Telit Launches NE310L2 Series of NB-IoT Modules for Power- and Cost-Sensitive IoT Applications

Telit Launches NE310L2 Series of NB-IoT Modules for Power- and Cost-Sensitive IoT Applications

  • The NE310L2 features best-in-class power consumption, optional 2G fallback, an ultra-compact footprint, and future integrated SIM support
  • Powered by the new Altair 5G-ready ALT1255 cellular IoT chipset from Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony), the NE310L2 is ideal for smart meters, industrial sensors, asset trackers, and other battery-operated, cost-sensitive LPWA applications

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today launched the NE310L2 series of 3GPP Rel. 14 compliant NB-IoT modules.

Featuring best-in-class power consumption, optional 2G fallback, an ultra-compact footprint and future integrated SIM support, the new modules are ideal for low-bandwidth, cost-sensitive applications that require long battery life and enhanced coverage.

The Telit NE310L2 series features the new cellular IoT Chipset from Sony, the ALT1255 low-power LTE Category NB2 chipset with an integrated SIM (iSIM), global LTE bands support, rich application layer, and GSM/GPRS fallback modem. The 5G-ready ALT1255 is designed for battery-powered, cost-sensitive, worldwide LPWA applications such … Read the rest

Kerlink & HYDRAO Team Up to Enable US Hospitality Chain To Save Water with Smart-Shower

Kerlink & HYDRAO Team Up to Enable US Hospitality Chain To Save Water with Smart-Shower

Hostelling International USA Is Deploying an Internet of Things System In More than 30 Hostels; Expects to Reduce Water Use by up to 1 Million Gallons a Year.

Two French Internet of Things companies are combining their technologies to install a smart-shower system for a large chain of U.S. hostels that is expected to reduce water use by up to 1 million gallons a year.

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and HYDRAO, which makes smart demand-management solutions that enable significant water and energy savings, will install the solution for Hostelling International USA, a U.S. nonprofit with more than 30 hostels.

The world’s-first deployment of a large-scale LoRa® smart-shower network will show HI USA’s overnight guests in real time how much water they are using while showering, via a colored-LED sequence (much like a traffic light).

HI USA’s nationwide, LoRaWAN®-based SmartShower program uses a … Read the rest

Senet and Lorax Partnership Advances Natural Gas Safety for Utilities

Senet and Lorax Partnership Advances Natural Gas Safety for Utilities

Lorax Systems Shut-off Valve Integration with Senet’s LoRaWAN Network Cost-Effectively Enables Utilities to Scale Deployments and Improve Safety, Awareness and Environmental Impact.

Senet, Inc., today announced a new partnership with Lorax Systems Inc, a safety and environmental solutions company, to improve the ability for utility companies to monitor and prevent potentially hazardous natural gas incidents.

Through this technical collaboration, the companies have certified Lorax’s meter and service shut-off valves on Senet’s LoRaWAN network. The resulting integration provides utilities 24/7 monitoring with automatic and remote gas shut-off capabilities when hazardous conditions have been detected at any location using Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity.

When a gas leak happens today, utility providers typically become aware of it after a customer reports it. By that point, a significant amount of leaked gas has already created a dangerous situation for anyone in the vicinity, not to mention utility employees who arrive … Read the rest

What are NFTs and are they just another digital fad?

What are NFTs and are they just another digital fad?
While you may not have heard the term ‘non-fungible tokens’ (NFTs) before, this digital concept has exploded in the art, music and gaming sectors of late.

To this end, a number of high-profile NFTs have been sold globally during Q1 2021, with one fascinating project seeing a digital token representing a burnt piece of Banksy artwork sell for $380,000 back in February (the original artwork has been procured for just $95,000).

But what are NFTs, and do they represent just another fad in the volatile and fast-moving cryptocurrency space?

What is an NFT and How do They Work?

An NFT is essentially a digital asset which can represent virtually any piece of physical or digital content, by providing an online ledger of ownership on a blockchain.

