Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Three-year, multimillion euro IoT global connectivity deal. Cargotec will benefit from better collaboration, predictive maintenance.

Orange Business Services and Cargotec have signed a three-year, multimillion euro agreement for worldwide IoT connectivity that helps Cargotec keep goods moving efficiently and safely.

Cargotec, with headquarters in Finland, is a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions. Cargo traffic is one of the vital services that helps keep our global society up and running. Millions of items, from raw materials to consumer products, are transported locally and between countries around the clock.

Cargotec‘s business areas – Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor – are leading players in their fields, and they have a unique position to optimize global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. Kalmar offers cargo handling equipment and automated terminal solutions, software, and services that are used in ports, terminals, distribution centers and various industries. Hiab provides on-road load handling solutions to customers operating in the land transport and delivery industries, while MacGregor offers solutions and services for marine cargo and offshore load handling.

Cargotec aims to become the global leader in intelligent cargo handling. This requires connectivity during every stage of its customers’ lifecycles. The IoT connectivity solution from Orange will integrate intelligence into the machinery to provide better collaboration for daily operations, monitor and maintain equipment to enable the highest possible uptime and react remotely before problems arise. It will also help Cargotec develop insightful data-driven services.

The Orange IoT connectivity service provides tangible business benefits for Cargotec, enabling new digital services and delivering a much higher degree of operational efficiency, both internally and further down the value chain at the customer level. These include: seamless IoT SIM card ordering, simple activation and tracking through a dedicated portal; one price per IoT SIM card regardless of location; and scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and territories.

“A reliable IoT communications infrastructure, global presence, with local support everywhere in the world, and an attractive business model are vital for us to become the leader in intelligent cargo handling. We chose Orange Business Services for these reasons,” says Soili Mäkinen, CIO, Cargotec.

“Cargotec is determined to grow its business through strong customer focus and improved IoT services that are vital in its development. We are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their ambitions to lead and transform the cargo handling business globally,” says Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president, Europe, Orange Business Services.

Orange already supports over 14 million connected devices through its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution across a variety of sectors, including automotive and transport, smart cities, industry and manufacturing and daily life (smart home, healthcare and wearables).

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Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

Tech experts at the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) annually predict the “Future of Tech” and have revealed what they believe will be the biggest trends in technology for 2018.

The forecast by the world’s premier organization of computing professionals is among its most anticipated announcements.

Jean-Luc Gaudiot, IEEE Computer Society President, said:

“The Computer Society’s predictions, based on a deep-dive analysis by a team of leading technology experts, identify top-trending technologies that hold extensive disruptive potential for 2018.”

“The vast computing community depends on the Computer Society as the provider for relevant technology news and information, and our predictions directly align with our commitment to keeping our community well-informed and prepared for the changing technological landscape of the future.”

Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and IEEE Computer Society past president, said:
“The following year we will witness some of the most intriguing dilemmas in the future of technology. Will deep learning and AI indeed expand deployment domains or remain within the realms of neural networks? Will cryptocurrency technologies keep their extraordinary evolution or experience a bubble burst? Will new computing and memory technologies finally disrupt the extended life of Moore’s law? We’ve made our bets on our 2018 predictions.”

The top 10 technology trends predicted to reach adoption in 2018 are:

1

Deep learning (DL)

Machine learning (ML) and more specifically DL are already on the cusp of revolution. They are widely adopted in datacenters (Amazon making graphical processing units [GPUs] available for DL, Google running DL on tensor processing units [TPUs], Microsoft using field programmable gate arrays [FPGAs], etc.), and DL is being explored at the edge of the network to reduce the amount of data propagated back to datacenters. Applications such as image, video, and audio recognition are already being deployed for a variety of verticals. DL heavily depends on accelerators (see #9 below) and is used for a variety of assistive functions (#s 6, 7, and 10).

2

Digital currencies

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and newcomers Litecoin, Dash, and Ripple have become commonly traded currencies. They will continue to become a more widely adopted means of trading. This will trigger improved cybersecurity (see #10) because the stakes will be ever higher as their values rise. In addition, digital currencies will continue to enable and be enabled by other technologies, such as storage (see #3), cloud computing (see B in the list of already adopted technologies), the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, and more.

