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2016 Tech Year in Review

Dec 30, 2016 9:00 AM EST
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⇑  THE GOOD  ⇑


▲ Tech Superpowers Eat the World: For the first time this year, technology companies at times held each of the top five spots of the world’s most valuable public companies. The combined market value of tech’s Five Fab — Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Inc. and Facebook Inc. — was $2.4 trillion as of Dec. 27, or more than 11 percent of the S&P 500’s value. That means tech superpowers are inching toward the 16 percent share of the S&P 500 they held at the peak of the tech bubble in March 2000. The bad news: Big Tech’s growing power makes them a target of politicians worldwide.

Tip Top Tech
The five biggest tech companies’ share of S&P 500 market cap
Source: Bloomberg
Note: Companies listed from highest to lowest market cap.

▲ Advertising Becomes a Two-Horse Race: Alphabet’s Google and Facebook are popular destinations for billions and their technology makes it easy for carmakers and detergent companies to pinpoint the right people for their product pitches. As a result, the two gobble a combined 58 percent of all the advertising purchased in the U.S. online or on mobile phones. With Google and Facebook as the only companies generating significant digital ad sales, every other company dependent on advertising — from TV networks to news organizations — is rethinking existing business approaches.

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▲ Amazon’s Ambition Knows No Bounds: It became clear in 2016 that no industry should be free from Amazon paranoia. It’s a giant retailer of every product and service, a growing entertainment power, and a would-be transportation giant that aims to control land, air, sea and new horizons. In an example of the impact Amazon’s ambitions can have, its Amazon Web Services cloud business — a type of computing Amazon created from nothing 10 years ago — made up more than 100 percent of Amazon’s total operating profit in the third quarter (after accounting for international losses), and it’s not an exaggeration to say AWS has changed the direction of both Amazon and the tech industry.

▲ China Tech Flexes Its Muscles: China’s tech giants Baidu Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. are unimaginably big and broad, cutthroat competition has honed the next-generation stars such as Didi Chuxing, and many novel tech ideas born in China are being copied elsewhere. China’s tech powers are extending their advantages at home and stretching into other parts of the globe, though few have made major inroads into the U.S. yet.

Internet Tidal Wave
China’s roughly 700 million internet users are double the population of the U.S.
Sources: International Telecommunication Union, World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report and database, and World Bank estimates; Bloomberg Intelligence

▲ Television Finally Meets Technology: Television’s dominance of Americans’ leisure time and advertisers’ wallets has peaked, and changes are slowly coming to the fundamental nature of TV. Commercial-free binge watching on Netflix, the popularity of nontraditional video on smartphones and the development of new types of online TV services are reshaping entertainment. Will digital “television” simply replicate the TV we’re used to or become something else entirely?

Changing the Channel
Online pay-TV services like AT&T’s DirecTV Now are estimated to reach nearly 15 million subscribers by 2020, according to UBS estimates
Source: UBS

⇓  THE BAD  


▼ Apple Hits a Wall: The decade-long era of Apple’s impossibly fast growth and profits came to an end. Apple’s revenue fell this year for the first time since 2001. The company can’t outrun a changing market for smartphones globally, and it continues to grapple with government resistance to its power on issues such as law enforcement, taxation and manufacturing.

No Longer Defying Gravity
The last time Apple’s annual revenue declined was 15 years ago
Source: Bloomberg
Note: Data for fiscal years.

▼ Startups Reckon with Austerity-ish: After two years of seemingly limitless funding for young technology companies, there was a marked retrenchment this year. Money invested in tech startups remains historically high but is on track to decline materially from 2015. Smartly, many private tech companies started to manage for profits — or “profits” — instead of straining to grow at all costs. Otherwise the fallout from the investment pullback could have been much worse.

Amount invested in companies backed by venture capital
Source: CB Insights
*Data through Q3.

▼ No Mercy for Yahoo and Twitter: Internet companies have to keep growing, or they die. Yahoo Inc. and Twitter Inc. in 2016 each went through protracted sale efforts — Yahoo found a buyer, Twitter didn’t — and had to deal with the punishing effects of disappearing growth in revenue and users.

Growing Pains
Revenue growth is diminishing for Yahoo and Twitter. Change in revenue from a year earlier:
Source: The companies
Note: Yahoo’s revenue excludes commissions paid to web-search partners.

