Matsui MFG. Co., Ltd., NTT DOCOMO, INC. and NTT DOCOMO ASIA Pte. Ltd. announced that they will launch a proof-of-concept demonstration of an IoT platform for plastic-molding operations using a mold-temperature controller equipped with sensors and connected to a mobile communications network, enabling production data to be sent to a cloud server for real-time processing. Beginning November 15, the demonstration will help to confirm system accuracy and related issues for an envisioned commercial solution, expected to be the world’s first of its kind, for highly efficient plastic molding applications in Southeast Asia’s fast-growing industries for automobiles, electrical appliances and other products.
The solution will incorporate the use of a mobile-connected mold-temperature controller, built specially for the demonstration, at a plastic molding factory in Indonesia.
The controller collects data via sensors and then communicates the data via a mobile network for real-time visualisation and analysis. IoT-dedicated software will connect the sensors to a public cloud via a mobile network, or potentially a low-power wireless access (LWPA) system. Manufacturers are expected to use the platform to reduce machine downtime due to various malfunctions, prevent production defects and improve production processes.
Through the demonstration, the three partners will determine the possibilities of acquiring and visualising data suitable for extra-efficient plastic-molding production. In the future, machine learning and artificial intelligence are expected to be incorporated in the platform for increasingly efficient production operations.
In preparation for an envisioned commercial launch, Matsui will continue to enhance its mold-temperature controller, sensors and related know-how, DOCOMO will develop practical IoT services for Southeast Asian industries and DOCOMO ASIA will continue to enhance the IoT-solution platform for deployment in Southeast Asia.
Factors such as mold-temperature control, screw speed, pressure, etc. greatly affect the quality of plastic molding, creating the need for high-precision IoT-based production platforms.
The demand for plastics in Southeast Asia’s manufacturing industry is expected to show robust growth due to factors including regional population growth, expanding operations by Japanese automotive, electric, and other manufacturers, and ongoing efforts to reduce product weights and production costs.
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By Byron Reese
When I first heard about the Connect Council, I was intrigued. I knew Rudina Seseri and Glasswing Ventures, and knew they didn’t have a reputation for doing things half way. When I heard about the mission of the Connect Council and the people involved, I was more than intrigued, I was impressed. What follows is a quick Q&A with Rudina about the council.
What is the Connect Council?
It is the first of three advisory councils to support and extend Glasswing Ventures’ investment strategy. Collectively, these councils bring together 40 renowned entrepreneurs and technologists, AI visionaries, and world-leading executives to exclusively advise and support the firm and its portfolio companies. The Connect Council is a critical part of the Glasswing Ventures’ DNA, extending our strength in providing AI expertise and advice exponentially amplifying the firm’s and our portfolio companies’ competitive edge. The Connect Council is comprised of two working groups: the AI & Academic Group, and the Business Leadership Group. Today, we are announcing the AI & Academic Group.
Who is on it?
A group of extraordinary individuals who have been lending their support to us since the founding of Glasswing over 18 months ago – we are grateful to them and very happy to announce that the members of the Glasswing’s Connect Council – the AI & Academic Group include:
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Professor at MIT and Oxford University and winner of the ACM A.M. Turing Prize
- Dr. Brad Berens, Chief Strategy Officer at the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg and Principal at Big Digital Idea Consulting
- Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.
- Dr. Thomas R. Eisenmann, Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship
- Dr. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, MIT Professor and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program Director
- Dr. Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor and Head of Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University
- Dr. Peter Weinstock, Executive Director and Anesthesia Endowed Chair of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School
Why did you start it?
We started the Councils as we know that they can bring tremendous scale to the firm as we help harness the positive potential of AI across industries and markets. Because the Connect Council is a collaborative and vibrant body composed of the most influential thought leaders and innovators in academia and AI technology today — our team, our founders and portfolio companies, gain access to a brilliant collective of luminaries at the forefront of AI and innovation, who are committed to fueling its success and growth. These visionaries have extensive experience across AI, academia, startups and Fortune 500 companies. They are the catalysts in extending our reach, supporting our portfolio companies and advising us, and helping Glasswing become a cornerstone of the AI ecosystem. They also play a pivotal role in helping bring AI to its full potential in the broader ecosystem and society at large.
What do you hope to accomplish with it?
