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Bumblebees instead of drones and modem from Qualcomm Technologies: news digest in the IoT space

Bumblebees instead of drones and modem from Qualcomm Technologies: news digest in the IoT space

Where can insects replace drones? What’s the peculiarity of a new modem for IoT devices? How soon will smart wireless headphones grow in number? Find answers to these and other questions in the weekly digest.

General Electric to get involved in industrial IoT

The American multi-faceted corporation General Electric announced the establishment of a new independent enterprise focused on software development for the industrial IoT. A new company of the sphere heavyweight will combine GE Digital IIoT products, GE Power Digital and Grid Software Solutions companies.

The company’s annual revenues are expected to reach $1.2 bn. As soon as the information about an establishment of the new company soaked in the media, General Electric’s shares sky-rocketed reaching the highest level of 12%.

New modem for IoT devices presented

The American company Qualcomm Technologies presented its new modem Qualcomm 9205 LTE developed for IoT-connected devices. A chipset will be available to wearables, smart city sensors, performance monitors, safety systems, and smart meters.

Standby Qualcomm 9205 LTE consumes 70% less electric power compared to the previous chipset modem. The developers also minimized the modem’s size.

The device from Qualcomm Technologies is equipped with a multi-mode LTE modem supporting LTE M1 (eMTC), NB2 (NB-IoT), and 2G/E-GPRS. The chipset consists of a Navstar receiver GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, and Galileo. The new modem goes with ARM Cortex-A7 application processor with no need for the use of an external microcontroller.

Devices with inbuilt Qualcomm 9205 LTE will be put on sale in 2019.

Bumblebees replace drones in agriculture

The team of students and scientists at the University of Washington put forward an idea to use real bumblebees for fields monitoring. Previously, mini-drones were intended to perform this function but they turned to be not that powerful.

The insects are planned to work with sensors, wireless modules, and a location recognition device. The appliances will be powered by a 7-hour battery. As soon as a bumblebee returns to a beehive, the battery will be charged.

The researchers reckon that bumblebees will allow agricultural workers create location maps, analyze soil moisture and productivity. What is more, scientists will have an opportunity to better investigate insects’ behavior.

Mass distribution of smart wireless headphones

The analysts of Juniper Research online platform calculated that 417 m smart headsets for audio listening would have been used by 2022. This number includes those for hearing strengthening and audio playback.

Taking into account that 62 m headphones from Apple, Bose, Google, Samsung, and Sennheiser are used across the globe, the specialists calculate that their number would reach 271 m in three years. By 2022, the products of these companies will embrace more than a half of all wireless headphones.

Besides, 75% of the individual audio devices are expected to be equipped with voice assistants in three years.

IoT technologies to track air cargo

In the context of cooperation, the Russian air cargo companies AirBridgeCargo and Unilode Aviation Solutions will use IoT technologies.

They will  use BLE v. 5.0 sensors that work in a Bluetooth energy-saving mode. These portable electronic appliances will be connected to ULD – unit load devices that are containers or special pallets for air cargo.

The devices allow to track cargo transfer. The sensors will define air temperature, humidity level, and brightness of a ULD location. 

When cargo is transferred from point A to point B, Unilode Aviation Solutions will inform AirBridgeCargo about its status and location. 


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