The IoT Tech Expo Global will launch new conference agenda for 2018

The World’s Leading IoT Event Series will bring together key industries from across the globe for 2 days of top level content and discussion. Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, this conference is not to be missed. The IoT Tech Expo World Series 2018 will host events in London, Amsterdam and Silicon Valley.

The 2018 World Series is set to welcome 32,000 attendees, 1000+ industry leading speakers and 900+ exhibitors so you can explore the IoT ecosystem and experience the latest technologies first hand. This year’s agenda will highlight the most innovative advancements in technologies which are affecting IoT. There will be case studies and dedicated tracks covering the entire Internet of Things ecosystem.

The third annual Global event will host 2 co-located events covering Blockchain and AI, with 12,000 attendees expected to attend including CTO’s, Heads of Innovation and Technology, IT Directors, Developers & Start-Up’s, OEM’s, Government, Automotive, Operators, Technology Providers, Investors, VCs and many more

Kicking off the 2018 series is the Global event which will return to London in April with the larger venue hall; the Olympia National. The third annual Global event will host 2 co-located events covering Blockchain and AI, with 12,000 attendees expected to attend including CTO’s, Heads of Innovation and Technology, IT Directors, Developers & Start-Up’s, OEM’s, Government, Automotive, Operators, Technology Providers, Investors, VCs and many more.

There will be 8 conference tracks over the two days covering the entire ecosystem:

– Developing for the IoT: Hardware, Platforms, Cloud, Testing, Interoperability, Connectivity

– Connected Transportation: Smart Transportation Infrastructure, Urban Mobility, Smart Maritime & Air Transportation, Connected Vehicles

– Data Analytics for AI & IoT: Big Data, Edge Processing, Data Analytics for Sport, Predictive Analytics, Data Architecture

– Connected Industry: Smart Buildings & Factories, Smart Machinery, Smart Manufacturing

– Connected Enterprise: Smart Supply Chain, Smart Asset Management, Smart Trade

– Smart Energy & Cities: Smart Metering, Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Managing Energy Usage, Smart Cities

– IoT Technologies & Innovations: Funding, IoT Start-Ups, Monetisation & Business Models, IoT Innovations

– Privacy & SecurityData Protection, Legal Considerations, ID Management, Penetration Testing

You can view the full agenda at a glance here.

There are a range of tickets available from free passes to all-access conference and networking passes.

You can find out more about the World Series 2018 and register for each event here:

IoT Tech Expo Global – 18-19 April – Olympia London

IoT Tech Expo Europe – 27-28 June – RAI Amsterdam

IoT Tech Expo North America – 28-29 November – Santa Clara, Silicon Valley

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Tuya Smart announces US launch of IoT platform for connected device makers

Tuya Smart launches IoT platform for connected device makers in the US

Chinese IoT platform company Tuya Smart hopes to help US-based makers of smart, connected devices get their products to market quicker. 

Companies often flounder in their attempts to launch IoT devices, because they aren’t able to build a strong application platform that not only works well in itself, but also supports interoperability with other devices.

That’s the issue that Tuya Smart is hoping to tackle, with an IoT platform that focuses on speeding up smart device development and ensuring interoperability.

The company was founded in 2014 by former Alibaba employees instrumental in the development of the Chinese e-commerce giant’s Alibaba Cloud offering, as well as others from well-known smart device makers. Last week, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Tuya announced the launch of the US version of its IoT platform.

Read more: Thingstream launches IoT Starter Kit for smart device makers

Getting ideas off the ground

Tuya Smart provides the Wi-Fi modules (appropriately certified, of course), the app template and the cloud connectivity that device makers need to get their idea off the ground. It claims to have its side of the device development side ready for mass production in 15 days, something a device developer starting from scratch could never hope to achieve.

On the app side of things, Tuya will take control of customisation if a device developer wants that, or they can go ahead and do the customisation themselves. Interfaces with platforms like Amazon Echo, Google Home, IFTTT and Google Nest can be built in, and other platforms can be supported as directed.

The pick and mix nature of the services on offer means that device developers can focus on what they do best and outsource as much of the rest as they need to.

Read more: IoT device makers: Tackle security or face legal action

Faster, easier routes to market

The whole point of the Tuya Smart platform is to provider faster and easier routes to market for device developers. And it even goes a stage further, because it’s not just the software that’s on offer here. At the Tuya web site, it is also possible to pick and choose from a range of products like smart lighting, smart switches, and a robot cleaner, configure its features via picklists, and consult on getting the product built.

Tuya Smart says it has helped with production runs that deliver millions of units a month. It works with more than 3,000 manufacturers in the supply chain to help with entry to global markets and provides its AI services to more than 10,000 customers worldwide.

The company also claims to offer long-term support for the devices its platform helps to create, too. Its ‘smart cloud’ apparently caters for millions of users, carrying more than 10TB of data every day.

