IOT News Roundup
Caterpillar partnering with Uptake for predictive analytics; Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel creating startup incubator; survey shows strong interest in business-focused IoT systems; DecaWave launches RTLS evaluation kit.
Mar 13, 2015—
Caterpillar Inks Deal With Predictive Analytics Firm Uptake
Caterpillar's goal is to make the resulting platform and services available to its sales network, for both Cat and non-Cat branded products, with the aim of enabling its customers to monitor and optimize their fleets. In a statement, Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar's chairman and CEO, said, "We want to empower our customers with the insight necessary to shift from a reactive 'repair after failure' mode to a proactive 'repair before failure' stance."
Through its Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) subsidiary, Caterpillar has already been working with Uptake since last year. Uptake provides EMD with locomotive-related predictive diagnostics services.
Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel Announce Joint Startup Program
The program will bring together resources from existing startup initiatives within the organizations, including Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR), Intel Business Challenge Europe and hub:raum powered by Deutsche Telekom. Interested startups can apply at www.challengeup.eu. The application period will end on May 25.
Survey Indicates Strong Interest in Business Solutions
The survey includes a wide range of questions based on how the developers are approaching architecture, interface and data storage, as well as where they think the IoT-based solution will have the most impact. Among the queried developers, 23 percent reported having no IoT-related projects currently in the pipeline. Focusing on other priorities was the leading reason for this, but 25 percent of the group with no IoT project underway said they lacked a budget for such an effort, while 18 percent indicated they lacked the required skills and 17 percent cited a lack of demand for an IoT-related product or solution.
DecaWave Launches Real-Time Location System Evaluation Kit
The TREK1000 kit contains four DecaWave EVB1000 evaluation boards, which can both receive and transmit signals, and allow users to set up and evaluate the technology for a range of use cases, such as asset tracking, geo-fencing and wayfinding. The kit also comes with software to configure the boards and view their location on a map of the test area. It is available from Digikey or Semiconductorestore.com for $999.
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