What happens when everything becomes a service? (Podcast)

This week on the Internet of Things Podcast:

  • Amazon Web Services outage hits connected devices
  • New Alexa skills
  • Hacked teddy bears
  • June Oven and Logitech Harmony updates
  • Deep dive into the new value chain for producers of physical products with guest Saar Yoskovitz, CEO of Augury
  • Sponsors: WolfSSL and SpinDance

Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

IoT Tech Expo Global 2017: A round up of the two-day event in London

Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who attended the 2nd annual IoT Tech Expo Global which returned to London’s Olympia with an extended agenda, larger expo and some brand new topics. We hope you all enjoyed the event and want to say a thank you to our sponsors, speakers and exhibitors. The event attracted an audience of over 5,000 attendees with delegates from across the globe. Scroll down for highlights video..

The two-day event hosted 7 conference tracks, an exhibition, start-up incubator, live hackathon, IoT meetup, a networking party, in addition to the co-located Blockchain Expo. With industry leading speakers from the likes of ARM mbed, Amazon, Verizon, PTC, Thyssenkrupp, John Deere, Shell, Maersk, FC Barcelona, Ubuntu and more, the topics and verticals covered were vast.

Here are a few pictures of the show and you can share yours with us using the hashtag #IoTTechExpo

7

Bee Hayes-Thakore, Director of Marketing Programs, IoT at ARMmbed opened Day 1 of the Connected Industry track, exploring the best routes into the IIoT.

C22qEhrXUAA7q-A

The expo had over 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology innovations from drones to AR, 3D printing to robotics, and more.

C24BW8tWQAQ5lGM

Max Amordeluso, EU Head of Alexa Skills Kit at Amazon addresses what role voice control will play as the community of partners grows and use cases expand within the open conference track; Developing for the IoT.

C23VNYOXEAAwdkRv4

The 2nd open conference; IoT Innovations & Technologies provided a platform for start-ups and beyond, and explored areas including insurance, health, wearables and the role of hackers.

IMG-20170123-WA0044

The co-located Blockchain Expo explored cutting edge topics with speakers from Microsoft, Osborne Clark, HSBC, Hitachi & more

20170124_153945v2

20170124_154015v2

The live hackathon, sponsored by Amazon Alexa and QNAP, saw developers, designers and makers compete for 2 days to create the most innovate solution and win a prize fund of £1500 Amazon vouchers & Amazon Echo’s!

1

The ‘Smart Cities‘ and ‘Connected Living‘ conferences covered a range of topics from connected car, smart utilities, urban mobility, sustainable transport, smart lighting, buildings, homes and more.

Highlights video from the IoT Tech Expo Global 2017

It would be great to hear your feedback on the event, and as a thank you, we will automatically enter you in a prize draw to win an all-access gold pass for a future event! We have upcoming IoT Tech Expo’s in Berlin and Silicon Valley – you can find out more and register for both:

IoT Tech Expo Europe – 1-2nd June, Estrel, Berlin

IoT Tech Expo North America – 29-30th November, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley

The post IoT Tech Expo Global 2017: A round up of the two-day event in London appeared first on IoT Tech Expo.

IoT Tech Expo

Revisiting the Logic of Being Global

For more than 30 years, multinational corporations were in a special class, distinguishing themselves in key areas such as financial performance, productivity, and overall influence. Lately, however, large global companies have come under increasing scrutiny and are being viewed as sources of inequality. In recent months, several companies, including United Technologies Corp., have been berated by U.S. President Donald Trump for plans to move jobs out of the country. Others, including Apple Inc., have been criticized for holding billions of dollars of profits in foreign tax havens.

The state of the multinational and how “the world is losing its taste for global businesses” is the subject of a recent cover story in The Economist titled “The Retreat of the Global Company.” In the decades of the 1990s and 2000s, there was a compelling logic to multinational corporations based on scale and efficiency. Instead of conducting all of their activities in one country, companies made the most of global supply chains, produced products where profits were greatest, and minimized their tax bills. But for many multinationals, the article notes, the case for global integration has been hurt by falling profits, lower returns on capital, and increasing pressures from governments looking to protect local jobs and tax revenue. Even China, which has welcomed global investment for many years, is changing its tune. Although some 30% of its industrial output and 50% of its exports have been coming from multinational subsidiaries or joint ventures, it is now pushing for greater amounts of local sourcing and control.

The Economist says that 40% of all large multinationals have returns on equity of less than 10%. There are exceptions: top-tier technology companies (such as Apple) and corporations with strong consumer brands (such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble Co.). But for others, the headaches of being global are intensifying. Indeed, in most sectors domestic peer companies are growing faster than multinationals.

How global businesses will morph their organizations, and what the new configurations will look like remains unclear, the article says. But in the meantime, companies such as General Electric Co. and Siemens AG are establishing supply chains and production facilities that focus primarily on national versus global markets. Other companies are investing in brand development and minimizing physical assets. How the changes play out over time for workers, investors, and consumers is an open question.


