Schneider Electric Exec Opens Up on Industrial IoT and AI

Schneider’s highest-ranking IoT executive said the company’s Industrial IoT and AI strategy is based on pragmatism.

Cyril Perducat, Schneider Electric’s executive vice president of IoT and digital offers, is a pragmatist. And as such, he views the Internet of Things as simply “a means to an end” and says artificial intelligence “can suffer from an excess of fanciness.” Some people in the industrial space become so enthralled with the potential of artificial intelligence that they started dreaming up science-fiction-like possibilities, Perducat explained.

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Hiber launches nano-satellites for global IoT coverage

Dutch satellite company Hiber will launch its first ‘HiberBand’ nano-satellites over the next few days, delivering connectivity to remote locations around the world.

The Dutch government-backed project claims to be the first truly global satellite solution and hopes to help bridge the digital divide that means 90 percent of the world is currently unable to use connected tech.

The start-up is run by the founders of JustEat, TreatWell and Booking.com.

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On the road to the smart city

It is incredible to think that 70 years ago there were just 751 million people living in urban areas. That figure has now grown to almost 4.3 billion. The United Nations predicts urbanisation will continue to increase exponentially, with 68 percent of us expected to live in an urban landscape by 2050 – that’s another 2.5 billion people to accommodate.

When you take into account that only three percent of the world’s landmass is taken up by urban development, you’d be excused for questioning just how exactly we are going to cope with the number of people flocking to cities around the world.

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Volvo and Baidu partner on autonomous taxi project

Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo is teaming up with Chinese technology giant Baidu to build autonomous taxis. Together they are aiming to launch a level 4 driverless ride-hailing service in China by 2020.

The news follows the announcement of another two-year Baidu project, with Ford, in which the pair will begin level 4 testing on the streets of Beijing before the end of the year.

Industry forecasts predict China will represent the world’s largest market for autonomous vehicles in the coming decades.

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Microsoft, Tencent, Intel race to develop autonomous greenhouses

The world’s population is expected to increase by another two and a half billion to 10 billion by 2055. At the same time, the amount of arable land is expected to shrink as increased urbanisation takes hold. And that’s before other issues such as climate change are factored into the equation.

The end result is a lot of mouths to feed and no obvious way to provide the substantial increase in food production required.

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AT&T and Prevas team up on IoT for industrial automation

US telecommunications company AT&T has partnered with Swedish IT and engineering firm Prevas to create IoT solutions for industrial and healthcare environments.

The three-year deal will see AT&T’s IoT products combined with the industrial design and engineering experience of Prevas.

The joint offerings will be shaped to help customers get their connected products and services to market more quickly. These customers include companies in the automotive, defense, energy, healthcare, engineering and technology sectors.

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How DLT, IoT and AI are converging to reshape transportation

The transportation and logistics industries are undergoing sweeping change. Electric vehicle and lithium battery costs are falling quickly, autonomy software is improving at a rapid pace, and ride-sharing platforms are leading customers to question the need to own their own car. 

These three trends – electrification, autonomy, and access-over-ownership – are reshaping every part of the industry and moving the sector into a new era of integrated mobility. The resulting vision is one of a seamless transit experience incorporating multimodal, public and private transport. 

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Ericsson, Einride, Telia connecting self-driving trucks with 5G

Networking provider Ericsson and Swedish telco Telia, in partnership with autonomous transportation company Einride, are demonstrating how driverless trucks can be enhanced with 5G technology at the DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden.

The global relationship aims to create a more sustainable transport ecosystem by connecting electric, autonomous vehicles.

Einride’s T-pod, a driverless, electric vehicle that the company claims can operate with the safety and reliability needed to bring autonomous trucks onto public roads, will host Ericsson’s 5G technology.

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£10m of UK government IoT funding lost in the machine

In March 2015, the then UK chancellor George Osbourne announced the Internet of Things UK Research and Innovation Programme. The initiative was to be led by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), with help from the Office for Life Sciences, Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Internet of Things UK was allocated a budget of more than £40m, to be spent over the following three financial years.

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IQRF Summit 2019

We invite you to the fourth annual conference about the Internet of Things with the IQRF® wireless technology. During the last year, many innovations have taken place both in the development of IQRF® technology itself and in the development of IoT projects based on it. Come and see which improvements in your life you can expect thanks to the Internet of Things. In addition to presentations and practical demonstrations, you can also look forward to an informal dinner where you can discuss your IoT ideas with IoT professionals.

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Sisense launches AI edge analytics, turning IoT devices “into supercomputers”

Business intelligence provider Sisense has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that it claims turns Internet of Things (IoT) devices “into supercomputers”.

According to the company, the new Sisense Hunch product represents a “new class of big data analytics” that can be applied to applications that were previously impossible on the Internet of Things, due to its latency, power, storage, and cost challenges.

