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Broadcom Internet of Things Platform Powers Haier's New Smart Appliances

Broadcom Internet of Things Platform Powers Haier's New Smart Appliances | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

World’s Leading Appliance Manufacturer Leverages WICED Platform for Anytime, Anywhere Control of Home Appliances. 


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Another IoT Platform Innovation move, by two who are stronger together than attempting to go it alone / separately - Broadcom and Haier - interesting

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The Corporate Innovator - Samsung

How Samsung does innovation systematically and systemically, repeatably and reliably.
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How Samsung does innovation systematically, systemically, repeatably and reliably

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AMD Sees Revenue Sliding

AMD Sees Revenue Sliding | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices cut its forecast for second-quarter revenue, citing weak consumer PC demand.
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AMD, which expects to issue its financial results formally on July 16, attributed the decline to weak consumer demand for PCs. The company also said a manufacturing transition would cause a $33 million charge, further squeezing its profit margins.  AMD’s disclosure follows a series of negative signs in the PC sector, including Intel’s move in March to cut its outlook for Q1 it posted a $180 million loss and said it would lose money through the first half of the year.  

AMD’s set a new strategy in May that emphasized fewer businesses where AMD could make a profit. The company, which supplies chips for game consoles sold by Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp., expects to build on its strength in chips that render graphics in markets such as virtual reality.  However, AMD said its gross margin will be lower than expected in Q2. One factor is a higher mix of chips from segments beyond computers that include processors that AMD customizes for game console makers and others. Those businesses, which rely on competitive bids for sales contracts, often carry lower profit margins.

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China unveils "Internet Plus" action plan to fuel growth

China unveils "Internet Plus" action plan to fuel growth | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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China's "Internet Plus" action plan will integrate mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things with modern manufacturing, to encourage the healthy development of e-commerce, industrial networks, and Internet banking, and to help Internet companies increase their international presence, Li said.

According to the action plan, China will push forward the integration of the Internet and traditional industries, fuel its expansion from consumption industries to manufacturing.  -  The action plan maps development targets and supportive measures for key sectors which the government hopes can establish new industrial modes by integrating with Internet, including mass entrepreneurship and innovation, manufacturing, agriculture, energy, finance, public services, logistics, e-commerce, traffic, biology and artificial intelligence.  This action plan of an "Internet Plus" initiative was mentioned by Premier Li Keqiang in March this year when delivering the government work report, which means the Chinese government is going to enable, incentivize and push China into  the 21st Century.  American and EU firms had better be paying attention.

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Sears opens showcase in Silicon Valley for the Home IoT (connected-home)

Sears opens showcase in Silicon Valley for the Home IoT (connected-home) | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Shipments of connected-home devices are expected to grow at an annual rate of 67% in the next five years.
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  • Sears Holdings Corp. has opened a flagship Connected Solutions store in the heart of Silicon Valley, showcasing Internet of Things household appliances for the mainstream homeowner.

  • As part of the initiative, the retailer is also expanding its Connected Solutions offerings of connected-home smart devices in stores nationwide and has launched a Connected Solutions website.

  • Sears already runs three smaller Connected Solutions showcase stores in the Chicagoland area.

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Microsoft connects AllJoyn to the internet of legacy things

Microsoft connects AllJoyn to the internet of legacy things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft has contributed code to the AllSeen Alliance that will connect older products to the new network.
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While, standards fights are about as sexy as your grandmother’s house dress, the companies that win can generate a huge advantage by controlling how an entire ecosystem of products develops. With AllJoyn Qualcomm was the first to propose a standard for the Internet of things that would sit on top of existing wireless technologies. The idea was the developers could build a device and insert a few lines of code and their products would be able to communicate with other products sharing the AllJoyn Code.

This would allow an AllJoyn-compliant washing machine to “tell” an AllJoyn-compliant TV that the laundry was done. The TV could then show that message to the user. The benefit of using a standard is that it would tackle the issues of integrating those two devices, as opposed to a developer having to write individual code for each product he or she wanted to connect with. Proponents of AllJoyn liken it to http, the code that underlies every web page. - MSFT has submitted code to the AllSeen Alliance that will make it easier to connect devices on older networks to the Internet of things. The code will become part of the AllSeen Alliances’ efforts to make Qualcomm’s AllJoyn standard the go-to option for device makers trying to get their connected gadgets to talk to one another.


