Category: IoT

02 Feb 2018

Port of Rotterdam prepares for digital transformation with IBM IoT

The Port of Rotterdam is preparing for a digital transformation with IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies – starting with the formulation of a centralised dashboard application that collects and processes real-time water, weather sensor data and communications data.

Previously, Europe’s largest port by cargo tonnage banked on conventional communication techniques such as radar and radio to establish communication between captains, pilots and terminal operators to make vital decisions on port operations. With the IBM alliance, IoT sensors in addition to augmented intelligence (AI) and smart weather data will be used to collect numerous data streams including weather, water levels, currents, temperature and check berth availability.

These data will be analysed by IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies and turned into information. The port authorities can use this information to make decisions that can reduce wait times, manage traffic more efficiently, decide best time for ship docking, load and unload among other advantages.

The tech-giant is also deploying “Digital Dolphins” – smart quay walls and sensor-equipped buoys – to support ship-to-ship cargo transfer and provide insights into the condition and utilisation of a berthing terminal and the neighbouring water and weather conditions.

Under the transformation process, the port will be able to host connected ships in the future and IBM aims to host these ships at the port by 2025.  Like the self-driving cars, connected ships are also capable of operating autonomously and can communicate with one other to avoid collision.

Paul Smits, CFO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “Here in Rotterdam, we are taking action to become the smartest port in the world. Thanks to real-time information about infrastructure, water [and] air, we can enormously improve the service we provide to everyone who uses the port, and prepare to embrace the connected, autonomous shipping of the future.”




02 Dec 2017

Sheikh Mohammed launches Internet of Things Strategy in Dubai

mart living in Dubai has officially begun with the launch of the emirate’s flagship Internet of Things Strategy and Data Wealth initiative, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said on Sunday.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai launched the initiative, which aims to protect the emirate’s digital wealth, at the Smart Dubai headquarters in Dubai Design District.

“Dubai’s push to build the ­future today has helped establish a digital infrastructure that is now a strategic national asset in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

The initiative will also award Dubai Digital Certificates for outstanding government and private entities.

“The Dubai Digital Certificates and the Dubai IoT Strategy mark the official launch of smart living in the emirate and we have directed all government institutions to co-operate and fully implement the initiatives by the year 2021.”

Dubai Digital Certificates are the benchmark against which all smart services in the emirate will be evaluated to preserve Data Wealth, Sheikh Mohammed said as he accepted the first certificate presented by Dr Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office.

Dr bin Bishr said the initiative sets the foundation for Dubai’s smart living transformation. “When we launched Smart Dubai three years ago, we sought to enable people to make use of the vast amounts of data generated every day in one of the busiest cities in the world. Today, as we launch the Dubai IoT Strategy, we provide the people of Dubai with an unmatched smart lifestyle,” she said.

Data Wealth consists of data, data-storing and processing technologies, paperless transaction policies and systems like Blockchain, digital signature and ID, smart living and clean energy, among other elements, reported state news agency Wam.

The Dubai IoT Strategy will be implemented in four stages over three years and aims to build the world’s most ­advanced IoT ecosystem that would mean the interconnectivity of all things online.

The strategy also aims to encourage government departments to join the emirate’s smart transformation and achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transform to a 100 per cent paperless government.

The Dubai Crowd initiative was also launched on Sunday.

It is the first technical project in the IoT Strategy, which seeks to manage and organise crowds in the emirate during peak seasons to ensure safety and security.

Dubai Crowd analyses real-time data and suggests plausible scenarios for decision makers.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai also attended the launch.



16 Nov 2017

IoT Lebanon BConnected

IoT in Lebanon has the potential to cause a paradigm shift in several industries, including agriculture, healthcare, urban planning, and more.

The IoT platform we use at BConnected  can accommodate for millions of connected devices & sensors while it reliably handles their concurrent messages, monitors their health in real-time, displays sensor data in real-time, defines customizable complex business
rules and notifications, ensures SLA compliance across organizations and manages pushing software updates remotely across all devices.

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to connect and exchange data. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020.

The IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, virtual power plants, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities.

“Things”, in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, cameras streaming live feeds of wild animals in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental/food/pathogen monitoring, or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue operations.Legal scholars suggest regarding “things” as an “inextricable mixture of hardware, software, data and service”.

These devices collect useful data with the help of various existing technologies and then autonomously flow the data between other devices.

The term “the Internet of things” was coined by Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble, later MIT’s Auto-ID Center, in 1999


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