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.

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.

As connected cars gain traction, consumers are more concerned about their security

As rollouts and developments in the connected car space continue, consumers are becoming more fearful of their influence.

That is according to the latest study from Thales, in association with Wakefield Research, which finds that three out of five respondents – with 1,000 adults in the US and UK polled – say they are more concerned about the security of internet-based vehicle technology now than compared with five years ago.

In total, 29% of US and 24% of UK respondents said they were ‘much...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Nicolas Windpassinger, Schneider Electric: On why culture trumps technology in IoT adoption

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming into the enterprise; there is no doubt about that. The thought of the work executives have to undertake in their organisation to accommodate digital transformation is only eclipsed by the thought of what happens if their firm gets left behind. In other words, if you don’t digitize, you die.

Not this correspondent’s words...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

AT&T approves Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset for its network

Altair Semiconductor’s ALT1210 LTE-M chipset has been approved by AT&T to run on its IoT network, the company has announced.

The move ‘furthers Altair’s commitment to AT&T and broadens the device and module partner ecosystem supporting LTE-M deployments’, the company added.

The chipset has multiple use cases, including in powering trackers, wearable devices, and sensors. It also offers minimal power consumption, and is software upgradeable to single antenna LTE...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Cisco announces launch of $1 billion smart cities fund

Cisco is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of making cities smarter – by contributing $1 billion to a new program.

The City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program was announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, with Cisco working alongside Digital Alpha Advisors, a private equity firm, and pension fund investors APG Asset Management and Whitehelm Capital.

Alongside this, the company has added new functionality to its Cisco Kinetic for Cities digital platform. New...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Steve Chien, NASA: On how automation helps monitor natural hazards and the future of AI

Remember the volcanic eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull, back in 2010? Those whose flights were cancelled in the chaos probably retain a mild annoyance. Those in the industry caught in the crossfire, on the other hand, may well break out in a cold sweat to this day just thinking about it.

Why? The industry simply wasn’t ready for the disruption. The resultant six-day travel ban from Eyjafjallajökull’s emissions led to the following: more than 95,000 cancelled flights; approximately 10...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Medigate aims to take a new approach to IoT healthcare security with $5.35m funding

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all set to revolutionise the end to end healthcare process; from wearables which collect patient data in real-time, to algorithms which can come up with new diagnoses. Yet securing all of these devices is the major risk.

Meet Medigate. The startup, based out of Israel, has just secured a $5.35 million (£4.08m) funding round for its platform, which secures networked devices alongside medical records, device servers, and other enterprise systems. The capital was raised by...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Qualcomm, AT&T, Ford and Nokia team up for US cellular V2X trials

Qualcomm, AT&T, Ford, and Nokia have announced the first cellular V2X (vehicle to everything) trials in the United States.

The tests are expected to take place in the San Diego Regional Proving Ground, with support from McCain, an intelligent transportation solutions provider, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) among others.

The move comes precisely two months after Qualcomm launched what it called a

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

New report advocates government intervention on IoT security regulations

Is the time right for greater regulation on the Internet of Things – even government-mandated initiatives? According to a new study from Gemalto, 90% of consumers lack confidence in the security of IoT devices while a majority would approve of government intervention.

The study, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which polled more than 1,000 IT and business decision makers and 10,000 consumers, added there was a disparity between IoT device ownership and security knowledge.

More than half (54%) of consumers...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security.

GE’s Digital Industrial Evolution Index shows there is a long way to go for IIoT benefits

How big a difference is there between what is possible with the Industrial Internet and what is being done now; and what changes need to take place in order for organisations to close the gap?

These are the questions General Electric (GE) has attempted to answer in its first Digital Industrial Evolution Index, published this week. The index aims to track the real progress of digital transformation, and gives a total score of 63.0 out of 100.

It’s a meaningless number out of context, of course, so...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Bristol overtakes London to become UK’s leading smart city

Bristol has overtaken London to become the UK’s leading smart city, according to Huawei’s latest UK Smart Cities Index.

The study, commissioned by Huawei and undertaken by Navigant Consulting, saw the top two switch places from 2016’s report, with both remaining the only designated ‘leaders’ in the analysis.

The 2017 report has doubled its scope to 20 cities analysed, with 12 cities in the ‘contender’ bracket, four in the third ‘challenger’ bracket and two...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Intel and Mobileye proffer new mathematical formula for driverless car safety

Intel and Mobileye have developed a mathematical model which aims to improve driverless car safety – and absolve autonomous vehicles of blame should the worst happen.

As a paper from the companies outline, the solution is to “set clear rules for fault in advance based on a mathematical model… if the rules are predetermined, then the investigation can be very short and based on facts, and responsibility can be determined conclusively.”

The safe distance formula, for posterity, is:

By James Bourne, 19 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability disclosed: What it is and what you need to do from here

A serious weakness in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol could put almost every wirelessly connected device at risk from a security attack – with IoT-enabled devices at a major risk.

The vulnerability, known as KRACK, for ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks’, was discovered by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven, and puts doubt on the ‘four way handshake’, a method of securing Wi-Fi which has previously been mathematically proven as secure.

If a Wi-Fi network is protected, the four way...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Standards.