Bosch and Daimler launch automated valet parking in China

Bosch and car manufacturing group Daimler have successfully launched the pilot of an automated valet parking service in China.

The pilot, launched in Beijing, uses automated technology to steer a vehicle to a designated space. Whenever the user wants to leave, a tap on their smartphone can return the vehicle to its owner ready for the onwards journey.

Professor Hans Georg Engel, Head of Mercedes-Benz R&D China, said:

“Automated Valet Parking is an important milestone on the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

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, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

George Hotz ousts himself as CEO of driverless startup Comma.ai

George Hotz, CEO of driverless car startup Comma, has ousted himself and will announce his “very talented” replacement on Friday.

Hotz gained notoriety after the impressive feat of hacking the PS3 and iPhone as a teenager under the ‘Geohot’ alias. Sony even went as far as to sue Hotz for hacking their console.

While the so-called jailbreaking scene on iOS is dwindling as a result of more features being included as part of Apple’s OS itself, many appreciated Hotz’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Qualcomm’s new wearable chip improves Wear OS battery life

It feels like it’s been an age, but Qualcomm’s first wearable chip in two years has launched promising much-improved battery life.

The main beneficiary of Qualcomm’s chip will be Wear OS devices. Apple and Samsung’s devices have benefited from in-house developed chips that Wear OS’ various manufacturers have not had access to.

Dennis Troper, Director of Wear OS at Google, says:

“Together with Qualcomm Technologies and the ecosystem, Wear OS by Google has...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

J.D. Power and Avis Budget Group join the Internet of Things Consortium

Market researcher J.D. Power and Avis Budget Group have joined the Internet of Things Consortium, or IoTC, a business development organisation focused on connecting thought-leaders and companies to drive IoT interactions and partnerships.

By joining the IoTC, J.D. Power will be among more than 70 well-known organisations such as ADT, Comcast, Cox Communications, Electrolux, FOX, Honeywell, LG Electronics USA, Liberty Mutual...

By IoT News, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Cloudera teams up with Red Hat and Eurotech for end-to-end open source IoT architecture

Cloud and machine learning platform provider Cloudera, alongside Red Hat and Eurotech, have launched a new end-to-end open source IoT architecture.

This new platform is helpful for users in many ways. Organisations that are subscribed to proprietary IoT solutions find themselves in a circle of limited functionality, locked into a particular vendor, and are unable to scale. But with the new open source architecture, such...

By IoT News, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Munich Re acquires IoT middleware platform provider Relayr for $300 million

German reinsurer Munich Re, through its subsidiary Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), has acquired 100% of IoT middleware startup Relayr, at a valuation of $300 million.

Relayr, which has partnered with HSB and Munich Re since 2006, will continue to function as an independent entity to maintain its distinct company culture, drive innovation and attract IoT talent. What’s more, the companies noted that Relayr will benefit from...

By IoT News, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Apple retains its lead at the top of the wearables tree, says IDC

Apple remains the strongest vendor in the wearables space with market-beating results – but the overall market is seeing an uptick thanks to strong figures in emerging markets.

The Cupertino giant holds 17% of the overall market share, up from 13% this time last year, with 4.7 million shipments this quarter and year over year growth of 38.4%, according to the latest figures from IDC.

By James Bourne, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Samsung outlines vision for connected living through AI, IoT and 5G at IFA

At IFA in Berlin, Samsung held a press conference wherein it announced its aim to shape the future of connected living via developing innovative products and services. The South Korean electronics giant showcased how breakthrough technologies, which are powered by AI and IoT, are able to bring comfort and convenience to people’s lives.

Samsung is already at the forefront of unravelling the power of AI and 5G for...

By IoT News, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Verizon upgrades its Cat M network for IoT solutions

Verizon has made its Cat M network capable of providing voice access and serve applications using fixed IoT voice services, such as alarm panels with communications components, by strengthening its ability to support a wide range of IoT solutions with enhanced features.

A feature called Connected Mode Mobility (CMM) empowers mobile voice service that is being deployed at present and will be complete within the month of...

By IoT News, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Dyson invests £200m into a UK driverless vehicle campus

Appliance giant Dyson is looking to venture outside the household by investing £200m into building a UK driverless vehicle campus.

The company will be redeveloping a Wiltshire airfield for its research purposes, offering plenty of space for testing driverless vehicles.

Several old World War Two-era air hangars will now be used for engineering work, housing up to 2,000 new employees at a site where Mosquitoes, Spitfires, and Lancaster bombers were once housed.

Jim Rowan, Dyson Chief Executive, comments:

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

IoT devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous – but most consumers don’t know what IoT means

70% of consumers polled by Metova already own at least one IoT device – yet less than one in five said they were well aware of what the term Internet of Things means.

Metova, a US-based provider of mobile, connected car, connected home and IoT solutions, has revealed the results of a survey that polled over 1000 consumers regarding their opinion on IoT and connected home technologies.

By IoT News, 29 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart, connected products: How to set up a successful service paradigm

Smart, connected 'things' can report their current state and send alerts when problems appear. However, these products are still not intelligent enough to work without human participation, and a certain degree of monitoring, control, and maintenance is needed anyway, which can be an additional burden for vendors.

In such a situation, vendors can resort to independent service providers who focus on similar products from different vendors. Service organisations, in their turn, may find new opportunities...

By Boris Shiklo, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Toyota pumps $500 million into Uber’s self-driving initiative

Automotive giant Toyota is pumping $500 million into Uber’s self-driving car initiative to help ensure both companies emerge as leaders in the space.

Competition is heating up in the autonomous driving business. Analysts from Research and Markets predict the industry will be worth $126.8 billion by 2027, so it’s little wonder so many firms are looking for their slice of the pie.

Toyota and Uber are both seen as lagging behind the competition...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

CTIA announces Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices

Washington-based CTIA – a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the US – has created the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices.

The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program is said to be the first of its kind to be developed in partnership with several leading wireless operators, tech firms, security experts and test labs, across the country....

By IoT News, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

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.