IoT platform Afero gains $20.3 million in Series A funding

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IoT platform provider Afero has raised $20.3 million (£14m) in a series A round of investment led by Samsung Catalyst Fund. Other investors in the round include the SoftBank Group, Fenox Venture Capital, Presidio Ventures, Sanshin Electronics, Robert Dobkin and Assembly Partners.

The Afero platform, as previously covered by this publication when it launched in December, is...

By IoT News, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

ARM buys imaging and embedded computer vision company Apical for $350m

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Semiconductor provider ARM has acquired imaging and embedded computer vision firm Apical for $350 million (£240m) to boost its long term growth strategy.

Apical is an imaging and embedded computer vision technology company that provides solutions which allow devices to comprehend and act in an intelligent manner in response to information gleaned from the environment.

ARM has made the acquisition in order to boost its strategy by enabling new imaging products for next...

By IoT News, 20 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

How Rotterdam boosts waste management efficiency by leveraging IoT technologies

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Enevo, a smart waste management provider, has a product that integrates waste container monitoring, data analytics and fill-level forecasting, dynamic route planning and driver route guidance via in-cab tablet computers. Enevo wireless sensors monitor the fill level of the waste containers, transmitting the information to the company’s cloud servers. Now, the municipality of Rotterdam has begun to implement the company’s solution.

As part of the second phase of a Paper and...

By IoT News, 19 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

First IoT platform on OGC SensorThings API released

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SensorUp has rolled out what is claimed to be the first IoT platform based on Open Geospatial Consortium SensorThings API, allowing IoT companies and developers to formulate standards-compliant IoT products and services.

Standards-compliance is a key feature in the IoT as it ensures exchange of data between disparate sensors. There are several use cases that benefit from such integration. For instance, a fitness band can be connected to a calorie intake app while municipalities located...

By IoT News, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Cypress to acquire Broadcom's IoT operations for $550m

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Cypress Semiconductor has announced the acquisition of Broadcom’s IoT business unit for $550 million (£376m) in cash.

The IoT arm of the network and semiconductor provider employs close to 430 people globally and brought in $189m in revenue during the past 12 months. As part of the agreement, Cypress will acquire Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee IoT product lines and intellectual property, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem.

The transaction, which...

By IoT News, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

UK smart home adoption negatively impacted by ‘consumer mistrust’, research finds

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Only 5% of UK consumers say they want to own a smart home device, according to the latest research from Harris Interactive, with the lack of uptake blamed on ‘consumer mistrust’.

Less than a third of survey respondents said they were willing to use smart home services to save time, according to the research, while technological innovation also didn’t appeal to consumers, with 21% arguing this reason had importance. Additionally, a majority of consumers do not use...

By IoT News, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Homes.

PTC updates ThingWorx IoT platform

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PTC has updated its ThingWorx IoT platform which includes easier developer tools, new clouds and services, and an increase in the number of connected devices and analytics. Customers will have their choice of a public cloud service, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) being the first approved service. Providing control to the developer allows PTC to be friendlier to third-party...

By IoT News, 13 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Hitachi introduces Lumada IoT core platform

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Public and private sector organizations are turning to digital transformation to optimise processes, boost efficiency and enhance interactions with customers. IoT solutions can play a key role in these efforts though developing such solutions is a challenge. In response, Hitachi Insight has unveiled Lumada, an IoT core platform, with an open and adaptable architecture that streamlines...

By IoT News, 12 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Gemalto to demo Cinterion VoLTE Cat.1 module for IoT

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At Gemalto's pre-event on its Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in Santa Clara, California, the company will demonstrate its first Cinterion Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Category 1 (Cat.1) module. The module is its first to enable simultaneous data and voice communications via LTE.

The new module is suited for solutions that are migrating to LTE while keeping the flexibility of...

By IoT News, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Smart cities could lose $341 billion with non-standardised IoT deployments by 2025

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In a new whitepaper, commissioned by mobile technology and research company InterDigital, Machina Research studied potential IoT deployments in smart cities. Smart cities as a segment reflect the state of the IoT at large as they comprise a number of vertical domains, multiple parties, and diverse IT systems. They...

