Vadodara and Poland join forces for IoT

Recently, the Department of Information Technology of CHARUSAT’s Chandubhai S Patel Institute of Technology organized a short-term training programme (STTP) on research opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT). The 5-day programme was arranged under the Endowment Chair Activity for the young aspirants of CHARUSAT.

During the STTP, means to enhance the skills of IoT in hardware and software realisation on embedded SoC board were evaluated. More than 190 aspiring engineers and intellectual research scholars took part in the programme. As an outcome, Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT) will start a centre of excellence (CoE) on IoT at its Changa-based campus in Anand district in collaboration with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.

Dr. Marcin Paprzycki, an eminent professor from Poland was invited from February 12 to February 16 at the STTP. He gave an insight and directions for research in the respective domain. Initializing with the basics of IoT concepts, he focused on manifold emerging technologies like a semantic net, cloud computing and machine learning.

Paprzycki works as an associate professor at the Systems Research Institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences with over 450 plus research publications to his credit in varied domains. His expertise spreads across IoT, high-performance parallel computing, software agents in machine learning, social and philosophical sciences among others.

Few professors and research scholars have shown their keen interest to pursue their future research projects under the guidance of Dr. Marcin, in collaboration with Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. He has even proposed ideas for developing projects namely ‘Internet of Cows’ and ‘IOT research lab at CHARUSAT’ taking IOT on a global level.

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Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Project led by R&D division of EDF, will explore low power, wide area (LPWA) wireless technologies to support safe and secure connections with potentially millions of sensors and other devices. Joint effort incorporating Nokia TestHub services is among the industry’s most comprehensive testing to date using IoT devices for industries. Represents key step in EDF’s move towards the use of IoT; highlights Nokia’s role as a key partner for the deployment of networks for industries.

Nokia has been selected by French power utility EDF’s R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies – key emerging standards for Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity – to support critical operations for industries.

The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime, among the first of its kind in the industry, exploring the capabilities of LPWA technologies to support real-world industrial applications. Nokia is EDF R&D’s exclusive partner for this effort.

EDF R&D will utilize Nokia TestHub Services in Nokia’s Device Testing Lab in France – which gives customers access to state-of-the-art, carrier-grade wireless infrastructure – when testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies. This enables devices to be tested on real network infrastructure rather than a simulated network, which reduces guesswork in testing and analysis and minimizes risks in advance of widespread commercial introduction.

The testing will compare IoT technologies recently standardized by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) – including NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-Machine (LTE-M) (also known as enhanced Machine-Type Communications or eMTC) – with other emerging, largely unlicensed IoT technologies.

This agreement builds on Nokia’s strong track-record providing mission-critical networks toindustries, and highlights the company’s strong position in the emerging market for IoT connectivity. It also highlights the progress of Nokia’s strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company’s diversification efforts.

Stéphane Tanguy, head of IT Systems, EDF R&D, said:
“The Internet of Things offers tremendous opportunities for our group. Many use cases can be enabled by IOT technologies in various businesses from power generation to marketing. As the R&D engine of the EDF Group, it is our responsibility to characterize the objects, their connectivity, their integration into IoT platforms and the related end-to end cybersecurity properties. Among the connectivity solutions, it is essential that we understand the performance, the maturity and the adequacy of each technology for our different use cases by an objective and agnostic approach. The cellular IOT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IOT) are two major technologies that we have decided to test with Nokia, which provides us with a very interesting test environment and valuable expertise to carry out these evaluations.”

Matthieu Bourguignon, head of Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Europe, for Nokia, said:

“The use of IoT devices in industrial networks is in its infancy, but given the expected huge numbers of devices that will be deployed in the future, it is critical that our customers can evaluate now the various technologies before making substantial investments. Nokia’s Device Testing Lab, staffed by some of the most experienced wireless networking experts in the industry, will make it much easier for EDF to evaluate the performance of LPWA against other emerging technologies and reduce the risk of future deployments.”

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Arrow Electronics and ON Semiconductor join forces for IoT Solutions

Accelerating the move to a smarter and more connected world, Arrow Electronics and ON Semiconductor to exhibit together range of IoT solutions at the India IoT Symposium. The wide range of solutions spans automotive, energy, retail and more.

Arrow strives to help companies quickly bring a broad range of connected IoT products to market. As part of the joint initiative, Arrow will look at ON Semiconductor’s out-of-the-box solutions that enable design engineers to evaluate, prototype, and release differentiated IoT products. Arrow’s sensor-to-sunset IoT portfolio includes a comprehensive range of hardware components and sensors, development platforms, software tools system integration, data analytics and cloud data platforms.     For more…

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Amdocs and Gemalto join forces to boost the eSIM consumer market

Amdocs and Gemalto join forces to boost the eSIM consumer market

Amdocs and Gemalto join forces to boost the eSIM consumer market

A cloud-based solution providing consumers with a vastly simpler experience connecting IoT devices to their MNO.