Using the new system, massive stores of data are transformed into “mere megabytes” allowing for “microsecond response times and the ability to be placed anywhere, even inside a tiny IoT device”, said the company today.

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Lyft’s self-driving ambitions become reality, buys Blue Vision

Ride-sharing platform Lyft is already competing with Uber in cities around the world to provide on-demand mobility. But this week, the San Francisco company took concrete steps toward competing in the driverless taxi space, too.

In July 2017, Lyft announced the creation of its own autonomous transport division, Level 5. Fifteen months and 300 engineers and researchers later – many of whom were picked up from Waymo, Apple, Tesla, and Ford – the company has unveiled its first self-driving vehicle: an adapted Ford Fusion Hybrid.

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Amazon fixes flaws in smart home operating system

Amazon has had to patch 13 flaws found in an operating system used in smart home devices after it was discovered that the software bugs could enable hackers to take over the devices.

The flaws were found in FreeRTOS, an embedded operating system ported into over 40 hardware platforms over the last 14 years. In November 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) took over stewardship of the FreeRTOS kernel and its components. There is also a commercial version of FreeRTOS, named OpenRTOS and maintained by WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS).

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Twilio teams up with T-Mobile US on NB-IoT platform

Cloud platform as a service (PaaS) provider Twilio has partnered with T-Mobile US in a deal that will see the former roll out a developers’ platform for T-Mobile’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network.

The partnership was announced at Twilio’s Signal 2019 customer and developers’ conference in San Francisco. It aims to create apps for NB-IoT that will draw less power, extend battery life, and save users money.

The platform comprises three parts.

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Intel partners with Arm on IoT chips, Rolls-Royce on autonomous ships

Rival semiconductor producers Intel and Arm have agreed to collaborate to manage networks of connected devices based on their chips.

Reuters reports that Britain’s IP giant Arm – acquired by Japanese tech investment conglomerate SoftBank in July 2016 for $24.3 billion – said last night that it had signed a strategic partnership with its rival to use standards developed by Intel for managing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, networks, and data.

Arm’s agreement to use Intel standards for securely managing networked devices that deploy both companies’ chips is a major breakthrough for IoT uptake, by enabling central management and interoperability.

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Volkswagen will build its connected car tech on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform

Volkswagen has enlisted the help of Microsoft to allow its customers to utilise digital services in its connected cars. The joint solution – called the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – operates on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, allowing customers to access key services and seamlessly switch between in-car and home services.

The German car manufacturer enlisted the help of Microsoft’s Azure platform to offer extra-value services, such as the ability to continue streaming music from their home when getting into their car, or accessing a conference call while on their way to work.

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Renault unveils autonomous concierge concept for last mile delivery

Renault has unveiled the EZ-PRO, an autonomous delivery concept that could provide a modular, last-mile option for logistics operators.

Renault launched the futuristic concept at the Hannover Motor Show this week, highlighting the company’s confidence in this potentially lucrative market.

The ‘last mile problem’ is a critical challenge for cities, as the boom in online and mobile commerce has caused an influx of petrol- and diesel-powered vans into crowded centres and suburbs, ramping up pollution.

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Wondrwall makes smart homes autonomous with sensor arrays

Connected-home technology company Wondrwall has launched what it claims is the world’s first truly smart home-automation system, with the aim of converting “standard homes into intelligent homes” – houses that can make decisions for themselves.

The concept is based on replacing standard light switches with new switches that contain 13 different sensors. These monitor temperature, humidity, power, motion, luminosity, and sound. In this way, a typical three-bedroom house could contain a network of more than 100 such sensors, according to the company.

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Arm launches dedicated processor for autonomous vehicles

SoftBank’s British chip-making giant Arm has launched what it describes as the “world’s first autonomous-class” processor for driverless vehicles.

The Arm Cortex-A76AE has been designed exclusively for automotive applications. The processor is the first in Arm’s new Automotive Enhanced (AE) line and includes specific features for in-vehicle processing.

The move opens the door to the design of safety-hardened chips that combine both the processing performance required for autonomous applications and high-integrity safety features.

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IDT acquired by Renesas for $6.7 billion, with focus on autonomous vehicles

Japanese semiconductor solutions provider Renesas has agreed to buy California-based Integrated Device Technology (IDT) for $6.7 billion.

The move will leave the company well placed to provide a wide range of products that will be essential to self-driving vehicles.

Renesas is a leading provider of embedded processors, while IDT specialises in sensors, connectivity, and wireless power. Together, the companies’ products are poised to improve performance and efficiency in high-computing electronic systems.

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Industrial Internet of Things CE & SEE

Industrial Internet of Things CE & SEE

15 October 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

www.eelevents.co.uk/iiot18

This two-day conference showcases some early case studies, the success stories which have delivered ROI back to their businesses’ bottom line. A series of debates will then unravel for delegates, providing real insight into how the IIOT is re-shaping business models.

Companies that don’t employ IIoT solutions will undoubtedly get left behind.

