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Information Builders helps companies leverage blockchain’s potential with launch of iWay 8

By Zenobia Hegde

At Blockchain Expo North America, Information Builders, a provider in business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data management solutions, announced the launch of iWay 8, its suite of solutions for data application creation and business-to-business (B2B) integration.

The latest version enhances usability, facilitates IoT data for big data insights, and offers integrated support for permissioned blockchain applications, enabling companies to speed up implementations and capitalise on the technology’s potential.

The launch of iWay 8 includes a new version of iWay Service Manager (iSM), which provides support for permissioned blockchain applications, enabling organisations to efficiently realise the benefits of blockchain. The technology lays the foundation for a quickly deployable, easily maintainable, service- and event-oriented blockchain architecture, as well as a mechanism to make configuration more intuitive.

iSM can acquire messages from external entities, existing applications, or other sources, process them and share the results into another application through Information Builders’ blockchain integration.

Unique blockchain benefits include:

Reduced development time and cost by incorporating iSM into the blockchain workflow
Integration with peers on the network and the ability to transfer posts and queries between peers and iSM
Enhanced workflow process visibility with real-time exchange of events and documents

In addition, when coupled with Information Builders’ WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform, iWay simplifies and accelerates the integration of enterprise blockchain applications, allowing companies to act on information more effectively.

Along with blockchain support, iWay 8 offers new functionality for integrating IoT and big data and making this information available for consumption and analytics. With data management technology that natively ingests, cleanses, unifies, and integrates big data from IoT, the solutions ensure high-quality data that users can quickly act on to drive the business forward.

Additional features of iWay 8 include:

Intuitive design time: A modern and user-friendly design time environment that expedites development and enhances usability
Collaborative team development: Multiple team members can collaborate on application development, regardless of physical location, while ensuring the integrity and control of the artifacts
Microservices: iWay provides all the capabilities companies need to support a microservices architecture, enabling them to reduce costs and increase agility

Gerald Cohen, president and CEO, Information Builders, said: “iWay 8 provides the functionality organizations need to make large amounts of information available for consumption and analytics – a critical capability given the growing volume of data generated on a daily basis.

Its modern, user-friendly design time environment and collaboration features empower users to be more efficient and effective and reduce the time involved in turning raw data into insights. These capabilities, paired with iWay’s blockchain support, position companies for success as we enter the next frontier of information management.”

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Wuxi DSP Technologies will officially release China’s first Internet of Things (IoT) embedded artificial intelligence (AI) chip

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The “2018 IoT and Embedded AI Chip Platform and Eco Strategy Conference” will be held on December 8, 2017 at Intercontinental Hotel Beijing Beichen as one of the sub-forums at the “2017 IoT Developers Conference”. As the leading provider of IoT chipset platforms, Wuxi DSP Technologies will release its latest IoT embedded AI chip at […]

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Information Builders launches iWay 8 to help companies harness blockchain potential

By Zenobia Hegde

At Blockchain Expo North America, Information Builders, a provider in business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data management solutions, announced the launch of iWay 8, its suite of solutions for data application creation and business-to-business (B2B) integration.

The latest version enhances usability, facilitates IoT data for big data insights, and offers integrated support for permissioned blockchain applications, enabling companies to speed up implementations and capitalise on the technology’s potential.

The launch of iWay 8 includes a new version of iWay Service Manager (iSM), which provides support for permissioned blockchain applications, enabling organisations to efficiently realise the benefits of blockchain. The technology lays the foundation for a quickly deployable, easily maintainable, service- and event-oriented blockchain architecture, as well as a mechanism to make configuration more intuitive. iSM can acquire messages from external entities, existing applications, or other sources, process them and share the results into another application through Information Builders’ blockchain integration.

