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SIGFOX Installing a Cellular Network for the Internet of Things in San Francisco and Silicon Valley | MIT Technology Review

SIGFOX Installing a Cellular Network for the Internet of Things in San Francisco and Silicon Valley | MIT Technology Review | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it

Area"San Francisco is set to get a new cellular network later this year, but it won’t help fix the city’s spotty mobile-phone coverage. This wireless network is exclusively for things.

 

The French company SigFox says it picked the Bay Area to demonstrate a wireless network intended to make it cheap and practical to link anything to the Internet, from smoke detectors to dog collars, bicycle locks, and water pipes."

 


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These guys are on quite a roll! Great move going to the Bay Area.

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SIGFOX's curator insight, May 20, 2014 5:04 AM

SIGFOX with one foot in the U.S.

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Hundreds of Buses and Taxis in Portugal Form a Mesh Wi-Fi Network | MIT Technology Review

Hundreds of Buses and Taxis in Portugal Form a Mesh Wi-Fi Network | MIT Technology Review | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Routers on 600 buses and taxis allow free Internet access and collect data for city planners.
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A very interesting company and technology in the mesh networking space: Veniam.

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Solair & Alleantia Join Forces to Provide Plug & Play IoT to Industrial World - Product Design & Development

With its software technology Alleantia transforms any electronic device into a smarter Internet-ready device in just a few seconds without having to carry out any work on the device itself; the Cloud-Gate platform provides a single ...
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Nice mention of Alleantia: All <things> joined.

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Irrigation: The Next Precision Ag Frontier - Farm Futures

Irrigation: The Next Precision Ag Frontier - Farm Futures | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Variable-rate irrigation promises more efficiently managed water.
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Yes indeed. Look at AgSmarts for someone who really gets it...

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Internet-Exposed Energy Control Systems Abound - IEEE Spectrum

Internet-Exposed Energy Control Systems Abound - IEEE Spectrum | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Researchers found substations and wind farms among 2.2 million control system devices linked to the Internet. And they have yet to measure the true depth of this security exposure
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Sobering realities about the security challenges we face with the Industrial IoT. Standards will help, intuitive and adaptive systems are even better.
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SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid : Greentech Media

SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid : Greentech Media | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Solar, batteries and energy-smart homes are grid resources, but regulators aren’t recognizing them yet.
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Every vertical will find thier stovepipe applications giving way to horizontal platforms and technologies. 

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GE, forges Internet of things alliances with Verizon, Cisco, Intel - ZDNet

GE, forges Internet of things alliances with Verizon, Cisco, Intel - ZDNet | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
GE will also open up its Predix software platform to developers and users in 2015 as it aims to add intelligence to industrial gear.
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Note that PTC/ThingWorx/Axeda wasn't mentioned. A competitive shot across the bow?

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Shawn Fanning's connected hardware platform Helium raises nearly $16M - VentureBeat

Shawn Fanning's connected hardware platform Helium raises nearly $16M - VentureBeat | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Helium Systems, an Internet of things-inspired platform that aims to connect low-power devices without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, today announced a $15.98 million funding round in a public company filing....
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Are the Telco Operators doing enough to take advantage of M2M/IoT?

Are the Telco Operators doing enough to take advantage of M2M/IoT? | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Ken Forster has dedicated his career to connected industries and technologies, such as M2M and the IoT. With Telco Exec he discuss how the M2M/IoT sphere is being explored by Telco and Tech professionals, the big opportunities in the market and how M2M and IoT influences all new business models he encounters.

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Words of insight...

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Enrico Bazan's curator insight, October 3, 2014 11:46 AM

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” This is where IoT and M2M are heading.

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Inspired by a Connected World

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Ken Forster, Managing Partner of global venture partnering group ThingMUSE talks to Telco Exec about his career, professional outlook and what motivates him to work with start-ups in the challenging and highly competitive market of M2M/IoT.
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Cultivating a Connected World!

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(Internet of) Things as a Service (TaaS) – Hype vs. Reality

(Internet of) Things as a Service (TaaS) – Hype vs. Reality | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
With excitement around Internet of Things (IoT), it is difficult to separate hype with reality. IoT is more about disruptive new business models than technology.
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I like the TaaS designation - and the value pyramid concept. Both very descriptive of the real-workd value we see coming from IoT.  

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Shake-up at Xively - another one bites the dust?

Shake-up at Xively - another one bites the dust? | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
BetaBoston Shake-up at LogMeIn's Xively division, focused on the 'Internet of Things' BetaBoston Several top execs focused on launching new services to support the “Internet of Things” — sometimes called machine-to-machine communication, or M2M —...
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Not surprising given the misposition of Xively within LogMeIn, but I hate to see the demise of the pioneers...

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A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet | Gizmodo.com

A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet | Gizmodo.com | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it

Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.

 

This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices. Matherly, who calls himself an internet cartographer, collected the data to put it together by sending ping requests to every IP address on the internet, and storing the positive responses. A ping is a network utility that sends an echo-request message (known as a packet) to an IP address—the internet's version of "hey, are you there?"


That part was relatively easy compared to the visualization process, says Matherly. "It took less than five hours to gather the data, and another 12 hours or so to generate the map image." For that, he used the matplotlib plotting library in the programing language Python.


