IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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21 Apr 2022

JT IoT and Stacuity have partnered to combine Stacuity’s programmable platform with JT IoT’s global mobile connectivity footprint. Mike Bromwich, Stacuity CEO, commented: ‘The combination of our leading-edge technology and [JT’s] strong connectivity footprint will power new waves of innovation and value creation in IoT.’ Stacuity says its programmable platform fulfils the functions of a standard mobile network core but has been designed ‘developer first’. Developers are empowered to exercise powerful real-time and fine-grained control over connectivity, enabling customers to ‘operate their own discrete, secure, software-defined mobile networks for IoT’ so that ‘connected IoT devices can be managed as flexibly and securely as any other IT asset.’

Japanese network operator NTT DOCOMO has entered into an agreement with JGC to jointly develop a digital platform enabling large-scale overseas plant construction sites to be remotely managed from Japan, with a launch target in Southeast Asia and the Middle East by the end of 2022. The platform will combine JGC’s expertise in on-site operations and project management with DOCOMO’s technologies involving drones, AI and security. It will also be powered by Visual Command Center, a visual construction management solution from US-based Reconstruct. Since August 2019 DOCOMO has been working with JGC on issues related to plant construction management and exploring the creation of new businesses, such as demonstrating systems utilising drones and IoT, with the aim of digitally transforming plant facility inspection and construction progress management.

Turkcell and Ericsson have signed an agreement for the digital transformation of industries in Turkey. Ericsson will support Turkcell to identify and analyse industrial use cases via a fully-dedicated, on-premise Ericsson Private Networks solution. Sectors targeted include smart manufacturing, oil and gas, ports, airports, energy and utilities, and mining. Use cases range from tracking assets, real-time automation to enhanced productivity, optimising business operations through digital twins and data-driven insights, performing better site inspections or remote-controlled robotics to increase worker safety, and leveraging the capabilities of digital technologies such as Augmented Reality to enhance worker capabilities. Isıl Yalcın, Head of Ericsson Turkey, commented: ‘The partnership with Turkcell will drive the collaboration between local and global Industry 4.0 partners to develop industrial solutions’.

Telekom Deutschland and DB Connect have collaborated on a next-generation bike-sharing service upgrade, utilising Telekom’s LTE-M IoT technology. Electronic bike locks used for Deutsche Bahn’s ‘Call a Bike’ – operating in 80 German cities and municipalities – are powered by LTE-M, allowing users to locate the bikes precisely and check them out or lock them in seconds: via the Call a Bike app, users scan a QR code, confirm the booking on their smartphone and the lock opens immediately. A press release says that the high speed network connection is stable even in densely built-up areas and requires little energy, meaning the lock batteries no longer need to be recharged as often.

Kerlink has announced that its Wirnet iStation gateways are powering multiple LoRaWAN networks in offshore wind energy parks in the North Sea waters of the Netherlands. SkyLab, Kerlink’s partner in the Netherlands, has handled LoRaWAN deployment and operation, embedding a feature called ‘dual packet forwarder’ enabling the orchestration of data transmission simultaneously on multiple LoRaWAN networks and helping to increase connectivity in the North Sea area for all potential users – shippers, electricity providers and consumers, and businesses and area residents. Private, public, or commercial networks can thus run simultaneously. SkyLab director Remy de Jong noted: ‘This LoRaWAN deployment is unique because it serves multiple-user LoRaWAN networks. It supplies IoT coverage to a challenging and sometimes harsh North Sea environment high above ground level on platforms and wind turbines. The result enables smart applications and all types of wireless sensors and devices where they have not been deployed previously.’ The networks also enable a variety of safety applications, such as search and rescue (SAR) systems, life jackets with precision location capabilities, emergency-location beacons, and buoy trackers. The latest Kerlink IoT gateway deployments extend a series of the company’s projects in the Netherlands, including an installation with SkyLab on a large wind farm in the Port of Moerdijk in 2020.

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Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Turkey, Ericsson, JT Group, JT IoT, Kerlink, NTT DOCOMO, Telekom Deutschland, Turkcell