IoT technology will save eight times the energy it consumes by 2030, new report shows

A new report from Transforma Insights and 6GWorld has shown that IoT operations in 2030 will save more than eight times the energy they consume, amounting to net savings of 230 billion cubic meters of water and eliminating one gigaton of CO2 emissions. 

The report (pdf, email required) sponsored by InterDigital, looked at the incremental impact of new technologies by examining the resource impact of enterprise and commercial technologies on electricity, fuel usage, eWaste,...

The positive impact of continuous IoT-enabled connectivity on supply chains

Despite the incredible sophistication of global supply chains, billions of dollars of food, fuel, medicines, and goods continue to be lost each year. Perishable items are sent to the wrong location and criminal gangs syphon off valuable goods or replace them with counterfeits, by exploiting the weakest links in the supply chain.  

Without real-time data, inbound goods are easily decoupled from outbound and case studies suggest that between 10-30% of Returnable Transport Items...

Gartner: Global semiconductor revenue grew 10.4% in 2020

It's official: the semiconductor industry suffered more than most with the initial effects of Covid-19, but there was a recovery by the end of the year.

Gartner has published its final results and closed the book on 2020 global semiconductor revenue, reporting a total of $466.2 billion for last year. This represents an increase of 10.4% from 2019.

In terms of specific vendors, Intel retained its position at the top, seeing growth of 7.4% to secure 15.6% market share at...

Myriota launches US and Canada service alongside next-gen nanosatellite, dev toolkit

IoT satellite connectivity provider Myriota has launched commercial service in the US and Canada alongside the successful deployment of a next-gen nanosatellite and a developer toolkit.

Myriota raised $19.3 million in funding in April last year with the aim of expanding its satellite constellation to 25 by 2022. The new satellite launched this week represents a step towards that goal and is the first of three nanosatellites that will launch on Rocket Lab’s They Go Up So Fast...

Construction begins on £22.4 million National Robotarium in the UK

The UK has begun construction of a £22.4 million National Robotarium in Edinburgh which aims to solidify the country as a leader in AI and robotics.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:

“The creation of the UK’s first National Robotarium in Edinburgh will place Scotland at the forefront of a technological revolution that is changing the way we work.

This exciting new facility, supported by £21 million from the UK Government, will create...

Five steps to successful global IoT deployment: A guide

The multi-layered complexity of IoT services and on-going challenges around global connectivity, data and devices, has contributed to a large number of project failures, delaying the critical mass of IoT connected ‘things’ predicted in earlier years. But IoT continues to promise rapid, hyperscale growth, super-boosted profit and reinvigorated market potential to those organisations who embrace the right technologies, processes and strategies that will put an end to previous project...

The story of semiconductors in 2020: Why initial gloom gave way to optimism

When the coronavirus pandemic hit worldwide back in the spring, market research and analysis on the global semiconductor industry had a more than downbeat flavour to it. But now, the mood appears to have shifted.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), at the beginning of March, noted worldwide sales for the month of January 2020 were 0.3% down from 12 months previously. Gartner had noted in its preliminary results, issued in January, that worldwide semiconductor revenue had...

How Switzerland is continuing its innovation heritage in the field of IoT

The most recent Global Innovation Index (GII), released in September, was a report which in the main urged caution. As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption around the globe, Francis Gurry, CEO of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the report arbiter, noted the coronavirus 'requires fresh thinking to ensure a shared victory.'

While some aspects of the report were new, others remained the same. Switzerland's place at the top of the list should not come as a...

Ben Wald, founder, Very: On why IoT projects are the hardest to launch

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been extraordinary in terms of implementing remote working policies on companies. But some have fared better than others.

Ben Wald, founder of IoT development firm Very, is no ordinary executive. Throughout his career Wald has striven to use tech to make a positive social change, although noting that 'aligning social impact with capitalism is never an easy marriage.' This manifests itself in the company's core values. Transparency is taken...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...