Lime is spending $50 million on a major expansion of its e-bikes

Micromobility firm Lime is spending $50 million to expand and enhance its e-bike network.

Lime started its journey with e-bikes – in fact, it even used to be called LimeBike – but has since become known for its iconic e-scooters where it’s put most of its effort in recent years. Now, the company is returning to where it started.

The $50 million investment in Lime’s shared electric bicycle network will add a new model of bike, double the number of the green (quite...

NHS Scotland employs drones to quickly transport vital medical supplies

The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) is employing the use of drones to help quickly transport vital medical supplies to rural Scottish hospitals.

Drones are helping to transport supplies – including medicines, COVID-19 testing samples and kits, and PPE – to the remote Argyll & Bute region of Scotland as part of a three-month trial.

The drones utilise Vodafone’s 4G network for communication and can travel up to 40 miles (64km) at a time. Each drone is...

Research: Smart traffic management will save cities $277B by 2025

A new study by Juniper Research predicts that smart traffic management solutions will save cities $277 billion by 2025.

Aside from the economic benefits, smart traffic management helps to reduce journey times, driver frustration, and improve safety.

With world leaders set to head to the UK for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference later this year, using IoT technologies to improve the efficiency of our cities should also be on the agenda.

Over 95 percent of the...

Two in three electricity meters in North America are now smart, says Berg Insight

The penetration of smart electricity meters in North America hit 68% in 2020, according to IoT analyst Berg Insight.

According to the company's forecast, the installed base of smart electricity meters will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% between 2019 and 2025. This will mean a total of 153.8 million units at the end of the projection.

Canada will be a more advanced market than the United States, with 92% penetration and 84% by 2025...

DCC’s smart meter network passes 10 million milestone

The Data Communications Company (DCC) says it has now connected over 10 million smart meters in the UK.

DCC was granted a licence to build and manage its network in 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, now part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Angus Flett, CEO of DCC, said: 

“This milestone shows that the whole sector has progressed hugely over the last year in digitising Britain’s energy system....

Opinion: Perils of the smart city

There is a tacit acceptance that the world appears to be growing ‘smarter’. The total number of internet-facing smart devices is expected to exceed 38 billion by 2025, and reach 50 billion by 2030. By 2022, your average family home could contain over 500 smart devices, according to Gartner. Consider the ‘smart city’, in which critical infrastructure, government services, utilities and management systems are all interconnected. What benefits do these smart cities promise to bring?...

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...

Frankfurt Airport is using IOTA to verify COVID-19 test results

Frankfurt Airport is using the IOTA DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph) to securely and privately verify the COVID-19 results of passengers.

COVID-19 is set to continue causing disruptions to our lives for the best part of this year, or potentially longer. Fortunately, technologies are emerging which are hastening the return to some form of normality.

Spending long periods under “stay-at-home” restrictions has many people craving for some extended time outside their four...

Nuro receives first permit to operate self-driving cars commercially in California

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has awarded Nuro the state’s first commercial permit for self-driving cars.

The permit allows Nuro to operate its autonomous vehicles commercially on the roads of two counties near the company’s Bay Area headquarters.

Nuro says it will soon announce its first commercial deployment with an “established” partner. The company’s fleet of Prius cars will kick-off the deployment but will later be joined by Nuro’s...

UK proposal gives autonomous car backup drivers accident immunity window

A proposal from the UK’s Law Commission suggests giving backup drivers of autonomous vehicles a window of immunity for potential accidents.

Despite rigorous testing, it’s almost guaranteed that some accidents will occur with self-driving cars⁠—especially with early deployments.

“Even the best designed AVs, which reduce the overall number of accidents, may still cause collisions.” explains the Law Commission.

“The main aim of the Law Commissions is...