Google tests drone delivery in country Queensland

Google has been secretly working for two years on a drone-based delivery system for both dispatching products to customers and assisting in disaster relief situations. The web giant today unveiled “Project Wing” – its latest effort in the autonomous vehicle space alongside experiments with self-driving cars – which sees it working to create a delivery system using self-flying vehicles.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391525,google-tests-drone-delivery-in-country-queensland.aspx

Intel, Chunghwa Telecom team up on Internet of Things

US chipmaker Intel Corp and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking. At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140822000069&cid=1204

Foxconn taking aggressive moves to enter IoT industry

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is interested about the Internet of Things (IoT) industry and has been investing in related businesses as well as looking at its existing businesses to make connections with the IoT industry, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, Foxconn does not plan to only become a maker of IoT products, the company is also looking to acquire technologies, IC design capability and the ability to conduct back-end transmission, data collection and analysis, the sources said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140820PD217.html

Intel, Chunghwa Telecom team up on Internet of Things technology

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp. and Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking . At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/ast/201408210015.aspx

Samsung to buy US tech firm SmartThings EmailPrint

SEOUL: Samsung said on Friday (Aug 15) it had reached a deal to buy a US home automation startup SmartThings, as the South Korean electronics giant aims to expand beyond the increasingly saturated smartphone market. The world’s top smartphone maker said it had entered into a deal to buy the US app maker, which allows people to monitor and control their home appliances via mobile devices.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/samsung-to-buy-us-tech/1314488.html

APAC leading mkt growth in home automation

CALIFORNIA, USA: A new market research report on Home Automation, shows that the United States represents the largest market worldwide, followed by Europe. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 29.5 per cent over the analysis period. Growing employment opportunities, steady economic development, easy availability of housing finance, strong residential construction activity, increasing urbanization, rising standards of living, and increase in consumer spending for lifestyle products, represent key factors driving growth in the region.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/218806/apac-leading-mkt-growth-home-automation

Middle East, Africa and Asia will win the Smart City market

Research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Inc. released a new report entitled “Smart Cities Market – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 – 2019)” which defines and categorizes smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues.

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/08/06/middle-east-africa-and-asia-will-win-the-smart-city-market/

Silver Spring Networks Expands Smart Infrastructure Partnership with EDMI

Today at the Asian Utility Week conference, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI) announced an expanded relationship with EDMI Ltd., a global smart meter solution provider, to offer smart city and smart energy solutions in several new regions. Following the successful first phase of deployment with the Singapore Power Group, Silver Spring and EDMI will offer their integrated solutions in Australia and New Zealand, Europe and Southeast Asia. Through the expanded relationship, Silver Spring will also leverage EDMI devices as control nodes to help manage and monitor intelligent street lights as part of the Silver Spring Smart City Solution.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3135100

SMRT installs devices to monitor how bus captains drive

SINGAPORE: SMRT is looking to enhance the commuter experience on its buses by installing real-time tracking devices that can leverage Big Data to analyse the performance of its drivers. The transport operator said on Monday (Aug 4) that it began trials on telematics technology since early 2014 and following their success, SMRT installed telematics devices on its bus fleet from May. Telematics is the branch of IT that deals with the long-distance transmission of computerised information.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/smrt-installs-devices-to/1295784.html

Panasonic Contributes to Singapore’s Self-Sufficiency Level of Vegetables with First Indoor Vegetable Farm

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (Panasonic) announced today its pilot commercial supply of locally-harvested vegetables to Japanese restaurant, Ootoya. The premium Japanese crop varieties, mini red radish; red leafy lettuce; and mizuna (potherb mustard) are cultivated in the country’s first licensed indoor vegetable farm with controlled and optimised conditions. In land scarce Singapore where only 8% of vegetables consumed are grown in local farms*, Panasonic aims to contribute to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s (AVA) vision of raising self-sufficiency level for leafy vegetables through its technology and harvest.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3133072

Nissan CEO says some car makers concerned over product control in Google cooperation

Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn said some car makers remain reticent about working with technology giant Google Inc as it develops driverless vehicles for fear of their brands’ identities becoming submerged. Ghosn, who also heads France’s Renault, said car makers can benefit from collaborating with Google, which offers its Android software for cars and which is building prototypes of self-driving cars. “But at the end of the day, I think all car makers are extremely cautious about maintaining control on their own cars,” he told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/17/Nissan-CEO-says-some-car-makers-concerned-over-product-control-in-Google-cooperation/

