Industrial IoT initiative to improve Efficiency and Safety in the Rail Industry

Global demand in the transportation sector continues to outpace supply and is recognized as a key area for economic growth. Leveraging Penteon’s electronic sensor development, telecommunications gateway infrastructure and enterprise cloud expertise, the Industrial IoT initiative will open a new era in low-cost, highly-secure rail sector services.

Penteon Corporation has announced a new Industrial IoT initiative to develop custom industrial sensing solutions for locomotives, rail cars and track-side equipment in partnership with Wabtec Corporation. Aging rail systems and lack of real-time data collection have become limiting factors in addressing this increasing demand. Embracing new technologies to acquire and analyze information across their operations and using that information to become more efficient and effective will deliver a more responsive and agile operating environment to rail operators.

The solutions planned for development by Penteon and Wabtec include data collection from rail equipment and systems to develop a real-time, holistic view on the health and status of locomotives, rail cars, and track-side systems. This IIoT project capitalizes on the more than 25 years of remote sensing engineering within Penteon and will deliver cost effective, secure and efficient solutions leveraging Penteon’s unique “Sensing as a Service” business model.

“Penteon’s new, low-power, long-range wireless network, which it is building in partnership with Landmark Infrastructure Partners, will also play a key role in delivering reliable cost-effective services,” said Clay Perreault, Chief Executive Officer of Penteon. “Our work with Wabtec is a truly collaborative, consultative relationship, which involves dedication from both parties.  By working side-by-side with our customers, we’re able to drive the best outcomes at an accelerated pace.”    Read more…

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Huawei gives update on smart cities ‘nervous system’ initiative

Huawei says its ‘nervous system’ implementation for smart cities has helped more than 100 areas.

The company compares the concept of a smart city to a living organism that works continuously to enhance the services of the city. Using new ICT, such as cloud computing, big data, IoT, and AI, drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of services in a smart city, Huawei says.

Participating at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in Barcelona, Spain, under the theme "Leading New ICT, Creating a Smart City Nervous System”, Huawei demonstrated the new ICT solution, together with its global partners, to connect the digital and physical worlds. Regular readers of this publication will already be aware of the ‘nervous system’ concept, having first been reported in September.

Huawei also exhibited some other comprehensive smart city solutions such as smart rubbish bins, smart streetlight, smart watering, smart building, smart metering, and smart healthcare. Huawei’s IoT platform, LiteOS operating system, and advanced technologies helps the company formulate ubiquitous sensing systems.  The Smart Campus Solution was also launched to drive industrial evolution and development.

“Huawei is committed to creating a strong nervous system that powers smart cities,” said Yan Lida, president of Huawei enterprise business group. “With our innovations and investment in various technologies, we develop an open platform for smart cities, which is compatible with various devices and supports a wide range of applications. We aim to be the rich soil that supports the robust and sustainable development of smart cities.

“Huawei is one of the few ICT solution providers in the industry that can offer end to end cloud-pipe-device solutions, leading the way to connecting the physical and digital worlds,” added Yan. “We will continue to work together with our ecosystem of partners to create top-level designs addressing city administrators’ needs and achieving the ultimate goals of a smart city – to enable good governance, promote industry development and deliver benefits for the people.”

Elsewhere, Inseego has announced integration with Current, powered by GE to deploy 3,200 intelligent CityIQ sensor nodes in San Diego, CA. The deployments, considered to be world's largest smart city IoT sensor platform installation, will help optimise traffic and parking as well as strengthen public safety and environmental awareness.

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GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative Helping Operators Target European Connected Energy Market

GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative Helping Operators Target European Connected Energy Market

GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative Helping Operators Target European Connected Energy Market

New Figures Highlight Huge Potential in Smart Energy Sector for Mobile Operators Deploying Mobile IoT Networks; Mobile IoT Networks Supporting Utilities Applications Globally.

The GSMA today announced that mobile operators deploying new Mobile IoT networks will be able to benefit from the European connected energy market estimated to be worth USD$ 26 billion by 20261.

Data shared by analyst house Machina Research highlights the huge growth opportunity in the emerging connected energy market that could connect approximately 158 million new smart meters on LPWA networks across Europe. The total number of connections in Europe could be further increased if the 60 million cellular connections are also included with LPWA.

