IIoT Platform-as-a-service ADAMOS launched by leading German firms

German software and industrial companies launched ADAMOS, an alliance formed around an open, white-labled IIoT platform. It has two main components, one is the digital marketplace and the other is the App Factory.

ADAMOS structure

The digital marketplace based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) consists of 200 experts, 5 digital marketplaces (of respective ADAMOS partners) and more than 30 apps in the App Factory. The App Factory has a development environment where platform partners can use a common technology infrastructure to build apps.

The key capabilities provided by the ADAMOS platform include machine learning (for predictive maintenance in manufacturing processes), real-time analytics, data storage, device connectivity, customizable dashboards, integration with various IIoT scenarios, and security.

The key companies behind the launch of IIoT Industry 4.0 platform include DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG, Zeiss and Singapore-based ASM PT.

“As a machine builder, we know our customers’ requirements and know what is important. In the ADAMOS App Factory we bring industry knowledge for intuitively operated applications together with the design of digital marketplaces. The ADAMOS App Factory is a cooperation between machine builders and software companies that are closely linked with the partners.”
Ralf W. Dieter, CEO, Dürr AG.

The platform is aimed at SMEs and plans to launch first apps for planning, predictive maintenance, and machine cockpit from the beginning of 2018.


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German firm TRUMPF acquires industrial IoT software maker C-Labs

Industrial IoT software maker C-Labs was acquired by German industrial manufacturer TRUMPF International. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Before branding its services as a ‘packaged IIoT product/solution provider’, C-Labs made custom software for industrial IoT clients. Currently, the two core products of the industrial IoT software maker are Factory-Relay and C-D Engine. The former delivers remote and mobile access to industrial equipment through a security-compliant hardware relay.

The other is C-D Engine, an application development platform for IoT solutions. It has an API, an SDK for system extension and app development and automatically generates a user interface. It also provides a mesh network to establish a connection between ‘things’.

One of the services C-labs offers is Plug-in Development.

“When I founded C-Labs in 2009, the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) was not yet in popular use. Now our software simplifies and secures vital communications in places as diverse as automotive plants, power generation facilities, and research labs,” said Chris Muench, CEO of C-Labs.

TRUMPF’s interest in acquiring C-Labs dates back to the German firm’s investment in C-Labs in Nov 2015. The software maker then raised $ 2.7M in venture capital. Afterwards, TRUMPF also licensed the software C-Labs’ technology for its own product line. The German company makes machines and systems, power tools, power electronics, and smart-factory products. Buying an upstart and specialized software vendor makes all the sense as TRUMPF plans to expand its own IoT services/software division.

Nonetheless, being acquired by a leading manufacturer of machines and tools will also benefit C-Labs. It can both expand its geographical footprint as well as bring on bigger and better customers.


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German manufacturer Trumpf swoops on Seattle-based IoT specialist C-Labs

Seattle-based IoT start-up acquired by German industrial company Trumpf

C-Labs Corporation, a Seattle-based company that creates software for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has been acquired by German manufacturing company Trumpf.

Trumpf, which is best known for building machine tools used in factories and workshops, acquired all of C-Labs’ outstanding shares, although it will maintain its current location and add more software engineers.

It’s been a big year already for C-Labs. In April, the company launched the fourth generation of its IIoT software. Supposedly, the product offers embedded IoT capabilities for machine makers – including Trumpf – and connectivity for application providers.

 

A paper, recently published by ARC Advisory Group, claims that companies such as C-Labs “represent a key and vital connection and security technology that will help enable the digital enterprise and the factory of the future.”

Bright future

As part of the deal, Chris Muench will stay on to lead the company. Muench said that Trumpf will provide his firm with the resources it needs to keep on growing and improving its products.

“When I founded C-Labs in 2009, the term ‘Internet of Things’  was not yet in popular use. Now our software simplifies and secures vital communications in places as diverse as automotive plants, power generation facilities, and research labs,” he said.

“With the resources and global reach of Trumpf International, we are excited about continuing our growth and helping create and secure the industrial IoT for customers worldwide.”

Stephan Fischer, managing director of digital business solutions at Trumpf, added: “C-Labs has shown tremendous flexibility in enabling industrial Internet of Things connectivity in a variety of industrial environments, and doing so in full compliance with the varied IT and data usage policies of different customers.”

Read more: Survey shows IIoT has “crossed the chasm”, claims Zebra

A new industrial revolution

The IIoT is expected to be a high-growth industry in its own right. General Electric predicts that investment in the sector will reach a staggering $ 60 trillion over the next fifteen years.

Dave Sutton, product manager at Schneider Electric, said connected technology is transforming the manufacturing world in a plethora of ways but there are some challenges ahead.