Unique blockchain benefits include:

Reduced development time and cost by incorporating iSM into the blockchain workflow
Integration with peers on the network and the ability to transfer posts and queries between peers and iSM
Enhanced workflow process visibility with real-time exchange of events and documents

In addition, when coupled with Information Builders’ WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform, iWay simplifies and accelerates the integration of enterprise blockchain applications, allowing companies to act on information more effectively.

Along with blockchain support, iWay 8 offers new functionality for integrating IoT and big data and making this information available for consumption and analytics. With data management technology that natively ingests, cleanses, unifies, and integrates big data from IoT, the solutions ensure high-quality data that users can quickly act on to drive the business forward.

Additional features of iWay 8 include:

Intuitive design time: A modern and user-friendly design time environment that expedites development and enhances usability
Collaborative team development: Multiple team members can collaborate on application development, regardless of physical location, while ensuring the integrity and control of the artifacts
Microservices: iWay provides all the capabilities companies need to support a microservices architecture, enabling them to reduce costs and increase agility

Gerald Cohen, president and CEO, Information Builders said, “iWay 8 provides the functionality organisations need to make large amounts of information available for consumption and analytics – a critical capability given the growing volume of data generated on a daily basis.

Its modern, user-friendly design time environment and collaboration features empower users to be more efficient and effective and reduce the time involved in turning raw data into insights. These capabilities, paired with iWay’s blockchain support, position companies for success as we enter the next frontier of information management.”

Visit our website for more information on how iWay handles blockchain integration.

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GE Healthcare partners with Intel to accelerate digital imaging from edge to cloud

By Zenobia Hegde

GE Healthcare announced an expanded partnership with Intel that aims to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hospitals and health systems using digital imaging solutions, deployed via edge and cloud. Together, the companies anticipate their solutions will offer greater hospital efficiency through increased asset performance, reduced patient risk and dosage exposure – with faster image processing – and expedited time to diagnosis and treatment.

Through the expanded partnership, GE Healthcare will use the new Intel®Xeon® Scalable platform with an aim towards lowering the total cost of ownership for imaging devices by up to 25%. Paired with GE Healthcare’s imaging solutions, the Intel Xeon Scalable platform may improve radiologists’ reading productivity compared to the prior generation by reducing first image display down to under 2 seconds and full study load times down to under 8 seconds.

“Radiologist workdays can be enhanced by use of real-time data analytics and increased performance,” said Jonathan Ballon, vice president Internet of Things Group at Intel. “The combination of innovative imaging solutions from GE Healthcare with the breakthrough speed of Intel processors promises great advances in imaging that could make a real difference in patient care.”

Building on their 20-year relationship, GE Healthcare and Intel are also investing in a new, first-of-its-kind digital development lab in downtown Chicago. The Joint Performance Acceleration Lab (JPAL) will be dedicated to the development, testing and validation of new innovations across a wide spectrum of GE Healthcare imaging hardware and software solutions. This expanded partnership is intended to help enable the highest possible radiology productivity at the lowest total cost of ownership for healthcare providers and clinicians by improving the performance of their imaging fleets.

“Some of our longest-standing modalities are now being infused with the latest in digital technologies – which requires security, precision, speed and efficiency,” said David Hale, senior vice president of Enterprise Imaging Digital Solutions at GE Healthcare. “To ensure we are delivering the best possible outcomes at the lowest cost in this digital age, GE Healthcare is partnering with Intel to co-develop on and off premise solutions through our new lab and accelerate these with the Intel Xeon Scalable platform.”

Jim Douglas

As part of the expanded GE Healthcare and Intel relationship, the two companies will use the workload-optimised Wind River® Titanium Control software virtualisation platform to enable hospitals and health systems to deploy more secure, edge solutions that improve agility and reduce operating costs in healthcare environments that require real-time performance and continuous service availability. Wind River Titanium Control software on Intel Xeon Scalable platforms will provide a more secure, real time, intelligent solution for the healthcare edge.

