BlackBerry COO says keyboard is here to stay

July 14, 2016

BlackBerry's COO Marty Beard has sought to reassure customers that it will not be phasing out the keyboard, nor will it stop making BlackBerry software in favour of Android.

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Looking at today's wide range of technical topics, the Internet of Things (IoT) comes out as the hottest topic among all and is projected to become the rising star in the coming decade. However, in the midst of numerous IoT advocates, many of the proposed initiatives are far too stretched to be feasible. The key underlying issue of this is due to high technological expectations overshadowing practical needs.


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INDUSTRIAL IOT

New Consumption-Based IoT Pricing Model from Blues Wireless Replaces Competitor Subscription Models

Blues Wireless | June 06, 2022

Blues Wireless, the emerging leader in defining the full-stack IoT edge-to-cloud market, today announced a pricing update that disrupts the industry-standard subscription-based model. The update drastically simplifies how customers pay for and consume data-routing services through Blues Wireless hardware and software. Blues Wireless is the only IoT company that offers a tiny 30mm x 35mm low-power design, secure System-on-Module (the Notecard) that includes 500 MB of prepaid cellular connectivity. In addition to its small form factor, low-power design, robust security, and baked-in cellular connectivity, Notecards also contain an on-system database, file management, and machine learning capabilities. With the purchase of a Blues Notecard, customers get free, unlimited access to the Blues Notehub, a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) that allows customers to create projects and activate, configure, and manage their IoT devices from prototype to production at scale. Blues now provides customers the ability purchase Consumption Credits to use towards Notehub services, such as routing events to their preferred cloud solutions like AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud. Customers control what they buy, how they use it, and what they use it for. Volume discounts are baked in. Full transparency - no subscriptions, obligations, or annoying fees. "Our core objective is to eliminate the complexity involved in connecting IoT devices to the cloud, The Notecard has fundamentally changed the game, eliminating complexity in part through embedded cellular. Today, we're changing the game again with Notehub, eliminating complexity by embedding PaaS. From device to cloud: no subscription required." Ray Ozzie, founder & CEO of Blues Wireless The following changes went into effect: No monthly project subscription fees. Each Notehub account now features a Billing Account, moving from project-based billing to account-based consumption, allowing all projects to consume services from the same account. Unlimited projects and users within Notehub. No monthly in arrears fees for routing events and APIs. Consumption Credit model that allows for improved consumption of current and future services made available in Notehub. Consumption Credit model: 5,000 Consumption Credits are included with each newly purchased and activated Notecard at no additional cost. Consumption Credits are consumed from the Notehub Billing Account as Notehub services, such as data routing, are utilized. Each Notehub Billing Account is refreshed to 5,000 Consumption Credits at the beginning of each month if it's running low, at no additional cost. Additional Consumption Credits may be purchased from Notehub and discounts are available, up to 80% based on volume purchased. "Enterprises and individuals are tired of the fee-based, multi-year subscription model. People want simplicity, affordability, control, and transparency," said Jim Hassman, President & CRO of Blues Wireless. "Every single company and person we have shown this pricing model to has confirmed that this is the future of IoT." In addition to simplifying the pricing model, Blues is also simplifying its pricing plans. Going forward, there will only be two plan options: Standard or Enterprise. Standard Plan: Cellular connectivity and 5,000 consumption credits are included with each Notecard, and billing accounts will refresh to 5,000 consumption credits monthly if running low. Effectively a freemium offering, customers on the standard plan who are prototyping and testing new IoT concepts will likely have no need to purchase anything from Blues. Customers who need more Consumption Credits for their projects can purchase them at any time and take advantage of connectivity and Consumption Credit assurance in Notehub to ensure they never run out. Enterprise Plan: Customers with large fleets and special requirements will be able to take full advantage of the features of the Standard Plan and be eligible for á la cart features of the Enterprise Plan around hosting, support, and services.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

aiSensing Deploys Highly Successful End-Point AI Vibration Sensor Using SensiML Analytics Toolkit and QuickLogic EOS S3

