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Gopher Commences Development of AI Mesh Technology for IoT Design Immersion of Next Generation of Guardian Tracking Technology

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Gopher Protocol Inc., a development-stage company which specializes in the creation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence – enabled mobile technologies, has commenced development of its Mesh Technology. Mesh network is a communications network intended to be made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology. A mesh refers to rich interconnection […]

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Google buys Xively for $50M: Marks LogMeIn’s exit from IoT connectivity market

Google announced yesterday that it will acquire Xively from LogMeIn for $50M. This marks Google consolidation in the managed IoT marketplace as the latter expects 20 billion connected things to come online by 2020.

Structure connected product data to make it manageable and actionable.

Xively allows enterprises to activate ‘connected products’ whereby its platform offers several features such as device connectivity, data management, identity management, integrations, security, and analytics. Smart home, smart energy, and connected products are typical use cases of Xively’s platform.

The acquisition will allow Google’s customers to add connectivity to their devices from the beginning as opposed to adding it as an ‘after-thought’. This will make the connection between the cloud-mobile app and ‘connected product’ more efficient and easy.

“This acquisition, subject to closing conditions, will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages and ingests data from globally dispersed devices.”Antony Passemard, product management lead for Google Cloud IoT

LogMeIn sold Xively to focus on ‘unified communications’ market. Two popular products it owns in the space are GoToMeeting and Join.me. Thus, the sale will give LogMeIn the much-needed cash it needs to purchase Jive communications, a cloud-based phone services company for $357M. LogMeIn also plans to expand its AI-powered customer engagement portfolio. The deal is even better for LogMeIn considering it bought Xively for $12 million in 2014.

As for Google, it gets a well-established ‘connected products’ management platform that it will upsell to its existing and new customers of Google Cloud IoT. And, Xively can itself become a ‘billion’ dollar business unit within Google as the latter’s combined cloud business generates nearly $1B in revenues.

Another acquisition that took place last month was that of elnfochips. It was acquired by Arrow Electronics to consolidate its IoT market via elnfochips’ 1,500 IoT solution architects, engineers, and software development resources globally.

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Losant gets $5.2M Series A to scale its enterprise IoT platform

Losant, an edge-to-analytics platform for enterprise IoT customers raised a $5.2M Series A round. It was led by CincyTech with participation from Rise of the Rest Seed fund, TechNexus, and Vine Street Ventures.

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“We’re excited to see our platform power intelligent solutions across a gamut of industries and use-cases. Our customers are pushing new boundaries in industrial equipment monitoring, asset tracking, smart buildings, and more. With endless possibilities, Losant is uniquely positioned to help thousands of companies in their IoT journey.”Charlie Key, CEO of Losant.

Losant’s backer $150M ROTR (Rise of the Rest) seed fund is itself backed by notables like Eric Schmitt, Jeff Bezos, Meg Whiteman, Michael Bloomberg, and Reid Hoffman. ROTR fund was launched by Revolution, a DC-based venture capital firm. ROTR is aimed at backing startups outside Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston area.

CincyTech, the main backer of Losant is a venture capital firm that invests in enterprise and business software apps, digital health, and life sciences.

Helm features are integrated directly in the Losant IoT platform for seamless fleet management and device connectivity.

Losant is among the nice portfolio companies being funded in ROTR’s current program. The startup’s core product is SaaS platform that consists of several modules including Edge, Helm, Aperture, Alloy and Kiln. For instance, the Edge consists of device libraries (helps in device connectivity & firmware dev), gateways, and edge compute engine. Losant also offers SDKs and APIs for industrial customers to build their own connected services using the startup’s platform.

The startup plans to use the funding proceeds to scale its IoT platform to serve more customers as it currently has several big clients like Verizon, Bosch, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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IoT Minute: Defining the IoT

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Cees Links

In Qorvo’s first IoT Minute, Cees Links defines the IoT and explains how multiple systems that help solve real world problems are shaping today’s smart home.

http://www.qorvo.com/design-hub/videos/iot-minute-defining-the-iot

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Private LTE & 5G network infrastructure a $5 billion opportunity, says SNS Telecom & IT

By Zenobia Hegde

SNS Telecom’s and IT‘s latest research report indicates that annual investments in private LTE and 5G network infrastructure will exceed $5 billion (€4.03 billion) by 2021.

