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News Article | April 24, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

- Forecasts & analysis of the 5 automotive big data submarket revenues between 2016 and 2026 - ADAS / Autonomous - User Experience / Feature Tracking - Diagnostics - Location - Others ·         Overview and analysis of the role of standards and regulations - Analysis of the solutions and applications for automotive big data - SWOT analysis of the automotive big data market - Profiles of 10 leading companies involved in the automotive big data market as well as their automotive telematics product portfolio. - BMW AG - Daimler AG - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Ford Motor - General Motors - Honda Motor - Tesla Motors - Toyota - Volkswagen - Volvo ·         Key technologies analysed which are driving growth in automotive big data - Connected Car - Vehicle to Everything Telematics (V2X, V2I, V2P, V2G, V2V Communications, - Self-Driving Autonomous Vehicles (AV) - Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) - Pay As You Drive (PAYD) - Infotainment - The Internet of Things (IoT) To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/automotive-big-data-market-revenue-accounted-to-exceed-47-billion-in-2016-300444714.html


News Article | September 19, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DSP Concepts, Inc., a developer of embedded digital signal processing audio solutions and specialist in voice UI technologies, announced today that it has raised $10M in Series A funding, led by BMW i Ventures, with participation from Walden International Ventures and prominent angel investor David Tsang. With smartphones reaching the top of their product life cycle and intelligent assistants like Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri becoming increasingly popular, voice UI is poised to become the next dominant user interface across all industries, from car infotainment systems and consumer electronics, to IoT products and home automation. Realizing the need for faster development and more reliable voice recognition performance, DSP Concepts has developed a series of product offerings powered by its Audio Weaver™ audio processing software. These solutions accelerate time-to-market and achieve maximum performance for any product design at a lower system cost. Partners of DSP Concepts include Amlogic, Cadence Design Systems, Knowles Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments Inc., and several other leading suppliers of DSP and SoC solutions. “Consumers have already purchased millions of voice-controlled products, and while they’ve become aware of the power and convenience of voice UI, they’ve also experienced the frustrations that occur when voice UI devices don’t respond quickly and accurately,” said Dr. Paul Beckmann, Chief Technology Officer and founder of DSP Concepts. “Voice UI products powered by our Audio Weaver modular DSP software can be designed and tuned to get the best possible performance from any product or form factor, while saving system costs by taking advantage of available processing power already onboard an SoC or microcontroller.” "Voice UI will play a huge role in the evolution of the car toward becoming an extension of our digital lives. The type of agile development of voice UI capabilities that DSP Concepts enables will become key for companies that want to bring their products to the next level in alignment with this vision,” said Christian Noske, a partner at BMW i Ventures. In an automotive use case, Audio Weaver’s framework streamlines the telematics development process. The software provides nearly unlimited audio processing options within a head unit software stack, rather than requiring a separate DSP. Audio Weaver can also take advantage of the multicore architecture of today’s powerful infotainment SoCs. When OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers all use Audio Weaver, they get the same tuning and design environment, which makes team interaction much easier and more effective. Suppliers and OEMs can prototype their designs on different processors through emulation, allowing them to determine which processor choice is optimal for their product. Audio Weaver also makes it easy to incorporate third-party algorithms into an automotive electronics system. All of these processes work efficiently and transparently, reducing development risk. The new Series A funding enables DSP Concepts to transition from their long-established engineering services business to a technology licensing business by making their tested and proven technology available to everyone. John Whitecar has joined DSP Concepts as Chief Operating Officer to help scale operations. Prior to joining DSP Concepts, Whitecar was responsible for all wireless platforms at Tesla. He has extensive knowledge of the automotive supply chain and the technology ecosystem, having served previously as CTO of infotainment platforms for Texas Instruments and systems architect for Visteon Corporation and Ford Motor Company. DSP Concepts, Inc. provides embedded audio digital signal processing solutions delivered through its Audio Weaver® platform. Audio Weaver’s versatility and flexibility allow it