IoT trends 2019

IoT is already completely entrenched in our society across end-market segments, but there are still enormous challenges around the design, development, and deployment of devices and services for the IoT, with security at the top of the list in 2019.

Here are some IoT trends for year 2019 to watch:

More device: There are four times as many devices connected to the Internet as there are people in the world, and the number of devices is increasing rapidly. There are computers, smart phones and many different kind of connected devices. Gartner forecasts that 14.2 billion connected things will be in use in 2019, and that the total will reach 25 billion by 2021,

Voice: The integration of voice into IoT devices creates an user experience that many consumers seem to enjoy. The next few years will see voice automation take over many aspects of our lives. The current major players in the IoT voice world are Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri,  and Google Assistant. Microsoft’s Cortana seems to have already lost in the game as Satya Nadella says Cortana won’t challenge Alexa and Google Assistant directly; Microsoft will focus on making it a skill on other voice platforms instead. Voice won’t change everything but it will be one part of a movement that heralds a new way to think about our relationship with devices and data. Consider voice as a type of user interface to be added to the existing list of UI technologies. Voice will not kill brands, it won’t hurt keyboard sales or touchscreen devices — it will become an additional way to do stuff; it is incremental. We need to learn to design around it.Deloitte expects the sales of 164 million smart speakers at an average price of $43 in 2019. The smart speaker market will be worth more than $7 billion next year, increasing 63% from 2018’s $4.3 billion.

Automobiles: Automobiles are leading the way in IoT adoption. Gartner predicts that one in five cars will be connected by 2020. Both Google and Apple have tools that allow drivers to control calls, listen to messages and control apps using voice.

IoT clouds: Developing for the Internet of Things is a complex endeavor, and nobody wants to do it from scratch. IoT data platforms offer a jumping-off point by combining many of the tools needed to manage a deployment from device management to data prediction and insights into one service. There are many IoT cloud platforms to choose from.  All cloud platforms have their own distinctive areas of pros and cons. Ultimately the project needs and cost-effectiveness determine whom to choose. Utilizing cloud services also brings new potential risks that are good to understand already at the beginning of the project. I wrote on article to Uusiteknologia.fi magazine issue 2/2018 on IoT cloud platforms.

Digital Twins: Digital twin tech, or a virtual representation of a product, is a critical concept in IoT that’s still being sorted out. Digital twin refers to a digital replica of physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems and devices that can be used for various purposes. Definitions of digital twin technology emphasize two important characteristics: connection from the physical model to the corresponding virtual model and this connection is established by generating real time data using sensors. Physical objects and twin models interact. Digital twins applications typically integrate internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning and software analytics with spatial network graphs to create living digital simulation models that update and change as their physical counterparts change. In various industrial sectors, twins are being used to optimize the operation and maintenance of physical assets, systems and manufacturing processes.

Edge computing: The shift from centralized and cloud to edge architectures is well under way in the IoT space. In the future, computing the edge of the network will become an increasingly important way of processing data from networked devices and sensor networksCompared to traditional centralized cloud computing, the new edge computing brings computing servers closer to the edge of the communications network. Compared to cloud centered IoT solutions, edge computing allow for lower delays and more reliable operation with respect to cloud services. At the same time, it promises improved security as not all potentially sensitive information needs to be transferred from the site to cloud. However, this is not the end point because the neat set of layers associated with edge architecture will evolve to a more unstructured architecture comprising of a wide range of “things” and services connected in a dynamic mesh. In thins kind of system data processing can be done on almost all network devices from IoT modules to gateways and in the future to 5G base stations.  Relevant standardizing organizations on this field are Edge Computing Consortium Europe, OpenFog Consortium and Industrial Internet Consortium.

5G: 5G networks start to arrive. The standards for 5G will be defined in large part by the direct integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) devices into global networks and devices. 5G networks are expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than current LTE technology. If you are in need for very high speed, your application resides inside the small 5G test networks coverage areas and your IoT device is allowed to consume considerable amount of power (more than 4G solutions), then you might be able to consider 5G. For all other cases I don’t see 5G would offer much for IoT applications in 2019. There is not yet ready 5G standards specifically designed for IoT applications. So for 2019 IoT and IIoT will need to be pretty much stick to 4G technologies like NB-IoT and LTE-M. For 5G to shape industrial computing application in larger scale than just some small tests we will have to wait till 2020. Addressing the issues behind Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and 5G is important in next few years. Qualcomm, the largest supplier of modem chips used in smartphones, has introduced the X50 modem to give IIoT devices the ability to communicate over 5G networks. Beware of “fake 5G” marketing in 2019. The promise is that 5G will enable the future enterprise technologies everyone is predicting and waiting for: fleets of self-driving delivery trucks, virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and a world of enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) deployments — systems that will define an era that the World Economic Forum termed the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”  Those promises will take years to realize, you will not see most of them in real use in 2019.

AI: Number one in Gartner’s predictions, no surprise, is artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be talked a lot with bold claims that AI goes from expert-only to everywhere. I would not expect it to be everywhere in 2019. Gartner, said in a statement, “AI will be applied to a wide range of IoT information, including video, still images, speech, network traffic activity, and sensor data.” At the moment many neural network systems are power hungry when implemented with traditional computer hardware. “For example, the performance of deep neural networks (DNNs) is often limited by memory bandwidth, rather than processing power.” By 2023, it’s expected that new special-purpose chips will reduce the power consumption required to run a DNN, enabling new edge architectures and embedded DNN functions in low-power IoT endpoints.

IIoT: The concept of a Smart Factory is composed of many different physical and informational subsystems, such as actuators and sensors, control systems, product management systems and manufacturing systems that all work together.  This is a very complex system. It is critical to understand differing operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) priorities to achieve collaboration and integration. Without this, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and control projects will fail. Also finding the right Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vendor partner is crucial to success. OPC Foundation has on initiative to extend OPC UA out to field devices to provide vendor-neutral, end-to-end interoperability beyond the plant. Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) network works well for OPC UA applications.

Value chain: IoT as an umbrella term will diminish. There are strong views that “Internet of things is not valuable in and of itself” so the conversation is going to shift away from an ambiguous buzzword to the actual use of technology. For product designers this means that when we design our connected world, we need to pull ourselves away from the cool technology that we are building and look at the system through our customers’ eyes. The sales pitch will be more like “It’s about the use cases, it’s about the solutions, it’s about the applications, managing and monitoring assets, performance management solutions, different kinds of solutions coming together to solve a problem—that’s really what the value proposition is.”

IoT platforms: IoT vendors will compete to be the destination for IoT platforms. The IoT supply chain has been moving toward more collaboration to provide development and design kits designed for specific use cases and industries. IoT development kits are sold more and more with bundled IoT could service offer. IoT cloud service providers offer and recommend hardware that is tested to work well with their platforms. IoT platform vendors will be narrowing their scope in 2019, honing in on specific use cases. Business professionals aren’t looking for one industrial IoT platform to manage every process going on at their company, they are instead looking for platforms that specialize in specific tasks.

New development kits: A new breed of development kits is incorporating the three tenets of IoT design — ease of use, security, and business value. The promise is that the design engineers don’t need to have specialized expertise in several areas like networking protocols or security-related tasks, enabling a much faster development time. One way to simplifying design work is by intelligently reusing the fundamental building blocks.

Security: Wireless IoT devices are considered a major threat to the security of industrial networks. A growing number of embedded systems are open to security threats as a result of increasing connectivity and IoT device adoption. And it’s costing OEMs a lot in terms of money and reputation. A 2018 Gartner Inc. survey found that nearly 20% of organizations surveyed experienced at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years. IoT security is already a 1.5 billion dollar market. The market research firm Garnet expects that global spending on IoT security will rise to $3.1 billion in 2021, up from $1.5 billion in 2018. It is not about the spending on IoT security products. Already “a significant portion of OEMs’ existing in-house labor cost is already dedicated to addressing security” and is rising faster than development costs. VDC pegs the worldwide embedded engineering labor spend related to security at $11.6 billion in 2017, representing nearly 8% of the overall cost of embedded engineering labor. There will be different kind of certification marks for IoT product cyber security – some mandated with laws on some countries and some voluntary. 5G is going to increase security risks. Do we understand the 5G security threats to come? Most probably not because we don’t seem to understand well even that 5G really is.

eSIM: The embedded SIM card has been spoken for a long time, and even the first smartphones in which the SIM card has been implemented with an integrated circuit have already been introduced to the market. Infineon has presented the world’s first industrially qualified eSIM. Of course, eSIM shares opinions. Many operators do not like it.