With the standardisation of capabilities such as MCPTT (Mission-Critical PTT) by the 3GPP, LTE is increasingly being viewed as an all-inclusive critical communications platform for the delivery of multiple mission-critical services ranging from PTT group communications to real-time video surveillance, and organisations across the critical communications industry – from public safety agencies to railway operators – are making sizeable investments in private LTE and 5G-ready networks.

By providing authority over wireless coverage and capacity, private LTE and 5G networks can ensure guaranteed connectivity, while supporting a wide range of applications and usage scenarios. Small-scale private LTE and 5G-ready networks are also beginning to be deployed in industrial IoT (Internet of Things) settings – where LTE and 5G can fulfill the stringent reliability, availability and low latency requirements for connectivity in industrial control and automation systems, besides supporting mobility for robotics and machines.

In addition, with the emergence of capabilities such as multi-operator small cells and shared/unlicensed spectrum access schemes, the use of private LTE and 5G networks – in enterprise buildings, campuses and public venues, for localised connectivity – is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

Expected to surpass $2.5 billion (€2.01 billion) in annual spending by the end of 2018, private LTE and 5G networks are increasingly becoming the preferred approach to deliver wireless connectivity for critical communications, industrial IoT, enterprise & campus environments, and public venues.

SNS Telecom & IT estimates that the market will further grow at a CAGR of approximately 30% between 2018 and 2021, eventually accounting for more than $5 billion (€4.03 billion) by the end of 2021.

The “Private LTE & 5G Network Ecosystem: 2018 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the private LTE and 5G network ecosystem including market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, vertical market opportunities, applications, key trends, standardisation, spectrum availability/allocation, regulatory landscape, deployment case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies.

The report also presents forecasts for private LTE and 5G network infrastructure investments from 2018 till 2030. The forecasts cover 3 submarkets, 10 vertical markets and 6 regions.

The report will be of value to current and future potential investors into the private LTE and 5G network ecosystem, as well as LTE/5G network infrastructure, OEMs, critical communications organisations vertical-domain specialists, mobile operators and other ecosystem players who wish to broaden their knowledge of the ecosystem.

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Pod Solutions and Subex partner to provide advanced security for IoT billing and connectivity service

By Zenobia Hegde

Telecom analytics solution provider, Subex has been selected by Pod Solutions, a division of Pod Group to implement its IoT security solution, Subex Secure, as part of Pod Group’s billing and connectivity service.

Pod Group designs platforms for the people building tomorrow’s connected world. These include billing, connectivity and security services for IoT companies across a wide variety of sectors as well as enterprises and operators for millions of devices globally. Pod Solutions is the customised development division of Pod Group which partners with industry leaders to build tools that reduce the complexity and accelerate the adoption of IoT applications.

The partnership with Subex will enable Pod Solutions to develop advanced security services, allowing customers to rapidly create, deploy and bill mission critical IoT solutions with maximum security and resilience.

Speaking on the announcement, Alistair Elliott, CEO, Pod Solutions said, “Today, the security of IoT applications is one of the issues causing most concern and is therefore one of the biggest barriers to IoT adoption. We are excited to be partnering with Subex, since we identified them as a leading provider of IoT Security solutions that would be complementary to our existing network architecture and IoT business models.

Alistair Elliott

The Subex IoT solution- Subex Secure allows us to scale towards providing the most cutting-edge security solutions to millions of IoT devices, thereby providing us with a competitive advantage.”

“It gives us great pleasure to partner with Pod Solutions to provide resilience to their connectivity services. We were selected after a very comprehensive evaluation, wherein we proved our capability to detect various attacks through Subex threat intelligence system, leveraging our industry leading IoT honeypot. These coupled with our flexible business model and non-intrusive approach helped us to secure this partnership” said Vinod Kumar, COO, Subex.

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ProLabs urges service providers to utilise 100G long reach to achieve their full advantage

By Zenobia Hegde

As LINX100 takes place in London, Anthony Clarkson, technologist at optical transceiver provider ProLabs, is addressing why it is integral for 100G long reach products to be utilised as the demand for speed overtakes technology.

