LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. In 2006, LinkedIn increased to 20 million members. As of June 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 259 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.The site is available in 20 languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Czech, Polish, Korean, Indonesian, Malay, and Tagalog. As of 2 July 2013, Quantcast reports LinkedIn has 65.6 million monthly unique U.S. visitors and 178.4 million globally, a number that as of 29 October 2013 has increased to 184 million. In June 2011, LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique visitors, up 63 percent from a year earlier and surpassing MySpace. LinkedIn filed for an initial public offering in January 2011 and traded its first shares on May 19, 2011, under the NYSE symbol "LNKD". Wikipedia.
News Article | May 16, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--INTERNET OF THINGS WORLD -– Avnet (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced a starter kit specifically designed for the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. The SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit adds to the company’s Visible Things ™ platform, which offers a complete development solution that enables engineers to get their IoT systems and applications quickly designed, tested and deployed. Avnet will debut the kit at Internet of Things World this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Booth #302. Targeting a wide range of industrial markets, the new kit combines secure, integrated hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors and embedded devices, via gateway solutions or low-power wide area networking technologies, to the cloud and smart enterprise software. The kit will be available for sale in the Americas in June. “Visible Things simplifies the complexity of secure, edge to enterprise IoT technology,” said Lou Lutostanski, vice president, Internet of Things , Avnet. “This new starter kit significantly accelerates the development of IoT-enabled industrial projects and applications.” This highly flexible development platform aids in the design of a broad portfolio of industrial applications, including: remote monitoring, predictive maintenance of motors and drives, room control in homes and buildings, lighting, security and surveillance, smart energy metering and healthcare, as well as industrial automation applications such as inspection capabilities, drive monitoring and sensor hubs. For additional details on Avnet’s Visible Things platform, related parts and technical resources for the IIoT Starter Kit, please visit Avnet’s Visible Things product page at www.avnet.me/visiblethings. Follow Avnet on Twitter: @Avnet Connect with Avnet on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/avnet Connect with Avnet on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AvnetInc All brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary interest in marks other than its own. From idea to design and from prototype to production, Avnet supports customers at each stage of a product’s lifecycle. A comprehensive portfolio of design and supply chain services makes Avnet the go-to guide for innovators who set the pace for technological change. For nearly a century, Avnet has helped its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology. Learn more about Avnet at: www.avnet.com.
News Article | July 11, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas, July 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR), the Rugged Tablet Authority™, today announced it has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production. By certifying four of the company’s popular rugged tablets – the XSLATE R12, the XSLATE B10, the Bobcat, and the F5m – to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services, Xplore is accelerating and simplifying the integration of rugged mobility solutions into today’s industrial manufacturing and field applications. Xplore has been working with technology innovators such as Microsoft for more than 20 years to engineer rugged tablet-based mobility solutions that boast the right feature sets, workflow capabilities, and accessories for customers’ current and future business needs. With Xplore’s Windows-powered rugged tablets now Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT, it will be easy and quick for manufacturers, utilities, public safety agencies and other customers to deploy completely integrated mobile workforce solutions within their existing technology architectures. “With the increased connectivity and digitalization occurring across industries, the need for rugged mobility is only increasing. Xplore has always built our rugged tablets with customers’ interoperability requirements in mind. They’re meant to stay in the field for 3-5 years minimum. As such, we ensure our mobile computing platforms can connect to a host of operational technologies and specialty peripherals,” said John Graff, vice president of marketing, Xplore. “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates Xplore’s ability to jumpstart customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations. We not only decrease the usual customization and work required by other devices to achieve compatibility, but we accelerate customers’ efficiency gains and overall mobility ROI when they deploy an Xplore Windows tablet.” “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT extends our promise to bring IoT to business scale, starting with interoperable solutions from leading technology companies around the world,” said Barb Edson, general manager for Data Platform and Internet of Things , Microsoft Corp. “With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT accelerates the deployment of IoT even further.” IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Customers find that choosing and connecting the right set of devices, assets or sensors to the cloud can be time-consuming. To jumpstart their IoT projects with confidence, customers are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility and usability with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. By choosing a partner from the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, customers can save time and effort on project specs and RFP processes by knowing in advance what devices and offerings will work with the Azure IoT Suite. Learn more about this collaboration at Azure Certified for IoT and explore the Azure IoT Suite today. About Xplore Technologies Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority™, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996. Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets – and the most complete lineup of rugged tablet accessories – on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors. The company’s award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail. Visit www.xploretech.com for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. 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News Article | May 30, 2017
"A wide range of smart home and portable electronics applications are adding 802.11ac high-performance Wi-Fi to connect to the cloud due to its ability to manage fast connections and provide cleaner air, while also supporting low-power operation," said Brian Bedrosian, vice president of marketing for the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. "Cypress' 802.11ac combo solutions enable coexistence with Bluetooth in the crowded 2.4-GHz band, providing audio, video and voice control applications with high fidelity, even in multi-user environments." The CYW4373 combo solution features a dual-band 2.4- and 5-GHz radio with dynamic channel selection of 20-, 40- and 80-MHz channels, supporting up to 433 Mbps performance, and it includes a separate Bluetooth/BLE 4.2 subsystem. The solution simplifies system design with a common USB hub or shared SDIO interface to the system host controller. About Cypress WICED Studio IoT Development Platform The Cypress WICED Studio IoT development platform features an integrated and interoperable wireless software development kit (SDK). The SDK includes rigorously tested Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, as well as simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn complex wireless technologies. In line with the IoT trend toward dual-mode connectivity, the SDK supports Cypress' Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination solutions and its Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy devices. The SDK enables cloud connectivity in minutes with its robust libraries that uniquely integrate popular cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix, Alibaba Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, along with services from private cloud partners. Cypress' WICED Studio connectivity suite is microcontroller (MCU)-agnostic and provides ready support for a variety of third-party MCUs to address the needs of complex IoT applications. The platform also enables cost efficient solutions for simple IoT applications by integrating MCU functionality into the connectivity device. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks can run transparently on a host MCU or in embedded mode, allowing for flexible platform architectures with common firmware. More information on Cypress' WICED platform, ecosystem and community is available at http://www.cypress.com/wicedcommunity. Availability The CYW4373 802.11ac solution is currently sampling to lead customers. Full production is expected in late 2017. Follow Cypress Online Join the Cypress Developer Community, read our Core & Code blog, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and watch Cypress videos on our Video Library or YouTube. About Cypress Cypress is the leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world's most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress's programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with the best support and engineering resources on the planet enabling innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories in record time. To learn more, go to www.cypress.com. Cypress, the Cypress logo and WICED are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cypress-expands-industry-leading-wireless-connectivity-portfolio-for-the-internet-of-things-with-new-80211ac-high-performance-wi-fi-solution-300465202.html
News Article | March 1, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore-based IoT-dedicated network operator, UnaBiz announces simple pay-per-use smart button at the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest showcase for wireless technology and mobile devices. Inspired by the pay-per-click business model, UnaBiz unveiled the pay-per-use smart button powered by Sigfox, the world's leading provider of global IoT connectivity. With a subscription model of as low as EUR1 per month per device for businesses, consumers can now connect with businesses and transact at the push of a button. "It might sound like a step back, digitally speaking. Ridiculous, even. But how many shopping applications do you have on your mobile? How much time do you typically spend launching an app, logging in, searching for the products and services you need, before finally entering your payment and delivery information to make your intended purchase? Now imagine if this entire process is collapsed into a single action, at the press of a button," said Henri Bong, CEO & Founder of UnaBiz. The pay-per-use smart button will not be limited to consumer package goods (CPG). From restocking everyday