The Future Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

In the digital age, we're constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in technology - whether for personal use or to invest ahead of the curve. But having the keen eye to spot that Unicorn before the rest of the world takes tremendous insight. Many believe that the Internet of Things (IoT) is tech's new frontier, with an ever-expanding horizon.

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5G vs. Wi-Fi 6: How Two Wireless Technologies are Revolutionizing the Internet of Things

Article | July 17, 2023

The year 2020 was supposed to be a breakthrough year for many technologies but, most businesses have now been forced back into building an infrastructure to transit their workforce to work remotely and ensure continuity of workflow. Nevertheless, an unprecedented set of events have pushed several industries to accelerate the adoption of technologies as they continue to work from home. 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are two tech advancements that have been turning eyes around the world since their introduction. The two wireless technologies are well on their way to revolutionize the Internet of Things as businesses move fast towards digitization and the world is excited. Table of Contents: - Wi-Fi 6: A Breakthrough in Wireless Technology - 5G: For a Better Connected World - How are Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Transforming the IoT? - 5G and Wi-Fi 6: Rivals or Allies? Wi-Fi 6: A Breakthrough in Wireless Technology The next-generation Wi-Fi with boosted speed was introduced last year to meet the demand for faster internet amongst the rising internet users. But, Wi-Fi 6 is simply more than a tweak in the speed. Technically called 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 is the advancement in the wireless standard doing the same basic things but with greater efficiency in the device-dense areas, and offering much greater bandwidth than its predecessor 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 6 promises a speed up to 9.6 Gbps up four times than that of Wi-Fi 5 (3.5Gbps). In reality, this is just a theoretical maximum that one is not expected to reach. Even still, the 9.6Gbps is higher speed and doesn’t have to go to a single device but split up across a network of devices. A new technology in Wi-Fi 6 called the Target Wake Time (TWT) lets routers set check-in times with devices, allowing communications between the router and the devices. The TWT also reduces the time required to keep the antennas powered to search for signals, which in turn also improves battery life. Wi-Fi 6 also comes with a new security protocol called WPA3, making it difficult to hack the device passwords by simple guesswork. In short, Wi-Fi 6 means better speeds with optimized battery lives, and improved security. 5G: For a Better Connected World 5G is the next in line to replace 4G LTE. While Wi-Fi covers small scale internet requirements, cellular networks like 5G are here to connect everyone and everything virtually on a larger scale. The technology is based on the Orthogonal frequency-division Multiplexing (OFDM) that reduces interference by modulating a digital signal across several channels. Ability to operate in both lower bands (like sub-6 GHz) and mmWave (24 GHz and above), 5G promises increased network capacity, low latency and multi-Gbps throughput. 5G also uses the new 5G NR air interface to optimize OFDM to deliver not just better user experience but also a wider one extending to many industries, and mission-critical service areas. The 5G technology, in a nutshell, has brought with it ultra-high speeds, increased and scalable network capacity, and very low latency. How are Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Transforming the IoT? 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will fill up the speed gaps that our existing networks are not able to especially, in crowded homes or congested urban areas. It's not just about the speed. The two wireless technologies will increase network capacity and improve signal strengths. On the business front, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are both living up to the hype they created since their introduction. Wi-Fi 6 has emerged, as the enabler of converged IoT at the edge. It has put IT into OT applications, connected devices and processed data from devices such as IP security cameras, LED lighting, and digital signage with touch screen or voice command. Wi-Fi 6 can now be used in office buildings for intelligent building management systems, occupancy sensors, access control (smart locks), smart parking, and fire detection and evacuation. It’s (Wi-Fi 6) built for IoT. It will connect many, many more people to mobile devices, household appliances, or public utilities, such as the power grid and traffic lights. The transfer rates with Wi-Fi 6 are expected to improve anywhere from four times to 10 times current speeds, with a lower power draw, i.e. while using less electricity. - Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Similarly, 5G will open doors for more devices and data. It will increase the adoption of edge computing for faster data processing close to the point of action. The hype around 5G is because of the three key attributes it comes with: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low-latency (uRLLC), and massive IoT device connectivity (mMTC). But there is the fourth attribute that sets it apart from its predecessor: use of a spectrum that operates at the low-end frequency range (typically 600 MHz). Called as ‘low-band 5G’, it delivers high speeds with signals that go for miles without propagation losses and ability to penetrate obstacles. The 5G operates in the new millimetre-wave bands (24 to 86 GHz) delivering more capacity to enable many low-power IoT connections. If we were to point down the benefits, these two wireless technologies are bringing to the Internet of Things those would be: Increased Human-Device Interactions Increased Data and Devices More IoT investments Advancing to the Edge Acceleration towards Industrial IoT Enhanced use of IoT devices Better VUI 5G and Wi-Fi 6: Rivals or Allies? In February, Cisco estimated that by 2023 M2M communications will contribute to 50% or about 14.7 billion of all networked connections. Cisco’s Annual Internet Report reveals that 5G will enable new IoT applications with greater bandwidth and lower latencies and will accelerate innovations at scale. The same report estimates that 10.6% of global mobile connections in 2023 will be 5G, while Wi-Fi 6 hotspots will be 11.6% of all public Wi-Fi hotspots growing 13 times from 2020 through 2023. Wi-Fi6 will serve as a necessary complement to 5G. A significant portion of cellular traffic is offloaded to Wi-Fi networks to prevent congestion and degraded performance of cellular networks (due to demand). - Thomas Barnett, Director of Thought Leadership, Cisco Systems The two technologies are here to feed different data-hungry areas with gigabit speeds. With lower deployment costs, Wi-Fi 6 will be dominating the home and business environments where access points need to serve more users covering devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs, printers, TV sets, and streaming devices. With an unlicensed spectrum, the performance of Wi-Fi 6 depends on the number of users, that are using the network at the same time. 5G, with its longer range, will deliver mobile connections and accelerate smart city deployments and manufacturing operations. Like LTE, 5G speeds will depend upon users’ proximity to base stations and the number of people using that network. The performance of the two depends largely on the area where they are being deployed. For instance, Wi-Fi can very well handle machine-to-machine communications in a managed manufacturing unit, whereas 5G can enhance campus-wide manufacturing operations efficiently. Businesses will have a decision to make which among the two wireless networks fulfils their data appetite. In conclusion, the two wireless technologies continue to develop in parallel and causing the next big wave in the Internet of Things.

