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Nokia launches off-the-shelf IoT packages

In advance of Mobile World Congress, Nokia has launched a range of off-the-shelf Internet of Things (IoT) packages to help operators win new business in IoT markets. In addition to enabling operators to achieve a faster time to market, the packages simplify the set-up and operations of enterprise IoT services.

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The platform is built on the Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) infrastructure, which provides global IoT connectivity and services support. WING’s applications include IoT sensors, user applications, and business models suited to specific sectors. Its managed service approach also offers a “pay-as-you-grow” business model, giving operators the flexibility to quickly scale up IoT services as required.

Market-ready solutions are available on the platform to help reduce the challenges facing IoT operators. These include the need for specialised expertise, the complexities of combining fragmented IoT connectivity infrastructure, and the risk and effort of setting up and working with multiple service providers globally. 

The four new solutions announced this week by Nokia include:

  • Smart Agriculture as-a-Service: Sensors capture environmental, soil, and crop data, which is analysed to provide insights that help farmers manage crops more effectively, potentially saving costs on irrigation, pesticides, and fertilisers.
  • Livestock Management-as-a-Service: Tracking devices and biosensors monitor animal health to provide ranchers with early alerts when abnormalities are detected, protecting valuable livestock and improving yields.
  • Logistics as-a-Service: IoT sensors enable tracking of the global movement and condition of goods through the supply chain to help enterprises quickly identify incidents and even predict future events to optimize delivery and logistics process efficiency.
  • Asset Management-as-a-Service: Connecting products anywhere in the world enables their status and performance to be monitored centrally, helping enterprises provide a better service to their business and consumer customers.

Nokia is trialing Agriculture as-a-Service with an African operator and working with leading services and consulting firm on Asset Management-as-a-Service to help them offer more advanced services.

Ankur Bhan, global head of WING Business at Nokia, said: “The IoT is a growing opportunity for operators to win new enterprise customers and significant additional revenue in a diverse range of vertical markets. With minimal upfront investment, an operator can now quickly get a service to market and generate IoT revenues. We expect these vertical solutions to encourage more operators to connect to Nokia WING, expanding its global footprint and broadening the range of capabilities and services that will become available. We already have several more vertically-focused as-a-Service packages in the development pipeline.”

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Fujifilm adds an ultra light X-series camera

Fujifilm has launched the X-A7 mirrorless digital camera, available in a kit that includes the popular XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.

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The X-A7’s compact, lightweight form factor, leading image quality and a vast array of new features, position it as an ideal and timely entry into Fujifilm’s popular family of X Series mirrorless cameras.

Weighing in at only 320g and features a new 24.2MP imaging sensor, the X-A7 has fast autofocus, face detection, and enough power to create full resolution stills at 6 FPS. 
Fujifilm says it’s a great camera for content creators of various skill levels and disciplines, and also offers a 3.5 inch, 16:9 LCD flip-out articulating screen that enables users to capture images on-the-go. The new “Smart Menu” facilitates intuitive touchscreen operation, so that beginners can produce high-quality images without having to learn how the camera works.

The newly developed 24.2MP imaging sensor features 8.5 times more phase-detection pixels across its surface than the previously available sensor. The X-A7 has been engineered with industry-leading copper wiring to reduce digital noise, to ensure images and video are processed quickly, and to ensure the best possible image quality. 

It offers an enhanced data readout speed which enables a smooth frame rate of 30fps when recording 4K video, minimising the rolling shutter effect which typically occurs when recording fast-moving subjects or when panning the camera quickly.

Record video in 4K 30P to get a cinematic look with bokeh and colours that Fujifilm X Series cameras are known to provide. Record, upload, and share on-the-go with features such as “Countdown Video” mode, which allows videos to be filmed at a pre-selected duration: 15, 30 or 60 seconds, for a quick upload to social media channels.

The use of Fujifilm Camera Remote (a free app for smartphones and tablet devices) and the advanced features of the X-A7 are designed to ensure dependable connectivity and stability in wireless communications. The X-A7 also supports wired communications with smartphones and tablet devices, useful when transferring large data, e.g. video, to such devices.

Availability and Pricing

The new Fujifilm X-A7 with Fujinon XC15-45mm F3.5- 5.6 OIS PZ lens kit will come in camel, dark silver, mint green, and silver. 
The X-A7 kit will be available for order from Fujifilm South Africa starting 24 October at a recommended retail price of R12 000. For more information, visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/cameras/x-a7/.

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Logitech releases iPad 7th gen keyboard cases

Logitech has announced two new keyboard case options for the seventh generation iPad: one with military-grade drop protection, and another with a laptop-style keyboard.

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Logitech has introduced two new products for the iPad 7th generation: the Logitech Rugged Folio, a new slim keyboard for everyday on-the-go use with military-grade drop protection; and Logitech Slim Folio, the best-selling keyboard case offering laptop-like typing, for the new seventh-generation iPad.

Rugged Folio features spill and dirt resistant keys, and connects in one click via the Smart Connector of the iPad, eliminating Bluetooth pairing and external charging, in the middle of a demanding task or on the go.

Slim Folio offers multiple stand angles and goes from iPad to laptop in one click – locking the iPad in a typing position. It also features a row of iPadOS shortcut keys to make it more convenient to complete daily tasks.

“Logitech has expanded its portfolio to have the ideal keyboard case for new seventh-generation iPad based on what kind of iPad user you are,” said Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. “The Rugged Folio offers military-grade protection so it will easily withstand the wear and tear of daily life, whether you are using iPad on the go or with the family. The Slim Folio provides a flexible and simple solution for typing so you can work anywhere. Both cases continue our tradition of providing the best typing experience so you can work on iPad in any environment.”

Rugged Folio

Rugged Folio supports four ways to use it, including typing, viewing, sketching and reading. Adjust the kickstand in the back to adjust the viewing angle of the iPad and fold the keyboard behind so it is out of the way when not in use. Logitech proprietary shock-absorbent technology helps Rugged Folio exceed military standard drop tests for new levels of protection and to keep both iPad and keyboard protected in the most demanding environments.

Rugged Folio has a sturdy keyboard with high-performance fabric sealing the keys to keep out dust, crumbs, and spills.

Slim Folio

Slim Folio maintains a typing angle that’s held securely in place with the iPad with magnets, allowing for typing on the desk, your lap or anything in between.
Slim Folio is light, protects the iPad from scratches, bumps and spills and has a holder for the Logitech Crayon and Apple Pencil (1st generation). With the Smart power management system and low-energy Bluetooth connection, the replaceable coin cell batteries can last up to four years.

Pricing and Availability

Logitech Rugged Folio is expected to be available in October 2019 for $139.99 and Logitech Slim Folio is expected to be available in November 2019 for $99.99 at logitech.com and apple.com for the new seventh-generation iPad. 

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