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

 

1,136 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IoT-data alkaa siirtyä kännykkäverkkoon
    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/14188-iot-data-alkaa-siirtyae-kaennykkaeverkkoon

    IoT-datan määrä mobiiliverkoissa tulee kasvamaan voimakkaasti vuoteen 2030 saakka, arvioi Strategy Analytics. Tämä perustuu ennen kaikkea kesällä hyväksyttyyn uuteen 5G-standardiin, joka tunnetaan nimellä RedCap.

    Vuosikymmenen loppuun mennessä 5G-yhteydet ovat lähes yhtä yleisiä kuin 4G LTE. 4G-verkossa kulkee tuolloin 49 prosenttia mobiiliverkkojen IoT-datasta. 2G eli vanha GSM ja 3G menettävät samalla asemansa, kun IoT-laitteet toimivat joko 4G- tai 5G-verkoissa.

    Tämä ei tietenkään tarkoita kaikkea IoT-dataa. Markkinoilla on jo paljon vapaisiin taajuuksiin perustuvia ratkaisuja, kuten Sigfox ja LoRa. Niiden käyttö säilyy, mutta mobiiliverkoilla on yksi iso etu puolellaan: infra on useimmissa paikoissa jo valmiina.

    Mikä mobiiliverkkojen IoT-kasvun taustalla oleva RedCap sitten on? Se on osa kesällä hyväksyttyjä 3GPP Release 17 -määrityksiä ja eräänlainen kevytversio 5:stä. Sitä on myös kutsuttu nimellä NR-Lite. Yhteys käyttää 20 megahertsin kanavaa ja yltää noin 85 megabitin datanopeuteen. Laitteissa voi olla 1-2 antennia sovelluksen tarpeen mukaan. Modulaationa käytetään QAM-128:aa. Yhteys voi olla joko Half- tai Full Duplex eli sovelluksen vaatiessa dataa voidaan lähettää samanaikaisesti molempiin suuntiin.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EU and Germany bet on smart villages’ in rural development bid https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/eu-and-germany-bet-on-smart-villages-in-rural-development-bid/
    The approach, also known as smart village development, is about revitalising rural areas through digital and, in some cases, social innovation, according to the European Network for Rural Development (ENLR). In practice, this can include a whole range of measures, such as using digital tools to improve services of general interest in rural areas or using online platforms to promote democratic participation in local and regional politics.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    9 Hurdles of Home Assistant I Had to Overcome
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwr7tasnLE

    00:00 Intro
    00:42 Content
    01:08 My Setup
    02:06 Why two boards (options)?
    03:53 HA Automations or Node-Red?
    04:24 Installation of HA
    04:44 Terminal and RSA key
    05:28 Install HACS
    06:22 File Editor
    06:36 Node-Red Companion and Node-Red WebSocket support
    08:56 Show containers in HA window
    09:50 Install ESPHome and create Example sensors
    12:22 Flash Sonoff S26 Smart Plug
    13:15 Write data to another server
    13:43 HA Zigbee or Zigbee2MQTT?
    14:00 My verdict
    15:11 My open points

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Air New Zealand says passengers shouldn’t use baggage trackers in checked bags
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/130343503/air-new-zealand-says-passengers-shouldnt-use-baggage-trackers-in-checked-bags

    Air New Zealand says its customers shouldn’t be using baggage trackers in their checked luggage, with the airline set to review the devices early next year.

    But New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service says it is under no instruction to remove the trackers from bags. And Jetstar says passengers are welcome to use them.

    Air New Zealand’s website has a note about baggage trackers under its guidance for “travelling with lithium batteries and lithium battery-operated devices”.

    The airline’s rules say only battery-powered baggage trackers that can be turned off will be accepted in checked baggage.

    For devices that have an auto on/off feature, the tracking app must not be used in flight, the rules state.

    Baggage trackers like Apple’s AirTag and Tile trackers have become 2022’s most-discussed travel accessory as the short-staffed aviation sector has struggled to keep up with demand, leading to widespread issues with delayed and lost luggage.

