ENTERPRISE IOT

CoreKinect and Comcast’s MachineQ Launch Outdoor Asset Tracking Solution

CoreKinect | December 16, 2021

CoreKinect and Comcast’s MachineQ announced their collaboration to offer a LoRaWAN®-based outdoor asset tracking solution for inventory management. The new solution provides near real-time visibility into locating and managing inventory or assets in an automated fashion, enabling enterprises to help increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs.

We’re seeing growing demand and the need for partners to navigate the complexities from design to deployment of enterprise-grade IoT solutions. By simplifying the entire process, we deliver a scalable and turnkey solution, which allows enterprises to transform their business operations and customer experience digitally.”

Steve Salata, VP and General Manager at MachineQ.

Leveraging a unique, battery-efficient technology, CoreKinect developed a low-power, long-range (LoRa®) geolocation device that transmits location data in near-real-time, while supporting up to seven years of continuous use on a single battery. MachineQ gateways and cloud-based network infrastructure provide the LoRaWAN connectivity that powers the solution. Customers can integrate the location data into their own business applications or leverage CoreKinect's purpose-built application for data visualization.

Recently, the companies deployed more than 160 MachineQ Field16c gateways and 325,000 CoreKinect devices at more than 80 North American locations for their flagship customer in the automotive industry. The LoRaWAN solution enabled the customer to increase operational efficiencies by streamlining vehicle identification, location, and retrieval operations. With the ability to move inventory in and out in near-real-time, the customer accelerated sales and increased customer satisfaction.

About MachineQ
MachineQ, a Comcast Company, makes it simple for enterprises to build, connect and deploy long-range, low-power IoT solutions at scale. Utilizing LoRaWAN technology, our fully integrated network connectivity platform delivers enhanced security and reduced total cost of ownership, while giving customers a single provider for technology, development, service, and support. Our partnerships with leading IoT solution providers address a wider range of business challenges in key markets such as real estate, food service, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, government, and agriculture.

LoRaWAN® is a mark used under license from the LoRa Alliance. LoRa® is a registered trademark of Semtech Corporation.

About CoreKinect
Tempe, Arizona-based CoreKinect is the leader in hardware design that has changed the way scalable IoT solutions are delivered. Through fierce dedication to design principles, CoreKinect's clients achieve scale without compromising quality or customization. This delivers an accelerated time-to-scale, simplified deployments and uncompromised quality. CoreKinect develops products for asset tracking, vehicle and fleet management, smart home, smart city, wearables, agriculture and energy management.

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The M2M revolution outlined here illustrates the dynamism of the mobile environment and the need for a collaborative government industry approach to advance cybersecurity and data protections. An overly rigid, prescriptive approach that focuses on requiring particular standards to achieve better security risks enabling the very end it seeks to avoid. Such “solutions” tend to create uniform, standardized approaches to security challenges, which make it easier for cybercriminals to master once and copy endlessly their successful attacks, even turning malware development into cybercrime enterprises on an industrial scale.


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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

UserTesting Introduces New Test Templates That Enable Companies to Understand Human Interactions with Connected Devices and the IoT

UserTesting | March 28, 2022

UserTesting (NYSE: USER), a leader in video-based human insight, today released new test templates for the UserTesting Human Insight Platform that enable companies to see first-hand how people experience the Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices. As more devices become linked via the Internet and cloud computing and the expectations of customers change, there is a heightened need for companies to understand how people interact with and react to these connected devices and new experiences. As the number of IoT devices increases, forecasted to nearly triple from 8.74 billion in 2020 to more than 25.4 billion IoT devices in 2030, companies are innovating the means in which they interact with their customers – from VR headsets and self-driving cars, to wearable devices and smart home assistants and appliances. The increase in connected devices in both business and consumer worlds presents more opportunities for brands to engage with customers. Companies can gain a great deal of value through learning how their customers utilize and benefit from connected devices, and UserTesting’s new templates help companies provide greater experiences for their customers. UserTesting’s connected device templates provide companies a competitive advantage by giving them access to a more complete picture of their customers’ expectations in their use of connected devices. For example, a large commercial airline has been using UserTesting to develop a new voice assistant feature with insights gathered around travelers’ information needs. Understanding needs, frustrations, assumptions and more is crucial to building a best-in-class device experience and the ability to elevate the connected experience to a new level. The latest templates feature pre-built sample questions that organizations can use as-is or customize to fit their exact testing requirements. Digital transformation is accelerating, more consumers are connected via their devices, and companies want to know how to meet customer expectations in ways they couldn’t have anticipated. Research by the McKinsey Global Institute shows the Internet of Things has the potential to grow in value between $5.5 trillion to $12.6 trillion by 2030. Companies mastering the Internet of Things early have a decided advantage in opening new markets and meeting customer demands.” Janelle Estes, Chief Insights Officer of UserTesting. Companies that struggle to capture the value of IoT can turn to the templates to gain rapid user feedback using UserTesting’s technology to better understand how digitally connected devices perform. UserTesting provides video recordings of actual interactions of customers who have opted in to share their perspectives and experiences as they execute a pre-built series of tasks and instructions online. The new connected device templates add to the more than 100 pre-built testing templates available on the UserTesting Human Insight Platform. About UserTesting UserTesting has fundamentally changed the way organizations get insights from customers with fast, opt-in feedback and experience capture technology. The UserTesting Human Insight Platform taps into our global network of real people and generates video-based recorded experiences, so anyone in an organization can directly ask questions, hear what users say, see what they mean, and understand what it’s actually like to be a customer. Unlike approaches that track user behavior then try to infer what that behavior means, UserTesting reduces guesswork and brings customer experience data to life with human insight. UserTesting has more than 2,300 customers, including more than half of the world’s top 100 most valuable brands according to Forbes.

