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Results of the Hackathon Version 6

During a weekend of coding and fun, we have achieved our goal to hack together a set of tools that can help with IPv6 adoption and to visualise IPv6 deployment. Join us in celebrating the results of the sixth RIPE NCC hackathon, with links to documentation, pictures and stories.

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Ultra-low power Pervasive Displays e-paper screen added to pioneering IoT development board

By Zenobia Hedge

Pervasive Displays (PDi), a provider in e-paper displays, announces its ultra-low power displays have been incorporated into a pioneering Internet of Things (IoT) development board from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. that enables device designers to benefit from a human-readable screen requiring very low amounts of power.

Created for use in a variety of IoT applications, such as fitness and health wearables, smart home and smart metering, the Cypress PSoC® 6 BLE Pioneer Kit helps engineers take advantage of the benefits of displays in their designs, without significantly impacting the power budgets.

Adding a display to almost any device including portable health monitors, utility meters and other connected monitoring and control devices, means designers can improve the overall user experience and offer exciting new features.

E-paper displays use much less energy than a traditional TFT liquid crystal display (LCD), because they require no backlight and do not need to be refreshed constantly to maintain a visible image. The savings are striking: an always-on e-paper display, updated half-a-dozen times a day, can use as little as 0.001% of the energy of an LCD equivalent performing the same role. This means a device with an e-paper display can run for months or even years on a small battery.

E-paper displays also offer very wide viewing angles, and because they’re reflective, can be read in bright sunlight and by barcode scanners, unlike TFT LCDs.

Jim Davis, director of Marketing for the MCU Business Unit at Cypress, said: ““PSoC MCUs have always been differentiated by the rich design resources of their analog and digital software-defined peripherals. As a market leader in e-paper displays with a ready supply of high quality screens available off-the-shelf, Pervasive Displays was the ideal partner to implement the display on our PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit. This board gives our customers the best of both worlds: the processing performance combined with an ultra-low power architecture and the flexibility to design differentiated IoT applications.”

Scott Soong, CEO at Pervasive Displays, added: “Many people have already enjoyed the benefits of e-paper displays in their e-reader devices, notably their exceptionally low power use and reflective nature, which makes them easily readable even in very bright lighting. Displays used in IoT applications require similar properties, as they will often need to operate for very long periods on a small battery, and be easily readable in a variety of lighting conditions. A Pervasive Displays e-paper display is the ideal solution for anyone wanting to add a human-readable screen to a battery-powered, connected device.”

Designers wishing to purchase the Cypress PSoC® 6 BLE Pioneer Kit can obtain them from distributors including Mouser, Digi-Key, RS Components, Future, Arrow and Farnell.

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Digi International acquires TempAlert

By Zenobia Hedge

Digi International, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) products and services, announced that it has acquired TempAlert, a provider of automated, real-time temperature monitoring and task management solutions for the healthcare, industrial and food-service industries. TempAlert will join the Digi Smart Solutions team. Digi purchased Boston-based TempAlert for $45 million(€38.03 million) in cash plus future earn out incentives.

With its origins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TempAlert is now in use at more than 20,000 customer sites including Walmart, CVS Health, SpaceX, Apple, Coca-Cola, McDonald‘s, and the U.S. Department of State.

With its fourth strategic acquisition in 24 months, Digi is a leader in the space with nearly 35,000 customer sites and a deep presence in the healthcare, transportation, industrial and foodservice markets. In aggregate, the Digi Smart Solutions team offers more than 25 years of condition-based monitoring experience gained through managing more than 6 billion sensor readings.

Digi Smart Solutions improves the integrity of product quality and safety while simultaneously lowering costs, achieving higher levels of customer satisfaction and improving brand reputation. Digi’s automated, real-time monitoring solutions combined with task management software also address the needs of customers with unique challenges that span operational and safety regulatory requirements.

Harry Schechter

The TempAlert solution will not only be supported and enhanced, but also leveraged within Digi’s existing products and services to expand its advanced portfolio of solutions. Digi is excited to welcome TempAlert CEO Harry Schechter and the TempAlert team as employees of Digi Smart Solutions. Schechter will play a leading role in the IoT strategy going forward. Schechter will report to COO Kevin Riley.

“The acquisition of TempAlert doubles our Smart Solutions team to over 100 professionals, allowing us to offer our customers unprecedented domain expertise and support,” said Ron Konezny, president and chief executive officer, Digi International. “This acquisition firmly establishes Digi as a leader in condition-based monitoring, such as temperature and vibration, task management solutions and analytics.”

“This is a perfect match of expertise and a shared vision of the market opportunity in front of us,” said Schechter. “The combination of Digi’s market presence and complementary technology in conjunction with the TempAlert customer base presents a fantastic opportunity for Digi Smart Solutions.”

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Push Technology releases Diffusion 6.0

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Push Technology, the real-time delta data streaming and messaging provider, announced the release of Diffusion™ 6.0 – Push Technology’s patented, bi-directional, delta-data streaming and messaging platform which is available on-premise, in-the-cloud, or in hybrid configurations.