    The devices enable passengers to keep tabs on the location of their bags through their phone, tablet or computer. They must be turned on to work.

    Stuff Travel sought clarification from Air New Zealand over whether the rules included these popular baggage tracking products, which are powered by coin cell batteries and send out Bluetooth signals.

    An Air New Zealand spokesperson said: “As products such as the AirTag and Tile are portable electronic devices that cannot be turned off, dangerous goods regulations currently prohibit them from being carried in checked-in luggage.

    “As part of Air New Zealand’s safety management system, a review of these products is likely to take place in early 2023. Following this, discussions with the regulatory authority may be undertaken.”

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Condition Monitoring Can Improve Automotive Manufacturing
    Oct. 19, 2022
    Gone are the days when equipment breakdown was a huge surprise for equipment operators, now that automotive manufacturers can monitor the equipment.https://www.electronicdesign.com/technologies/test-measurement/article/21253052/l2l-condition-monitoring-can-improve-automotive-manufacturing?utm_source=EG+ED+Auto+Electronics&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS221103032&o_eid=7211D2691390C9R&rdx.identpull=omeda|7211D2691390C9R&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IoT Opens Door to Driverless Control of Data-Acquisition Hardware
    Sept. 28, 2022
    This white paper discusses evolution of software and programming-language, communication interfaces, REST HTTP for thermocouple and strain-gauge instruments, and more. Learn how to save time and money when setting up your data acquisition system.
    https://www.electronicdesign.com/resources/white-paper/whitepaper/21251608/iot-opens-door-to-driverless-control-of-dataacquisition-hardware?pk=AmetekOctER3-11102022&utm_source=EG+ED++Sponsor+Paid+Promos&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS221104118&o_eid=7211D2691390C9R&rdx.identpull=omeda|7211D2691390C9R&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

    In this white paper, the experts at VTI Instruments discuss the following:

    Software evolution, including HTTP, the Internet backbone
    Programming-language evolution
    Communication interfaces
    REST HTTP for thermocouple and strain-gauge instruments

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Crowdsourcing Bridge Inspection Phone accelerometer and GPS data could reveal structural damage
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/bridge

    Now, engineers have come up with a way to use smartphone data to reveal if bridges are ailing, allowing repairs before they fail. Using such crowdsourced data as part of maintenance could increase a new bridge’s lifespan by over fourteen years at no added cost, the researchers report in the journal Communications Engineering.

    The method relies on smartphone accelerometer and GPS data collected while vehicles drive over a bridge to calculate its vibrations, which can indicate changes in the structure over time. This would be cheaper, easier and faster than installing sensors on thousands of bridges, says Thomas Matarazzo, a professor of civil and mechanical engineering at the United States Military Academy in West Point.

    Of the more than 617,000 bridges in the U.S., 42 percent are more than 50 years old, and around 46,000 are deemed structurally deficient. Inspectors still mostly rely on visual inspections to assess the integrity of all these bridges. But failures happen. The bridge that collapsed in Pittsburgh on a snowy January morning this year was one that this writer used every day. Such failures “demonstrate a knowledge gap in our understanding of the true condition of our bridges,” Matarazzo says. “Monitoring bridge vibrations frequently and over the long-term is key to better understanding actual bridge conditions and minimizing these knowledge gaps.”

