Showing posts with label IOT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IOT. Show all posts

Sunday, November 12, 2017

TRON Forum transfers IoT OS to IEEE

The TRON Forum, which supports a development project called TRON Project that addresses real-time architecture for embedded systems, will transfer ownership of the TRON µT-Kernel 2.0 to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). This effectively transfers a leading real-time operating system (OS) title for 16- and 32-bit microprocessors deployed throughout the IoT ecosystem to IEEE.

The arrangement also provides a license to TRON Forum for use of the intellectual property.

“In our ongoing efforts to foster openness and the broad utilization of globally-recognized technical standards, the IEEE-SA continues to seek collaborative agreements that help advance technology for humanity,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director for the IEEE-SA. “This agreement with the TRON Forum will pave the way for development of new standards in line with the goal of both our organizations to promote open innovation frameworks. We look forward to our continued work and cooperation.”

The TRON Project is a project launched in 1984 by Prof. Ken Sakamura, now dean of the Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and Design (INIAD) at Toyo University. The Project aims to build an open architecture for embedded systems.

http://www.ieee.org
http://www.tron.org

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ayla Networks raises $60M for its IoT platform

Ayla Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $60 million in Series D financing for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

The Ayla Cloud is a completely managed service that provides a full suite of operational, business intelligence, and analytics services to manage a connected deployment throughout its lifecycle. Ayla-enabled connectivity modules can be built with a variety of micro-controller, operating system, or networking protocol. Ayla also offers mobile application libraries that contain APIs for iOS and Android applications that can securely control and manage Ayla-enabled products.

The new funding was led by Run Liang Tai Fund (RLT) and Sunsea Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

“Ayla has amassed more than 100 large enterprise customers by solving their challenges regarding how to securely connect, manage and apply intelligence to all of their connected devices and sensors,” said David Friedman, Ayla CEO and co-founder. “The Ayla platform blends critical capabilities related to security, privacy, data policy and management with a massively configurable capability for our customers to ingest data from any sensor and IoT cloud. The platform makes it easier for enterprises to apply intelligence and analytics to broad sets of heterogeneous data sets to transform the data into real business value.”

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

EdgeX Foundry announces its first release for Edge IoT

EdgeX Foundry, which is the open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation that is focused on Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing, announced its first major code release.

The "Barcelona" software release, which will be available later this month, reflects the collaborative effort by more than 60 member organizations to build out and support an ecosystem for Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions. The software release includes important work on “north side” Export Service interfaces that provide connectors to Azure IoT Suite and Google IoT Core as well as support for connections via MQTTS and HTTPS.

The EdgeX Foundry project was launched in April 2017.

“We believe that EdgeX will radically change how businesses develop and deploy IIoT solutions, and we are excited to see the community rally together to support it,” said Philip DesAutels, senior director of IoT at The Linux Foundation. “Barcelona is a significant milestone that showcases the commercial viability of EdgeX and the impact that it will have on the global Industrial IoT landscape.”

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Orange collaborates with Microsoft Azure IoT

Orange Business Services announced a collaboration with Microsoft to deliver large-scale, end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for the manufacturing sector.

Orange Business Services offers many IoT connectivity options, including LoRa. Use cases range from supply chain and smart inventory management to digital operations, such as predictive maintenance, employee safety and facility and equipment management.

The Microsoft Azure IoT Suite facilitates setting up and scaling large device and data management projects. Azure IoT Suite also provides a number of pre-packaged solutions for industrial applications.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Google Cloud IoT Core released to beta testing

Google Cloud IoT Core, which is a fully-managed service on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to help securely connect and manage IoT devices at scale, has now entered public beta testing

Google has designed its Cloud IoT Core to enable organizations to connect and centrally manage millions of globally dispersed IoT devices. The company says it is working with many customers across industries such as transportation, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare and ride-sharing.

