Asavie continues global expansion with new APAC hub

Asavie, an Irish company that provides mobility management and IoT connectivity solutions, is continuing its global expansion with new operations in the APAC region.

The company has today announced that it is to open a new regional headquarters and point-of-presence (POP) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This hub will allow Asavie to expand its presence in the region, the company said, while also providing enhanced coverage and more diverse options for customers.

Global plans, lucrative opportunities

Asavie has also appointed Paul Rogers as its new vice president of Asia-Pacific. He’ll be responsible for driving sales and business development in this potentially lucrative region.

On announcing the news, the company said it is enjoying “huge demand” for its specialist on-demand network connectivity services from APAC-based mobile network operators and OEMs.

With its new point-of-presence in the area, Asavie’s management team clearly believes that the company will be better-placed to provide IoT connectivity and management service solutions to customers in the region.

The Asia-Pacific region is seen by many as a high-growth IoT market. A study by Research and Markets found that the region is to grow at the highest CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of any region by 2021, overtaking the North American IoT market.

According to the research firm, this growth comes as a result of increasing technological adoption and new opportunities in countries such as India, China and Japan.

Read more: EIU report: IoT adoption slower than expected, but promising signs are there

Robust growth

Ralph Shaw, CEO of Asavie, said that his company has seen huge growth over the last few years and believes it can further this growth by targeting the accelerating market seen in Asia-Pacific.

In December 2016, the company announced that revenues had more than doubled in 2015, rising 109 percent to reach €19 million for the 12 months ending 31 December 2015. Pretax profits, meanwhile, increased from €5.95 million to €11.2 million.

Commenting on the company’s APAC expansion, Shaw said: “With the growing adoption of the IoT across many industry verticals and the continued demand for mobility management solutions, there is huge demand for Asavie’s offerings.”

Asavie’s flagship IoT platform is PassBridge, which the company describes as a “software-defined network-as-a-service platform that manages the connectivity and security of your Internet of Things and mobility projects seamlessly across heterogeneous networks, at scale.”

The company partners with mobile operators including AT&T, EE, Telefonica, Three and Vodafone and boasts a customer rollcall of some 20,000 end-user companies.

The company says it is now aiming to pick up thousands of new clients in the APAC region, providing them with access to enterprise-grade IoT products and solutions.

“This latest strategic expansion will allow us to serve the thousands of companies in APAC seeking to gain competitive advantage through Asavie’s innovative solutions,” added Shaw.

Read more: Singapore creating nationwide IoT network

Exciting times in APAC

Elsewhere, the recently published 2016 IoT-Enabled Customer Experience (CX) report, produced by tech firm Genesys, also highlighted the growth of IoT in Asia-Pacific, and in particular, how consumer-focused businesses in the region see the IoT as an opportunity to forge stronger bonds with customers.

Keith Budge, senior vice president of the APAC region for Genesys, said: “Our research confirms [that] organizations in this region recognize that IoT can provide valuable customer insights and deliver richer customer experiences.

“And in spite of the lower perceived value in Southeast Asia, we are pleasantly surprised that a high number of organizations either are evaluating ways to adopt IoT-enabled CX solutions or already have implemented trials.”

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Three Group Signs Global Internet of Things Connectivity Partnership with Cisco Jasper

Three Group Signs Global Internet of Things Connectivity Partnership with Cisco Jasper

Three Group has today announced a partnership with Cisco Jasper which extends Three Group’s capabilities in the global Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.

From mid-2017, Three Group’s enterprise customers wanting to launch IoT services will be able to do so using Cisco Jasper’s powerful connectivity management platform, Control Center. Customers will be able to access Control Center locally through Three Group’s national networks, while global customers will have the option of accessing Control Center through Hue, Three Group’s mobile enabling services division.

Three Group, which is part of the conglomerate CK Hutchison, serves over 90 million customers across three continents using networks built for fast mobile data. This partnership represents a significant move by Three Group to extend its capabilities in the burgeoning IoT space, leveraging its global portfolio of high-speed mobile networks to the advantage of the IoT market.

Built For High-Speed IoT

“Speed, flexibility and control are key to powering connected devices on a global scale,” said Jarrod Nink CEO at Hue.

