Close to the edge: How to realise the benefits of edge computing for IIoT

You may well have heard of the ‘intelligent edge’, as Microsoft puts it – the future of computing, on multiple devices, the blurring of the physical and virtual worlds, driven by huge amounts of data, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. But how can organisations make the most of this opportunity?

A new whitepaper from the Industrial Internet Consortium aims to shed some light on this process and how to architect an edge computing implementation.

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By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

IoT Tech Expo: How startups can survive and thrive in an IoT landscape

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"If you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg," explained Wienke Giezeman, co-founder at LoRaWAN network provider The Things Network, "don't go into IoT."

At an entertaining panel session at IoT Tech Expo Europe this morning, representatives from various stakeholders discussed the ins and outs of Internet of Things investment - and what your startup needs to do to survive.

According to Manuela Krull-Mancinelli, managing director of smart city and...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

IoT Tech Expo: Exploring autonomy and getting the last mile in connected railways and waterways

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If the ultimate goal of connected transportation is an interoperable system and network between different operators and different transport modes, then we have a long way to go to secure it. But collaboration and openness is the key to success.

Case in point: the majority of the panellists - and more than half of the audience - at the IoT Tech Expo session on connected transportation in Amsterdam arrived at the venue by train. In many cases, it was more than...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, Smart Cities.

Johan Krebbers, Shell: On why poor quality data won’t cut it in delaying your IoT initiatives

The links between the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are irresistible. As a Wired article put it, IoT ‘will produce a treasure trove of big data’ and that ‘the only way to keep up with [it] and gain the hidden insight it holds is with machine learning.’

For Johan Krebbers, IT CTO at Shell, it’s non-negotiable. “IoT on its own is useless,” he explains. “It...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

How Thames Water is pushing through smart metering for a win-win scenario

Thames Water provides 2,600 million litres of tap water to nine million customers every single day. But it won't last - and the operator is turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart metering for the answer.

"Put simply, London is running dry," Stephanie Baker, progressive metering programme manager at Thames, told delegates at the IoT Tech Expo yesterday.

Baker cited the harrowing case of Cape Town as an example of how serious some situations could be. Thames predicts that, at the...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Maciej Kranz: On helping enable the IoT generation, improved security and getting ROI right

At the end of 2016, when Maciej Kranz, vice president at Cisco, released Building the Internet of Things, a personal ambition had been achieved. Not so much to become a bestselling author – although the book made it onto the New York Times list – but to impart more than a decade’s worth of experience and help organisations get going on their IoT journey.

Speaking to Kranz at the time – when he was interviewed as the cover star of the...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security.

Intel sells Wind River to TPG putting end to near decade of ownership

Intel is to sell Wind River, provider of Industrial IoT (IIoT) and embedded software, to global alternative asset firm TPG.

The independent firm will continue to be led by Wind River president Jim Douglas alongside his existing executive management team, with Douglas saying the move will establish Wind River ‘as a leading independent software provider uniquely positioned to advance digital transformation within critical infrastructure segments.’

Intel had paid $884 million for Wind River

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Smart cities market value to hit $2 trillion by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

The overall market value for smart cities will surpass $2 trillion by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan – with artificial intelligence (AI) at the heart of it.

The analyst firm believes AI, alongside personalised healthcare, robotics, advanced driver assistance systems and distributed energy generation will be among the cornerstone technologies of future smart cities.

With more than 80% of the population in developed countries expected to live in cities by 2050, now is the time to act. According to a

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Organisations fear IoT security attacks – but are not actively monitoring risks

Almost every organisation polled by the Ponemon Institute and Shared Assessments say they fear a ‘catastrophic’ security event related to an unsecured IoT device – yet only a third actively monitor for IoT-related third-party risks.

The study, which surveyed 605 individuals in corporate governance, found the average number of IoT devices in the workplace is set to increase by 55% over the coming year. 81% of those polled said a data breach caused by unsecured IoT devices was...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Can smart cities really save us all 125 hours per year?

Smart cities, and the components which comprise them, will save us all time – and a new study puts the total at 125 hours per citizen per year.

The study, put together by Intel alongside Juniper Research, found that 125 hours, or 15 working days, will be claimed in four buckets. Mobility, such as smart traffic systems, smart parking, and ‘open data platforms’ – so users can pick the least congested bus and train services – will account for 60 hours. Greater public safety –...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

The AI and machine learning innovations taking John Deere to the next level of precision agriculture

Plenty of companies are talking about artificial intelligence and machine learning today in vague, disconnected terms. It will certainly influence our strategy; not sure how, but everything’s coming up AI, right?

