A Truly Smart and Connected Home Begins with a Solid Foundation
New IoT gadgets and devices were a big part of the CES 2017 event. Consumers roamed the halls testing and learning about the best options for making their homes smarter—and safe. Not to be left out of the mix, Intel contributed to the IoT smart home introducing the Intel Home Wireless Infrastructure. Reliable connectivity, consistent throughput and a proactive network set up consumers and small businesses for the successful connection of all their smart devices. Intel also featured partner solutions, including a gateway from Comcast, McAfee Secure Home Platform and a multimode device for operators.
Hertz Connects Hourly Rental Cars to IoT
From airport to highway, Hertz aims to get you there faster. Hertz has contracted with Orange Business Services’ Datavenue to keep track of its vehicle fleet through the IoT. Orange has 11 million “things” connected to the Datavenue service across sectors. For the Hertz service, corporate clients can book a pool of connected vehicles over the phone, online or via a mobile app. Hertz expects the new service to reduce expenses and deliver a more convenient service for customers.
Department of Commerce Releases IoT Framework
The Department of Commerce has released a proposed framework with four areas of engagement to advance the IoT. Primary goals are to make sure the IoT is inclusive, widely accessible, stable, secure, trustworthy, globally connected, open and interoperable. The creators also promise to address public policy challenges such as cybersecurity, privacy, innovation and intellectual property.
GE Digital Channel Exec to Lead HPE Worldwide Indirect Sales Organization
Denzil Samuels is bringing his digital and sales expertise to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and will lead worldwide indirect sales. With previous experiences at SalesForce and GE Digital, Samuels will be responsible for executing strategy around HPE’s Hybrid IT and Intelligent Edge. Channel partners speak out on how this new appointment may impact the partner ecosystem.
Wireless Carriers Start Vying for Internet of Things
IoT devices garner lots of attention for all the cool things they promise to do, but they all depend on connectivity. Wireless carriers are jumping into the IoT fray with specific connectivity plans to connect wearables, cameras, lights, home management devices and more. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon announce IoT data plans, IoT Access Packs and IoT developer programs for enterprises and consumers.