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The big bucks are in Industrial IoT

The Internet of Things continues to evolve, attempting to overcome its poor reputation for cybersecurity and making the case for wider adoption, especially by enterprises.

Consumer IoT, largely represented in smart-home automation, remains a market being targeted by Amazon, Apple, Google, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and other technology titans.

The big bucks are in Industrial IoT, though. That market has attracted AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Verizon Communications, and hundreds of startups.

Some of those startups, such as C3 IoT and Uptake Technologies, have achieved “unicorn” status and attracted significant investments. The Chicago-based Uptake is a shining example of the industry transition from platform-as-a-service business models to software-as-a-service.

Many of the savvier startups are adding artificial intelligence and machine learning to their technology portfolios, complementing their IoT focus.

 

see full article from Semiconductor engineering here…

Smart Waste collection utilising sensors gaining traction – IoT ANZ

Although the smart waste collection technology industry is still in an early phase, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled smart bins and sensors are slowly gaining traction in ANZ and globally.

According to a recent report by US research company Navigant, the market is expected to grow from US$57.6 million (A$77 million) in 2016 to more than US$223 million (A$300 million) in 2025, with a 16.3 per cent compound annual growth rate.

“Currently, most municipal waste collection operations focus on emptying containers according to predefined schedules,” explains Christina Jung, a Research Associate with Navigant. “This is inevitably inefficient, with half-full bins being emptied, poor use of city assets and unnecessary fleet fuel consumption.”

Jung says the smart waste collection solutions of the future will be able to track waste levels and provide route optimisation as well as operational analytics – providing new opportunities to optimise waste management: “More and more municipalities and waste service managers are realising that
these solutions can help them meet sustainability goals, improve services for residents and reduce operational costs [at the same time].”

She adds, “There is a growing awareness among city leaders of the potential benefits of multi-application approaches to the deployment of smart city infrastructure. At the heart of this transformation is IoT technology that connects a range of intelligent sensors and devices to monitor and automate city operations. Areas where technology is having the greatest impact include street lighting, public safety, traffic systems and waste collection.”

Jung’s observation comes on the back of TDC, Denmark’s largest telecoms company, and Cisco forming a partnership agreement in June 2016 to deploy a digital IoT city platform in Denmark. As part of the initiative, Dublin company SmartBin deployed its sensors to a range of waste and recycling containers that were integrated with the city’s digital platform. In addition, lamp posts and traffic lights were equipped with sensors that are able to send data to a control console at the town hall and allow real time monitoring of waste production.

A similar project took place locally in Australia 2015, when the Sunshine Coast Council partnered with Cisco and Telstra to develop the so-called Smart City Framework, a portfolio of 13 municipal service areas including waste management. Here, Enevo headed by Greg Howard and its Brisbane-based partner, Smarter Technology Solutions, saw the successful initial deployment of Enevo’s smart fill- level sensors.

“Another example of an integrated smart waste collection solutions are solar-powered waste bins equipped with Wi-Fi units,” Jung says. “While many smart city initiatives propose to provide public Wi-Fi hotspots, it can be expensive to lease areas to host the equipment. However, with Wi-Fi- enabled smart bins, cities can run access points by using the solar energy already collected by the bins.”

Leon Hayes from Solar Bins Australia has been instrumental in rolling out more BigBelly solar powered compacting bins across Australia. Melbourne has an impressive amount of bins with general waste bins sat next to recycling ones.

“Yet, despite the successful [early] deployments, there is still limited demand for smart waste collection solutions due to the lack of awareness about cost [recovery] and the effectiveness of the technology.”

Data Integration

The next phase will see sensor data pulled from dozens of different sensor manufacturers via API* into established telematics systems like that of Telogis which is a global leader in providing actionable data to waste fleet operators across the markets it operates in.

There is a huge amount of cost savings to be made through fleet optimisation and route planning. With more accurate data fleet operators can make decisions to improve efficiencies and still meet performance targets for their end clients.

Low Power Wide Area Networks

The other disruptor and ultimate enabler  will be the rollout of LPWAN connectivity across the region with Sigfox firmly leading the way in the Australian and NZ market.

LPWAN connected sensors like LoRa , Sigfox and NB-IoT allow sensors to operate on batteries for much longer periods and communicate over longer distances than traditional 3G powered devices.

