Cisco’s Innovation Strategy In this episode of #TheGrubbCast, I set the stage by talking about Cisco’s Five-Way Strategy for innovation – Build, Buy, Partner, Invest, Co-Develop. Build refers to Cisco’s 19,000+ engineers and $ 6.3B investment in Research & Development – but of course no one company can invent everything. That brings us to… Buy – […] IoT – Cisco Blog
Roll Out Achieves Market First with Geolocation Support, without using GPS, on North American Public LoRaWAN™ Network.
Senet and Kerlink, today announced a collaborative expansion of Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in the Las Vegas area to support a variety of commercial solution offerings, market trials and proofs of concepts.
Powered by Kerlink’s 64-channel Wirnet™ iBTS gateways to expand Senet’s public outdoor network coverage, the network also will provide indoor connectivity for Senet’s partners to demonstrate IoT applications at this year’s CES.
In addition to expanding Senet’s network coverage and capacity, the roll out represents the first production network in North America to support LoRaWAN™ geolocation. This functionality uses a different technology than GPS, eliminating the requirement for costly and battery hungry processing GPS requires. It is supported by Senet’s LoRa end nodes, and can be used for a wide range of applications requiring location determination for battery powered endpoints that do not require the precision of GPS. Demand for these services is significant, with a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be critically dependent on geodata by the end of 2020 according to Machina Research.
The IoT is a broadly covered topic at CES, including sessions on smart homes, connected cities, healthcare and wearable technology, along with several dedicated demonstration areas for IoT infrastructure. To run demo applications on the Senet network during CES, companies simply need to register on Senet’s Developer Portal to coordinate access.
“Strong ecosystem partnerships and critical technical advantages have allowed Senet to become a leading IoT connectivity software and solutions provider,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet. “We are pleased to be working with trusted partners like Kerlink to bring geolocation and other enhanced features to market in order to meet the demands of mass scale IoT deployments.”
Carlos Briceno, senior director of sales and business development for Kerlink Inc., said:
“We are excited to support expansion of Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network in Las Vegas, which will bring new IoT benefits like geolocation to companies in the region, and enable a variety of innovative IoT demos at CES.”
“It also marks Kerlink’s first large IoT network deployment in the U.S. and an expansion of our international footprint, following roll outs across Europe, and in South America, New Zealand and India.”
The North America IoT event will arrive in the Bay Area next week for the final leg of the 2017 World Series. The world’s largest IoT event will host over 9,000 attendees in the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA where it will be co-located with the Blockchain Expo and AI Expo. The 3 events will feature 500+ industry leading speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge on the latest technology trends and the future of these sectors, in addition to a free exhibition where you can see the latest innovations in action from over 300 companies, ranging from exciting start-ups to tech giants.
Taking place on the November 29-30, the IoT Tech Expo North America will explore the entire IoT ecosystem, and with so many unmissable sessions to cover, here’s a hand-picked selection of highlights from each conference track:
Opening the Connected Industry track, Lionel Chocron, Vice President Industry and IoT Solutions at Oracle will be asking; To what extent do you need to redesign organisations, partnerships & operations to realise the value of Industry 4.0? Chocron will be discussing how Oracle are identifying and working with new ecosystem partners and how to support your products and processes through the entire product life cycle. There will be further discussions around developing your own proprietary platforms vs working with external vendors. November 29 – 9:20am.
Senator Ben Kieckhefer will join the Data & Security conference track to discuss data protection in the USA. Ben Kieckhefer is the Senator of the State of Nevada and will be presenting a case study specifically focusing on North America, and the regulations governing data protection within the IoT market, both existing and future. November 29 – 4:30pm.
Senior-level speakers from Wells Fargo, Visa, Geotab and Momenta Partners will be discussing different strategies to enable monetisation and achieve competitive advantage whilst asking the question; Should companies move away from one function devices? The session will explore the role of collaboration and how partnerships can help unlock revenue potential, ways in which new data sources can be utilised to provide new opportunities and what problems this may cause, before examining the different strategies for start-ups to monetise new products and move towards value based outcomes. November 30 – 2pm.
IoT Innovations & Technologies – Bluetooth Session: The Expanding Role of Bluetooth in the IoT – Bridging the Gap Between Connected Places and Smart Places
Bluetooth will host a unique series of fireside chats which will tap into some of the leading integrators, suppliers, customers and analysts to explore the impact of a newly expanded range of fit-for-purpose network topologies from Bluetooth across multiple sectors, including Smart Industry, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, and Smart Homes. Panellists from Bluetooth, Intel, National Instruments, Aruba and more will explore how Bluetooth technology is transforming connected places into smart places. November 29 – 9:20am.
Leading speakers including Thyssenkrupp’s CEO and Software AG’s CTO will join the keynote panel alongside Shell, Treeline and Evans Data to discuss the impact that integrating IoT technology from wearables to smart lighting has on an enterprise, the main stakeholders affected, and what benefits can be leveraged by a business when integrating IoT. The session will explore which blue sky IoT technology could be utilised by enterprises in the future, the leaders within this field and their successes, and what regulatory and legal issues will enterprises incorporating IoT technologies have to consider in the future? November 30 – 9:50am.
Featuring CIOs from the City of Albuquerque, City of San Leandro and the County of San Mateo, this panel discussion is not to be missed. These CIOs will look at how technologies like smart phones, NFC, RFID, beacons and sensors are being utilised in cities and beyond for both increasing public safety and maximising the QOL of citizens, in addition to issues surrounding data collection from IoT projects around traffic monitoring, waste management, water metering and street lighting such as privacy, and analytics? The session will also explore the connectivity issues, the role of cloud for data storage and analytics and the factors needed to get engagement from government and citizens alike. November 30 – 3:40pm.