to achieve superior performance from any combination of components. DSP Concepts specializes in microphone processing, as well as playback processing, and is the leading supplier to top tier brands in automotive and consumer products. Founded by Dr. Paul Beckmann in 2003, DSP Concepts is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information about DSP Concepts, Inc., please contact us via email: info@dspconcepts.com or web: www.dspconcepts.com or follow us on social media Twitter, Youtube, and DSP Concepts Blog. BMW i Ventures, BMW’s EUR 500 Mio venture capital fund, invests money and resources in startups in the fields of autonomous driving, digital car and automotive cloud, e-mobility, artificial Intelligence and data, industry 4.0, shared and on-demand mobility, customer digital life, and energy services. The firm has already partnered with innovative companies such as Carbon3D, Chargepoint, JustPark, Life360, Moovit, Nauto, Scoop, Stratim, Turo and Zendrive. BMW i Ventures invests in all stages from seed and incubation to growth companies. Walden International is a leading international venture capital firm that has provided investors access to cross-border, IT opportunities with the advantage of an unrivaled Pan Asian network since 1987. The firm funds total over US$2.3 billion in committed capital. Walden International’s investments include GoPro Inc., Creative Technology, MindTree, SINA, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., AutoNavi, Inphi, Silergy Corp., Ambarella, Inc., Ndoors, Com2uS, SundayToz, JobStreet, Brandtology, HungryGoWhere, YFind Technologies, iKang HealthCare Group, Sinosun Technology and Solaredge Technologies, Inc. Audio Weaver is a registered trademark of DSP Concepts, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


News Article | November 27, 2016
Site: www.theenergycollective.com

When Elon Musk announced his lower-priced Tesla 3 electric car in the spring of 2016, he opened the press conference with rhetorical questions. “Why does Tesla exist? Why are we making electric cars?” The audience of car fanatics and techies didn’t expect the answer he gave, though a clue came from the fact that Musk was already working to fold his other company, SolarCity, into Tesla. He continued: “Because it’s very important to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport…for the future of the world.” Then Musk started talking about the world’s “record CO2 levels,” noting, “The chart looks like a vertical line, and it’s still climbing!” He sees Tesla as targeting climate change — the cars will connect to the solar systems and home storage batteries, so “every individual is their own utility,” and less carbon is emitted. Not what you’d expect from a car company. Musk seldom uses the phrase, but what he was talking about was the Internet of Things (IoT) — putting computing intelligence into the objects and systems that surround us, connecting them to the network, and stitching it all into a digital ecosystem. Tesla’s cars, solar collectors and batteries all are connected, communicating via the internet. While the concept of IoT has been batted around the tech industry for a decade, with companies including Cisco and Intel placing hefty bets on its success, only now — suddenly — is it starting to make sense. IoT’s “killer app” — what’s going to make it indispensable to society — will be combating climate change. As much as the steam engine reconfigured Western economies at the start of the industrial revolution, IoT may shift how our energy system works as the world focuses on its climate crisis. What is primarily causing the climate to warm, and weather to go wild, is the way humankind is flooding the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. We generate CO2 when we burn fuels like coal, petroleum, or natural gas. We thus need both to become radically more energy-efficient and to drive carbon out of the electricity generating system, even as we use electricity in more ways (like powering vehicles). But the electricity must be produced using sustainable sources like solar and wind that don’t create CO2. Up until recently this equation really didn’t add up — in part because wind and solar could only be relied upon some of the time. As Robert Gaudette, a top executive at giant utility NRG, puts it, “The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, so you end up with these intermittent resources in your grid.” Historically, electricity always had to be consumed exactly when it was generated. The minute someone wanted more supply, a utility had to generate it into the grid. But there was no way to adjust demand. IoT enables the creation of a smart electric system in which there can be flexibility in both supply and demand. It makes possible, for the first time, a responsive energy network in which both production and usage can be quantified in real time, and correlated. Power will no longer need to be produced only when it is consumed, because we will have new ways of predicting demand, adjusting usage, and storing energy. For one thing, periods of peak demand will begin to be accommodated as much by conservation of electricity as by additional production. “Once your lightbulbs and your air conditioners