For the past few years, there has been a number of efforts to tie together the fragmented smart home world. Big tech players like Alphabet -owned Nest, Apple AAPL +1.25%, Samsung and Amazon have all tried their hands at it to varying degrees of success. IFTTT, a San Francisco-based startup founded in 2010, has been a bit of an unsung hero here. IFTTT — an abbreviation for “If This Then That” — does the complicated and tedious work of tying together internet services (like Facebook FB -0.77% or Instagram) and internet-connected hardware (like the Nest thermostat or LIFX light bulbs). Users come up with so-called “recipes” for how these things will work together. For example, send an email when Facebook’s stock jumps over $150 a share, or send out a tweet every time the garage door opens (no, maybe not the most useful recipe). IFTTT users have created 40 million of these recipes to date.
We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are vigorously weighing in to position their offerings in anticipation of windfall rewards from accelerated IoT adoption.While vendors are in a mad rush, jockeying for a land-grab position, one thing is becoming increasingly clear — connected devices, apps and services, which collectively comprise the building blocks of IoT solutions, are in need of a dependable communication fabric for robust deployment.
Smart home technology that has long been knocking at doors will settle into the mainstream after rival gadgets and services become hassle-free guests that get along with one another, industry insiders say. While smart home offerings have been around for years, attention has been heightened by Google, Amazon and Apple manoeuvring to be at the heart of managing devices capable of wirelessly taking commands or feeding information. “We need to look at problems in the home from a holistic perspective and reali
IBM is releasing two new services through Bluemix that can be utilized through our IoT for Automotive solution. They are Context Mapping and Driver Behavior. We appreciate all the feedback we received from you while these were previously available as experimental. The developer community is always critical to helping us understand your challenges and to continuously improve our offerings.
Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of mission-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, today announced that it will be presenting at IoT Fuse, taking place April 22, 2016, at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota campus. Digi International Chief Technology Officer, Joel Young will lead a session titled “Making Sense of Low Power Wide-Area Wireless for IoT,” at 2:45 p.m. CT.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO – Analyst Report) recently completed the buyout of Jasper Technologies Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash to expand further into the Internet of Things (IoT) space.Jasper is currently the leading player in the IoT space on the basis of the number of enterprises and service providers it serves globally.The Santa Clara-based start-up has an automated system for managing and monitoring IoT devices (connected cars, homes and medical devices, among others) through the cloud. As a result, enterprises and cloud-based service providers can use the system to launch services and track customers’ usage through IoT devices.
Cisco will help Berlin build an mHealth platform in their latest project to turn the German capital into Europe’s leading smart city. In a deal announced over the weekend, Cisco and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will cover telemedicine (mHealth), cyber security and of course building a general network infrastructure to support the platform. It will provide easy access to patient data for hospitals, general practitioners, specialists, clinics and emergency services.While it isn’t known exactly how much Cisco and the city will invest in this project, it is part of a much larger package wherein Cisco will invest $500 million in the national Deutschland Digital initiative over the next three years that will build infrastructure across the country for various services and push the testing of new communications technologies like 5G networks.
With over 50 billion connected devices expected by 2020, the Internet of things (IoT) is poised to have a major impact. What’s not clear, however, is how the IoT’s complex ecosystem — a loose network of interacting products and services, pictured below will evolve and proliferate and which companies will emerge as leaders. The red nodes represent platform companies; the gray ones are companies that provide a product or service.
Wireless equipment company Ericsson (ERIC – Analyst Report) teamed up with the Global M2M Association (“GMA”), the Bridge Alliance and Samsung, to deliver pioneering solutions that will facilitate new, inventive business models for the Internet of Things (IoT).The collaboration will allow international enterprises to deploy connected devices and services securely globally, under local terms and conditions.End-users will now be able to employ the same device with services and data plans for a tailored offering while also enjoying corporate security.