Making Dollars And Sense Out Of The Internet Of Things

June 08, 2016

No one knows when the point of critical mass will come for the Internet of Things, but it’s a sure-fire bet that, when it happens, everything from consumer electronics to household appliances to cars will pass the point of no return...

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Like so much in the Internet of Things (IoT), role-based access control (RBAC) is simple in concept but extremely challenging to implement and manage over time.


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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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ENTERPRISE IOT

Globant Launches Automotive Studio With Focus on Mobility at Scale

Globant | August 08, 2022

Globant a digitally native company focused on reinventing businesses through innovative technology solutions, today announced the launch of its Automotive Studio. With this new offering, the company aims to become the bridge the automotive industry needs toward mobility and digital revolutions. As the newest addition to Globant's Reinvention Studios portfolio, the Automotive Studio will help reinvent the industry by capturing the best capabilities from different technologies, including Metaverse, Gaming, Blockchain, Sustainability, Data & AI, IoT, UI Engineering, and Conversational Interfaces, leading to immersive customer experiences and augmented design. "The automotive industry has been changing over the last decade with exceptional speed. Software is quickly becoming the value of the car. Security aspects such as ADAS, connected vehicles, and service-based functionality are all increasing the demand for our capabilities, With this new Studio, Globant will leverage its cutting-edge capabilities to empower and support the ultimate mobility reinvention." Diego Tartara, Chief Technology Officer at Globant The Automotive Studio provides eight innovative practices that deliver added value: Software-Defined Vehicle: Help original equipment manufacturers and mobility companies implement software architecture to better access, understand, use, and update services necessary for new mobility solutions. Mobile Customer Engagement: Design personalized marketing content, engaging digital experiences, and real-time data analysis. Connected Mobility: Unlock the power of a vast data lake to build intelligent, personalized features and revenue-generating mobility services. Autonomous Driving: Help clients implement robotics and machine learning to accelerate autonomous vehicle development. Manufacturing & Supply Chain: Implement AI and machine learning to process supply chain information to track and trace the entire production process with unparalleled efficiency. Product Engineering: Reduce time to market by empowering product developers and engineers to solve complex problems using high-performance computing, model-based design, and large-scale parallel simulations. Mobility enters the Metaverse: Help clients boost new revenue streams through the development and launch of gaming platforms, NFT design, product showcases, virtual venues, and even virtual immerse training. Sustainability: Counsel clients on embedding sustainability and sustainable innovation across the value chain. "Vehicles are quickly evolving into digital software platforms, with AI, IoT, and data and other technologies accelerating the change, We're enthusiastic about leveraging opportunities in this industry, building the bridge from where the automotive industry is coming from to where it's going. Our experts and partners are creating cutting-edge solutions, scaling and enhancing customer experiences, leveraging AI to increase efficiency in the ICE business and boosting new business models, building the future of mobility." Marina Saint-Lary, Globant CSO and Automotive Studio Lead In the past year, Globant launched Reinvention Studios to leverage its industry knowledge and enable the profound transformation of specific industries by leaning on the deep technology expertise of the existing Digital Studios (which are focused on technologies like the Metaverse, Data & AI, and Blockchain, among others). Its portfolio includes Airlines, Bluecap Future Finance, EdTech, Gaming, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Smart Payments, and Travel & Hospitality Studios. About Globant We are a digitally native company that helps organizations reinvent themselves to create a way forward and unleash their potential. We are the place where innovation, design, and engineering meet scale. We have more than 24,500 employees, and we are present in 19 countries working for companies like Google, Electronic Arts, and Santander, among others. We were named a Worldwide Leader in CX Improvement Services by IDC MarketScape report. We were also featured as a business case study at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. We are a member of the Green Software Foundation (GSF) and the Cybersecurity Tech Accord.

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Scope AR Unifies the Digital Thread with Industrial IoT Capability

Scope AR | June 03, 2022

Scope AR today announced the launch of WorkLink IoT, a platform service that enables real-time data connectivity within industrial environments for augmented reality experiences. The service enhances WorkLink, its end-to-end enterprise AR platform, with Internet of Things- (IoT-) enabled devices and real-time data fabrics. The launch marks the first-ever offering of IoT connected data in a no-code AR platform. WorkLink IoT will become a critical component of the AR-enabled digital thread for manufacturing and field service use cases. Now, real-time data from smart tools and a wide array of industrial edge devices can be aggregated into augmented reality work instructions. “Our customers are absolutely thrilled to integrate machine data into their AR work instructions. Imagine measuring the torque of each fastening operation as you build a product, with instant feedback provided to the technician in augmented reality. That data can also be sent to any manufacturing or service systems of record in real time, This completely changes the quality control and compliance landscape for our customers, offering unprecedented traceability, insights, and human error avoidance.” Scott Montgomerie, CEO and founder of Scope AR WorkLink IoT is the result of a pioneering collaboration between Scope AR and Litmus Automation, a flexible and scalable edge platform for Industrial IoT data connectivity. The collaboration also involved fastener expertise by Click Bond, smart tools by Atlas Copco for precision torque measurement capabilities, and advanced 3D AR wearable devices including the Microsoft Hololens 2. “We are pleased to partner with Scope AR to provide access to all industrial data at the edge from any type of machine or tool,” said John Younes, Co-founder and COO of Litmus. “Our technology allows WorkLink IoT to connect to any device in minutes, normalize the data for easy consumption, and integrate the data with the AR platform. Now customers can focus on getting value out of their data and the AR solution rather than spending time solving operational complexity since we’ve done that work.” Click Bond President and CEO Karl Hutter commented, “As a pioneer of advanced assembly solutions for aerospace, Click Bond recognizes the opportunity to unlock technicians’ talents using XR and IoT tools, expanding their capabilities and raising the value of their work. We are proud to partner with Scope AR in bringing this to reality!” “Previously, customers were forced to hard-code their own data pathways or manage disparate systems in order to enable smart factory data into augmented reality experiences,” said Montgomerie. “This has limited production use cases at scale. Instead, we partnered with Litmus and built a system to allow any available edge data feed to be accessed from within our code-free AR environment, removing any compatibility or development inhibitors to scale.” WorkLink IoT is another pillar of Scope AR’s digital thread offering, with the goal of providing real-time data to technicians and systems of record throughout the physical product lifecycle.

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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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