Qualcomm launches autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities

Qualcomm has launched Flight RB5 5G, the “world’s first” autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities.

The company says the platform will support and accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous drones for commercial, enterprise, and industrial purposes. An onboard Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit achieves the modern cybersecurity requirements for drones.

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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...

Smart factories could provide a £6.3B boost to UK manufacturing by 2030

A report from Vodafone suggests that 5G smart factories could provide a £6.3 billion boost to UK-based manufacturing by 2030.

One of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledges is to “level up” across the entire UK and end the disproportionate investment in the capital. Time will tell whether that’s just a political soundbite or something actually substantial.

The report suggests that investment in 5G-powered manufacturing could have the biggest impact in the...

Verizon Business appoints TJ Fox as SVP of IIoT and automotive

Verizon Business has announced the appointment of TJ Fox as the company’s new senior vice president of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and automotive.

Fox previously served as SVP and president of Verizon Business Markets but will now be responsible for leading the company’s connected vehicle, device, and industrial equipment strategies.

Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer at Verizon Business, said:

“In naming a leader who can catalyse...

Enea 5G MicroCore for enterprises aims to support Industry 4.0 initiatives

Enea has launched 5G MicroCore for enterprises, a complete and interoperable solution for businesses using private 5G networks for Industry 4.0 purposes.

Industry 4.0 combines emerging technologies such as the IoT, AI, edge, and cloud computing to once again revolutionise traditional industries such as manufacturing. Private 5G networks are key to unlocking Industry 4.0’s potential.

Leo Gergs, Research Analyst for 5G Markets at ABI Research, said:

“As...

Verizon expands its Hyper Precision Location service to over 100 US markets

Verizon has announced the expansion of its Hyper Precision Location (HPL) service to cover over 100 major US markets.

HPL is a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering that boosts the accuracy of location data from metres to centimetres—delivering GNSS correction data in real-time and at scale.

TJ Fox, SVP of Industrial IoT and Automotive at Verizon Business, said:

“Hyper Precise Location stands to boost or enable next-gen technologies across industries, from...

Bentley Systems uses NVIDIA Omniverse to create real-time digital twins

Infrastructure engineering software giant Bentley Systems has announced that it’s using NVIDIA Omniverse to create real-time digital twins.

Omniverse is enabling Bentley Systems to create photorealistic digital twins of its massive-scale industrial and civil infrastructure projects. The digital twins provide real-time visualisation and simulation of the projects.

Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, said:

“Visualisation and simulation underpin many of the...

Robotics4EU wants input to guide Europe’s robot future

A three-year EU project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme called Robotics4EU wants input from the community to guide Europe’s robot future.

Robotics4EU aims to boost the adoption of robotics in Europe across a continent that is becoming increasingly sceptical of autonomous systems.

The initiative has released two surveys aimed at different stakeholders:

Robotics development community: https://www.research.net/r/3VQ6VXLPolicy and decision-makers:...

World Economic Forum designates Ericsson smart factory a ‘Global Lighthouse’

Ericsson’s 5G smart factory in Lewisville, Texas has received a valuable commendation from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF gave the factory its “Global Lighthouse” award in recognition of the site being a global leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The smart factory has achieved 120 percent improved output per employee and a 65 percent reduction in manual material handling through the deployment of automation technologies.

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Featured: IoT News’ list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

IoT technologies will be key to not just rebuilding our industries, economies, and societies from the pandemic—but making them better than ever before.

It’s well-known that disasters often lead to the biggest advancements. Innovations that would normally take years to receive the necessary funding and overcome legal hurdles can be deployed far more quickly during, and in the aftermath of, a crisis.

Governments and investors are looking for companies with technologies...