How Does IoT Accelerate Your Company’s Digital Journey? The Competitive Advantage of IoT

How Does IoT Accelerate Your Company’s Digital Journey? The Competitive Advantage of IoT

By Rebecca Wislie, Sr. Product Manager, Services at Black Box Corporation.

Summary:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming our world in powerful ways, and companies in many types of industries stand to benefit greatly through improved, data-driven decision-making, and accelerated business processes. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at IoT and its potential for enhancing competitive advantage. We’ll also offer advice for companies as they embark on their digital transformation through IoT, including what to look for in a solutions integrator partner.

“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things, using data they gathered without any help from us, we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss, and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing, or recalling and whether they were fresh or past their best.” – Kevin Ashton, former Executive Director of Auto-ID … Read the rest

AWS and Microsoft are not yet market leaders in IoT, but soon will be

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By Matt Hetton, Founding Partner at Transforma Insights.

Transforma Insights recently published a report comparing the capabilities of the three hyperscale cloud providers, Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft, in the provision of tools for enterprise digital transformation.

This included analysis of their capabilities across eleven technology families, of which Internet of Things was weighted as the most important. The analysis looked at capabilities across all the various functions required to implement IoT, including hardware, software, solutions, systems integration, field services, and much more.

Overall, the hyperscalers scored well in their ability to deliver IoT, although they aren’t anywhere near as dominant as they are in addressing Artificial Intelligence, or Edge Computing, two fields in which these three companies are dominant. Nevertheless, these three make a strong showing. Their hardware capabilities are somewhat limited, but with some recent significant integrated offerings (i.e. comprising hardware and services) such as AWS Monitron … Read the rest

Fleet Management: How to reduce the chance of trucking accidents

Fleet Management: How to reduce the chance of trucking accidents

Trucking accidents can be life-altering for the victims, with most victims typically being in the second vehicle rather than the truck itself. Fleet managers have a responsibility to ensure their teams are as safe on the roads as possible. Thankfully, there are plenty of strategies and procedures that can be put in place to reduce the chance of accidents.

Regular vehicle maintenance & training

According to PolicyAdvice, the most common causes of truck accidents are mechanical faults, with tires and brake issues being at the top of the list. With this in mind, one of the easiest ways to reduce the chance of an accident is regular, compulsory maintenance of every vehicle in the fleet. Maintenance should be the responsibility of the whole business, from the operators to the drivers.

As well as regular maintenance, drivers should check the whole vehicle prior to each departure to make sure everything is … Read the rest

Semtech Accelerates Technology Deployments Aimed at a Smarter, Sustainable Planet

Semtech Accelerates Technology Deployments Aimed at a Smarter, Sustainable Planet

LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol leveraged to remedy environmental challenges and drive global change.

Semtech Corporation is amplifying its mission to make the planet a smarter, more connected and sustainable place by providing an innovative Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

With solutions deployed globally, Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol help reduce environmental impacts and remedy challenges facing the global community spanning wildlife protection, sustainable farming, combating COVID-19, water conservation to high-risk flood monitoring.

Mohan Maheswaran, president and CEO, Semtech, said:

“By investing in LoRaWAN and LoRa, we’re showing the world that Semtech is committed in our efforts toward sustainability, and developing technology solutions that improve environmental consciousness and conserve resources. LoRa devices’ easy-to-deploy capabilities have the potential to bring connectivity to all, creating a smarter and safer planet.”

Semtech continues to develop products and enable solutions that create greater efficiencies and connections to care for communities, people … Read the rest

RAKwireless Closes $10M Series A Funding Round

RAKwireless Closes $10M Series A Funding Round

Despite global manufacturing and supply chain disruption, the renowned producer of IoT chips, hardware and software tools has seen tremendous growth. The brand supplies technology to household name IoT devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

RAKwireless Technology Co., Ltd. (RAK), a pioneer in LPWA end-to-end solutions, announces today the successful closing of a 10-million-dollar (USD) Series A Funding Round.

The deal was led by Creo Capital, the venture arm of NWS Holdings Limited, followed by Shunwei, a leading venture capital firm from China, whose portfolio includes billions of investments in tech companies in East and Southeast Asia. This investment will be used to advance the production of high-performing infrastructure and edge devices, and further market the company’s initiatives to make IoT simple.

Since 2014, RAKhas been delivering simple but powerful tools that eliminate barriers in IoT connectivity and empower people to build a smart future. RAK’s continuous development … Read the rest

How to Select an IoT Product Development service partner?

How to Select an IoT Product Development service partner?

