IoT News Roundup

McKinsey Global Institute offers rosy forecast, with warnings, for IoT market; Curb's crowdfunding off to strong start; M2M service provider Aeris to launch analytics software tools; Fujitsu turns to IQP Corp. for app development.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 29, 2015

McKinsey Foresees $11.1 Trillion IoT Market by 2025
Economic impacts from Internet of Things technologies could reach $11.1 trillion by 2025, according to a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). But the study's authors say that the technologies comprising the IoT are being underutilized, especially for commercial uses and in developing countries.

McKinsey determined that despite the greater attention consumer-facing IoT applications receive, Internet of Things technologies will have a far greater impact on the business world. Business-to-business applications could generate nearly 70 percent of the potential value enabled by the IoT, the authors claim.

But a lack of compatibility between IoT systems, they say, is a major inhibitor to success. They note that 40 to 60 percent of the IoT's potential impacts are dependent upon interoperability between systems.

The report also asserts that end users of IoT systems must do a better job of utilizing the data they collect. As an example, it says, "only 1 percent of data from an oil rig with 30,000 sensors is examined. The data that are used today are mostly for anomaly detection and control, not optimization and prediction, which provide the greatest value."

The report, titled "The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype," is available for download here.

Curb Home Energy Product Launched
Austin, Texas-based startup Curb has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund its eponymous product, an energy-savings tool composed of a hub device mounted inside or next to a home's breaker box, as well as wired sensors snapped onto breakers. The hub transmits energy-usage data, via the home's broadband Internet connection, either through Ethernet over Power (enabled by a small receiver plugged into an outlet near the home router, which is provided) or through an Ethernet cable, to the home's Internet router and then to Curb's cloud-based servers. Homeowners can then use the Curb app on their smartphones or computers to monitor their energy usage in real time, and to receive alerts if any breaker indicates higher-than-normal use.

The app shows a breakdown of the energy use and costs, based on appliance, device or zone. An alert feature lets homeowners know if consumption patterns may indicate that an appliance is not functioning properly or may soon fail. It also offers bill estimates based on usage and suggestions for changing behaviors in order to converse more energy. Curb says it plans to develop partnerships with smart home product manufacturers in order to integrate controls of those devices into the Curb app. In that way, a homeowner could use the app to, for instance, change the set temperature of a smart home heating or air conditioning system.

At one week into the Indiegogo campaign, Curb has already raised $40,000 to fund the product—well past its $25,000 goal. Curb is made in three different configurations: Lite, Pro and Duo. The Lite version plugs into only six circuits, is designed for use in apartments and costs $249. The Pro model has 18 circuit leads and costs $299. Curb offers a 20 percent discount when professional home energy service providers purchase 10 Curb Pro units. The Curb Duo, for $549, is simply a two-pack of the 18-lead devices and is designed for large homes containing multiple breaker boxes.

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