As the year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for your continuous support of Everything Linking. Everything Linking IoT Podcast launched earlier this year and published 12 episode packed with introduction on the latest products and services in the IoT ecosystem, insights on the latest trend, talks on the latest opportunities and obstacles, and ways to get ahold of these amazing interviewees. To date, each Evlinkng episode gets over 500 downloads in the first week, and continue to acquire listeners in the following two months. 50% of our listeners are in the US, 25% in Europe and the rest spread evenly around the world.
The EvLinking podcast was postponed since I joined SMAhome, as I scrambled to get on top of everything in the new role (and we had a new baby boy in Oct!!). But we’re coming back as strong as ever, during the past two weeks, I recorded interviews with Alex from the Goodnight Lamp, the no. 1 woman in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers by Postscapes; Alan Grau, President and Co-founder of Icon Labs, leading company on IoT and embedded device security; Alex Capecelatro, CEO and Co-founder of Josh.ai; Newsha Ghaeli, Project Lead at the Senseable City Laboratory from MIT, and many more. Subscribe to our podcast and listen to previous episodes if you haven’t, or shoot me an email if you want to be featured on our show!
Another important announcement is that we’re launching consulting services for IoT sourcing in Asia! Through my years of working at ThroughTek, an IoT P2P platform and my newly acquired gig at a&s SMAhome, I had the opportunity to know hundreds of IoT businesses in Asia. They range from software studios, freelancers, key component manufacturers, module providers, turnkey solutions, system integrators, and many more. I also get asked a lot by counterparties in the US and Europe region asking for recommendations on who make certain modules, or who has experience on doing certain tasks. This led to the creation of EvLinking’s sourcing service. If you’re interested in learning more about this, click here and fill out the form.
And last but not least, a late Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
# This Week’s News
Today, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is announcing it has secured money from the U.S. Department of Energy to create sticky sensors that can be used to monitor the Internet of Things.
The ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT), and the Thread Group, an organisation focused on making Thread the foundation for the IoT in the home and beyond, report that multiple members of both organisations have demonstrated prototypes running the ZigBee Alliance’s universal language for smart devices on Thread networks.
IBM has announced a new collaboration with the BMW Group, through which the companies will work together to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalising the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future.
u-blox, a global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, reports that two of its products have been used by Cobilsys to create South Korea’s smallest battery-powered asset tracking device.
Starhome Mach, a global provider of mobile inter-carrier roaming and M2M/IoT services, recently analysed the implications of the new European Union (EU) regulations eliminating operators’ ability to charge for roaming within EU borders.
# IoT Industry Information
McKinsey Global Institute predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate up to $11T in value to the global economy by 2025.
According to a new research report from the Gothenburg, Sweden-based analyst firm, Berg Insight, mobile operator revenues from the Internet of Things (IoT) reached € 11 billion(US$ 11.42 billion) in 2016
2016 has been a busy year for telecoms operators in the IoT market, most notably in low-power, wide-area (LPWA) technologies as NB-IoT and LTE-M approach full commercial deployment.
Berg Insight, an M2M/IoT market research provider, released a new market report covering the connected vending machine market. The global installed base of connected vending machines reached an estimated 1.51 million units in 2015.
# People in IoT
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) recently appointed former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Stacy Smith as the Executive Vice President responsible for the company’s sales, manufacturing, and operations — arguably making him the most powerful executive at Intel next to only CEO Brian Krzanich.
# Investment News
Intertrust Technologies Corporation has announced that it has grown its investor base as part of an expansion of its products and services supporting the Internet of Things (IoT).
# Blog Posts and Articles
The number of “things” in the Internet of Things is expanding at an astronomical rate.
As enterprise customers migrate their applications to Microsoft’s Azure cloud and develop cloud-native apps, one of the capabilities available to them is the IoT platform services provided by the Azure IoT suite.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to reduce energy consumption, transform the way our businesses operate and in general improve the quality of life for billions of people.