Infonomics and Data Broking: Last year’s Gartner survey of IoT projects showed 35 percent of respondents were selling or planning to sell data collected by their products and services.“Data is the fuel that powers the IoT and the organization’s ability to derive meaning from it will define their long term success,” This brings us to Social, Legal and Ethical IoT because“ Successful deployment of an IoT solution demands that it’s not just technically effective but also socially acceptable,” It is possible tha tIoT Firms Face a ‘Tidal Wave’ of Lawsuits.

IoT Governance: As the IoT continues to expand, the need for a governance framework that ensures appropriate behavior in the creation, storage, use and deletion of information related to IoT projects will become increasingly important. We also need to manage IoT devices to keep them secure and make sure that they do what they are supposed to do. A market for IoT managed services will develop to help manage and operate fragmented IoT assets. “The idea of managing the ongoing end-to-end life cycle of a connected product is becoming more important, and ultimately this managed service opportunity is going to need momentum in the coming year,”

New Wireless Technologies: IoT networking involves balancing a set of competing requirements, such as endpoint cost, power consumption, bandwidth, latency, connection density, operating cost, quality of service, and range. No single networking technology optimizes all of these.

Trusted Hardware and Operating System: Gartner surveys invariably show that security is the most significant area of technical concern for organizations deploying IoT systems. Today organizations often don’t have control over the source and nature of the software and hardware being utilised in IoT initiatives. “However, by 2023, we expect to see the deployment of hardware and software combinations that together create more trustworthy and secure IoT systems.

Home automation: Arm predicts that the intelligent home goes mainstream. In survey results they published two-thirds of respondents said technology became “more a part of my life” during 2018. Cisco Systems is saying connected homes will be a big driver for the Internet of Things. “Connected home applications, such as home automation, home security and video surveillance, connected white goods, and tracking applications, will represent 48%, or nearly half, of the total M2M connections by 2022, showing the pervasiveness of M2M in our lives,” Cisco states in its new white paper, Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Trends, 2017-2022. The market is starting slowly. Bundled IoT services will try to motivate a slow consumer market.

Smart cities: Cities are becoming smarter and smarter in an effort to improve efficiency in operations. Smart cities bring in both benefits and risks. Between smart lighting, traffic controls, and public transportation, smart cities are bringing in a whole new family of threat vectors. Cybercriminals will target smart cities with ransomware attacks. Smart cities need to take precautions.

Silicon Chip Innovation: “Currently, most IoT endpoint devices use conventional processor chips, with low-power ARM architectures being particularly popular. However, traditional instruction sets and memory architectures aren’t well-suited to all the tasks that endpoints need to perform,” New special-purpose chips will reduce the power consumption required to run a DNN. Very low power circuit designs are important in many applications. Battery-powered designs require complex optimizations for power in the context of area, performance and functionality. Devices that work without battery and gather operating power from environment are maybe even more challenging. Clearly, sensors are a big part of any connected device, and there is a lot of innovation occurring in this market that delivers new features — think AI — all housed in smaller packaging.

Open source: 2019 Will Be the Year of Open Source in IoT and embedded systems applications. From software and even hardware, we saw more activity in open source than ever before in 2018. And the momentum isn’t likely to slow down in 2019. Arduino is pushing strongly to IoT markets with MKR1000 series of IoT boards. Raspberry Pi is very widely used in IoT systems, especially on prototyping and small scale deployments

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Links to other articles for IoT trends for 2019:

Internet of Things in 2019: Five predictions

Kymmenen tulevaisuuden kuluttajatrendiä ja ilmiötä

Deloitte’s 9 tech predictions for 2019

New Chip Architectures, Sensors and Trust in Top 10 IoT Trends (Gartner presented its top 10 strategic IoT technology trends)

Week In Review: IoT, Security, Auto (predictions from Arm, Deloitte and Juniper Research)

Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things

Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic IoT Technologies and Trends

 

