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13 Jan 2022

Belgian operator Citymesh reports that from January to March 2022 it is running a pilot project in Bruges and Ghent involving smart technology measuring and analysing pedestrian footfall and vehicle traffic in two shopping streets, Zuidzandstraat and Steenstraat. In partnership with the respective city councils, the project uses Citymesh’s ‘Footfall AI’ system and sensors with Sigfox technology.

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has issued its regulatory framework for IoT services, designed to support digital transformation via Industry 4.0 applications and digital services of smart cities including smart home, smart meters and smart transportation. To this end, NTRA says it studied the optimum international modules and practices with respect to IoT services, to establish the best regulatory policies applicable. The framework was adopted in conjunction with the ‘Egypt 2030 Vision’, which entails the foundation of a number of smart cities while facilitating e-service provision.

Tele2 Russia is partnering Protei Systems for NB-IoT pilots in the city of St Petersburg utilising Russian-made equipment designed for industrial automation, TDaily reported. TeleGeography notes that Tele2 and its parent Rostelecom previously partnered Ericsson for industrial NB-IoT pilots in St Petersburg in 2019 using foreign-built equipment, while it has continued with various NB-IoT pilots in Moscow and other areas, with a focus on housing, utilities, industry and environmental monitoring and other segments.

Soracom has announced that its ‘Soracom Air’ wireless data service now connects more than four million IoT devices around the world, up from three million reached in June 2021, with growth being driven by strong uptake of IoT devices in various industries, particularly in the consumer electronics sector.

LoRaWAN has been approved as an official international standard for low power wide area network (LPWAN) services by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the LoRa Alliance announced. The standard is titled: Recommendation ITU-T Y.4480 ‘Low power protocol for wide area wireless networks’, under the responsibility of Study Group 20 of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) – an expert group for IoT and smart cities/communities. The ITU acts as the United Nations’ specialised agency for ICT.

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