Our council members are a resource for candid views and discussions about new technology trends, opportunities and talent in AI – they aren’t just big names and faces on a website. We won’t agree all of the time — and that’s exactly what we hope for. In fact, it’s beautiful when we brainstorm together, as that is when the best outcomes emerge. Our portfolio startups, and many more in the ecosystem, will be able to benefit first-hand from these brainstorms and the brilliance and experience of our advisors.
We have a symbiotic relationship with our advisory council members. They enhance the value we add to founders and companies, well beyond smart capital. At the same time, through their affiliation with Glasswing, they are part of a platform that is developing and shaping the next generation of AI leaders and technology companies. It is because of this mutually beneficial dynamic that our advisors work with us on an exclusive basis.
How will you know if it is working? Any metrics you are tracking?
Our Connect Council members are catalysts in extending our reach, supporting our portfolio companies and advising us, and helping Glasswing become a cornerstone of the AI ecosystem. They also play a pivotal role in helping bring AI to its full potential in the broader ecosystem and society at large. Being as exclusive and engaged as they are, their inbounds — whether it is bringing in a unique deal flow or helping with diligence or key talent are part of the tremendous value they bring to us.
Is AI really as big as the hype suggests?
Artificial Intelligence has been at the forefront of tech innovation for some time, but 2017 has been the year in which it has truly taken center stage. In a world of pervasive connectivity, AI is essential to harnessing the power of data. Companies have to create an AI advantage to survive — Google, Facebook, Amazon and countless startups know this and are betting their businesses on it – in fact, startups are becoming major value creators.
AI is already changing many aspects of our daily lives both at home and at work. However, this is just the start. AI is steadily and pervasively redefining our relationship with technology, enhancing human capacity and, fundamentally, how we live. It is big – and it’s going to be bigger than we imagined it.
Rudina Seseri is founder and managing partner at Glasswing Ventures. With over 15 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS marketing technologies and digital media. Rudina’s portfolio investments include Talla, Celtra, CrowdTwist, Jibo and SocialFlow. Rudina has been appointed by the Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) for a fourth consecutive year to serve as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Business School and as Executive-In-Residence for Harvard University’s innovation-Lab. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College. Rudina also serves as Advisor for L’Oreal USA Women in Digital, as Director on the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) and on the Board of Overseers for Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been named a 2017 Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.
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Vodafone entered the Internet of Things (IoT) consumer market with the launch of “V by Vodafone” enabling consumers to connect millions of home and leisure electronics products to the Group’s dedicated global IoT network – the largest of its kind in the world.
IoT technologies bring Internet-connected network intelligence to a wide range of devices at work, home and on the move. Analyst estimates suggest that by 2020 there will be more than 370 million consumer electronics and smart home devices capable of connection to mobile IoT networks in the countries in which Vodafone operates, up from around 50 million today.
“V by Vodafone” is a new, simple system for consumers to connect and manage IoT devices and a product range that includes a connected car dongle, a 4G security camera, a pet location and activity tracker and a bag location tracker.
Vodafone’s consumer IoT strategy will build upon the company’s extensive track record in developing and implementing enterprise IoT technologies. The Group is the mobile world leader in IoT, with
59 million IoT connections and an international network and services platform for a wide range of business-critical applications.
The new, simple way for consumers to connect IoT devices
“V by Vodafone” comprises:
the dedicated IoT “V-Sim by Vodafone”. The Sim card will be shipped as standard with IoT-enabled consumer electronics products sold by Vodafone from today. “V-Sim by Vodafone” will be also offered by third-party retailers next year;
the “V by Vodafone” smartphone app, providing customers with a single and intuitive overview of all IoT-enabled products registered to their account. Setting up each product is simple: customers scan a QR code on the product packaging to register it and add the monthly fee to their existing Vodafone mobile account;
automatic straight-out-of-the-box connection to the international Vodafone IoT network in any of 32 countries. Customers benefit from a straightforward means of managing all of their connected devices from a single interface wherever they are, and wherever they travel. Unlike Wi-Fi-enabled devices, “V by Vodafone” products are constantly connected wherever there is a mobile signal;
a single, affordable fixed monthly price plan for each product connected with a “V-Sim by Vodafone”, making it easy for consumers to use multiple IoT-enabled products; and
during 2018, Vodafone will launch a new online product marketplace open to IoT developers that will greatly extend the product choice for customers.
