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.

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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.

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.

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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.