As the hype around the Internet of things continues to build, the major players in the consumer electronics markets are working hard to build out software that allows devices to connect to the internet and each other, and then communicate what they can and cannot do. Apple has HomeKit, a group of chip firms led by Intel is launching the Iotivity standard, Google last month announced Weave and Brillo, and Qualcomm and Microsoft are pushing AllJoyn. 


The Silicon Wars are in full swing, stay tuned, this is how the big players do this.

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The X1 Remote Control | Comcast's play to own the Home IoT

The X1 Remote Control | Comcast's play to own the Home IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Comcast brings together the best in media and technology.
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Engineers at Comcast Labs are currently deploying the X1 Platform, an entirely new pioneering user experience that looks and feels a lot like websites and apps, but on the TV, that has a new companion: the X1 remote control app. This app completely changes the dynamic of the traditional remote control, creating a whole new experience between the TV and customers’ devices.  -  
With the swipe of a finger, the X1 remote control app attempts to transform iPhones, iPod touches and iPads into personal entertainment assistants. Using motion and gesture controls, viewers can seamlessly find what to watch on live TV and Xfinity On Demand. A simple shake of their device pauses programs on the TV. Filters and the device’s keyboard find shows and movies faster than ever before. Plus, the app lets users interact on the TV with social media tools and apps, such as news, weather, sports, Facebook, Pandora and Twitter.  - I also see this a 1st step on the part of Comcast to own the Home IoT, with this technology deployment on their part, sets the stage for next steps to go after that hub, which as of yet has not been successfully claimed by any other company, even though many are thinking they're particular Minimum Winning Game (product development activity) will get them there.


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Now You Can Unlock And Start Your Hyundai Remotely With The Apple Watch

Now You Can Unlock And Start Your Hyundai Remotely With The Apple Watch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Hyundai's Blue Link cloud-based telematics system now works with the Apple Watch.
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Apple getting in on the already established trend of connecting other smartwatches and smartphones to cars.

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US Appeal Failed: Apple conspired to fix e-book prices

US Appeal Failed: Apple conspired to fix e-book prices | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice
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The appeal followed a July 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan that Apple played a "central role" in a conspiracy with publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices.  -  The Justice Department, which secured the ruling following a non-jury trial, said the scheme caused some e-book prices to rise to $12.99 or $14.99 from the $9.99 price charged by market leader Amazon.com .  -  The publishers that the Justice Department said co-conspirators are Apple along with Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group Inc, News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group Inc, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster Inc and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH's Macmillan

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Optimizing Manufacturing with the IoT

Optimizing Manufacturing with the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
White Paper: Internet of Things pilot shows how data analytics applied to equipment and sensors brings efficiency, cost savings to manufacturing.
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Intel evaluated three test cases.  The 1st aimed to reduce incorrectly rejected units by automated test equipment.  The analytics were able to predict 90% of potential tester failures to significantly reduce rejection of good units.  A 2nd case predicted issues in soldering related to process deviations, reducing equipment downtime, and enabling proactive maintenance. A 3rd case concerned image analytics and automating visual inspection of marginal quality units.  The image analytics reduced the selection time by a factor of ten compared to the manual method.    -  This paper outlines an Internet of Things (IoT) pilot in one of Intel's manufacturing facilities to show how data analytics applied to factory equipment and sensors can bring operational efficiencies and cost savings to manufacturing processes. With industry collaboration from Cloudera, Dell, Mitsubishi Electric, and Revolution Analytics, this IoT big data analytics project is forecasted to save millions of dollars annually along with additional return on investment business value.

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Article (un peu technique) sur l'impact de l'iot sur les chaines de production

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Marvell's IoT Platform Selected by iHome

Marvell's IoT Platform Selected by iHome | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) — a worldwide leader in...
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Marvell and SDI Technologies partner to bring iHome iSP5 SmartPlug to consumers

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The Internet of Things Changes the Company-Customer Relationship

The Internet of Things Changes the Company-Customer Relationship | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
With the rise of the internet of things, our individual technology envelopes – our personal networks of smart, connected devices — are rapidly becoming more complicated as more and more devices from a growing profusion of vendors do ever more...
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The historical service paradigm for thing makers could be called “fire and forget”: I sell you a thing, perhaps a crockpot, and … no offense … I hope I never hear from you again. If you contact me for service I will ask you two questions: 1) “are you in warranty?” and 2) “is your request within the scope of what I have decided I will support?” If the answer to both is “yes,” I will serve you as inexpensively as possible using techniques such as self-help on the web, endless IVR loops (“for billing questions, press 1”) and/or offshore labor. And once I resolve your issue — no offense — I hope I never hear from you again. In a sense I’d like to “forget” that the product exists and move on to my next sale.  -  This service paradigm is not designed for a world in which intelligent, context-aware, learning devices are interacting with each other, with the cloud and with our smartphones while other devices are constantly being added, removed, or modified (via downloads from the cloud). This environment requires a focus on what the user is trying to do as opposed to merely whether the crockpot they purchased is operating as intended. Service in the IoT world needs to not only address devices that don’t function properly, but also support users as they attempt to buy, install, integrate and use these devices. As such it needs to be a continuous, open ended experience.

