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ALSO’s AllThingsTalk acquisition signals growing interest in SMB IoT solutions

The Swiss business-to-business marketplace operator ALSO has bought AllThingsTalk in a move MachNation believes highlights increasing potential for IoT for small and medium-businesses (SMBs). As we have previously written, large enterprises have traditionally been the early adopters of IoT solutions but the explosive growth in connected devices in recent years has enabled the development of IoT solutions for SMBs, sometimes also called small and medium enterprises (SMEs). That’s a market that AllThingsTalk, of Gent, Belgium, […]

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A look at UX, personas, and intent-based networking for the IoT edge

It’s easy getting entranced by Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Don’t get me wrong, I love the technology as much as any other technophile, but at the end of the day, enterprise IoT solutions only have value if they empower people — all sorts of people — to make meaningful and valuable changes to business processes or drive product and services innovation. MachNation, an IoT platform test lab, spends a lot of time evaluating best-in-class […]

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Connected Trucking: Functional IoT Architecture

In this use case report, MachNation illustrates the microservices of a connected trucking solution. MachNation also describes some of the most salient architecture, deployment and technology characteristics associated with a connected trucking solution. Connected trucking solutions are used by enterprises to provide real-time location monitoring, optimize delivery routes, improve delivery times, ensure product security, improve transport conditions, anticipate vehicle maintenance and proactively manage failures. These capabilities help businesses lower overall operating costs and minimize risk […]

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Siemens showcases innovation leadership at #InnoDay 2017

Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser (@JoeKaeser) kicked off the Innovation Day 2017 with an impressive fact: 29 out of 30 top automakers use Siemens’ PLM software. Founded in 1847, Siemens is a German conglomerate with global leadership positions in sectors such as industrial automation, energy and healthcare. The innovation day demonstrated not only Siemens strengths in established markets but also its ambitions in the evolving Industrial IoT ecosystem with IoT solutions built on MindSphere. Siemens MindSphere […]

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IoT for small and medium businesses (SMBs): requirements

Over the last 7 or 8 years, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions have generally been marketed to and purchased by large enterprises. There are hundreds of IoT solutions for countless use cases including remote asset tracking, factory automation, fleet services, energy/utilities management, parking management, facilities management, smart vehicle enablement and many others. But what about sales of IoT to the world’s 200 million small and medium businesses (SMBs)? While MachNation forecasts 24 billion connected IoT […]

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