Lexmark | March 23, 2022
Lexmark, a worldwide technology solutions leader, announced its latest addition to its Optra IoT solutions portfolio. Lexmark Optra Edge runs AI applications closer to the point of data generation at the edge, avoiding the need to move data to the cloud, allowing businesses to gain quick AI insights to improve productivity, safety, and sustainability.
Organizations can use Optra Edge to sense, analyze, and act on real-time digital and physical data provided by IoT devices like cameras. Cost savings, better productivity, and a competitive advantage result as a consequence of this. According to IDC, spending on edge computing is expected to reach almost $274 billion by 2025.
While the convergence of 5G and IoT is creating greater demand for computing power at the edge to fuel business transformation, it is also exponentially multiplying the amount of data available. We've designed Optra Edge so our customers can run innovative AI applications on the edge while still enjoying enterprise-grade management, holistic security, open standards, and ability to leverage their existing infrastructure."
Vishal Gupta, Senior Vice President, Connected Technology and CITO of Lexmark.
Optra Edge reduces or eliminates data processing latency and speeds up AI-driven insights from IoT devices. To that end, AI and machine learning (ML) apps running on Optra Edge devices access sensory data like sight, sound, vibration, and temperature in real-time, allowing for real-time decisions without delay.
The solution uses containerized applications to secure sensitive information and keeps data local. It also employs secure-by-design measures to safeguard millions of Lexmark print devices worldwide. Manufacturers, in particular, will profit because they frequently have human or machine errors, which can result in essential parts being misplaced or out-of-spec items making it through the production line.
"Lexmark's own success in identifying real-time insights at the edge through advanced analytics and anomaly detection for our core business served as the catalyst and inspiration for Optra Edge. We can share and relate our own experiences, as we aid other organizations with their edge AI strategy," said Sudhir Mehta, Global Vice President for Optra Engineering and Product Management at Lexmark.
Astrocast | January 25, 2021
Astrocast reported today, that the Astrocast Nanosatellite IoT Network has formally gone live after the effective dispatch of five new satellites on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. With this dispatch, the Astrocast Network gets perhaps the most exceptional nanosatellite IoT Networks accessible and the principal Swiss telecom satellite administrator.
“This is a critical milestone for both Astrocast and a long list of customers and partners,” said Fabien Jordan, CEO of Astrocast. “With the Astrocast Network, our customers will have two-way communications with their IoT assets even into some of the world’s most remote and challenging regions. And these five satellites are just the beginning.”
The Astrocast Network conveys the most far reaching nanosatellite star groupings available, for IoT companies hoping to screen far off resources. Since the fruitful dispatch of two pilot satellites in 2018 and 2019, Astrocast has expanded the force and execution of its nanosatellites fundamentally. The present Astrocast nanosatellites have multiple times more correspondence speed and locally available capacity. The Astrocast Network additionally includes:
low-latency communications from asset all the way back to headquarters
global L-Band spectrum
ultra-low power terminals with low-profile patch antennas
satellite propulsion to avoid debris in space
In addition, the Astronode S is two to three times less expensive than conventional bidirectional satellite IoT terminals. Astrocast will continue to grow this constellation with an additional 15 satellites on two launches later this year.
“With this first commercial launch Astrocast is immediately expanding the capacity for IoT devices around the globe. Our initial focus is in solving the critical issues of IoT devices in remote areas for the AgTech, Livestock and Environmental markets,” Jordan explained. “We are now ready to fulfill the Astrocast promise and I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”
Astrocast SA is the most advanced global Nanosatellite IoT Network to tackle challenges in industries such as Agriculture & Livestock, Oil, Gas & Mining, Maritime, Environmental, Connected Vehicles, and IoT Devices. The Astrocast Network enables companies to monitor, track, assess, and communicate with critical remote assets from anywhere in the world. In partnership with Airbus, CEA/LETI, the European Space Agency, and Thuraya, Astrocast developed Astronode S, a cutting-edge terminal featuring low profile L-band antenna, ultra-low power consumption, and a small form factor. Founded in 2014 by a renowned team of experts, Astrocast designs, builds, and tests all of its products in-house, from the satellites to the terminals. The Astrocast Network will consist of 80 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) nanosatellites. Astrocast pilot customers include Actia, Marine Instruments and Wildlife Computers.
ABI Research | April 21, 2021
There are currently 8.6 billion IoT connections. By 2026, the figure is expected to nearly triple to 23.6 billion. ABI Research's latest whitepaper, Connected & Protected: The Threats and Opportunities of IoT Security, examines how the rapid increase of IoT connections will usher in a new age of connectivity and productivity, as well as a slew of new threat vectors and vulnerabilities. At the same time, the looming security gaps present a huge revenue opportunity for IoT security players.
"There is general concern about the security of the Internet of Things (IoT)," says Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director at ABI Research. Security flaws range from systems that cannot be secured to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and vendors that often want to accept the risk rather than remediate it, as well as practical safety-type IoT devices that emphasize availability but cannot guarantee confidentiality at the same time. "There are few IoT protection options on the market, due to the fragmented nature of the IoT," Menting explains.
The sheer number of new IoT connections over the next five years, the increased digitization capabilities of specific IoT markets (e.g., utilities, industrial, infrastructure, and smart cities), the rise in connected users and assets, and the increased accessibility requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are all rational predictors of overall digital security.
However, the amount of IoT protection revenue does not necessarily correspond with the number of IoT connections, and certain markets are likely to see disproportional revenue. "This is due to the multifaceted level of security and management criteria that provide the basis for other core operations and valuable resources, such as intelligence operations and analytics, life cycle management and predictive maintenance, firmware updates, and device and data integrity," Menting explains.
"ABI Research predicts that digital security services will enter the ROI equation considerably faster in the next three years, as both security vendors and IoT players will better understand how to secure the core monetization applications associated with their IoT strategies," Menting concludes.
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