Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

McKinsey explores what IoT leaders do to drive greater results in their business

  • IoT leaders are achieving cost and revenue gains of at least 15% or more, while laggards see less than 5%.
  • Pursuing 80% more IoT use cases compared to their peers, IoT leaders are progressing faster down the learning curve of monetising their application areas.
  • IoT leaders anticipate that their IoT use cases will boost their gross profits by 13% over the next three years, three times as much as IoT laggards.

What IoT leaders do to excel and drive greater results compared to their peers is explored in the recent 

By Louis Columbus, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Blockchain can revolutionise Industry 4.0 - but we need to move from pilot to production soon

MWC19 Blockchain technologies are set to have a key impact on the supply chain - but there is still a long way to go before we see the leap which the promise has predicted.

That was the primary message from an intriguing session at MWC Barcelona today which focused on Industry 4.0 and how blockchain will influence logistics.

Marcus Fromm, MD, travel and transport lead at Accenture, topped and tailed his presentation with a stark contrast on how the supply chain of the future will look. His opening slide was a mass...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT.

Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The top 25 IoT startups to watch in 2019: A guide

  • 26,792 startups are relying on IoT as one of their main technologies to launch new products and services and support platform-based business models according to Crunchbase.
  • 78.4% of IoT startups Crunchbase tracks have had two funding rounds or less with seed, angel and early-stage rounds being the most common.
  • IoT startup funding reached $16.7bn in Q4, 2018, with last years’ funding levels 94% over 2017 according to Venture Scanner.
  • By 2020, 50% of IoT spending will be driven by discrete manufacturing, transportation and...

By Louis Columbus, 21 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

Audi GLOSA helps drivers breeze past green traffic lights

Audi’s latest feature wants to help drivers ensure they’re not stuck at red traffic lights by connecting to city infrastructure.

The feature is called Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and will advise the driver of what speed to go at in order to catch the “green wave” and breeze past traffic lights safely.

Hopefully, it will lead to more of the wonderful moments depicted by James Corden in this Confused.com advert:

 

Audi’s system works by monitoring the...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Vodafone IoT Barometer 2019: ‘Significant acceleration’ in adoption

The 2019 edition of Vodafone’s annual IoT Barometer has been released showing a surge in adoption of the burgeoning technology.

For its research, Vodafone surveyed 1,758 businesses worldwide. More than a third (34%) have now adopted the IoT to some extent.

Stefano Gastaut, CEO of IoT at Vodafone Business, said:

“IoT is central to business success in an increasingly digitised world, with 72 percent of adopters saying digital transformation is impossible without it.

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Nigel Stanley, TÜV Rheinland: Exploring differences in IT and OT to get cybersecurity right in industrial systems

Towards the end of 2017, researchers from cybersecurity firm Dragos detected a foiled malware attack which, even though it wasn’t successful, had serious repercussions for anyone working in industrial environments.

The malware, known predominantly as Triton but also going under the monikers of Trisis or HatMan, targeted petrochemical plants in the Middle East. What marked it out from other attacks was that it focused on...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Security, Standards.

IoT startup GoFar raises $1.3m to improve drivers’ skills

When driving I’ve often wished fellow road users would improve their skills, but IoT startup GoFar has raised over $1m to help achieve just that.

GoFar builds connected car tech. The Sydney-based startup raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter back in June 2015 and has since expanded to 14 personnel serving thousands of customers across 53 countries.

In a funding round led by Right Click Capital, GoFar has now secured $1.3 million to continue its journey.

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

You’ll have had your IoT: Scotland gets most advanced UK Internet of Things network

Glasgow-based intelligent networking and integrated security solutions provider Boston Networks is powering what is claimed to be the UK’s most advanced Internet of Things network, called IoT Scotland.

IoT Scotland is a £6 million wide area wireless sensor network that will work through 500 Long Range (LoRa) wireless gateways situated all over Scotland. The network will help applications and services to gather data...

By IoT News, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Driverless vehicles do not understand Dutch cyclists

The Dutch government is running into problems with its autonomous vehicle plans; namely, the automobiles can’t understand cyclists.

