A first mover disadvantage or IIoT ecosystem confusion?

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Success with industrial digital transformation largely hinges on a thorough analysis of the IIoT ecosystem. What if companies first to adopt concepts like digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) weren’t necessarily the first to benefit from them? And what if their grandiose ambitions to redefine their business with digital tools drains their budget while taking their focus away from legacy product and service offerings? This unfortunate state of affairs would then allow competitors to chip away at their business while simultaneously learning from the success and failures…

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Will IoT Trump Blockchain And AI As The Megatrend Of 2018?

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Pundits and prognosticators are busy predicting which technologies to watch in 2018. In his article, Top 10 Trends For Digital Transformation In 2018, for example, analyst Daniel Newman offers a compelling list that includes the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Newman gets no argument from me. In fact, many of the businesses I wrote about this year are already putting these technologies to good use. Look no further than IoT. For several of these companies, the Internet of Things is more than just a…

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Hitachi High-Tech Solutions Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement With Equity Participation in Flutura

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According to the company, the accelerated deployment of artificial intelligence enables IIoT solutions for industrial companies. Hitachi High-Tech Solutions Corporation (Hitachi High-Tech Solutions), a subsidiary of Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TSE: 8036) announced today that it would invest an undisclosed amount and has concluded a strategic partnership agreement in Flutura Business Solutions Private Limited (Flutura), a disruptor in the Artificial Intelligence space powering Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) use cases. This collaboration will pave the way for providing market leading solutions to customers’ through rapid and cost-efficient implementations. In recent times,…

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Avnet to provide end-to-end services for IoT device makers

The new services continue to build out the company’s IoT strategy. Seeking to further enhance support for IoT device makers, Avnet will roll out new services aimed at easing everything from design, to production, to ongoing device maintenance. The new services aim to help professional engineers, businesses and startups alike build business cases, design and build connected devices, better enable digital and connectivity support and ease lifecycle management, including assistance managing firmware and security updates and warranty programs. To that end, Avnet will work with key partners around, for instance,…

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Bsquare, Amazon, Microsoft Partner to Drive Industrial IoT Data Visualizations

Amazon QuickSight and Microsoft’s Power BI can help DataV customers build and share custom cross-system reports that include complex and critical IIoT data. Bsquare (NASDAQ: BSQR), a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, today announced new DataV software integrations with Amazon QuickSight and has Power BI that allow industrial organizations to quickly create and share powerful new cross-system interactive data visualizations and reports. Customers can now leverage these popular reporting platforms to take connected device information from within DataV and combine it with other enterprise system data to…

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Altizon, Novecom partner on industrial IoT and industry 4.0 solutions, expand Apac presence

Altizon, a global industrial IIoT platform company creating connected intelligence for enterprises, and Novecom Pty Ltd, an Advitech Group Company, and leader in environmental monitoring and data management systems for industry, has announced their partnership to deliver an end-to-end IIoT and industry 4.0 offering. The combined offering includes hardware, software, analytics, and network connectivity enabled by Datonis, Altizon’s advanced IIoT platform and expands both companies’ footprints across APAC. The solution will help industrial customers, including agriculture, telecom, mining, manufacturing and transport companies meet their current business challenges for connectivity, efficiency…

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Orange and Cargotec team up on intelligent cargo handling

Orange and Cargotec have teamed up on a three-year, multi-million euro deal to develop a connected cargo offering. French telecoms giant Orange business services and cargo-handling machinery specialist Cargotec have announced a partnership in which the two companies will explore ways that connected hardware and software can be used to keep goods moving efficiently and safely around the globe. Headquartered in Finland, Cargotec is one of the world’s most prominent providers of cargo and load handling solutions. Orange, not surprisingly, wants to tap into this lucrative market. Although by no…

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ABB boosts status in industrial IoT market with HPE alliance

ABB is continuing to expand its presence in the industrial IoT market through partnerships and acquisitions. Continuing to build out its industrial IoT capabilities, ABB will partner with HPE to help customers bridge operational technology (OT) with IT systems, with plans to co-develop, service and sell products that support ABB’s digital offerings on HPE hybrid IT solutions. The news builds on a series of recent moves. In April at Hannover Messe, the German industrial trade show, ABB announced it would partner with IBM to deliver AI solutions. In July, ABB…

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Lantronix launches wireless embedded IoT gateways

Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of secure data access and management solutions for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), has announced the launch of its xPico 200 embedded IoT gateways. Measuring less than the size of a postage stamp, the compact xPico 200 embedded IoT gateways deliver robust Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, enterprise-grade security, and integrated manageability features that are ideal for industrial IoT applications. “Today’s advanced IoT applications require more than just simple connectivity,” stated Shahram Mehraban, Lantronix vice president of marketing. “With the commercial launch…

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Baidu and Xiaomi partner to use combined powers of AI and IoT to offer smart user experience

Chinese web services company Baidu has partnered with Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi to establish in-depth cooperation that will amplify their strengths and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will bring to table a more compelling user experience in consumer electronics and smart devices. Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, said: “Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and products, and Baidu has deep experience in artificial intelligence technologies, including solid capabilities in voice, images, natural language processing…

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Hazelcast Jet aims to DAG-propel IoT data flow

Open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) company Hazelcast is increasingly aligning its ‘application-embeddable’ technologies to IoT use cases. Apache Spark rival Hazelcast recently hit the 0.5 version release for Jet, its application-embeddable distributed computing platform for fast processing of big data sets. This release features the company’s Pipeline API [application programming interface] for creating data connections for both batch and stream processing. IoT application architectures So what makes this technology a good fit for the IoT? For a start, Jet is delivered as a single library with no dependencies. Hazelcast…

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Demystifying Machine Learning for IoT and Industrial Use

An exclusive article by Dave McCarthy, Senior Director of Products at BSquare Corporation. In the utopian future, machines will know when they are about to break down, make adjustments to their operations to ward off permanent damage while they continue to work, order the parts needed to repair themselves, and schedule a qualified technician to perform the repairs. They will be able to schedule maintenance so that unplanned downtime is eliminated, and generate service plans guaranteed to fix the problem right the first time around. Such a vision isn’t just…

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IOT platform provider Ayla Networks announces $60 million in series D financing

Ayla Networks, the global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS), has announced that it has raised $60 million in Series D financing led by Run Liang Tai Fund (RLT) and Sunsea Telecommunications Co. Ltd. The funding will be used to further expand Ayla’s product capabilities to help large enterprises extract IoT data and transform it into business intelligence, and to expand its ecosystem network of partners and application providers. “Ayla has amassed more than 100 large enterprise customers by solving their challenges regarding how to securely connect, manage…

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Qualcomm Ventures, M Ventures invest in Wiliot to scale IOT with battery-free bluetooth

Wiliot, a fabless semiconductor start-up company, has closed an investment round with Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated, and M Ventures, the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company. The announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) Conference in Amsterdam where the company will make its first public presentation to leaders in the packaging industry. The latest investment round comes on the heels of a Series A Round financing…

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Globalstar’s SPOT Gen3 to Protect Forest Workers Across France

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced today that France’s Société Forestière has chosen SPOT Gen3 to protect forest management workers. In an emergency, workers can press a single SOS button to request help and share their precise GPS location. By the end of 2017, 100 SPOT Gen3 devices will be deployed nationally, supporting forest based operations in six regions. Additional SPOT Gen3’s may subsequently be rolled out. Société Forestière conducted trials of GSM-based alternatives, including iPhone apps, but these were deemed…

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