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IoT Global Awards to be sponsored by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT

By IoT Now Magazine

London, UK. December 5, 2017 — The IoT Global Awards are to be sponsored in 2018 by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT. The organisers of the inaugural Awards (www.iotglobalawards.com ) and the hosts of the UK’s premier Internet of Things event, Smart IoT (www.smartiotlondon.com) report that the winners of the 2018 Awards will be announced at the event in London ExCeL on March 21st, 2018.

The winners in 12 Categories – ranging from Automotive, Transport & Travel to Smart Cities, Government & Utilities – will be announced on the Exhibition Floor. All nominees are warmly invited to attend, as are Exhibitors and Visitors at Smart IoT.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at 5.30pm (UK) and the results posted Live on social media. It will be free to attend. Following the announcements, all guests are invited to attend the Smart IoT Drinks Reception at 6.00pm. This will be held at The Fox at Excel, with guests offered free drinks and refreshments.

If you have not yet entered the IoT Global Awards there is still time. The Closing Date for Entries is Thursday February 15th, 2018. You can find the categories to suit your organisation at www.iotglobalawards.com/categories/ and details of How To Enter are shown on the website.
John Davy, Group Event Director, Smart IoT said: “We are delighted that IoT Global Awards will be sponsored by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT. This is a great way of exploring business excellence around the world in the Internet of Things.”

Charlie Bisnar, Director of Strategy and Operations at WeKnow Media Ltd, organisers of the awards added: “The Awards are a celebration of all that is best, both technologically and in business, in the Internet of Things. It is only right that we showcase these achievements at the UK’s premier IoT event.”
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For more information contact:

For IoT Global Awards:

Charlie Bisnar (c.bisnar@wkm-global.com)
WeKnow Media Ltd. +44 (0) 173 284 4017
@WKM_Global @IoTGlobalAwards

For Smart IoT:

John Davy (john.davy@closerstillmedia.com)
CloserStill Media Ltd. +44 (0) 207 013 4978
@Smart_IoT

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What Will Amazon Announce at Re:Invent?

By Alex Woodie

As Amazon Web Services’ annual re:Invent show kicks off in Las Vegas this week, the anticipation is building for what kinds of data services the cloud giant will announce next. Will it drive a giant data-slurping semi-truck onto the stage like it did last year? Or maybe drone-based data delivery is the hot new thing?

Nobody knows what the company will announce tomorrow morning, when AWS CEO Andy Jassy takes the stage for the first keynote address, or what Werner Vogels, the cloud giant’s resident technology genius, will discuss during his keynote on Thursday.

But there’s one thing for certain: It will be big.

It’s hard to overstate the influence that AWS is having on the computer industry as a whole. When it began 11 years ago as a way to monetize the extra computing power that Jeff Bezos assembled for his ecommerce operation, it was small. But over the years since, it has come to dominate the public cloud category.

The scale of AWS is unimaginably massive. Back in 2014, Timothy Prickett Morgan, then the editor of Datanami‘s sister publication EnterpriseTech, estimated that AWS had anywhere from 2.8 million to 5.6 million servers running across 87 data centers in 28 availability zones. The company lashed them all together with its own custom-made networking gear to make it work like one humongous global cluster.

Since then, the company has expanded its global infrastructure footprint to 44 availability zones, with plans to add 17 more around the world. (And that’s not counting the GovCloud it built for the US government, and a second GovCloud now in the works.) If the ratio of servers to data centers and availability zones stayed constant going back to 2014, that would mean that AWS is now running anywhere from 4.4 million to 8.6 million servers across 136 data centers. Mind-boggling numbers, to be sure.

And then there’s the data (it’s always about the data). While AWS isn’t saying how much data it stores on behalf of customers in S3 and other storage repositories, the volume is almost certainly measured in zettabytes — and it might even be moving toward the yottabyte range.

Think a petabyte is big? Please. Storing exabytes has become passé for the world’s largest computer company. “We have a lot of customers who have exabytes of data,” Jassy said during last year’s re:Invent keynote address. “You would not believe how many companies now have exabytes of data that they want to move to the cloud…”

In the pantheon of data storage, there is “big data,” and then there is AWS data. Who else developed a semi-truck that customers can load 100 petabytes of data at a time to physically upload it into the AWS cloud because the Internet is too slow? (AWS).

