Tag: IoT

Intel buys Yogitech

RUNAWAY BEAR 14Chipzilla’s moves into the Internet of Stuff appear to know no bounds. This time it has written a cheque for an Italian company called Yogitech.

Yogitech does not make gear to help bears nick picnic baskets from visitors at Jellystone National Park, it makes Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for transportation and factory system safety.

ADAS also makes assisted parking possible and paves the way for fully autonomous vehicles. Intel thinks that 30 percent of the IoT market segment will require functional safety by 2020.

In a statement the company said Yogitech will get Intel an expert in semiconductor functional safety and related standards.

“The talented Yogitech team, based in Italy, will soon join Intel’s Internet of Things Group. This acquisition furthers our efforts to win in ADAS, robotics and autonomous machines for market segments like automotive, industrial and other IoT systems that require functional safety and high performance,” Chipzilla said.

At the moment Intel is keeping quiet on how much it paid and what its product roadmap will be. However it claims Yogitech will make its autonomous systems better than the average IoT.


Professional services push internet of things revenues

internet of thingsRight now professional services generate over 40 percent of internet of things (Iot) revenues worldwide.

But that’s going to change over the next few years, according to dat presented by ABI Research.

ABI defines professional services as a multitude of activities including application development, consulting and system integration.

But by 2019, software platforms and analytical services will dominate the revenue opportunities.

Day Shey, a VP a ABI Research said many companies think that they can build their own IoT systems using VARs (value added resellers) and system integrators.

Shey said that software suppliers will simplify extracting data from machines and the other connected things, largely in vertical markets.

Shey said that the “goal of IoT connections is the data, and the IoT data and analytics market will grow faster than any other IT segment.

UK government offers internet of things competition

Bee swarm - Wikimedia CommonsThe Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it is offering up to £10 million to UK cities and businesses for projects that show how the internet of things (IoT) will help cities.

Projects must be collaborative and be led by either a local authority or a local enterprise partnership. Projects have to include at least one council, an enterprise partner and several businesses.

All entries must involve the IoT and show benefits for citizens, the city, the environment, economic benefits and security and privacy. The entries also need to work across a number of different sectors.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said that the IoT is becoming part of everyones’ lives. “The UK technology sector is renowned for its creativity and pioneering research and development.”

The idea of the competition is to demonstrate new connections between city services and their users.

Competition entries must be submitted before 30 September 2015, with the deadline for registration on 23 September 2015. You can get more details by emailing support@innovateuk.gov.uk

Intel buys wearables company Recon

Leah-Recon-JetIntel has written a cheque for the maker of heads-up wearables geared towards sports.

Recon was a long term investment from Intel from its start-up days. Now it seems to be making stuff, Intel has decided that it wants a piece of the action.

There are no plans to dismantle Recon. A spokesIntel said that the company will continue selling, enhancing and marketing their products under the Recon brand without disruption.

Recon will be partnering with Intel’s New Devices Group on development of smart device platforms, so expect Intel to accelerate any Internet of Things initiatives it may be working on.

Recon hopes that the acquisition will provide resources as well as access to Intel’s massive technology portfolio. The wearable company can also tap into Intel’s expertise to accelerate product development.

Dan Eisenhardt is Recon’s co-founder and CEO said the acquisition has placed Recon in a uniquely advantageous position.

“We’ll continue leading the smart eyewear category for sports, and we’ll be able to bring our technology and innovation to completely new markets and use cases where activity-specific information, delivered instantly, can change the game.”

Recon uses ARM technology.  Intel already has several ARM licences.

Microsoft pushes internet of things

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesIn common with every man and his dog, Microsoft has made a statement of intent that it wants to be big in the much hyped internet of things (IoT).

At the Computex show in Taipei today, Microsoft said it will cooperate with Toshiba to build Windows and Azure IoT gadgets.

It also said, according to the Digitimes wire, that it will concentrate on providing IoT devices for the transportation industry in a bid to help track goods more easily.

And it showed off a home system called Crestron Pyng that is supposed to link lighting, audio, heating, locks and other services using Azure IoT services.

The announcements came as it gave more details of hardware support for Windows 10, which is set to debut at the end of July.

Toshiba, HP, Dell, Asustek and Acer will all have PCs running Windows 10 at launch.

Microsoft has pledged to have Windows 10 running on a billion devices of all kinds over the next few years.

