Building the ecosystem to success

In the regular new column on the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, Antony Savvas looks at a number of interesting industry developments.

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Sony launches agriculture solution for crop management

Sony is taking its expertise in sensing and processing technology and applying it to the agriculture business with the introduction of its Smart Agriculture Solution.

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Universal Electronics and Microsoft partner on turnkey digital assistant platform for home hubs

Universal Electronics Inc.,, a global provider of universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, is collaborating with Microsoft to launch a new digital assistant platform for the home built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using AI and IoT services.

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IoT helps shippers avoid the Blame Game and changes train operators’ business model

If I say Sony, I’d bet the first subjects that come to your mind are not healthcare or logistics management. Yet these are two key areas that Sony’s Sweden-based Internet of Things (IoT) team focused on at the recent IoT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC18) in Barcelona, as Jeremy Cowan reports.

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New avenues for smart communication will enhance user experience, finds Strategy Analytics

While robotics is still a long way off and VR is still in its infancy for consumers, the way in which we communicate with smart devices and applications will change much sooner than we thought. Voice will dominate how we communicate with more and more devices; chatbots will also do the same but with a

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Sierra Wireless integrates SIM, security and GNSS into industry’s smallest, lowest power multi-mode LPWA modules

Sierra Wireless, the provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the industry’s smallest, lowest power, multi-mode Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular modules targeted at rapidly growing markets in asset tracking and connected industrial equipment, smart city, healthcare, agriculture and wearables.

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Hybrid smartwatches to make up over 50% of smartwatch shipments by 2022, as fashion beats function

A new report by Juniper Research found that hybrid smartwatches such as Fossil Q and Nokia Steel, which appear to be analogue watches but integrate some smartwatch functionality, will make up over 50% of the smartwatches market in 2022.

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Smart audio hardware revenues to exceed $10 billion by 2022, as audio brands challenge Amazon Echo

A new report by Juniper Research found that revenues from smart audio devices like the Amazon Echo and Sonos One will grow from an estimated $2.5 billion (€2.13 billion) in 2017 to over $10 billion (€8.52 billion) by 2022, as more audio brands integrate voice assistants into their devices.

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Riot starts with a claim to industry’s lowest power NB-IoT and eMTC baseband chip

Internet of Things (IoT) newcomer, Riot Micro is claiming that a radical design approach applying BLE/Wi-Fi architecture has delivered a new cellular IoT solution with cost/power levels that are characteristic of short-range wireless systems. Here Peter Wong, CEO, tells  Jeremy Cowan how Riot has reinvented itself as an IoT chipset maker.

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Smart-up – The rise of Start-ups in global smart cities

Gone are the days when only Apple, Sony and Microsoft dominated the technology sector. Now, as disruptive technologies continue their winning streak, start-ups around the world are basking in glory.

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Audio innovation turns regular consumer headphones into tinnitus clinical early warning system

An innovation by UK-based engineering and design consultancy Plextek could soon have a far-reaching impact on the early diagnosis and treatment of debilitating hearing conditions such as tinnitus. Tinnitus is an aural condition that currently affects more than 300 million people worldwide.

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Telensa shifts production from Asia to the UK – Begins manufacturing smart city technology with Sony

Telensa, global provider of connected street lighting and Smart City applications, announced that it is moving its manufacturing back to the UK. After a strategic review of facilities across the world, the company selected the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, Wales.

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‘Clear potential’ for virtual reality headsets after a slow start, says CCS Insight report

CCS Insight‘s latest global forecast for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices reflects the relatively slow start to this nascent market.

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How IoT and collaboration are transforming the mobile communications industry

Despite its name, Mobile World Congress is about so much more than mobile handsets. Now in its 31st year, MWC retains its title as the biggest event in the telecoms calendar, yet it has undergone an astounding transformation from mobile tradeshow to technology behemoth.

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Intertrust grows investor base in a push to expand its IoT products and services

Intertrust Technologies Corporation has announced that it has grown its investor base as part of an expansion of its products and services supporting the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Bytesnap predicts big things in 2017 for home automation, LTE-M, and Industry 4.0

Yes, it’s already that time of year when every analyst turns into Mystic Meg and tries to predict the year ahead. How many of them in 2015 foresaw Brexit or President Trump? Answer me that, says Jeremy Cowan. Well, here’s the firstof 2016/17, courtesy of the team at embedded systems consultancy, ByteSnap Design.

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