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IDC OPINION

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to dominate discussions around boardroom tables, in IT departments, and at industry forums. The long-term effects of this market are yet to be felt, but organizations are beginning to see the IoT as a critical enabler on their path to digital transformation. By connecting endpoints — and understanding the behavior and data — organizations can change business processes, create new revenue streams, improve productivity, or eliminate inefficiencies.

However, organizations are still struggling with how to step into this market. Cost and security concerns are always top of mind when looking at new investment areas, but organizations are also struggling with how to engage with vendors to help architect a solution that is right for their own purposes. The vendor ecosystem in the IoT is complex. The IoT is not just one piece of technology but an interrelated collection of hardware, software, services, and connectivity that must work together as a bigger solution. The challenge is finding the right vendors or partners that can work to bring a holistic and complete solution together.

In this market, it is of paramount importance for vendors to determine where strategic partnerships are needed and beneficial in serving their customers' needs. Partnerships that will succeed will have complementary offerings and skills, tools to enable their teams to work side by side, and the mutual desire to serve the customers' best interests. One such example is the work that Avnet and IBM, through their strategic partnership, have done to bring a cohesive solution to market that covers the IoT spectrum of "edge to the enterprise."

IN THIS WHITE PAPER

This white paper examines the Internet of Things market with a lens on the complexity of the vendor ecosystem and how partnerships are enabling holistic solutions to come to market. It discusses the overall market opportunity that IoT is creating, especially in the industrial sector. The white paper also discusses the key benefits of a successful partnering strategy when evaluating IoT solutions. An overview of Avnet's edge-to-enterprise IoT offering — in partnership with IBM and using its Watson IoT portfolio — is also provided.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

The IoT as an Enabler of Digital Transformation

The Internet of Things is a key enabler of digital transformation. Digital transformation is affecting organizations across industries and regions as they look to adopt a connected strategy to monitor, observe, and capture information from endpoints. IDC defines digital transformation as the continuous process by which organizations adapt to or drive disruptive changes in their customers and markets (external ecosystem) by leveraging digital competencies to innovate new business models, products, and services that seamlessly blend digital and physical and business and customer experiences while improving operational efficiencies and organizational performance. With IoT as a key element of digital transformation strategies, organizations are seeing significant changes to their businesses, whether they are evident in improved productivity, deeper customer insight, reduced costs, or even additional revenue streams.

IDC defines the IoT as a network of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate bidirectionally without human interaction using IP connectivity. The ecosystem that supports the IoT includes a complex mix of technologies not limited to modules/devices, connectivity, IoT platforms, storage, servers, security, analytics software, and IT services. IDC expects that by 2020, spending on the IoT will be $1.46 trillion, with more than 30 billion "things" connected.

It is important to note that IoT is not a single technology or application but a complex collection of hardware, software, services, and connectivity that must come together cohesively to solve a business problem. IDC has identified the IoT ecosystem as having several key players, including component manufacturers, connectivity providers, and software/storage/server and cloud vendors, as well as the analytics and security and the IT services needed to deliver a holistic solution. Figure 1 provides a diagram of the interworking elements of the ecosystem.

FIGURE 1

Elements of the IoT Ecosystem

Role of IoT in the Industrial Segment

While IoT has the potential to affect organizations across industries, one could argue that IoT has been happening in the industrial sector for years. However, deployments were often point solutions that weren't integrated, nor did they deliver the data in a meaningful way that processes could be optimized, overlay services could be offered, or feedback loops could be created. The IoT is driving significant transformation in the industrial sector.

For manufacturers, the IoT is bringing the necessary capabilities to connected products, assets, and supply chains. Manufacturers and their suppliers can leverage a combination of software, cloud, sensors, and IP-enabled connectivity to change products and processes. The information captured in connected products and processes can serve as a feedback loop to change design or improve productivity. It also has the potential to transform industrial organizations from being product focused to being service focused with the ability to connect, monitor, manage, and maintain disparate endpoints.

However, manufacturers are still struggling with how to step into this market, particularly with regard to engaging with vendors to help architect a solution that's right for the individual organization's own purposes. The vendor ecosystem in the IoT is complex. The IoT is not just one piece of technology but an interrelated collection of hardware, software, services, and connectivity that must work together as a bigger solution. In talking with organizations preparing to integrate a connected product or process strategy, IDC found that one of the biggest hurdles is deciding what device to deploy for the specific use case. Yet, after that decision is made, figuring out how to layer on the platform, analytics, and cloud infrastructure can become complex. It becomes even more critical to find a vendor that can provide the guidance, capabilities, and ecosystem relationships in making these investments.

