IoT News Roundup

EVRYTHNG seeks to disrupt the IoT gateway; KeyPOD keeps an eye on heavy equipment; Bosch announces IoT Cloud; GE makes Predix generally available, releases new UI; CALLUP offers new SIM management service.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Mar 11, 2016

EVRYTHNG Seeks to Simply IoT Device Management
EVRYTHNG, whose cloud-based management platform creates and maintains digital identities for physical objects, has launched THNGHUB, a service designed to enable any Linux device, including set-top-boxes and network access points, to function as an Internet of Things hub. Rather than a discrete piece of hardware dedicated to a specific protocol or application, THNGHUB uses software to offer product manufacturers a means of connecting IoT devices to the Web—as long as the hardware running THNGHUB supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee or whatever other radio a user's IoT device uses.

The company says it is targeting home and enterprise application service providers such as utilities, telecommunications companies or insurers These businesses could use THNGHUB to deliver applications and services, and could choose to load the software on new devices or have customers install it onto existing devices via an upgrade.

According to EVRYTHNG, THNGHUB software uses open Web application programming interfaces (APIs) to simplify product control and monitoring, and supports any wireless communications protocol, including Apple's HomeKit and Google's Weave.

Gooee, a manufacturer of sensor-enabled lighting components, which said last year that it was licensing EVRYTHNG's software, is an early customer of the THNGHUB software, according to Fortune.

KeyPOD Keeps Tabs on Equipment Use
OEM Data Delivery, a provider of fleet-management services for the construction industry, has launched an equipment-tracking and -management system called KeyPOD, designed to help fleet managers and equipment owners control access to off-highway machinery, improve compliance with safety inspections and ensure timely maintenance of the equipment. The keypad device, which is linked to OEM's Equipchat fleet-management database over a cellular network, is mounted on a piece of equipment and controls its ignition.

An operator can access equipment by keying his or her passcode into KeyPOD, which then verifies the code via Equipchat. If the operator has permission to use the equipment, the KeyPOD unlocks it. If the person is not authorized, the KeyPOD device keeps the equipment locked down.

KeyPOD also tracks each piece of equipment's location and hours of operation and forwards this information to the fleet manager, along with logs of all codes entered into the keypad, via e-mail.

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