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IoT News Roundup

Autodesk selects Sensera Systems to exhibit 3D Internet of Things positioning solution; Telensa joins Qualcomm accelerator program for smart-city applications; Avnet acquires IoT company Witekio; IoT firm Lutron Electronics joins Zigbee Alliance board of directors; Wireless Broadband Alliance, LoRa Alliance release IoT white paper.
By Rich Handley
Sep 26, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Autodesk, Sensera Systems; Telensa, Qualcomm; Avnet, Witekio; Lutron Electronics, the Zigbee Alliance; the Wireless Broadband Alliance, and the LoRa Alliance.

Autodesk Selects Sensera Systems to Exhibit 3D Internet of Things Positioning Solution

Sensera Systems, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution provider that offers sensor-based products providing real-time data, has announced that it has been selected by Autodesk to participate in the latter's Residency Program at its Technology Center in Boston, Mass. Autodesk is a provider of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. The Residency Program, held at Autodesk's Technology Centers in Boston, San Francisco and Toronto, provides workspaces for teams from industry, academic and startup communities in the areas of construction, manufacturing and design.

Sensera joins other residents at the Boston Technology Center, which focuses on industrialized construction, digital fabrication, automation and robotics in construction, and other ideas transforming the built world, including architecture and engineering. The center is intended to foster an open community in which industry leaders can work alongside each other on a shared vision of the future of construction.

As part of this program, Sensera will demonstrate its real-time 3D location services and smart sensor visualization to visiting customers, other residents and Autodesk. The Sensera installation will show centimeter-precision 3D location tracking across several levels of a building in which a crane operates, as well as meter-precision 2D location tracking on a factory floor.

The program is designed to demonstrate that in order to monitor positions and movements in real time, tags can be affixed to any asset, such as a forklift truck, or on moving parts, such as a crane hook, with sensor data from each tag automatically tied to its location. An Intel NUC edge device runs location engine software and IoT middleware with data analytics and a user interface.

"Our team has installed an industry-leading real-time location solution that will focus on smart construction by enabling personnel, tool and material tracking capabilities," said Ralph Schmitt, Sensera's CEO, in a prepared statement. "This installation uses multiple radio frequency (RF) technologies to optimize the use case down to centimeter accuracy. This is critical in next-generation worksite safety and workflow optimization. We're excited that thanks to Autodesk, we have a unique opportunity for potential customers and partners to touch and evaluate our solution."

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