Why Industry 4.0's potential needs to be proven on the shop floor

  • 99% of mid-market manufacturing executives are familiar with Industry 4.0, yet only 5% are currently implementing or have implemented an Industry 4.0 strategy
  • Investing in upgrading existing machinery, replacing fully depreciated machines with next-generation smart, connected production equipment, and adopting real-time monitoring including Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are manufacturers’ top three priorities based on interviews with them
  • Mid-market manufacturers getting the most value out of Industry 4.0 excel at orchestrating a variety of technologies to find new ways...

By Louis Columbus, 31 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Zigbee Alliance’s new initiative aims to improve interoperability between IoT devices

The Zigbee Alliance has publicly announced the All Hubs Initiative, a new offering with an aim to improve interoperability between IoT devices and major consumer and commercial platforms.

The All Hubs Initiative will make it feasible for developers to easily develop, deploy, and sell smart home and IoT products across ecosystems. The result of this effort is a set of features at the application and network layers of Zigbee, which...

By IoT News, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

School’s IoT network teaches students about climate change

A secondary school in Sheffield has created an IoT network to educate students about both the emerging technology and climate change.

Smart cities have the potential to help monitor things such as pollution and improve residents’ quality of life. It’s hoped the experience will help students in using IoT technologies in later life while instilling the need to reduce our environmental impact as a species.

The school’s IoT network was set up by the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

IoT attacks could put a £1bn hole in the UK economy

Research from Irdeto suggests IoT attacks may cost the UK economy over £1 billion per year due to lax security measures.

UK organisations in critical industries such as healthcare, transport, and manufacturing were polled by the Dutch security vendor. Irdeto found attacks on IoT equipment caused £244,000 in losses on average.

Steeve Huin, VP at Irdeto, said:

“Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, who are increasingly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Enterprises need to assess their IoT footprint, argues Zscaler

San Jose-based IT security firm Zscaler’s latest study has found that more than a thousand organisations around the world have more than one IoT device transferring data from the network to the internet through the company’s proprietary cloud platform.

The study, titled “IoT in the Enterprise: An Analysis of Traffic and Threats” and which analysed 56 million IoT device transactions to explore the...

By IoT News, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, Security.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Opinion: The road to truly intelligent connected cars

Building the smart car of the future requires putting technology in the driver’s seat. The most fundamental feature of a connected car is network connectivity, and this usually involves a wireless local area network (LAN). This allows the car to share internet access and data with other devices, both inside and outside the vehicle.

According to McKinsey and Cisco, researchers estimate that nearly...

By Diby Malakar, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play.

It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT.

One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry.

IHS Markit

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent.

Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road.

When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear.

The result was a tailback just...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch gets bullish on blockchain as ‘key technology for the economy of things’

Manufacturing giant Bosch has found its voice getting increasingly louder when it comes to digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) – and now the company is advocating distributed ledger technologies as key to restoring trust online.

Bosch spent two days last week hosting its ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, and in the aftermath the company touted it was at the ‘next milestone’ on the road to becoming a...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

5G to debut in IoT market in late 2020, argues Berg Insight report

Plenty has been said on when 5G will truly arrive – but according to a new report from Berg Insight, we should expect to wait another 18 months before the technology arrives in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT).

According to the IoT analyst firm, the first 5G cellular IoT modules will be available for developers in 2019 and will allow early adopters to build first IoT-based devices that will centre on the 5G...

By IoT News, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

How to secure our connected world: An open call to the industry

It’s 2019. The long-anticipated Internet of Things (IoT), despite gaining decent ground over the past few years, still doesn’t quite feel as mature as we were once promised. The technology is there, the appetite is there. What is holding it back?

Three things consistently arise when truly looking at scaling the IoT: 

  • Fear over poor security (exacerbated by destructive attacks and scare-mongering of recent years)
  • Closed ecosystems looking to become the next big thing at the centre of our universe 
  • Widespread access to suitable...

By Michael Moorfield, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Standards.

Report: Edge computing likely to show strong growth for future IoT use cases

A new report from Strategy Analytics claims that edge computing is on the rise in IoT deployments and is anticipated to show strong growth in the coming years.

The market research firm believes that data will be processed by edge computing in three fifths (59%) of the IoT deployments by 2025, which will mainly be driven by the efficient use of the network, security, and the response time. At present, the research suggests that 44% of companies today are leveraging the power of edge computing in...

By IoT News, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

‘Hank’ aspires to be the world’s most dexterous robot

A robot developed by Cambridge Consultants called Hank aims to be the world’s most dexterous robot with humanlike mobility.

Hank features pneumatic fingers that are flexible and contain a ‘pioneering’ sensor to provide a sense of touch and grip. Using the sensor, Hank is able to hold and grip even the most delicate objects.

The inability to emulate the human touch has been a key reason behind the lack of robot adoption in areas like manufacturing line picking and agriculture.

Bruce Ackman,...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Verizon’s NB-IoT network covers more than nine tenths of US population

US telecom giant Verizon has announced that its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Network is now available across US, covering more than 92% of the country’s population. The NB-IoT Network, which is Verizon’s additional IoT connectivity option, along with the company’s ThingSpace management platform, APIs, tools and rich ecosystem of partners, aims to empower enterprise clients to develop innovative NB-IoT solutions.

By IoT News, 15 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Chinese retailer JD is pumping $55m into connected vehicles

Chinese retail giant JD is pumping $55 million into connected vehicle fleets to further boost its leadership in logistics automation.

JD is the world's leading company in high-tech and AI delivery through drones, autonomous technology, and robots. The firm possesses the largest drone delivery system, infrastructure, and capability in the world.

According to a filing posted by Jiangsu Xinning Modern Logistics, JD has agreed to invest 376 million yuan...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Topaz Energy and Marine team up with Baker Hughes for IoT-enabled vessel maintenance

Dubai-based marine logistics firm Topaz Energy and Marine has placed an order and signed a long-term contract with GE-owned oil company Baker Hughes to deploy the latter’s lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX, in order to enhance the maintenance and field time of every vessel in Topaz’s fleet.

The VitalyX system, which is a mix of IoT and latest sensors with condition monitoring software, generates...

By IoT News, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT.