Smartphone Security More Important Than Ever Thanks To NFC Implants

Smartphone Security More Important Than Ever Thanks To NFC Implants

Smartphone Security More Important Than Ever

When was the last time you spared a thought as to whether or not your smartphone is secure enough? Chances are, your security system doesn’t extend beyond a simple lock screen pattern or password. But it should.

In fact, the security of your smartphone should be one of your chief concerns. Think for a moment: exactly how much personal and financial information is stored on your smartphone? Internet banking, Paypal, Facebook, e-mail… the list goes on. Your smartphone is a veritable goldmine for a would-be digital thief, and all that stands in his way is an abstract geometric shape (or a 4-digit passcode).

In fairness to the password, it did have its heyday. In fact, with the advent of the lock-out (wherein a user is locked out after a number of unsuccessful tries, essentially preventing brute force hacking methods), the password was once a formidable security barrier. That is true no longer.

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The rapidly evolving nature of technology means that, inevitably, the methods that cyber criminals use to carry out their misdeeds grow increasingly more complex every year. Where once someone would have to physically steal your phone to access all those juicy bank passwords, now all they have to do is… hold your phone in their hand?

New Hacking Method


Seth Wahle, an engineer at APA wireless, has demonstrated a new method of hacking that is both impressive and deeply worrying. He has implanted a device in his hand that contains an NFC (Near Field Communications) chip. This device, which contains just 888 bytes of memory, constantly pings nearby android phones, asking its user to open up a link. Once open, the link installs malicious software onto the phone.

Using his implant, Wahle has managed to force a secure android device to take a photograph of him. While taking a selfie is certainly an innocent enough use of the technology, the implications of this are rather terrifying. Rather than installing a bug that activates a device’s camera, a hacker could install a bug that gathers financial information and relays it back to the hacker. All he would need to do is load up his NFC chip with the right virus and take a stroll through a crowded mall, pinging android phones as he goes; and while many people may ignore the link that pops up on their device, there would certainly be enough people opening it to make the potential consequences rather catastrophic.


As if that wasn’t bad enough, this new technology is also completely undetectable using current security systems; in fact, Wahle (who was a petty officer in the US navy) passed through scanners every day when he was in the military, and they never once detected it.

So start to think about getting your smartphone security up to date. Only access apps and links from trusted sources, log out of sites once payments are made, and never send personal information over any sort of mobile communication, be it texts, Facebook messages, or e-mail. Keep your operating systems up-to-date, and keep an eye out for a guy asking to ‘quickly look something up on your phone’ who has a scar on his hand (or not, as the implant wound almost completely fades away!)

Gartner: CEOs Realize The Cloud Is Where New Disruptive Industry Platforms Get Created

Gartner: CEOs Realize The Cloud Is Where New Disruptive Industry Platforms Get Created

Gartner CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey

Survey Points to Positive Business Conditions and Accelerating Technology Innovation in 2015

STAMFORD, Conn., April 21, 2015 — Most CEOs expect positive business conditions and accelerating technology innovation in 2015, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. The 2015 Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey found that growth remains a top priority and technology-related change is viewed as the primary tool to achieve that growth in 2015 and 2016.

The Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey of 400 senior business leaders in user organizations worldwide was conducted in the last quarter of 2014, asking questions about 2015 and 2016. Most responding organizations were those with annual revenue of $1 billion or more. The survey results show that business conditions are good — though not spectacular — and stability is good enough to enable strategic investments.

Each year we ask CEOs to state their top five business priorities and this year growth was once again the top priority,” said Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner fellow. “However, explicit mentions of growth were down from last year. We attribute this decline not to less interest in growth, but rather to increasing interest in the mechanism that will create it.

The second-most-important category of business priority for 2015 and 2016 is technology related. This is the highest position we have ever seen for technology in this survey and it’s our firm belief that CEOs are more focused on this area than at any time since 1999,” said Mr. Raskino. “When we examine the subtext of the responses, the purpose of CEOs’ interest in technology becomes immediately obvious. Over half of the responses relate to revenue- and growth-related technology issues such as multichannel, e-commerce and m-commerce.

Customer-facing and analytics capabilities remain in the foreground for most of the survey respondents. When it comes to top technology investments over the next five years, 37 percent of respondents ranked customer engagement management (CEM) as the leading technology-enabled business capability, followed by digital marketing at 32 percent and business analytics at 28 percent.

Cloud-based business also now has high recognition, as CEOs come to realize that the cloud is where new disruptive and controlling industry platforms get created. However, the standout finding from this year’s survey was the meteoric rise of the Internet of Things, a term that barely garnered any recognition in previous years.