As a pleasant antidote to all that bluff and bluster, how about this from John Stone, senior vice president of the Intelligent Solutions Group at agricultural manufacturing giant John Deere? “AI and machine learning is going to be as core to John Deere as an engine and transmission...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Self-driving Uber car strikes and kills Arizona woman, Uber halts tests

A self-driving Uber car has struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is believed to be the first known death of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle.

As reported by the New York Times, the Uber vehicle did have a human safety driver on board but was in autonomous mode when the collision occurred, according to a statement from Tempe police. The woman was taken to hospital but later died of her injuries.

The company will pause its...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Sigfox posts €50 million in revenue, reiterates plans for 60 country connectivity in 2018

Sigfox, the French-based Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider, has announced its 2017 results and 2018 roadmap, promising a network of 60 countries and more than a billion people worldwide.

Revenues went up to €50 million (£44.4m), a rise of more than 56% year over year, according to the company, while the total number of objects connected to the Sigfox network rose by 65% to a total of 2.5 million. Alongside this, the company’s network grew to 45 countries earlier this month,...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Elon Musk makes case for eschewing LIDAR as Tesla reports latest results

Elon Musk has said that LIDAR is a ‘crutch’ and affirmed that Tesla will not be planning to use the system going forward.

LIDAR, which stands for ‘light detection and ranging’, helps measure distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light, and measuring the reflected pulses. While other companies are using the technology – it is a part of the alleged claims in the current Uber versus Waymo court case, for instance – Tesla will continue to only use...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

SAS creates new global Internet of Things division

SAS, a provider of data analytics software, has created a new global division dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) to help organisations from manufacturing to retail and healthcare reap the benefits of IoT.

The company’s new IoT division will be led by Jason Mann, who takes up the role of VP IoT. SAS adds the division will ‘develop new partnerships and expand existing ones to bring together best in class technology and expertise’.

Companies in SAS’ remit include GE Transportation,...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Manufacturing.

Driverless car attacked by pedestrian in San Francisco

Plenty of articles have been written about collisions with driverless cars – but this one has a little twist. A pedestrian took aim at an autonomous GM Cruise in San Francisco, with the vehicle sustaining light damage.

The incident, according to a DMV incident report sheet, took place on January 2 at around 9:27pm. The police were not called to the incident.

“A Cruise autonomous vehicle,...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Navigant Research assesses autonomous vehicles vendors – with Tesla bottom of the pile

The verdict is in from Navigant Research on the vendors in the automated driving systems space – and it’s bad news for Tesla.

A total of eight companies made the leaders segment in the analyst firm’s latest offering, with General Motors at the front – but Tesla was ranked dead last for execution, and not much better for strategy.

Alongside GM in the winners’ enclosure were, in alphabetical order, Aptiv, BMW-Intel-FCA, Daimler-Bosch, Ford, Volkswagen and Waymo, with the alliance...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

US consumers concerned about lack of standardisation in driverless car legislation

Driverless cars are on their way, whatever speed they arrive, but according to a new study many US citizens are still concerned about various aspects of their safety.

The study from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which polled 1,005 adults living in the US, found more than three quarters opposed disconnection of vehicle controls such as steering wheels and brake pedals, while the vast majority saw concern with more general cybersecurity and safety legislation.

73% of those polled said they support the...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Assessing 2017 in the Internet of Things, AI and connected cars – and what 2018 has in store

It won’t come as much surprise that 2017 was a major year for the Internet of Things (IoT). Nor will it come as any surprise that 2018 is expected to be another banner year. Here, IoT News looks at the key trends of last year, and asks a series of experts what they expect to see in the coming 12 months.

2017 – three key areas

Industrial IoT: According to Grand View Research, the global industrial IoT market is expected to reach $933 billion by 2025. Yet a lot of the research which came this publication’s way in 2017...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT.

Consumers willing to accept the value of IoT despite wafer-thin trust in companies’ data policies

New research from Cisco has explored the pay-off required between value and trust for the Internet of Things (IoT); consumers recognise the value they provide, but are less sure about how their data is being managed and used.

The survey, which polled 3000 consumers, argues that while users are willing to trade value for trust, it is being done increasingly reluctantly – and companies who can solve the transparency issue are set to be welcomed with open arms.

When it comes to value, more than half (53%)...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.