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5G network – the key to the Industrial Internet of Things

Article | October 11, 2023

The Industrial Internet of Things changes our view on the classic concept of production today. The largest manufacturing companies are eager to reach for technological solutions that streamline and increase the efficiency of production processes. With the development of subsequent technologies, interest in the concept of industry 4.0 increases, and thus, the number of connected devices. To meet the demand for infrastructure with adequate capacity and speed it was necessary to evolve towards the next generation of networks – 5G.

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What are IoT devices and how are they used across various industries?

Article | May 11, 2023

Introduction We live in a world where technology is becoming more and more intertwined with our daily lives. It’s no longer just our laptops, smartphones, and tablets connected to the internet – now, our homes, cars, and even our clothes can be too. This interconnectedness is made possible by the internet of things (IoT), a network of physical objects equipped with sensors and software that allow them to collect and exchange data. IoT devices have the potential to transform the way we live and work. They can make our lives more convenient and help us be more efficient. IoT devices can also help us to save money and to improve the quality of our lives. IoT devices are devices that are connected to the internet and can collect, send, and receive data. They can be anything from fitness trackers to industrial machines. IoT devices are used across a variety of industries, and they are becoming more and more commonplace. At [x]cube LABS, we have helped global enterprises deliver great value to their consumers with IoT devices, and in this blog post, we will talk about how IoT devices are used in different industries. Additionally, we will give some examples of IoT devices that are being used in each industry. Healthcare IoT devices are being used in healthcare to provide better patient care and to improve the efficiency of healthcare organizations. IoT devices can be used to monitor patients’ vital signs, track their medication adherence, and collect data about their health. IoT devices can also be used to provide remote patient monitoring, track medical equipment, and support clinical research. There are many different types of IoT devices that are being used in healthcare. Some of the most common types of IoT devices that are being used in healthcare include wearable devices, such as fitness trackers and smartwatches; medical devices, such as pacemakers and insulin pumps; and hospital equipment, such as IV pumps and ventilators. All these devices collect data that can be used to improve patient care and make healthcare organizations more efficient. Manufacturing IoT devices are being used in manufacturing to improve the efficiency of production lines and to reduce the amount of waste. IoT devices can be used to track the production of products, monitor the condition of machinery, and control the flow of materials. IoT devices can also be used to provide data about the quality of products and to improve the safety of workers. One of the most common types of IoT devices that are being used in manufacturing is the industrial sensor. Industrial sensors are used to monitor the production of products, the condition of machinery, and the flow of materials. Industrial sensors can also be used to provide data about the quality of products and to improve the safety of workers. The availability of data from industrial sensors is helping manufacturers to improve the efficiency of production lines and to reduce the amount of waste. Retail IoT devices are being used in retail to improve the customer experience and increase sales. IoT devices can be used to track inventory, provide customer loyalty programs, and collect data about customer behavior. IoT devices can also be used to provide personalized recommendations, targeted promotions, and real-time customer support. IoT devices are changing the retail sector in a number of ways. One of the most important ways that IoT devices are changing retail is by providing retailers with real-time data about their customers’ behavior. This data allows retailers to provide a more personalized shopping experience. IoT devices are also being used to improve the efficiency of retail operations, such as inventory management and customer loyalty programs. Transportation IoT devices are being used in transportation to improve the safety of drivers and reduce traffic congestion. IoT devices can be used to monitor the condition of vehicles, track their location, and control their speed. IoT devices can also be used to provide data about traffic conditions and to improve the efficiency of transportation systems. One of the most common types of IoT devices that are being used in transportation is the GPS tracker. GPS trackers are used to monitor the location of vehicles, and they can be used to track the speed and movement of vehicles. GPS trackers can also be used to provide data about traffic conditions and to improve the efficiency of transportation systems. Agriculture Agriculture has become increasingly reliant on IoT devices in recent years. IoT devices are being used in agriculture to improve the yield of crops and to reduce the amount of water and fertilizer that is used. IoT devices can be utilized to monitor the condition of crops, track the location of farm animals, and control the flow of irrigation water. These innovations are helping farmers to increase the yield of their crops and to reduce the amount of water and fertilizer that is used. The data collected by IoT devices is also helping farmers to make more informed decisions about planting, irrigation, and crop maintenance. Smart Homes Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, and IoT devices are the backbone of these systems. IoT devices are being used in homes to improve the security of the home, reduce energy consumption, and improve the quality of life. They can be used to monitor the condition of the home, track the location of family members, and control the operation of home appliances. What’s more, IoT devices can also provide data about the quality of the air, which can be used to improve the efficiency of home security systems. In the future, IoT devices will become an integral part of the smart home, and they will be used to control a wide variety of home appliances and systems. Aviation The aviation industry is making use of IoT devices to a great extent. The aviation sector is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world, and IoT devices are being used to improve the safety of passengers and crew members. IoT is changing the aviation industry by providing data that can be used to improve the safety of pilots and passengers. IoT devices can be used to monitor the condition of aircraft, track their location, and control their speed. IoT devices can also be used to provide data about weather conditions and to improve the efficiency of aviation operations, which can ultimately lead to lower airfare prices. Energy The energy sector is also utilizing IoT for a variety of applications. One way that IoT is changing the energy sector is by providing data that can be used to improve the efficiency of energy production and consumption. They are being used to improve the efficiency of power generation and distribution. IoT devices can be used to monitor the condition of power plants, track the location of power lines, and control the flow of electricity. By using IoT devices to monitor and optimize the power grid, energy companies can reduce the amount of power that is wasted and ultimately lower energy bills for consumers. Conclusion IoT devices are changing the world in a number of ways. They are providing data that can be used to improve the efficiency of operations in a variety of industries, from retail to transportation to agriculture. It is likely that IoT devices will become an increasingly important part of our lives in the future due to the efficiency and data that they can provide.