▼ Batteries Had the Worst Year Ever: Samsung was forced to end production of its Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires or explosions caused by faulty batteries. The U.S. also forced a recall of hoverboards because of overheating batteries, and Apple dealt with battery life hiccups for its new MacBook Pro line. The (sometimes literal) battery flare-ups in 2016 show the fragility of one of the essential components of computing in everything from smartphones to driverless cars.

Look Out Below
Quarterly revenue for Samsung’s mobile division took a dive in the latest quarter, hurt by recalls to its Galaxy Note 7 phone.
Source: Bloomberg

▼ Old Tech Shrinks: The technology industry is brutal to its stragglers (see Yahoo and Twitter above), and that meant painful job cuts in 2016 at some old-guard companies. IntelCorp., Cisco Systems Inc., HP Inc. and others continued to cut back — in some cases drastically — to offset falling revenue or to shift resources away from declining businesses.

Pink Slip
Legacy tech companies had some major layoffs in 2016
Source: Bloomberg


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The vision at Bosch: over 200 million smart-connected households by 2020

Peter Tyroller, member of the board of management of Bosch Group responsible for Asia Pacific

GERMAN industrial giant Bosch earlier this month launched a connectivity strategy for China, its second-largest market. Its broad range of businesses and technologies — from automotive, consumer goods, building and energy efficiency solutions, and industrial products and solutions — provides a natural resource for the exploration of connected mobility, connected industries, smart homes and smart cities.

It’s product eco-system is in tune with the rapid growth of the Internet of Things in China, thanks to the government’s Internet Plus initiative for integrating the Internet into traditional industries.

Having just achieved record-high sales in China of 77 billion yuan (US$11.7 billion) last year, despite a slowing market, Bosch predicts strong momentum in sales of connected solutions and services.

Peter Tyroller, a Bosch board member responsible for the Asia-Pacific, shared his company’s vision of “connected for life” at a press conference in Shanghai during the Asia Consumer Electronics Show.

Q: Talk about smart homes and smart cities has been going on for years. Turning talk into reality is another matter. Are these ideas still ahead of their time?

Tyroller: It’s a pretty expansive debate, with everyone fielding their own ideas. What matters lies in the detail. For example, with connectivity, Bosch runs an active parking management system that draws on data collected by sensors installed in the pavement of parking spots to record availability. And for buildings, connectivity of all kinds of devices helps boost energy efficiency within a more integrated system. The Internet of Things takes shape step-by-step.

The market for all these visions may not yet be all that large, but people nowadays seem to be willing to spend extra money on connectivity solutions if they bring costs down. We expect some 230 million households to be “smart connected” by 2020 globally.

This will not be a repeat of the dotcom bubble of the early 2000s. Communication technology is much better developed today, and the Chinese government is sparing no effort in upgrading infrastructure that will lead to the 5G era.

Q: Bosch claims to be the only company with a whole package for the Internet of Things, the sensor, the software, and the service. Which part of your specialty do you see as the strongest growth point?

Tyroller: It is hard to see any of them as a stand-alone business because their power comes from cooperation. Sensors are the eyes, ears and noses, software is the brain, and services are deliveries of value. We have a very strong presence in the hardware field, with three out of four mobile devices in China equipped with Bosch sensors.

We are actively developing data mining and analyzing capabilities as our soft skills. In 2015, 30 percent of the 5,500 Bosch researchers and developers in China were working in software development, and this year over one-fifth of our recruitment of university graduates in China will be related to software. We have a target to connect every product we are selling now with the Internet, compared to the current 50 percent. We have a natural reason to explore the idea of smart homes and smart cities because we ourselves make home appliance and supply building and energy solutions.

Q: A Chinese Internet company called LeEco has the strategy of selling hardware cheaper than cost to attract more users into its product eco-system, where they pay for more value-added services and content. What’s Bosch’s opinion on such a bold business model emerging with the Internet of Things?

Tyroller: The Internet of Things will certainly broaden the traditional way of doing business. Will we make our sensors free and charge for services? It is open for discussion. There are already some business possibilities we can explore with the power of connectivity. We can keep insurance and leasing companies posted with how drivers behave and help them develop a new fee rate like “pay how you drive.” With live data diagnostics, we can advise on routine maintenance to operators of construction and mining machines to avoid breakdowns and business losses.

Q: Do you believe that data will become the “new oil,” and whoever owns it will make a lot of money?