According to ‘I Amsterdam’, there are 881,000 bikes in Amsterdam alone. 58 percent of Amsterdammers older than 12 cycles daily. That’s a big problem if driverless cars are unable to understand and react to cyclists.

Under the Dutch government’s plans, 100...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed goes live

The UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed has gone live in Millbrook as part of the AutoAir consortium.

Based at the Millbrook Proving Grounds test track, the Airspan-led consortium has deployed a small cell network of 89 base stations operating in the in the 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz mid-band spectrum. The network also includes a 22 sector high-speed mobility 57-71 GHz mmWave highway system.

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

IDC notes how Asia Pacific is set to become global IoT spending leader in 2019

The recently published IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide has predicted that the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan (APEJ), will spend around 36.9% of the worldwide spend, making it the global leader for IoT spending in 2019. Following APEJ will be the US and Western Europe with 26.1% of the WW IoT spend in 2019, respectively.

In 2018, China spent £123.57bn, making it the top spender in the...

By IoT News, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Standards.

UK launches first 5G smart factory as part of industrial trial

The UK has launched its first 5G smart factory as part of an industrial trial examining how British factories can be modernised.

Bosch’s factory in Worcester has been fitted with sensors and 5G-based technology for monitoring its operations.

The factory will be combining IoT sensors and 5G for preventative maintenance. Data analytics will help to predict failures before they occur.

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Inrix: Traffic jams are costing £8bn per year in the UK

Connected car services firm Inrix has released its latest analysis of UK traffic which highlights it costs the economy around £8 billion per year.

Drivers in the UK’s most congested city, London, lost 227 hours each last year. Birmingham took second place with each driver wasting 134 hours, while Glasgow was third losing 99 hours.

Overall, it’s costing each driver an average of £1,137. For weary London travellers, it’s costing around £1,680 each.

Connected cars, and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

VMware and InfluxData team up over enterprise and industrial IoT data

San Francisco-based tech firm InfluxData has announced that it will be integrating its technology with VMware’s IoT infrastructure management solution -- the Pulse IoT Centre, which embeds InfluxData’s InfluxDB Enterprise and Kapacitor.

The Pulse IoT Centre is an enterprise-grade IoT device management and monitoring solution, allowing customers to manage, monitor and secure IoT systems and connected devices,...

By IoT News, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Study reveals laxness among automakers in terms of cybersecurity

An independent study conducted by Ponemon Institute found that 30% of the automotive companies do not have their own cybersecurity programme or a team. It also found that these companies do not even hire external organisations to secure the software used in their products.

Moreover, the survey shows that around 63% of all automotive firms are heedless when it comes to testing vulnerabilities. Less than half of software, hardware, and other technologies they develop remain untested.  

By IoT News, 07 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

How Industry 4.0 developments will be gaining pace in 2019

Sponsored It goes without saying that the ongoing fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, will be a vital theme in 2019. Increasingly, as various industries mature in their thinking and outlook towards the Internet of Things, budgets are looking towards a confluence of emerging technologies and – deployed in concert – how they can drive greater efficiencies in the industrial sector.

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By IoT News, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Extreme Networks launches Defender for IoT with aim to secure edge devices

Extreme Networks, a California-based network equipment supplier, has launched Defender for IoT, which aims to help organisations secure edge and IoT devices.

Defender for IoT, which is part of the company’s Smart OmniEdge solution, can be deployed on any network by anyone, which means no technical expertise is required at all. It is so easy that even a non-technical staff at schools, hospitals, retailers, and hospitality...

By IoT News, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Standards.

Report: Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

A paper distributed on ArXiv last week analysed the concerning lack of security when it comes to IoT device apps.

The security issues plaguing IoT devices themselves are well-documented. Security often seems to be an afterthought in the rush to market.

While there’s been a recent explosion in connected devices, app development has been around much longer. The mature development industry has created best practices to help ensure security, but it seems the note hasn’t reached IoT device app...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.