Intel to Reveal Breakthrough in Smart and Connected Technology at IoT Solutions World Congress

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Next week at IoT Solutions World Congress (October 25-27) in Barcelona, the leading global event for industrial IoT, Intel will be unveiling IoT solutions designed to support the next wave of innovation, helping connected entities become more responsive, efficient, and aware. Intel’s latest development will enable high scale machines and systems to greatly expand capabilities in the most challenging of environments.

 

Intel – IoT Solutions World Congress Hackathon

Intel co-sponsored a hackathon at IoT Solutions World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.
To kick off the excitement of our presence at IoTSWC, Intel is co-sponsoring a hackathon two days before the event on October 23 to inspire contestants to develop creative and innovative industrial solutions for healthcare, the environment, education and transportation.

With support from the Intel tech teams, participants will have access to the latest technologies at the edge and the gateway using the Intel IoT Platform. This hackathon is part of Intel’s continued mission to support and drive next generation of technology in transportation, industrial, retail and medical systems that will require a significant amount of processing power to bring data to the edge of computing, as well as new data, scalability and insights that translate to meaningful change.

 

Advancing Solutions for Next Generation IoT Today

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On October 25, I will also be presenting a keynote entitled, “IoT: From Hype to Reality.” During the presentation, I will discuss data on progress the industry has made over the past year as well as current use cases that have made IoT a reality in many sectors of the economy.

From the promise of always-on 5G connectivity and deep machine learning to strengthening security and protecting privacy, Intel is investing heavily to enable industries to unlock the potential of IoT. We believe that next generation solutions for smart and connected technologies will empower a broad range of optimized and interoperable multivendor solutions.

To highlight how Intel and its collaborators are fully prepared to provide next level smart and connected devices across an array of sectors, we will demonstrate a variety of IoT solutions that drive advancements for the industrial internet, smart cities, and machine vision.

 

Building Smarter Cities, Unlocking Economic Value

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Smart and connected cities can deliver an unprecedented value across both public and private services. Through a video demo of various use cases, Wind River’s portfolio of products such as VxWorks, Helix Device Cloud and Titanium Server, will show how Wind River software helps to control, manage and protect the city infrastructure and systems that we rely on every day.

Commercial and residential apartment buildings can also reap the benefits of IoT solutions when property managers are equipped with tools to better control building assets with actionable insight that can help improve maintenance and overall tenant experience. By leveraging Amazon’s end-to-end smart building management solutions, Intel will demonstrate a live setup of an energy clamp, motion sensor, and smart switch that will process and pass data through to the AWS Cloud Service while the Helix Device Cloud manages the devices. Insight from the device management and data provisioning processes will display on a screen with a live sensor data dashboard that will be fed from the cloud. This demonstration will leverage both Intel products (Intel IoT Platform, Wind River Helix Device Cloud, Intel IoT Gateway Technology) and Amazon products (AWS IoT, AWS S3 and Amazon Echo).

 

Building High Scale IoT for Industrial Solutions

A robot and a human working collaboratively in a smart factory.

Intel’s smart and connected solutions drive innovation in manufacturing and other industrial sectors, optimizing production and improving operations through real-time insight and seamless management solutions. With Siemens’ smart manufacturing solution, Intel will demonstrate how to optimize existing manufacturing facilities using retrofitted sensors and an intelligent IoT Gateway to gain more transparency of existing bottlenecks, without disrupting the running production.

Other industrial technologies that leverage Intel’s new IoT solution, such as ADLINK’s SEMA Cloud E2E industrial IoT platform, will showcase the ability to remotely update software and process basic input and output on manufacturing devices through the SEMA Cloud platform.

The agriculture and farming industry can also benefit from IoT solutions when collecting real-time data on weather, crop maturity, and soil and air quality. For example, in drought-stricken regions, predictive analytics solutions such as IBM Precision, can be used to make smarter decisions about a crop’s watering needs to help improve operations while reducing consumption and costs.

