IoT News Roundup

ABI Research gives sunny outlook for beacon industry; Electric Imp debuts vertical platform for manufacturing; CNET decides smart home could use some work; ThingWorx 7.0 features new device-management tools.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

PTC Introduces Upgrades to ThingWorx Platform
Product design software provider PTC has announced the availability of ThingWorx 7, the latest version of its IoT platform. New features include an enhanced set of tools for managing connected products, new analytics capabilities, support of public cloud computing, and simplified platform components designed to make it easier for developers to use their preferred tools to experiment with, prototype and develop new IoT solutions.

The new platform includes pre-built tools for its ThingWorx Utilities (formerly ThingWorx Converge) device-management layer. These tools are designed to help companies manage, monitor and extract data from their products. A connected device-management tool lets users define and provision device attributes into custom dashboards to visualize the status and performance of the connected products once they are deployed.

An alert-management module can be used to pool alerts from distributed connected products, making it easier for companies to identify when a product isn't functioning as expected. Remote access and control tools enable users to troubleshoot problems, and to provide operator assistance and training. In addition, the new software content management tool enables users to distribute digital content, such as operating system updates, application upgrades and software patches, to connected devices.

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