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Collaboration with large health insurer claimed to affordably improve independent living for the elderly

By Zenobia Hegde

Qorvo®, a provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, 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 large health insurance company.

eHealth technologies with whole-home sensor systems present an opportunity for health insurers and consumers to reduce healthcare costs and enhance quality of life. According to Grand View Research, the global eHealth market is expected to reach US$308 billion (€256.33 billion) by 2022, and the transition of the healthcare industry into a digital healthcare system for management and analysis of patient health is expected to be the most vital driver of the market.

The system that CZ will deploy consists of a non-intrusive set of motion and open/close sensors, and a gateway. It combines proven cloud algorithm expertise from Sensara with industry-leading Zigbee® Green Power RF solutions from Qorvo. Zigbee Green Power is optimised for ultra-long coin-cell battery life sensors (10-year replacement) and provides secure, long-range and highly reliable wireless data transmission. These features are essential to the evolution of the smart home.

Menno Janssen

Menno Janssen, strategic program manager of CZ, said, “We believe that seniors using reliable eHealth systems will gain a wide range of benefits, enhancing their quality of life and enabling their families or caregivers to have peace of mind that they are safe and healthy.”

Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit, said, “The innovation that Qorvo delivers in its Zigbee Green Power RF solutions, combined with behavior analysis algorithms, helps elderly people live longer and more independently at home.

We’re excited about our partnership with CZ, a large health insurance company, and commend them for being a frontrunner in deploying eHealth solutions to improve lives. The IoT lifestyle market is quickly growing, and Qorvo is proud to play a more significant part.”

Qorvo products that solve the IoT’s toughest RF challenges will be showcased during CES 2018 (#CES2018) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, in booth #42531, Halls A-D of Sands Expo.

More information about the IoT is available by downloading the Qorvo free e-book series, “Internet of Things For Dummies®.” The two-volume series is designed to help technical and nontechnical professionals understand the intricacies of the IoT. The e-books are available here. In addition, a video about Qorvo’s senior lifestyle system – can be accessed here.

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Leave no machine behind – how to help customers get to vital IoT data

By IoT Now Magazine

Andrew Brown, the executive director of Enterprise and IoT Research at Strategy Analytics, interviews Telit executives Bill Dykas, the product manager for IoT Platforms, and Ricardo Buranello, the global vice president of sales for IoT Factory Solutions, to discuss what the company is doing in IoT and how it is addressing the needs of its customers

Andrew Brown: As one of the leading IoT hardware and software vendors for more than 20 years, can you give us insight into what Telit customers are looking for from an IoT solution and how has it changed?

Bill Dykas: Telit is a highly diversified company. We have many different technologies for supporting customers around IoT; including hardware modules to help customers wirelessly connect their IoT applications, with technology including 2G, 3G, 4G, Cat M1, NB IoT, to short range such as Bluetooth and ZigBee to Wi-Fi, LoRa, Sigfox, GPS and GNSS. This gives us a deep view of the industry and we now have more than 7,000 customers using our technology. On top of the hardware, we have our software and services business and are a global MVNO. We approach this industry from multiple angles, from companies that are building consumer goods, to tracking devices and smart meters, to security systems/smart home alarms, through to the industrial IoT where companies are integrating IoT on the shop floor in large enterprises.

In the last 10-15 years, the market has changed dramatically. Around 15 years ago, the market was highly concentrated among fewer players, while today the market is highly fragmented. For example, our revenue comes from seven thousand customers, not a few. This is going to be the reality for IoT for a long time. Larger companies are trying to innovate or develop products using IoT concepts, or sell the benefits of IoT based on new revenue generation or reduced costs. Consolidation is happening in the IoT market, as larger companies are investing in this space.

The exposure that these companies have brought to IoT, coupled with our experience in the industry, will help us expand our presence in the market. In terms of our deployments, the efficiency and relative return on investment is clear.

AB: What companies is Telit working with to bring solutions to market? Why are strategic partnerships so important when you are a customer looking at deploying an IoT solution?

