Think big but start small: Tapping into rich analytics with IoT

Microsoft | November 19, 2015

If you’re a business owner or enterprise beginning to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT), chances are you’ve started connecting your operational technologies – including machinery, building HVAC, and other assets – to your current software systems. As a result, you’re likely collecting a ton of new data and think see the potential transformational value in there…somewhere.

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When we think of the IoT, we often think of the more consumer focused smart home applications, connected fridges, alarm systems etc. But many IoT applications are located much further afield...


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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Renesas Launches Automotive Actuator and Sensor Control MCUs for Evolving Edge Applications in Next-Generation E/E Architecture

Renesas | December 18, 2021

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced two new microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for automotive actuator and sensor control applications supporting edge evolution in next-generation electronic and electrical (E/E) architecture. With the new RL78/F24 and RL78/F23, Renesas expands its RL78 Family of low-power 16-bit MCUs and strengthens its broader automotive portfolio, offering customers highly reliable, high-performance solutions for systems ranging from actuators to zone control. With E/E architecture extending to include zone and domain control applications, control mechanisms are evolving to accommodate body control for automotive systems such as lights, windows, and mirrors; motor control for engine pumps and fans; and multiple sensor control. Moving forward, high-speed and secure connectivity with zone and domain controllers will be mission critical for edge electronic control units (ECUs). Renesas’ next-generation RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs address changing technology demands for actuator and sensor control with enhanced security, rich connectivity, and functional safety capabilities. The new devices support the CAN FD high-speed communication protocol (RL78/F24) and EVITA-Light security and are optimized for systems targeting ASIL-B levels under the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. Advances in E/E architecture add stress to the already heavy development burden, and there is high demand among our customers to efficiently develop actuators.Our new actuator and sensor control MCUs build on our highly popular RL78/F14 and RL78/F13 devices and enable developers to reuse most of their existing software assets, reducing costs while continuing to accelerate the advancement of E/E architecture.” Naoki Yoshida, Vice President, Automotive Digital Products Marketing Division at Renesas The future of automotive systems design lies in a vehicle-centralized, zone-oriented E/E architecture, and that shift is sparking higher demand for more advanced functionality and better performance in actuator controller applications. The new RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs deliver up to approximately 70 percent faster operating frequencies than the previous generation, which can more than double the performance in brushless motor control (BLDC) applications. Renesas also enhanced the hardware accelerator and timer functions for motor control and added a 12-bit A/D converter, offering customers the enhanced functionality and performance levels they demand. Key Features of RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs 40 MHz operating frequency Supports several connectivity interfaces, including CAN FD (RL78/F24), LIN, SPI, and I2C EVITA-Light support security functionality (support for AES-128/192/256 encryption algorithms) Pin compatible with the RL78/F14 and RL78/F13 MCUs with the same power efficiency On-chip flash memory capacity of 128 KB or 256 KB Package lineup ranging from compact 5 × 5 mm 32-pin QFN to 100-pin QFP Support for high temperatures up to 150°C RL78/F24 Target Board and RL78/F24 12V Motor Control Evaluation System Starter Kit soon to be released for RL78/F24 (under development) Availability Samples of the RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs will be available starting April 2022, and are scheduled to enter mass production in the second half of 2023. About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, Infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future.

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Eseye Launches Next Gen Infinity IoT Platform™ to Solve Enterprise IoT Challenges