essentials to service requests, such as the ordering of room service, taxi, courier, valet, and maintenance requests for bathrooms, vehicle towing, vending machines refills, security deployment, and even emergency calls, all at the press of a button. With the Sigfox technology which delivers out of the box connectivity, consumers are spared the hassle of a complex set-up. Pre-programmed by businesses, each button has a unique ID assigned to a customer's account. Without having to configure the device or pair it with a local network or wi-fi, the smart button delivers an instantaneous end-to-end value chain experience to individual customers with a simple push of a button. Starting from an unbeatable subscription charge of EUR1 per month*, the value proposition of the connected button is convenience. An operating expenditure-based (OPEX) model allows businesses to adopt the connected button immediately without a high capital commitment. By shortening the path to purchase, consumers are now one touch away from any staple goods and services imaginable. "We are glad to see companies like UnaBiz leveraging our out-of-the-box connectivity, at the lowest cost and energy consumption, to bring web click into our brick and mortar world. 2017 will be the year of commoditising buttons," said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox. "While smart appliances are enticing tech-savvy consumers, we want to use a simplified hardware to automate a virtual service. What could be simpler than a push of a button? We believe this service will transform the distribution of staple goods and services," said Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz. UnaBiz is an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company dedicated to accelerate the adoption of IoT worldwide. As the exclusive network operator of Sigfox's low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan, UnaBiz is the first Iot dedicated network operator in Asia to roll out a nationwide IoT network. UnaBiz aims to shape the future by providing cost-effective and energy-efficient IoT solutions, that include wireless infrastructure, devices and more. This ubiquitous network will allow businesses to connect millions of devices simply, affordably and globally. UnaBiz helps businesses collect and analyse data from millions of devices allowing them to maximise the efficiency of their resources and increase productivity, by facilitating detection and control of anomalies, accelerating resolution or even preventing them entirely. Our objective is to help businesses realise the true value and full potential of IoT. For more information, see www.unabiz.com and follow on UnaBiz LinkedIn Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 32 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 -- covering a population of 486 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.
News Article | December 1, 2016
Tempered Networks Recognized for Standout Contribution to the Emerging Internet of Things SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Dec 1, 2016) - Tempered Networks, the pioneer of Identity-Defined Networking (IDN), today announced that CRN,® a brand of The Channel Company, has named Tempered Networks to its 2016 Internet of Things 50 list, which recognizes companies whose innovative offerings are helping connect objects, computing devices, infrastructure, data storage and data analytics to transform and improve the way we work and live. For the first time in the industry, Tempered Networks has introduced the concept of giving every connected thing a unique cryptographic identity and has made it a reality. This new identity-defined networking paradigm means all networks, applications, and IoT devices can be cloaked, micro-segmented, and mobile. IDN provides a simpler, faster and more flexible secure networking fabric for protecting and easily networking all connected things, legacy and modern, like never before. Unlike other solutions available on the market, IDN is the only one that creates all policies and trust based on unique crypto-identities, not spoofable IP addresses. Every device, including vulnerable IoT devices, can get a uniquely assigned identity or can be cloaked and protected by one of our gateways with no disruption. Tempered's advanced IDN orchestration engine makes it simple to cloak, connect, segment, move, revoke, or provide failover for any or all networked things within the encrypted IDN fabric, at scale. Because Tempered Networks' foundation is based upon the open Host Identity Protocol (HIP) standard, the IDN fabric is both backward and forward compatible, making it simple, fast, and predictable to deploy, with little to no modification of the underlying infrastructure. "It's an honor to be recognized today for our outstanding contribution to the IoT movement," said Erik Giesa, VP of Product Management at Tempered Networks. "The breakthrough actually started over ten years ago with HIP, an open IETF standard that was ratified in 2015. HIP has enabled us to build a new identity networking pardigm, where a trusted identity can effectively be native to every connected thing. Our HIP Services and orchestration engine makes it simple for customers to instantly and securely connect, segment, cloak, move, failover, or revoke any IoT device, anywhere. We believe that HIP should be on every networked client, device, sensor, system, or application. Only then can we achieve a secure and mobile Internet and put an end to hacking as we know it." "The emerging Internet of Things market holds enormous creative potential, with the capacity to touch and streamline nearly every aspect of our daily lives," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. "CRN's Internet of Things 50 list celebrates vendors who are exploring this potential with utmost energy