Huawei announces strategic partnership with IATA

By Zenobia Hegde

At the Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018 in Stockholm, Huawei announced it has joined the Strategic Partnerships Program of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Through this Program, Huawei will use its advanced ICT innovations and expertise to help develop airports and airlines of the future, enhancing the passenger experience and optimising air cargo operations.

The development of a country’s aviation industry is a key indicator of its economic, technical and social progress. A thriving aviation industry requires collaboration among airlines, airports, and other stakeholders involved in the industry chain. It also depends on the development of global industry standards and processes, and implementation of new technologies which are critical for transforming the industry.

Becoming a member of the IATA Strategic Partnerships Program represented an ideal opportunity for Huawei to extend its commitment to advancing the aviation industry. IATA is the trade association of the world’s airlines, which was formed in April 1945 in Havana, representing some 280 airlines of 120 countries, covering 83% of total air traffic. Professional support is provided to all industry stakeholders with a wide range of products and expert services, including formulating industry policies to address aviation issues.

Leveraging continuous innovation, Huawei’s ICT products, solutions, and services have been adopted by more than 50 airports, airlines, and air traffic control authorities. Customers include more than 15 global airports with more than 30 million annual passengers each.

Through the IATA Strategic Partnerships Program, Huawei will apply new ICT to boost digital transformation of the aviation industry. It will help customers build smart airports and airlines that are dynamic, efficient, collaborative, innovative, and ready for an intelligent era, meeting airports’, airlines’ and passengers’ requirements for safety, efficiency, and personalised services.

“The IATA Strategic Partnerships Program is open to companies that add value and bring benefits to the air transport industry directly and indirectly by means of their services, products and solutions,” said Mark Hubble, IATA’s senior vice president, Marketing and Commercial Services. “We are very happy to include Huawei in our growing family of Strategic Partners.”

Yuan Xilin, president of the Transportation Sector of Huawei Enterprise BG, said: “Huawei is excited to join IATA’s Strategic Partnerships Program. IATA provides an invaluable platform for members to collaborate with other aviation leaders on areas of mutual concern, and it enables airlines to benefit from a wide range of cutting-edge products and expertise to achieve safer, more efficient, and cost-effective operations.

Huawei’s vision is to bring digital to every person, home, and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. With global airports and airlines evolving toward Smart Airports and Smart Airlines, Huawei is committed to becoming the best partner for aviation digital transformation by providing one-stop ICT solutions to help customers enhance services and create a seamless passenger experience. Together we will seek solutions that are critical to the future of the aviation industry.”

At the Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018, Huawei is showcasing a full suite of ICT solutions covering aviation hybrid cloud, airport agile network, and airport visualised operations. Huawei is collaborating with world-leading airports and airlines on innovative models […]

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Online lottery wagers to more than double, reaching $76bn by 2022, says Juniper Research

By Zenobia Hegde

A new study from Juniper Research has found that online lotteries will be disrupted by the opening up of markets coupled with a drive towards mobile offerings. Wagers placed on online lotteries will increase from $29 billion (€23.48 billion) in 2017, to $76 billion (€61.53 billion) by 2022 with mobile devices accounting for more than half of this by 2022.

New markets emerge

Mobile & Online Gambling: Casinos, Lotteries, Betting & VR 2018-2022, found that there will be a doubling of digital lottery users, from 317 million in 2018, to 624 million by 2022, driven largely by the Far East & China. The research anticipates that the considerable Chinese online lottery industry will re-emerge during the period, alongside the launch of a South Korean digital lottery this year.

Western markets face disruption too. Juniper believes that the US is on the cusp of a wave of legislation that will facilitate online gambling, following Pennsylvania’s landmark decision to allow such activities in October 2017. Juniper also identifies New Jersey, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Illinois as those set to follow. For state-run lotteries, legalisation will likely allow online delivery, as well as pools between states, further driving participation.

Disruptors challenge traditional players

However, the research found constraints, with traditional lottery providers, often monopolies in their home markets, now facing increased competition. Research author Lauren Foye explained: “The rise of lottery betting providers will concern traditional players; Juniper calls attention to Lottoland, which saw revenues of $320 million (€259.06 million) in 2016.

The company enables users to effectively ‘bet’ on a range of lotteries globally, users pay to enter and pick the required numbers. Whilst customers do not buy a physical ticket, Lottoland’s insurance model pays out on any wins, should they occur.”

Juniper found that these activities are a draw for consumers seeking better odds or jackpots from international games, and as such, advises traditional providers to re-evaluate prize structures and entry fees.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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Emtelle completes data centre portfolio with launch of new end-to-end solution

By Zenobia Hegde

Emtelle, a provider of blown fibre and ducted network solutions for the telecoms industry, announced a new addition to its PowerProtect+ range, completing its data centre portfolio and further reducing the risk of costly damage to areas where cables transition from an external to internal network.

