Dell Technologies announces new IoT products and partnerships

The historic Merchandise Mart in Chicago has a new occupant in the plaza, The Chicago Connectory, an IoT innovation co-creation space, which is a 19,000 square-foot facility jointly run by Bosch, which invested nearly $2 million in the Connectory, and Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurship centre, 1871. Both firms will be actively involved in The Chicago Connectory. Designed by Whitney Architects with support from Barbara Pollack and Associates, The Chicago Connectory features open working spaces, project collaboration areas as well as space to host regular events and activities. Featuring a mix of community, technology and educational resources to help facilitate IoT partnerships, the Connectory will be joined by start-ups, corporations and universities via membership, programming and strategic partnerships to create IoT solutions and business models. Bosch will be offering technical resources including a cross-domain development kit (XDK) and sensors such as accelerometers and barometric pressure sensors for IoT development. A maker space meant for smaller prototyping will feature Bosch power tools and 3D printers. It will also provide mentorship from teams and leaders on topics in manufacturing, software engineering and commercialisation. Elsewhere, 1871 will provide access to its 1,000 events each year, innovation days programming that matches startups with corporate companies, access to the 1871 mentor network of more than 500 professionals, and workshops on business and technology topics. An internal corporate team from Bosch is using the Connectory space to conduct co-creation sprints with two local startups to identify proofs of concept using bot and data-simplifying technologies. In early 2017, the startups were matched with Bosch through an 1871 innovation day program.

Chicago’s new IoT innovation space offers room for startups, universities and corporations

The historic Merchandise Mart in Chicago has a new occupant in the plaza, The Chicago Connectory, an IoT innovation co-creation space, which is a 19,000 square-foot facility jointly run by Bosch, which invested nearly $2 million in the Connectory, and Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurship centre, 1871. Both firms will be actively involved in The Chicago Connectory. Designed by Whitney Architects with support from Barbara Pollack and Associates, The Chicago Connectory features open working spaces, project collaboration areas as well as space to host regular events and activities. Featuring a mix of community, technology and educational resources to help facilitate IoT partnerships, the Connectory will be joined by start-ups, corporations and universities via membership, programming and strategic partnerships to create IoT solutions and business models. Bosch will be offering technical resources including a cross-domain development kit (XDK) and sensors such as accelerometers and barometric pressure sensors for IoT development. A maker space meant for smaller prototyping will feature Bosch power tools and 3D printers. It will also provide mentorship from teams and leaders on topics in manufacturing, software engineering and commercialisation. Elsewhere, 1871 will provide access to its 1,000 events each year, innovation days programming that matches startups with corporate companies, access to the 1871 mentor network of more than 500 professionals, and workshops on business and technology topics. An internal corporate team from Bosch is using the Connectory space to conduct co-creation sprints with two local startups to identify proofs of concept using bot and data-simplifying technologies. In early 2017, the startups were matched with Bosch through an 1871 innovation day program.

Smart home revolution gains momentum in Australia, Telsyte says

More than 40% of households in Australia have at least one smart home device, up from 29% in 2016, according to the latest study by Telsyte. The report, which comes in at 98 pages, also finds the average Australian household has 13.7 Internet connected devices in 2017, with that number expected to increase to 30.7 by 2021. 14 of these are expected to be what Telsyte calls ‘IoT@Home’ devices – smart home devices – in four years’ time. The collective value of the smart home market in Australia is predicted to be AUD $4.7 billion in 2021 – a sharp rise from the $377m in 2016. Intelligent features which utilise cloud-based machine learning to provide lifestyle benefits and which go beyond self-monitoring and user initiated outcomes is said to be the key to attracting and maintaining customers, Telsyte says. Despite the expected rapid adoption, barriers such as concerns around cyber security and privacy, will still need to be overcome. The survey revealed that half of Australians are concerned about security when “everything will be connected to the Internet in the future”. ‘IoT@Home’ is also expected to be a new battleground for telecommunications companies, retailers, energy suppliers, insurance companies and category specialists all seeking to differentiate themselves in price competitive industries, against the backdrop of widespread rollout of NBN services, fierce online retail competition and rapid digitisation of consumer lifestyles. Foad Fadaghi, managing director at Telsyte, said: “The Internet of things at home will touch many industries as businesses use smart automation to create new products and services for their customers. The challenge will be to take households on the automation journey while handling privacy, security and upfront costs concerns.”

WQualcomm says it is shipping more than one million chips per day for the IoT

Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it currently ships more than one million chips per day into a wide range of connected applications. The company is using its technical expertise to design platforms that help customers commercialize IoT products quickly and cost-effectively in areas including wearables, voice and music, connected cameras, robotics and drones, home control and automation, home entertainment, and commercial and industrial IoT, according to the press materials. Qualcomm Technologies has its grip in IoT spanning across various networks. For instance, the company’s wearables platforms have been adopted in more than 150 wearable designs, and over 80% of Android Wear smartwatches launched or announced are based on Snapdragon Wear 2100. In smart homes, more than 125 million TVs, home entertainment and other connected home products from leading brands have shipped using Qualcomm Technologies’ connectivity chips. MDM9206 is purposely developed for IoT applications and is commercially available today. To address this wide variety of network, form factors and requirements in the IoT, Qualcomm Technologies offers one of the broadest portfolios of chips and platforms, including mobile, multimedia, cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth system-on-chips. These solutions include comprehensive software with platform-specific applications and APIs, as well as support for multiple communication protocols, operating systems and cloud services. Qualcomm Technologies is making available over 25 production-ready reference design platforms through a network of original design manufacturers for products including voice-enabled home assistants, connected cameras, drones, VR headsets, lighting, appliances and smart hubs/gateways to further help manufacturers develop IoT devices quickly and cost-effectively.

Orange sets up Spanish smart home security subscriber service

Orange has partnered with Tyco to launch a smartphone-based ‘smart security’ service, exclusive to Orange customers in Spain. This service connects a user’s home to Tyco’s Monitoring Centre, ensures 24-hour connection with the police and monitoring by a team having high expertise, and guarantees a response when the alarm is triggered. The security equipment comprises of a central panel, a motion sensor, a PIR Cam and a keypad, and door/window sensors (which allow users to create scenarios to protect their home). The central panel provides secure wireless connection with the sensors. Users can receive images /videos via fixed network as well. They can also add an IP video Camera with HD quality and use a remote control instead of the keypad. Using this service, users can monitor, receive alerts, and press the SOS button to seek help from the Monitoring Centre, or alert the police keeping in mind the strict protocols involved. The camera enables users to watch live or record the happenings in his/her house on-demand or based on pre-defined scenarios. The equipment is installed over specific high-security connectivity protocols and surpasses any hacking attempts owing to continuous remote monitoring performed over it to ensure its proper functioning. The availability and quality of the service remains intact surviving communication disturbances, jamming or power cuts. Privacy of users is also safeguarded. The set up can be availed at €29,95 /month (VAT included); additional motion detectors can be added for €2,99 /month (VAT included). The one-time charge for professional installation and service activation is €99.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Internet of Things definition: The vast network of devices connected to the Internet, including smart phones and tablets and almost anything with a sensor on it – cars, machines in production plants, jet engines, oil drills, wearable devices, and more. These “things” collect and exchange data.
IoT – and the machine-to-machine (M2M) technology behind it – are bringing a kind of “super visibility” to nearly every industry. Imagine utilities and telcos that can predict and prevent service outages, airlines that can remotely monitor and optimize plane performance, and healthcare organizations that can base treatment on real-time genome analysis. The business possibilities are endless.