and ingenuity. On the very cutting edge of innovation, their offerings are poised to transform the way we live and work with an unprecedented level of interconnectivity. We congratulate each of these vendors on the vision and creativity that has earned them a spot on our 2016 list." The Internet of Things 50 list will be featured in the December issue of CRN and on CRN.com at crn.com/iot50. About Tempered Networks Tempered Networks is the pioneer of Identity-Defined Networking (IDN), driving a new identity paradigm that bases trust on the host identity itself, not a spoofable IP address. Our elastic and fully encrypted IDN fabric protects every connected resource with a unique cryptographic identity, enabling you to securely network, cloak and orchestrate any 'thing', anywhere, anytime -- instantly. For the first time, device-based trust is flexible and portable and extends from any external and public cloud network, to internal network hosts and clients. Any IP resource can be instantly provisioned or moved, making your network as adaptable as software, yet more secure, and simpler to manage. For more information, visit www.temperednetworks.com. You can also follow us @TemperedNW on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn for more information about Tempered Networks and our technology. Forward-looking statements. Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements include, for example, statements regarding the Company's or management's beliefs, expectations, estimations, plans, projections and similar statements. Any such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results and performance, or industry results to be materially different from any results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and there can be no assurance that the results and events contemplated by such forward-looking statements will, in fact, occur. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein. About the Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com
News Article | February 22, 2017
LABÈGE, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and industry recognized IoT leader, announced today that they have struck a global deal to integrate Sigfox’s low-powered connectivity into the operator’s managed connectivity platform. The deal is set to accelerate IoT innovation in the market. By complementing Telefónica’s cellular connectivity offerings, with Sigfox’s connectivity solution, its customers can benefit from the best of both worlds when developing new IoT solutions. Depending on their needs, they can choose the most appropriate type of connectivity or combine them, implementing use cases and creating new service opportunities that otherwise may not have been possible. From day one, the Sigfox network has been designed for the “mass IoT” market, defined by simple use cases requiring low data exchanges and enabling years-to-decades of battery life for connected devices. With its unique network approach, Sigfox combines simplicity, predictable low energy consumption, ultra-low cost, and seamless connectivity. The benefits of having both Sigfox and cellular based technologies in the same IoT devices offer additional security, reliability (backup and troubleshooting) and anti-jamming. Additionally, Telefónica´s managed connectivity platform will integrate Sigfox’s cloud, which gives the company the ability to develop its own end-to-end IoT solutions, based on Sigfox’s connectivity solution and including device integration, as well as data collection and management. In the asset-tracking and smart-metering industries for example, the two companies are already in positive discussions with customers to deliver mass IoT rollouts across Europe and Latin America in 2017, including countries in Telefónica´s footprint such as Spain, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil, and others like the US and France. WND, Sigfox’s partner in Latin America has already started discussions with local Telefónica entities in the region. Commenting on this deal, Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox, said, “We are honoured to have reached this agreement with Telefónica. It is a true testament to the mass IoT opportunity, which is already a reality today. Existing customers are already developing new use cases based on our combined value proposals, with cellular and Sigfox’s connectivity working seamlessly to provide powerful IoT use cases.” The deal, set for several millions of connections, is part of Telefónica’s global strategy regarding LPWA, relying on licensed technology as NB-IOT and LTE-M, and non-licensed technology such as SIGFOX, adopting the most appropriate technology to the use case and customer needs. Andres Escribano, New IoT Connectivity Business Director at Telefónica, added, “The simplicity of Sigfox’s connectivity solution and its global IoT ecosystem are a great complement to our IoT connectivity technologies and our LPWA strategy. Together, we are more able to help our customers capitalise upon the great IoT opportunity and conquer new markets.” Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 31 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 486 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Telefónica IoT is the Internet of Things global department at Telefónica, dedicated to developing and implementing IoT solutions in all industry segments. It offers its clients global end-to-end solutions around the world with the very best connectivity, and is available in all countries via its presence there or via roaming agreements and partnerships. Some of the main business areas covered by Telefónica IoT include Smart Mobility, Smart Retail and Smart Energy. For more information about Telefónica IoT, visit iot.telefonica.com or follow us on twitter @telefonicaIoT or on LinkedIn.