Picking a Vendor in the IoT

Finding the right vendor is a challenge that many organizations are struggling with today as they contemplate IoT projects. What vendor will best serve the organization's needs as a partner in an IoT investment and the overall deployment is critical as the IoT strategy is determined. IDC believes that no one vendor will provide all the elements; rather, a group of vendors will partner to develop a holistic offering across their assets. While one vendor may take the role of being central to the project, this vendor will have to rely on the expertise, products, and solutions that its partners have included.

IDC conducted a research study in mid-2015 to examine the preferences, plans, opportunities, and challenges facing IT and line-of-business decision makers across 15 countries globally. When respondents were asked about the selection criteria used when choosing an IoT vendor, it became clear that these decision makers are looking for a proven, holistic IoT solution that comes from a strong group of vendors with established strategic partnerships across the ecosystem (see Figure 2).

FIGURE 2

Factors for Selecting IoT Vendors

Q. When you are selecting IoT vendors and suppliers to help you achieve your 2015 and 2016 business/technology strategy, what are the top 3 IoT vendor/supplier criteria?

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Source: IDC's Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, July 2015

IDC continues to see the IoT market evolve as enterprise decision makers look to vendors that have established partnerships as a means to support their customers' needs and requirements. Vendors that have embraced strong partnership strategies are positioned for success because it means they have recognized that the strengths of their collective assets and offerings outweigh their individual opportunity.

FUTURE OUTLOOK

Benefits of a Strong Partnership Model

In the Internet of Things, the complexity of the market and the solutions themselves will not disappear anytime soon. Organizations will be looking for ways to simplify their deployments, and it will be critical for the supply side to have coordinated efforts as a means to deliver holistic and seamless solutions to meet the requirements of these customers.

In talking with organizations that have begun IoT projects and those that are looking to invest in a connected strategy, IDC has built a list of benefits that partner solutions bring to the market, including:

  • Complementary skills/offerings. Vendors working with partners that offer products, services, or solutions that don't overlap, but complement, the initial product set will see success as they work with partners that have complementary skills or offerings.
  • Ecosystem savvy. Vendors working with partners that offer exposure to new areas of the IoT ecosystem will help ensure that the combined offer is reaching the largest buyer audience possible. This is especially important for vendors that have a legacy in the IT side of the business. The IoT introduces many elements of operations technology (OT), and having a partner that can speak the language of OT and bridge the gap between IT and OT is priceless.
  • Digital transformation philosophy. It is important for vendors working together in a partnership to have a collective view on how they can help their customers evolve digitally using the best of their hardware, software, and services capabilities.
  • Edge-to-enterprise capability. Vendors that can bring together a solution that solves the whole package of edge device, software, services, and connectivity for an organization have an advantage over vendors providing point solutions. In the former instance, organizations can focus on the outcomes and business change rather than worry about how the piece parts will fit together. This saves time and resources in the end and delivers an integrated solution.

The Role of the Device OEM in the IoT Partner Ecosystem

While all elements of the IoT ecosystem —- whether hardware, software, services, or connectivity — are critical in building a holistic solution, IDC would be remiss in not mentioning the important role that the device OEM plays in the ecosystem. These particular vendors are critical to ensuring the design and engineering of these "things," including the functionality that allows them to be connected in the first place.

The device landscape in the IoT is extremely fragmented, and organizations are facing the challenge of picking the "right" connected device to fold into a connected solution strategy. While evaluating different solutions, customers need to look at who their vendors are partnering with from a device OEM perspective to ensure that the best devices and sensors are incorporated into the overall solution architecture.

IoT solution providers that have established strategic partnerships with device OEMs as a means of focusing on specific use cases or vertical applications demonstrate understanding the importance of piecing together all the elements necessary to build a holistic IoT solution.

