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.

Accenture survey raises questions over IoT device uptake

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Security and privacy concerns are among the key barriers to buying an IoT device and service, according to a poll of almost 30,000 consumers released by Accenture.

“Until the promise of IoT meets consumers’ expectations, the IoT market will remain more promise than profit and do little to reinvigorate the overall digital consumer market,” said Sami Luukonen, global managing director for Accenture’s electronics and high tech group.

The survey findings put...

By IoT News, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why smart device growth is expected to mimic the smartphone craze

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To say that there is an overabundance of technology in our world would be an understatement. After all, there’s even a smart crockpot by Belkin that can be controlled from out of the home.

However, while it certainly seems that there’s a market for every novel idea out there, it’s not so simple to foretell which will hit and which will miss. After all, even smartphones weren’t a hit out of the gate. Infact, by the end of 2009, only

By Eran Eshed, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

ThingWorx owner PTC agrees to acquire Kepware in $100m deal

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US technology firm PTC, owners of the ThingWorx Internet of Things platform, has announced it is to acquire software development provider Kepware for approximately $100 million (£68m) to add to its industrial IoT portfolio.

The agreement also includes a potential $18 million (£12.2m) dependent on meeting certain financial and strategic milestones.

Maine-based Kepware has customers across 120 countries and in industries such as power and utilities, building automation, oil and...

By IoT News, 04 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

IoT in manufacturing to grow 26.9% in 2015-2020

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A new Research and Markets report has forecast that the IoT in manufacturing market will reach $13.49 billion (£9.06bn) in 2020.

Manufacturers are increasingly inclined towards adopting IoT solutions for smart manufacturing to improve efficiency, security and reliability. High employment costs, machine downtimes and regulatory changes are also pushing manufacturing firms towards IoT.

The report estimates the market size and its future growth across different segments, including...

By IoT News, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Afero platform aims to bring more connectivity and security to IoT

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A new platform called Afero has been unveiled in Los Altos in California, aiming to bring greater connectivity and security to the Internet of Things within and outside the home.

Afero was introduced by a number of industry veterans from Nest, Apple and Google, while at its helm is Joe Britt, a former Engineering Director of Google Android and a co-founder of Danger, which made the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone.

The team behind Afero has been working almost two years to develop a...

By IoT News, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

The rise of intelligent industry and the Industrial Internet of Things

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According to IDC, the global Internet of Things (IoT) market is set to grow to $1.7 trillion by 2020. Fuelling that is an expected increase in the number of active IoT endpoints, from 10.3 billion in 2014 to more than 29.5 billion in 2020. The proliferation of smart, connected machines and devices is having a profound impact on how industry around the world operates. We are ushering in a new era - the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – where data from interconnected...

By Greg Conary, 21 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

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.

AT&T inks over 300 IoT deals across sectors in 2015

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained significant ground in 2015 and its growth is set to only increase as the years go by. AT&T managed to ink over 300 IoT deals across the automotive, shipping, industrial, health care, home security and smart cities sectors in 2015. The deals were not just limited to the US but also included markets across the globe.

AT&T’s...

By IoT News, 17 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

IBM announces new Watson IoT headquarters, API capabilities

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IBM has announced that the global headquarters for its new Watson IoT business unit and its first European Watson innovation centre will be in Munich, Germany. The campus will have 1,000 consultants, researchers, developers and designers from IBM, working with partners and clients for deeper engagement.

The innovation lab will have...

By IoT News, 16 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

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.

Asia-Pacific governments play key role in realising IoT's potential

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The Asia-Pacific region is seeing a substantial rise in the growth of the IoT industry and it is set to impact technology, economics, and politics. A Business Insider Intelligence report has anticipated the number of internet-connected devices will rise from 10 billion devices at present, to 35 billion by 2020. The report adds that investment in IoT solutions will total close to $6 trillion...

By IoT News, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

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...

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

PrismTech launches Vortex 2.0 IoT data sharing solution

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PrismTech has launched an IoT data sharing solution called Vortex 2.0 in order to provide secure real-time data connectivity between low latency fog applications.

The solution aims to facilitate distributed IoT computing between device, edge and cloud.

The use of Vortex is maximised in mission-critical distributed and IoT applications. Vortex is based on the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-time Systems open standard. Vortex is capable...

By IoT News, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Two examples of the Internet of Things in new and unexpected places

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When I started working for Sun Microsystems in 1996 I was asked to help out on a project at an international shipping company. The shipper wanted to be able to track a package’s progress, based on barcodes, through their system from pickup to delivery and all the stops in between. The bigger goal was to create the first global shipping logistics system and use the collected data to improve the company’s processes.

A few years later I found myself working with a New York...

By David Auslander, 02 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

SmartMetric aims to connect biometric payment cards to IoT

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A lot of attention is being paid to the use of IoT technology in cars, homes and clothing. However, the banking sector is also set to be transformed by the technology. SmartMetric has launched a biometric payments card solution that makes use of IoT connectivity.

SmartMetric president and CEO, Chaya Hendrick, said: “SmartMetric sees that the ubiquitous credit and debit card will become an IoT. Network[s] connected with sensors and communication technology embedded...

By IoT News, 02 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

IoT service providers could gain £154bn from M2M and wearable devices by 2020

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A report from RnR Market Research expects M2M and wearable devices to aid IoT service providers in generating as much as $231 billion (£154bn) in service revenue by the end of 2020 at a CAGR of 40% between 2015 and 2020.

The researchers argue IoT service providers are looking to integrate wearable technology with their M2M offerings, targeting both consumer and vertical markets.

The report provides insight on the M2M, IoT and wearable technology ecosystem including enabling...

By IoT News, 01 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Industrial outstrips wearables as key market for IoT developers

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Though wearables may have captured the zeitgeist with regard to the Internet of Things, more than half of developers are working on an industrial IoT project.

That’s the verdict from Evans Data, which polled IoT developers globally in six languages on a number of IoT areas being targeted. 28% had worked on wearables in the past and were not focusing on them any longer, while developers were very positive about working on the connected home and the connected car in the next 12...

By IoT News, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Wearables.