Ericsson Partners with Bridge Alliance on the Internet of Things

SingaporeSwedish telecom company Ericsson recently announced its collaboration with Singapore-based business alliance Bridge Alliance to deploy its Device Connection Platform (DCP) for managing the Internet of Things (IoT). Ericsson plans to deploy the platform for Bridge Alliance’s 36 major mobile telecom operators in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. “The partnership with the Bridge Alliance members to deploy the Ericsson DCP is a critical milestone to make the adoption of cellular services in IoT devices economically viable for device OEMs and enterprises,” said Anders Lindblad, Ericsson’s senior vice president of its Business Unit Cloud & IP.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/38916/20150224/ericsson-partners-bridge-alliance-internet-things.htm

South Australia wants driverless cars on its roads

AustraliaSouth Australia wants to become the first state to pass rules that would allow driverless cars on its roads, possibly within years. Governor Hieu Van Le opened the SA parliament’s 2015 sittings yesterday with a speech outlining the re-elected Weatherill government’s policy agenda. The plans include a review of the state’s Motor Vehicles Act, which Van Le noted was “written when the FB model Holden was being released to the market in 1959”.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400347,south-australia-wants-driverless-cars-on-its-roads.aspx

Asia-Pacific city governments to increase IoT adoption in 2015, says IDC

APACSeveral regional authorities in Asia Pacific will develop new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as third platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business); for smart city programs; and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors leading to the eventual construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes. The very premise of the third platform landscape fundamentally acknowledges the value of digital data as a strategic asset.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150206PR202.html

Alibaba is testing drone delivery in China with a 3-day pilot program

ChinaAlibaba is now in the testing phases of delivering packages by drone, according to a post on Taobao’s website (h/t 36kr). Bringing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ dream into reality, Alibaba’s major online marketplace Taobao has partnered with Shanghai YTO Express to run a test program from February 4 to 6.

https://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-testing-drone-delivery-china-3day-pilot-program/

Samsung puts priority on IoT

KoreaSamsung Electronics said Tuesday a new order prevails in the global consumer electronics industry with the Internet of Things (IoT) leading the way, prompting it to search for new business opportunities in the field. “There’s no question that IoT is the next key driver for Samsung,” Samsung Electronics co-CEO Yoon Boo-keun said at a news conference in Seoul.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/02/133_172949.html

KT, Qualcomm tie up over IoT security

KoreaKT has teamed up with Qualcomm of the United States to jointly develop devices and equipment for creating secure gateways to the Internet of Things (IoT). “Under the agreement, Qualcomm will develop customized LTE (long-term evolution) chipsets, and KT will develop equipment and other IoT security integrated systems,” announced KT Thursday. Spokesman Kim Young-wan said that they aim to commercialize IoT security services based on LTE technology by the end of the first half of this year.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172695.html

IoT opportunities reliant on dependent developments, say Taiwan makers

TaiwanTaiwan makers are eyeing opportunities with the the Internet of Things (IoT) but believe business opportunities will come slowly as hardware, software and new concept developments need to coincide to create demand. The commercial segment is where faster growth for IoT is likely to occur as many companies’ infrastructure, services and goods are intertwined and can therefore produce more comprehensive results internally and for customers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150128PD206.html

‘Korea’s IT industry is slow to change’ said Cisco

KoreaCisco Korea General Manager Chong Kyung-won said Tuesday that Korea Inc. has failed to make sufficient investment to adopt advanced technologies in improving work efficiency. During a meeting with journalists to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Cisco Systems on Tuesday, Chong expressed his regret over slumberous demand for technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and cyber security measures from the country’s IT industry.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_172175.html

Toshiba reorganization to strengthen IoT-related business

JapanToshiba has announced that the company will consolidate departments involved in information and communication technology (ICT) solutions into its in-house Cloud & Solutions Company on April 1. The move will allow the company to promote the business that exploits the Internet of Things (IoT). Toshiba’s current Corporate Information Systems Division, Corporate Software Engineering Center, and part of Toshiba Solutions’ system integration business, will be merged into the Cloud & Solutions Company, and Toshiba IS Corporation.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150122PR205.html

Xiaomi unveils sensor panels for its smart home ecosystem

The hype from Xiaomi’s new product launch last week hasn’t even died down yet, and Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin has already showed off more new smart home gadgets at Beijing’s annual GeekPark Innovation Festival over the weekend (h/t 36kr). These new devices come in the form of sensors placed around the home. The sensors measure things like light, sound, temperature, and movement.

https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-unveils-sensor-panels-smart-home-ecosystem/

Check out this smart hotel room controlled entirely by WeChat

On the sidelines of CES in Las Vegas, Ceasars Entertainment partnered up with WeChat to give tours of new smart hotel rooms at The LINQ, a local hotel and casino. Visitors could use an app inside WeChat to control lighting, thermostats, and curtains. The connected suites will be the first of many such hotel rooms from Ceasars catering to overseas Chinese.

