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Manufacturer Arçelik recruits Nokia, Türk Telekom for Turkey’s first private 5G network

Household appliances and electronics manufacturer Arçelik Global, owners of the Beko and Grundig brands, is to deploy the first private celluar network in Turkey, as an LTE-based setup with a 5G-upgrade option. It has engaged with Nokia and Türk Telekom on the project to install an “industrial-grade 5G-ready” private setup at a washing machine manufacturing facility in Çayırova, in the Marmara region in the northwest of the...

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Silicon Labs releases IoT hardware and sofware for Wirepas Massive mesh networks

Austin-based chip-maker Silicon Labs has released a hardware and software solution for large-scale mesh networks based on the Wirepas Massive protocol. It has partnered with Finnish IoT connectivity company Wirepas on the release, which covers an expansion of its existing EFR32BG21 (BG21) and EFR32BG22 (BG22) modules and SoCs. The low-power Wirepas Massive (formerly Wirepas Mesh) technology has found decent support in the smart...

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Verizon Business Chief Revenue Officer talks private 5G network offering

Verizon Business CRO describes private 5G and MEC as like “peanut butter and jelly” Today Verizon Business announced its new private 5G network offering, On Site 5G, which is being marketed to large enterprises and public sector customers. When combined with related technologies like the internet of things, mobile edge computing, and machine learning/artificial intelligence, private 5G networks are being billed as part and parcel...

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European IoT spending to exceed $200bn in 2021: consultancy

  Internet of Things (IoT) spending in Europe is expected to reach $202 billion in 2021 and will continue to experience double-digit growth through 2025, according to a recent report by IDC. Despite the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IoT market still experienced growth, though at a slower rate than in previous year, IDC said. The consultancy firm  said it expects this growth to continue in 2021 in various sectors as...

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‘Fully connected, self-optimizing’ – Bosch opens €1bn smart factory in Dresden

Bosch has opened a new smart factory for silicon wafer production in Dresden, capital of the eastern German state of Saxony. The firm has invested around €1 billion in the new plant, unveiled today (June 7) and set to start production next month. It said the sum is the biggest single investment in the company’s 130-year history.  The factory is “highly automated, fully connected, data-driven, [and] self-optimizing”. It...

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German regulator has already approved 123 private 5G networks

    The German federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur has already awarded 123 spectrum licenses for private 5G campus networks. The Federal Network Agency provides the spectrum in the range 3.7-3.8 GHz for local networks. The frequencies are used in particular for Industry 4.0 applications in the fields of manufacturing, agriculture and forestry. Some of the companies running campus networks based on 5G frequencies include Audi,...

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Philip Morris hires TIM to build IoT solution to streamline freight logistics at Bologna plant

Cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris has hired Italian duo TIM Group and Olivetti to deploy an IoT system for yard management to improve planning and tracking of logistics vehicles in and out of its Crespellano plant in Bologna, Italy. The move is part of the cigarette maker’s strategy to develop business around smoke-free (smoking) products. It has just announced a new smart factory for smoke-free products in Bologna, in the...

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Vodafone deploys ‘live’ C-V2X in UK ‘first’ as part of expanding Midlands 5G trials

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), responsible for transport services in the West Midlands region in England, is working with Vodafone and Nokia to offer a new cloud platform that uses 5G-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology to connect road users in with live updates from Highways England about local lane closures, speed restrictions, and traffic incidents. It is the first live implementation of cellular V2X (C-V2X) technology...

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Arm opens software and tooling suite to spur ‘step-change’ in IoT productivity

Arm is moving parts of its microcontroller abstraction layer for Cortex-M processors into an open collaboration platform to help embedded system developers to integrate and manage software components and improve code reuse across IoT projects. The company has also moved part of its next-generation tooling suite for embedded IoT into an open cloud platform to give software developers early beta access. The two initiatives will provide a...