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PLATFORMS

SpotLite360 IOT Solutions, Inc. Announces Contract With Cultivation Company

SpotLite360 | April 25, 2022

SPOTLITE360 IOT SOLUTIONS, INC, (“SpotLite360” or the “Company”) (CSE: LITE) (OTC: SPLTF) (Frankfurt:87A) an emerging supply chain technology solutions company, announces a contract to provide design services, equipment and technology for an indoor cannabis cultivation and environmental control operation. The contract value is approximately USD $10 million and is expected to be fully recognized within fiscal year 2022. This Arizona based implementation has already commenced. The SpotLite360 technology solution will monitor and manage many environmental controls including air flow, humidity, temperature, lighting and process automation. Installed sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices will provide critical real-time data to efficiently control and monitor environmental conditions and drive process efficiencies. Bryson Guyer, founder of E3 Service Group added, “We are leveraging years of expertise in designing and developing state of the art solutions to generate optimal cultivation environments. The real-time IoT data we collect allows us to continuously improve our design and implementation processes. Now with experience in more than 300 installed facilities our customers depend on us to help them generate consistent product quality and a more efficient operating environment.” SpotLite360 recently announced the acquisition of a majority interest in E3 Service Group (see Press Release dated March 10, 2022) and the combination of these companies and technology portfolios began last year. The concept of ‘environment-as-a-service’ drives a philosophy of optimization using technology for real-time data capture and analytics. All devices are IoT enabled and can be connected in a ‘smart-environment’ for near real-time decision making and continuous process improvement. We are entering an era where Chain of Custody, Proof of Origin, Authenticity and Proof of Sustainability are mandatory not just after thoughts. We use sensors, IOT devices, live alerts and comprehensive analytics to first capture data, second, act on the data and third, use historical data to prove the consistent quality of every cultivation cycle.” James Greenwell, President and CEO. About SpotLite360 IOT Solutions, Inc. SpotLite360 is a logistics technologies solutions provider unlocking value, opportunities, and efficiencies for all participants in a supply chain. Building upon existing applications of IoT technologies, distributed ledgers, and machine learning, SpotLite360 endeavors to set new standards of transparency, integrity, and sustainability in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and agriculture industries. As regulators across the globe begin to impose new tracing and accountability requirements for the protection of consumers (e.g., DSCSA and FSMA from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), the need for reliable, cost-effective, and versatile tracking technology is expected to grow considerably. SpotLite360’s flagship SaaS solution has been engineered to seamlessly track the movement of a product by integrating with systems of all major stakeholders in a supply chain ranging from the raw materials to the hands of the end consumer. With a primary objective of onboarding new clients in 2021, SpotLite360 plans to explore innovative use cases for its proprietary stack of technologies which could transform logistics workflows in some of the world’s largest industries.

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NTT and Schneider Electric Join Forces to Power IoT Environments with Private Wireless Network Trials

