Iota Magazine Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:23:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Iota Magazine 32 32 Vodafone Expands Reach with Narrowband IoT Coverage in UK Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:25:10 +0000

In response to growing customer demand, UK operator Vodafone has doubled the number of sites on its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network and says its coverage now reaches 98% of the UK.

Vodafone said it has invested in IoT because of its potential to transform UK businesses through data-driven insights. It can be used to improve existing operations and launch new products and services.

The operator said it has seen an increase in demand in many industries for Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology, designed to enable efficient communication over large geographic footprints or in the heart of urban infrastructure.

NB-IoT supports long battery life and reduced costs for devices with low data demand and is used in applications where the lowest possible connectivity cost is critical to the viability of the analysis profitability. Use cases include industrial and commercial meters, water monitoring, asset tracking, and smart city applications including air quality monitoring.

In doing the business case for NB-IoT, Vodafone considers that the technology offers a number of advantages over using mobile networks for certain use cases and devices, particularly with regard to the duration life of devices and batteries, which he says can be extended as long as 10 years; reduction in the cost of modems and devices, which also means reduced overall capital expenditure; more scalable and at lower cost of deployment; extended coverage due to lower signal requirements for data transmission; and reduced maintenance requirements for devices located in remote and inaccessible locations.

Another perceived benefit of NB-IoT is coverage beyond the traditional mobile footprint, as the network is designed for devices with lower bandwidth requirements. For use cases where a weaker signal is sufficient (-128 dBm), Vodafone assures that its NB-IoT network will exceed 98% geographic coverage indoors and outdoors. For stronger signal requirements (-118dBm), it achieves 87% geographic coverage indoors and outdoors. For areas not yet covered by the NB-IoT network, Vodafone said it will work with customers to upgrade and add infrastructure on a case-by-case basis.

The IoT platform is hosted in Vodafone’s secure environment and can be fine-tuned for each use case or customer, making IoT more accessible to more businesses. The NB-IoT network is already used by customers in several industries, including SES Water and United Utilities to detect leaks in underground pipes and other infrastructure.

“NB-IoT is a part of our network that is often overlooked, but it is becoming increasingly important, bringing data from a growing variety of devices to fuel decision making in more organizations,” said Anne Sheehan, Commercial Director of Vodafone UK.

“This is a network designed for low bandwidth devices, allowing coverage beyond 4G, and devices with potentially extended battery life of up to 10 years.

“In IoT, customers may want to use our 4G network for real-time, data-intensive analytics, while others may need a connectivity solution for non-urgent use cases, such as environmental monitoring. We have invested in NB-IoT because we want to give our customers the right tools for the right job, in a way that is affordable and accessible to every customer, ”said Sheehan.

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The Hundred: Shane Warne on coaching London Spirit and working with Eoin Morgan Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:26:41 +0000
Warne is one of the many top trainers in The Hundred
Location: Edgbaston Dated: friday 23 july Time: 3:00 p.m. BST (women) and 6:30 p.m. (men)
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The Hundred continues on Friday and with it comes a big pile of stardust.

The legendary former Australian spinner Shane Warne comes into the limelight as the men’s coach of London Spirit, which begins its campaign against Birmingham Phoenix at Edgbaston.

Warne is known as one of the greatest bowlers in history, blessed with one of the sharpest cricket brains on the market, and is now stepping up his first real coaching role.

He does so through an intriguing partnership with Spirit captain Eoin Morgan, the man who revolutionized English cricket as the men’s World Cup-winning captain.

“Expect the unexpected,” Warne told BBC Sport.

“Expect different things, but expect some entertaining cricket from London Spirit for sure.”

Warne’s only coaching experience dates back to 2008, when he led the Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League title while captaining the team, long before she became the machine full of superstars that she is today.

“There won’t be any hair dryer treatments in public, but there might be a few behind the scenes for sure,” the 51-year-old laughed, before adding to hastily the words “I hope this is not necessary!”

A partnership between Warne and Morgan looks set to attack cricket.

Warne, often described as the best captain Australia has ever had, is one of the most aggressive players to ever play the game – just ask any English hitter from the ’90s or early days. from the 2000s.

While Morgan spent a recent time in Covid-19 isolation, Warne was on the other end of the phone as the pair charted their course to success.

“He doesn’t like team meetings and doesn’t like those silly ladders in warm-ups,” Warne said.

“We’re both on the right track there.

“We went through scenarios – good and bad – asking him his opinion on certain situations and if he had thought of this or that.

“It’s my job to challenge.

“I will give them [the players] options, what I think I would and suggestions, but at the end of the day, they’ll make the last call. “

And the new format of cricket offers plenty of opportunities for tactics to come to the fore.

