PodM2M Connects TAHMO IoT Weather Monitoring Systems to Remedy Chronic Hunger in Africa

PodM2M Connects TAHMO IoT Weather Monitoring Systems to Remedy Chronic Hunger in Africa

PodM2M Connects TAHMO IoT Weather Monitoring Systems to Remedy Chronic Hunger in Africa

PodM2M1 has today announced that it is providing its resilient “Best Signal” IoT connectivity solution to the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO), a socially driven network of 20,000 connected weather monitoring stations every 30km across the African continent, to accurately measure previously undocumented weather systems.

One in four people in sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. A lack of climatic information across this vast continent makes it difficult to plan a cropping strategy which would go some way to remedying the chronic hunger. Using a combination of weather pattern data and predictive computer models gathered by TAHMO, farmers in Africa can more efficiently plan their crop cycles, improve water productivity by up to 26% and plant more crops, with the risk of failure due to drought or flooding severely diminished.

TAHMO’s requirements for transmitting climate data across a huge distance, from different countries and in an extremely patchy coverage environment made choosing a sufficiently resilient IoT connectivity solution difficult, as many multi-network solutions are not able to transmit data efficiently across borders, and many operators are simply not present in the areas of Africa that benefit from TAHMO’s system.

Pod’s Best Signal Multi-Network SIMs connect to the best available signal on device start-up, and automatically switch networks in case of signal loss. This provides the TAHMO team with the resilient connectivity they need to measure weather systems across multiple countries without risk of losing valuable data. Thanks to Pod’s coverage in 185+ countries and over 600 networks, TAHMO has no problem collecting results from all the countries their devices are present in, and is assured of receiving the best possible coverage in Africa, as well as in US and European partner bases.

Rebecca Hochreutener, TAHMO Operations Manager, immediately recognized the advantages of PodM2M’s specialist remote and mission-critical IoT SIM cards; “Although connectivity in Africa is not always simple, PodM2M has been able to provide reliable services and a very good and responsive support team,” she commented.

Charles Towers-Clark, Managing Director of Pod Group added:

“TAHMO´s application is an excellent example of how the IoT can vastly improve standards of living and help to resolve some of the world´s most complex problems. We are extremely excited that our specialist mission critical connectivity is helping to make this project possible.”

1PodM2M (a division of Pod Group) is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) specializing in global, mission critical connectivity solutions for the M2M/IoT market

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TÜV Rheinland Launches Certification Service for LPWAN Technologies Worldwide

TÜV Rheinland Launches Certification Service for LPWAN Technologies Worldwide

TÜV Rheinland Launches Certification Service for LPWAN Technologies Worldwide

Firm Becomes Only Provider to Inspect and Certify LoRa, Sigfox, WiSUN, NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-CATMx Products at Global Scale, Inclusive.

TÜV Rheinland, a leading international testing service provider for quality and safety, today announced availability of global inspection, certification, and market approval services for low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN).

With the announcement, the firm becomes the only global testing service provider to service in its laboratories all relevant LPWAN technologies on the market, including LoRa, Sigfox, WiSUN, NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-CATMx technologies.

LPWAN technology is considered to be a key driver for Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. LPWAN enables energy-efficient transmission of small data volumes over long distances. It is also a crucial prerequisite for connecting ever more static objects to the Internet, economically.

“The technology’s low energy requirement makes it ideal for low-maintenance, battery-operated sensor networks that are used for condition monitoring in all areas of work and everyday life,” said Stefan Kischka, vice president of wireless/internet of things at TÜV Rheinland.

LPWAN modules and chips can be integrated into almost any product and service. They also provide the basis for the development of entirely new business ideas.

“TÜV Rheinland has been heavily involved in developing LPWAN technology ever since it first emerged,” said Andreas Renz, director of global business development, wireless/internet of things at TÜV Rheinland.

“With this announcement, TÜV Rheinland fully stakes its claim as the leading testing provider to serve the entire field of wireless technologies.”

In addition to technology certification services, TÜV Rheinland is a global partner for international market approvals for wireless products, i.e., radio type approvals. Examples include RED, FCC, Japan Radio Law, Korean and many other country-specific approvals.

With this new offering, TÜV Rheinland handles the entire spectrum of wireless communication service needs that any customer may have, regardless of its industry or global location. TÜV Rheinland’s services are comprehensive – spanning consulting services, test solutions, market access analyses for new technologies, and independent tests and certifications.

