Microsoft, Tencent, Intel race to develop autonomous greenhouses

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. However, one potential solution is vertical farming: something being explored by several startups. The list includes…

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

AT&T and Prevas

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. For over 30 years, Prevas has served these industries with asset management, product development and IT services.…

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

IOT NETWORK NEWS Arm

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…

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Dell launches smart vision IoT solutions in edge computing push

Dell Technologies IoT Solution for Surveillance

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…

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Perch secures $1.7 million in funding to help enhance retail through IoT technologies

perch iot

Perch, a provider of interactive retail marketing through the Internet of Things, has raised more than $1.7 million in a recently held seed funding round that was led by The Visuality Corporation, Corigin Ventures and leading angel investors. The company announced a new augmented reality campaign management system, enhanced computer vision and sensing capabilities within its platform. It has also expanded the list of its retail clients, which include Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Coty, Kate Spade New York, Bumble and bumble, Red Bull, and Beam Suntory. Former CEO of…

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Microsoft unleashes Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Windows 10 IoT Core

Following an unveiling at Computex last month, Microsoft has announced it’s unleashing Windows 10 IoT Core Services into public preview. IoT Core Services enables solutions running on Windows 10 IoT Core to be commercialised and companies to create long-term business models for ongoing value. One of the most important components of the service is the Device Update Center, where an overview of all devices can be seen and updates scheduled for when appropriate. All updates are delivered using the same CDN (Content Delivery Network) as Windows Update. For security, the…

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Microsoft announces global rollout of Azure IoT Edge system

Azure IoT Edge

Microsoft has announced the global enterprise availability of its Azure IoT Edge technology. Launched a year ago, the system is designed to allow edge devices to act immediately on real-time data. For the global rollout, Microsoft has announced that IoT Edge is open sourced and available on developer community, GitHub, which Microsoft announced it was acquired at the beginning of last month. Support is also available for the Moby container management system, the open-source platform on which Docker is built, allowing Microsoft to extend containerisation and management capabilities from the…

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IoT futures: MIT develops RFID sensors, 3D-printed shape-shifters

RFID sensors

New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) should remind us of the power of low-cost, elegant simplicity in deploying the Internet of Things (IoT) at scale. As impressive as technologies such as robotics and AI may be, such innovations are often reserved for those companies with equally impressive budgets. When we think of the Internet of Things, however, most people picture a world where even commonplace items are connected. Yet if we are to see the IoT working at scale – connected cities filled with smart street lighting,…

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Size matters for autonomous drones

Crazyflie 2.0

A team of computer scientists from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and the University of Bologna, Italy, have created what is thought to be the world’s smallest fully autonomous drone – just 4 x 3in – capable of flying without a remote pilot. The team built an autonomous system on top of the 27-gram Crazyflie 2.0 Nano Quadcopter. The deployment of fully autonomous flying robots is being held back on a number of fronts. For one, until there are computer vision systems that inspire confidence in the minds of regulators, kinetic energy…

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Litmus Automation, NEXCOM offer IoT gateway solution

Nexcom gateway

The gateway can be used out of the box for a cloud-ready IoT solution that integrates critical hardware and software components. Litmus Automation, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform provider, announced a partnership with Nex Computers, Inc., an Industry 4.0 Total Solution provider, to couple Litmus LoopEdge gateway software with the NEXCOM IoT Gateway Solution. With the partnership, customers can now purchase a NEXCOM IoT Gateway with LoopEdge out of the box for a cloud-ready IoT solution that integrates critical hardware and software components. Based on Intel processors, NEXCOM…

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Particle announces LTE-enabled cellular IoT module

IoT LTE

Particle, the most widely-used IoT platform, today announced the release of its LTE-enabled, cellular E Series IoT module. This all-in-one cellular solution is the first commercially available LTE hardware module for IoT product creators to future proof their devices along retiring 2G and 3G networks. Particle’s LTE module includes built-in cloud and SIM support, and is certified for the newly available LTE networks designed just for IoT. Long Term Evolution (LTE) CAT M1 network technologies are optimized for Internet of Things applications for a number of reasons. LTE hardware is…

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IoT system reduces fish death rate at Iran farm

ASM Smart Water

Information technology company Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co. (ASM), has completed a proof-of-concept (POC) project at an Iranian fish company to manage the conditions to which farm fish are exposed as they are raised in open pools. The POC found that the rate of fish deaths could be cut by 30 to 40 percent with the technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) system consists of Libelium’s Smart Water line of Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensors that employ long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) and cellular transmissions to capture and manage sensor data…

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Particle aqquires RedBear to accelerate IoT innovation

RedBear IoT

Particle, the most widely used Internet of Things (IoT) platform, announced it has acquired RedBear, an IoT hardware development company based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China. Particle’s first-ever acquisition is designed to help any developer or enterprise bring real IoT solutions to market faster, marking a significant step in the company’s growth as a full-scale IoT organization. Particle’s acquisition of RedBear’s design and development capabilities is part of the company’s core strategy of investing in innovation that accelerates business for IoT builders working at any stage, from prototyping to…

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Nikola Labs qualifies INDRA wireless power chip

INDRA Wireless Power Chip

The chip, developed in partnership with Texas Instruments and Skyworks Solutions, is designed to be effective for Internet of Things applications. Nikola Labs has completed a key milestone toward bringing wirelessly powered products into the market, qualification of the INDRA wireless power receiving chip, which features best in class sensitivity and high efficiency, effective for Internet of things (IoT) applications, including sensors and low power edge devices. The tiny INDRA chip, which measures 5.6mm x 3mm x 0.8mm – less than 1/16 the size of a penny – is a…

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Acuity Brands released integrated development environment for IoT

ATRIUS

Acuity Brands, Inc. has released Atrius Solution Builder, an HTML5, browser-based Integrated Development Environment to help rapidly build visually-rich, interactive web-based graphical user interfaces, applications and dashboards. These user interfaces can be built for range of digital devices such as computers, mobile devices, tablets, touch screen displays, educational kiosks and digital signage. Atrius Solution Builder can derive information from multiple sources, including Atrius Platform Services, web services APIs, Niagara Framework (Niagara 4 and Niagara AX), and additional databases, devices and protocols via open source Distributed Services Architecture (DSA). This capability…

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