Facebook plans on hiring 10,000 Europeans to work on the metaverse

Facebook is planning on recruiting the assistance of 10,000 workers across Europe to help build its metaverse vision.

The metaverse was first coined in Neal Stephenson's 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash, where humans interact with each other and software agents as virtual avatars in a persistent 3D space. Since then, the idea has come up in further popular books like William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two.

Online games such as Second...

Berg Insight: Global satellite IoT subscriber base to hit 15.7M by 2025

Analysts from Berg Insight expect the global satellite IoT subscriber base to hit 15.7 million by 2025 after surpassing 3.4 million in 2020.

The researchers predict the number of subscribers will increase at the compound annual growth rate of 35.8 percent.

IoT devices continue to proliferate rapidly. Satellites aren’t heading into orbit at quite the same pace but launches have certainly increased in tempo as an increasing number of companies seek to secure their slice...

Why your phone is the key to better building security

The prevalence of smartphones and apps like Apple Wallet, which stores digital versions of credit cards, boarding passes, and event tickets, make our phones an essential part of everyday life. Now that Apple has opened the Wallet app to developers, experts expect to see an increase in mobile credentials used for everything from unlocking cars to storing driver’s licenses, to accessing the office. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how mobile credentials impact cyber and...

Haltian’s digital twin solution improves workplace safety in the COVID-19 era

Finnish IoT firm Haltian has added new features to its Empathic Building digital twin platform that are designed to improve workplace safety in the COVID-19 era.

Haltian acquired Empathic Building from TietoEVRY last year.

At the time of the acquisition, Empathic Building Head and Founder Tomi Teikko said: “Haltian's IoT and data collection solutions will bring new unmatched opportunities for the further enrichment of Empathic Building's offering and its international...

Inmarsat launches the first global UAV connectivity solution

Satellite giant Inmarsat has launched Velaris, the first global connectivity solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Velaris is powered by Inmarsat’s ELERA satellite network and enables commercial UAVs to fly beyond visual sight. The solution also provides UAV operators with access to key applications like real-time air traffic monitoring to ensure the safety of all commercial airspace users.

Anthony Spouncer, Inmarsat’s Senior Director of UAVs and Unmanned...

Road to Success: Ericsson’s connected car report highlights ‘significant’ opportunities

Ericsson has released a connected car report highlighting a number of “significant” monetisation opportunities for car manufacturers.

The report – Connected Cars: Succeeding in the midst of economic and societal transformation – also examines some of the challenges faced by automotive OEMs as they seek to secure their place in a world that’s rapidly changing.

Statista forecasts the connected car market to reach $166 billion by 2025 while some other...

William Bain, CEO, ScaleOut Software: Real-time tracking with digital twins

William Bain, CEO, ScaleOut Software

ScaleOut Software CEO William Bain discusses the challenges facing the telemetry industry, the advantages of the digital twin model, and some of the technological advances driving innovation in the IoT sphere.

What solutions is ScaleOut Software bringing to the IoT space?

ScaleOut Software’s cloud-hosted streaming service for IoT offers a breakthrough new approach to tracking telemetry in real time for large numbers of IoT devices. By incorporating fast, in-memory...

Jimmy Jones, head of security, ZARIOT: The importance of collaboration in IoT

Jimmy Jones, ZARIOT

IoT News joined ZARIOT head of security Jimmy Jones to reflect on the security-focused connectivity provider’s recent growth, the importance of AI to IoT, and the need for continued industry collaboration.

What unique solutions is ZARIOT bringing to the IoT security space?

“ZARIOT is a cellular IoT connectivity provider, but one firmly focused on security. We strongly believe that successful IoT deployments must be built on secure foundations and that can only happen...

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...

Laurent V. de Mello, COO, Astrocast: On deploying satellite IoT networks

IoT News spoke with Astrocast COO Laurent Vieira de Mello to discuss the satellite company’s latest ventures and its future roadmap ahead of its appearance at IoT TechEx Global from 6-7 September.

Since 2018, Vieira de Mello has overseen operations at Astrocast as it continues to deploy its direct-to-satellite IoT network into orbit. As of now, the network consists of 10 commercial satellites with 90 more planned for deployment by the end of 2024.

Vieira de Mello...