MIT Sloan Management Review

Ethertronics Launches First Complete LoRa Module with Active Steering Antenna

Ethertronics Launches First Complete LoRa Module with Active Steering Antenna

  • Complete solution for LoRa devices, including passive and active antennas, certified LoRa module, software integration, testing, device pre-certification.
  • Ethertronics LoRa module features active impedance matching that will maximize the power transfer to the antenna and support Ethertronics Active Steering™ antennas that produce dynamic radiation patterns that provide unmatched long range performance and reliability

  • Ethertronics, the leader in ultra-high performance smart antenna system solutions, announced today the industry first complete plug and play LoRa module for Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity.

    It delivers very long range and unmatched reliable antenna performance using Active Steering™ for the LoRa ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. Ethertronics is the first to provide a complete LoRa ecosystem solution, including module, active antennas, active measurement capability, software integration support and pre-certification to expedite time to market.

    Ethertronics Active Steering antenna technology and module for the LoRa ecosystem provides significant improvement in reliability of the wireless link and range by using dynamic radiation patterns, enabling customers to place their IoT or M2M sensor or device virtually anywhere. The improved range in low data rate applications will result in longer range tracking performance and pinpoint indoor location accuracy, while making the process of installing and positioning an IoT or M2M Lora module much simpler and cheaper.

    Vahid Manian, Chief Operating Officer with Ethertronics, said:

    “Ethertronics’ complete LoRa module features our Active Steering antenna system and Active impedance matching, and delivers unprecedented ultra-long range performance, reliability and low power that makes suitable the billions of LoRa based IoT devices.”

    “Our expertise in design, testing, and pre-certification allows us to be a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to build the highest performing LoRa solution and get to market as quickly as possible.”

    Ethertronics Active Steering technology and Active impedance matching technology solves many of the problems associated with using a passive antenna in small IoT devices. When you install LoRa products today you often cannot place it in a hidden environment, location or behind walls – and it requires you to place more sensors or devices closer together, which increases cost. Quite often the IoT device with passive antenna simply does not work, due to its weak antenna signal. The active impedance matching capability of the Ethertronics LoRa module helps to handle the detuning of the antenna by its surrounding environment, while the multiple radiation patterns available from the Ethertronics Active Steering™ antenna along with the strong dual polarization properties, provides a more reliable signal that can be received across a large number of channels within a communication link.

    Active Steering optimizes the antenna characteristics to the environment, resulting in better signal reception. The Active Steering algorithm continually samples and switches between radiation patterns in the millisecond time-frame to optimize a reliable communication link and provide ultra-long range performance for a host of IoT devices for Smart Cities, Home and Building, Environment, Metering, Agriculture, Industry 4.0 and smart Retail and Logistics applications. Ethertronics new LoRA complete module solution leverages on the family of active Steering antennas, switches and algorithm that delivers the very long range performance, reliability and low power required for emerging IOT and smart cities applications.

    Ethertronics is a member of the LoRa Alliance, which along with its LoRa ecosystem, is the fastest growing alliance in the IoT sector, and the addition of Ethertronics will help standardize LoRa and LoRaWAN for IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) worldwide.

    Ethertronics LoRa Performance Metrics

    • Long range: >15 km / 9 mi range
    • Low power: 2-10 year expected battery lifetime (depending the application)
    • Low cost: from end-node sensor cost to upfront infrastructure investment

    Key LoRa Module Features with Active Steering for IoT and M2M Applications

    • Impedance tuning and active Steering for LoRa applications
    • Battery and autonomy optimization to meet low-power requirements
    • Certified LoRa module solution that includes design, testing, certification with a single company
    • Deliver best antenna performance using Ethertronics Active Steering™ technology
    • Unmatched communication link reliability
    • Active Steering™ antenna technology uses multiple radiation patterns to provide industry leading reliability and long range performance

    The post Ethertronics Launches First Complete LoRa Module with Active Steering Antenna appeared first on IoT Business News.

    IoT Business News

    Building and Selling the Business Case for IoT | Richard Sims, TTP | IoT Forum 2016

    Richard Sims, Manager of Connected Devices, TTP

    One of the biggest challenges in IoT is proving the business case for the adoption of new technology.  TTP has been working with Mayflower to deploy Smart Street Lighting Systems across the UK. Over 300,000 streetlights are now deployed. Smart Street Lights add ‘intelligence’ to an otherwise ‘dumb’ device, but someone has to pay. Richard discusses how the Mayflower system has been sold to local authorities by presenting the business case for the energy and maintenance savings. He will also offer some insight into the technology and deployment challenges they faced along the way as well as some real-world numbers on kWh saved.

    Video Below

     

     

    Get the Latest News on IoT Forum 2017

    IoT Forum will be returning in 2017, be first on the list for the sell out event next year!

    The post Building and Selling the Business Case for IoT | Richard Sims, TTP | IoT Forum 2016 appeared first on Internet of Things Forum.

    Blog – Internet of Things Forum