Amdocs and Gemalto today announce a best-in-class integrated industry platform that provides consumers with a simple, more intuitive and hassle-free experience in connecting eSIM-equipped smartphones, wearables and future Internet of Things (IoT) devices to their mobile network operator (MNOs).

The many players in the IoT eco-system, including device manufacturers, retailers and developers, now have a single technology bridge to the growing eSIM market.

The new device-agnostic cloud solution, enables MNOs to keep pace with the consumer’s appetite for the ever-growing range of smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) available. This is achieved by protecting the MNOs business critical systems from lengthy and costly integrations and instead requiring simple, one-time integration only to the SaaS solution on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. It provides MNOs with the cutting-edge capabilities to both manage the eSIM profile download and the subscription of the new profile to the customer contract, a process which today is done separately and can cause a cumbersome, manual consumer experience.

Yuval Mayron, general manager of the Amdocs IoT Division, said:

“With the high-growth, emerging Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity, enabling MNOs to provide consumers with a fast and simple way to complete network registration of their latest IoT device is critical to delivering a next generation digital experience.”

“The joint Amdocs and Gemalto solution features a state-of-the-art, highly scalable and flexible cloud-based platform that supports current and future standards so that MNOs can enjoy the evolution with minimum risk.”

“With the acceleration of the digitalization of the consumer mobile journey, the integration of Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity subscription management platform and the Amdocs eSIM Orchestrator will enable mobile operators to embrace eSIM opportunities for consumer devices,” said Frédéric Vasnier, Executive Vice President Mobile Services and IoT for Gemalto.
“In particular it has been designed to provide a best-in-class digital customer experience through smoother activation, and easier device onboarding and replacement.”

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BT and Hitachi join forces to develop IoT products

BT and Hitachi are the latest vendors to partner together in the IIoT space

UK-based telecommunications giant BT and Hitachi Vantara, a subsidiary of Japanese multinational conglomerate company Hitachi, are teaming up to develop industrial and enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) products.

The two companies will partner globally to bring together BT’s experience in network infrastructure, cloud and cyber security with Hitachi’s Lumada IoT platform, along with other integrated IoT services and products.

The companies, who announced the partnership at Hitachi’s inaugural user conference, Hitachi NEXT 2017 in Las Vegas, claimed that the deal will drive better business outcomes for global customers, including greater efficiency, productivity and cost savings.

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Initial points of focus

They will initially focus on researching and designing asset intelligence and predictive maintenance products for industries such as manufacturing and transportation.

“Our partnership with Hitachi will help BT to accelerate innovation and ease the path to digitalisation and IoT for our customers around the globe,” said Bas Bureger, CEO of global services at BT.

“Hitachi’s operational technology, IT and IoT expertise, long-standing customer engagements and its Lumada IoT Platform will combine ideally with our global infrastructure, cloud services and cybersecurity expertise to create powerful IoT offerings that will help maximise the success of our global customers’ digital transformation journeys,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO at Hitachi Vantara, and vice president at Hitachi, suggested that IoT represented a “critical inflection point in which the interests of business, industry and society are intersecting and aligning like never before”.

“We see the creation of strategic partnerships with leaders and market makers like BT as a critical underpinning to Hitachi’s IoT strategy as we move our company and business into the next phase of its evolution.”

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String of collaborations

The partnership follows a string of collaborations between vendors in the IoT space, with several focusing on providing industrial IoT products and services.

In February, engineering company JGC Corporation said it would be collaboration with Japanese engineering organisation NEC, and technology vendor IBM agreed terms with German engineering and electronics company Bosch on an industrial IoT tie-up. Then in April, Swiss robotics and automation company ABB announced an industrial IoT partnership with the artificial intelligence (AI) experts at IBM Watson.

Rob Bamforth, analyst at IT advisory company Quocirca, believes these partnerships are often about bringing together different technical skills, rather than the technology itself.

“While a lot of technical expertise can be common to each, the application of the technology is much more about the suitability to particular markets, sectors and specific use cases. For IoT, many of these are still emerging,” he said.

Margins can also bet thin, depending on the high volumes of transactions or devices, he added, and this increased the risk for companies and means they may require broader channels.

“Building this takes time, but the IoT is a fast-paced sector, so it is often far more effective to find a partner who has the capabilities – market understanding, channel and technology – that complement your own, and is willing to make the investment and share the risk,” said Bamforth.

“This is one way that larger companies, which are often blindsided by more nimble market entrants, can use their size effectively, in partnership with another similar, but complementary player,” he concluded.

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