Smart cities deep dive: Citizen expectations and exploring the Internet of Everything

Smart city initiatives are becoming an increasingly important topic of conversation as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. A series of research studies issued this week have detailed citizen demands, as well as efforts being made by cities to progress.

A study by Capgemini, which surveyed 10,000 citizens across 10 countries, as well as 300 city officials, found smart city initiatives benefit cities and attract potential citizens - but progress is slow.

The report, titled...

The Parking App: Learn how to leverage IoT with low code tools

Sponsored Looking around the environment you currently live in, can you spot how common IoT is? You might own a smartwatch, a plant monitoring device, a smart bulb installed in your lamp, a smart air conditioning system or even a smart building. All these devices are usually connected online and provide various services. Unfortunately, the devices are equipped with a broad range of connectors, APIs, and interfaces that differ from one another, making them challenging to integrate. An...

How IoT and AI can enable companies to restart their business during Covid-19

After months of extreme uncertainty, pause of economies and isolation in our homes, finally economies slowly restart their operations and transactions. However, this transition will not be smooth. There are many rules related to physical distance and hygiene as well as limitations which still force employers to ask their employees to work from home (for months). Of course, these rules are more than necessary so we can avoid the second wave of the pandemic, but there are some key concerns...

Arduino-compatible dev board Frame.IoT seeks crowdfunding

The Frame.IoT, an Arduino-compatible developer board which aims to help users connect to Internet of Things projects, is currently looking for crowdfunding on the Kickstarter platform.

The Frame.IoT development kit is integrated with Wi-Fi, supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), can be operated using a rechargeable battery, and deployed in a number of ways. The board features 16 RGB LEDs arranged in a circular pattern, along with a single button in the middle of the board.

The...

IDC warns of significant shrinkage to semiconductor market with Covid-19 pandemic

IDC has offered a gloomy analysis of the semiconductor market amid the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting significant shrinkage compared with the earlier expected minor overall growth.

In its latest report, titled Impact of COVID-19 on the Worldwide Semiconductor Market Forecast, IDC notes that despite the disruption, to human life as well as the international technology supply chain, the report states that...

Why its time to break down boundaries to unleash the full potential of IoT

The introduction of the Global System for mobile communications (GSM) opened the door to a new era for the telecoms industry. By introducing interoperability within the ecosystem, global standardised technical interfaces were made available, new business relationships were formed and new forms of co-operation emerged.

As a result of this, today users now have the luxury of being able to choose their...

Dimitra Simeonidou, Smart Internet Lab: Building smarter cities

IoT News caught up with Professor Dimitra Simeonidou to gather her thoughts on building smarter cities.

When we previously met Simeonidou, she was the CTO of Bristol is Open – a pioneering smart city project combining a fibre and mesh network with sensors and open data to provide a playground for anyone wanting to test applications in a real-world environment.

“Last time we spoke, it was just the beginning of doing city–regional experimentation,” says...

Microsoft and Cisco team up to integrate cloud and IoT platforms

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Cisco to integrate its Azure cloud with Cisco’s IoT platform in order to create the Cisco Edge to Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, a solution that will enable seamless connectivity and streamlined edge data flow into Azure IoT.

As per a Microsoft blog post by Tony Shakib, IoT business acceleration leader at Microsoft Azure, the integration “provides the...

Assessing the skills gap in the Internet of Things – and how smart recruitment is helping

If you look at various technologies, from cloud computing to development, the agreed theme is one of a skills gap. Too many openings; not enough skilled candidates to take them up.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no different. Writing for Forbes in July, Daniel Newman argued that the continued proliferation of smart devices, networks and connections means any gap today will only grow if left...

Märt Kroodo, CEO, 1oT: On using eSIM technology to solve IoT connectivity – and where telcos stand

For the Internet of Things (IoT), the vast majority of hype which gets bandied about is with regards to the sheer number of devices being connected. An article from McKinsey put this number at 127 new devices every second. Yet peel back the first layer of the onion and you get to the connectivity aspect itself, vital in its own right.

Meet 1oT. The company, a provider of cellular connectivity for IoT...