It is offering a free upgrade to people who have Windows 7 or who are unlucky enough to have devices running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1/.

Internet of things to be worth trillions

Bee swarm - Wikimedia CommonsGrowth in the internet of things (IoT) could be worth as much as $1.7 trillion by 2020, according to a recent survey by market research firm IDC.

Worth $655.8 billion last year, spending by vendors and enterprises is set to proceed at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9 percent in the next few years.

IDC believes that devices, connectivity and IT services will represent over two thirds of the IoT market in 2020, with modules and censors alone accounting for nearly a third of the total.

The IoT is a catch-all for technologies that include sensors, purpose built systems, storage, servers, security, analytics software, IT services and security, according to IDC’s definition.

The important thing is that systems have to be autonomous, so IDC is not counting smartphones, tablets or PCs for its predictions.

Yet, and it is a point IDC does not make, it is like the Wild West out there and there’s little or no standardisation at the moment.

ARM intros internet of things module

ARM logoBritish chip company ARM said it has rolled out a hardware subsystem aimed at helping to quickly develop customised semiconductors for “smart” connected devices.

The internet of things (IoT) subsystem for ARM Cortex-M microprocessors is optimised to use with the company’s processor and radio technologies, physical intellectual property (IP) and ARM’s mbed operating system.

ARM said it will license the IP block individually and with the other elements will provide an IoT endpoint chip design, which its customers can use to integrate sensors and other peripherals to make complete systems on a chips (SOCs).

This may all sound like gobbledygook to the average Jane or Joe on the street, but there’s method behind ARM”s mad words.

The industry, said ARM general manager James McNiven, expects hundreds of billions of smart connected sensors by 2030. That gives ARM an opportunity to help companies simplify the design and marketing and bring products out quicker.

The subsystem has been developed in cooperation with the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) – the world’s biggest semiconductor foundry. TSMC is providing 55 nanometre ultra low power tech with embedded flash memory – the whole bundle means that people will be able to make smaller, more power efficient and cheaper chips, operating at below one volt.

Internet of things continues to buzz

Bee swarm - Wikimedia CommonsAlthough there is still a lack of standardisation for the Internet of Things (IoT), a bullish report suggests the market worldwide will grow by 19 percent this year.

The forecast, from IDC, is even more bullish about the future. For example, it estimates that the IoT market in manufacturing will be worth $98.8 billion by 2018.

Digital signage will be worth $27.5 billion in 2018, that’s up from revenues of $6 billion in 2013.

But IDC predicts strong growth in “connected vehicles”, with the market growing by 34.8 percent this year.

IDC is concentrating on 11 vertical industries including home, retail, healthcare, government, manufacturing and transportation.

Data centres to drive internet of things

MausoleumThere are going to be many billions of connected “things” over the next few years that the data centre will come into its own.

That’s the conclusion of a report from IDC which said installed service provider data centre capacity hit by internet of things (IoT) workloads will grow by something close to 750 percent between now and 2019.

And such a massive jump in data being stored in these warehouses will mean larger centres, mostly based on infrastructure that’s in the cloud.

Hyperscale data centres will be the major part of many IoT services by 2019 and analytics will become increasingly important.

Service providers, in their turn, will adopt IoT technologies and services to monitor and manage assets.

It’s obviously good news for data centre vendors if IDC predictions turn out to be true. And it’s also good news for vendors providing analytics sifting through vast numbers of data in the future.

IBM makes bid for internet of things

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 10.30.39An important announcement from International Business Machines (IBM) demonstrates the extend to which it will go to re-engineer its business.

IBM signed a deal with Texas Instruments (TI) to develop a cloud based management service for devices connected by the internet of things (IoT).

Both companies will collaborate to make a secure registry service to authenticate and create protocols across the whole gamut of the IoT, from silicon to bsunesses and home.

They will create a so-called “silicon token” to securely manage devices, while creating better communications from the device to the cloud.

There is, as yet, no agreed standards for things, and many large technology vendors are trying to make their stamp on the market.

TI general manager Avner Goran said that cloud services and connectivity are inherent in the IoT, but obstacles to adoption exist, particularly for industrial sectors including manufacturing, building automation and energy management.

IBM, on its part, has introduced two industry products for aviation components and for engineers.

Big Blue is also introducing real time asset management as part of its Bluemix initiative.