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Due to financial restraints and reluctance, as well as to economic differences, the way in which organizations worldwide implement and approach new tech (from the digitization, automation, Big Data, analytics, connectivity, IoT, etc. group) is inconsistent.

For example, we took a look at the random user intercept site survey fielded on ZDNet and TechRepublic, based on European users having voluntarily answered tech-related questions. The results in its first phase (responses in October 2018, coming from 142 qualified users) show very low active IoT initiatives and a low budget allocation for this sector.

Meanwhile, the mainstream experts note that investing in new tech is no longer a luxury, but “essential to keeping your business’s costs down, your profitability up, and your company thriving”.

 

A glimpse at the IoT-related situation in the European field

 

Back to the study mentioned above, let’s see a couple of figures:

 

*42% of the respondents say they have an interest in IoT, but have no active initiatives;

 24% of them say they have a limited number of IoT-related functions in operation;

 

*1-9% of the respondents mention that 36% of their budget is directly related to their IoT-based initiatives;

 10% say that over 50% or more of their budget is directly related to their IoT-based initiatives

 

*a maximum of 18% of the respondents list IoT as a top priority in their organization, for various lucrative purposes

*a maximum of 49% of the respondents list IoT as a top 3 priority in their organization (figures vary, depending on purpose)

*51% of the respondents list ensuring the security of IoT network/devices as the top challenge in using IoT in their company, followed by integrating IoT into their proprietary networks and by the learning curves related to the new technology

For those of us who work in B2B it should be easy to compare these with the situation in the field as we know it. Although this study so far provides only partial unrefined results, it clearly shows polarization around certain issues.

 

A few recommendations for the organizations caught in transition

For those who are interested in new tech, but still are indecisive whether to see it as a luxury or a necessity, the article we found on ReadWrite provides a schematic guidance. Such organizations should consider the following:

  • Quality software should always be the choice, and furthermore the companies should spend money to ensure they have the best technology expertise. Going for doubtful software and no experts is simply self-sabotage.
  • New tech in streamlining business processes is the way to go, since it levels the playing field with your peers, as well as your customers. Predictive maintenance and reducing errors via technology is so this age, that those who are top in their field can’t even conceive functioning without it.
  • A strong relationship with the modern customer means new tech, which makes sure the customer experience is within the modern, expected parameters in the industry.

For more details on how businesses should “integrate new tech into (their) business in a way that cuts (…) costs, increases revenue, or provides more value to (…) customers”, see the source article here.

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Tech innovations can sometimes originate in simple ideas. They can also reproduce natural solutions. By observing similarities and connecting apparently disparate things, a Eureka moment is sometimes not far away. SAP Digital Interconnect shares an interesting parallelism between bees and sensors, and consequently between a smart city and a hive.

The common denominator consists of secure and efficient communications. When designing the IoT systems, this is often the underlining scope – getting the right data where you want it, while avoiding unauthorized access.

Let’s follow this story and see why SAP thinks that designers and managers have a lot to learn from the way bumblebees are organized.

 

Connected cities – the super-organisms of tomorrow

The overall tech weaving that goes into any smart city structure is impressive. The result is a sum of subsystems, a mega-system. With all the data flows taking place, the interconnections, and the necessary coordination – we may see it as a super-organism. How can the professionals design and program it, so that it would work as such?

It wouldn’t be for the first time in human progress that nature inspired humans in solving complicated problems. By getting our inspiration from the natural structures that work just fine for centuries, the easiest answer is often the best one.

The source article’s coauthors are also beekeepers. In this quality they have noticed how a beehive is in fact a collection of different cells. It’s the relationship between these cells and the way the bees understand to enact it that makes sure the whole system works together in a flawless way.

In a similar way, the design and management of IoT networks could make sure that all the sensors communicate seamlessly, that their hierarchy is respected, and their functions fulfilled.

What drew the attention of the two authors (one a Head of IoT products, and the other a Mobile Evangelist), are the pheromones. They are the common element that may activate or block communications, depending on the necessity. In a network packed with sensors that have a double function – independent and interconnected, this is critical.

