Internet of Things

  • European vendor launches IoT solution which transforms emergency response services

    Nokia is extending its command and control room portfolio for public safety agencies with the launch of the Advanced Command Center. The solution is a step towards next generation 911 and 112 standards, enabling rich media call taking, 360-degree situational awareness through video and IoT, and enhanced multi-agency cooperation through virtual emergency response centers.

  • French city introduces ‘smart parking’ solution to tackle traffic and pollution concerns

    The beautiful French city of Montpellier in the South of France has announced that it has deployed a 'smart parking' solution that aims to address growing concerns raised over the city's pollution level which is being caused by traffic congestion.

  • French city introduces ‘smart parking’ solution to tackle traffic and pollution concerns

    The beautiful French city of Montpellier in the South of France has announced that it has deployed a 'smart parking' solution that aims to address growing concerns raised over the city's pollution level which is being caused by traffic congestion.

  • French operator partners with Google to fund AI start-ups in the Middle East

    French telecommunications operator Orange has announced it has agreed to partner with US technology colossus Google, in an effort to explore opportunities to fund and potentially acquire start-ups in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

  • French power utility firm selects Nokia to test IoT technology for industries

    Nokia has been selected by French power utility EDF's R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies - key emerging standards for Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity - to support critical operations for industries. The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime, among the first of its kind in the industry, exploring the capabilities of LPWA technologies to support real-world industrial applications. Nokia is EDF R&D's exclusive partner for this effort.

  • French tech firm develops Internet of Things solution

    Russian fishing fleet operator Dobroflot Group of Companies is set to deploy an IoT solution for fuel monitoring from Orange Business Services. The solution helps to optimize fuel consumption, analyzing weather and vessel position, to save up to ten percent of fuel costs, and also helps to prevent unauthorized fuel usage. The IoT solution takes advantage of a fully-managed satellite solution from Orange Business Services that connects Dobroflot's vessels and onshore operations.

  • German delegation visit China in mission to become a ‘smart city’

    A German delegation is travelling to the headquarters of telecommunications vendor Huawei in Shenzhen, China - in an effort to become a fully-fledged smart city.

  • GSMA Announces First Speakers for Mobile 360 Series – Middle East and North Africa

    The GSMA today announced the first speakers for its Mobile 360 Series - Middle East and North Africa (MENA) conference taking place 9-10 October in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The two-day event, which is now in its fifth year, will bring together senior-level delegates from across the region to debate and discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing the mobile industry. The program includes topics such as the Internet of Things, 5G, digital identity, artificial intelligence and more.

  • Hong Kong professor examines the future evolution of smart cities

    Hong-Kong professor Dr. Winnie Tang has launched her highly-acclaimed Smart City 3.0 e-book which attempts to examine and establish the role played by Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Robotics and the sharing economy in the development and future evolution of smart cities on a global basis.

    The detailed insight into the future of smart cities which has been compiled by Dr. Tang has drawn critical acclaim from smart city industry peers.

    Anthony Yeh, Chair professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong said, "I believe that this book is a must-read for anyone who is passionate about how smart cities can enhance quality of life and foster sustainable growth."

    In her book, Dr. Tang highlighted some of the key emerging trends and predictions that are set to reshape our future cities. By 2020, the world's population aged over 60 years and older will outnumber children under the age of 5. According to the Hong Kong based professor a ‘tsunami of the ageing problem is fast approaching.'

    In addition to this, we're also facing a huge issue in relation to increased urbanization. By 2030, it has been projected that urban areas will house 60% of people globally. This will inevitably put governments under enormous pressure. In the book, Dr. Tang outlines what she believes can be implemented in order to curb some of these trends and reduce the negative impact of them.

    The Smart City 3.0 e-book stresses that whilst the opportunities represented by AI, Internet of Things and Robotics are incredibly exciting technologies destined to transform the way we live and how societies interact with each other, it's important to factor in the potential harm the mass adoption of these technologies will have. It has been estimated that half of the current livelihoods will disappear from working-class to professional.

    There are many challenges and obstacles facing smart cities but with the correct strategic implementation of programs, projects and technologies, there's no doubting the fact that they can improve the lives of all living in the city.

    President and Founder of Esri, Jack Dangermond praised Dr. Tang's work and said the core value of the e-book was trying to strike a balance between smart city development and conservation.

    He said, "This is the essence of a smart city, which is to strike a balance between conservation and development, improving our quality of life without undermining our future with the help of information technologies and data driven decisions. This is also the core value of Winnie's book Smart City 3.0."

