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12 Jan 2023

UK giant BT has signed a GBP5 million (USD6.1 million) agreement with Altitude Angel, a specialist in unified traffic management technology designed to enable drones to fly safely over long distances. Altitude’s ‘Project Skyway’ initially plans to build a 165-mile-long drone network spanning airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry and Rugby, and BT will provide its connectivity and infrastructure to help maintain Arrow, the Altitude technology upon which Project Skyway is based. BT will resell Altitude’s software and provide commercial support for drones to be used for deliveries and remote inspections, while the telco says the network could be expanded to cover ‘thousands of miles’, connecting towns and cities across the country and helping the UK ‘unlock the multi-billion pound drone economy’.

US-based wireless/IoT connectivity solution provider Airgain has partnered Deutsche Telekom IoT (‘T-IoT’) to bundle the latter’s network connectivity for its asset tracking customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as the US, with onward roaming options. Airgain’s mobile-based asset tracking solution allows for tracking during an asset’s entire journey, whether inside, outside or in transit, with devices featuring battery performance of up to 14 years, mobile technologies including LTE-M and NB-IoT, and the ability to integrate with any enterprise software stack. In addition to location tracking through mobile, GPS and Wi-Fi triangulation, Airgain’s asset trackers can monitor motion, temperature, humidity, light and other variables.

Portugal’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (ANACOM) has approved draft regulations facilitating a new telecoms numbering range for M2M/IoT. ANACOM designated the ‘49’ number range in the National Numbering Plan to be used for M2M, mobile internet access and potentially ‘eCall’ automatic emergency vehicle call services.

Swiss MVNO mobilezone completed the acquisition of IoT-focused MVNO Digital Republic on 6 January 2023 for an undisclosed price. Established in 2016, the profitable Zurich-based Digital Republic earned approximately CHF4.5 million (USD4.9 million) in revenues in 2022 and will continue to be managed by founders Ali Soy and Marco Arnold as a division of mobilezone serving the IoT segment.

Global IoT connectivity provider 1NCE has expanded its software business with the creation of a new unit, ‘1NCE OS’, which it says offers powerful developer tools and device control to make IoT more accessible. A press release adds that the software tools form an integral part of 1NCE’s Lifetime Flat service and are available complimentary to 1NCE customers. Features available at launch include Device Authentication, IoT Integrator, Device Inspector, Device Locator and Energy Saver (with 1NCE claiming that its optimised payload transmission can increase device battery life by up to 50%).

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