Eseye | May 21, 2022

Eseye, a pioneer of leading-edge IoT connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of its next generation 'mission control' IoT connectivity platform, Infinity™. The Eseye Infinity IoT Platform™ delivers a single, customisable and scalable network for both today's and tomorrow's global IoT deployments. Until now, IoT has been hampered by its complexity with devices, global connectivity and security challenges. Now Eseye's new platform enables customers to easily scale and evolve their IoT deployment to suit their needs, empowering them to make the right carrier choices, wherever they are in the world. With Infinity, organisations can right-size, change and optimise connectivity as their requirements, the market and technology evolve. Single pane-of-glass visibility and centralised reporting ensure the platform captures and manages everything, utilising analytics and AI which in turn reduces service overheads across global IoT estates, significantly cutting the total cost of ownership (TCO). An IoT Platform of Platforms Uniquely, Infinity's 'all in one place' single IoT platform approach means that customers can manage existing legacy SIMs, as well as Eseye AnyNet+ SIMs, and emerging iSIM solutions. "Eseye provides customers a single platform for easily deploying devices around the world, choosing and switching providers, and implementing policies from a single pane of glass. Eseye claims it can remove complexity from connectivity, while increasing flexibility and delivering better results. It serves enterprises across many verticals and use cases. Past projects have included Amazon's network of Lockers, Shell Recharge Solutions' network of electric vehicle chargers and Itron's smart meters," comments John Gole, Research Director, IoT, IDC. With Infinity, organisations can connect anywhere, giving them the widest choice of mobile networks and platform integrations. Direct multiple MNO interconnects mean that customers can connect to a wide range of operators to deliver a blend of localised and roaming connectivity, as well as integrating with existing provider platforms including Jasper, Vodafone GDSP, Ericsson DCP and many more. Today, Eseye has the largest selection of network localisation options available, including Verizon, MTN and Telstra, to help customers deploy IoT around the world and eliminate the risks associated with permanent roaming. BYOC – Delivering Commercial Flexibility Additionally, Infinity's 'Bring Your Own Contract (BYOC)' capabilities enable customers to import existing MNO contracts into the platform. This puts organisations in complete control of commercial decision making and enables them to customise network connectivity options to meet their requirements, while at the same time allowing them to bring negotiated rates from their existing carriers. Additionally, organisations can fill any connectivity gaps via Eseye's AnyNet Federation, which provides access to over 700 networks around the world. Next gen platform built to last Infinity is built on decades of deep IoT hardware and connectivity expertise, giving customers fine-grain control over their IoT business policy. Organisations can define IoT policy centrally, then automatically deploy to the edge, while optimising connectivity, quality of service and price, device-by-device. The Infinity Platform's Software Defined Network (SDN) enables fast onboarding of new MNOs, while connectivity and network optimisation deliver dynamic network switching-as-a-service. The platform also provides new connectivity options, which protects the business's IoT investment by enabling the addition of private 5G/LTE networks and other wireless technologies as the market evolves. Making IoT secure and compliant IoT security is an issue that many enterprises grapple with and Infinity delivers reliable, low-latency device-to-cloud connectivity, security, and routing. Customers also benefit from support for GDPR, data sovereignty and other regulatory requirements. Built-in enterprise policy control and management to the edge provides API integrations with security and other enterprise applications, such as Armis for asset visibility and agentless security. "We've witnessed strong demand from enterprises who need to be better equipped to reduce the complexity of their global IoT deployments. This has been one of the biggest barriers to large-scale project rollouts. Our next gen Infinity Platform simplifies global connectivity on a game-changing scale, elegantly solving the problems of carrier lock-in, connectivity and security in a single solution," comments Nick Earle, CEO, Eseye. "The platform is designed to deliver any flavour of IoT connectivity, so customers have total flexibility as the shape and scale of their deployment evolves. We've also made sure that we future proof our customer's investment with a rapid method to integrate other wireless IoT technologies, such as private 5G/LTE and satellite." A platform that enables true scalability The Infinity IoT Platform and service comes in two versions. Infinity Flex is designed for companies with mid-size deployments and is perfect for those customers who need to get started quickly and have pre-defined pricing and support. Infinity Enterprise is suited to global or multi-regional enterprise IoT projects, or those with more complex deployment, hardware or deployment needs. In the last 12 months, Eseye has experienced tremendous momentum, in response to the rapidly growing demand for enterprise-grade IoT solutions delivering ubiquitous global connectivity. Thanks to Eseye's AnyNet connectivity managed service, customers around the world are now benefitting. For example, Instavolt, the provider of the UK's largest owner-operated rapid EV charging network, has seen utilisation grow exponentially post-COVID. InstaVolt chose Eseye's reliable connectivity to power its growing estate of EV fast-charge points which are embedded with Eseye AnyNet+ SIMs designed to operate in the field for up to 30 years. "The AnyNet+ SIM embedded in our charge points offers the ability to network, manage and effectively switch connectivity to another provider, if needed. This ensures our chargers have high uptime wherever they are located, and our customers can simply tap, charge, and drive," Gary Kirkland, CTO, InstaVolt. To meet this rapidly growing demand, Eseye has trebled its roster of proven, senior industry leaders, to focus on providing best-in-class, reliable managed IoT services to support complex worldwide IoT deployments. Now with the launch of its next gen Infinity IoT Platform, Eseye will accelerate its growth plans, helping customers build solutions that are future-proofed enabling IoT deployments that deliver both today and in 20 years' time. About Eseye We unlock the full potential of IoT, free from the complexities of global cellular connectivity. We have everything you need to move from initial concept to global deployment. We do this through seamless IoT connectivity, technical device services and versatile hardware, backed by round-the-clock support. All with an intense focus on enabling our customers to drive business value, deploy differentiated experiences, and disrupt their markets – without limits. Together, our AnyNet+ eSIM technology, Infinity IoT Connectivity Platform™ and partner ecosystem connect millions of devices across 190 countries. We bring together over 700 networks for 100% global coverage – and our flexible technology platform means our customers are ready for whatever else the future holds. Global brands that trust us to deliver including Costa Express, Bosch, Amazon, Siemens and Philips.

