Cradlepoint: Why base hits, rather than home runs, showcase smart cities’ potential for now

"We believe that if the world can go wireless, it will," explains Ken Hosac, vice president of IoT strategy and business development at Cradlepoint. Yet it is by no means a seamless passage into a new wireless world.

Cradlepoint, with headquarters in Boise, Idaho, looks at some of the tougher connectivity challenges in the company's quest - enabling enterprises to use cellular through a mix of cloud-delivered services and on-premise platforms.

"We're finding that our...

Sigfox pens letter calling for IoT projects to fight COVID-19, waives connectivity fees

IoT connectivity provider Sigfox has penned a letter calling for the industry to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a technology company, we strongly believe IoT can do a lot to help. Today, we are reaching out to all the members of the IoT ecosystem to ask them to join forces to design and implement solutions that can help save lives,” the company stated.

Some of the examples provided by Sigfox of how the IoT is already helping to fight the pandemic includes...

Mayo Clinic begins using driverless vehicles to deliver COVID-19 tests

Mayo Clinic has begun using driverless vehicles to deliver essential COVID-19 tests to a processing lab.

The initiative in Jacksonville, Florida is a collaboration between the local transport authority, Navya, and Beep.

Four autonomous vehicles are initially being used and will transport COVID-19 tests from a drive-through testing facility to a processing lab on Mayo Clinic's campus. The shuttles have been running the route every day since March...

Frank Stoecker, CEO, EMnify: On how IoT will prove mission-critical during – and after – Covid-19

As the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to be felt, many networks and services need to cope with the extra strain being put upon them. For cloud services, some are already feeling the heat - recent outages with Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and others point to that.

With regard to other companies, however, the effects are less stark. EMnify, a Berlin-headquartered provider of IoT and M2M connectivity, sees relatively stable activity on its network. Why? For the use cases that...

Actility collaborates with Akenza to enhance ThingPark Wireless IoT connectivity platform

French M2M and IoT service provider Actility is looking to add even more value to its IoT connectivity platform ThingPark Wireless by partnering with Swiss provider Akenza.

ThingPark Wireless is Actility’s multi-technology IoT connectivity platform for public and private Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). The collaboration would now allow Actility clients to natively integrate their accounts into the Akenza Core and completely manage their IoT device fleet and...

Anthony Levandowski files to arbitrate Uber in bid to cover $179m lawsuit

Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski has filed a motion to arbitrate Uber in a bid to cover the $179m lawsuit against him.

Last month, Levandowski admitted to stealing trade secrets relating to Google’s self-driving car work. Levandowski went on to start an ambitious self-driving truck startup called Otto, which was subsequently acquired by Uber.

Google took Uber to court over the theft and it was eventually settled for $245 million.

The...

Arduino-compatible dev board Frame.IoT seeks crowdfunding

The Frame.IoT, an Arduino-compatible developer board which aims to help users connect to Internet of Things projects, is currently looking for crowdfunding on the Kickstarter platform.

The Frame.IoT development kit is integrated with Wi-Fi, supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), can be operated using a rechargeable battery, and deployed in a number of ways. The board features 16 RGB LEDs arranged in a circular pattern, along with a single button in the middle of the board.

The...

UK connected car project aims to halt motorway pileups for good

A new project funded by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) aims to halt motorway pileups.

The project is called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA) and is being led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, Westfield Sports Cars, Cosworth, SBD Automotive, and Connected Places Catapult.

Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, said: 

Helm.ai raises $13 million in seed funding to boost driverless car AI

Helm.ai, a California-based scalable AI for autonomous vehicles, has raised $13 million in a recently held seed funding round led by A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel, including others.

The company will be using the raised funds to further advance its engineering and R&D capabilities, hiring more employees, and making new deals with customers. Unlike other organisations, which focuses on developing hardware for...

IDC warns of significant shrinkage to semiconductor market with Covid-19 pandemic

IDC has offered a gloomy analysis of the semiconductor market amid the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting significant shrinkage compared with the earlier expected minor overall growth.

In its latest report, titled Impact of COVID-19 on the Worldwide Semiconductor Market Forecast, IDC notes that despite the disruption, to human life as well as the international technology supply chain, the report states that...