Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are technologies that have something to do with more intelligent systems, but how similar or different are they? For starters, let’s understand IoT. It is basically about making our products smarter and contextually aware. With IoT, we are embedding chips and sensors in products which traditionally were not known for their computing prowess. And, we are doing it for everything from wearables to car engines to refrigerators and so on.
Source: Are Big Data and IoT the Same?
A third of all Internet of Things (IoT) developers are primarily focusing on Big Data and analytics projects today.42% of IoT developers are currently writing software that uses sensors.23% of IoT developers are currently working with or incorporating in-memory databases into their development work, and 44% plan to in the next six months.
Home automation gets touted by some as the future, but it’s really the now. A seemingly endless list of products are on the market and they allow the user to lock doors, turn lights on and off, open and close shades, there’s even a crockpot that can be turned on and off from anywhere.For a while now I have been controlling some lights with Amazon Echo. It’s mostly good, but every once in a while the hub between Alexa and the bulbs needs to be reset. I’ve also been using the Mivatek Smart Plug to control another light. Therein lies the problem — a lack of these things working together. Most are trying to, but the integration isn’t there yet.
The lines between between industries as well as non-tech and tech companies continue to get blurrier and blurrier. With the ubiquity of cloud and big data, with the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming a hot commodity interwoven through it all, M&A activity has been buzzing nonstop. Companies with digital disruption stories — particularly IoT, big data analytics and cloud or Software as a Service — were the stars of the most recent quarter.In the process, non-tech companies continued to get involved in tech in a deeper way. At the same time, tech providers were shifting away from products to end-to-end services. That’s the finding of EY’s latest review of global M&A activity. Overall, the consultancy tracked a total of 1,069 deals in the third quarter of 2015 (July-September). The amount of deals set the second-highest all-time record for any quarter since 2000. The data is based on EY’s analysis of The 451 Group M&A KnowledgeBase data for 2014 and 2015.
This week saw bushfires ravage areas of South Australia, with two people killed, 90 more hospitalised and 87 homes destroyed.In the carnage, which has included the loss of around 27,000 head of livestock, one tale of a remarkable survival has emerged, all thanks to a smart home-style remote control phone app.
Ericsson will also work with Sequans to test out its Power Saving Mode (PSM) technology over GSM and LTE networks, which could help to extend some devices’ battery life by up to 10 years. The Telco also revealed some basic details about related cellular IoT trials with Ericsson. According to the press release, a key enabler in Orange’s strategy to become a major player in the IoT game is the standardization process at 3GPP of cellular networks and device capability enhancements.
The stats are here: investment bank Goldman Sachs cites the Internet of Things as a $7 trillion opportunity by 2020 – with IoT set to have an impact at every stage in the production and distribution of products.Wikibon predicts the value of efficiency savings from machine data alone could reach close to $1.3 trillion and will drive $514 billion in IT spend by 2020. Manish Sablok, Head of Field Marketing, North West and East Europe at ALE, looks at the four fundamental network requirements to enable business to take full advantage of the transformations that IoT will drive.
If you are just entering the realm of IoT device design, you might come to realize that you have stepped into familiar territory. When you step back and take an objective look at it, the majority of IoT device design is based on the reuse of existing technology. Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth have been around for a long time, and IoT devices depend heavily on those technologies and their refinements. This dependency is reflected in a new offering from ON Semiconductor aimed at home automation and home security applications.
In the US, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) this week announced it has secured federal funding of US$2.1 million for grid modernisation projects.The non-profit organisation confirmed the US Department of Commerce had selected it for the Grid Interoperability Standards Cooperative Agreement Programme.