IoT Now listed in world’s Top 20 Industrial IoT blogs by ORBCOMM

IoT Now has been listed today in ORBCOMM‘s Top 20 Industrial IoT Blogs. As Internet of Things (IoT) technology continues to evolve and new innovations are born, there are innumerable bloggers reporting on the latest trends in the industrial IoT landscape.

There are far too many good IoT resources to list, says ORBCOMM, so its executives have compiled a list for their internal teams and their partners of 20 “must-bookmark sites” for anyone trying to stay up to speed on the latest developments in industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Describing IoT Now, ORBCOMM says, “If you’re interested in learning about what the future of IoT looks like, IoT Now is a great place to go. Yes, it focuses on current innovations and modern-day trends in the IoT landscape, but it provides a window with a clearer view of what the future looks like by examining how we utilise these technologies today. Expect a wide variety of topics, covering everything from microservices to AI and product trends,” says ORBCOMM. (

Articles have been chosen for their “insightful and up-to-date news regarding the IoT Industry”. ORBCOMM adds that readers “would be interested in seeing what other blogs made the cut,” and it helps to build the overall Industrial IoT community.

The 20 blogs are all valued equally, an ORBCOMM spokesman tells IoT Now. “All (are) even in our eyes. We wanted to list the top blogs/news sources that we read to keep ourselves updated with the industry and share them with our customers. The ones listed are all read equally and we felt they all deserved a spot on our customers’ reading list.”

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Anaren spins off IoT Group to Liebl’s new Atmosphere IoT Corp amid $775m sale to TTM Technologies

Anaren, Inc. of East Syracuse, NY has divested some key assets and agreements from its IoT Group to a team led by former Anaren executive, Jeff Liebl. The assets have been spun off to Anaren’s IoT Group management team, which recently formed Atmosphere IoT Corp. Jeremy Cowan reports.

The divestiture is being made as part of the previously announced sale of US-based Anaren, Inc. to TTM Technologies (TTMI.O) for US$ 775 million. IoT Now understands that the IoT deal closed on January 2, but terms were not disclosed. (Also see: Anaren appoints Jeff Liebl as IoT group president.)

Former Anaren IoT Group president Jeff Liebl and senior engineer Kieron Gillespie now serve as president & CEO, and CTO, respectively of Atmosphere IoT Corp ( “We are very excited about the market opportunity right in front of us,” says Liebl. “With our proven cloud software platform and core development team intact, we can devote our efforts to serving the mass market of global developers and OEMs seeking to create the next generation of wireless-enabled, cloud-connected products and solutions.”

Jeff Liebl has executive-level experience in cloud software, wireless and predictive analytics companies. Prior to serving as president, IoT Group for Anaren, Inc., he was the chief marketing officer at Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII). Earlier, he held leadership roles in sales, marketing and general management at eBureau, Ubiquity Software, Jetstream Communications, and 3Com Corporation. Jeff Liebl holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Talking exclusively to IoT Now, Liebl said: “As an independent company, we’ll be focused on building out our web-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to support all the leading IoT building blocks out there (sensors, MCUs, IDEs, mobile app platforms, cloud platforms, etc.) in order to meet the rapid IoT product development needs of the ‘mass market’ of IoT developers and OEMs. We want to make building a complete sensor-to-cloud solution as easy as one could dream it to be.”

Kieron Gillespie, co-founder and CTO of Atmosphere IoT Corp.

Atmosphere IoT’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Kieron Gillespie has a background in IoT cloud solutions, creating development tools and software. His prior experiences include developing software with Assured Information Security, and research and development while senior software systems engineer for Anaren Inc.’s IoT Group. Gillespie graduated from Clarkson University with Honours with degrees in Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

Previously a part of Anaren, Inc., Atmosphere IoT claims to offer the fastest and simplest way to create, deploy, and manage complete device-to-cloud solutions. Unveiled in January 2015, its cloud platform has been used by thousands of developers and original equipment makers (OEMs) to build and deploy wireless-enabled connected product solutions.