823 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Can CHIP Make the Seamless Smart Home Real?
    Qorvo’s Cees Links discusses where home networks have been, where they are now, and where they’re going, and how Project Connected Home over IP is in the mix.
    https://www.mwrf.com/technologies/systems/article/21152643/microwaves-rf-can-chip-make-the-seamless-smart-home-real?utm_source=RF+MWRF+Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS210121078&o_eid=7211D2691390C9R&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C7211D2691390C9R&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why LoRa Technology Should Be the DNA of IoT
    https://www.mwrf.com/technologies/systems/article/21153865/semtech-why-lora-technology-should-be-the-dna-of-iot?utm_source=RF+MWRF+Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS210204037&o_eid=7211D2691390C9R&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C7211D2691390C9R&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

    This article explains how LoRa technology—a long-range, low-power wireless RF platform—is the solution to meeting the demand for an estimated 27 billion IoT connections by 2025.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Acme Systems’ RoadRunner Is an Ultra-Low-Power Linux-Compatible SOM for Embedded Projects
    Compact, wide-temperature, low-power module includes an onboard amplifier, too — just supply your own “meep-meep” WAV.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/acme-systems-roadrunner-is-an-ultra-low-power-linux-compatible-som-for-embedded-projects-9309e42fc0ed

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    TERVETULOA ÄLYKKÄÄSEEN KAUPUNKIIN
    Tule mukaan luomaan yhdessä älykästä kaupunkia tekemällä jokaisesta kiinteistöstä älykkäämpi ja vastuullisempi. Sillä tavoin voimme paikata ilmastonmuutoksen vaikutuksia, lisätä kiinteistöjen suorituskykyä ja parantaa ihmisten hyvinvointia. ​Tehdään yhdessä kaupungista älykkäämpi ja kestävämpi kiinteistö kerrallaan!
    https://smartcity.caverion.com/fi/

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Move Over, Internet of Things — the Strano Research Group Introduces the Internet of Plants
    https://www.hackster.io/news/move-over-internet-of-things-the-strano-research-group-introduces-the-internet-of-plants-46a35f3c337b

    Modified spinach plants have been shown to act as sensors and even allow wireless data communication to a handheld smartphone.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Wearable chip can tell you when stress levels are dangerously high through your sweat
    https://www.studyfinds.org/wearable-chip-detects-stress-in-sweat/

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — From fitness monitors to sleep trackers, wearable technology has taken self-improvement to new heights. Now, a new device developed by Swiss researchers might warn you if your stress levels are growing dangerously high.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Smart-city tech is infrastructure, and cities should start treating it as such.

    Treat Smart City Tech like Sewers, or Better
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/treat-smart-city-tech-like-sewers-or-better

    Smart cities, like many things, took a beating in 2020. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, pulled its Sidewalk Labs subsidiary out of a smart-city project in Toronto. Cisco killed its plans to sell smart-city technology. And in many places, city budgets will be affected for years to come by the pandemic’s economic shock, making it more difficult to justify smart-city expenses.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Scientists Are Building Earth’s “Digital Twin” To Help Prepare For Future Catastrophic Events
    https://www.iflscience.com/technology/eu-announces-development-of-earths-simulated-digital-twin/

    Scientists from the European Union have launched a new program to create a digital simulation of the entire Earth to model future climate trends and prepare for potentially catastrophic events. The project, called Destination Earth, is an extremely ambitious attempt to help efforts to become carbon neutral by 2050 and is expected to run for the next 10 years.

    “Destination Earth (DestinE) will contribute to the European Commission’s Green Deal and Digital Strategy,” states the press release.

    “It will unlock the potential of digital modelling of the Earth’s physical resources and related phenomena such as climate change, water / marine environments, polar areas and the cryosphere, etc. on a global scale to speed up the green transition and help plan for major environmental degradation and disasters.”

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Siemens, IBM, Red Hat Launch Hybrid Cloud Initiative to Increase Real-time Value of Industrial IoT Data
    Wed, February 24, 2021, 3:00 PM·5 min read
    Siemens to Adopt Red Hat OpenShift for its MindSphere Platform used by Manufacturers Globally
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/siemens-ibm-red-hat-launch-130000587.html

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    When Our Connected Devices Lack Their Connections
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wireless/when-our-connected-devices-lack-their-connections

    Nearly all the apps on our smartphones—and on our desktop computers—rest on networked foundations. Over the last generation, network access has become ubiquitous, useful, cheap, and stable. While such connectivity has obvious benefits, it seems to have simultaneously encouraged a form of shortsightedness among app developers, who find it hard to imagine that our phones might ever be disconnected

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New crypto controller platform enables excellent flexibility and advanced protection for contactless and hygienic transactions
    https://www.infineon.com/cms/en/about-infineon/press/market-news/2021/INFCSS202102-038.html

    Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) introduces the 40 nm SLC36 / SLC37 security controller platforms with high-performance and energy-efficient 32-bit ARM ® SecurCore ® SC300™ dual-interface security chips. The new hardware platform is supplemented with a SOLID Flash™ memory and is optionally available with or without the latest application solutions. The product families come complete with a full range of dual interface and contactless modules including traditional and inductive coupling technologies.

