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Climbing the ranks in automation

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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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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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Ultra-low power Pervasive Displays e-paper screen added to pioneering IoT development board

By Zenobia Hedge

Pervasive Displays (PDi), a provider in e-paper displays, announces its ultra-low power displays have been incorporated into a pioneering Internet of Things (IoT) development board from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. that enables device designers to benefit from a human-readable screen requiring very low amounts of power.

Created for use in a variety of IoT applications, such as fitness and health wearables, smart home and smart metering, the Cypress PSoC® 6 BLE Pioneer Kit helps engineers take advantage of the benefits of displays in their designs, without significantly impacting the power budgets.

Adding a display to almost any device including portable health monitors, utility meters and other connected monitoring and control devices, means designers can improve the overall user experience and offer exciting new features.

E-paper displays use much less energy than a traditional TFT liquid crystal display (LCD), because they require no backlight and do not need to be refreshed constantly to maintain a visible image. The savings are striking: an always-on e-paper display, updated half-a-dozen times a day, can use as little as 0.001% of the energy of an LCD equivalent performing the same role. This means a device with an e-paper display can run for months or even years on a small battery.

E-paper displays also offer very wide viewing angles, and because they’re reflective, can be read in bright sunlight and by barcode scanners, unlike TFT LCDs.

Jim Davis, director of Marketing for the MCU Business Unit at Cypress, said: ““PSoC MCUs have always been differentiated by the rich design resources of their analog and digital software-defined peripherals. As a market leader in e-paper displays with a ready supply of high quality screens available off-the-shelf, Pervasive Displays was the ideal partner to implement the display on our PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit. This board gives our customers the best of both worlds: the processing performance combined with an ultra-low power architecture and the flexibility to design differentiated IoT applications.”

Scott Soong, CEO at Pervasive Displays, added: “Many people have already enjoyed the benefits of e-paper displays in their e-reader devices, notably their exceptionally low power use and reflective nature, which makes them easily readable even in very bright lighting. Displays used in IoT applications require similar properties, as they will often need to operate for very long periods on a small battery, and be easily readable in a variety of lighting conditions. A Pervasive Displays e-paper display is the ideal solution for anyone wanting to add a human-readable screen to a battery-powered, connected device.”

Designers wishing to purchase the Cypress PSoC® 6 BLE Pioneer Kit can obtain them from distributors including Mouser, Digi-Key, RS Components, Future, Arrow and Farnell.

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Ultra-low power Pervasive Displays e-paper screen added to pioneering IoT development board

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By Zenobia Hedge

Pervasive Displays (PDi), a provider in e-paper displays, announces its ultra-low power displays have been incorporated into a pioneering Internet of Things (IoT) development board from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. that enables device designers to benefit from a human-readable screen requiring very low amounts of power.

Created for use in a variety of IoT applications, such as fitness and health wearables, smart home and smart metering, the Cypress PSoC® 6 BLE Pioneer Kit helps engineers take advantage of the benefits of displays in their designs, without significantly impacting the power budgets.

Adding a display to almost any device including portable health monitors, utility meters and other connected monitoring and control devices, means designers can improve the overall user experience and offer exciting new features.

E-paper displays use much less energy than a traditional TFT liquid crystal display (LCD), because they require no backlight and do not need to be refreshed constantly to maintain a visible image. The savings are striking: an always-on e-paper display, updated half-a-dozen times a day, can use as little as 0.001% of the energy of an LCD equivalent performing the same role. This means a device with an e-paper display can run for months or even years on a small battery.

E-paper displays also offer very wide viewing angles, and because they’re reflective, can be read in bright sunlight and by barcode scanners, unlike TFT LCDs.

Jim Davis, director of Marketing for the MCU Business Unit at Cypress, said: ““PSoC MCUs have always been differentiated by the rich design resources of their analog and digital software-defined peripherals. As a market leader in e-paper displays with a ready supply of high quality screens available off-the-shelf, Pervasive Displays was the ideal partner to implement the display on our PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit. This board gives our customers the best of both worlds: the processing performance combined with an ultra-low power architecture and the flexibility to design differentiated IoT applications.”

