Industrial IoT is where the action is – but success will need leadership

Industrial IoT

The consumer applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology drives many peoples understanding. People equate IoT to the fridge that updates an online shopping list or the smart energy meter that shows electricity usage. These are useful ideas and might save a household some time and money. However, the real power of IoT is in the applications that solve real-world problems and can transform the business models of whole industries or the way that governments deliver public services. The real action is in B2B uses or Industrial IoT, sometimes referred…

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Ericsson and China Mobile continue IoT collaboration with recent updates

Ericsson and China Mobile

Ericsson and China Mobile have signed a cooperation agreement around the Swedish operator’s Device Connection Platform in order to strengthen the latter’s IoT goals. The agreement, signed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last week, is based on the strategic cooperation framework agreements which the two firms signed at MWC in Barcelona this year for the expansion of IoT opportunities in industry and enterprises. Qiao Hui, general manager of China Mobile IoT, said: “By launching DCP, we will be able to solve unified connection management and roaming across borders for our…

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Internet of Parcels: Unpacking the potential of smart packaging

logistics IoT

The promise of Internet of Things (IoT) technology lies in the details. Anything can be given a digital identity and connected to anything else. However, finding applications that truly add value is another matter entirely. In retail and logistics, however, a coherent methodology is emerging around the concept of smart packages. Everyday packaging is becoming smarter with the help of technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), QR codes, Near Field Communication (NFC), and cloud services, in a variety of different combinations. The result is that connected boxes, pallets, and…

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IIOT: Grace Engineered Products acquires Civionics


Grace Engineered Products announces the acquisition of Civionics—the creators of Percēv IIoT predictive sensing technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) built into each Percēv wireless sensing node maximizes battery life and enables predictive maintenance capabilities to be easily deployed on both new and legacy assets. The technology helps users find failures before they occur. Their proven industrial communications and edge processing capabilities create unsurpassed uptime benefits for both operations and maintenance managers. In 2005, Civionics CTO, Andy Zimmerman Ph.D., and CSO, Jerry Lynch Ph.D. conceived the precursor to today’s Percēv technology. For…

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Johnson Controls acquires Smartvue Corp.


With the acquisition, the cloud services provider is adding a global IoT platform and partner revenue opportunities to its portfolio. Johnson Controls has announced that it has acquired Smartvue, a leading IoT and video provider which empowers cloud video surveillance and IoT video services. The addition of the Smartvue cloud-based video platform will enhance Johnson Controls’ offering of an end-to-end, smart cloud based solution that can provide superior business data and intelligence to customers and added value to partners. Nashville-based Smartvue’s global video surveillance and IoT video cloud platform is…

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Borqs Technologies signs letter of intent to acquire Shanghai KADI Machinery Technology Co.


Borqs Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: BRQS, the “Company”),a global leader in embedded software andproducts for the Internet of Things (IoT), announces the signing of a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to acquire 60% of Shanghai KADI Machinery Technology Co.,Ltd (“KADI”). KADI was found in 2006 and develops embedded software and hardware for core electric control modules of electric vehicle (“EV”). KADI’s currentproducts include DCDT (boost function), OBC (charger system), BMS (battery management system) and VCU (main controls). Since its formation, KADI haspartnered with the leading automotive companies of China, including Geely Auto,…

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A first mover disadvantage or IIoT ecosystem confusion?


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?


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


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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