Vodafone doubles its NB-IoT network sites to cover 98% of the UK

Vodafone has doubled the number of its NB-IoT network sites in the UK to cover 98 percent of the country’s geography.

The operator has invested heavily in deploying NB-IoT sites to meet growing demand from customers across the country.

“We have invested in NB-IoT because we want to offer our customers the right tools for the right job, in a way which is affordable and accessible for every customer,” says Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone...

Citymesh acquires Sigfox IoT network operator to offer services ‘from 0G to 5G’

Belgian telecoms operator Citymesh has acquired local Sigfox IoT network operator ENGIE M2M to enable it to offer services all the way “from 0G to 5G”.

Sigfox is a 0G network ideally suited for IoT deployments because of its ultra-low power consumption and long-range. In Belgium alone, the Sigfox network connects over 250,000 devices.

Jeremy Prince, CEO of Sigfox, said:

“We have had the pleasure of working with ENGIE M2M for the past six years in Belgium....

Intel and partners build 5G smart factory to demonstrate Industry 4.0 benefits

Intel has built a 5G smart factory “from the ground up” to demonstrate the benefits of Industry 4.0 digitalisation.

The end-to-end smart factory is based in Verona, Italy and is based on Intel Atom and Xeon Scalable processors, Intel FPGAs, and Intel Edge Controls for Industrial and Edge Insights for Industrial software.

Intel is collaborating with EXOR International, JMA Wireless, and Telecom Italia (TIM) on the project.

Claudio Ambra, CTO of EXOR...

Berg Insight: Smart waste sensor market to grow 29.8% annually through 2025

Research from Berg Insight forecasts that rapid adoption of smart waste sensors will result in 29.8% annual growth through 2025.

Cities around the world are rapidly-adopting smart waste sensors to help manage resources, optimise collections, and reduce cases of unsightly (and often smelly) overflowing bins.

The wireless sensors are increasingly being pre-integrated into waste bins but existing units can also be retrofitted. By 2025, the number of smart bins is expected...

Self-driving vehicles to become legal in the UK this year

Self-driving vehicles will become legal on the UK’s roads later this year, albeit with some initial restrictions.

The Department for Transport (DfT) will allow the use of autonomous driving modes which stick to a single lane with a 37mph (60km/h) speed limit.

Drivers won’t have to keep their hands on the wheel but will have to remain alert to retake control if required. Unfortunately, that means you can’t binge-watch the latest series or play your favourite game on...

Robotics4EU wants input to guide Europe’s robot future

A three-year EU project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme called Robotics4EU wants input from the community to guide Europe’s robot future.

Robotics4EU aims to boost the adoption of robotics in Europe across a continent that is becoming increasingly sceptical of autonomous systems.

The initiative has released two surveys aimed at different stakeholders:

Robotics development community: https://www.research.net/r/3VQ6VXLPolicy and decision-makers:...

BICS partners with French telco SFR to expand NB-IoT network

Telecoms solutions provider BICS has expanded its NB-IoT network to France in partnership with local carrier SFR.

BICS operates one of the largest NB-IoT/LTE-M networks in the world, with coverage in 30 countries.

IoT devices embedded with an eSIM can also access 2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity through partnerships with over 700 mobile operators around the world.

Mikaël Schachne, VP of Mobility & IoT at BICS, said:

“We are leveraging our leading...

The EU is set to approve Google’s acquisition of Fitbit this week

While most eyes are on the close-to-collapse Brexit negotiations, another notable European decision is finally expected this week.

Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of Fitbit naturally caught the attention of the European Union—which continues to tighten its screws on “big tech” over privacy concerns.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the EU will grant conditional approval for Google’s historic takeover this week.

We don’t know what...

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...

Ericsson and Orange use the IoT to help keep seniors connected

Ericsson and Orange are using their IoT expertise to help keep seniors connected with family, friends, and caregivers in what could be a very lonely time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is cruel in so many ways. Beyond the physical health impacts – including the long-term effects we're only just beginning to understand – it is also causing financial burdens, mental health issues, and feelings of isolation.

Many youngsters are tech-savvy and already use means such as online...