Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Connected Globe News Weekly – Week of June 7, 2015

Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

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Every company wants to capitalize on the Internet of Things in its big data strategy--but what's the best way to go about it? Here are 10 steps to include in your IoT enablement plans. Read Original Content

Bruce Schneier, leading security expert and CTO of Resilient Systems, has written an essay
detailing the vulnerabilities for IoT. In it he compares the potential for vulnerabilities in connected devices to vulnerability of PC’s in the mid 90s. Read Original Content

The drivers for prioritizing a digitization strategy in Africa are clear, and it is vital this transition in Africa is accelerated - where, today, internet penetration remains at just 26 percent. Many African cities have been able to bypass fixed-line phone networks and go straight to mobile and wireless services. Today, Africa boasts the fastest mobile subscriber growth in the world, with the average subscription rate at 72 percent and expected to reach 97 percent by 2017. Read Original Content

Analysis of big data from industrial machines is creating new business models, but GE Software CTO Harel Kodesh sees even more disruptive business models on their way. Read Original Content

IDC reports the worldwide market for wearable devices has just recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of steady growth in the first quarter of 2015, meaning consumers around the world are getting more enthusiastic about the ability of wearables to help them live more active and healthy lives. Here are the five hottest brands right now. Read Original Content

According to a report from research firm Tractica, the market for corporate and industry customers of wearables will grow with remarkable speed over the next five years. While such customers make up one percent of wearable device sales today, they’ll account for 17 percent by 2020. Wearable shipments to enterprise and industrial customers will jump from 166,000 units in 2013, to 27.5 million in 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 108 percent. Read Original Content

UNICEF has partnered with design firms ARM and Frog to launch the Wearables for Good initiative. It’s a contest to find a wearable device offering a solution “to pressing maternal, newborn or child health problems”. Two winners will be selected following the August 4 deadline, and each will receive $15,000 funding and mentoring from ARM and Frog. Read Original Content

Seals have been working for humans while they go about their lives in Antarctica as part of the Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole consortium, the findings of which were made public this week. The research, which began in 2004, involved putting sensors on seals' heads that collect information about global warming, ice cover and weather forecasting, the AFP reported. More than 1,000 seals were involved in the project. Read Original Content

Google has acquired Lumedyne Technologies, a company that has built multiple types of micro-electromechanical systems sensors. Google paid around $85 million, which ensures Lumedyne’s employees will be able to keep working at the company’s San Diego office, according to the report from Xconomy, citing unnamed sources. Read Original Content

The Internet is moving into devices as common as doors and light bulbs, allowing them to communicate with each other. This fast growing trend is on display this week as a who's who of IT heavyweights show off their latest hardware at the Computex Taipei show in Taiwan's capital. Read Original Content

B2B professionals are nearly twice as likely to have a sales and marketing automation system in place than their B2C peers. Produced in partnership with Circle Research, the 2015 Marketing Automation Benchmarking Report found 43 percent of businesses have already adopted the tools, with an additional 45 percent actively pursuing the software. Those that are in the exploration phase are moving quickly. Two-thirds of the businesses currently not using the software plan to within the next 12 months, the remaining 31 percent within 24 months. Read Original Content

Singapore-based Avago Technologies, which bought Silicon Valley's LSI a year ago, announced it will acquire Broadcom, an Irvine-based chipmaker and major supplier of integrated circuits for the mobile-phone industry, for $37 billion in a cash and stock deal. The acquisition will create a $77 billion company, Avago said. Read Original Content

A PhD student named Vamsi Talla and his team of researchers in Sensor Systems Lab at University of Washington have come up with a way to power devices using a Wi-Fi router. They have described this process in a paper called “Powering the Next Billion Devices with Wi-Fi”. Read Original Content

Bestech Australia has announced a new range of eddy current sensors from Micro-Epsilon. Featuring embedded coil technology the new eddy current sensors are significantly different from traditional sensors on the market that normally use a wound coil. The sensor is embedded in an inorganic carrier material with electronic components positioned on the carrier material. Micro-Epsilon developed the new technology for customised applications with high requirements for temperature and long-term stability, as well as excellent repeatability. Read Original Content

A group creating clothing with built-in technology that can help improve pediatric physical therapy received one of the top honors at the first-ever Launch Milwaukee event held over the weekend. Seiva Technologies, started by Marquette University engineering and business students, is creating garments embedded with sensors that provide real-time feedback about body movement, said team member Sam Wesley. Patients would be able to track their muscle use and rehab progress on a week-to-week basis, he said. Read Original Content

Wearable electronics, or wearables in short, are light electronics with embedded bio-sensors that can be comfortably worn on clothes or the body. Some of today's wearable electronics include Fitbit wristbands, Google and SONY glasses, and, most impactful, the Apple Watch. The term ‘wearable electronics’ is quickly becoming part of the consumer's vocabulary, and the market growth is expected to be impressive, from $22.7 billion in 2015 to $173.3 billion by 2020. Read Original Content

On Monday, Cisco Systems revealed more details about its agreement with Kansas City as well as information about the companies helping it implement its "Smart+ Connected Communities" and "Living Lab" projects. Kansas City announced many details of the plan on Thursday. Read Original Content

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