Visa aims to facilitate secure payments for IoT

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Visa has announced it is opening its Visa Ready program to IoT organisations such as manufacturers of wearables, automobiles, appliances, public transportation services, clothing and other connected devices. IoT companies will work with mobile device manufacturers, including mobile point-of-sale acceptance (mPOS) providers, mobile NFC-enabled device manufacturers and other technology partners in the program.

The Visa Ready Program provides unified way to infuse secure payments into...

By IoT News, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Vindicia offers surprising statistics on IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) clearly has huge potential to anyone working in the tech industry, but if the figures are broken down there still may be some surprises, according to Bryta Schulz, senior vice president of marketing at subscription billing provider Vindicia.

Writing in a company blog post, Schulz argues the IoT is growing faster than many are expecting, there is ‘unlimited capability’,...

By IoT News, 03 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Advantix acquires BlueKloud to bolster IoT play

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Telecoms software provider Advantix has announced the acquisition of IoT technology company BlueKloud in order to broaden its service offering towards communication management.

BlueKloud’s offering allows organisations to monitor any device with beacons while linking in related information from their existing surrounding systems. Advantix provides expense management solutions for both wireline and wireless communication, allowing clients to track, manage, and secure...

By IoT News, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

An important question: Who will service the billions of IoT devices?

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In less than five years, Gartner tells us that there will be more than 26 billion different connected devices in our homes, cars and businesses. All designed to make our lives easier and facilitate tasks for us – and that figure doesn’t even include personal computers, tablets and smartphones. 

As the Internet of Things (IoT) converges with servitization, machine to machine learning, 3D printing and cloud adoption, one of the biggest considerations is going...

By Mark Homer, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Verizon to open up ThingSpace to third-party network and service providers

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Verizon has announced it is to open its ThingSpace IoT platform to third party network and technology service providers.

ThingSpace has gained significant ground since its launch in October 2015. The platform, targeted at small, medium and large businesses across the globe, is being used by over 4,000 developers. As of the end of 2015, revenue generation at Verizon’s IoT and telematics businesses totaled $690 million. The company also plans to launch a new set of...

By IoT News, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Gartner highlights top 10 IoT technologies for 2017 and 2018

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The latest research note from analyst house Gartner has zeroed in on 10 IoT technologies that will play a key role in an organisation’s development, including low power networks, operating systems, and device management capabilities.

The full list of trends includes IoT security; IoT analytics; IoT device management; low-power, short-range IoT networks; low-power, wide-area networks; IoT processors; IoT operating systems; Event stream processing; IoT platforms; and IoT standards...

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

Research: Amazon is leading the smart home

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New research from Argus Insights points towards a smart home leader beginning to emerge, which should lead to a settling of the market and increase the focus on interoperability between devices. 

Most current solutions have their disadvantages – HomeKit requires a secure Apple chip to control apps with Siri, whilst Nest's Weave is limited to a small amount of devices. Amazon is leading the pack with their 'Echo' smart home ecosystem...

By Ryan Daws, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

451 Research: 300 tech firms up for M&A in 2016 – with IoT a prime target

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Technology mergers and acquisitions (M&A) will not subside any time soon, according to a report released by 451 Research – with the Internet of Things (IoT), information security, and software niches particular targets for 2016.

M&A activity in software will be propelled by the shift of business applications and IT infrastructure to cloud-based models and the requirement of new data management capabilities to deal with the growing demand on IT resources due to IoT,...

By IoT News, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Altair Semiconductor: On the Sony acquisition and sustainable IoT

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MWC It is safe to say that the critical buzz around chip and LTE technology provider Altair Semiconductor has rarely been higher. Three weeks after the news broke that Altair was to be acquired by Sony for upwards of $212m (£148m), Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP marketing at Altair, sees it as the “ultimate validation” of Altair’s 10 year vision.

“It’s not just the value of an acquisition,”...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Analysing the open approach to IIoT app development

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), where heavy machinery is integrated with networked sensors and software, is about adding a little more finesse to something which already does the heavy lifting. Innovative companies in the manufacturing, energy and utilities, automotive and transportation, and healthcare sectors are capitalising on IIoT as a way to unlock new revenue sources by packaging their products with new digital services.

While the argument for digital...