become connected and part of the Internet of Things , you can aggregate your resources,” says NRG’s Gaudette. Once all those appliances are stitched into the network, they can be selectively turned down, or turned off. Commercial power users like factories and offices, in addition to residential customers, can benefit from this ecosystem. Businesses as well as homes increasingly will have “smart meters” that enable a utility to gather information and, with the user’s consent, modify usage. Utilities gain the ability to adjust a user’s electric load, and reward customers for using less power at peak times. Such a system might automatically turn off appliances like water heaters, or temporarily adjust thermostats when energy demand is up. This allows customers to become suppliers rather than just consumers of power. What’s more, at the end of the month, many customers will get a rebate on their electricity bill. Conservation is not the only way users can help the energy grid adapt to periods of high demand. The giant batteries in electric vehicles can serve as a source of supply to the smart connected grid when they are parked and plugged in. If the grid needs to find an extra megawatt of power to satisfy demand, it doesn’t matter to it whether that electricity comes from a power plant or from somewhere else, be it an idle battery or conservation elsewhere. All these connected systems will make it possible to rely much more on variable sources of power like wind and solar. Many experts originally thought such sustainable sources couldn’t comprise more than 10% of total energy production, at best, because of how intermittent they were. But as the potential of the IoT has become clearer, it now appears that as much as 80% of the world’s total energy production could eventually come from renewables. NRG, the giant commercial utility where Gaudette works, is so confident of such a transition that it has a firm goal of reducing its overall carbon emissions 50% by 2030, even as the company expects to continue growing. And by 2050 it promises to cut CO2 an impressive 90%, using 2014 emissions as a baseline. The move toward connected electric vehicles is a major part of this transition. There are already more than two million plug-in vehicles in operation worldwide. A recent study by McKinsey & Co. and Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimated that plug-ins could account for as many as 60% of all vehicles in high-density developed cities by 2030. Affluent Norway has a national target that only electric cars are to be sold there after 2025. Germany is moving in the same direction. And California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is already conducting an experiment with BMW using electric vehicles as sources of supply when they are plugged in and not in use. The nations of the world committed in the Paris Agreement to work towards limiting the warming of the earth’s atmosphere to no more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, beyond which scientists consider extremely dangerous. To achieve that, the world must reduce carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. It’s a daunting task, but estimates by communications equipment giant Ericsson and environmental group Carbon War Room both say advances in machine-to-machine communications, or IoT, can get us a good part of the way there, contributing to as much as an 18% reduction by 2030. Ericsson is a major developer of the next phase in wireless communications, 5G, which will be critical for the widespread IoT systems necessary. Connected devices will offer plenty of additional ways to make society and its energy use more efficient, and reduce carbon production. For example, a relatively simple recent project in Los Angeles synchronized traffic lights to enable traffic to flow more smoothly, not only conserving drivers’ time but saving more than 35 million gallons of gasoline annually. Drivers sitting in traffic just in the United States burn an estimated three billion extra gallons of gas each year, contributing over 25 million tons of unnecessary CO2 emissions. Even something as basic as smart trash cans can play a role. Since they announce when they are full, garbage trucks don’t drive to empty them as often. Some regions have reduced pickups by 80%. One of the biggest challenges for a lower-carbon future is that regulation and business models are lagging behind technology. We need to reward entrepreneurs who use IoT to drive down pollution. We need business models that incorporate and respond to the reality that electricity is more valuable at some times than at others. As the grid becomes more complex, it’s essential to add more information–about when renewables are available, where electricity can be stored or drawn from, and when demand can be delayed. It’s clear that IoT will not change our lives by automatically reordering food for our refrigerators, as a longstanding technology cliché would have it. Summarizes Arun Majumdar, director of Stanford’s Precourt Center for Energy: “The Internet of Things can help decarbonize our energy system, provide modern energy systems to every human being, manage our infrastructure, and allow us to adapt to and address climate change.”