Cisco partners with ELCIA to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘IoT Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore

BANGALORE,INDIA: Cisco today announced a strategic engagement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore. Riding on India’s fast growing Internet penetration, this collaboration will help establish the foundation for a new ecosystem to help Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies and other companies of electronic city engaged in IoT product development.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/216987/cisco-partners-elcia-develop-asia-s-iot-innovation-hub-bangalore

BBS Group, Singapore Selects EnVerv’s Powerline Communications SoC for its PRIME & G3-PLC Based Metator Smart Meters

BBS Group and EnVerv, Inc. announced today their collaboration on a range of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) products. The Metator Smart Meter family covers applications for residential, commercial and industrial AMI metering in which EnVerv’s EV8010 Power-Line Communications (PLC) modem will be employed as the communication platform. “We selected EnVerv as our AMI technology solution due to the superior performance of EnVerv’s modems under challenging network conditions and the fact that EnVerv offered the highest density and the lowest bill of material for its external circuitry”, said Behrouz Gholamrezaey, Chairman and CEO at the BBS Group.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3115968

Taiwan’s MediaTek, Acer Team For Internet Of Things Development

MediaTek and Acer will cooperate in the Internet of Things sector to promote cloud applications, wearable devices, and the Internet of Things technologies. The news was announced during Computex Taipei 2014. The cooperation between MediaTek and Acer will focus on open platforms and it will be based on the Acer Open Platform. Stan Shih, chairman of Acer, and Ming-Kai Tsai, chairman of MediaTek, announced that with the cooperation, MediaTek will join Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud project.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/06/13/20624-taiwans-mediatek-acer-team-for-internet-of-things-development

KT using its network to create new business opportunities

LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Korea Telecom (KT) is looking to a range of converged services that make use of its network and platforms to differentiate itself from domestic rivals and drive growth. CTO Dongmyun Lee told delegates that with high bandwidth mobile broadband and unlimited data plans offered by all three operators in South Korea, this is no longer a differentiator, meaning KT is looking at other areas. “This kind of competition is beginning to weaken our cost structure so we are trying to escape from this vicious circle,” Lee said.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/kt-using-network-create-new-business-opportunities

KT CEO talks up IoT future, calls for global standard

LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Chang-Gyu Hwang, CEO of KT, this morning talked up the potential for operators to benefit from the growth of the internet of things (IoT) market, by evolving networks to support the new range of services and connected devices that are proliferating. “Convergence among industries will be accelerated through innovative technologies. Development of sensors, chips, the expansion of connected devices, the evolution of the mobile broadband network, cloud computing and big data analytics, these are all key drivers that will bring us to a smarter IoT era,” he observed in a keynote presentation.

http://www.mobileworldlive.com/kt-ceo-talks-iot-future-calls-global-standard

China driving development of "Internet of Things"

PARIS: China is in the forefront of the development of an “Internet of Things”, leading the way with the number of machine-to-machine connections and opening a new market for operators, a study showed Monday. In the past four years, the number of machine-to-machine connections via mobile networks has grown by 35 percent annually and now accounts for more than 3 percent of total mobile connections, according to the GSMA association of mobile operators.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/china-driving-development/1142780.html

China Leads Global Connected Living Market With Over 50 Million M2M Connections, Finds New GSMA Report

China is the global leader in the adoption of M2M technology with over 50 million connections or more than one quarter of the total M2M market in 2013, according to “How China is Set for Global M2M Leadership”, a new report issued today by the GSMA. Close collaboration between the country’s leading mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, state-owned enterprises and the government has enabled the market to grow dramatically in a relatively short period of time, laying the foundations for further expansion and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3101768

Quanta, Wistron pushing new business measures to prolong competitiveness

Quanta Computer’s white-box server subsidiary is planning to establish new branches in Hangzhou and Shenzhen, China to tighten its partnerships with China-based Internet players Alibaba and Tencent, while Wistron has cooperated with industrial PC (IPC) player Arbor Technology to seek Internet of things (IoT) business opportunities.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140605PD206.html

Acer, MediaTek partner on cloud tech potential

TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) teamed up Wednesday with chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) to jointly explore the business opportunities in cloud computing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The partnership was announced at the Computex Summit Forum, where Acer Chairman Stan Shih (施振榮) invited MediaTek Chairman and CEO Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介) to join him on stage after Shih had given a keynote speech.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/05/409401/Acer-MediaTek.htm