Haier gets a hand from Huawei and China Mobile to build smart factories

China’s largest consumer electronics producer, Haier, is getting a helping hand from Huawei and China Mobile to build smart factories.

The trio of industry titans announced the successful combination of 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) to deliver innovative manufacturing solutions.

5G offers bandwidth of up to 20Gbps while lowering latency to as little as one millisecond. MEC further lowers latency, improves security, and enables new applications by supporting...

GTC 2021: Nvidia gets serious about the metaverse with Omniverse updates

Nvidia has announced several updates to its Omniverse simulation platform that brings the metaverse closer to reality.

The metaverse can be seen as the next step of the web, providing a virtual, persistent world where users can socialise, work, and play with actions that could have real-world effects.

Facebook recently changed its company name to Meta to reflect its new focus on building a metaverse. During Meta’s recent Connect conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was...

The IoT could help the UK cut 17.4M tonnes of CO2

A report from Vodafone and WPI Economics has found that emerging technologies like the IoT and 5G could help the UK cut 17.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Earlier this year, the UK enshrined in law a target to slash carbon emissions by 78 percent by 2035 as part of a bid to achieve net-zero by 2050. Achieving the UK’s target, and hopefully exceeding it, will require taking advantage of every possible tool.

Susanne Baker, Associate Director, Climate, Environment and...

IoT Tech Expo 2021: Smart buildings, digital transformation and measuring success

An image depicting IoT in action in a manufacturing factory.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has certainly come a long way since it was first coined, purely as a concept, by Kevin Ashton in 1999 during his time working with Procter&Gamble. Ashton, who was working in supply chain optimisation at the time, hoped to draw senior management's attention to a new tech called RFID.

Since then, IoT has crept into various aspects of our lives, from voice assistants to smartwatches, and they are shaping the way we work, talk, and engage with each...

Argo AI and Volkswagen debut ID. BUZZ AD self-driving van

Argo AI and its partner Volkswagen have debuted the first-generation ID. BUZZ AD self-driving test van at this year’s IAA.

The vehicle combines a retro-futuristic design with powerful technology including SAE Level 4 automation capabilities.

ID. BUZZ AD is currently being tested on Argo’s new closed-course track at Franz Josef Strauss International Airport in Munich but will “soon” be deployed on public streets in the...

GE Appliances signs multi-year smart home deal with Google Cloud

GE Appliances has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Google Cloud to build the next generation of smart home technologies.

The partners will combine their expertise – GE Appliances in hardware and Google Cloud in data, artificial intelligence, analytics, and machine learning – to deliver new smart home technologies and improved experiences.

Viren Shah, CDO of GE Appliances, said:

"As the fastest-growing appliance manufacturing company in the United...

Qualcomm launches autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities

Qualcomm has launched Flight RB5 5G, the “world’s first” autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities.

The company says the platform will support and accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous drones for commercial, enterprise, and industrial purposes. An onboard Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit achieves the modern cybersecurity requirements for drones.

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Dev Singh, Senior Director of Business...

Bosch turns to Fetch.ai’s Collective Learning network for ‘AIoT’ trials

Engineering giant Bosch is turning to Cambridge-based startup Fetch.ai for innovative “AIoT” trials.

Fetch.ai is a blockchain (or distributed ledger, if you prefer) that is aiming to build a decentralised network of autonomous “agents” that perform real-world tasks. For the IoT, it’s potentially groundbreaking.

Bosch also seems to believe in Fetch.ai’s vision and has been an early supporter of the startup from almost the beginning. This week, Bosch’s team...

Smart factories could provide a £6.3B boost to UK manufacturing by 2030

A report from Vodafone suggests that 5G smart factories could provide a £6.3 billion boost to UK-based manufacturing by 2030.

One of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledges is to “level up” across the entire UK and end the disproportionate investment in the capital. Time will tell whether that’s just a political soundbite or something actually substantial.

The report suggests that investment in 5G-powered manufacturing could have the biggest impact in the...

AT&T and JBG SMITH plan the first ‘at scale’ US 5G smart city

AT&T and JBG SMITH are collaborating on what they believe will be the first 5G smart city “at scale” in the US.

Smart city announcements are becoming increasingly prevalent, but many are just testbeds or small deployments. AT&T and JBG SMITH believe their smart city will be an exception.

The smart city will be based in the National Landing neighbourhood of Crystal City, Virginia. A combination of mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G spectrum will be used for connectivity...