IoT Analytics report: The journey towards successful IoT solutions

The IoT Analytics team recently published an infographic highlighting the 5-step path towards successful implementation of IoT solutions. The insights are based on more than 30 expert interviews in IoT as well as recent research.

For more information, you may refer to the Guide to IoT Solution Development.

In this 31-page guide, you will find:

  • A benchmark of eight major IoT vendors along 15 components of an IoT solution

  • Key learnings from current IoT projects

  • Three deep dives on crucial IoT aspects like security, interconnectivity, and manageability

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This post was produced in partnership with Microsoft.


General Motors plans to test thousands of driverless cars in 2018

Thousands of modified Chevrolet Bolt cars may hit the roads next year, as part of a major deployment by General Motors to test its self-driving system on public roads.

GM, along with ridesharing app Lyft, will test the cars and possibly pick up members of the public, similar to Uber’s self-driving program in Pennsylvania and Arizona, according to a report from Reuters.

The program will supposedly be split between Lyft and GM’s car-sharing service, Maven.

The deployment of thousands of self-driving vehicles on public roads may improve the public’s perception of the technology. It could also boost GM’s standing in the self-driving industry, where it is currently perceived as behind Google’s Waymo, Tesla, and Uber.

GM has not commented on the report, Lyft also declined to comment.

GM has made a few major moves to ensure it does not fall behind in the self-driving race, including the near $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automation, the $500 million paid for a minority stake in Lyft, and new billion dollar research facilities.

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Even with these major investments, GM has yet to show the same levels of progress and sophistication that its self-driving rivals are capable of. It does, however, have a few dozen Chevrolet Bolt cars on San Francisco roads, which are reaching Level 3 autonomy.

GM has not been as detailed in its plans for the future as Ford and Tesla, who have both said they want to achieve Level 4 autonomy in the next few years. This major deployment of test cars could be a signal that GM wants to remove humans from the driving experience, replacing car ownership with rental and taxi services.


Reliance Jio Confirms Home Broadband Trials and it has more than 100 million users

Reliance Jio Confirms Home Broadband Trials and it has more than 100 million users

Reliance Jio Infocomm is currently witnessing the largest migration from free to paid services in history, RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said in a statement on Monday.

Jio, which kicked off operations on September 5, 2016, added 108.9 million subscribers on the network as of March 31, 2017.

Reliance Jio Confirms Home Broadband Trials and it has more than 100 million users
Reliance Jio Confirms Home Broadband Trials and it has more than 100 million users

“Jio is committed to provide its customers the highest quality and the world’s most affordable data and voice services,” Ambani said.

During the fourth quarter, the company continued to solve its interconnection congestion issues with the leading telecom operators. “There has been noteworthy improvement in local access in recent weeks. While NLD interconnection remains an issue in some service areas, Jio is committed to solving this at the earliest and hopes for co-operation from the other operators,” the telco said.

Jio, which has the world’s largest greenfield 4G LTE wireless broadband network, with over 100,000 mobile towers, will add another 100,000 towers to the network in the coming months. It is the only operator which has deployed pan-India LTE network across the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2300MHz bands, giving it tremendous capacity advantage.

The telco had earlier this year launched Jio Prime Membership for its initial customers. Jio Prime members are getting unlimited benefits, along with host of other benefits for a nominal, one-time enrolment fee of Rs 99. Within a month of announcing the Jio Prime Offer, over 72 million Jio customers signed up for JIO PRIME.

Jio further announced its Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plan starting at Rs 309. Rs 309 pans offers unlimited SMS, calling and data (1GB per day at 4G speed) for 3 months on first recharge. The company also announced the Rs 509 plan with 2GB perday data.

“In order to smoothen the migration from free to paid services, Jio has implemented simple, affordable and regulatory compliant plans in customer interest,” the telco said.

Jio recently launched International roaming service, which is available across the world.

Jio also said that it is observing over 110 crore GB of data traffic per month and 220 crore voice and video minutes a day, becoming the largest network globally in terms of data carried and contributed to India becoming the leading country in the world for mobile data usage.

Jio users are today consuming nearly as much data as on all the mobile networks in the USA and 50% more data than mobile networks in China, the telco added.

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Official press render of Meizu E2 leaks out now

Meizu is expected to unveil a new smartphone on 26th April which is the Meizu E2. We have already seen some leaks about the upcoming Meizu smartphone. It was recently leaked in some real life images.

Now we have got one more evidence of it’s existence. The smartphone was leaked many time recently with full images. But now we have got the HD official render of Meizu E2 in our hands. It shows Meizu E2 from back side with a new Quad LED flash. There is a new camera sensor with a different position. The design is what we get from major​ smartphones today.

Leaked specifications:

  • 5.2-inch HD (1280x720p) display

  • 1.3GHz Octa-Core 64-bit processor

  • 2GB/3GB/4GB of RAM

  • 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage with microSD card slot

  • 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash

  • 5MP front camera

  • Android Marshmallow with Flyme OS 6.0

  • Fingerprint scanner​

  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS

  • 2930mAh battery with fast charging


KeyMe aims to replace locksmiths with kiosks in more cities

Beyond the big expansion, KeyMe’s new kiosks can now copy virtually any type of key, key fob or car key (including transponders). Brass keys cost $2.99 depending on the type. Non-transponder car keys start at $19.99, while fob and transponder keys cost between $69.99-$89.99. That’s far cheaper than a typical locksmith, who can charge hundreds of dollars for an emergency call. It’s also much cheaper than replacing car keys at a dealership. KeyMe claims it’s the first and only kiosk to support around 85 percent of all automotive keys on the market, including modern fob keys, but it takes the company up to two days to ship new copies.

