Actility accelerating the Internet of Things in China

Actility accelerating the Internet of Things in China

ThingPark China Market will give Chinese IoT solution sellers access to both Chinese B2B customers and the global ThingPark Market audience.

ThingPark China, a leading LPWA IoT platform and solutions development provider, announced today the opening of an IoT Ecosystem Lab in Beijing enabling device makers, application providers and customers to connect, test and evaluate their IoT solutions with its localized ThingPark LoRaWAN SaaS platform.

ThingPark China is also opening its online Marketplace to IoT devices and solutions providers in China. ThingPark China Market will enable Chinese IoT devices and application sellers to accelerate the monetization of their IoT solutions with business customers in China, and also to benefit from the global audience and IoT sales opportunities enabled by Actility’s ThingPark Market.

Bing Liu, CEO of ThingPark China said:

“Our Ecosystem Lab and Marketplace will help accelerate the growth of LoRaWAN-based IoT in China by supporting the local ecosystem at every stage from developing and testing their products to distributing solutions to local customers and taking them to market worldwide. We’re bringing the tried and tested solutions from Actility and adapting them to the needs of the local market.”

Chinese device makers and application developers will be able to create a free account on the ThingPark China developer SaaS platform, hosted in China, giving them access to LoRaWAN connectivity and a suite of tools and APIs, including a self-test capability, to support the integration of their solution with ThingPark. A dedicated Ecosystem Lab facility in Beijing will provide a location with LoRaWAN coverage. Within the facility, developers will be able to use the self-testing tools for devices using the Chinese LoRaWAN frequency bands, and also prepare for international distribution by testing against European, APAC and US channel plans.

For customers who prefer to develop and test in their own location, ThingPark China will offer a Developer Kit and gateway pre-configured to connect remotely to the ThingPark China developer platform.

Along with support for developers to create their products, the opening of the ThingPark China Market will provide the opportunity for them to sell local-market IoT products to business customers in China with a user experience optimized for Chinese buyers, and also to sign up to the international ThingPark Market, through which they can sell IoT devices and solutions for any region to customers around the globe, who will be able to buy them in almost 30 different local currencies.

“Here at the LoRa Alliance All-Members Meeting, we can see how quickly the interest and commitment to LoRaWAN is growing in China,” says Bing Liu, “and we’d like to extend an invitation to any company that is interested in adopting, developing and marketing LoRaWAN products globally to join our ecosystem, make use of our lab facilities, developer kits or online tools and sign up for our Market to accelerate their progress in bringing their solution to this dynamic and fast-growing market.”

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A new era of airline Darwinism, with AI accelerating natural selection

Young elegant business woman with hand luggage in international airport terminal, looking at information board, checking her flight. Cabin crew member with suitcase.

Noodle.ai, a San Francisco based AI software applications company, recently developed the Noodle AI Index for Airlines.  The index shows evidence that airlines that learn best, broaden their view externally, and use algorithms to better predict the future, outperform those that focus their gaze internally and look only to the past. 

EAI Index

How the index works

The Noodle AI Index examines AI adoption (X-axis) vs. the growth in value of the airline (Y-axis).  AI adoption is quantified through analysis of skills, focus, and public commitment to the three pillars of AI: learning algorithms, supercomputing technology, and data engineering.  Stock performance is calculated as the five-year change of stock price vs. the airline industry average.

What does this tell us about Airline Darwinism?

Airlines are operationally-intensive data-rich environments that traditionally have been managed looking largely at internal historical data analyzed by static algorithms. This approach limits the capacity to manage critical forecast-intensive operations like revenue management, fleet maintenance, inventory management, route planning, and customer loyalty offers. Enterprise AI is an opportunity to scale human expertise and find patterns beyond human capability.

See also: How to use emotion AI for all the right reasons 

Learning algorithms flourish when combining large amounts of internal, external, structured and unstructured data. The effects of AI on airlines steadily will increase. 

Channeling Darwin, AI entering airline operations is more likely to be a natural selection process for the industry rather than a sudden Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.  Nonetheless, the battle to be the most adaptable is amping up.

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IoT accelerating globalisation of food production and processing, study finds

The use of Internet of Things (IoT) for monitoring food production, hygiene, and sustainability is helping food producers meet increasingly stringent import requirements, a research study ‘IoT in Enterprise 2017’ by UK-based mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has found.

According to the report, IoT is accelerating the globalisation of food production by enabling developing country food producers to export to developed nations, where these regulations originate from.

The main priority for deploying IoT applications in the agricultural sector for 49% of the surveyed agritech businesses focused around monitoring and improving health and safety through industry and government regulation requirements.

IoT sensors help in tracking of food through the entire supply chain, ensuring that import standards are adhered to and never breached.

Paul Gudonis, Inmarsat Enterprise president, said: “Consumers are becoming more conscious of where their food is coming from and how this is impacting their environment and carbon footprint, whilst also developing a taste for organic and ethically sourced produce.

“With government environmental standards reinforcing these trends and becoming more stringent, environmental, social and financial sustainability is now at the top of the agricultural agenda. This creates a framework of complex standards and regulations, many of which present logistical and operational challenges for the agritech industry.”

Meanwhile, Erik Thoresen, principal at food industry research firm Technomic, has made an evaluation on Amazon’s bid to acquire Whole Foods Market. As reported by the Austin Business Journal, Thoresen said the integration of the two firms will not be easy at the outset. Thoresen said Amazon’s mission is to “build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online,” while Whole Foods has “promised to offer a place for you to shop where value is inseparable from values.” As per Technomic, many private-label brands from Whole Foods’ will be available through Amazon, thus creating a competitive pricing dynamic.

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