IoT News Roundup
Cisco ramps up software to analyze torrents of IoT-derived data; Link Labs, Semtech collaborate on long-range radio module; Spansion, Sensoplex fast-tracking wearables development; O3b launches new satellites to bring broadband to developing world.
Dec 19, 2014—
Cisco Announces Software, Services for IoT-related Analytics
The analytics software is part of a larger "fog computing" initiative within Cisco to push more computational power to the edge of IoT networks, rather than in the cloud. In line with this, the Connected Analytics software is built to run on Cisco's IOx platform, which enables software applications to run directly on Cisco industrial networked-devices, such as routers, switches and other devices.
Cisco's Consulting Services arm estimates that analytics will drive 38 percent of what it expects will be a $19 trillion IoT market throughout the next decade. Cisco also recently released findings from a global survey of 1,230 individuals who work in manufacturing, the public sector, transportation, retail, oil and gas, utilities, metals or mining. Roughly half hold information technology jobs, while the other half are employed in operational technology positions. Forty percent of survey respondents said they consider their biggest hurdle in deriving actionable insights from data collected through IoT systems to be the inability to interpret and analyze the information. The survey found the same percentage of respondents expect that most of their IoT-derived data will be processed at the edge of their networks (in line with Cisco's fog-computing model), rather than centrally, by 2017.
LinkLabs, Semtech Collaborate on Long-Range Radio Module for Wireless Sensors
Thanks to the certification, a third party could integrate the radio module into a wireless sensor without having to run the product through FCC or IC certification tests. The radio has a range of more than 9 miles in a rural environment, and around 3 miles in urban settings. Sensors with Semtech radios can operate for up to 10 years before the device's battery becomes depleted, the company reports, based on usage patterns. Semtech employs spread spectrum radio modulation, which sends signals across a wide bandwidth and at low power. The firm markets its radio for uses in long-range wireless sensors for such applications as utility metering, security systems, lighting controls and fuel supply tracking.
Senet, which provides fuel-tank monitoring services, uses Semtech's 868 MHz radio module in its sensors that measure fuel levels inside propane and oil tanks used for building heat, for example. The LL-LP-20 comes with Semtech's LoRaMAC software stack for integration with the LoRa partner ecosystem.
Spansion, Sensoplex Partnering to Fast-Track Wearable Technology Development
O3b Adds Four Satellites to Its Low-Altitude Satellite Network
Positioning its satellites in middle orbit allows O3b to reduce round-trip data transmission times to 150 milliseconds or less, which decreases signal latency enough to support cloud applications, streaming video or multi-user online games. The company is deploying satellites to a coverage zone spanning the 45-degree north and south latitudes, which it says will allow it to deliver its services to almost all emerging-markets countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Bringing reliable broadband services to these markets, the company reports, will create a foundation for a wide range of potential Internet of Things applications.
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