SensiML Corporation | July 27, 2022

SensiML™ Corporation, a leading developer of AI tools for building intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints, today announced that its customer, aiSensing, has successfully completed and deployed an endpoint AI-based vibration sensor for a large multi-national manufacturer in Asia. This intelligent endpoint monitors vibration patterns for multiple machines, detects potential anomalies, and issues maintenance requests when necessary. The result is reduced equipment downtime and higher overall factory productivity. Since the AI implementation is local, rather than cloud-based, the system features low cost, low latency and fast reaction times while simultaneously providing higher data security. aiSensing's customer is one of the largest and most successful manufacturing companies in Taiwan. It is the leading manufacturer of specialty adhesives, footwear adhesives, hot-melt adhesives, and liquid and powder coatings. The company has adopted this Edge AI-based approach to detect anomalies for vacuum pumps and chilling machines used in its manufacturing flow, including problems related to lack of lubrication, water leakage, bearing failures, and belt failures. By identifying potential problems before they arise, maintenance issues can be addressed in a managed way rather than as ad hoc emergency situations. This type of predictive maintenance is a key component of modern smart manufacturing initiatives. The AI-based endpoint was developed on a QuickLogic EOS S3 ultra-low power multi-core Arm Cortex MCU-based SoC, which delivered more than enough processing bandwidth for the application at a low cost. The AI application running on the QuickLogic device was built using the SensiML Analytics Toolkit, which provided a complete solution for the quick development of this sophisticated IoT endpoint. "Smart manufacturing is a significant trend across a broad range of industries, Predictive maintenance is one of the core initiatives in that trend, and aiSensing's vibration sensor is a great example of how to effectively use AI to implement a practical and cost-effective predictive maintenance solution." Chris Rogers, chief executive officer at SensiML "Our endpoint AI-based vibration sensor has been very successful," said Dennis Chu, chief technology officer at aiSensing. "Its low power consumption, fast response times, and low cost are the ideal combination of features for this predictive maintenance application. With the SensiML tools, we can easily modify the design to address new and unique requirements for our customers." The SensiML Analytics Toolkit, QuickLogic EOS S3 SoC, and aiSensing's endpoint AI vibration sensor are each available now. About SensiML SensiML, a subsidiary of QuickLogic (NASDAQ: QUIK), offers cutting-edge software that enables ultra-low power IoT endpoints that implement AI to transform raw sensor data into meaningful insight at the device itself. The company's flagship solution, the SensiML Analytics Toolkit, provides an end-to-end development platform spanning data collection, labeling, algorithm and firmware auto generation, and testing. The SensiML Toolkit supports Arm® Cortex®-M class and higher microcontroller cores, Intel® x86 instruction set processors, and heterogeneous core QuickLogic SoCs and QuickAI platforms with FPGA optimizations.

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Digi International Introduces Digi XBee Intelligent Edge Controller (lEC) Solution for Industrial Remote Asset Monitoring and Control

Digi International | May 24, 2022

Digi International, a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today introduced the Digi XBee® Intelligent Edge controller (IEC), bringing together a comprehensive networking architecture to close the gap between field devices and the cloud and provide powerful asset monitoring and control. Digi XBee Intelligent Edge Controller (IEC) provides a deployment-ready upgrade to existing industrial sensors with the latest innovations in wireless and cloud technologies. In combination with Digi X-ON cloud, the Digi XBee IEC can help companies monitor sensors or remote-control assets over Long-Range, Low-Power Wide Area Networks, including LoRaWAN, CAT-M1 and NB-IoT. Industrial devices can be monitored with sub-second latency with alarms and data wirelessly delivered through the Digi X-ON cloud. The Digi XBee IEC is compatible with 90% of existing industrial sensors and controls, providing SCADA systems with an IoT alternative. The solution is ideal for enterprises across numerous industry verticals such as energy and utilities, oil and gas, water and wastewater, logistics and agriculture. Using Digi’s X-ON cloud platform, customers leverage a single solution to convert complex protocols for the industrial IoT into simplified data APIs, to integrate data with other tools and systems. “Two of the biggest challenges companies face in industrial IoT projects are money and time,” said Nik Kitson, Director of OEM Solutions Business Development for Digi. “Traditional SCADA systems are very expensive and can take months to deploy and configure for a company's specific needs. A new system or software package often involves a substantial learning curve and employee training time. But remaining with a non-secure or outdated system can cost far more in the long run. Unlike legacy systems that could only leverage the tools available at the time, Digi developed the IEC using today’s most advanced technologies to create more intelligent, secure, and cost-effective solutions.” A Smarter Alternative to Traditional SCADA Traditional SCADA systems have typically relied on extensive middleware – including gateways, software, and licenses – raising the risk of unauthorized data accessibility and other security breaches. Industrial IoT protocols add security as an afterthought and require users to enable those features. The combination of complex technology infrastructures, communications interoperability challenges, and immature IoT standards creates enormous hurdles for automation engineers. Additionally, standard SCADA and PLCs often require high network bandwidth and cloud capacity to provide sub-second monitoring. The Digi XBee IEC solution is being successfully deployed for electrical smart-grid asset monitoring, smart city water management, logistics warehouse operations, and more. “The Digi solution enables Valmont to offer a proactive condition monitoring experience that complements our scheduled maintenance and operations. The ability to detect infrastructure anomalies in real time using remote wireless technology unlocks huge potential, enabling our customers to operate tower infrastructure without over-taxing remote operations workers.” Trevor Mecham, Vice President of Global Infrastructure Technology Strategy and Industry Relations at Valmont Industries, Inc Digi XBee IEC not only provides a faster time-to-market for IIoT OEMs and enterprises, it is also a value-added tool set for systems integrators and Value Added Resellers (VARs) to address complex IIoT deployments. The IEC solution can be easily deployed into multiple solutions for a wide range of use cases, all through the X-ON device management portal. About Digi International Digi International is a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions. It helps companies create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security and reliability. Founded in 1985, Digi has helped customers connect more than 100 million things and counting.