With its rainbow of connectedness, the map is similar to one produced last year by folks at Caida—however, that one was illegal. Although Shodan is well-known for its potentially shady practices that prey upon insecure networks, ping requests—the same thing your internet provider uses to test speed and data loss—are completely benign, Matherly says. "We've just advanced enough in technology where we can do it on internet-scale."


Basically, Shodan is now able to send and receive the requests fast enough that the world can be queried in just a few hours. Armed with the new process, Matherly plans to track the changes in the globe's internet connectivity over time. With the proliferation of the Internet of Things, we're bound to see some of those black holes slowly colorize over the next few years. [Shodan]


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Most forecasts show a rapid growth of M2M and IoT connections in APAC, but it is interesting to see the base in the US and EU.

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The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things - Manufacturing.net

The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things - Manufacturing.net | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or “Factories of the Future” to highlight a few, these initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a nimble and seamless whole fully integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment.  


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I started my career developing a 'Factory of the Future' and love to see IoT powering the next generation.

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Jailbreaking your cat litter: welcome to the Internet of Feudal Things

Jailbreaking your cat litter: welcome to the Internet of Feudal Things | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Jorge loves his Catgenie automated cat-litter tray, but doesn't love spending $350/year on "Sanisolution" (perfumed gunk that makes the litter stick to his cats' feet and gets tracked all over his apartment), but he discovered that the manufacturer...
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A sign of things to come: jailbreaking home appliances? Perhaps an interesting role for a new class of service companies.

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DoT wants all machine-to-machine servers located in the country - Economic Times

DoT wants all machine-to-machine servers located in the country - Economic Times | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
A telecom department panel has suggested that all gateways and application servers used to deliver machine-to-machine (M2M) services in future be located in India.
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Sovereign data rights or another form of trade protection? I've seen the same requirement emerging in Russia. A future trend that favors Fog Computing...

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CONTROLLINO PLC (ARDUINO compatible)

CONTROLLINO PLC (ARDUINO compatible) | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
First Software Open-Source PLC
(Arduino-Compatible) - CE & UL certificated - to control your Internet of Things

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Very cool! Four days to go on Kickstarter!

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Smart Grid: How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things

Smart Grid: How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - The world utilities operate in is getting less “traditional” quickly, and the number of non-traditional customers, those generating their own electricity, is growing.
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Dan's talk at the Cisco IOTWF was quite intriguing - IoT comes to the SmartGrid.

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PLAT.ONE, the First Enterprise-Grade IoT Application Platform, demonstrates ... - DigitalJournal.com

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Congratulations to the PLAT.ONE team on their work with Cisco on the IoT Reference Platform

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Intel saves $9 million in factory IoT - Computerworld

Intel saves $9 million in factory IoT - Computerworld | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Intel's hoping that its increased equipment uptime and productivity may help convince other manufacturers to sign on for IoT.

Via Maher Jendoubi
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A first shot across the bow - substituting IT for dedicated Factory Automation?

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Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less | TechCrunch

Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less | TechCrunch | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Google's Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer who left the company previously, only to return to the Chrome team last November, has revealed a project..
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Interesting move by Google - the device + app model is an Internet of One Thing. We need more Internet of Thing(s).

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PLAT.ONE, the First Enterprise-Grade IoT Application Platform, Adds Industry Veterans to Drive Fog Computing

PLAT.ONE, the First Enterprise-Grade IoT Application Platform, Adds Industry Veterans to Drive Fog Computing | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Genoa, Italy (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 -- Flavio Bonomi and Ken Forster join as Strategic Advisors (PLAT.ONE, the First Enterprise-Grade IoT Application Platform, Adds Industry Veterans to Drive Fog Computing http://t.co/YuUmX9imVn...
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Excellent move by PLAT.ONE!

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'Microsoft' of machine tools rules from Mount Fuji

'Microsoft' of machine tools rules from Mount Fuji | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Fanuc Ltd.'s systems tell lathes, grinders and milling machines how to turn steel into an Apple iPhone case or aluminum into the rib of a Boeing 747.
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I cut my teeth on Fanuc 3M controls back in the day. They are indeed the 'Microsoft of Machine Tools'. An interesting piece on this secretive company...

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Industrial Internet of Things - Accenture

Industrial Internet of Things - Accenture | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will transform companies and countries, opening up a new era of economic growth and competitiveness. (Industrial Internet of Things will transform companies and countries.
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Nice work by Accenture on this IIoT thought-ware. Great statistics!

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These Ant-Sized Radios Might Power The Internet of Things

These Ant-Sized Radios Might Power The Internet of Things | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
The jury is still out on whether the Internet of Things will make our lives any easier. If and when it does, a lot of it might be powered these tiny, ant-sized radios.
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Between the IoT and such small radios, it seems that 'smart dust' is not too far away.

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SIGFOX's comment, September 13, 2014 2:24 PM
And in the near future you'll have those small energy harvesting wonders communicate more than a mile to the SIGFOX network. Better belt up for smart dust!
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Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management - Energy Collective

Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management - Energy Collective | ThingMUSE: Cultivating a Connected Future | Scoop.it
Energy Collective
Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management
Energy Collective
Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape.
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In many ways the Internet of Energy is following the patterns set by the Internet of Things. Another revolution is around the corner.

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