Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

Analytics-Of-Things Drives IoT Business Value: An Executive Perspective
Why should executives care about Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications in their companies? That is the question addressed by a study examining the business use cases for IoT applications by seven large companies, plus a city government.
IoT is more than a fancy technology that improves a few business processes. These companies created a variety of IoT use cases for reducing costs, increasing efficiency, improving customer service, and exploiting innovative business opportunities. These use cases impacted cross-organizational issues and exploited strategic opportunities, both requiring executive attention and action. The lessons learned are:

  1. IoT value to your company depends on analytics.
  2. IoT value can be expanded incrementally from initial use cases.
  3. IoT value should flow from operational to strategic use cases.
  4. IoT value can be limited by technology assimilation within your company.

Find out more on this post from Forbes

GE, Huawei to partner on Internet of Things – USA TODAY
General Electric said Wednesday that it had struck a partnership with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies to develop machines that are connected to the Internet.
GE concurrently opened new $11 million software incubator in Shanghai to foster new technologies and start-ups — all aimed at hastening the transition to digital machines that operate more efficiently.
The space will provide a launching pad for developers to create new software based on GE’s Predix operating system, which Huawei is also now planning to leverage as its “preferred” platform, GE said.
Find out more on this post from CIO.

Industry 4.0 gaining momentum in Asia-Pacific
Cyber-connected manufacturing systems – also known as Industry 4.0 – improve efficiency and optimize operations but also have the potential to change the way manufacturers and industrial companies run their business. Especially in Europe and North America, manufacturers are quite familiar with the challenges and benefits of the Industrial IoT.

Looking closer at the industries that will drive IoT adoption in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, industrial IoT solutions are among the top three industries. Out of all the Asia-Pacific countries, China is expected to spearhead industrial IoT spending and account for 49% of spending by 2020 – impressive numbers, no doubt. However, Japan, South Korea, India, and elsewhere will also see significant take up of such solutions over time.
Find out more on this post from Forbes.

Internet of Things is Poised to Transform the Insurance Sector
Can Insurance industry leverage the vast amount data from IOT to disrupt the traditional operating models and establish new frontiers for growth?
IOT with its ability to get data from billions of connected devices can revolutionize and reshape the Insurance Industry and create new business models. Data from sensors embedded in cars, homes, buildings wearable can be used by insurance company to understand the correct picture of exposure and risk of what is being insured at the same time helps them to make holistic offering to meet their customer’s needs. IOT also makes it possible for insurers to move to a more engaged model with their customers.
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IoT Is Changing How Businesses Work And Driving New Processes
The Internet of Things (IoT) is still developing, but, as it does, more insights are propelling the industry forward in changing how people live and work. While information on IoT has focused primarily on the consumer side of the industry, new data is emerging that illustrates that IoT has numerous benefits for businesses in terms of efficient processes and deeper engagement with customers.
What the numbers indicate in reports like eMarketer’s 2016 The Internet of Things: Investment, Growth and Industry Outlook, is that the opportunity is there for consumer players like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Googleand more as well as startups like Skybell that make products for the consumer IoT market. Other companies are interested in exploiting the possibilities in the B2B IoT niche as more companies gain awareness and interest in what IoT can do for them.
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IoT Devices Expectedto Swamp Mobile Lines
An Ericsson report estimates there will be 1.5 billion IoT devices needing cellular connections by 2021.The various wireless networks that enable us to call home or look up Yelp reviews while traveling may soon exist primarily for another purpose – real-time communication between devices, sensors and central processing hubs.That’s the conclusion drawn with Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, which observes that the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018. “Growth in the number of connected devices is driven by emerging applications and business models, and supported by falling device costs,” the report’s authors state.
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Intel Sees Slower Data Center& IoT Growth, Though Stronger Growth Expected In Coming Quarters
The world’s largest semiconductor company, Intel released its Q2 2016 earnings on July 20th. The company’s revenue came in-line with its guidance, while its profitability exceeded both company guidance and analyst expectation. However, Intel’s stock saw a marginal decline in after-hours trading yesterday. This can be attributed to the slower growth in the data center business and a quarter-over-quarter decline in Internet-of-Things (IoT) revenue. We believe that the data center slowdown is not a cause of concern as growth is expected to re-accelerate in the second half of the year. The sequential decline in IoT revenue was due to an inventory burn after a very strong Q1 2016. The segment remains one of the biggest growth drivers for the semiconductor industry and Intel is at the forefront of this new trend.
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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

