European IoT scene gets boost with two new investments from Breed Reply

Breed Reply, a UK-based active operational investor in early-stage IoT businesses, has recently invested in two new IoT startups: Norway-based CageEye and Germany-based ubirch.

Since they were launched, both have obtained a total of €5.8 million in funding, including this investment round. This is nothing more than a strategic move for Breed Reply, as investing in these new ventures allows it to expand its pan-European investment portfolio which has now increased to 22 in a variety of different...

By IoT News, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Facebook’s latest acquisition shows interest in UK AI industry

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly acquiring London-based Bloomsbury AI, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) startup.

The company is expected to be paying between $23 - $30 million for its Bloomsbury acquisition, which is also said to involve stock changing hands.

In an official statement, Facebook said:

"The Bloomsbury team has built a leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language in order to answer any...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

Ericsson and China Mobile continue IoT collaboration with recent updates

Ericsson and China Mobile have signed a cooperation agreement around the Swedish operator’s Device Connection Platform in order to strengthen the latter’s IoT goals.

The agreement, signed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last week, is based on the strategic cooperation framework agreements which the two firms signed at MWC in Barcelona this year for the expansion of IoT opportunities in industry and enterprises.

Qiao Hui, general manager of China Mobile IoT, said: “By launching DCP, we will...

By IoT News, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: How startups can survive and thrive in an IoT landscape

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"If you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg," explained Wienke Giezeman, co-founder at LoRaWAN network provider The Things Network, "don't go into IoT."

At an entertaining panel session at IoT Tech Expo Europe this morning, representatives from various stakeholders discussed the ins and outs of Internet of Things investment - and what your startup needs to do to survive.

According to Manuela Krull-Mancinelli, managing director of smart city and...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

IoT Tech Expo: Exploring autonomy and getting the last mile in connected railways and waterways

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If the ultimate goal of connected transportation is an interoperable system and network between different operators and different transport modes, then we have a long way to go to secure it. But collaboration and openness is the key to success.

Case in point: the majority of the panellists - and more than half of the audience - at the IoT Tech Expo session on connected transportation in Amsterdam arrived at the venue by train. In many cases, it was more than...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, Smart Cities.

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.

Fairhair Alliance aims to address IoT infrastructure security risks in new whitepaper

A new whitepaper titled ‘Security Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Commercial Buildings’ released by Fairhair Alliance states that organisations must deal with online security risks in a common IP-based infrastructure.

Sharing a common IP-based infrastructure proves to be beneficial for building automation and control systems in commercial buildings. Thease includes centralised monitoring and control, real-time insights and status updates across the entire building, remote access...

By IoT News, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security.

Syniverse aims to offer secured connectivity to worldwide mobile operators

A new private, secure, global network solution, called Syniverse Secure Global Access, has been introduced by US-based telecommunications firm, Syniverse to offer foundation for businesses to reliably safeguard mission-critical data.

The Syniverse Secure Global Access aims to provide privacy and security not available through the public internet, additionally providing businesses with secure connectivity to mobile operators across nearly 200 countries and territories.

Many organisations have lost...

By IoT News, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Johan Krebbers, Shell: On why poor quality data won’t cut it in delaying your IoT initiatives

The links between the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are irresistible. As a Wired article put it, IoT ‘will produce a treasure trove of big data’ and that ‘the only way to keep up with [it] and gain the hidden insight it holds is with machine learning.’

For Johan Krebbers, IT CTO at Shell, it’s non-negotiable. “IoT on its own is useless,” he explains. “It...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

AT&T to bring NB-IoT to US and Mexico

AT&T has announced that it would be bringing its NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology to its customers in the US and Mexico. According to the company, the technology would be complimenting to their LTE-M network which is already present in the two countries.

Both NB-IoT and LTE-M are Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technologies that play a crucial role in IoT deployment. AT&T said that in the US, the NB-IoT would be launched in early 2019; whereas in Mexico it would be launched by the end of...

By IoT News, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

BlackBerry CEO believes it will be a decade before self-driving car prevalence

Speaking to shareholders on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he believes it will be a decade before self-driving cars become mainstream.

A large part of this is not just the difficulty of developing the technology, but also how long it will take for governments to come up with the regulations to support them.

BlackBerry is highly involved in this process and trusted with its reputation for security. The company is working with the American and Canadian governments to determine safety standards.

This is in...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Crate.io raises $11 million in series A funding to push SQL IoT data platform

Crate.io has raised $11 million in Series A funding to push development of its vision for an open source SQL database for real-time machine data and IoT applications.

The funding round was led by Zetta Venture Partners and Deutsche Invest Equity with participation from Mike Chalfen, Momenta Partners and Charlie Songhurst. According to the company, existing investors Draper Esprit, Vito Ventures and Solomon Hykes also participated in the round, which will be used to boost the growth and adoption of both the...

By IoT News, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

IoT worldwide spending to hit $1.2 trillion by 2022, says IDC

Global spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to hit $1.2 trillion by 2022, according to the latest report from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, argues the IoT technology market offers business investment opportunities across a variety of industries and illuminated through implementations of use case.

As the diverse IoT market reaches broad-based critical mass, innovative offerings in analytics software, cloud...

By IoT News, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Battle for standardisation driving rise of LPWA network connections, research finds

Cellular and non-cellular low power wide-area (LPWA) network connections will grow globally at a CAGR of 53% until 2023, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market growth will be driven by growth in smart meters and asset trackers, with the continued battle for dominance between the primary standards, NB-IoT, CAT-M, Sigfox and LoRa, also fuelling the rise.

In 2017, smart meters and asset trackers contributed to almost three-quarters of all LPWA network connections, dominated by non-cellular LPWA...

By IoT News, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Toyota’s $1bn Grab investment is the largest ever in a ride-hailing company

Automotive giant Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Singapore-based company Grab represents the largest ever made in a ride-hailing firm.

Grab is foremost a ride-hailing firm similar to Uber. In fact, Grab acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Also similar to Uber is Grab having its own recently-unveiled food delivery service, GrabFood. The company is even launching an e-payment service, GrabPay.

Considering the wild success of Uber, it’s unsurprising investors are...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.

CEBIT 2018: Huawei debuts its latest IoT and AI products

During CEBIT 2018, Huawei unveiled several of its latest IoT and AI products designed to help enterprises create ‘intelligent’ transformation.

Huawei’s President of Global Marketing, Qiu Heng, delivered a keynote speech in which he spoke of how the IoT and AI are enabling businesses to connect the physical and digital world.

The company’s OceanConnect IoT platform has been upgraded to support connected cars systems.

Huawei highlights four key elements of its IoV (Internet of Vehicles)...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

‘World’s first’ 3D printed houses to be built in Eindhoven: Another route to smarter cities?

The Netherlands will soon be seeing the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses in the city of Eindhoven, as part of Project Milestone.

The municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos are partners in the project.

The houses are irregular in shape and their design is based on erratic blocks in a green landscape. This design aims at a high level of...

By IoT News, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Study: Connected car owners will trade personal data for services

A study conducted by Edison Research has found a willingness from connected car owners to trade personal data for services.

The research, commissioned by automotive data services platform Otonomo, indicates high-profile privacy breaches have not shaken the majority of consumers’ willingness to share personal data — as long as it’s clear what services they’ll receive in return.

On average, around 80 percent of those surveyed who expressed interest in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.