The Google Cloud IoT solution ingests IoT data and then can connect to other Google analytics services including Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Google Cloud Dataflow, Google Cloud Bigtable, Google BigQuery, and Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

U.S. Army awards $135M cloud service contract to IBM

The U.S. Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) awarded IBM a 33-month contract valued at $135 million to continue providing cloud services, software development and cognitive computing. This constitutesthe technical infrastructure for one of the U.S. federal government’s biggest logistics systems.

IBM has been working with LOGSA since 2012 under a managed services agreement whereby the Army pays only for cloud services that it actually consumes. The new contract will allow the Army to avoid about $15 million per year in operational costs.

As part of this new contract, the Army will also benefit from the IBM Watson IoT for Manufacturing and Industrial Products product suite, which includes IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality System, an integrated solution that monitors, analyzes, and reports on information gathered from devices and equipment and recommends maintenance procedures. IBM said this will help the Army predict vehicle maintenance failures from more than 5 billion data points of on-board sensors that will be stored within this environment. In addition, the Army is adopting Watson IoT services and a new Watson IoT Equipment Advisor solution that analyzes unstructured, structured and sensor data directly from military assets.

“LOGSA and the Army can now take advantage of the technological innovation that cloud offers – especially cognitive computing and analytics – so that the Army can continue to reap cost savings, further streamline its operations and deliver services to its clients,” said Lisa Mascolo, managing director, U.S. Public Service, IBM’s Global Business Services.  “We're pleased to continue our work with the Army to demonstrate the viability of cloud for mission applications and the promised benefits of efficiency and taxpayer savings."

"Over the past four and a half years, LOGSA has benefitted from the business and technical advantages of the cloud,” said LOGSA Commander Col. John D. Kuenzli. “Now, we’re moving beyond infrastructure as-a-service and embracing both platform and software as-a service, adopting commercial cloud capabilities to further enhance Army readiness.”
“When Gen. Perna took command of the Army Materiel Command, he said we cannot conduct tomorrow's operations using yesterday's processes and procedures,” Kuenzli added. “He has since emphasized understanding the leading indicators to readiness, and getting in front of the Army's logistics challenges. The services we have received from IBM and the potential of IBM Watson IoT truly enable LOGSA to deliver cutting-edge business intelligence and tools to give the Army unprecedented logistics support at efficient and affordable means.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/53088.wss

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MTN South Africa looks to Cat-M1 for IoT

MTN South Africa has completed lab trials of Cat-M1 in support of its Internet of Things (IoT) ambitions.

The Cat-M1 trial uses IoT devices integrated with a Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem and the Ericsson Massive IoT Radio Access Network product.

Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO, MTN South Africa, says: “Cat-M1 provides key advantages of low-cost devices, long battery life, extended coverage and supports a wide range of use cases. The successful trial, in conjunction with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, proves that both companies have the ability to support new IoT services and technologies for MTN. The initial use of this technology has been for tracking and reporting use cases that have benefited both consumer and business customers. At MTN we are providing the platform for these and future applications to enhance people’s lives.”

https://www.ericsson.com/en/press-releases/2017/9/first-cat-m1-test-in-africa-for-internet-of-things

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ireland's ESB Telecoms teams with Silver Spring on IoT

Silver Spring Networks, a provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that it is working with ESB Telecoms, a subsidiary of electric utility ESB and operator of a national open access wholesale network, to develop a national IoT network across Ireland.

The planned network is designed to serve as a catalyst for municipal, commercial and industrial customers to connect IoT and smart city applications and devices. Once the IoT network is deployed, Silver Spring's Starfish platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will augment ESB Telecoms' infrastructure and services nationwide. Starfish PaaS offers service level agreements and is based on Silver Spring's proven, secure Wi-SUN standards-based mesh technology that complies with the IEEE 802.15.4g specification.

As mesh-connected devices communicate with neighbouring devices, these networks are designed to deliver the robust and reliable connectivity that IoT networks require. With more than 26.7 million enabled devices delivered, Silver Spring noted that it has deployed its technology in Bristol, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Glasgow, Kolkata, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Washington DC.

ESB Telecoms owns and operates Ireland's National Telecommunications Fibre Optic Network as well as 450 telecommunication towers and sites on which all major Irish telcos have substantial installations. Customers of ESB Telecoms include all mobile operators, Irish government bodies, licensed FM operators and wireless Internet services providers.