Will banks catch the curve of the machine-to-machine economy?
We are now at the tipping point. Technologies like IoT, autonomous vehicles, drones, robots or 3D printers will “people” this brave new machine-to-machine (M2M) economy.Core information and communication devices, which have been traditionally confined to boxes (PCs, smart phones, tablets etc) are increasingly embedded in all types of artefacts making our homes, offices, cars, trains, public spaces and cities “smarter”.Today we have two types of customers, individuals and corporates. Now with the rise of the machine-to-machine economy, a new customer segment of machines is arising.”
“Our assumption is that these M2M economies will be orchestrated as transactions on the blockchain. And the prerequisite to be part of the machine-to-machine economy is to have an integrated IoT and blockchain strategy and a footprint in both, IoT and blockchain space.”

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How the Cloud Fosters Smart, Connected Manufacturing
Industry 4.0, Industries 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, is the automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, creating what many refer to as a “smart factory.” Although analysts claim that less than one percent of all production data is ever used, the promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the ability to analyze huge amounts of data to identify patterns like tool wear or equipment fatigue. This insight gives manufacturers the predictive capability that can improve quality, productivity, and downtime. The key here is connecting data throughout the enterprise to provide insights for improving business processes.
Connected manufacturing is the foundation and the cloud is the key requirement, connecting not only your plant floor, but also connecting the plant floor to the top floor. You can run your entire manufacturing business via the cloud: plant floor production control intertwined with end-to-end inventory traceability, closed-loop quality connected with product lifecycle management, planning, finance, human resources, and supply chain management.

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The Platform of Things: The Mega IoT Platforms Land Grab
Platforms are important for IoT market growth because they standardize key functions such as application development, connectivity and device management. The typical PaaS package includes freemium access to APIs, SDKs, templates, libraries and tools, built on cloud resources for scalability and public cloud for testing and development. Platforms are a cost-effective route to advanced services such as connectors to back-office ERP, analytics, security and even blockchain pay-as-you-go. SaaS applications then inject the vertical specific capabilities on top. However, with a plethora of platforms out there, is there danger they will become commodities?

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Complementary Technologies Enabling Effective IoT solutions
Internet of Things (IoT) is a path breaking new technology wave that is affecting our daily lives in ways unimaginable before. With Sensors, Cloud and Analytics, we are now able to provide solutions which were otherwise impossible. We are also able to give customers, strategic insights into their lives like never before.
For example IoT deployments can bring disruptive changes to retail industry. Retailers are exploring ways to use intelligent, connected devices to offer new services, enhance customer experiences, enter new markets and improve supply chain by creating digital ecosystems.

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Big Money in The Internet of Things: A Mid-Year Report
While the numbers and percentages involving the Internet of Things are large, they are nothing compared to the dollars involved. $348 million will be Security spending on the Internet of Things this year (Gartner) and $547 million will be Security spending on the Internet of Things in 2018 (Gartner)

Find out more onresearch around the IoT moneythis post from MediaPost

GE is bringing its Internet of Things platform to Microsoft’s cloud
Jeff Immelt, GE’s chief executive, appeared on the stage of Microsoft Corp.’s annual partner event in Torontowith Satya Nadella to announce that their firms are joining forces to help organizations analyze the vast volumes of data coming off the connected universe.The collaboration will see GE’s Predix platform-as-a-service stack, a Cloud Foundry distribution specifically optimized for handling machine-generated logs, made available on Microsoft Azure by the end of the year. The vendors then plan to test the port with a limited number of users for another six months or so before making it generally availability in the second quarter of 2017.