“Through our global footprint of high-speed mobile networks built for mobile data, and Cisco Jasper’s powerful platform, our customers will enjoy an edge in the IoT market for years to come. This partnership will put Three at the heart of the global IoT marketplace and offers huge potential to our enterprise customers.”

The Three Group sees significant demand for the Control Center platform in all of its markets and particularly from the following segments:

  • Connected Car – Connected Car initiatives enable auto makers worldwide to transform their vehicles into connected hubs capable of delivering services that enhance the driver’s experience, drive new revenue and deliver powerful Research & Development insight into vehicle performance. As the autonomous car market evolves, the role of reliable, automated connectivity will be critical to the delivery of ongoing services. Cisco Jasper has a deep history in the Connected Car market, with 50 of the world’s largest auto brands using Control Center for their Connected Car initiatives.
  • Building Security and Automation – Connectivity has transformed how we interact with both commercial properties and our homes, making them more efficient, secure and responsive to our needs. The services that make these outcomes possible have changed both experiences and expectations, and are becoming increasingly essential. The more we value these services, the more pivotal connectivity becomes, which is why many of the world’s largest building security and automation providers rely on the Cisco Jasper platform.
  • Transportation and Logistics – IoT is a critical enabler for optimizing and automating transportation and logistics businesses. With real-time location views and comprehensive historical data, the Cisco Jasper Control Center platform helps companies improve fleet performance and enables maximum business efficiency at point of departure, during carriage and at point of arrival.

Beyond telecommunications, CK Hutchison operates businesses globally in the ports, retail, infrastructure and energy sectors. These sectors are rapidly seeking IoT services to streamline and improve business functionality and insight.

IoT Without Borders

As a global market leader, the Cisco Jasper Control Center platform is the IoT connectivity management platform of choice of over 9,000 enterprises worldwide. Control Center enables these companies to rapidly and efficiently launch, manage and monetize their IoT services, while providing the flexibility for businesses to scale those IoT services worldwide to meet the changing needs and expectations of their customers.

“Innovative enterprises in every industry are already utilizing Control Center today to enhance their customers’ IoT experiences and generate new, ongoing revenue sources,” said Kalle Ward, Managing Director EMEAR, IoT Cloud at Cisco Jasper. “Cisco Jasper has been powering these real IoT successes for more than 10 years, and our connectivity management platform helps businesses automate and manage the delivery of their IoT services globally. We are delighted that the Three Group, with its high-speed mobile networks built for data and its multinational footprint, has selected Cisco Jasper as its partner to deliver IoT simplicity.”

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Smart city development now a global phenomenon, says Navigant Research

Smart city development now a global phenomenon, says Navigant Research

There are more than 250 smart city projects underway across 178 cities around the world, according to a new report from market research company Navigant Research.

The Smart City Tracker 1Q17 examines the current state of global smart city development, covering the related aspects of the smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart governments sectors, segmented by region.

This includes investments in areas such as open data platforms, smart grids, networked LED street lights, urban mobility, energy-efficient buildings, water management, and government service applications.

The report finds that, of the 252 smart city projects tracked, the majority of projects are smart government-led (40 percent), with smart energy coming a relatively close second (27 percent).

Smart transportation (18 percent), smart buildings (11 percent), and smart water (four percent) projects made up the rest.

Interestingly, the majority of projects tracked were in Europe, with Asia Pacific in second and North America third.

Read more: Airbus and Italdesign unveil modular smart city transport

Smart city projects ‘a global phenomenon’

Navigant’s assessment is that a growing number of cities are developing programs for the deployment of smart solutions around the world, to the extent that it is now “a global phenomenon”.

“Leading cities are looking at how they can build on their initial investment in open data and the data feeds being provided by Internet of Things applications,” said Christina Jung, research analyst with Navigant Research.

“Cities are moving beyond the publication of government open data policies to the exploitation of a wide range of data sources and the establishment of city platforms for information sharing and use of analytics.”

The widespread interest in smart city programs is creating a growing market opportunity. As sensor technology improves and costs decrease, smart technologies are becoming more efficient, higher performing, and cheaper than ever before, according to the report.

So much so that Navigant expects the global market for smart city products and services to be worth $ 40.1 billion in 2017, a figure which it projects will grow to $ 97.9 billion by 2026, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4 percent.

