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Industrial IoT startup ProAxion offering rugged sensors and gateway raises $500,000 seed captial

ProAxion, an industrial IoT startup offering predictive maintenance hardware and monitoring service for rotating machines raised half a million dollars in seed capital. The funding was led by Triangle Angel Partners II (TAP II).

ProAxion Sensor and Gateway

Named as Tactix, the ProAxion predictive maintenance solution consists of a mountable rugged sensor that can track vibration and temperature of a rotating machine, the ProAxion gateway having Wi-Fi, cellular, or Ethernet connectivity, and a browser-based cloud monitoring service. The service alerts are accessible via smartphone, tablet, and desktop computers.

The startup’s website claims that its sensor has a rugged IP68 housing meaning that it can withstand dust, dirt, sand, and water under tough operating conditions. This makes it attractive for industrial customers whose machines often operate in excessive temperatures and under severe operating conditions. The sensor can withstand up to 250°F surface temperature.

The ProAxion sensor collects temperature and vibration data from rotating machines, such as motors, gearboxes, and pumps. Its gateway hardware then connects the sensors to ProAxion cloud via cellular, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi connection. The data is sent to the web-based cloud service where operations and IT managers can access a machine’s historical and current vibration and temperature data. Managers can configure the system to send text and email alerts.

Commenting on the funding round, ProAxion’s CEO & Co-Founder Justin Rothwell said “I am excited to have TAP, VentureSouth and existing investors participating in this round. It’s a great vote of confidence not only in what we have already achieved but in the opportunity in front of us”.

ProAxion Monitoring Service

24/7 remote health monitoring of machines and plants is an attractive niche for new startups because the IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) systems in industrial companies have until now operated n silos. It leaves managers in a fix as it hampers their ability to access plant/machine data remotely. This is where the new startups see an opportunity to offer valuable products and services and hence build a business.

Solutions such as the one offered by ProAxion and ThingTrax offer data capturing devices, gateways, and cloud-based monitoring services to reduce machine downtime, improve operational efficiency, and remote monitoring of heavy assets.

The ‘remote asset monitoring’ niche is getting competitive as bigger and better- funded startups are poised to dominate the niche in coming years. Take for example Samsara, a Calif-based industrial IoT startup that raised a $40M Series C round in June this year. The company’s total equity funding has reached $80M since it was founded in 2015.

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FreeWave unveils ZumIQ App Server Software to power IoT programmability at the edge

By Sheetal Kumbhar

FreeWave Technologies, Inc. a provider in industrial, secure Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking solutions, announced the availability of its ZumIQ Server Software. ZumIQ technology combines proven 900 MHz wireless telemetry with the ability to program and host third-party applications, similar to a Linux-based Raspberry Pi embedded in an industrial Ethernet radio. […]

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Switch Vendor Looks to Unclog Data

By George Leopold

Big data and cloud migrations are reshaping the datacenter as more servers are linked and bandwidth capacity joins scaling as essential requirements. Those needs are creating opportunities for network gear vendors as datacenters make the jump to bigger IPv6 pipes to accommodate data-driven applications and broader use of analytics.

Among them is Chinese switch maker H3C Technologies, which is claiming a record for switch performance in recent benchmark testing that sought to replicate real-world datacenter operations. Test conductor Spirent Communications recently conducted what it claimed was the highest density 100-gigabit datacenter-switching test in conjunction with H3C and “moderated” by the independent test lab Network Test.

Spirent and H3C claimed the results of the 100G Ethernet networking trial represent nothing less than a “high-water mark” for datacenter networking. Among the findings was stable (“lossless”) performance for both IPv4 and IPv6 network traffic at most frame rates using a routing protocol and stressful “fully meshed traffic.”

“No task is more important for a datacenter core switch than moving traffic at maximum speed with zero frame loss,” also known as dropped packets, the tester noted.

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NetBurner SB800 EX Serial-to-Ethernet server with secure Wi-Fi for IoT and industrial controls

By Sheetal Kumbhar

NetBurner, Inc. introduced its newest Serial to Ethernet Server, the amazingly powerful, versatile and portable SB800 EX. This model converts tried-and-true serial interface devices into modern Ethernet-enabled technology. Each NetBurner SB800EX allows users to securely and remotely access serial devices as if they were plugged directly into their computer, with no programming or development required. Optional […]

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Avnet unveils Visible Things Kit to fast track Industrial IoT application development

Avnet, a global technology distributor launched the new SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit consisting of integrated hardware and embedded software. It can be used to design, test, and deploy IoT projects and systems. The company will showcase the kit at the Internet of Things World Santa Clara Convention Center.

The company already sells a wide variety of IoT products from capacitors, embedded devices, gateway solutions, low-power wide area networking technologies, and microcontrollers to wireless and GPS modules.