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Arm Holdings confirms Softbank is buying the chip designer for £24.3B in bold IoT move
Arm Holdings confirmed that Japan’s Softbank Group has offered to pay £24.3 billion ($32 billion) to acquire the company — known for its chip designs for mobile handsets (Apple is a customer) as well as for processors that will power hardware in Internet of Things networks. It’s the IoT piece that interests Softbank the most, the company said.

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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

The Intelligence of Things: Streaming analytics comes to IoT

As IoT devices infiltrate many product ecosystems, they’re becoming more a part of our lives. But while these devices gather lots of data, they’re not very intelligent or self-aware in their own right.We need the right intelligence and security onboard, in the devices, in order for them to become aware when they might be manipulated or failing.As applied to IoT devices, self-learning models monitor their environment and gather data, and thus can make a determination if the behaviour of a user or an environment they’re embedded in is normal or abnormal.

With self-learning models on board, IoT devices can warn of an unsafe situation or an impending failure.

Achieving the “Intelligence of Things”

Industrial internet of things market to top $123B by 2020

In the drive for efficiency and cost savings, different verticals are adopting industrial internet of things to use the power of data analytics to improve operations. As adoption continues to grow, a new report projects the industrial internet of things market will be worth $123.89 billion.

Manufacturing and health care will lead industrial ‘internet of things’ growth

Race on for “Internet of Things” (IoT) networks

Of late many telecom providers has started implementing nationwide network dedicated to IOT. Following the suite of South Korea and New Zealand, players in Malaysia Atilze Digital SdnBhd and Telekom Malaysia Bhdare rolling out a similar nationwide network. These are LoRa based technology. LoRa is an open standard for low power wide area networks (LPWANs), which are created to connect low-power devices, such as sensors, over a wide area at lower prices.

New city-wide networks are being built for “Internet of Things” or IoT type applications.

IoT: First the hype, then the plumbing

There is much hype around the Internet of Things (the linking of machines and sensors to the Internet), but is it deserved? At its core, IoT is just the Internet, with things on it. But these things are different from the computers we are used to dealing with. In short, the IoT is the same but different.

n 1982, Carnegie Mellon University students Mike Kazar, David Nichols, John Zsarnay and Ivor Durham wired up a soda vending machine so that they could use the finger command-line utility to see the availability and “coldness” of the soda cans in each dispensing column remotely via the Internet (then known as ARPANET). This was quite possibly the first “thing on the Internet.” Since then, millions of devices have been happily created and connected to digital networks without fanfare or hype.

So why is the “Internet of Things” gaining attention now, given that it’s not a major technological breakthrough?

The IoT’s relevance today comes from the convergence of several trends:

Europe Moving to Industry 4.0

Over the past five years the European Union has made significant advances in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, M2M communications, and Internet of Things connectivity in industrial applications.

Germany is the driving force behind the industrial revolution that is reshaping the entire European manufacturing ecosystem.

What really makes Germany stand apart from other countries, however, is the way it gathered all players in its society to launch an industrial revolution for the 21st century. The country, led by the federal government under their Industries’ 4.0 initiative, has been forming public-private-partnerships, cross-enterprise co-ops and new training programs at several universities and technical schools.

Factories of the Future 2020

How IoT is Disrupting Manufacturing (and how you can benefit)

There are a lot of potential uses for IoT in manufacturing, but most of these opportunities fall into one of the following four categories: device connectivity and management, data management and insights, advanced analytics, and business productivity and process optimisation.

With device connectivity and management, manufacturers are able to gain visibility into, access to and control of machinery and processes – all via a connected network. Data management and insight takes the information from these connected devices to help manufacturers manager key performance indicators (KPIs) to improve operational performance and decision making. Advanced analytics allows manufacturers to anticipate problems and deliver new value-added services; in some cases creating entirely new lines of business. With business productivity and process optimisation, this analytics capability can be integrated into everyday tasks, workflows and business processes.

