SME and Plataine Survey Reveals Three Times Hike in Industrial IoT Adoption

Plataine, SME | August 12, 2020

A recent "Trends in Global Manufacturing" survey has revealed three times the level of Industrial IoT adoption than just two years ago. The survey, jointly conducted by SME, the professional association committed to advancing manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, and Plataine, a leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based optimization solutions, was conducted before the COVID-driven shutdown in the spring of 2020, and indicates significant progress toward widespread implementation of digital manufacturing.

The unique Industry 4.0 and IIoT survey was completed by nearly 200 C-level executives from multiple manufacturing industries including aerospace, metals, furniture, medical equipment and others. The survey was designed to help advanced manufacturing managers gain significant competitive advantages by harnessing technology to strengthen and improve the capabilities of workers and managers, speed the pace of innovation and lower the costs of production and maintenance.

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At the event, we demoed the technologies that are set to transform the sector, such as intelligent industrial robotics; ultra-reliable wireless connectivity with 5G for mission-critical applications​; 5G private networks in smart factories; intelligent AR experiences for Industry 4.0​; and Edge AI applications for operational safety​.


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Renesas Delivers Industry’s Most Complete Intelligent Sensor Solutions for IoT Applications

Renesas | June 27, 2022

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, is changing the way designers build sensor-connected IoT applications with a range of new solutions targeted at faster design cycles, improved accuracy, and reduced system cost. In addition to the new HS4XXX family of relative humidity and temperature sensors, Renesas is introducing the ZSSC3281 sensor signal conditioning (SSC) IC for highly accurate amplification, digitization, and sensor-specific correction of sensor signals. These new products complement Renesas’ extensive MCU portfolio and embedded AI solutions. The sensor design process is supported by Renesas’ unique system design platform that significantly eases the prototyping of IoT systems. The Renesas Quick-Connect IoT system consists of standardized boards and interfaces, enabling designers to quickly and easily connect a wide range of sensors to MCU/MPU development boards. The new system also delivers core software building blocks that are portable between boards, greatly reducing coding requirements. Now, instead of writing and testing hundreds of lines of driver code, designers only need to graphically select their sensor and write a few lines of code. All the integration and setup effort happen behind the scenes, reducing the time to a working solution. Renesas also provides numerous Winning Combinations that combine sensors with multiple other ICs to offer customers an elevated design platform that mitigates the design risks and reduces development time. According to a recent Zion Market Research study, the Global IoT sensors market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 27.9%, reaching an estimated $27.9 billion by the year 2028. “Sensing solutions are a critical element in IoT systems, and present numerous design challenges during system integration that can slow development and impact overall system performance, The combination of our sensor technology, signal conditioning expertise, and system solution mindset enables us to deliver customers a design platform that is unmatched by any competitor.” DK Singh, Senior Director of the Systems and Solutions Team at Renesas With more than 20 years’ experience, Renesas has deep and broad expertise in the sensor market. Renesas’ portfolio includes sensor signal conditioners, biosensors, humidity and temperature sensors, light and proximity sensors, flow sensors, and position sensors. HS4XXX Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensors The new HS4XXX family of relative humidity and temperature sensors provides high accuracy, fast measurement response time, and ultra-low power consumption in a small package size, making them ideal for a wide number of applications ranging from portable devices to products designed for harsh environments. More information on the new family is available at renesas.com/humidity. Key features of the HS4XXX Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensors Very low current consumption: 0.3µA average for 8-bit resolution with a 3.3V supply Ultra-low sleep current: 0.010 µA Small 2.5 × 2.5 × 0.9 mm DFN-style 8-LGA package Highly accurate relative humidity sensing of ± 1.5% RH Temperature sensor accuracy of ±0.2°C typical ZSSC3281 Sensor Signal Conditioning IC The new ZSSC3281 SSC delivers highly accurate amplification, digitization, and sensor-specific correction of sensor signals. It includes a two-channel analog front end as well as an integrated ARM-based MCU with embedded mathematics for sensor signal processing. It targets high-end applications including industrial, medical and consumer sensing. Key features of the ZSSC3281 Sensor Signal Conditioning IC Highest performance with flexible analog front-end configurations Dual-speed mode for highest accuracy combined with fastest update rate 2 ADC’s running in parallel with up to 24-bit resolution Enables broad use for different sensor elements with multiple characteristics Measurement scheduler for optimized performance Advanced interrupt and diagnostic functions Digital interfaces including I²C, SPI, and One Wire Interface (OWI) 4-20mA current loop output, OWI communication via current loop About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) empowers a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier. A leading global provider of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These Winning Combinations accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live.