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LoRa Alliance® Launches IPv6 Over LoRaWAN®; Opens Wide Range of New Markets for LoRaWAN

LoRa Alliance | May 17, 2022

The LoRa Alliance®, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN® standard for the internet of things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), today announced that LoRaWAN now seamlessly supports Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) from end-to-end. By expanding the breadth of device-to-application solutions with IPv6, LoRaWAN’s addressable IoT market is also broadened to include internet-based standards required in smart electricity metering and new applications in smart buildings, industries, logistics, and homes. The new IPv6 adaptation layer facilitates and accelerates development of secure and interoperable applications over LoRaWAN and builds on the alliance’s commitment to ease of use. IP-based solutions, commonly found in enterprise and industrial solutions, among many others, can now be transmitted over LoRaWAN, and easily integrated with cloud infrastructures. This allows developers to quickly enable internet-based applications, while significantly reducing time-to-market and total cost of ownership. “As digitization across market sectors continues, integrating multiple technologies to achieve end-to-end solutions is critical,” said Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “At the same time, companies are requiring solutions that provide increased interoperability and adhere to standards. Now that LoRaWAN readily integrates with any IP application, end users have both. IPv6 is a core technology underpinning IoT, so enabling IPv6 over LoRaWAN opens a huge number of new markets and a much larger addressable application space to LoRaWAN. Developers and end users with IPv6 devices recognize the benefits of digital transformation and IoT, and already create solutions that can improve lives and the environment, as well as drive new revenue streams. By supporting IPv6, they now have a simple path to use LoRaWAN and benefit from the technology’s proven advantages. With this development, LoRaWAN once again positions itself a market leader at the forefront of IoT.” The successful development of IPv6 Over LoRaWAN is credited to the active collaboration of LoRa Alliance members in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to specify the Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) and fragmentation techniques, which makes transport of the IP packets over LoRaWAN very efficient. The LoRa Alliance IPv6 over LoRaWAN Task Force then took the SCHC specification (RFC 90111) and integrated it into the body of the LoRaWAN standard. LoRa Alliance member company, Acklio, made significant contributions to enable IPv6 over LoRaWAN and was integral to the development of the SCHC technology for LoRaWAN. Moore continued, “I want to thank Acklio on behalf of the LoRa Alliance for its support and contributions to this effort, and its efforts to drive the LoRaWAN standard forward.” "Acklio, a pioneer of SCHC technology, is proud to contribute to this new milestone that makes LoRaWAN natively compatible with Internet technologies. The LoRa Alliance ecosystem has mobilized for the specification and adoption of this key feature in record time. SCHC solutions that are compliant with this new specification are now commercially available from partners across the IoT value chain to deploy IPv6 over LoRaWAN solutions worldwide." Alexander Pelov, CEO of Acklio. The first application to leverage SCHC for IPv6 over LoRaWAN is DLMS/COSEM for smart metering. It was developed as part of the liaison between LoRa Alliance and DLMS User Association to address electric utilities requirement for the use of IP-based standards. There are many additional applications for IPv6 over LoRaWAN, such as monitoring internet networking equipment, reading RFID labels, and IP-based smart home applications, among others. About LoRa Alliance® The LoRa Alliance® is an open, nonprofit association that has become one of the largest and fastest-growing alliances in the technology sector since its inception in 2015. Its members closely collaborate and share expertise to develop and promote the LoRaWAN® standard, which is the de facto global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. LoRaWAN has the technical flexibility to address a broad range of IoT applications, both fixed and mobile, and a robust LoRaWAN Certification program to guarantee that devices perform as specified. The LoRaWAN standard has been deployed by more than 170 network operators globally, with connectivity available worldwide.

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Elevat Extends Jump-Start Program, Activat, that Ensures Off-Highway Machine IoT Dividends

ELEVAT | May 11, 2022

Elevāt, a leading global IoT connected machines SaaS innovator, today announced the Activāt Mobile Machine IoT (MM-IoT) Jump-Start program to deliver machine telematics to connected mobile assets with a custom-tailored implementation process for success. Heavy equipment OEMs and off-highway fleet operators gained a better process for ensuring mobile machine IoT implementations deliver measurable results once deployed. The 4-step process provides a clear path that is unique to each organization's deployment of Elevāt software. With the Activāt MM-IoT Jump-Start, criteria for organization-specific use cases, vehicle types, and user profiles are taken into account, while customized design requirements are developed and clear desired outcomes and KPIs are defined. Having been in the industrial and off-highway machine market for decades, we witnessed the biggest pitfalls that often came up when implementing innovative solutions. With the Activāt MM-IoT Jump-Start, we head off issues before deployment even begins. This eliminates false starts and eliminates wasting time and money. Plus, it leads to a more streamlined deployment process and delivers immediate results that align with desired outcomes." Adam Livesay, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Elevat. "One-size-fits-all solutions do not work when it comes to complex IoT telematics implementations. That is why it is crucial to begin with a discovery process that helps our team understand how the client plans to utilize Elevāt's solutions, everyone that will use the applications, and any client-specific requirements. The Activāt MM-IoT Jump-Start program also includes a pilot phase that allows for feedback and an action plan prior to going into full production," explains Livesay. ABOUT ELEVAT Elevāt's sensor-driven, cloud-connected, AI-enabled SaaS platform is helping equipment manufacturers, owners and users discover the hidden value of their machines while simultaneously enabling new revenue streams.

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