    All bridges vibrate at a specific natural frequency called the modal frequency, which is tied to the bridge’s physical characteristics like material properties, geometry, and mass. “Any changes in those quantities would result in changes in these frequencies,” he says. “If there’s significant damage in the bridge, its modal frequency would change.” But only a few bridges in the U.S.—typically really old ones or brand new ones—have sensor networks to measure these vibrations.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    TULOSSA MARKKINOILLE! Ajaxin älykkäässä LightSwitch kytkimessä on suuri kosketusherkkä käyttöpaneeli, joka voidaan aktivoida sekä koskettamalla tai kädet vapaana. Pehmeä taustavalo auttaa tekemään tämän myös pimeässä. LightSwitchin avulla on helppo sytyttää valot ja lattialamput tai ohjata verhoja jopa etänä.
    Ajaxilta on tulossa tähän ratkaisu -AJAX LightSwitch
    https://fb.watch/gNHDQSlQaA/

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Challenges Remain in Taking IoT/IIoT
    to the Next Level
    https://designengineeracademy.com/challenges-remain-in-taking-iot-iiot-to-the-next-level/?ref=EAIoTNL-ED&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

    Addressing the challenges that remain for IoT in the realms of security, design, and deployment.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EMI and Surge Protection in the IIoT
    Nov. 1, 2022
    Since many more devices are wirelessly connected, spectral noise level increases and, as a result, it causes radio interference between IIoT devices.
    https://www.electronicdesign.com/power-management/whitepaper/21253879/electronic-design-emi-and-surge-protection-in-the-iiot?utm_source=EG+ED+Connected+Solutions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS221115153&o_eid=7211D2691390C9R&rdx.identpull=omeda|7211D2691390C9R&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

    What you’ll learn:

    How to manage EMI and RFI in the IIoT with 5G technology.
    Types of surge protection devices.
    Dealing with transient overvoltages and IEMI.

    The industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is an amazing network of connected devices within modern industrial sectors. It’s composed of myriad connected devices, both wired and wireless, in industrial complexes. However, since many more devices are being wirelessly connected, the spectral noise level increases as does the radio interference between IoT devices.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Smart Systems, the Cloud, and Big Data are Changing the Face of Design and Manufacturing
    Nov. 2, 2022
    Among the pivotal technologies reshaping the future of the electronics space, intelligent systems in the cloud will forever change the way we think about test & measurement.
    https://www.electronicdesign.com/technologies/test-measurement/article/21253964/electronic-design-how-smart-systems-the-cloud-and-big-data-are-changing-the-face-of-design-and-manufacturing?utm_source=EG+ED+Connected+Solutions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS221121125&o_eid=7211D2691390C9R&rdx.identpull=omeda|7211D2691390C9R&oly_enc_id=7211D2691390C9R

    The disruptive aspects of our current electronic market environment.
    How disruptive technologies like machine learning and edge computing will impact test and measurement.

    ntelligence Everywhere

    The argument can be made that we have finally reached the complete integration of hardware and software at the device level, the vanguard of an expanding wave of convergence that will wash over every powered device and make it a part of the “living” cloud. Eventually, every element of the infrastructure will be completely intelligent and integrated as well.

    One day every product that draws power will have a level of IoT functionality, if only for efficiency and safety monitoring. The impact of intelligent management on the day-to-day power consumption of next-generation products can’t be understated.

    Fortune Business Insights predicts that the global machine-learning market will expand from $21.17 billion in 2022 to $209.91 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 38.8%. And according to Statista.com, the global big-data and business-analytics market was valued at 169 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 and is expected to grow to 274 billion U.S. dollars in 2022 (see figure).

    Although there’s some overlap, not much exists between these two spaces at this time. However, both will continue to overlap until they’re significantly linked in the future.

    Total Product Awareness

    Testing and measuring are fundamental aspects of science and engineering. If it can’t be measured and repeated, it isn’t a process—it’s a random series of events. Precision in anything can only be accomplished by careful and accurate use of measuring tools, be it a wooden chair or an orbital electronics package. You can’t draw a straight line without a ruler, and you can’t understand the operation of a circuit until you’re able to evaluate it properly with precise tools.

    The fundamental change in this process is that T&M activity now can happen in real-time, in a control loop that’s precisely managed in direct communication with the device itself. This real-time monitoring doesn’t eliminate the need for testing, but it does integrate and streamline the entire design and development process. Coupled with design simulation software, many process steps in the design and development process are now integrated and no longer directly rely on benchtop tools.

