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Antenova to show two new high performing 4G/LTE diversity antennas for small PCBs

By Zenobia Hegde

Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules, is showing a brand new pair of high performing 4G/LTE antennas which are suitable for PCBs as small as 60mm, at the consumer electronics show CES. The two antennas can also be used in 3G and MIMO applications.

The two antennas are similar – the difference being that Inversa is built for the USA market while Integra is for European and Asian markets.

Both antennas are available in left and right versions to provide more options for placement on the PCB, and can be used singly or in pairs for MIMO. Both use beam steering to ensure good isolation and cross correlation, and achieve high performance.

Inversa, part numbers SR4L034-L /SR4L034-R, measures 28.0 x 8.0 x 3.3mm and covers the USA bands 698-798 MHz, 824-960 MHz, 1710-2170 MHz, 2300-2400 MHz and 2500-2690MHz.

Integra, part numbers SR4L049-L/SR4L049-R measures 23.0 x 8.0 x 3.3mm and covers the bands 791-960 MHz, 1710-2170 MHz, 2300-2400 MHz and 2500-2600 MHz, used in Europe and Asia.

Antenova has designed these antennas for use in small trackers, OBDs and other similar devices where space is limited. For more details, antenna samples and evaluation boards, please click here.

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Fueled by Kafka, Stream Processing Poised for Growth

By Alex Woodie

Once a niche technique used only by the largest organizations, stream processing is emerging as legitimate technique for dealing with massive amounts of data generated every day. While it’s not needed for every data challenges, organizations are increasingly finding ways to incorporate stream processing into their plans — particularly with the rise of Kafka.

Stream processing is just that – processing data as soon as it arrives, as opposed to processing it after it lands. The amount of processing that is applied to the data as it flows can vary greatly. On the one hand, users may do very little besides a simple transformation, such as converting temperatures from Celsius into Fahrenheit or combining it with another stream, while at the upper end, stream processors may apply real-time analytics or machine learning algorithms.

Almost any type of data can be used in stream processing. Sources can include a database event from RDBMs or NoSQL, sensor data from the IoT, comments made on social media, or a credit card swipe. The data’s destination similarly can be diverse – it could be headed to a traditional file system, a relational or NoSQL database, a Hadoop data lake, or a cloud-based object store.

What happens in between that initial data creation event and when the data written to some type of permanent repository is collectively referred to as stream processing. Initially, proprietary products developed by the likes of TIBCO, Software AG, IBM, and others were developed to handle streaming data. But more recently, distributed, open source frameworks have emerged to deal with the massive surge in data generation.

Apache Kafka — a distributed publish and subscribe message queue that’s open source and relatively easy-to-use –by far is the most popular of these open source frameworks, and Kafka is seen today by industry insiders as helping to fuel the ongoing surge in demand for tools to work with stream data processing.

Steve Wilkes, the CTO and founder of Striim, says Kafka’s popularity is helping to push stream processing into the center stage. “Kafka is driving a lot of our market,” he says. “A good majority of our customers are utilizing Kafka in one way, shape, or form.”

The underlying trend driving investment in stream processing is that customers need access to the latest data, Wilkes says. “It’s the recognition that, no matter how you’re doing analytics — whether you’re doing them in streaming fashion or whether you’re doing them after the fact through some sort of Hadoop jobs or big data analytics you need that up-to-date data,” he tells Datanami.

Striim this week unveiled a new release of its stream data processing solution, Striim version 3.8, that features better support for Kafka. This includes the capability to automatically scale Striim to more efficiently read from and write to Kafka as users scale up their real-time streaming architecture.

Many Kafka users are using the core Kafka product, along with the open source Kafka Connect software, to rapidly move data from its source to another destination, such as Hadoop or a data lake hosted on the cloud. Fewer shops are using the Kafka Streams API to write application logic on top of the message bus, a niche that third-party vendors are moving to fill.

According to a recent report from Confluent, the company behind open source Kafka and developer of the Confluent Platform, 81% of Kafka customers are using it to build data pipelines. Other common use case include real-time monitoring, ETL, microservices, and building Internet of Things (IoT) products.

Keeping the data lake updated with fresh data is an increasingly difficult task – and one that stream processing is being asked to fill as a sort of modern ETL role. According to Syncsort‘s recent 2018 Big Data Trends survey, 75% of respondents say that keeping their data lake updated with changing data sources is either “somewhat” or “very difficult.”