The Atmosphere IoT team has now been joined by Richard LaBorde as director of Business Development.

Larry Sala, president and CEO of Anaren says, “This is an excellent outcome for everyone, including our IoT-related customers. We wish the IoT Group team the very best as they take the Atmosphere software platform to the next level.”

Best known as a radar components maker Anaren Inc is being […]

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Rise of the smart city will come with the car’s death

Some people like change, some people don’t like change, and when it comes to building anything most fear the cars that come with it. Antony Savvas considers whether his local paper will ever be free of parking fears, let alone full of brave new world attitudes to smart cities.

I won’t even bother naming the university city I live in, it doesn’t matter whether its York, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Exeter or Edinburgh. But picking up the York Press every night is just like reading any local rag in any growing city that attracts new people to universities and new jobs.

The rein of fear that is apparent from the locals towards any new building work is striking, as protest after protest and council lobby after MP petition is dutifully covered in the daily paper. The centre of most people’s fear is the car, and the congestion and parking problems the new influx of their fellow man will bring.

So if this is the case, how are we to build the smart cities and the smart transport that is supposed to come with it?

Bloody students

My city has doubled in size in about 25 years, to just over 200,000, helped by an influx of young people attracted to a collection of good universities and colleges. And many never go back home as a result of the new types of jobs being created in the area for graduates, including IT, high-tech manufacturing, biochemistry and green technology opportunities.

When I first moved here you could park almost anywhere within reason. Now, if you park in front of someone’s house and take “their” space on the Queen’s highway, you’re in big trouble.

And while there is also a serious housing shortage, nothing ever gets built apart from student flat accommodation. That’s because anything from six houses planned by the local builder in the centre of town, to 2,000 homes on the outskirts of the city, get thrown out by lobbied politicians over the traffic and parking concerns.

There is a clue on what the future could positively entail in what is actually being built – most students either don’t own cars or don’t want them. They are more interested, we are often told, in investing what money they have in “experiences”, not things (like cars).

Come to MaaS

And this is why mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) is set to to become a driving force for the new smart cities many would like to see, to deliver efficient transport options, less reliance on carbon and cleaner air.

Buying a house or a car has traditionally been seen as a rite of passage, a way to mark one’s success. But in the current economic climate renting has become the norm for younger people and buying a car is seen as a waste of money, particularly when more and more of us are living in cities anyway.

A survey of car manufacturing bosses by KPMG found that 74% of executives thought more than half of car owners today would not want to own a vehicle in the future. Sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb have, of […]

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Lighting as a service – A circular economy solution

With the evolution of LED, light is becoming increasingly effective and efficient, says Darren Riva, Northern European Zumtobel Group Services director. Recent studies show a direct link between improved employee performance and the quality of light within the workspace. The lighting issue is of increasing interest to many businesses.

Businesses are also tasked with meeting increasingly onerous, legally binding energy efficiency targets which require new ways of thinking. In fact, in recent years, a new phrase has entered the business lexicon – the circular economy – which describes how firms are looking to become more resourceful and create more cost-effective business models. Circular economy principles prioritise rethinking waste, recycling and developing new products and services that keep resources circulating around the economy. Research suggests that the circular economy could be worth €500bn by 2025.

So how does the issue of lighting fit into this circular economy picture? Historically, many businesses have regarded lighting as a legacy burden, an annual cost drain considered too costly and disruptive to tackle. But business leaders are embracing a new mind-set; the idea of lighting as a service. Put simply, this means paying for the installation, maintenance and management of lighting, entering into a contract whereby the future performance of the lighting solution is ensured by the supplier.

Optimising lighting performance now and into the future

A lighting as a service model protects customers from any loss in asset value because the service is not solely based on selling luminaires but about maximising future lighting performance. Such a service enables customers to benefit from LED and future technology without the hassle of owning and operating lighting solutions themselves.

