The Connected Car is Not the Future: It Has Become a Reality – Interview with Dominik Hierl, CEO of Telit Automotive Solutions

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  1. Telit has been around for quite a while, having provided connectivity solutions since 1986. What have been the most important moments in the company’s development?

There are several, but let’s focus on three. First of all, the introduction of the ball-grid-array (BGA) module in the mid-00s was such a moment; this was closely linked to our “Family” and “Unified-Form-Factor” concepts, which allow side and backward compatibilities among products. Those innovations had already propelled “Internet of Things” (IoT) technologies into mainstream adoption, even before people started to talk about the IoT. Secondly, our ONE STOP. ONE SHOP. solution, which was created in 2013. It offered an extensive portfolio of the highest-quality modules: cellular, short-range, and global navigation satellite system (GNSS). Thirdly, we expanded our products and services with the ATOP line in 2014, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Automotive OEM marketplace.

But there’s one important common factor – these milestones demonstrated our unique ability to translate prowess in the various technologies of our industry into business breakthroughs. And we’ll continue to do so. Continue reading

Telematics Berlin 2015: New Data Angle as Content and Apps for Automotive Europe Grows Up

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TU-Automotive is very excited to announce a new angle to its successful Content and Apps for Automotive Europe event.

Telematics Berlin 2015 (May 11th-12th, Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin) will be the first of its kind, aiming to establish itself as the go to event for connected car data.

Starting out as one of the only events to explicitly address the app revolution in the vehicle, Content and Apps for Automotive Europe is now looking to embody the next in-car revolution. An exponential growth in the last few years of in-car data has heralded a new age for the car, one where data is king and the opportunities for use are endless. Continue reading

IoTPedia Meetup is Back with Wearables, Smart Sensors, IoT Platform Security and Medical Measurements

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We are delighted to announce the fourth Budapest IoT Meetup, co-organized by IoTPedia and Design Terminal. The event will be held on 13th March, 2015 and located at Design Terminal (Erzsébet tér 13, Budapest, 1051) We dig deep into the wearables, smart sensors, IoT platforms’  security and see a startup from the home medical measurements vertical. Continue reading

TESTING WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES #2 Pebble Steel A Well Designed Smartwatch

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I am a Pebble user since the early days, when I bought my first Pebble Watch. It was the very first, Kickstarter edition and I was quite satisfied with Pebble that brought notifications to the wrists for the very first time in the Wearable history.

Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble Smartwatch

The design of the first Pebble watch was a bit too sporty to wear with suits, but it was excellent for the other outfits with its geeky style. Then the new generation came and I was excited to have a smartwatch with inbuilt activity tracker, that is why I bought Pebble Steel with its clean swish metal outfit and leather band.

The user experience is more or less the same, the additional value comes from the activity tracking capability, the waterproof watch design (when using with steel wristband). Moreover there are more and more third party apps available such as Jawbone, Misfit, Swarm or Evernote. Continue reading

Changing Focus from Products to Services in the Car Industry- Telematics Update Munich 2014 Wrap Up

Credit: Telematics Update
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In the foggy November the “car capital” of Europe, Munich welcomed more than 1100 leading decision makers who shape the future of the car industry. One of the leading connected car event couldn’t be organized in a more appropriate environment than in the heart of the biggest car economy of Europe, Germany.

Car connectivity is booming and we are going to see an exponential growth in this space in the next 5 year. As Martin Rosell, managing director of Wireless Car highlighted, there are 1 billion cars on the road worldwide and only about 20-25 million  or 2 to 2.5% are connected vehicles that were connected by OEMs.

These facts and predictions suggest that the ecosystem is still at the beginning of a long growth and learning curve and, on the other hand, the potential for connectivity in general and the connected car in particular is enormous. Continue reading

Testing Wearable Technologies #1: Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
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We are starting a new series of testing wearable technologies with Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. The goal is to show regularly new wearable devices to IoTPedia readers and give a honest opinion about the quality of the service offered by them. If you happen to know something cool, please let us know  (balazs.szabo@smartdrive.io)

The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor was bought through the withings.com. The company is based in Paris, France and they secured a massive level of funding ~33M USD altogether from leading VCs.

The whole shopping experience was smooth and the device arrived in time from France. The price of the device is 129.5 EUR which is more expensive than an average blood pressure monitor but can worth for a healthcare gadget fan. Continue reading

Opinion: Hitting singles and doubles in the Internet of Things

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(Guest article by Ron Sege, CEO and Chairman of Echelon)

Lots going on in IoT last week. I attended the “2nd Annual Internet of Things Global Summit” in DC, as did Thomas Davenport (“The Internet of Things Is Not Like Baseball”). Chris Curran of PwC wrote an interesting piece on LinkedIn about the impediments to IoT adoption (“12 Hurdles Hampering the Internet of Things). There was a lot of talk about Gartner proclaiming IoT as being at the top of the hype cycle (“It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology). While, at the same time Business Insider reports continuing long term optimism (“The ‘Internet of Things’ Will Be The World’s Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars”).

Most of the points raised are valid, and much work remains to be done. However, the most important point raised may be the one here by Davenport:

“The real value of IoT in the early stages is coming primarily from prosaic applications. Cities are wiring up light poles and parking meters. Industrial equipment manufacturers are monitoring performance remotely. Utilities monitor energy or water use. None of it is terribly exciting, but it slowly makes the world a better place.” Continue reading