Speed, resiliency, and ease of scalability are the fundamental requirements for Mobile and IoT application development. Challenges created by unreliable and congested networks stand in the way of meeting these requirements. Diffusion 6.0 is an out-of-the-box, Enterprise-grade, solution that easily integrates with new and existing application architectures – providing a flexible, reactive, and efficient data layer to solve the challenge of business application data management.

Sean Bowen, CEO of Push Technology, explains: “With our latest release we are delivering an Enterprise-grade, data streaming and messaging solution which is simple to deploy and provides customers with the flexibility to start small and add functionality as their requirements expand. Developers no longer need to spend time building real-time data management for their applications because everything they need is available in Diffusion 6.0.

We have also focused on enhancing and automating the scalability of Diffusion to fuel application growth. Many organisations attempt to address scalability using traditional techniques and solutions which weren’t purpose-built for mobile and IoT applications. These technologies can be cumbersome to integrate and do not reliably scale. We offer a single solution that does it all.”

The new Diffusion release includes two add-on modules plus enhanced features to further offload development team tasks with out-of-the-box functionality.

Sean Bowen

The Scale & Availability Pack and the Auto-Scale Pack are designed to allow application developers to select enhanced Diffusion functionality specific to their application use case(s) requirements, as they scale and grow. The Scale & Availability Pack offers functionality including clustering, fan-out, and persistence – focused on addressing the challenges of resilience, application Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and bandwidth constraints.

The Auto-Scale Pack integrates Kubernetes and Prometheus to facilitate fast, simple, application deployment which enables Diffusion applications to be conveniently “containerised,” and easily managed, monitored and scaled.

Diffusion’s new out-of-the-box functionality also simplifies and speeds the development process with:

Time series data. Time series are ordered series of events. Effective management of time series data is useful for tracking account history, managing inventory or logistics, and for collaborative applications, e.g. chat.
Persistence. Data persistence preserves the state of data when a server is closed and then restarted. It is particularly useful for maintenance, update, or an unplanned outage. Persistence eliminates the need for the server to reload the data model when it starts.
Typed request-response messaging. Diffusion now allows applications to send request messages or data to a client, a set of clients, or a message path and the recipient of the information can respond directly to the request. Diffusion takes care of data conversion, allowing applications to pass instances of the data type directly to and from the API. Importantly, this allows customers to co-ordinate messages sent with messages received enabling proper transactional interactions.
Support of new data types. Diffusion now supports int64, string, and double. This new support enables developers to efficiently build applications without the […]

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Global smart home market worth US$6bn by end of 2017 and rising fast, says Futuresource Consulting

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Smart home devices are shaking off their novelty image and moving mainstream to become one of the fastest growing consumer electronics categories of 2017. That’s according to a new smart home report from Futuresource Consulting, which reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of $6 billion (€5.11 billion) worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021.

“The smart home has arrived and its impact is indisputable,” says Filipe Oliveira, a market analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “Smart home devices help with daily tasks, improve security and generate savings in energy bills through heating and lighting control. With high profile brands like Samsung, Apple and Philips getting in on the action, consumers are becoming attuned to the benefits, excited by the possibilities and are beginning to flex their purchasing muscle.”

Alexa and the Google Assistant, embedded in a range of devices, are making inroads into smart home control, with Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana currently lagging behind in the smart home. However, the success of smart speakers and the intuitive nature of voice is not toppling the ever-present nature of smartphones, which are still the go-to interface for controlling smart home devices.

“Consumers carry their smartphones everywhere they go, even when moving from room to room around the home,” says Oliveira. “Smartphones currently have the edge on smart speakers, because these devices allow face recognition and gesture commands to play a role alongside voice commands. Voice may not be needed at all in many smart home situations; when the user is away from a microphone, when there is background noise or when multiple people are talking in the same room, for example.”

Watch this space for combined voice and sensor control embedded into your smart refrigerator, wall art, mirrors, set-top boxes and TVs, any of which could become the means by which users give commands to their smart home.

There are currently four main smart home categories, namely hubs and control devices, security and monitoring, climate control and lighting systems.

“Security and monitoring products are leading the smart home charge. With the highest penetration rates and the largest value and volume at retail, this category is one of the main drivers of growth,” says Oliveira.

“In terms of market development, we’re seeing a surge in lighting, which is picking up speed faster than all other categories in retail and through the custom installer channel. Although we expect a general decline in unit prices, the lighting category will reinvent itself, with the emergence of products that combine lighting with other functions such as speakers and cameras, adding both value and appeal to the category.”

An increasing consumer appetite for all things smart home is giving rise to a range of other smart home devices beyond the four main categories. This includes an assortment of devices from smart mirrors to smart fragrance diffusers, but also basic smart home items such as connected sockets.

At present, North America represents over 60% of global smart home shipments and will continue to take the lion’s share out to 2021 and beyond. In […]

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