HERE Technologies And AWS Offer Seamless Location Services To Developers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and HERE Technologies are offering developers seamless access to an array of location services through the recently launched AWS Serverless Application Repository. The companies said this will increase the speed and ease in which developers can access and integrate core location services into their applications.

Developers on the AWS Serverless Application Repository are now able to easily utilize a suite of HERE location services, including: map images and tiles; geocoding; positioning; routing; road toll costs; road traffic conditions; public transit information; and weather conditions.

Developers simply need credentials from to then access the location services on the AWS Serverless Application Repository.

“Because HERE location services are available in the AWS Serverless Application Repository, developers can rapidly deploy AWS Lambda into their own AWS account that serve as proxies to HERE location services, and thus allows for a microservices approach to calling the HERE locations services. This approach also provides developers with benefits from Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda capabilities such as cache, throttling, and authentication”, according to the company.

“Thanks to the contributions of APN Partners like HERE, AWS is able to offer a comprehensive collection of customer-focused serverless applications through the AWS Serverless Application Repository,” said Tim Wagner, General Manager of AWS Lambda, Amazon Web Services. Inc. “We’re proud to offer an easy way for developers and companies to get started with HERE’s locations services.”

The AWS Serverless Application Repository is currently available in Preview.

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Aeris & MACH Networks Collaborate to Offer IoT Solutions

Aeris & MACH Networks Collaborate to Offer IoT Solutions

Aeris & MACH Networks Collaborate to Offer IoT Solutions

IoT technology leaders unite to provide 4G LTE connectivity solutions for SMBs and enterprises.

Aeris said today it has agreed to work with MACH Networks, one of the nation’s top providers of last-mile IoT connectivity solutions, to offer 4G long-term evolution (LTE) IoT connectivity solutions for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises.

The fully managed bundled 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 ongoing technical support.

Aeris offers IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) services for a number of industries, including connected vehicle, telematics, fixed assets, healthcare, wireless point-of-sale and utilities. The Aeris® IoT Services platform provides in-depth visibility and control of devices, assets or sensors, regardless of time, number of assets or location. The comprehensive Aeris IoT solution, with its suite of features built into the platform, is geared to help companies enhance revenue, create new services and business models and provide them with distinct market differentiation against their competitors.

MACH Networks provides fully-managed 4G LTE connectivity solutions for some of the largest landline carriers in the nation. By collaborating with Aeris, MACH Networks will be able to expand its product portfolio to include fully-managed primary and backup connectivity solutions for IoT across the globe. It also will enable Aeris’ distribution channel partners to earn monthly recurring commissions selling connectivity solutions for IoT applications, one of the fastest growing segments of the telecommunications industry.

Aeris, in partnership with MACH Networks, will complement its existing IoT services platform with fully managed connectivity solutions for 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. Additionally, Aeris will be able to offer this functionality in an OpEx models as a fully managed IoT Solutions-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Christina Richards, Vice President of Global Marketing, Aeris
“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.”

Don Ochoa, CEO, MACH Networks
“MACH Networks welcomes the opportunity to work with Aeris. The global market for machine-to-machine and Internet of Things solutions continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, and collaborating with Aeris represents a tremendous growth opportunity for both companies. We look forward to driving new business via Aeris’ global IoT network.”

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D-Link and Afero partner to offer secured IoT in Brazil

D-Link, has announced an international partnership with Afero, a company that has developed a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform. D-Link, a provider of communication network products for residential and business use sees Afero’s platform promising enough to help improved security. The company selected Afero’s IoT platform to offer the market a new class of smart and secure products.

Afero’s IoT platform covers edge-device connectivity, mobile hubs, cloud integration, and automated development and deployment. The solution enables companies to create and manage the life cycle of their smart products, so that they can focus on their core businesses.

The partnership brings best of both the giants. The D-Link Smart Water Sensor system leverages the Afero IoT platform for reliability and ease of use, where Afero provides a scalable, cloud-based platform for a variety of solutions.

D-Link operates subsidiaries throughout more than 90 countries. It was established in Brazil in 2001, with connectivity solutions aimed at broadening the network-access experience and supplying Wi-Fi equipment, routers, cloud cameras and solutions for connecting physical spaces. “We are thrilled that D-Link has partnered with us to combine our technological innovation with its trusted brand that will enable customers to quickly deploy devices and deploy rich IoT solutions quickly and easily,” says Joe Britt, Afero’s CEO.

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Drones offer a new perspective on British Columbia wildfires

Drones offer a new perspective on British Columbia wildfires

British Columbia is recovering from a summer fire season more devastating than any in living memory. Now researchers are using drones to carry out damage assessments from above to better understand the behaviour of wildfires. 

As firefighters continue to battle against relentless blazes in California, researchers further north are taking advantage of the respite that comes with colder temperatures.

A University of British Columbia forestry professor and a group of students are taking to the skies above BC’s worst-hit areas to discover more about how and why the 2017 fire season got so out of control.

Leading the research is Dr Nicholas Coops. He has described aerial footage of the charred remains of the Alex Fraser Research forest near Williams Lake and the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest near Vancouver as “like nothing we’ve ever seen before”.

