February 2017



Feature Article



The Ongoing IoT Conundrum: Who’s Going to Pay?

Dermot O’Shea, Co-Founder and Joint CEO


The adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies has certainly been on the rise, and just about every industry in every corner of the globe has made strides forward with IoT projects. We’re seeing Smart City initiatives pop up around the world, Smart Metering projects mandated by governments, healthcare initiatives developed that drive adoption of IoT devices, and so on.


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  Sponsored Announcement

IoT North America Discounted Registration Pricing Ends Feb. 22nd

Discounted registration pricing for the Internet of Things North America conference will expire on Wednesday, February 22nd. Secure your full conference pass before the rates increase to $895. Core topics for the event will include: Big Data & Data Analytics, IIoT/Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, IoT Security, and Connectivity. The event will also host a new session track covering emerging trends for the Smart Home.


Confirmed speakers from Cisco, Intel, Oracle, Samsung, IBM Watson IoT, Nokia, Deere & Co., Navigant Research, and many others will help educate attendees on the newest developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities, features, application trends and performance improvements in the IoT industry. View the Sessions


  Industry News

Avnet Silica Joins LoRa Alliance to further Internet of Things Application Development

Avnet Silica has joined the LoRa Alliance as an ‘Adopter’ member to support development, growth and adoption of networks based on the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN) low-power wide-area networking technology (LPWAN). Prior to joining the LoRa, Avnet Silica had already built-in support for LoRaWAN via the company’s Visible Things industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform. - Read More


Unified Office Adds Operations Performance Suite to its Total Connect NowSM Managed Hybrid Cloud Service

Unified Office, Inc. has released its Total Connect Now (TCN) Operations Performance Suite (TCNOPS). TCNOPS enables Quick Serve Restaurants (QSRs) and other SMBs to improve their operational performance and effectiveness using Unified Offices new Internet of Things (IoT) based operational performance suite. - Read More


Idrive Dual Video IoT Devices Include PodsystemM2M Connectivity to Help Fleets Reduce Road Accidents by Over 50 Percent

Idrive and PodsystemM2M, the expert in connectivity for the M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) industries have signed an agreement to incorporate multi-network connectivity into Idrives dual video fleet monitoring devices. - Read More


TrackNet Joins LoRa Alliance to Support Continued Development of Global Roaming

TrackNet, Inc. as joined the LoRa Alliance as a contributor member to support the continued development of global roaming and market acceptance of the LoRaWAN specification as the de facto low power wide area network (LPWAN) standard for the Internet of Things (IoT). - Read More

  New Products

Nordic-Based BLE Module Developed by Murata

Murata Americas has released its Nordic-based BLE module.The latest WSM device consists of Nordic Semiconductors nRF52832 IC, a 32 MHz crystal for timing, and anon-board antenna.Additionally, it contains two pins for an off-board omni-directional antenna and a NFC antenna. The module provides a SerialPort Interface(SPI) and UART interface to Nordics nRF52832 M4 Cortex processor. - Read More


Industry's First ZigBee PRO with Green Power Certified Platform Unveiled by Microchip

The industry’s first ZigBee Alliance certified ZigBee platform with ZigBee PRO and Green Power features (formerly known as zigbee 3.0) from a semiconductor company is now available from Microchip Technology, Inc. - Read More


Schneider Electric Enables Smart Control with EcoStruxure Control Advisor Software

Schneider Electric has added a new enterprise-wide IIoT plant performance and control optimization software to its PES and Foxboro Evo process automation systems and Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system. Leveraging Expertune PlantTriage technology, EcoStruxure Control Advisor, a native smart decision-support tool, provides plant personnel actionable real-time operating data and predictive analytics capabilities so they can monitor and adjust every control loop across multiple plants and global sites 24/7. - Read More



Event Listings


Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines new cross-industry opportunities in the expanding market for energy solutions, including connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services, as they evolve within the smart home and consumer-based Internet of Things.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit focuses particularly on the challenge of engaging consumers with energy-related solutions. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.


The eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 20-22, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy17 and on the Smart Energy Insights Blog. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit




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