Another vendor that’s seeing the Kafka impact is Streamsets, a software vendor that bills itself as the “air traffic control” for data in motion. Streamsets’ initial product was a data collector that automated some of the nitty gritty work involved in capturing and moving data, often atop the Kafka message queue. The vendor recently debuted a low-footprint data collector that works in CPU- and network-constrained environments, and cloud-based console for managing the entire flow of customer’s data.

Streamsets Vice President of Marketing Rick Bilodeau says Kafka is driving a lot of the company’s business. “We do a lot of work with customers for Kafka, for real-time event streaming,” he tells Datanami. “We see fairly broad Kafka adoption as a message queue, where people are using [Streamsets software] primarily to broker data in and out of the Kafka bus.”

Some of Streamsets customers have a million data pipelines running at the same time, which can lead to serious management challenges. “Companies will say, ‘We built a bunch of pipelines with Kafka, but now have a scalability problem. We can’t keep throwing people at it. It’s just taking us too long to put these things together,’” Bilodeau says. “So they use data collector to accelerate that process.”

Today, Streamsets sees lots of customers implementing real-time stream processing for Customer 360, cybersecurity, fraud detection, and industrial IoT use cases. Stream processing is still relatively new, but it’s beginning to grow in maturity rapidly, Bilodeau says.

“It’s not the first inning, for sure. It’s maybe the third inning,” he says. “On the Gartner Hype Cycle, it’s approaching early maturity. Every company seems to have something they want to do to with streaming data.”

Striim’s Wilkes agrees. Fewer than half of enterprises are working with streaming data pipelines, he estimates, but it’s growing solidly. “Streaming data wasn’t even really being talked about a few years ago,” he says. “But it’s really starting to get up to speed. There is a steady progression.”

We’re still mostly in the pipeline-building phase, where identifying data sources and creating data integrations dominates real-time discussions, Wilkes says. That period will give way to more advanced use cases and people become comfortable with the technology.

“We’re seeing that a lot of customers are still at the point of obtaining streaming sources. They understand the need to get a real-time data infrastructure,” he says. “The integration piece always comes first. The next stage after you have access to the streaming data is starting to think about the analytics.”

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Spirent adds BeiDou Phase-3 signals to its GNSS RF constellation simulators

By Zenobia Hegde

Spirent Communications plc, the provider in BeiDou, GPS and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) testing solutions, announced that BeiDou Phase 3 signals have been added to its GNSS RF constellation simulators.The addition of these new signals to the GSS7000 and GSS9000 simulators follows the launch of the first two Beidou-3 satellites in November 2017.

Phase 3 of the Chinese BeiDou system will extend its coverage from Asia to the whole world, and will provide receiver developers and integrators with additional GNSS signals to make positioning, navigation and timing systems more accurate, and help to support new applications, such as autonomous vehicles.

The new signals will use the same carrier frequencies as the GPS and Galileo systems, so chipset manufacturers and device developers will need to test integrated designs to avoid problems caused by confusing data from different GNSS.

“By offering the BeiDou Phase 3 signals, our customers can test their designs well before the system is fully operational, which is expected in 2020,” said Stuart Smith, lead product manager. “With signals already starting to appear, it is important for developers to have test tools that can ensure devices will successfully make use of all GNSS signals.”

BeiDou Phase 3 signals are available immediately on the GSS7000 and GSS9000 simulators, and existing users can obtain the software upgrade by contacting Spirent.

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Machfu Announces Release of MACH-3 Industrial Internet of Things Platform and Gateway

By IoT – Internet of Things

Machfu, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology company, announced today the release of its MACH-3 IIoT Gateway, a device allowing companies in energy, water, oil and gas as well as other industrial segments to seamlessly connect legacy infrastructure to cloud based IoT and existing SCADA systems. The product was designed to both simplify the […]

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Machfu announces release of MACH-3 IIoT platform and gateway

By Zenobia Hegde

Machfu, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology company, announced the release of its MACH-3 IIoT Gateway, a device allowing companies in energy, water, oil and gas as well as other industrial segments to seamlessly connect legacy infrastructure to cloud based IoT and existing SCADA systems.

The product was designed to both simplify the connection and management of devices as well as provide a secure and easily customisable application framework to process and manage data at the network edge. The versatile functionalities of the MACH-3 IIoT Gateway will be demonstrated at the 2018 DistribuTECH show, January 22-25 in San Antonio, Texas.

“The MACH-3 IIoT Gateway allows companies to securely gather actionable data from legacy infrastructure in an elegant and straightforward manner, enabling them to make informed, strategic business decisions in ways that would previously require enormous financial and time investments,” said Prakash Chakravarthi, CEO, Machfu.