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Can 3D Robotics put a dent in China’s consumer drone dominance?

Can 3D Robotics put a dent in China’s consumer drone dominance? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Chinese drone-maker DJI owns more than half the global market for consumer-focused drones, but California-based 3DR is out to change that.
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For China’s Shenzhen-based DJI Technology Co., business is better than good. The company - owns roughly 70% of the nascent, but booming $2B consumer drone market, according to analysts.  -  It’s white, quadrotor aircraft—known by the brand name “Phantom”—are now pervasive within the public consciousness. Every time a user flies one over a crowd at a sporting event or crashes one on the White House lawn, the brand gets immeasurable free exposure. Last year, the company did $500M in revenue, and is expected to top $1B this year.  -  In the world of consumer drones, DJI is industry leader, but Chris Anderson, CEO of Berkeley-based 3D Robotics, thinks his company can change all that. Last week, 3D Robotics released its latest consumer drone offering, called Solo, in Best Buy stores across North America. Thanks to Solo, 3DR thinks it has developed a product that will upset the industry status quo and eventually propel the company ahead of rival DJI in a market expected to be worth $4.5B by 2020.

“They’re already in a bit of a boxing match,” Frost and Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades says of the competition between the two companies, citing 3DR’s snapping up of some of DJI’s key U.S. talent.

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Where Is The IoT Being Invented? Not In Silicon Valley

Where Is The IoT Being Invented? Not In Silicon Valley | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The emerging consensus view of humanity’s imminent future is that just about everything will soon be interconnected with just about everything else. In a recent report on Digital Life in 2025, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project predicted that the internet would soon become a “global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing [...]
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It turns out that it is in China, Korea and Sweden.  Interesting article

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Samsung Sees 7th Quarter Straight Profit Decline

Samsung Sees 7th Quarter Straight Profit Decline | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics Co.’s second-quarter earnings estimates Tuesday suggest that sales of its new flagship smartphones were significantly worse than expected.
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The disappointment underscores the perils of navigating the fast-changing smartphone market: even with a hit product on its hands, the South Korean company appears to have misjudged demand.

The South Korean technology giant said that it expects to earn just $6.1B in operating profit for the three months ended June 30, a 4% decline from the same period a year earlier.  -  The overall year-over-year profit and sales declines come amid likely robust growth in Samsung’s semiconductor operations, leaving most of the blame for the slide on the company’s once-highflying mobile division.  -  

 Samsung appears to have badly miscalculated in its expectations for what kinds of smartphones these consumers were after.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the company initially expected to sell four Galaxy S6 smartphones for each Galaxy S6 Edge that it sold, and set up its production facilities accordingly. Instead, demand was much likely closer to even for the two devices.

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Honeywell focuses on Industrial IoT at Industrial Customer Conference

Honeywell focuses on Industrial IoT at Industrial Customer Conference | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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During the event, Honeywell also announced a new collaboration with Intel Security McAfee which will expand its industrial cyber security capabilities to help defend customers from the increasing threat of cyber attacks.  -  “The process manufacturing industries are facing a critical time in history due to a convergence of factors such as security threats, a shrinking workforce and lower oil prices, among others,” said Vimal Kapur, president of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). “These factors are driving a greater need for our technologies and services because they’re designed to help companies conduct operations more efficiently, and with less risk.”

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Cisco launches Internet of Everything Innovation Centre in Western Australia

Cisco launches Internet of Everything Innovation Centre in Western Australia | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Centre in Western Australia is open for business, or rather, research and development.
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The center in Western Australia was opened in partnership between Cisco, Curtin University and one of Australia's largest energy companies, Woodside.  Woodside’s contribution is focused on research and development for what it calls the Plant of the Future.  The company’s chief executive, Peter Coleman, said the Plant of the Future will link Woodside’s knowledge base with artificial intelligence, data analytics, advanced sensors and control systems.