By using IBM Watson IoT Analytics, IBM Weather Company weather data and Intel IoT technology, Intel will demonstrate how coupling real-time soil moisture readings with historical weather patterns for a particular farm can increase crop yield and manage irrigation needs more efficiently. The demo will include three different pots of soil with moisture sensors in each pot at the Intel booth as well as a soil moisture sensor located remotely at a farm. Demo viewers will gain insight on how sensors collect data in real time to reveal the “health scores” of the water content in the soil and measure watering needs for a given area of the farm.

 

Connected, Real-Time Communication Optimizes Transportation and Logistics

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IoT is helping to create smarter and more efficient connected rail ecosystems from actual train cars to operations centers. With real-time analytics, locomotive managers can reduce fuel consumption, decrease emissions, boost velocity and improve operations.

With Accenture Connected Transport, a complete connected vehicle solution that leverages the Intel Atom x3 Processor Series 3G-R, operations managers have the ability to capture and analyze data locally, enabling real-time driver feedback and connectivity to the cloud through 3G capability for rich backend cloud analytics.

GE Transportation, another Intel IoT solution collaborators, is also making an impact in the connected rail space by leveraging a next generation, Intel-based locomotive data center for its GoLINC platform to enhance communication and improve productivity throughout operation. Its mobile data center provides robust processing, wireless communication, networking, video, and data storage. GoLINC interfaces with both locomotive and third party systems to make data available, and features onboard wireless capability for easier data transfer.

 

Enabling Interoperability Across IoT Devices and Applications

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As more smart and connected machines come on-line with cross-connectivity and varying sensor needs, interoperability will be crucial in ensuring that devices and applications are in-sync with each other and running smoothly. At IoT World Solutions Congress, Intel will demo a practical implementation of service-level semantic interoperability across different IoT standards and specifications. This setup will consist of three gateways emitting sensor data in IPSO, OCF and Haystack formats. It will then convert to a uniform data format at service-access API level for “big data” IoT aggregations and services.

Stay tuned to this space for additional details about our upcoming announcements and presence at IoT Solutions World Congress.

To view Intel-featured demos and learn more about our solutions, please visit us at booth 301.

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MIT & Watson: hacking assistive technology for #AccessibleOlli

It’s a frigid Saturday morning and I’m on my way to attend the Assistive Technology Hackathon at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. I knew that one of the hack challenges presented by IBM Research and IBM technology partner Local Motors was designed to address difficulties that the blind and visually impaired face on urban transportation, so I took off my glasses just before hopping onto the Red Line of Boston’s subway system. It was immediately apparent that this challenge would address far more than finding a seat as a matter of convenience.

285 million reasons why assistive technology is important

For the more than 285 million global citizens with visual impairment, enhanced public transportation provides a huge step forward for both personal and economic independence. As the hackathon project team learned, having the capability to find an empty seat on a bus, or train is not only an issue of personal safety, but also empowers individuals with physical limitations to get to work, shop for food, and conduct day to day life tasks.

#AccessibleOlli at MIT : scouting for new accessibility apps

Upon arriving at MIT’s BeaverWorks Lab, I checked in with a team of student coders, mechanical engineers, an occupational therapist, and the team clients – Erich Manser from IBM Research and Gina O’Connell from Local Motors.

Gina was attending with IBM to scout out prospective future applications for Olli, billed as the world’s first cognitive self-driving shuttle. The students had been busy building an Android-based app that used Bluetooth and overhead cameras that could be mounted in a city bus, or in a smaller specially equipped Olli shuttle, to identify available seats and provide verbal navigation to the user based on their geospatial coordinates when coming on board. A key element of the app was empathic design, with the entirety of the device screen acting as one big function key; this single point of app navigation enabled the identification of available seats with a just one touch.

The solution built by the students could also be extended.to many forms of public and private transportation systems as well as other fixed seat environments like MITs lecture halls.

Flawless functionality: the app was up to the task

The application functioned flawlessly in the lab, but is public transport ready to invest widely in assistive solutions like the seat-finder app?  As it turns out – it seems the answer is yes. Gina shared that her company is looking at accessibility from four different perspectives – visual, audio, cognitive and mobility–in an effort to address the needs of an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population who experience some form of disability.