  • Separately, Silver Spring announced that it will deploy its Starfish PaaS across the City of London and the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, expanding the previously announced London deployment in the City of Westminster. Through urbancontrol, Starfish is expected to connect around 12,000 smart street lights in the City of London and 15,500 smart street lights in Barking and Dagenham.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

FogHorn Targets Edge Intelligence Software at IIoT

FogHorn Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, released its Lightning ML edge intelligence software for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The company said its Lightning ML brings the power of machine learning at the edge in three ways:
  • Leverages existing models and algorithms: can execute proprietary algorithms and machine learning models on live data streams produced physical assets and industrial control systems
  • Makes machine learning OT-accessible: offer tools to generate machine learning insights 
  • Runs in tiny software footprint: Lightning ML platform requires less than 256MB of memory footprint.

Lightning ML supports all x86-based IIoT gateways and OT systems as well as ARM32 OT control systems (like PLCs and DCSs). It also supports the newest generation of small footprint Raspberry Pi derivative IIoT gateways. The FogHorn Lightning ML software platform can run entirely on premise or connect to any private cloud or public cloud environment.

"In the initial launch of FogHorn’s Lightning platform, we successfully miniaturized the massive computing capabilities previously available only in the cloud. This allows customers to run powerful big data analytics directly on operations technology (OT) and IIoT devices right at the edge through our complex event processing (CEP) analytics engine. With the introduction of Lightning ML, we now offer customers the game changing combination of real-time streaming analytics and advanced machine learning capabilities powered by our high-performance CEP engine,” said said FogHorn CEO David C. King.

http://www.foghorn.io


  • In May 2017, FogHorn Systems announced today that it had raised additional Series A funding from Dell Technologies Capital and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV). The extended funding brings FogHorn’s total Series A round to $15 million, excluding the conversion of $2.5 million in seed funding. Dell Technologies Capital added to its initial Series A investment. Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is a new investor in the company.

Friday, June 30, 2017

IoT forecasts come into focus

For years now there has been forecast after forecast predicting the size of the IoT market by the end of the decade or ten years hence. There is always a big number of connected things and impressive valuation for the sum of the whole market, and with the large mobile operators such as AT&T and Verizon now including connected things in their quarterly reports there is hard data to back up the rosy forecasts. At an editorial briefing in San Jose last month, Qualcomm executives said it is now shipping one million wireless connections per day - this certainly gives a perspective on how fast IoT can grow. The company has hundreds of OEM design wins for its MDM9206 LTE modem for IoT.

As of June 15th, the GSMA Intelligence services says there are 8,132,111,132 mobile connections, including M2M. The GSMA's online tracker further reports 5,016,263,289 unique mobile subscribers, which are assumed to mean people with at least one mobile phone and SIM card. By subtraction, this means 3.1 billion M2M connections tracked by the GSMA via their mobile operator members.

This piece collects newly published data from several sources. First, IDC recently reported that worldwide spending on the IoT will reach nearly $1.4 trillion in 2021. Second, the Cisco Visual Network Index (VNI) found that M2M connections globally will grow from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021, a 34% CAGR or fourfold growth. Third, the newly published Ericsson Mobility Study finds that 70% of wide-areas IoT devices will use cellular technology in 2022. While studies from different authors will never precisely line up, this collection of data agrees that real and significant revenue from IoT for carriers has started to materialize and will grow quickly in the near term.

Highlights from IDC’s Worldwide Semi-annual IoT spending guide

The first big finding to notice in IDC's report is that worldwide spending on IoT will reach $800 billion this year, up 16.7% year over year, which means that the market this month must be worth tens of millions of dollars. These numbers are spread out amongst the hardware, software, services and connectivity that enable the IoT. This means splitting the pot between vendors such as Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Cisco Jasper, integration specialists, and of course carriers such as AT&T, Orange and Vodafone. There are many others that could be included on this list, especially when considering the global market.  In that sense, the $800 billion is just a starting point. IDC's forecast says that by 2021, global IoT spending will total nearly $1.4 trillion. In a press release announcing the study, IDC's Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, Internet of Things and Mobility, stated that the true value of IoT is realised when the software and services come together to enable the capture, interpretation, and action on data produced by IoT endpoints.