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Security Implications of Cloud-based IoT Software

Article | July 15, 2022

Physical and digital security are changing due to cloud-based IoT software, which makes it possible to combine them and use them to utilize data better. In almost every sector, data is essential to success, and security is no exception. To better understand what's going on in your business, you can combine cloud-based solutions that contain all the information on a single interface. For instance, integrating security camera feeds with cloud-based access control systems enables real-time visual identification verification. Utilizing cloud-based IoT technology also enhances productivity and enables quick replies. Combining digital and physical security, often known as security convergence, is another technique to optimize IoT and cloud-based security solutions. To guard against internet flaws and intrusions, a cloud-based physical security system needs cybersecurity software. In a similar vein, physical security measures prevent sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. Teams for physical and cyber security might combine to provide a more comprehensive plan of action. Maintaining current versions of the technology you are using in your security plan is necessary for future-proofing your technology. To ensure that your cloud-based system has no vulnerabilities that could expose your company to cybersecurity risks, it is crucial to keep all software updated. Updates can be automated and carried out remotely with cloud-based software, requiring little effort on your part to keep your software current. You have the chance to develop a security system that is future-proof when a firm adopts cloud-based IoT technologies as part of your security plan. When organizations use IoT technology, cybersecurity is a significant concern. However, combining physical and digital security lets you ensure your cloud-based system is well-protected from vulnerabilities. In addition, your security and IT teams will be better able to manage the evolving security landscape if you combine physical and digital security ideas.

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Swift Navigation Launches Partner Program to Accelerate Mass Market Deployment of Precise Positioning Technologies

GlobeNewswire | October 20, 2023

Swift Navigation, a market leader in precise positioning technology for automotive, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile applications, today announced the launch of the Swift Partner Program. By bringing together an ecosystem of industry-leading companies across the technology stack – mobile network operators (MNOs), chipset and module manufacturers, system integrators, and application platform providers – Swift is doubling down on its mission to build a safer and more efficient future by changing the way we understand and navigate every centimeter of our planet. Centimeter accurate, failsafe, and cost-effective precise positioning technologies are key to unlocking megatrends: vehicle autonomy, industrial automation, and the next generation location-based mobile applications, such as navigation, worker safety, and augmented reality, among others. But integrating precise location can add complexity and costs to an already challenging product design cycle, contributing to delayed product launches, cost overruns, and suboptimal consumer experiences. With the launch of its Partner Program, Swift is dramatically simplifying the process to enable precise location and deliver exceptional user experiences in any geography, at any scale, with unit economics that work. Swift is on a mission to democratize precise positioning technology to accelerate the deployment of location-based products that improve safety and efficiency for business and consumers, said Holger Ippach, Executive Vice President of Product at Swift Navigation. Swift’s technology already underpins some of the most complex deployments in the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the best companies in our industry to unlock the next wave of innovation. Swift’s cloud-modeled Skylark™ Precise Positioning Service delivers uniform, centimeter accurate positioning through carrier-grade networks deployed and operated in partnership with MNOs around the world. This enables Swift’s customers to seamlessly deploy products across multiple geographies