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Drone bringing 5G connectivity and a new power-effective IoT platform. Week’s IoT news

Drone bringing 5G connectivity and a new power-effective IoT platform. Week’s IoT news

Why do Russian top managers ignore the advantages of Internet of Things technologies? When will driverless cars be tested in the streets of Moscow? Follow our weekly digest for more details on these and other events in the world of smart technologies.

Dell EMC, Vodafone, and Utilitywise to co-work on an IoT platform

Dell EMC, Vodafone, and Utilitywise will co-work on a new power-efficient IoT platform. This product would crucially reshape the ways power is consumed in big companies, industrial objects, and large-scale buildings.

An IoT platform’s interface is expected to precisely calculate the consumption of resources used for complexes and separate buildings. It would detect the zones with excessive electricity and places where the related expenses can be considerably lessened. The British retailers have already tested a pilot project from Dell EMC, Vodafone, and Utilitywise: the platform enabled 20% cost saving with year’s return on investments.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation announces the introduction of driverless cars in Moscow

Driverless cars testing in Moscow and Tatarstan’s cities will be launched in late April or early May of this year, commented Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Morozov. Yandex, KAMAZ, Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI), Aurora robotics lab, Innopolis, and Taganrog State University of Radioengineering. A car platform is to be chosen to the preference of every company.

About 150 driverless cars are expected to appear on the roads of Russia and Tatarstan in 2019. The testing will be launched in spring to avoid any icing related problems.

Smart displays market to reach $6.7 bn by 2025

As newly reported by MarketsandMarkets,the global market of smart displays and mirrors will grow by 34% within 2018-2025. Its total value in 2025 would reach $6.7 bn compared to $861 m in 2018. The market comprises three segments: home and commercial displays, smart mirrors.

By the way, IoT displays for smart homes are expected to skyrocket reaching a peak in 2019 and 2020. Smart mirrors would be popular in the automobile segment while commercial intelligent displays would conquer retail and hotel business. According to the analysts,, Google, Apple, Facebook, Gentex, Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics will be key market players.

Drone broadcasting 5G across the globe now exists

Japanese company SoftBank and NASA have created solar-powered drone Hawk 30 that broadcasts 5G in any location across the globe. It features 10 electric engines, has the form of a big wing, and can fly at altitudes of 20 km. The overall budget of this innovation was estimated at $76.5 m.

The drone will be tested within this week at the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. It is planned to be put into service by the end of 2019.

Russian top managers underestimate IoT tech

As shown in the PwC’s survey, Russian top managers are not as sure of the business protection against cyber attacks as their foreign colleagues. Only 14% of home companies’ representatives claimed they have enough quantity of employees in this sphere (in the world – 38%).

What is more, Russian top managers in some way underestimate the value of the IoT compared to their foreign colleagues. Only 17% of home representatives are optimistic about the vital role of the Internet of Things in industrial processes. Other countries’ result is estimated at 81%: they think that the IoT is a very important driver of the company’s development.

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