Scott Soong, CEO at Pervasive Displays, added: “Many people have already enjoyed the benefits of e-paper displays in their e-reader devices, notably their exceptionally low power use and reflective nature, which makes them easily readable even in very bright lighting. Displays used in IoT applications require similar properties, as they will often need to operate for very long periods on a small battery, and be easily readable in a variety of lighting conditions. A Pervasive Displays e-paper display is the ideal solution for anyone wanting to add a human-readable screen to a battery-powered, connected device.”

Designers wishing to purchase the Cypress PSoC® 6 BLE Pioneer Kit can obtain them from distributors including Mouser, Digi-Key, RS Components, Future, Arrow and Farnell.

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In-Memory Database Goes ‘Translytical’

By George Leopold

Database vendors continue to move computing and analytical processing closer to data as applications leverage more data types ranging from structured to those data sets that can be transformed to another data type, or polymorphic.

Among those joining the rush to in-memory computing and “operational” storage is Software AG, which this week rolled out the next generation of its Terracotta database that supports “translytical” workloads. The company (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) touts the latest release as an in-memory data platform that can handle operational storage and analytical processing steps on the same platform.

Terracotta “is a natural fit for building micro-services and [Internet of Things] applications for scale,” Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost asserted in a statement on Monday (Nov. 6).

Software AG joins a growing list of database vendors offering new operational analytics capabilities that use operational data stores to deliver live data to applications. For instance, that latest version of the MapR-DB platform incorporates new features designed to make it easier for application developers to integrate real-time analytics directly into operational data stores.

Database vendors are responding to growing enterprise requirements for real-time access to stored data. The Terracotta database runs on top of a distributed in-memory data grid dubbed BigMemory, which the German database vendor said is used by more than 500 organizations and is aimed at both large and small enterprises.

Software AG said Terracotta has been downloaded more than 2 million times. According to the download site, an open source version of the database is planned.

The data management platform also supports what Software AG calls “translytical” workloads in which a single data tier can serve both transactional and analytical workloads. The approach includes caching and operational storage along with analytical search and computing on the server side. The result, the company claims, is the convenience of a NoSQL data store running on top of its in-memory data grid technology.

Meanwhile, analytical processing is accelerated via stream-based computational data pipelines, the company said. The new version of Terracotta also includes visual analytics features along with an accelerator for building micro-services increasingly be used to speed delivery of enterprise applications.

Like the latest MapR database, Terracotta also includes optional secondary indexes as part of its in-memory search capabilities. Secondary indexes are widely seen as essential for adding analytics to a range of operational systems.

Use cases cited by Software AG include supply chain and inventory control along with transaction processing and fraud detection. Generally, the new database is aimed at business requirements around distributed data storage with low-latency access requirements for web applications.

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In-Memory Database Goes ‘Translytical’

By News Aggregator

By George Leopold

Database vendors continue to move computing and analytical processing closer to data as applications leverage more data types ranging from structured to those data sets that can be transformed to another data type, or polymorphic.

Among those joining the rush to in-memory computing and “operational” storage is Software AG, which this week rolled out the next generation of its Terracotta database that supports “translytical” workloads. The company (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) touts the latest release as an in-memory data platform that can handle operational storage and analytical processing steps on the same platform.

Terracotta “is a natural fit for building micro-services and [Internet of Things] applications for scale,” Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost asserted in a statement on Monday (Nov. 6).

Software AG joins a growing list of database vendors offering new operational analytics capabilities that use operational data stores to deliver live data to applications. For instance, that latest version of the MapR-DB platform incorporates new features designed to make it easier for application developers to integrate real-time analytics directly into operational data stores.

Database vendors are responding to growing enterprise requirements for real-time access to stored data. The Terracotta database runs on top of a distributed in-memory data grid dubbed BigMemory, which the German database vendor said is used by more than 500 organizations and is aimed at both large and small enterprises.

Software AG said Terracotta has been downloaded more than 2 million times. According to the download site, an open source version of the database is planned.

The data management platform also supports what Software AG calls “translytical” workloads in which a single data tier can serve both transactional and analytical workloads. The approach includes caching and operational storage along with analytical search and computing on the server side. The result, the company claims, is the convenience of a NoSQL data store running on top of its in-memory data grid technology.