    AI, the Cloud, and Big Data

    The migration to “Industry 5.0” is already happening with several industry-leading companies, and they’re revolutionizing their respective industries. Companies that can rapidly address both challenges and opportunities will tend to be more successful than those relying on legacy technologies and processes. This competitive pressure will eventually force all manufacturers to adopt the latest smart design, development, and manufacturing solutions.

    The convergence of machine learning/AI, advanced hardware platforms, and the ability to integrate big data will advance manufacturing in multiple ways. AI requires a tremendous amount of data to teach it anything useful, and a modern manufacturer can get all of the user information they need about product functionality by interrogating the devices themselves. This web of information in the cloud will be a dynamic real-time connection between almost every powered device.

    Looking Forward

    The convergence of big data, AI, edge computing, and the cloud will result in a data-rich environment of networked devices and systems, revolutionizing how we design, make, and use electronic products. The role of test & measurement in design has expanded and integrated itself into every aspect of the process, empowering and accelerating our ability to create, develop, and manufacture solutions for our societal applications in an optimum manner.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hyödynnä IoT-data tehokkaasti – ota käyttöön oikeat työkalut
    https://blogi.pengon.fi/hy%C3%B6dynn%C3%A4-iot-data-tehokkaasti-ota-k%C3%A4ytt%C3%B6%C3%B6n-oikeat-ty%C3%B6kalut

    Esineiden internet (IoT) tuottaa jatkuvasti valtavia määriä dataa. Jos IoT-sovellusten tuottamaa tietoa käsitellään kuten muutakin organisaation dataa, sen täysi potentiaali jää helposti hyödyntämättä – tai se tulee varsin kalliiksi. IoT-data voidaan kuitenkin valjastaa tehokkaampaan käyttöön Time Scale -datan hyödyntämiseen optimoiduilla työkaluilla.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Keysight’s IoT Test Solutions on Display at electronica 2022
    Dec. 13, 2022
    The company spotlighted several IoT test solutions at electronica 2022, from PathWave Design EDA software to benchtop test instruments.
    https://www.electronicdesign.com/technologies/test-measurement/video/21256344/electronic-design-keysights-iot-test-solutions-on-display-at-electronica-2022

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Researchers Develop a Smaller, More Efficient Tool for Smartly Harvesting Energy for the IoT
    Designed to provide the Internet of Things with efficient power harvested from radio waves, this tiny chip is looking to leave the lab.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/researchers-develop-a-smaller-more-efficient-tool-for-smartly-harvesting-energy-for-the-iot-ba321ce2f734

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    An Espressif ESP32 Sensor Package Turns a Small COTS Drone Into a Volcano-Monitoring Little-RAVEN
    Carried into volcanic plumes by a DJI Mavic 3, the little-RAVEN sensor system can help predict future eruptions.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/an-espressif-esp32-sensor-package-turns-a-small-cots-drone-into-a-volcano-monitoring-little-raven-80658fca29ad

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Collaboration results in diminutive Wi-Fi HaLow module
    https://www.edn.com/collaboration-results-in-diminutive-wi-fi-halow-module/

    Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company, has partnered with AzureWave Technologies to design and manufacture two Wi-Fi HaLow modules. One of the modules is just 13×13 mm, among the smallest on the market, while the second module comes in at 14×18.5 mm. Both devices aim to pave the way for broad implementation of Wi-Fi HaLow in IoT environments.