Opticom – which was recently chosen as the new standard duct between manholes and the intake areas of a range of data centres in EMEA – features an IP57 watertight seal to create a dedicated pathway for each cable inside its own sub-duct, protecting it from water and dirt ingress.

When it is combined with Emtelle’s PowerProtect+ it creates a dedicated pathway for communications and power cables. These pathways have exceptional heat resistance, withstanding temperatures as high as 75 degrees centigrade when exposed to heavy loads.

“Traditional ducting without any seals is frequently subjected to ingress from water and dirt but Opticom changes this,protecting data centres at their most vulnerable point,” said Mark Graham, technical engineer at Emtelle. “The full PowerProtect+ range is built on the philosophy of reducing costly cable damage through quick and easy installation, with minimal training and tools. Opticom adds to this, allowing us to offer a full end-to-end data centre solution for the first time.”

Opticom has been developed for use in data centres worldwide. Through its rugged design and PVC construction, the Opticom duct is strong enough to withstand the most common causes of damage faced in cable installations. Each individual sub-duct is colour-coded to ensure installation takes place inside the correct pathway, while spare sub-ducts and the outer housing of the Opticom duct can also be sealed at any presentation points, ensuring a clean and clear pathway for future cable installation.

With more than 30 years’ experience within the FTTx industry, Emtelle has a manufacturing footprint in Scotland, Denmark and Germany and its products are used in data centres worldwide, including in the UK, Holland and Scandinavia.

The PowerProtect+ range features a unique and innovative Interference Ring Seal which was designed for easy power cable placement allowing a smooth and safe cable passage. The inner ducts are manufactured in four different colours, ensuring that every duct is attached to the correct sub-duct, enabling smooth and efficient installations. This also allows swift identification between the various types of use for ducts, including FTTx, low voltage, medium voltage, CCTV security lighting and fibre.

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Averon closes new funding round bringing raise to $13.3 million

By Zenobia Hegde

Averon, developer of the world’s first mobile identity verification standard that is both automatically frictionless and ultra-secure, announced it has closed a $5 million (€4.05 million) Series A1 financing round led by Avalon Ventures and Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff.

The round follows Averon’s heavily oversubscribed Series A (October 2017), also led by Avalon Ventures, bringing the full Series A amount raised to $13.3 million (€10.77 million).

The funds will accelerate expansion of Averon’s digital identity innovations, including the industry’s premier mobile authentication solution that works seamlessly whether users are on Wi-Fi or LTE (first introduced by Averon in 2017). The company’s groundbreaking work in mobile authentication is protected by 25 patents in the United States and worldwide, and the newly raised funds will also increase Averon’s team expansion and deepen its R&D in the field.

“Averon provides the fastest, strongest mobile security in the world, and we’re proud that our innovations are disrupting the status quo of cybersecurity,” said Wendell Brown, Averon co-founder and CEO. “We completely relieve the burden from end users while providing enterprise customers far superior security. Our solutions heal the cyber battle wounds suffered by every sector, from banking and healthcare to e-commerce. Our customers enjoy freedom and peace of mind, because users’ logins, purchases and entire digital life are always effortlessly protected while connected with Averon.”

Through the company’s blockchain and cryptocurrency partnerships, fueled by an early investment from Digital Currency Group, Averon has also taken the lead in strengthening blockchain security. Averon’s patented techniques are impervious to man-in-the-middle attacks, social engineering and other forms of digital hijacking. Unique in the market, Averon’s solution leverages mobile carrier data signaling and hardware already in every smartphone combined with Averon’s proprietary blockchain technology to positively and instantly authenticate mobile users.

“Averon is the first cybersecurity platform built to combat fake news, election tampering, financial hacking, stolen email accounts, and cyberterrorism,” said Lea Tarnowski, Averon co-founder, president and COO. “From securing the blockchain to defending commerce and each individual’s privacy, Averon is helping craft the future of the internet as it should be — truly secure and accessible for everyone. In this way, Averon is establishing a more peaceful and secure online experience for all by fostering an authentically human-centered digital world.”

Lea Tarnowski

Averon’s innovations empower virtually any company or organisation offering services on the web to give their users the world’s most instantaneous, effortless cybersecurity user experience. Ideal for financial services, banking and mobile payments, as well as automotive, IoT and more, Averon relies on no identifiable personal data, making it the most private authentication platform available. It can also be combined with biometrics such as fingerprint and facial recognition methods to strengthen existing 2FA/MFA techniques.