The future-proofing advantages of lighting as a service are critical. Without the model, new technological advances would require significant capital expenditure. Lighting as a service provides buyers with the necessary consultative expertise to enable them to stay ahead. Additionally, businesses deal with just one supplier contact, rather than having to deal with maintenance, management and sales personnel.

Lighting the path to a smarter, connected environment

Certainly, the cost-savings delivered by today’s LED lighting systems will interest any business. But undertaking to buy lighting as a service rather than a commodity moves the conversation beyond simple savings.

Everything associated with lighting, from design through to regular maintenance, will be handled by the provider, enabling businesses to focus staff on core tasks. Once installed, transparent remote monitoring helps businesses to achieve the agreed aims regarding illuminance, energy efficiency and – with expert guidance – to identify future opportunities to enhance usage patterns.

The most advanced suppliers understand the biological effect of light on the human body and work with businesses to design solutions that motivate employees and serve to enhance the reputation and brand image of the company as a whole. Adjusting lighting to individual needs and implementing new functions isn’t a one-off task performed during installation, but rather continues throughout operations.

Efficient lighting systems also result in lower energy consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, improving environmental balance and lowering CO2 certificate costs. EU legislation is gradually removing the problem of inefficient lamps […]

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IoT community to meet ZTEsoft in Nice at annual Together Summit

Nice in the South of France will play host on May 14th to the 6th Annual ZTEsoft Together Summit. This year the theme is Transforming with You and ZTEsoft‘s chief marketing officer, Fu Jianjun and guests will focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and telcos’ digital transformations.

IoT Now is pleased to be supporting the Summit, and editorial director & publisher, Jeremy Cowan will be the moderator for the one-day event. Here, he talks to Fu Jianjun to find out what delegates can expect.

IoT Now: This is the 6th annual ZTEsoft Summit. How will this year’s event differ from previous years?

Fu Jianjun: The ZTEsoft Summit is our annual opportunity to strengthen the links with our user community, to exchange ideas and experiences, create a common vision and insight based on our industrial viewpoints, lessons learned and future plans and to help operators to get the most out of our solutions and capabilities.

Nice is the backdrop for the 6th annual ZTEsoft Together Summit.

In the past few summits, we communicated with our customers more focus on the thoughts about “What to do” with digital transformation, and in this summit we will focus on “How to do” together with our customers.

This year ZTEsoft comes with a strong value proposition allowing our customers to become Native Digital Players by embracing the very same business models and technologies that have paved the success of the internet giants. We reaffirm our engagement with the industry by providing the best blend of cloud and internet technologies together with a deep insight of industry core business and challenges.

IoT Now: A key part of your audience is network operators and digital service providers? What Digital Transformation and IoT information and support are they looking for in 2018?

Fu Jianjun: IoT and Digital transformation for operators and service providers are deeply related subjects. With trillions at stake, the best way not to participate in the IoT party is to continue doing business as usual.

The IoT will reach its full potential by using the strength of the ecosystem to innovate and deliver value and to continuously expand the demand and offering across industries and marketplaces.

IoT and also IIoT (industrial IoT) is clearly the future of the industry because its development requires the kind of services and capabilities that CSPs are good at delivering, including End-to-End SLAs (service level agreements), involving not just applications but network services, performance, reliability and security.

As I’ve mentioned, transformation had been engaged in in many cases but there are still key issues to be addressed:
•    What would be the target role of the specific service provider in the IoT/IIoT ecosystem?
•    How to achieve the kind of elasticity and operational efficiency needed to harness the IoT/IIoT opportunity?
•    How to leverage from ZTEsoft joint services and capabilities to harness the IoT/IIoT opportunity and achieve a successful transformation?
•    How to monetise their investments and participate in the digital ecosystems?
•    How to assure a controlled and soft transition to target architectures and business models?

IoT Now: You always place emphasis on the […]

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