Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Three-year, multimillion euro IoT global connectivity deal. Cargotec will benefit from better collaboration, predictive maintenance.

Orange Business Services and Cargotec have signed a three-year, multimillion euro agreement for worldwide IoT connectivity that helps Cargotec keep goods moving efficiently and safely.

Cargotec, with headquarters in Finland, is a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions. Cargo traffic is one of the vital services that helps keep our global society up and running. Millions of items, from raw materials to consumer products, are transported locally and between countries around the clock.

Cargotec‘s business areas – Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor – are leading players in their fields, and they have a unique position to optimize global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. Kalmar offers cargo handling equipment and automated terminal solutions, software, and services that are used in ports, terminals, distribution centers and various industries. Hiab provides on-road load handling solutions to customers operating in the land transport and delivery industries, while MacGregor offers solutions and services for marine cargo and offshore load handling.

Cargotec aims to become the global leader in intelligent cargo handling. This requires connectivity during every stage of its customers’ lifecycles. The IoT connectivity solution from Orange will integrate intelligence into the machinery to provide better collaboration for daily operations, monitor and maintain equipment to enable the highest possible uptime and react remotely before problems arise. It will also help Cargotec develop insightful data-driven services.

The Orange IoT connectivity service provides tangible business benefits for Cargotec, enabling new digital services and delivering a much higher degree of operational efficiency, both internally and further down the value chain at the customer level. These include: seamless IoT SIM card ordering, simple activation and tracking through a dedicated portal; one price per IoT SIM card regardless of location; and scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and territories.

“A reliable IoT communications infrastructure, global presence, with local support everywhere in the world, and an attractive business model are vital for us to become the leader in intelligent cargo handling. We chose Orange Business Services for these reasons,” says Soili Mäkinen, CIO, Cargotec.

“Cargotec is determined to grow its business through strong customer focus and improved IoT services that are vital in its development. We are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their ambitions to lead and transform the cargo handling business globally,” says Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president, Europe, Orange Business Services.

Orange already supports over 14 million connected devices through its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution across a variety of sectors, including automotive and transport, smart cities, industry and manufacturing and daily life (smart home, healthcare and wearables).

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Reflections from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Two weeks ago, a small delegation from the Internet Society was in Delhi for a series of meetings. (See yesterday’s post about GCCS and GFCE.) In this post, I’ll pick up with the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC).

The international community has been trying to develop cybernorms for international behaviour for over a decade. This has been happening through UN processes, through the GCCS, through international law discourse, and other fora. And, some progress has been made. For instance, the Tallin manuals provide some insights on how international law applies to cyber war and cyber operations, while the UN GGE, among others, recognized the applicability of international law on the digital space and has provided some protection to cybersecurity incident response teams (CIRTs) and critical infrastructure.

However, these processes are slow, and certainly not without roadblocks. The 5th UN Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security (GGE), for example, failed to reach consensus on whether certain aspects of international law, in particular the right to self-defence, apply to cyberspace as well as issues related to attribution. During a panel at GCCS, five participants in the 5th UN GGE shared their perspectives. To me it was clear that all parties see that the cyber diplomatic discussions on stability need to continue, but that it is not at all clear what the modalities of such discussion will be; it is not clear if there will ever be a 6th UN GGE or an alternative UN process.

So, how do we get to norms that may impact state and non-state behavior? Norms that can be supported by a large group of stakeholders – states, private sector, and technical, academic and civil society communities alike?

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (a multistakeholder commission of experts) sets out to bring perspective by developing ‘proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace.’ In its meeting in Delhi, it converged on its concrete outcome: A call to protect the Public Core of the Internet.

It reads:


Without prejudice to their rights and obligations, state and non-state actors should not conduct or knowingly allow activity that intentionally and substantially damages the general availability or integrity of the public core of the Internet, and therefore the stability of cyberspace.

This is a call that, I believe, can be prima facie respected by international law scholars, diplomats, negotiators, politicians, civil society members, and technologists alike. It recognizes a body of existing norms and agreements while it also unequivocally states: don’t mess with the public core of the Internet.

