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

Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

Drawing from the protest movements in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and neighboring Thailand, youth activists in Myanmar have leveraged their intimate knowledge of digital tools to protest authoritarianism. Inspired by the movement in Myanmar, the nearly year-long protests in Thailand against that country’s military-led government have gained renewed momentum.

The rise of digital activism across Southeast Asia in the past half-decade has featured a new generation of protesters leveraging social media and co-opting popular symbols to attract international coverage and garner sympathy for their causes.

Although the governments they are fighting against have also used these same tools to restrict protest activities and free speech, the digital imprint of the Milk Tea Alliance in the region ensures that these protests will not easily be forgotten.

The

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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

Thai fruit exports to FTA markets up 107 percent

BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand’s fruit exports continue to increase, despite the sluggish global economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with key trade partners being countries that have free trade agreements (FTAs) with the kingdom.

Thai durian, mangosteen, longan and mango are popular in China, Hong Kong and ASEAN member states.

Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations, Oramon Sapthaweetham, said Thai fruit exports, to 18 countries which have FTAs with Thailand, reported 107 percent growth in the first two months of 2021, compared to the same period of last year. The total trade value was US$461 million, accounting for 94.94 percent of the country’s total fruit exports.

China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and Chile are top importers of Thai fruits, especially fresh durian, mangosteen, longan and mango. Thai exporters are able to benefit from FTA privileges.

Currently, Thailand is the 7th largest fruit exporter, and the … 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

3 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Baht Right Now

The Thai Baht, our beleaguered currency, has had something of a difficult few years. Successful debt and inflation crises have eroded the value of the Baht numerous times, not least the events of 2015-16, which saw the Baht plunge to some of the lowest levels against the Dollar in history.

However, things finally seem to be turning around. The erosion of the dollar continued capital flight into Asia, and a host of other factors have led to a sustained rally of the Baht that has pushed it to some of its highest-ever valuations.

While some detractors might think this is a temporary blip, here are three reasons for longer-term optimism. 

1. The US Dollar is Set for a Weak 2021

Probably one of the most important factors for the rise of the Baht is the continued weakness of the US dollar, which most experts agree is going to continue declining … 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