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News Article | February 23, 2017
Wprowadzenie niewielkich nadajników Apex Ultra-Broadband, oprogramowania Axyom Small Cell Manager i rozwiązań mobilnego EPC sprawia, że operatorzy będą mogli kierować odpowiedzią na zapotrzebowanie na ultraszerokopasmową łączność ANDOVER, Massachusetts, 23 lutego 2017 r. /PRNewswire/ -- Firma Casa Systems, światowy lider w zakresie nowej generacji architektury dystrybuowanej i zwirtualizowanej w środowiskach mobilnych, a także sieci dostępowych kablowych i stacjonarnych usług szerokopasmowych, ogłosiła dzisiaj poszerzenie portfela rozwiązań mobilnych, tym samym otwierając drogę operatorom do wprowadzenia usług 5G. Ewolucja niewielkich nadajników Apex Ultra-Broadband firmy Casa, a także oprogramowania Axyom Small Cell Manager i wirtualnych rozwiązań mobilnego EPC, włączywszy ofertę S-GW, P-GW, MME i SAE-GW, doprowadziła do powstania potężnej architektury mobilnej typu end-to-end. Dzięki temu sieci dostawców usług łączności mogą być lepiej przygotowane na sprostanie wymogom 5G. Firma Casa zaprezentuje rozwiązania w ramach kongresu Mobile World Congress odbywającego się w dniach 27 lutego do 2 marca w Barcelonie. W celu lepszego radzenia sobie z lawinowo rosnącym zapotrzebowaniem na przepustowość w środowisku cyfrowym, które między innymi związane jest z usługami multimediów wysokiej jakości, internetem rzeczy i inteligentnymi miastami, dostawcy usług muszą podejmować przemyślane lecz proaktywne działania prowadzące do transformacji sieci, operacji i usług. Firma Casa Systems jest pionierem w zakresie umożliwiania nowych zastosowań dzięki pakietowi rozwiązań mobilnych przygotowujących operatorów na nadejście ery 5G. Dostęp mobilny i główne produkty firmy Casa Systems dają dostawcom usług elastyczność konieczną do dystrybucji funkcji sieciowych w te miejsca, w których najlepiej się sprawdzają. Ta możliwość rośnie na znaczeniu w zastosowaniach 5G ponieważ prowadzi do spłaszczenia i uskutecznienia sieci mobilnych. Rozwiązania firmy także umożliwiają programowalność sieci przez otwartą ramę interfejsów API, które uwidaczniają dane sieciowe i ułatwiają monetyzację inwestycji w sieć. Ponadto, niezależenie od lokalizacji na krańcu w serwerze 1 lub 2 RU COTS x-86 lub pełnienia roli niezależnie skalowalnych elementów w centralnym środowisku chmury obliczeniowej, rozwiązania firmy Casa zapewniają wysoką przepustowość i najlepszą w klasie wydajność na RU. – Wraz z przygotowywaniem się operatorów na nadejście 5G potrzebują oni więcej elastyczności by móc stanąć do walki z dużymi lub niszowymi konkurentami. Konkurencja rozgrywać się będzie na polu oferowania zróżnicowanych usług, które mogą odpowiadać specyficznym wymaganiom klientów przy jednoczesnym zachowaniu rentowności – wyjaśnia Dimitris Mavrakis, dyrektor działu badań skupiających się na transformacji sieci w ABI Research. – Pojawienie się zastosowań opierających się na danych, jak na przykład internet rzeczy czy komunikacja M2M i większa przepustowość mobilna sprawiają, że sytuacja jest jeszcze bardziej nagląca. Rozwiązania mobilne, które będą w stanie jednocześnie zapewnić wydajność, elastyczność i integrację z istniejącymi sieciami i rozwiązaniami odegrają krytyczną rolę w gładkiej ewolucji i pełnej realizacji obietnicy 5G – dodaje dyrektor. Ponad 25 dostawców z całego świata, włączywszy operatorów MSO pierwszego poziomu oraz mobilnych, testuje nowe rozwiązania mobilne firmy Casa w laboratoriach i w terenie. – Szybko wkraczamy do świata kręcącego się wokół internetu rzeczy. Dostawcy muszą być gotowi na świadczenie usług na poziomie, którego będą oczekiwać konsumenci. Ponadto usługi będą musiały odpowiadać wymogom przedsiębiorstw, urzędników bezpieczeństwa publicznego i innych instytucji, w tym prywatnych sieci LTE, w kwestii sprawnego wykonywania obowiązków. Oznacza to, że konieczne będzie zapewnienie infrastruktury sieciowej gotowej na 5G z najwyższym bezpieczeństwem i najmniejszą możliwą latencją – komentuje Jerry Guo, główny dyrektor wykonawczy w Casa Systems. – Przez ponad dekadę firma Casa Systems była obecna w najważniejszych punktach rozwojowych każdej technologii. Nasze rozwiązania mobilne wpisują się w tę tradycję dzięki architekturze chroniącej inwestycje sieciowe przy jednoczesnym umożliwieniu dostawcom usług szybkie wejście na rynek z usługami mobilnymi zwiększającymi zadowolenie klienta, podnoszącymi przyrost rentowności oraz zapewniającymi wydajność, pojemność i bezpieczeństwo konieczne w świecie 5G – dodaje dyrektor. O Casa Systems, Inc. Firma Casa Systems, Inc. jest światowym liderem w zakresie nowej generacji architektury dystrybuowanej i zwirtualizowanej w środowiskach mobilnych, a także sieci dostępowych kablowych i stacjonarnych usług szerokopasmowych. Jako pionier w dostawie komercyjnych systemów CCAP zapewniających realizację połączeń głosowych, wideo i danych przez pojedynczy port, firma Casa kontynuuje tradycję zapewniania przełomowych rozwiązań setkom dostawców usług na całym świecie.
