Video streaming named the USA’s 5G killer app, as tech prediction season opens early

WEEK IN IoT – OK, I admit it. I have a real problem with the notion that there’s a killer app for each new bearer technology that comes along, says Jeremy Cowan. Perhaps this is because it’s the first question I’m asked every year when I meet people at Mobile World Congress.

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Cash-strapped UK government finds funds for Artificial Intelligence and tech investments

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May today announced a new £20 million (€22.3 million) fund to help public services use UK expertise in innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Investment in the sector is always welcome and who knows, says Jeremy Cowan, it could take Mrs May’s mind off Brexit for a while.

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IoT is making strides, but it’s still in short trousers

REVIEW: Events like last week’s Smart IoT London (March 15-16, ExCeL, Docklands) can be a salutary reminder of how far the Internet of Things (IoT) has come in a few short years. But they also show how much work remains to be done, says IoT Now‘s editorial director, Jeremy Cowan.

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Investing in an effective 5G rollout

The UK government recently announced its intention to invest “£740 million(US$ 904.94 million) to support the rollout of fibre broadband connections and future 5G mobile technology.” This intention was included in the new industrial strategy proposals (green paper) unveiled by the UK Prime Minister.

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UK’s 300-strong HyperCat consortium bids for ‘unlikely’ lead in global race to build smart cities

House of Lords, London, UK — The UK has launched a smart city initiative designed to give Britain a lead in the global smart cities race. The #HyperCatCity programme’s collaborative approach and open standards aim to make it faster and easier for developers to deliver smart city solutions that improve the lives of citizens. 

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Wearables promise enterprises great benefits – but come prepared!

The arrival of wearables, from glasses to smart clothing, will bring great opportunities to the industrial and corporate setting – but they will come with challenges, so companies need to come to the party prepared!

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Scottish Power wires not-so-smart meter while npower provides dumb billing

If you go away this summer and return to find an unexpectedly large phone or utility bill, spare a thought for Nigel and Linda Brotherton of Roughlee, UK who recently received a bill from their energy supplier, npower, for £500 million (€632 million).

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UK government funds HyperCat, ‘a new way for machines to work together’ says IoT tech consortium

London, UK. June 26, 2014: A consortium of more than 40 UK-based technology companies funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Technology Strategy Board, has delivered on the first phase of its initiative to accelerate the widespread move to the Internet of Things (IoT). HyperCat is a new open IoT specification that allows machines to work

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UK government announces preferred bidders for €14bn smart metering roll-out by 2020

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has selected preferred bidders for six new government contracts aimed at switching most UK households to smart metering by 2020. The total cost of the programme is forecast to be £12.1 billion (€14.1 billion).

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UK government admits smart energy meter roll-out will be delayed by a year, and market unsurprised

London, UK — In a written statement today, UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said that the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has set a new date of autumn 2015 for nationwide smart energy meter installation. The start date had previously been summer 2014.

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British troops deploy toy-sized spy drones in Afghanistan to locate Taliban threats

British Army forces in Afghanistan are now using 10-centimetre-long, video-linked spy helicopters to survey Taliban firing spots. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to buy 160 of the drones in a contract worth more than €23 million.

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Eseye’s GSM-enabled utility monitor 'Shoebill' scoops European Smart Metering Award

Guildford, UK – Eseye, an innovator in total machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for cleantech, environmental and utility industries, and Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of M2M modules and value-added services has announced Eseye’s product Shoebill has won Home Energy Monitoring Award at the 2013 European Smart Metering Awards.

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Smart tech roll-out fires up UK energy firms to overhaul customer service in 2013

The mass UK adoption of smart technology, including smart grids and smart meters, is sparking energy and water suppliers to invest in customer engagement strategies and technology to meet the increasing pressure on customer service, according to a new report from Aspect.

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Applied Satellite Technology and Active Web Solutions partner to deliver global satellite-based M2M platform

Ipswich, UK. October 24, 2012 — UK-based Applied Satellite Technology Ltd. (AST) and Active Web Solutions Ltd. (AWS) have joined forces to deliver a global satellite-based M2M platform, AST iX.

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DECC survey shows steep energy prices are consumers’ main concern

(BLOG:) The latest tracking survey from the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) shows that steep energy prices continue to be consumers’ priority concern.

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City puts telehealth and telecare contract for elderly out to international competitive bid

Sunderland, UK. August 28, 2012 — Tenders are being invited for a contract to supply assistive technologies, a contact centre software system and associated services to support telehealth and telecare provisions for a city council in northern England.

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