How to Implement IoT into Your Small Business

How to Implement IoT into Your Small Business

How to Implement IoT into Your Small Business

An article by Marc, Editor at IoT Business News.

This year is as good a year as any to start thinking about ways to deploy (IoT) technologies in your small business. According to Vodafone’s IoT Barometer 2017/18, IoT is currently used by 29% of organizations across all industries. Some industries, such as retail, healthcare, and manufacturing, have been leading the pack when it comes to adoption rates. Other industries, such as energy and utilities, or the automotive industry, are catching up quickly.

The overall picture shows that you can start using IoT today and still not be too late for the party. In fact, you might be getting there at the time when things are heating up. According to the Cradlepoint Business Intelligence Report “The State of IoT 2017-2018”, 69% of companies already use IoT or plan to do so in the next 12 months. If you see your small business among the two-thirds of businesses who are getting serious with IoT, here are some things you should keep in mind.

Think About Staffing

The Internet of Things is a disruptive technology. By deciding to use it, chances are that you’re signing up for a change in the way you do business. That’s great because the desired outcome of disruption is an improvement. But as technology allows us to get more efficient, it also decreases the demand for some types of work. This usually leads to the elimination of lower-paying jobs, and creation of new, higher-paying ones.

But you shouldn’t start laying off people right away. In fact, you might not even need to fire anyone at all. Your business can grow and even out the number amount of people it needs. You can promote people or train them for the new, advanced jobs. The way to handle this is up to you and your circumstance. However, it’s important to understand that you’ll need someone with a completely new skill set who will guide your business through the implementation.

Many new professions emerging from IoT don’t have a job title yet. You can even look at websites that provide sample cover letters, and you won’t find a single reference. Still, the position that’s critical for you to fill early on is what is sometimes described as an IoT Business Designer. Simply put, you’ll need a person who will find the areas that can be improved using IoT. A person who will analyze the cost-effectiveness, and design implementation. Without such a person, your business will be in danger of being too cautious and missing out on opportunities. Or, it can end up with a lot of tech that does absolutely nothing for it.

Take Security Seriously

The number one concern with IoT is security. Most members of the industry are keenly aware of it, and so are the businesses that have already implemented IoT solutions. IoT is an attractive target for malevolent individuals and groups for the same reasons that make it great. IoT uses a large number of relatively cheap sensors to monitor a large number of variables. Hackers use a large number of devices to launch DDoS attacks. IoT networks gather a staggering amount of data that are used for tracking and analytics. Hackers can use the same data to steal or damage property. IoT devices allow control and automation of processes. Hackers use the same devices to disable those processes.

IoT security is one of the main reasons why IoT adoption hasn’t been as quick as it was predicted a couple of years ago. The threat is real, and the industry hasn’t been quick enough to respond to it. But that doesn’t mean the industry has been quiet. Every major manufacturer has been looking into ways to beef up the security of its devices. Service providers have been doing the same. In the United States, the government is getting involved with legislature proposals.

There are two components of IoT security — the human and the technological. If you want to stay as safe as possible, you need to address both when implementing IoT solutions. Using equipment from manufacturers with a good track record is one thing you can do. Ensuring your network is protected by a firewall in another. Using safe storage options for the data you collect is also in there. But so is remembering to change the usernames and passwords on the devices you own. That alone would have prevented the Mirai attack, for example. And finally, you should develop an interest in IoT security and follow news about latest attacks and latest security features.

We are already seeing that IoT is a technology that can help businesses run more efficiently and grow. In general, IoT solutions have a decent return on investment. But if you want IoT to do the same for you, you can’t just dive in head first and hope for the best. Your implementation needs to be precise and deliberate. And it has to be performed in a way that doesn’t leave gaps in security.

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Aeris Partners with MACH Networks to Implement IoT Solutions

Aeris has joined hands with MACH Networks for offering 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) IoT connectivity solutions for Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) and enterprises. The set of IoT solutions available from Aeris and MACH Networks include enterprise-class 4G LTE routers, service plans on Aeris’ global IoT network and remote monitoring, management and technical support.