With digital starting to fundamentally change the nature of industries, CEOs’ security and risk concerns are rising. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents agreed with the statement that “The digital world is creating new types and levels of risk for our business,” and 65 percent felt that “Investment in risk management practices is not keeping up with new and higher levels of risk.”

Although this was a partly prompted finding, we also saw strong evidence of this rising concern elsewhere in the responses,” said Mr. Raskino. “CEOs are right to be concerned. As products and services become digital they add far greater utility for the customer but also far greater power for those dark forces who might usurp digital control. CEOs and CIOs should collaborate to jolt the executive team out of cyber-risk complacency.”

More detailed analysis is available in the report “CEO Survey 2015: Committing to Digital.” The report is available on Gartner’s website. This report is part of the Gartner Special Report 2015 CEO Survey: Committing to Digital, which looks at how growth and technology are top priorities for CEOs even as the need for deep structural change is not fully recognized. The Special Report can be viewed at

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 6,800 associates, including more than 1,500 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 90 countries. For more information, visit

Docker Secures $95 Million Series D Funding

Docker Secures $95 Million Series D Funding

Docker Secures $95M in Series D Funding to Meet the Unrivaled Demand for Its Open Source Platform  

Burgeoning Ecosystem Standardizes on Docker to Transform How Applications Are Built, Shipped and Run in the Modern Datacenter

SAN FRANCISCO – April 14, 2015 – Docker, Inc., the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today announced that it has raised $95 million of Series D funding. This latest infusion builds on the successful Series C round raised in September, and enables Docker to address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardized on Docker’s technology. The financing will enable deeper integration with go-to-market partners such as AWS, IBM and Microsoft, who have made strategic product investments in support of Docker’s open source technology. It will also fuel new platform capabilities across the application development lifecycle, solidifying Docker as the foundation for a new generation of distributed applications.

The round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with new contributions from Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures also participated in the round.

This financing is a strong vote of confidence in Docker management, and strengthens the company’s ability to fulfill the needs of the millions of developers who have made the commitment to utilizing its breakthrough products and services in their daily work,” said Jeff Horing, co-founder of Insight Venture Partners. “Docker will be able to continue to make additional hires in general to put more critically-needed products into the hands of developers.”

Docker’s model enables any application to be built and run as a consistent, low-overhead Docker container, liberating developers from infrastructure concerns and dramatically increasing innovation. Enterprises using Docker have reported that it shrinks deployment cycles from weeks to minutes and drives up to 20X improvement in computing resource efficiency. More than 300 million instances of Docker’s technology have been downloaded from its hosted service, Docker Hub, enabling organizations to create both an agile application environment and an agile organization.

Our responsibility is to give people the tools they need to create applications that weren’t possible before,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker. “We will continue to honor that commitment to developers and enterprises. We think they are still looking for a platform that helps them build and ship applications in a truly standardized way, without lock-in or unwanted bundled features. That is what we set out to build, and we are not yet content with what we have achieved so far. We are getting a clear message from the market that they like what we are building, and we plan to keep building it. The financing enables us to deliver on that promise.”

Dockerized applications are enabling increased productivity and continuous business innovation for organizations such as the BBC, Gilt, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, ING, Spotify and Yelp. Companies like these are often initially exposed to Docker by a few development teams that integrate Docker into their workflows and are able to immediately demonstrate the productivity benefits of the platform across the development organization. These grassroots efforts quickly receive executive attention when, almost overnight, application enhancements take minutes when they used to take months.

With the accelerating pace of digitization in the financial industry, the breadth, complexity and diversity of our software and infrastructure services has grown materially,” said Don Duet, global co-head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs. “The ability to manage and run business-critical technology at scale in an agile and adaptive ecosystem has become fundamental to our firm. When our engineers discovered and started using Docker’s open source platform, they were immediately impressed by the portability it provides applications. It inspired us to move towards a standardized infrastructure for packaging, shipping and running our applications based on Docker’s technology.”

An April 2015 survey of 685 enterprise CIOs by Enterprise Technology Research highlights that Docker technology has the strongest buying intention score (known as a Net spending intentions score or “NET score”) ever recorded in the six years of the firm’s research, which covers 274 technology vendors across 24 sectors of enterprise technology. This aligns with the positive feedback that Docker has received on its flagship commercial product, Docker Hub Enterprise, which is being beta trialed by a number of Fortune 100 companies and will be made broadly available later this quarter.