“The pandemic of fraud and cybercrime shows that status quo solutions haven’t adequately protected people or businesses from these growing dangers,” said Brady Bohrmann, Avalon Ventures managing director. “In an industry that over the past 20 years has barely made a dent in solving the crisis of […]

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How the IoT will get a boost with increased artificial intelligence presence

By Zenobia Hegde

Sensors integrated into devices use the internet and offer a bulk of data that is extremely useful, says Danish Wadhwa. There are many reasons for transmitting sensor data but all reasons settle on a common assumption that is data can be mined and evaluated to generate actionable insights.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are futuristic, sci-fi, imagery terms; both are responsible for driving innovation today. To experience its complete benefits, organisations need to combine AI technologies and IoT which help machines to become smart and make better decisions without any human intervention. A smart approach for this could be to master the AI course which teaches you about the basic concepts of modern AI, applications, and their use to drive business processes.

A lot has been said about the importance of AI, but what role it plays in IoT is yet to be unveiled completely. If IoT has been part of your organisation, this post will guide you on how increased AI presence can take IoT to a level we have only just imagined.

The AI unveils IoT potential

As AI has become vital for IoT deployments and applications, an apparent shift is seen in the number of organisations opting for AI. Moreover, a sharp rise in venture capital investment in IoT conveys to us that AI is going to be the future of technology-driven companies. Now, organisations try to spread the reach of their products and services worldwide by acquiring other companies which have AI and IoT as their base. They even hunt for vendors who provide integrated AI capabilities.

Due to an AI’s ability to quickly make deliverable insights from data, it plays an important role in business decision making. Machine learning is an important AI technology, which helps analyse customer behavior and identify anomalies in the data that devices generate in different forms.

As compared to traditional business intelligence tools, companies find that they have a significant advantage in analysing data better along with making faster operational predictions than threshold-based monitoring systems. These businesses are able to successfully use Big Data and AI to derive useful nuggets of business intelligence. Computer vision and speech recognition are some of the AI technologies, which can provide insight from data that would otherwise need human review. Therefore, AI and IoT make a powerful combination which saves from downtime, boosts up operational efficiency, and develops risk management.

Let’s talk about what AI and IoT have to offer

AI and IoT together are a force that cannot be ignored. Not only have they changed the world but are in the process of changing the future. Let’s talk a little about what AI and IoT can bring to the technology table.

The power must stay on

To understand how AI can control and integrate with IoT, take an example of the thermostat. For this purpose, consider it to be an IoT device. What if it weren’t? What would happen if the local power utility experiences brownouts on a hot day? The system would overheat or short circuit, and the […]

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HPE Goes Vertical with AI

By Alex Woodie

HPE today unveiled new offerings aimed at getting customers up and running with artificial intelligence solutions, including an anomaly detection system for industrial equipment and a new GPU-equipped server cluster designed for deep learning workloads.

Despite the potential for AI to add nearly $16 trillion to the world’s GDP by improving labor productivity and consumer demand (PwC), only about 4% of companies have actually figured out how to take advantage of AI’s emerging capabilities (Gartner), HPE says in a press release today.

“Global tech giants are investing heavily in AI, but the majority of enterprises are struggling both with finding viable AI use cases and with building technology environments that support their AI workloads,” says Beena Ammanath, global vice president of AI at HPE Pointnext, the IT services group with 25,000 consultants that HPE launched a year ago. “As a result, the gap between leaders and laggards is widening.”

HPE’s aims to close the gap through a combination of tailored vertical offering, consulting and training services, and HPC hardware designed to run emerging deep learning workloads.

On the vertical front, HPE announced Digital Prescriptive Maintenance, which combines software frameworks, development work, and implementation services in one handy SKU aimed at industrial equipment operators who will spend princely sums to avoid paying the kings’ ransom that comes due when unscheduled downtime rears its ugly head.

According to the company formerly known as Hewlett-Packard, the offering brings an assortment of technologies, reference architectures from HPE and partners, and consulting services to bear on building systems that can not only predict when a given piece of equipment is not running as it should, but actually prescribe what actions its own should to take.

Per HPE: “The solution captures all relevant data sources in the enterprise, including real-time and batch data from IoT devices, data centers and the cloud. Based on both supervised learning for failure prediction and unsupervised learning for anomaly detection, HPE Digital Prescriptive Maintenance prescribes and automates actions to prevent industrial equipment failure and optimize its productivity.”

HPE’s new Apollo 6500 Gen10 System

The Digital Prescriptive Maintenance offering – the first in a series of vertical AI offerings expected from HPE — is available in Europe now, and will be available around the world by June.

The IT giant also unveiled the HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 System for training deep learning models. HPE says the new system, which will become available in May, can support up to eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, each connected via the NVIDIA NVLink interconnect, which the company says is 10x faster than the PCIe Gen3 interconnect. For more details on the new system, see HPCwire’s story today.

The company also announced that it has struck a deal to resell WekaIO‘s file storage software, dubbed WekaIO MATRIX, together with its existing Lustre-based storage solutions. HPE says WekaIO’s flash-optimized file system can support the demanding I/O required for large-scale data analytics and AI environments.