3

Blockchain

The use of Bitcoin and the revitalization of peer-to-peer computing have been essential for the adoption of blockchain technology in a broader sense. We predict increased expansion of companies delivering blockchain products and even IT heavyweights entering the market and consolidating the products.

4

Industrial IoT

Empowered by DL at the edge, industrial IoT continues to be the most widely adopted use case for edge computing. It is driven by real needs and requirements. We anticipate that it will continue to be adopted with a broader set of technical offerings enabled by DL, as well as other uses of IoT (see C and E).

5

Robotics

Even though robotics research has been performed for many decades, robotics adoption has not flourished. However, the past few years have seen increased market availability of consumer robots, as well as more sophisticated military and industrial robots. We predict that this will trigger wider adoption of robotics in the medical space for caregiving and other healthcare uses. Combined with DL (#1) and AI (#10), robotics will further advance in 2018. Robotics will also motivate further evolution of ethics (see #8).

6

Assisted transportation

While the promise of fully autonomous vehicles has slowed down due to numerous obstacles, a limited use of automated assistance has continued to grow, such as parking assistance, video recognition, and alerts for leaving the lane or identifying sudden obstacles. We anticipate that vehicle assistance will develop further as automation and ML/DL are deployed in the automotive industry.

7

Assisted reality and virtual reality (AR/VR)

Gaming and AR/VR gadgets have grown in adoption in the past year. We anticipate that this trend will grow with modern user interfaces such as 3D projections and movement detection. This will allow for associating individuals with metadata that can be viewed subject to privacy configurations, which will continue to drive international policies for cybersecurity and privacy (see #10).

8

Ethics, laws, and policies for privacy, security, and liability

With the increasing advancement of DL (#1), robotics (#5), technological assistance (#s 6 and 7), and applications of AI (#10), technology has moved beyond society’s ability to control it easily. Mandatory guidance has already been deeply analyzed and rolled out in various aspects of design (see the IEEE standards association document), and it is further being applied to autonomous and intelligent systems and in cybersecurity. But adoption of ethical considerations will speed up in many vertical industries and horizontal technologies.

9

Accelerators and 3D

With the end of power scaling and Moore’s law and the shift to 3D, accelerators are emerging as a way to continue improving hardware performance and energy efficiency and to reduce costs. There are a number of existing technologies (FPGAs and ASICs) and new ones (such as memristor-based DPE) that hold a lot of promise for accelerating application domains (such as matrix multiplication for the use of DL algorithms). We predict wider diversity and broader applicability of accelerators, leading to more widespread use in 2018.

10

Cybersecurity and AI

Cybersecurity is becoming essential to everyday life and business, yet it is increasingly hard to manage. Exploits have become extremely sophisticated and it is hard for IT to keep up. Pure automation no longer suffices and AI is required to enhance data analytics and automated scripts. It is expected that humans will still be in the loop of taking actions; hence, the relationship to ethics (#8). But AI itself is not immune to cyberattacks. We will need to make AI/DL techniques more robust in the presence of adversarial traffic in any application area.

Existing Technologies: We did not include the following technologies in our top 10 list as we assume that they have already experienced broad adoption:

A. Data science
B. “Cloudification”
C. Smart cities
D. Sustainability
E. IoT/edge computing

IEEE-CS technical contributors include Erik DeBenedictis, Sandia National Laboratories; Fred Douglis, systems researcher and member of IEEE-CS Board of Governors; David Ebert, professor, Purdue University; Paolo Faraboschi, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fellow; Eitan Frachtenberg, data scientist; Phil Laplante, professor, Penn State University; and Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and IEEE Computer Society past president. The technical contributors for this document are available for interview.

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Europe and North America will reach 65.2 million active insurance telematics policies in 2021

Europe and North America will reach 65.2 million active insurance telematics policies in 2021

Europe and North America will reach 65.2 million active insurance telematics policies in 2021

According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of insurance telematics policies in force on the European market reached 6.8 million in Q4-2016.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.8 percent, this number is expected to reach 30.0 million by 2021.