News Article | June 23, 2017
Awarded by the "National Communications Commission" (NCC), the network operator will deploy Sigfox's Low-Power Wide-Area Network across Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UnaBiz, Asia's first IoT-dedicated network operator, has been awarded the license to operate an IoT network in Taiwan by the "National Communication Commission" (NCC). As the first of its kind to receive an IoT network operator license from the NCC since Taiwan's announcement of the use of the unlicensed spectrum, UnaBiz is on track to become a nationwide network operator in Taiwan. As the world's leading provider of a dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things , the Sigfox Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) is currently present in 32 countries worldwide and target to reach 60 countries by 2018. The roll out of the commercial grade global network is in line with Taiwan's "Asian Silicon Valley" initiative, a vision to transform Taiwan from an ICT specialist to an IoT specialist. UnaBiz's vision is to empower massive IoT in Asia. The network operator will actively engage and collaborate with industry partners, academic institutions and government agencies to help Taiwan address the global IoT market potential. Mr Philippe Chiu, Managing Director and co-founder of UnaBiz shared, "This is a milestone for UnaBiz but also for Taiwan industry which henceforth can boldly step into the Sigfox global IoT market and ecosystem. I would also like to thank the early supporters of our vision for Taiwan and who kindly and efficiently made this possible, especially Legislator Karen Yu, Minister CK Lee and Mr Benoit Guidee, Director of the French Office in Taipei." In 2017, UnaBiz will focus on deploying the IoT network in the six main municipalities, namely Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, effectively bringing Sigfox service coverage to more than 80% of the population in Taiwan. Not only will the deployment be in the metropolitan area but throughout the rural area of Taiwan, which brings significant benefits to the rural farmers, schools, businesses and local government including greater efficiencies and productivity. The LPWAN network will be extended and cover 95% of the population in Taiwan in 2018. Along with the fast-paced deployment of the network across Taiwan, the local IoT ecosystem and stakeholders can already evaluate and start developing products and solutions using the royalties-free Sigfox technology. This happens at an excellent timing for Taiwan's industry looking for transformation and new business opportunities, especially at a global scale. The global IoT sensors market is expected to reach USD17.81 billion by 2020, and although Taiwan is big in semiconductor manufacturing (60% of global market), it only accounts for 15% of the global sensor manufacturing. Given the predominant impact of Taiwan in the conception, production and integration of smart sensors into electronic hardware in the global IoT market, Taiwan joining the Sigfox ecosystem represents a significant milestone. Philippe Chiu notes, "To significantly build up the IoT industry, we need a sound ecosystem of highly-engaged players from semiconductors to device manufacturers and all the way up to cloud platforms. That is why, on top of providing Sigfox communication service, UnaBiz is also acting to catalyse IoT opportunities by establishing partnerships and providing keys to address the Sigfox global IoT market." UnaBiz is an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company dedicated to accelerating the adoption of IoT worldwide. As the exclusive network operator of Sigfox's low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan, UnaBiz is the leading company in Asia to roll out a nationwide IoT network. UnaBiz wants to shape the future by providing cost-effective and energy-efficient IoT solutions, that include wireless infrastructure, device and beyond. This ubiquitous network will allow businesses to connect millions of devices simply, affordably and globally. UnaBiz helps businesses collect and analyse data from millions of devices allowing businesses to maximise the efficiency of their resources, increase productivity, detect and controlling anomalies and accelerate resolution or even prevent them entirely. Our objective is to help businesses realise the true value and full potential of IoT that was previously too costly to deploy. For more information, see www.unabiz.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 32 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 -- covering a population of 486 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labege near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.
