Russia tests driverless harvesters and suburban trains and plans to launch 5G networks. IoT news of the week
The government of Russia continues to realize the national Digital Economy program. Now officials will have their own wireless connection, and Moscow will launch driverless suburban trains. Read about these and other news in the field of the IoT in our traditional digest.
Driverless suburban trains to run in Moscow
State-owned corporation Russian Railways will test driverless suburban trains. Trials will take place in the Moscow Central Circle in February of 2019.
The engine driver will sit in the cabin and will be able to monitor the process and take on control in emergency. Representatives of Russian Railways do not reveal the developer of the driverless electric train system. Such trains could be launched for mass use not sooner than in ten years (after corresponding laws are adopted).
Russian company tests driverless harvesters
Cognitive Technologies has tested its own unmanned system for agricultural machinery Agrodroid C2-A2. Trials were carried out in the Belgorod Region in the field. The unmanned control system was installed in Torum tractors produced by Rostselmash. Machines drove 200 km and harvested crops in the dark working in the field with rugged terrain.
Harvesters processed 60 hectares of land, harvested crops on difficult slopes without additional settings. The company has received pre-orders for Agrodroid C2-A2 from China, Argentina, and Brazil.
Special wireless connection developed for officials
The government of Russia will allocate 73.4 billion rubles for the development of a wireless network for public officials. The special network will be working based on LTE-450 standard, which stands out for high-speed data transmission. Currently, the standard is used by Tele2, which is expected to become a national network operator.
The Russian government will develop special wireless connection for public officials as part of the Digital Economy program. The new standard will allow public officials and security forces to use smartphones as a radio set and a device for quick transfer of data.
Smart bracelet learns to calculate calories
Russian developers released the second version of Healbe GoBe smart bracelet. The first version appeared back in 2012, when a crowdfunding campaign raised $1 million.
The new version of the smart device can calculate calories and monitor the fluid balance.
Healbe GoBe2 has an embedded sensor for measuring pulse rate, galvanic skin response, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer. Thanks to such variety of functions, the bracelet from Russian developers lays claim to being the smartest wearable device in the world.
Ericsson will help to develop 5G and IoT technologies in Russia
Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson and Russian company VimpelCom (Beeline operator) have signed a partnership agreement. Companies will jointly develop the IoT and 5G mobile technologies in Russia. The president of Ericsson Russia Sebastian Tolstoy states that they are planning to shift Beeline to 5G in 2021.
Companies will jointly launch the Massive MIMO technology on the operator’s networks and will be working on the creation of 5G cluster. Ericsson and VimpelCom do not exclude the possibility of opening an IoT accelerator laboratory intended to test new solutions based on NB-IoT and eMTC standards. A free zone has been opened in Novosibirsk to test IoT technologies.
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