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IoT @ MWC 2018 Day 3: Geolocation, Remote worker safety, Connected Commercial Washing Machines and 4G on the Moon!

by Andrew Brown | Feb 28, 2018

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Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) is the biggest show on the Mobile and Smart Connected Ecosystem that is taking place Barcelona, from Feb 26 to Mar 1, 2018. With in excess of 100,000 attendees expected for the third year in a row, MWC 2018 is an event of massive scope that brings together – from all corners of the globe – all major players in the mobility.

Geo-location and precision geo-location will become an even more integral part of IoT solutions in the future, beyond core markets such as asset tracking, vehicles and fleet applications. Geo-location Announcements at the show started to emerge on Day 3, building on pre-briefings that Strategy Analytics undertook before the event, such as Hoopo, a start-up that is aiming to radically improve precision for low-power Internet of Things tracking. Hoopo announced the launch of the company and its innovative, accurate geolocation solution for low-power wide area (LPWA) networks. The company also announced it has received $1.5 million in funding to further grow its business from a group of investors, including the initial investors in Mobileye.

On Day 3, some more announcements emerged around location, with IoT platform services vendor Aeris announcing that it is collaborating with TracPlus, a global tracking, communication and collaboration solutions provider, to offer an IoT connectivity solution that allows TracPlus and its customers to track their personnel and physical assets in real time.

The Aeris IoT Services platform will be used by TracPlus to allow companies and organizations to monitor and communicate with personnel fighting fires, performing rescue missions, installing power lines, saving vessels and providing other land, sea and air services. Aeris and TracPlus highlighted how Aviation Services Unlimited of Rome, N.Y. uses TracPlus’ solution to track its helicopters and provide aerial services to utility companies, inspect and maintain electric transmission lines, patrol ground-over-gas lines and provide emergency services during power outages.

Other companies, such as Finland’s Quuppa used MWC to emphasise their focus on precision indoor geo-location, announcing their go-to-market strategy to provide open, low-cost and scalable solutions for applications that demand accurate, real-time positioning of assets and people, as well as a new Tag Module, a ready-to-use, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) hardware module that can help tag manufacturers speed precision location solutions to market.

Geolocation and worker safety with “Smart Boots”

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According to a United Nations reports, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease every 15 seconds. Intellinium, a French start-up, was founded to improve worker safety by blending IoT technology with traditional personal protective equipment. Intellinum worked with Sierra Wireless to develop a smart shoe, which allows workers to send and receive messages handsfree, without the need for a separate smartphone. Alerts can be sent using Intellinium’s force sensor membrane built into the toe of the boot and connected to Sierra Wireless’ AirPrime HL series cellular module. During an emergency, a worker can acknowledge receiving a message to evacuate by touching a toe to the sensor. Or he can quickly send a “mayday” alert if he’s injured. Built-in sensors detect falls or shocks, immediately notifying the employer or a colleague of the worker’s location to enable faster, more accurate response.

Girbau Moves to Laundry-as-a-Service


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Sierra Wireless announced that Girbau, a leading manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment had selected their device-to-cloud IoT solution to enable Sapphire, its new remote monitoring service for commercial laundry machines. Girbau is transforming its customer service capabilities by deploying IoT applications. The machine data collected enables Girbau to provide preventive maintenance, which allows its customers to maintain their fleet of laundry machines more efficiently, reduce downtime, optimize their operating costs and increase profitability. Supported by distributor S-Connect Spain, Girbau chose Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, including FX30 programmable IoT gateways, tightly integrated with smart connectivity services and the Legato embedded application development platform, to quickly develop, deploy and scale its Sapphire solution as an IoT service.

Finally, with the GSMA claiming that 4G and 5G would make up the bulk of connections by 2025 on the first day or Mobile World Congress, it perhaps shouldn’t have come as any surprise that Vodafone Group and Nokia announced they would supply the first 4G network on the moon, supporting live HD broadcasts from the Lunar Surface! It will be installed during a mission by German engineering and science company PTScientists, which – together with the operator’s German subsidiary and carmaker Audi – aim to complete the first privately funded moon landing in 2019.

Vodafone said the 4G network will allow Audi vehicles on the moon’s surface to send data and live HD video streams of footage from the area around NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle, which was abandoned on the surface in 1972.

Be sure to check back here tomorrow for highlights from the final day of Mobile World Congress from the Strategy Analytics IoT Team at Mobile World Congress 2018.

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