News Article | February 24, 2017
SINGAPORE, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UnaBiz has officially launched the first IoT ( Internet of Things ) dedicated network in Singapore at the inaugural UnaDay. Six months after its incorporation with Sigfox and ENGIE, and barely three months after being granted the FBO (Facilities-Based Operators) licence from IMDA, UnaBiz, the exclusive Sigfox network operator in Singapore and Taiwan, is now fully operational to deliver commercial grade connectivity and services for IoT in the city-state, starting from as low as S$1 per device per year. Attended by an impressive panel of industry partners, representatives of government agencies and the media, the inaugural UnaDay was graced by the presence of Mr Christophe Fourtet, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Sigfox. Henri Bong, CEO & Founder of UnaBiz, opened the event by announcing the LPWA network (low-power, wide-area) outdoor coverage at 95% of Singapore's population and territory. The French technology essentially addressed the four greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: ultra-low power consumption, low capital and operational expenses, efficient and secure data handling, and long-range coverage. With a fully operational network for connected objects nationwide, UnaBiz is capping its network subscription charges at S$1 per device per month, which comes with a data plan for up to 140 messages per day. Qualified channel partners who commit to volume can ultimately enjoy subscription charges from as low as S$1 per device per year. Jonathan Tan, Vice President Business Development & Sales, UnaBiz said, "Sigfox's technology is built for massive deployment and we are offering ultra-low cost connectivity to grow exponentially the base of devices that can access the network. Compared to existing local networks, businesses on our global network can generate savings of at least 90% off data plan subscription charges." The network operator also honoured its incredible ecosystem of partners. From multinational solution providers, such as Dimension Data, Fujitsu and Kyocera, to device manufacturers, such as Advantech and Aztech, over thirty ecosystem partners participated in the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing ceremony on the occasion. Among them, leading fibre broadband provider MyRepublic shared their decision to partner with UnaBiz. "MyRepublic shares UnaBiz's vision for a vibrant and accessible IoT eco-system in Singapore. We look forward to working with UnaBiz to develop an exciting suite of IoT solutions, reach new market segments and fast-track the adoption of IoT." - Yap Yong Teck, MD MyRepublic Singapore. Andy Cocks, Chief Technology Officer, Dimension Data said, "What UnaBiz is doing in Singapore is part of a global IoT movement led by Sigfox. I believe this is a game changing technology that will make IoT a reality for thousands of companies in Singapore, at a palatable price point." Representatives from local tertiary institutions such as NUS Enterprise, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic were also present. "The collaboration with partners such as UnaBiz and Sigfox provides our students with access to technologies that help hone their skills in developing smart solutions. Students from courses such as our Specialist Diploma in Internet of Things (IoT) gain relevant hands-on training to respond to industry needs," said Mr Oh Chin Lock, Director, School of Informatics & IT, Temasek Polytechnic. The event concluded with the announcement of UnaBiz Ventures, a new entity set up to support start-ups to join the IoT Revolution and bring their ideas from conception to reality. Aspiring entrepreneurs can leverage on UnaBiz's ecosystem of experts and developers to accelerate their go-to-market process and deploy solutions in Singapore and beyond, where the Sigfox's network is readily present in 30 other countries globally. "This is just the beginning, we have built an impressive ecosystem in mere six months, a clear sign of an enormous appetite and an accelerating demand for IoT solutions in the local market. We are proud to kick off the IoT Revolution in Singapore in alignment with the goal of becoming the first Smart Nation in the world. We are confident that our strategy and solutions will soon be replicated across Asia and beyond," said Henri Bong, CEO & Founder, UnaBiz. UnaBiz is an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company dedicated to accelerate the adoption of IoT worldwide. As the exclusive network operator of Sigfox's low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan, UnaBiz is the first Iot dedicated network operator in Asia to roll out a nationwide IoT network. UnaBiz aims to shape the future by providing cost-effective and energy-efficient IoT solutions, that include wireless infrastructure, devices and more. This ubiquitous network will allow businesses to connect millions of devices simply, affordably and globally. UnaBiz helps businesses collect and analyse data from millions of devices allowing them to maximise the efficiency of their resources and increase productivity, by facilitating detection and control of anomalies, accelerating resolution or even preventing them entirely. Our objective is to help businesses realise the true value and full potential of IoT. For more information, see www.unabiz.com and follow on UnaBiz on LinkedIn. Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 31 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 -- covering a population of 486 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labege near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, and energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy's transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of EUR69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20). For more information, see www.engie.com and follow on Twitter @ENGIEgroup ENGIE is present in Singapore for over 20 years, where it employs around 1,600 employees. Besides offering energy efficiency and facility management services, ENGIE trades a wide range of energy financial products as well as LNG, conducts R&D projects and holds a 30 per cent stake in Senoko Energy, which is the largest electricity generator in the country.
