IoT News Roundup

Yahoo Japan enables indoor mapping in train stations; HPE announce new IoT products, services; OSIsoft to provide smart grid services in China; FTC offers NTIA comments on IoT.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 10, 2016

Yahoo Japan Releases Upgraded App With IndoorAtlas
In March 2016, we reported that IndoorAtlas, a Finnish company that sells novel location-tracking software for indoor applications, had inked a deal with Yahoo Japan through which Yahoo Japan will employ IndoorAtlas' geomagnetic position technology to map indoor spaces and provide indoor location-based services in Japan. Now, Yahoo Japan has updated its Yahoo Map mobile phone application to support IndoorAtlas' technology, which consumers can use to determine their location, or they can use the map application to navigate inside three railway terminals in Tokyo: the Shinjuku, Shibuya and Tokyo stations.

Users will not need to make any selections or interact with the map application once they enter the stations. The application will automatically switch from using the cellular network to determine location while outdoors, to using IndoorAtlas' technology in conjunction with their phones' geomagnetic sensors to navigate inside the three stations. Position accuracy using IndoorAtlas is to within 1 to 2 meters (3.3 to 6.6 feet) and the technology does not require Bluetooth beacons or Wi-Fi hotspots.

The Tokyo metropolitan area, home to 38 million people, is the world's fourth largest smartphone market. According to IndoorAtlas, 10 million people downloaded Yahoo Japan's map application in March, alone.

New IoT-Focused Services, Partnerships from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
At its Discover conference in Las Vegas this week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced two new additions to its HPE Edgeline IoT gateway products. The Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000 integrate data-capture, control, compute and storage functions to help organizations move more of their data-analysis and computing functions down from the cloud, to the edge of the network. The devices are designed to handle shock, vibration and extreme temperatures in industrial environments.

Both devices support Aruba's Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) VPN client, which can be used to secure traffic back to the data center and is available for both commercial and high-security government IoT applications. The Edgeline EL4000 also runs the HPE Vertica Analytics Platform, which provides historical and predictive analytics, using in-database machine-learning algorithms.

HPE also introduced the HPE IoT Transformation workshop (TW), designed to help customers set a strategy for IoT technology deployment. HPE says the service "takes a fact-based, analytical approach to help customers achieve alignment on their vision, identify current and future states, and determine a set of specific transformational IoT projects."

Lastly, HPE is collaborating with National Instruments to help companies that use NI's Big Analog Data service and the NI DataFinder Server Edition software to run them on HPE Moonshot servers. HPE and GE Digital also announced a strategic agreement to package HPE's IoT services with GE's industrial IoT Predix platform. The companies say they'll work together to provide clients with industrial analytics, both on premises and in the cloud.

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