The final day of Mobile World Congress 2017 kicked off with announcements covering the use of LoRa for geolocation, smart lighting, Blockchain in Africa, and IoT winners from the global mobile awards.
Actility announced the availability of a geolocation and tracking solution platform enabled by LoRa network gateways and infrastructure. The ThingPark Location Service will be available to IoT solution providers and enterprise developers through a single API in ThingPark X (the company’s data mediation and enrichment platform). The system works by using the signal from a LoRa enabled device, which is received by Cisco Interface Modules for LoRa, mounted in the nearby area. By measuring the time it takes for the signal to reach each of the nearby modules, the network is able to compute the distance to the device from each gateway and then triangulate its position. As the device (for which the location is being calculated) does not need to be equipped with GPS, and the location calculation is carried out in the cloud, there is no power consumption penalty as there would be for a device fitted with a GPS module. However in circumstances where GPS is used, Actility integrates a patented Assisted GPS (AGPS) technology optimized for LoRa networks. When on-demand location is required, the Actility geolocation platform leverages Wi-Fi SSID, GPS-based, or Bluetooth-based geolocation, but in essence allows the optimal tracker mode to be used. Actility cited an asset tracking example where the application may use network-based location tracking to geo-fence a vehicle, raising an alert when it strays outside a defined area, such that when the Police need to find the exact location of the vehicle, the platform will leverage Wi-Fi SSID, Bluetooth, or AGPS based location technology.
Philips Lighting announced its new LED lighting trunking system for the retail and industrial vertical markets, Philips Maxos fusion. Philips states that the connected-ready system can be scaled with additional IoT technologies, such as its compatibility with the Philips Indoor Positioning system, which is used to provide location-based services to shoppers and retailers to improve the retail experience and sales. The Indoor Positioning system can help both shoppers and retailers by providing location-specific information, promotions and notifications, dynamic routing for faster order picking, as well as data analytics used to analyse shopper traffic and behaviour for the optimisation of in-store operation and marketing.
Philips Maxos fusion lighting in Retail
Source: Philips Lighting
Swiss cybersecurity company WISeKey announced a partnership with the Republic of Rwanda to establish a Blockchain/IoT Centre of excellence in Kigali, Rwanda. The centre will deploy a trusted Blockchain as a service platform to enable the creation of a Blockchain ecosystem in Rwanda, and will conduct research, rapid pilot prototyping, co-creation of use cases and IP creation on Blockchain technology and platforms. Strategy Analytics identified Blockchain implementation as an area to monitor in 2017, as part of our Top Internet of Things (IoT) Trends in 2017 report, available to clients. Blockchain is a digital edger technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, and is a non-centralized (i.e.: distributed) database that is continually reconciled (or updated). From conversations Strategy Analytics has had with industry insiders, the potential Blockchain has to be used in IoT is acknowledged, but there are concerns as to whether it can keep up with the sheer volume of data that IoT is and will generate.
KT Mobile announced that it had received the Best Use of Mobile for Smart Cities award as part of the Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO) at Mobile World Congress 2017, for its smart energy control platform, KT-MEG (Micro Energy Grid). KT Mobile becomes the first winner of the Best Use of Mobile for Smart Cities award, an award category established in 2017. KT-MEG is an energy control platform for supervising the production, consumption, and transaction of thermal and electrical energy, and can be applied to large-scale energy management, such as new and renewable energy businesses, as well as small buildings.
Other winners in the IoT space included Cisco Jasper for its Control Centre for Connected Cars in the Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive category, Huawei in the Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G category, and Nokia for its IMPACT IoT Platform in the Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks category. The full list of winners at the Global Mobile Awards can be found here.
As Mobile World Congress 2017 draws to a close, the Strategy Analytics IoT Strategies service will be publishing a full review of the hottest IoT news and trends from the event, in a report available to clients soon.
We will also be sharing our views on the event in the Post Mobile World Congress Wrap-Up webinar, taking place on Monday 6th March, 2017. Click here for more details.