Meanwhile, analytical processing is accelerated via stream-based computational data pipelines, the company said. The new version of Terracotta also includes visual analytics features along with an accelerator for building micro-services increasingly be used to speed delivery of enterprise applications.

Like the latest MapR database, Terracotta also includes optional secondary indexes as part of its in-memory search capabilities. Secondary indexes are widely seen as essential for adding analytics to a range of operational systems.

Use cases cited by Software AG include supply chain and inventory control along with transaction processing and fraud detection. Generally, the new database is aimed at business requirements around distributed data storage with low-latency access requirements for web applications.

Recent items:

MapR-DB Gets Secondary Indexes to Drive Operational Analytics

Gartner: Top Storage Vendors Taming Unstructured Data

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IoT Ag-Tech company Farmobile snaps $18.1M Series B

Farmobile, an Agtech company that collects farm data via its hardware and software solution raised a $18.1M Series B round this week. Notable investors that participated in the funding round include Dutch Agtech venture capital firm Anterra Capital, crop insurance provider AmTrust Agriculture Insurance Services and private investors in Kansas City.

Farmobile PUC

The startup, co-founded by Jason Tatge, Heath Gerlock, and Randy Nuss previously raised $5.5M Series A in Dec 2015 from Anterra Capital. The latest round brings Farmobile’s total equity funding to $23.6M since it launched in 2013.

The IoT component of the Farmobile solution is a small device called PUC that installs on farm machinery. The system uses PUC to listen and wirelessly send machine data to a cloud-based Farmobile account. The PUC implement plugs into the ISOBUS of the tractor, or straight back into the terminal. These data collected from the farm is called EFR, or simply put Electronic Field Record. EFRs can then be shared with 3rd parties via Farmobile’s cloud-based dashboard.

Farmers can take corrective actions based as the system allows 3rd parties to remotely upload prescription and documentation files and directly transfer them to machines and operators for immediate use.

The latest round of funding by Farmobile is by far one of the biggest that Agtech startups have raised this year. The Yield, an Australian Agtech startup closed $6.5M Series A round in April this year followed by Agtech startup Freight Farms that closed $7.3M Series B the following month.

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IoT Ag-Tech company Farmobile snaps $18.1M Series B

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Farmobile, an Agtech company that collects farm data via its hardware and software solution raised a $18.1M Series B round this week. Notable investors that participated in the funding round include Dutch Agtech venture capital firm Anterra Capital, crop insurance provider AmTrust Agriculture Insurance Services and private investors in Kansas City.

Farmobile PUC

The startup, co-founded by Jason Tatge, Heath Gerlock, and Randy Nuss previously raised $5.5M Series A in Dec 2015 from Anterra Capital. The latest round brings Farmobile’s total equity funding to $23.6M since it launched in 2013.

The IoT component of the Farmobile solution is a small device called PUC that installs on farm machinery. The system uses PUC to listen and wirelessly send machine data to a cloud-based Farmobile account. The PUC implement plugs into the ISOBUS of the tractor, or straight back into the terminal. These data collected from the farm is called EFR, or simply put Electronic Field Record. EFRs can then be shared with 3rd parties via Farmobile’s cloud-based dashboard.

Farmers can take corrective actions based as the system allows 3rd parties to remotely upload prescription and documentation files and directly transfer them to machines and operators for immediate use.

The latest round of funding by Farmobile is by far one of the biggest that Agtech startups have raised this year. The Yield, an Australian Agtech startup closed $6.5M Series A round in April this year followed by Agtech startup Freight Farms that closed $7.3M Series B the following month.

As the Agtech market heats up, IoT-based smart farming startups are battling for customers and investment dollars. View our smart agriculture resource page filter and discover IoT agriculture resources.

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Mobile ticketing to account for more than 1 in 2 digital ticket transactions by 2018

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By Zenobia Hedge

New data from leading fintech analysts, Juniper Research forecasts that mobile and wearable ticket purchases will exceed 14 billion by 2018, accounting for 54% of total digital ticket sales across transport and events sectors. Juniper estimated that the total number of transactions via mobile devices will exceed PC-based ticket sales for the first time in 2017, driven by metro and air ticket purchases.