The co-located events will host a further 9 conference tracks covering a range of industries which are being disrupted by Blockchain and AI. These include:
Blockchain Expo – ‘ICOs, Tokens & Cryptofinance’, ‘Blockchain for Enterprise’, ‘Developing Blockchain Applications’, ‘Blockchain Technologies’ and ‘Transforming Financial Services’.
AI Expo – ‘AI in the Enterprise’, ‘AI in Consumer & Digital Transformation’, ‘AI for Developer’s and ‘Bot & Virtual Assistant Development’
Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time on the ground in China for ReadWrite and ReadWrite Labs. While here in China, I’m continuously discovering new opportunities that exist and even more reasons for foreign startups and corporations to consider getting started in China.
However entering a new any new market can be overwhelming without the right information or guiding trip. So here’s a quick start guide for anyone currently thinking about expanding into China.
1. Largest consumer market globally ($ 1.3bn+)
It’s no secret that China has the largest consumer market in the world with almost 1.4 billion people and rising. What some may not be aware of is that China will present what will be the greatest middle-class growth bump of any country since the United States beginning in the early 1950s. In fact, by 2022 over 76 percent of China’s urban population will be considered middle class according to a McKinsey & Company study. That’s roughly (in today’s numbers) over 550 million people who are ready to be your customers.
As that population continues to grow so will the country’s internet users, specifically mobile. Today China alone has over 700 million (with 30% growth in 2016) active mobile internet users. Which equates to the largest sandbox for applications, gaming, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.
2. The Greater Bay Area
For those unfamiliar with the term, it is not an extension of the San Francisco Bay Area, in fact, it’s more than three times larger. The Greater Bay Area is part of China’s initiatives to drive innovation throughout the country. To put it in perspective here’s just a few stats about this newly defined region,
11 cities make up the region (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou (third largest city in China), Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing)
67+ million people now within less than a one hour drive
16 and growing Fortune 500 companies have a headquarters within the region – more following
$ 1.36 trillion dollars in combined GDP for the area in 2016 (compared to the San Francisco’s Bay Area of $ 431.7 billion GDP in 2015)
Each city will have a dedicated focus on an industry (Manufacturing, Finance, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, etc.) with local benefits provided for those doing business locally
3. Innovation at scale
The days of copycats are fading away throughout China in favor of innovative ideas that push industries forward rather than oversaturate. These changes are gaining momentum at astounding rates thanks to ambitious entrepreneurs and corporations, along with enormous governmental support. All three are hungry to lead with entrepreneurs craving advice and education on Silicon Valley success.
Local businesses are opening their doors welcoming global partners and providing support or insights on the local markets. Governments throughout all cities within China are offering are making it easier for foreign companies to soft-landing and establish while providing necessary benefits for those that decide to expand to China.
Don’t believe that innovation is growing at scale in China? Here are some stats that might help,
China is now the No. 1 interactive game market globally beating the US
China accounts for 67% of ALL global on demand transportation
Bike sharing users now make up more than 20 million people with 100%+ monthly growth rate
China mobile payment volume in 2016 reached over $ 5 trillion dollars (2x compared to last year)
E-commerce in China is now taking place 71% on mobile devices
China online advertising revenue is now a $ 40 billion dollar market
Tencent, the largest gaming company in the world now has over 1.5 billion active users worldwide
Huawei is the No.1 telecommunication equipment company in the world
Huawei is also leading the development of our future 5G wireless infrastructure
DJI currently represents almost 90% of global Drone market
The takeaway for this article is that there’s no better time to get started in China than now. While also understanding that China isn’t shying away from its goal to be the leader in innovation, nor to become the global business hub. In their efforts, they are welcoming all those interested to join the ride.
But if you’re still not convinced why you need to be in China or if it’s right for you, join me on a trip around the country. We’ll spend 5-days in China meeting with the local government and community leaders, as well as corporations that can serve as strategic partners, and to talk with the founders and executives of the largest and most successful companies in China.
Drive.ai and Lyft have announced a partnership to test self-driving cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trial will look into how Lyft can optimize the passenger experience, and expand Drive.ai’s technical capabilities with thousands of autonomous miles.
“We’re committed to improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation,” said Taggart Matthiesen, senior director of product of Lyft. “We’re thrilled to partner with Drive.ai to pilot self-driving cars in the Bay Area, and together help shape the future of transportation and ultimately the future of our communities.”
Drive.ai is looking to “develop a roadmap for broader commercialization” during the trial. The startup is currently building a retrofit kit, making the deployment of a self-driving system much cheaper for automakers or taxi services.
Still someone in driver’s seat
Like all tests in California, an engineer will be inside the Drive.ai vehicle at all times, to take over when necessary.
“Self-driving cars have the potential to save lives, reshape cities, and dramatically benefit the environment. Pilot programs like this are vital to build awareness and familiarity with autonomous vehicle technology, and Drive.ai is committed to working with great businesses like Lyft in order to do so,” said Drive.ai CEO Sameep Tandon.
Lyft has seen its market share rise over the past few months in the U.S., as Uber struggles to move past a series of setbacks. The second largest ride-sharing company holds between 20 and 30 percent of the market, peaking at 40 percent in San Francisco, according to data from The Information.
That growth in market share may have pushed Lyft to become more focused on self-driving. Before 2017, it looked likely that Lyft would work exclusively with General Motors, at one point the two companies even discussed an acquisition.