The sleeves are shorter while the ability for bowlers to throw 10 balls in a row adds a new dimension.

“Someone could throw 20 of 25 balls on the power play,” Warne said. “Someone could throw 20 out of 25 balls at the end.

“When there isn’t much between the teams, it can depend on your thinking and the right pitches.

“We have the best white ball captain in world cricket so we have an advantage there.

“I hope I can help with some of the tactical things and try to inspire them to play well.”

Warne has pushed back further attempts to get more details on these tactical plans, but has released a teaser.

“Just watch out for Mr. Nabi,” Warne said of Spirit’s Afghan international multi-talent, Mohammad Nabi. “He might play a different role than people expect.”

At 36, Nabi, primarily a middle-order hitter who plays off-spin, is one of many senior players on a team that Warne admits to having gone “under the radar.”

They will be hurt by the loss of Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood to England after two games, but have Morgan, Pakistani fast pitcher Mohammad Amir, as well as former England internationals Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara and Jade Dernbach.

At the other end of the scale is Blake Cullen, a 19-year-old Middlesex bowler, one of England’s most exciting young talents. Keep an eye out for Australian Josh Inglis, this year’s T20 Blast top scorer to date.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” Warne said.

“Everyone has a good team. It will depend on execution, strategy and tactics and sometimes making the right decisions at the right time.”

Could this be where Spirit would have a big advantage?

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Members of * NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees to headline the FA5 final Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:17:14 +0000

The Friday finale after 5 of this year, September 3, will be a blast from the past, featuring members of some of the most popular boy groups of the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the Backstreet Boys, * NSYNC and 98 Degrees.

Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Chris Kirkpatrick (* NSYNC) and Chris Blue (winner of The Voice Season 12) perform as a group called “All the Cool Kids, or ATCK.”

According to Timmons, the group was formed by Mclean and DJ Lux.

“They kind of created it because all of our schedules are so busy it can be kind of a revolving door for famous guests,” Timmons said. “With all of our schedules being so busy, if one or two of us can’t be there, we’ll have someone else come and take over. artists or other. It’s kind of a fun thing to mix it up and keep things fresh and exciting.

Timmons said this will be the first time the four have officially performed together as ATCK, except for a charity event a few months ago in Las Vegas.

In a phone interview Thursday, Timmons discussed their enthusiasm for performing in Owensboro and gave a little more information on what the crowd can expect.

Owensboro Times: So the performance in Owensboro will be you, AJ, Chris and Chris. What will the show look like?
Timmons: Each of us will do our originals, we’ll do a few songs together, and you know some of them are remixed. I mean it’s just a new approach. When you’re playing for an audience as big as the audience we’re hoping to have at Friday After 5, you want to keep the beat, so these are mashups of our old songs. Many of us, especially 98 Degrees, are known for our ballads. We want to save the energy, and we might even have a surprise where we all sing something together, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.

OT: Sounds like you’re having a good time and giving a little bit of everything.
Timmons: It’s exactly that. I mean, look, none of us take ourselves too seriously. Obviously we take performance seriously and love our careers, but we’re here to have fun. That many years later, I still do – for me, I’m 25 here, and I think the Backstreet Boys and * NSYNC have been around even longer – we’re lucky to be doing this and we want that. the audience feels the same energy as us. in our excitement on stage.

OT: Will there be chances for fans to meet and interact with you?
Timmons: We are going to meet people. We don’t have an official link or anything like that yet, but you know if people check all of our social media under our names I’m sure before long we will have links there where people will be able to find out how to meet us before or after the show.

OT: Is ATCK planning to collaborate and release new music? Where can people find it if so?
Timmons: We got such a great response that now we’re going to start making music together. We haven’t even started recording yet. We have just started writing and producing music together and soon it will be available on all streaming platforms and anywhere you can buy music. But yeah, we’re going to release music.

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Live UK weather news: Latest heatwave updates as Met Office extends extreme heat warning Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:47:55 +0000

Météo France: the latest forecasts from the Met Office

The Met Office extended its first-ever orange extreme heat warning until Friday as the UK continues to sweat in temperatures exceeding 30C.

England hit its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday – 32.2 ° C on record at Heathrow Airport.

The heat warning for Wednesday and Thursday this week applies to parts of southern and central England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Friday’s extreme heat warning only applies to Northern Ireland, where the Met Office said temperatures “day and night will rise … with impacts on public health.”

While much of England is expected to sizzle, scattered thunderstorms are expected to return, with heavy rain forecast for this weekend. As of Wednesday morning, the Environment Agency had set up 17 flood warnings in parts of London, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


Teenager and man die as UK records hottest day of year

The body of a teenager has been found in a canal and a man has died after struggling at sea as the UK had its hottest day of the year so far.

