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O2 launches first UK LTE-M network to boost business IoT

O2 claimed it will become the first carrier to bring LTE-M to the UK when its new network is rolled out in 2020. 50 sites are already live and national rollout is scheduled to complete this year.

The 4G-based LTE-M (Long Term Evolution M1) network is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) service designed to facilitate uptake of IoT business applications like asset tracking, connected traffic lights, parking sensors, soil monitoring and assisted living.


Schneider Electric and Cisco unveil wall-mounted, hyperconverged edge data centre

Schneider Electric and Cisco have unveiled a wall-mounted micro data centre for edge environments.

Announced at Cisco Live in Barcelona, the micro data centre is housed in Schneider’s 6U compact wall mount, which allows large edge servers, networking equipment and a UPS to be safely fixed to a wall. Schneider claimed the mount is 60 percent less intrusive than traditional wall mount enclosures.


2020: The year of edge computing and HCI

2020 will be a momentous year, and a great start to the decade, for edge computing, IoT and data protection. We should expect to see major changes to the way organisations adopt these technologies, as well as how consumers respond to various innovations. 


Taiwan-based ITM reveals blockchain IoT collab with Microsoft and Qualcomm

Taiwan-based blockchain firm International Trust Machines Corp. (ITM) has touted a new blockchain SDK for Azure IoT chipsets that it claims improves the security and viability of edge-based blockchain applications.

ITM, which claimed  1st runner-up honours at the recent Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge 2019 (QITC 2019), claims it “co-developed” the solution with the American chipmaker and Microsoft.

The Taiwan blockchain specialist’s bitesize edge agent is certified for use in Microsoft Azure Sphere, Microsoft’s “secure environment” for IoT devices spanning OS, hardware and cloud services.


AWS ups IoT game by bringing Alexa to the edge

The voice of Amazon, Alexa, is leaving the confines of bedrooms and kitchens around the globe to give the world’s ever-expanding fleet of IoT devices the gift of speech.

Alexa Voice Service, announced ahead of December’s AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas, makes Alexa available on IoT devices with limited local processing power and storage.

Previously, devices required at least 100MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex A-class processor to support the voice assistant. Now, manufacturers will be able to integrate Alexa into devices with low-powered chips and just 1MB of RAM.