By Abhinav Dubey, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager – APAC at Ioterra, Inc.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, it is liberating to see how the world has embraced the digitization of processes and made adequate use of the technology in hand. For example, the urgency of contactless communications has produced an opportunity for the internet of things (IoT) services providers to reach more users and prove the technology’s utility even in the post COVID era. As a result, the industry is pacing beyond predictions to equate a CAGR of 24.9{fde03d2f1c3ee029f0b86461a3e50e9d647f04138057fbe6f119870871f02d29} in growth till 2027.

The increase in the demand for digital products is an opportunity for IoT product development services to not only hone their expertise further but also contribute to the rapidly expanding digital transformation ecosystem. At the same time, enterprises can resolve their resource crunch (which is an actual issue) using external IoT development services … Read the rest

Haier Smart Home Unveils World’s First “Internet of Food” Smart Refrigerator Compliant with New IEC Standards

Haier smart fridge at AWE 2021 in Shanghai

Haier Smart Home, the world’s leading home appliance brand and smart home ecosystem builder, is ushering in a new era of healthy food storage with the launch of the first Internet of Food-empowered Smart Refrigerator at AWE 2021 in Shanghai.

The appliance is the first smart refrigerator to be fully compliant with 22 Chinese national industry standards as well as the global IEC Standards (“the standard”), which were developed in partnership with Haier to ensure refrigeration systems meet certain safety, efficiency, and environmental protection requirements. The standard, that has now been transferred and adopted by over 20 countries in UK, EU, and South American countries, provides the scale-setting reference for global refrigerator manufacturing. In China, the standard breakdown has three levels with the highest grade marked Level One Health Preservation.

Haier’s refrigerator achieved the Level One Health Preservation grade due to its “full-space preservation technology”. At the AWE 2021, Haier’s … Read the rest

Semtech Unveils LoRa® Corecell Reference Design for Full Duplex Gateway Applications

Semtech Unveils LoRa® Corecell Reference Design for Full Duplex Gateway Applications Enabling LoRaWAN® Gateways to Receive and Transmit Data Simultaneously

New LoRa Core™ product improves LoRaWAN network communication efficiency and reduces time and cost of operational management of end devices.

Semtech Corporation today announced the launch of a new product in its LoRa Core™ portfolio, the LoRa® Corecell Reference Design for full duplex gateway applications in the U.S. 902 – 928MHz ISM band.

The new turnkey gateway solution enables the expansion of network capacity for outdoor and indoor applications, such as smart metering, smart building and smart factory. Moreover, the reference design enables network owners to increase network capacity while deploying fewer gateways, providing cost savings to end customers when compared to cellular alternatives.

This full duplex design improves LoRaWAN® protocol message response time for applications requiring fast acknowledgement from the gateway, enables Firmware Update Over-The-Air (FUOTA) while processing uplink traffic and reduces the time and cost of operational management of end devices. Full duplex gateways support simultaneous transmit and … Read the rest

Increasing Use of Cloud Computing Accelerating the IoT Connected Machines Market

Increasing Use of Cloud Computing Accelerating the IoT Connected Machines Market

By Transparency Market Research.

IoT can benefit M2M infrastructure with unlimited storage capabilities and resources of cloud to compensate its technological constraints such as processing, storage, and energy. The cloud also offers solutions to implement IoT connected machine service management and applications that can process the data produced. Hence, the increasing use of cloud computing is expected to further lead to the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) connected machines market.

Cloud computing is a model that was introduced to provide IT services to businesses. The three levels of cloud computing (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) cover a huge range of services. Apart from service delivery and computing model of storage infrastructure, various models such as software application, data, and programming are also applicable to cloud computing.

According to a new market report pertaining to the global IoT connected machines market published by Transparency Market Research, this market is … Read the rest

Microsoft Joins the IoT M2M Council to Accelerate IoT Adoption

Microsoft Joins the IoT M2M Council to Accelerate IoT Adoption

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) announced today that Microsoft has joined the Council, a trade group that fosters a community of 25,000 qualified IoT users.

The Microsoft Azure IoT Engineering group will use the IMC as a platform to stay in closer contact with enterprise users and product makers that are deploying IoT technology. The IMC’s rank-and-file Adopter Membership covers 27 different vertical markets of application around the globe, from manufacturing to healthcare to retail point-of-sale and more.

A plurality of the IMC’s Adopter Members identify as “operations”, which seems to indicate that they are not purely technologists, but rather, business people with problems to solve. Interestingly, this demographic profile holds over almost all the vertical markets that the trade group tracks. According to Microsoft’s own IoT Signals research report, over 90{fde03d2f1c3ee029f0b86461a3e50e9d647f04138057fbe6f119870871f02d29} of 3,000 companies surveyed adopted IoT solutions in 2020 and 80{fde03d2f1c3ee029f0b86461a3e50e9d647f04138057fbe6f119870871f02d29} have one project in the use-phase, both … Read the rest