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Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei has launched a demo ‘smart city’ in Weifang, China. It’s part of an overall objective by the company to showcase and highlight its narrowband Internet of Things ‘smart city’ applications and Ocean-Connect IoT platform.

The Chinese smartphone maker made the announcement in relation to its new demo ‘smart city’ at the Huawei Connect conference which was held in Shanghai. It conveyed to those in attendance that Weifang will utilize Huawei’s city-level IoT platform to access, manage and collect data from sensory equipment that will be spread across the entire city in real-time.

Huawei has also publicly stated that it has enabled smart lighting applications across Weifang for a series of different objectives which range from monitoring the status of the street lights, its brightness and the applications can also detect faults. It has been claimed that the system has been specifically designed to save around 80% of traditional electricity usage and 90% of previous maintenance costs.

In addition to this, it has also been disclosed that Huawei has integrated eight services with its NB-IoT network which includes a remote-control system, Wi-Fi hotspots, video surveillance, environment monitoring and statistics. Huawei has outlined that its primary objective is to develop a ‘nervous system’ of smart cities with the Chinese multinational corporation already deploying its smart city solutions in over 100 cities across the globe.

Zheng Zhibin, Huawei Enterprise Business Group GM of Global Smart City Solution Department declared that Huawei’s vision is to improve connectivity services in urban areas all over the world – which is imperative in order to continue to drive the growth of the ‘digital economy’.

He said, “ICT advancement is accelerating the growth of the digital economy, which is a driving force of global economic development and transforming cities across many areas including governance, transport, living, social interactions, and employment, promoting the sustainable development of cities. The underlying connectivity in these smart cities will be critical to unlock the potential of the digital economy. Huawei is focused on improving connectivity capabilities within cities, and is creating the nervous system of better-connected cities through an IoT platform, achieving better awareness [and] connectivity among smart devices."

At Huawei Connect in Shanghai it was also formally announced that the telecommunications colossus and the Government of Weifang City had formed an Internet of Things Innovation R&D Centre and an IoT Industry Alliance.

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Turkish telecommunications operator Turkcell has announced that it will rollout Narrow-Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in order to support ‘smart city’ applications and innovations which will be introduced in different sectors all across the country.

The new technology will be used to transform industries such energy, healthcare and education. The ‘smart city’ applications powered by NB-IoT will enable machines to communicate with each other via Turkcell’s LTE-A - infrastructure.

Analysts have suggested that this is the first clear strategy towards 5G in Turkey, and Turkcell’s Executive Vice President, Gediz Sezgin claimed that the economic benefits which will be created by the development of innovative ‘smart city’ applications would be ‘staggering’.

He said, “We became the first operator in Turkey to support NB-IoT required for new-gen innovative applications. So we open the door to 5G. NB-IoT will extend smart city applications and many innovative solutions will be developed. It has been projected that the economy created by this technology as of 2025 will exceed $3 trillion. Offering a technology which will create such a volume requires a very strong LTE-A infrastructure. We will continue to research and invest to introduce the most contemporary technologies.”

The operator has identified solutions in smart parking, smart waste management and remote monitoring as applications that can now be used with the rollout of the NB-IoT network. It has also claimed that new applications will now become available for ‘smart agriculture’ which Sezgin says will transform the livestock industry.

Turkcell’s EVP claimed that the network would allow the application to facilitate automatic irrigation of cultivated areas based on measurement of humidity in order to improve the crop yield - whilst also tracking applications for livestock, the ability to conduct these tasks through automation will ensure the process is more efficient, effective and ultimately easier.

Sezgin says, “This new technology helps organisations by ‘changing their way of doing business.’ While living spaces become more and more connected every day, Turkcell’s mobile infrastructure is now ready for a world where billions of devices connect.

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Alibaba and Macau join forces to implement smart city vision

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:47

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will contribute its cloud computing capabilities to transform Macau, an autonomous region on the south coast of China, into one of Asia Pacific’s leading smart cities, South China Morning Post reported. Alibaba and Macau signed an agreement on Friday August 4.

The two parties will collaborate in upgrading Macau’s IT infrastructure, by leveraging the technologies of Alibaba Cloud, the group’s cloud computing arm. Improving the city’s IT infrastructure is expected to bring in more digital developments in tourism, transportation, healthcare, governance and talent development.