    Leveraging FCC-certified reference designs, the two modules are based on Morse Micro’s MM6108, a small, fast, and low-power Wi-Fi HaLow SOC. It includes radio, PHY, and MAC sections designed in accordance with the IEEE 802.11ah standard and supports data rates up to 32.5 Mbps. The chip operates in the sub-GHz license-exempt RF bands to deliver ten times the range of conventional Wi-Fi solutions. The radio in the MM6108 supports programmable operation in these bands, worldwide, between 850 MHz and 950 MHz.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Morse Micro, AzureWave Unveil the “World’s Smallest” Wi-Fi HaLow Module for Compact IoT Devices
    Boasting 10 times the range of standard Wi-Fi at a fraction of the power, these compact Wi-Fi HaLow modules could make a big splash.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/morse-micro-azurewave-unveil-the-world-s-smallest-wi-fi-halow-module-for-compact-iot-devices-50735eeb219c

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How A Vast Viking Hall Discovered In Denmark Is Linked To Bluetooth Technology
    It likely dates to the time of Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson, the wireless speaker guy.
    https://www.iflscience.com/how-a-vast-viking-hall-discovered-in-denmark-is-linked-to-bluetooth-technology-66945

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Powercast Teams with Kyocera AVX for “High-Function” Sensor-Packed Energy-Harvesting RFID Tech
    Harvesting power from existing RFID-reading infrastructure, these tags can include up to three active sensors — without a battery.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/powercast-teams-with-kyocera-avx-for-high-function-sensor-packed-energy-harvesting-rfid-tech-92c4033a72bb

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Smart Label Uses Ultra-Thin Electronics and a Printable Battery to Track Parcels Anywhere
    Connecting to an LTE cellular network anywhere in the world, the Smart Label includes location tracking, temperature sensing, and more.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/this-smart-label-uses-ultra-thin-electronics-and-a-printable-battery-to-track-parcels-anywhere-5d104cc10dfe

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://www.uusiteknologia.fi/2023/01/18/kotiautomaatiota-otettiin-jouluna-kayttoon/

    Schneider Electricin Wiser-älykotituotteilla rikottiin Suomessa jo miljoonan kuukaudessa suoritetun älykotitoiminnon raja jouluaaton aattona. Laitteet keskustelevat uutta Matter-standardia tukevan Wiser-keskusyksikön kanssa, ja järjestelmään voidaan yhdistää jopa 120 laitetta per yksikkö.

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Anturit valvovat sähkölinjoille kerääntyvää tykkylunta
    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/14501-anturit-valvovat-saehkoelinjoille-keraeaentyvaeae-tykkylunta

    Digita on käynnistänyt yhteistyön sähköverkkoyhtiö Carunan kanssa sähkökatkojen minimoimiseksi Suomessa. Caruna on ottanut käyttöön useita satoja Digitan antureita monitoroidakseen tykkylumen kasautumista, ja parhaillaan suunnitelmissa on asentaa useita satoja lisää.

    Sähköverkon varmuudesta huolehtiminen ja sähkökatkojen ennaltaehkäisy on entistä tärkeämpää, kun ilmastonmuutoksen myötä sään ääri-ilmiöt lisääntyvät ja kuormitus sähkönjakelun infrastruktuurille kasvaa. Sää- ja ympäristöolosuhteet vaihtelevat Suomen kokoisen maan eri alueilla suuresti eri vuodenaikoina ja vuosina. Erityisesti runsaslumiset talvet ja tykkylumi ovat sähköverkkoyhtiöille iso päänvaiva ja häiriötilanteiden lähde.

    Digitan LoRaWAN-teknologiaan pohjautuvaan IoT-verkkoon yhdistetyillä etäluettavilla antureilla voidaan tarkkailla ilmajohdoille kasautuneen lumen, jään ja huurteen määrää sekä sitä, kuinka alas linja on taipunut tai kuinka pian on tarve käydä paikan päällä poistamassa lunta. Antureita käytetään myös muun muassa sähkölinjoille kohdistuvien riskien ennakoimiseen sekä sähkökatkojen määrän vähentämiseen.

    Digitan IoT-palveluiden myyntijohtaja Mika Flinckin mukaan mahdolliset puiden kaatumiset sähkölinjojen päälle voidaan havainnoida etäluennalla ja arvioida vahinkojen suuruus ja korjaustoimenpiteiden tarve etäältä. – Sähköyhtiöiden velvollisuus on seurata suojattujen ilmajohtojen tilannetta. Niiden tarkastukset on ennen suoritettu vain maasta partioimalla tai helikopterilla. Digitan antureiden avulla tarkastuksia voidaan suorittaa myös etänä.

