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Verizon Business takes IoT Connectivity Global to 170 countries

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U.S.-based Verizon said enterprises can benefit from global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity in 170 countries worldwide, with permanent roaming options in North America and Western Europe all on a single SIM.

This global coverage enables organizations to manage a vast array of IoT devices including asset trackers, industrial gateways and sensors via ThingSpace, Verizon’s self-service IoT platform.

The operator’s ThingSpace solution aims to provide all the tools needed to prototype, test, connect and manage IoT devices on Verizon’s network.

Changes the way businesses work

Tami Erwin, CEO at Verizon Business, said: “The IoT connectivity is changing the way businesses monitor devices and increasing the strategic business value of the data collected.”

The number of IoT devices is growing exponentially, he noted, and organizations prefer to align with a trusted technology partner who can offer the technical expertise and geo-scale they require.

“Our global IoT connectivity services are all underpinned by Verizon’s years of expertise and industry-leading ThingSpace platform, not to mention a path to evolving into 5G Massive IoT,” Erwin added.

Permanent roaming options are now available across North America and Western Europe all on a single SIM—providing enterprises with the flexibility they need to monitor a wide array of IoT devices.

152,200 IoT devices

In addition, IDC, the premium global market intelligence firm, estimates that around 152,200 IoT devices will connect every minute by 2025, while enterprises can deploy IoT devices with permanent roaming across the UK, Canada, and over 10 European markets.

Verizon’s IoT device connectivity operates via a best of breed partner ecosystem and is available globally to US multinational companies with fixed or mobile connectivity requirements. Organizations can deploy devices with permanent roaming across Canada, the UK and more than 10 European markets.

Erwin said during Verizon’s March investment day that it’s starting to see the benefit of industrial IoT investments, adding 10 million incremental machine-to-machine LTE connected devices in 2020 and delivering double-digit connections and revenue growth.

This year, Verizon expects to see continued growth as it scales its IoT practice and installs devices supporting the evolution from 4G to 5G.

With the pandemic, Verizon is seeing unique demand in areas like DIY connected alarm systems and cross-border asset tracking, a representative said. Over the next few years, analysts at IDC estimate that 150,000+ IoT devices will connect every minute.

A big motivator for Verizon in the global IoT sector appears to be rival AT&T, which spent years developing its IoT connectivity business and has offered global IoT services for a long time, including with many major car companies.

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Telstra secures largest IoT contract with water utility firm

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Australian-based operator Telstra said it has won a 15-year contract from Yarra Valley Water to provide one million industrial IoT services on Telstra’s IoT network.

Telstra says this is its largest IoT deal to date and the first large-scale IoT deployment using Telstra’s new cloud-based platform-as-a-service IoT Connection Manager (ICM). Telstra will deploy its ICM platform to enable Yarra Valley Water gain access to near real-time data from a range of in-field sensors.

“Instead of getting four data points a year, our IoT Connection Manager will now allow Yarra Valley Water to get more than 17,000 data points annually for a much more accurate, near real-time, and robust understanding of its water infrastructure,” Telstra’s group owner of industry solutions and IoT Mark Chapman said.

Cellular low power wide area network

The Yarra Valley Water solution leverages Telstra’s cellular low power wide area network (LPWAN), which offers an IoT coverage of around 4 million square kilometers for NB-IoT and over 3 million square kilometers for LTE-M.

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty, said: “Internet of Things devices are a game changer for the water industry. By deploying a range of different sensors into our water and sanitation networks, we can detect leaks, minimise water wastage and save our customers money.”

Telstra said that its IoT network currently has over 4 million connections in the country.

As part of the agreement, Telstra will provide the IoT connectivity and the ICM Platform to enable sensor readings to be collected automatically in near real-time.

This will enable the utility company to prevent leaks from becoming bursts, sewer blockages from becoming spills, and notifying customers about issues on their properties so they can act quickly.

17,000 data points annually

Telstra Group Owner of Industry Solutions and IoT Mark Chapman said: “Instead of getting four data points a year, our IoT Connection Manager will now allow Yarra Valley Water to get more than 17,000 data points annually for a much more accurate, near real-time, and robust understanding of its water infrastructure.”

He added: “This is a great example of how our leading IoT network and platform is helping organizations use connected technology to drive positive customer experiences and help remotely monitor its assets and complex infrastructure.”

Telstra, which had launched 5G in May 2020, is currently using its spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band to provide 5G technology across Australia. Some of the cities in which Telstra offers its 5G service are Canberra, Central Coast, Brisbane, Sidney, Cairns, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hamilton, Melbourne and Perth.

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IoT in healthcare set to skyrocket at $469.4 bn by 2027

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It is without a shadow of a doubt that the pandemic has brought the world to a golden age of technology, as it accelerated digital transformation and technological innovations that will forever shape how we lead our lives.

The obvious champion of the pandemic was the healthcare industry, which saw it being infused with a plethora of tech-oriented solutions, inventions, and render the experience as seamless as possible.

