The future of factories in an IoT-driven world: Budget and data challenges and opportunities

The Internet of Things (IoT), as an acronym, can potentially have a double meaning. Naturally, while the term came to pass and be accepted to describe the process of connecting sensors in physical objects to wireless networks, the industry continues to get to grips with the coming together of information technology and operational technology. So not so much IoT - perhaps more IT/OT.

Nowhere is this IT and OT fusion more pronounced than in a factory setting. An engaging panel debate at

By James Bourne, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Sak Nayagam, BHGE: On the Industrial Internet of Things and changing energy demands

Sak Nayagam, head of alliances and channels for digital oil and gas at Baker Hughes, A GE company (BHGE), has spent the vast majority of his career thinking about the interlocking of digital and technology and how it can enable a cleaner energy future. The future, he tells IoT News, is an exciting one – but there are plenty of complex areas to navigate first.

By James Bourne, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Oil & Gas, Smart Cities.

Why the enterprise IoT journey is a long and complex one – and how LoRaWAN fits into it

Let’s get one thing clear straight away: building up the Internet of Things (IoT) in the enterprise is complicated. It simply has to be a long, complex journey if one is to ever get it right, from a connectivity and a cultural perspective.

Jaap Groot (left), vice chair of the LoRa Alliance in Europe, has had enough experience in the industry to spot...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Bosch gets bullish on blockchain as ‘key technology for the economy of things’

Manufacturing giant Bosch has found its voice getting increasingly louder when it comes to digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) – and now the company is advocating distributed ledger technologies as key to restoring trust online.

Bosch spent two days last week hosting its ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, and in the aftermath the company touted it was at the ‘next milestone’ on the road to becoming a...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Predictive maintenance: How a small team of AI scientists can change the world

The confluence of emerging technologies - and their impact in concert - is becoming ever-more pronounced. Edge computing has previously been something of an unsung hero - but for the Internet of Things (IoT), and more specifically predictive maintenance, it is increasingly key.

Take driverless cars as an example. Mike Fay, business development manager at Dell Techologies' IoT and embedded computing group, notes it is an edge device in itself. "You have to do it at such a pace to get it to almost...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Microsoft acquires Express Logic to further accelerate IoT development

The Internet of Things (IoT) is naturally all about devices of all shapes and sizes, from connected lightbulbs to large medical units – but what about the operating systems powering them? Microsoft evidently has this in mind with its latest play.

The company has announced the acquisition of Express Logic, a provider of real-time operating systems (RTOS) for microcontroller units (MCUs). The move will see Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

IoT Day 2019: Where the industry stands today with challenges and opportunities ahead

In the seminal Building the Internet of Things, Cisco VP Maciej Kranz outlined in the book’s opening page the opportunity for consumers and businesses of all sizes with the next wave of the Internet.

“Like it or not, the Internet of Things will change your organisation unlike anything before,” Kranz wrote. “It will change your organisation more than business process reengineering, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, agile...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Hyundai, Tesla and Apple come up trumps in most trusted connected car brands, say drivers

In the race to deliver driverless cars, it has long since been a war of attrition between the tech vendors and the automotive manufacturers. According to a new study, UK drivers see the benefits of both – yet it’s bad news for taxi companies.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 people across the UK, saw Hyundai, polled by 46.7% of respondents, take arguably a surprising win when it came to the must trusted brand...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

How IoTium has found a key gap in the market for industrial automation and is planning for growth

MWC19 IoTium, a provider of software for industrial automation, has had little short of a stunning 12 months. The company has been recognised by both the media – this publication recently named it in its top 25 IoT startups – and industry bodies with a listing in the prestigious GSMA 100 last month the highlight. 

With this on board Ron Victor, IoTium CEO (left), is in no mood to slow down. IoT News caught up...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

Seleta Reynolds, LADOT: On making Los Angeles smarter through collaboration in transportation

MWC19 “Whatever the problem is that you’re trying to solve in Los Angeles, you can probably solve it in a lot of cities,” explains Seleta Reynolds, general manager at the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT). At least in the United States, anyway.

“[US cities] are all very car-dependent, they have spotty public transit networks, they have relatively low densities compared to a lot of...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

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.

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.

The best of IoT News in 2018 – and what the experts think will happen for IoT in 2019

2018 has been another important year in the development of the Internet of Things – and if there’s one thing you can be sure of, 2019 will be even bigger. According to IDC’s most recent spending tracker, global IoT spending will hit almost $750 billion in the coming year, led by the manufacturing industry.

Here, IoT...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Six steps to get IoT data crunching right: The importance of organisational structure

A new whitepaper from enterprise data pipeline provider Alooma has put together six steps to more easily integrate cloud tools and IoT data sets.

Organisations have more than realised by now that a data-driven world holds the key to not only the future, but the present. Yet it takes a journey of considerable steps to realise that potential. Last year Maciej Kranz, vice president at Cisco, published an additional workbook alongside his...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

How AI can help provide marketers with the 'right moment' for consumer purchase

For today’s marketing professionals, it’s all about data and differentiation. Get the best insights out of the data you’ve got, and put something together that differs from the crowd. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can help in this quest – but it is not as simple as flicking a switch and ‘being AI.’

This gap between data collection and data utilisation is where

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

New MIT research study explores spintronics for ultra-low-power microchips

A new research study from MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory claims to have potentially opened the door for ultra-low power microchips – which could be good news with regard to the Internet of Things.

The focus of the study is around spintronics – a portmanteau of spin transport electronics – which explores the intrinsic spin of an electron in terms of performance rather than its electrical charge, meaning they can retrain...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

How Losant aims to turn the long enterprise IoT journey into manageable steps

“A lot of times in this space people love to talk about the technology – but they don’t want to work with the business about how they think about the business problems they’re trying to solve,” says Charlie Key, co-founder and CEO of Losant.

It’s an interesting statement when you consider Key’s (left) background. Having spent pretty much all of his career in the...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

For oil and gas, patience is key to begin implementing IoT – but the pace needs to increase after

The oil and gas industry is one of the most complex when it comes to emerging technology implementation. Yet as complicated as it is, it’s people and processes which will ultimately move the needle, according to Jim Claunch, vice president of business efficiency at Equinor.

This is not to say that the tech side can be overlooked. Take a look at the sheer amount of data Equinor gets hold of; from its 1200 plus operating...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, Oil & Gas.

Twilio’s new ‘super SIM’ allows developers to confidently deploy IoT devices globally

Twilio has launched a new ‘super SIM’, built upon the company’s mobile core infrastructure, along with an expanded set of tier-one carrier relationships with Singtel, Telefonica and Three Group.

The super SIM allows developers to confidently deploy IoT devices globally via using a single API so that the company can optimise network performance on tier-one carriers based on the location the device is deployed...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Standards.