Highlighting the struggle that service providers face as network demands continue to become even more complex, Clarkson stated: “The need for speed is increasing every day, and demand is now overtaking technology. Websites and critical applications require more stability and higher connectivity than ever before, and the pressure is more immense than ever to gain increase in higher bandwidth speeds. The main problem is that long distance communication, as used at slower speeds such as 1G and 10G, is difficult to provide at 100G.”

Longer reach 100G products from optical transceiver specialists like ProLabs allow service providers to utilise their existing fibre networks to increase their data throughput speeds. Maturing at a rapid pace, advances in transceiver technology are producing lower priced network gear such as 100G long reach solutions, at price points that make sense for today’s tight capital budgets.

“Time never stands still with technology and staying ahead of demand is important for us at ProLabs. Our 100G long reach transceivers increase density, decrease power consumption and decrease your price per bit, so long distance communication doesn’t mean you’re going to suffer from a slow connection,” he continued.

ProLabs QSFP28 transceiver is designed for 100G speeds and makes deploying 100GbE networks as easy as 10GbE networks, with lower power consumption compared to other 100G transceivers, a compact form factor which increases port density.

“At ProLabs, we are constantly investing into research and development to make sure we are on top of the latest market trends and evolving with the industry. Shows like LINX100 give us the opportunity to highlight our thoughts and ideas, and it is a great way to interact with a large selection of the service provider community in the UK, as well as meet with both existing and potential customers. We chose to sponsor LINX100 as it is a great social event, in an informal setting that is ideal for networking,” concluded Clarkson.

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Remote SIM provisioning transforms the mobile healthcare experience

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Remote SIM provisioning is a vital enabler for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, providing a simplified, secure and seamless mobile connection for all types of connected machines and devices. The benefits are multi-dimensional and touch every aspect of the product lifecycle, from manufacturing all the way through to user experience.

Based on the GSMA Remote Provisioning Architecture for embedded universal integrated circuit cards (eUICC), the Arkessa reprogrammable SIM solution is transforming the way original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) design and deploy enterprise-grade IoT solutions. OEMs can now build global connectivity into their products for a superior user experience usually only seen with premium smartphone or e-reader devices. Of course, IoT devices do not typically have screens or user-operators, which makes the network services themselves the critical components in delivering a zero-touch provisioning and operational experience.

Arguably one of the most compelling connected health products to launch in 2018 is Actiste, a mobile health solution that simplifies insulintreated diabetes by gathering and sharing personal health data between patients and healthcare professionals through a connected pocket-sized device.

Actiste, developed by Brighter AB, will be marketed and sold as a service to both consumers and the healthcare sector across the globe. The flexibility offered by eUICC is key to simplifying the go-to-market process and the customer experience by ensuring out-of-the-box connectivity, but also in localising that connectivity.

Brighter’s vision is that patients get the best possible user experience. From a connectivity point of view, this means that cellular connectivity works without intervention from the user, meaning zero-touch connectivity without the need for pairing to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It also means no bill shock due to unintended roaming. Data security under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is another critical dimension for Actiste users and data localisation is a key element in addressing that.

As an eUICC-enabled device, the network connectivity services for Actiste can be managed remotely and automatically via Arkessa’s MVNO services, incorporating Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform (DCP) and the Gemalto On Demand Connectivity (ODC) solution. These remote management services allow Brighter to localise or customise the connectivity services according to local regulations and geographic and commercial requirements once Actiste is in the field.

Sweden-based company Brighter was launched in order to provide services and solutions that facilitate self-care and self-monitoring for patients to help them manage their diabetes better. Actiste is its first mobile health product.

More than 422 million people suffer from diabetes. By 2040 this number is expected to rise to 642 million, according to the World Health Organisation’s Global Report on Diabetes, 2014. These figures equate to approximately 8.5% of the world’s adult population, and trends show that this number is rising, as lifestyles grow ever more sedentary and obesity and inactivity continue to cause problems for health services across the globe.

Living with insulin-treated diabetes can be challenging. Complications arising from an imbalance of insulin in the body can mean illness and discomfort for patients, and costs of millions of euros for health services.

