Q&A: Tim Markison, Garlick & Markison: How to get your patent strategy right for IoT technologies

Many factors have to be taken into account when getting your startup idea off the ground. You have to get the right people in, work out the culture of your company, get the business model just right. Yet if your idea is unique, you want to make sure you have proof of it.

Tim Markison (left), co-founder of...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Sudhir Pai, TCC: On the parallels between energy, space and medicine for digital transformation

The Internet of Things (IoT), as many in the industry say, is not a tool for business transformation on its own. It has to be combined with additional technologies, as well as the right tools for data analysis, and put in the right cultural context.

Yet as technologies converge and can benefit from different perspectives, so too can industries. The Technology Collaboration Center (TCC), based out of Houston, Texas, focuses on three...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, Oil & Gas.

From C-suite buy-in to project management: Why enterprise IoT is now set for a big step forward

It has long been known that, in spite of the promises of connected homes, the enterprise was where the Internet of Things (IoT) would truly push the envelope. According to Gartner, from a note published in August, 5.8 billion enterprise and automotive endpoints will be in use by next year.

But what do these sorts of figures...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Smarter manufacturing: How Ubisense aims to bring together the physical and the digital

Adrian Jennings, chief product advocate at Ubisense, has a useful analogy for why implementation of enterprise-focused IoT initiatives invariably struggle. Imaging that you kept losing your slippers, and that every time you found them there would be the innocent yet entirely guilty face of your new puppy staring back at you. What do you do?

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IIoT, Manufacturing.

Honda acquires app developer Drivemode to beef up connected mobility arm

Honda has acquired Drivemode, a provider of applications which encourage safe driving across the connected car landscape.

The two companies have been collaborators since 2015, with Drivemode conducting joint development activities with Honda’s research and development team. The initiatives were part of Honda Xcelerator, a program designed for innovators across all funding stages.

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics.

IoT, edge and big data causes network overload with rearchitecture the answer, report notes

Enterprises are evidently adopting emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing – but the network is struggling with the demands being placed upon it.

That’s the key finding from a new study by Accenture. The Network Readiness Survey, which was based on a poll of 300 senior IT and business executives, found that while more than three quarters (77%) of organisations have invested in...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Exploring emerging technology convergence and its wider impact – from IoT, to AI, to 5G and more

Opinion Technology buying, adoption and development have their own cycles; their own circadian rhythms which are difficult to modify, if you will. It is through looking at these theories as well as current emerging technologies that the latest pattern of convergence can be pegged and prophesised.

Moore’s Law may soon run out of steam, but it continues to shape the semiconductor industry lifecycle. Gartner’s regular hype cycles have outlined a long-running pattern of confidence with the arrival of a new...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

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.