 

Looking forward for a highly functional, organized IoT environment

The perspective of a medium packed with sensors, devices, data flows and streaming information does not rhyme with functionality, nor does it inspire an ergonomic structure.

However, layering, categories and distributed activities could make it so that the sensors take turns in communicating with each other. For example, when collecting data that is not needed in real time, the sensors could save activity and bandwidth and stay in a local mode. When receiving the designed signal, they could go into transmit mode.

By using the bees’ behavior as a model, the authors recommend three scopes in planning various systems that go in a smart city structure:

  • Simplicity;
  • Security;
  • Smart communication.

Following these guidelines (that you may see explained, by accessing the source article), any involved professional may get a better version of the system he/she is in responsible for.

 

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Starting from its own report, Automation World details this week on a phenomenon of interest for all owners and developers, whose activities are linked to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In what the online publication deems a key fact, it seems that

Manufacturers are mapping out a route that covers both (cloud & edge), each an integral on-ramp for new predictive maintenance and performance monitoring applications at different stops on the journey.

 

Where is IIoT taking place, according to the AW report?

Not so much taking place, but evolving, operating, being deployed with all its features, data flow, stream of communications – of course. However one would call it, here is what the numbers say:

  • 43 % of the respondents revealed they have edge computing implementations underway;
  • 51 % of the respondents already use cloud computing in their IIoT implementations
  • 20 % of the respondents mentioned fog computing, “ a superset of edge computing used to bridge the traditional operations (OT) world with enterprise IT” – according to AW
  • 29 % of the respondents marked their answer under the “none of the above section”.

While some of you may be momentarily surprised by the over 100 % total, this is due to the fact that the survey respondents could pick more than one answer.

 

The user’s maturity degree in using edge and cloud computing in IIoT, according to the same study

The angle here is that the amount of time since starting to use either one of the options, or both, entitles the users to a more firm and valid verdict when it comes to comparing the mediums they employ for IIoT.

  • 48 % of the users employ these technologies for more than 3 years
  • 39 % of the users hold an experience of over 2 years in edge/fog or cloud computing technology
  • 12 % of the respondents are still at the beginning with using these above-mentioned technologies

 

Which environment is predominant?

When asked which their most preferred path for production/manufacturing data analysis applications is, the survey respondents placed their preferences as such:

  • 52 % cited edge computing
  • under 20 % mentioned equipment data analytics—for capacity or overall equipment effectiveness

In what their “preferred paradigm for enterprise effectiveness analysis” is concerned,

  • 5 % chose cloud computing
  • 18 % went for edge computing
  • 27 % mentioned fog computing

 

The relationship between the types of IIoT deployment and the overall benefits

Since their experience with one or the other of the deployment environments is around 2-3 years, the surveyed companies could provide an image of the overall benefits:

  • 50 % of the responding companies vouched for significant reductions in downtime
  • 38 % mentioned “measurable improvements to production output”
  • 37 % witnessed a considerable profitability increase
  • 30 % mentioned a decrease in the production costs

A typical rollout pattern involves a cloud – edge – cloud again (mixed version) for the IIoT deployment operations.

For other relevant numbers, as well as for perspectives in the related hardware field, you may access the source Automated World article here.

 

 

 

 

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It’s hardly news that traditional telecom businesses are in a tight spot. Changing their portfolio or gradually fading away – here are the available alternatives.

The reason for this lies within the explosion of new types of services and new delivery methods. To go straight to the point – if video killed the radio star, the Internet gave few chances to the TV and classic telecommunications. Its own stronger and more ubiquitous relative – the IoT, is the final blow to the old Telco industry.

That is, only if the businesses don’t leverage the situation on their side. Since many of the important players in the field are now already implementing their chosen course change, the “if” became more of a “when”. It is to be expected that all Telco operators that want to stick with this industry will restructure their offers.

 

What does upgrading Telco have to do with software development?

 

“Operators need to create dynamic new business models” – article on the systemic telecoms crisis. The new models “could implement the technologies of deep traffic analysis (DPI), service virtualization that cloud models increasingly use. An important trend is the consolidation of the larger industry players and the saturation of the market”.