The “V by Vodafone” concept and product range were developed with insights from comprehensive research involving more than 15,000 consumers in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
Vodafone has focused on four product categories at launch. Other categories will follow in 2018.
The products will be available for purchase by current Vodafone mobile customers from today in selected Vodafone stores in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. They can also be purchased online at v.vodafone.com.
V-Auto by Vodafone uses the same IoT technologies developed by Vodafone for some of the world’s most advanced connected cars. The “plug and drive” dongle can be added to most vehicles on European roads manufactured since 2002. The “V-Auto by Vodafone” dongle is fitted to […]
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As part of an ongoing commitment to accelerate the growth and adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Stream Technologies has deployed an array of incubator LoRa networks throughout the UK. With incubator networks deployed in Glasgow, Liverpool and London, Stream is providing an entryway into LoRa technology and encouraging collaboration between industry experts, academics and enterprises.
In line with the company’s objective to nurture the development of LoRa technology and foster growth throughout the industry, Stream’s incubator networks are entirely open to organisations who want to develop LoRa applications and test them in a real-world environment.
For many organisations and individuals, developing IoT projects in real-life conditions can prove challenging. For example, developing and testing smart city applications can be prohibitively expensive because of the lack of openaccess testing environments available. Developers in this field require consent from multiple parties, dedicated hardware, specialised software and network technology, as well as estates in which to create an effective test environment. This results in a heavy strain on finance and time. Stream’s incubator networks are designed to stimulate the development of IoT sensors and applications and to address the challenges of developing smart city solutions in real-life conditions.
Stream is supporting the development of LoRa technology because it’s the ideal fit for a wide-range of IoT use cases, ranging from smart cities and smart campuses to agriculture and industry. LoRa, developed by Semtech, is a wireless technology that supports long-range, low-power IoT communications.
LoRa use cases
Stream’s incubator networks are being harnessed by enterprises, start-ups and academic organisations as they develop and test LoRa-based applications. Stream’s testbeds are open to public and private sector organisations and enable the development of a wide-range of applications to support smart cities, smart campuses and smart airports. Some of the use cases that Stream’s networks are being used to develop solutions for include:
• Smart metering
The smart metering industry stands to benefit enormously from LoRaWAN technology. Since smart metering applications transmit low amounts of data, they are an ideal candidate for low-bit rate, low-power LoRa devices. While cellular connectivity usually incurs a monthly charge for line rental and data, LoRaWAN devices are much more cost-effective to use.
Thousands of smart meters can communicate with a single LoRa gateway up to 15 kilometres away, depending on urban density, with the geographical distribution of smart meters being supported by LoRa’s long-range functionality. Stream expects LoRaWAN to be used to deliver robust applications that add great value to smart meter operators, bringing reliability, accuracy and efficiency to smart metering solutions.
• Smart parking
The operational costs associated with parking infrastructure can be significantly reduced with a simple LoRaWAN smart parking deployment. LoRa sensors can be used to report on parking space occupancy, with the data being delivered in real time to the operator via Stream’s LoRaWAN network server. With real-time parking occupancy data, operators can direct drivers to empty parking spaces. LoRaWAN smart parking applications can also be used to increase staff productivity. For example, rather than ticket officers patrolling specific routes, their routes can be optimised to […]
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From 9-15 October, I spent a busy week of Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) cybersecurity engagements in Budapest and Visegrád, Hungary and Minsk, Belarus.
Gabriella Schittek and I met in Budapest with representatives of the Hírközlési Tudományos Egyesület (HTE), the Scientific Association for Infocommunications in Hungary to discuss possible Central and Eastern European collaboration, training and engagement in the country and surrounding region. From our interactions, HTE came across as a potentially important partner in raising regional awareness about the ICANN organization, Internet governance, and ICANN’s various security, stability, resiliency and research initiatives. We then drove to Visegrád to meet with regional data protection agency representatives. During the meeting, Gabriella convened a panel to explain ICANN’s multistakeholder model and data protection initiatives. As for me, I gave a presentation explaining cybercrime and WHOIS, focusing on the ways criminals misuse WHOIS and how investigators use it today, to pursue accountability when domain name registrations are exploited to commit harmful acts against Internet users.
