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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IoT technology tracks pets in airports

Digi-Pet

While radio frequency identification (RFID) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are becoming common for tracking luggage as it moves through airports and between flights, one new solution is focusing technology on the location and well-being of a plane’s living cargo—namely, passengers’ pets. This month, Unisys released globally an IoT-based solution known as Digi-Pet that provides passenger pet-owners with a view into their animals’ environment as they are being transported to the belly of an airplane, and again when they are removed from the plane until they are delivered to…

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FogHorn, Google cloud partner to provide IIOT solution

FOGHORN

FogHorn Systems, a leading developer of “edge intelligence” software for industrial and commercial IoT applications, has announced a collaboration with Google Cloud IoT Core to simplify the deployment and maximize the business impact of Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications. The companies have teamed up to integrate FogHorn’s breakthrough Lightning edge analytics and machine learning platform with Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service that allows you to easily and securely connect, manage, and ingest data from globally dispersed devices. “Cloud IoT Core simply and securely brings the power of Google Cloud’s…

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Silicon Labs provides battery-operated wi-fi devices for IoT

VFM200

Silicon Labs has introduced a new Wi-Fi portfolio to simplify the design of power-sensitive, battery-operated Wi-Fi products including IP security cameras, point-of-sale (PoS) terminals and consumer health care devices. Optimized for exceptional energy efficiency, the WF200 transceivers and WFM200 modules support 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi while delivering the high performance and reliable connectivity necessary as the number of connected devices increases in home and commercial networks. “We’ve delivered the first low-power Wi-Fi portfolio designed specifically for the IoT, enabling breakthroughs in secure, battery-powered connected device designs that simply weren’t…

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IIoT company Nexiot launches integration with blockchain technology

Nexiot

Nexiot, which pioneered the development of smart sensors for non-powered assets in the supply chain, has launched an integration with a Blockchain type Distributed Ledger as part of its Digital Logistics Platform. Nexiot’s self-sustaining sensors send messages every five minutes from assets such as rail wagons, shipping containers, and boxes, including updates on location, impact events, border crossing, and mileage. Enhanced with Blockchain technology, the data, securely held in the new Digital Ledger, includes a date and time stamp, making the information legally binding and adding a valuable layer of…

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SATO intros IoT-equipped mobile printer

IoT-Mobile-Printer

SATO, a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations announced it launched its new PW208NX IoT-equipped rugged mobile printer designed for the printing of markdown labels, price tag labels and delivery labels in heavy use front-line operational environments. With an estimated market size of $2.29 trillion worldwide, the e-commerce sector has seen remarkable 23.2% growth in 2017, quadruple the rate of traditional retail. Double-digit growth is expected until at least 20211. Widespread e-commerce usage requires retail and logistics providers to adopt ever more sophisticated technology…

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Ayyeka announces Wavelet remote monitoring device for IIOT

Ayyeka

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) remote monitoring company Ayyeka has announced the launch of the next generation of its Wavelet wireless telemetry device. The Wavelet is an IIoT edge device that autonomously operates industrial sensors, allowing operators to collect real-time information about the condition of dispersed assets including water, wastewater, oil and gas, and environmental infrastructure. The device adds full 4G (LTE) connectivity and dual SIM card support to the long list of technologies that it supports which includes all other GSM-based networks as well as Sigfox and LoRa. It…

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