THE IoT CONNECTION – THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

04 September 2018

Research shows that manufacturers consider the role of software and IT in products as one of the top three factors affecting their businesses.

Research shows that manufacturers consider the role of software and IT in products as one of the top three factors affecting their businesses.

Smart products to add up to $685bn to manufacturing

The global manufacturing industry could expect to see between $519bn and $685bn in value-added revenue by 2020 through the development and sale of smart, connected devices.

That’s according to a new report by Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute. Its researchers surveyed 1,000 senior executives from global manufacturing organisations across Italy, India, China, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, France, UK and US. 

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“Smartest” street showcases IoT

18 July 2018

Mosley Street was the world’s first street to be lit by an incandescent lightbulb. According to Cisco, it will now achieve another feat as the UK’s smartest street.

Mosley Street was the world’s first street to be lit by an incandescent lightbulb. According to Cisco, it will now achieve another feat as the UK’s smartest street.

Newcastle is claimed to have become home to the UK’s smartest street as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Mosley Street and the connecting Neville Street will be equipped with IoT sensors to showcase the possibilities of smart city technologies.

Until 9 September, visitors will be able to experience several smart city applications which will be available either at the street installation, or through data displayed on screens throughout the city and integrated with the exhibition Wayfinding App.

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Vodafone to trial 5G in seven cities as part of ‘Gigabit UK’ programme

18 July 2018

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James Hope, Vodafone UK’s head of networks for the North, with a new 5G base station in Manchester which is one of seven cities set to become a test area.

Vodafone has unveiled seven UK cities that will become 5G test areas. Customers in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester will be able to try out the technology following rollouts that are scheduled to begin between October and December this year.

In June, the mobile operator said that its engineers were already laying the groundwork for 5G at more than 40 sites in the cities.

It said that discussions with a number of enterprise customers were also under way, with a view to testing new 5G applications such as AR and VR in offices, factories and hospitals.

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THE IoT CONNECTION – THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

18 July 2018

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Using Vodafone’s mobile network and ContiConnect, fleet managers can check the tyre pressure and temperature levels of their trucks anywhere in the world.

Making truck tyres smarter 

Tyre-maker Continental reckons it is helping to make the world’s roads safer with Vodafone’s support through a new digital tyre monitoring platform that uses the IoT. 

The ContiConnect platform is currently deployed in Canada, Malaysia, Thailand and the US, with more markets in Europe and Asia to follow in 2018 and next year. A date for UK availability has yet to be announced.

ContiConnect is connected to Vodafone’s mobile network. Special Continental sensors continuously monitor tyre pressure and temperature data and transmit this information to a receiver unit. This then sends the data in real-time to a central web portal where a software program analyses it. It sends alerts via email or SMS to fleetmanagers if tyre pressures or temperatures deviate from the defined value, and suggests corrective measures where necessary.

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