and ensures failsafe, end-to-end system reliability backed by commercial-grade SLAs, a rarity in the industry. Commenting on the partnership with Swift Navigation, Andreas Reich, Chief Product & Innovation Officer Deutsche Telekom’s IoT division, said: “Through our long-term partnership with Swift, we expanded Skylark’s coverage across Europe and continue to help our customers deliver new cutting-edge IoT products and solutions enabled by precise location. In a recent cross-border drive test across Europe, we showcased Skylark’s failsafe performance by tracking a vehicle every centimeter of the way from Hanover to Barcelona — over rugged mountains, through tunnels, and across urban canyons.” Swift’s hardware agnostic precise positioning service is differentiated in a market historically dominated by vertically integrated solutions that lock customers into one vendor for both the GNSS receiver and corrections service. By allowing customers to select components that have been rigorously tested for their use case, Swift simplifies the product design cycle, maximizes the customer’s purchasing power, reduces the risk of downstream field support issues, and minimizes any effort required to incorporate precise location into existing solutions. Finally, by partnering with system integrators and industry-specific application providers, Swift is accelerating adoption of its precise positioning technology across industries. Today, Swift’s more than 7,000 customers – including more than 20 automotive OEMs and suppliers, multiple market-leading handset manufacturers, logistics companies, industrial equipment manufacturers, and more – are collectively deploying more than 5 million vehicles and devices enabled by Swift’s technology. Chipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics, module maker Septentrio, system integrator Taoglas, and GIS platform provider ITS Geo Solutions, are among other partners participating in Swift’s Partner Program. Commenting on their respective partnerships with Swift: Luca Celant, ADAS and Infotainment Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics, said: “STMicroelectronics is delighted to have partnered with Swift Navigation. We have worked closely together on several successful projects, delivering the powerful combination of Swift’s reliable centimeter accurate positioning service enabled by ST’s market-leading Teseo GNSS receivers, IMUs, and processors. We share Swift’s commitment to an open ecosystem, which offers our customers the utmost flexibility in designing their solutions.” Jan Van Hees, Business Development Director, Septentrio, added: “Septentrio is thrilled to be part of Swift’s partner program. We have collaborated closely with Swift to enable mosaic and AsterRx receivers to deliver Skylark’s uniform centimeter accuracy and fast convergence as part of Septentrio’s Agnostic Corrections Partner Program. This partnership has provided our customers with a great option offering the consistent performance needed to deliver reliable products with exceptional consumer experiences.” Dermot O'Shea, CEO and Co-Founder, Taoglas, added: “Swift’s partner program allows us to integrate precise positioning into our ever-growing variety of out-of-the-box solutions. By joining forces, we are reducing the cost and effort required to perform module-level validation, integration and engineering development.” Erik Schütz, Managing Director, ITS Geo Solutions, added: “Our collaboration with Swift enabled us to enhance our flagship solution, GeoAce, with ultra-precise GNSS corrections. Thanks to Swift’s open ecosystem, we were able to quickly source hardware that was already pre-integrated with Skylark and rapidly launch the new offering to our customers without a hitch.” About Swift Navigation Swift Navigation is changing the way we understand and navigate the planet. Swift’s precise positioning solutions enable centimeter-level mapping, tracking, and navigation to unlock vehicle autonomy, industrial automation, and digital innovation across industries globally. Some of the largest companies in the world are leveraging Swift’s technology to enable safer driving, deliver autonomous vehicles and equipment, optimize logistics, and unleash next-generation mobile applications for navigation, worker safety, and augmented reality, among others. Learn more about how Swift is building a safer and more connected future at www.swiftnav.com

