Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


Kavitha Gopalan

IoT Mid-Year Update From IDC And Other Research Firms
IDC presented on August 4 its annual mid-year IoT review webcast, hosted by Vernon Turner, senior vice president and research fellow for IoT and Carrie MacGillivray, vice president of IoT & Mobile. Here are the highlights:

  • An updated Digital Universe estimate of the amount of data created in the world annually (see above) forecast 180 Zettabytes (or 180 trillion gigabytes) in 2025, up from less than 10 Zettabytes in 2015 and 44 Zettabytes in 2020.
  • Reaching the analytics phase of IoT: The actionable IoT Data–the IoT data that is analyzed and used to change business processes–in 2025 will be as big as all the data created in 2020. To make real time decisions, says IDC, “machine learning becomes important for the machine.”
  • Connected devices: From less than 20 billion today to 30 billion in 2020 to 80 billion in 2025; by 2025, there will be 152,200 new connected devices every minute. “Everything we have of value will be connected to the internet,” says IDC.

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Advantech and Sigfox team up to blanket Taiwan in IoT
French IoT network providerSigfox announced a partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Advantech on Tuesday.

Advantech plans to build 450 base stations for the IoT network, enough to cover the entire island. The network uses unlicensed radio spectrum, so it should be allowed to operate without government approval.Sigfox has quickly become a favorite among IoT providers, due to the network being inexpensive and scalable. After 50,000 devices, each device costs an average of $1to add to the network; a rate much lower than traditional IoT network providers.

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A future of mobile-centric healthcare could save lives
Picture the scene: an elderly woman with bronchitis is overcome by breathlessness while out for an afternoon shop. Instead of ignoring the problem, she immediately turns to her mobile phone, which is measuring her breathing rate and integrating that reading with other personal health data. The program decides that she needs a GP consultation within two hours, books it at a local walk-in centre and even tells her which bus to catch.

Welcome to the future of mobile centric healthcare. With spiralling costs, demand increases and staffing issues squeezing existing resources, a future of mobile-centric healthcare would increase efficiency – and maybe save lives.

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The Industrial Internet of Things and Manufacturing In 2016
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to be a hot topic of discussion throughout the manufacturing community. With the promises it offers and the potential to streamline processes, many manufacturers are excited about this concept. However, in a new report released by Genpact Research Institute, 81% of business executives strongly believe that the adoption of the IIoT will be vital for their company’s future success. Unfortunately, it has been found thatonly 25% have a concise IIoT strategy while other businesses don’t have a clear plan in place.

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IoT security suffers from a lack of awareness
Gaining awareness of devices residing on corporate networks is the first step to building a viable security architecture for the internet of things. The problem? Most CIOs don’t know what’s on those networks.

Factor in the hiding-in-plain-sight machines and BYOD devices, as well as emerging technologies that control office light fixtures, temperature and even window tint, and it’s easy to see how vetting what’s on the network will only get harder for CIOs. Securing internet of things is a primary focus of this week’s Black Hat USA conference, whose organizers told the Wall Street Journal that they received 50 proposals for seminars related to infiltrating devices, including how a computer worm could spread smart lightbulbs, how to hack medical systems, and a new kind of ATM skimming device.

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Internet of Things strategies are going from general to specialized and vertical
Qualcomm, Intel and Dell are among the companies moving toward enabling vertical-specific IoT solutions.

Many companies, for example, initially tried to approach IoT with a more horizontal perspective, hoping to find solutions that worked across multiple industries and applications. Fairly quickly, however, most have found that they need to refine and focus their efforts across many separate vertical applications in order to find success.

For example, while connectivity and compute are clearly common characteristics across most all IoT applications, smartphone-component leader Qualcomm is starting to find traction in IoT by creating an extended range of reference platforms using its components across nearly 25 different applications. From drones, to wearables, from smart meters to connected cars, the company has built and shared an impressive range of specialized designs, leveraging various members of its Snapdragon CPU and modem family of SOCs.

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IoT grows crops best, but still too pricy for farmers
The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to the agriculture industry, but a new report suggests that service costs and niche products are slowing adoption of the new technologies.

Benefits of IoT in agriculture include better yield rates and reductions in the amount of water, soil, and seed needed. The worry, for farmers, is the implementation of IoT systems and cost of service surpasses the costs saved from using the technology.

In agriculture, there are a few suppliers that offer services at an annual cost. One of those is OnFarm Systems, which provides its Grower Dashboard, a platform to manage farm sensors, monitor temperature, cloud, and water irrigation, schedule tasks, and view analytics.

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16 Stunning Statistics that Forecast the Future of the Internet of Things
Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, even the “things,” which can now request and deliver customer support, tell if you’re being as productive as you could be at work, let your doctor know if you’re following orders (or not), reduce inefficiencies in energy consumption, improve business processes, predict issues and proactively improve or resolve them based on data received.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is just getting started. These forecasts below show why organizations need to get started too (if they haven’t already) on leveraging and responding to the Internet of Things.

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