AVNET AND IBM PARTNERING FOR A HOLISTIC IOT PROPOSITION

Avnet is a provider of electronic components, embedded technology, and technology solutions.
The company works with device OEMs and equipment manufacturers as well as resellers and ISVs. Avnet is positioned to play an important role in the Internet of Things because of its close relationships with not only device OEMs but also the resellers and ISVs that are bringing IoT solutions to market.
In other words, Avnet has the breadth in its offering to provide a full IoT experience from the edge to the enterprise through hardware, software, and services integration from the endpoint (or "thing")
to the gateway to the network to the datacenter or the cloud. However, like all vendors in the IoT market, Avnet cannot solve the overall complexity of IoT by itself. As a means to building out its
IoT portfolio and providing scale to its portfolio, Avnet has strategically partnered with IBM.

From its Embedded and Electronics Marketing business, Avnet has the capability to provide the devices, gateways, and connectivity, and with its Technology Solutions business, Avnet is able to bring the expertise through its business partners in the areas of analytics, data warehousing, security, asset management, and cloud.

According to IBM's Jack Desjardins, the partnership with Avnet is a strong fit because IBM's customers need to have access to the smart, connected endpoints that have connectivity and cloud functionality built within the components. This allows IBM to integrate these components into IBM's Watson IoT Platform.

IBM itself continues to invest heavily in the IoT and seeks to be a key player in the market. In April 2015, IBM announced a $3 billion investment over the following four years to deliver IoT solutions and services to its customers — with the focus on efficiently helping create, build, and manage connected products and systems at the heart of the IoT. In late 2015, IBM announced its IBM Watson IoT portfolio, which continues IBM's focus on being the provider of enterprise IoT by enabling businesses to transform their industry with new services, offerings, and sources of revenue.

Making the Edge-to-Enterprise Story a Possibility

One of the biggest assets Avnet brings to the embedded end of the spectrum is its new Industrial IoT (IIoT) Starter Kit, which is based on Avnet's MicroZed platform. Avnet also offers its Visible Things platform to customers in EMEA. The IIoT Starter Kit provides the hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors to the cloud. It allows organizations to prototype and develop designs with the technology building blocks that allow for production-grade industrial systems.

The Avnet Industrial IoT Starter Kit provides an excellent example of how Avnet's smart, connected systems can integrate with the IBM Watson IoT Platform, bringing additional cloud services and applications from the IBM Bluemix portfolio. With Avnet's IIoT Starter Kit and IBM's Watson IoT solution set, customers have the chance to rapidly build out IoT solutions that are smart and connected and have access to the robust cognitive capabilities that IBM offers.

Both the edge solutions and gateway are IBM Bluemix enabled, allowing easy integration into IBM's Watson IoT Platform. The Watson IoT Platform is a fully managed, cloud-hosted service that makes it simple to build and deploy applications for IoT devices, sensors, and gateways. It provides solutions for device registration, connectivity, control, rapid visualization, and storage of data derived for the IoT. When combined with the IBM Bluemix environment, and access to secure Watson APIs, the platform allows users to integrate and analyze predictive, cognitive, and contextual analytics for stronger decision making. In the end, the IBM partnership brings the cloud to Avnet's OEM customers. Conversely, it allows IBM customers to gain access to, and integrate with, the OEMs building connected sensors and devices. The partnership between Avnet and IBM is made real by the integration of their best-of-breed technologies.

Avnet also provides OEMs and ISVs with access to IBM's Bluemix and Watson IoT Platform services via the Avnet Cloud Marketplace so they can design and build scalable and secure IoT applications for connected sensors using a simple, common, and open development environment. To support this effort, these OEMs and ISVs can leverage Avnet Academy to access IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT Platform training.

At the other end of the IoT spectrum, Avnet's partnership with IBM provides the important linkage to the cloud and analytics functionality that is crucial to developing end-to-end IoT solutions. In particular, IBM provides the expertise and tools needed for cognitive analytics, information management, data warehousing, asset management, and security. These are critical elements for organizations to develop IoT solutions that take an edge-to-enterprise approach.

Together, Avnet and IBM are able to provide a complete solution — from the device and gateways to the datacenter and cloud through to the business applications and analytics needed to drive business outcomes ranging from operational improvements and enhanced customer experiences to full industry transformations. Put simply, Avnet is facilitating the connection between the cloud and analytics and the increasing number of smart sensors through its IoT development kits and platforms through Avnet Cloud Marketplace at the silicon layer. The combination of Avnet Design Services and IBM's global cloud footprint as well as industry-leading cognitive capabilities and Watson IoT Platform provides a compelling end-to-end IoT solution for OEM and ISV developers.