By incorporating IBM Watson APIs like text-to-speech and image recognition, additional assistive on board services for self-driving Olli could include machine learning for seat selection and familiar destinations by rider, sign language recognition, and schedule arrival/departure notifications delivered to users’ personal mobile devices.

A diagram of Olli, the autonomous cognitive vehicle from Local Motors powered by Watson IoT

Figure 1: Olli

Crowd-sourcing innovative ideas

Throughout 2017, Local Motors will be teaming with IBM, the Consumer Technology Association, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and a number of other associations and municipalities to explore and enhance transportation for the aged population and those with physical or cognitive limitations. The extended group will also be working with student teams internationally, like those at MIT, crafting and submitting accessible technologies that bridge generation gaps.   Currently, there is a Local Motors Olli vehicle resident in the IBM Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich, Germany, where researchers from around the world can contribute to its learning and association with assistive technology.

The potential?

New collaboration between technology partners and large associations serving the needs of aging and disabled individuals represents a unique opportunity to better meet the needs of the entire community – as well as a multi-billion dollar opportunity. By leveraging the power of IoT and cognitive computing, in effect, we are putting new knowledge at the fingertips of the entire ecosystem – creating a limitless set of collaborative ideas which could potentially improve the experiences for aging and disabled individuals, while encouraging different players to enter the market.

Hats off to the MIT student hack team

Hats off to student hack team at MIT and their seat finding app : Sharon Hershenson, Dhruvika Sahni, Ayush Sharma, Yao Tong, Xin Wen and Fangzhou Xia. Watch for more news on student hacks and workshops supported by IBM Research, IBM Watson IoT and Local Motors.

Want to get involved? Follow: #AccessibleOlli

Please participate and share your ideas with the hashtag #AccessbleOlli. For more information, please visit ibm.com/able/

Checkout the Accessible Olli video.

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IoT Technology Worth Your Investment

IoT Technology Worth Your Investment

By Marc, writer at IoT Business News

Just a while ago, the Internet of Things was only a blossoming idea that many investors did not take notice of and now the industry is expected to be worth trillions by 2020.

The modern consumer has become so accustomed to receiving connectivity in most of their communication devices that the progression to other ‘things’ only seemed natural. From the programmable thermostat with Wi-Fi connectivity to tech polo shirts, the IoT is definitely revolutionising the consumer market.

All this growth also means lucrative opportunities for investors. When trading with an online broker such as CMC markets, it helps an investor to know the companies to watch out for in the IoT sector.

Which IoT technology is worth your money?

Home Automation

Smart homes are not the far-fetched concept they were five years ago. The market is presently filled with IoT devices that make it easy to tackle common home chores. Homeowners can now connect every switch in their houses to a single hub, giving greater control. Now you can track your HVAC system from a mobile device with the advent of smart thermostats. Refrigerators have touch screen interfaces where people can top up their groceries. A product like Amazon Echo, with its voice-activated command, has become very popular in homes. Smart bulbs are other products that have made quite an impact in smart buildings. These systems come with a range of colours that suit different settings and dimming capabilities that help with energy efficiency. The need for more intelligent appliances and home systems continues to drive things, particularly in the IoT sector. As consumers come to comprehend the benefits of home automation, demand increases. Couple that with the fact that prices keep going down and you have a thriving industry worth investing in.

Wearables

Wearable technology has the greatest potential when considering investment options. The idea of wearables is not a new one with devices like the wristwatch calculator going back decades. However, tech companies and investors have come with entirely novel ways for people to have technology on their bodies. The iWatch from Apple is notably the most popular wearable tech, though other companies like Samsung and Google have produced similar products. Fitness tracking devices have also been very monumental in the dramatic growth of wearable IoT. Individuals can now exercise as they monitor their vitals on smartphone apps. The healthcare sector has benefited a great deal from wearable technologies as tech enterprises produce products like heart and blood sugar monitors that operate online. The future of wearable technology looks bright, and this is one industry where an investor can make decent profits.

