Google buys Xively for $50M: Marks LogMeIn’s exit from IoT connectivity market

Google announced yesterday that it will acquire Xively from LogMeIn for $ 50M. This marks Google consolidation in the managed IoT marketplace as the latter expects 20 billion connected things to come online by 2020.

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Xively allows enterprises to activate ‘connected products’ whereby its platform offers several features such as device connectivity, data management, identity management, integrations, security, and analytics. Smart home, smart energy, and connected products are typical use cases of Xively’s platform.

The acquisition will allow Google’s customers to add connectivity to their devices from the beginning as opposed to adding it as an ‘after-thought’. This will make the connection between the cloud-mobile app and ‘connected product’ more efficient and easy.

“This acquisition, subject to closing conditions, will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages and ingests data from globally dispersed devices.”Antony Passemard, product management lead for Google Cloud IoT

LogMeIn sold Xively to focus on ‘unified communications’ market. Two popular products it owns in the space are GoToMeeting and Join.me. Thus, the sale will give LogMeIn the much-needed cash it needs to purchase Jive communications, a cloud-based phone services company for $ 357M. LogMeIn also plans to expand its AI-powered customer engagement portfolio. The deal is even better for LogMeIn considering it bought Xively for $ 12 million in 2014.

As for Google, it gets a well-established ‘connected products’ management platform that it will upsell to its existing and new customers of Google Cloud IoT. And, Xively can itself become a ‘billion’ dollar business unit within Google as the latter’s combined cloud business generates nearly $ 1B in revenues.

Another acquisition that took place last month was that of elnfochips. It was acquired by Arrow Electronics to consolidate its IoT market via elnfochips’ 1,500 IoT solution architects, engineers, and software development resources globally.


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Kerlink Will Launch Latest Low Power IoT Reference Design at Embedded World

Kerlink Will Launch Latest Low Power IoT Reference Design at Embedded World

Kerlink Will Launch Latest Low Power IoT Reference Design  at Embedded World

Kerlink, a specialist and global leader in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), will release its latest Low Power IoT Reference Design during Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, Feb. 27-March 1.

Kerlink’s Low Power IoT Reference Design is a turnkey combination of electronics blueprint, performance benchmarks, recommended bill of material and best practices guidelines for designing antennas, batteries and connectors integration.

It also provides a benchmark device and test bed for directly testing and comparing prototypes, and simplifies and accelerates the design, development and production of devices based on LoRa® technology, while speeding time to market and reducing development costs.

This new reference design is part of Kerlink’s strategy to help OEMs, electronics device makers, device designers and service providers launch new connected products for the IoT using LoRa® technology. The company’s Advanced Services Business Unit is broadening Kerlink’s portfolio to offer value added solutions and services, on top of its existing IoT network infrastructure and operations offerings.

“Kerlink is one of the world’s largest suppliers of gateways, stations and other equipment for LoRaWAN™ IoT networks,” said Stéphane Dejean, the company’s chief marketing officer.

“These reference design leverage that expertise for LoRa® technology device designers and OEMs that want to put the IoT to work for their companies and their customers quickly and simply.”

Tekelek, a leading developer and manufacturer of telemetry products and solutions for gas-tank monitoring, and Maddalena, a leader in smart water metering, have used an early version of the reference design to create new devices for customers.

“Both companies have reported significantly reduced time to market with their new LoRaWAN™ devices and lower design and prototyping costs, while achieving complete compliance with the latest state-of-the-art specifications,” Dejean said.

Kerlink is launching the new reference design at Embedded World with Alpha-Omega Technology GmbH, a German company that specializes in international IoT hardware sales and consulting with a focus on wireless sensor networks using the LoRaWAN™ protocol. Kerlink will present its solutions and show demonstration during Embedded World on the booth shared with Alpha Omega located 3A-240.

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Play Striker Air Hockey on a capacitive touch surface

After discovering capacitive touch interactions with a Makey Makey device and an Arduino Leonardo, Jason Eldred realized it could also be used to control the Unity game engine. After a night of hacking, he had a basic interface that could change the scale of a virtual circle. From there, he teamed up with Alex L. Bennett to produce an art installation called Bee that invited users to interact with it by physically touching a panel to change graphics on the panel itself and a screen in front of them.