Tyroller: I think there will be an increasing number of cooperation models for that in the future. It is not a competition for one to fight alone because data streams come from a connected world. We are in favor of an open Internet of Things and solutions not just for Bosch products.

Q: The merger of the physical and digital worlds raises a lot of issues about security and privacy because our lives now seem easier to peek into. How will Bosch insure that its Internet of Things users are not vulnerable to intruders?

Tyroller: Whenever we handle data, there must be no leaks. For that purpose, we have launched our first Internet of Things cloud-computing infrastructure and platform at a dedicated data center in Germany. Additional cloud services locations are planned for the United States, Singapore and China. We leave the decision to users as to what we can do with their data, when to provide their personal data and when they want to have them deleted. We understand that as everything gets connected, our customers will be more concerned about their lives becoming too transparent.

Dell Teams With GE, Microsoft, OSIsoft, PTC, SAP, Software AG and Others to Advance the Internet of Things | Business Wire

Dell today is launching the Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program for the advancement of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and solutions. The program builds an ecosystem of partners to help customers navigate the fragmented IoT landscape and identify the right technologies to develop their IoT solutions. As a global leader in computing technology, Dell will offer participating partners access to the industry’s most robust and reliable product portfolio, world-class support and increased opportunities for incremental business growth.

“Software AG’s partnership with Dell is hugely significant for any enterprises looking for ways to simplify and cost effectively utilize the Internet of Things. Together we are bringing industrial strength real-time analytics to the edge of the IoT, significantly reducing network traffic and accelerating the ROI of IoT projects”
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The program will combine a global, multi-tiered (Executive, Associate, Registered) network of experienced Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with Dell’s broad portfolio of IoT assets, including purpose-built, intelligent gateways and embedded PCs, security and manageability tools, data center and cloud infrastructure, and data integration and analytics software like Boomi and Statistica. These assets will help organizations develop, deploy and maintain leading-edge IoT solutions.

“Dell believes that opportunities increase when you help others win,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Commercial IoT Solutions, Dell. “We are passionate about collaborating with this strong group of companies and believe ISVs are critical in building the bridge between the exciting industry potential of IoT and profitable market reality.”

Dell works with Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) organizations to create a unifying IoT strategy for bridging their differing business approaches. The IoT Partner Program will include companies across a wide range of industries that further strengthen Dell’s expertise in areas such as industrial and building automation and transportation. It launches with more than 25 partners including GE, SAP, Software AG, Microsoft, OSIsoft and others, many of which are utilizing the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series to power their own IoT solutions. Dell also continues to build relationships with systems integrators (SIs) with vertical expertise and deployment scale.

The Dell Edge Gateway now also supports Windows 10 for secure, reliable, and streamlined support and is Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT. Customers can depend on the Edge Gateway for seamless and security-enhanced data with the Azure IoT Suite, so they can get their projects running quickly.

Creating use case blueprints is one of the many ways Dell is working with partners to help customers speed up their IoT projects and make sense of the vast ISV landscape. Dell, Kepware, and Software AG are collaborating to develop IoT enabled predictive maintenance models utilizing distributed analytics to address the industry’s biggest operational challenges, such as unplanned downtime, overall equipment effectiveness, maintenance cost and return on assets.

With Microsoft and Blue Pillar, Dell is delivering Automated Demand Response solutions which help utilities maintain grid reliability and enable customers to realize significant value through dispatch of onsite power generation or reduction in consumption. This allows our customers to improve profitability through demand response incentives and reduce operational risks through proactive notification from the utility of potential power disruptions.

Dell and SAP are also collaborating to bring business to the edge with models designed to help address the industry’s biggest operational challenges, such as business continuity, overall equipment effectiveness, maintenance cost and return on assets.

The Dell Edge Gateway 5100 Model designed for the extended temperature ranges found in industrial environments is now available on Dell also launched five new accessories for the Edge Gateways, including I/O and power expansion modules, ZigBee module, CAN bus card, and IP65-rated rugged enclosure. Finally, Dell revealed new cloud-based manageability software, the Edge Device Manager (EDM), which provides centralized reporting and control of edge gateways from a single cloud-based console. Learn more about these new product updates here.

Additional partners are adding tremendous value through their specialized areas of expertise, including Azeti, Blue Pillar, Datawatch, Eigen Innovations, Flowthings, Flutura, GE, Kepware, Lynx Software, Microsoft Azure, OSIsoft, relayr, SAP, Software AG, and ThingWorx.

