What You Missed in The IoT: Week of 10/20
The Industries and Players Behind The Activity
What did they do? Nokia and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions have announced a new strategic partnership designed to enable enterprises and Communications Service Providers to more easily deploy industrial IoT solutions from sensors through to applications.
Why does it matter? Connecting existing infrastructure in industrial settings is the first physical step to digital transformation, but too often it’s a hurdle that causes excessive time delays. The partnerships of connectivity hardware providers and network service players will facilitate this process, and this partnership follows others like Verizon and Qualcomm or AT&T and Dell commercializing relationships.
What did they do? Intel Capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly $60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data.
Why does it matter? The investments come on the back of $566mm of investments by Intel in 2017, with more strategic focus as to where the investments are made to fit more closely with how Intel would like to position its wider business. And as Intel looks for new areas of business like connected cars and healthcare where it can carve out a position for its chipmaking operations, data is one of the pervasive themes.
What did they do? Rockwell announced their release of IaaS, offered with two Rockwell Automation pre-engineered network solutions, including the Industrial Data Center (IDC) and the Industrial Network Distribution Solution (INDS). These solutions are designed for industrial use and incorporate technologies from Rockwell Automation Strategic Alliance partners Cisco, Panduit and Microsoft.
Why does it matter? IaaS reduces the burden of network deployments by combining pre-engineered network solutions, on-site configuration and 24/7 remote monitoring into a single five-year contract. The result is simplified ordering and commissioning upfront, and is designed to help improve network reliability long term.
Smart Systems Taxonomy: Industrial & Manufacturing
What did they do? Apple and GE have committed to build a set of dev tools to build apps together. Apple’s sales team will also push the GE Predix platform with its industrial customers when it makes sense, and GE has committed to standardizing on the iPhone and iPad for its 330,000 employees, while offering the Mac as a computer choice. All of this adds up to a level of cooperation not seen before, in Apple’s previous enterprise partnerships.
Why does it matter? The mobile experience is a significant part of digital transformation, and Apple’s enterprise partnerships forged over the last several years reflect a focus directly on industrial enterprise. If Apple can get these companies while they’re transforming, they’ll build an iOS standard for industrial practices, and for GE, Apple’s mobile presence offers a path to simple UX, secure devices, and intra-company communications.
Smart Systems Taxonomy: Transportation & Automotive
What It Is: JLR is bringing contextualized weather data from various primary and secondary sources into its upcoming models for both manual and autonomous vehicles to make better decisions in inclement weather.
Why It Matters: Given most autonomous vehicles today are only reliable in perfect weather conditions, this is a large step in the direction of autonomous and manual vehicles that are able to work in inclement weather. The use of onboard sensors and crowd-sourced weather data will provide the clearest contextualization that we’ve seen in a production-level vehicle.
What did they do? Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs, the Google parent’s company focused on smart city technologies, will build a “mix-use, complete community in Toronto on its eastern waterfront, with the aim of building a livable space from the ground up using innovations in construction techniques, self-driving, climate friendly energy systems.
Why does it matter? Smart cities are a proving to be a viable opportunity as city-agencies recognize the value behind adopting technologies to improve the efficiency and livability of urban environments. Many initiatives to date have been pilot-focused, these initiative will create a large-scale deployment to provide proof-of-concepts on key technologies. Alphabet will gain a foothold in the smart-city space by leveraging SideWalk Labs, providing Alphabet to further target cities, entrenching themselves with cities early in the adoption process.
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