IDC breaks down 2017 investments in IoT as follows: manufacturing operations ($105 billion), freight monitoring ($50 billion), and production asset management ($45 billion), smart grid technologies for electricity, gas and water and smart building technologies ($56 billion and $40 billion, respectively). Looking to 2021, IDC expects these use cases will remain the largest areas of IoT spending. Smart home technologies are forecast to experience strong growth (19.8% CAGR) over the five-year forecast. The use cases that will see the fastest spending growth are airport facilities automation (33.4% CAGR), electric vehicle charging (21.1% CAGR), and in-store contextual marketing (20.2% CAGR).

IDC sees hardware as the largest IoT spending category to 2021, the last year of the forecast, when it is overtaken by the services category. This is to be expected as the various physical sensors and connectivity units must be deployed first before a service can be offered. IDC says hardware spending will be dominated by modules and sensors that connect end points to networks, while software spending will be similarly dominated by applications software. In addition, IDC says services spending will be about evenly split between ongoing and content services and IT and installation services. The fastest growing areas of technology spending are in the software category, where horizontal software and analytics software will have five-year CAGRs of 29.0% and 20.5%, respectively. Security hardware and software will also see increased investment, growing at 15.1% and 16.6% CAGRs, respectively.

Regional highlights:

•   Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, APeJ) will be the IoT investment leader throughout the forecast with spending expected to reach $455 billion in 2021.

•   The U.S. will be the second largest region with IoT spending reaching $421 billion in 2021.

•   Western Europe will reach $274 billion in 2021.

The IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide is quite comprehensive, covering IoT spending for 12 technologies and 54 use cases across 20 vertical industries in eight regions and 52 countries (for more details see here: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS42799917).

Cisco looks wide with its VNI forecast

Generally speaking, Cisco's forecasts have tended to be the most optimistic. This year’s Cisco VNI indicates that its IoT coverage includes both M2M and emerging category of wearable IoT devices. M2M connections, which Cisco defines as home and office security and automation, smart metering and utilities, maintenance, building automation, automotive, healthcare and consumer electronics, are predicted to grow from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021, a 34% CAGR or fourfold growth.

Wearable devices, which Cisco notes could connect and communicate to the network either directly through embedded cellular connectivity or through another device (primarily a smartphone) using WiFi, Bluetooth, or another technology, include such things as smart watches, smart glasses, heads-up displays (HUDs), health and fitness trackers, health monitors, wearable scanners and navigation devices and smart clothing. The Cisco VNI predicts that by 2021 there will be 929 million wearable devices globally, growing nearly threefold from 325 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 23%. By 2021, Cisco expects that 7% will have embedded cellular connectivity, up from 3% in 2016. As AR/VR headsets enter the market, they could start to have a tangible impact on mobile traffic.

Ericsson looks to short-range and wide-range IoT connectivity

The newly published Ericsson Mobility Report finds that at the end of 2016 there were around 0.4 billion IoT devices with cellular connections. Ericsson's study divides IoT into short-range and wide-area segments, and it provides some guidance as to how IoT is impacting the network. For instance, the report says use cases with VoLTE calls for IoT (Cat-M1) are starting to emerge. This could extend mobile voice service to IoT devices, an interesting possibility.

By 2021, Ericsson expects there will be 2.1 billion devices connected via LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, roughly a 30% CAGR from today. This trend has already started. This year, several prominent mobile operators have rolled out commercial LTE-M networks. For instance, in March, Verizon announced the commercial launch of its nationwide 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network. The coverage spans 2.4 million square miles. Verizon will introduce low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of Cat M1 devices, including data plans that start at $2 per month per device, with customised options available for bulk activations and volume purchases. In May, AT&T followed suit by announcing the deployment of its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

AT&T to Deliver IoT for Red Bull

AT&T announced that its IoT solution has been selected to connect up to 1 million Red Bull branded beverage coolers around the world. The solution will deliver data on the cooler status, including temperature stats and door activity, via an AT&T Global SIM.

