How pet activity tracking inspired an enterprise IoT mobile app

For wearable and connected devices, the pet market is an interesting and increasing one. Whether it is to assess your pet's health, activity, or safety, various IoT technologies can be employed, from RFID sensors, to GPS trackers, to Bluetooth. IoT News reviewed one such product, PoochPlay, back in 2018.

It is the latter which PixelPlex, a development and consulting company focused on blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT technologies among others, used in a project...

Gartner: Global semiconductor revenue grew 10.4% in 2020

It's official: the semiconductor industry suffered more than most with the initial effects of Covid-19, but there was a recovery by the end of the year.

Gartner has published its final results and closed the book on 2020 global semiconductor revenue, reporting a total of $466.2 billion for last year. This represents an increase of 10.4% from 2019.

In terms of specific vendors, Intel retained its position at the top, seeing growth of 7.4% to secure 15.6% market share at...

Analysing one provider’s approach to the Internet of Things for healthcare

A report from Business Insider last year looked at an area described as the 'Internet of Medical Things' (IoMT). Its remit naturally focused around connectivity and IoT devices in hospitals and wider healthcare. The report argued the market would grow to an  estimated $158 billion by 2022.

Writing for this publication this time last year, Asim Rahal noted that, in spite of the positive figures, a clear disparity remains. "IoT devices both in and out of hospitals have become...

Two in three electricity meters in North America are now smart, says Berg Insight

The penetration of smart electricity meters in North America hit 68% in 2020, according to IoT analyst Berg Insight.

According to the company's forecast, the installed base of smart electricity meters will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% between 2019 and 2025. This will mean a total of 153.8 million units at the end of the projection.

Canada will be a more advanced market than the United States, with 92% penetration and 84% by 2025...

Cellular IoT module revenue sees 8% quarterly rise but small YoY drop, says Counterpoint

Worldwide cellular IoT module revenue increased by 8% over the most recent quarter - but saw a small year on year decline for Q3 2020, according to Counterpoint Research.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm's Global Cellular IoT Module and Chipset Tracker, noted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the market. All regions, apart from the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Latin America and South Korea saw an increase in revenue.

Of the separate segments, NB-IoT...

The story of semiconductors in 2020: Why initial gloom gave way to optimism

When the coronavirus pandemic hit worldwide back in the spring, market research and analysis on the global semiconductor industry had a more than downbeat flavour to it. But now, the mood appears to have shifted.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), at the beginning of March, noted worldwide sales for the month of January 2020 were 0.3% down from 12 months previously. Gartner had noted in its preliminary results, issued in January, that worldwide semiconductor revenue had...

Berg Insight affirms hyperscaler influence on IoT platform space – but room for innovation remains

The hyperscale cloud providers - Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud, and one or two others depending on your definition - have their fingers in many technological pies. Internet of Things (IoT) application platforms are no different, as a new note from Berg Insight explains.

The analyst firm has argued the global market for IoT device management and application enablement platforms hit $2 billion in 2019. The overall market 'is in a...

How Switzerland is continuing its innovation heritage in the field of IoT

The most recent Global Innovation Index (GII), released in September, was a report which in the main urged caution. As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption around the globe, Francis Gurry, CEO of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the report arbiter, noted the coronavirus 'requires fresh thinking to ensure a shared victory.'

While some aspects of the report were new, others remained the same. Switzerland's place at the top of the list should not come as a...

Q&A: Michelle James, CTIA: On best practice for smart cities and the impact of Covid-19

If you take a look at any news site whose coverage focuses on smart cities - of which IoT News' is a very good example - then you will see many different areas under the microscope, from transportation and driverless cars, to smart buildings, to robotics. Central to making this work, therefore, is a viable plan - and the wireless communications trade association CTIA feels as though it has one.

The association has a smart cities playbook (pdf), which in its own words helps bring...

How industries can take an IoT-enabled approach to contact tracing

In the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, countries around the globe have comparatively few weapons at their disposal. In the absence of a vaccine, mandating social distancing and correct hygiene is one tool, while the other is accurate tracking and tracing positive cases.

While the US has guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the UK at least, the official contact tracing app has been beset by problems.

For businesses looking to...