https://www.techinasia.com/check-smart-hotel-room-controlled-wechat/

For Samsung ‘Internet of Things’ is the sign of things to come

LAS VEGAS: With an aim to provide a new level of experience to consumers, Korean electronics major Samsung plans to interconnect all its products, from home appliances to mobile phones in the next five years. Internet of Things (IOT) is the next buzz word for Samsung Electronics. It hopes that using advanced sensors, which precisely understand a person’s surrounding environment, it can offer the right solution or service.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/for-samsung-internet-of-things-is-the-sign-of-things-to-come/articleshow/45777222.cms

M-commerce, payments and IoT to boost mobile innovations in APAC

INTERNATIONAL Data Corporation (IDC) expects the Asia Pacific mobility market to continue experiencing strong growth in 2015 as mobile takes centrestage for business growth in both consumer and enterprise markets. “The conditions couldn’t be better for strong mobility growth in the Asia Pacific region in the coming year,” said Ian Song, research manager for Enterprise Mobility at IDC Asia/Pacific.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/mcommerce-payments-and-iot-to-boost-mobile-innovations-in-apac

ABC, Telstra drones to capture NYE fireworks from 1000ft

Drones flown by both the ABC and Telstra will add a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to TV and online broadcasts tonight. The national broadcaster is touting its live-to-air drone-filmed coverage of the 9pm and midnight fireworks as an “Australian television first”. It plans to send two purpose-built quadcopters equipped with HD cameras and broadcast links 1000 ft above Sydney Harbour, which will feed live video to feature in its annual New Years Eve broadcast, alongside footage from nine harbourside cameras and a manned helicopter.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399093,abc-telstra-drones-to-capture-nye-fireworks-from-1000ft.aspx

How to paint tomorrow’s picture with today’s tools: the Internet of Things

All around us are the things that, if better used, can vastly improve our lives – the devices and assets in our city, the data they produce, our cloud services, and business intelligence tools, to name a few. Does your organisation have a strategy yet to capitalise on all of these things, and re-imagine the future of your city?

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5944-how-to-paint-tomorrows-picture-with-todays-tools-the-internet-of-things

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

TOKYO: Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues. The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for example. “Just by applying to the body like a compress, our novel sheet sensor detects biometric information extremely accurately,” researchers at the University of Tokyo said in a statement on Friday (Dec 19).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/japan-scientists-develop/1541002.html

Many IoTs in APAC deliver in 2015

Internet of Things (IoT) starts to deliver against the hype next year following this year’s explosion of new IoT-related solutions, including consumer wearables, smart home products and industrial IoT solutions.  IDC lists the following top 10 key IoT predictions that it believes will have the biggest impact in 2015 on the IoT industry in Asia Pacific excluding Japan. First, partnerships between IoT vendors (including ODM/OEM vendors) and non-tech consumer goods’ brands will emerge rapidly to create a sizable market opportunity for the IT industry.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/many-iots-apac-deliver-2015-276807672

Taiwan ODMs to attract IoT partnerships with fund-raising platforms

With Internet of things (IoT) applications growing popular, many Taiwan-based ODMs and EMS providers are planning to establish fund-raising platforms to attract partnerships with designers worldwide, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) established the kick2real website in April, while Quanta Computer is also considering establishing a similar platform.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141204PD205.html

Industry Transformation, SDN, IoT and Cybersecurity to offer greatest opportunities in APAC for 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

Digital disruption is set to be the norm across industries as they look to transform to keep their business relevant amidst the ever changing technological landscape. The implementation of enabling technologies such as low cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility are expected to drive this revolution.  Key examples of industries expected to undergo IT driven transformations include Energy (Smart Grids), Media (Content Streaming) and Manufacturing (3D Printing), all of which will be influenced by the Internet of Things.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/industries/industry-transformation-sdn-iot-and-cybersecurity-to-offer-greatest-opportunities-in-apac-for-2015-says-frost–sullivan/

Advantech and Microsoft Build Asia’s First IoT-Cloud

Advantech has announced  that it will collaborate with Microsoft to build Asia’s first IoT WISE-Cloud (Wireless IoT Solutions Embedded, WISE) platform. Advantech and Microsoft will jointly develop solutions and products intended for the Internet of Things (IoT) with the aim of establishing a new cloud application model. Chaney Ho, Advantech president, said that in recent years, the applications for IoT have been widely established in people’s daily lives and work. “Advantech has found that the embedded board is at the core IoT and so the development of all types of intelligent systems could naturally be realized for a diverse range of fields,” he said.

http://www.controldesign.com/industrynews/2014/advantech-and-microsoft-build-asias-first-iot-cloud/