Many readers will rebut that this is a clear call, as the concept of public core of the Internet is not clearly defined. They have a point, but among the commissioners, it is well understood that the public core is a broad term that includes elements like Internet routing, the domain name system (DNS), certificates and trust, and communications cables. The associated protocol soup contains terms like BGP, DNS, PKI, and TLS. It is also well understood that we are not only talking about physical resources, like the routers themselves, but also about intangible aspects such as the state of the global routing table. More work will be done to refine and define the Public Core concept.

Creating a common understanding of global normative behaviour is a long and slow process where certain actors can become norm entrepreneurs. Not without pride, I believe that the GCSC, with the call for protection of the public core, is demonstrating norm entrepreneurship.  Or, as EFF’s Jeremy Malcolm observes in in his blog on Delhi’s cyber events: “The Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet is not intended to be legally binding, but like Internet standards, it is hoped that it will acquire influence because the process by which it was developed was relatively thoughtful, inclusive, and balanced”, closing his blog with: “It doesn’t surprise us that a diverse, multi-stakeholder group of experts can actually produce more useful outcomes than a group of governments alone, and this could be taken as a lesson by the host of the next GCCS.”

I can’t write a better conclusion to this post.

Further reading

The Internet Society sponsors the GCSC and the author is one of its commissioners.

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Reflections on a Global and Cyber heavy week at GCCS and GFCE

Two weeks ago, a small Internet Society delegation was in Delhi to participate in a number of events that contained the word ‘Global’ and ‘Cyber’. In this post, I’ll share some of our perspectives on the first two events – the GCCS and the GFCE.

GCCS – The Global Conference on Cyberspace

The first meeting of the week was the Global Conference on Cyberspace. This was originally a government-initiated conference series and is also commonly known as the London Process.

Part of the strength of these meetings is that they create a trusted environment for governments to discuss global issues that are usually state-centric, such as international aspects of security and stability. Over time, these meetings have opened up to other stakeholders, with the 2015 meeting in The Hague being the most inclusive so far. However, inclusive participation is not a given. Inclusion is important because these types of meetings ultimately are where norms for inter-state behaviour emerge, not necessarily in writing but through the development of a common narrative. But such narratives are only strong and impactful if those who implement and are impacted by those norms have a seat at the table. Although inclusive, multi-stakeholder participation has historically been integral to how the Internet evolves, it has not been as intuitive when it comes to processes that focus primarily on security and stability considerations.

One should observe how the London Process has been attempting to create an inclusive process, something that we at the Internet Society acknowledge and applaud. It is important that all stakeholders help shape any normative narrative that emerges from this process. But, in Delhi, we took a step back. Non-state actors, like the Internet Society, did not have an equal seat at the table: while we were asked to review panel reports, we could not participate in the drafting of a possible declaration (circulated only among governments) and did not get a preview to the chair’s statement. At the same time, some of our local chapters and well known civil society organizations from the host country also found the doors closed.  In what felt like a reverse moment compared to The Hague meeting, only a subset of participants could contribute to the words that ultimately ended up on paper.

The ability to help refine, change, or argue the normative thinking through participating in the meeting is important; being able to contribute to the words that reflect its results even more so. The London Process should strive to innovate its model toward more inclusiveness of non-traditional participants in ministerial gatherings. We hope that the yet unknown next host of the GCCS will carefully design the meeting around maximum inclusiveness of stakeholders.

Substantively, the Internet Society contributed to the GCCS meeting in two ways:

  • ISOC organized a roundtable to engage with several Internet stakeholders on digital inclusion. The dialog—which included APNIC and MEITy (Indian ICT ministry) and participation by ISOC Board of Trustees member Harish Pillay—enabled brainstorming about access to the Internet and tools, growing adoption of new networks and technologies like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things that affect it, modalities and approaches to help marginalized sectors of society, and barriers to entrepreneurship and uneven investments in digital literacy.
  • I participated in a panel about Digital Divides. Using our Future of the Internet report as the basis, I zoomed into security divides and identified where a number of those divides might occur and argued that in such complex environments the collaborative security approach provides handles to narrow the divides.

With these two panels, we continue to convince participants that the Internet is not centrally managed and that anything Cyber is a shared responsibility, a message that was reflected during the reporting sessions.

