Connecterra wins record funding as COVID shows food supply weakness

Breed Reply, a European investor in early-stage Internet of Things (IoT) businesses, has increased its investment in Dutch agritech company, Connecterra. As part of its Series B funding round, Connecterra has secured €7.8 million from existing investors, Breed Reply and Sistema, alongside new investors including AgTech specialists ADM Capital, French food safety enterprise Kersia Group and Dutch impact investor, Pymwymic.

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Closer to the edge: How edge computing will drive Industry 4.0

We’ve been in the process of transitioning to Industry 4.0 (aka the fourth industrial revolution) ever since the German government coined the term in 2011. It’s proven to be a long and complex journey, and by 2025, the World Economic Forum has estimated that the worldwide impact of Industry 4.0 will reach UK£2.7 trillion(€2.9 trillion) in value. Report by Nigel Moulton, global CTO, Dell Technologies.

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Intel unveils AI and analytics platform with new processor, memory, storage and FPGAs

Intel has introduced its 3rd generation Xeon Scalable processors and additions to its hardware and software AI portfolio. These are designed to enable customers to accelerate the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics workloads running in data centre, network and intelligent-edge environments. 

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Partners’ remote monitoring of COVID patients with diabetes cuts staff exposure and PPE use

The independent global IoT specialist, KORE, has created an ongoing partnership with Dexcom Inc., a provider of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). This will rapidly deliver an innovative remote patient monitoring solution to assist care providers during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Barriers to enterprise IoT ownership ‘removed‘ with new device support

Major barriers to ’Internet of Things‘ (IoT) ownership and efficient device management have now been removed thanks to the latest release of the enterprise-grade IoT management solution, SOTI Connect v1.2.The enhanced solution addresses prevalent industry challenges around managing industrial and mobile printers and limited access sensors, through a single point of control.

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SD-Branch solution offers security, connectivity and management to dispersed organisations

Distributed organisations are continuously challenged with administering necessary security measures to thwart escalating cyberattacks to protect workforces outside of the protection of traditional networks. To simplify security deployment, management and visibility for organisations with growing branch footprints, SonicWall unveils new secure SD-Branch capabilities, and a complete line of new multi-gigabit switches, to cost-effectively scale and manage remote or branch locations. 

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Has COVID-19 unveiled the 5G use cases everyone is looking for?

The race for 5G has dominated its fair share of telecoms headlines in recent times. Communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide have invested a vast amount on new network infrastructure. The race is now on, says Angela Logothetis, CTO of Amdocs Open Network, to identify the consumer use cases that CSPs can monetise to recoup the expenditure.

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All mobile operators vulnerable to denial of service and fraud through GTP protocol

Based on the findings gathered by Positive Technologies’ experts testing on mobile networks, a new report highlights the cyber security risks to networks that originate with the GTP protocol – which is used to transmit user data and control traffic on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. Non-standalone 5G networks are also vulnerable.

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Spend on digital twins to reach $12.7bn by 2021, as solutions offer IoT investment RoI

A new study from Juniper Research has found that total global spend on Digital Twins will reach $12.7 billion (€11.3 billion) by 2021; an increase of 17% from $10.8 billion (€9.6 billion) in 2019. Digital Twins are a digital representation of physical assets that utilise IoT data; enabling use cases such as predictive maintenance when combined with AI.

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Rise of SaaS

Software as a service (SaaS) in 2020 is booming as more companies stretch to develop programs and apps that are cloud based and integrated. The big fish in many cases continue to gobble up little fish that support their vision and can integrate into their portfolio. 2020 has become the year of 2 things Coronavirus and the rise of SaaS. Perhaps this will be the next box office hit, “ 2020, Rise of SaaS”, says Joseph Zulick, a writer and manager at MRO Electric and Supply.  

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State of IoT: Digital transformation at-scale

Manufacturing has been one of the fastest-growing Internet of Things (IoT) adopters, experiencing some of the greatest levels of IoT investment last year, says Keith Higgins, VP of digital transformation, Rockwell Automation. According to IDC, discrete manufacturing US$119 billion (€107billion), process manufacturing $78 billion (€70 billion), transportation $71 billion (€64 billion), and utilities $61 billion (€55 billion) are spending the most on IoT solutions.

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Tech Mahindra and Openet partner to enable CSPs’ digital transformation globally

Tech Mahindra Ltd, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering services and Openet, a provider of the digital business support system (BSS) solutions, announced a global strategic partnership to enable digital transformation for customers globally. This partnership will leverage 5G and cloud technologies to accelerate digital transformation for communication service providers (CSPs).

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IoT in 2030: A tri-polar world, with significant regional variations

In May 2020 Transforma Insights published the first iteration of its global IoT forecasts which predicted 24.1 billion connected devices generating US$1.5 trillion (€1.3 trillion) in 2030. However, the global picture belies a significant variation between regions. In particular, the vertical-specific opportunity is highly regionalised and growth in China will be driven by government policy more than organic adoption.

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