ABI Research: 4G is still the go-to for IoT connectivity

A study conducted by ABI Research finds that 4G is still the go-to solution for IoT connectivity.

The new year hasn’t brought with it a new dominant IoT connectivity standard. ABI Research monitored the activities of 1,037 IoT models across 52 module vendors and found competing standards have some way to go to catch up to 4G.

4G accounts for over 60 percent of cellular modules—spanning both high bandwidth CAT12 to CAT20, and high bandwidth CAT1 to CAT4. 5G represents...

Inmarsat provides satellite IoT connectivity for rural hydroelectric power stations

Satellite operator Inmarsat is providing IoT connectivity for rural hydroelectric power stations in Wales.

The RWE-owned power stations in the mountainous region of Snowdonia in northwest Wales harness water to generate renewable electricity.

Snowdonia is the wettest area in Wales, with average annual rainfall totals exceeding 3000mm—making the region comparable to the English Lake District or the western Highlands of Scotland.

The region is an ideal location...

Aptiv acquires edge software developer Wind River for $4.3bn

Autonomous Vehicle

Aptiv, an electric vehicle parts supplier, is acquiring Wind River from TPG Capital for $4.3 billion (£3.14bn) in cash.

Wind River builds software for edge networks and is currently used on more than two billion edge devices by 1,700 global customers. It generated $400 million (£292m) in revenue in 2021.

Its software allows for the secure development, deployment, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems across the aerospace, telecommunications, and...

Britain’s smart meter network grew by a record-breaking 87% in 2021

Record growth was observed for Britain’s smart meter network in 2021, helping to support the country’s net-zero carbon ambitions.

The Smart Data Communications Company (SmartDCC) operates and maintains the national smart meter network.

In 2021, SmartDCC says it added eight million smart meters—representing an 87 percent increase. August 2021 was a record month with over one million smart meters connected.

Angus Flett, CEO of SmartDCC,...

Amazon launches Sidewalk Bridge Pro to extend its network into public spaces

Amazon is extending its low-bandwidth, long-distance network to public spaces with the launch of the Sidewalk Bridge Pro.

The bridge is designed to extend Sidewalk connectivity to spaces including parks, businesses, and universities where there aren’t likely to be many Ring and Echo devices helping to power Amazon’s mesh network.

Amazon made a big deal out of Sidewalk when it debuted in 2019 alongside the Fetch pet tracker developed by Tile. In May 2021, Tile...

IoMT devices in smart hospitals to exceed 7M by 2026

A study by Juniper Research suggests the number of IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) in smart hospitals will exceed seven million by 2026.

The leading research firm’s analysts expect 7.4 million IoMT devices to be deployed globally, with over 3,850 per smart hospital.

Adam Wears, Research Analyst at Juniper Research, said:

“The emergence of remote monitoring within healthcare presents an opportunity for network operators to place themselves within the...

AutoX wins the race to build China’s first Level 4 robotaxi production line

Alibaba-backed AutoX has won the race to build the first Level 4 robotaxi production line in China.

Level 4 “mind off” driverless vehicles are fully autonomous and can handle complex urban driving situations. However, a human driver must be available and in a fit state to take control if required. If the human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene, a Level 4 vehicle must be capable of pulling over safely.

AutoX has gained international...

Berg Insight: The number of remotely-monitored patients hit 45.6M in 2020

Research from Berg Insight suggests the number of remotely-monitored patients hit 45.6 million in 2020.

The IoT market research giant analysed the growing number of patients enrolled in mHealth care programs where connected devices were used as part of the regimen.

Adoption is currently being driven by sleep therapy, diabetes monitoring, and implantable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices.

ResMed and Philips are the two brands dominating the sleep therapy...

Editorial: 10 predictions for the IoT in 2022

As we begin wrapping up the year, it’s time to predict what the IoT industry will look like in 2022.

Seamlessly connected homes

“The US market has seen substantial year-over-year growth in the number of connected homes, and this is expected to continue in the years to come,” analysts from McKinsey said in a recent report.

“However, we're still far from the vision of seamlessly connected homes.”

The emergence of Thread as a widely-backed...

Filament STAC gets Silicon Valley backing for Scottish IoT enterprise

Glasgow

Filament STAC, Scotland’s first IoT accelerator programme, has received backing from a number of major tech firms in the US.

Amongst the brands pledging their support is Silicon Valley’s Intel, Twilio, Plexus Corp, and Fortune 500 company Arrow Electronics.

The Smart Things Accelerator Centre is a non-profit industry and government partnership aimed at creating globally competitive and scalable Scottish IoT companies.

Launched in August this year, the...