From Budapest, I traveled to Minsk, Belarus, to participate in the second Eastern European DNS Forum (EEDNSF). I gave a presentation entitled Emerging threats to DNS – new lessons on the opening day, and later participated in a plenary session entitled DNS threats and international cooperation, where I reported on the Office of the CTO’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System (DAAR). On day two, I joined Jonne Soininen, ICANN Board member and Head of Open Source Initiatives at Nokia, on a plenary panel, Priorities in DNS industry: is it all about security? where the panelists shared policy, deployment, and technology challenges that the DNS industry faces as the Internet contends with the Internet of Things and beyond. Alexandra Kulikova did outstanding work coordinating a very successful event with local host, hoster.by. Alexandra had terrific on-site support from the communications (Luna Madi and Buket Coskuner), meetings (Maya Saito and Sarah Caplis), and security operations teams (Olly Kay).
Engagement-filled trips like these require advanced coordination between the IS SSR team and Global Stakeholder Engagements. On behalf of our team, I thank all the GSE staff, and for this trip in particular, Gabriella Schittek and Alexandra Kulikova, who invested long hours scheduling and preparing for our visits and graciously provided in-region support.
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The mainstream media mostly projects IoT in terms of smart home and autonomous vehicles. However, there’s more to the IoT technology then the making devices and machines run better and faster. The Internet of Life, an organization that applies modern technology to improve quality of life for endangered species has implanted LoRaWANTM-equipped sensors into the horns of black rhinos in Tanzania.
The solution will help save the endangered Black rhinos from poachers. The park rangers will use the LoRaWan-based solution for near-real-time monitoring and activity tracking of rhinos and other large mammals. The location data of rhinos is updated a couple of times every hour. The system also shows the location of all the rhinos in the national park.
Kerlink and SamTech supported the project implemented in Tanzania. SamTech is a key company behind LoRa technology and offers the technology baked within its chipsets which can then be made part of IoT applications.
Usually, the IoT solutions deployed in open and rugged environments need to have long range and low power connectivity. This is where LoRa’s wireless technology offers 15-30 km range of connectivity coupled with low-cost, low-power, and availability of open standards to develop IoT solutions.
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Event date: November 15 – 16, 2017 Palo Alto, USA The future is here and the Jetsons would be proud! Rosie-robots and hovercars aren’t with us yet, but there’s plenty of smart home technology around us waiting to be integrated. Following a phenomenal 2016 launch, Smart Home Summit 2017 is only gaining momentum. This year […]
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London – September 15, 2017 – Ericsson has confirmed its participation in the annual IoT WORLD FORUM 2017, LONDON (http://iotinternetofthingsconference.com/) taking place in London on November 15th and 16th, at the Great Hall in Kensington. Maria Håkansson – Vice President and Head of IoT, ERICSSON, will be presenting on “IoT Ecosystems and The Strategy Challenge” . Please visit the IOT WORLD FORUM 2017 for full details. Click here to REGISTER NOW!
About Ericsson Device Connection Platform
The Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) is a cloud service enabling operators to offer connectivity management to enterprise customers. It enables operators to address new revenue streams from a vast variety of devices while simplifying the process and reducing the cost of connecting them. The platform supports operators in building up the M2M business from three perspectives, managed connectivity through the life cycle, sales preparation and business expansion.
Managed connectivity through the device life cycle
Ericsson Device Connection Platform is a dedicated M2M platform to handle connectivity management, subscription management and OSS/BSS and allows for automation of the business processes between the operator and enterprises. The platform supports enterprises’ business critical communication for a high number of devices and applications in a wide range of industry verticals efficiently. The platform offering comprises:
- Basic functionality delivered as a service (DCP aaS) from our production sites including hardware, software and the right to use licenses.
- Service portals and APIs for operators and enterprises for managing business related processes.
- Initial setup towards Ericsson Device Connection Platform.
- Solution analysis providing advice to the operator based on its environment.
- Training package for the operator.
Supporting operators’ sales preparation
In addition to providing the technology platform we are committed to develop a joint collaboration to get operators’ sales & marketing teams ready to secure deals. We provide a go-to-market program including everything operators’ sales and marketing force needs to meet rapid success.