The partnership will bring various benefits to both residents and tourists in Macau, which will see Alibaba Cloud leverage its experience in deploying smart city projects across mainland China. The tech giant’s expertise in the field include using artificial intelligence to improve road management, air and water transportation, and also customizing guided tours based on data-driven analysis.

The Chinese autonomous region of Macau has built a reputation for gambling similar to Las Vegas in the United States. In fact, Macau is currently the world’s wealthiest gambling hub, with casino revenues topping 23 billion patacas (US$2.86 billion) in July 2017, official data indicates.

“Alibaba Cloud’s big data and deep learning technologies have been helping to build ‘city brains’ in China to help local governments effectively make management decisions,” said Simon Hu, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud.

In an interview with South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba, he said, “We are confident about making Macau’s transformation into a smart city a demonstration project across Asia-Pacific region.”

Alibaba’s partnership with Macau will span four years, with the first phase (2017 to 2019) focusing on cloud computing, smart transportation, smart tourism, smart healthcare, smart city governance, and talent acquisition. Training programs will be undertaken by Alibaba to increase Macau’s cloud computing and e-commerce professionals.

The partnership will mark Alibaba’s first smart city project outside mainland China. Macau chose to collaborate with Alibaba to foster the development of cloud computing and big data technologies, said a statement by O Lam, head of the region’s office of the chief executive, after observing how other cities have developed their own smart city visions.

“By leveraging the power of these technologies and connecting resources of different government departments, the project is expected to enhance the model of socio-economic operation in Macau, expediting the city’s transformation into a smart city,” O Lam said.

Alibaba has proven its smart city capabilities, particularly with Hangzhou City Brain, and artificial intelligence-enabled transportation management system, which has enabled traffic speed to increase 11 percent in the city’s Xiahshan district, where the project is being piloted.

A new study published by Swisscom, a major telecommunications provider in Switzerland and IMD business school supports public authorities on the road to digitization. The document provides a comprehensive methodology and a decision-making tool to assist city leaders in the selection of digital projects.

Smart City initiatives generally lack an operational framework that would guide the process undertaken by the heads of public entities. IMD and Swisscom joined forces on this particular ground two years ago and developed the Smart City Piano, which represents a significant step forward in the digitization of cities.

Since then, various projects have been conducted based on the Piano on different geographical scales, from cities to regions. The experience gained from these co-operations has demonstrated the need for public authorities to have a more detailed methodology to define, select and implement the most promising projects.

A six-step method

This second report provides a comprehensive six-step approach. This was developed on the basis of interviews with project managers in public and business entities. The experience gained in project management with Swisscom customers has made it possible to refine the proposed methodology.

"Our co-creation projects with the Canton of Geneva, the cities of Pully, Montreux and Fribourg, have allowed us to confirm a number of assumptions and to find solutions to identified problems, such as governance issues for instance," says Raphaël Rollier, head of the Smart City program at Swisscom.

The study also provides city leaders with some advice on how to practically apply the Smart City Piano. Blaise Vonlanthen, Head of Consulting at Swisscom, sees a number of applications: "The proposed method allows resources to be concentrated on initiatives that make a concrete contribution to the objectives set."

A dynamic specific to the public sector

In 2015, IMD created the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation in partnership with Cisco. Hundreds of companies around the world - active in various industries - have since referred to the center to plan their digital transformation journey.

"However, in order to transform the public sector and, in particular, to develop smart cities and regions, many rules of the private sector do not apply," says Michael Wade, Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and co-author of the study.

This collaboration has led to a deeper understanding of the specific dynamics of digital transformation in the public sector and the study will enable city leaders to accelerate their digital transition.

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San Francisco and Colorado have become the first cities in North America to deploy Smart water and Smart environment projects using Libelium’s technology connected to LPWAN protocols.

Libelium, a Spanish based company – is an Internet of Things, Smart Cities and M2M platform provider and Wireless Sensor Networks hardware manufacturer.

Using its latest technology it has been able to deploy Smart Water and Smart Environment projects in San Francisco and Colorado – making them the first North American cities to adopt and deploy such Smart City infrastructure and technology.

Libelium continues to power the Internet of Things (IoT) development adding LoRaWAN and Sigfox wireless connectivity for North America to Waspmote OEM and Waspmote Plug and Sense! sensor devices.

San Francisco is one of the first cities to deploy this technology, where Libelium is already developing a Smart Water project with Sigfox and San Francisco County.

In Colorado, Libelium technology is also enhancing new projects to monitor weather and environment conditions with LoRaWAN connectivity.

