IDEMIA and Arkessa Partner on eUICC to Drive Growth in Industrial and Enterprise IoT

IDEMIA and Arkessa Partner on eUICC to Drive Growth in Industrial and Enterprise IoT

IDEMIA and Arkessa Partner on eUICC to Drive Growth in Industrial and Enterprise IoT

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, and Arkessa, a leading M2M/IoT connectivity service provider, have today announced the extension of their partnership to deliver eUICC and Subscription Management services to global Enterprise and Industrial IoT customers.

Arkessa’s connectivity management services include a global cellular footprint built on international roaming and local network integrations with the leading mobile network operators (MNOs) reducing barriers for IoT.

The platform now includes IDEMIA eUICC and subscription management services and brings consistency and reliability to the installation process and operational performance. The ability to switch or localise SIM profiles without the burden of recalling or visiting devices gives Enterprise IoT customers greater freedom to customise according to business needs, technical or commercial.

This freedom, combined with a range of radio technology choices from 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT, LTE Cat M to 5G, is accelerating Cellular IoT adoption on a global scale. The combined capability of Arkessa and IDEMIA will simplify and reduce the barriers for large scale Enterprise IoT deployment.

The eUICC based solution is transforming how OEMs design and deploy enterprise-grade IoT solutions. OEMs in all sectors most notably in the Automotive, Consumer and Household appliance markets, can now build global connectivity into their products which enable a superior user-experience resembling what is usually only seen with premium smart-phone or e-reader devices. IoT devices do not typically have screens making the network services the critical components in delivering a zero-touch provisioning and operational experience.

Yves Portalier, Executive Vice-President for Connected objects activities at IDEMIA declares:

“Arkessa’s multi-network MVNO platform coupled with IDEMIA’s eUICC and Subscription Management services mean that we can deliver future-proofed and secure connectivity solutions globally and for all types of IoT businesses.”

“We appreciate Arkessa’s leading go-to-market position thanks to their strong international channel partnerships.”

Andrew Orrock, CEO at Arkessa says: “We are excited to extend our partnership with IDEMIA and take a leadership position in Enterprise IoT solutions and services. The control, flexibility and global reach of eUICC is having a profound impact on IoT businesses and we see an astonishing opportunity pipeline across the whole range of sectors that Arkessa serves. Healthcare, automotive, robotics, household and office appliances, drones, retail and vending are all strong examples.”

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Why smart city technologies are set to drive ‘trillions’ in economic growth over the coming decade

Smart city technologies are set to drive the economic development of cities by more than 5% and drive more than $ 20 trillion in additional economic benefits by 2026, according to an ABI Research report.

The report, titled ‘Roles of Smart Cities for Economic Development’, was commissioned by InterDigital on behalf of its Smart Cities-focused business, Chordant. In order to capitalise on the economic benefits, cities must begin preparation and investment now, the report noted.

Jim Nolan, executive vice president, Chordant at InterDigital, said: “These recent findings further emphasize the importance of technology as a driver for economic development in our future smart cities. The benefits are clear: trillions in incremental GDP growth will significantly transform the way we live and how our cities operate. But it’s not as simple as deploying technology and hoping it sticks. Cities will have to become strategic in the way they deploy smart city technology to ensure that it maximizes its potential.”

Smart city technologies are set to impact three dimensions majorly over the next decade. They are Open Data Policies, having a potential incremental GDP growth of nearly $ 1 trillion without investments in physical infrastructure; public investments multiplier effect of up to 10 times, with a potential incremental GDP growth of $ 10 trillion; and structural smart urban economy growth, with an expected increase of 2.8% by 2026, driven by next-generation technologies like AI and blockchain.

Similarly, Cisco is also working towards the smart cities initiative. The company had in November contributed $ 1 billion to the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program, a smart cities fund, wherein Cisco teamed up alongside Digital Alpha Advisors, a private equity firm, and pension fund investors APG Asset Management and Whitehelm Capital. Alongside this, Cisco has also added a new functionality to its Cisco Kinetic for Cities digital platform.

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AT&T and Arrow Electronics to collaborate in IoT drive

AT&T and Arrow Electronics to collaborate in IoT drive

AT&T and electronics specialist Arrow are to join forces to help makers of smart devices get products to market faster. 

AT&T has announced a partnership with Arrow Electronics that will see the two companies collaborate on technology solutions for IoT.

Arrow will work with the telco at its AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) Foundry located in Plano, Texas, established to help companies innovate with connected IoT solutions. The facility serves as a collaborative workspace and incubation facility for smart devices and their makers.

As part of the Foundry experience, Arrow will use its full suite of ‘sensor-to-sunset’ technology solutions, including on-site engineering and production resources, to help customers get their products to market quickly.