While Tuya Smart might not be well known to the average consumer, many of the brands it works with are. For example, in the US, Tuya works with brands like Geeni, Energize and Philips, while in China it works with brands such asChanghong, TCL and Delixi.

Read more: ROI beats security as biggest challenge for IoT device makers

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launch Alliance Ventures, announce first investment

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi launch Alliance Ventures, announce first investment

New venture capital fund Alliance Ventures will aim to support and develop technologies for vehicle electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and artificial intelligence.

Automotive alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has this week announced the launch of a new venture capital fund, Alliance Ventures, that it claims will invest up to $ 1 billion into new technologies over the next five years.

In its first year, the fund expects to invest up to $ 200 million in start-ups and open innovation partnerships with technology entrepreneurs focused on what it calls ‘new mobility’. This includes technologies such as vehicle electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and artificial intelligence.

The alliance claims its new fund is unique because it offers potential partners access to a big market. Between them, the three partners sold more than 10 million vehicles last year through 10 separate brands and will jointly fund Alliance Ventures, with Renault and Nissan each contributing a 40% share of the fund and Mitsubishi Motors making up the remaining 20%.

Alliance Ventures will be led by Francois Dossa, previously CEO of Nissan’s Brazilian operations and a former investment banker with Société Générale.

Read more: Microsoft joins the Renault-Nissan Alliance for the future of connected cars

First investment announced

Battery specialist Ionic Materials, based in Woburn, Massachusetts, is set to become the first recipient of funding from Alliance Ventures, for its work in developing solid-state cobalt-free battery materials. The equity acquisition by the fund coincides with a joint-development agreement between Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Ionic.

Ionic is developing a solid-state electrolyte for creating higher performance more affordable batteries for electric vehicles, consumer electronics and utility grid storage.

Alliance Ventures will run alongside Alliance 2022, a five year strategic plan launched last year, which aims to strengthen cooperation between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. By the end of the plan, the Alliance hopes to have launched 12 pure electric vehicles built on common EV platforms and components, as well as bringing to market 40 vehicles with autonomous driving features. On top of that, it plans to develop robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.

“This investment initiative is designed to attract the world’s most promising automotive technology start-ups to the Alliance,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Read more: Autonomous driving will create $ 7 trillion “passenger economy”, says Intel

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AT&T to Launch Mobile 5G in 2018

AT&T to Launch Mobile 5G in 2018

AT&T to Launch Mobile 5G in 2018

Mobile 5G Services to Become Reality for Consumers and Businesses This Year in a Dozen Cities.

AT&T expects to be the first U.S. company to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018.

The promise of mobile 5G is seemingly endless and we’re moving fast to make that promise a reality.

To reach this ambitious milestone, we’ve taken a different approach to transforming our network. AT&T 5G services will be based on industry standards for 5G. To make this happen, we were one of the key drivers for standards acceleration last year.

Because of that acceleration, 3GPP, the international wireless standards body, completed key elements of 5G new radio (NR) standards last month. With these specifications now available, hardware, chipset and device manufacturers can start development. This allows us to provide mobile 5G services sooner. We’re confident this latest standards milestone will allow us to bring 5G to market faster without compromising its long-term vision.

“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology and Operations.

“We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”

In addition to plans for offering mobile 5G to consumers this year, we expect to trial 5G technology with businesses of all sizes across industries to help them to transform business operations and create more engaging experiences for their customers.

Taking 5G to the edge

As standards continue to develop, 5G will advance and won’t just be about faster speeds on your phone. It will also mean much lower latency, which will be enhanced by a new range of applications utilizing edge computing.

A quick primer: latency refers to how long it takes for the network to recognize you’ve requested a chunk of data and to start sending you that data. For example, it’s the brief delay between the moment you press play on a streaming video app and the moment the video shows up on your screen.

We expect future 5G technologies will eventually allow future driverless vehicles to make real-time decisions based on information that goes beyond the individual sensors onboard the vehicle itself. Vehicles will be able to “see” around corners, through other vehicles, and at longer distances. This will enable vehicles to quickly make sense of their environment and help guide safe operations on the road.

That’s what we mean about 5G unlocking a new level of experiences beyond just speed.

As great as 5G will be, we know one size doesn’t fit all.

In fact, 5G is just one of the technologies we’re deploying to give our customers network connections that are fast and responsive like never before. Wired or wireless, mobile or fixed, we’ve got it all covered. Other areas we’re working on include:

LTE

In 2017, we turbo-charged our LTE network and deployed advanced features in all of our markets, which greatly enhanced coverage and capacity. We were the first to launch LTE-LAA and expect to launch the technology in at least 2 dozen additional metros this year.

AT&T 5G Evolution

We’ve been hard at work this past year laying the foundation for mobile 5G with the launch of 5G Evolution in 23 major metros; Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; Chicago; Fresno; Greenville, South Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Louisville; Memphis; Nashville; New Orleans; Oklahoma City; Pittsburgh; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Sacramento, California offering immersive entertainment experiences like augmented and virtual reality while on the go.