NTT | March 17, 2022

NTT Ltd. today announced its collaboration with Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, to deliver Private 5G (P5G) – an on-premise private network solution and digitization enabling platform that can dramatically advance digital solutions in the manufacturing environment. The long-standing partnership between NTT and Schneider Electric builds on existing joint strategic innovations that help clients achieve efficiency and sustainability goals with advanced digital processes within the Industry X sectors. In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider’s Lexington Smart Factory, the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site leveraging IoT connectivity, Edge analytics, and predictive analytics to drive energy efficiency and further sustainability goals. The P5G will power key use-cases that solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality. For example, the companies will integrate ‘machine vision’ capabilities (industrial cameras with specialized optics) into existing factory and warehouse automation systems, that identify faults as well as wear and tear for incident root cause in near real-time. Through co-innovation, the solution will provide a model for operational integrity management that scales across a broad footprint of global factory environments to power Industry 4.0, enabling Network Edge platforms. Additional P5G use-cases to be addressed include: Unfettered connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint that yields more efficient and accurate workflow systems. Machine vision application to detect anomalies in machine performance to ensure high performance, availability, and quality of product. Augmented reality solutions that enable remote worker support for enhanced equipment maintenance and management and worker experience. With this strategic partnership, we are confident that NTT's P5G solution will support Schneider Electric business and service level objectives with a powerful machine vision solution that solves for operational continuity and performance throughout the Lexington and Lincoln plant facilities. Our P5G platform brings full-stack managed services, process workflow and IoT application integration capabilities that both addresses strategic objectives towards factory high performance and net zero carbon emission goals.” Shahid Ahmed, EVP New Ventures and Innovation at NTT. “In partnering with NTT, Schneider Electric further extends its manufacturing expertise along with data center and network solutions to drive innovations for self-contained Edge Private 5G use-cases,” said Luc Rémont, Executive Vice President International Operations at Schneider Electric. “Above and beyond superior security and control offered through this partnership, wireless networks offer superior benefits over a wired network from a sustainability perspective – smaller copper cabling footprint means minimizing energy usage and aligning to our net-zero carbon goals,” Rémont added. To further the partnership, NTT will deploy its Private 5G services and data centers with Schneider Electric technologies, including a prefabricated data center to integrate and test its edge offerings using EcoStruxure™ solutions. This is expected to be 100% operative in Schneider Electric factories during the 2nd QTR 2022. Schneider Electric’s prefabricated data centers help cloud and service providers scale quickly and efficiently while also meeting their sustainability goals. In addition to a 60% reduction in up time compared to traditional data centers, these prefabricated modular data centers are manufactured with sustainable construction methods and features that boost reliability, optimize operational energy savings, and leave a smaller environmental footprint. About NTT Ltd. NTT Ltd. is a leading, global technology services company. To help our clients achieve their digital transformation goals, we use our global capabilities, expertise, and full-stack technology services delivered through our integrated services platform. As their long-term strategic partner, we help them enhance customer and employee experience, transform their cloud strategy, modernize their networks and strengthen their cybersecurity. And across their transformation priorities, we automate their business processes and IT, drawing insights and analytics from their core business data. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 50,000 people across 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions.

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PLATFORMS

Identiv Announces Hirsch Velocity Software 3.8.4 with New Networked Global IO and Data Centricity Features

Identiv, Inc. | April 06, 2022

Identiv, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE), a global leader in digital security and identification in the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the release of Hirsch Velocity Software version 3.8.4. The latest version of the company's complete security management system provides security teams with networked global integrated operations (IO), holistic data centricity across the system, and a thin web client. This transforms the way data is collected throughout the entire physical access control system (PACS), making the solution more intelligent and enabling PACS artificial intelligence (AI). Identiv's Hirsch Velocity Software is an integrated security management system managing access control and security operations across facilities worldwide, from single high-security rooms to multi-building, multi-location campuses. Velocity provides the security and functionality expected from high-end systems with the ease-of-use found in entry level platforms. It delivers stringent security compliance, interoperability, and expansion and flexibility options. The platform is designed for use with the Hirsch family of controllers, uTrust TS Readers, uTrust TS Cards, and Velocity Vision intelligent video management system (VMS). It also integrates with the industry's leading intrusion detection, video surveillance, visitor management, and security services Velocity 3.8.4 adds global IO, data centricity, and a refreshed web client to the industry-leading platform. Networked global IO provides edge computing capabilities and allows panels to share information between themselves and readers. In the event of a software failure, the panels remain functional and do not rely on the host server. With data centricity, the software now supports more data holistically across the system, creating a path to synthesize that data. The thin web client simplifies access control without requiring a full installation, improving user interface (UI), and moving towards a software as a service (SaaS) model. With the latest release of Velocity, we're making our controllers more intelligent, providing a platform where they communicate with each other. As the physical security industry deploys artificial intelligence, controllers at the edge are no longer managed by the host server and need to think for themselves. The networked intelligence of global IO represents that step towards AI. Before controllers can begin to interpret, track trends, and react to data, they need to master data gathering. We're really excited to support this evolution in the industry." Mark Allen, Identiv GM Premises. Velocity allows administrators and operators to access real-time system information, enrollment, and control functionality through a compatible browser on almost any device. It controls doors, gates, turnstiles, elevators, and other equipment, monitors users as they move around a facility, prevents unwanted access, maintains compliance, and provides a robust audit trail. The system also allows contact tracing and lockdown features, providing security operators and dispatchers across an entire campus an affordable, integrated platform for emergency physical security, campus lockdown, and after-event forensic reporting. About Identiv Identiv, Inc. is a global leader in digitally securing the physical world. Identiv's platform encompasses RFID and NFC, cybersecurity, and the full spectrum of physical access, video, and audio security. Identiv is a publicly traded company, and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC in the U.S. under the symbol "INVE."

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Spotlight

The M2M revolution outlined here illustrates the dynamism of the mobile environment and the need for a collaborative government industry approach to advance cybersecurity and data protections. An overly rigid, prescriptive approach that focuses on requiring particular standards to achieve better security risks enabling the very end it seeks to avoid. Such “solutions” tend to create uniform, standardized approaches to security challenges, which make it easier for cybercriminals to master once and copy endlessly their successful attacks, even turning malware development into cybercrime enterprises on an industrial scale.

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