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...

Atmosic and SMK Electronics team up to make IoT device batteries last ‘forever’

California-based Atmosic Technologies and Japanese components producer SMK Electronics have announced a strategic partnership to attempt to enable 'forever battery life'.

The initiative will integrate Atmosic's M3 system-on-chip (SoC) into a range of connected devices from SMK.

Atmosic's M3 solutions are based on the Bluetooth 5 standard, with various technologies in place to aim to ensure lower and longer power. These are Lowest Power Radio, On-Demand Wakeup, and...

Shifting smart priorities amid the Covid-19 pandemic: A guide

Across the globe, governments have fast tracked the use of mobile and IoT technologies in the fight against Coronavirus. At the same time, leading cities are supporting shared bike schemes and dedicated cycle routes. They are also evaluating the viability of public transport systems where ridership has decreased by as much as 90% in some places.

As passengers gradually return to public and private sector transport systems, service providers need to deal with changed priorities....

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...