News Article | November 2, 2016
NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arkados Group, Inc. (OTCQB:AKDS), a global provider of scalable and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) solutions focused on industrial automation and energy management, today announced and commented on the Company’s consolidated financial and operational results for the fiscal first quarter 2017 ending on August 31, 2016. Financial and Operational Highlights for the Three Months Ended August 31, 2016: “We are very pleased with our first quarter results. Our financial performance continues to improve with extraordinary year-over-year revenue growth and an expansion of our services, products and customer base. In Fiscal Year 2017 we expect to continue to expand our services business with additional, value-add offerings, and introduce new, cutting-edge technology products, both with the goal of reducing cost and improving productivity for our commercial and industrial customers. The forthcoming products will run on our recently released Arktic software platform and leverage the unique scalability and interoperability that commercial applications demand. We look forward to a very successful year and to further establishing Arkados as a leading provider of Industrial Internet of Things solutions for smart building, smart city and smart machine applications.” The Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended August 31, 2016 is on file with Securities and Exchange Commission. To access the report visit http://ir.arkadosgroup.com/. The Industrial Internet of Things is an explosive opportunity according to research firm Markets and Markets, which projects the IIoT market size to reach $151 billion by 2020 and just the smart building segment to reach $24 billion. In a November 2015 press release, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things will support total professional services (defined as external providers that design, install and operate IoT systems for businesses under contract) spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22% from 2015, and that connectivity services (through communications service providers) and consumer services will grow at an even faster pace. Another more recent Gartner report estimates IoT deployment in commercial buildings is on track to reach just over 1 billion in 2018. Verizon’s The Internet of Things 2015 report revealed that among organizations having integrated IoT into their operations, 82% reported increased efficiency; 49% saw enhancements in product quality; and 45% claimed IoT technology has increased customer satisfaction. Arkados Group, Inc. through its subsidiaries is a global provider of scalable and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) solutions focused on industrial automation and energy management. The Company’s solutions are uniquely designed to drive a wide variety of wireless and powerline communication (PLC)-based products, such as sensors, gateways, video cameras, appliances and other devices. By utilizing the Company’s solutions, Arkados’ customers can bring numerous sophisticated, full-featured products to market faster at a lower overall development cost. Arkados® is a registered trademark of Arkados Group, Inc. For more information about Arkados, please visit us at http://www.arkadosgroup.com, and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, insufficient working capital, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulations, and other risks contained in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the company, are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and any other cautionary statements which may accompany the forward-looking statements. In addition, the company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
News Article | March 4, 2016
For the last 15 years, the Cleantech Forum has been organized by the Cleantech Group. Most recently it took place in San Francisco on January 25-27, 2016. Energy storage, China and the Internet of Things (IoT) were key topics at the forum, with investors and entrepreneurs confident on their respective futures. Energy storage, in particular, was keenly discussed, with Vic Shao, CEO at Green Charge Networks, predicting “2016 will be the year of deployment for storage.” Anticipation around storage deployment has been gathering for a few years now. In 2014, Navigant Research predicted that worldwide revenue from energy storage would increase from $675 million in 2014 to $15.6 billion in 2024. Last year, Deutsche Bank reported that technological advancement could make energy storage a solution that could be deployed on a large scale within the next five years. Andrew Beebe, Managing Director at Obvious Ventures, sees similarities between energy storage today and solar energy a decade ago. “ Energy storage is just like solar panels were 10 years ago. We are at an early stage of that process, but what we are about to see in storage is what solar did a few years ago,” says Beebe. While Silicon Valley has been the driving force behind major breakthroughs in storage technology, the development of energy storage has also been moving forward north of the border. For the past few years, Canada’s largest province (similar to a state), Ontario, has been building up its energy storage system. Strong interest from Ontario’s utility sector and a supportive ecosystem for cleantech, developed by both the national and provincial governments, have enabled Ontario to establish a lead in energy storage. Tom Rand, Managing Partner at ArcTern Ventures, agreed that while energy storage technology is developing well, more work still remains in understanding the characteristics of this new asset. “We’ve established a lead in technology, and are now working to develop operational capacity and awareness in our utility sector,” says Rand. Toronto-based NRStor, an energy storage project developer, and Hydrostor are two examples of energy storage development in Ontario. Last year, NRStor partnered with Tesla to bring the Powerwall Home Battery to Canada. Likewise, Hydrostor, one of the beneficiaries of the privately backed ArcTern’s investment, is partnering with Toronto Hydro, a municipal electricity distribution company, to develop underwater batteries. Lately, China has witnessed major policy developments related to climate change and clean energy. The U.S.