IoT News – Tracking Drone Delivered Packages, Trimble’s new software & Teleology buys 9mobile

Trimble announces three new versions of its software: Trimble introduced three new versions of its software providing solutions for increased control and improved documentation through Building Information Modeling known as “BIM” workflows for structural engineering, fabrication and construction teams. Tekla Structures 2018, brings faster 3D modeling processes, more precise detailing, and workflow-related efficiency gains. Tekla Structural Designer 2018 delivers new features and enhancements focused on structural design workflow productivity. And finally, Tekla Tedds 2018 introduces a variety of new calculations enabling improved productivity for civil and structural engineers along with an easy to use, quality assured library of code compliant calculations. Trimble is also launching the Tekla Developer Center as an online hub for all Tekla Open API information as it continues the development of its Tekla BIM solutions.

Tracking Drone Delivered Packages: With companies like Amazon and Alibaba racking up billions of dollars a year, shipping tens of millions of packages a day, it should come as no surprise that these companies are actively pursuing a drone delivery strategy.

Considering the imminent reality of flying robot couriers, how will companies keep track of thousands of delivered packages not in the care and custody of human eyes and hands? A strong wind, minor collision, a failed carrier pod or human interference could easily leave packages lost or in the hands of the wrong recipient.

This raises the question, which of today’s available IoT platforms offer a reliable, low-cost solution? Short range networks such as Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi systems are off the list immediately, due to the need for a long-range solution. While Sigfox and NB-IoT are available in more countries every day, they do not offer mobility support and are better suited to static applications. Additionally, NB-IoT, Sigfox, LoRa and Ingenu operate on unlicensed spectrum bands which are unreliable due to interference and lack of carrier grade security.

The simplest and most powerful IoT solution comes from GeoTraq, offering a penny sized module priced low enough to be disposable. As the only USSD native cellular module on the market, GeoTraq modules are not carrier dependent and provide global coverage in over 190 countries. GeoTraq’s wireless cellular networks cover the globe with secure, reliable mobile access creating an IoT ecosystem with the trinity of coverage, cost and size.

Teleology locks in 9mobile purchase: Following up on a previous story regarding the sale of Nigerian operator 9mobile, Teleology has put down a non-refundable deposit of $50 million for the acquisition. This may come as a disappointment to Smile Telecoms, who was the reserve bidder and ready to step in if Teleology missed the March 22 deposit deadline to take control of the organization. According to the company, “The Nigerian telecom sector is set to witness a new era of innovation and vibrancy as Teleology puts finishing touches to its acquisition of 9mobile.”

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