Vodafone doubles its NB-IoT network sites to cover 98% of the UK

Vodafone has doubled the number of its NB-IoT network sites in the UK to cover 98 percent of the country’s geography.

The operator has invested heavily in deploying NB-IoT sites to meet growing demand from customers across the country.

“We have invested in NB-IoT because we want to offer our customers the right tools for the right job, in a way which is affordable and accessible for every customer,” says Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone...

Berg Insight: Smart waste sensor market to grow 29.8% annually through 2025

Research from Berg Insight forecasts that rapid adoption of smart waste sensors will result in 29.8% annual growth through 2025.

Cities around the world are rapidly-adopting smart waste sensors to help manage resources, optimise collections, and reduce cases of unsightly (and often smelly) overflowing bins.

The wireless sensors are increasingly being pre-integrated into waste bins but existing units can also be retrofitted. By 2025, the number of smart bins is expected...

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Sony is quickly making it smart

Sony has joined three smart city trials in Rome to help the historic city fight modern problems.

The trials are set to begin in June and will all use Sony’s IMX500 sensor which is the first to feature embedded AI processing—enabling powerful capabilities while addressing privacy concerns.

Antonio Avitabile, MD of Corporate Alliance and Investment at Sony, said:

“This is a clear and concrete example where Sony’s smart vision solution can serve our...

Mavenir powers Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open RAN

Mavenir is powering Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open Ran, in partnership with Cisco, smart city experts 5GCT, and local state-owned telco NT.

The smart city is based in Ban Chang, a city near U-Tapao International Airport that’s connected to a motorway which links Thailand’s two largest cities: Bangkok and Pattaya.

Shannon Kalayanamitr, Chief Executive Officer at 5GCT, said:

“At 5GTC, we are driven to strengthen the potential of Thailand...

Opinion: Making the smart city vision a reality

The smart city vision is a fully connected city. One that uses technology to optimise key functions from transport, to saving electricity. And this idea is gaining traction. Indeed, despite the pandemic, global spending on smart city initiatives is predicted to reach a whopping $135 billion in 2021 – a 22% increase on the year before. 

In today’s digital world, most people increasingly expect to have connections to friends, family, and other parts of the world at their...

Toyota subsidiary to acquire Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division

Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet has announced that it’s acquiring Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division for $550 million.

The division, known as Level 5, has established itself among the leaders in the development of autonomous driving technologies.

Logan Green, Co-Founder and CEO of Lyft, said:

“Today’s announcement launches Lyft into the next phase of an incredible journey to bring our mission to life. Lyft has spent nine years building a transportation...

Opinion: The key ingredients for smart city success

Smart cities are the future of inner-city living. Attracting new citizens and investment won’t just come down to good schools, affordable property and excellent facilities. In the future, the digital experience and the innovative services a municipality can offer will be just as crucial. By using a cutting-edge network of sensors, a smart city can harvest a huge amount of data. This data can form insight to enhance the delivery of existing services to citizens. Moreover, this insight can...

Smart buildings: Shaping how we live and work in 2021

More than half of organisations plan to increase their investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart building technology in 2021. This is according to Johnson Controls’ annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey. Interestingly enough, these business plans are comparable with investment trends that came after the 2010 recession; now likely a result of preparation for the post-pandemic world.

As people begin returning to shared spaces once herd immunity has...

Liverpool to become a global drones leader following project launch

Liverpool is set to become a global leader in drones following the launch of a unique test and development area.

The project, a collaboration between the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and the Drone Major Group, is called Phoenix I and represents the first part of a larger initiative of interconnected projects designed to establish Liverpool as a leader in drones.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“The Liverpool...

Lime is spending $50 million on a major expansion of its e-bikes

Micromobility firm Lime is spending $50 million to expand and enhance its e-bike network.

Lime started its journey with e-bikes – in fact, it even used to be called LimeBike – but has since become known for its iconic e-scooters where it’s put most of its effort in recent years. Now, the company is returning to where it started.

The $50 million investment in Lime’s shared electric bicycle network will add a new model of bike, double the number of the green (quite...