While we’re rolling out mobile 5G in 2018, we also plan to continue to enhance our network with 5G Evolution technology in hundreds of additional metro areas. We will give you more options to access our latest wireless network offers by making additional 5G Evolution capable devices available throughout the year.

LTE-M

We also deployed our nationwide low-power wide-area LTE-M network in the U.S. in 2017. Plus, Mexico’s first LTE-M network is now network ready, creating the first North American LTE-M footprint. LTE-M supports large-scale Internet of Things solutions, like smart city services, smart metering, asset tracking, supply chain management, security and alarm monitoring, and personal wearables. It offers extended battery life, lower-cost modules, improved coverage underground and deep inside buildings and carrier-grade security. With these advantages, LTE-M is already spurring innovation such as the AT&T LTE-M Button, and enabling devices to be connected that were not possible before.

Fixed Wireless Internet

In 2017, we brought high-speed internet access to over 440,000 locations across 18 states in mostly rural areas through technologies like Fixed Wireless Internet, as part of the FCC Connect America Fund. In 2018, we plan to reach over 660,000 total locations and 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020 in those 18 states.

As a leader in the development and implementation of Fixed Wireless Internet, we’re laying the foundation for the future of how we’ll bring consumer and business customers faster high-quality internet over a combination of wireless and wired connections, particularly in previously hard to reach locations.

Fixed 5G and AirGig

Last year, we also launched pre-standards 5G fixed wireless trials in Austin, Texas; Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana with residential, small business, and education customers. We also launched 2 Project AirGig trials, our innovative technology offering transport for ultra-fast low latency internet over power lines. One was in Georgia and the other international.

Fiber for Consumers and Businesses

In 2017, we reached more than 7 million locations across 67 metros nationwide where we market our ultra-fast low-latency internet service powered by AT&T Fiber. In 2018, we plan to add 3 million more locations on our path to reach at least 12.5 million locations across at least 82 metro areas by mid-2019. New metros areas where we plan to bring our 100% fiber network include Amarillo, Texas; Beaumont, Texas; Evansville, Indiana; Gainesville, Florida; Panama City, Florida; Springfield, Missouri and Waco, Texas.1

On our fastest internet service, AT&T Internet 1000, you can download 25 songs in 1 second, a TV show in 4 seconds or your favorite HD movie in less than 34 seconds.2

Additionally, we’re the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services with more than 8 million business customer locations either on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber. An ultra-fast internet connection powered by AT&T Fiber lets you easily telecommute, videoconference, upload and download large files and connect faster to the cloud.

G.fast

In 2017, we began offering internet speeds up to 500 megabits per second with G.fast for multifamily properties across 8 metro areas outside of our 21-state traditional service area. We’ve also announced plans to give consumers a new choice for internet in apartment communities in an additional 14 metro areas areas.3 In 2018, we plan to launch G.fast to apartment communities within our 21-state footprint.

G.fast allows us to provide residents in existing multifamily properties an ultra-high speed internet connection without placing new home run inside wire, making it a breeze to upgrade an apartment building to stream live video on DIRECTV NOW and more.

1 Based on the number of Fiber-to-the-Home households using publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T footprint.
2 Speed/Time examples are estimates. Estimate for HD movie is based on a 90-minute HD movie.
3 Actual speeds will vary. See att.net/speedtiers and att.com/speed101 for more information.

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Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo Tunisia and Sagemcom have just launched the first Tunisian Internet of Things (IoT) network, based on LoRa™ technology.

The network enables devices to exchange small amounts of data, with a standard battery providing independent battery life of up to 10 years.

This IoT network will also facilitate the development of solutions in various areas: Smart City (smart parking, presence detection, etc.), Smart Industry (machines predictive maintenance, asset management and tracking, logistics, etc.), Smart Environment (fire detection, etc.) and other uses in health, transport, agriculture, etc.

This launch will strengthen Ooredoo’s activities in the Internet of Things.
Youssef El Masri, CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia, said:

“Following the marketing of the first connected device in 2014, the launch of the first M2M managed connectivity solution in 2015 and the success of the first tests on various long-range, low-consumption technologies, Ooredoo is today launching the first IoT network in Tunisia.”

“This has been made possible through the license issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies in June. We are proud to be the first operator in Tunisia to deploy this technology, which is globally recognised as the most successful Internet of Things solution,” he added.

Sagemcom believes that “this close collaboration with Ooredoo will reinforce both our vision and strategy for the Industrial Internet of Things, through our SICONIA™ products and solutions, and our long-term presence and support in Tunisia and in the wider region”. Eric Rieul, CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, also stressed that “Sagemcom is delighted to be able to support and expedite Ooredoo’s IoT ambitions in Tunisia, thus contributing to the country’s economic growth.”

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