IoTium raises $13.6 million in series B funding to push forward 'zero touch' for IIoT

IoTium, a Santa Clara-based software provider for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has raised $13.6 million in series B funding to help fuel market expansion in the US and abroad.

The company, which provides a managed secure network infrastructure for the IIoT, has secured funding led by March Capital Partners, with Honeywell Ventures, JC2 Ventures, Hanna Ventures, GE Ventures and Jupiter Ventures also participating.

The company's ethos is around 'zero touch' - in other words, the ability to scale to...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT.

Why the IoT needs more of an edge: Edge computing and the data centre

You know it’s 2018 when you are woken by your smart home to find your Google Assistant working on your shopping list, while Alexa informs you of your plans for the day.

While talking to machines and delegating our least favourite tasks is undoubtedly progress, the Internet of Things takes us into a whole new category of connectivity. Here, machines talk to other machines and are even creating cities that are smart enough to administer themselves, without human intervention.In fact, the EU has the...

By Andrew Brinded, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

Lantronix joins Microsoft’s Azure Certified for Internet of Things program

Data access and management provider Lantronix has announced it has joined the Microsoft Azure Certified Internet of Things program.

The program accelerates IoT solutions that are pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services, which benefit businesses to reach their clientele where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms expediting production.

By IoT News, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Why ambitious Industry 4.0 plans need a better open standard approach to succeed

The UK government’s Industrial Strategy, launched in 2017, sets out a long term plan to boost productivity in British industry. Further to this, the government recently announced the creation of an AI Council, led by leaders within industry, to support the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence across all UK sectors. The opportunity could inject £455 billion into the UK economy and boost growth by 3%...

By Adam Byrne, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

How Industrial IoT sensors are used to monitor water levels and flood warning systems: A guide

You may already realise that water is an everyday critical resource for you and your family. Plenty of headlines about on how we get too much water or too little – flooding and drought. But how do water monitoring systems help you, your teams, and your organisation to save water, your time, your money, and potentially lives?

Here, we will give you inside details about case studies where smart cities in coastal areas have deployed flood warning systems with Industrial IoT sensors, how the sensors...

By Edward Pultar, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Oil & Gas.

New research explores endpoint confusion when securing the IIoT

To make sure the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is as secure as it can be, it needs to be secured at the endpoint level. There’s just one problem though: what is an endpoint, anyway?

A survey of more than 200 industrial executives from the SANS Institute concludes that while security of endpoints is the primary concern for IIoT, having a relatively small number of connected devices does not mean you have a manageable amount of endpoints to consider.

40% of respondents said they had fewer than 100...

By IoT News, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Xage Security raises $12 million to take blockchain security to Industrial Internet of Things

Xage Security, a blockchain security platform provider for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has raised $12 million in a series A funding round which would be utilised to further develop its security fabric for edge IIoT networks and essential national infrastructure.

The funds will help bolster its tech team and fortify its implementation capabilities and expand the scope of its technology, as Xage supports innovations such as decentralised energy production, 5G...

By IoT News, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT.

GE and Microsoft team up in largest partnership yet to aid digital transformation initiatives

GE and Microsoft are extending their partnership agreement to remove the issues that industries face in advancing digital transformation projects. Both companies are planning to bring their respective operational technology and information technology together to accomplish the task.

Under the deal, GE Digital plans to standardise its Predix solutions on Microsoft Azure and deeply integrate the Predix portfolio with Azure’s native cloud capabilities, including Azure IoT and Azure Data and Analytics. The...

By IoT News, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Close to the edge: How to realise the benefits of edge computing for IIoT

You may well have heard of the ‘intelligent edge’, as Microsoft puts it – the future of computing, on multiple devices, the blurring of the physical and virtual worlds, driven by huge amounts of data, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. But how can organisations make the most of this opportunity?

A new whitepaper from the Industrial Internet Consortium aims to shed some light on this process and how to architect an edge computing implementation.