News Article | February 27, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the world’s first ‘plug-and-play’ cellular modules and routers with pre-integrated global connectivity, IoT operation management and security. This new technology will dramatically reduce the time to launch IoT solutions, streamline operations and enable business model flexibility, thereby accelerating the global IoT economy. These new cellular modules and routers enable customers to select a single pre-certified solution to instantaneously connect and remotely manage a fleet of IoT products and services across the globe, and over the lifetime of the deployment. This is a vast improvement to today’s practice of procuring devices, then sourcing multiple connectivity subscriptions and SIM cards for global coverage, and finally integrating disparate provisioning and management platforms. “The complexity of deploying IoT solutions is the biggest challenge for businesses today,” said Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless. “Our new technology is much more than a SIM in a device, it’s an industry breakthrough that truly simplifies the IoT ecosystem. Our customers can focus on transforming their business and rely on Sierra Wireless to securely connect, monitor and collect data from their devices, at the right time, with the right SLA, and at the right cost.” With built-in security from device, through the mobile network, to the cloud, Sierra Wireless’ innovative technology allows users to remotely provision and change connectivity providers over the air without ever physically accessing their devices. This reduces risk and gives companies the flexibility to develop and scale IoT applications and services over time and around the world. “Sierra Wireless’ long track record and leadership experience in IoT gives them unique insight into the many hurdles businesses must overcome to bring their connected products to market,” said Dan Shey, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, ABI Research. “Having both connectivity management and device management on a single platform is a significant advantage that will allow users to leverage data from their devices and the network to drive their business. Sierra Wireless is also bringing the flexibility to access global MNOs over the air, which is a key factor in enabling the global IoT economy.” “Nube uses Sierra Wireless’ device to cloud solution for our gas monitoring solution throughout Latin America, which helped us get to market faster than expected and better manage our devices in the field,” said Chris Gnanakone, CEO and Founder of Nube. “Now, with the integration of the SIM and subscription directly into the module, this will further streamline our manufacturing, reduce the total cost of our device and make our IoT operations even more efficient.” Sierra Wireless is piloting the fully integrated solution with select customers, and it will be available for large scale deployments in the second half of 2017 in select embedded module and router products. These devices come pre-integrated with Smart SIM connectivity, the latest eUICC remote provisioning technology and the AirVantage® IoT Platform for application enablement—providing all of the IoT infrastructure needed to create, connect and manage IoT solutions. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 877-687-7795 or visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/sales. Sierra Wireless is exhibiting in the GSMA Innovation City, Hall 4, Stand #4A30 at Mobile World Congress 2017, February 27 – March 2, in Barcelona, Spain. To book a briefing at MWC please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. Customers start with Sierra because we offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com. Connect with Sierra Wireless on the IoT Blog at http://www.sierrawireless.com/iot-blog, on Twitter at @SierraWireless, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sierra-wireless and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SierraWireless. “AirVantage” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.
