IOT News Roundup

KPN announces national low-power wide-area network in the Netherlands; Intel releases new IoT platform; Tata Communications tests its IoT network across India; Mentor Graphics sells customizable IoT solution; BlipTrack releases new Queue Diagnostics solution to capture and manage data about people and vehicles in line.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 06, 2015

KPN to Launch Dutch Nationwide LoRa Network

Dutch telecom operator KPN is installing a nationwide low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in the Netherlands using Actility's ThingPark Wireless solution. Full coverage throughout the country is expected to be achieved by the end of 2016.

For the deployment, KPN is equipping long-range (LoRa) base stations on the company's existing 3/4G cellular tower locations. KPN reports that clients can use its LoRa network for such applications as street lighting, smoke alarms, smart parking, asset tracking and utility metering.

With the installation, KPN expects to attract a variety of partners to launch smart-city, automotive, energy, smart building, health-care and smart-home applications. The Actility solution also includes the ThingPark Store, an online marketplace engine for use with IoT sensors, applications and network solutions.

Actility's LoRa technology will enable KPN to offer low-power, low-overhead and low-cost networks, while also providing two-way communication, localization and dynamic bandwidth assignment, according to Jacob Groote, KPN's VP of mobile operations. KPN reports that only a few base stations are needed to cover an entire city or country, making the Internet of Things possible at minimal infrastructure investment.

Intel launches New Intel IoT Platform

Intel has released its new Intel IoT Platform reference architecture, as well as new hardware and software products, as part of a comprehensive Internet of Things solution. The platform includes a portfolio of products from Intel, along with software. For instance, it features the new Intel Quark processors for IoT, as well as free and simple operating systems and a comprehensive cloud suite from Intel's Wind River subsidiary. The processors offer analytics capabilities and are designed to build IoT solutions.

Intel is working with companies such as Levi Strauss and Co. on proof-of-concepts or pilots, to address inventory management at three of its stores. Levi's proof-of-concept allows its stores to view inventory and replenishment needs, the company reports, making the process of inventory management more effective.

The Intel IoT Platform reference architecture for smart and connected things is focused on enabling the broad Intel ecosystem to simply develop, secure and integrate smart things, the company reports. The platform provides a blueprint for delivering innovations to market faster, by reducing complexity and defining how smart devices will securely connect and share trusted data to the cloud. The first company to announce IoT solutions based on the new platform is SAP, which will develop its IoT enterprise end-to-end solutions using the Intel platform, along with its SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

As part of the offering, the new Intel Quark SE SoC for IoT provides an integrated sensor hub, as well as pattern-matching technology to deliver real-time insights from sensor data. Smart building technology provider Yanzi is using the Intel Quark SE SoC to develop its Yanzi Plug and Motion products. The plug, an energy-monitoring sensor that enables optimized energy use based on space utilization and predictive maintenance in smart buildings, provides analytics and is designed to lower a building's operating expenses.

Honeywell has demonstrated a prototype of its connected-worker, industrial wearable device that uses Intel Quark technology. The device monitors the environments of mission-critical workers like first-responders, industrial workers and firefighters. The Intel Quark SE SoC for IoT will be available in the first half of 2016.

Wind River is offering free cloud-connected multi-architecture operating systems, known as Rocket and Pulsar Linux, and a comprehensive cloud suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products. Altogether, they are dubbed the "things to cloud" solution.

The offering targets developers or those just experimenting who want to create solutions using IoT technology. It also offers users a path to commercialization, Intel says.

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