IoT Time: Internet of Things digest

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12 May 2022

Japan’s NTT has announced the launch of its ‘IoT Services for Sustainability’, an end-to-end stack of solutions aimed at helping businesses advance progress against global sustainability initiatives and make data-driven decisions to reduce their carbon footprint through the intelligent use of IoT connectivity. Solutions include: OCR Meter Reading; Leak Water Management; Predictive Maintenance; and Environmental Monitoring. The solutions are also supported by NTT’s new LoRaWAN network and its catalogue of sensors to measure, monitor and collect data.

PCCW Solutions (part of HKT) is partnering the Hong Kong Institute for Data Science (HKIDS) of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) to jointly develop smart city solutions using data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies. The strategic research will focus on developing solutions for sustainable urban development, such as smart energy management for industrials, asset health monitoring, predictive maintenance, and traffic flow optimisation for aviation and railway industries. The two parties will also work jointly to commercialise their research deliverables from pilot projects to tackle challenges facing the industries.

India’s Airtel has partnered Cisco and Apollo Hospitals to demonstrate 5G connected ambulances to support patient care during transit to medical facilities using real-time data transmission. The demo in Bengaluru used various patient monitoring applications and other devices including onboard cameras and wearable cameras for the paramedics to relay vital patient information back to the hospital in real-time over 5G, allowing doctors to make remote diagnostic decisions and direct the paramedics to perform emergency procedures if required. The 5G connected ambulances will also enable hospital staff to be better prepared for the patient’s arrival.

Italy’s TIM has extended its Smart District programme – launched last year – to the northern city of Ferrara in Emilia Romagna. The initiative aims to accelerate digital transformation of industrial districts, and the latest project will support the development of local production in Ferrara with the latest services and technologies to increase the competitiveness of the district’s businesses. Industry partners can take advantage of solutions in automation, remote real-time maintenance, augmented reality, video surveillance, logistics and fleet management, process control, supply chain via blockchain, ‘smart working’, intelligent data management and others. Private and public sector organisations are offered Cloud services in partnership with Noovle and Google Cloud, Olivetti vertical IoT services, cybersecurity solutions from Telsy and international connectivity services from Sparkle.

Singaporean full-service operator Singtel has launched its ‘iSHIP’ platform providing critical satellite-enabled connectivity and digital services to the maritime industry. The iSHIP integrated services for crew and fleet management are designed to increase visibility of resources and operations for ship managers and owners, supporting crew wellbeing, vessel safety and operational efficiency.

In Germany, 450connect has signed a long-term agreement with infrastructure company GasLINE which is providing a fibre-optic backbone for 450connect’s in-deployment 450MHz IoT/critical communications network. A press release says that the fibre backbone ‘forms the technical basis for connecting more than 1,600 radio sites to the geo-redundant central technology of the fail-safe 450MHz radio network.’ GasLINE, founded in 1996 by 15 long-distance and regional gas companies, is working with 450connect to set up the dedicated and redundant backbone network which will extend over a total length of more than 2,500km and must meet high requirements in terms of security, resilience and cost-effectiveness.

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Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, 450connect, Bharti Airtel, Cisco Systems, HKT (incl. CSL), NTT (NTT East & NTT West), Singtel, Telecom Italia (TIM)