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World’s first SIM card supporting 5G, and face recognition at Russian shops. Week’s IoT news

World’s first SIM card supporting 5G, and face recognition at Russian shops. Week’s IoT news

What is the Russian top managers’ attitude towards IoT technologies? When will the code of IoT application be introduced in the country? Read about these and other hot events in our weekly digest.

Russian top managers underestimate the value of the IoT

As shown in the PwC’s survey, home companies are skeptical about prospects in using the Internet of Things in working processes compared with their foreign colleagues. Only 17% of Russian top managers are optimistic about the role of the Internet of Things in industrial and business processes. Other countries’ result is estimated at 81%.

What is more, only 13% of home respondents think that their companies properly control the process of IoT tech implementation. By the way, 14% of the surveyed in Russia pointed the presence of necessary staff focused on cyber security (world’s index - 38%).

Code of Big Data application to be developed in 2019

The Big Data Value Association and Internet Development Institute (IDI) are going to start a joint work on the document dedicated to the ethics of Big Data application. This code would identify the way in which the companies have to collect, process, store, and use data. The details will be discussed with the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roscomnadzor) and other organizations.

The members of the Big Data Value Association are Yandex, Mail.Ru Group, Gazprombank, Tinkoff Bank, MegaFon, and Onefactor. What is more, Rostelecom was planning to join the organization in autumn 2018. All the members of this organization would be obliged to comply with this code expected to come into force in summer.

Gemalto creates the world’s first 5G SIM card

Dutch company Gemalto has developed the world’s first SIM card supporting 5G. It fully complies with ETSI 3GPP specification and SIMalliance’s recommendations. The developers report that the SIM card guarantees the anonymity of end-to-end subscriber identification due to the special encryption system.

The innovation will support roaming in 5G networks, which is important for remote corresponding IoT devices. The SIM card will be kicked on the market until mid-2019 in the format factors such as SIM, M2M SIM, and eSIM. Gemalto as well is going to cooperate with chipmaker Qualcomm (the USA).

Russia’s shopping malls to digitize flows of visitors

Watcom Group, in cooperation with NtechLab, will develop a special solution based on FindFace facial recognition technology, allowing retailers and shopping malls to collect information about customers. According to Roman Skorokhodov, CEO at Watcom Group, the facial recognition system will calculate the number of clients, their returns, as well as will conduct the data analysis in terms of gender, age, and emotional responses.

Besides, the solution designed by Watcom Group and NtechLab will allow to prevent fraud, in particular among shop staff. Following analysts’ estimations, the product elaboration can cost 30–100 million RUB, while its ultimate price for an average trade center will be up to 15 million RUB.

India to provide its citizens with smart gas meters

India-based Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and Tata Communications have announced the launch of a collaborative project on installing IoT gas meters in houses of Delhi. Smart devices will help to calculate accurately the amount of consumed gas in a real time mode and to reduce the energy usage.

As of today, 5000 IoT gas meters are installed in Delhi’s housing complexes. They are equipped with special Internet of Things sensors and designed for 10 years of operations using the integrated battery. This technology allows to simplify and optimize gas billing as well as to eliminate incorrect calculations.


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