Vodafone expands IoT range for businesses

Vodafone has launched a number of business focused Internet of Things (IoT) devices as it looks to bring more connectivity to the workplace.

The operator has unveiled two new “digital building” solutions that Vodafone says can help the likes of airports, office and shopping centres get a better, smarter insight into how their businesses function on a day-to-day basis.

The new products include remote video monitoring and an energy management platform that allows companies to become greener as well as smarter, as Vodafone predicts that the number of IoT connections in buildings is set to increase from 0.1 million in 2016 to 2.1 million by 2024.

Vodafone business IoT

The first new offering is Vodafone Building Surveillance, a video monitoring platform that works alongside existing CCTV services to monitor multiple sites remotely.

The service includes a smart analytics dashboard to set up alerts for certain incidents, such as if motion is detected in a specified area, with all footage being watermarked and stored securely in the cloud.

Also launching is Vodafone Building Energy Management, which monitors systems such as lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and heating into a single cloud platform that can be managed remotely and on multiple devices.

This also comes with a dashboard offering insights into business KPIs and real-time performance, allowing users to tweak how individual systems operate in order to save energy, reduce costs and improve operational efficiency.

“Digital Building solutions present a significant opportunity for organisations to embrace new technologies to ensure space, resources and costs are optimised,” said Anne Sheehan, director of Vodafone UK Enterprise.

“As a global leader in IoT services (with more than 68 million IoT connections) we are well placed to work with our customers to create solutions that deliver real business benefits fast.”

China to Lead International Standardization Research Group for IoT

China will lead an international research group on the standardization of the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology, local news outlet Science and Technology Daily reports July 18.

The joint technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have adopted the proposal for the creation of this international research group after a month of a discussion by committee members.

Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, writes that the creation of this group means China has won “discourse power” in technology integration:

“It is of great significance for China’s related industries to lead global development and promote the integration of fiat and [the] digital economy.”

The international research group, chaired by Dr. Shen Jie, will promote fiat-digital integration by providing a large number of industrial application scenarios as well as establishing a working mechanism to promote international standardization for IoT and blockchain technologies.

The new research group will include experts from more than ten countries including the United States, the United KingdomGermany, and France.

China has recently taken steps forward in its adoption of blockchain technology.  Last month, the Digital Currency Research Lab at the People’s Bank of China (PBoCfiled a patent for a digital currency wallet that would allow users to track their transaction histories. Also in June, the PBoC had revealed a blockchain-powered system to digitize paper checks.

Earlier this week, Cointelegraph reported that the deputy director of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) had encouraged the country to “unite” forces to foster blockchain as a “core” technology for the new digital economy.