Enevo has yet to transition to a LPWAN version of its sensor but companies like Solar Bins Australia and PiP IoT in Christchurch have developed versions which can then push data into 3rd party systems .

Glossary Term

*APIapplication-programming interface is a set of functions and procedures that allow the creation of applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

Sources and References

Enevo Oy – Finnish based Cleantech business using IoT Devices

Pip IoT – NZ based LPWAN sensor manufacturer of IoT devices

Solar Bins Australia – Australia based distributor of BigBelly and LPWAN Sensors.

Telogis – Market leading telematics provider

Waste Management Review – parts of article originally appeared earlier in 2017.

Infrastructure NZ – IoT projects need to follow the money

Infrastructure New Zealand will host the Building Nations Symposium, New Zealand’s infrastructure thought leadership event of the year, on 26-27 October 2017 at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, New Zealand.

Building Nations is the premier event on New Zealand’s infrastructure calendar. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity for public and private sectors to come together to lead thinking and advance best practice in national infrastructure development.

The key theme for the Symposium this year is ‘New Solutions for Infrastructure Challenges’ with the following sub-themes forming the content for the two day event.

Resilience

Water

Congestion Charging and Road Pricing

Alternative Funding

Urban Growth and Satellite Cities

Planning Law Reform

Sessions to watch from a Smart City perspective include …

Road Pricing, Managed Motorways, Congestion Charging – what’s the right solution for New Zealand?

Keynote Presentation: Singapore’s Next Generation
Electronic Road Pricing

Greater Springfield: Australia’s Fastest
Emerging Master-Planned City

Integrated Development at Scale: A Satellite City for Auckland?

Agenda can be found here … AGENDA Infrastructure 2017

Chep pallets looking for IoT proof of concepts

Brambles is set to put millions more into a digital arm it set up last year and poached an SAP executive to run.

BXB Digital – which takes its name from the company’s ASX code – was set up as a business in early 2016, with a view to “apply technology to collect and transform data into services that track goods, optimise operations and improve supply chain efficiency”.

It is expected to touch both business and customer-facing parts of Brambles’ operations in 60 countries.

The company is best known for its iconic blue Chep pallets, which can be found in supply chains worldwide.

BXB Digital is based in Silicon Valley and is headed up by Prasad Srinivasamurthy, who was formerly the senior vice president of internet of things and customer innovation at SAP.

Though the digital arm had little resources to work with early on – US$800,000  (A$1 million) in its start-up year – that quickly ballooned to US$10.3 million (A$13 million) in 2017, the company said in financial filings today.

It will now get an even bigger budget for 2018; Brambles said it will invest US$7 million more than planned this coming year, bringing its total pot to US$17 million (A$21.4 million).

The company did not provide much detail on where the extra money would go, apart from into “smart asset and data analytics” works.

Recent job postings indicate a focus around “deep data science techniques”, IoT and cloud, as well as creating proof-of-concepts that enable the company to engage on innovation projects with its customers.

Transportation progress – Deloitte on NZ Infrastructure

New Zealand’s central and local government transport agencies should take a well-deserved bow. But they can’t rest for long in the face of dual challenges from increasing customer expectations and digital disruption.

Over the last decade we have seen real momentum in dealing with the supply side of our transport infrastructure in the fight against congestion and its impact on productivity, liveability and social standards in our major cities.

Wellington and Auckland have new and larger fleets of passenger trains. Double decker buses are becoming more commonplace on our urban roads. Ticketing systems are smarter. And our largest transport project ever, the $3 billion City Rail Link (CRL) in Auckland’s CBD, is underway. When completed, the CRL will deliver much needed capacity for the rail network as well as a massive boost for development in the areas of the city it will serve.

Let’s not forget our roads that do the heavy lifting in terms of urban mobility. The Government’s Roads of National Significance (RoNS) programme is in full implementation. The 2.4 km ($1.4 billion) Waterview Tunnel, a key piece of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, is set to open this year, connecting Pt Chevalier and Mt Roskill. The Kapiti Expressway has recently opened north of Wellington and Transmission Gully is underway. These are two of the eight projects that make up the Wellington Northern Corridor.