Besides the Snowmobile semi-truck, last year’s AWS re:Invent brought a host of new services, including:

  • Amazon AI, which uses pre-built neural networking models to automate computer vision, text-to-speech, and natural language processing (NLP) tasks;
  • Amazon Athena, an interactive SQL-based query service for analyzing S3 data;
  • AWS Greengrass, a framework for developing and running distributed applications across mobile device using the company’s AWS Lambda architecture;
  • Lambda@Edge, a new framework that automates much of the low-level plumbing required to build sophisticated IoT applications.

Undoubtedly this year’s AWS re:Invent will bring updates to some of these products. Some insiders have heard ruminations that it could be cooking up some easy-to-use hosted machine learning service, something more like rival Microsoft’s Azure ML service.

AWS still has the scale advantage over its public cloud rivals, but can it keep a coterie of data-hungry developers, data scientist, and data engineers satisfied with ever more powerful capabilities? We’ll find out tomorrow.

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Climbing the ranks in automation

By Zenobia Hedge

The top three countries that are leaders in manufacturing have remained fairly similar over the last few decades. The US, China and Germany have continued evolving to export a large amount of products to the world. To remain high in the ranks, these countries have adopted automation, optimised their manufacturing processes and advanced production processes.

Strong economy and large populations suggest that these countries will remain leaders in manufacturing and automation for years to come. However, as the industry grows, smaller countries are beginning to emerge as competitors in the industry, says Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation.

North and South America

Many countries in South America are driven by manufacturing. For example, in Chile, manufacturing contributes towards around 16% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and over 14% of the working population are employed in a manufacturing role.

States in Northern America are also looking south to improve their manufacturing sector. As the world’s eleventh largest economy, Mexico excels in a range of industries such as aerospace, automotive and food and beverage. The automation industry in Mexico is growing rapidly, with over 6,320 robotic units sold in 2015, tripling previous figures.

Mexico is also looking to greaten its presence in the global manufacturing industry by increasing company growth.The country is the first Spanish-speaking nation to partner with Germany at Hannover Messe 2018. At the trade show, Mexico intends to exhibit its new technologies and strengthen its international trade relations.

Central Europe

Western European countries such as the UK and Germany are regarded as the manufacturing leaders of Europe. However, some central European countries have rapidly growing economies due to their investment in manufacturing. Poland, for example, has seen its economy triple in the last decade.

Manufacturing exports contribute towards 33% of the GDP in Poland, compared to an average of 22% among other emerging nations. With a population of over 40 million, more jobs are created to meet the industry demand and support the growing economy.

Poland’s increasing presence in the manufacturing industry was highlighted when they were invited to be the partner country exhibiting at Hannover Messe 2017. As one of the fastest growing markets for automation, the country is now one of Germany’s most lucrative trading partners.

The Mighty-Five

The Asia Pacific region is one of the key players in automation, with Japan and China relying on automated factories to ensure a successful manufacturing industry. Smaller countries are beginning to invest in this technology to experience the benefits and grow their economies.

A group of countries known as the Mighty-Five are expected to rapidly evolve as manufacturing competitors over the next decade. Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam aim to invest in automation to offer the world low cost labour with high quality results.

The countries each excel in different areas of automation. India’s economy, for example, relies on the IT industry as the largest private employer in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, India exported over $167 billion(€143.44 billion) worth of IT and software services. The industry is expected to improve further as standard of living continues to improve in the country.

These countries still have a long way to go to compete with manufacturing giants, such as China or the US. Yet the rapid growth of automation in these countries suggests that the global manufacturing sector may look very […]

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Double digit growth by 3 of top 5 vendors as global tablet shipments hit 45 million units

By Zenobia Hedge

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments grew 2% quarterly to reach 45 million units in Q3 2017. Apple maintained first position with 23 percent global tablet market share, while Samsung fell to 13% share.

Huawei was the star performer, with a continued run of 4 years of annual growth in tablet shipments. The new “Preliminary Global Tablet Shipments and Market Share: Q3 2017” report from Strategy Analytics’ Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies (TTS) service offers perspective on what is driving these results and how industry players can revitalise remaining soft spots in the market.

The full report with detailed market breakdown is available here.

Eric Smith, director – Tablets and Touchscreens said, “Global tablet shipments declined 5 percent annually from 46.9 million units in Q3 2016 to 44.6 million in Q3 2017, but grew 2% quarter on quarter from 43.7 million in Q2 2017. The global tablet market has reduced the high negative growth rates of the past couple of years and Apple just strung together two straight quarters of year-on-year growth.