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Ernst & Young Acquires Consulting Arm Specializing in ‘IoT’

Ernst & Young Acquires Consulting Arm Specializing in ‘IoT’ | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Ernst & Young has acquired Entegreat’s consulting arm, which analyzes data for manufacturers looking to improve efficiency in their supply chains
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These additional consultants will help E&Y clients analyze data generated from Internet-connected machines in the supply chain, helping “meet the evolving needs of clients for real-time actionable analytics that improve efficiency and productivity in manufacturing, production and supply chain,” 

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Comment les grosses boites de conseil se preparent a la revolution du big ou plutot "huge data"

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Amazon's Hidden IoT Advantage

Amazon's Hidden IoT Advantage | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
By opening up its voice-activated assistant to developers, Amazon thinks it can sell more of its Web services to device makers.
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Alexa with its voice activated command and control approach to ordering from home - the hidden advantage is that with the release of the Alexa Skills Kit, developers can now use the Echo to turn on connected sprinkler systems, tell the semiautonomous vacuum cleaner to get to work, or even tap into your kid's lunch menu and report back to you what he or she is eating at school that day (who wouldn't want to know that?!).   -  Making it easy to both pair and integrate Alexa to connected home devices and services gives Amazon a broad approach in the IoT space, but it also offers one other advantage. "The easiest way to build a skill for Alexa is to use AWS Lambda, an innovative compute service that runs a developer's code in response to triggers and automatically manages the compute resources in the AWS Cloud, so there is no need for a developer to provision or continuously run servers." Essentially, the company strongly encourages developers and original equipment manufacturers to use its Amazon Web Services, or AWS, for the system.  - Watch this technology to make in-roads into being the Home IoT hub, competing against the cable TV box, and the Home Computing platform of the future.

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Acer rolls out a curved, super-wide display with AMD's gaming tech

Acer rolls out a curved, super-wide display with AMD's gaming tech | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
You can get desktop PC displays that are curved, super-wide and gaming-friendly, but all three at once? That's tricky. Thankfully, Acer thinks it has an answer....
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Get this a 4K (this is "just" a 3,440 x 1,440 LCD), but you'll still find DisplayPort input, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 and a USB 3.0 hub. There's also a 14W speaker system if the screen takes up the free space you'd normally use for audio gear. This monster monitor will cost $1,099 when it ships in July -- no small potatoes, but potentially worth it if you'd otherwise get multiple displays to achieve the same all-encompassing effect. - Impressive

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China's Biggest Phone Maker Enters Brazil

China's Biggest Phone Maker Enters Brazil | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Xiaomi is expanding into more BRICS markets.
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Vice president of global operations Hugo Barra, a Brazilian himself as well as a former Android exec at Google, announced his homecoming: “I am thrilled to finally introduce Xiaomi’s amazing products to my hometown, Brazil,” he told an audience in Sao Paulo, Recode reports.

The company has begun assembling the handsets inside the South American market in order to circumvent the country’s high tariffs on imports. It has partnered with contract manufacturer Foxconn, which has been making iPhones on behalf of Apple in Brazil since 2011, according to Reuters.  -  The strategy may help the ascendent budget phone maker tap into the booming Internet economy in Brazil, which boasts a population of 200 million, TechCrunch notes. The company’s Redmi 2 smartphone will be available there starting on July 7 for about $160

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Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business

Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it would buy OpenDNS, a privately held cloud-based security firm, for $635 million, the latest move to boost its security business as cyber attacks
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Cisco has been buying a number of security companies, which has made its relatively tiny security business one of its fastest growing areas in the past two years.  -  OpenDNS uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss. Cisco was a minority investor and was one of the backers that invested $35 million in OpenDNS in May last year  The latest move for $635 million, is to boost its security business as cyber attacks increase in number and sophistication.

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Washington D.C. has met the Internet of things and it’s freaked out

Washington D.C. has met the Internet of things and it’s freaked out | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Capitol is awash in articles about the Internet of things. Here's what politicians really need to know.
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The Politico issue a column that ran Monday in the Washington Post by Vivek Wadhwa that claims that when your fridge stops ordering you cheesecakes because your scale told it you were overweight, the internet of things will have gone too far. Apparently it’s open season on scaremongering in D.C.  These stories suss out how much politicians know about the internet of things (some are confused and some have FitBits!) and tell us that our privacy – or in Wadhwa’s case, our free will – is about to disappear. But what’s lost is the nuance of how governments should respond. Not only do these articles paint a somewhat unrealistic sense of what is likely to occur using the internet of things, they neglect to offer concrete solutions for managing what is an inevitable shift in how our society will operate.