IoT: The £600B Opportunity for Manufacturing

Internet Of Things On Pace To Replace Mobile Phones As Most Connected Device In 2018

Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices are expected to exceed mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018, growing at a 23% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2021.

400 million IoT devices with cellular subscriptions were active at the end of 2015, and Cellular IoT is expected to have the highest growth among the different categories of connected devices, reaching 1.5B connections in 2021.

Global mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 7.7B by 2021, accounting for 85% of all subscriptions.

These and other insights are from the 2016 Ericcson Mobility Report (PDF, no opt-in). Ericcson has provided a summary of the findings and a series of interactive graphics here.

Key takeaways from the 2016 Ericcson Mobility Report



Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

The Amazing Ways Big Data And Analytics Are Used At Wimbledon 2016
WIMBLEDON fans are being served a mash up of machine learning and advanced analytics in a bid to capture viewers’ attention on social media and digital platforms.
Statistics and analytics have been a big feature of grand slam tennis for some years now. But what’s new this year is Watson.
By implementing Machine Learning for the first ever time they will be getting into the predictive trends rather than an attempt to piggyback trends once they occur.
In theory, working predictively, Watson will be able to spot emerging trends – such as an unexpectedly good performance by players from a particular nation – before they start to trend on Twitter.

Analytics and Wimbledon

Meet The Technology That Could Be A Surprising Saviour In Securing The ‘Internet Of Things’
Connecting household objects to the Web – the “Internet of Things”, or IoT for short – holds amazing promise and is spawning new applications all the time. In the world of IoT, light bulbs turn on automatically while you’re at home and turn off when you leave. The promise of IoT turns surprisingly ugly when it comes to security, particularly in the business world.
Securing the internet of things has been a challenge because of multiple reasons , multiple standards followed , usually built with proprietary hardware and custom software

AI to secure IOT

Verizon’s Buyout of Telogis Reflects the Wireless Industry’s Long Road in Telematics

Telematics is part of the buzz-laden field of “Internet of Things,” or networked machines that include smart home appliances and high-tech medical implants. However, telematics is a mature business that combines telecom networks and the fields of computing and data management to track and improve the management of vehicles.Telematics providers can also monitor conditions such as temperature for perishable foods or other sensitive assets.

This article sheds light on the on the recent Verizon’s buyout as well as explains how intertwined is the relationship between the telecom and telematics providers.

Telecom and Telematics

These three companies will dominate the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding, which means the space is becoming increasingly competitive.

Companies are racing to establish themselves as the go-to names in this market before the IoT truly explodes, and three companies in particular will have a significant advantage in becoming the backbone of the IoT, according to The Motley Fool.

Who will dominate IOT

Data is Currency, Invest Wisely

Today enterprises accumulate data at ever-rising volumes and ever-rising velocities. Whether you’re talking about data from corporate systems, the Internet of Things, or social media, the flow never stops. While it brings its share of challenges, this constant stream is actually a good problem to have. There is intrinsic value in all of those bits and bytes.

In financial terms data is cash. Data that isn’t put to use is like cash that is locked up in the basement of the corporate headquarters.

Using data analytics tools and deriving insights from the data will unlock the potential value of the Big data.

This article explores some of the case studies on how companies are converting big data to cash

Data is Currency

Netherlands rolls out world-first nationwide Internet of Things network

KPN the Dutch telecommunication company, fitted hundreds of existing mobile transmission towers with LoRa (Long Range) gateways and antennas, to create a new public network dedicated to IoT devices.

Already, the company has contracts for 1.5 million devices to utilize the LoRa network. Baggage handling at Schiphol Airport, depth sounders in the port of Rotterdam and rail switches at Utrecht Central Station are all currently being handled by smart connected devices, with plenty more expected to join the party as KPN continues to optimize and add functionality to the system.

