IoT News Roundup

Predix gets traction with Exelon license, GE announces software upgrades and new acquisition; Zebra's new handheld devices work and feel like smartphones; SAP announces smart parking application and IoT product-development tools; myDevices unveils LoRa network builder; Tapestry Solutions adds IoT capabilities to software platform.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

SAP Announces New IoT-Related Products and Services
SAP last week announced that it has partnered with DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik, a parking services provider, and Bosch Service Solutions, a business process outsourcing arm of the global manufacturing company, to offer the SAP Connected Parking solution. This service leverages cloud-based software to enable parking-management systems and kiosks to use sensors, such as license plate recognition software, to control access into parking areas for large trucks or other vehicles that require regular rest stops.

Using the service, for example, long-haul truckers can reserve parking spots for their trucks in distant towns or cities prior to beginning their day's drive. Then, access-control systems scan each truck's license and allow it entry if the cloud-based system confirms a reservation has been made. In crowded transportation corridors, big-rig truckers often have difficulty finding legal, secure places to park during rest times. For fleet managers, the parking services provide visibility into each's truck's scheduled rest stop and confirms when each truck checks into and out of the secure lot.

SAP also announced last week a new development tool called the SAP IoT Application Enablement software, which provides customers with data-management and virtual-modeling services designed to enable them to create a digital twin of an IoT product. A digital twin is an enhanced virtual representation of a product, service or process, which combines sensor data, business data and contextual data. Customers can then use SAP's HANA Cloud Platform integration service to connect data from smart things with business processes and applications. SAP claims that maintaining digital twins of products can enable its customers to speed their time to market, while increasing innovation and overall customer satisfaction.

myDevices Announces Dedicated LoRa IoT Project Builder
MyDevices, which enables end users to connect devices virtually to application or platform software through the use of protocol translators, has announced a new iteration of Cayenne, its drag-and-drop IoT network-development tool. Cayenne for LoRa is designed to make it easy for end users to build a network of devices communicating via the LoRa wide-area network (LoRaWAN) protocol. LoRa operates in the 868 and 900 MHz unlicensed ISM bands in Europe and in the United States, respectively, and transmits data at a rate of 0.3 kbps to 50 kbps over distances of up to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) in rural areas of cities. Developers and organizations interested in building LoRa solution can use Cayenne for free. At the same time, any LoRa device manufacturer can bundle Cayenne with its hardware and make it freely available to its customers.

Tapestry Solutions Launches IoT Enterprise Sensor Integration Solution
Tapestry Solutions, a non-fully integrated subsidiary of Boeing and a provider of logistics and supply chain software, has launched a new software platform called Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI). Designed to help businesses tap the power of the Internet of Things, Tapestry's ESI middleware connects individuals, processes and data on factory floors, in supply chains and across an enterprise. By providing a standard infrastructure for data and analytics, ESI helps decision-makers watch inventory and assets move throughout the production process. The software synthesizes data from thermostats, as well as from temperature, pressure and humidity sensors, bar codes, active and passive RFID, Wi-Fi and GPS tags.

ESI is based on Tapestry's Automated Identification Technology - Information Management System (AIT-IMS) technology, which is deployed at 50 Boeing assembly plants and used to decrease assembly time, automate asset receipt and payment, enhance inventory management and improved quality and safety. Pricing information has not been released.

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