Each year, CES stands out as one of the most important events in the IoT (Internet of Things) industry. Though it focuses on consumer technology, much of what companies announce and demonstrate impacts the enterprise space in a big way. The 2019 CES conference is underway in Las Vegas, Nev., and already, exciting things are happening. Here are just a few announcements to know about so far.
Panasonic has a big presence at CES 2019, and the company is demonstrating what smart homes, smart cars, and smart cities will be like. Announcements from the show include Panasonic’s new V2X (vehicle-to-everything) platform, CIRRUS by Panasonic, an open-architecture platform that will help realize the vision of connected mobility. The company’s proof-of-concept work with CDOT (Colorado Dept. of Transportation) is on display to demonstrate CIRRUS. Panasonic is also helping attendees envision the future of intelligent living spaces, in part through its demonstration of Panasonic β and its integrated lifestyle platform, HomeX.
Qualcomm Technologies, meanwhile, has announced a partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to implement C-V2X (cellular V2X) vehicle communication technology in Las Vegas. The trial will leverage C-V2X-enabled RSUs (roadside units) from Commsignia that rely on Qualcomm chipsets. Equipped with this technology inside aftermarket on-board units, vehicles will demonstrate various V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) use cases, including signal phase and timing and traffic messaging to vehicles. The goal is that the trial will lead to the development and deployment of solutions that will help Las Vegas and other cities address challenges in the realms of safety, congestion, and capacity. At CES, Qualcomm is demonstrating its C-V2X technology with Audi, Ford, and Ducati vehicles, and the company further announced plans to showcase AI (artificial intelligence)-enabled in-vehicle experiences for next-gen vehicles by using natural language processing and speech recognition capabilities offered by Amazon Alexa.
AT&T has also released a slew of announcements that will be sure to impact the IoT space—consumer and enterprise alike. In line with the Las Vegas theme, the company has announced a six-month-long smart lighting pilot with Ubicquia that will take place in the city’s Innovation District. Leveraging existing streetlight infrastructure, the pilot will deploy IoT technology that improves public safety, reduces and manages energy usage, and improves operational efficiencies for Las Vegas. AT&T has also announced the installation of 5G at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which will take the fan experience to new levels thanks to VR (virtual reality) and other technologies designed to increase fan engagement.
In two other arenas—health and mobility—AT&T is also pushing the boundaries of innovation. The company’s newly announced “Hospital of the Future” collaboration in partnership with Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health will bring the first 5G-enabled hospital to the Chicagoland area. The organizations say they’ll put 5G to work while testing various medical use cases to determine how 5G’s fast speeds and ultra-low latency can help enable smart hospitals of the future. Finally, AT&T and Toyota have announced they will enable 4G LTE (long-term evolution) connectivity for all 2020 model Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America, thereby expanding and enhancing connectivity for millions more vehicles on the roads of the U.S. and Canada.
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