“The Internet of Things is fundamentally disrupting the smart utility market by providing ubiquitous connectivity and real-time, actionable data. Mobile IoT networks will take this further by offering energy providers a cost-effective solution to connect millions of smart meters,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “There is a real sense of momentum behind the roll-out of Mobile IoT networks with multiple global launches, however, there is still a huge runway for growth. We encourage operators to act now to capitalise on this clear market opportunity and further accelerate the development of the IoT.”

The current connected energy market, which includes applications related to the generation and transportation of energy, microgeneration, smart grid and distribution monitoring and smart metering, is worth an estimated USD$ 11.7 billion. The European connected energy market represents approximately 21 per cent of all global revenues, with APAC claiming 54 per cent and the Americas 21 per cent. The European Commission recently published a proposal indicating that approximately 200 million electricity smart meters and 45 million gas meters will be rolled out by 2020. The Commission also estimates that by 2020, approximately 72 per cent of Europeans customers will have a smart meter for electricity and about 40 per cent for gas2.

“In the coming years we will see an important change in the way natural gas networks operate. The need for more efficient operations, improved safety and better quality of service will be paramount and we can do this through the roll-out of smart gas metering systems, commented Gianfranco De Feo, Executive Director, Shanghai Fiorentini Ltd

“We are moving towards the digitalisation of gas networks, a transformation from “pipe-centric” systems to “data-centric” systems. To make this happen, reliable communication means are a must and the arrival of NB-IoT and LTE-M represents an acceleration of this evolution. These new technologies offer everything necessary, such as long battery life, penetration and data security, as well as licensed spectrum.”

Mobile IoT Networks Supporting Growth of Connected Energy

Mobile IoT networks are designed to support mass-market IoT applications across a wide variety of use cases including connected energy solutions such as water and gas metering, smart grids, electricity and energy monitoring. They support IoT applications that are low-cost, use low data rates, require long battery lives and often operate in remote and hard to reach locations making them ideal for the connected energy sector. Mobile networks are already supporting the smart electric metering market, but now other sectors such as water and gas metering are turning their attention to the benefits of adopting NB-IoT and LTE-M networks due to low power and better ground penetration.

In Europe, Deutsche Telekom has already deployed NB-IoT networks for smart metering and smart lighting solutions in several locations in The Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Vodafone is also working on a number of initiatives including a water metering project in Valencia using NB-IoT. Globally, AT&T is working with Capstone Metering in the U.S to monitor water usage using LTE-M. In Asia Pacific, the largest global market for smart metering applications, China Mobile is piloting NB-IoT for water quality monitoring across several locations, while China Unicom is using NB-IoT to collect readings from energy and water meters and is working with an energy company, SoftGrid on a smart cities project3.

Mobile IoT Momentum

There are currently 21 commercial Mobile IoT networks available around the world from 14 operators, including AT&T, Telstra and Verizon (LTE-M), as well as 3 Hong Kong, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT, LG Uplus, M1 and Vodafone (NB-IoT). Etisalat and Turkcell have launched both NB-IoT and LTE-M.

For further information on the Mobile IoT Initiative, visit www.gsma.com/iot/mobile-iot-initiative/.
1 Machina Research 2017. The figure refers to the total potential revenue available to all companies in the connected energy ecosystem.
2 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0864R(01)&from=EN
3 https://machinaresearch.com/report/connected-energy-smart-meter-rollouts-are-driven-by-government-policy-decisions/

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Dubai launches IoT strategy and ‘data wealth’ initiative

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was recently at the headquarters of Smart Dubai, at the Dubai Design District (d3), to launch the flagship Dubai IoT Strategy, as well as the Data Wealth initiative to safeguard and the emirate’s digital wealth, and award the Dubai Digital Certificates to outstanding government private entities. 

The Dubai IoT Strategy includes building the world’s most advanced IoT ecosystem in Dubai, aiming to protect the country’s digital wealth, encourage government departments to join the emirate’s smart transformation, and achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transition to a 100% paperless government.