Partner Quotes

“Dell brings an excellent balance of purpose-built features set and the enabling security and manageability software that build credibility with IT organizations. By combining Dell’s deep roots in the industrial sector and strong focus on data-driven innovation with GE’s Predix platform, we are enabling Dell’s IoT gateways to be Predix-ready, and connect seamlessly into the Predix software stack,” said Denzil Samuels, Head of Global Channels and Alliances, GE Digital.

“Microsoft is continuing its work with Dell across our offerings for every IoT scenario, from the Azure IoT Suite to Windows 10 on the Dell Edge Gateways. Our collaboration will help both companies to ensure that our customers receive a world-class ecosystem of devices and services and time to production at industry-leading speeds,” said Caglayan Arkan, general manager, Worldwide Manufacturing, Microsoft Corp.

“Our PI System, the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure for management of real-time data and events, running on the Dell’s Edge Gateway on Windows 10 lowers the barriers to pervasive monitoring; enabling operators and engineers to capture additional sensor data without impacting or upgrading traditional automation and control systems,” said Richard Beeson, Chief Technology Officer, OSIsoft. “Our partnership with Dell to deliver IoT data to PI allows our joint customers to receive substantial enterprise insights and value.”

“Software AG’s partnership with Dell is hugely significant for any enterprises looking for ways to simplify and cost effectively utilize the Internet of Things. Together we are bringing industrial strength real-time analytics to the edge of the IoT, significantly reducing network traffic and accelerating the ROI of IoT projects,” said Eric Duffaut, Chief Customer Officer (CCO), Software AG. “Our Streaming Analytics Platform together with Dell’s purpose-built edge gateways allow customers to process large amounts of real-time data close to where the action is. This in turn drives faster automated decisions and appropriate digital responses locally, only sending a subset of critical data to the core for further analysis and action.”

Additional Links
Dell’s IoT Strategy and Partner Programs: Part One and Part Two by Laurie McCabe, Partner, SMB Group
Follow us at @Dell on Twitter and Dell Internet of Things on LinkedIn

If Apple was in talks to buy Tesla, this won’t help.

Apple has reportedly poached a top Tesla execute, Chris Porritt, Tesla’s former VP of engineering, according to Fortune. Porrittt will likely join Apple’s secretive car project, dubbed Project Titan.

Prior to working at Tesla, Porritt was Aston Martin’s chief engineer and was also a principal engineer at Land Rover.

Apple has never publicly acknowledged that it is developing a car, but the existence of Project Titan is an open secret among tech companies and automakers. Apple has hired hundreds of automotive engineers to work on the project, many of whom previously worked at Tesla. Reports surfaced last year that Apple had been poaching so many engineers from Tesla that it was slowing down Tesla’s production.

Porritt said last year that he met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk “three to four times per week,” so he brings with him a great deal of knowledge about Tesla’s business model, production processes and supply lines, and future plans. Given that Apple is expected to make an electric, connected vehicle, just as Tesla has, that knowledge could be just as valuable to Apple as Porritt’s engineering expertise.

Apple’s car project lost its leader, Steve Zadesky, a former Ford engineer, earlier this year. It also was hit with a hiring freeze after an unfavorable review by Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief, found a lack of progress at the project, Apple Insider reported. The hiring of Porritt seems like an effort to reset the car project and make progress towards its goal of developing a car by 2019.

Internet of Things (IoT) Market Soaring at 33.3% CAGR to 2021

The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market is projected to hit a CAGR of 33.3% to 2021 driven by rising need for operational efficiency and increasing penetration of connected devices while the services segment is expected to gain maximum growth during forecast period.

Complete report on global Internet of Things (IoT) market spread across 154 pages, profiling 10 companies and supported with 65 tables and 47 figures is now available at .

The growth of Internet of Things (IoT) Market is driven by factors such as development of cheaper and smarter sensors, rising adoption of cloud computing, evolution of high speed networking technologies, and increasing penetration of connected devices. In terms of segments, the Services segment is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the increasing penetration of connected devices and higher adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions across industry verticals. Managed services segment is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2016 and 2021. Due to the increasing technological adoption, Asia-Pacific (APAC) is projected to witness the fastest growth rate among regions.