News Article | February 27, 2017
MELVILLE, Nueva York & BARCELONA, España--(BUSINESS WIRE)--27 de febrero, 2017--Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq: CMTL), un líder mundial en tecnologías de comunicaciones seguras y de alta fiabilidad, ha anunciado que la empresa presentará su amplio paquete de soluciones de localización, mensajería y otras tecnologías inalámbricas seguras en el Mobile World Congress 2017 en el pabellón 8.0, estand 8.1D21, del 28 de febrero al 1 de marzo en Barcelona. Reconocido por ABI Research como líd
News Article | February 15, 2017
25-year Security and Mobile Technology Industry Veteran Tapped to Lead Company through Next Stage of Global Growth; FireEye Vice President and Global Government CTO Tony Cole Joins Board FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - Feb 9, 2017) - Silent Circle, a pioneer in enterprise-class mobile security, privacy and compliance solutions, today announced Gregg Smith as chief executive officer. Joining with more than two decades of proven global experience in mobile and cybersecurity, he has led multiple companies through startup and expansion stages. In his role with Silent Circle, he is responsible for all corporate, business and product operations worldwide. Smith comes to Silent Circle following a successful tenure as chief executive officer with Optio Labs, a mobile security company. Under his leadership, the company expanded its solutions portfolio while adding market-leading customers and partners. Notable accolades included winning the Emerging Technology Award (E-Tech) for Enterprise Mobile Security and Privacy at CTIA Super Mobility in September 2016, besting such industry stalwarts as Nokia SAP. Silent Circle also announced that FireEye Vice President and Global Government Chief Technology Officer William "Tony" Cole has joined its board of directors. Retired from the U.S. Army and cited as one of the most influential industry executives affecting government, the internationally recognized security thought leader assists governments in understanding today's advanced threats and their potential impacts. FireEye has over 5,600 customers across 67 countries, including more than 40 percent of the Forbes Global 2000. According to the recently released Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report, mobile devices topped the list of security professionals' biggest sources of concern related to cyber attacks -- ahead of data in the public cloud, cloud infrastructure and user behavior such as clicking on malicious links in emails or on websites. The mobile privacy market is expected to double by 2021, according to ABI Research. Notably, secure mobile revenues will exceed $19 billion (U.S.) in that same timeframe, with more than 20 percent of those dollars generated by secure voice and secure messaging. "Securing mobile communications -- phone calls, texts, emails, videos and images -- is the new battleground in the war against corporate espionage, data theft and a range of other damaging infiltrations," said Mike Janke, Silent Circle co-founder and chairman, former member of the elite U.S. Navy SEAL Teams and internationally respected privacy and security thought leader. "Customer demand for our end-to-end encrypted, enterprise-class suite has never been stronger -- we just closed one of the strongest quarters in the company's history. We require a hands-on, five-tool player in the CEO seat as we take things to the next level. There's nobody better suited than Gregg to serve in that role. Having Tony join our board at the same time brings us tremendous insight and expertise in both positions." "I've spent more than two decades in the mobile, security and privacy sectors," Smith said. "During that time, I've seen tremendous changes in the products available and how consumers, enterprises and governments use them. The productivity advantages have never been higher, and neither have the risks. Silent Circle is a pioneer in securing mobile communications and I'm thrilled to join as the company embarks on its next stage of growth." Throughout his 25-year career, Smith has provided outstanding returns for his investors, including multiple exits with transactions totalling in excess of a half-billion dollars. Highlights include serving as CEO of mobile marketing firm Acuity Mobile, where he grew the startup into an industry leader before being acquired by NAVTEQ, a billion dollar division of Nokia. Prior to that, as president of Aether's Enterprise Division, Smith architected revenue growth from $3 million to $100 million while establishing the organization as the early leader in providing mobile solutions to the enterprise. Prompted by its growth, TeleCommunication Systems acquired the firm. A graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, Smith serves as a board member with several private companies. Given his expertise and experience, he is also a sought-after speaker at mobile, wireless and security industry