Sigfox posts €50 million in revenue, reiterates plans for 60 country connectivity in 2018

Sigfox, the French-based Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider, has announced its 2017 results and 2018 roadmap, promising a network of 60 countries and more than a billion people worldwide.

Revenues went up to €50 million (£44.4m), a rise of more than 56% year over year, according to the company, while the total number of objects connected to the Sigfox network rose by 65% to a total of 2.5 million. Alongside this, the company’s network grew to 45 countries earlier this month,...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

SAS creates new global Internet of Things division

SAS, a provider of data analytics software, has created a new global division dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) to help organisations from manufacturing to retail and healthcare reap the benefits of IoT.

The company’s new IoT division will be led by Jason Mann, who takes up the role of VP IoT. SAS adds the division will ‘develop new partnerships and expand existing ones to bring together best in class technology and expertise’.

Companies in SAS’ remit include GE Transportation,...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Editorial: Alibaba CEO believes AI could trigger WWIII

While many technology leaders are bullish about the positive aspects of AI, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has warned it could trigger World War 3.

Ma points towards previous technological revolutions triggering some of the darkest periods in history.

“The first technology revolution caused the First World War, and the second technology revolution caused the Second World War,” said Ma, according to

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Why IoT in agriculture is set to see ‘incredible’ growth until 2025

The use of IoT solutions in agriculture can bring in a revolution to the industry by enhancing productivity, minimising agriculture wastage, and overcoming climate related natural calamities, according to a new missive from Transparency Market Research.

Enhanced agricultural productivity implies a decline in the number of undernourished individuals, the count of which stands at 795 million between 2014 and 2016, as per the Food and Agriculture Organization data. 

The need for IoT in the agricultural...

By IoT News, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

The core skills needed for businesses adopting Internet of Things technology

It’s clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) offers many exciting opportunities, from increased efficiency to enhanced customer engagement, and that now is the time for businesses to get involved. However, a huge challenge in implementing IoT technology will be gathering all the necessary skills together.

It is highly unlikely that the existing workforce will be equipped with the many technical skills needed, which means that trying to carry out the transformation in-house will involve a significant...

By Craig Smith, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

IoT deployment doubles among New Zealand enterprises in 2017, says IDC

The implementation of IoT solutions among enterprises in New Zealand has increased two-fold to 25.7% in 2017 from 13.7% in 2016, according to IDC.

IDC New Zealand’s yearly Internet of Things Decision Maker Report explains how the companies understand the advantages of deploying IoT and implement the solution to boost productivity and enhance customer related experience.

Explaining the reason behind the increase, Monica Collier, research manager for telecommunications, IDC New Zealand, said: "New...

By IoT News, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Data monetisation highlighted among key IoT trends in 2018 according to EY

The EY IoT Competence Center has highlighted data monetisation, revival of network edge processing, and convergence of disruptive technologies such as IoT, blockchain and AI, among some of the key IoT trends that will be in the mainstream in 2018.

Among the key IoT trends that will be prevalent in this year is data monetisation. The team of IoT professionals said that business models that are based on IoT capabilities are very conventional and the anticipated benefits are just circled around the ways to...

By IoT News, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Why mining businesses are digging into the IoT to remain competitive

As competition in the mining sector intensifies, businesses involved in the industry are banking on the IoT to maintain a competitive edge and retain their market share.

Inmarsat’s most recent report, “The Future of IoT in Enterprise”, argues that the mining businesses will get great support from the IoT in boosting automation level and production efficiency. According to the report, IoT will play a vital role in the mining sector where profit margins are under pressure due to growing...

By IoT News, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

ABI Research: Applying data analytics to wearables provides further benefit

The application of data analytics to conventional wearable devices adds further benefit to the technology and provides users with actionable information, argues ABI Research.

ABI Research’s report 'Wearable Data Analytics and Business Models' argues there are a number of ways in which data analytics can provide added benefits and additional layer of insight to companies, healthcare professionals, and consumers alike.

Some examples include providing healthcare professionals with anticipatory...

By IoT News, 20 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Wearables.

Driverless cars, AI and cryptocurrencies among key tech trends in 2018, says Telenor

A team of scientists and technology analysts at Telenor Research have argued that self-driving cars, AI, big data and cryptocurrencies will be key in the market in 2018. Following are some of the imminent technological trends laid out by the team:

Social media newsfeeds

With users posting less on Facebook, relevant information on newsfeeds has dropped, giving rise to paid content. Users are becoming more aware of ‘fake news’ that is seeping into their feeds.