Infrastructure Providers

The internet of things needs infrastructure to be operational, and the companies that provide them are ones that an investor should watch keenly. For example, tech t-shirts need processing chips to be able to receive and send data. The companies that offer the processing chips for IoT manufacturers have capitalised in a big way. Examples of such corporations include Qualcomm, Cisco Systems and Intel. Investors can learn about other components that are necessary for the IoT products such as sensors and Wi-Fi networks.

IoT Security

The increased use of online platforms in everyday life has left the modern day consumer exposed to many threats. Companies that manufacture and sell IoT products also have to consider the safety of their systems. With the use of ransomware to extort big corporations, theft of sensitive data and even identity theft, someone has to be responsible for security. A lot of companies provide security systems and products for IoT users and producers, and that is another sector where an investor can try making money.

Data Gathering

The internet of things has given rise to big data companies, which collect all the information generated from these devices and systems. As internet users increase in various sectors, big data becomes more prominent. A company like IBM took advantage of the burgeoning demand for IoT and invested in the cloud business. All the data from IoT users and enterprises requires storage, and the cloud is the most secure option. Other entities have followed suit, and you can find out which ones have suitable investment opportunities. Some players in the IoT market are behemoths that foresaw the dominance of the industry while others are startups that are cashing in on emerging prospects. IoT is expected to keep an upward trajectory, from which an investor can make money.

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Interview: “Let’s use all benefits that technology offers us,” Branko Milikic, CEO of WolkAbout

What motivated you to start a business in the IoT domain?

After I had finished my Software Engineering studies, I entered the field of IT, where I have been for over 25 years. Four years ago, I had a problem with high bills for electricity and heating in my house, and I was unsuccessful in finding a quality sensor system on the market which would help me in saving money. Since I was a CEO of a software development company at the time, I asked my employees if they could develop our own sensor. They said: “Let us try,” and so it all began. In short, I decided to come up with something that would help me in my home, and at the same time, it was the beginning of my new company.

“IoT is a new industry, and people are afraid of new things. However, I’m sure that in the end, it will bring positive changes not only to the companies but everyday life as well. IoT is not just about reducing costs and saving money; it’s about new high-quality products that people wouldn’t have without the use of new technologies and IoT.”Branko Milikic is the CEO of WolkAbout Technology, a company focusing on the development of the product and tools which enable the building of customized Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for more than three years. Although he doesn’t consider himself being an expert, only a few people deserve this title more. We spent an inspiring afternoon with him during one of his visits to Brno.

How would you define the Internet of Things?
“Let’s take advantage of all the good stuff from the world of computing in our everyday life” could be the definition. If we want to benefit from the connectivity and speed of the modern era, we should connect all things around us to the Internet. It is a difficult task that we should take responsibly. We should build a solid foundation which would enable us to develop a high-quality and reliable solution.

How do people perceive the Internet of Things?
IoT is a new industry, and people are afraid of new things. However, I’m sure that in the end, it will bring positive changes not only to the companies but everyday life as well. IoT is not just about reducing costs and saving money; it’s about new high-quality products that people wouldn’t have without the use of new technologies and IoT.

Why are people still skeptical?
My answer is based on the previous experience. I think people are often skeptical about costs. They don’t believe they will have enough benefits from the IoT solutions to repay their costs, so they won’t be able to withstand what they have initially invested. It is true that now the costs of IoT solutions are higher than revenues, but from my experience, I know that people, who actually use IoT solutions, see its potential and know that their investment will pay off. Sensors are becoming cheaper every day, technology is getting faster, so I’m sure that we’re heading in the right direction.

Where do companies usually make mistakes?
They often try to find the cheapest route. It is not a strategy that brings the best results.

What is the first step a company should take?
Innovativeness is a success for me per se. Whether you want to modernize a traditional business or introduce the IoT solution to the most modern enterprise, you must have an innovative approach. I don’t think that companies specialized in IoT can sell innovation. Innovation must be present in the businesses interested in IoT, and IoT companies should be there only to enable the technical realization.