In the process of determining and verifying, the market size for several segments and sub segments gathered through secondary research, extensive primary interviews were conducted with key people. In Tier 1 (20%), Tier 2 (42%) and Tier 3 (38%) companies were contacted for primary interviews. The interviews were conducted with various key people such as C-level (55%), Director Level (26%) and others (19%) from various key organizations operating in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market. The primary interviews were conducted worldwide covering regions such as North America (47%), Europe (32%) and APAC (21%).

The key vendors profiled in the Internet of Things (IoT) market research report such as  IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., SAP SE, PTC, Inc., General Electric, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Symantec Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Bosch Software Innovation. Order a copy of Internet of Things (IoT) Market by Software Solution (Real-Time Streaming Analytics, Security, Data Management, Remote Monitoring, & Network Bandwidth Management), Platform, Service, Application Domain, and Region – Global Forecast to 2021 research report at .

The latest trends in Internet of Things (IoT) include growing IoT integration across different industry verticals, diversification of IT giants toward providing analytics and security software, and cost benefits of predictive maintenance. The availability of cloud deployment options for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions has further provided a huge opportunity.

On a related note, another research on Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities Market Global Forecast to 2020 says, increasing demand for intelligent cities and IoT devices is expected to drive the Internet of Things (IoT) in smart cities market. Data management solutions sub segment holds the most promising potential for the next five years. The overall market size is estimated to grow from USD 51.96 billion in 2015 to USD 147.51 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 23.2%. Companies like Bosch Software Innovation Gmbh, CISCO Systems, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, Harman International Industries (ADITI TECHNOLOGIES), Enevo Oy Technologies, Infineon Technologies AG, Symantec Corporation and Schneider Electric Software, Llc. have been profiled in this 135 pages research report at .

Explore more reports on the Information Technology & Telecommunication market at

Is it time to invest in IoT?

While second-generation software has helped reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of some enterprises, it has done little to transform our physical world. Power, water, agriculture, transportation, construction and healthcare have barely been touched. But that’s about to change.

Industrial machines or enterprise things are increasingly being instrumented and connected. John Chambers, former Cisco CEO, says 500 billion things will be connected to the Internet by the year 2025. While you may question that, we already know 100,000 wind turbines are connected with the capacity to send 400 sensors’ worth of data every five seconds. So we’re going to end up with a lot of smart, connected things.

If you’re a startup with a vision to build products for things, not people, get started.
Unfortunately, all our connection, collection, analysis, learning, middleware and application technology has been built to support applications for the Internet of People. Things are NOT people. Things exist where people aren’t. Things have much more to say and things talk much more frequently. A Joy Global coal-mining machine has vibration sensors that sample 10,000 times per second. We need a new generation of enterprise application, middleware, analytic, collection and connection cloud service products to build precision machines for mining, transportation, healthcare, construction, power, water and agriculture.

Some have begun to make the investments. GE Software was founded in 2011 with a $1 billion investment. CEO Jeff Immelt has declared that GE needed to evolve into a software-and-analytics company, lest its industrial machines become mere commodities. Immelt has set an ambitious target of $15 billion in software revenue by 2020. GE plans to achieve this through its new Predix software platform under the leadership of CEO of GE Digital, Bill Ruh.

IoT security needs scalable solutions
PTC has taken an M&A path and invested more than $400 million in a series of companies: ThingWorx for $112 million, a $105 million acquisition of ColdLight and Axeda for $170 million. On the venture side you may not have noticed, but Uptake, a Chicago-based IoT startup, beat Slack and Uber to become Forbes 2015’s Hottest Startup. They raised $45 million at a $1 billion post-funding valuation.
I’ll let you be the judge of whether it’s time to invest in IoT. But if you’re an early-stage or even late-stage investor, it would be wise to be a student of this area as it promises to create as big a disruption as the second generation of enterprise software. And if you’re a startup with a vision to build products for things, not people, get started. Maybe in 12 years we’ll talk about you like we now talk about VMware, NetSuite and Salesforce.

Intel Champions IoT at Embedded World 2016

Via Intel blog

Intel tech at Embedded World 2016Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IoTG) demonstrated embedded technologies serving a wide array of industry verticals—from smart transportation and smart factories, to the healthcare sector and beyond at Embedded World 2016.