Avnet and IBM — A Complete IoT Offering

The strategic partnership between Avnet and IBM provides an excellent case study of how vendors can come together to augment and complement offerings for a market. In the case of the Internet of Things, this partnership allows both vendors to contribute to a holistic value proposition that truly extends from the edge to the enterprise. From providing the right tools to the device OEMs to develop connected solutions to providing the links to cloud and analytics functionality, the Avnet-IBM combined offering gives Avnet customers from both the OEM perspective and the reseller perspective the tools necessary to enable and deliver IoT solutions.

CONCLUSION

The Internet of Things market requires a complex set of devices, software, and services to come together in order for meaningful solutions to be developed. The solutions that will resonate with customers are those that account for the entire spectrum of the IoT value chain — from the edge to the enterprise. IDC acknowledges that no one vendor can provide that complete value proposition because the IoT is a collection of technologies across the entire IT landscape. With this in mind, vendors must work together to develop cohesive offerings. The Avnet and IBM partnership embodies a holistic strategy to solve the challenges of allowing connected sensors to link to the necessary cloud and analytics applications needed for IoT outcomes to be realized.

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Why does it take 10 partners to start an IoT project?
January 18, 2018
The Internet of Things is more than just a buzzword, it’s a multibillion dollar industry opportunity—at least, for those brave enough to take on the complexity.
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Hardware Is Hard, But It Doesn’t Have to Be
January 18, 2018
Hardware Studio Live took the expertise of independent hardware creators to the CES floor, sharing not just what cool new tech is out there, but the nuts and bolts of how it gets made. Here’s what four makers had to say...
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3 Hardware Takeaways from CES 2018
January 18, 2018
At times, it feels like software dominates the headlines in technology. But if this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, a huge hardware evolution is coming.
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The importance of end-to-end security schemes for IoT deployments
By Guillaume Crinon   -   January 18, 2018
IoT machine and device security relies on trusted identities.
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LEDs: The Eyes and Ears of the Internet of Things
November 8, 2017
It may seem to be a stretch to assert that LEDs play a truly important role in the future of the Internet of Things. After all, by themselves, they’re just lights. However, with sensors tucked neatly inside and a bit of intelligence...
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Alarm bells ring for unsecured connected devices
October 11, 2017
A hot topic at the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas this summer was the increasing risk companies are facing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Worried about your elderly parent living alone at home?
September 10, 2017
New technologies can help the elderly to continue leading independent lives. Sensor-based systems using complex analytical methods are able to detect emergencies and call for help when necessary.
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Sigfox enters market
August 28, 2017
The goal of Sigfox is to build a wireless wide area network that is completely independent from the existing wireless lattice network, to provide low speed connections for low power sensors. As of the end of 2017, it has covered a total area of 3.8 m
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Looking to develop NB-IoT technology?
August 28, 2017
Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is a technology standard developed by 3GPP to work in licensed bands. It holds a key position in the evolution of cellular mobile communication technologies (between LTE and 5G), and has therefore been gaining followers among
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The Spring for the Industrial Internet of Things
August 28, 2017
If we combine traditional industries (including manufacture, exploitation of natural resources, construction, public utilities, etc.) with the transportation and health service sectors, about 46 percent of the global economy, or US$32.3 trillion in g
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Bluetooth 5.0 and Business: So, you think you've see the bigger picture?
August 28, 2017
Bluetooth 5.0 provides a solution to the issue by extending the data length to 255 bytes, thereby allowing more possibilities in commercial applications.
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Redefining HMI in the intelligent age
August 28, 2017
Looking at how common smart technologies have become, it is hard to imagine that they have only came into existence in recent times. Impressive as it may seem, what we are witnessing is only the tip of the iceberg. Technology giants around the world
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What kind of “eyes” does smart manufacturing really need?
August 18, 2017
Market requirements have propelled the industrial vision market to rapid growth in recent years. According to estimations by Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research Institute (GGII), the machine vision market, driven by China’s industrial sector, is exp
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Say goodbye to “reaching out for money” in the near future
August 15, 2017
In the past, we’ve always had to remember to bring the four things we should have on us when leaving the house: ID, cell phone, keys, and wallet. Nowadays, cell phones have become the only, absolute necessity, because the wallet has been replaced b
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An overview of the top six commercialized biometric authentication technologies
August 8, 2017
“The best of times” refers to the accelerating development of the biometric authentication market. Research data indicates that the global biometrics market is slated to grow from US$15 billion in 2016 to US$30.5 billion in 2021, a compound annua
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Harnessing the power of IoT: Microsoft’s unique approach
June 11, 2017
Little could this now-famous British serial entrepreneur have known in 1999 that the name he chose to define his approach for using RFID in P&G’s supply chain would top Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report.