    According to Dr. Tang, a smart city is defined by six key characteristics or attributes and they are smart people, smart economy, smart environment, smart government, smart living and smart mobility. In what is a compelling, in-depth and fascinating insight into the past, present and future of smart cities, Dr. Tang is able to clearly identify how cities have gone from digital cities, to intelligent cities to smart cities.

    She claims that with further advancement in ICT and the Internet of Things, smart cities will become smarter. This will also subsequently make individuals, governments, firms and the environment smarter in the process. It will bring convenience and a much, much better quality life to those who reside in urban areas. According to Professor Tang there is no city in the world that can no longer afford to be not smart. She highlights that whilst governments and the private sector are trying to make cities smarter for different purposes, it's evident we're entering a new era of smart cities.

    This Smart City 3.0 e-book compiled by Dr. Tang is an incredible insight into how smart cities have evolved and how they will continue to evolve due to advancements in technologies such as AI and Internet of Things, whilst the emergence of 5G will also have a revolutionary impact on smart cities all across the world, because a smart city can't be smart without connectivity.

    The book is available to download now online. So don't miss out on the opportunity to examine and explore what the incredible and visionary future of our smart cities will look like.

  • Huawei announces ‘nervous system’ project designed to empower smart cities

    Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei has unveiled an ambitious project designed to empower the future development of smart cities at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Huawei has announced that it is aiming to build a 'nervous system' of smart cities by utilizing and infusing new information and communications technology such as Big Data, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Huawei launches demo ‘smart city’ in bid to showcase its IoT applications

    Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei has launched a demo 'smart city' in Weifang, China. It's part of an overall objective by the company to showcase and highlight its narrowband Internet of Things 'smart city' applications and Ocean-Connect IoT platform.

  • Huawei outlines five trends that can make cities 'smarter and safer'

    Rapid urbanization has made public safety a top priority of city governance. Governments worldwide recognize that urban safety plays a vital role in protecting people's lives and property, and is the cornerstone of economic growth in modern cities. To make cities smarter and safer, they are adopting innovative information and communications technologies (ICT) designed to prevent and react to evolving threats.

  • Huawei outlines its vision to build a ‘Better Connected World’

    The human need to communicate is constant. From the earliest gestures, symbols, first language and writing, to today's digital torrents, people have always felt the need to connect, share, and reach out to each other. Huawei's vision is to build a Better Connected World, to enrich lives through communications.

    36,000 years ago, in the Chauvet Cave in France, Palaeolithic humans used hematite and charcoal to draw images of animals, and record the spectacle of a volcanic eruption. Today, we select emojis to compose and communicate our emotions. The technology may change, but not even the profoundest gulfs of time can alter the impulse to connect.

    Connection can be a spoken exchange; it can be the transmission of knowledge; or the spread of culture. In the past, the urge to record and communicate drove us to painstakingly hew wooden tablets, or use the skins of wild beasts to make parchment. Now, art students from remote corners of the world can travel by video to the banks of the Seine, take a virtual tour of the Louvre, and hear lecturers expounding on the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa.

    Connection is an expression of love. Years ago, youths from the village over the hill would write long letters avowing their love for girls they had only glimpsed a few times. And how many of those letters actually made it into the hands of the intended recipients? Today, our loved ones are only a video call away, and we do not have to miss a moment with them. Over a video connection, smiles still draw an instinctive smile in reply, and tears can be shared.

    Connection is a way to work better, together. In the past, the fastest pony express would still take days to arrive. For the most part, we had to solve our own problems. Today, a Silicon Valley scientist can consult seamlessly with a research team in Dubai and a customer in KSA. All it takes is a broadband connection.

    Connection is an exploration beyond the boundaries of physics and physiology. Little more than 100 years ago, the world was stunned when the first telephone call ended the tyranny of geography. Today, astronauts speak to mission command from the reaches of space.

    Huawei believes that connection makes for a better world. Our sons and daughters may travel far from home, but connection transmits their love and care back to the parents to whom they owe so much. Students have always buried themselves in textbooks, but connection opens up new worlds for them to learn. Our sweetheart may not be by our side, but connection can carry love across the miles and down the years.

    In the future, a Better Connected World will bring us a different kind of experience. It will revolutionize every part of our lives, our economy, our communities.

    India, 2042. Sanjay, nine years old, suffers from a rare PNET cancer. The tumor has hemorrhaged, and must be removed now if he is to survive. But in his home town, there is no surgeon qualified to perform the operation. The hospital log on to a global AI medical network, and finds a brain specialist in London who is ready to perform remote surgery.