Read more: Arrow Electronics steps up IoT focus with eInfochips acquisition

Collaboration for refinement

Aiden Mitchell, vice president of IoT global solutions at Arrow said that the AT&T IoT Foundry is a world-class facility designed to help companies bridge the technology gap and simplify the process of bringing connected products to market.

“Arrow’s capabilities, ranging from engineering to manufacturing and product deployment, are an ideal complement to AT&T’s work at the IoT Foundry,” he added. “Arrow is proud to be part of the AT&T IoT Foundry program.”

Igal Elbaz, senior vice president of Wireless Network Architecture and Design at AT&T said that the AT&T IoT Foundry will help refine companies’ concepts for connected solutions, then convert them into tangible products and services through rapid prototyping.

“Working with Arrow will enable us to bring together some of the best people in the industry to innovate quickly and turn these ideas into economical, market-ready solutions. We welcome Arrow to the Foundry and are excited to create new products with our mutual customers,” he added.

The foundry is one of four foundries established globally to facilitate the rapid development of new ideas and new technologies.

Read more: Tuya Smart announces US launch of IoT platform for connected device makers

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How to use Industry 4.0 to drive the production of the future

Eberhard Klotz is the head of the Industry 4.0 campaign at Festo, a supplier of automation technology and industrial training and education programmes. In this article he discusses the company’s activities in IoT, its view of production of the future, benefits for original equipment makers (OEMs) and end-users and partners in industrial markets with Matt Wilkins, a senior analyst of IoT Research at Strategy Analytics

Matt Wilkins: Industry 4.0 is a key aspect of the implementation of the Internet of Things in the industrial market, what does Industry 4.0 mean to Festo?

Eberhard Klotz: At Festo we view Industry 4.0 as the process through which we get to the production of the future. Festo has a holistic view of the changes in the production world, considers different perspectives and, in addition to technology, also takes other key points into account, such as the interaction between man and machine, and the issue of training.

Eberhard Klotz, Head of the Industry 4.0 campaign at Festo

The real and virtual world are growing increasingly closer: modern information and communication technologies are merging with industrial processes, increasingly changing the production landscape and the interaction with individual customers.

Industry 4.0 brings together various activities under one umbrella and describes the change that is imposing new requirements on production systems, machines and people in many areas. Festo is part of the Industry 4.0 steering team that includes government ministries, several official bodies, along with Siemens, Bosch, SAP and Deutsche Telekom.

MW: What does production of the future look like?

EK: The first thing is that production systems will be fully connected. There will be intelligent, selfregulating and self-controlling components for plug-and-produce. Production plants will be highly flexible, allow for economical manufacturing of small batch sizes, fast balancing of the workload in a production network – including logistics, and fast adjustment to the orders in hand.

Matt Wilkins, Strategy Analytics

Finally, there will be comprehensive condition monitoring which helps to avoid or reduce downtime and optimises maintenance procedures and mobile maintenance. Essentially the faster we can be aware of an issue and analyse it, the faster we can implement a repair before a minor issue becomes a major one. Digital twins and a virtual set-up of a smart factory also allow pattern matching and detecting random errors, thus optimising downtime as well as process optimisation online.

MW: If Industry 4.0 is the process which takes us to the production of the future, that must surely require a constant focus on refining and developing?

EK: Festo has been at the forefront of factory automation for many years. The research department helps shape the production systems of the future. So it is looking at mechatronics, the latest simulation technologies, microsystem technology and intelligent components for Industry 4.0. In our view innovation management creates the necessary framework to turn good ideas, knowledge and technology into successful commercial products.

Our research activities include the ENTOC (Engineering Tool Chain for Efficient and Iterative Development of Smart Factories) research project, where the aim is to significantly reduce the time taken and complexity […]

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Google Assistant learns to drive (properly) in expansion to more screens

Google Assistant’s expansion into the car and devices with dedicated screens will soon allow consumers to interact with the AI in more ways than ever.

While the Google Assistant was technically available in Android Auto prior to today’s announcement, it was limited to its older ‘Google Now’ form. The full rollout will feature more powerful features such as home control and deeper access to third-party services.

Google has been giving some thought about how Assistant in the car could help with daily tasks. While I wouldn’t recommend a daily visit for the sake of your bank account, Google will soon enable drink orders from Starbucks as just one example. The company has also announced parking space reservations through integration with SpotHero.

The update is beginning to rollout to support HMDs now. Users can tell if they’ve been upgraded by whether they see the new Assistant logo (the one with the circles!) when they perform a voice search.

All the new features will also be available via the Android Auto app, if you do not have a compatible HMD in your vehicle.

Alongside the new car functionality, Google is playing catchup to Amazon Alexa with their virtual assistant on dedicated screens. Unlike Amazon, who manufacture their own devices, Google is harnessing the experience of their third-party partners.

Google Assistant devices with displays have been confirmed from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony.

Lenovo Smart Display

JBL Link View

What are your thoughts on Google’s latest Assistant announcements? Let us know in the comments.

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