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Isabelle Bousquette / Wall Street Journal:
    More than half of Whirlpool’s and less than half of LG’s smart appliances remain connected to the internet, via which they sell parts and subscription services

    LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected From ‘Smart’ Appliances
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/lg-whirlpool-target-customers-disconnected-from-smart-appliances-11674232811?mod=djemalertNEWS

    The appliance makers continue to invest in efforts to drum up revenue through internet-connected devices, but many customers aren’t logging on

    Appliance manufacturers are betting that internet-connected “smart home” appliances will help transform their businesses and the scope and length of their customer relationships—but not all customers are plugging in.

    LG Electronics Inc. said that less than half of the smart appliances it has sold stay connected to the internet—a number it is actively working to increase, according to Henry Kim, the U.S. director of ThinQ, an LG platform primarily aimed at helping products leverage advanced technology.

    Whirlpool Corp. said that more than half of its smart appliances remain connected, but the company declined to be more specific.

    Amid pressure from weaker demand and rising materials costs, internet-connected appliances, including dishwashers and ovens that link to a customer’s home Wi-Fi network, could help manufacturers such as LG and Whirlpool recast what has traditionally been a one-time purchase business model into ongoing relationships with customers.

    Internet-connected appliances provide manufacturers with data and insights about how customers are using their products, allowing them to sell relevant replacement parts or subscription services. They also enable manufacturers to send over-the-air updates that enhance the functionality of appliances.

    “We want to continue to leverage the technology in the product,” said Whirlpool Chief Information Officer Dani Brown.

    Development of these smart devices is a core priority for Whirlpool and LG, the companies said. But the proposition only works if consumers keep their smart appliances connected to Wi-Fi, and many aren’t

    “The challenge is that a consumer doesn’t see the true value that manufacturers see in terms of how that data can help them in the long run. So they don’t really care for spending time to just connect it,” said Mr. Kim.

    Even if appliances are connected to the internet when they are initially installed, there are a number of reasons they might end up disconnected, according to Bill Ray, an analyst at research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. If a customer changes their service provider or router or even their password, that could cause the device to disconnect, he said.

    The smart-home trend began gaining traction around 2014, according to Mr. Kim, and has grown since then. While not all appliances sold today have smart features, at LG they represent 80% to 90% of appliances sold, with the remainder being basic low-cost models. Whirlpool declined to comment on the percentage of its sales represented by smart appliances.

    The stakes are high for finding new lines of revenue in the manufacturing sector as companies contend with weakening consumer demand and increasing costs for materials, energy and other expenses. Whirlpool cut production by 35% during the third quarter of 2022 to shrink inventories. In a preview this month of its 2022 financial results, which are set for release Jan. 30, the company said it expects full-year sales to be down 10% from 2021.

    Connected appliances can also receive over-the-air updates. Whirlpool said that last year it rolled out a leak-detection feature on its Maytag smart washing machines and an air-frying feature to its Whirlpool-branded smart ovens.

    He said the company is working to better educate consumers on the sales floor about the benefits of connecting, and LG is working with delivery agents to ensure they connect appliances during the installation process. Additionally, he said, there is work being done on the software side so devices can reconnect automatically if they are disconnected.

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    LG Electronics said that less than half of the smart appliances it has sold remain connected to the internet.
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    By Isabelle Bousquette
    Updated Jan. 20, 2023 3:59 pm ET
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    Appliance manufacturers are betting that internet-connected “smart home” appliances will help transform their businesses and the scope and length of their customer relationships—but not all customers are plugging in.

    LG Electronics Inc. said that less than half of the smart appliances it has sold stay connected to the internet—a number it is actively working to increase, according to Henry Kim, the U.S. director of ThinQ, an LG platform primarily aimed at helping products leverage advanced technology.

