Spirent Communications Plc (LSE:SPT), an industry leader in test and measurement, today announced that it has acquired Testing Technologies. Founded in 2000, Testing Technologies is a leader in Automation Software Quality Tools. With its flagship platform TTworkbench, Testing Technologies is focused on test automation for the automotive and IoT industries. As the automotive industry moves to IP networks and automakers begin to realize their vision of the connected car, the acquisition of Testing Technologies will enable Spirent to offer the most effective solution available to ensure the functionality and performance of next-generation automobile components and technologies.
There’s a lot of talk today about the technology that makes up the Internet of Things (IoT). What fascinates me the most is the impact IoT can have on the way companies can drastically alter their business models to leapfrog the competition.In the past, companies kept track of their key performance indicators (KPIs) by running reports at month’s end. They would then put plans in place to make the necessary adjustments to improve upon those KPIs going forward.
In 2015, Ecovent won the CES Home Automation Product of Year for its intelligent home zoning system, giving homeowners room-by-room temperature control. This year, HVAC and Automation company will be providing an early look at the Home Health Report (HHR)—a new diagnostic feature that will provide homeowners with detailed reports on the health of their home. With it, first-time homeowners will have a complete understanding of the workings of their house. Using the data collected from the home, the HHR provides data and reports on the performance of a home, including:
Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a $40 million funding opportunity entitled Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge. This award will be given to one mid-sized city that puts forward bold, data-driven ideas to improve transportation through safety, reliability, and integration. The Department of Transportation is encouraging cities to present creative approaches for innovatively addressing the challenges they are facing. The vision of the Smart City Challenge is to award and encourage integrated approaches to improving surface transportation performance within a city and integrating these approaches with other smart city domains such as public safety, public services, and energy.
Alphabet, Google’s newfangled conglomeration, arrived in August, but we will not see its first financial figures until January, when the company reports two sets of earnings — Google and the “other bets.” Each subsidiary will not break out its own performance, but the earnings reports will offer some view into their costs and output. Before then, Re/code is unpacking one Alphabet company a week*, presenting the facts, figures and, just maybe, the financials beyond the silos of the world’s most ambitious company. Up first: Nest.
Today, Lowe’s announced the next generation of its Iris smart home solution, built with Microsoft Azure’s cloud technology. This latest version of Iris enhances Lowe’s smart home offering with new functionality and faster performance and includes updated software and hardware that make Iris simpler, more intuitive and more personalized. Available online at IrisbyLowes.com and in stores nationwide, the new generation of Iris provides consumers with unmatched productivity to more easily manage, monitor and maintain their homes in an open, secure environment.
The Internet of Things stands as one of the largest economic opportunities in the world. But it’s not just about consumer devices. Some of the biggest breakthroughs are taking place behind the scenes in factories, farms, and industrial sites to optimize production or increase energy efficiency.The opportunity for IoT in industry, however, is also incredibly challenging and involves applications and a customer mindset that are far, far different than what some tech companies might be used to. The good news is that industrial IoT isn’t about producing simple gadgets. These will be sophisticated, elegant systems. The bad news is that meeting the performance specifications will be a mammoth task.
The global smart thermostat market is expected to reach USD 2.21 billion by 2022, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. These devices allow users to remotely manage their heating and air conditioning systems using wireless connectivity and mobile apps. They form an important part of smart homes and have gained immense demand from residences in developed regions such as North America and Europe.The smart thermostat market is expected to witness growth since they display energy consumption in real-time and are able to adjust itself based on ambient conditions automatically. They can connect to the internet and offer analytics and performance measurement tools through web portals. Such devices are packed with technologies such as ZigBee or Wi-Fi and form a part of the home automation ecosystem.
For all of its importance and impact, the Internet of Things (IoT) enables, rather than determines an organization’s strategy. The latest issue of Deloitte Review features a special section on the IoT and its associated possibilities and perils. It also includes articles on how IoT can be used to reshape supply chain management and create and capture value. The latest issue also takes a look at jobs in the era of cognitive technologies; the industry outlook on the future of additive manufacturing; innovation at the water-energy-food nexus; and the theory of relativity in improving financial performance.
Aluminum could give a needed boost to the capacity of power of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries, according to research from MIT.
In the past, electrodes in rechargeable batteries would repeatedly shrink and expand in accordance with cycles of charging and discharging, leading to degraded battery performance over time.