events as well as at investment conferences. With Smith in place, Silent Circle's Interim CEO and General Counsel Matt Neiderman has transitioned from the company to pursue other interests. Silent Circle's products are deployed in hundreds of the most demanding network environments worldwide, including leading Fortune 100 accounts and government organizations. Designed by the best minds in mobility, encryption, security and privacy, Silent Circle's fundamentally different technology sets the standard for enterprise privacy and security. About Silent Circle Silent Circle is a leader in enterprise privacy and security, delivered through a game-changing mobile ecosystem of software and services to build a fundamentally better mobile architecture. The company was co-founded by former Navy SEAL and security expert Mike Janke; Internet Hall of Famer Phil Zimmermann, developer of Silent Circle's ZRTP cryptography protocol and co-founder of PGP Corporation; and Jon Callas, creator of Apple's whole disk encryption software and also a PGP Corporation co-founder. Silent Circle is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Visit us at www.silentcircle.com. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
News Article | February 16, 2017
LONDON, Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ABI Research finds global EMV payment card shipments reached just under three billion in 2016, marking a year-on-year (YoY) increase of less than 1%. Between 2012 and 2015, the market became accustomed to annual growth rates in the 20% to 35% range, as first China and then the U.S. began their respective migration programs. But as overstocking, paired with near saturation points, hit both countries simultaneously, orders significantly slowed in 2016 to impact the overall market. U.S. EMV shipments totaled 530 million units in 2016, marking a YoY decrease of 19%. Overstocking proved a major barrier in 2016, having an additional knock-on effect on contactless issuance expectations as issuers first focus on depleting existing contact card stock. The U.S. will not likely see a significant move to contactless until 2018, with the Citi Costco card being the only significant portfolio to shift to the contactless interface to date. China's 2016 YoY reduction stood at -3.9%, affected by lower than usual social security payment and pure payment People's Bank of China (PBOC) card issuance. Recent events in China may also slow the country's short to mid-term growth prospects, with the country's major payment network, UnionPay, pausing co-branded card issuance alongside a recent government initiative launched to limit the number of bank accounts one person can hold at a singular bank. Although 2016 proved a forgetful year for the U.S. and China, India showed significant promise as the region begins to increase EMV card issuance in line with the mandate set by the Reserve Bank of India. "India is arguably the last major country of significance to begin its EMV migration process," says Phil Sealy, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. "India will not only bring valuable growth in terms of shifting from mag-stripe to EMV card replacements, but the region also represents a fantastic market opportunity to seize new greenfield banking clients and open the doors for vendors to target net new issuance opportunities." India is quickly moving from the physical (cash) to the digital, with measures now in place to ensure that the region maximizes digital payments opportunities. Firstly, the RuPay initiative continues to be a success in increasing digital banking inclusion. Secondly, a government-led initiative designed to reduce corruption by removing the 500 and 1,000-rupee cash denominations from circulation resulted in an unexpected boost for the digital payments market. "Removal of the 500 and 1,000-rupee cash denominations directly led to a cash crisis, and as a direct result, increased demand for point-of-sale terminals and banking access," concludes Sealy. "A country once so reliant on cash was put into an instant state of shock, but the subsequent reaction will prove a positive one for all involved in the digital payments market." These findings are from ABI Research's Payment and Banking Card Technologies (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1022854-payment-banking-card-technologies/) report. About ABI Research ABI Research stands at the forefront of technology market research, providing business leaders with comprehensive research and consulting services to help them implement informed, transformative technology decisions. Founded more than 25 years ago, the company's global team of senior and long-tenured analysts delivers deep market data forecasts, analyses, and teardown services. ABI Research is an industry pioneer, proactively uncovering ground-breaking business cycles and publishing research 18 to 36 months in advance of other organizations. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.