“IIoT is changing the industrial manufacturing competitive landscape in a similar way to how the internet has impacted the wider business world since the mid-1990s,” Sutton said. “Many questions and concerns still remain unanswered, including standards, interoperability, cybersecurity, workforce skills, and return on investment.

He added: “It is clear, however, that in order to stay competitive, industry the world over needs to understand the potential that IIoT holds, as well as the risks of moving too slowly. The IIoT provides significant transformation potential for industrial organizations, offering a means to increase the value they derive from modern IIoT open standards based automation technologies.”

Read more: Thyssenkrupp aims to make child’s play of IIoT with ‘Toii’

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Apple acquires German AR and eye-tracking company

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Apple has reportedly acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German eye-tracking and augmented reality company, for an undisclosed amount.

SensoMotoric was founded in 1991 and primarily builds eye tracking hardware and software for industrial and commercial use. On its website, the company said its solutions can be deployed across a wide range of fields, including clinical research, neuroscience, VR, and AR.

See Also: Eye tracking in VR/AR: The promise and the perils

MacRumors originally broke the news, revealing the trail that went from SensoMotoric to Apple. Like most of Apple’s small acquisitions, it did not publicize the acquisition, giving the same terse reply:

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

It also did not purchase the company through official channels, instead using a shell corporation called Vineyard Capital Corporation to complete the acquisition. Gene Levoff, vice president of corporate law at Apple, signed business documents for Vineyard Capital, in relation to the acquisition.

If that wasn’t enough, SensoMotoric has made some classic post-Apple-purchase moves, including the removal of blog entries, content disappearing from the website, and shutting support channels.

Augmented reality is the next stepping stone for Apple and rumors of AR glasses have been swirling for the past year. CEO Tim Cook has kept excitement high, stating that AR could be as big as mobile and it is investing a lot of time into the new technology.

Apple launched ARkit at WWDC 2017, a framework for app developers to build AR apps for the iPad. IKEA is one of the launch partners, planning to launch a revamped AR app that places realistic 3D models of furniture inside homes.

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Deutsche Telekom is making 1.2 million German households smart every year

Deutsche Telekom is making 1.2 million German households smart every year

New Speedport Smart router now controls Deutsche Telekom’s German end-customer offer Magenta SmartHome. Magenta SmartHome Basic contains many features free of charge. New Deutsche Telekom design line for devices with the DECT ULE cordless standard.

Nearly 13 million consumers trust in Deutsche Telekom’s products and expertise for their telephony and Internet surfing. The German telecommunications service provider now wants to smooth the way for its customers into smart, connected homes – and is integrating Magenta SmartHome features in its Speedport Smart router.

Effective immediately, the routers do not just manage phone calls, Internet and TV; they can also control smart home devices.
“We have been a reliable partner to our customers for many years when it comes to telecommunications and entertainment. So it’s only natural to act as partners for security, convenience, and energy conservation, too,” says Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management responsible for Germany.

To this end, in addition to Wi-Fi, the Speedport Smart now also supports the DECT ULE cordless standard – enabling the integration of smoke detectors, thermostats, and many other smart devices. Other protocols can be retrofitted via USB port. A USB stick for the ZigBee protocol is already available and a stick for the Homematic IP protocol is scheduled for release in fall 2017. Newly shipped Speedport Smart routers will gain the additional features, and routers already installed by customers will receive a firmware update.

“That means we equipped 170,000 households in Germany with a control center for Magenta SmartHome overnight,” explains Henri Vandré, Head of Smart Home at Telekom Deutschland GmbH.

“And we will be shipping around 1.2 million additional smart routers every year.”

Free-of-charge look at Magenta SmartHome

Deutsche Telekom is also eliminating other barriers for customers who want to get started with smart home features: the installation of the smart home features in the Speedport Smart routers includes a free version of the company’s SmartHome service, with many basic functions. Undecided customers can test the benefits of Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta SmartHome Basic offering for themselves. “A single sensor on your door or window is all it takes to make your home safer. Together with the Speedport Smart, the free starter package and the Magenta SmartHome app, you can set up an alarm system for your doors and windows quickly and easily,” explains Vandré. “If a sensor-equipped door or window is opened in your absence, an alert is sent to your smartphone.” An upgrade from the free starter version to the full range of features is possible at any time, through the Magenta SmartHome app.

New Telekom devices in the Magenta SmartHome portfolio

Deutsche Telekom is also launching a new portfolio of components for Magenta SmartHome under its own brand. The devices, with their exclusive Telekom design, feature the established, secure DECT ULE cordless standard and include smoke and motion detectors, door and window contacts, and indoor sirens. Other devices, such as a connector plug for outdoors, will be released soon.

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