In North America, the number of insurance telematics policies in force is expected to grow at a CAGR of 38.2 percent from 6.9 million in Q4-2016 to reach 35.2 million in 2021. The European insurance telematics market is largely dominated by hardwired aftermarket black boxes while self-install OBD devices represent the vast majority of the active policies in North America. Several major US insurers have however recently shifted to solutions based on smartphones. Berg Insight expects a rapid increase in the uptake of smartphone-based solutions in all markets in the upcoming years.

Martin Svegander M2M/IoT analyst at Berg Insight, said:

“The US, Italy, the UK and Canada are still the largest markets in terms of insurance telematics policies.”

In North America, the market is dominated by US-based Progressive, Allstate, Liberty Mutual and State Farm as well as Intact Financial Corporation and Desjardins in Canada. The Italian insurers UnipolSai and Generali together accounted for around 50 percent of the telematics-enabled policies in Europe. Insurers with a strong adoption of telematics-enabled policies in the UK moreover include Admiral Group, Insure The Box and Direct Line. Several insurers in the rest of Europe have also shown a substantial uptake of telematics in 2016–2017.

“Insurers are increasingly expected to embrace every aspect of telematics to reduce the cost of claims, improve the underwriting process and add services to increase the customer value through differentiated telematics offerings”, continued Mr. Svegander.

He added that several attempts to reduce distracted driving and increase consumer engagement using smartphone-based insurance telematics have been seen in both Europe and North America. “Consumer engagement is now the focus for most insurance telematics programmes and will continue to be an important topic in the near term”, concluded Mr. Svegander.

Berg Insight chart: insurance telematics policies in force Europe and North America 2016-2021The insurance telematics value chain spans multiple industries including a large ecosystem of companies extending far beyond the insurance industry players. Automotive OEMs are showing an increasing interest in insurance telematics. Examples include General Motors, Ford, BMW, Daimler, PSA Group and Fiat. The vehicle manufacturers are expected to drive the long-term development of insurance telematics by offering the possibility to utilise connected car OEM data in pay-how-you-drive offers.

Notable aftermarket telematics service providers with a focus on insurance telematics include Octo Telematics with over 5.3 million active devices in Q4-2017 and other end-to-end solution providers such as Vodafone Automotive and Viasat Group. LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Cambridge Mobile Telematics, Modus, The Floow, Scope Technologies and TrueMotion are also important players on the insurance telematics market.

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Amazon and Google start their own trade war

Amazon and Google start their own trade war

Amazon and Google start their own trade war

By Marc, editor at IoT Business News.

Because Amazon and Google compete in so many areas, they’re almost bound to come into conflict. Amazon’s search capabilities compete with Google because of the size of its retail site. On the other hand, Google is well aware that Amazon Web Services is highly profitable, and is determined to get a bigger piece of the cloud computing pie.

Both companies also make voice-controlled Internet of Things (IOT) devices, such as Google Home and the Amazon Echo Show. However they’ve trodden on each others’ toes so severely recently that the argument between them has come out into the open and customers of both companies have found themselves caught in the crossfire.

Google uses YouTube to retaliate against Amazon

Google owns YouTube, the video streaming application which consumers access over broadband. However, in retaliation for Amazon not selling Google hardware, Google has decided not to allow two Amazon devices to access YouTube.

The fight for dominance in voice-controlled technology is becoming fierce. Amazon’s devices have sold better than Google’s until now but Google is clearly prepared to fight hard to get ahead. In a statement, the company commented that Amazon didn’t carry Google products such as Google Home or Chromecast and didn’t make its Prime Video accessible to Google Cast users. Further, the company said that Amazon had recently ceased selling Nest’s new products. (Nest is a sister company of Google’s).

So as a result of what Google described as a “lack of reciprocity” from Amazon, they withdrew YouTube from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV.

Amazon’s response was to express disappointment at Google setting a precedent by “selectively” blocking access to an open website. It pointed out that customers could still access YouTube on the devices if they went via the internet rather than using the YouTube app.

The Chromecast, Google’s TV player, hasn’t been stocked on the Amazon website since 2015. Amazon also stopped stocking Apple’s TV player. The reason given at the time was that Amazon didn’t want customers to get confused – they might think that the Prime Video service would be available on any device sold on the Amazon site.

