The latest products from the world of IoT

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

March 1, 2024

6 Min Read
The latest products from the world of IoT
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From Nvidia’s telco-specific genAI offerings to StereoLabs’ new AI-enabled vision platform for robots, and Digi International’s new 5G edge router solution for Industry 4.0, here are some of the latest products from the world of IoT.

Nvidia, ServiceNow Introduce Telco-Specific GenAI Solutions

Nvidia is expanding its partnership with digital workflow company ServiceNow with the launch of telco-specific generative AI solutions to “elevate service experiences.”

The first, Now Assist for Telecommunications Service Management (TSM), is built on the Now Platform and uses NVIDIA AI to boost agent productivity, speed time to resolution, and enhance customer experiences. 

“GenAI is a game-changer for telcos looking to boost productivity, improve customer experiences, and drive cost savings with its ability to learn and improve with each use,” said Rohit Batra, ServiceNow’s general manager. “Together, ServiceNow and NVIDIA will help telcos realize unprecedented business value and impact, fast. This is just the beginning of a large-scale transformation for the industry, and we’re excited to be at the forefront.”

“The telco industry is rapidly evolving as AI makes its mark on enterprises everywhere,” said Chris Penrose, Nvidia’s global head of business development. “Our partnership with ServiceNow will help telcos leverage GenAI to tackle their unique challenges and build better, stronger, more efficient experiences.”

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StereoLabs’s Robot AI Tool  

Vision-based sensing tech provider StereoLabs has introduced the latest addition to its vision platform portfolio, Terra AI. 

The platform leverages general-purpose AI to give robots more precise capabilities and safer operation, leveraging Nvidia’s Jetson platform.

“Designed for an optimized implementation of front, back, and surround cameras for autonomous robots,” StereoLabs wrote. “Terra AI leverages monocular and stereo vision to provide 4D volumetric perception with unprecedented accuracy.”

The tech provides depth, localization, semantic, obstacle detection, and fusion from multiple cameras, representing what StereoLabs said is a “leap forward” in the ability for autonomous robotics to perceive space.

StereoLabs said Terra AI can be leveraged in autonomous machines across industries, including agriculture, logistics and construction.

“Many industries must produce at a higher volume and execute faster than ever before, all with fewer resources,” StereoLabs wrote. “Autonomous robots are key to solving these challenges, but they need the ability to evaluate their surroundings, interpret data, and complete tasks independently to be effective."

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Digi International’s 5G Cellular Solution for Industry 4.0

Digi International has launched a new 5G edge computing industrial IoT cellular router solution, the Digi IX40.

Digi said the new solution is purpose-built for Industry 4.0 use cases including advanced robotics, predictive maintenance, asset monitoring, industrial automation and smart manufacturing. 

Digi IX40 allows enterprises to connect multiple machines simultaneously, optimizing the integration of cloud-delivered operational technology (OT) services with information technology (IT) to enable network-wide visibility, monitoring and control. 

The one-stop-shop design offers users real-time data processing, remote monitoring and precision analytics, for applications in industrial automation, utilities, renewable energy, oil and gas and digital signage.

“For businesses today — especially those leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies — edge computing is a must-have, providing the compute power and real-time data processing for the most data-intensive applications,” said Vitaly Kurduban, Digi’s senior product manager of industrial cellular solutions. “The new Digi IX40 solution helps our customers quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of intelligence at the edge.”

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Oracle Launches Industry Communications Platform 

Oracle, a communications and cloud service provider, has launched a new communications platform for enterprises.

The Enterprise Communications Platform (ECP) connects Oracle industry applications to networks and IoT devices to “extend their value” and help businesses access the connectivity and data intelligence they need to power critical new services. 

ECP also offers enhanced services such as video and audio streaming, recording capabilities, device management, edge distributed processing, authorization and authentication.

“Given our history of delivering market-changing communications capabilities and our deep domain expertise in industry verticals, the ECP is a natural progression of our mission to help improve the way the world communicates,” said Andrew Morawski, Oracle’s executive vice president. “We’re already seeing incredible impact in the way industries such as healthcare, the public sector, hospitality, and energy and water are using this technology to help tackle some of their biggest IoT challenges.”

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Reinke Irrigation, CropX Debut First-Of-Its-Kind Sensor to Monitor Water Use

CropX Technologies, a digital agtech developer, has launched a new product in partnership with Reinke Irrigation to optimize water use in agricultural use cases. 

Reinke Direct ET uses sensors to monitor water usage on crops and optimize irrigation systems.

“By measuring the amount of water that their crops use, Reinke Direct ET gives farmers daily insights into their field's water needs, enabling informed irrigation decisions on when and how much to irrigate their crops,” according to a company statement. “This innovation aims to promote water-efficient practices and support sustainable farming using a device that is easy to install and maintain and does not require removal at the end of the season.”

CropX is also releasing its Actual ET sensor, a device that can be installed in any field to measure Actual Evapotranspiration (ETa). When used in combination with a CropX soil sensor as part of the CropX agronomic farm management system, growers will have access to the most accurate overview of water-plant usage and soil water availability to bring the highest accuracy to irrigation decisions. 

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Agilox Showcases Autonomous Vehicles at Modex Trade Show 

Agilox debuted its new autonomous mobile robot (AMR) designs at the Modex trade show in Atlanta. 

The company’s portfolio of fork-based AMRs is used to automate heavy lifting tasks in industries including manufacturing and logistics.

"We are excited to present our autonomous vehicles at Modex, showcasing the latest advancements in material handling technology," said Andreas Boedenauer, Agilox’s CEO. "Our goal is to offer solutions that enhance operational efficiency in logistics environments."

The vehicles are said to “revolutionize” the world of AMRs, with a focus on ease of use and scalability.

“The vehicles comply with the UL 3100 standard, marking a milestone in safety and reliability,” according to Agilox. “The certification underscores Agilox's commitment to meeting the highest industry standards for autonomous systems, ensuring safe and efficient operation in diverse industrial environments.”

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Lightwell, Itron Leverage Smart Street Lighting Solution to Reduce Energy Waste

Itron, a company working to improve cities’ water and energy management, is collaborating with public lighting company Lightwell to roll out smart street lighting in Belgium.

The project is being undertaken alongside Fluvius, the largest Belgian grid operator and multi-utility company, to help reduce the country’s energy usage. 

Itron’s smart street lighting solution, which includes its streetlight controls, intelligent connectivity and central management software, will be deployed in street lights across Belgium’s municipalities. 

Fluvius said it is working to upgrade 1 million street lamps with LED technology by 2028. 

Lightwell’s Luxis streetlight luminaires will be managed via Itron’s Streetlight Vision (SLV) software application, a smart cities central management solution that offers automated asset management, flexible scheduling, rapid failure detection and utility-grade metering data. 

“Working together with Lightwell, Itron is helping to reduce Flemish municipalities’ energy consumption across the grid operator's 142,915 miles of utility lines by improving visibility to the street lighting critical infrastructure,” said John Marcolini, Itron’s senior vice president of networked solutions. “Knowing that public lighting can consume as much as 40% of a municipality’s energy budget, deploying Itron’s intelligence smart city central management software solution will help Fluvius achieve its energy saving and carbon reduction goals.” 

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About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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