T-Mobile partners with Twilio on NB-IoT developer platform

T-Mobile’s partnership with Twilio bears fruit in the form of a software development kit for the operator’s NB-IoT network.

NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) is a wide area, low power network. Use of the network enables IoT devices to be operational for much longer, reducing the ongoing costs of maintenance.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“With NB-IoT, devices can consume a fraction of the battery power they do with...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

Vodafone is doubling the size of its European NB-IoT networks

Vodafone has announced it will be doubling the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) by the end of 2019.

NB-IoT provides ‘industrial grade’ Low-Power Wide-Area connectivity for applications such as streetlights, connected healthcare monitors, and wearable devices.

Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is currently live in eight countries; the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

Cell sites in European...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

West Midlands selected to host the UK’s first large-scale 5G testbed

The UK government has selected the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to rollout the country's first multi-city 5G testbed.

As part of its winning bid to become a multi-city 5G testbed, the WMCA will receive £50 million in total for its ambitions.

£25 million will be supplied from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while a further £25 million will come from partners trialling new 5G applications and services.

Digital Minister Margot James says:

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.

How progressive local governments are investing in smart cities

Smart city initiatives are one of the most important developments worldwide in public sector digital transformation. Given the crucial role that cities will play in both overall digitization efforts and the development of national economies, the largest or fastest-growing use cases have the attention of municipal leaders across the globe.

Smart city initiatives will attract technology investments of more than $81 billion globally in 2018, and spending is forecast to reach $158 billion in 2022, according to...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, N America, Smart Cities.

Deloitte: ‘Near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China on 5G

Analysts from Deloitte have determined it would be ‘near impossible’ for the US to catch up with China in 5G due to a significant investment gap.

Deloitte determined that China outspent the United States by $24 billion since 2015 and has over ten times more sites ready to support 5G. Furthermore, in the first three months of 2017 alone, China added more 5G sites than the US in the last three years.

"China and other countries may be creating a 5G tsunami, making it near impossible to catch...

Sensoneo is ready to use America’s first NB-IoT network for smart waste

Smart waste solutions provider Sensoneo has confirmed it’s ready to be among the first to use America’s first nationwide NB-IoT network.

Sensoneo has been testing its smart waste fill-level sensors in several locations across the USA in past weeks to ensure its devices are fully prepared for when T-Mobile’s nationwide NB-IoT network goes live.

Lubas Tuma, CEO of Sensoneo, comments:

“We are happy to see the launch of the narrowband IoT network by T-Mobile. It is a...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, N America, Networks, Smart Cities.

Firefly LiFi uses LED technology for affordable 5G wireless bridge to smart city networks

LiFi solutions manufacturer Firefly LiFi is utilising LED technology to introduce low cost 5G wireless bridges to smart city networks offering the best security and high data capacity for indoor and Wireless To The Home (WTTH) outdoor backhaul applications.

Firefly LiFi, which is already shipping light fidelity products for indoor applications, for the first time is formulating this new wireless bridge solution for longer range outdoor as well as indoor point-to-point applications. Firefly LiFi has designed...

By Telecoms, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

How smart city investments will reach $135 billion in 2021

Around the globe, metropolitan and suburban municipalities continue to explore digital transformation projects. Emerging technology spending for smart city applications is forecast to reach $80 billion in 2018, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC has provided a detailed look at the technology investments associated with a range of smart city priorities and use cases. As these initiatives gain traction, IDC expects spending to accelerate over the...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Nokia launches three smart city services to help operators meet digital city needs

In a bid to resolve challenges associated with urbanisation and help operators address digital city needs, Nokia has launched three smart city services - IoT for Smart Cities, Sensing as a Service and Secure Mobile Virtual Network Operator (S-MVNO) for Public Safety service.

Powered by cross-application data sharing, and analytics and automation, the first service, IoT for Smart Cities, is a fully integrated, modular and scalable framework to deliver and control smart city services including video...

By Telecoms, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

Nokia and EDF power forward with IoT tests

Nokia has announced a partnership with energy company EDF to test the performance of LPWA technology for IoT use in industrial settings.

EDF’s R&D team in France will make use of ‘TestHub Services’ in Nokia’s device testing lab. The lab claims to offer carrier-grade wireless infrastructure for testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules, and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies.

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By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research, Smart Cities.

Opinion: Major strides will be made towards our digital future in 2018

This year holds huge promise for the telecommunications industry as a range of disruptive technologies and efficiency-realising trends gain traction, laying the foundations for a more agile, better connected digital future.

Many of them will be the external drivers that spark fundamental change across the networking environment in the immediate future and beyond, transforming consumer and business communication for good.

By Tom Sime, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Smart Cities.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

Small Cell Forum aims to enhance smart communities and smart buildings with new partnership

A far-reaching collaboration has been formed between the Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) wherein the alliance will address issues with smart communities and smart buildings.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work on technical, commercial, and regulatory solutions. All their existing work and skillset will be put together to develop solutions that simplify and expedite deployment of dense networks and in-building...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Small Cells, Smart Cities.

Exploring top smart city projects in the United States

Smart city projects have gained momentum over the last decade, as more municipalities across North America have launched a wide variety of digital transformation initiatives. That said, some cities have achieved significant outcomes that enable them to improve services for citizens.

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are the smartest cities in the United States, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Cities were evaluated across various metrics such as deployment of LED streetlights, smart...

By David H. Deans, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Turin to become Italy’s first 5G city, aims for total deployment by 2020

Turin will become the first city in Italy with a 5G mobile network after the municipality signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecom Italia (TIM).

The project is expected to start its metropolitan trial in 2018, with the aim of covering the whole city by 2020. The telco will install more than 100 small cells in the main areas of the city, as well as at both the city’s universities, with 3,000 users being made part of the trial process.

While plenty of the industry discussion around 5G has been that of bluff...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Smart Cities.

Orange pushes ahead with its LTE-M strategy for IoT devices

Orange has announced plans to advance its LTE-M strategy this year in preparation to support a wide range of IoT devices.

The operator will focus its LTE-M efforts in Europe initially and will begin the roll-out this year in Belgium and Spain before expanding across the rest of the company’s European footprint. At the end of last year, KPN claimed the first to start testing LTE-M in Europe, but Orange is on track to become the first commercially-available network.

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, IoT, LTE, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

How smart machines will transform labour-intensive industries

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The progress in technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, robotics and intelligent mobility have set the stage for cognitive or sentient tools to emerge onto the global market.

These tools are aware of and can learn from their surroundings and users, and mark the next step in the evolution of computational systems, according to the latest worldwide market study by Frost & Sullivan.

As smart machines that can communicate and interact with...

By David H. Deans, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Mobile, Smart Cities.

How to build a smart city out of ruins

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Dubrovnik is seemingly the polar opposite of Sarajevo, the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dubrovnik struggles to modernise and become a smart city, while protecting its pristine 7th century spirit, while Sarajevo tries to build a smart city from rubble.

They may make for strange bedfellows, but these two cities with seemingly different problems are working together to build connected cities that solve their citizens’ problems.

Dubrovnik is a geographic...

By Telefónica, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Lensless sensors and smart cities: Here’s looking at you, looking at me, looking at you

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Smart cities. The term is everywhere. Across technology media to every vertical from transport to engineering, everyone wants to talk about smart cities. And it’s not hard to see why. When you say the words, you can’t help but find the imagination go into overdrive, building and piecing together exciting scenes from every sci-fi film you have seen, leaving you with an idea a thousand light years from the comparatively dull surroundings you find yourself in. The only problem is...

By Patrick Gill, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.