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Verizon and Meta Partner to Unlock the Potential of the Metaverse

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Verizon and Meta have entered into a partnership aimed at unlocking the full potential of the metaverse. 5G will be key to enabling metaverse experiences anywhere, while edge computing will help ensure they meet expectations with even lower latency and higher fidelity. “Over the next decade, the metaverse will enable immersive, interconnected and interoperable digital spaces to help people connect in ways not yet possible. These metaverse experiences will be delivered across all screens, at home, at work, and on the go,” Verizon wrote in a statement. Verizon announced this week that it plans to bring 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) coverage to 175 million people by the end of 2022. 5G UWB is often considered “real 5G” because it offers the kind of huge speed and latency improvements over 4G that are the expected by consumers, achieved through the use of high-band millimeter-wave ultra-wide spectrum. While 4G average speeds are ~30-35Mbps, 5G UWB offers peak download speeds of over 4 Gbps and upload speeds of over 200 Mbps. Meanwhile, latency is so low that it enables applications such as streaming games without the frustrating lag associated with playing over 4G. Verizon and Meta believe that 5G UWB will be critical to enabling great metaverse experiences. “That is why Verizon introduced a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership with Meta that aims to combine Verizon’s 5G ultra-wideband network and edge computing capabilities with Meta technologies to understand the fundamental requirements for metaverse applications. Verizon explained. “The collaboration will explore how Verizon’s mobile edge computing infrastructure can deliver XR-intensive cloud rendering and low-latency streaming, which are core capabilities needed for metaverse applications.” Verizon and Meta say they’re also exploring a range of metaverse opportunities that includes not just consumer experiences, but how it can play a role in the future of hybrid work and collaboration. “This [partnership] it’s understanding the fundamental requirements for the metaverse and its applications,” said Rima Quershi, Verizon’s chief strategy officer, during the company’s analyst day in New York. “Our collaboration with Meta will explore how Verizon’s MEC infrastructure can deliver intensive XR cloud rendering and low-latency streaming.” (Image credit: Meta) Want to learn more about IoT from industry leaders? Take a look at IoT Tech Expo. The next events in the series will be held in Santa Clara on May 11-12, 2022, Amsterdam on September 20-21, 2022, and London on December 1-2, 2022. Explore other upcoming events and TechForge powered business technology webinars here. Tags: 5g, 5g uwb, cloud, cloud rendering, edge, edge computing, mec, meta, metaverse, verizon, xr

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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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