“The HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 System is purpose-built to enable organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of deep learning faster than ever before,” Pankaj Goyal, HPE’s vice president of hybrid IT strategy and AI, says in a press release. “And with WekaIO’s flash-optimized parallel file system, HPE now provides the required throughput for compute-intensive low-latency workloads.”

HPE also announced its Artificial Intelligence Transformation Workshop, a new consulting offering whereby HPE Pointnext experts help customers to get started with AI. Figuring out where to apply AI and big data technology can be a challenge, and HPE is hoping to help customers by evolving their data strategies and identifying AI use cases.

Lastly, HPE announced its Deep Learning Performance Guide, a follow-on to last year’s release of the HPE Deep Learning Cookbook. The company says that the guide makes recommendations for the right hardware and software stack for given analytic or AI workloads, including identifying bottlenecks in hardware.

“Customers pursuing deep learning projects face a variety of challenges including a lack of mature use case and technology capabilities that can compromise time to value, performance and efficiency,” said Steve Conway, a senior vice president with Hyperion Research and a contributor to Datanami. “HPE’s domain expertise, services, technologies and engineering ties to ecosystem partners promise to play an important role in driving AI adoption into enterprises in the next few years.”

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IoT Global Awards winners named at Smart IoT London event

By IoT Now Magazine

London, UK,

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018:

The winners of the IoT Global Awards 2018 have been announced at the Smart IoT London event, held today at ExCeL. Judged across 12 categories, including CXO of the year, by a specially assembled panel of 12 Internet of Things (IoT) industry experts and insiders, the awards attracted 149 entries in their inaugural year. The awards are co-sponsored by IoT Global Network and CloserStill Media, organisers of Smart IoT London.

“I have been impressed by both the quality and quantity of entries to these, the inaugural IoT Global Awards,” says Jeremy Cowan, the editorial director & publisher of IoT Global Network. “The shortlisted entries have been carefully assessed by our Judging Panel of 12 independent IoT experts. It’s clear from the range and breadth of technical innovations, products and services that have won awards today that the future of IoT will continue to be characterised by ingenuity and immense practical skill in turning this enormous opportunity into a reality that transforms lives and businesses across the world.”

The winners are:


Product: BSQUARE, DataV Software

Service: GEOTAB, Revolutionising Automotive IoT


Product: Globalstar, Smartone Satellite Tracker

Service: Sensolus, Scaling Industrial IoT


Product: Designworks Windsor, O2 Digital Clothes Rail

Service: SMARTRAC Technology GmbH, Smartrac Experiences Solution


Product: Enlighted, The Enlighted System

Service: Cybeats


Product: Wind River, Secure Device Lifecycle Management Tool

Service: Aeris, Aeris IoT Solutions & Connectivity


Service: Flexera, Flexera IoT Monetization Platform

Product: Cybeats


Product: Switchee

Service: Softeq, Full-stack IoT Product Development


Product: RapidValue Solutions, Asseteze – Smart Asset Manager

Service: DevicePilot


Product: Amscreen, Collaborative Smart City Solution

Service: Gemalto, End-to-end Cybersecurity solution for smart Utilities


Product: NuCurrents – Wireless power solutions

CXO OF THE YEAR: Jim Heppelman, CEO of PTC

SAP, SAP IoT Start-Up

“Thank you to all those who entered their IoT products, services and individuals into the awards and congratulations to our winners,” Cowan adds. “I’d also like to thank our VIP Judging Panel for their careful consideration of this year’s shortlisted entries which has resulted in a great selection of winners for these, the first IoT Global Awards.”

About IoT Global Awards: The IoT Global Awards are co-sponsored by IoT Global Network (www.iotglobalnetwork.com) and CloserStill Media, the organisers of Smart IoT London. Our goal is to stimulate excellence in collaboration and innovation within the IoT industry. We aim to provide you with the tools and information to help usher in a new age of global connectivity.

Contact details:

Jeremy Cowan

Tel: +44 (0)1420 588 638


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iHEAR and Atlazo to Develop Next Generation Hearing Aids and Hearables

By IoT – Internet of Things

iHEAR Medical has partnered with Atlazo Inc. to develop an advanced digital hardware platform to power iHEAR’s next generation of hearing aids and hearables. The ultra-low power System on Chip (SoC) platform will offer machine learning, analytics, connectivity and integrated power management capabilities enabling unprecedented energy efficiency, size reduction, and cost savings. The digital hardware […]

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4 Reasons Games are the Best Tools for Teaching Code

By andrewdeen14

It’s becoming clearer and clearer: we need to be teaching code to kids from a young age. Computers and technology are woven into our lives, and children attending elementary schools have grown up in a world of touchscreens, voice commands, and AI. Though not every child will become a master programmer or use the skill […]

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