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DJI stops drone business in Russia and Ukraine

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Chinese drone maker DJI is halting business in Russia and Ukraine following reports that its products are being repurposed for military use. Last week, the company issued a statement to reiterate that it does not market, sell, or design its products for military use, has refused to customize or allow modifications for this purpose, and “unequivocally opposes attempts to weaponize” its products. . . In the statement, DJI added: “DJI is dedicated to creating products that benefit society. We are proud that our drones have rescued people from the brink of death, enabled scientists to protect our environment, enabled businesses to improve workflows and reduce risk. in difficult times, and created fun for millions of people around the world. We will never accept any use of our products to cause harm, and we will continue to strive to improve the world with our work.” In addition, DJI said that it would end its relationship with any distributor, partner or reseller that sells its products for military purposes. Mukailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, tweeted last month claiming that Russian forces are using DJI’s products, including its AeroScope drone detection platform, to guide missiles that have killed Ukrainian civilians, including children: In 21 days of war, Russian troops have already killed 100 Ukrainian children. they are using DJI products to navigate their missile. @DJIGlobal are you sure you want to be a partner in these kills? Block your products that are helping Russia kill Ukrainians! pic.twitter.com/4HJcTXFxoY — Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 16, 2022 DJI responded that it was willing to set up a geofence in Ukraine, but that a user would need to connect to the internet to update the data or it would continue to run. The company also warned that it would apply “to all DJI drones in Ukraine, no matter who flies them.” Ukrainian civilians have been using drones to document war crimes committed by Russian forces to help ensure that all those responsible are one day brought to justice, so any geofencing in the country may backfire. The growing desperation of the Russian forces in Ukraine appears to be leading to increased barbarism and more evidence that war crimes are being committed. There is growing concern that Russia may turn to chemical weapons and that consumer drones like DJI’s could be repurposed as delivery vehicles. On Tuesday, DJI issued a new statement: “DJI will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine. We are committed to customers, partners, and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension of business operations in the affected territories.” DJI’s move is particularly notable in light of a broader agreement between Moscow and Beijing to deepen their partnership. Beijing is known for controlling its major tech companies and DJI is suspected to be among them. In February, The Washington Post reported that DJI received funding from various state-backed investors “despite repeated claims that it has received no money from Beijing.” In August 2017, the Department of Homeland Security claimed that DJI was “providing U.S. law enforcement and critical infrastructure data to the Chinese government” and had “high confidence” that it “selectively directed government entities and within these sectors to expand their ability to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data. In December 2020, the Department of Commerce added DJI to its List of Business Entities that are deemed to be “acting against the interests of of the national security or foreign policy of the United States”, banning exports of US technology to the company. A year later, the US Treasury Department imposed an investment ban on DJI after claiming that the company “has provided drones to the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, which are used to monitor Uyghurs in Xinjiang.” Beijing has not officially condemned Moscow for its i nvasion of Ukraine, but many have pointed to signs that the country’s leaders are concerned about the domestic and international consequences of being associated with Russia’s increasingly barbaric actions. If DJI’s ties to Beijing are as close as many believe, the company’s stock could be seen as having the blessing of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) itself. In that context, the decision to halt business in Russia and Ukraine could be another sign that the CCP’s own position is gradually changing. (Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash) Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: dji, drone, drones, military, russia, ukraine

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Hardware Design Leads IoT Deployment Barriers

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A survey of more than 750 IoT professionals finds that hardware design is the top perceived barrier to implementation. The survey, conducted by Eseye in partnership with Kaleido Intelligence, set out to uncover the top pain points for IoT deployments. Here are the key takeaways: 84% said hardware design is the number one barrier 56% of cellular IoT adopters find doing business with multiple vendors “too complex” 51% of implementers of IoT say connectivity performance and quality of service in international markets is not “good enough” 48% believe that robust multi-regional cellular coverage is “lacking” in the IoT connectivity ecosystem “Historically, IoT has been seen as overly complex due to hardware, connectivity, and security challenges; this survey shows that these challenges persist today,” said Nick Earle, CEO of Eseye. “Frankly, customers deserve greater certainty and lower risk when making IoT deployments. They need to be sure that their IoT project will deliver the expected results and an internationally consistent quality of service.” Eseye believes that its Infinity IoT platform addresses many of the operational challenges businesses face. “To deliver the desired levels of trust and return on investment from their IoT projects, companies need to partner with industry specialists who can offer a centrally managed service for their IoT implementation, providing a holistic view of all requirements. of hardware management, connectivity and association in one place,” added Earle. “With the new Infinity IoT platform, our enterprise customers can finally overcome major IoT challenges and successfully implement IoT to meet the connectivity needs of today and tomorrow.” Eseye is also confident that its AnyNet Federation, with its access to more than 700 global networks, solves the connectivity issues highlighted by respondents. “Connectivity is key for IoT to deliver value, but with multiple contracts, combined with roaming restrictions, it’s difficult for organizations to easily control their environment. This is where that business flexibility is really needed,” said Steffen Sorrell, research leader at Kaleido Intelligence. “Similarly, hardware device design and implementation issues were common, and this is where specialist help is critical, especially for new projects, to help the customer from initial design to full implementation. While eSIM has been touted as the answer to many of these problems, it is not a panacea, as many of our respondents reported problems.” (Photo by Matthew Garoffolo on Unsplash) Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: deployments, eseye, internet of things, IoT, kaleido intelligence, report, research, study, survey

