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Integrated public transport platform for African megacities

Route Masters, based at the European Space Agency BIC UK in Harwell in Oxfordshire, has signed up to the national SPRINT business support programme to develop an innovative transport management solution for African cities. Funding from SPRINT will enable Route Masters to collaborate with the University of Leicester on building a full suite of technology tools and algorithmic data models.

Route Masters is developing an algorithm based on single-band GNSS positioning within cities. The solution will deliver transport flow models superimposed on satellite-based city maps. The technology utilises applied mathematics to build digital route maps that will accurately deliver journey times and modes for city planning tools and mobile navigation applications for consumers.

This data fusion project will combine dualband GNSS with single-band GNSS and satellite derived city maps. The solution will be leveraged to deliver planning and control intelligence services and consumer services and, after University of Leicester validation, it will be tested and deployed as an active prototype in Lagos, Nigeria.

Advanced RTLS tag module for real-time positioning

Inpixon has announced the launch of its newest smart tag module, the swarm bee LE V3, supporting a range of indoor and outdoor location applications including real-time location systems (RTLS).

The swarm bee LE V3 is a miniaturized radio transceiver module that can easily be embedded into small tags that transmit a signal allowing them to be located in realtime. These tags can be built into wearable IoT devices — everything from wristbands and visitor badges to belt clips and mining helmets — or they can be integrated into tags that are affixed to assets such as heavy mining equipment, forklifts, pallets, hospital ventilators or theft-prone items.

Nokia selected for EU aviation comm, navigation and surveillance research project

Nokia, alongside Honeywell International as consortium lead, has been selected as part of Project FACT (Future All Aviation CNS Technology), an innovative research and development program initiated under the SESAR 2020 program, managed by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking.

Nokia will provide 4G and 5G missioncritical infrastructure, consulting and services to Project FACT, which will research future deployment of a new, consistent technology platform for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) services across air traffic management (ATM).

The FACT Project will deliver updates to existing CNS technologies, where it is anticipated that applications such as controller-pilot datalink communications – the method by which air traffic controllers communicate with pilots – can also be deployed over new and emerging high-bandwidth mobile broadband technologies. The project will also research potential integration of today’s conventional ATM systems with emerging U-Space services such as drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

Nokia will be responsible for leading a feasibility study and test specification for the evolution of legacy CNS systems to a new integrated approach. Nokia laboratory trials are projected to take place in the summer of 2021, with field testing by June 2022.

MS&AD to use Tractable’s AI across Japan

MS&AD, one of the world’s largest property and casualty insurers, is to use AI to accelerate how it processes auto claims, speeding up recovery for its policyholders. The AI solutions, created by technology company Tractable, use computer vision to analyse photos of car damage – making sense of it as a human would, in near-real time.

MS&AD will deploy the AI across both of its subsidiaries, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI) and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance (ADI), where it will be used across hundreds of thousands of auto claims a year, accelerating how quickly each is processed by as much as two weeks per claim.

One-stop-shop solution by HERE and Actility

HERE Technologies and Actility are partnering to provide a new, cuttingedge IoT tracking service for mapping and location data management based on LoRaWAN® networks.

Finding an asset in a warehouse and optimizing stock is difficult enough; tracking it across the world are challenges that HERE Tracking and ThingPark – the Actility IoT network management platform can address, offering an endto- end, customizable solution to track assets and optimize the supply chain of any industrial facility. The focus of this solution is on critical assets for customers’ operations such as Returnable Shipping Assets (RSAs) or Returnable Industrial Packaging (RIPs) including racks, pallets, crates, tubs, bins, containers, forklifts, industrial tools and heavy mobile machinery.

NavVis introduces

processing in the cloud NavVis has introduced the Cloud Processing Add-on for NavVis IndoorViewer, a cloud-based tool that enables users to quickly and easily convert laser scans into survey-grade, photo-realistic point clouds from data captured by NavVis M6 and the new wearable device, NavVis VLX. The fully integrated indoor mapping solution is relied upon by laser scanning service providers, professional surveying firms, and Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) companies.

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