Porsche investing €150 million in startups – focusing on AI and blockchain technologies

Porsche has announced it is increasing its total investment in venture capital activities by €150 million for the next five years.

By making this move, the German automobile manufacturer intends to gain access to new technologies, trends and business models. Porsche Ventures, being a strategic investor, is aiming to invest in business models that involve mobility, digital lifestyle and customer experience, along with...

By IoT News, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Eight technologies that are changing IoT – and how they can benefit you

It’s fair to say that IoT has seen a fair few buzzwords roll through over the years, but there is a fresh batch of cutting-edge technology that will really change the way businesses and consumers alike interact. We’ve picked out eight critical areas where this change will be most marked and disruptive to the IoT networks we know today:

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By Martin Keenan, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

AT&T and Ericsson partner up for IoT cybersecurity

AT&T and Ericsson are teaming up to provide comprehensive testing for organisations to safeguard connected devices.

According to AT&T, only 10% of its surveyed organisations say they are confident about their devices having sufficient security measures in place. The operator has seen an increase in vulnerability scans of IoT devices at the company in the last two years.

By IoT News, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Arrow and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance team up for innovation lab

Arrow Electronics has teamed up with the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance to launch the Colorado Open Lab, which will be located within the company’s global headquarters in the city of Centennial in Colorado.

The Colorado Open Lab, which is an IoT engineering workspace for customer development showcase and innovation collaboration to expedite development of OEM IoT appliances and AI-enhanced applications, is supported by...

By IoT News, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

UK: Driverless car makers face jail if they cause harm

UK government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe confirmed driverless car makers will face jail if their vehicles cause harm.

Buscombe was responding to a parliamentary question on the subject. She asserted that existing health and safety law "applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software".

The response helps to settle a debate between academics and legal circles about responsibility when it comes to AI. Some believe the fear of prosecution may drive people away from developing...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Opinion: Television still has the power to connect the home

When it comes to the home, and specifically the technology at the heart of most people’s homes, the television has a big role to play.

On average, people spend more time interacting with television than any other single activity. Of course, we aren’t all sitting down to watch scheduled programmes in the way families did in previous decades, at least not most of the time, but rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

If an argument was to be made for the single medium at the centre of the...

By Jeff Hunter, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

IoTium raises $13.6 million in series B funding to push forward 'zero touch' for IIoT

IoTium, a Santa Clara-based software provider for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has raised $13.6 million in series B funding to help fuel market expansion in the US and abroad.

The company, which provides a managed secure network infrastructure for the IIoT, has secured funding led by March Capital Partners, with Honeywell Ventures, JC2 Ventures, Hanna Ventures, GE Ventures and Jupiter Ventures also participating.

The company's ethos is around 'zero touch' - in other words, the ability to scale to...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT.

It is high time for IR sensor 2.0 – driven by the IoT

The IR sensor is a crucial component in many everyday products, ranging from medical equipment to mobile phones. But the technology is 50 years old and in serious need of an upgrade. The next generation IR sensor 2.0 for IoT will be much thinner than old sensors and cheaper to manufacture.

Today's manufacturing industry is highly dependent on sensors. Whether it is heavy industrial products or smaller consumer products – they are all more or less dependent on well-functioning sensors that control...

By Robert Ekström, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Manufacturing, Standards.

How cellular will be key to sorting the IoT standardisation wars

A new study conducted by the GSMA and InterDigital has highlighted some important transitions in the field of IoT that have started to become a reality with everyday deployment of the technology.

The report, titled ‘Mobile and the Internet of Things: Unanimity Around Fragmentation, Surprises In Connectivity And Geography’, notes that the various transitions include: the key role of the 3GPP standards-based...

By IoT News, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Nodle.io raises $1.5 million to help bring cryptocurrency to app developers

Nodle.io, a crowdsourced IoT network firm, has announced the launch of a new cryptocurrency for monetising IoT connections, applications and data, along with an amount of $1.5 million that it raised in a recent seed funding round led by Blockchange Ventures.

Blockhead Capital, Bootstraplabs, Olymp Capital, Mark Pincus with Work Play Ventures and Yeoman's Capital, also participated in the funding round.

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

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.