Same source continues: “However, telecom has a lot to develop. Free services stimulate the use of more complex tools and such services become sponsored. A good prospect, for example, is M2M services, because inter-machine communication can generate huge amounts of traffic”.

 

IoT demands telecom – software development business partnerships

 

Another ReadWrite article tackles the telecom – IoT relationship alone. Smart, intelligent things own the future. Each of them comes with associated software, applications and online platforms. The big effort is to create an integrated global environment.

The telecom players “should redefine their business strategies, including key offerings around IoT”. Also, moving up the IoT value chain is mandatory, and it starts with better, more in-demand offerings.

In summary, the article we browsed lays down a few guidelines:

– Provide IoT-customized offerings;

– Be prepared to protect the IoT data by using blockchain;

– Find out about “smart contracts” and adopt them asap;

– Use partnership for success and survival (examples are in the source-article).

 

Is your telecom company in need of this type of changes? Looking for the right software consultancy & development partner?

 

Remember that at LASTING Software, we:

…speed up the R&D process, reduce time to revenue and reduce burn rate, enabling you to achieve more with less, faster. We give you the ability to extend your reach into customers for only marginal cost, we enable you to access new revenue streams and allow you to manage contingency without growing headcount.

 

…adapt to your business’s needs:

  • We provide IT consultancy services that involve an initial assessment of your operational needs;
  • Our way of working ranges from fixed-cost projects to time & material projects;
  • The types of collaboration available include extension of the team, feature teams or entirely independent product teams;
  • We listen to your story. This way, we establish the issues to fix, the elements to improve and the best software-related choices;
  • Together, we design a plan that would best serve the requirements, and agree upon the software modules or solutions to implement and design;
  • We adapt the existing software, or develop the new software to suit each individual need.
  • We deliver our product on time. Next, we provide support in the implementation, user training, and post-implementation stages.
  • We value same room collaboration. Nothing surpasses the power of personal collaboration.

 

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LASTING Software’s presence in medical IoT and smart healthcare is extensive. We developed wearable monitoring devices that record vital signs and sleeping habits. We have also developed our own air quality measurement solution. Its multi industry applicability includes this particular field.

Also, we worked on Big Data algorithms and analytics processing that underpin 1000’s of FDA/FMA clinical trials.

Remember that our focus and work style makes us suited to speed up the businesses of:

  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Large corporations
  • Investment funds and startups

Our working models include:

  • Our team as an extension of our client’s team
  • Full scrum team in Lasting Software
  • Turnkey project delivery


Allowing smart healthcare to gain traction

Infrastructure limitations, lack of standardization or of regulations often stand in the way of development. Still, things are changing for the better. By finding the right solutions, tech specialists enable digital development in more industries.

For example, one of the reasons digital healthcare (still) evolves at a slow pace consists of cyber security concerns. Thinking of the possibility of hackers accessing someone’s medical data is worrying. Malicious entities could also alter the data, or even manipulate devices that are essential for somebody’s health or life.

The industry looks for ways to reduce such risks. This would also enable the fast take-off of healthcare digital solutions. Some specialists recently considered the adoption of blockchain into mobile health data transmissions. Blockchain would bring enhanced security and privacy into healthcare. It’s one of the perfect candidates when it comes to reliable, smart solutions.

 

Blockchain comes to the rescue in mobile healthcare data management

Blockchain is “a data structure architecture kept consistent by ‘blocks’ stored and maintained by every device connected to the blockchain network (that) are permanent time-stamped transaction records where each block links to the preceding block to create a ledger, allowing users to track and verify all submissions to the system”.

When applying this system to healthcare data, a Chinese team showed that users could manage all personal health data in a more secure way. They would be in charge when it comes to designating the level of access to their data. Healthcare providers and other third parties would have the chosen access level to the data stored on a cloud server.

The ledger system – characteristic to blockchain – would enable efficient data processing and authentication.

This could free healthcare applications from the limitations of data vulnerability. It would definitely speed up the rate of development in this field. The blockchain solution could be one answer to a pressing issue.

 

For extra details on this news, here is the source article.

 

 

 

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