-China Climate Agreement, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement of a cap-and-trade system and a leaner and greener five-year plan have created a new model of economic development, which could not only curb energy usage, but also provide opportunities for cleantech entrepreneurs. Alex Shoer, CEO at Seeder, is one such entrepreneur who is looking to address energy efficiency in buildings. His company provides a marketplace that connects commercial building managers with green technologies for retrofits, as well as the capital to pay for it. “There’s a huge amount of development, but while there are mandates in terms of efficiency targets and sustainability in buildings, there’s a knowledge and access gap between available solutions, qualified providers and financing options,” says Shoer. But while Shoer has successfully started operating in China, he points out that entrepreneurs looking to enter the Chinese market need to pay special consideration to building partnerships and relationships. “In China and in many other developing countries, trust is the most important thing. It takes time and persistence to develop these ‘trust’ relationships, but one way to speed up the process is to work with, or work through, an existing trusted party or marketplace already on the ground,” he says. Leo Zhang, Senior Analyst at Cleantech Group, echoes Shoer’s sentiment. He emphasizes that finding the right partner also can help entrepreneurs navigate and enter the market, especially when companies have no presence in China. “China is heavily relationship-driven, so having local partners will open lots of doors, rather than going into it blindly by yourself. A partner can provide their infrastructure to scale-up the technology, or can be the pilot program to test your product,” says Zhang. The unique nature of doing business in China requires a collective approach to building relationships and trust. Albin Jourda, founder of French Cleantech, says that French companies are working together to establish these partnerships in China. “Building partnerships is one of the main challenges French companies may face in China. For this reason, the UMO (Union de Maîtrise d’œuvre), which is a group of six French companies, worked together and signed agreements for a period of 5 years with the city of Chengdu,” says Jourda The potential for IoT solutions to be deployed in the energy landscape has created opportunities to drive efficiencies, increase productivity and promote economic growth. Joe Costello, CEO at Enlighted, whose company was named in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 and also won the North American Company of the Year award, believes that IoT is not only good for the environment and reducing costs, but also for creating new innovative tools for doing business. “Our clients who use the sensor technology save 50 to 75% of their energy costs,” says Costello, who was named the top American CEO in 1997 by Chief Executive Magazine. Enlighted’s client list includes Google, LinkedIn and HP. Costello, does, however, point out that the capital-intensive aspect of implementing sensor technology has hindered growth. To accommodate this, Enlighted created an innovative financing model for its customers. “This type of technology does require a large amount of capital. Small companies would require around $10 million, and large companies $100 million to implement our system. This was our biggest constraint to growth; so we put all the money down for our customers, and they pay us back from the energy savings that the system provides,” he explains. Through their innovative financing model, called GEO, Enlighted customers receive full energy benefits and have a sensor network that enables them to optimize commercial space with zero upfront cost. Even for large companies, IoT is gaining importance and being incorporated into their daily business activities. IBM, a company well-known to reshape itself, has made IoT “a major priority” for its business as the company continues to focus on its key growth initiatives. “IoT is a major priority for IBM, and is one of the new businesses that we have created as the company continues to innovate. IoT holds out the promise of more granular monitoring and optimization of process performance in just about any context — therefore, it will become integral to resource efficiency as one aspect of performance,” says Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer, Big Green Innovations, at IBM. Aside from IBM’s business activities, the company is utilizing the benefits of IoT to improve daily operations within its buildings, manufacturing and, in particular, its data centers. “IBM is a heavy user of IoT in our buildings, manufacturing and in particular in our data centers, to optimize HVAC loads and building performance,” Williams adds. The benefits of IoT also stretch beyond advanced economies and, perhaps, create a greater impact. In Africa, the IoT is enabling customers to leapfrog over the conventional electricity grid and go straight to “mobile power” — in a similar way that they have already leapfrogged over conventional telecommunications grids to mobile communications. At the forefront, Jesse Moore, CEO at M-KOPA Solar, is using IoT for solar system metering and performance management, and his company has connected solar power to more than 300,000 homes in East Africa. “What’s exciting and perhaps unexpected is the fact that IoT is enabling low-income, off-grid customers to leapfrog straight to solar power,” says Moore. Moore continues to highlight how the multidimensional nature of IoT is also providing ways to improve customer service. “Data coming back from our solar systems tells us when a customer’s rooftop panel is in the shade, so we can advise them to move it to a better location. To be able to remotely support customers in remote and rural parts of East Africa is a magical thing!” he says, regarding the additional benefits of IoT.