Aeris provides IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services for several industries. Industries such as connected vehicle, telematics, fixed assets, healthcare, wireless point-of-sale and utilities fall under this category. The Aeris IoT Services platform provides in-depth visibility and control of devices, assets or sensors independent of time, number of assets or location. The solution is tailored to help companies increase the revenue and create new services and business models. Moreover, it will provide them with distinct market differentiation against their competitors.

MACH Networks provides fully-managed 4G LTE connectivity solutions to the landline service providers in the nation. By joining hands with Aeris, MACH Networks intends to expand its product portfolio in the field of IoT. This features fully-managed primary and backup connectivity solutions for IoT all around the world. It is said this will enable Aeris’ distribution channel partners to earn monthly recurring commissions by selling connectivity solutions for IoT applications.

Aeris along with MACH Networks, will enhance the IoT services platform with fully managed connectivity solutions. The solutions will drive applications related to ATMs and kiosks, branch offices, business continuity, digital signage, industrial automation, point-of-sale, plain old telephone service (POTS) replacement, SD-WAN, transportation and video surveillance. Moreover, Aeris will feature this solution in OpEx models as IoT Solutions-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Christina Richards, Vice President of Global Marketing, Aeris said, “The opportunity to expand our Aeris IoT Services platform and help more companies unlock the value of IoT is our goal and MACH Networks is helping us achieve it. Aeris and MACH Networks now will offer fully-managed 4G LTE connectivity IoT solutions that will help SMBs and national retail establishments, quick-serve restaurants, financial institutions and healthcare providers turn their unconnected products into connected services.”

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One-day Conference in Bangalore Emphasizes Education and Networking for Developers Who Implement MIPI Specifications

One-day Conference in Bangalore Emphasizes Education and Networking for Developers Who Implement MIPI Specifications

PISCATAWAY, N.J., BANGALORE: September 27,2017 – The MIPI Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, today announced highlights of its forthcoming developers conference, MIPI DevCon Bangalore. The one-day event will provide education, technical training and a networking forum for implementers of MIPI specifications.

WHAT: MIPI DevCon Bangalore

WHEN & WHERE: 27 October 2017, at the Leela Palace Bengaluru in Bangalore, India

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The conference is tailored to developerswho are interfacing sensors in mobile, IoT or automotive designs, or integrating imaging, displays and touch components in connected cameras, tablets, laptops and other devices. The program’s technical content and practical use case sessions will appeal to system architects, engineers, engineering managers, and business and marketing executives. Members of the media and industry analysts are invited to attend with complimentary registration.

WHO IS SPEAKING AT THE EVENT: MIPI Alliance working group chairs and other MIPI experts will lead keynote and technical sessions to share their implementation experiences,demonstrate use cases and provide application examples. Several MIPI Alliance member companies will conduct product demonstrations.

WHY MIPI ALLIANCE IS HOSTING THE EVENT: Mobile technologies are rapidly expanding into new markets such as wearables, IoT, automotive and augmented/virtual reality. Many companies in Bangalore and across India’s high-tech industry are actively pursuing these growth opportunities.

MIPI DevCon Bangalore will bring the latest information on MIPI specifications to developers in the region. Educational sessions will highlight how developers can apply MIPI specifications to achieve significant performance and integration advantages while shortening time to market and lowering component costs. In addition to the educational sessions, the exhibit area will offer opportunities to interact with MIPI member companies and view product demonstrations. The event schedule provides several networking opportunities as well.

“The focus of MIPI DevCon Bangalore is on developers who are implementing MIPI specifications in high-performing, cost-effective designs for mobile, IoT, automotive and other markets,” said Joel Huloux,chairman of the board of MIPI Alliance. “MIPI DevCon Bangalore will bring education on MIPI specifications to this region’s development community through implementation guidelines, best practices, use cases and access to industry experts.”