Apple and Amazon appear to have patched things up earlier this year with an announcement that Prime Video would feature on the Apple TV. However relationships between Google and Amazon don’t appear to be improving. Indeed, some commentators believe that a platform war is brewing. So how did they get to this point?

Google giving ultimatum date for Fire TV

Previously, the Amazon Echo Show had videos and channel subscriptions but not recommendations on its touchscreen. In September, Google took YouTube away from the device. Amazon added YouTube back but with voice commands and these were in conflict with the terms of use. So Google removed YouTube again.

Many Amazon users, using broadband simply to search for an IPhone or to browse Samsung offerings, will be unaware of this spat. But if they’re Fire TV users, the first they know of it, may be when they settle down to watch YouTube on New Year’s Day. There are many more Fire TV sticks in use than there are Echo Show devices, and removing YouTube from Fire TV would have a much bigger impact on Amazon’s customer base. But that’s what Google is threatening to do on Jan 1st, 2018.

And of course, Netflix and Apple are bound to be considering this dispute to see whether there is any possible advantage to them in the long term.

War for the voice platform

Amazon has Alexa, Google has Assistant, Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana. But only Google and Amazon have launched devices to embody their voice driven offering. And Google strongly believes that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) is better than the other three, and therefore its platform will win in the end.

Enter stage left a somewhat unexpected participant in this high tech drama – none other than Walmart. Why not? If Amazon’s products are aimed at selling more Amazon products, Google can link up with Walmart using its Home device, and push products stocked by Wal-Mart.

But it may be that both companies have another competitor they should be worrying about – Apple is about to launch the “HomePod”. Who knows? Google and Amazon may find it expedient to bury the hatchet in the future in order to try and cut off this new threat.

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NXP and Alibaba Cloud Announce Strategic Partnership for Edge Computing and IoT Security

NXP and Alibaba Cloud Announce Strategic Partnership for Edge Computing and IoT Security

NXP and Alibaba Cloud Announce Strategic Partnership for Edge Computing and IoT Security

NXP Semiconductors today announced a strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing and business unit of Alibaba Group.

The two companies are working together to enable development of secure smart devices for edge computing applications and have plans to further develop solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

As part of the partnership, AliOS Things, the Alibaba IoT operating system has been integrated onto NXP applications processors, microcontroller chips, and Layerscape multicore processors. Both NXP’s i.MX and Layerscape processors are currently the only embedded systems on the market using the Alibaba Cloud TEE OS platform. The new solution benefits various markets including automotive, smart retail and smart home. And it is currently being applied in applications such as automotive entertainment and infotainment systems, QR code payment scanning applications and smart home speakers.

Li Zheng, NXP global senior vice president and President of Greater China, said:

“As the leader of IoT innovation in China, Alibaba Cloud has launched a range of IoT basic and content services to support the demands of cloud computing, big data, AI [artificial intelligence], cloud integration and security. Alibaba Cloud IoT kit has launched more than 200 categories, with a total of more than 10 million sets of sales.”

“Our partnership with Alibaba Cloud will promote the continuous and steady expansion of NXP’s technological advantages for edge computing and IoT security, and will support the long-term and secure development of China’s IoT ecosystem.”

“We share the same vision as NXP on providing advanced and secure IoT solutions for an ‘everything connected’ world,” said Ku Wei, General Manager of IoT of Alibaba Cloud. “Based on the integration of AliOS Things with NXP’s applications processors and microcontroller chips, our comprehensive solution will better serve the development of China’s local commercial and manufacturing industries.”

With the deep partnership between NXP and Alibaba Cloud Link in the field of IoT security, NXP has become a council member of the ICA IoT Connectivity Alliance. In the future. The two companies plan to jointly develop solutions to support application development in different fields including smart manufacturing and smart city.

The ‘Annual Report of China IoT Development 2015-2016’ predicts that the amount of equipment connected to IoT globally will reach 20-50 billion by 2020, with 80 percent of that equipment in China. NXP’s robust product portfolio covers offering from the edge node to gateway and comprehensive cloud IoT solutions. NXP’s products are widely used in smart homes, smart cities, smart transportation, and secure connectivity.

In China, NXP combines outstanding enterprises in upstream and downstream industries, working together with industry leaders for the safe, connected, sustainable development and motivation for innovation of IoT.

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