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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Goodix Pushes Boundaries in IoT Innovations with Next-Generation Sensing & Connectivity Solutions

Goodix | May 19, 2022

Today, Goodix Technology showcased its expanded product portfolio with major breakthroughs in sensing and connectivity solutions at the 2022 Goodix Tech Seminar in Shenzhen, China. Based on the company's strategic layout, Goodix continues to invest heavily in core technologies that drive innovation in IoT applications for a new era of smart connectivity. Two highlights of the seminar were the introduction of the new Bluetooth LE SoC and Time of Flight (ToF) solutions. Featured Innovation Accelerates the Connection of Everything In recent years, the major theme of new technological developments features heavily within the Internet of Things (IoT) field, which has caused widespread transformation within a wide array of industries. Recent data from IoT Analytics expected that the global number of connected IoT devices are to grow at a CAGR of 22% to 27 billion active endpoints by 2025, bringing huge market opportunities for smart wearables, smart home, and smart city connectivity applications. Leveraging years of innovation in low-power wireless technology, Goodix debuts its new-generation Bluetooth LE SoC GR5526 series featuring stronger display driving capability, lower power consumption and faster connection. The solution integrates a dedicated 2.5D GPU to improve graphics rendering efficiency, and supports over 30 FPS on a 454*454 resolution display screen, enabling a superior visual experience for wearable device users. An ultra-low power system architecture is adopted to reduce the power consumption during Bluetooth transmission by 30% compared with previous generation products. Compatible with the latest Bluetooth 5.3, the solution delivers excellent RF performance for a more stable and rapid connection. Goodix is dedicated to innovating Bluetooth LE technology with a new GR533x series targeted at the smart home, smart tag markets to be released soon. Additionally, Goodix's NB-IoT SoC solution that integrates an OpenCPU application system has been successfully applied to smart water meters in a joint cooperation with renowned industrial partners. Its innovative dual AP/CP core architecture not only improves the system stability and connection reliability, but also ensures ultra-low power consumption that can support the long battery-life of smart meters. Featuring high integration, ease of use, and competitive BoM cost, this solution will further extend Goodix's footprint in the broader IoT market. Aiming to build an open IoT ecosystem, Goodix will continue to work with industry partners, and support mainstream integrated development environment (IDE) with rich peripheral resources to help customers accelerate the time-to-market of different wireless applications. Creating a Smart Life with Diversified Sensing Applications With strong expertise in acoustics, optics, and electronic sensing technology, Goodix stands at the forefront of the advancing sophistication of IoT applications. During the seminar, Goodix demonstrated its Time of Flight (ToF) 3D sensing solution which integrates a ToF image sensor and a laser driver to enable high-precision depth measurement for various applications such as smartphones and robots. Utilizing a self-developed sparse to dense algorithm, the solution offers a 5-meter with error<1% high-precision ranging performance with low power consumption, facilitating smartphones to create a more accurate photo bokeh effect and a faster focusing capability at night. It also supports the functions of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and obstacle avoidance for intelligent navigation of sweeping robots with its combination solution of line-pattern and flood-pattern. The ToF sensor features several patented technologies to help smart devices achieve better ambient light suppression, anti-interference, and high dynamic range (HDR). Together with an extensive set of hardware and software, reference designs, algorithms, and SDKs, Goodix can deliver turn-key solutions to enable the wider applications of ToF technology such as drone aircraft obstacle avoidance and height measurement, as well as facial recognition, and automobile safety. In response to the strong growth of the wearable markets, Goodix has launched a rich solution portfolio of health sensors and VersaSensor (multi-functional interactive sensors) for smartwatches, bands, headphones, and VR/AR devices, and won large-scale commercial adoption by well-known global brands. As a step further, Goodix introduces its fingertip oximeter total solution that deploys the medical grade algorithms. Cooperating with related applications, it can provide effective health instructions and disease diagnosis & alerts for users at home. We have always emphasized the principle of growing together with customers. We have an unwavering focus on our core technologies of sensing, processing, connectivity, and security. And in these fields, we will continue to create powerful collaborations with industrial leaders and ecosystem partners. Our aim is to expand commercial implementations of these innovative technologies and to bring a more intelligent, and connected life for consumers around the world." Sandy Hu, President of Goodix.

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Looking at today's wide range of technical topics, the Internet of Things (IoT) comes out as the hottest topic among all and is projected to become the rising star in the coming decade. However, in the midst of numerous IoT advocates, many of the proposed initiatives are far too stretched to be feasible. The key underlying issue of this is due to high technological expectations overshadowing practical needs.

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