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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.

PaaG Architecture Diagram

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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Software radio reconfiguration enables upgrades to in-vehicle and IoT radio systems

By Zenobia Hedge

Most new cars sold today offer connectivity as a feature, whether standard or optional. Customers expect their navigation systems to be connected, to download real time traffic information and map updates.

Vehicle manufacturers increasingly provide remote diagnostics and vehicle software updates. And yet a fundamental problem remains: today these vehicles use 2G, 3G or 4G mobile networks to connect, while long before the end of their useful lives, 5G networks will be more common. The complete lifecycle of a vehicle is significantly longer than that of a mobile device, and completely out of step.

ETSI’s Technical Committee for Reconfigurable Radio Systems has developed a system which can help solve this and similar issues. ETSI’s Software Radio Reconfiguration model provides a modular and scalable solution to the challenge of deploying and using software radio systems.

The solution, described in a recent ETSI white paper and in the EN 303 146 series of European Standards, allows a gradual and stepwise deployment of software reconfigurable radio. This enables device manufacturers to gradually implement software reconfigurable radios, developing confidence at each step of the way.

The ETSI Software Radio Reconfiguration model provides solutions to the following issues which all software radio systems must address:

How to transfer and install radio software components in a secure way
How to provide access to new software components to a user/operator
How to deal with device certification and type approval when new radio software components can modify the radio behaviour of a device
How to provide software portability and achieve efficient radio performance
How to gradually evolve a system towards software reconfigurability

With the use of software reconfigurable radio, the radio system on board a vehicle can evolve and improve over time, with new software upgrades. Software reconfigurable radios will also help in other situations. For example, security concerns may require the upgrade and patching of radio systems deployed in the field. Yet manual intervention would be costly in the case of vehicles, or even impossible in the case of inaccessible IoT devices.

An overview of the ETSI model and the solutions and functionality it offers is provided in the recent ETSI White Paper “Software Radio Reconfiguration: A highly efficient and modular software reconfiguration approach for mobile devices”, available from the ETSI website. ETSI will also host a webinar on this subject, on 8 December 2017. Registration is open on the ETSI webinar channel.

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Thyssenkrupp extends predictive maintenance benefits of MAX solution to more than 40,000 customers

By Sheetal Kumbhar

As the challenges of urban mobility grow, thyssenkrupp continues to transform how it delivers service in the elevator industry, which transports over a billion people each day and is valued at US$44 billion/year(€37.26 billion/year).

After teaming up with Microsoft in 2015 to launch MAX, the first predictive maintenance solution for elevators enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure, thyssenkrupp has now connected more than 110,000 elevators with the IoT-based system, enabling the reduction in downtime for 41,369 customers across 48,340 sites. MAX collects and sends real-time data from connected elevators to the intelligent cloud, where the remaining lifetime of each elevator’s key components and systems are calculated, determining which parts will require maintenance and when.

Speaking at StartupCon 2017 in Cologne, thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck says, “We developed MAX because we knew that elevator service could be done much better than the industry norm. With an estimated unavailability of 190 million hours worldwide each year, we felt that the uptime of the world’s 12+ million elevators could certainly be improved.

And now the benefits from MAX are real: reduction of downtime for our customers, reduced service intervention times for our technicians, and in some cases we have been able to solve a problem before the customer even knows there is one. With M2M learning, the benefits of MAX will just keep getting bigger and better.”

The over 110,000 connected units comprise approximately 10% of thyssenkrupp’s global maintenance portfolio. After starting out in North America and Europe, Asia has now joined the MAX network with over 8,000 connected units in South Korea. While expanding in these regions, thyssenkrupp is also focusing on rolling out the end-to-end process to go fully predictive and planning launches in additional countries – namely Brazil and Portugal.

Soon, MAX will also be offered for escalators and third-party elevators as well, ensuring customers can benefit from maximum uptime regardless of whether they use a thyssenkrupp elevator or not.

In combination with MAX, thyssenkrupp is steadily incorporating the use of Microsoft HoloLens in its field operations. Technicians are starting to work hands-free while on the job using the in-built Skype app in HoloLens devices, making remote calls to more experienced colleagues who can walk them through solutions and provide them with valuable on-site education. The result is significant savings in time and stress and improved customer service.

Joining Mr. Schierenbeck for a keynote presentation at StartupCon, Andre Kiehne, member of Microsoft Germany’s management board, says, “Our longstanding partnership with thyssenkrupp shows how sharing a vision and bringing together technology and expertise results in the revolution of an entire industry. The journey of thyssenkrupp is a role model – even beyond manufacturing – on how companies digitalise their businesses successfully.”

Building further on the advantages presented by cloud-connected technologies, thyssenkrupp is also working to improve its service logistics. Teaming up with Swiss-based start-up TeleRetail, it is initiating tests of driverless delivery robots to move spare parts from warehouses to job sites faster, more flexibly and with less impact on the environment.

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IoT Contract Hot List – July/August 2017

By IoT Now Magazine

It’s free to be included in The Contract Hot List, which shows the companies announcing major contract wins, acquisitions or deployments. Email your contract details to us now, marked “Hot List” at j.cowan@wkm-global.com Vendor/Partners Client, Country Product / Service (Duration & Value) Awarded Aeris Wisepill Technologies, South Africa Collaboration to introduce IoT-enabled smart pillboxes 8.17 […]

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InfiNet Wireless to showcase its latest Smart City solutions at GITEX Technology Week 2017

By Sheetal Kumbhar

InfiNet Wireless, the provider in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, will showcase its cutting-edge Smart City solution portfolio at GITEX Technology Week 2017 in Dubai, 8-12 October. Addressing the mission-critical needs of homeland security, traffic management and optimisation, remote environmental and health monitoring, InfiNet’s portfolio is uniquely positioned to deliver the robust and reliable infrastructures which […]

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