Ericsson and Orange use the IoT to help keep seniors connected

Ericsson and Orange are using their IoT expertise to help keep seniors connected with family, friends, and caregivers in what could be a very lonely time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is cruel in so many ways. Beyond the physical health impacts – including the long-term effects we're only just beginning to understand – it is also causing financial burdens, mental health issues, and feelings of isolation.

Many youngsters are tech-savvy and already use means such as online...

Vodafone Business report suggests COVID-19 will accelerate IoT adoption

A new report from Vodafone Business suggests that IoT adoption will accelerate due to COVID-19.

Vodafone’s report, 2020 IoT Spotlight, features responses from 1,639 businesses around the world.

Erik Brenneis, IoT Director at Vodafone Business, said:

“IoT has grown up. It’s no longer just about increasing return on investment or providing cost savings to businesses: it’s changing the way they think and operate. And it’s giving them an opportunity to...

Using IoT and digital twins to improve business decisions following COVID-19

Country lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a devastating effect on companies around the globe – revenues have been upended and traditional work patterns supplanted. Fortunately, increased IoT connectivity, coupled with advances in digital twin technology, can help businesses reduce costs. They can do so by improving their situation awareness and automating their business responses to changing conditions.

The Potential Impact of Digital Twins

Digital twins...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Bluetooth SIG wants to turn wearables into COVID-19 exposure detectors

The group behind the Bluetooth standard wants to add COVID-19 exposure detection to wearable devices.

In an announcement today, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) said that it is working with over 130 member companies to add the potentially lifesaving feature to wearables.

Google and Apple have already developed a cross-platform, Bluetooth-based COVID-19 detection system for smartphones. The proposal by the Bluetooth SIG would extend that system to wearables (say...

Uber is laying off 14% of staff due to COVID-19, Lyft says its biz is down 70%

COVID-19 is having an obvious negative impact on the ride-hailing industry, with Uber and Lyft reporting huge losses.

Uber has announced it's being forced to cut 3,700 employees amid the crisis, accounting for around 14 percent of its workforce. The redundancies will predominantly hit Uber's recruiting and CommOps teams. 

“With people taking fewer trips, the unfortunate reality is that there isn’t enough work for many of our front-line customer support...

Smart speaker usage increases substantially due to COVID-19 quarantines

Global quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the use of smart speakers substantially.

According to a study released by Edison Research and NPR, three-quarters of US adults over 18 report a change in their media habits due to the pandemic.

“With tens of millions of Americans no longer commuting, smart speakers are becoming even more important as a conduit for news and information,” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “This increased usage and...

Uber turns its drivers into couriers to assist during the pandemic

Uber has launched two new services which turn the company's drivers into couriers to help ensure people get what they need during the pandemic.

The first of the services, Uber Direct, is essentially an expansion of Uber Eats and opens up the ability for drivers to deliver items that aren’t from restaurants including prescriptions, pet food, and more.

With Amazon now prioritising items considered more essential, Uber has the ability to help ensure people can get what...

CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo to prevent ‘imminent exit’

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally cleared an investment from Amazon in connected food delivery service Deliveroo.

Like many businesses, Deliveroo is struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it's grasping some unique opportunities, such as delivering essential groceries from local supermarkets, the overall business has suffered from a large number of key restaurants closing their doors.

In a press release, the CMA...

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...