GFCE – The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise

One of the outcomes of the 2015 GCCS meeting in The Hague was the establishment of ‘the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise’.  In Delhi, a session was organized around the launch of  their agenda for cyber capacity building.  During the session and in hallway chatter, it became clear that the GFCE has gathered momentum and is seeking meaningful partnerships to reach the appropriate audiences. Their declaration not only sets out an agenda around five themes (Cyber Security Policy and Strategy, Cyber Incident Management and critical Infrastructure Protection, Cybercrime, Cyber Security Culture and Skill, and Cyber Security Standards), it also clearly defines its guiding principles for reaching these goals. The GFCE is clearly hitting the ground running.

It should also be noted that Indians committed to establishing a Digital Knowledge Platform, specifically focused on addressing potential information and communication technology gaps and harnessing information and communication technology for sustainable development. That platform has a different focus than GFCE, and may turn out to be a synergetic addition.

While in India for the GCCS and GFCE, I also met with other commissioners on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). I’ll update our discussions there in a separate blog post.

Watch this space, is the message. We certainly are.

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Global IoT spending to hit $772 billion in 2018, says IDC

A new update released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) projected that spending on IoT globally will increase 14.6% year over year to $ 772.5 billion in 2018.

IDC’s “Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide” has projected that IoT spending globally will increase at a CAGR of 14.4% through the 2017-2021, crossing the $ 1 trillion mark set for 2020 and touching the $ 1.1 trillion mark in 2021.

For 2018, IoT hardware will emerge as the biggest technology category followed by services, software and connectivity, IDC said. In the technology category, an amount of $ 239 billion will be dedicated largely toward modules and sensors in addition to infrastructure and security expenditure. In terms of software expenditure, application software will take the lead along with analytics software, IoT platforms, and security software. It is projected that software will be the fastest growing technology segment with a five-year CAGR of 16.1%.

Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, Internet of Things and mobility at IDC, said: "By 2021, more than 55% of spending on IoT projects will be for software and services. This is directly in line with results from IDC’s 2017 Global IoT Decision Maker Survey where organisations indicate that software and services are the key areas of focused investment for their IoT projects.

“Software creates the foundation upon which IoT applications and use cases can be realised. However, it is the services that help bring all the technology elements together to create a comprehensive solution that will benefit organisations and help them achieve a quicker time to value,” MacGillivray added. Latest from the homepage

IoT Global Awards to be sponsored by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT

London, UK. December 5, 2017 — The IoT Global Awards are to be sponsored in 2018 by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT. The organisers of the inaugural Awards ( ) and the hosts of the UK’s premier Internet of Things event, Smart IoT ( report that the winners of the 2018 Awards will be announced at the event in London ExCeL on March 21st, 2018.

The winners in 12 Categories – ranging from Automotive, Transport & Travel to Smart Cities, Government & Utilities – will be announced on the Exhibition Floor. All nominees are warmly invited to attend, as are Exhibitors and Visitors at Smart IoT.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at 5.30pm (UK) and the results posted Live on social media. It will be free to attend. Following the announcements, all guests are invited to attend the Smart IoT Drinks Reception at 6.00pm. This will be held at The Fox at Excel, with guests offered free drinks and refreshments.

If you have not yet entered the IoT Global Awards there is still time. The Closing Date for Entries is Thursday February 15th, 2018. You can find the categories to suit your organisation at and details of How To Enter are shown on the website.
John Davy, Group Event Director, Smart IoT said: “We are delighted that IoT Global Awards will be sponsored by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT. This is a great way of exploring business excellence around the world in the Internet of Things.”

Charlie Bisnar, Director of Strategy and Operations at WeKnow Media Ltd, organisers of the awards added: “The Awards are a celebration of all that is best, both technologically and in business, in the Internet of Things. It is only right that we showcase these achievements at the UK’s premier IoT event.”
For more information contact:

For IoT Global Awards:

Charlie Bisnar (
WeKnow Media Ltd. +44 (0) 173 284 4017
@WKM_Global @IoTGlobalAwards

For Smart IoT:

John Davy (
CloserStill Media Ltd. +44 (0) 207 013 4978




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