News Article | February 22, 2017
LONDON, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With the biometrics market to exceed $10 billion by 2021, ABI Research identifies four technologies that innovative and agile startups must incorporate into their solutions to secure significant share in the changing competitive landscape: multifactor authentication (MFA), point-of-sale (PoS), mobile payments, and passive authentication. "Companies can no longer afford to cut corners when it comes to security," says Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. "Pairing biometrics with MFA and passive authentication is a natural evolution of the technology, as it complements traditional authentication with higher security factors that can be further adjusted as part of a greater risk assessment system." ABI Research finds HYPR, KnuEdge, UnifyID, and Yubico to be proven innovators in the global biometrics market. The companies create and deliver pioneering solutions that incorporate high-tech with low-cost hardware tokens, decentralize control using blockchain multimodal biometrics, feature military-grade voice recognition, or even leverage a host of connected sensors to gait biometrics for seamless authentication. Payments are also a driving force within the biometrics market, particularly as millennials fuel adoption rates for new applications. Companies like Atom Bank, Biyo, Nymi, Smart Metric, Veridium, VKansee, and Zwipe are disrupting the market landscape through transformative technologies ranging from continuous heart rate recognition in wearables, high resolution spoof-resistant sensors, smart card embedded fingerprint sensors, biometrical digital-only banking solutions, as well as four-finger recognition and palm-vein payments. "Successful vendors will need to tackle convenience and interoperability factors, minimize total cost of ownership without compromising security, as well as prove their abilities to comply with emerging industry specifications that do not compromise data privacy," concludes Pavlakis. These findings are from ABI Research's Hot Tech Innovators: Biometrics (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1027194-hot-tech-innovators-biometrics/) report. ABI Research stands at the forefront of technology market research, providing business leaders with comprehensive research and consulting services to help them implement informed, transformative technology decisions. Founded more than 25 years ago, the company's global team of senior and long-tenured analysts delivers deep market data forecasts, analyses, and teardown services. ABI Research is an industry pioneer, proactively uncovering ground-breaking business cycles and publishing research 18 to 36 months in advance of other organizations. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.
News Article | February 27, 2017
LONDON & BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has expanded its popular xE866 family of high performing, low power modules to meet the needs of an even broader range of IoT applications. The additions mark the industry’s only offering of a module family in a single LGA form factor to offer multiple Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity options as well as Wireless Personal Area Networking (PAN) short range wireless technologies and Wireless Wide Local Area network (WLAN). “Telit is the preferred supplier for multi-national customers implementing IoT solutions worldwide because of the many ways we partner with them to devise enduring IoT-based business solutions - we call it Telit IoT Know How. An element of that is Telit’s design-once-use-anywhere philosophy that, along with other customer-value centric directives, guides our modules development,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit Executive Vice President of Products and Solutions. “By extending this product family to support more new and rising IoT standards like LoRa, NBIoT, Wi-Fi, in combination with our Telit IoT Platforms and IoT Connectivity, we are establishing the xE866 as the go-to data communication module for applications in the most varied environments.” IoT solutions, many of which are battery-dependent, are deployed in various environments that demand different technologies, such as smart buildings and cities, tracking and telematics, healthcare, and remote monitoring including smart meters in the utilities sector. The xE866 modules enable companies to easily add any number of popular low power wireless connection to their IoT innovation, without the need to modify their designs to accommodate each new standard—all while extending the battery life of devices. With this approach, an application designed for use in an environment that is best suited for the licensed spectrum 3GPP standard Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) could easily be deployed in another environment better suited for unlicensed band proprietary LoRaWANTM, with little to no impact. “Smart metering, for example, often requires a single meter control board and application software that can easily be used to support utilities needing a mix of coverage