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How Retailers are Using Location Awareness Technology to Track Buyers’ Habits
April 25, 2017
Location tracking has been in use for a lot longer than one may expect. For example, military Special Forces and intelligence organizations have been using trackers and tracers for decades.
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Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting
April 25, 2017
The push is on to add Internet capability to everything—often called the Internet of Things (IoT)—and the challenge for design engineers is to figure out how to power each of these IoT nodes.
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The Internet of Slacks? IoT and Smart Clothing
April 25, 2017
When you think of wearable technology you probably think about those fitness trackers that you wear on your wrist. What you probably don’t think about is your shirt, your pants or even your socks.
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Insurance and the Internet of Things
April 25, 2017
It’s one of those things you only think about when you need it. Insurance. It’s our safety net for so many important parts of out lives and can sometimes be the key to a quick recovery – both physically and financially.
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The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data
April 24, 2017
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses things as tangible as a light switch, things as ethereal as a cloud, and all things in-between.
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Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance
April 23, 2017
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance By Steve Gereb August 25, 2016. I enjoy reading about how the data collected by Intelligent Systems will help people live better lives.
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The Internet of Things at Cruising Altitude: Airlines and the IoT
April 20, 2017
What are your thoughts when you step onto an airplane? “Where’s my seat?” “Is this a Wi-Fi flight?” “I hope I make my connection.”
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Study: Digital Intelligence Driving Massive Business Transformation
April 14, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely regarded as the next revolution in technology. Cisco predicts that by 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, generating revenues of $19 trillion.
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The Internet of Everything is Here…or Is It?
April 11, 2017
The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet.
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The Internet of Things Has Thumbs – And They’re Green
April 10, 2017
It’s no surprise that technology, data and intelligent systems are transforming industrial agriculture.
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Microsoft and GE Partnership to Make Industrial IoT More Accessible to Businesses
April 4, 2017
General Electric (GE) and Microsoft Corporation recently announced the beginning of a new alliance. The technology collaboration will make available GE’s Predix platform for Industrial Internet on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses
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Going Up? Elevators, Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things
March 30, 2017
People are excited about the Internet of Things for a variety of reasons. It’s already made us more connected. And as more and more things are connected, a number of industries are poised to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
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OCF and Thread Group Alliance Boosts Windows 10 and its Smart Home Initiative
March 29, 2017
Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Thread Group, recently collaborated to fire up the automated ‘smart home’ functionalities on the Windows 10 operating system.
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From vision to reality: a look at Pebble’s launch into the wearables market
March 26, 2017
When Eric Migicovsky started designing smartwatches six years ago, there were few players in the wearables space and a lot of skeptics.
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Internet of Beer? Avnet Helps iKeg ‘Tap’ Into the Internet of Things
March 26, 2017
You might think that running out of beer is only a major concern if you are the “refreshment coordinator” for a college fraternity, but it turns out that beer inventory management is actually a pretty big deal for bar and restaurant owners these
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How the IoT will Change the Supply Chain?
March 24, 2017
The potential applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology across any industry or sector are vast. Existing and future IoT applications promise new ways of value creation and revenue streams for businesses in a digital world.
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IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge
By Alex Iuorio   -   March 24, 2017
Cybersecurity and the irony of what happened during U.S. President Barack Obama's January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing threat, during which he declared: “If we’re’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be pro
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Ensuring robust connectivity in the industrial Internet of Things
March 23, 2017
The industrial Internet of Things promises to bring greater visibility and control of manufacturing processes.
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London’s Pigeon Population Flocks to IoT
March 21, 2017
In one of the strangest, most innovative uses of Intelligent Systems we’ve seen so far, DigitasLbi Creative Director Pierre Dequesnoy came up with the idea of using pigeons equipped with sensor-loaded backpacks to analyze pollution in the UK’s ca
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Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
March 20, 2017
Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured...
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Invest in the Future with IoT
March 20, 2017
You and I have known for a long time that connected devices are becoming pervasive throughout society, and it seems like the investment world is finally catching up.
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IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions
By Guillaume Crinon   -   March 18, 2017