Libelium keeps offering the widest interoperability in the great array of connectivity choices for the IoT. The company is joining forces with LoRaWAN and Sigfox global network in response to strong demand for low-energy, long-range and cost efficient IoT connectivity in North America. In terms of network coverage, Semtech is partnering with Comcast to deploy LoRaWAN networks in 30 cities while Sigfox is expanding its network to 100 US cities.

“We are successfully offering these protocols in their European version since 2015 and checking its viability for environment, pollution, water quality and smart parking applications. We strongly believe that making them available in their American version will speed up market adoption in the 900 MHz markets” states Alicia Asín, Libelium's CEO.

Customers can make their choice of LPWAN preferred protocol for Waspmote Plug & Sense! in 900MHz or 868MHz bands -depending on geographic destination- when ordering except for Smart Parking model, where both radios (LoRaWAN / Sigfox) are always included. “We have managed to offer a dual radio in our Smart Parking node at a very competitive price, which increases our customers' options, one of our design principles. They can compare the performance of both technologies in one installation, work in hybrid networks or change from one to another easily from the Cloud. We consider this kind of features crucial to keep a healthy and competitive IoT landscape” explains Asín.

With this update, Libelium IoT Sensor Platform is ready to use the 900-930 MHz band for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Singapore, etc. The platform currently includes FCC and IC certification for the US and Canada.


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Head of Technology at IDA, (Industrial Development Authority) Leo Clancy, has boldly claimed that Ireland’s IoT position is the envy of the world. He feels Ireland is perfectly placed as global industries continue to invest significantly in IoT.

Three words that prominently feature as a recurring theme during his interview with Silicon Republic are ‘Collect, Connect and Transform’.

According to Clancy, these words define Ireland’s base targets for creating an environment for the impending IoT revolution which is being implemented across various enterprises and regions all over the world.

Clancy said: “A colleague of mine summed it up brilliantly when he was asked to explain Ireland’s role in the area of IoT, he said we think Ireland is a great place for all the different layers of IoT.”

Fundamentally, that is devices to collect data, networks that communicate the data back to central points, and analytics that look at the data can all be created, trialled and ultimately commercialized in Ireland.

“The way we summarize doing these things is through a process of Collect, Connect and Transform – so I do think we are a great place for all the different layers poised by IoT.”

Sea, land, cities and sky – ensure Ireland has an abundance of resources, brains and infrastructure that make it the natural home for researching and investing in the internet of things.

The global value of the IoT sector is predicted to exceed €34bn a year by 2020, with an expectation that 4.9bn devices will be connected in 2015, rising to 25bn by 2025.

The creation of fifty new R&D jobs in Dublin from IoT business PTC sparked interest and intrigue from the Irish public who were unaware of what IoT was – and were keen to find out more about this growing industry.

Ireland is only starting to emerge from a bleak economic depression following the recession in 2008 – which resulted in thousands of job losses, the repossession of homes and the mass emigration of its skilled young population.

Brexit has cast fresh fears for the future of the economy yet again, although US, British and Swiss investment banks are rumoured to view Ireland as the perfect platform for them to continue to access the EU after the UK leaves the bloc.

However, there is a real sense of belief Ireland could benefit greatly from this IoT digital revolution.

Through evolution, design and policy – as well as an abundance of raw talent – IoT portends the dawn of a new industrial revolution, and Ireland will be at its heart.

In addition to that we have an abundance of research centres, smart city projects and natural geographical benefits which are potential tools with which the country could thrive.

However, one of the key reasons behind the belief Ireland can be a haven for all things IoT are due to that fact it has a plethora of key companies based in the country.

Clancy, namechecking one company in particular, agreed.

He added: “Movidius is a great Irish company, a brilliant success story,” he said. IoT, AI and computer vision are three trends the IDA is constantly seeing as it canvasses the industrial environment.

Every company has one or more of these topics in mind. Movidius, though, has all three. “It has an IoT device,” said Clancy, “advanced computer vision and strong AI capabilities.”

“Movidius is not an overnight success. They came out of previous ecosystems, they’re very supported by the likes of Tyndall; creating that environment probably goes back 35 years… to the creation of Tyndall.”

Positioning yourself to benefit is one thing, but benefiting is quite something else. Should Clancy’s views stand the test of time, Ireland could soon achieve the latter.