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.1 | Award Amount: 26.75M | Year: 2012

In 2020, mobile and wireless traffic volume is expected to increase thousand-fold over 2010 figures. Moreover, an increase in the number of wirelessly-connected devices to counts in the tens of billions will have a profound impact on society. Massive machine communication, forming the basis for the Internet of Things, will make our everyday life more efficient, comfortable and safer, through a wide range of applications including traffic safety and medical services. The variety of applications and traffic types originating from or reaching mobile, WLAN, and sensor networks, will be significantly larger than today, and will result in more diverse requirements on services, devices and networks.\n\nMETIS is set up by leading global players to prepare the migration from todays mobile systems, focused on human communications, towards tomorrows multi-purpose global communication infrastructure, serving humans and things.\n\nThe main objective of METIS is to lay the foundation for, and to generate a European consensus on this future global mobile and wireless communications system. METIS will provide valuable and timely contributions to pre-standardisation and regulation processes, and ensure European leadership in mobile and wireless communications.\n\nMETIS will provide fundamentally new solutions which fit the needs beyond 2020. Research will be conducted on network topologies, radio links, multi-node, and spectrum usage techniques. Horizontal topics will be used to integrate the research results into a system concept that provides the necessary flexibility, versatility and scalability at a low cost. The METIS concept will be evaluated, and a roadmap will be generated.\n\nMETIS is a strong European consortium, completed by selected non-European partners to ensure global harmonisation. The consortium gathers major telecommunication stakeholders; vendors, operators and academic researchers, together with a new partner from the automotive industry to provide new insights


Cognitive Collaboratories with Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra help IBM partners drive hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue from the Internet of Things IBM Breathes Life into Connected Home and Vehicles with New Innovation Space for IoT Standards Organization EEBus ARMONK, New York and MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced a major ecosystem initiative to drive collaborative innovation with dozens of clients and partners as it opens the doors of its new $200M global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany. In the first ever cognitive collaboratories, Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra will collocate development teams at the IBM center which will also act as an innovation space for the European IoT standards organization EEBus. "We have reached a tipping point with IoT innovation: we now have over 6,000 clients and partners around the world many of who are now wanting to join us in our new global Watson IoT center to co-innovate," said Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson IoT, Cognitive Engagement and Education. "Together we are building a new global IoT innovation ecosystem that will explore how cognitive and IoT technologies will transform industries and our daily lives." Late last year IBM announced that car maker BMW will collocate part of its research and development operations at IBM's new Watson IoT center to help reimagine the driving experience. Now, IBM is announcing four more companies that have signed up to join its special industry "collaboratories" where clients and partners work together with IBM's 1,000 Munich-based IoT experts to tap into the latest design thinking and push the boundaries of what is possible with IoT: Avnet -- New Joint IoT Lab IT distributor and global IBM partner Avnet will open a new joint IoT Lab within IBM's Watson IoT HQ to develop, build, demonstrate and sell IoT solutions powered by IBM Watson. Working closely with IBM's leading technologists and IoT experts, Avnet also plans to enhance its IoT technical expertise through hands-on training and on-the-job learning. Avnet's team of IoT and analytics experts will also partner with IBM on joint business development opportunities across multiple industries including smart buildings, smart homes, industry, transportation, medical and consumer. "There is no limit to how IOT can be used to improve the world. We're already seeing tremendous potential in the new IOT applications that we're developing with our customers, which range from protecting our children to preventing Legionnaires' disease," said Eric Williams, global vice president of IOT, Avnet. "Avnet's latest collaboration with IBM will accelerate our ability to provide customers with the foundation they need to rapidly develop marketable IOT solutions." BNP Paribas -- Driving Watson IoT-based Innovation for the Banking Industry "BNP Paribas, via Consorsbank, its retail digital bank in Germany, is very happy to partner with IBM´s new Watson IoT Center", said Kai Friedrich, CEO of the Consorsbank business. "We will collocate a team of solution architects, developers and business development personnel at IBM's Watson IoT Center. Together with IBM's experts, they will explore how IoT and cognitive technologies can drive transformation in the banking industry and help innovate new financial products and services such as investment advice." Capgemini -- Helping Clients like Faurecia Drive Digital Transformation  Global IT consulting and technology services provider Capgemini will collocate a team of cognitive IoT experts at IBM's Watson IoT center. Together they will help customers maximize the potential