For more information, visit www.tuv.com/en/wireless-iot.

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Data Will Be the Next “Oil”

Data Will Be the Next “Oil”

Data Will Be the Next “Oil”

This is the first of a series of exclusive articles by Nicolas Windpassinger*, Global Vice President of Schneider Electric’s EcoXpert Partner Program and the author of the IoT book Digitize or Die**.

Data is becoming a key business asset with tangible value. Owning the source of data, building value from it, and improving the business relevancy for customers will be game changers. The game will be less about selling products than owning the relationship and the data. Tomorrow’s winners will be the ones who have managed to not only connect their customers, but have made sense of the consequential flow of data to them.

Yet, we’re only at the start of unlocking the full value of the data at our disposal. The same is true for all the machine-generated and IoT data that exists and will soon become a real data flood. Are we ready to deal with it? And how can we leverage it in a smart, safe, and purposeful way?

The Data “Oil Well”

While data is omnipresent, it can be leveraged in more ways than it is today. While it needs to be turned into value, there are technical challenges to gather these volumes of data.

First is real-time transmission of information from devices such as sensors, which can require far more bandwidth than is available. Consider, for example, a smart operating room in a hospital, which could contain a wide variety of sensing devices to monitor every aspect of a patient’s health including their breathing, heart rate, blood levels, and even skin colour and muscle tone. It’s an overwhelming amount of data that must be analysed in real time as it can literally save lives. Or, take a large office building where contextual data is gathered on all levels, ranging from real-time alerts and meeting room occupancy to smart metering data for regulatory or energy saving goals and pattern detection.

Next, is the aggregation of the data and the intelligence that can be extracted from it. Aggregating data so that it can be useful presents different questions and opportunities alike. Consider a smart city concept with smart homes and buildings across a major metropolitan area; the amount of data is immense and continuous.

https://iotbusinessnews.com/2017/11/28/20623-data-will-next-oil/This information is also extraordinarily useful when examined on an aggregate level. Resource usage throughout a city can be predicted by analysing the aggregate data and then factoring in the effects of weather, social events, and other variables. Let’s take the example of a smart stadium that was connected to the surrounding metropolitan area; in a large event, such as a football game, it’s predictable that there will be a surge of traffic as the event begins and ends.

Sensors could report on the number of people in the stadium, and adjust patterns automatically as those people begin to leave the parking area. Businesses in the local area – such as restaurants – which normally close early, could receive notifications of the traffic surge and remain open longer.

The third challenge is the storage and legal ownership of the data. Does the customer own their information? Or, do the companies and businesses which collect information own it? Or, perhaps the data aggregators own the data; or is the data, once personalised information has been removed, available to the public domain? There are also legal aspects to consider such as the data general protection regulation (GDPR), which is intended to strengthen data protection in the European Union.

The Forest Behind the Trees: Dark Data

Recently McKinsey & Company calculated that on an oil rig with 30,000 sensors, only one percent of data is examined. Why? Because the data serves a purpose: detecting and controlling anomalies. When used for prediction and optimisation the unused data can create real value, the company stated. There is even more value at stake if you consider that, in practice, we use several data formats and sources in most applications where actionable information and decisions are the outcomes. A pharmaceutical company, for instance, combines IoT data, health data, data from wearables, hospital data, research data, and even genetic data to find new healthcare solutions.

Gartner defines dark data as the information assets organisations collect, process, and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes. You can imagine the opportunities and challenges of detecting, storing, and leveraging dark data.

IoT is the “Pickaxe” and “Shovel” of the Oil Race

The Internet of Things is connecting things with things, people with things, and people with people; this is unleashing an unprecedented flow of data. It will definitively change the way we work, live, and seek entertainment in smart buildings and cities. However, end-to-end connectivity on a broad urban scale has never been deployed. We should not underestimate the societal benefits of such connected ecosystems, which aim to reduce carbon footprints, provide better living conditions, cope with growing and aging populations, and ensure the security, safety, and comfort of citizens, while respecting their data and privacy.