    High-definition video cameras and MRI equipment capture every detail of Sanjay's condition, and transmit it in real time to the London hospital. The surgeon takes control of a multipurpose computer-assisted surgical robot, and begins the operation - the network reproducing every sensation 100%, so that her fingers feel just as if she were right there in the operating theater.

    The operation is a success. For young Sanjay, this is much more important than the technology and governance that allowed it to happen. In fact, the UN resolution to pool global medical resources was passed before he was born. But it has already saved countless lives in underdeveloped areas.

    China, 2035.Liu Wei climbs into his new driverless vehicle. The car has no indicator lights at the front or back - but of course, the roads are fully automated now, so who needs indicators? Liu tells the car where he wants to go, and the onboard navigation system connects to city transport control, to check for traffic jams. The roads are clear, and the computer displays a precise estimated time of arrival. On the way, Liu schedules his next few days of work, with music on in the background. Every second of the journey, his car is making digital "handshakes" with hundreds of other vehicles, learning their speed, route, whether they are about to change lane. This is how the roads have been made safe: today there are almost no injuries or deaths from traffic accidents.

    The central transport network is constantly collecting data from tens of thousands of cars on the road, analyzing traffic flows, and delivering optimum route advice. In fact, this data is now being used to help plan where new roads should be built. As a result, even for residents of Liu's packed city, "I was stuck in traffic" is no longer an excuse.

    USA, 2028. Every second of the day, internet users all over the world upload millions of video footage. John is developing a new search engine that will recognize and understand the people, objects, and situations in those videos. An AI engine with machine learning capabilities is reaching out to data centers all over the world, collecting the archives of HD video that they contain. John is confident that the new engine will help users find the exact video clips that they want. More important, though, will be its analytic capabilities. It will tell fashion designers what colors and cuts young people are favoring. It will show toy makers the latest games. And it will help governments understand what their citizens think of the latest public projects.

    In the future, we believe that connectivity will be as ubiquitous as the air that we breathe. Connections between people, person to device, and thing-to-thing, will feed into real-time intelligent analysis and communications. They will help satisfy our every economic need. Using these connections will feel as natural to us as breathing. In fact, we will barely be aware that they exist. Our focus will naturally lie on the applications and services that connectivity enables.

    From the deep past of Chauvet, to real-time video links; from messages that echo down the millennia to data that flashes across continents, technology is enabling connection and satisfying a basic human need. Welcome to the Better Connected World.

  • Huawei to host Global Safe City Summit in Dubai

    Under the theme "Leading New ICT, The Road to Collaborative Public Safety", Huawei Global Safe City Summit 2017 will be held in Dubai, UAE from April 26-27. The event will bring together leading enterprises, industry experts, and partners from across the world to explore the trends and challenges of digital transformation within the public safety industry, as well as share innovative technology application practices.

  • Illinois announces IoT partnership that will help it become a ‘smart state’

    The State of Illinois has announced an exciting partnership with the IoT Talent Consortium to deliver an education curricula specifically designed to enhance Illinois' goal of transforming into a 'smart state' by utilizing advanced technologies in order to deliver better services more efficiently. The new collaboration will offer an affordable, state-of-the-art option for individuals with a desire to work in the IT industry. It is hoped that the new educational initiative will provide the perfect mechanism to ensure a pipeline of precocious talent in Illinois.

  • Indian government commence work on implementation of 5G technology

    The Indian government has formally announced its strategy for the implementation of 5G technology, and has claimed that it could lead global subscriptions of the revolutionary technology along with North America by 2022.

  • Institute aims to safeguard society from emerging technologies

    The Nuffield Foundation has announced that an independent institute will be established in an effort to safeguard society from emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.

  • Internet of Things spend in the UAE to exceed $35 billion by 2019

    EOH International and wasl Asset Management Group are leading UAE digital innovation with real-time visitor experiences, Internet of Things-connected fleets, and blockchain-backed leases, industry experts announced today.

  • IoT project to provide ‘connectivity’ for European car rental firm

    Orange Business Services, a global integrator of communications products and services for multinational corporations has announced details of an exciting Internet of Things (IoT) collaboration with European car rental company Hertz. The innovative project which has been launched by Orange will be rolled out across Europe - and will provide 'connectivity' for all Hertz enterprise vehicles.

  • ITU to develop international standards for internet of things and smart cities

    Director of ITU's Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, Dr. Chaesub Lee, has confirmed that the ITU will seek to develop international standards for the internet of things and smart cities. Smart Cities World Forums magazine managed to secure an exclusive interview with Dr. Lee, who highlighted the progress the ITU is making towards defining 5G standards, and the benefits its KPI's are having for smart sustainable cities.