Deployment of this platform enables enterprises to easily access and analyse data from diverse sources (i.e. sensors, controllers, smart grids, etc.) via secure wireless and wired connectivity as well as create and rapidly integrate “edge” and “emerging web-based” industrial IoT applications to existing infrastructure.

The application framework is “sandboxed” providing enterprises much needed flexibility in terms of adding/deleting APPs and drivers over the life of their system—much like a smartphone—based on their specific needs and/or requirements. Defense-in-depth security has also been built into the platform and extends from the physical to application layers.

“The resulting IIoT solutions decrease time to action and connectivity costs, while, simultaneously, minimising disruption and risk to existing automation systems,” added Chakravarthi.

There are many practical applications and benefits for the MACH-3 IIoT Gateway in the energy industry. “Using Machfu’s industrial hardened gateway, utilities can create and rapidly integrate next generation distributed control systems,” said John Geiger, V.P. business development, Machfu.

“For example, the Gateway provides the ability for any sensor to be transported as DNP3 objects to head-end SCADA applications over both private and public networks. It also provides a secure cellular overlay to existing private networks. The flexibility and versatility of the platform is its greatest asset.”

Machfu will be demonstrating the product at DistribuTECH 2018 held January 22-25 in San Antonio, TX (Booth 1862).

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Haier Unveils Complete Smart Home Solutions at CES

By IoT – Internet of Things

The 51st CES, the world’s most influential event for the technology industry, was held in Las Vegas from January 9th to 12th, Pacific Time. Intelligence and technology became the mainstream at this year’s session, where more than 3,900 exhibitors from around the world showcased their latest technological achievements. Chinese brand Haier displayed the world’s first […]

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Senet and Sagemcom partner to demonstrate LoRaWAN geolocation services at CES 2018

By Zenobia Hegde

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Sagemcom, a French group providing high added-value smart terminals market, have partnered to demonstrate LoRaWAN™ geolocation services at CES 2018.

With research indicating that over 50% of the IoT market is best suited to Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity and a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be dependent on geodata by 2020, LoRa™ geolocation is well positioned to offer power efficient and cost-effective location capability for a wide range of applications that do not require the precision of GPS.

Sagemcom and Senet are demonstrating LoRaWAN tracking capabilities through the integration of Sagemcom’s geolocation solver software with Senet’s LoRaWAN network. Sagemcom Siconiaä multi-sensor devices have been placed on mobile and stationary assets throughout the Las Vegas area and are reporting geolocation and environmental data over the Senet LoRaWAN network.

Geolocation information is being combined with other readings and visualised in demo applications that illustrate how users across industries can leverage IoT data for asset management, inventory, security and maintenance. Sagemcom is conducting demonstrations in the Venetian, Tech West, Level 3, meeting rooms 3301A/3201B.

Eric Rieul

“LoRaWAN geolocation brings a strong disruption in the asset management and logistic markets and is a viable commercial technology for a wide variety of IoT applications where GPS is cost and/or battery life prohibitive,” said Eric Rieul, CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom SAS. “Through our tight collaboration with Senet, we are able to rapidly deliver these new features and capabilities to market and successfully drive new business opportunities where the promise of IoT had previously been slowed by cost and scalability challenges.”

“Geolocation is an exciting enhancement to our LoRaWAN connectivity services and opens up new use cases that are expected to drive substantial revenue streams for LoRaWAN network operators and solution providers,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet. “We are pleased to be partnered with Sagemcom to deliver such high-performance and highly differentiated solutions to the market.”

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Qorvo IoT Solution Powers Senior Home Care

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Qorvo® is helping seniors live more independently in their homes with the help of a new eHealth system powered by the company’s chipsets for the Internet of Things (IoT). Health insurer CZ will provide the system to 3,000 elderly customers in the Netherlands, marking the first deployment of a senior smart home solution by a […]

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AI and digital assistants to surge in 2018, IHS Markit says

By Zenobia Hegde

As they become more ubiquitous in homes and in various consumer electronics products, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital assistants are likely to be two of the major overarching themes at this week’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Accelerating growth in both of these markets underscores their surging role in the overall consumer electronics landscape. More than 5 billion consumer devices supporting digital assistants will be in use in 2018, with almost 3 billion more added by 2021, according to IHS Markit, a global provider of critical information, analytics and solutions.