QR & contactless ticketing technologies to dominate by 2020

The research, Mobile & Online Ticketing: Transport, Events & NFC 2017-2022, – found that globally, metro, bus and airline app ticketing is the most established in terms of deployment and user adoption, followed by events ticketing. By 2020, Juniper forecasts that the number of digital ticketing users across all platforms will exceed 1.8 billion, with mobile NFC accounting for 215 million unique users.

It found that the majority of mobile ticketing deployments, especially in markets such as North America, continues to be dominated by app-based ticketing services, using visual or QR-code authentication. However, mobile contactless ticketing is fast becoming the de-facto mode of payment for metro and bus ticketing in selected cities, especially in Europe.

Chatbots drive stakeholder optimism

The research also found that with the increased integration of chatbots, ticketing providers can offer a wealth of services directly to consumers via their dedicated app. “Whilst the potential opportunities for consumers are clear, the use of chatbots also aids ticketing providers, providing insight into user preferences and demands”, noted research author Nitin Bhas.

However, the research argued that chatbots in ticketing will be primarily restricted to informational services such as tickets and seats availability, public transport arrivals or timetable enquiries, with the majority of consumers wary of conducting financial transactions. However, this resistance is likely to diminish over the next 5 years with ticketing transactions conducted via messaging-based chatbots reaching $6 billion (€5.16 billion) by 2022.

Juniper Research is acknowledged as the leading analyst house in the fintech & payments sector, delivering pioneering research into payments, banking, and financial services for more than a decade.

For more insights, download the free whitepaper: Digital Ticketing: Juniper’s Vision for 2020

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Fog computing global market will exceed US$18 billion by 2022

By Zenobia Hedge

The fog computing market opportunity will exceed $18 billion (€15.48 billion) worldwide by the year 2022, according to a new report by 451 Research. Commissioned by the OpenFog Consortium, the Size and Impact of Fog Computing Market projects that the largest markets for fog computing will be, in order, energy/utilities, transportation, healthcare and the industrial sectors.

New use cases created by the OpenFog Consortium were also released that showcase how fog works in industry. These use cases provide fog technologists with detailed views of how fog is deployed in autonomous driving, energy, healthcare and smart buildings.

“Through our extensive research, it’s clear that fog computing is on a growth trajectory to play a crucial role in IoT, 5G and other advanced distributed and connected systems,” said Christian Renaud, research director, Internet of Things, 451 Research, and lead author of the report. “It’s not only a technology path to ensure the optimal performance of the cloud-to-things continuum, but it’s also the fuel that will drive new business value.”

Key findings from the report were presented during an opening keynote at the inaugural Fog World Congressconference.

In addition to projecting an $18 billion (€15.48 billion) fog market and identifying the top industry-specific market opportunities, the report also identified:

Key market transitions fueling the growth include investments in energy infrastructure modernisation, demographic shifts and regulatory mandates in transportation and healthcare.
Hardware will have the largest percentage of overall fog revenue (51.6%), followed by fog applications (19.9%) and then services (15.7%). By 2022, spend will shift to apps and services, as fog functionality is incorporated into existing hardware.
Cloud spend is expected to increase 147% to $6.4 billion (€5.50 billion) by 2022.

Christian Renaud

“This is a seminal moment that not only validates the magnitude of fog, but also provides us with a first-row seat to the opportunities ahead,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and senior director, Cisco. “Within the OpenFog community, we’ve understood the significance of fog—but with its growth rate of nearly 500 percent over the next five years—consider it a secret no more.”

The fog market report includes the sizing and impact of fog in the following verticals: agriculture, datacentres, energy and utilities, health, industrial, military, retail, smart buildings, smart cities, smart homes, transportation, and wearables.

Fog computing is the system-level architecture that brings computing, storage, control, and networking functions closer to the data-producing sources along the cloud-to-thing continuum. Applicable across industry sectors, fog computing effectively addresses issues related to security, cognition, agility, latency and efficiency.

Download the full report here.

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