Both the Western Ring Route and Wellington Northern Corridor are among the seven RoNS projects, already completed or under construction, around Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. When completed these projects will provide much needed transport resilience to New Zealand’s five largest population centres.

Central and local government agencies are now much more joined up in their planning and aware of the need to consult with key stakeholders. Last year’s report from the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) shows how planners across the levels of government can work towards a common goal. Similarly, the Let’s Get Wellington Moving initiative is aimed at building consensus around the future transportation system for the nation’s capital.

The $4 billion more ($11 billion over four years) of infrastructure spend in Budget 2017 continues to build on this demand-side momentum.

As part of Budget 2017, the Government has announced that it will invest $9.17 billion in capital into the state highway network over the next four years, including $4.4 billion from the National Land Transport Fund. This funding will progress a number of transport projects over the next four years including:

  • The completion of Auckland’s Western Ring Route
  • Northern and Southern Corridor State Highway 1 improvements in Auckland
  • The Transmission Gully and Puhoi to Warkworth Public Private Partnerships
  • The State Highway 1 Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway

In addition, the government has allocated $812 million toward repairing State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura and $436 million of new capital for Auckland’s City Rail Link (as the first tranche of funding).  It will also invest $548 million of new capital funding to maintain and upgrade the rail network, including $450m for KiwiRail over the next 2 years.

Everyone agrees that we can’t build our way out of the congestion problem.  Supply side action is also needed. Our hero needs to be transport pricing – a key recommendation in the final ATAP report and with options now being developed by transport planners. The other driver for changing the way we charge for using our roads is the impending wave of electric vehicles over the next 3-5 years that will begin to undermine traditional fuel based revenue collection systems.

Dynamic road pricing and real time traffic information, using the internet of things (IoT), is a key part of the mobility domain in Deloitte’s Smart City framework. Deloitte’s 360° Smart City looks across every aspect of a city’s operations to use technology to improve outcomes. The result is an urban centre – underpinned by digital infrastructure – that not only leverages technology to improve its own operations, but connects with citizens, business, and non-profits in new ways.

Transport pricing is just one element of a broader trend towards mobility as a service (MaaS). MaaS is all about meeting the increasing customer demand for choice when it comes to mobility. Customers want to be able to plan their journeys by integrating travel across multiple modes (both privately and publicly managed) using a single platform and payment channel.

But with MaaS will come even more disruption to traditional business models and planning paradigms for urban transport. We have already seen how Uber has turned the point to point travel market on its head. Public and private players will need to collaborate and work together across multiple markets and sectors, including those outside of the traditional transport sector such as property, insurance, energy and telecommunications.

Deciding on where government plays in the future of mobility ecosystem and how it embraces collaboration and technology change will be critical decisions for our transport agencies in order to maintain the momentum of the last decade. While there might still be differing views about what the future will look like, we can be certain that the pace of change to be faster than we have seen in the past.

You can explore Deloitte’s 360° Smart City framework and content across different domains – mobility, security, education, living, environment, and economy – smartcity.deloitte.com.

New Zealand’s most innovative tech companies named – Hi Tech Awards

The finalists for the 2017 Hi-Tech Awards were announced at simultaneous events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on the 29th March.

Entries, which came from as far afield as Kaitaia and Invercargill, were up 30 per cent over last year and Wayne Norrie, chair of the Hi-Tech Trust, said the the standard of entries was also the highest seen.

The finalists will now go into a round of face-to-face judging before the winners are announced at a gala event in Auckland on 12 May..

The finalists are:

PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year

ARANZ Geo
Invenco
Pushpay Holdings
Serko
Vend
Xero

Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

Figured
Harmoney
Link Engine Management
SilverStripe
Timely

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) Hi-Tech Start-Up Company of the Year