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American telecommunications giant Verizon has purchased the majority of assets from LQD WiFi LLC as part of its plans to fast track and accelerate its strategy to implement Smart City infrastructure across its platforms. LQD WiFi LLC is a private company based in New York and while the sum of the investment hasn’t been disclosed, it has been widely reported in some quarters to be a significant amount.

Mike Lanman, senior vice president of Enterprise Products and IoT at Verizon, explained that LQD’s cutting edge technology fitted with Verizon’s vision of delivering Smart City infrastructure that not only connects communities, but also provides critical security and supports for people where they live, work and play.

Mr Lanman said, "LQD's Palo technology hubs capture Verizon's vision of delivering citizen engagement experiences by connecting people with their communities while providing critical security, transportation and wayfinding solutions as well as Wi-Fi capabilities. This transaction uniquely positions us to utilize our unmatched infrastructure, platforms and network at scale to deploy elegant and engaging community technology hubs that connect, inform, inspire and support people where they live, work and play."

LQD founder and CEO Randy Ramusack said he was delighted to be collaborating with Verizon and pointed to its incredible reputation as a world leader in wireless technology as an indicator that both parties working together will be a huge success. He added that Verizon has the expertise to help deliver its mission which is to provide an unbounded flow of information to all walks of life.

Mr Ramusack said, "We designed Palo, from day one, to be part of the community, offering Wi-Fi, public safety features and a unique, interactive community engagement platform. Palo's human-scale touch-screen lets users explore and connect with the local community creating multiple ways to engage, through an innovative, purposeful and curated experience."

"LQD is thrilled to join Verizon to redefine the urban space. As a world leader in wireless technology and smart communities, Verizon's expertise, global scale, and leading media platforms will enable us to deliver on our mission to provide an unbounded flow of information to all people. By bringing Palo to the streets, we're connecting cities to their citizens, citizens to their neighbourhoods, and enhancing communities across the country.”

Next-generation urban technology is becoming increasingly important as citizen's expectations for smart city infrastructure increases. With LQD's technology, Verizon aims to address key community needs such as fostering economic development, bridging the digital divide, facilitating transportation and traffic management and enhancing personal security and urban planning.

One location desperate to embrace this digital age is New Rochelle –with some of the areas political elite publicly declaring their support for the joint-venture between LQD and Verizon. According to New Rochelle Mayor, Noam Bramson, it is imperative that the area embraces digital transformation and believes it will be beneficial not only for connecting communities but also economically.

Mayor Bramson said, “We want New Rochelle to be an ideal place to live and work. We recognize that a healthy future depends increasingly on robust digital infrastructure, based on cutting-edge technology that can connect residents and businesses alike in a friendly, accessible way. Our partnership with LQD will accomplish all of these goals. These attractive kiosks will invite residents and visitors to engage with our city, for everything from parks, cultural events and local businesses, to job opportunities and emergency messaging, and they will connect with the world around them through high-speed public Wi-Fi."

Verizon has developed an array of connected solutions including intelligent parking, lighting, traffic management and security that improve liveability, resiliency and public safety for local communities. LQD's assets will be integrated with the market- leading smart community infrastructure from Sensity Systems, which Verizon acquired last month.

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The Shenzhen branch of China Telecom has teamed up with Huawei to “transform Shenzhen into a benchmark smart city with Gigaband all-optical networks.”

According to Huawei, Shenzhen is the first city to propose the notion of a gigaband city, and to deploy new-generation large-capacity passive optical networks on a large scale.

“Shenzhen will undoubtedly be a model of gigaband network deployment,” Huawei said. “This network will provide 100 percent gigabit coverage for communities and gigabit access to 900,000 homes. This cooperation plays a significant part in the course of transforming Shenzhen into a benchmark smart city.”

Huawei says it and China Telecom Shenzhen will use 4K video technology to provide residential users with high-quality service experience. They will also introduce virtual reality technology to promote new services such as VR films and TV programs and will provide governments and enterprises with one-stop service solutions, such as AgilePOL, gigaband hotels, and ‘optical+cloud’ applications. They will also jointly define the standards for a gigaband city, providing guidance and reference in this field.

Zeng Xingyun, vice president of Huawei's fixed network product line, said: "The blossoming of 4K video, VR, smart home, IoT, and cloud services marks the arrival of the gigaband era.”

Huawei said the deployment of all-optical networks on a large scale in Shenzhen would further the development of Broadband China and provide a platform for national network development, Internet Plus development, and mass entrepreneurship and innovation.