"Our end-to-end solutions support the near real-time monitoring and analyzing of the global beverage market," said Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Executive Officer, Business Solutions & International, AT&T Inc. "This is another great example of collaboration and innovation to create real value for our customers. It streamlines the processes, creates visibility and improves operations, helping drive significant cost savings and return on investment."

http://www.att.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nokia and University of Technology Sydney enter MoU

Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Nokia will join the university's UTS: Rapido, a new technology development unit, and support the development of IoT-based business applications leveraging high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.

Through the technology partnership with UTS: Rapido, which is intended to help businesses realise the potential of IoT, Nokia will work on engineering projects to support the development of future network services designed to address the technological requirements of service providers and enterprises. Nokia and UTS will also explore the expansion of engineering work into additional areas and poof of concept development.

The MoU encompasses the creation of a collaborative innovation and training facility at UTS, for which Nokia will provide IP routing, optical, fixed and 4G and 5G mobile network components, as well as applications and analytics platforms to support project work and training. Nokia will also participate on the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology advisory board.

As part of an early UTS: Rapido project, researchers at the university are integrating video downloads filmed at locations worldwide using the Nokia OZO virtual reality camera into the UTS 3D data arena. This is designed to show how operators could combine 3D content with real time data and graphics to support development of new services and address new business opportunities.

Nokia noted that it has been working with UTS for more than 15 years and that UTS is a key member of its Australian graduate program.

Recently, the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT and Vietnam's National University launched a joint research centre and announced the joint delivery of the first research workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam. The new Joint Technology and Innovation Research Centre (JTIRC) is intended to facilitate research collaboration and transfer through PhD training, industry engagement and expert training packages.

UTS also recently announced it had established the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (UTS: CAI), which will focus on the theoretical foundations and advanced technologies that will create intelligent machines with enhanced capacity for perception, learning and reasoning.


UTS: Rapido has more than 200 researchers at the university's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT), who are engaged in research across a range of technology areas including data analytics, cyber security, 5G and IoT.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Three Group Picks Cisco Jasper for Enterprise IoT

Three Group, a part of the Hong Kong-based conglomerate CK Hutchison serving over 90 million customers worldwide, announced a partnership with Cisco Jasper designed to extend the group's capabilities in the global Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.


Through the agreement, from mid-2017 enterprise customers of Three Group seeking to launch IoT services will be able to utilise Cisco Jasper's connectivity management platform, Control Center. Customers will be able to access Control Center locally via Three Group's national networks, while global customers will have the option of accessing the platform through Hue, the group's global mobile enabling services division.

Three Group noted that the partnership represents a major initiative designed to extend its capabilities in the growing IoT space leveraging its global portfolio of mobile networks covering markets on three continents to address the IoT market. The group stated that it is experiencing significant demand for the Cisco Jasper Control Center platform across its markets, particularly from the following segments:

1.  Connected car, with initiatives that enable auto makers to create connected hubs in vehicles capable of delivering services that can enhance the driver experience and provide insight into vehicle performance to support R&D.

2.  Building security and automation for both commercial properties and homes.

3.  Transportation and logistics, where IoT is an enabler for optimising and automating transportation and logistics operations.

The Cisco Jasper Control Center platform is designed to enable companies to quickly and efficiently launch and manage IoT services, while also providing the flexibility to allow companies to scale IoT services worldwide in line with the changing demands of their end customers.


In addition to its involvement in telecommunications, CK Hutchison has businesses worldwide in sectors including ports, retail outlets, infrastructure and energy, where companies are seeking to offer IoT services to streamline and improve their operations.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Telefónica Tests LTE-M with Ericsson and Sierra Wireless

Telefónica has completed field testing of CAT-M1 or LTE-M for IoT over its network in Spain in partnership with Ericsson and Sierra Wireless.

