The majority of organisations (57%) still have over three-quarters of their teams working remotely, according to a new report. An overwhelming 90% of organisations said they are likely to continue these increased levels of remote work in the future due to productivity benefits. Additionally, 53% of companies said they are looking to make some positions
Siemens Smart Infrastructure is delivering charging stations as well as a cloud-based software for charging infrastructure management to On in Italy.
The solutions provide the basis for a new electric vehicle sharing service in the city of Rome developed by the Italian start-up. The first 23 charging stations have already been installed in the centre of Rome; the rest will follow during the year.
To support Rome’s transition to cleaner and better urban transport, the city is implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. The goal is to promote accessibility for all and increase quality of life, as well as public health and environmental sustainability. An important component of realising this goal is installing shared mobility services, for example for car and bike sharing.
“We are convinced that with our new zero-emission mobility project, which we just started with Siemens, we can make a meaningful contribution to Rome’s future plans,” says Alessandro Di Meo, managing director at On.
“With this new sharing service, citizens and visitors can experience an integrated mobility environment that enables the sharing use of e-bikes, e-scooters and e-cars. Our goal is to transform the mobility of the Italian capital with an innovative, efficient and sustainable approach.”
Siemens is providing the charging infrastructure to the project, consisting of 120 compact Sicharge AC22 charging stations. At these stations two electric vehicles can be charged simultaneously via two outlets with a capacity of 22 kW. At two 230 Volt AC power sockets also e-bikes, electric scooter and other new small e-vehicles can be recharged. These stations are connected to E-Car Operating Centre (E-Car OC), Siemens’ cloud-based charging infrastructure software. Via E-Car OC the charging infrastructure as well as charging events can be managed. It also allows the export of processed data to adjacent systems for use in further processes, such as billing.
This data is used by the On app to show users where all Siemens charging points are located on a map, as well as their availability and operational status in real-time. The drivers can start the charging process and access related payment services on the smartphone app that is provided along with the web-based backend software.
“Switching to electric vehicles is only one part of the transformation to future urban mobility,” says Jean-Christoph Heyne, head of future grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “It is also about providing flexibility and availability, for example by sharing e-cars or other alternative means of transportation, such as e-bikes. A connected charging infrastructure, comprising hardware and software, creates the basis for such services.”
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Nokia announced that it will deliver its Integrated Operations Centre (IOC) solution in the Municipality of Nicosia, Cyprus. In partnership with Cyta, the Cyprus telecommunications authority, Nokia will deliver its IOC city management platform to help Nicosia advance its smart city transformation, enhancing citizen services and improving environmental sustainability. The Nokia IOC will also help city authorities deliver
floLIVE, a provider of Software-defined Connectivity (SDC) and network solutions for IoT devices, has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC), a trade group that acts as an IoT industry accelerator. floLIVE has made a name for itself in providing seamless global connectivity solutions to adopters of IoT technology that eliminate concerns about high costs, privacy
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Nokia announced the completion of a narrowband ‘Internet of Things’ (NB-IoT) network deployment in L 800 band as part of its strategic partnership with Mobily. As a result of this deployment, Mobily and Nokia have connected more than 4,000 sites and facilitated NB-IoT cell radius coverage averaging 20 km per cell, which is much wider than normal LTE
floLIVE, a provider of Software-defined Connectivity (SDC) and network solutions for IoT devices, has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC), a trade group that acts as an IoT industry accelerator.
floLIVE has made a name for itself in providing seamless global connectivity solutions to adopters of IoT technology that eliminate concerns about high costs, privacy regulations and permanent roaming restrictions, or poor availability for global IoT projects. For its part, the IMC is a community of 25,000 product makers and enterprise users that buy IoT solutions that are spread out around the globe.
“Our global connectivity service and extensive IMSI library, the largest of its kind, allow for multi-carrier localised coverage” says Asaf Gigi, floLIVE’s head of marketing, who will take a seat on the IMC’s board of governors. “Our cloud management solutions are designed to ease global IoT deployments and make these cost-effective for the first time.
We think the IMC’s rank-and-file Adopter Membership tracks well with this. They’re IoT business users with problems to solve, with excellent representation in North America, Europe, and Asia.”
floLIVE has developed its own full suite of connectivity management solutions, including a dedicated 5G/LTE core network, robust platform for device, eSIM, and connectivity management, and a fully featured BSS. All of these solutions are infrastructure-agnostic and therefore applicable to a broad range of industries. “We like the fact that IMC’s Adopter membership covers 27 different vertical markets, which will help us with our reach” says Gigi.
“We welcome floLIVE to the IMC board. With their appeal to global customers, they will be a great fit with the demographics of our membership and we look forward to having them participate in our events,” says Kim Bybjerg, IMC chair and head of European business operations at Tata Communications. Since the pandemic, these IMC events routinely draw over 1,000 visitors, with ca. 70% of those identifying as buyers of IoT solutions.
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A new Juniper Research study found that the number of eSIMs installed in connected devices will increase from 1.2 billion in 2021, to 3.4 billion in 2025; representing a growth of 180%. eSIMs are modules that are embedded directly into devices; providing cellular connectivity and storing multiple network operator profiles.
The new research, eSIMs: Sector Analysis, Emerging Opportunities & Market Forecasts 2021-2025, independently assessed eSIM adoption and demand in the consumer sector, industrial sector, and public sector, and predicts that the consumer sector will account for 94% of global eSIM installations by 2025.
It anticipates that established adoption of eSIM frameworks from consumer device vendors, such as Apple and Google, will accelerate the growth of eSIMs in consumer devices ahead of the industrial and public sectors.
Consumer market key to fulfilling eSIM potential
The research found that global eSIM deployments across all consumer verticals will increase by 170% over the next four years, with widespread adoption reliant on backing from network operators. It urges device manufacturers to place pressure on operators to support eSIM frameworks and accelerate market maturation.
However, a fragmentation of hardware vendors in the cellular IoT device market will require each vertical to adopt a combination of wireless technologies, hardware, and management tools. In turn, it predicts that specialist vendors will emerge that provide robust eSIM form factors for industrial environments.
eSIM opportunities across industrial sectors
The study identified three key areas of focus for eSIM adoption in the industrial sector:
- Oil and Gas
It suggests that the development of rugged form factors will position vendors well to capitalise on the market, as eSIM installations in these verticals grow from 28 million units in 2021 to 116 million by 2025.
Research author Scarlett Woodford noted, ‘Ensuring convenience for the end user must remain the top priority for eSIM management platform providers. To do so, they must provide a level of service comparable to that found with traditional SIM deployments.’
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Last week started with some sensible guidance on cyber security. By Wednesday the theory became a nightmare reality for one of the Internet of Things (IoT) majors, Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless as it was halted by an all-out ransomware attack. Of course, cyber security advice reaches us all the time, says Jeremy Cowan, and we regularly share the experts’