Semtech utilises IoT-equipped LoRa devices in agriculture and smart ranching

Semtech has announced that Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) is deploying a publicly available network based on the LoRaWAN protocol that will leverage Semtech’s LoRa devices and technology to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The network will rolled out with Australian agriculture company Goanna Ag, with an aim to bring smarter irrigation management solutions to Australian cotton...

By IoT News, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Manufacturing.

Global wearable device sales to rise 26% in 2019, says Gartner

Global shipments of wearable devices are forecast to increase by 25.8% year over year to $225 million (GBP 176.3 million) in 2019, according to the latest figures from Gartner. The research firm also predicted that that the end-user spending on wearable devices will reach to $42 billion (GBP 32.9 million) in 2019.

It has been estimated that 74 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2019 which will make them the top...

By IoT News, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Nordex uses SoftwareAG’s Cumulocity IoT to manage turbines

Nordex has selected SoftwareAG’s Cumulocity IoT platform to manage its vast international fleet of wind turbines.

The company has 6,800 turbines around the world generating huge amounts of clean energy from the wind. Nordex’s systems deliver more than 23 GW of sustainable energy per year in over 80 percent of the world’s energy market (excluding China).

Managing an increasing number of turbines is a challenge. Nordex is turning to SoftwareAG and its Cumulocity IoT platform for...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Volvo and Ericsson announce five-year connected vehicle cloud deal

Volvo Cars and Ericsson have announced the signing of a five-year connected vehicle deal. According to the deal, Ericsson will provide its Connected Vehicle Cloud platform to Volvo Cars that would further boost the automaker’s digital vehicle services in more than 120 countries across the globe for the next five years.

The automaker aims to focus more on securing high-quality connected-vehicle services since...

By IoT News, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

To no surprise, China is surveilling connected car owners

In perhaps the least shocking revelation of the year, the Chinese government are using connected cars to keep tabs on citizens.

A report from the Associated Press found more than 200 automakers – including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi – are providing live data to Chinese authorities.

The automakers claim it’s to comply with national laws. Chinese officials do not deny the data collection, but say...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage...

By Ilan Reingold, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.

Nutanix announces availability of its Xi IoT and Xi Cloud Services

Cloud computing software provider Nutanix has made available its new edge computing service ‘Xi IoT’, which expedites deployment, removes complexity, and encourages developers to focus on business logic powering IoT applications and services.

The Xi IoT platform is different from the conventional IoT models.

The Xi IoT platform provides machine inference, local compute, and...

By IoT News, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Chinese facial recognition flags bus ad woman for jaywalking

A woman has been flagged for jaywalking by facial recognition tech in a Chinese city, only she wasn’t even there.

The woman in question was Dong Mingzhu, Chairwoman of China’s biggest maker of air conditioners, Gree Electric Appliances.

Mingzhu’s face was presented on a huge display in the city of Ningbo which shames people for jaywalking. However, Mingzhu’s only presence in the city was in an advert on the side of a moving bus.

Ningbo’s traffic police identified the mistake and...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

How AI can help provide marketers with the 'right moment' for consumer purchase

For today’s marketing professionals, it’s all about data and differentiation. Get the best insights out of the data you’ve got, and put something together that differs from the crowd. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can help in this quest – but it is not as simple as flicking a switch and ‘being AI.’

This gap between data collection and data utilisation is where

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Study highlights impact of self-driving cars on urban tourism

A study to be published in the January 2019 edition of ‘Annals of Tourism Research’ has revealed the impacts of self-driving cars on urban tourism.

Self-driving cars will have a huge impact on societies around the world. This study is among the first to explore what to expect.

One potential impact recently caused headlines about ‘mobile brothels’ whereby autonomous vehicles are used for sex work.