Exhibit 1: Global tablet vendor shipments and market share in Q3 2017

During Q3 2017, Huawei and Amazon also kept up their pace of strong gains in their respective corners of the Android market, while Lenovo bounced back to positive growth with good footing in the Android and Windows segments. Windows tablet demand is experiencing a slump overall, compared to this time last year as consumer market pricing and marketing have failed to connect to consumers while enterprise demand is still swift for pricier 2-in-1 tablet form factors.”

Peter King, director – Devices Practice added, “Apple shipped 10.3 million Tablets worldwide in Q3 2017, rising an impressive 11% annually from 9.3 million in Q3 2016 and unit sales rose 25% year-over-year in Greater China and 39% in India.

Huawei maintained third position with 7% global tablet market share in Q3 2017, up from 5 percent in Q3 2016. Huawei continues to close in fast on Samsung, although the latter has just fewer than 13% market share in Q3 2017. If Huawei were able to penetrate the US market where it currently ships a single digit percentage of its total shipments, then it would become a major force in the tablet market.

Lenovo continued steady progress in the tablet market shipping 3 million units in Q3 2017; Lenovo is focusing on a higher-value product portfolio and de-emphasising lower-value offerings. Amazon reported record sales of its Fire tablets during the July Prime Day promotion early in Q3 2017. During the quarter, Amazon tablet shipments were 25% higher year-on-year at 2.5 million units. This resulted in Amazon’s market share rising 1.3 points during the same period to 5.6%.”

Tablet market dynamics by operating system

Apple iOS shipments (sell-in) came in above projections at 10.3 million iPads in Q3 2017, pushing its worldwide market share to 23% of the Tablet market. This represented an 11% increase annually but a 10% decline from last quarter’s high. Apple is pulling off a dual strategy of growing overall market share on […]

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Consumers say in-person service is essential to create the connected home

By Zenobia Hedge

CSG International, has announced results of its market survey The Future of the Digital Experience: Connected Service Edition. Through an independent research firm, CSG polled 2,000 consumers across five countries to learn how consumers will prefer to connect home automation and other smart devices that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The survey results indicate that although consumers will seek both online and in-person help sources, when it comes to connecting multiple smart devices in their homes, consumers will seek skilled, in-person help.

“Survey respondents have predicted that professional, technical resources will play a significant role in bridging the gap between consumers and the world of devices around us,” said Chad Dunavant, vice president of product management at CSG International.

“CSG’s Workforce Express enables a mobile workforce of 65,000 of the Pay TV industry’s field technicians who are already receiving service requests for smart devices such as TVs, phones and home security. There is a clear opportunity for Pay TV providers to evolve the skills of their field service technicians to capitalise on the growing consumer-based IoT market.”

Key insights from the survey include:

Most respondents expect to connect home security and monitoring systems (49%) and smart home automation devices such as remote light controls and door locks (48%) in the next three years.

Help is wanted to make both simple and complex connections. Consumers cited both online resources and in-person help as resources for device installations.

Respondents reported that they believe 67 %of consumers will be not at all confident to do complex installations on their own, and 44% believe that consumers will be only somewhat confident to complete even simple (single device) installs on their own.
84% of respondents believe that consumers will want help from a skilled technical resource to connect just two to five devices.

Chad Dunavant

A connected service provider needs a good app and a good reputation. When it comes to knowing that a technician is on their way, consumers expect a personal interaction will still be important.

74% prefer a phone call or text directly from the technician.
58% of respondents said that finding a reputable company to provide their technical help was their most important criteria – outweighing both on-demand access to help and the lowest cost option.

Consumers are open to help from Pay TV field technicians. According to survey results, consumers will seek in-person help to connect multiple devices in the home and are open to their Pay TV field technician as a source of technical expertise.

Existing Pay TV customers said that if their cable or satellite service technician could connect the smart home, 89% said they expect that consumers will be very likely to use the service and 87% held this belief for repair and troubleshooting issues.
Much like calling a taxi for nearly instant transportation, if professional technical help could be requested in the moment that installation or repair service was needed, 39% believe consumers will want on-demand installation or repair service ½ – ¾ of the time.

Countries polled included the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Malaysia. All survey […]

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