types,” Ben-Hamou continued. “By offering every trending connectivity technology, we are ensuring that we can meet our customers’ diverse challenges, while helping them keep operating, development and future upgrade costs down.” The ultra-compact family already well adopted in the market with long-standing GE866 2G/GPRS and UE866 3G/UMTS series, now includes LTE Cat 1, NB-IoT, LoRa in combination with BLE and Wi-Fi models —all with a common AT command set and additional unique features. The xE866 family form factor follows a nested scalability concept with models from 15x19mm to 15X25mm respecting pin out compatibility. The Q4 2016 LPWA Market Data report from industry analyst firm ABI Research reports that Cellular LPWA network technologies will have exponential connection growth from 2018 onward as telecommunications companies upgrade their networks in 2017. As networks and technology evolve, future-proof designs transition from desirable to essential for businesses that need scalable solutions for global, mass production. The agnostic flexibility the xE866 modules offer, combined with reliability, industry-leading performance, and quality testing practices that go beyond the industry standard, is what separates Telit quality and IoT know-how from other offerings in the market. Telit’s booth at Mobile World Congress, taking place February 27 – March 2, 2017. The booth is located in Hall 5, booth 5E61. To book a meeting at Mobile World Congress, please register here. Telit (AIM: TCM), is a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) enablement. The company offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of integrated products and services for end-to-end IoT deployments – including cellular communication modules in all technologies, GNSS, short-to-long range wireless modules, IoT connectivity plans and IoT platform services. Through the IoT Portal, Telit makes IoT onboarding easy, reduces risk, time to market, complexity and costs for asset tracking, remote monitoring and control, telematics, industrial automation and others, across many industries and vertical markets worldwide. Copyright © 2017 Telit Communications PLC. All rights reserved. Telit and all associated logos are trademarks of Telit Communications PLC in the United States and other countries. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
News Article | February 21, 2017
LONDON, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The potential surrounding next-generation RTLS and asset tracking technologies will move from proof of concept to full scale deployments in 2017, laying the foundation for a break out year in 2018, forecasts ABI Research. ABI Research is beginning to see BLE beacon and other next-generation RTLS and asset tracking technology deployments in the transport and logistics, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and commercial buildings verticals. The low-cost, high-accuracy combination is creating new opportunities in applications like pallet tracking, condition monitoring, last mile delivery, inventory, and tools/asset tracking. Beacons, which are also well-suited for consumer asset tracking, will continue to accelerate significantly in 2017 and 2018, as large beacon networks help catalyze the critical end user population. With a growing number of startups with strong IPs infiltrating the market landscape, industry incumbents need to understand who they should collaborate with and what new technology initiatives will start to take form. HID Global recently acquired high-accuracy startup Bluvision, and Cisco invested in MIST Systems. ABI Research expects to see more investments, partnerships, and acquisitions over the next two years. While active RFiD is starting to look outdated and expensive in comparison to new technologies, passive RFiD remains the overbearing entity in the RTLS and asset tracking market, particularly with retail migrating to in-store item level tracking. This was a big trend at NRF this year, with Zebra launching its new SmartSense technology, while Intel demoed its new Retail Sensor Platform. Though the industry is still three to four years away from passive BLE, startups are working on the problem. In the short-to-medium term, ultra wideband technology could be become an interesting alternative, given its high accuracy. These findings are from ABI Research's BLE Beacon Technologies, Applications, and Revenues (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1022883-ble-beacon-technologies-applications-and-r/) report. ABI Research stands at the forefront of technology market research, providing business leaders with comprehensive research and consulting services to help them implement informed, transformative technology decisions. Founded more than 25 years ago, the company's global team of senior and long-tenured analysts delivers deep market data forecasts, analyses, and teardown services. ABI Research is an industry pioneer, proactively uncovering ground-breaking business cycles and publishing research 18 to 36 months in advance of other organizations. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.