Learn about the real issues behind “IoT security,” and challenges for customers both from hardware and embedded / server software aspects.
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It’s Time For The Government And The Internet Of Things
March 18, 2017
The Internet of Things or IoT has become quite the well-known term in the past year or two. What started out as a radical concept – connecting everything to everything else and to the Internet!
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Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microco
March 17, 2017
At the heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC) and communications protocols such as ZigBee. These underlying technologies operate
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One-Click Manufacturing: Could It Really Be That Easy?
March 16, 2017
One click manufacturing (OCM) is a concept that arose from the 3D printing world: design a 3D model of a part ...
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Finding the best wireless option for your IoT design
March 16, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) relies on a facile communications framework able to move data easily between embedded "things" and systems located at higher levels of the IoT hierarchy.
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Internet of Things: Designing Sensor-Based Devices with Coin Cell Batteries
March 13, 2017
A popular vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it will comprise billions of sensors gathering information about their local environment and transmitting that data back to servers in the cloud. Such data will be compiled, analyzed and shared
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Smart Cities: What To Look For In 2016 And Beyond
March 11, 2017
In a recent article in Government Technology, IDC research director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke discusses three trends emerging around the growing smart cities movement
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Indispensable Building Blocks of Mobile IoT Devices
March 10, 2017
The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their pl
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Real-Time Operating Systems - What's Really at the Core
March 9, 2017
For most design engineers, the Internet of Things is referenced regularly. From an abundance of applications and security concerns to discussions about how data will be used, the topic of IoT is pervasive. When questions arise regarding the core of I
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What’s All The Buzz About? Bees And Smart Map Technology
March 8, 2017
You’ve heard about the problems with the bees, right? Their population numbers are dwindling and that’s not good news.
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Will HaLow open the door for more intelligent systems?
March 7, 2017
Reporting on the recent announcement of the “long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology,” Jim Hunter of Tech Crunch explains why this new standard may pave the way for more connected
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An Introduction to IoT Components
March 7, 2017
From locomotives and jet engines to baby monitors and home appliance controls, new applications are challenging the imaginations of designers — both in startup companies and within giant corporations.
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For industry 4.0, reliability builds on robust connections
March 6, 2017
Looking to relieve increasing product complexity and cost pressures, manufacturers are moving toward the next phase of industrial automation envisioned in Industry 4.0.
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What To Do With All That Data
March 6, 2017
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.
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Driving data with unintentional new uses: Internet of Things
March 3, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a natural evolution of the things we already make today.
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Cognitive computing and IBM Watson IoT: unlocking the power of information
March 3, 2017
Businesses, academic institutions, cities, and other enterprises may have diverse objectives and missions but all have two things in common: Data, lots of it.
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Circuit Protection: Helping Drive Reliability and Longer Life
March 3, 2017
The primary concerns of engineers designing mobile devices connected to the IoT remain device functionality, performance and feature set.
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Avnet: your key enabler for efficient IoT product development
March 3, 2017
There’s no shortage of hype when it comes to IoT! Fashion designers, futurists, gadget geeks, salespeople...
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Antennas for RF Designs in the IoT
March 3, 2017
The physical connection for many IoT nodes leverages legacy wired networks found in homes, offices, schools, factories and other areas. As we become mobile, wireless physical connections are becoming the norm.
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Accelerating the Motor Control revolution Using New MCU and FPGA Solutions
March 2, 2017
Motors provide the muscle for electronic controls to interact with the physical world. Whether in transportation, process control, robotics, appliances or even just opening a garage door, motors are the primary movers in our connected and controlled
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A “Canned” Module/IC Solution Simplifies Wireless Implementation, but Potential Design-in Issues Remain
March 2, 2017
Incorporating wireless connectivity into a product is now a standard design requirement for Wi-Fi, IoT, and other applications.
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10 companies and municipalities that are harnessing the Internet of Things to run smarter cities
March 2, 2017
Many of the devices we interact with today are enabled by computers and connected to the Internet. Much of the popular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on consumer electronics, with everything from smart refrigerators to thermostats,
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10 things every intelligent systems needs
March 1, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way businesses use technology. This web of interconnected devices and machines gathers information from gas-oil-water exploration sensors to sensors in corn fields, to medical devices and train control

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