“The combination of strong product demand and a rapidly-expanding ecosystem has put Docker on a growth trajectory far beyond what most companies experience in this phase of their development,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “This type of financial support, in addition to the high caliber of this group of investors, provides Docker with the resources and guidance needed to meet the demands of all aspects of our community – from open source contributors to Fortune 100 enterprises. Over the course of the last six months, we’ve exceeded every growth milestone we set for the company and the community. With the continued support of our investors, partners and community, Docker will continue to disrupt organizational conventions, transforming monolithic teams, processes and applications into more productive and agile microservices environments.”

About Docker, Inc.

Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud, and can achieve up to 20X greater efficiency in their use of computing resources. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker containers have been downloaded 300 million times and Docker is used by millions of developers across thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, the BBC, Groupon, ING, Yelp, Spotify, Yandex, and Cambridge HealthCare. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in more than 100,000 “Dockerized” applications, over 40 Docker-related startups,  and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by AME Cloud Ventures, Benchmark, Coatue, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Northern Trust, Sequoia Capital, SV Angel , Trinity Ventures, and Y Combinator.

Google Cloud Platform Partners With CDN Provider CloudFlare

Google Cloud Platform Partners With CDN Provider CloudFlare

Google Partners With CDN Provider CloudFlare

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 13, 2015) – CloudFlare, the leading Internet performance and security company, has collaborated with Google as an authorized Cloud Platform Technology Partner. Starting today, Google Cloud Platform customers can extend the capabilities of their existing infrastructure and also enjoy all of the performance and security benefits of CloudFlare.


CloudFlare extends Google Cloud Platform customers’ infrastructure directly to the network edge for even faster content delivery, as well as heightened optimization and security.

Google realizes the importance of security and combining it with the best available performance only enhances its world-class infrastructure,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. “Now customers can enjoy the best of both worlds, protecting and accelerating their web properties while staying focused on growing their core business.

Benefits include:

  • Doubled web performance – CloudFlare uses advanced caching and the SPDY protocol to double web content transfer times, making web content transfer times significantly faster.
  • Datacenters at your customer’s doorstep – CloudFlare’s global edge network caches static files close to their destination, meaning content always loads fast no matter where customers are located. Also, CloudFlare peers with Google in strategic locations globally, improving response times for Google Cloud Platform services.
  • Protection against DDoS and SQL injection attacks – Because CloudFlare sits on the edge, customers are protected from malicious traffic before it reaches Google Cloud Platform. This keeps websites up and running without compromising page load times or performance.

Signing up has never been easier. To learn more, please visit:

About CloudFlare

CloudFlare, Inc. makes sites lightning fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. Regardless of size or platform, CloudFlare supercharges websites with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code. The CloudFlare community gets stronger as it grows: every new site makes the network smarter. More than 5 percent of global Web requests flow through CloudFlare’s network; every month more than 1.8 billion people experience a faster, safer, better Internet. CloudFlare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. CloudFlare has offices in San Francisco, California, USA and London, UK.

Oracle New Retail Cloud Service

Oracle New Retail Cloud Service

Oracle has unveiled six new Retail Cloud Services designed to help retailers capitalize on modern business opportunities.

Announced on Wednesday, the Redwood City, CA.-based firm said six new cloud solutions have been added to the company’s retail cloud portfolio. Stemming from MICROS Retail solutions, acquired by Oracle last year, the new cloud services are designed to assist retailers in the management of e-commerce applications, customer engagement, the stock chain, ordering and brand compliance.

Read Full Article At ZDNet



Adobe Document Cloud Now Available

Adobe Document Cloud Now Available

Adobe Document Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 7, 2015 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of its newest cloud offering, Adobe Document Cloud, a modern way to manage documents at home, in the office and across devices. Document Cloud addresses the waste and inefficiency associated with document processes. Whether it’s school permission slips, health insurance forms or complex enterprise document workflows, Adobe is transforming how people and businesses get work done. At the heart of Document Cloud, and also available today, is the all-new Adobe Acrobat DC, the world’s best PDF solution taken to an entirely new level. With a stunning, touch-enabled interface and powerful companion mobile apps, Acrobat DC delivers free e-signing with every subscription, now included as part of both Document Cloud and Creative Cloud.

The response to Adobe Document Cloud has been incredibly positive and inspiring,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development at Adobe. “Clearly, we have struck a chord, as we set out to alleviate document distress for both enterprise workers and individual consumers. With Document Cloud, we are revolutionizing how people get work done with documents, and our customers are applauding the move.”