By IoT News, 05 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Research: Nest reveals consumer feelings about the IoT

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In research commissioned by Nest and undertaken by Kelton Global and Research Now, 80 percent of US consumers were found to want to make their homes smarter. This is just one finding amongst several which provides a positive impression about the future of the smart home market. 

The growing interest from consumers is equating to sales, with connected home products taking off in retail. “Connected home products like the Nest Thermostat...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Intel cancels development of three SoFIA chip products to focus on IoT

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Intel has reportedly cancelled development of three of its SoFIA chip products as the company turns to newer segments like IoT and cloud while stepping away from the mobile market. The company has cancelled two SoFIA models using LTE and a third that used 3G technology.

SoFIA, launched in 2014, is a low-cost integrated application processor and baseband chip. The company had introduced...

By IoT News, 03 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

IoT popularity mirrored by increase in engineering course admissions

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New figures from iD Tech have shown a 46% increase in enrolment of its electrical engineering courses for young people, with the education provider arguing it mirrors the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT market is on the rise as witnessed in wearables, with the segment growing 223% in 2015, according to best-selling author, Bernard Marr. Shipments of Apple watches and Fitbits totalled 3.6 million units and 4.4 million units, respectively.

iD Tech students learn...

By IoT News, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Is the term IoT going to fall away by 2020? Yeti thinks so

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The term ‘Internet of Things’ will die out by 2020 as the technology becomes so ubiquitous, according to a new whitepaper from product development and design studio Yeti.

The paper, titled ‘Living, Learning and Working in 2020 with the Internet of Things’, examines how the IoT is affecting five spheres of life and how products in development will take people to the next standard of technology-based living.

The IoT is set to impact five major areas of...

By IoT News, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Research: Gartner predicts spending on IoT security will reach $348m this year

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Analyst powerhouse Gartner has predicted that global spending on IoT security will reach $348 million this year, up almost 24 percent from the $281 million spent last year. Furthermore, the firm believes spend will reach $434 million in 2017 and $547 million in 2018. 

This momentum is set to continue, and...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Otis to use AT&T IoT technology to enhance lift connectivity

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Telco giant AT&T and Otis Elevator, a unit of United Technologies, have announced a partnership aiming to utilise IoT technology to improve connectivity of its lifts and escalators.

The collaboration will also ensure the provision of mobility to over 30,000 service employees at Otis companies across the globe.

Otis companies will utilise AT&T IoT technology to gather data from cell networks and connect to a new enhanced cloud environment. Otis will be able to make...

By IoT News, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Reinventing mail with the new industrial revolution

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is now a reality. Google has driverless cars, and we can control our TV, our heating and hot water remotely. The more digitally connected our lives become, the more data we generate. By 2020, 212 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, according to IDC.  And the opportunities, the possibilities and the boundless potential generated by being part of a digital, data-driven world are truly inspiring. Things are better, faster, and more...

By Grant Miller, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Prism and Axis Communications explore IoT partnership for retailers

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Axis Communications and Prism have announced the details of their new partnership on IoT-managed solutions.

Under the partnership, Prism software has been directly integrated into the new AXIS M30 Series camera line, popular in the retail space, from Axis Communications. The AXIS M30 line is priced from $199 and supports the complete Prism platform, including dwell, traffic mapping, counting, path-mapping and heat-mapping.

Prism combines visualisations of stored data as well as privacy...

By IoT News, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

How the IoT is set to transform the healthcare industry

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A report from Lux Research argues that digital solutions such as predictive analytics, diagnostics, and monitoring will form the organisational core of future healthcare.

The company set up a disease-connection framework by identify six key elements of digital health: behaviour augmentation, assistive technology, therapeutics, predictive analytics, diagnostics and monitoring.

The framework found over 65 connections among 12 unrelated conditions with a wide range of symptoms, causes and...

By IoT News, 18 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

CloudOne secures $9 million series E funding for growth in IoT development

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CloudOne, a company which provides cloud-based enterprise applications and IoT solutions, closed its Series E venture funding round with $9 million making a total of $21.9m in total investment.

Plymouth Ventures led the funding round, with Hercules Technology Growth Capital as the primary participant. Other existing investors participated in the round, including Elevate Ventures, Chatham Ventures, Ryan Diem and Bootstrap Venture Fund.

The investment will go towards...

By IoT News, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.