Each NFT is completely unique and non-interchangeable, which means that a particular token cannot be exchanged with a like-for-like entity on any network. This … Read the rest

EMnify Announces Global LTE-M Roaming for Low-Cost, Low-Power IoT Applications

 <p>Berlin-based EMnify now offers <strong>multi-network LTE-M access</strong> in 45 countries, allowing IoT businesses to deploy LPWAN-enabled devices in global markets.</p> <h2>Leading cloud communication platform provider for IoT, EMnify, today announces global roaming of LTE-M – a 3GPP standard for Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) built on 4G networks and forward compatible with 5G.</h2>  With this launch, EMnify is adding <strong>LTE-M support</strong> to its current 2G, 3G, and 4G network access, providing a future-proof connectivity option for cellular IoT in answer to worldwide GSM and UMTS phase-out.  LTE-M introduces unique advantages for global IoT deployments, including: <ul> <li><strong>Long battery life</strong> with Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) features.</li> <li><strong>Extended range</strong> for improved indoor and underground connections.</li> <li><strong>Low-cost modules</strong> that are only 30% of 4G module price.</li> </ul> Compared to NB-IoT – the other cellular LPWAN variance – LTE-M offers wider national and international roaming availability. The technology also comes with excellent mobility support and higher data rates to enable a wider range of connected use cases such as asset tracking and fleet management. Faster data speed further reduces power consumption in medium-bandwidth transmission like over-the-air firmware updates, as devices stay online for a much shorter time.  Alexander Schebler, VP Carrier Relations and Co-Founder at EMnify, explains:  <blockquote>"We recognize LTE-M is the go-to connectivity for a variety of IoT applications because it allows for innovative features not available with previous cellular generations while solving the challenge of 2G/3G sunsetting in regions like North America."</blockquote>   <em>"To deliver these benefits to customers, we are proactively working with our network partners to enable LTE-M roaming as soon as it is technically available in their networks."</em>  As of today, EMnify offers LTE-M access in 45 countries with varying support levels depending on the customer's deployment location, including: <ul> <li><strong>Expected coverage</strong> where LTE-M access is technically available by default based on standard 4G implementation of EMnify's network partners.</li> <li><strong>Validated coverage</strong> where LTE-M availability is frequently tested and confirmed by EMnify's internal tests.</li> <li><strong>Guaranteed coverage</strong> where LTE-M service is guaranteed via official roaming agreements with EMnify's network partners.</li> </ul> EMnify empowers IoT businesses with a single SIM card for global cellular and LPWAN connectivity in 180 countries, along with a pay-as-you-go subscription model that can start at small data volumes under 1 MB. In addition to the new LTE-M launch, the company is also working on NB-IoT and 5G roaming with first agreements already signed, to ensure customers have the best access to the latest radio technologies.

Berlin-based EMnify now offers multi-network LTE-M access in 45 countries, allowing IoT businesses to deploy LPWAN-enabled devices in global markets.

Leading cloud communication platform provider for IoT, EMnify, today announces global roaming of LTE-M – a 3GPP standard for Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) built on 4G networks and forward compatible with 5G.

With this launch, EMnify is adding LTE-M support to its current 2G, 3G, and 4G network access, providing a future-proof connectivity option for cellular IoT in answer to worldwide GSM and UMTS phase-out.

LTE-M introduces unique advantages for global IoT deployments, including:

  • Long battery life with Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) features.
  • Extended range for improved indoor and underground connections.
  • Low-cost modules that are only 30% of 4G module price.

Compared to NB-IoT – the other cellular LPWAN variance – LTE-M offers wider national and international roaming availability. The technology also comes … Read the rest

Coverage and Confusion: 5G and IoT Create New Tax Implications in 2021

Coverage and Confusion: 5G and IoT Create New Tax Implications in 2021

By Toby Bargar, Senior Tax Consultant at Avalara.

IoT and 5G are exploding, with use cases spanning from consumer goods to connected health to manufacturing. While the benefits are widely understood, there is a continued lack of clarity about what is and is not communications taxable. Should IoT connectivity really be classified as Internet or is it LAN/WAN data networking? Due to the unstoppable growth of these technologies, this is fertile ground for taxing authorities, and businesses are increasingly concerned about the obscurity around risk.

