Few disagree that the Internet of Things is accelerating at rapid speed. Gartner Inc. predicts there’ll be more than 25 billion connected devices in the world by 2020, generating revenues of more than $300 billion for those who catch the wave. But even with this massive amount of growth being forecast, most enterprises fail to understand the opportunity and are not invested in the IoT. Consulting firm Bain & Company Inc. believes a big reason for this is that the definition of the “Internet of Things” is still being misrepresented.To try and add some clarity to the issue, Bain & Company recently published a new report that focuses on “the major emerging battlegrounds” in the IoT that enterprises need to be aware of.
The next major, revolutionary tech device might not be far off from mass adoption, given how many big tech players are moving into the space. Now, I’m not talking about smartwatches (please), I’m talking about smart speakers that live in your home and allow you to interact with their personal digital assistant software. amazon was first in this space with the Echo coming out way back in 2014. But now Google has announced Google Home, it’s own smart speaker system. And there’s even rumors that Apple has been working on a Siri smart home speak for years (well before Amazon unveiled the echo).It’s quite possible in a few years time smart speaks in our homes could be as ubiquitous as the smartphones in our pockets. Apple’s yet-to-be-announced Siri speaker aside, how does Google’s smart speaker stack up against Amazon’s? We took a look to find out.
Google and Amazon’s entrance into the Internet of Things (IoT) industry will help sell the concept of a ‘smart home’, according to major tech players.The launch of smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo proves that the technology is rapidly approaching maturity, but the public has been noticeably slow to jump on board the connected bandwagon.However, Bosch, a company that has been very active in IoT, believes that these kind of products with wide consumer appeal will also benefit other manufacturers of smart home technology.
Google, following its first deal earlier this month with a major automaker on self-driving cars, plans to open a development center for the technology in the home of the U.S. auto industry.The company said Wednesday it will open a self-driving technology development center in Novi, Michigan, a city about 30 miles from downtown Detroit. Google is expanding efforts to make autonomous cars at a time startups such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Comma.ai, as well as established companies like General Motors Co. are investing in the technology.
Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Itseez, a specialist in computer vision algorithms and applications for embedded and specialized hardware.These types of algorithms have applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) and for autonomous vehicles, which major technology companies and global automakers have been giving increasing levels of investment.The acquisition is part of Intel’s transition from a chip company that mainly focused on PCs to one that powers cloud technologies and smart-connected computing devices.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to bring millions of devices online, and as many as a quarter million unique IoT applications will be developed by the year 2020. That means opportunities for skilled developers and technologists will abound. However, there are other, subtler ways the IoT will affect the job market. “We’re seeing tech companies around the globe getting organized and creating IoT strategies, but where they’re struggling is they don’t have the processes and talent in-house to make these things happen,” says Ryan Johnson, categories director for global freelance marketplace Upwork. By tracking data from Upwork’s database, Johnson and his team have identified major technology skills companies need to drive a successful IoT strategy.
Days ago, Apple was set to go up against Amazon Echo and Google Home, with its own version of Siri-powered device. The device, to help users in their homes, was likely to be just a speaker, similar to its rivals. The iPhone-maker owning the much-famed audio maker Beats, increased the possibility of launching a similar variant soon.According to CNET, the speaker will have a major addition; a built-in camera. This will not only distinguish itself but also raise the bar for smart home devices. The source stated how the device would be “self-aware” and through facial recognition, it will identify users present in the area.
I published my first book, The End of Software, in 2004. At the time, I was president of Oracle On Demand, which served as a starting point for Oracle’s billion-dollar cloud business. In the book I discussed the fundamental economic reasons software should be delivered as a service.As an example of new startups in the field, I discussed four companies, VMware, Salesforce, NetSuite and OpenHarbor. None of them were public companies when the book was published. Salesforce was still under $86 million in revenue. While I didn’t get all four correct, three of the four have gone on to be major companies driving the second generation of enterprise software.
As Cisco Systems closes its $1.4 billion acquisition of Internet of Things provider Jasper Technologies and AT&T creates an IoT Control Center for solution providers, it’s clear that IoT will have a major impact on the channel this year.The pace of new technologies, strategic partnerships and acquisitions in the growing IoT space is enough to make your head spin. Research firm Gartner said 6.2 billion connected “things” will be used this year, up 30 percent from 2015. IoT services spending will rise to $235 billion in 2016, an increase of 22 percent over 2015, according to Gartner, leading to a massive amount of opportunities for solution providers.Here are eight important moves in the IoT space in 2016 thus far that solution providers need have on their radar.
Today, SunPower introduces the SunPower Equinox™ system, now available to U.S. homeowners. It is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering unbeatable power, long-term performance and curb appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower’s minimalist architectural approach at the system level.