Intel’s acquisition of Mobileye for an eye-popping $15.3 billion is still not a surprise given the importance of automobiles as the next technology innovation platform. Specializing in making sense out of visual data with the goal of making driving safer and eventually autonomous, Mobileye has been focused on automotive safety for 17 years. Once again Intel has made it clear that it sees automotive systems as a critical part of the IoT.

Even though finding the perfect home can be a long (and often expensive) process, the rise in 3D printing of homes could be the solution, as several 3D homes have been constructed in 48 hours or less. Printing in 3D originally began as a mechanism for creating small replicas of various products and objects, such as 3D models of organs for medical research and health care delivery. But now it is drastically revolutionizing the housing, construction and automobile industries. 

Machine learning and automation mean that human intelligence can be put to better use than just doing repetitive tasks.

The world of IoT is brimming with forecasts and predictions, with all estimates pointing to a rapidly expanding market composed of thousands of different devices sending petabytes of daily data through the network. Gartner released its top 10 IoT technologies list, which includes the emergence of technologies and ecosystems such as smart homes, smart cities and healthcare. For the solution provider, the challenge is to identify the high-margin hot spots of technology and become the go-to expert. 

The presence of drones to conduct human-like tasks, such as food deliveries and aerial photography, is increasingly becoming the new norm. But several applications of this innovative technology can now do more than “routine” tasks—drones can save lives and prevent health risks from natural disasters as well. 


Nothing screamed seamless connectivity like Mobile World Congress 2017, and a tour of Intel’s booth showed why it’s needed – and how we might get there. For solution providers it was a kaleidoscope of ideas for future IoT applications, combined with practical demonstrations of how to get up and running with IoT – today.

Using an Intel® Edison compute module, researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have built a smart underwater 360-view camera, SphereCam, that can see and hear. Using artificial intelligence, the IoT camera is the first step toward developing autonomous monitoring systems that can track and monitor endangered species in the ocean ecosystem.

IoT edge gateways can serve many functions such as device connectivity, protocol translation, data filtering and processing and security. Industrial strength IoT gateways can withstand harsh conditions, changes in temperature, and resist electromagnetic interference.
A survey conducted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s Aruba Networks subsidiary found that 85 percent of businesses plan to implement IoT by 2019, up from about 72 percent today. Lessons from early adopters indicate that results often exceed expectations.

This is the year NB-IoT starts to be a viable option for solution providers that don’t want to risk going with proprietary Sigfox or LoRa for LPWAN connectivity, but as 5G takes shape, a generalized, platform-agnostic approach is advisable. Mobile World Congress 2017 is expected to stage multiple announcements for solutions that will work across connectivity options.


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