Week in Tech: Is the Internet of Things really causing a rIoT?
These days it seems like everywhere we look the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a hot topic in the unceasing world of tech. That’s proven no different this week with news of the latest developments in IoT from tracking your pets to talking to your refrigerator.
As we’ve watched it grow into the mega-beast it is today, IoT has ultimately revolutionised the way we live; from how we control basic functions in our homes, to wearable “smart” technology tracking our fitness levels to completely transforming some of the world’s largest cities. Mega-beast sentiment aside, IoT is truly one of the most fascinating things happening in tech today and presents such an exciting time for businesses to make “smarter” decisions. With that, here are the latest articles on IoT this week…
Samsung has announced the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant, which will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. The Bixby 2.0 is Samsung’s answer to the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and is intended to be smarter than its first version with deep-linking capabilities and improved natural language capabilities. It also claims to better recognise individual users and better predict peoples’ needs.
Nokia has teamed up with electronics maker Bosch to launch a portfolio of industrial IoT products. The partnership will combine the expertise of both companies to create solutions for smart asset tracking, predictive maintenance and environmental monitoring. As part of the collaboration, Bosch will add monitoring devices built on its MEMS smart sensors, which can measure and transmit environmental data including acceleration, rotary motion, mass flow, and the earth’s magnetic field.
Qualcomm has teased an addition to its wearable technology portfolio with Snapdragon Wear, a new processor specifically designed for wearable devices such as smartwatches, activity trackers and headsets. The company has hinted that the upcoming Snapdragon Wear line-up will be officially announced at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong and alluded to the upcoming Snapdragon chips dedicated to Windows.
Samsung has unveiled the Connect Tag, a new smart tag that connects to Narrowband IoT networks and is designed to clip onto pet collars, luggage, or even children to help users track them. The waterproof device will allow consumers to set a geofence that notifies the user when the tag goes outside the set fence, through a companion mobile application. The Samsung Connect Tag will initially only be available in South Korea and will connect to operator KT’s NB-IoT network.
In an opinion article supported by PwC, freelancer Mark Hillsdon discusses how IoT and smart devices are transforming daily life and how the market for graduates reflects the new status quo. The article explores research by a satellite communications company, which reveals that many organisations lack the skills to develop, manage and deploy IoT solutions, especially in areas including data analytics and cybersecurity.
Nokia and AWS are teaming up to make the cloud transition easier for enterprises, with IoT, 5G, and machine learning just some of the key areas of collaboration, which are all geared towards helping service providers implement cloud strategies faster than ever before.