IoT News Roundup

MIT's mind-reading radio; Greenwave buys Predixion; Silicon Controls to link tanks, cylinders to Sigfox network; Aria Systems connects cars; GE rolling out new Industrial Internet platform.
By Claire Swedberg

Aria Systems Connects Cars Via the IoT
Aria Systems has created a Connected Vehicles solution for vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to support the use of IoT and digital offerings in its products. Aria provides cloud-based management of IoT data from connected cars, industrial equipment and fleet vehicles. The offering can also be provided as a post- or pre-sale add-on service. The service enables the monitoring, monetizing and billing of on-board diagnostics data streams and can be integrated with smartphone apps, provisioning systems, payment processes and existing accounting of GL systems.

The company reports that the service can provide users with access to on-demand vehicles, subscriptions to fleets of cars in a luxury apartment of office, or mileage tracking on public or private roads. The service also gives dealerships ratings, diagnostics, and management and marketing tools. In addition, Connected Vehicles provides customers with tools to access a vehicle's sensor-based data to enable usage-based vehicle leasing. Insurers, municipalities or urban planners could also use the tool to collect or analyze driver behaviors.

Companies such as Edmunds.com, Subaru and ZipCare Transportation are already using Connected Vehicles services, Aria reports.

GE Announces New Industrial Internet Platform
General Electric's Automation & Controls business arm introduced the Industrial Internet Control System (IICS) at its 2016 Connected Controls Symposium, held this week in Niskayuna, N.Y. The IICS, built on top of GE's RX3i and Mark Vie industrial control systems, uses GE's Field Agent ruggedized gateway, which collects sensor data from equipment and manufacturing systems. The IICS is designed to enable GE's customers to connect sensor data, via the Field Agent devices, to GE's Predix IoT platform, while also providing a means by which they can develop business-specific applications powered by Predix.

The IICS includes access to GE's Industrial Cloud Platform, a real-time process optimization and control tool, data security tools, advanced analytics software and professional services, all offered in a modular, scalable format.

GE reports that its beta IICS customers have improved the performance of their monitored assets by more than 7 percent.

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