RB: Partnerships are critical to helping fuel our future growth in the IoT market. We have many examples of important partnerships, but some of our key partners include SAP, TechMahindra, Wind River, Cisco and Mitsubishi. SAP offers our software platform to their customers. We work closely with SAP to offer our technology to every customer with whom SAP is engaged. We offer our device management to their customers to simplify IoT data collection and normalisation and quickly send that data to target SAP databases and business applications. It allows customers to fully integrate things with web-based solutions, mobile apps and enterprise systems. For example, a car manufacturing production line has multiple machines that connect […]

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Huawei OWS Global Developer Contest helps boost operations digitalisation

By Zenobia Hegde

The finals of the Huawei OWS Developer Contest were recently held in Shenzhen. This competition aims to encourage Huawei services staff to be innovative and develop new Apps based on the Operations Web Services (OWS) platform to support them in their daily operations. It creates a culture and mindset of ‘Everyone is a Developer’. Tapping the talent and creativity of Huawei staff will help enrich Apps for telecommunication operations, which in turn will help operators on their own digital transformation journey.

OWS is an enabling platform for Huawei’s ICT operations. Its unique business orchestration capabilities allow non-IT-enabled operation engineers to flexibly develop operation applications, which effectively improve the efficiency and quality of operations. Currently, in this global unified operations cloud platform, Huawei has over 160,000 registered users, over 6500 registered developers, and 220 projects deployed.

For the competition, more than 160 App entries were submitted by operations engineers from around the world. After voting and judging, 10 outstanding Apps from the Middle East, Southern Africa, Latin America, Southern Pacific, China, Russia, Southern-East Asia, and CEE and Nordic European regions were selected to enter the final. These Apps included ones from the operations, purchase, subcontractor management, and sales management fields.

Shen Huifeng, director of Huawei Assurance and Managed Services Department gave the opening speech, and expressed that as the biggest ICT operations service solution provider, Huawei should change first by using digital technology and management, then from its experience, help customers to overcome these challenges.

The contest was broadcast on iMSS. The contestants gave some exciting and energetic presentations, inspiring and entertaining the audience in the hall and online with their enthusiasm and passion. Finally, the judges selected the winner based on several criteria such as business value, generalisation, innovativeness and development prospects.

First Prize was awarded to the WFM-CS App from the China region. Second prize was awarded to the Salesforce Mgmt@OWS App from the Southern Pacific region and also to the ‘Battery preparation duration calculation’ App from Middle East region. Third prize was awarded to CPR (Capacity Request) Management App from the CEE and Nordic European region, Telenor PM OI App from the Southern-East Asia region and the Site WO density map App from the Southern Africa region.

The First Prize winner and Tang Qibing, president of Global Technical Service Department, Huawei gave a summary speech after the event. He explained that for the next three years, that the Global Technical Service Department must have the features of digital and software automation to transform the legacy hardware installation working model into a combined software-hardware model. He also said that the OWS platform has already established good practices in digital operations and software and that Huawei should extend its experience to other fields beyond operations.

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Grid networking options expected to be dramatically enhanced by 5G communications technology

By Zenobia Hegde

A new report from Navigant Research examines the 5G technology standard and its use cases, focusing on smart grid applications and possible business model opportunities. 5G communications technology is expected to underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where the confluence of ubiquitous mobile broadband, pervasive sensing, and artificial intelligence promises to drive massive change across industry and society.

This coming generation of wireless communications promises to make the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Energy (IoE) a reality, while delivering added benefits for power utilities. According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, 5G’s flexible, multi-spectrum, multi-function architecture will provide a platform able to support critical latency-sensitive applications as well as low power, low cost applications such as ubiquitous sensing throughout the distribution grid.

“5G will deliver a step-change in public wireless networking that has the potential to dramatically enhance the way utilities network their grid assets and systems,” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Many of the concerns utilities have historically had with public networks should be alleviated, and the opportunity for a truly ubiquitous, future proof network is one that utilities should not overlook as 5G networks come to fruition.”

