IOT Still at the Top on the list of Favorite Technologies IOT Still at the Top on the list of Favorite Technologies

CES 2018 roundup: IoT still at the top on the list of favorite technologies

CES 2018 roundup: IoT still at the top on the list of favorite technologies
Author : Nikhil Acharya   Posted :

The business world kicked off 2018 with the international Consumer Electronics Show or CES (for short) from 9 to 12 January. The event attracted more than 3,900 exhibitors who presented their technologies to approximately 170,000 attendees under a single roof. The event showcased many emerging technologies that businesses are effectively leveraging. However, out of all these technologies, IoT was still leading as the favorite business technology in comparison with other showcased hi-tech stuff.
In this article, we shall have a look at some of the major announcements made by the leading pioneers of IoT technology and how they are implementing it for their client’s businesses.

Senet and Sagemcom Partner demonstrated LoRaWAN™ Geolocation at CES 2018


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A leading provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platform and network build-out provider for Internet of Things -Senet is all set to partner with Sagemcom, a European leader of high value-added smart terminals market, demonstrated LoRaWan geological services at CES 2018.

“LoRaWAN geolocation brings a strong disruption in the asset management and logistic markets and is a viable commercial technology for a wide variety of IoT applications where GPS is cost and/or battery life prohibitive.” –Eric Rieul, CEO Sagemcom Energy and Telecom SAS.

It is noticeable that LoRaWAN supports GPS free geolocations and can be used as an alternative to BLE for indoor location. The device sends a signal to three different gateways so as to triangulate a position and offers accuracy up to 100m. LoRaWAN is a great solution for LoRa sensors without GPS as LoRaWAN geolocation is low-power so will not drain batteries quickly.

EnOcean demonstrated self-powered wireless IoT solutions

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EnOcean, one of the major leaders in wireless technology, demonstrated self-powered wireless solutions for the Internet of Things. The company showcased wireless switches and sensors for Bluetooth based wireless energy harvesting solutions. Also the wireless standard on sub 1 GHz band by EnOcean was demonstrated at their booth. EnOcean’s battery-less devices facilitate customers to manage and maintain large amount of data generated by the sensors in an IoT system. It also provides highly flexible and maintenance-free applications for global use in building automation, smart homes, LED lighting control and industrial applications. If we look at this, battery-less and self-powered wireless switches and sensors make an IoT solution more energy efficient and more cost-effective.

Toyota announced the introduction of Amazon Alexa in its vehicles

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Toyota, is also incorporating IoT in its cars.

The car maker is going to incorporate Amazon Alexa within select Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota models having the Entune 3.0 infotainment system, and Lexus models with the Enform 2.0 system will get Alexa capabilities soon. With the huge connectivity domain, Alexa can allow to connect several third-party smart home products for added ease and comfort to use.

“Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go,” Zack Hicks, Chief Information Officer, Toyota.

Samsung DRVLINE™ Platform

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“The cars of tomorrow won’t just change how we get around, they’ll transform our streets and society. They’ll bring mobility to people who need it, make our roads safer, and revolutionize our communities,” Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board at HARMAN.

HARMAN and Samsung alliance introduced its new Samsung DRVLINE™ platform for connected car solution. The company introduced their product as a go-to partner for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers in the autonomous driving market. It widely provides automakers with a telematics solution that is compatible with 5G connectivity.

Samsung’s announcement at CES comes after a year of historic firsts for the company. The announcement includes: an $8 billion acquisition of connected technologies company HARMAN and the creation of a joint automotive Strategic Business Unit; the establishment of a $300 million Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund; and a series of investments and partnerships designed to promote collaboration in the automotive sector.

Bosch to enter into smart city market

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IoT has laid the foundation of the connected city and tech giants like Bosch are gazing the potential that the market holds. It is for this reason that Bosch is investing a huge amount on smart city solutions and is planning to step into it with Climo. Climo would enhance smart city solutions by measuring air-quality parameters in real time. Smart cities require a combination of IoT, AI, and data analytics to connect a wide variety of devices together while making use of the data these devices collect. Flexible IoT platforms will be especially useful as they must be able to manage and monitor a wide array of devices.

“Bosch recognized this potential early on. Even now, more than half our electronic product classes are web-enabled – and the aim is for this to be 100% by 2020. Not only that: for each of our products, we want to offer accompanying services.”  Dr Stefan Hartung, Member of board of management, Robert Bosch GmbH

Quanergy and Cisco announced a Smart City collaboration

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Cisco and Quanergy partnership will leverage LiDAR to promote Cisco’s Connected Roadway efforts. Technologies like this Smart Connected Roadway Solution are important to bring the concept of “smart city” to life. Using sensors, they are able to track and gain insights of the type and quantity of vehicles, traffic patterns, and pedestrian flow. This tech has the capability to vastly improve the safety of vehicles and pedestrians as well as provide more efficient traffic management.

“The goal of the Cisco Connected Roadway solution is to harness the power of technology and edge computing to promote faster data analysis and communication amongst vehicles, drivers, lighting and connected signage to help keep pedestrians, drivers and road workers safe,” Alison Gleeson, Senior Vice President of the Americas, Cisco.

Qualcomm’s Home Hub Platforms


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Qualcomm announced two Qualcomm Home Hub platforms supporting Google’s Android Things.

“Our Home Hub platforms using Android Things are able to integrate the necessary technologies, with support for voice interfaces, connectivity to several ecosystems, and cloud integration to enable a wide range of IoT devices.” Raj Talluri, SVP of product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Qualcomm’s new Home Hub platforms support Google’s ecosystem and allow for more advanced solutions that are more easily taken to the market. As more companies focus on consumer IoT, more homes will become smarter and the home automation market will boom. The major roadblocks are that it may be complicated for the average homeowner and the high costs associated with a connected home. Qualcomm’s new platforms aim to make consumer IoT more accessible and cost-effective.

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