Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AT&T plans wider deployment of LTE-M network for Internet of Things

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by Chahira Akel

AT&T plans wider deployment of LTE-M network for Internet of Things

AT&T plans nationwide deployment of its LTE-M network for Internet of Things (IoT) ahead of schedule in second quarter of 2017.  We’re also planning LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.

The roll out will ultimately support a North American footprint across the AT&T 4G LTE network in the U.S. and Mexico. Our 4G LTE network now covers nearly 400 million people in the U.S. and Mexico[2].

The plans follow our successful pilot of the AT&T LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California. We switched on North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site in October to support the pilot with other ecosystem players.

LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options. You’ll see:

  • Lower device costs
  • Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years)
  • Better coverage underground and deep inside buildings
  • Module size (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules).

“Thanks to the success of our pilot, we’re on track to support LTE-M devices across our commercial network in the U.S. and Mexico ahead of schedule,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “We’re seeing real momentum for LTE-M that will let us connect more end points than ever before.  And we can do it at a lower cost with superior performance and carrier-grade security.”

“We fully expect to have nationwide availability of LTE-M technology in Mexico by the end of 2017. This is huge for our enterprise customers. It’s an important step to help accelerate the speed of business,” said Kelly King, CEO, AT&T Mexico.

At AT&T Labs, we’re working with tech leaders and providers to evaluate the performance of LTE-M network and chipset technology in a variety of situations.

We’re testing LTE-M network and chipset technology

source: about.att

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Economic impact of Dutch data centers estimated at EUR 1bn & growing fast

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by Diana Macovei

Economic impact of Dutch data centers estimated at EUR 1bn & growing fast. The multitenant data center market in the Netherlands has experienced significant growth the past decade and continues to expand rapidly. A new report by the Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA) and independent research agency Pb7 Research estimates that the direct, indirect and induced economic impact of Dutch data centers is currently EUR 1 billion. This estimate should be seen as conservative, as the wider internet economy of the Netherlands is dependent on data centers and was recently valued at 7,7% of Dutch GDP (estimated at EUR 676,5 billion in 2015) by the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics.

Stijn Grove, managing director of the DDA: “Multitenant data centers have quickly spread all over the Netherlands the past decade. Building a data center is very capital intensive as opposed to labor intensive. It is said by some that data centers therefore do not have a significant contribution to employment opportunities or GDP in the Netherlands. That is a misstating of the facts, as is shown by this new research. Data centers provide strong multiplier effects for the economy as a whole and it would not be farfetched to say that they are absolutely vital to all businesses and organisations that are using digital technology in one way or the other.”

Data centers in the Netherlands provide robust housing for international enterprises, SMEs, the public sector, the IT sector, and digital startups. Most data centers are placed modestly and anonymous in the landscape. Still, they are the physical manifestation of the Dutch Digital Gateway to Europe, increasingly often referred to as the third Dutch mainport next to Amsterdam Schiphol airport and the Port of Rotterdam.

As such, data centers have a significant impact on the economic growth and employment opportunities in the Netherlands. The Netherland Foreign Investment Agency recently announced that in 2016 alone 1460 new jobs were created in the Netherlands through foreign investments in data centers and other IT-related companies. These investments are a direct result of the leading global position the Netherlands has as digital hub.

The report is freely accessible through http://ift.tt/2kUKyUg

About the Dutch Datacenter Association
The Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA) is the trade organisation of data centres in the Netherlands, the bedrock of the Dutch economy. The DDA unites leading data centres in the Netherlands in a common mission: the strengthening of economic growth and the profiling of the data centre sector to government, media and society.

The DDA expresses industry views on regulatory and policy issues. It demonstrates leadership by facilitating and encouraging members to implement operational improvements in the form of best practices. The DDA promotes education and contributes to technical standards, which enables the data centre industry in the Netherlands and abroad to further distinguish itself.

The DDA is one of the founders of the umbrella foundation Digitale Infrastructuur Nederland (DINL). DINL unites organisations that facilitate the digital infrastructure within the Netherlands. The DDA closely collaborates with Digital Gateway to Europe, which promotes the Netherlands as international data hub. The DDA also actively collaborates with market operators, the government and other interested parties.

About Pb7 Research

Pb7 Research is an independent ICT research firm. We provide independent research and advice, aimed at the successful deployment of new technology in the European market, with a key focus on the Dutch market.

Pb7 supports technology marketers and strategists by identifying and analyzing market and competitive opportunities and challenges, technology buyers in making well-informed decisions and we help policy makers with key statistics and market insights.

Pb7 Research is a specialist in IT security, IT professional services, data center infrastructure and services, cloud, and other emerging technologies.

Source: Dutch Data Centers Press Release

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Aerial robots take augmented reality to the skies

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by John Weir

The estimated market value of commercial drone powered solutions is $127 bn[1], and revenue from global drone sales are projected to top $12 bn by 2021, a jump from $8 bn in 2015[2]. This makes perfect sense when you consider that drones are increasingly being used to reach high-risk areas in industries including manufacturing, mining, emergency services, and agriculture; and aerial photography with drones, for example, is increasingly allowing for more effective and cost-efficient monitoring and data gathering than the traditional use of helicopters and satellites to capture insights from the air.

