Eurotech: On edge computing trends, the future of Industry 4.0, and bringing it all together

Edge computing, seen by many industry pundits and analysts as a key piece of the jigsaw in enabling technological convergence, is at a tipping point today. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan, by 2022 90% of industrial enterprises will be utilising edge computing.

Many technology vendors are therefore advocating edge's potential - but others have been exploring this frontier for much longer. Eurotech, a provider of embedded boards and modules, edge computers and IoT...

Shifting smart priorities amid the Covid-19 pandemic: A guide

Across the globe, governments have fast tracked the use of mobile and IoT technologies in the fight against Coronavirus. At the same time, leading cities are supporting shared bike schemes and dedicated cycle routes. They are also evaluating the viability of public transport systems where ridership has decreased by as much as 90% in some places.

As passengers gradually return to public and private sector transport systems, service providers need to deal with changed priorities....

TM Forum explores using IOTA for trusted Industry 4.0 solutions

Telecoms industry association TM Forum has announced it's exploring the use of IOTA for trusted next-generation IIoT solutions.

IOTA is often mistakenly called a blockchain. The core purpose is similar, it's essentially a trusted ledger, but one which uses a DAG (Directed Acyclic Graph) structure called the Tangle in a bid to offer the scalability required for large IoT deployments.

TM Forum has launched Mega Catalyst, a project which aims to build a "completely trusted...

Delivering Industrial IoT at scale through out-of-the-box eSIM connectivity: A guide

Case study When it comes to connectivity, OEMs tasked with creating industrial IoT and M2M solutions, and the companies and enterprises that purchase and then deploy these solutions, face a number of challenges. Ease of design, integration, and testing are key at the development stage, while the ability to quickly roll out, at scale, across different geographies – or to accommodate movement between regions – can be paramount during implementation. And, unlike many consumer products,...

Microsoft acquires CyberX to bolster Azure IoT security

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of IoT security specialist CyberX to beef up Azure IoT's capabilities and help customers assess their risk profile across industrial environments.

CyberX, which will complement existing Azure IoT security offerings, aims to solve two specific challenges, according to a blog post from Microsoft announcing the news. Customers need greater visibility into the IoT devices already connected to their networks, as well as manage security on...

HMS Networks: On enabling 5G for factories – and sorting the question of ownership

The promise of 5G technologies in factory settings, as well as other industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, is significant.

For some at the front line of the industry, 5G is the missing piece of the jigsaw which unlocks Industry 4.0. From the original industrial revolution, to mass production, to automation, the next step requires something stronger. As a 2019 Gartner report puts it, 5G 'will transform the manufacturing industry through CSPs' advanced network-based...

Microsoft beats Amazon and Huawei to top spot for IoT platforms, says Counterpoint

Microsoft has been ranked the number one IoT platform provider ahead of Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to analysis from Counterpoint Research - as the largest cloud providers see success in extending their IoT capabilities to the edge.

The report, put together using Counterpoint's CORE rating - competitive rankings and evaluation - saw the Redmond giant take the gold medal based across eight components. Vendors were analysed on adoption and outlook, ecosystem growth,...

Cradlepoint: Why base hits, rather than home runs, showcase smart cities’ potential for now

"We believe that if the world can go wireless, it will," explains Ken Hosac, vice president of IoT strategy and business development at Cradlepoint. Yet it is by no means a seamless passage into a new wireless world.

Cradlepoint, with headquarters in Boise, Idaho, looks at some of the tougher connectivity challenges in the company's quest - enabling enterprises to use cellular through a mix of cloud-delivered services and on-premise platforms.

"We're finding that our...

Frank Stoecker, CEO, EMnify: On how IoT will prove mission-critical during – and after – Covid-19

As the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to be felt, many networks and services need to cope with the extra strain being put upon them. For cloud services, some are already feeling the heat - recent outages with Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and others point to that.

With regard to other companies, however, the effects are less stark. EMnify, a Berlin-headquartered provider of IoT and M2M connectivity, sees relatively stable activity on its network. Why? For the use cases that...

Actility collaborates with Akenza to enhance ThingPark Wireless IoT connectivity platform

French M2M and IoT service provider Actility is looking to add even more value to its IoT connectivity platform ThingPark Wireless by partnering with Swiss provider Akenza.

ThingPark Wireless is Actility’s multi-technology IoT connectivity platform for public and private Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). The collaboration would now allow Actility clients to natively integrate their accounts into the Akenza Core and completely manage their IoT device fleet and...