of Industry 4.0 and develop and take to market sector-specific cognitive IoT solutions. Capgemini plans a close link between its Munich Applied Innovation Exchange and IBM's new Customer Experience zones to collaborate with clients in an interactive environment. "We decided to collocate Capgemini's technical and business development experts alongside IBM's in order to forge an even deeper relationship between two companies that will accelerate the digital transformation of our clients. Our people and clients will have full access to IBM's technologies, experts and resources, thereby significantly shortening the time to market," said Fernando Alvarez, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. One company already benefitting from this close collaboration is Faurecia – one of the world's largest international automotive parts manufacturers which has adopted new joint predictive maintenance solutions from IBM and Capgemini in order to increase the efficiency and reliability of its manufacturing operations. Tech Mahindra -- Eyes substantial new revenue from IBM Watson IoT platform Indian multinational provider of enterprise and communications IT and networking technology Tech Mahindra, is one of IBM's Global System Integrators with over 3,000 specialists focussed on IBM technology around the world. The company will locate a team of 6 developers and engineers within the Watson IoT HQ to help deliver on Tech Mahindra's vision of generating substantial new revenue based on IBM's Watson IoT platform. Tech Mahindra will use the center to co-create and showcase new solutions based on IBM's Watson IoT platform especially for Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing, Precision Farming, Healthcare, Insurance and Banking and automotive. "IBM is a key partner for our IoT strategy. By collocating in IBM's Watson IoT Center, we will not only co-create new solutions and services, but will ensure our proximity to key European clients especially around Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing," said Vikram Nair, President Tech Mahindra EMEA. Breathing Life into the Connected Home and Vehicles with EEBus IBM has announced that as part of its new membership to EEBus (Europe's leading IoT alliance initiated by the German Government) it will provide the organization with an Innovation Space within its new Watson IoT Center. This space will be used to imagine, build and showcase solutions that combine IoT technologies and open standards. The EEBus Initiative has over 60 members who are leading stakeholders in the Connected Home including Bosch, ABB, SMA, Miele, Schneider and Vaillant as well as the major European automotive brands. Members of the EEBus Initiative collaborate in various working groups to establish a standardized and common language for the interoperability of connected devices. Smart Heating, electrical vehicles, photovoltaic systems and other appliances can thus communicate seamlessly about energy management and usability. "Joining the innovation space within IBM's Watson IoT-Center gives the EEBus Initiative the ability to accelerate the development of its global cross-industry network and enlarge its reach," said Peter Kellendonk, 1st Chairman of the non-profit organisation. "We are convinced, that the smart use of energy will be one of the major use cases in the future development of the IoT." Across the globe, IBM is working with more than 6,000 clients across industries to help them truly realize the benefits of the IoT.  Many of these IoT innovations are on display at IBM's Watson IoT headquarters in Munich, Germany, where today, IBM and customers, partners and influencers are gathering for the first ever Genius of Things Summit. At the summit, attendees will hear from Watson IoT clients who are implementing innovative IoT solutions to drive exceptional outcomes. For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/iot or @IBMIoT on Twitter.


Cognitive Collaboratories with Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra help IBM partners drive hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue from the Internet of Things IBM Breathes Life into Connected Home and Vehicles with New Innovation Space for IoT Standards Organization EEBus ARMONK, New York and MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced a major ecosystem initiative to drive collaborative innovation with dozens of clients and partners as it opens the doors of its new $200M global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany. In the first ever cognitive collaboratories, Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra will collocate development teams at the IBM center which will also act as an innovation space for the European IoT standards organization EEBus. "We have reached a tipping point with IoT innovation: we now have over 6,000 clients and partners around the world many of who are now wanting to join us in our new global Watson IoT center to co-innovate," said Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson IoT, Cognitive Engagement and Education. "Together we are building a new global IoT innovation ecosystem that will explore how cognitive and IoT technologies will transform industries and our daily lives." Late last year IBM announced that car maker BMW will collocate part of its research and development operations at IBM's new Watson IoT center to help reimagine the driving experience. Now, IBM is announcing four more companies that have signed up to join its special industry "collaboratories" where clients and partners work together with IBM's 1,000 Munich-based IoT experts to tap into the latest design thinking and push the boundaries of what is possible with IoT: Avnet – New Joint IoT Lab IT distributor and global IBM partner Avnet will open