While not meant as a game per se, after more experimentation including work by Gabe Miller and Dustin Williams, this interactive display method was finally turned into a virtual air hockey table via a giant crisscrossing grid of copper tape and wires.

In the game, two players push a virtual puck projected onto a horizontal surface for colorful AR interactions at a very low cost. You can see it in action below, and read more about the project on DigiPen’s website and in Gamasutra’s recent article.

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Five Ways To Improve Your Enterprise Asset Management

We stand on the edge of Industry 4.0. Soon, an Internet of Things platform that incorporates Big Data, analytics, and artificial intelligence will disrupt business as we know it. To survive, your organization needs to modernize its methods of managing assets over their lifecycles. In other words, you need to improve your enterprise asset management (EAM). Here are five ways to do just that and ensure your organization flourishes in Industry 4.0.

  1. Utilize real-time insights: By utilizing real-time insights, companies can optimize their enterprise asset management. Real-time insights allow organizations to implement agile maintenance strategies. Agile maintenance will ensure your organization does not perform more maintenance than needed, minimizing downtime and cost. Real-time insights also allow organizations to experiment with their operations, adjusting the performance of assets in real-time.
  1. Implement prediction and simulation: By using predictive software, your organization can see the outcome of every possible decision when wondering how to utilize assets. This allows you to be aware of unexpected outcomes, improving reliability and enabling stress-free operations. As well as awareness, an identifiable outcome increases efficiency by eliminating costly approval processes. More importantly, predictive software can reduce risks for every employee in your organization.
  1. Increase agility: Your organization’s EAM processes need to pick up speed to excel in the digital economy. By implementing software that shortens the time it takes for processes like onboarding, your organization can keep up with your industry. You should use new organizational ecosystems to optimize asset implementation or quickly acquire new business models. This allows you to act on opportunities and enter new markets in much less time than it takes with today’s systems.
  1. Simplify solution deployment: With new assets to take advantage of every day, you must be able to implement them before managing them. Now, companies can choose to deploy new solutions in-house, in the cloud, or through a combination of the two. If you utilize cloud solutions, you won’t need to waste time implementing expensive hardware. This will lower your need for costly maintenance and replacement, freeing up both budget and IT resources for value-adding activities.
  1. A consumer-grade user experience: For your employees to accept updates to your EAM, you must offer them within an engaging, easy-to-understand user experience. After all, the implementation of new software is only as quick as the time it takes for your average employee to understand it. Invest in solutions that can be adapted for use across multiple platforms in any part of your organization. By driving adoption through increasing engagement, your organization can increase productivity.

As you can see, improving your organization’s enterprise asset management is a matter of implementing these five foundational improvements. By selecting a solution that focuses on all five, you can future-proof your organization.

SAP’s enterprise asset management software offers all five and much more. Click here to learn more about how we can improve your enterprise asset management.


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Vadodara and Poland join forces for IoT

Recently, the Department of Information Technology of CHARUSAT’s Chandubhai S Patel Institute of Technology organized a short-term training programme (STTP) on research opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT). The 5-day programme was arranged under the Endowment Chair Activity for the young aspirants of CHARUSAT.

During the STTP, means to enhance the skills of IoT in hardware and software realisation on embedded SoC board were evaluated. More than 190 aspiring engineers and intellectual research scholars took part in the programme. As an outcome, Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT) will start a centre of excellence (CoE) on IoT at its Changa-based campus in Anand district in collaboration with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.

Dr. Marcin Paprzycki, an eminent professor from Poland was invited from February 12 to February 16 at the STTP. He gave an insight and directions for research in the respective domain. Initializing with the basics of IoT concepts, he focused on manifold emerging technologies like a semantic net, cloud computing and machine learning.

Paprzycki works as an associate professor at the Systems Research Institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences with over 450 plus research publications to his credit in varied domains. His expertise spreads across IoT, high-performance parallel computing, software agents in machine learning, social and philosophical sciences among others.

Few professors and research scholars have shown their keen interest to pursue their future research projects under the guidance of Dr. Marcin, in collaboration with Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. He has even proposed ideas for developing projects namely ‘Internet of Cows’ and ‘IOT research lab at CHARUSAT’ taking IOT on a global level.

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