Read more: Park rangers use IoT in mission to save endangered black rhinos

Using drones to understand wildfires

Both forests were hit hard by fires in the summer. Now Coops and his team of researchers are trying to learn more about how and why the fires progressed as they did.

From above, they are able to chart the progress of the fire, spot areas that burned at higher temperatures than others and discover any parts of the forest that might be salvaged.

Traditionally, this job would have been done on foot or with the help of satellites and manned aircraft. But each of those methods comes with drawbacks and impracticalities. Drones, by contrast, offer an imaging solution that’s easy to deploy, cost-effective and, most important in this specific type of research, high resolution.

“We can see every live tree, every dead tree. We can see the scorch on the trees. We can see the pattern of mortality that we get across the stand,” said Coops.

The high-resolution images are being used to create three-dimensional models of the forests in question.

This is because the data captured isn’t simply from above. Drones are nimble enough to operate close to the ground and fly among the trees, meaning that minute details can be captured and added to the three-dimensional model’s bigger picture.

“We’re able to see even centimetre differences on branches and leaves, based on these types of three-dimensional views of the forest,” Coops said.

Read more: How drones are helping hurricane recovery efforts

Looking to the future

The research team has conducted the aerial investigation with the help of FYBR Solutions, a forestry intelligence company based in Vancouver.

Alex Graham, a Masters’ student working on the project, believes the data captured can help mitigate the risks of wildfires in the future and keep tabs on a forest’s recovery.

“Some of the other applications outside of wildlife management would be regeneration assessment – so [looking at] young trees and seeing how they’re growing in time. It’s also useful in monitoring the progress of harvests,” he said.

“Just like a lot of industries today, big data and machine learning are key to how businesses are going to be optimal in the future,” said Patrick Crawford, CEO of FYBR Solutions.

“Drones are another tool to help gather huge amounts of data to better understand how our forests grow and how the world is changing.”

Read more: Drones help scientists keep tabs on food chain in Antarctica

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Offer Services With Products To Boost Building Manufacturing

Discrete manufacturers that create building products are facing challenges from industry competitors that have gone through a digital transformation. The companies that don’t follow suit and digitalize the business will fall behind. In an IDC white paper, authors Kimberly Knickle, Heather Ashton, and Jeffrey Hojlo stated that “by 2018, nearly one-third of [discrete manufacturing] industry leaders will be disrupted by competitors that are digitally enabled.”

One main way discrete manufacturers are moving forward is by integrating services with current product offerings. This combination is tied in with providing better customer experiences. To achieve this new business model, manufacturers need to rely on technology and Internet of Things (IoT).

How can building manufacturers use technology to stay relevant in the industry and move past competitors?

Modern customers are looking for a better experience. Providing that experience can improve business for manufacturers. Building products manufacturers can shift their business models to add services to their product offerings. They can provide services that install and maintain the products they sell.

Selling products straight to customers can also be new for businesses that sold them through a second company. Previously, customers might have bought kitchen cabinets at a home improvement store. Now, theycan buy them straight from the manufacturer. The same company will also install the cabinets. This setup could fit many types of building product manufacturers. Those that sell windows, carpets, doors, faucets, or other building materials could all install their products.

Adding services to keep up with changing demands doesn’t need to be difficult. Manufacturers can team up with third-party contractors. These service providers become integrated into the shop experience. This setup allows manufacturers to offer services to customers without dramatically changing their businesses. Companies that want to keep everything within the business can instead choose to provide their own service staff members.

Adding services has the potential to help manufacturers in numerous ways. Benefits include providing stability from seasonal changes, adding profitability and revenue, meeting demands of consumers, and distinguishing the brand.

Using IoT to include services

IoT is helping manufacturing companies use technology to drive new business processes and business models and offer new services. It allows new ways of running the business to meet the needs of companies and consumers. The products are connected to IoT with sensors and software that allow functions like remote monitoring. These kinds of benefits can help companies keep track of their products to check for defects and provide services.

In particular, service enablement can be used as an IoT scenario with building products. Companies can use service enablement to bring together different providers to create a service-oriented business model. Using IoT, companies could use a program to integrate their products and services, and to efficiently run the new type of business.

Heraeus Additive Manufacturing is a company that has used a technology platform to incorporate its additive manufacturing process into broader production and supply chains. A specific platform can help manufacturing companies better collaborate with service providers and other companies. Virtual project rooms help the different companies work together to meet supply and demand needs. Head of Heraeus Additive Manufacturing Tobias Caspari said that this type of virtual platform streamlines the process of collaboration between different experts.

Customers are demanding more from companies. Many manufacturing companies are finding ways to satisfy that demand by offering services on top of products. For example, they now install and maintain the products they sell. They are using technology to manage the different parts of the company. It helps different companies work together to meet customer demand. Manufacturing companies that don’t keep up with this type of change can expect to lose relevance with consumers. Using technology and new business methods helps discrete manufacturers compete and improve their businesses.

Learn how to bring new technologies and services together to power digital transformation by downloading The IoT Imperative for Energy and Natural Resource Companies. Explore how to bring Industry 4.0 insights into your business today by reading Industry 4.0: What’s Next?

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