Bluetooth IoT roadmap for 2016 unveiled, greater speeds and range promised

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In order to ensure the relevance of Bluetooth in the IoT, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has planned a number of enhancements as part of its 2016 technology roadmap, including longer range, higher speeds, and mesh networking.

The improvements are being put in place in order to cater to the demands of industries such as smart home, industrial automation, location-based services and smart infrastructure. Products such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) are already being used on...

By IoT News, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Why the success of IoT hinges upon the benefits provided to users

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Researchers in South Korea have argued that the IoT is not as novel as touted by most, as its components have been in use for quite some time now. The difference is that a vast number of smart devices will now sport their own internet protocol (IP) addresses.

The researchers at the Department of Software at Gachon University in South Korea, Won Kim and Jaehyuk Choi, said: “The IoT is defined as the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the...

By IoT News, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Kevin Ashton: Why SaaS will shift to ‘service as software’

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Kevin Ashton, considered the father of IoT, has predicted that software-as-a-service will shift to service-as-software instead, with service and software growing interrelated in different ways.

Ashton spoke at the ServiceMax European Customer Conference, saying that the transition to service-as-software will result in both self-diagnosing and predictive service. He was a keynote speaker at the 2015 MaxLive Europe conference,...

By IoT News, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Residential IoT on the rise, says new study

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A new Navigant Research report has predicted that revenue from residential IoT device shipments will exceed $330 billion (£217bn) by 2025.

The report reviews the market opportunity for residential IoT devices in terms of shipments, revenue and installed base over 2015-2025. The IoT concept has penetrated the residential environment, with smartphone-controlled LED lights and smart home devices like thermostats. Other IoT devices include smart meters, smart appliances and plugs,...

By IoT News, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Gartner expects 20.8 billion connected things by 2020

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Analyst house Gartner expects the IoT industry to see 5.5 million new ‘things’ going live worldwide on a daily basis in 2016, ensuring a 30% year on year rise in connected things to 6.4 billion units at the end of year, taking the total to 20.8 billion by 2020.

Gartner vice president Jim Tully said: “Aside from connected cars, consumer uses will continue to account for the greatest number of connected things, while enterprise will account for the largest...

By IoT News, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Why the workplace of the future is smarter and better connected

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The future is a talkative place. Not only are we more connected, but so too are our machines, environments and systems. Enhanced sensors, connectivity and software are at the heart of a new wave of technology that has the ability to reimagine our lives. Our working ones in particular stand to benefit with the rise of smart, efficient spaces and buildings.

Gartner tells us that by 2020, 25 billion ‘things’ will be connected....

By Mark Furness, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

IoT adoption in industrial and warehouse buildings still at early stage

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Just over 10% of warehouse professionals have programmes underway or being planned for IoT adoption, according to a Daintree Networks report.

Daintree Networks collaborated with Peerless Research Group (PRG) on behalf of Modern Materials Handling for this survey of the IoT adoption in warehouse and industrial buildings.

Despite the fact that IoT adoption is still nascent in this sector, 30% of the hundreds of warehouse professionals surveyed agreed that IoT is a reality in the industry...

By IoT News, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Companies should be wary of inflated IoT growth projections, says Beecham Research

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A note from Beecham Research argues that companies are being misled by inflated projections concerning the IoT market.

The research body argues claims that 10 billion to 50 billion connected devices will be in place by 2020, bringing about trillions of dollars in new revenue by 2025, will most likely harm the industry and players who use them as a basis for planning and funding.

Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley says that there is also a lack of resources necessary for...

By IoT News, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

The IoT, security and privacy: Why user data must belong to the user

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Talk to anyone about the Internet of Things (IoT) and you can almost guarantee the topics of security and privacy will crop up at some point.

The market, as one would expect, is a huge one – Zion Research argues it has the potential to hit $464 million by 2020. But opinion is divided on how secure connected devices currently are. One interesting finding from a recent ISACA survey shows that while 64% of consumers are confident they can control IoT data, 78% of IT professionals...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

ThyssenKrupp cuts lift downtime with MAX powered by Microsoft Azure IoT

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator has announced a collaboration with Microsoft in order to improve lift maintenance and ensure a drastic reduction in downtime.

The predictive and pre-emptive service solution, known as MAX, is powered by Microsoft Azure IoT technology and involves the real-time aggregation of data in the Azure cloud platform, where the lifetime of lift systems and components is determined via an algorithm.

As a result, service technicians gain real-time insight on repairs and...

By IoT News, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.