IoT News Roundup

Insecure IoT devices helped take down list of popular websites; Vodafone expanding connectivity offerings via satellite coverage; Jabil, Verizon Ventures invest in Verdigris; Autodesk integrates predicative maintenance software into Fusion platform; YunOS to use Gemalto identity-management services for IoT devices; Kontakt.io opens beacon showroom in Berlin; Orange Launches Datavenue Service Worldwide.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Kontakt.io Opens Beacon Showroom in Berlin

Kontakt.io, a provider of Bluetooth beacon hardware, has opened a showroom in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany. The center, known as Proximity Studio, opened its doors on Oct. 18 and will ultimately feature demonstrations of up to 100 different beacon applications designed for use cases in a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, education, transportation and hospitality. Kontakt.io consultants staff the studio in order to provide guidance and assistance in developing proof-of-concept projects for interested customers. Kontakt.io has also partnered with a number of service providers, such as mobile application developers Xponia and Proxama, to demonstrate products and solutions in the studio.

Orange Launches Datavenue Service Worldwide

Orange Business Services, an IT and communications services provider and an arm of the telecommunications firm Orange, has announced the global availability of its Datavenue service, a program designed to help its customers launch and maintain IoT networks. Orange Business Services initially launched Datavenue in France in 2015. The service is offered via four modules: Select, Connect, Manage and Control.

Through the Select module, customers work with Orange consultants to determine the most relevant objects to be used in an Internet of Things network, as well the targeted data to be collected. Orange works with partners to help those customers source sensors, cameras or other hardware used to connect assets to an IoT network.

The Connect module commissions the selected devices to a desired network, which is selected based on the customer's needs and use cases. Orange provides cellular network connectivity, but also access to a range of other options, including satellite networks or low-power wide-area network solutions, such as LoRa.

The Manage module gives customers real-time access to data derived from the IoT network, through Orange's cloud-based and on-premises software solutions, encompassing remote device management, processing and visualization.

Finally, the Control module provides end-to-end security and data protection, integration with information systems and service scalability.

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