AskNicely
Dexibit
Latipay
Performance Lab
Property

IBM Most Innovative Company

Auror
Pushpay
RedShield Security
Simplicity

Callaghan Innovation Maori Innovation Award

Biolytix
Navilluso
Origins Software
Pango Productions

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product

Auror
Moxion
RedShield Security
Spotlight Reporting

Kiwibank Hi-Tech Innovative Services Award

EROAD
MyBitcoinSaver
Navilluso Medical
RedShield Security
Snowball Effect

Endace Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product

Adherium
DARC Technologies
EROAD
Shotover Camera Systems

Quick Circuit Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product

beweb
oDocs Eye Care
Motim Technologies

NZTE Innovative Agritech Product

Compac
Figured
PPP Industries
StockX

Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever

Aleisha Amohia
Jamie Beaton
Kendall Flutey
Aleisha Staples

ATEED Best technology for the Creative Sector

Dexibit
Moxion
Shotover Camera Systems
Shuttlerock

Qual IT Best technology for the Public Sector

Auror
Dexibit
EROAD
Orion Health

Thinxtra expands Sigfox IoT LPWA into Hong Kong

Thinxtra has invested further  to build the LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network into Asia and boost the IoT ecosystem across the region.

Thinxtra is expanding into Hong Kong to empower organisations to use IoT to improve business processes and people’s lives. With Hong Kong as its first Asian market outside of Australia ans New Zealand.

Use cases for the Sigfox IoT protocol in Hong Kong will include water meters , waste management applications and sensing devices for temperature , vibration and other environmental conditions.

Murray Hankinson is responsible for Thinxtra’s Asian expansion. He is orchestrating the market entry, deployment, and benefits of the Thinxtra IoT ecosystem to governments, enterprises and smart city initiatives across Asia.

 

 

IOT Solutions World Congress project winners – Barcelona

iot-fira

IOT Solutions World Congress is focused on vertical markets: manufacturing; healthcare; transportation and logistics; energy and utilities; innovation and technology; and business transformation.

Its aim is to put IoT to work. The IoT Solutions World Congress is hosted by Fira Barcelona, the same organisation which hosted last editions of the well-known Mobile World Congress (MWC).

It was created in partnership with Industrial Internet Consortium (@IIConsortium) the Industrial IoT organization founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel.

iot-barcelona

A total of seven projects have been awarded with the First IoT Awards organized by the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC)

The total of seven categories correspond to each one of the Congress themes and also an award for the best testbed showcased at the IoTSWC. The best solution for Energy and Utilities is Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s sensored pump. Developed together with PTC, National Instruments and Flowserve Corporation the pump enables predictive and preventive maintenance for oil and gas industries that allows customers to more accurately predict when a pump needs service before it fails and can allow for longer up time.

The award in the Transport and Logistics category has gone to Interdigital’s oneTransport intelligent transport system. The platform allows public and private transport operators to converge and share their multiple, respective transportation data streams. Within the marketplace, both analytics specialists and application developers can access those data streams to create a range of intelligent transport applications. In addition, IT solution providers can help local authorities manage their data assets through dashboard visualization tools and policy mechanisms that facilitate commercial, data-access services.

The winning project in the Business Transformation area is for Pitney Bowes’ SmartLink. The solution enables customers to automatically access the company’s online tools and services through a USB and benefit from automated postage rate updates, low postage alerts, AutoInk technology, usage tracking and analytics, error notifications and simple self-help tutorials.

The Healthcare award winner is Telefonica’s Remote Patient Monitoring. The system offers a communication channel between patients and healthcare professional used to inform and educate about disease, offer to patient peace of mind, allow a deeper and precise knowledge of the disease evolution and the patient’s mind. With reminders and automatic alarms generation, this solution avoids patients decompensations and consequently, unnecessary hospitalizations and clinical visits.

In the Innovation & Technology Bismart has been awarded for its Smart Social Home Care. This Big Data solution for healthcare & social services aims at predicting future demand for social services to help governments to plan budgets efficiently using data correlation of Social Services, Healthcare, Population, Economic activity, electricity and water supplies. The platform output will help approach and manage some of the challenges that urban societies face such as aged population as well as those in risk of social exclusion.

The award for the Manufacturing category goes to Infineon Technologies for their Easy Incorporation of TPMs to support mission-critical applications. The initiative enables OEMs to include a Trusted Platform Module, a highly secure, hardware-based “trust anchor” within their devices. This element then becomes the basis for establishing the authenticity and integrity of a device, its operating software, its operational state and the information that it transmits.

The winning testbed is HCL’s Surgical Kit Track & Trace that allows both medical device manufacturers and hospitals to effectively track, route and reduce surgical kit inventory that is worth billions of dollars. HCL’s addresses this problem and maintains an optimal inventory of surgical kits so as to meet the current uncertain and stringent demand.