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Vodafone’s IoT technology ensures that 1.5 million strawberries arrive at Wimbledon

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Vodafone is deploying IoT technology to ensure that 1.5 million strawberries make it to Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament. Wimbledon just wouldn’t be the same without strawberries and cream. Hughe Lowe Farms has supplied Wimbledon strawberries for almost 30 years and will continue to be the exclusive supplier to the tournament this year. Vodafone has partnered with Hughe Lowe Farms to ensure that the strawberries arrive at their destination, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in optimal condition. A new tracker will allow the farm to monitor every shipment of strawberries heading to Wimbledon. The tracker will report detailed information such as temperature, shock and vibration on the packaging. Marion Regan, MD of Hugh Lowe Farms, said: “We are excited to be working with Vodafone and their support is helping us to optimize the growing conditions for our strawberries. It is a great privilege to be the sole supplier of strawberries to Wimbledon, and that is a role we’ve played for almost 30 years. Now we’re using Vodafone’s cutting-edge technology to be able to offer the best quality strawberries, all produced in a more sustainable way, for fans to enjoy.” benefits of IoT during the farming process The company is using MyFarmWeb, Vodafone’s cloud-based platform for storing, visualizing and comparing all types of maps, geographic and agricultural data generated by IoT, to increase operational insights. data from MyFarmWeb, Hugh Lowe Farms can improve soil and crop health, water use, and enable precise application of fertilizers and pests. icides. Ultimately, this increases production while reducing waste and carbon emissions. Nick Gliddon, Vodafone UK Commercial Director, commented: “Technology has the power to change society for the better and we can see it in action at Hugh Lowe Farms. Our IoT technology not only helps the team make their operations more efficient and produce the best strawberries, it also helps them be as environmentally friendly as possible by reducing excessive water use and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.” A paper published last year by Vodafone and WPI Economics found that the introduction of IoT technology could help agricultural industries save between 2.4 and 4.8 million tonnes of CO2e per year. Overall, the report found that emerging technologies like IoT and 5G have the potential to help the UK reduce 17.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year. (Image credit: Vodafone) Related: Juniper Research: Vodafone Business Leads IoT Roaming Providers Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: agriculture, environment, farms, hughe lowe farms, internet of things, IoT, myfarmweb, sustainability, vodafone, wimbledon

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DataQube partners with NodeWeaver to provide full cloud capability

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DataQube Global, an edge data center company, has partnered with NodeWeaver, a provider of autonomous and agnostic edge cloud technology, to augment the edge computing capabilities of its modular data center products. The agility of NodeWaver’s edge cloud solution is said to be perfectly aligned with the flexibility and scalability of DataQube, and the new partnership could enable colocation customers to benefit from enterprise-grade cloud functionality at an attractive price point. DataQube’s portfolio of edge data center solutions has been developed for deployment in a wide range of challenging indoor and outdoor locations where traditional data center installations are not feasible or practical due to their sheer scale and expense. initial capital needed. Additionally, the demand for localized processing is growing as companies leverage IoT to streamline processes and gain greater insight into product lifecycles. The associated data generated as a result must be processed at the source and in real time for performance, security, and usability reasons, and edge facilities capable of meeting this demand quickly, cost-effectively, and sustainably are in short supply. NodeWeaver’s ‘edge nano cloud’ operating platform installs on the foundation of almost any hardware and simplifies the deployment, management and orchestration of infrastructure and applications at the distributed edge. One or more NodeWeaver servers are automatically collocated at each edge location, providing a cloud-native experience with reliable and scalable compute and storage for applications. NodeWeaver claims that its simple, autonomous operation dramatically lowers the cost of ownership and reduces the need for IT expertise or human intervention. According to DataQube, integrating NodeWeaver’s intuitive cloud technology into its core design ensures the ultra-high-speed, ultra-low-latency processing power needed for high-bandwidth applications such as industrial IoT (IIoT), digital twins, artificial intelligence ( AI) and artificial vision. . This distributed cloud capability combined with DataQube’s people-free design, minimal fiber requirements, and green credentials make the company’s edge data center system truly unique. Steve Pass, COO of DataQube Global, said: “DataQube is always looking for technology partners to enhance the capabilities of its already unique solution. “The flexible and self-monitoring nature of Nodeweaver’s technology makes it an ideal fit for DataQube and allows us to offer our customers more options. I look forward to developing a fruitful business relationship that benefits both parties.” Carlo Daffara, CEO of NodeWeaver, said: “Dataqube offers a unique proposition in edge data center technology, with a solution that is flexible and adaptable to a variety of deployment requirements. Dataqube’s podular system perfectly complements our scalable nanocloud architecture, allowing users to deploy a cloud-like architecture anywhere, securely and sustainably. We look forward to the use cases this combination enables.” Want to learn about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at the IoT Tech Expo taking place in Amsterdam, California and London. Explore other upcoming business technology events and webinars powered by TechForge here. Tags: DataQube, edge computing

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