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1 Dec 2022

Thai telecoms operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) and Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies have teamed up with industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) to develop autonomous vehicle systems for industrial zones powered by 5G, reports the Bangkok Post. The trio – also working with two Chinese partners, electric vehicle (EV) operator Yutong and industrial wireless vehicle systems developer Waytous – announced a project via which unmanned electric trucks can send and receive commands to and from their counterparts via AIS’ 5G private network using its smart autonomous vehicles solutions platform. The platform manages routing for the shipment of materials and equipment in industrial zones. The system, which will be deployed at SCG’s industrial sites, promotes productivity remotely and reduces personal risk, the three companies said in a statement. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, president of SCG, said the cooperation paves the way for a self-driving transport system that improves capabilities such as route planning for the transportation of raw materials between vehicles continuously, quickly and safely. The system supports environmentally friendly development by using precise travel planning technologies and EV trucks, thereby reducing the release of carbon dioxide by more than 35% annually.

IoT connectivity services provider Soracom, part of the KDDI group, has applied to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Soracom joined the KDDI group in August 2017, since when it has grown its platform to support over five million IoT connections for more than 20,000 customers worldwide in industries ranging from energy and manufacturing to payments, consumer electronics, healthcare and agriculture.

T-Mobile US has launched its first ‘IoT Developer Kit’, which it says will enable developers to connect to – and build for – the T-Mobile network immediately, ‘with no strings attached’. The kit is available through T-Mobile DevEdge, the self-serve developer platform launched earlier this year, a move which T-Mobile says will ‘democratise access to the network, making it fast, easy and simple for any developer to create connected solutions … empowering developers to use T-Mobile’s leading network as a platform for innovation, creating an ecosystem that fosters and fuels wireless development.’ Start-ups such as Pano AI, InDro Robotics and many more are leveraging T-Mobile’s network to build connected solutions for the future, the cellco added in its press release.

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has announced the world’s first demonstration of an automated driving application supported by 5G Standalone (SA) network slicing with controlled network features for Quality of Service (QoS) in partnership with BMW Group, Valeo, Qualcomm and Ericsson. The partners looked into how 5G SA network slicing with various QoS features can provide successful automotive use case scenarios. Claudia Nemat, Board member of Technology and Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said: ‘Deutsche Telekom is excited to be part of this activity to demonstrate the capabilities of advanced network features like 5G network slicing with integrated APIs to meet the QoS demands of automotive use cases. Close cross-industry collaboration is essential to co-innovate and develop new solutions that benefit customers. This is an enabler for future services.’

Polish terrestrial TV and radio broadcast infrastructure operator Emitel has announced its latest LoRaWAN IoT network deployment, for Piaseczno municipality. The implementation includes sensor systems for smart city solutions, including remote measurement of the occupancy of parking spaces, monitoring water level in rivers and main drainage ditches for flood prevention, plus measurement of temperature, noise level and air humidity.

Orange France disclosed to its customers that it is ceasing to provide its ‘Connected Home’ automation services on 15 January 2023. The fixed/mobile network operator had launched the Connected Home range in April 2019.

Japanese fixed broadband and MVNO mobile operator Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has launched ‘LPA Bridge’ technology which enables eSIMs to be used with wearable devices and ‘non-I/O devices’ – IoT devices without keyboards, keypads, cameras or other interactive components.

Ericsson, in partnership with Thales, has launched ‘IoT Accelerator Device Connect’, a service offering generic eSIMs unbundled from pre-selected service providers. Ericsson’s press release says: ‘For the first time, enterprises have the flexibility to select one or more service providers easily and instantly at the time of device activation. This new business model dramatically accelerates enterprises’ time to market for their IoT deployments. At the core of IoT Accelerator Device Connect is an innovative generic profile on every enterprise eSIM, allowing IoT devices and modules to be shipped connection-ready without the need to pre-select mobile network providers … manufacturers can ship a single global stock-keeping unit (SKU), giving enterprises full control to easily and programmatically select the service providers that best suit their deployment needs.’

Indian network operator Bharti Airtel has been awarded a contract by TP Western Odisha Distribution (TPWODL) to deploy and support 200,000 smart utility meters based on cellular IoT technology. TPWODL is a joint venture of Tata Power and the Odisha regional government.

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