    The crypto controller platform offers outstanding performance and flexibility for contactless payment, ID, ticketing, and access applications. With this, Infineon particularly supports the increasing trend towards digital and connected devices that meet the latest cryptographic requirements for AES and ECC. Contactless transactions can be reliably secured and at the same time transaction times can be further reduced. This also qualifies the 40 nm technology platform as a basis for SECORA™ solutions, especially for payment, IoT, and ID applications.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AN49 – PAB: Counting cups of cofee from the cofee machines´s electricity consumption (Node-RED)
    https://www.netio-products.com/en/application-notes/an49-pab-counting-cups-of-cofee-from-the-cofee-machiness-electricity-consumption-node-red

    A PAB (Power Analyzer Block) in NETIO AN49 shows how to analyze the consumption of an appliance to count repeated actions (such as the number of coffees served by a coffee machine, or the number of times a parking gate barrier was lifted). In AN49, the consumption is measured by the NETIO device, and the Wh consumption in time is analyzed and the results displayed in Node-RED

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Engineers Turn Your Movement and Sweat Into Usable Power with a Wearable Microgrid System
    Using triboelectric generators and biofuel cells with supercapacitors for storage, this shirt powers electronics through movement and sweat.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/engineers-turn-your-movement-and-sweat-into-usable-power-with-a-wearable-microgrid-system-d59a33acc9ca

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NC State Engineers Push Their Wearable Energy-Harvesting Tech to New Efficiency Highs
    Building on a design first unveiled in 2017, the flexible TEG is now able to be used as the primary energy source for wearables.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/nc-state-engineers-push-their-wearable-energy-harvesting-tech-to-new-efficiency-highs-560bde097618

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    3G Sunset Spells Trouble for Many Medical Tracking Devices
    https://www.eetimes.com/3g-sunset-spells-trouble-for-many-medical-tracking-devices/

    Amidst the (hopefully) final throes of a brutal global pandemic, seniors and their families in the U.S. this year will face additional problems in 2022. The closure of major 3G networks will mean the end of the line for older mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) devices used by the elderly across America.

    Hundreds of thousands of these vital medical tracking devices will be rendered inoperable by the 3G shutdown, leaving elderly users and caregivers scrambling to switch to 4G and Wi-Fi-based devices. The upgrade cost, at least $150, comes at a time of great economic hardship for many ordinary folk.

    The first Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) units were invented in Germany in the early 1970s. Initial PERS were bulky, and used a pendant linked to a landline phone, which tied the elderly to their home.

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Iot tuli vaivihkaa kaikkialle – ”maailmanlaajuisesti hyvin laajassa käytössä”
    Juha-Pekka Honkanen22.3.202106:05DIGITALOUSIOT
    Iot-talo Haltianin toimitusjohtaja Pasi Leipälä sanoo, että esineiden internet on jo nyt osa arkea. Suuri murros on silti vasta edessä.
    https://www.tivi.fi/uutiset/iot-tuli-vaivihkaa-kaikkialle-maailmanlaajuisesti-hyvin-laajassa-kaytossa/24b28cc7-006b-4ffd-9513-00599705eebf

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion megacity Neom is creating plans to harvest an unprecedented amount of data from future residents. Experts say it’s either dystopian or genius.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/neom-saudi-smart-city-data-surveillance-plans-experts-2021-3

    Saudi Arabia is building a futuristic megacity from scratch named Neom.
    The city plans to ask future residents to submit a huge amount of personal data to help it run.
    Experts said technophiles would flock to Neom but warned about potential mass surveillance.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to Collect Free Energy from Atmosphere
    Last Updated on June 3, 2019 by Swag 104 Comments
    https://www.homemade-circuits.com/how-to-collect-free-energy-from/

    A free energy collector circuit helps to convert surrounding radio frequency waves to electric power and can provide 40 watts to 10 watts indefinitely.