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Nokia, BT Group and MediaTek trial 5G RedCap technology to accelerate the Internet of Things

MarketScreener | October 18, 2023

Nokia, together with BT Group and MediaTek today announced that they have successfully completed trials of 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology with RedCap devices. The trial, which took place at BT Group's Adastral Park site, utilized Nokia's AirScale RAN portfolio, EE's 5G Standalone (SA) network, and MediaTek's RedCap testing platform. RedCap is a technology introduced in 3GPP Release 17 that brings 5G to devices that do not require its full capabilities. It has the potential to expand the IoT ecosystem and accelerate its deployment within the industry. BT Group is evaluating RedCap to support new 5G use cases which could benefit both EE's business and consumer customer bases. 5G devices such as smartphones often have complex hardware and power-hungry features which leads to higher cost, size, and power consumption. RedCap technology focuses on simplifying 5G devices, particularly small IoT devices such as wearables or health trackers for consumers as well as ruggedized routers, and environmental or other condition-based monitoring sensors. These devices have less demand for battery life and lower bandwidth requirements. RedCap ensures they maintain performance and optimizes their power efficiency. Nokia has played a pivotal role in advancing RedCap IoT functionality together with the telecommunications industry. Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer at BT Group said: 'This trial with Nokia demonstrates the potential of RedCap technology in unlocking a new wave of innovation within the 5G services ecosystem. This is especially the case as we move towards the arrival of 5G SA, bringing with it enhanced reliability, responsiveness, security, and speed which - through 5G RedCap - promises to benefit a host of new IoT devices and use cases.' Robert Moffat, Deputy Director Europe Mobile Business Development at MediaTek, said: 'Our collaboration with Nokia and BT Group for this trial of 5G RedCap technology aligns with MediaTek's commitment to driving innovation and expanding the potential of 5G SA to include a wider ecosystem of devices and use cases.' Phil Siveter, CEO, UK and Ireland at Nokia, commented: 'The introduction of RedCap will unlock new 5G opportunities for many industries, with potentially billions of new devices connected with 5G. Our field tests with BT Group show that Nokia 5G Standalone networks are ready to support RedCap devices.'