Read more: San Diego to get $ 30 million smart city network

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Rural Sourcing Benefits From Digital Agribusiness Solutions To Meet Global Food Needs

With the world population headed toward the 10 billion mark in the coming years, the need for healthy, sustainable and fairly produced food will increase accordingly. Rural sourcing will be integral in meeting these needs. Hyperconnectivity in business and digital transformation of agriculture processes can create a stronger operational foundation for rural sourcing. This transformation can bring affordable, sustainable agricultural production by facilitating smart, traceable solutions throughout operations from farm to fork.

Reimagining smallholder farming network management

Modern farmers are surrounded by a complex system of equipment, vendors, processors, manufacturers, and agrichemical specialists. These technologies are often new to farmers in rural areas and developing countries; however, they can assist them in becoming far greater contributors The processes involved in rural sourcing must stay in sync with increased demand and changing consumer behaviors. Smallholder farming operations can benefit immensely from food traceability and hyperconnectivity innovations. This digital transformation is set to bring agricultural production to new heights of productivity and effectiveness, with additional benefits for rural farmers.

Rural sourcing made easier with digital business solutions

Rural sourcing is an area that’s ripe for transformation through digital agriculture solutions. Current and emerging digitization processes can assist with taking rural sourcing from smallholder farmers in developing countries to new heights of viability and success. The agribusiness value chain can be effectively streamlined, improving smallholders’ lives in a range of positive ways.

For example, rural farmers will be able to connect with financial services more readily. They will have a range of opportunities that were not available to them in the past. A blend of supplier and collaborator business networks, workforce engagement, assets, and the Internet of Things (IoT) assist all of the elements of this process to work together within a digital core. While the digital core facilitates the management of all financial and contractual data, collaboration within a supplier network is also seamless throughout the entire process. Mobile advances, the cloud, and IoT all come together in innovative software solutions to manage all the crucial components of rural-sourcing digitization.

The following are some of the key areas:

  • Identify farmers and expected crop yields. Research and due diligence in a rural area are streamlined and made intuitive, accurate, and efficient.
  • Broadcast prices and plan logistics. Keeping all relevant parties abreast of pricing considerations and key processes is fully automated, as are the processes themselves.
  • Consult and train farmers. Getting rural farmers up to speed and at top efficiency is also enabled with software solutions.
  • Record quantities and qualities. Full tracking of products from farm to fork is easier than ever with digital agriculture. Both quantities and full descriptions can be included.
  • Truck loading and offloading. Hyperconnectivity of the processes involved in digital farming ensures full food traceability until it reaches its destination – and at every phase along the way.
  • Mobile data exchange/track and trace standards. Data can be exchanged rapidly while on the go and kept up to date for all parties involved. Information, correspondence, and productivity data are always readily accessible, as is key information about products that are en route.
  • Mobile and SMS payments. All financial aspects of digital farming, including SMS payments, financials, and controlling, can be effectively managed with software solutions.

Processes involving integrated sourcing for crops or commodities from rural areas assist farmers by making training and best practices available. Tracing shipments in line with area and industry standards is also supported. It all starts with a direct connection to local farmers and allows for the accurate tracking of the resultant products to ensure efficiency. Digital farming can bring it all together. Transparency of origins is improved as well as the settlement process, reducing fraud risk. The hyperconnectivity of digital farming allows for more effective food traceability, more efficient farm operations, better food safety and quality, and an overall more beneficial experience when working with the rural farmer.

With effective rural sourcing management, everyone wins

Businesses implementing digital farming can more readily and consistently provide sustainable processes and positive working conditions. Farming practices can more easily be kept in line with fair trade labels and other key standards and certifications.

Learn more about digital transformation for the agribusiness industry

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Top Three IoT Platform Startups According to Global Internet Ranking

Last decades have been significant in terms of the technological reform that we have witnessed. However, one of the technology trends getting the most attention was the Internet of Things (IoT). What started off as a mere idea has today turned into a multi-million business trend which has, over all these years, paved the way for many innovative discoveries to take place around us. One of the factors which make the Internet of Things a break-through technological wonder is the fact that it has evolved largely out of our living rooms and workplaces; hence resulting in the successful creation of smart

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