Technological advancements are making a mark across the healthcare industry to a considerable extent. Monitoring and diagnosing patients are of utmost importance in the healthcare sector. The increasing use of connected technologies like IoT has resulted in overwhelming innovations.

Thus, all these factors bring immense growth prospects for the IoT in healthcare market.

IoT, or the Internet of Things, is a form of connected technology that uses data to customize real-time monitoring aspects and enhance customer experience. IoT is used extensively to enable real-time health monitoring and usually accesses patient health data.

The data proves to be a treasure for the stakeholders in the healthcare sector as it helps in enhancing patient health. Thus, all these advantages help in boosting the growth prospects of the Internet of Things in healthcare market.

A new study by Transparency Market Research (TMR) analyzed the overall development of the IoT in healthcare market in recent times. TMR experts project the IoT in healthcare market to record a whopping CAGR of 20.9 percent across the forecast period of 2019-2027.

The global IoT in healthcare market is estimated to reach a valuation of $469.4 billion by 2027, the end year of the forecast period.

With the advent of IoT in healthcare, patients’ interactions are not just limited to text messages, visits, and calls. IoT in healthcare has enabled doctors and clinicians to monitor the progress of their patients frequently.

 The data provided by IoT helps in increasing patient engagement and satisfaction due to more efficiency and accuracy. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic will have a massive positive impact on the growth of the IoT in healthcare market.

Vaccine to boost IoT in Healthcare

COVID-19 vaccines are the key to reducing the effect of the pandemic around the world.

Mass vaccination drives are being conducted across the globe through varied vaccination drives; thus, connected technologies play an important role in the manufacture and supply of vaccines.

The Smart Fridge by Weka is a classic instance. This fridge uses IoT to allow remote monitoring of vaccines and ensures that the vaccines are stored at the right temperature. These factors will play an important role in increasing the growth rate of the Internet of Things in healthcare market.

Connected Ambulances

IoT in healthcare is not just limited to devices; the technology is making a great impact on emergency services as well.

Ambulances play a major role in providing emergency services. These ambulances, if connected with the IoT can help in addressing the issues of the patients with utmost care.

Unlike standard ambulances, IoT-enabled ambulances are connected to remote consultation rooms. It enables the paramedics to consult patients remotely and diagnose their problems immediately without wasting much time. All these factors bode well for the growth of the Internet of Things in healthcare market.

IoT in Healthcare Market: Uses in COVID-19 Pandemic

The growing transmission levels and the increasing strain on the healthcare facilities boost the need for connected technologies extensively. Here’s how the IoT in healthcare is playing a significant role during the pandemic according to the study by TMR:

  • IoT devices are speeding up the COVID-19 detection processes by capturing patient data and other information.
  • During the COVID-19 quarantine period, the patients can be monitored remotely by the authorities through wearables and similar technologies.
  • Crowd monitoring devices powered by IoT will help ensure social distancing in public spaces.

While these innovations and inventions have massive room to disrupt the healthcare market, many experts have made the point that we remain at the tip of the technological iceberg, with much more to come.

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Global eSIM shipments to reach 822 mil by 2025, as smart cities drive growth

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A new Juniper Research study found that the number of global eSIM module shipments will increase from 430 million in 2020 to 822 million in 2025; representing a growth of 90 percent.  

The research identified the public sector as the fastest-growing area, with shipments of eSIM‑enabled public sector sensors expected to increase by 500 percent over the next four years, as smart city services benefit from the flexibility of the growing eSIM ecosystem. 

The new research, eSIMs: Sector Analysis, Emerging Opportunities & Market Forecasts 2021-2025, found that smart street lighting sensors will account for 88 percent of eSIM shipments within the public sector by 2025.  

“We predict that smart city providers will leverage cellular networks, underpinned by eSIMs, as gateways to low-power connections for the monitoring and management of smart city services,” the report pointed out.  

NA Smart Cities achieve global dominance 

The report predicts that the U.S. will remain the largest market for public sector eSIM adoption; accounting for 30 percent of eSIMs installed in devices by 2025.  

It highlighted that “operators in North America have led the development and roll-out of 5G networks, which has enabled new levels of city-wide automation and information sharing in smart cities.”  

Government authorities in other regions must follow the example set by smart cities in North America to ensure the smooth transition from legacy technology to smart sensors underpinned by robust eSIM technology. 

Standalone 5G Networks Key for Future Smart Cities 

The study urges eSIM vendors to develop 5G-capable modules to capitalise on the growth of next‑generation 5G standalone networks, which enables the deployment of 5G-enabled eSIMs within smart cities. 

Research author Scarlett Woodford noted: ‘To support smart city initiatives, eSIM vendors must invest in the development of 5G-enabled form factors. By combining flexible network connectivity with high bandwidth transmission and reduced latency, 5G-capable modules will enable local authorities to monitor connected sensors in real-time and allocate resources accordingly.’ 

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