Scheduled to be implemented over four consecutive phases in the coming three years, the first phase involves coordination of efforts and activities to implement IoT policies across government departments. The second phase is the Integration and Conversion phase, which seeks to harmonise efforts towards implementing the IoT Strategy. After the third Optimisation phase, the strategies will go into the final “Blockchain Journey” stage, which will witness the full integration of IoT policies and the first ROI of the strategy. It covers six strategic domains: governance, management, acceleration, deployment, monetisation and security.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed between the Smart Dubai Office and the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) wherein both the parties will collaborate and exchange administrative and technical know-how, in addition to harmonising their efforts to achieve Smart Dubai’s goals and objectives, and to outline common ICT-based smart policies, strategies and initiatives.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of DESC, said: “Our close cooperation with Smart Dubai provides us with the support we need to fend off cyber-threats and make Dubai the smartest and most secure city from a digital standpoint. Exchanging knowledge and expertise is essential for joint projects, as it enables the participating entities to secure their systems and remain in line with the highest international standards, as well as Dubai’s cyber-security requirements.”

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SAP Announces First Co-Innovation Customers, Partners in Blockchain Initiative for Internet of Things

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SAP SE today announced the initial companies participating in its blockchain co-innovation initiative and plans to make the digital ledger system an integrated part of Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing and digital supply chain solutions using the SAP® Cloud Platform Blockchain service.

Companies including Capgemini, Deloitte, GrainCorp, HCL Technologies, HERE Technologies, Moog Inc., Natura Cosméticos S.A., NetApp and PeerNova are collaborating with SAP to validate use cases and business models for blockchain usage for product and asset lifecycle management solutions from SAP. This announcement was made at the SAP TechEd conference taking place September 25–29 in Las Vegas.

“In the digital economy, an iterative, fast-paced approach in close collaboration with our customers and partners is imperative,” said Dr. Juergen Mueller, chief innovation officer, SAP.

“With the blockchain service as part of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system we are enabling an open collaboration around distributed business processes in peer-to-peer networks.”

The SAP Leonardo Blockchain Co-Innovation program gives SAP customers and partners the opportunity to explore applications including registering events to blockchain from product inception and design to manufacturing and logistics phases for product track and trace. The program also addresses parts serialization and order validation for inventory management and for product providence and authenticity. SAP is also exploring digital supply chain scenarios where different suppliers submit offers directly to blockchain to improve effectiveness across their business networks.

“At Moog, we can see that distributed ledger technology will be a key enabler for more digital, connected and leaner workflows within the industrial, medical and aerospace businesses,” said George Small, chief technology officer, Moog Inc. “We believe that shared, distributed legers are all about collaboration and openness. Our collaboration with SAP will accelerate the development of distributed ledger tools and infrastructure needed to realize our vision of the future.”

SAP also opened registration for the SAP Leonardo Blockchain Early Access program, which provides customers and partners access to standard SAP products that have been enhanced and augmented with blockchain functionality. Participants can gain first-hand knowledge about how SAP Leonardo Blockchain capabilities can enable companies and their business partners to access the same information without the need for central control and management. The early access program is open for customers and partners to register until early Q1 2018. Customers can learn more about the program and how to participate by visiting SAP’s blockchain website.

“Our increasingly connected and automated world relies on the flow of secure and validated data across parties,” said Leon van de Pas, head of IoT at HERE Technologies. “The data expertise of SAP, particularly on blockchain as an innovative data security technology, and the unique perspective HERE provides as a location data company serving customers across all industries will be a very strong combination to enable the autonomous world.”

In its early access blockchain program, SAP is focusing on industries including automotive, aerospace and defense, discrete manufacturing and utilities, with additional participation across the broader supply chain and business networks, including logistics network providers. SAP is collaborating with multiple system integrator companies to help ensure the accelerated adoption and rollout of blockchain-enabled IoT and digital supply chain solutions from SAP, running on SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain.

“Blockchain is a transformative technology that can simplify multiparty transactions and open new possibilities for digital innovation in many industries,” said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, president of IoT & Digital Supply Chain at SAP. “Our early access customers and partners can join SAP to get a first-mover advantage innovating and scaling blockchain as a core part of their Internet of Things strategies.”

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