    Whirlpool Corp. said that more than half of its smart appliances remain connected, but the company declined to be more specific.

    Amid pressure from weaker demand and rising materials costs, internet-connected appliances, including dishwashers and ovens that link to a customer’s home Wi-Fi network, could help manufacturers such as LG and Whirlpool recast what has traditionally been a one-time purchase business model into ongoing relationships with customers.

    Internet-connected appliances provide manufacturers with data and insights about how customers are using their products, allowing them to sell relevant replacement parts or subscription services. They also enable manufacturers to send over-the-air updates that enhance the functionality of appliances.

    “We want to continue to leverage the technology in the product,” said Whirlpool Chief Information Officer Dani Brown.

    Development of these smart devices is a core priority for Whirlpool and LG, the companies said. But the proposition only works if consumers keep their smart appliances connected to Wi-Fi, and many aren’t
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    “The challenge is that a consumer doesn’t see the true value that manufacturers see in terms of how that data can help them in the long run. So they don’t really care for spending time to just connect it,” said Mr. Kim.

    Even if appliances are connected to the internet when they are initially installed, there are a number of reasons they might end up disconnected, according to Bill Ray, an analyst at research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. If a customer changes their service provider or router or even their password, that could cause the device to disconnect, he said.

    The smart-home trend began gaining traction around 2014, according to Mr. Kim, and has grown since then. While not all appliances sold today have smart features, at LG they represent 80% to 90% of appliances sold, with the remainder being basic low-cost models. Whirlpool declined to comment on the percentage of its sales represented by smart appliances.

    The stakes are high for finding new lines of revenue in the manufacturing sector as companies contend with weakening consumer demand and increasing costs for materials, energy and other expenses. Whirlpool cut production by 35% during the third quarter of 2022 to shrink inventories. In a preview this month of its 2022 financial results, which are set for release Jan. 30, the company said it expects full-year sales to be down 10% from 2021.

    According to Murat Genc, Whirlpool’s global data, experiences & transformation officer, smart appliances are generating data from consumers and are producing new revenue opportunities. For example, he said, consumers can sync their smart ovens with the company’s Yummly Pro subscription recipe app, which can communicate with the oven to provide step-by-step cooking instructions.

    Whirlpool said customers have the opportunity to opt in or out regarding whether their data is sent back to the company.
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    Connected appliances can also receive over-the-air updates. Whirlpool said that last year it rolled out a leak-detection feature on its Maytag smart washing machines and an air-frying feature to its Whirlpool-branded smart ovens.

    Mr. Kim said LG was able to gather data about how much water was passing through filters in customers’ refrigerators and then notify them via app that it was time for a filter replacement. The company saw an incremental increase in water-filter sales from those who had refrigerators connected compared with those who didn’t, Mr. Kim said.

    While LG customers don’t have the opportunity to opt in or out on whether data from their WiFi connected devices is shared, Mr. Kim said all data is anonymized.

    He said the company is working to better educate consumers on the sales floor about the benefits of connecting, and LG is working with delivery agents to ensure they connect appliances during the installation process. Additionally, he said, there is work being done on the software side so devices can reconnect automatically if they are disconnected.

    Similarly at Whirlpool, Mr. Genc said the company is looking for ways to make its appliances “self healing,” so that if Wi-Fi goes out for a minute, appliances will automatically reconnect.

    There is a level of variability in customers’ homes that also causes challenges, Mr. Genc said, especially when appliances end up in spaces with weak or no signal from routers. Mr. Genc said the company is also working on hardware to build stronger antennas.

    Mr. Kim said LG has had conversations about putting cellular chips into appliances, but that adds a layer of complexity since the data plan would be an additional cost. At the moment, he said, Wi-Fi is the most practical option, despite the challenges.

    “We do believe that connectivity will solve a lot of problems that we encounter in terms of really understanding customer insights and consumer behavior,” said Mr. Kim, “And without the connectivity it is going to be very difficult for us to do that.”

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