In the 15 stories the Politico mag The Agenda offers, more than half are designed to scare with headlines like “Your Fridge is Spying on you” (what is with the fear of fridges?) or “I coined ‘Internet of Things.’ Now I think it’s the first big tech race the U.S. might lose.” Only one is designed to offer any actual solutions and is a Q&A with a lawyer on how to regulate the Internet of things.  But before we get to regulation, it’s clear that people in D.C. aren’t sure what the heck the internet of things is.  - And people wonder why I don't think the US govt. should NOT get involved with or regulate the IoT until they actually have an informed point of view.

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12 New IoT Products Launched By Cisco

12 New IoT Products Launched By Cisco | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Cisco continues to make inroads in the booming Internet-of-Things market after launching more than a dozen new IoT-focused products on Monday.
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The lineup includes: Industrial Switches, an Industrial Access Point, 4G/LTE Field Routers, Fog Data Services for Data Analytics  (for devices at the edge of collection of data, rather than using the cloud),  a 5MP IP Camera, 720p Mobile Dome IP Camera, an IoT Field Network Director Software, a Fog Director Platform, IOx Middleware Services, an Embedded Services Router, and a Mobile IP Gateway that is a gateway specifically designed for transportation solutions in environments such as buses, trains and planes.  

 

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Ford has tapped Carbon3D to help create 3D-printed car parts

Ford has tapped Carbon3D to help create 3D-printed car parts | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Ford has teamed with fast-rising 3D-printing startup Carbon3D, whose technology can build 3D-printed objects.
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The next time you take your car out for a spin, imagine how much more comfortable it would be if your steering wheel perfectly conformed to the shape of your hand.  -  Ford  envisions that customized steering wheels and other personalized car parts will eventually become the norm for the auto industry. That’s partly why the over 100-year old auto giant is turning to a newly launched Silicon Valley startup to develop technology to produce such customized products much faster than what’s currently available.

Ford announced a partnership with Carbon3D, a startup that specializes in 3D printing, a sizzling marketplace that some analysts say will hit $16.2B by 2018.  - The technology lets Carbon3D produce 3D printed objects that are stronger than others manufacturers and at a speed that is up to 100X faster, It’s that sales pitch that got Ford’s attention.

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Lincoln Nebraska Schools ready to start Chromebook rollout

Lincoln Nebraska Schools ready to start Chromebook rollout | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
All Lincoln Public Schools sixth-graders -- along with about 800 high school students -- will have their own Chromebooks this fall as the district rolls out its one-on-one technology initiative
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More Chromebooks being deployed, now in Lincoln Nebraska, just as a note to those who don't recognize the importance of this, when middle of America schools (grade school, middle school and high school) in those demographics grab a hold of your technology, product or service, you've pretty much got a lock.  Well done, Google, Intel, Samsung and all the other Chromebook manufacturers.

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Zenefits with their Asymmetric Business Model for the IoT and the Insurance biz

Zenefits with their Asymmetric Business Model for the IoT and the Insurance biz | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Internet of Things is a buzzword in many board rooms in 2015. Enterprises from logistics to construction to healthcare, are seeing IoT as the source of data-driven cost savings and competitive advantage. For example allowing building operators to drastically save maintenance costs or allowing farms to have real-time insights that can systematically increase the yield of their crops. But there is a much bigger business model shift taking place. One that will cause traditional industry boundaries
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Wired magazine calls Zenefits’ business model “crafty and unusual”; crafty in using indirect models to profit, but as we’ll soon see Zenefits’ cross-industry business model is not unusual, but relatively unknown.  -  In essence, Zenefits is an insurance company that offers free SaaS services to acquire customers. SaaS requires low-cost low-touch sales and so Zenefits profits on the delta between the customer acquisition cost (CACs) in the HR and SaaS industries. Of course, Zenefits creates a captive audience which it then can resell into more insurance services and higher profits.  -  In fact cross-industry subsidies are business as usual for mobile industry disruptors including Google (providing the Android OS for free), Amazon (providing e-readers at cost), Xiaomi (providing mobile phones at cost) and WeChat (providing communications apps and storage services for free). At VisionMobile they’ve been studying how these companies have disrupted the mobile industry through Asymmetric Business Models a business model that crosses industries, by forcing profits to migrate from one industry to another. The argued in their paper:

In the digital era, companies can get an unfair competitive advantage by breaking industry boundaries.

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