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EchoStar Mobile Debuts First Pan-European LoRa-enabled Internet of Things Network

EchoStar Mobile | July 07, 2022

Today EchoStar Mobile Limited, an agile, innovative mobile satellite services provider and subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS), announced the deployment of their pan-European LoRa®-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) network. The network, operating in EchoStar Mobile's licensed S-band spectrum from the EchoStar XXI satellite, is the first to offer bi-directional, real-time LoRa-enabled connectivity across Europe using a single network. The seamless coverage provides multinational service continuity to meet the needs of mobility customers, or those with widely distributed locations, in sectors including utilities, transportation, railway, logistics and agritech. "The activation of our pan-European network, the largest, and first multinational, LoRa-enabled IoT network, is a significant milestone for EchoStar Mobile. We, along with dozens of partners participating in our early adoption program for LoRa, are evaluating prototype devices and testing the network with applications such as railway track monitoring, smart farming, utility monitoring and asset tracking in preparation for commercial service launch, which is on track for late 2022." Telemaco Melia, vice president and general manager of EchoStar Mobile Melia will introduce EchoStar Mobile's bi-directional LoRa-enabled IoT network during the panel, "From Chip to Space, a satellite IoT story," on 6 July at the LoRaWAN® World Expo in Paris. LoRa® (meaning "Long Range") is a low-power networking protocol ideal for connecting battery-powered devices. Until now, the technology has been largely dependent on the deployment of terrestrial infrastructure, constraining its use. The EchoStar Mobile solution overcomes this hurdle, using a LoRa®-enabled module that easily integrates into IoT devices to provide connectivity across Europe and allow sensors to send and receive information in real-time while on the move. Learn more about EchoStar Mobile's pan-European LoRa® ecosystem here. Experienced LoRa partners interested in participating in the early adoption program for LoRa®-enabled IoT devices can request information through the website. About EchoStar Mobile EchoStar Mobile Limited is an agile, innovative mobile satellite services provider that seeks to provide organisations with better value, productivity, and operational safety via its market disruptive approach to connectivity solutions. EchoStar Mobile, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, is an Irish company with commercial operations headquarters based in the UK, a data centre in Griesheim, Germany, and a converged satellite and terrestrial network covering the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. For further information, visit www.EchoStarMobile.com. About EchoStar Corporation EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.

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Blueforce Introduces Demographics Plugin for Stream IoT Sensor Processing and Cueing

Blueforce Development Corporation | July 14, 2022

Blueforce Development Corporation, a leader in edge-based IoT sensor fusion, cueing, and autonomous orchestration, today launched Blueforce Demographics Plugin, a composable service that delivers ultra-low latency gender and age group identification for use alongside of other sensors and services for enhanced recognitional support. The Blueforce Demographics Plugin runs as a composable service within BlueforceEDGE and is powered by Suspect Technologies, a recognized leader in cognitive services and redaction technology, and was founded by Jacob Sniff and Srikanth Parupati. Blueforce has partnered with Suspect Technologies given their successful record in public safety, but more importantly, their world-class auto-redaction technology that ensures privacy and anonymity while providing data-driven autonomous triggering of content, data workflows, and sensor cueing. The Demographics Plugin, combined with Suspect Technologies' CJIS-compliant platform, provides industry-leading accuracies of over 80% with sub-100 millisecond image processing, enabling quick response time and large-scale processing. "Jacob and the team at Suspect Technologies have a stellar reputation for AI that ensures privacy and anonymity. The Blueforce Demographics Plugin is an essential component for our entry into retail, sports and spectaculars, and other verticals where enhancing the customer experience and loyalty is paramount," Michael Helfrich, CEO at Blueforce The Blueforce Demographics Plugin for BlueforceEDGE was built based on customer requests for specific IoT orchestration use cases to include: Content and Ad Targeting: By providing accurate gender, ethnicity, and age group data, targeted content and ads on displays can be delivered to the right people at the right time with a more personalized experience for each and every customer. Impressions and Impression Time: Demographics can serve as validation that an ad impression occurred for a specific gender/age group and for how long, providing additional insights for out-of-home advertising and more. BlueforceEDGE software from Blueforce is an autonomous mobile edge compute software platform for forward IoT sensor fusion with edge-based processing for unattended ground sensors, AI/ML information services, and data interoperability. The Blueforce Demographics Plugin for BlueforceEDGE provides core demographics services while enabling disparate sensors and intelligent displays to interact with each other and leverage demographics across a wide array of autonomous operations. "The BlueforceEDGE sensor fusion product, combined with Suspect's leading video analytics, will have a large impact across smart city and commercial use cases. We feel honored to partner with a market-leading sensor fusion organization such as Blueforce to bring cutting-edge technology to so many organizations, which will help drive marketing operational efficiencies and safety," said Jacob Sniff, CEO at Suspect Technologies, Inc.