When it comes to drones, it’s still relatively early days, and what some drone pilots might not realise is that rules around flying drones are no longer focussed solely on when and where drones can be flown; regulations are also starting to touch on how drones can be piloted in the safest possible way to avoid unnecessary risk. This is where visual line of sight comes in; the theory that a drone pilot should keep their drone within their visual line of sight at all times. Valerie Riffaud-Cangelosi, Market Development Manager for Wearables & Connected Devices at Epson says “Drone pilots are increasingly relying on Augmented Reality smart glasses to effectively keep sight of and control their drones.”

Epson has been collaborating with leading drone manufacturers to develop cutting-edge technology that has been integrated into Epson’s newly launched Moverio BT-300 smart glasses. Riffaud-Cangelosi explains, “Advanced head tracking sensors enable the drone pilot to visualise a 360 degree canvas, while keeping track of the device and maintaining line of sight. This is an important factor in terms of regulations and piloting experience, because it helps the pilot to concentrate on the task at hand and make quick, smart decisions. They aren’t having to continuously look down towards their hand-held control, nor convert complex 2D images and readings into 3D, 360 degree situations.”

Epson is so confident about the advantages of AR smart glasses over traditional drone piloting instruments that the company has also announced a milestone partnership with the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones), DJI. “We’re planning to develop new applications that will further enhance the drone piloting experience, while making flying and filming safer, and remaining compliant with country-specific regulations,” Riffaud-Cangelosi says.

As more and more aerial robots take to the skies, they are bringing back more data and insight that is being used to mitigate risk, improve efficiency in industry operations, and open our eyes to even further opportunities in the future. The sky seems to be the limit when it comes to developing better and more advanced technologies to help us do this, and companies like Epson and DJI are leading the way in making this vision a reality.

[1] PwC, Global report on the commercial applications of drone technology, 2016

[2] Business Insider (BI) Intelligence, 2016

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Creative Boom and Syd Shelton Discuss Rock Against Racism #celebratephotography

from Creative Boom and Syd Shelton Discuss Rock Against Racism #celebratephotography
by Stephanie


Great interview with Syd Shelton from Creative Boom:

Is there any photograph from the series that stands out for you? Why?

“This is an interesting question because I have been asked it a lot and end up giving different answers maybe depending on which way the wind is blowing. I think today its Jimmy Percy, lead singer of Sham 69 at Carnival 2, Brockwell Park Brixton in 1978.

“A few days before the Carnival Sham 69 did a Rock against Racism Gig at Central London poly with RAR favourites Misty in Roots and the gig was infiltrated by a racist gang. We had heard through the grapevine this might happen and the stage was protected by security from Southall courtesy of Misty in Roots. They were defeated and immediately issued death threats against Jimmy Percy.

“Jimmy was persuaded that the threats were real which forced him and the band to withdraw from the Carnival and they were hastily replaced by Northern Ireland’s brilliant Stiff Little Fingers. I was back stage at the event, re-loading my cameras with film, in the pause between Aswad and Elvis Costello’s sets, when the big door at the back burst open and Jimmy Percy brushed past me and headed for the mic at the front of the stage.

“He made a brave and impassioned speech condemning the racists and pledging his support for Rock Against Racism. He then turned round and for a fraction of a second looked at me with his stressed-out face, then he was gone. I hoped I had got the shot but this was long before the days of auto-focus and auto-exposure and it wasn’t until I got in the darkroom late that night that I knew I had the shot. For me it was a decisive photographic moment, but also decisive anti-racist moment.”

Read the full interview, see more from Syd Shelton, and don’t miss the Rock Against Racism exhibit at Street Level Photoworks.


We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

How to Make a Time-Lapse with a Webcam and Raspberry Pi #celebratephotography

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by Stephanie

From Being Engineers on YouTube:

In this project, we have discussed how to make a Webcam Time-Lapse using Raspberry Pi. We have used USB webcam and so the quality of the picture is not that good but if you use a better 1080p Logitech webcam, then the result will be same. Since we have used 16 GB memory card, we can store up to 21 days of data!

See more on Instructables or YouTube


We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

Friday, February 17, 2017

DIY IoT Time Clock for Smart Office @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #Raspberrypi

from DIY IoT Time Clock for Smart Office @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #Raspberrypi
by Kelly


Interesting project tutorial from instructables user Naran, especially for makers interested in monitoring productivity.

Do you know what is a time clock?

Time clocks were mainly used at the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century as a way to monitor precisely the attendance of employees in big companies and factories. Back then, it was often a paper card that the employee would slip into a machine that pinched the right time box or print it. Its concept has, of course, evolved a lot since then and most models now integrate RF or biometric technologies.

Those new machines are pretty expensive (at least $100) so we propose you to create your own fun time clock machine to monitor your employees (if you’re a CEO/HR) for less than $40 (again!) but which you can also adapt to any other use (monitor your pet’s in and outs through its pet door for instance).

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