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Siemens, IBM, Red Hat Launch Hybrid Cloud Initiative to Increase Real-time Value of Industrial IoT Data
    February 24, 2021·5 min read
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/siemens-ibm-red-hat-launch-130000587.html

    Siemens to Adopt Red Hat OpenShift for its MindSphere Platform used by Manufacturers Globally

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Computer vision software has the potential to reinvent the way cities move
    https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/26/computer-vision-software-has-the-potential-to-reinvent-the-way-cities-move/?tpcc=ECFB2021

    In October 2019, The New York Times reported that 1.5 million packages were delivered in New York City every single day. Though convenient for customers and profitable for the Amazons of the world, getting so many boxes from warehouse to customer generates considerable negative externalities for cities.

    As the Times put it, “The push for convenience is having a stark impact on gridlock, roadway safety, and pollution in New York City and urban areas around the world.”

    Since that article was published, the global pandemic has taken e-commerce to new heights, and experts don’t expect this upward trend to slow down anytime soon. Without strategic intervention, we will find our cities facing increasingly severe traffic problems, safety issues and polluting

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    OpenRemote Open Source IoT Platform
    https://hackaday.io/project/176370-openremote-open-source-iot-platform

    OpenRemote is 100% open source IoT Platform, for smart buildings, smart cities, energy management, or any other IoT application

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dan Taylor / Tech.eu:
    Hiber, which is building a IoT satellite network to keep track IoT devices globally, raises €26M from the EU and private investors

    Amsterdam-based IoT satellite network builder Hiber secures €26 million in EU and private investment
    https://tech.eu/brief/amsterdam-based-iot-satellite-network-builder-hiber-secures-e26-million-in-eu-and-private-investment/

    Keeping track of, and monitoring all those IoT devices can get a bit tricky. Particularly in areas where there’s little-to-no affordable cellular network or WiFi connection, read: some of the world’s hardest-to-reach places.

    To this end, Amsterdam-based Hiber has secured €26 million in EU funding and private investments to expand the world’s first global IoT satellite network.

    https://hiber.global/

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IoT Everywhere
    https://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-interviews/iot-everywhere/234019/

    In the past five years Arm has shipped over 100 billion chips for applications including smart healthcare, industrial robotics and the connected home. Today it is well positioned to help drive both innovation and adoption when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT).

    According to Mohamed Awad, VP of Arm’s IoT Business, however, there is still a lot to be done in terms of the development, deployment and monetisation of IoT devices, as well as a broader ecosystem, that will help to unlock value and enable developers to focus on innovation.

    “Looking at the IoT, there’s still much to be done when it comes to addressing all of these issues. It’s going to require a multi-year effort to deliver on the promises that have been made.

    “Over the years, we’ve talked at length about the IoT and today our focus is on connecting numerous ‘intelligent’ endpoints to an infrastructure and, as a consequence, creating and generating real and actionable insight from each one. From smart healthcare to remote monitoring, from industrial robotics to the connected home we are, in many respects, still at the beginning of this revolution in connectivity,” Awad suggested.

    When intelligent devices are connected to an infrastructure, new challenges will emerge. What is done with the data that is generated and how do you glean meaningful insights are, Awad pointed out, just a few of the challenges.

    “There’s already some intelligence at the edge but we are now actively connecting smart devices to an infrastructure. Once they are connected to a broader network we then need to take into account a range of issues from managing updates to adding new workloads to devices – these are new concepts for endpoints that will need to be addressed.”

    The reality, according to Awad, is that it will take many years and numerous steps, and miss-steps, to get these devices in place and delivering actionable data.

    “Some industries have been moving faster than others,” he conceded, “and while there is a lot to do, there have certainly been some successes.”

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    To make buildings smarter, #engineers can place tiny #processors at every location and network them together using common #software #SmartBuilding
    https://buff.ly/3mcCmAa

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amber Introduces Smart Energy Traffic Controller
    https://www.eetimes.com/amber-introduces-smart-energy-traffic-controller/

    Amber announced the Energy Traffic Controller to provide efficiency and stability to a building’s electrical grid. Leveraging intelligent solid-state technology, Amber’s solution will ensure the intelligent selection of renewable energy sources, optimizing efficiency. In an interview with EE Times, Thar Casey, CEO of Amber, explained how the new solution will enable on-the-fly switching of building electricity sources to maintain energy efficiency while saving money.