“The combination of powerful Intel processing at the edge with Wind River’s virtualisation technology allows GE Healthcare to deliver a high availability end-to-end secure healthcare solution that is game changing for the industry,” said Jim Douglas, president, Wind River. “Through this collaboration, healthcare applications can achieve the uptime, security and low latency that is required for critical services installed at the healthcare edge.”

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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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Hazelcast Jet 0.5 – New high-level API increases developer productivity for real-time IoT, big data applications

By Zenobia Hegde

Hazelcast, the open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) with tens of thousands of installed clusters and over 39 million server starts per month, announced the 0.5 release of Hazelcast Jet – an application embeddable, distributed computing platform for fast processing of big data sets.

New functionality in Hazelcast Jet 0.5 includes the Pipeline API for general purpose programming of batch and stream processing, and fault tolerance using snapshotting with the integrated Hazelcast IMDG.

The overall focus of the latest release is to increase developer productivity via an extremely simple and intuitive API. Jet is a single library with no dependencies which is therefore easily embedded and deployed, removing the need for multiple systems. Typical application use cases include online trades, sensor updates in IoT architectures, real-time fraud detection, system log events, in-store e-commerce systems and social media platforms.

The Pipeline API is the primary programming interface of Hazelcast Jet for batch and stream processing, making it more appealing to a wider Java audience. This is a major enhancement to the Hazelcast Jet low-level Core API which uses directed acyclic graphs (DAG) to model data flow – allowing detailed DAG assembly of processing jobs.

The new Pipeline API is easier to use and provides developers with tools to compose batch computations from building blocks such as filters, aggregators and joiners. The Java 8 Stream API is also available in Hazelcast Jet 0.5, a well-known and popular API in the Java community which supports functional-style operations on streams of elements. The key point is that ANY Java developer will find the new Pipeline API familiar and productive.

Greg Luck, CEO of Hazelcast, said: “Since its first release Jet has put the Fast in Fast Big Data with performance up to 15 times faster than Spark and Flink. In this release we have been working on bringing Hazelcast’s legendary programming simplicity to Jet, which we think we have now achieved with the Pipeline API. Programmers, start your Jet engines.”

Also new is fault tolerance using distributed in-memory snapshots – in Hazelcast Jet 0.5 snapshots are distributed across the cluster and held in multiple replicas to provide redundancy. Jet is now able to tolerate multiple faults such as node failure, network partition or job execution failure. Snapshots are periodically created and backed up.

If there is a node failure Jet uses the latest state snapshot and automatically restarts all jobs that contain the failed node as a job participant. No additional infrastructure, such as distributed file system or external snapshot storage, is necessary to ensure Hazelcast Jet is fault tolerant out of the box.

With this release, Jet is fully integrated with Hazelcast IMDG for sources, sinks and enrichment. It also has streaming as well as batch integrations. Jet benefits from being integrated with Hazelcast IMDG, accessing an elastic, in-memory storage capability. Using data already held in IMDG versus external sources gives a 5 times performance enhancement. We expect our millions of IMDG users to start leveraging Jet’s capabilities to process the data they already hold in IMDG.

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How to handle the vanishing radio spectrum: Share frequencies

By Patrick Nelson

With the billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices projected to come on-stream over the next few years, questions are arising as to just where the bandwidth and radio channels are going to come from to make it all work.

The sensors need to send their likely increasingly voluminous data back to networks wirelessly to be processed.

But there’s a finite amount of radio spectrum available, and much of it is already allocated to incumbent primary users, such as public safety agencies. Other spectrum is dedicated to mobile network operators who have licensed chunks of it. Some is leftover in the millimeter frequencies, which is thus far pretty much untested in the real world — it’s going to be used for 5G in the future.

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With Amazon Key’s launch, customers and lawyers have lots of questions

By Cyrus Farivar

Enlarge / IoT products like Amazon Key come with a whole set of risks that consumers aren’t equipped to assess themselves. (credit: Amazon)

Last week, Amazon announced a new voluntary service that allows its own contracted delivery personnel to temporarily access customers’ homes through a new service dubbed “Amazon Key” which begins Wednesday, November 8.