Richelle Elberg

In addition to enabling smart fleet management as well as edge computing and cloud technologies for distributed automation and intelligent control, 5G networks may also provide new business model opportunities to power utilities, according to the report. Because the technology depends upon dense small cell architecture, opportunities for utilities to partner with carriers could arise, making dispersed assets such as poles, wires, and rights of way valuable assets.

The report, 5G and the Internet of Energy, provides an overview of the 5G technology standard and its use cases. It discusses the many smart grid applications these networks will support and proposes certain business model opportunities it may create. The report also provides a discussion of the global carriers and infrastructure vendors that are leading the charge toward the 5G future.

Utilities—and their vendors—planning network upgrades over the next 5-10 years must fully understand the longer-term implications of the 5G evolution as they consider their need for future-proof and holistic connectivity.

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With a modern data platform, any CIO can turn information into intelligence

By Zenobia Hegde

It’s been more than a decade since we first heard the phrase “data is the new oil.” But while this idea may well define the next generation of business, there’s important context surrounding it that often gets overlooked.

Since making this statement, many others have echoed these same words. What we now have come to realise is that data is a commodity, a raw material, and it’s only valuable when it can be turned into intelligence. Without the right tools to refine it, it’s just a bunch of ones and zeros. Study after study shows that while most enterprises understand the importance of data, they continue to struggle to draw real value from it, says Matt Mills, CEO and Board Member at MapR Technologies.

Amongst the most powerful and largest tech titans in the world, the idea of data turned into intelligence is gospel. It’s why companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft dominate the charts these days. They not only know the value of data, but also how to transform it from raw insight into a competitive advantage.

Unlike these companies, many organisations today are using 30-year old technologies to “refine” their data and are frustrated with the little progress they are making. The simple fact is that older technologies are often too fragile and simply aren’t built for the diversity or the sheer volume of data today. The fact of the matter is this is just the beginning. Many believe that from now on, data and the digital universe will double in size every two years.

Successful data-driven companies in the early stages of their digital transformation journeys are choosing a modern data platform that is both optimised for performance today and provides the speed, scale and reliability that are required for next-generation intelligent solutions.

The modern data platform has 10 key characteristics:

A single platform that performs analytics and applications at once
Manages all data from big to small, structured and unstructured, tables, streams, or files – all data types from any source
A database that runs rich data-intensive applications and in-place analytics
Global cloud data fabric that brings together all data from across every cloud to ingest, store, manage, process, apply, and analyse data as it happens
Diverse compute engines to take advantage of analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence
Delivers cloud economics by operating on any and every cloud of your choice, public or private
No lock-in, supporting open APIs
DataOps ready to champion the new process to create and deploy new, intelligent modern applications, products and services
Trusted with security built from the ground up
Streaming and edge first for all data-in-motion from any data source as data happens and enabling microservices natively

Many software products today can handle some aspects of modern day data platforms, but few if any can actually deliver on all of these requirements. This is where most companies get into trouble. They try to extend the software to do things it was never intended to do. These limitations are a key reason why many companies never reach their goals and objectives with data.

Here at MapR we have built the premier data platform for today — and tomorrow’s — leading enterprises. […]

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IoTA Wales Accelerator program offering £50K for IoT startups

IoTA Wales (Internet of Things Accelerator Wales) is a new accelerator program launched in Wales, U.K to provide IoT startups financial backing, access to business network and knowledge sharing.

The program is co-launched by Innovation Point, The Accelerator Network, Barclays Eagle Labs, Inspire Wales and the Development Bank of Wales. The program’s main aim is to help fund and grow small IoT startups looking to bring their products to market or grow their startup.

The program will select 10 companies per cycle and inject £50,000 against 10% equity in the startup.

Each startup also gets access to paid mentors who will guide them towards product/service commercialization and other important milestones. Each of the admitted startups also receives engineering support from Sony Manufacturing and Cardiff University, test-bed and gateways from Pinacl, and membership of Tech UK.