By Mark Armstrong, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

#MWC16: F-Secure's router brings Sense to IoT security

With all your IoT devices transmitting sensitive data – you want to ensure it's secure. You would hope security is a priority to manufacturers of the devices you purchase, but even those with the best intentions can leave a hole open to exploit from ever-capable hackers. 

F-Secure has long been a trusted guardian of your technology, and many people will have used their desktop and mobile solutions to help ensure malicious activity is blocked. The company is bringing their security expertise...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Review: NETGEAR Arlo Q offers impersonal security

When a networking giant like NETGEAR announces they've entered the smart home space; you expect a high-level of reliability just like the rest of their equipment. Last year saw the release of the wireless Arlo security camera, and this year a new camera joins the range in the form of the Arlo Q

Earlier this week, IoT Tech took a trip over to an event in London where we heard many bold claims about the new camera and received a sample for us to put through its paces. In...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Research argues half of UK businesses will appoint ‘chief IoT officer’ in 2016

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Whenever a new technological trend arrives, it is often de rigeur to create new job titles for them; CMO can refer to chief mobility officer as well as chief marketing officer, for instance. Now, a report released by Webroot and IO argues more than half of UK organisations polled plan to employ a chief IoT officer in the coming year.

54% of the 500 UK CEOs and senior decision makers polled said they would invest in the Internet of Things by looking to appoint a chief IoT officer. The...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

MemSQL showcases potential of industrial IoT with real-time analytics

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Real-time database provider MemSQL will unveil PowerStream, a new application using the Industrial Internet of Things to power real-time analytics, at Spark Summit East.

PowerStream utilises a real-life dataset of close to 20,000 wind farms and 200,000 individual wind turbines equipped with sensors generating over a million transactions per second. The application manages to absorb the data and generate actionable insights in real time.

PowerStream is based on MemSQL Streamliner, an...

By IoT News, 18 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Have IoT predictions been premature?

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It might be an understatement to say there’s a lot of hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT). The predictions have varied wildly, but most seem to agree that we’re only a few years away from a fully connected world. As an example, one prediction from Cisco states that the number of web-connected devices will reach a whopping 50 billion by 2020.

The Internet of Things was a big...

By Rick Delgado, 16 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

QoS platform for IoT devices launched by Gemalto

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Gemalto, an international digital security company, has announced the launch of a Quality of Service (QoS) platform for the IoT to provide monitoring of smart devices running on cellular networks. The 'LinqUs' platform aims to highlight problems in real-time, to ensure a high-level of service.

A QoS platform like the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Exploring the emerging business models within enterprise IoT

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There is an opportunity for today’s businesses to grow exponentially smarter through the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT).

As the IoT develops, it will usher in the next wave of innovation, which will utilise existing technology and take it to the next level – interoperability and optimisation. For example, in the future all cars will communicate with each other, as well as with smart roads and smart cities, to co-ordinate and optimise journey times and avoid...

By Dr. John Bates, 15 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Open Interconnect Consortium aims to help developers with IoT toolkit

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The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) has launched a new developer toolkit in order to further standardise the Internet of Things (IoT) and help organisations take advantage of its potential.

The updated developer tool offering comes with a new resource model tool, known as oneIoTa, which facilitates rapid downloading of OIC resource models for utilisation in development. It contains both OIC and UPnP Forum resource models in both JSON and RAML formats.

The update also includes the API...

By IoT News, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Review: Welcome home Netatmo

Netatmo’s security camera, Welcome, is getting better with age. Last month, the Welcome received an update with improved facial recognition, smoke alarm detection, and personal FTP storage. The update has prompted us to give the device a proper test, and see how it's getting on in the increasingly crowded market. 

"Welcome is a game changer, making smart homes even smarter," claims Fred Potter, Founder and CEO at Netatmo. "It is the most...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

IoT security: How device manufacturers and security providers need to gain user trust

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The conversations around security and the Internet of Things (IoT) will not go away any time soon - but if the fears are put off for much longer, it could be too late. A report issued last month by Telefonica argued this very case; the cyber security industry lags behind the proliferation of IoT devices, and the effects are potentially catastrophic.

So what needs to be done in the meantime? Axel Hansmann, VP portfolio and strategy for Gemalto’s M2M business, argues device...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.