Privacy experts wonder what kind of avenue putting such a camera in the home could mean for law enforcement, particularly given last year’s episode when Amazon refused to help law enforcement in a murder case in Arkansas. There, investigators attempted to get the company to hand over data collected by a nearby Alexa. If that instance is any indication, Amazon may resist a legal demand to open up an Amazon Key lock.

Beyond concerns about the police, many on Twitter are fundamentally uncomfortable with Amazon Key.

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Silver Spring Networks completes IoT network canopy rollout for DEWA

By Zenobia Hedge

At WETEX, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. announced the initial successful completion of the deployment of its multi-application IPv6 network canopy for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). DEWA’s network canopy extends across the Emirate of Dubai and is based on Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology, which offers high performance, reliability, security and scalability. Silver Spring Networks is now working with DEWA towards final acceptance, with the remaining head-end integration work expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Silver Spring Networks also announced that its Gen5 technology has been integrated into smart meter devices from Honeywell Elster, to connect the first DEWA electric customers to its IoT canopy as a part of the next phase of this modernisation project. DEWA’s infrastructure modernisation efforts support the Smart Dubai initiative, aimed at making Dubai the most innovative smart city in the world.

DEWA provides services for over 700,000 electricity and 600,000 water connections across its service territory, all of which it intends to connect to the network canopy through additional Silver Spring ecosystem partners and future phases of its multi-year modernisation program. These announcements detail the update described during Silver Spring Networks’ second quarter earnings conference call on August 8, 2017.

“DEWA is pleased with its progress for the second smart initiative, Smart Applications through smart meters and Grids, in alignment with the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021, which enables DEWA to build a wide and integrated smart grid covering generation, transmission and distribution systems.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Silver Spring Networks to bring the company’s proven Internet of Things technology to DEWA customers, first through smart electric services and beyond into other smart applications, which can help contribute to making Dubai the happiest and most innovative city in the world.” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

Burak Aydin

“We’re very pleased to achieve the delivery of the high-performance canopy network – a significant project milestone for DEWA – to help reliably deliver electricity, water and other new services across Dubai,” said Burak Aydin, general manager – EMEA, Silver Spring Networks. “We are committed to offering the newest innovation available through our standards-based technology, and look forward to helping bring smart grid benefits to DEWA customers in Dubai during the next phase of our deployment.”

As a longtime proponent of open standards, Silver Spring’s technology is based on Wi-SUN mesh technology (IEEE 802.15.4.g). Silver Spring’s standards-based networking platform will enable DEWA to support a wide range of device vendors across its network canopy.

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IoT platform Ayla Networks announces $60M Series D financing

Aylya Networks, an IoT Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) company announced that it has raised $60M in Series D financing. The round was led by Run Liang Tai Fund (RLT) and Sunsea Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

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The company doubled down on the funding path as it previously raised $39M Series C in June last year. The current financing brings Ayla Network’s total equity funding to approximately $124M since its launch in 2010.

The company will use the latest proceeds to expand platform capabilities and to grow the ecosystem which includes application providers and channel partners.

Ayla focuses on the leading product manufacturers enabling them to make their products internet-connected via Ayla Network’s PaaS. Its end-to-end software runs across devices, the cloud, and applications to provide internet connectivity and device analytics. The Wi-Fi modules of leading hardware vendors have pre-built Ayla embedded agent. The Ayla Cloud provides a managed service where customers can track their ‘connected deployments’.

“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.”David Friedman, Ayla CEO and co-founder

Ayla has adopted a ‘mobile-first’ approach. The company offers mobile application libraries containing APIs. The APIs can be used to create iOS and Android apps for Ayla-enabled products.

Another ‘platform-based’ company connecting consumer products to the internet is Evrythng. It raised $24.8 million Series B funding in March this year.

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