Smart lighting, 5G development, and maps for Doom: week’s IoT news
What is the relation between a robot vacuum cleaner and maps for Doom? What Russian city was the first to implement a smart street lighting project, and what companies agreed upon the collaborative development of 5G networks? These and other news of the Internet of Things world are revealed in our digest within the previous week.
One finds a way to improve graphene inks
A group of researchers from the University of Manchester led by a Nobel Prizewinner Konstantin Novoselov has found out how to improve graphene inks.
Currently, one is applying metallic nanoparticles to produce graphene inks in order to provide their electric conductivity. These materials are rather expensive and easily oxidized. As part of the study, scientists discovered that one could use non-toxic dihydrolevogucosenone to make graphene inks. It enhances their electric conductivity.
Modernized inks will allow to create new kinds of electronic devices, including wearable equipment, flexible phones, and semiconductors. The application of graphene inks is expected to encourage the development of the Internet of Things.
Russia’s investments in IoT will annually grow by 18%
IDC, an international research and consulting company, has presented an annual report ‘Russia Internet of Things Market 2018-2022 Forecast’ where specialists describe a current condition of the Russian IoT market and predict its development.
According to the report, this year’s volume of the Internet of Things market in the Russian Federation is $3.67 billion. From 2018 till 2022, the level of investments required to design IoT solutions will increase, in average, by 18% every year. The estimates show that end customers will spend $7.61 billion on the Internet of Things technologies by 2023.
Russia to create a single operator to develop 5G networks
Russia’s largest mobile operators – MTS, MegaFon, Beeline, and Tele2 – have agreed upon the development of a single infrastructure operator in the country. This is necessary for them to develop collectively the fifth generation network.
The Big Four, consisting of the above-mentioned companies, is meant to share a 3.4-3.8 GHz band for solutions. 5G is based on such a frequency.
It is expected that this integration will allow mobile operators to reduce expenditures for constructing infrastructure objects.
Smart lamps are installed on the streets of Ivanovo
Ivanovo has completed Russia’s first smart street lighting project called ‘Light city’.
15 500 LED lamps were installed in the city. The center of Ivanovo is equipped with 6700 lighting elements. A unique feature of these lamps is that they are connected to the Internet of Things. As part of the Light city project, lanterns are supplied with controllers and integrated via the LoRaWAN communication protocol.
The application of IoT technologies for street lighting will allow to reduce the lamp power if necessary and increase their operating life.
Smart lamps are planned to help the Ivanovo Mayor's Office to spend four times less funds on street lighting.
Smart vacuum cleaner to create maps for Doom
A US programmer Rich Whitehouse has used a robot vacuum cleaner, iRobot Roomba 980, to design maps for Doom. Developing the algorithm, he applied a device feature allowing to draw the location map during cleaning.
Rich Whitehouse’s system detects the robot vacuum cleaner in the local network. It assembles a room map created by iRobot Roomba 980. Afterwards, the program transforms the obtained location pattern into a map for Doom. Some map parameters can be edited manually if desired.