Smart homes in Europe and North America total 17.9 million in 2015, says Berg Insight

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A report from Berg Insight claims that the number of smart homes in Europe and North America totalled 17.9 million in 2015.

The smart home market is witnessing strong demand for products such as smart thermostats, security systems, smart light bulbs, network cameras and multi-room audio systems, with prominent vendors including Philips Lighting, Honeywell, Belkin, Nest, Ecobee, MyFox, Sonos, Canary, Netatmo and D-Link.

North America is the market that has witnessed the greatest...

By IoT News, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Arduino targeting IoT with latest developer boards

Electronics and software provider Arduino is utilising Nordic Semiconductor’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity for a new IoT-targeted base board computer.

The Arduino Primo combines BLE, NFC 'Touch-to-Pair', Wi-Fi, and infrared connectivity, removing the cost and complexity of shields. Previously users had to add “shields” to upgrade Arduino to Bluetooth Low Energy technology.

The Arduino Primo performs the function of a TCP / IP Internet client and server over Wi-Fi while...

By IoT News, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Research: Consumer appetite for smart homes is growing – but several concerns remain

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Mindshare, in association with SharpEnd, has launched the results of the first in-depth study into connected products in the home and the opportunity it offers to household brands.

The researchers took a unique approach with their study and built ten connected "product and packaging" prototypes which five households trialled over the course of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

How the IoT can reduce risk in the commercial vehicle sector

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Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are taking hold of industries far and wide. Permeating a host of different markets and finding new ways to automate, measure and improve processes. The days when people thought of (IoT) as science fiction, a futuristic world in which your fridge boils you an egg while your bed runs you a bath, are thankfully starting to pass. People and businesses are embracing the real impact of this revolutionary technology, and the commercial vehicle (CV) sector...

By Tristan Watkins, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Netclearance launches new BLE device featuring five sensors

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Smart beacon network developer Netclearance has launched the mBeaconSense, a BLE device that brings together five distinct sensors – temperature, vibration, accelerometer, magnetic, light – into one IC board that is smaller than a penny, opening up avenues for applications such as home care monitoring. A battery the size of a coin can last for several years, providing more possibilities and prospects – that might have not been possible before – for the...

By IoT News, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Capgemini to collaborate with Siemens on IoT platform

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The Siemens Building Technologies Division and Capgemini are set to put in place a cloud based services platform comprising asset management and analytics technology. The two entities are adding to the development of the web-based Energy & Sustainability Navigator platform that has saved 10.5 million tons of CO2 per year for customers. Both companies are looking to ensure corporate real estate owners see business results and meet energy efficiency goals, while making the best of the...

By IoT News, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Telit and DMI to partner on end-to-end solutions for enterprise IoT

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Telit and DMI are collaborating to deliver easy connection of ‘things to apps’, bringing about a data-driven customer experience that ensures a decline in costs, better compliance, personalisation and new revenue prospects.

The partnership seeks to provide end-to-end Internet of Things solutions for the enterprise and has resulted in the development of the Cloud-based Telit IoT Portal that offers customers a perceptive single point of access for combining data from remote...

By IoT News, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

WISeKey to buy INSIDE Secure’s IoT integrated circuits and semiconductor arms

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In order to form a trusted end-to-end cybersecurity platform for people and objects, WISeKey International is acquiring INSIDE Secure’s IoT integrated circuit solutions and semiconductor business. At closing, WISeKey would pay a cash consideration of CHF 2 million (£1.4m) and would issue a loan note convertible into WISeKey Class B Shares in the amount of CHF 11m (£7.7m), taking the total value of the transaction to CHF 13m (£9.1m).

The WISeKey cybersecurity offer...

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

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.