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Microchip Introduces New PolarFire FPGA and SoC Solution Stacks

Microchip Technology Inc. | October 09, 2023

Microchip Technology introduced nine new FPGA and SoC solution stacks designed for vertical markets. These solution stacks enable rapid deployment of intelligent edge solutions without requiring specialized expertise. Customers have praised PolarFire FPGAs for their small footprint, energy efficiency, and high performance. Microchip Technology has introduced nine new FPGA and SoC solution stacks, each tailored to meet specific requirements in vertical markets such as industrial edge, smart embedded vision, and edge communications. Microchip aims to simplify the creation of industrial and communications designs by offering solution stacks that leverage the power efficiency, security, and reliability of PolarFire FPGAs. Companies like Xenics and KAYA Instruments have cited benefits such as small form factor, power efficiency, and energy efficiency in utilizing Microchip's FPGA solution stacks for their products. In addition to the launch of its industrial edge stack and related tools earlier this year for Open Platform Communications/Unified Architecture (OPC/UA)-based IIoT applications, this increases the total number of PolarFire and SoC solution stacks to ten. For Smart Embedded Vision: H.264 compression CoaXpress among others For Industrial Edge: OPC/UA Motor control For Edge Communications: Small Form-factor pluggable optical module Software-defined radios and others Customers mentioned several factors for choosing Microchip's FPGA solution stacks. Federic Aubrun, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Xenics, a developer of infrared imaging sensors with products for short-, mid-, and long-wave IR imagers, cores, and cameras, emphasized the significance of size, weight, and power considerations in thermal imaging system design. He stated that Microchip's SmartFusion and PolarFire FPGAs offered the optimal combination of a compact form factor, power efficiency, and processing capabilities while operating within a highly efficient power budget in their current and future product lines. These solution stacks provide detailed IP, reference designs, development kits, application notes, and demo guides, enabling the deployment of intelligent edge solutions. It stacks cater to the growing demand for quick deployment of intelligent edge solutions without the need for specialized technology knowledge. The solution stacks cover various areas, including H.264 compression, HDMI, serial digital interface, CoaXpress, motor control, OPC/UA, software-defined radios, USXGMII, SFP+ optical modules, and 5G ORAN, providing versatile options for different vertical markets. Another company, KAYA Instruments, designs industrial-grade imaging equipment, such as small-form-factor, low-power cameras and frame grabbers that deliver high-quality video under ordinary to extreme ambient light conditions. Michael Yampolsky, Founder and CEO at KAYA, stated, We use PolarFire FPGAs due to their compact footprint and energy efficiency. Utilizing the most up-to-date CMOS sensor technology, they enable cameras to fit in tight spaces while maintaining high quality, low noise, exceptional dynamic range, and a large feature set. FPGAs on our platform enables us to rapidly bring the most advanced vision technology to market to meet the needs of our customers. [Source: embedded]

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Swift Navigation Launches Partner Program to Accelerate Mass Market Deployment of Precise Positioning Technologies