a new joint IoT Lab within IBM's Watson IoT HQ to develop, build, demonstrate and sell IoT solutions powered by IBM Watson. Working closely with IBM's leading technologists and IoT experts, Avnet also plans to enhance its IoT technical expertise through hands-on training and on-the-job learning. Avnet's team of IoT and analytics experts will also partner with IBM on joint business development opportunities across multiple industries including smart buildings, smart homes, industry, transportation, medical and consumer. "There is no limit to how IOT can be used to improve the world. We're already seeing tremendous potential in the new IOT applications that we're developing with our customers, which range from protecting our children to preventing Legionnaires' disease," said Eric Williams, global vice president of IOT, Avnet. "Avnet's latest collaboration with IBM will accelerate our ability to provide customers with the foundation they need to rapidly develop marketable IOT solutions." BNP Paribas – Driving Watson IoT-based Innovation for the Banking Industry "BNP Paribas, via Consorsbank, its retail digital bank in Germany, is very happy to partner with IBM´s new Watson IoT Center", said Kai Friedrich, CEO of the Consorsbank business. "We will collocate a team of solution architects, developers and business development personnel at IBM's Watson IoT Center. Together with IBM's experts, they will explore how IoT and cognitive technologies can drive transformation in the banking industry and help innovate new financial products and services such as investment advice." Capgemini – Helping Clients like Faurecia Drive Digital Transformation Global IT consulting and technology services provider Capgemini will collocate a team of cognitive IoT experts at IBM's Watson IoT center. Together they will help customers maximize the potential of Industry 4.0 and develop and take to market sector-specific cognitive IoT solutions. Capgemini plans a close link between its Munich Applied Innovation Exchange and IBM's new Customer Experience zones to collaborate with clients in an interactive environment. "We decided to collocate Capgemini's technical and business development experts alongside IBM's in order to forge an even deeper relationship between two companies that will accelerate the digital transformation of our clients. Our people and clients will have full access to IBM's technologies, experts and resources, thereby significantly shortening the time to market," said Fernando Alvarez, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. One company already benefitting from this close collaboration is Faurecia – one of the world's largest international automotive parts manufacturers which has adopted new joint predictive maintenance solutions from IBM and Capgemini in order to increase the efficiency and reliability of its manufacturing operations. Tech Mahindra – Eyes substantial new revenue from IBM Watson IoT platform Indian multinational provider of enterprise and communications IT and networking technology Tech Mahindra, is one of IBM's Global System Integrators with over 3,000 specialists focussed on IBM technology around the world. The company will locate a team of 6 developers and engineers within the Watson IoT HQ to help deliver on Tech Mahindra's vision of generating substantial new revenue based on IBM's Watson IoT platform. Tech Mahindra will use the center to co-create and showcase new solutions based on IBM's Watson IoT platform especially for Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing, Precision Farming, Healthcare, Insurance and Banking and automotive. "IBM is a key partner for our IoT strategy. By collocating in IBM's Watson IoT Center, we will not only co-create new solutions and services, but will ensure our proximity to key European clients especially around Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing," said Vikram Nair, President Tech Mahindra EMEA. Breathing Life into the Connected Home and Vehicles with EEBus IBM has announced that as part of its new membership to EEBus (Europe's leading IoT alliance initiated by the German Government) it will provide the organization with an Innovation Space within its new Watson IoT Center. This space will be used to imagine, build and showcase solutions that combine IoT technologies and open standards. The EEBus Initiative has over 60 members who are leading stakeholders in the Connected Home including Bosch, ABB, SMA, Miele, Schneider and Vaillant as well as the major European automotive brands. Members of the EEBus Initiative collaborate in various working groups to establish a standardized and common language for the interoperability of connected devices. Smart Heating, electrical vehicles, photovoltaic systems and other appliances can thus communicate seamlessly about energy management and usability. "Joining the innovation space within IBM's Watson IoT-Center gives the EEBus Initiative the ability to accelerate the development of its global cross-industry network and enlarge its reach," said Peter Kellendonk, 1st Chairman of the non-profit organisation. "We are convinced, that the smart use of energy will be one of the major use cases in the future development of the IoT." Across the globe, IBM is working with more than 6,000 clients across industries to help them truly realize the benefits of the IoT.  Many of these IoT innovations are on display at IBM's Watson IoT headquarters in Munich, Germany, where today, IBM and customers, partners and influencers are gathering for the first ever Genius of Things Summit. At the summit, attendees will hear from Watson IoT clients who are implementing innovative IoT solutions to drive exceptional outcomes. For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/iot or @IBMIoT on Twitter.