(Internet Plus is a Chinese Government initiative to apply IoT to transform manufacturing and industrial processes. It was announced by Premier Li Keqiang, in his report to the 12th National People's Congress in March 2015.)

“Additionally, this also assists Shenzhen in participating in the new round of global digital economy competition,” Huawei said. “By broadening and deepening the development of the high-technology industry, Shenzhen can exert more influence worldwide.”

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Fifteen communities have joined together as part of a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. The goal is to create a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities that will leverage next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and economic conditions.

US Ignite is providing the 15 participating communities with relevant information, education and resources for funding and deployment in order to help realize the new program’s goals. With US Ignite’s help, each community is to develop two gigabit network applications or public services that address community needs and issues and share them among Smart Gigabit Communities members.

Smart Gigabit Communities participating in US Ignite’s new program include:

  • Burlington, VT.
  • Chattanooga and Jackson, TN.
  • Cleveland, OH.
  • Flint, MI.
  • Kansas City, KS and MO.
  • Madison, WI.
  • North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN.
  • Richardson, TX.
  • Utah Wasatch Front cities including Salt Lake City and Provo, UT.
  • Lafayette, LA.
  • Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  • Austin, TX.

US Ignite staff will assist the communities in deploying ultra-fast, low-latency networks with ‘locovore’ – local or edge cloud computing and storage – capabilities. US Ignite expects the gigabit network applications and public services to be ¨highly interactive¨ and ¨visually immersive¨ and capable of providing experiences not possible on today’s commercial Internet.

“This program is a pivotal moment for Smart Community application development,” US Ignite co-founder and CTO Glenn Ricart was quoted in a news release. “The benefits of each community’s program will be amplified by this network of Smart Gigabit Communities.

The program, Ricart added, is an example of ¨innovation in a 15-community consortium where each community’s contribution is multiplied by 15! We look forward to working with each team in each community on their exciting projects.”

Who Is US Ignite?

By engaging diverse public and private leaders, they “ignite” the development and deployment of new apps with profound impact on how Americans work, live, learn and play. Their organization is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with original inspiration from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, and their experienced team is responsible for convening US Ignite partners in industry, academia and government to identify and share best practices and resources.

US Ignite helps maintain US global leadership in innovation by leveraging the combined resources and capabilities of industry, government, and academia. To bring these apps to life, developers leverage the unique capabilities of next-generation networks, including: 100 Mbps+ and low latency, permitting for example, multiple bi-directional streams of uncompressed video. Software-defined networks (e.g.,OpenFlow), promising dramatically-improved control over network routing and optimization. Networks with capabilities such as virtual network “slices” matched to application requirements and distributed programmable resources throughout the network. Integrated wireless networks to facilitate, for example, sensor networks and continuous remote monitoring. Applications built to be open, shared, and extendable. - See more at: https://www.us-ignite.org/about/technologies/#sthash.UL7o7xI6.dpuf

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SK Telecom has signed a MoU with Indonesia’s largest telco, Telekom Indonesia, to cooperate in IoT, media and smart products and ‘Lifeware’, SK Telecom’s consumer-centric smart devices that add value and convenience to people’s lives. Under the MoU the two companies will work together to develop new business opportunities in smart city and IoT services.

SK Telecom plans to introduce to Telkom its IoT platform, ThingPlug, and share its knowhow in deployment and operation of LoRa networks with the aim of jointly developing IoT technologies and services that are tailored to the Indonesian market and customers.

The two companies will also discuss forming a joint venture for their IoT business within the next two years, and say they will make joint efforts to expand their presence beyond the Indonesian market.

SK Telecom and Telkom also agreed to collaborate in the development of cloud-based TV services/solutions for Telkom customers by using SK Telecom’s media solution, Cloud Streaming.

Cloud Steaming is provided by SK Telecom’s wholly-owned subsidiary Entrix and, according to SK Telecom, is “an innovative solution that enables media companies including cable, TV, IPTV service providers to realize a high-performance, high-quality service regardless of set-top box performance/specification [and that] significantly enhances content transmission speed by utilizing cloud servers to handle data, thereby improving user convenience and satisfaction.”

The two companies have also agreed to work together to introduce SK Telecom’s laser pico projector ‘UO Smart Beam Laser’ to the Indonesian market, through Telkom’s distribution subsidiary, PINS.

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