Naturally, security is a major concern with technology like this. You’re essentially uploading a blueprint of your keys to the cloud, which is vulnerable to hackers. There’s also the possibility someone will take your keys and try to make copies for themselves. KeyMe said it provides a “closed loop” security trail with its technology, however. It keeps a detailed transaction history for every key made, along with a financial paper trail. It also uses fingerprint encryption for access to all scanned keys.

If you want to try KeyMe out, you can find kiosks at certain retailers across the US, including 7-Eleven, Albertsons, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kmart, Sears and Rite Aid. You can see a full list of locations here.


Apple’s huge threat to Uber boss

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick. Picture: Paul Sakluma

UBER boss Travis Kalanick has been a very naughty chief executive at times.

The CEO of the world-conquering ride sharing app has seen no shortage of controversies in his rise to the top. He was filmed berating one of his drivers over a fare, been compelled to hire a former US Attorney General to carry out an investigation into sexual harassment at the company, and penned an open letter to employees admitting that he needs to grow up.

But perhaps nothing captures the turbulence of his leadership better than a tense meeting Mr Kalanick endured with Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2015.

The previously unreported meeting was a moment the Uber boss was dreading and when the two Silicon Valley heavyweights were in the room together it was fraught with tension, according to an in-depth feature by The New York Times.

“So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Mr Cook said in his calm, Southern tone, the paper reported.

The problem was Uber had deliberately broken Apple’s rules when it comes to the App Store in a plan that was destined to come unstuck but was nonetheless impressive in its audacity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly gave Uber CEO a serious dressing down over its app shenanigans. Picture: Bernd Thissen

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly gave Uber CEO a serious dressing down over its app shenanigans. Picture: Bernd ThissenSource:AFP

Uber was pulling a fast one on Apple and using software to identify iPhones even after their owners deleted the app, or even wiped the phone completely. It’s known as fingerprinting and it’s not an overly uncommon technique in the tech world and is often used in anti-fraud measures. But it does breach the rules Apple sets out for clients using its App Store.

If you uninstall an app that uses fingerprinting, it leaves behind a small piece of code that can be used as an identifier if the app is ever reinstalled on the device.

In order to prevent Apple from finding out, Mr Kalanick ordered a his engineers to “geofence” Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, the Times reported.

He had them set up a way to digitally identify when someone was reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location and obfuscate the code they were looking at, effectively creating something akin to a force field of deception.

Eventually Apple cottoned on, hence the uncomfortable 2015 meeting.

In the session, Apple CEO Tim Cook played the ultimate trump card. He told Mr Kalanick to cut it out or he would yank the Uber app from the Apple Store — a move that would all but cripple the service.

Of course, the Uber CEO acquiesced.

It’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission, as the old adage goes. And it’s clearly a philosophy that Mr Kalanick has embraced during his time turning Uber into arguably the most disruptive global company in the iPhone era.

Uber has spread to more than 70 countries and achieved an eye-watering market valuation of $92 billion, as it continues to grow.

During that time Mr Kalanick has shown a willingness, if not an eagerness, to flout laws and government regulations, exploit legal grey areas and even deceive law enforcement agencies for his own benefit.

In some cases it has paid dividends, but in others like the run in with Apple, it has brought the company to the edge of potential disaster.

From sexual harassment allegations to social media opposition, Uber’s steered off the road. WSJ’s Lee Hawkins explains the company’s missteps. Photo/video: Drew Evans/The Wall Street Journal.


Jimmy Wales’ Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism

With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going to have to be involved somewhere along the line.

Step forward a new project from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Today he launches a crowd-funding campaign for Wikitribune. This will be a “wiki-style” attack on the purveyors of fake news by teaming up professional journalists and community contributors to produce “fact-checked, global news stories”.

What Wales is hoping is that an army of contributors will help individual journalists vet the facts using a variety of sources such as full transcripts, video and audio interviews.

The content will be free and the business model based on monthly subscriptions by communities which commission the journalists. Wales hopes advertising won’t ever be a part of the project in fact.

How the funding will work is that communities of interest will effectively sponsor the professional journalists to go get news in an area they care about. But the journalists will still have to behave independently. Quite what happens if they come up with news their subscribers don’t like isn’t quite clear yet. However, supporters will be able to “advise” on the topics that they want Wikitribune to pursue. So in theory any contentious issues might, hopefully, not be too serious.

The crowd funding campaign launches by pre-selling monthly support packages to fund the first Wikitribune journalists, with the first issue of Wikitribune following once the money is banked and salaries can be offered.

It will launch in English, with other languages coming after, as funds allow.

In a statement Wales said “Wikitribune is news by the people and for the people. This will be the first time that professional journalists and citizen journalists will work side-by-side as equals writing stories as they happen, editing them live as they develop and at all times backed by a community checking and re-checking all facts.”

In an interview with TechCrunch he said: “Past attempts at citizen journalism, did do some things well but other things not so well. So the idea is to try find a balance between community and journalism with the community and journalists working side by side as equals in specific topic areas.”

For example the the bitcoin community could fund Wikitribune journalists to cover bitcoin and the blockchain in a more accurate and considered manner than mainstream journalists. “So there’s a real incentive for people to subscribe,” he said.

While the site is launching as the UK general election campaign begins, Wales said the idea came after he saw what had happened in the US and how fake news had helped Donald Trump into power.

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