PROGRAM DETAILS: The MIPI DevCon Bangaloreagenda features expert commentary and presentations from MIPI members representing the industry’s top companies working in mobile, IoT, automotive and other fast-growth markets.

Five comprehensive tracks will cover:

• MIPI Sensor and Sideband Interfaces – MIPI I3C and MIPI VGI for Sideband GPIO
• MIPI Verification and Test– Challenges and Solutions
• MIPI Interfaces for Automotive – Implementation Strategies and Use Cases
• MIPI Interfaces for Imaging – Applications and Use Cases
• MIPI Connectivity – Approaches and Implementations


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IoT as a service will provide businesses with the tools necessary to implement IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is arguably set to be the biggest driver of productivity and growth in the next decade, with Accenture estimating IoT could add $ 14.2 trillion (€11.87 trillion) to the global economy by 2030. But despite the hype and excitement, right now we seem to be a very long way from realising that […]

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LORIOT.IO and futurioX to implement nationwide LoRaWAN™ network in Italy

LORIOT.IO and futurioX to implement nationwide LoRaWAN™ network in Italy

One of the worldwide leading IoT infrastructure-provider LORIOT.IO has found a competent partner for the Italian market.

In the south-European country, the Swiss tech company provides innovative solutions for the “Internet of Things” in collaboration with young startup futurioX srl of Bolzano.

Innovative start-up futurioX of Bolzano, which was founded by systems srl in autumn of 2016, specialises in creating specialised solutions for the “Internet of Things.”
“Our vision is to create a better world by means of IoT. We believe that the prudent use of technologies can make the world “smarter.” For example, environmental and human resources can be conserved, individual perceptions of safety can be raised, and life can be simplified both privately and professionally,” expressed Marco Rossi, Digital Business Engineer at futurioX srl.

In spite of just having entered the Italian market, futurioX srl is already playing an important role as a leading company in the development and sales of applications and services based on LoRaWAN™ technology. This special network protocol was developed especially for communications in IoT. These specifications were defined by the LoRA alliance of which futurioX is one of only three Italian members with official Network I status.

Close Partnership in Italy

In order to optimally cover the Italian market, Swiss company and global player LORIOT.IO recently formalised a strategic partnership with futurioX srl. LORIOT delivers the right infrastructure and products for use with LoRaWAN™ technologies while futurioX sets up and operates the production chain, from sensors and network to all platform applications and individual developments. Using LoRaWAN™ protocols as a technological basis, solutions can be created for specific requirements and areas of application. When it comes to the important areas of security and software development, futurioX relies on the know-how of systems srl, a South Tyrolean IT company.

“After a month-long selection and evaluation phase that examined various potential LoRaWAN™ network solutions and providers, we settled on the ideal partner for our needs. LORIOT.IO was a convincing choice due to their business acumen and technical expertise. This is the start of a fruitful collaboration,” explained Marco Rossi.

Know-How, Competence and Innovation

LORIOT.IO and its local partner futurioX have already equipped some regions of Italy with IoT infrastructure. In order to provide customers with the best quality when it comes to connectivity, reliability and security, futurioX makes use of local service solutions in Italy provided by LORIOT.

Julian Studer, CFO/COO and co-founder of LORIOT.IO emphasized:

“We are expanding not only our LoRaWAN™ network in Europe, but also with local partners worldwide. Finding and working with the right partners is our top priority. All of our partners are highly professional and deliver the right competence in the field of IoT. We only make use of services provided by these extremely reliable companies providing highquality solutions.”

To date, futurioX has developed a broad portfolio of applications. For example, this allows the start-up to provide solutions to cities, e.g., parking-space coordination, waste-management optimisation, water metering, or the administration of public lighting systems. In addition to smart-home solutions, futurioX also develops “tracking functions” for the private sphere, allowing the position of objects, animals or people to be located, tracked and recorded. Solutions for agriculture are also part of the company’s broad portfolio. For example, the creation of a water-distribution management for the optimal use of water resources, or monitoring of the use of pesticides to minimise risks to flora and fauna.

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