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World-leading smart factories identified by World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a list of what it says are nine of the world’s smartest factories when it comes to adopting industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies.

These ‘lighthouse’ facilities, as they are called by the WEF, have been selected from an initial list of some 1,000 manufacturing companies, based on their successful implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) thinking, in ways that have had proven financial and operational benefits.

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Ericsson and Sprint partner on IoT operating system

Sprint and Ericsson will build an IoT operating system and a distributed and virtualized core network dedicated to IoT, with plans to debut the technology at Mobile World Congress Americas next week, according to a press release. The IoT operating system will ease connectivity and device management and include managed services. “We are combining our IoT strategy with Ericsson’s expertise to build a platform primed for the most demanding applications like artificial intelligence, edge computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and more with ultra-low latency, the highest availability and an unmatched level of security at the chip level,” Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT for Sprint, said in a press release.

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IoT security issues: Your NAS may be vulnerable

When it comes to internet of things security issues, the FBI is getting serious. The FBI recently issued a warning that Internet-connected devices are particularly vulnerable to cybercrime. The alert explained that bad cyber actors are actively searching out and exploiting internet of things (IoT) devices (also called smart devices), especially those with weak authentication, unpatched firmware or other software vulnerabilities, or default usernames and passwords. They are then using the devices as proxies to send spam e-mails, muddle network traffic, mask internet browsing, generate click-fraud activities, and sell or lease IoT botnets to other cyber actors for financial gain, among other malicious activities.

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Dell launches smart vision IoT solutions in edge computing push

Dell Technologies has announced new solutions to support computer vision and machine intelligence applications from edge to cloud. The first target? Surveillance.

Dell has collaborated with its partner ecosystem – particularly Intel – to develop surveillance solutions based on advanced computer vision and analytics technologies. These are ready to be applied to use cases in public safety, customer experience, and product inventory management, the company confirmed in a statement.

Intel has a number of computer vision acquisitions and investments, including Movidius, the startup whose technology is used in leading autonomous drones and miniature camera Google Clips.

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Retail IoT: The new cashier-free stores transforming shopping

Cashier-free stores are shaping up to be the future of retail – but that future is likely to be led by China, as Jessica Twentyman reports.

Could a combination of in-store cameras, artificial intelligence, smart-shelf sensors, and a handy mobile app, put an end to the irritation of waiting in line for the checkout?

Zippin thinks it can. This week, the San Francisco start-up launched what it calls its “next-generation checkout-free technology, which enables retailers to quickly deploy frictionless shopping in stores and brings an end to waiting in line for good”.

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Global IIoT market to surpass $176bn by 2022

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market is forecast to surpass $176 billon by 2022, according to a new report by analysts at Market Research Engine.

Their latest study looks into the market share and company profiles of key participants in the global IIoT sector, such as General Electric, Cisco, Intel, Rockwell Automation, ARM, ABB, Siemens AG, Honeywell, Dassault Systemes, Huawei, Zebra Technologies, IBM, Bosch, and others.

Market Research Engine suggests that the IIoT market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than eight percent over the next four years, with key driving factors being technical developments in semiconductors and electronic devices, the standardisation of IPv6, the growth of cloud computing, and support from governments.

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How smart cities can help build a sustainable world

By Haider Iqbal, director of IoT, Public Services & Transport, at Gemalto.

An occasional series of vendor perspectives on the world of connected business – because it’s all about making new connections and starting new conversations. Sustainability is a powerful force for positive change in our world; one that is driving transformation, innovation, and improvement across all aspects of society.

No longer limited to conserving natural resources, sustainability now encompasses a broad range of challenges, including urban growth, transportation, our carbon footprints, and even people’s work-life balance.

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Report: Lack of targeted solutions tempering IoT adoption

Enterprise customers have tempered their expectations about the pace of IoT adoption. That’s the conclusion drawn from the latest report from global management consultancy Bain & Company, ‘Unlocking Opportunities in the Internet of Things‘.

Despite industry-wide reservation that stems from a lack of targeted solutions, integration complexities and other barriers to adoption, Bain & Company expects the combined markets for the Internet of Things (IoT) – which includes hardware, software, systems integration, and data and telecom services – to grow to $520 billion by 2021.

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Vulnerabilities found in Samsung SmartThings Hub

Cisco’s cybersecurity arm Cisco Talos has discovered a number of vulnerabilities in the firmware of Samsung’s SmartThings Hub.

The device is designed to be controlled using a smartphone app, giving the owner oversight of all connected devices in the home, meaning that any security flaw could have serious consequences.

Cisco Talos’ Claudio Bozzato found that the SmartThings Hub was severely compromised.

Major vulnerabilities Bozzato discovered firmware vulnerabilities that made it possible for an attacker to take control of the Hub and, by extension, access sensitive information, monitor and control devices within the home, and perform other unauthorised activities – with potentially devastating consequences.

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