on Cisco 5G SA core/software and ZTE 5G SA radio technology, with a Boston Dynamics ‘Spot’ robot connected to the network to complement the physical surveillance tasks of university campus security, for which a specific slice or virtual network dedicated to critical services was deployed, guaranteeing ultra-low latency and high bandwidth.

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