Europe moves towards 6G | Shaping Europe’s digital future


The proposal for the Joint Undertaking on Smart Networks and Services (SNS) towards 6G, adopted last week by the Commission, is part of the Single Basic Act establishing the set of nine Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe. There is an earmarked €900 million of Commission funding, to be matched through co-funding by industry. The proposal will now be discussed among Member States in the Council with a planned launch later this year.

Source: Europe moves towards 6G | Shaping Europe’s digital future

Intelligence chief: China’s 5G is hazardous for entire society | EURACTIV.com


Fifth-generation mobile networks from China may pose a certain number of possible risks, the director of the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service, Antti Peltarri, warned in an interview with the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation (YLE), adding that countries like Russia and China are attempting to get hold of Finland’s critical infrastructure.

According to Finland’s intelligence chief, it is necessary to understand that in such countries there may be no divide between private companies and state apparatus as states can have a direct influence on companies. Besides, 5G networks can connect virtually everyone and everything, including machines, objects, and devices.

Source: Intelligence chief: China’s 5G is hazardous for entire society – EURACTIV.com

Apple car rumors suggest new battery tech and a 2024 release | Vox


The long-rumored, long-dead Apple car may soon be resurrected. Apple is reportedly talking to auto manufacturers about building a fully autonomous electric car as soon as 2024. As is typical of Apple’s projects, we’re still short on verified facts.

The latest rumors, courtesy of CNBC, had Apple and Hyundai “close to finalizing” a deal to build the cars at a Kia plant in Georgia. They would be Apple’s own brand of cars, and the partnership would give Apple a factory ready to start building cars by 2024, rather than requiring the company to take a considerably longer time (and more money) to build one from the ground up. This built on Hyundai’s January statement that it was in talks with Apple — a statement that the notoriously secretive Apple reportedly did not appreciate.

Source: Apple car rumors suggest new battery tech and a 2024 release – Vox

Veridos paves the way for secure and autonomous border crossing | Veridos Identity Solutions


In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Veridos, a world-leading provider of integrated identity solutions, offers solutions that support seamless and contactless automated border control. In addition to state-of-the-art automated border control solutions such as kiosk and eGate systems, Veridos is taking part in EU-funded research projects to enable the next generation of on-the-fly identity verification, investigating new biometric modalities.

Passport control is one of the most tiresome processes at airports, costing passengers time and testing their patience. For border control officers, checking identity documents involves a great deal of work. And Covid-19 adds additional stress: nobody wants to wait in long lines – especially with small distances between people – to finally present their passport to a border control officer.

This situation is mitigated by the  autonomous identity verification solutions already in place, such as kiosks and eGates. With Veridos’ kiosk solution, the passenger can autonomously start the process of retrieving the data stored in the identity document’s chip. While the data is compared to databases, incoming travelers can already answer key questions about their stay. Thus, the actual time at the manual border control station is greatly reduced, and lines can be avoided.

Source: Veridos paves the way for secure and autonomous border crossing – Veridos Identity Solutions

Facilitating IoT provisioning at scale | Embedded.com

Whether you’re looking to design a new device or retrofitting an existing device for the IoT, you will need to consider IoT provisioning which brings IoT devices online to cloud services.  IoT provisioning design requires decisions to be made that impact user experience and security for both network commissioning and credential provisioning mechanisms which configure digital identities, cloud end-points, and network credentials so that devices can securely connect to the cloud.

To perform IoT provisioning at scale, customers often build and maintain custom-built tools and software applications that can push required credentials over protocols supported by their devices that spans multiple problem domains.  The IoT provisioning domains include:

  • Network commissioning, which provides mechanisms for customers to define context specific parameters;
  • Credential provisioning, which assigns credentials and configuration to physical devices; and
  • Cloud provisioning, which sets the cloud-side configuration data that enables authentication, authorization, and device management.

Source: Facilitating IoT provisioning at scale – Embedded.com

Today’s Smart Hearables: How Did We Get Here? | EE Times Europe


Look around you, and you’ll see wearable technology everywhere. Whether it’s smartwatches like the Apple Watch or fitness trackers from Garmin, personal electronic devices play a more significant role in our lives. According to Statista Research Department, one out of every four Americans will be using a wearable technology by 2022.

What’s often overlooked in wearables, however, is hearable technology. Hearables, by definition, are ear-worn electronic devices designed for multiple purposes, including sound amplification, voice transmission, wireless communications, and, more recently, medical monitoring and fitness tracking. Hearable products, such as headphones, earbuds, and hearing aids, are on the rise, and in this blog post, we will examine its origins, applications, and challenges.

Source: Today’s Smart Hearables: How Did We Get Here? – EE Times Europe

Cars as ‘Connectivity Hubs’ Drive the Driving Market | EE Times

My neighbor, a Tesla owner, thinks of his 2018 Model 3 as an “iPhone on wheels.”

It’s true, and the connectivity between electric vehicles and the wireless infrastructure that updates car software and sends traffic and other safety alerts is expanding at a rate reflecting the growing popularity of connected cars.

Source: Cars as ‘Connectivity Hubs’ Drive the Driving Market | EE Times

It’s Time to Make the IT/OT Merger Finally Happen | EE Times


Almost a decade ago, Gartner predicted a tectonic shift for CIOs that would see their purview expand across all technologies in the enterprise, including industrial and operational assets. Ten years, millions more sensors, and zettabytes of data later, Gartner’s vision has proven prophetic — yet far from realized for industrial organizations.

While IT teams at non-industrial companies have made tremendous strides in integrating and exploiting enterprise-wide data from CRMs, ERPs, and other cloud-based transactional data platforms, industrial enterprises continue to struggle with getting their arms around fully leveraging the cloud and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). This is far from a knock against these IT leaders. The challenge is indeed steep, with significant technological and cultural barriers.

Operational technology has been traditionally siloed from IT — literally and figuratively.

Source: It’s Time to Make the IT/OT Merger Finally Happen | EE Times

Britain bans new Huawei 5G kit installation from September 2021 | EURACTIV.com


British telecommunications firms must not install new Huawei 5G kit after September 2021, the government said on Monday, as part of a plan to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from high-speed mobile networks.

Britain has already ordered all Huawei equipment to be removed from its 5G network by the end of 2027, falling in line with intelligence allies including the United States who say the firm poses security risks.

Telecoms companies had also been banned from buying new Huawei 5G kit after the end of the year. Some lawmakers had been concerned that the companies would stockpile equipment to be deployed up until the 2027 deadline.

Source: Britain bans new Huawei 5G kit installation from September 2021 – EURACTIV.com

Arm Spins Out Pelion as a Separate Company, Focusing on IoT Services | IoT Times

Pelion, the IoT connected device service provider, is now an independent company with a new brand image and enhanced services. The new Arm subsidiary has over 300 employees covering five continents and a strong leadership team.

In July, Arm said it planned to transfer its IoT services units into a new entity owned and operated by SoftBank as part of a move to focus on its core semiconductor-IP business, CEO Simon Segars said at the time.

Then in September, after the announcement of Arm holdings’ sale to Nvidia, the plan changed, and Arm decided to keep the IoT business under its umbrella.

Source: Arm Spins Out Pelion as a Separate Company, Focusing on IoT Services – IoT Times