    Casey said the small footprint device would be installed next to the switch box to allow for easy integration. The device would offer data processing while optimizing costs and energy stability depending on peak hours and load. “Amber’s Energy Traffic Controller enables bi-directional current regulation to manage multiple simultaneous input sources. A cloud-integrated intelligent data controller evaluates the best energy source based on the data available from each source, such as the current cost of grid power and current usage demand,” said Casey.

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Toshiba launches cloudy managed IoT database service running its own GridDB
    And ponders whether to let itself be bought by private equiteer CVC for $20bn
    https://www.theregister.com/2021/04/08/toshiba_daas_private_equity_offer/

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://www.uusiteknologia.fi/2021/04/13/selvitys-esineiden-internet-jatkaa-kasvuaan/

    Esineiden internetin eli IoT:n käyttö jatkaa kasvuaan suomalaisissa yrityksissä, kertoo teleoperaattori Elisa tekemänsä kyselyn perusteella. Myös uudet mobiiliverkon teknologiat NB-IoT ja LTE-M tuovat uudenlaisia mahdollisuuksia myös IoT:n hyödyntämiseen.

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Entä jos G.hn onkin paras IoT-tekniikka?
    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/12000-enta-jos-g-hn-onkin-paras-iot-tekniikka

    Markkinoilla on kymmenittäin erilaisia tapoja siirtää IoT-dataa verkkoon. On lankaa ja langatonta. On joukoittain protokollia ja erilaisia siirtoteitä. Yksi varteenotettava on HomeGrid Forumin ajama G.fn-tekniikka.

    Järjestö panostaa nyt vahvasti G.hn:n kehittämissä teollisuuskäyttöön. Yksi iso askel otetaan, kun järjestön jäsen Teleconnect on esitellyt teollisuuskäyttöön kvalifioidut G.hn-moduulinsa. Ideana on tuoda erittäin robusti yli gigabitin datayhteys teollisuusympäristöihin.

    Vastaus kysymykseen, mikä on paras tapa ladata IoT-data yrityksen käyttöön riippuu siitä, keneltä kysytään. Jos kysytään operaattorilta, vastaus on ilman muuta 4G ja 5G, ja näiden standardien alaiset LTE-M- ja NB-IoT-tekniikat.

    Teollisuushallit ovat kuitenkin edelleen täynnä erilaisia kaapelointeja. Siksi valittavan tekniikan pitää sovittautua olemassa oleviin ratkaisuihin. G.hn tietenkin on juuri tällainen, perustelee HomeGrid Forum.

    G.hn on ITU:n standardoima tekniikka, joka toimii minkä tahansa fyysisen siirtotien yli. Koaksiaalikaapelit, puhelinlinjat, CAT5-luokan ethernet – jopa muovinen optinen kuitu – tai sähkölinja. Ne kaikki käyvät G.hn-yhteyksien fyysiseksi linjaksi.

    Käytännössä G.hn:n avulla voidaan teollisuusympäristössä toteuttaa yli gigabitin nopeuksiin yltävä verkko, joka ei vaadi uusia kaapelointeja. Järjestö itse puhuu ”any wire” -lähestymistavasta.

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/12002-iot-kertoo-puistonpenkin-sijainnin
    Elisa teettämä kyselytutkimus* paljastaa, että yli tuhat henkilöä työllistävistä yrityksistä 66 prosenttia kokee IoT:n eli esineiden internetin tärkeäksi tai erittäin tärkeäksi oman liiketoiminnan tai organisaation kehittämisen kannalta. IoT taipuu moneen. Sen avulla tiedetään esimerkiksi, missä kaupungin omistamat puistonpenkit ovat.

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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://hackaday.com/2021/04/17/replacing-an-esp8266-clone-with-the-real-thing/

    The first time [konbaasiang] ordered some ceiling LED lights from Tuya, he was pleased to find they contained an ESP-12F that could easily be flashed with a different firmware. So when he ordered 30 more of them at a cost of nearly $900 USD, you can understand his frustration to find that the popular WiFi-enabled microcontroller had been swapped out for a pin-compatible clone that Tuya developed called the WB3L.

