Last Week In IoT… a short review of some IoT news from the past week.
In recent years, around 30 million people have migrated to the Berlin start-up Smartfrog. The young company, which was founded in 2014 and launched in 2015, takes care of the trendy topic of security and offers Internet-capable cameras (including cloud storage) for home surveillance, which cost just 5.95 euros per month. This year, the company, which already employs 100 people, is targeting a turnover of around 50 million dollars. In an interview with deutsche-startups.de, Smartfrog CEO Charles Fränkl, formerly ClickandBuy, talks about value chains, security and nerds. “We are one of the few IoT start-ups that controls the entire value chain,” says Smartfrog CEO Charles Fränkl. “Since the product launch, we have grown continuously and strongly: on average by more than 500 % per year.” […]
While the progress of the Smart Grid in Germany – and the general expansion of new e-Infrastructure – can only be described as “hesitant” due to much regulation and cautious companies, in other countries progress is being made with larger steps. Tata Motors recently announced that it will build a total of 300 smart charging stations for electric vehicles in five major Indian cities by the end of fiscal 2020 in cooperation with its sister company Tata Power. […]
The energy group Innogy has high hopes for networking services around the Internet of Things (IoT). The company is working on an operating platform for such communication networks that will also be open to other providers. “As an Innogy Group, we want to become an IoT integrator,” said Marcus Schaper, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Innogy, in an interview with energate. “We want to build and operate an appropriate integration platform that brings together the individual components and services in the Internet of Things. IoT, i.e. the networking of increasingly intelligent devices and components in industry and households, is regarded as a major future market. At the same time, the technology suffers from high technical complexity and a lack of standardization. A uniform platform, such as Innogy is striving for, could remedy this situation. […]
With the IoT, companies have the opportunity to network existing and new products, systems or entire platforms and to accelerate, simplify and fundamentally improve business processes. However, for many IT and digitization decision-makers, getting to grips with this topic has not been easy. On the one hand, there is talk of a rosy future with fully automated driving, home automation and intelligent digital assistants, but at the same time also of hacker attacks and a lack of connectivity and mature technologies. However, the IoT is indispensable for companies of all sizes and in all industries. For the new IoT – Make or Buy study by Crisp Research and Lufthansa Industry Solutions, 129 decision-makers from various industries were interviewed about their strategies in dealing with the Internet of Things. […]
Today, when an IoT solution is sold to a company, price is often the deciding factor. The decision-maker on the buyer’s side is happy to have completed the transaction at a reasonable price. After integration, these components are an integral part of the corporate network. This may result in gaps that jeopardize comprehensive protection. A new IoT system often creates a new potential gateway to the network, enabling access to important systems and information. If an emergency occurs, the success of a company can be severely impaired by financial damage or loss of reputation. Should companies and users now do without IoT devices? The fact is that despite the potential danger, the number of IoT devices used continues to grow every year. […]
Google is planning a successor to its small smart loudspeaker Google Home Mini. As the online portal 9to5Google reports, the new device will run under the product line “Nest” and accordingly be called Nest Mini.
The new small loudspeaker will probably be slightly larger than the current Google Home Mini. There will be no price changes. This makes the Nest Mini a direct competitor to the successful 3rd generation Echo Dot from Amazon. […]