GlobeNewswire | October 20, 2023

Swift Navigation, a market leader in precise positioning technology for automotive, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile applications, today announced the launch of the Swift Partner Program. By bringing together an ecosystem of industry-leading companies across the technology stack – mobile network operators (MNOs), chipset and module manufacturers, system integrators, and application platform providers – Swift is doubling down on its mission to build a safer and more efficient future by changing the way we understand and navigate every centimeter of our planet. Centimeter accurate, failsafe, and cost-effective precise positioning technologies are key to unlocking megatrends: vehicle autonomy, industrial automation, and the next generation location-based mobile applications, such as navigation, worker safety, and augmented reality, among others. But integrating precise location can add complexity and costs to an already challenging product design cycle, contributing to delayed product launches, cost overruns, and suboptimal consumer experiences. With the launch of its Partner Program, Swift is dramatically simplifying the process to enable precise location and deliver exceptional user experiences in any geography, at any scale, with unit economics that work. Swift is on a mission to democratize precise positioning technology to accelerate the deployment of location-based products that improve safety and efficiency for business and consumers, said Holger Ippach, Executive Vice President of Product at Swift Navigation. Swift’s technology already underpins some of the most complex deployments in the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the best companies in our industry to unlock the next wave of innovation. Swift’s cloud-modeled Skylark™ Precise Positioning Service delivers uniform, centimeter accurate positioning through carrier-grade networks deployed and operated in partnership with MNOs around the world. This enables Swift’s customers to seamlessly deploy products across multiple geographies and ensures failsafe, end-to-end system reliability backed by commercial-grade SLAs, a rarity in the industry. Commenting on the partnership with Swift Navigation, Andreas Reich, Chief Product & Innovation Officer Deutsche Telekom’s IoT division, said: “Through our long-term partnership with Swift, we expanded Skylark’s coverage across Europe and continue to help our customers deliver new cutting-edge IoT products and solutions enabled by precise location. In a recent cross-border drive test across Europe, we showcased Skylark’s failsafe performance by tracking a vehicle every centimeter of the way from Hanover to Barcelona — over rugged mountains, through tunnels, and across urban canyons.” Swift’s hardware agnostic precise positioning service is differentiated in a market historically dominated by vertically integrated solutions that lock customers into one vendor for both the GNSS receiver and corrections service. By allowing customers to select components that have been rigorously tested for their use case, Swift simplifies the product design cycle, maximizes the customer’s purchasing power, reduces the risk of downstream field support issues, and minimizes any effort required to incorporate precise location into existing solutions. Finally, by partnering with system integrators and industry-specific application providers, Swift is accelerating adoption of its precise positioning technology across industries. Today, Swift’s more than 7,000 customers – including more than 20 automotive OEMs and suppliers, multiple market-leading handset manufacturers, logistics companies, industrial equipment manufacturers, and more – are collectively deploying more than 5 million vehicles and devices enabled by Swift’s technology. Chipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics, module maker Septentrio, system integrator Taoglas, and GIS platform provider ITS Geo Solutions, are among other partners participating in Swift’s Partner Program. Commenting on their respective partnerships with Swift: Luca Celant, ADAS and Infotainment Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics, said: “STMicroelectronics is delighted to have partnered with Swift Navigation. We have worked closely together on several successful projects, delivering the powerful combination of Swift’s reliable centimeter accurate positioning service enabled by ST’s market-leading Teseo GNSS receivers, IMUs, and processors. We share Swift’s commitment to an open ecosystem, which offers our customers the utmost flexibility in designing their solutions.” Jan Van Hees, Business Development Director, Septentrio, added: “Septentrio is thrilled to be part of Swift’s partner program. We have collaborated closely with Swift to enable mosaic and AsterRx receivers to deliver Skylark’s uniform centimeter accuracy and fast convergence as part of Septentrio’s Agnostic Corrections Partner Program. This partnership has provided our customers with a great option offering the consistent performance needed to deliver reliable products with exceptional consumer experiences.” Dermot O'Shea, CEO and Co-Founder, Taoglas, added: “Swift’s partner program allows us to integrate precise positioning into our ever-growing variety of out-of-the-box solutions. By joining forces, we are reducing the cost and effort required to perform module-level validation, integration and engineering development.” Erik Schütz, Managing Director, ITS Geo Solutions, added: “Our collaboration with Swift enabled us to enhance our flagship solution, GeoAce, with ultra-precise GNSS corrections. Thanks to Swift’s open ecosystem, we were able to quickly source hardware that was already pre-integrated with Skylark and rapidly launch the new offering to our customers without a hitch.” About Swift Navigation Swift Navigation is changing the way we understand and navigate the planet. Swift’s precise positioning solutions enable centimeter-level mapping, tracking, and navigation to unlock vehicle autonomy, industrial automation, and digital innovation across industries globally. Some of the largest companies in the world are leveraging Swift’s technology to enable safer driving, deliver autonomous vehicles and equipment, optimize logistics, and unleash next-generation mobile applications for navigation, worker safety, and augmented reality, among others. Learn more about how Swift is building a safer and more connected future at www.swiftnav.com

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Nokia, BT Group and MediaTek trial 5G RedCap technology to accelerate the Internet of Things