News Article | February 16, 2017
Sometimes, machines just don’t sound right. Brakes squeal, hard drives crunch, air conditioners rattle, and their owners know it’s time for a service call. But some of the most valuable machinery in the world often operates with nobody around to hear the mechanical breakdowns, from the chillers and pumps that drive big-building climate control systems to the massive turbines at hydroelectric power plants. That’s why a number of startups are working to train computers to pick up on changes in the sounds, vibrations, heat emissions, and other signals that machines give off as they’re working or failing. The hope is that the computers can catch mechanical failures before they happen, saving on repair costs and reducing downtime. "We’re developing an expert mechanic’s brain that identifies exactly what is happening to a machine by the way that it sounds," says Amnon Shenfeld, founder and CEO of 3DSignals, a startup based in Kfar Saba, Israel, that is using machine learning to train computers to listen to machinery and diagnose problems at facilities like hydroelectric plants and steel mills. And while most current efforts are currently focused on large-scale machinery, Shenfeld says the same sort of technology might one day help detect failures in home appliances or in devices like self-driving cars or rental vehicles that don’t spend much time in the hands of an owner who’s used to their usual sounds. "When you have car-as-a-service, the person in the car doesn’t know the car," he says. "If it sounds strange, you’re losing this link with the human in the car deciding it’s time to take it to the mechanic." Initially, 3DSignals’ systems can detect anomalous sounds based on physical modeling of particular types of equipment, notifying an expert mechanic to diagnose the problem. And once the problem is fixed, the mechanic’s diagnosis is added to 3DSignals’ database, which it uses to train its algorithms to not only detect unusual sounds, but also interpret them to understand what kind of repair is needed. "The next time we hit this signature on the same machine for the same customer or another customer using the same type of machine, it will not just be anomaly detection," says Shenfeld. And while 3DSignals focuses entirely on using its machine learning tools to process acoustic data—an area Shenfeld says is surprisingly neglected outside of speech recognition—other companies are using a variety of other types of data to detect and diagnose mechanical problems. Systems from Augury, a startup with offices in New York and Haifa, Israel, monitor vibrations, temperature ultrasound, and electromagnetic emissions from machinery, typically large-scale heating and cooling systems. The company offers a portable tool a technician can use to capture a reading to an iPhone or Android device, where an app offers a real-time diagnosis as well as a continuous monitoring system, says cofounder and CEO Saar Yoskovitz. "One of our customers, located in Ohio, had a thunderstorm at 2 a.m., and the whole building went dark," he says. "The generator was supposed to pick up automatically but it didn’t, and the way that they learned about it was through an alert they got from Augury." In more complicated situations, the system uses machine learning-based algorithms and a growing library of signals of different types of errors to suggest what’s wrong and what technicians can do to repair the machine, he says. "Over time, we’ve collected probably the largest malfunction dictionary in the world for our types of machines," says Yoskovitz. For another startup, called Presenso, also based in Haifa, the exact type of data being monitored is less important than how it changes over time and what that signals about the machine’s operation. The company’s systems record data from sensors already installed in industrial equipment as part of existing control processes, streaming readings to Presenso’s cloud servers. "We don’t care, or we don’t need to know, if the sensor we’re analyzing now measures temperature or voltage or flow," says CEO and cofounder Eitan Vesely. Presenso’s software tools use a variety of machine learning techniques to effectively build a model of a machine’s operations based on the sensor data it receives. The tools provide visualizations of unusual readings, and how different they are from normal operations. "They don’t need any human guidance or [to] know what the physical attributes are that are being measured," Vesely says. "The goal is for them to learn by themselves how the machine operates." And while real-time breakdown detection is obviously useful for companies operating machines in their own facilities, experts say it could also be useful to equipment vendors or insurance companies providing financial coverage in the case of downtime. "If a company has downtime or business interruption insurance, that’s something where it becomes incredibly relevant and also a money saver," says Ryan Martin, a senior analyst at ABI Research. Having more reliable predictions of when machines need maintenance could also spur equipment makers to effectively offer time as a service, charging industrial users either extended warranties or even charging by the hour for the guaranteed use of their equipment without incurring too much risk to themselves, says Augury’s Yoskovitz. "One of the problems with this business model is they hold all the risk," he says. "If anything goes wrong, they pay for it, and they’re looking for ways to lower this risk."
News Article | February 16, 2017
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