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MicroEJ becomes compatible with Android™ Studio for Any Smart Thing

MicroEJ | July 01, 2022

MicroEJ, leading provider of software containers for IoT and embedded devices, today announced the availability of Android Compatibility Kit, connecting global electronic things manufacturers to a fast-growing ecosystem of Android Studio and associated developers. This new release consolidates MicroEJ’s positioning as the “tiny sibling of Android” for small and constrained smart devices. By enabling the same software to run on either MicroEJ or Android execution environment, manufacturers can easily switch from a powerful processor to a smaller one (from ex.: Arm Cortex-A to Arm Cortex-M) to dramatically reduce energy consumption. MicroEJ Android Compatibility Kit brings many great benefits to smart devices manufacturers: Android Compatibility and Android Studio Support MICROEJ VEE share the same technology principles as Android. It now also supports the development of applications with Android Studio and integrates with the Gradle build system. Accelerated Development using Virtual Devices MicroEJ enables development on virtual devices to parallelize hardware and software development and speed up specification validation. Android Studio can launch MicroEJ Virtual Devices just as Android Virtual Devices. Greater Energy Efficiency MicroEJ Android Compatibility Kit enables two processors to coexist and distribute same tasks between a very powerful processor powered by Android and a low-power processor powered by MicroEJ to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Leveraging Hardware Innovation by removing Software-Hardware Inter-lock By using standard software containers, application code built with MicroEJ is portable on the best hardware, independently from RTOS/OS combinations. It accelerates hardware evaluations and fosters the development of derivative products thanks to software API reuse. Large Developer Ecosystem The large ecosystem of Java/Kotlin developers can now use popular tools such as IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio and Gradle to build MicroEJ applications, leveraging low-power features embedded at the heart of MICROEJ VEE for highly optimized resources usage. Leveraging Hardware IP’s for vector graphics MICROEJ VEE eases the usage of Graphic Processing Units (GPU), enabling a similar look and feel as smartphone apps. MicroVG provides support for Android Vector Drawables and SVG formats for impeccable UI/UX on any type of screen and leverages any vector GPU when necessary. The MicroEJ Android Compatibility Kit is especially valuable in battery-operated industries such as smartwatches and thermostats, allowing the development of cost-optimized and energy-efficient products. MicroEJ is a lightweight option that enables to expand product lines with the same user experience from low-end to premium devices. “With this new offering from MicroEJ, developers can utilize processor capabilities while minimizing software development costs. This is of great value to our customers, particularly for those who build multiple product families using the breadth of our advanced portfolio of secure and energy efficient embedded processors from MCUs, to crossover i.MX RT and i.MX applications processors. For example, our recent collaboration with MicroEJ to enable the i.MX RT500 crossover MCU has been highly successful in simplifying access to its unique architecture of low-power and graphics. It’s a win-win for our customers.” Said Joe Yu, Vice President and General Manager, IoT Edge Processing Line, NXP® Semiconductors. “We are proud to release Android Compatibility Kit to enable the vast community of Android developers to design Android compatible applications for microcontrollers and small, low-power microprocessors. With this new release, MicroEJ is reinforcing its leading position on the smart things market for its global, easy-to-use and secure MICROEJ VEE application container, which provides a modern development process for any kind of software-enabled electronic project.” Said Dr. Fred Rivard, MicroEJ’s CEO. Android Compatibility Kit is currently successfully used with lead customers for the production of mass-market electronic products. Visit Android Compatibility Kit webpage to stay tuned. About MicroEJ MicroEJ is bringing container virtualization to IoT and embedded devices. We are focused on providing device manufacturers with secure application containers in markets where software applications require high performance, compact size, energy efficiency, and cost-effective development. With over 100 million products sold, all the leading global manufacturers have chosen MicroEJ to design their electronic devices for a large variety of industries, including smart home, wearables, healthcare, industrial automation, retail, telecommunications, smart city, building automation, transportation, etc.

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At the event, we demoed the technologies that are set to transform the sector, such as intelligent industrial robotics; ultra-reliable wireless connectivity with 5G for mission-critical applications​; 5G private networks in smart factories; intelligent AR experiences for Industry 4.0​; and Edge AI applications for operational safety​.

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