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  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Pilvipalvelu Tektronixin mittauslaitteille
    https://www.uusiteknologia.fi/2021/05/03/pilvipalvelu-tektronixin-mittauslaitteille/

    Tektronix on kehittänyt mittauslaitteilleen räätälöidyn pilvipalvelun, jonka käyttäjät voivat ladata, tallentaa, järjestää, etsiä, ja jakaa minkä tahansa tiedostotyypin nettiin liitetystä laitteesta. TekDrive on integroitu yrityksen 4-, 5- ja 6-sarjan oskilloskooppeihin.

    Tekronixin uuden TekDrive-pilvipalvelun luvataan helpottavan ryhmätyötä tekevien työtaakkaa, sillä helposti katoavia ja väärässä paikassa olevia USB-massamuisteja ei enää tarvita tiedon tallentamiseen ja jakamiseen.

    Mittausdata suoraan pilveen
    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/12084-mittausdata-suoraan-pilveen

    Mittauslaitteissa on iät ja ajat tallennettu data laitteen omaan sisäiseen muistiin tai ulkoiselle levylle. Tektronix on kuitenkin ottanut askeleen eteenpäin TekDrive-palvelullaan. Siinä pilveen tallennettu mittausdata on suoraan käytettävissä oskilloskoopilla, tietokoneella, puhelimella tai tabletilla. Palvelu on nyt tuotu myös Eurooppaan.

    TekDrive tarjoaa insinööreille mahdollisuuden jakaa ja hakea dataa välittömästi oskilloskoopilla, jolloin ei tarvita hankalia tiedonjakokäytäntöjä. Lisäksi TekDrive on ensimmäinen yleiskäyttöinen testi- ja mittaustiedostojärjestelmä, joka sisältää skoopeista tuttuja mahdollisuuksia visualisoida dataa.

    Ohjelmisto tarjoaa erittäin sujuvat visualisointi- ja analysointimahdollisuudet, jotka tukevat mitä tahansa nykyaikaista selainta. Dataa voidaan katsella, zoomata, panoroida, mitata, purkaa ja analysoida ilman lisäohjelmistoja.

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  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Stephen Shankland / CNET:
    Zigbee Alliance renames as Connectivity Standards Alliance and unveils Matter, an interoperable connectivity standard to ship in smart home devices this year — An industry alliance sponsored by Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech companies will begin certifying smart home devices later this year …

    Amazon, Google, Apple back alliance to certify smart home devices that work together
    https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/amazon-google-apple-back-alliance-to-certify-smart-home-devices-that-work-together/

    Partners behind a standard called Matter want to make it easier for us to embrace smart lightbulbs, door locks and thermostats.

    An industry alliance sponsored by Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech companies will begin certifying smart home devices later this year, a potentially important step toward making the technology easier to develop and use and therefore more widely accepted.

    Matter, the name of the alliance, will let smart devices, such as lightbulbs you turn on with Amazon Alexa or a video doorbell you monitor with Google Home, use its logo on their packaging. The logo looks like a trio of round-tipped arrows pointing toward a common center.

    Tobin Richardson, chief executive of the Connectivity Standards Alliance that’s behind Matter, said in an interview he expects the logo to become as “ubiquitous” as the Wi-Fi logo currently is.

    “As these different devices become more complex networks, it’s all the more important that they’re all talking the same language,” Richardson said. “That mark will be a helping hand to make sure that you can add whatever lightbulbs, whatever door locks, whatever you want to add.” Richardson made the comment in an interview ahead of a Matter press event on Tuesday.

    The alliance’s certification process is more evidence of the rapid pace of change in the smart home, part of the internet of things movement to digitize everything. Like smartphones, the smart home could quickly become central to your daily life.

    Matter’s Zigbee Alliance roots

    Matter allies developed their technology within the Zigbee Alliance, a group founded to work on the low-speed but energy-efficient Zigbee network technology that’s used in some smart-home devices such as smart lightbulbs and alarm sensors. That group renamed itself the Connectivity Standards Alliance on Tuesday to reflect its mission beyond Zigbee.

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  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Engineer’s Guide To Industrial IoT And Industry 4.0
    An overview of the architecture of IIoT and how it is developing to drive the scalability of Industry 4.0.
    https://www.wevolver.com/article/the-engineer-s-guide-to-industrial-iot-and-industry-4-0

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