January 6, 2016



Feature Article



How the Internet of Things is Bringing Toy Story to Life

Manfred Kube, Head of M2M Segment and Offer Marketing


Imagine if toys could communicate with each other, interact with children, and even act out compelling stories by themselves. Sound like a certain film series? In fact, its just the latest development in the Internet of Things, which is set to revolutionize playtime forever, and finally bring Toy Story to life. Smart Toys are the future and the implications are enormous, not just for gameplay.


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An Equitable Business Model for the IIoT: Who Pays for What?

Varun Nagaraj,President and CEO Sierra Monitor


To describe the evolution of control networking in industrial environments, many of us in the controls industry have been using the phrase, Industrial Internet of Things.The IIoT is a truly compelling vision of how the industrial world will look in the interconnected future. Some companies with foresight, like GE, are starting to implement this vision in a few target industries like aircraft engine maintenance. However, in my conversations with OEMs and facilities managers, I keep hearing the same question: So what does the IIoT mean for me and what should I do differently?


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  Sponsored Announcement

IoT North America Preliminary Program Announced
The Internet of Things North America conference has announced its preliminary program. The brightest minds from companies such as Google, Intel, Oracle, IBM, Schneider Electric, NXP, Honeywell and Parker-Hannifan will provide technical and practical insight on the future of the connected world. Sign up to attend at our early bird rate and learn about important industry trends, the IoT value chain and the overall Internet of Things ecosystem and markets.


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  Industry News

Innovative Sensors Make Wearables Truly Unique

Defining and exploiting value proposition is an essential part of wearable technologys journey from early adopters into mass markets, and sensor platforms enable the key value proposition in most wearable devices today. This is why made-for-wearable sensors are being developed around the world, and this is why IDTechEx Research finds that made-for-wearable sensors will represent 42 percent of all sensors in wearable devices in 2026. - click here to read more


ZigBee 3.0 Ratification Opens Door to Smarter World Using the Internet of Things

The ZigBee Alliancehasratified ZigBee 3.0, which builds on and unifies ZigBee standards already proven across hundreds of millions of shipped devices. ZigBee 3.0 ratification opens the door to a new era of improved communication and interoperability between products used in applications ranging from connected home, intelligent buildings and smart cities to connected lighting, energy efficiency and other applications. - click here to read more


Shipments of Connected Wearables will Reach 228 Million in 2020

According to a report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, shipments of connected wearables reached 72.5 million in 2015, up from 25.3 million devices in the previous year. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25.8 percent, total shipments of smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness & activity trackers, people monitoring & safety devices and medical devices as well as other wearable devices are forecasted to reach 228.3 million units in 2020. - click here to read more


Microchips LoRa Wireless Module is Worlds First to Pass LoRa Alliance Certification

Microchip Technology Inc. announced that its RN2483 LoRamodule is the worlds first to pass the LoRa Alliances LoRaWAN Certification Program. The RN2483 module was independently tested by Espotels accredited test laboratory to meet the functional requirements of the latest LoRaWAN 1.0 protocol specification. - click here to read

  New Products

GreenPeak Family@Home Solution Transforms the Smart House into a Smart Home

GreenPeak Technologieswill unveil and demonstrate the new Family@Home application at CES 2016The Family@Home system combines cloud intelligence, wireless connectivity and battery-powered sensors to keep an eye on your home and your family and loved ones, providing peace of mind, comfort and security for todays busy working families. - click here to read


Afero Launches Platform to Securely Connect the Internet of Things

Mobile and hardware veterans fromGoogle, AppleandNest unveiled Afero, the platform that brings a higher level of connectivity and security to the Internet of Things, both inside and outside the home. Led by Joe Britt, formerly an engineering director at Google Android and co-founder of Danger, the Afero team has spent nearly two years developing a platform that includes integrated hardware, software, and cloud services for IoT connectivity and data analytics. - click here to read


Exospace B55: Breitling Reinvents the Connected Watch

In creating its first connected chronograph, Breitling has applied a new philosophy placing the smartphone in the service of the watch so as to enhance its functionality and user-friendliness. With the Exospace B55, the brand reaffirms its position in the vanguard of electronics. The instrument of the future, designed for aviation professionals. - click here to read



Event Listings


MDS16Motor & Drive Systems 2016
January 21-22
Jacksonville, Fla.


Motor & Drive Systems 2016 will host several workshops on January 20th. They provide an in-depth educational experience, with valuable information for both the new and seasoned engineer. Register early for discounted rates. Seating in each workshop is limited and they have historically sold-out.


Workshop Topics Include:


Five Key Motor Technologies: How the Motor And the Motor Drives Work Together


Si and SiC Power Module Technology & Motor Drive Application Considerations


Which Motor to Use for Your Application


Magnetics Bootcamps


Basic Principles Motor Drives & Motion Control.


Field Oriented Control and Advanced AC Motor Control Algorithms


Motor Manufacturing Methods: Putting Theory into Practice



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