Despite this growth, there are still some hurdles to overcome, before consumer adoption is widespread. “Amazon has a clear lead over rivals Google, Apple and Samsung, in terms of the numbers of skills and third-party apps and services supported by its Echo products, but more needs to be done by all platforms, to help users discover new skills and uses for the technology,” said Jack Kent, director, operators and mobile media, IHS Markit.

Jack Kent

“Major technology companies continue to make investments and acquire companies that increase AI expertise. Apple has been the most acquisitive to date, but Google has been the most active investor in third-party AI-centric companies.”

Following are more key points to bear in mind about AI and digital assistants, as leading technology companies converge on Las Vegas for next week’s conference:

Smart home security

Video surveillance will continue to be a critical component of the smart home in 2018, with video cameras and video doorbells representing nearly 20% of devices shipped into the smart home globally this year. As such, video surveillance will become even more intelligent, by pairing noise classifications, voice and facial recognition, and allowing consumers to filter what is most important in their daily lives. Moreover, there will be more all-in-one devices launched in 2018, which will combine smart speakers, video cameras and hubs connecting all devices in the home.

Blake Kozak

“As smart home players look to differentiate themselves and grow market share, smart home products will achieve more proprietary expansions through acquisition and in-house research and development,” said Blake Kozak, principal analyst, smart home and security, IHS Markit, “These deals will likely enhance the opportunities for AI and home automation. For example, although Amazon and Google will continue to ramp up partnerships, Amazon will direct its focus on developing equipment in-house, while Google will revamp relations with Nest.”

Smart speakers

Dinesh Kithany

With heavyweights Google and Amazon aggressively ramping up competition in the space, smart speakers have risen in prominence over the last year, as both standalone products and voice-based interfaces to the smart home. In fact, 39 million smart speakers are forecast to be shipped globally in 2018, up sharply from 27 million units shipped in 2017.

“The smart speaker surge is only just beginning,” said Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit. “2018 is the year competition in this market truly begins – and the year true mainstream adoption accelerates. We expect numerous third-party smart speakers built around one or more digital assistants, so consumers will have more choices, […]

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Senet and Kerlink announce a collaborative expansion of Senet’s LPWA Network in Las Vegas

By Zenobia Hegde

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Kerlink, a provider in network solutions dedicated to the IoT, have announced a collaborative expansion of Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in the Las Vegas area to support a variety of commercial solution offerings, market trials and proofs of concepts.

Powered by Kerlink’s 64-channel WirnetTM iBTS gateways to expand Senet’s public outdoor network coverage, the network also will provide indoor connectivity for Senet’s partners to demonstrate IoT applications at this year’s CES. In addition to expanding Senet’s network coverage and capacity, the roll out represents the first production network in North America to support LoRaWANTM geolocation. This functionality uses a different technology than GPS, eliminating the requirement for costly and battery hungry processing GPS requires.

This functionality is supported by Senet’s LoRa end nodes, and can be used for a wide range of applications requiring location determination for battery powered endpoints that do not require the precision of GPS. Demand for these services is significant, with a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be critically dependent on geodata by the end of 2020 according to Machina Research.

The IoT is a broadly covered topic at CES, including sessions on smart homes, connected cities, healthcare and wearable technology, along with several dedicated demonstration areas for IoT infrastructure. To run demo applications on the Senet network during CES, companies simply need to register on Senet’s Developer Portal to coordinate access.

Carlos Briceno

“Strong ecosystem partnerships and critical technical advantages have allowed Senet to become a leading IoT connectivity software and solutions provider,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet. “We are pleased to be working with trusted partners like Kerlink to bring geolocation and other enhanced features to market in order to meet the demands of mass scale IoT deployments.”

“We are excited to support expansion of Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network in Las Vegas, which will bring new IoT benefits like geolocation to companies in the region, and enable a variety of innovative IoT demos at CES,” said Carlos Briceno, senior director of sales and business development for Kerlink Inc. “It also marks Kerlink’s first large IoT network deployment in the U.S. and an expansion of our international footprint, following roll outs across Europe, and in South America, New Zealand and India.”

Senet partners demonstrating applications on its network at CES include MultiTech (booth #2214, Westgate Resort & Casino), Sagemcom (Venetian, Lvl 3 – Murano 3201B), Semtech (booth #2215, Westgate Resort & Casino), ST Microelectronics (Wynn Encore Hospitality Suites), Tektelic (Venetian Tower – Suite 31-201), and TrackNet (LoRa Alliance booth #2121, Westgate Resort & Casino).

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