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NTT DoComo uses Telit’s IoT module in smart city project in Japan

Telit’s module enables the deployment of LTE CatM1 and NB-IoT technologies

IoT specialist Telit announced that its Telit ME910C1-J1 module is being used in a field trial of a delivery service application implemented by Japanese telecommunications firm NTT DoCoMo.

Telit said that the ME910C1-J1 features Telit’s simWISE technology, a solution that replaces the SIM card and tray with module-embedded SIM technology. This architecture reduces the cost of manufacturing, deploying and maintaining connected products, Telit said.

NTT DoCoMo is using the ME910C1-J1 at the Fujisawa sustainable smart town, a joint public-private community development project in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa prefecture. One of the use cases being implemented in this smart city project is the tracking of package delivery through real-time notifications.

“The Fujisawa sustainable smart town will show the world not only what the future of smart cities looks like, but also the fundamental role that low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless technologies will play in enabling that future,” said Derick Tsang, Telit’s APAC region president. “We’re honored that NTT DoCoMo chose the Telit ME910C1-J1 to showcase how LPWA technologies such as LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT can improve the way people work, live and play.”

Telit’s ME910C1-J1 module supports maximum downlink and uplink data rates of 250-375 kbps.

Study shows manufacturing are adopting IoT at a slow pace

In other IoT news, manufacturing companies are adopting internet of things (IoT) technologies at a slow pace, according to a new research study.

According to the 2018 manufacturing report from professional services firm Sikich, nearly 10% of surveyed manufacturing companies currently use internet of things technologies. But 30% of responents said they have no clear understanding of IoT technology.

“Manufacturers of all sizes can benefit from the internet of things, but too many lack the necessary understanding of the benefits and fail to embrace these transformative technologies,” said Jerry Murphy, partner-in-charge of Sikich’s manufacturing and distribution practice. “As a result, many manufacturers and distributors miss out on significant operational improvements and efficiency gains across the supply chain, which can put them at a competitive disadvantage.”

The report also found that nearly 40% of respondents don’t use robotics for any of their manufacturing operations.

Additionally, the report found that more than three-fourths of respondents said they had not experienced a cybersecurity incident in the last 12-18 months. Only 19% of respondents say they are “very ready” to address cybersecurity risk, while 63% of respondents believe they are only “somewhat ready.”

“Cybersecurity threats will only increase as technology becomes even more integrated into manufacturing operations,” said Brad Lutgen, a partner in Sikich’s security and compliance practice. “That’s especially true given the rapid adoption of IoT devices. Manufacturers must therefore have security programs in place to address the ever-changing threats. At a minimum, a company’s program should include conducting regular risk assessments, penetration testing and vulnerability assessments to gauge its current security posture.”

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