Nation Wide network for IOT

Is the Internet of Things strategic to the enterprise?

By 2020, IoT will be a $8.9 trillion market in 2020, with over 212 billion connected things.But the real question is if IoT is strategic to our businesses? By this I mean whether or not playing early enough and deeply enough in “IoT-ifying” the enterprise will result in competitive ruin (or not.)

Where IOT will Impact the Enterprise


Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

How the ‘insecurity of things’ creates the next wave of security opportunities

How secure is your Internet of things Implementation?


Gartner estimates that IOT devices are expected to grow to 20 billion by 2020. Unfortunately, experts agree that security is not only an afterthought, but often is actively resisted and circumvented. Data from various surveys show that IOT devices lacks strong security implementation and some use legacy systems like telnet for communication which compromises on the IOT data.

New malware is being developed to target IoT. Once hackers gain access to devices, the next step is infection of the device; the last step is monetization.

This TechCrunch article provide an insight on how security is being compromised and how various start-ups are jumping in to create new ways to secure various things.

How the ‘insecurity of things’ creates the next wave of security opportunities

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

Every manufacturer has the potential to integrate machine learning into their operations and become more competitive by gaining predictive insights into production. From striving to keep supply chains operating efficiently to producing customized, built- to-order products on time, machine learning algorithms have the potential to bring greater predictive accuracy to every phase of production.

Increasing capacity improvement while reducing material consumption, improving preventive maintenance and MRO performance to the accuracy of component and part level, improving OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) by at least 25% more, improving product quality, increasing production yield, optimizing supply chain, optimizing price and many such advantage emerge for manufacturing industry using Machine learning.

This Forbes article throws clear light on all this and more.

Machine Learning and Manufacturing

Predictive maintenance is a key industrial ‘internet of things’ use case, according to analyst

Industrial organizations need to rapidly move away from the current practice of fixing equipment only after failure, or at pre-determined interval. Remote diagnostics and maintenance solutions are a key factor in enabling original equipment manufacturers to offer equipment-as-a-service models. It would help avoid high capital expenditures and enable industrial players to jump straight to the cost savings promised by predictive maintenance.

This RCR Wireless New article throws light on this subject read more in the link below

Predictive Maintenance for IIOT

Creating a Smart Warehouse with the Internet of Things


Leveraging the latest supply chain technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), a “smart warehouse” can now serve as a hub to boost efficiency and speed throughout the entire supply chain.

Devices, sensors and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags can enable warehouse managers to know the exact location and progress of any product at any time. “Hands-free” wearables can allow workers to move about and access information and instructions from anywhere in the warehouse without being constrained by workstations. Additionally, investing in IoT can reduce the use of manual labour, increasing speed and shipping accuracy, and offer retailers an opportunity to obtain unparalleled visibility into inventory and supply chains.

More on this in the below article

IOT in Warehouse

The implications of large IoT ecosystems

Internet of Things is growing at an accelerating pace. There are new challenges emerging due to this massive growth of IOT

Security is a key agenda in IOT and one method adopted by IOT players is to use device authentication and authorization. However, as the number of things scale, the device authentication and authorization becomes a bottleneck if its relying on the internet as this can drain the battery, put a stress on the mesh network and completely fail if internet is down

Second challenge is the communication between things, most of them rely on RF technology like Bluetooth, ZigBee, Wi-Fi. The short range operation of these devices throws challenge for these technology, RF-based devices are shutting each other down due to interference, a situation that will grow worse when the IoT industry grows by the billions.

The increased number of IoT devices can quickly turn into a management nightmare. In order to make the best use of the increased utility provided by the millions of smart meters, parking and lighting sensors, traffic controls, crowd movement detection sensors and many other gadgets that are scattered across smart homes and cities, you need to be able to efficiently control their traffic and functionality.

Read in-depth about these challenges in this article

The Implication of large IOT Ecosystem