WRD Systems: Our vision for the Internet of Things – less hype, more M2M

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The problem with the Internet of Things is that few people truly understand what it is really about.

A large percentage of people who do understand it tend to discard it as yet another marketing hype such as “the cloud” with very little real substance. Due to all kinds of news reports on security issues, vendor lock-ins and lack of open standards, cost overruns, etc. these people tend to see their opinions confirmed.

We also tend to agree with this group – to a...

By Johan Dams, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas involved in AT&T smart cities framework

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Communications giant AT&T has announced a new framework for smart cities in various US locations – and is enlisting the help of Cisco, IBM and Intel among others to implement it.

AT&T plans to launch the smart cities framework in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The new framework includes categories such as infrastructure, citizen engagement, transportation, and public safety.

Under the infrastructure banner, cities will be able to...

By IoT News, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT weather data transforms insurance and airline industries

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The latest developments weather prediction, driven by the Internet of Things and cognitive computing, are already having a transformative effect on a number of industries including insurance and airlines. The Weather Company’s CEO David Kenny said that sources of data range from satellites in space, airlines providing wind speed and oscillation data, drones and weather balloons,...

By IoT News, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Manufacturing and transportation dominate worldwide IoT spending in 2015 – other verticals to overtake

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An IDC spending guide projects the IoT industry will see a 17% CAGR in the period 2015–2019 to reach $1.3 trillion at the end of the timeframe. Asia/Pacific will dominate spending from a geographical point of view, accounting for 40% of the worldwide total in 2015. North America and Western Europe will take second and third place, accounting for $250 billion in combined...

By IoT News, 15 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Eindhoven University develops self-charging wireless sensor

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Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a tiny wireless temperature sensor powered by radio waves from the sensor's wireless network.

The unique power source means the sensor does not have to be charged by wire, nor does it require a battery change. It could have several applications, including within smart buildings, payment systems, wireless identification,...

By IoT News, 09 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Smart cities to use 1.6 billion connected things by 2016

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A new Gartner study has estimated that smart commercial buildings will be the highest IoT user until 2017, after which smart homes will take over with just over one billion connected things in 2018.

The Gartner study estimates that 1.6 billion connected things will be in use by smart cities in 2016, marking an increase of 39% from 2015.

IoT implementation can greatly benefit commercial real estate, offering a...

By IoT News, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Africa lagging in IoT innovation

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A Cisco VP has discussed the challenges with IoT innovation in Africa during the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in Dubai, UAE.

Inbar Lasser-Raab, VP for products & solutions marketing for Cisco, said at the forum that Africa is showing fewer innovations in terms of IoT than other parts of the world. However, she highlighted strong potential from areas like agriculture and mining,...

By IoT News, 07 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

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.