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.

UK government launches IoT security code of practice – HP and Centrica Hive sign up

The race to standardisation in the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly when it comes to security, is a long and knotted one. Getting security baked in at the design stage is increasingly important – and it is with that goal in mind that the UK government has announced a Code of Practice around consumer IoT.

HP and Centrica Hive are the first two companies to have signed up to the agreement to help manufacturers bolster...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Standards.

Connected car M&A on track to hit 100 deals in 2018, says Hampleton

Connected car innovation continues apace - and according to the latest note from technology M&A analysts Hampleton Partners, the market is set to hit 100 transactions at the end of 2018.

The finding appears in the company's latest Automotive M&A Market Report, which notes that deal values were up 54% in the first half of 2018 compared with the same time last year. The official figure for total transactions is $2.9 billion, although this does not include undisclosed figures. Hampleton argues the...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

General Electric’s CEO shuffle: Assessing the road to this point – and its digital future

Less than a month after becoming chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE) last year, John Flannery wrote a LinkedIn missive outlining the company’s future strategy. In short, it was full steam ahead for digital.

“We have fully embraced the digital industrial transformation, and we believe in its potential to change the world,”

By James Bourne, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

IoTium raises $13.6 million in series B funding to push forward 'zero touch' for IIoT

IoTium, a Santa Clara-based software provider for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has raised $13.6 million in series B funding to help fuel market expansion in the US and abroad.

The company, which provides a managed secure network infrastructure for the IIoT, has secured funding led by March Capital Partners, with Honeywell Ventures, JC2 Ventures, Hanna Ventures, GE Ventures and Jupiter Ventures also participating.

The company's ethos is around 'zero touch' - in other words, the ability to scale to...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT.

Apple retains its lead at the top of the wearables tree, says IDC

Apple remains the strongest vendor in the wearables space with market-beating results – but the overall market is seeing an uptick thanks to strong figures in emerging markets.

The Cupertino giant holds 17% of the overall market share, up from 13% this time last year, with 4.7 million shipments this quarter and year over year growth of 38.4%, according to the latest figures from IDC.

By James Bourne, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

New research shows consumers continue to see significant risk in IoT device security

Consumers continue to be intrigued by IoT devices – yet almost two thirds polled by Dynatrace admit they have already encountered performance issues with serious injury a potential risk.

The study, titled ‘IoT Consumer Confidence Report: Challenges for Enterprise Cloud Monitoring on the Horizon’ and which polled 10,000 consumers globally, poured scorn on the security of connected devices amid consumer...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security.

IIHS tests find ‘irksome’ and ‘dangerous’ flaws with automated driving systems

If you’re hoping that the development of fully autonomous cars are just around the corner, then you may be in for a long wait.

That’s the verdict of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which has put together a series of tests and found many of the leading automated driving systems weren’t up to the task.

Five models were evaluated by the road safety body; the BMW 5 Series, with ‘Driving Assistant Plus’, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with ‘Drive Pilot’, the...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

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.

It is important to note...

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.