Can you be more specific?
For example, cities that want to provide a better quality of life for their citizens through better transportation, water or heating systems, should have a clear idea what they want and how they want it, and then they should connect with the IoT industry and see if it’s feasible. I’m sure that this is the basis of the proper relationship between the organizations and the IoT companies that will lead, sooner or later, to success. It would be wrong for anyone to expect the IoT company to do all the work and to bring the innovative approach.

“For example, cities that want to provide a better quality of life for their citizens through better transportation, water or heating systems, should have a clear idea what they want and how they want it, and then they should connect with the IoT industry and see if it’s feasible.”

Do you think there is a real value for companies in showing an active interest in the IoT?
Of course, back in the past, it was easier. In London, for example, some bookstores are operating for over 100 years. I doubt that any new business would last on the market for so long. The lives of enterprises are becoming increasingly shorter, so you must do something more. If you want to survive on the market, you should be fast and offer added value. You must be innovative to keep the market share and withstand the competition.

What is there yet to come in the world of the Internet of Things?
We’ll see! IoT is an industry in its infancy. I have recently spoken with the CIO of Lufthansa, a company which has introduced a lot of IoT solutions during the last few years. He asked me if I consider myself being an expert on the IoT. I said I don’t. He said the same thing too, although both of us have five or more years’ experience in this field. No one knows the future of the IoT  and where exactly it is going, but we surely know, undoubtedly, that the experience solely will bring greater accuracy and better results. We need to think about IoT and experiment with it. It’s not just about money; it’s about finding innovation. Who knows, maybe it is closer than we think.

Which businesses are already having success with the IoT?
Last year we witnessed IoT boom in the consumer industry. Fridges have displays connected with smartphones, which send messages that there’s no more beer. This is just the beginning, which will move us forward. I am deliberately talking about the consumer market because the industry is still reluctant to the IoT. History confirms that the industry is usually the last area in which technological innovations are widely accepted, but eventually – when it happens – it will be a huge boom.

Guest blog: Wolkabout Technologies. Wolkabout will be exhibiting at the upcoming IoT Tech Expo Europe in Berlin on the 1-2 June 2017. Find them at stand 271.

*This article was created in the cooperation with Sindiko and was originally published in the Takeplace online magazine.

(c) istockphoto.com/ nikada | MATJAZ SLANIC 

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US ready to adopt voice control technology, survey argues

A survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Vivint Smart Home has found that Americans are ready to adopt voice control technology, while many are already using the feature.

“The survey revealed that 72% of Americans who have smart home products, controlled connected gadgets, such as a smartphone, table, computer, or by a separate automatic system within the home itself remotely.”

The survey revealed that 72% of Americans who have smart home products, controlled connected gadgets, such as a smartphone, table, computer, or by a separate automatic system within the home itself remotely. Among this same group, 81% of parents who have smart home products desire to control them via voice activation. The survey also found 48% of Americans currently having voice control capability in the smart home products they own.

The main reason consumers want to use the voice control feature is ‘smart entertainment’; more than half (57%) of Americans who own smart home products with voice control function use the feature to control smart entertainment, such as playing music, or controlling smart TVs and speaker systems. Moreover, 33% of consumers with smart home products control lighting, security products and shopping through voice control feature.

“More than half (57%) of Americans who own smart home products with voice control function use the feature to control smart entertainment, such as playing music, or controlling smart TVs and speaker systems.”

Vivint has been busy pushing this message across in recent weeks. At CES earlier this month, the company introduced a comprehensive intelligent home with Sky, claimed as the “first true smart home assistant”. Sky uses artificial intelligence and can automatically manage connected devices in a home, as well as using data from the home’s sensors and devices to understand whether the location is occupied or vacant. It also adapts to a homeowner’s routine and learns about an owner’s preferences.

A recent report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), found that approximately two-thirds of Americans (62%), of the 1,200+ US adults surveyed, own at least one IoT connected device.

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