Tiger Global and Accel back IoT and AI based startup Facilio

The Economic Times | December 05, 2018

Facilities Management startup Facilio has raised a funding of $6.4 million led by Tiger Global Management, LLC and existing investor Accel. Founded in 2017 by Prabhu Ramachandran, Rajavel Subramanian, Yogendra Babu and Krishnamoorthi Rangasamy, Facilio offers real-time facilities management to commercial real estate owners. The Bengaluru-based startup uses IoT and AI to predictively optimise operations and sustainability through facilities optimization software. The market is growing a strong presence across global region like Middle East, US, and India. “Buildings today need agility to adapt to a rapidly transforming landscape. Legacy systems, high upfront costs and long implementation cycles of traditional FM software vendors are bogging down clients with their inflexibility. There is a definitive shift towards embracing an IoT and AI led software system that empowers the built environment with speed and agility to improve efficiencies. We aim to be frontrunners in leading this transformative change in the industry”, said Prabhu Ramachandran, Founder & CEO, Facilio Inc in a statement.

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Many manufacturers are eager to tap the power of big data in order to increase competitiveness, improve the bottom line, and anticipate trends. They are exploring the Internet of Things (IoT), which facilitates communications between all types of field devices and enables manufacturers to act upon decisions derived from data analytics. However, a major challenge is gaining access to field data, made more difficult by field devices that use different fieldbus protocols, run independently, or lack connectivity.


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Radair.io Launches First Consumer Device - The Radair Mini Gateway

AIoT Services Inc | August 16, 2022

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EchoStar Mobile Debuts First Pan-European LoRa-enabled Internet of Things Network

EchoStar Mobile | July 07, 2022

Today EchoStar Mobile Limited, an agile, innovative mobile satellite services provider and subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS), announced the deployment of their pan-European LoRa®-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) network. The network, operating in EchoStar Mobile's licensed S-band spectrum from the EchoStar XXI satellite, is the first to offer bi-directional, real-time LoRa-enabled connectivity across Europe using a single network. The seamless coverage provides multinational service continuity to meet the needs of mobility customers, or those with widely distributed locations, in sectors including utilities, transportation, railway, logistics and agritech. "The activation of our pan-European network, the largest, and first multinational, LoRa-enabled IoT network, is a significant milestone for EchoStar Mobile. We, along with dozens of partners participating in our early adoption program for LoRa, are evaluating prototype devices and testing the network with applications such as railway track monitoring, smart farming, utility monitoring and asset tracking in preparation for commercial service launch, which is on track for late 2022." Telemaco Melia, vice president and general manager of EchoStar Mobile Melia will introduce EchoStar Mobile's bi-directional LoRa-enabled IoT network during the panel, "From Chip to Space, a satellite IoT story," on 6 July at the LoRaWAN® World Expo in Paris. LoRa® (meaning "Long Range") is a low-power networking protocol ideal for connecting battery-powered devices. Until now, the technology has been largely dependent on the deployment of terrestrial infrastructure, constraining its use. The EchoStar Mobile solution overcomes this hurdle, using a LoRa®-enabled module that easily integrates into IoT devices to provide connectivity across Europe and allow sensors to send and receive information in real-time while on the move. Learn more about EchoStar Mobile's pan-European LoRa® ecosystem here. Experienced LoRa partners interested in participating in the early adoption program for LoRa®-enabled IoT devices can request information through the website. About EchoStar Mobile EchoStar Mobile Limited is an agile, innovative mobile satellite services provider that seeks to provide organisations with better value, productivity, and operational safety via its market disruptive approach to connectivity solutions. EchoStar Mobile, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, is an Irish company with commercial operations headquarters based in the UK, a data centre in Griesheim, Germany, and a converged satellite and terrestrial network covering the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. For further information, visit www.EchoStarMobile.com. About EchoStar Corporation EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.

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Tuya's IoT Solutions Help Fight Global Warming

Tuya Smart | August 26, 2022

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VIAVI 6G Forward Program Drives Academic and Industry Research

VIAVI | August 19, 2022

Viavi Solutions Inc. today announced that it is supporting 6G academic and industry research worldwide through its new 6G Forward program. The program is designed to provide vital expertise, technology, and funding to promising avenues of research, which may lead to breakthroughs for the next generation of wireless technology. VIAVI has already supported three universities, Northeastern University and the University of Texas at Austin in the US and the University of Surrey in the UK. At Northeastern University, VIAVI is supporting the Institute for Wireless Internet of Things and the Open6G cooperative research center led by Professor Tommaso Melodia. The group is exploring large-scale RF propagation channel modeling based on AI and ML technologies to develop a city-scale digital twin of a 6G network. 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