There will also be more and more alternative and distributed sources of energy, which will raise the complexity of connected buildings, smart city ecosystems, and tomorrow’s digital factories. Considering that network infrastructure has evolved over the past 10 years, moving from basic hub to fully routed and intelligent networks, it is a good indicator of what we will experience over the next 10 – 15 years. The digital transformation trends of the industry, intelligent buildings, smart cities, intelligent energy grids, and connected critical power infrastructure in airports and hospitals will have similar impacts, if not greater, than what the internet had on the way we live our everyday life.

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Data sovereignty

Dealing with the aspects of sovereignty (data ownership), IoT data transactions and data exchanges that are inevitable to achieve innovation and transformation beyond the level of the single organisation -and on the level of industrial markets, smart cities, and the types of connected ecosystems as described – is not an easy task.

Transformational programs which are organised on sectorial, local, national, and supra-national scales, such as the European Union’s program for a regulated data market, are being studied and developed today. Their purpose is to create the framework and safe, certified, and regulated contractual mechanisms to not just leverage an organisation’s own data – but to enable innovation and digital transformation using aggregated data and the resulting insights.

There is a new kid on the proverbial block that could solve the transactional data dimension with the same considerations of sovereignty, transactions, and safe contractual methods. That blockchain technology, which promises to be the missing link enabling peer-to-peer contractual behavior without any third party to “certify” the IoT transaction. It also answers the challenge of scalability, single point of failure, time stamping, record, privacy, trust, and reliability in a very consistent way.

Some companies are investing in innovations and programs that enable and equip their partner channels to effectively deliver on this IoT evolution. One such program is Schneider Electric’s EcoXpert™ Partner Program, which puts the business growth of its partner channel at the forefront of its mission while delivering best-in-class, IoT-enabled solutions to customers such as that offered by the EcoStruxure™ architecture and platform.

Regardless of which technologies or frameworks will be chosen for the further development of IoT and the data opportunities it offers in a value-generating way, we’ve only seen the beginning of the true potential of IoT data as we enter the next stages in collaborative and connected ways.

* About the Author
Nicolas Windpassinger
With 15+ years of computer networking industry experience, Nicolas Windpassinger is the Global Vice President of Schneider Electric’s EcoXpert™ Partner Program, whose mission is to connect the technologies and expertise of the world’s leading technology providers, pioneer the future of intelligent buildings and the Internet of Things, and deliver smarter, integrated and more efficient services and solutions to customers.
As a result of his work, Schneider Electric’s EcoXpert™ Partner Program has been granted a 5-Star rating in the 2017 Partner Program Guide by CRN®, which is part of The Channel Company group. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.
Nicolas has been recognized by The Channel Company’s Top Midmarket IT Executives list. This annual list honors influential vendor and solution provider executives who have demonstrated an exceptionally strong commitment to the midmarket. The Channel Company, has recognized Nicolas as one of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should in the IT channel for 2017.
** About the Book
Understand, master, and survive the Internet of Things with one simple and pragmatic methodology broken down into four steps. Digitize or Die is used by front-line business decision makers to digitize their strategy, portfolio, business model, and organization. This book describes what the IoT is, its impacts and consequences, as well as how to leverage the digital transformation to your benefit.
Inside these pages, you will learn:

  • What the IoT means to all businesses
  • Why the IoT and the digital revolution is a threat to your business model and survival
  • What you need to understand to better grasp the problem
  • The four steps your company needs to follow to transform its operations to survive

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ORBCOMM Surpasses Two Million Subscriber Communicators in the Industrial IoT Market

ORBCOMM Surpasses Two Million Subscriber Communicators in the Industrial IoT Market

ORBCOMM Surpasses Two Million Subscriber Communicators in the Industrial IoT Market

Milestone marks Company’s continued growth and market leadership.

ORBCOMM Inc. today announced that it has surpassed two million subscriber communicators.

ORBCOMM’s subscribers are in the industrial IoT market, spanning the transportation & distribution, heavy equipment, maritime, oil and gas and government sectors. ORBCOMM offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of IoT products and services leveraging 11 satellite and Tier One cellular wireless carriers.

Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer:

“Reaching two million subscribers is a significant milestone for ORBCOMM, demonstrating our continued growth and market penetration in industrial IoT. Our customers are some of the largest and most influential companies in the world, and we are committed to delivering best-in-class IoT solutions and advanced technology to help them stay connected to their assets and manage their business more efficiently.”