Attendees of the annual Nuremberg, Germany event engaged with Intel IoT products and solutions while learning how IoT can improve real-time decision making, boost revenues, and lower costs. From the Linux Foundation’s collaborative Zephyr Project to the Intel IoT Commercial Developer Platform, here are some of our favorite

The open source Zephyr Project is a collaborative IoT project among the Linux Foundation and Intel companies Altera and Wind River. The open source project enables a scalable, real-time operating system that supports multiple architectures. Learn more.

Wind River’s Things to Cloud demo featured Wind River Rocket, a tiny-footprint, cloud-connected operating system for microcontrollers (MCUs). It directly connects to Wind River Helix App Cloud, a cloud-based development environment for building IoT applications. The demo showcased the development, debugging, and deployment of a Rocket-based agriculture application. Learn more.

The Adlink Smart Factory demo utilized the Adlink IoT Gateway, an EtherCAT solution, a smart camera, USB DAQ with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT OS, and the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. It included features to monitor operating conditions of equipment in the production line and production performance in real-time. It also displayed a database of alarm tags from equipment that was set up for equipment failure analysis. Learn more about Adlink factory

This demo showed how developers and device manufacturers can use Wind River Helix to create safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems that connect through IoT. It showed how to move system data from secure and managed devices at the edge, through the gateway, across the critical network infrastructure, and to a cloud. Watch a video of the demo

To demonstrate a rapid path-to-product edge IoT solution for transportation, a proof of concept was created using the Grove IoT Commercial Developer Kit, and scaled as an industrial solution using an Intel IoT Gateway, industrial sensors, and Wind River Linux 7 OS. The gateway gathered data from a temperature and magnetic sensor for edge data analytics and monitoring. Learn more about the IoT Commercial Developer Kit.

The Intel IoT Developer Program for commercial solutions provides a fast, flexible, and scalable path for IoT solutions. It features a comprehensive set of resources, developer kits, tools, knowledge, and technical support for professionals to rapidly prototype, test, and deploy commercial IoT solutions. Based on the Intel IoT Platform, this demo included a temperature-controlled environment and included three edge devices that monitored temperature, light, and loudness. The sensors provided continuous streaming data to the Intel IoT Gateway, including indications of failures. Learn more about the Intel IoT

Intel’s Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) technology provides an “on-ramp” designed to help devices securely connect in alignment with the Intel IoT Platform. Intel’s EPID hardware-enforced integrity provides fixed device identity in a manner that is compatible with existing ISO and TCG standards, and helps protect privacy with sophisticated anonymity technology. Extending use of Intel EPID across the industry will help make IoT solutions more secure regardless of vendor choice. Watch a video of the demo from the show floor

The SRC-0800-4C smart gateway-based IoT energy efficiency management solution demo simulated the main energy equipment by way of multi-sectional LED lights. It collected meter data and status info from voltage sensors, current sensors, temperature and humidity sensors, and energy consumption via Modbus. When using 2G, 3G, or 4G networks, the system realizes real-time data upload to a cloud-based energy efficiency management platform. This enables real-time monitoring of power consumption data and operation status of each device for energy efficiency and emission reductions. Learn more about SRC-0800-4C.

An example featuring Intel System Studio, this demo showed microcontrollers being used to develop and debug firmware on an Intel Quark D2000 MCU-based device. It demonstrated an IoT-connected device being used to record transportation events including monitoring shock sensitive containers. Watch a video of the demo from the show floor.

ParceLive Product Tracking
ParceLive Product Tracking demo in the Intel booth at Embedded World 2016

ParceLive’s credit card-size shipment tracking module enables global shipment tracking using cellular connectivity, combined with sensors monitoring location, pressure, temperature, and humidity. The solution utilizes Intel EPID security features. Watch a video of the demo from the show floor.

That’s a wrap from this year’s Embedded World. To learn more about Intel IoT  developments, subscribe to our RSS feed for email notifications of blog updates, or visit, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Hang W/ launches successful crowdfunding campaign

Please help spread the word, Hang W/ is an awesome technology.

Disclaimer: I am an advisor.

Hang w/ sits at the intersection of several powerful digital, social and pop culture trends. Live streaming video has burst into the technology scene and is resonating at the next big trend. Monetized digital video and mobile advertising are already a multi-billion dollar industry looking for better engagement with audiences. And the cult of personality is at an all time high. Hang w/ has the technology, the team and the track record to weave all three trends together into a product that generates significant revenue through monetized live content.