It is important to note...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Industrial IoT is where the action is - but success will need leadership

The consumer applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology drives many peoples understanding. People equate IoT to the fridge that updates an online shopping list or the smart energy meter that shows electricity usage. These are useful ideas and might save a household some time and money. However, the real power of IoT is in the applications that solve real-world problems and can transform the business models of whole industries or the way that governments deliver public services.

The real action is in...

By Emanuele Angelidis, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

IoT Tech Expo: Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best.

In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments.

“Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

Software AG announces acquisition of TrendMiner to expand IoT portfolio

Software AG has announced the acquisition of TrendMiner, a firm that delivers discovery, diagnostic and predictive analytics software for the process industry.

With this acquisition Software AG is aiming to strengthen its pole position in the IoT market. The plug-and-play software from TrendMiner will play a crucial role after its deployment in Software AG’s Cumulocity Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 product portfolio.

According to Karl-Heinz Streibich, the CEO of Software AG, TrendMiner...

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

Windows 10 IoT Core Services arrives promising a decade of updates

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 IoT Core Services along with the promise it will be updated for at least the next decade.

The company expects a new release every two to three years. With each one, a further 10 years of support will be guaranteed.

The commitment offers assurance that any ‘Things’ deployed won’t be outdated anytime soon. With large-scale IoT deployments, this is particularly vital to avoid fears of costly replacements and/or downtime.

Microsoft’s existing IoT Core...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

Enterprises preparing for IoT enablement – but are vulnerable to older wireless network security threats

802 Secure has outlined the present state of the IoT network security in its new infographic detailing how ‘shadow IoT/IIoT’ devices are exposing enterprise networks and information to security risks.

The key statistics presented in the "IoT Cloud Security Report 2017" infographic explicitly spotlights the greatest IoT risks and threats having a negative impact on enterprises. The report highlighted that all enterprise environments had rogue consumer IoT wireless devices on their...

By IoT News, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security.

Honeywell partners with AT&T on aircraft and freight IoT solutions

Honeywell is partnering with telecommunications giant AT&T to debut IoT solutions for aircraft and freight deployments around the world.

The companies are debuting the following solutions:

  • Connected Freight – Scalable IoT solution tracks and monitors critical shipments while they are in transit. Sensor tags attached to assets, pallets or individual packages not only provide location information but also measure for shock and tilt, humidity, temperature and pressure changes. Logistics providers access a dashboard to receive status alerts and can react...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT.

Hardware meets software: Seven steps to creating new revenue with IoT

Manufacturers used to determine pricing based on a physical item.  Today, Industry 4.0 and the integration of software into products have brought new pricing approaches into the picture.  But it’s not as simple as adding a fee for the software into the price.  Software pricing and licensing is a whole new ballgame, involving licenses, users, renewals and support.  Manufacturers may also have multiple versions of software that need to be tracked and updated.

In addition to new needs,...

By Matthew Dunkley, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT.

Nvidia’s AI robot learns from observing humans

Nvidia has demonstrated a robot with a groundbreaking AI which learns to complete tasks by observing the actions of a human.

The researchers, led by Stan Birchfield and Jonathan Tremblay, claim their development is a ‘first of its kind’ deep learning-based system.

In their research paper, they state:

“For robots to perform useful tasks in real-world settings, it must be easy to communicate the task to the robot; this includes both the desired result and any hints as to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Eight countries rank ahead of the US in automation readiness

According to the latest Automation Readiness Index, the US is behind eight other countries when it comes to being prepared for advancements such as AI and the IoT.

The study, published last week, ranked 25 of the world’s advanced economies in how well they’re preparing their workforce for automation.

Here are the top 10 rankings:

  • South Korea

  • Germany

  • Singapore

  • Japan

  • Canada

  • Estonia

  • France

  • UK

  • US

  • Australia

The US is often seen as a leader in areas such as AI, so it may be a surprise to see it ranked below many other countries. While it may be ahead in terms of innovation, the study highlights more needs to be done to prepare the workforce.

The researchers broke the study down into three main categories to assess the countries’ overall ranks. They were: Innovation Environment,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.