Apart from initial support in kind and cash, the startups will also get a chance to raise follow-on funding in April, 2018.

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France’s NodOn to show range of smart devices for homes at CES 2018 and introduce Bluetooth Mesh

By Zenobia Hegde

With major partners from the building sector, NodOn® is growing fast with two complete range of smart devices using the well-known technologies Z-Wave® and EnOcean®. This year at CES the company will talk about its innovation spirit and will present the first complete range of Bluetooth® Mesh devices for smart home.

With wireless and interoperable smart home and building devices, NodOn® is a major actor of the smart home industry in Europe and is working with major companies of the building sector. NodOn® will be the first to make Bluetooth® Mesh complete range of products come alive for smart home and building.

A range of products for professionals to cover all uses of smart home

Real actor of the smart home & building industry, NodOn® designs sensors, actuators and controllers: smart plugs, wall switches, remotes, relay switches (lights, heating, home access), temperature and motion sensors, etc. NodOn® products are using Z-Wave® and EnOcean®, the most well-known technologies of the smart home sector, and are compatible with most of the home automation gateways of the market.

NodOn® products are designed for professionals and can be set up for new homes and buildings or to retrofit any interior. “Our products are created to keep the home flexible and to make it evolve over the years. It fits the home perfectly to ensure comfort and energy savings to the user.” says Thomas GAUTHIER, CEO of NodOn®.

The startup has quickly made its reputation on the market thanks to a complete offer combining technical performance, responsiveness and a good customer service as well as real expertise in smart home. In 2018 more than 10 000 flats in France will be equipped with NodOn® products. Meet NodOn® at CES to know more about its references.

Bluetooth® Mesh devices: a world premiere by NodOn®

What if smart home sensors or actuators could be set up and controlled without any hub? What if the user didn’t needed anything more than its smartphone? Well, this idea is now coming up to life thanks to NodOn®, who have entered in exclusivity the Bluetooth® Smart Mesh program and Bluetooth® SIG consortium to make it real. Compatibility will no more be an issue.

NodOn® plugs, wall switches, sensors, relay switches and more will be secured products, easy to set up through a smartphone App and with low energy consumption. Those first Bluetooth® Mesh plug and play products are to discover at our booth.

New NodOn® Z-Wave S2 security door/window opening sensor

Combining S2 security layer, as secured as Apple® HomeKit, and soon UL-634 certified, this brand new Z-Wave® S2 security door/window sensor will protect home, valuables and loved ones with a number one concern: security.

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BOE Put into Production the World’s First G10.5 TFT-LCD Line Creating New Milestone in Global Display Industry

By IoT – Internet of Things

Recently, the global highest generation line, BOE Gen 10.5 TFT-LCD production line, has put into production ahead of schedule in Hefei. It hasn’t been long after the mass production of China’s first BOE Chengdu Gen 6 flexible AMOLED production line, marking another new milestone in the global display industry. Not only does this mean that […]

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Digitalisation-not just for big business

By Zenobia Hegde

When cellphones were first released in the mid-1980s, a handset would set you back $4000 (€3378.98) — the equivalent of almost $10,000 (€8447.45) today. Here, Markus Brettschneider, group senior vice president and general manager for global food & beverage applications for ABB, explains how smaller food manufacturers can take advantage of low-cost digital technology.

When the first cellphone was released in 1983, this breakthrough technology was reserved for high-ranking business people and the social elite. Yet, decreasing technological costs have led to cellphones becoming arguably the most common technology available today. In fact, the UN’s 2014 telecommunications figures revealed that there are almost as many cellphone subscriptions as there are people on Earth.

This is indicative of a technological trend known as quality-adjusted price, which ties closely into the concept of Moore’s law. As technology rapidly develops at a pace that leads to significant performance increases year on year, the cost of that technology decreases at a similar pace.

This presents an important opportunity for smaller businesses to take advantage of newer technologies that were previously only accessible to large companies. In the food production industry, for example, there has been a significant increase in the adoption of digital technologies and software among larger businesses.Yet, food manufacturing companies of all sizes can tap into the productivity and efficiency benefits offered by digitalisation.