The testing showed successful interoperability Sierra Wireless modem, which builds Cat-M1 chipsets in and Ericsson's Packet Core and Radio solutions.

Tests took place within 5TONIC project, the 5G research and innovation open lab of which Ericsson is an active member, founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks.

5TONIC Open Lab is an open place where companies and individuals test ideas with different IoT networks, according to their needs; prove concepts, experiment and build initial prototypes that can lead to a commercial offering. This Open Lab would be the first environment providing both NB-IOT and CAT-M1 (LTE-M).

http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

AT&T Brings NetBond Connectivity to IoT Control Center

AT&T's IOT solutions are now part its NetBond Ecosystem, which brings IP/MPLS VPN connectivity to cloud services.

Enterprise customers will now be able use AT&T NetBond connectivity to reach the cloud-based AT&T Control Center, powered by Cisco Jasper, which helps businesses launch, manage and monetize IoT services.

The solution will give businesses highly secure connectivity to leading cloud service providers and to their own data centers. The connection travels through the AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN), isolated from public internet risks. It also saves costs through work resources on demand, and consistent and predictable performance.

“The industry is growing rapidly with analysts forecasting there will be tens of billions of connected devices by 2020.  This acceleration will introduce new risks for businesses,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “By integrating AT&T Control Center and AT&T NetBond, we can give businesses a robust and highly secure solution to address those risks.”

“AT&T NetBond isn’t just about connecting customers to their clouds. It offers simple, scalable, and highly secure software-defined connections for all businesses,” said Mo Katibeh, Senior Vice President, AT&T Advanced Solutions.  “Bringing our IoT solutions into AT&T NetBond keeps businesses’ critical IoT devices, workloads and information off of the public internet and on a private network. That brings inherent security and latency benefits at an incredibly affordable price.”

http://www.att.com/netbond

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Nokia and HPE Form IoT Alliance

Nokia and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a strategic collaboration on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for enterprise customers.

The companies agreed to jointly market and sell solutions for two IoT vertical enterprise segments, including industrial/manufacturing and smart city applications. The joint offerings combine connectivity, core networking, data aggregation and compute technologies from Nokia and HPE. The companies are currently working on a proof-of-concept for smart cities, combining Nokia's routing capabilities with HPE's Hybrid IT capabilities for joint project delivery models.

The IoT partnership extends the existing collaboration between the two organizations, which to date includes end-to-end deals with 25 enterprise and service provider customers, and more than 30 proof-of-concepts.

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.hpe.com


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AT&T Activates First LTE-M Commercial Site

AT&T switched on North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site in San Ramon, California.

Key features and benefits expected from LTE-M are:

  • Lower costs for modules that connect IoT devices to the LTE network.
  • Longer battery life; up to 10 years for certain enabled IoT devices.
  • Better coverage for IoT devices underground and deep inside buildings.

The site activation supports the pilot of AT&T’s LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at the AT&T Labs in San Ramon. AT&T said it plans to make the technology widely available across its commercial network throughout 2017.

It will connect a wide variety of IoT solutions challenged by existing network technology. These include smart utility meters, asset monitoring, vending machines, alarm systems, fleet, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables.

The pilot will also include solutions from a robust contingent of technology providers:  Altair, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC), and Xirgo Technologies.  The technology is expected to be available to customers outside of the pilot starting in 2017.

“We’ve joined with Altair, Ericsson and technology leaders from across the ecosystem to launch the first LTE-M enabled commercial site in North America,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Innovations like LTE-M will bring IoT to more end points than ever before. It’s part of our strategy to offer the widest range of IoT network options to our customers.”