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By Erin Scherer
We’re so excited to welcome the 15 new and returning fellows that will be joining us in San Jose, California for ARIN 40 this October! Since 2009, we have welcomed 83 fellows to our Public Policy and Members Meetings to expand our educational outreach and add new voices to our public policy discussions. We’re proud to see that number grow to 98 with our most recent additions. We had the chance to get to know our fellows a bit better in preparation for ARIN 40, and thought our community would like to learn more about them too!
We asked our fellows to share with us why they decided to apply, or reapply, for a fellowship.
Barb Carra explained she applied not only due to suggestions from her colleagues, but also because she is “extremely interested in learning more about the ARIN mandate and grassroots approach to developing policy.” Bartlett Morgan said he had been encouraged to apply in the past, but decided to apply now because he has “started representing clients who make use of ARIN’s number resources, so it was of practical value to better understand how ARIN’s processes operated.” Christopher Regan was encouraged by a friend to apply and said, “I believe that I could learn from and make valuable connections with the other attendees, and contribute based on my prosecutorial background.” We are happy to hear that many of our new fellows were encouraged by friends and co-workers to apply.
Returning fellow, Austin Murkland, is glad he decided to reapply after his “incredible experience” attending ARIN 39. Nancy Carter says she reapplied for an ARIN fellowship because “when ARIN 39 was over I knew that I wanted/needed to go to the next meeting. ARIN is a community that I want to be part of and contribute to.” Gerard Best, based out of Trinidad and Tobago, explains “I was able to attend an ARIN on the Road event in Dominica and have been looking forward to the removal of ARIN’s domicile requirements ever since. When the announcement was made, I immediately applied.” And we’re so glad you did, Gerard!
We were curious to learn what our fellows hoped to gain by attending ARIN 40. Frank Bulk looks forward to “networking with other folks in the industry,” and Loris Taylor wants to “learn more about what makes up the Internet technical community” as well as “the technologies, resources, and services used to run the Internet.” Jose de la Cruz said “learning from the experts about IPv6 and DNS is always a rich experience,” and Glenn McKnight hopes to gain “a more in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of ARIN.” The great news is we plan to provide all of this and more for our fellows and attendees at ARIN 40!
An important part of being an ARIN fellow is learning how you can contribute to the ARIN community after your fellowship is over, so we asked our fellows what their future plans are. Barb Carra hopes to broaden her depth of knowledge related to policy that governs our use of the Internet because she believes “it’s important to share this information with our Canadian community to improve awareness and adoption of good practice.” Kerrie-Ann Richards explains “the Internet is the future and I need to be on the ground floor of policy. There is little awareness of ARIN in the Caribbean and I will be more able to lead discussions that have an effect on the needs of persons/entities from developing nations.”
Jeremy Austin has already started following policy development much closer than before and says “If I have experience or knowledge that can expand the pool, I look forward to contributing, particularly concerning community networks.” Rudi Daniel plans to “continue to participate on the PPML, and as the Caribbean region matures, I am able to contribute more.” And Adrian Schmidt believes by attending ARIN 40 it will “help me grow and be more valuable for my main place of work (a small university located in the middle of Alberta) as well as be a resource for others.” We look forward to seeing how all our fellows will remain involved and active in the ARIN community after San Jose!
We asked our fellows to summarize their feelings about being selected in one word, and the responses we received include:
- Thankful (Loris Taylor)
- Elated (Glenn McKnight, Kerrie-Ann Richards)
- Ecstatic! (Frank Bulk, Jose de la Cruz)
- Encouraged (Jeremy Austin)
- Excited (Rudi Daniel, Barb Carra, Christopher Regan)
- Spectacular! (Austin Murkland)
- Phenomenal (Cesar Oscar Cordero Casilla)
- HOORAY! (Nancy Carter)
- Delighted (Adrian Schmidt)
We can already tell this is going to be a great group of fellows who are eager and ready to get involved in policy discussions and networking at ARIN 40.
Congratulations once again to our ARIN 40 fellows. We can’t wait to see you all there!
P.S. The ARIN Fellowship Program for ARIN 41 in Miami, Florida 15-18 April 2018 is now open for applications!
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RS Components (RS), a global distributor for engineers and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, and Legal & General(L&G), the FTSE100 financial services group, have joined forces in an open call to the world’s engineering and maker community with a new IoT design competition, the ‘LeakKiller Challenge’. RS and Legal & General are offering a £15,000 (€16857.37) prize for […]
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