MarketScreener | October 18, 2023

Nokia, together with BT Group and MediaTek today announced that they have successfully completed trials of 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology with RedCap devices. The trial, which took place at BT Group's Adastral Park site, utilized Nokia's AirScale RAN portfolio, EE's 5G Standalone (SA) network, and MediaTek's RedCap testing platform. RedCap is a technology introduced in 3GPP Release 17 that brings 5G to devices that do not require its full capabilities. It has the potential to expand the IoT ecosystem and accelerate its deployment within the industry. BT Group is evaluating RedCap to support new 5G use cases which could benefit both EE's business and consumer customer bases. 5G devices such as smartphones often have complex hardware and power-hungry features which leads to higher cost, size, and power consumption. RedCap technology focuses on simplifying 5G devices, particularly small IoT devices such as wearables or health trackers for consumers as well as ruggedized routers, and environmental or other condition-based monitoring sensors. These devices have less demand for battery life and lower bandwidth requirements. RedCap ensures they maintain performance and optimizes their power efficiency. Nokia has played a pivotal role in advancing RedCap IoT functionality together with the telecommunications industry. Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer at BT Group said: 'This trial with Nokia demonstrates the potential of RedCap technology in unlocking a new wave of innovation within the 5G services ecosystem. This is especially the case as we move towards the arrival of 5G SA, bringing with it enhanced reliability, responsiveness, security, and speed which - through 5G RedCap - promises to benefit a host of new IoT devices and use cases.' Robert Moffat, Deputy Director Europe Mobile Business Development at MediaTek, said: 'Our collaboration with Nokia and BT Group for this trial of 5G RedCap technology aligns with MediaTek's commitment to driving innovation and expanding the potential of 5G SA to include a wider ecosystem of devices and use cases.' Phil Siveter, CEO, UK and Ireland at Nokia, commented: 'The introduction of RedCap will unlock new 5G opportunities for many industries, with potentially billions of new devices connected with 5G. Our field tests with BT Group show that Nokia 5G Standalone networks are ready to support RedCap devices.'

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Microchip Introduces New PolarFire FPGA and SoC Solution Stacks

Microchip Technology Inc. | October 09, 2023

Microchip Technology introduced nine new FPGA and SoC solution stacks designed for vertical markets. These solution stacks enable rapid deployment of intelligent edge solutions without requiring specialized expertise. Customers have praised PolarFire FPGAs for their small footprint, energy efficiency, and high performance. Microchip Technology has introduced nine new FPGA and SoC solution stacks, each tailored to meet specific requirements in vertical markets such as industrial edge, smart embedded vision, and edge communications. Microchip aims to simplify the creation of industrial and communications designs by offering solution stacks that leverage the power efficiency, security, and reliability of PolarFire FPGAs. Companies like Xenics and KAYA Instruments have cited benefits such as small form factor, power efficiency, and energy efficiency in utilizing Microchip's FPGA solution stacks for their products. In addition to the launch of its industrial edge stack and related tools earlier this year for Open Platform Communications/Unified Architecture (OPC/UA)-based IIoT applications, this increases the total number of PolarFire and SoC solution stacks to ten. For Smart Embedded Vision: H.264 compression CoaXpress among others For Industrial Edge: OPC/UA Motor control For Edge Communications: Small Form-factor pluggable optical module Software-defined radios and others Customers mentioned several factors for choosing Microchip's FPGA solution stacks. Federic Aubrun, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Xenics, a developer of infrared imaging sensors with products for short-, mid-, and long-wave IR imagers, cores, and cameras, emphasized the significance of size, weight, and power considerations in thermal imaging system design. He stated that Microchip's SmartFusion and PolarFire FPGAs offered the optimal combination of a compact form factor, power efficiency, and processing capabilities while operating within a highly efficient power budget in their current and future product lines. These solution stacks provide detailed IP, reference designs, development kits, application notes, and demo guides, enabling the deployment of intelligent edge solutions. It stacks cater to the growing demand for quick deployment of intelligent edge solutions without the need for specialized technology knowledge. The solution stacks cover various areas, including H.264 compression, HDMI, serial digital interface, CoaXpress, motor control, OPC/UA, software-defined radios, USXGMII, SFP+ optical modules, and 5G ORAN, providing versatile options for different vertical markets. Another company, KAYA Instruments, designs industrial-grade imaging equipment, such as small-form-factor, low-power cameras and frame grabbers that deliver high-quality video under ordinary to extreme ambient light conditions. Michael Yampolsky, Founder and CEO at KAYA, stated, We use PolarFire FPGAs due to their compact footprint and energy efficiency. Utilizing the most up-to-date CMOS sensor technology, they enable cameras to fit in tight spaces while maintaining high quality, low noise, exceptional dynamic range, and a large feature set. FPGAs on our platform enables us to rapidly bring the most advanced vision technology to market to meet the needs of our customers. [Source: embedded]

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