Police were called to Stocking Lane in Knottingley, West Yorkshire on Tuesday at 5.28pm and recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Yorkshire Police have issued warnings about open water swimming in hot weatherr and called on anyone with information on how the boy ended up in the canal to get in touch.

Meanwhile, Merseyside Police said a man died and two more were taken to hospital following an incident at Crosby Beach.

The force said officers were called at around 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday following reports of three men in their 20s having struggled at sea.

All three were taken to hospital where one was pronounced dead shortly after, while a second is in “critical but stable” condition and the third has been released, the force added.

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Opinion – The importance of data science during the pandemic Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:40:55 +0000

On July 6, 2021, the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, announced on her Twitter feed that her office had partnered with experts to post weekly updates that analyze and report on the Civd-19 situation in Namibia.

In a weekly review for the period June 27 to July 3, Seodhna Keown and Nandago Kauluma present a graphical interpretation of people tested for Covid, infection rates (people who tested positive for Covid) and positive ratios, among other representations graphics. The importance of collecting, interpreting and analyzing data during this unprecedented time cannot be overstated.

Not as an end in itself but rather as a facilitator for informed decision-making. By using this very important branch of public health science to analyze and interpret information as it arrives, the Department of Health is better equipped to respond and deploy resources where they are needed most. .

Over the past two days, Namibia has witnessed how the epidemic (in Namibia) has shifted its epicenter from the central Khomas region to the neighboring Omaheke region in the central east.

By bringing together the data collected over the previous weeks, scientists are able to bring together different pieces of information.

Allowing to analyze and understand the similarities and differences in the way the virus attacks different populations.

Epidemiology, the scientific, systematic, data-driven study of the distribution, frequency, and patterns of health-related conditions, can be used to understand how the virus behaves in different ethnic, socio- economic and cultural; (by cultural groups, the author refers to rural / urban areas as different cultural contexts).

In an audio recording released before his death, Ovaherero Supreme Leader Vekuii Rukoro can be heard making a heartfelt appeal to his subjects.

Urging them to change their cultural norms and practices relating to large public gatherings during this period, as the country experiences the third wave of increased infections.

Could this be the reason (public gatherings) that the disease moved the epicenter from Khomas to Omaheke?

Only data can tell us.

Data can also tell us what needs to be done. In new measures and regulations announced by the head of state, the president announced a restriction on public gatherings in an effort to reduce the spread and rate of transmission of the virus. One of the health measures that have been proven to curb the spread of Covid-19 is the adjustment of human behavior, according to official sources.

Based on evidence seen in videos circulating on social media, the president’s pleas are still being ignored by certain groups of people.

One of the questions asked of the First Lady about her #LOVEProtects #DoYourPart campaign that she is facilitating is: “Are religious and traditional leaders and members of the Ovaherero and Colored communities more affected by Covid-19 deaths?”

Only data science can answer this question through the use of epistemology. “Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its method, validity, scope and the distinction between belief and justified opinion.” Only data science can answer the question put in by the late Supreme Leader Ovaherero, the same question that the person asking the First Lady is asking of “whether the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting certain ethnic groups in Namibia compared to others “.

Public health science is an academic stream of knowledge that focuses on disease prevention with the goal of increasing the life expectancy of a population.

In addition to disease prevention; public health science is also concerned with health promotion by informing and equipping populations with the tools necessary to prevent epidemics; manage epidemics and deal with the consequences of an epidemic. Public health sciences use a multidisciplinary approach of integrating epidemiology, biostatistics and health sciences to improve and ensure positive health outcomes for entire societies. This multidisciplinary approach uses information systems to collect, store, analyze, collate and extract data in order to better understand the behavior of a particular virus or disease outbreak. As the virus continues to spread, it will be interesting to watch how the government uses the data collected as part of efforts to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic.

Previously, the Ministry of Health only made available raw data in the form of counts describing the number of deaths, the distribution by sex, the absence or presence of comorbidities among the deceased, their age and whether they were been vaccinated or not.

Much more data needs to be collected in order to understand the trends in the disease and for the government to respond accordingly.

Covid-19 patients with underlying health conditions and co-morbidities would be at greater risk of dying than those without underlying health conditions.

But this claim has not been proven by statistical analysis and display to motivate people to make better life choices.

Other theories circulating are that socio-economic factors do not play a role in health outcomes for Covid-positive patients and that the rich and the poor are on an equal footing when it comes to exposure. at Covid. Only statistical analysis by collecting and interpreting data can prove these claims.

The importance of data science during a pandemic is crucial to understanding the virus, in order to mitigate the virus and help end the virus which is currently the number one public health problem across the world.