Participants in the pilot will include:

  • Badger Meter – analyze how the LTE-M network, which is dedicated to supporting the IoT, may be used to enhance communications for smart water devices.
  • CalAmp – explore how the LTE-M network can help companies more efficiently manage their connected vehicles and assets.
  • Capstone Metering – demonstrate how LTE-M can improve Smart Cities sensor technologies. It will look to increase battery life and improve connectivity and sensor monitoring for underground smart water meters.
  • PepsiCo -- examine and test ways that sensors can improve the in-store experience with smart vending solutions for the thousands of PepsiCo products consumers love and enjoy.
  • Samsung – evaluate an LTE-M-based solution to enhance performance for consumer solutions. This may include wearables or other consumer devices.

http://about.att.com/story/north_americas_first_ltem_site_to_grow_iot.html

Monday, October 24, 2016

Orange Business Signs Up a Pet Tracking Service for IoT Service

Orange Business Services will provide IoT connectivity services to Tractive, an Austria-based developer of hardware, apps and gadgets for pet owners.

Specifically, Orange Business Services will provide Tractive with SIM cards for IoT connectivity in the Tractive GPS product, which helps pet owners locate their pets. The deal provides global connectivity with borderless service for pet owners.

“For the services we provide to loving pet owners, seamless and interruption-resistant connectivity on a global scale is absolutely key. The Orange Business Services solution caters to our customers’ needs and requirements. We are especially impressed with the global approach from Orange and the close teamwork with our own experts. They are not just a provider, but a trusted partner for us with our future expansion,” said Michael Hurnaus, CEO, Tractive.

“Tractive’s intention to leverage IoT technology for the benefit of millions of pets and their owners worldwide clearly demands a reliable and trustworthy global provider, such as Orange. With our proven expertise across the full spectrum of IoT services, we are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their global growth ambitions,” said Anne-Sophie Lotgering, senior vice president, Europe, Russia and CIS, Orange Business Services.

The Orange Business Services IoT connectivity service is part of Datavenue, a modular IoT and Analytics solution.

http://www.orange-business.com/en

Monday, August 1, 2016

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics for $2.4 Billion

Verizon Communications agreed to acquire Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE: FLTX)for $60.00 per share in cash – representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion.

Fleetmatics offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) fleet management solution that provides operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce.

As of March 31, 2016, Fleetmatics served approximately 37,000 customers and approximately 737,000 subscribed vehicles throughout Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. The company has approximately 1,200 employees and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with North American headquarters in Waltham, Mass.

"Fleetmatics is a market leader in North America -- and increasingly internationally -- and they've developed a wide-range of compelling SaaS-based products and solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses," said Andrés Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics. "The powerful combination of products and services, software platforms, robust customer bases, domain expertise and experience, and talented and passionate teams among Fleetmatics, the recently-acquired Telogis, and Verizon Telematics will position the combined companies to become a leading provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions globally," Irlando added.

In June, Verizon Telematics also announced the acquisition of Telogis, Inc., a global, cloud-based mobile enterprise management software company based in Aliso Viejo, Calif. That transaction closed on July 29.

Verizon Telematics, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, operates in more than 40 markets worldwide and offers comprehensive wireless, software and hardware solutions to consumers, enterprises, automakers and dealers to power connected-vehicle products around the world.

http://www.verizon.com
https://www.fleetmatics.com/

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Dell Advances its IoT Program

Marking the one-year anniversary of the formation of its IoT division, Dell announced the addition of VMware, Nokia, Eurotech and others to its Dell Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Partner Program.

“We’re proud of the progress that we’ve made this past year,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Commercial IoT Solutions, Dell. “With the launch of the Edge Gateway and Embedded Box PCs, our quickly growing partnership program and now our successful IoT Gateway Contest, our efforts underscore Dell’s deep commitment to driving IoT adoption for real world use.”

In addition, V5 Systems, a provider of portable, solar-powered security and Industrial IoT solutions, was named the platinum winner of
“Connect What Matters” IoT Contest run by Dell and Intel. V5 Systems' technology can be deployed without being tied to power or data cables for applications from law enforcement to agriculture to other outdoor uses. The portable units contain analytics, multiple sensors (including video, acoustic and chemical detection), power, computing and Wi-Fi and cellular communications. V5 evolved its intelligent security platform to support more use cases and technologies by working with Dell OEM Services to provide intelligent gateways for use at the edge of networks expanding Industrial IoT applications.

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