What You Missed in The IoT: Week of 1/20
The Industries and Players Behind The Activity
Active Areas in Harbor’s Smart Systems Taxonomy:
- Transportation & Automotive
- Retail & Commercial Services
- Smart Cities & Infrastructure
- Industrial & Manufacturing
- Oil & Gas
Key Players Covered:
- T-Systems, Microsoft Azure and SAP Team for Supply Chain Apps
- BMW, Ford and GM Join a Transportation Blockchain Consortium
- Fitbit Teams With Google To Develop Consumer & Enterprise Health Solutions
- Waycare Allies With Waze To Develop Two-Way Data-Sharing
- Total Teams With Google Cloud For AI in Oil & Gas
Smart Systems Taxonomy: Retail & Commercial Services
What It Is: T-Systems partners with Microsoft Azure for its IoT services, while also working with SAP to develop end-customer applications including remote monitoring for logistics, after-sales solutions in the automotive and track & trace segments.
Why It Matters: Network service providers are realizing that IoT Platform suppliers have varying degrees of device management, data integration, and application enablement capabilities, thus requiring multiple partners to develop end-to-end services.
Smart Systems Taxonomy: Transportation & Automotive
What Is It: MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative; which includes BMW, Bosch, Ford, and GM amongst others; announced its formation to explore blockchain for use in a new digital mobility ecosystem that could make transportation safer, more affordable, and more widely accessible.
Why It Matters: Hoping to inspire the rapid and scalable adoption of blockchain technology by other companies that are working on self-driving cars and mobility services, MOBI will initially work on projects related to vehicle identity, history and data tracking; supply chain tracking; autonomous machine payments; and secure mobility ecosystem, commerce, data markets for autonomous and human driving.
Smart Systems Taxonomy: Healthcare
What It Is: Fitbit and Google are going to explore the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions together. The partnership is yet another push by consumer electronics companies into the healthcare space in general and into Electronic Medical Records space specifically (with Apple being another large consumer company making similar moves recently).
Why It Matters: Connecting activity data with Electronic Medical Records would allow doctors to have a better understanding of patient’s conditions, provide better, more personalized treatment and chronic disease management. It would also provide these companies access to more data about the users and access to the fast-growing segment of the economy.
What It Is: The partnership will combine Waycare’s cloud-based traffic management platform with data from Waze’s real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app, which is powered by the world’s largest community of drivers.
Why It Matters: This partnership combines the data from both the cars on the road and the city traffic system to give the best and most accurate depiction of real-time traffic across cities. Continuing to feed additional data sources to more accurately predict and solve traffic challenges will result in compound benefits for cities and citizens.
What It Is: Total, a French multinational oil and gas company, and Google Cloud have signed an agreement to jointly develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions applied to subsurface data analysis for oil and gas exploration and production (E&P).
Why It Matters: The agreement focuses on the development of AI programs that will make it possible to interpret subsurface images, notably from seismic studies (using Computer Vision technology) and automate the analysis of technical documents (using Natural Language Processing technology). Several oil and gas companies are partnering with advanced technology providers in a race for E&P solutions that provide a competitive edge in efficiency and discovery.
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