On the subject, the report states:

“While shared autonomous...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

PTC acquires Frustum and partners with Rockwell Automation to boost IoT and AI offerings

Massachusetts-based enterprise software firm PTC has announced that it has bought Colorado-based advanced generative design software company Frustum for about $70 million. Frustum’s generative design technology, which leverages AI to develop options for design, will prove to be a meaningful addition to the PTC Creo portfolio, the company added.

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC, said: “PTC is pushing the...

By IoT News, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Significant lack in awareness of IoT security among IT leaders, study finds

A survey conducted by IT security firm Trend Micro has revealed that 86% of IT and security decision makers around the world believe their organisations need to enhance their awareness of IoT threats.

This is due to significant lack of knowledge which accompanies rising threat levels and security challenges related to connected devices that place organisations in a compromising position, the report added.

By IoT News, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Sigfox hackathon unveils IoT products around connected containers and retail

A final pitch event was hosted by Sigfox last week wherein participants of the company’s inaugural Hacking House programme presented three IoT solutions. The hackathon produced Connected Seals, Lali Wildfire Detection, and 42 Robolab that will help with today’s most persistent technological, environmental and business problems using low power wide area connectivity.

  • The Connected Seals solution creates accountability within container shipping. Whenever container seals are removed, the solution alerts companies...

By IoT News, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Why the right balance between breadth and depth is key to IoT partner programme success

ABI Research’s ​“SI/VAR and Partner Program IoT Ecosystem Market Data” report, which ranked 547 companies on their IoT service capabilities in its recent analysis, has found that partner programmes and their member companies are steadily maturing in their IoT offerings while at the same time also reducing average number of members per partner programme.

Compared to the first time when ABI Research first...

By IoT News, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

IoT continues to be a hit in the enterprise – but money is being lost through poor implementations

A new study claims that enterprises have started sustaining significant monetary losses due to lack of good practices as they are advancing by integrating IoT into their business models.

The report, which was conducted by ReRez Research and sponsored by world's leading provider of TLS/SSL, PKI and IoT security solutions: DigiCert, surveyed companies that are struggling with IoT security. Twenty-five percent of such firms...

By IoT News, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Mozilla assesses the security of this season’s IoT gifts

Mozilla has released the 2018 edition of its 'Privacy Not Included' guide which assesses the security of IoT gifts this festive season.

The guide breaks down whether each device is safe and can be trusted, especially when it comes to gifts designed for children.

We’ve already seen things such as connected teddy bears being hacked. Mozilla is warning people to steer clear of the Fredi Baby Monitor citing its lack of encryption, use of the default password ‘123’, no privacy policy, and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

New MIT research study explores spintronics for ultra-low-power microchips

A new research study from MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory claims to have potentially opened the door for ultra-low power microchips – which could be good news with regard to the Internet of Things.

The focus of the study is around spintronics – a portmanteau of spin transport electronics – which explores the intrinsic spin of an electron in terms of performance rather than its electrical charge, meaning they can retrain...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership focused on bridging OT and IT worlds

Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have announced a strategic partnership that is focused towards bridging the operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) worlds.

Based on complimentary portfolios, Siemens and Aruba are able to support customers with highly reliable, secure and insightful data networks that allow high plant and network availability. Customers benefit from integrated...

By IoT News, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Opinion: How IoT device manufacturers should take security to the edge

We’ve come a long way from the mainframe computing environments of the '50s, and you don’t hear much complaining about it. Renting computing power back in the day required you to physically go to the mainframe — an impractical situation at best.

With the advent of distributed computing going mainstream in the '90s, people all over the world could use networked computers to take advantage of the power of many. Today, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and others are now the...

By Brad Thies, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

How Losant aims to turn the long enterprise IoT journey into manageable steps

“A lot of times in this space people love to talk about the technology – but they don’t want to work with the business about how they think about the business problems they’re trying to solve,” says Charlie Key, co-founder and CEO of Losant.

It’s an interesting statement when you consider Key’s (left) background. Having spent pretty much all of his career in the...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.