The IoT could help the UK cut 17.4M tonnes of CO2

A report from Vodafone and WPI Economics has found that emerging technologies like the IoT and 5G could help the UK cut 17.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Earlier this year, the UK enshrined in law a target to slash carbon emissions by 78 percent by 2035 as part of a bid to achieve net-zero by 2050. Achieving the UK’s target, and hopefully exceeding it, will require taking advantage of every possible tool.

Susanne Baker, Associate Director, Climate, Environment and...

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...

Intel and partners build 5G smart factory to demonstrate Industry 4.0 benefits

Intel has built a 5G smart factory “from the ground up” to demonstrate the benefits of Industry 4.0 digitalisation.

The end-to-end smart factory is based in Verona, Italy and is based on Intel Atom and Xeon Scalable processors, Intel FPGAs, and Intel Edge Controls for Industrial and Edge Insights for Industrial software.

Intel is collaborating with EXOR International, JMA Wireless, and Telecom Italia (TIM) on the project.

Claudio Ambra, CTO of EXOR...

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...

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.

Fredrik...

Research: Higher robot densities linked to increased productivity

Research has found a link between higher densities of robots in a population and increased levels of productivity.

The study – conducted by supply chain specialists Balloon One – analysed countries with similar levels of manufacturing output and looked at their densities of robots and GDP per hours worked.

The UK, in particular, is falling behind in robot density:

(Credit: Balloon One)

The UK is the glaring example here but, aside from some...

WEF: Inequality likely to worsen as robots set to do half of work by 2025

A report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts that robots will do half of all work tasks by 2025, with inequality likely to worsen as a result.

Concerns about the impact of automation on jobs are not exactly new, but most felt the timeline for significant change would be longer – providing more time for mass reskilling of the workforce.

The pandemic we find ourselves in is creating “a double disruption of jobs” with businesses reducing their employees while...

Arm unveils new solutions for IoT and automotive applications

Arm has unveiled new computing solutions designed for improving autonomy in IoT and automotive settings.

Arm has announced a suite of new IP including the Arm Cortex-A78AE CPU, Mali-G78AE GPU, and Mali-C71AE ISP. Each will work in tandem with supporting software and tools to enhance the autonomous workload capabilities of silicon providers and OEMs.

Chet Babla, VP of Automotive and IoT at Arm, said:

“Autonomy has the potential to improve every aspect of our...

TM Forum explores using IOTA for trusted Industry 4.0 solutions

Telecoms industry association TM Forum has announced it's exploring the use of IOTA for trusted next-generation IIoT solutions.

IOTA is often mistakenly called a blockchain. The core purpose is similar, it's essentially a trusted ledger, but one which uses a DAG (Directed Acyclic Graph) structure called the Tangle in a bid to offer the scalability required for large IoT deployments.

TM Forum has launched Mega Catalyst, a project which aims to build a "completely trusted...