The kit includes:

• Smart pressure and energy-harvesting sensors

• Controller area network (CAN)

• NFC connectivity

• Embedded vision and audio

• Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Avnet will also sell an industrial version of the IoT development kit. It will include a smart sensor board with Bluetooth connectivity which lets it send data to a Wi-Fi gateway board. The sensor data is then connected to the cloud services for visualization and analytics.

Use the Postscapes IoT Hardware Guide to compare leading IoT boards/kits to get reviews and pricing info.

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Enterprise-grade Smart router & sensor hub Linxs launched

Linxs is an enterprise-grade mobile router and customizable sensor hub. The router combines ‘things-based’ connectivity solutions with IoT analytics dashboard. It comes integrated with LTE, dual-radio dual-band Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity. The router-cum-hub is built on open-source software based on Linux OS and OpenWRT.

Mobile Router and Sensor Hub

Major use cases of the product are remote workforce connectivity, remote device management, smart home office, sales and advertising through sponsored Wifi to customers, vehicle & driver connectivity, and M2M connecitivty by embedding into vending machines, ATMs, and other equipment.

Linxs comes with built-in sensors such as Gyro/vibration, temprature, humidity, sound (DB), proximity, and light sensors. Additional sensors can be attached via USB, BLE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The mart router can be used both as a primary connection or as failover to 4G connectivity. “The Linxs Service Platform includes software that runs both in the cloud and on the Linxs device”, reads one of the router’s technical specification documets. An added advantage for enterprises is that they can install extra software, apps, and sensors on Linxs. A detiled feature list and technical documentation for the device can be accessed here.

IoT Gateway Guide can be accessed to assess which gateway technology is best suited to serve your IoT deployment.

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Industrial IoT Firm SENSORO Nets $18M Series B

Sensoro, one of the top 3 Bluetooth beacon operators in the world closed $18M Series B round led by Bosch, Sumitomo and Tsing Capital. This brings the industrial IoT startup’s total equity funding to $28M in three rounds. It previously raised $10M Series A from Nokia Growth Partners.

Sensoro’s system uses a long-range, low-power IoT-WAN to exchange data with the sensor devices. It uses Ethernet and 3G to exchange data with the management platform on the Internet/internal network.

The company sells two core products, an Alpha Base Station and Sensoro Beacons. The α Base Station is built for outdoor IoT application scenarios that require low power consumption, long range and low throughput. It supports multiple communication modes to servers (3G, Ethernet etc.).

A major differentiation of Sensoro has been its ease of use and convenient deployment. The startup provides the IoT technology for various smart city projects in the UK, Europe, Malaysia, and China. Sensoro plans to ship 100,000 environmental related devices and 500,000 asset tracking tags in 2017. Until now, team Sensoro has deployed over 400,000 beacons in over 75 countries worldwide.

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Ethernet evolution: Broadcom switches offer Time Sensitive Ethernet

By Michael Cooney

Broadcom this week introduced a family of Ethernet switches that support new technology aimed at helping users address the rising network implications of the Internet of Things, automotive networking and video applications.

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Key to that strategy is that the new family — Broadcom StrataConnect BCM53570 – features support for an emerging Ethernet protocol technology called Time Sensitive Networks that brings standard deterministic real-time communications over Ethernet. The IEEE TSN standards define extremely precise, predictable timing across the network. By adding features to Ethernet such as time synchronization, ingress policing, seamless redundancy, frame preemption, scheduled traffic, and stream reservation, TSN ensures mission-critical, time sensitive data is not held up on the network, promoting an interoperable ecosystem spanning across many industries.

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Lantronix Previews Industry’s Smallest Embedded IoT Gateway – xPico 250

By IoT – Internet of Things

Lantronix, Inc. provided an early preview of its xPico 200 family of embedded IoT gateways from March 14-16, 2017 at the Embedded World Conference in Nürnberg, Germany. Measuring just 17mm by 25 mm, the xPico 200 family will deliver seamless and secure Ethernet, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth connectivity, enabling OEMs to go to market faster with their […]

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Now Cisco can even network your building systems

By Stephen Lawson

The latest network hardware from Cisco Systems gives new meaning to the words “light switch.”

The Catalyst Digital Building Series Switch is an Ethernet switch designed to link different kinds of building infrastructure over a network. It will be available worldwide in the second quarter. It uses Cisco’s enhanced version of PoE (Power over Ethernet) to run things like lights and cameras while collecting data about those devices over the same standard cable.

The switch embodies the merger of IT and OT (operational technology), one of the big enterprise trends that the internet of things is driving. The line is blurring between information systems like servers and building systems like lighting, heating, and physical security. The new technology could make buildings run better. It might also help to turn IT folks and facilities experts into a bit of both.

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