Rules of agreement

The EU will update...

By IoT News, 19 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Rise of ‘smart wearables’ helps bolster overall market in Q3, says IDC

The total shipment volume of wearables globally saw a 7.3% year over year in Q3/2017 amounting to 26.3 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, while the overall wearable market is witnessing a consistent growth trend, a specific growth trend is noticed in the smart wearables (devices that have the ability to run third party applications) market but it is missing from the market associated with basic wearables...

By IoT News, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Wearables.

Assessing a sustainable IoT future: Why security and connectivity barriers must be overcome

What will the connected world look like in 2030? According to a new report from Wipro Digital, a sustainable future will be achieved but only if certain barriers are conquered first.

The report, developed together by Wipro and non-profit organization Forum for the Future, found that although 98% of business leaders are sure that data and connectivity will contribute to a sustainable future, only 50% of them utilise them to support such efforts.

According to the study, the future vision for an IoT driven...

By IoT News, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

AT&T approves Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset for its network

Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset has been approved by AT&T to run on its IoT network, the company has announced.

The move ‘furthers Altair’s commitment to AT&T and broadens the device and module partner ecosystem supporting LTE-M deployments’, the company added.

The chipset has multiple use cases, including in powering trackers, wearable devices, and sensors. It also offers minimal power consumption, and is software upgradeable to single antenna LTE...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Steve Chien, NASA: On how automation helps monitor natural hazards and the future of AI

Remember the volcanic eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull, back in 2010? Those whose flights were cancelled in the chaos probably retain a mild annoyance. Those in the industry caught in the crossfire, on the other hand, may well break out in a cold sweat to this day just thinking about it.

Why? The industry simply wasn’t ready for the disruption. The resultant six-day travel ban from Eyjafjallajökull’s emissions led to the following: more than 95,000 cancelled flights; approximately 10...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

How IoT will fuel the next revolution in farming technology

New research from global mobile satellite company Inmarsat has found that the agriculture sector is interested in embracing the power of IoT and will spend significantly on the technology over the next five years.

The study, titled ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017’, contains responses from the world’s 100 largest agritech companies and found that the sector is rapidly taking to IoT technologies. It shows 62% of the surveyed firms had already fully or partially deployed IoT-based...

By IoT News, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

2,000 IoT sensors will monitor the Netherlands’ rail network — UK is the next stop

ProRail, a government-owned maintenance company, will be installing 2,000 IoT sensors to monitor rail network assets.

The sensors are from Strukton Rail company Dual Inventive and will be rolled out in the coming months in the Netherlands. 1,500 sensors will be installed on points with point heating; while 500 sensors will be used for other rail systems — including barriers and catenaries.

Each of the sensors will monitor the infrastructure for issues such as temperature...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK negotiates leniency from the EU’s stifling GDPR

The UK government has published a draft of its Data Protection Bill which brings the EU’s controversial GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) into UK law but provides leniency in some important areas.

In an editorial last month, IoT News highlighted the danger of GDPR regulations holding back startups which rely on data collection. We spoke to Peter Wright, solicitor and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Why the convergence of the IoT, big data and AI will drive the next generation of applications

The latest market research report titled ‘Technology Advancements Shaping Big Data Progress’ from Frost & Sullivan states that big data, IoT, and AI combined, will take futuristic applications to the next level.

It identifies the important development areas within the information and communication technology sphere which not only has the ability to address the challenges of the Big Data space, but also facilitate development of advanced applications through convergence.

Swapnadeep Nayak,...

By IoT News, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Healthcare and housing companies among seven in Scottish startup IoT accelerator programme

CENSIS, a centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems technologies, has organised its first Internet of Things (IoT) Explorer programme in order to boost IoT adoption by businesses, with seven Scotland-based SMEs and startups winning a place in this programme.

The successful companies include detainees’ health monitoring technology developer Angel Monitors, Attis Fitness, which creates smart sportswear which when combined with an app, tells the runner regarding their performance and reduces the...

By IoT News, 03 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

An NB-IoT first for North America – but what will it change?

Last week, and with considerable fanfare, T-Mobile announced completing the trial of North America’s first NB-IoT network. This in contrast to AT&T and Verizon’s strategy for an initial CAT-M1 rollout, to be followed by NB1 at a later date.

While this has justifiably caused initial excitement, to what extent will it truly affect the IoT market, both domestically or abroad?

  • This trial is an exciting NB-IoT first for the United...

By Ilan Reingold, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.