News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Eye scanners, fingerprinting, and other biometrics may soon be coming to a car near you. The market for biometric vehicle access systems, currently at an estimated $442.7 million, is projected to nearly double by 2021, according to a report from Markets and Markets. The report estimates that by 2021, the global market for biometric vehicle systems will reach $854.8 million, at a CAGR of 14.06%. The report examines production volumes and demand trends. It also includes interviews from experts and suppliers on the future trends of the biometric vehicle access system market, as well as sources from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), and paid databases and directories. "Use of biometrics in automobiles is not new," said Anil K. Jain, a Michigan State University professor who researchers biometrics. One of the first attempts was by Volvo, in which the keyfob had an embedded fingerprint reader that allowed the owner to unlock the car. SEE: Why an eye scan could soon unlock Samsung and Apple phones However, "given the price sensitivity in the automobile sector and long design to manufacturing cycle, it is difficult to adopt the latest biometric technology in the auto sector," Jain said. Since nearly every smartphone vendor is using or considering biometric authentication, the best solution may be to use biometrics capabilities in phones for automobile applications, such as unlocking the car and keyless ignition, Jain said. That way, there's no need to embed a separate biometrics reader or recognition software in the vehicle itself. "Aside from the convenience biometrics offers consumers, such as the ability to unlock cars by just walking up to them via facial or gait recognition, biometrics also affords much stronger security than do physical car keys or fobs which can be much more easily stolen or replicated as has been proven in the past," said Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner Research. However, biometrics are not perfect, and car manufacturers should not solely rely on this technology for security, Litan said. "They need a layered security and authentication approach," she added. Biometric vehicle access systems are still in a growing phase, the report stated. Fingerprint recognition systems currently hold the largest share in this market. Iris recognition systems are expected to grow in number, due to increased demand for safety features, according to the report. The Asia-Pacific vehicle market is projected to have the largest market share in iris recognition systems by 2025. Europe is estimated to account for the largest share of the biometric vehicle access system market in 2016, with major manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen developing these technologies to strengthen vehicle security. In general, the automotive industry in Europe is advancing faster than in North America or the Asia-Pacific region, the report stated. The rise of biometrics could have implications for enterprise users—in the future, we could see iris scanners replacing the security badges of the past. The growing field also has implications for the rising Internet of Things (IoT) space. "Connected cars of the future are highly susceptible to hacks," Litan said. "Security has been an afterthought in IoT deployments, including those in automobiles, so biometric authentication is a step in the right direction towards correcting that."


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: www.techrepublic.com

IBM has opened a $200m global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things in Munich, Germany. The centre will be home to what IBM is calling "cognitive collaboratories", which will be run with Avnet, BMW, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra. These companies will work with IBM to identify opportunities for using data from IoT sensors to train machine learning and other AI systems to make smarter decisions. The centre is part of a $3bn investment in IoT that IBM pledged in 2014. Craig Smith, director of IoT for Avnet Technology Solutions, said that developing IoT systems is "immensely complex", needing to combine cognitive computing, data analytics and cloud platforms, saying "it really is more than any one firm can put its arms around". IBM has about 1,000 IoT experts based at the Watson IoT centre, working with partner companies. Together they will explore ways to use IoT data and cloud services to improve connected cars, to prevent disease, and to devise new financial services products and new managed services across industries ranging from agriculture to manufacturing. As an example of how combining internet-connected devices and cloud services can help create new products and services, IBM revealed a new partnership with Visa, which they say will allow support for secure payments to be added to connected devices, without the need for dedicated infrastructure. IoT devices will be able to be linked to the Visa Token Service, a security technology that replaces sensitive payment account information found on payment cards with a unique digital identifier, which will be available via IBM's Watson IoT platform. Jim McCarthy, executive vice president, for innovation and strategic partnerships with Visa, gave an example of how the service could be used to support on-demand billing, for instance, to pay by the mile when driving connected cars or by how much you drink when sipping from a connected cup. Dr John Kelly is IBM's senior VP of cognitive solutions and research, who helped develop the IBM Watson system that defeated two world champions at the quiz show Jeopardy in 2011. Kelly said the centre would allow IBM and its partners to devise industry-specific cognitive services fueled by IoT data. Partnering with industry experts allows their expertise about specific verticals to be combined with IBM Watson IoT Platform's cloud infrastructure and cognitive computing capabilities in areas such as speech and image recognition and signal processing, he added. "We are doing it through an industry lens, we believe decades from now, before we have a general-purpose, all-knowing system, these systems must be trained in the domain you're in," he said. The conference heard how the granular data being captured by IoT devices and sophisticated analytics at the backend is reshaping the way companies operate, such as the French railway operator SNCF. The rail operator is using sensors on overhead wires and tracks to do predictive maintenance on its 30,000 kilometres of railways, using the Watson IoT Platform to analyze the data. Meanwhile the aerospace manufacturer Airbus is creating detailed digital models, dubbed "digital twins", of de-icing systems on plane wings to allow more effective approaches to designing and operating such systems. The centre will also house an innovation hub for the European IoT standards organization EEBus, which will develop standards for connected home devices. IBM also announced new products and services using its IBM Watson IoT platform's cognitive capabilities:


News Article | December 15, 2016
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« Daimler participating in Cyber Valley AI research partnership with endowed professorship | Main | DOE to award almost $20M to new research and development projects for advanced vehicle technologies » IBM and BMW Group researchers are collaborating to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future. As part of an agreement between the two companies, the BMW Group will collocate a team of researchers at IBM’s global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT) in Munich, Germany and the companies will work together explore how to improve intelligent assistant functions for drivers. IBM recently pledged to invest US$200 million to make its new Munich center one of the world’s most advanced facilities for collaborative innovation as part of a global investment of US$3 billion to bring Watson cognitive computing to the Internet of Things . BMW, which also has its company headquarters in Munich, is one of the first companies to sign up to be collocated inside IBM’s building within one of the newly-launched industry ‘collaboratories’. A team of BMW Group engineers will work alongside IBM’s own team of technologists, developers and consultants. Watson is transforming how people interact with the physical world—helping to create safer, more efficient and personal experiences at home, at work and on the road. With this agreement, our companies will work together to lay the foundations so that drivers can benefit from Watson’s conversational and machine learning capabilities. Our insight shows that while the car will remain a fixture in personal transportation, the driving experience will change more over the next decade than at any other time of the automobile’s existence. To further its automotive research and demonstrate the possibilities of Watson IoT technologies to clients, IBM will locate four BMW i8 hybrid sports cars at its Munich Watson IoT HQ. Prototype solutions which will run on IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform will help demonstrate how Watson can enable new conversational interfaces between cars and drivers. Watson’s machine learning capabilities offer new opportunities for vehicles to learn about the preferences, needs and driving habits of their drivers over time, customizing the driving experience accordingly and improving levels of comfort and safety. The car’s manual will be ingested into Watson so that drivers can ask questions about the vehicle in natural language while still being able to focus on the road. The aim is for the solution to also incorporate data from the Weather Company (an IBM business) as well as realtime, contextual updates about route, traffic and vehicle status in order to enrich the driving experience and make recommendations to the driver. According to an IBM Institute for Business Value study, “A New Relationship—People and Cars,” vehicles are becoming part of the Internet of Things (IoT) as new mobility options transform consumers’ lives and expectations. Today’s cars are evolving from a mode of transport to a new kind of moving data center with onboard sensors and computers that capture information about the car, its driver, occupants and surroundings. At the same time, conversational interfaces are enabling drivers to interact with their vehicles more naturally and, with machine learning, cars can get to know their drivers better and personalize the experience accordingly. According to IBM’s studies, cars are increasingly becoming self-enabling (SEVs):


News Article | December 15, 2016
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On Thursday, IBM announced that German automaker BMW would be partnering with them at their Internet of Things (IoT) HQ collaboratory in Munich, Germany. The pair will focus on the natural language capabilities of Watson, hoping to use cognitive computing to "personalise the driving experience" and improve driver support, according to a blog post. The partnership is part of a greater $100 million investment in IBM's Watson IoT HQ in Munich, which isn't too far from BMW's Bavarian HQ, the post said. Engineers from both camps will work together on new, Watson-powered tools and services for connected vehicles. Four BMW i8 hybrid sports cars will take up residence at the IBM IoT HQ as part of the deal. IBM's BlueMix cloud platform will act as the foundation for Watson's machine learning and IoT for Automotive to connect to the cars themselves. Watson learns the driver's behaviors, preferences, and habits, and can the modify or customize the driving experience as needed, the post said. "Got a question about how your i8 is performing? Ask your i8 just as you would talk to a friend, and your i8 will reply. Watson will learn the i8 owner's manual and with the natural language capabilities to be able to understand the driver's questions, he'll understand what you're asking and provide answers in a conversational style," the post said. The move is an interesting approach to automotive tech, as IBM still seems to be skirting around the autonomous driving advances that are winning headlines. Instead, it seems that IBM is taking a complementary approach to making the car experience more contextual for the driver and riders. BMW, on the other hand, is planning to test autonomous vehicles in Munich in 2017. "Our insight shows that while the car will remain a fixture in personal transportation, the driving experience will change more over the next decade than at any other time of the automobile's existence," Harriet Green, global head of IBM's Watson IoT business, said in a press release. Basically, the two companies are working on "conversational interfaces between cars and drivers," according to the release. At the risk of making an overly-obvious pop culture connection, think about it like KITT from Knight Rider. The goal is to also add Weather Company data for even more context, the release said. This isn't the first time IBM has integrated Watson into a vehicle. In June, IBM integrated Watson in a similar way into Olli, a self-driving transport bus in Maryland. IBM Watson has also made its way into race cars as a way to help improve performance. And, with the US DOT's recent proposal for V2V communications, connected car technology is likely to become even more important.

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