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ABB and HPE Bring Intelligence to Industrial Plants

ABB and HPE Bring Intelligence to Industrial Plants

ABB and HPE Bring Intelligence to Industrial Plants

Partnership to provide actionable insights across industrial plants, cloud and on-premises data centers for higher productivity and innovation.

ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced a strategic global partnership that combines ABB’s industry-leading digital offerings, ABB Ability™, with HPE’s innovative hybrid information technology (IT) solutions.

The partnership will provide customers with solutions that generate actionable insights from vast amounts of industrial data to increase the efficiency and flexibility of their operations and create competitive advantage.

Customers will benefit from ABB’s deep domain expertise in operations technologies (OT) and HPE’s leadership in information technologies (IT). ABB and HPE will deliver joint industry solutions that merge OT and IT to turn industrial data into insights and automatic action, combining widely-adopted cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure with IT systems running in corporate data centers and at the edge of the network. Employing the right mix of IT platforms will accelerate data processing in industrial plants and at the same time enable effective control of industrial processes across locations.

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, said:

“This strategic partnership marks the next level of the digital industrial transformation. Together, we will bring intelligence from cloud-based solutions to on-premises deployments in industrial plants and data centers for greater uptime, speed and yield.”

“ABB and HPE will deliver solutions that span the entire range of computing required by enterprises today, from the edge to the cloud to the core.”

With an installed base of 70 million connected devices, 70,000 digital control systems and 6,000 enterprise software solutions, ABB is a trusted leader in the industrial space, and has a four-decade-long history of creating digital solutions for customers. HPE in turn is a global leader in helping customers optimize their IT environments with secure, software-defined technologies that seamlessly integrate across traditional IT, multiple public and private clouds and the intelligent edge to drive key business outcomes.

“This alliance between two global leaders is unprecedented in terms of breadth and depth, and it will be ground-breaking for the progress of the Industrial Internet of Things,” said Meg Whitman, CEO, HPE. “Together with ABB, we will shape a digital industrial future where everything computes, equipping machines with intelligence to collaborate, allowing plants to flexibly adapt to changing demands, and enabling global supply chains to instantaneously react to incidents. This partnership will create exciting business opportunities for our joint customers.”

To provide a true end-to-end experience for customers, the ABB-HPE partnership will include co-innovation, co-development, joint go to market and service.

Research firm IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to $ 1.4 trillion in 2021 from an expected $ 800 billion in 2017. The largest investments are being made in areas such as manufacturing, transportation and utilities.1 To tap into the opportunities of the IoT, companies are investing in new solutions that digitize their industrial equipment and integrate it with their broader IT environments. By joining forces, ABB and HPE are bringing together the capabilities needed to accelerate this transformation.

Computing where it is required

Running data acquisition, analytics and control processes near industrial equipment helps customers avoid the latency, security and reliability issues associated with data communication through remote IT systems. ABB and HPE will jointly develop, market and service digital industrial solutions that help customers:

  • Create deep insights and automatic action from industrial data – by running ABB Ability™ applications on enterprise-grade IT systems close to the industrial equipment to accelerate the processing of vast amounts of data; and
  • Manage and control industrial processes across the supply chain – by leveraging hybrid IT to provide a seamless experience from edge to cloud to core, making critical data available across locations.

The partnership will enable ABB Ability™ solutions to run on hybrid platforms such as HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, enabling customers to deploy applications to their preferred location – on HPE infrastructure in industrial plants and data centers or in the Microsoft Azure public cloud – to meet the specific requirements regarding performance, security or cross-site collaboration.

ABB and HPE will also deliver joint solutions for data centers, including

  • Data center automation – to enable data center power, cooling and building systems automatically adapt to changing IT demands or incidents. To that end, ABB and HPE will integrate ABB Ability™ Data Center Automation, which controls, monitors and optimizes mission-critical data center facilities infrastructure, with HPE OneView, HPE’s IT infrastructure automation software.
  • Secure edge data center – specifically designed to run in harsh industrial environments, bringing enterprise-grade IT capacity closer to the point of data collection and machine control. This solution is being developed in collaboration between ABB, HPE and Rittal, the world’s largest manufacturer of IT racks, and will be an off-the-shelf ready IT data center solution for industrial customers enabling real-time insight and action.

The partnership was announced today at the HPE Discover conference in Madrid, where both companies demonstrated their first jointly developed solutions and prototypes.

1 IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide

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