Markus Brettschneider

The digital food plant

While equipment and robotics have been the key drivers of plant improvement in past decades, the rise of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) has placed greater importance on software and insight. In particular, many plant managers now use digital solutions to monitor the status of equipment to mitigate performance problems.

For example, most food processing plants will have automated at least one part of the production line with a conveyor system. As with any piece of equipment, parts of this system will gradually wear down from repeated use over time. For critical components such as the motor, this leads to a slow decline in performance and risks downtime due to breakage.

Plant managers must therefore undertake predictive maintenance to address any issues before they become problems. To do this effectively, plant managers must have accurate performance data from the conveyor’s low-voltage motors.

Rather than invest in new systems that feature IIoT functionality, businesses can install multi-function sensors to collect and analyse performance data.

For example, the ABB Ability Smart Sensor for motors allows engineers to digitalise food production plants with minimal expenditure. These sensors fit directly onto the motor’s frame and monitor key performance factors such as temperature and vibration. This data is transmitted to the cloud, where it is analysed and reports are generated for plant engineers.

What the data provides is new insight into the health of motors used in production, enabling a shift from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance. With a simple “stop light” system of green, yellow and red lights, fleet motor status is simple to assess.

Just as cellphones are no longer exclusive to the likes of CEOs of listed companies, digitalisation is not reserved for large food […]

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Cyber threats are still being ‘brushed aside’ even after WannaCry and NotPetya, says AlienVault global survey

By Zenobia Hegde

Just 16% of IT security professionals believe that their bosses and company boards have taken a greater interest in their roles as a result of the WannaCry and NotPetya cyber-attacks of 2017. This is according to new research conducted by Unified Security Management and crowd-sourced threat intelligence specialist, AlienVault.

The research, which surveyed 233 IT professionals globally about how their roles have changed following these high-profile attacks, found that just 14% have had their budgets for cyber security increased, and only a fifth (20%) have been able to implement changes or projects that were previously put on hold.

Risks grow yet budgets fall

The findings follow a separate research report from PwC which found that UK businesses have cut their cyber security budgets by a third, compared to the same point last year.

As Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, explains: “WannaCry and NotPetya are generally believed to have marked a turning point in cyber awareness, but the reality on the ground paints a different picture. Destructive malware poses existential threats to companies across all industries and can no longer be ignored. To improve our cyber resilience, corporate strategy needs to be developed that covers how to plan for, detect, mitigate and recover from such destructive attacks.”

Increased workloads

Worryingly, 13% of IT professionals whose organisations were affected by WannaCry or NotPetya felt that they were blamed for their organisations falling victim. As a result, many IT teams have worked hard to strengthen their organisation’s cyber security in the wake of these attacks.

Two-thirds (66%) are more up-to-date with patching than they were previously, and half (50%) say that they are now using threat intelligence more regularly, to stay ahead of emerging threats. In addition, 58% carried out a review of their organisation’s cyber security posture following the attacks.

Javvad Malik continues, “Working life has become much more difficult for many IT professionals in the wake of these attacks. But the preventative measures that many are engaged in, such as patching and security reviews, points towards a panicked reaction from management tiers. Given the unpredictable nature of today’s security environment, organisations should focus their efforts on detection and response.”

Changing perceptions

The research also explored whether IT professionals have noticed any changes in the way others treat them, following the high volumes of media attention around WannaCry and NotPetya. Almost a quarter (23%) reported that their family and friends are more interested now in hearing about their work. In addition, 28% believe that most people in their organisations listen to their IT advice more than they did before.

However, despite the widely reported IT security skills shortage, just 10% of those surveyed have experienced an increase in job offers, or managed to negotiate a pay increase, following the attacks.

Javvad Malik adds, “The IT security profession remains a very tough place to work, where resilience is the key to success – particularly if you are blamed in the event of your company suffering a security incident.”

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