Alexa, Where’s the Money

Communications taxable revenues are declining and thanks to the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), state and local taxation of ISP service is banned. Federal, state and local jurisdictions need to find ways to fund their initiatives and taxing IoT is a tempting avenue to do so.

This is by no means definitive, as IoT taxability is not black and white. … Read the rest

Sigfox IoT network simplifies Citycare defibrillator maintenance for 24/7 access

Sigfox IoT network simplifies Citycare defibrillator maintenance for 24/7 access

In the health care sector, product malfunctions can be critical to a person’s life, so monitoring and maintenance are crucial. Citycare is able monitor the correct functioning of its Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) daily, wherever they are installed.

In France today, Citycare hires out more than 15,000 AEDs enabling its customers to easily set up defibrillators while also benefitting from a connected maintenance service for their devices. This essential service is rapidly becoming a growth market – since in 2018, a law was passed obliging public sector bodies to be equipped with defibrillators. In spite of this, there is still no law requiring maintenance to ensure the proper functioning of AEDs. Even though these defibrillators are rarely used, it only takes one person to need them and save a life.

If the nearest defibrillator does not work, the patient’s chances of survival are considerably reduced. The equipment is all the … Read the rest

More than 570 million smart electricity meters to be deployed in Asian markets until 2025

More than 570 million smart electricity meters to be deployed in Asian markets until 2025

A new research study from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight forecasts that 572.3 million smart electricity meters will be deployed in China, India, Japan and South Korea during 2021–2025.

At the end of 2019, overall smart meter penetration stood at 69 percent in these markets, corresponding to an installed base of 653.3 million units. While China has already completed first-wave rollouts, Japan and South Korea will be the next markets to reach nationwide coverage with likely completion in the next 3–4 years. India had on the other hand only reached a penetration of around 1 percent at the end of 2020 but is expected to be the main driver behind overall smart meter penetration growth in Asia-Pacific in the coming years.

The Chinese market is expected to account for as much as 70–80 percent of smart electricity meter demand across Asia in the next few years with refreshment rounds … Read the rest

Kerlink Gateways Power IoT Network Piggybacking on Wind Turbines 100 Meters Above Dutch Port

wind turbines

When the Port of Moerdijk had a large wind farm installed at the Southern Netherlands municipality in 2020, operated by Vattenfall, one of the European leaders in green energy, officials realized the turbine towers could serve an additional purpose: hosting an Internet of Things (IoT) network that provides key sensor data to the bustling port 120 meters below.

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things, was selected to provide the gateways for the LoRaWAN® project.

While the 27-megawatt wind farm supplies clean energy to more than 27,000 households in the area, Kerlink Wirnet™ iStation LoRaWAN® gateways receive sensor data and information in a radius of +/- 25 km, or 2,000 km2, and securely transfer it to users in the energy-efficient IoT network. In addition to monitoring air quality, including CO2 emissions, sensors are used for monitoring water levels and open or closed bridges and gates around … Read the rest

Fibocom Presented on 5G Module Cost Optimization and Network Slicing at the 30th GTI Workshop

Fibocom Presented on 5G Module Cost Optimization and Network Slicing at the 30th GTI Workshop

Fibocom, a leading global provider of IoT wireless solutions and modules, has demonstrated its newest research and practice on 5G Module Cost Optimization & Network Slicing at the 30th GTI Online Workshop.

Fibocom FWA Industry Principle & 5G Ecosystem BD Director Simon Tao delivered a speech on 23rd through live streaming.

GTI organizes a series of events each year, bringing carriers and manufacturers together to share technical information on the LTE industry, discuss development strategies and promote 5G commercialization. GTI regularly invites its members and other companies in the industry to participate in GTI workshop, which is a platform for participants to share information and technical issues arisen during the TD-LTE industrialization and 5G commercialization. The 30th GTI Online Workshop was held on 23rd-25th March, 2021. This year, the participants explored and shared insights about key issues on 5G eMBB-Network, 5G Cloud XR and 5G Enterprise Network Solutions (5G ENS).… Read the rest