What is the difference between Hang w/ and Periscope?

Hang w/ aims to occupy a very different space from Periscope. They are a live social media app with no monetization strategy – and no opportunity for users to generate revenue. We are a live content distribution platform – with an opportunity for users to generate revenue from their own content.

How does Hang w/ make money?

Today, Hang w/ generates revenue in three ways. • Pre- and Post-roll advertising generates a CPM (cost per thousand views) from advertisers and ad networks. • Pay Per View Digital Tickets allow users to sell tickets to digital content. Hang w/ keeps a percentage of all ticket sales. • Digital Tipping allows users to gift one another digital coins with real monetary value. Hang w/ keeps a percentage of the value of gifted coins.

How can a Hang w/ user make money?

Broadcasters keep a percentage of revenue from the Pre- and Post-roll advertising shown on their channel. • Broadcasters keep a percentage of revenue from their own Pay Per View Digital Tickets. • Broadcasters keep a percentage of revenue by redeeming their gifted coins for cash. • All payments are made to users using PayPal.

What will the funds raised be used for?

• Deepen our focus on music and grow the platform where it is strongest with events, sponsorships, and a focused marketing campaign. • Extend the Hang w/ platform into a number of targeted verticals. • Improve platform functionality with new features that can be implemented across the vertical ecosystem. • Build our our sales and business development team and create custom marketing integration opportunities. • Legal, Misc Fees, General Admin • Technology infrastructure, server costs, maintenance, streaming, etc.

What is the exit strategy?

The platform is expected to generate significant cash flow upon scale. The strategy is to exit through acquisition by a major media company, social media company, or content-based technology provider.

Why are you the team to do this?

Members of our team have collectively developed more than 300 mobile applications – with many of them reaching as high as #1 on the Apple App Store. • Our team has collectively driven tens of millions of downloads of mobile applications. • We have been innovating in the live streaming space and fine tuning our product for more than two years.



  • Backed by 50 Cent, Timbaland, Elton Brand and Larry the Cable Guy
  • Millions of users with more than 3,000,000 live broadcasts
  • Average user session as high as 17+ minutes at 2-3 sessions per day


The most advanced live-streaming mobile platform – with major celebrity endorsement, millions of users and revenue generation built into the model.


Millions of users with more than 3,000,000 live broadcasts


Achieved 1 Million users in the first 9 months – faster than Twitter and Facebook


Average user session as high as 17+ minutes at 2-3 sessions per day


Patents filed over 2 years ago ahead of Twitter’s Periscope and other live streaming services


Users were found to be 361x more likely to “Tune In” on Hang w/ than to “retweet” on Twitter


A Hang w/ 50 Cent concert from SXSW resulted in 50,000+ simultaneous live streams


Official Live Streaming Partner for events such as Style Fashion Week, Cupid’s Undie Run, Bottle Rocket and Mysteryland


I am making my return to the stage… with Darren Herman, Donny Osmond and Tony Hsieh #iot @betheexception @thebuddygroup #IMPACT15

My marketing and storytelling career started in New York City on America’s first social medium; The Broadway stage. Since then, The Buddy Group has flourished to help shine the spotlight … Continue reading I am making my return to the stage… with Darren Herman, Donny Osmond and Tony Hsieh #iot @betheexception @thebuddygroup #IMPACT15

9 New Predictions And Market Assessments For The Internet Of Things (IoT) – Forbes

IDC discussed The Internet of Things Mid-Year Review at a webinar on July 23, including findings from a survey of 3,566 companies in North America. IDC defines IoT as “a network of uniquely identifiable ‘things’ that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity.” Tata Consulting Services (TCS) issued a report titled The Internet of Things: The Complete Reimaginative Force, based on a survey of 3,764 executives worldwide. TCS defines the IoT as “smart, connected products.” The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) published The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype. MGI defines IoT as “sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems” and excludes “systems in which all of the sensors’ primary purpose is to receive intentional human input, such as smartphone apps.” Finally, Business Insider (BI) issued The Smart City report on IoT initiatives in cities worldwide.