Of course, giving patients the tools they need to manage […]

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Zamboni brings IoT vehicle intelligence to the ice with Digi International

By Zenobia Hegde

Digi International®, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) products and services, has helped launch the world’s first smart, connected ice resurfacer from the Zamboni Company, an ice resurfacing technology. Digi’s professional services team developed a customised application leveraging its Digi Wireless Vehicle Bus Adaptor (WVA) to create the custom IoT application Zamboni Connect™. This ready-to-use IoT solution provides previously unavailable insight into resource management and decision-making based on actual machine and operator performance.

This is the first IoT solution requiring only an Internet connection for users to log into the platform from any computer or handheld device in any location, and have instant access to data, information and remote oversight of their ice resurfacer operations. A clean, simple dashboard optimised for smartphone, tablet or web-based use gives ice resurfacer owners and operators unprecedented insight into their equipment and processes.

“We knew there was tremendous value in the data being generated during the ice resurfacing process. The challenge would be to provide the right data in a format which was easy for arena operations of any size to leverage and utilise,” said Derek Gunn, vice president of Operations for the Zamboni Company.

“By collaborating with Digi, we were able to design, build and launch a web and mobile application with complex reporting capabilities while maintaining the flexibility to grow over time. Using their unique products and working with their professional services team, our goal of connecting Zamboni machines to the IoT and being first to market was achieved.”

In addition to tracking key performance metrics like speed, energy consumption and ice-making water consumption, Zamboni Connect keeps maintenance logs, offers maintenance suggestions and houses reference materials for the machines.

This combination of data and access to manufacturer best practices allows for maintenance that is truly predictive rather than just preventative. These smart services are available across Zamboni’s line of ice resurfacers, both electric-powered and fuel-powered, and Zamboni Connect supports both single resurfacer rinks and arena fleets.

“When people think of Zamboni, they probably don’t realise how complicated ice resurfacers are and what’s involved with maintenance and upkeep,” said Tracy Roberts, vice president of technology services for Digi International. “Zamboni helped us understand how to design their application to present key data, helping owners and operators understand and take care of their machines.”

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Renesas Electronics highlights innovative connectivity solutions enabling Smart Society at embedded world 2018

By Zenobia Hegde

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced it will showcase its embedded semiconductor expertise at Stand 310, Hall 1 of this year’s embedded world, February 27 to March 1, 2018, Nuremberg, Germany.

Demonstrations will highlight the company’s connectivity solutions designed to enable a Smart Society. These include demonstrations for automotive AI, factory automation, healthcare, cloud connectivity, and more. Renesas is also proud to present Nick Heidfeld, racing driver of the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team, as special guest on the VIP stage programme.

AI connected car simulator – the future of driving

As part of Renesas’ open, innovative, and trusted Renesas autonomy™ Platform for ADAS and automated driving, Renesas will be showcasing its connected car simulator incorporating a new development kit based on cocoro SB’s emotion engine. Renesas automotive demos illustrate a range of end-to-end services that support drivers’ safety and security while anticipating their needs.

Connectivity solutions to enhance factory automation and healthcare applications, smart factory networks, and home appliances

Renesas will showcase for factory automation and networking it’s Intelligent IE Modules solution kit and an end-node application featuring OPC-UA pub-sub with TSN on the RZ/N1 development board. Renesas will also show its G3-PLC home appliance solutions for light control, load detection and energy measurement, as well as advanced networking solutions for home and building automation (VoPLC, DALI GW).

Secure MCUs for a connected world

Renesas will be showing a wealth of cloud connectivity and HMI solutions including the latest RL78, RX, RZ and Renesas Synergy developments as well as power supply solutions. Visitors can try out the PowerCompass™ app to quickly identify the right power solution for their application and generate a custom reference design file in a few minutes.

MCU Car Rally

Renesas will also be holding its popular European MCU Car Rally for the fourth year running as platinum sponsor of the embedded world students’ day. Student teams from all over Europe were tasked with building a model racing car with Renesas components and will race them in the rally, which is being held in the main entrance area (Mitte) on March 1st, the third day of the show.

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