The economic impact of the IoT will re-shape the world’s economy

The IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. At the top end, that level of value—including the consumer surplus—would be equivalent to about 11 percent of the world economy (MGI). The Internet of Things (IoT) market will expand from $780 billion this year to $1.68 trillion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 16.9%.  Sensors/modules and connectivity account for more than 50% of spending on IoT, followed by IT services at more than 25% and software at 15%. Traditional IT hardware accounts for less than 5%

Investments in IoT technologies by cities worldwide will increase by $97 billion from 2015 to 2019. The cities’ IoT deployments will create $421 billion in economic value worldwide in 2019. That economic value will be derived from revenues from IoT device installations and sales and savings from efficiency gains in city services (BI).

There will be almost 30 billion of IoT devices in 2020

In 2015, 4,800 connected end points are added every minute. This number will grow to 7,900 by 2020. The installed base of the Internet of Things devices will grow from 10.3 billion devices in 2014 to 29.5 billion in 2020. 19 billion of these devices will be installed in North America in 2020 (IDC).

The IoT will be primarily an enterprise market

In 2018, the IoT installed base will be split 70% in the enterprise and 30% in the consumer market, but enterprises will account for 90% of the spending (IDC). Business-to-business applications will probably capture more value—nearly 70 percent of it—than consumer uses, although consumer applications, such as fitness monitors and self-driving cars, attract the most attention and can create significant value, too (MGI).

Over the next few years, North America will still be the focal point for the IoT

The IoT has a large potential in developing economies, but it will have a higher overall value impact in advanced economies because of the higher value per use. However, developing economies could generate nearly 40 percent of the IoT’s value, and nearly half in some settings (MGI). 2020 will be a tipping point year for Asia, when it will become the geographical region with the largest installed base of IoT devices (IDC). North American companies will spend 0.45% of revenue this year on IoT initiatives, while European companies will spend 0.40%. Asia-Pacific companies will invest 0.34% of revenue in the IoT, and Latin American firms will spend 0.23% of revenue. North American and European companies are more frequently selling smart, connected products than are Asia-Pacific and Latin American companies (TCS).

The telecommunication industry leads other sectors in IoT investments

The Telecommunications, banking, utilities, and securities/investment services industries are the leading sectors investing in IoT in 2015 (IDC). In gaining benefits from the IoT, industrial manufacturers reported the largest average revenue increase from their IoT initiatives last year (29%), and they forecast they’d have the largest revenue increase from the IoT by 2018 (27% over 2015). Industrial manufacturers were also in the lead for using sensors and other digital technologies to monitor the products they sold to customers (with 40% of the companies doing so) (TCS).

IoT adoption is gaining momentum worldwide

36% of companies in North America have IoT initiatives in 2015 (IDC). 79% of companies worldwide already use IoT technologies, investing 0.4% of revenue on average. They expect their IoT budgets to rise by 20% by 2018 to $103 million (TCS).

Costs and customers are the key drivers of IoT investments

Lower operational costs and better customer service and support lead the list of significant drivers of current IoT initiatives. In large companies, business process efficiency/operations optimization and customer acquisition and/or retention also top the list (IDC). Companies with IoT programs in place reported an average revenue increase of 16% in 2014, in the areas of business where IoT initiatives were deployed. In addition, about 9% of firms had an average revenue increase of more than 60%.The biggest product and process improvements reported by companies were more customized offerings and tailored marketing campaigns, faster product improvements, and more effective customer service (TCS). Cities are adopting IoT technologies because they deliver a broad range of benefits for cities including reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, improving public safety, and providing new ways for governments to interact with their citizens (BI).

Security, culture change, determining priorities, and optimizing ROI are key IoT concerns

Security issues top the list of current barriers to IoT adoption (especially with larger companies), followed by funding the initial investment at the scale needed, determining the highest priority use cases, and changing business processes (IDC). identifying and pursuing new business and/or revenue opportunities that the IoT makes possible, and determining what data to collect, are key issues. Also important are getting managers and workers to change the way they think about customers, products, and processes, and having top executives who believe the IoT will have a profound impact and are willing to invest in it (TCS). Currently, most IoT data are not used. For example, on an oil rig that has 30,000 sensors, only 1 percent of the data are examined. That’s because this information is used mostly to detect and control anomalies—not for optimization and prediction, which provide the greatest value (MGI).

Microsoft leads the IoT market

The top 5 vendors mentioned as the IoT provider companies “plan to work with within the next 2 years” are: Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Cisco, and IBM. For large companies (more than 1000 employees), Microsoft and Cisco lead the list (IDC).