Adobe Document Cloud includes:

  • All-new Acrobat DC

With an intuitive, touch-enabled interface, Acrobat DC delivers powerful new functionality to get work done anywhere. The new Tool Center offers simplified and quick access to the tools you use most, including the ability to easily edit PDFs on mobile devices. Plus, use the camera on your device and Adobe Photoshop magic to easily convert any paper documents to digital, editable files that can be sent for signature.

  • E-signing Anywhere, for Everyone

eSign Services (formerly Adobe EchoSign) are now included with every subscription of Acrobat DC, which is part of both Document Cloud and Adobe Creative Cloud. Now you can electronically send and sign any document from any device. Document Cloud for enterprise offers eSign services with premium capabilities designed for organizations. New Fill & Sign makes signing anything fast and easy, including smart autofill across devices.

  • New Mobile Link and Mobile Apps

Access your work as you move between desktop and devices, and pick up that form or document where you left off with new Mobile Link — your files, settings and signatures stay with you. With two new mobile apps, Adobe Acrobat DC mobile and Adobe Fill & Sign DC, people can create, comment and sign documents directly on their mobile devices. Download the free apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

  • Document Management & Control

Services such as Send & Track DC let you manage, track and control your documents. With intelligent tracking, you gain visibility into where critical documents are along their process, including who has opened them and when. Control features also help to protect sensitive information, both inside and outside the firewall, for business or personal use.

In addition, Document Cloud for enterprise provides entire organizations with services, including enterprise-class e-sign services, that bring speed and efficiency to business document workflows. Document Cloud for enterprise offers solutions for industries including healthcare and insurance, financial services, media and entertainment, government, and schools and universities. And, enterprises can centrally manage Document Cloud and Creative Cloud user accounts and licenses with single sign-on (SSO) in the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard.

Individuals and Organizations Welcome the Availability of Document Cloud:

  • Andy Bevan, Head of IT, Barton Willmore

I look forward to Adobe Document Cloud giving us the ability to produce any file at a moment’s notice without carrying piles of paper around. It’s a game changer.”

  • Rhonda Carlson, Corporate IT Group, CH2M HILL

People will love the editing and enhanced scanning features in Adobe Acrobat DC for how they contribute to productivity. For our departments that frequently scan documents, the Enhance Scans functionality will be a timesaver.”

  • Jones Lukose, Head of the Records and Archives Management Department, International Criminal Court (ICC)

For the International Criminal Court (ICC), PDF is a standard for more than 2 million documents published to the website and internal processes. Adobe Acrobat is essential to our business, and document integrity is top of mind for us. I’m glad to see Adobe continue to invest in document security for its customers with Acrobat DC.

  • Dawn Welsh, Senior Manager, IT Licensing, Asset Management and Support, International Game Technology

“I am impressed with the focus on mobile capabilities within Adobe Document Cloud. Our employees need access to their documents at home, in meetings, or on the road. The ability to quickly pull up my files through a single log-in is invaluable to improving productivity.

  • Joost van de Bunt, Business Development Manager, KLM

Today, workers on the road use different apps, tools and software across many different devices, having to keep track of where their documents are. With Adobe Document Cloud, it can all happen in one place, with one solution. The documents are with the worker wherever they are, making everything much more efficient.”

  • Ray Young, Business Development Director, Ricoh UK

“In our business, everyone is mobile-enabled. Companies are using mobile technology and cloud applications to gain access to information, efficiently and fast. With eSign services in Adobe Document Cloud, we can access information remotely. Accessing information wherever you are, whenever you want is no longer a nice-to-have, it is a must-have.

  • Larry Denny, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, TiVo

eSign services in Adobe Document Cloud are helping us streamline internal and external processes across the company, making it one of the most value-added products we’ve ever seen at TiVo.

Pricing and Availability

Acrobat DC and Adobe Document Cloud are available immediately. A subscription to Acrobat DC comes with Adobe Document Cloud services. Adobe Creative Cloud members now also have access to Document Cloud through Acrobat DC Pro, which is included with every full membership to Creative Cloud. Acrobat DC is also offered as a perpetual product, available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store, and Adobe Direct Sales. A free 30-day trial of Acrobat DC is available now.

For more information on Document Cloud for enterprise, contact sales at 1-855-980-1698

How Data Governance Can Block Dirty Data

How Data Governance Can Block Dirty Data

Data Governance Can Block Dirty Data

Just in time for the NCAA final tournament tonight, here’s an infographic by Integrate that illustrates the benefits of automating third-party demand gen efforts.

The infographic breaks down the Xs and Os of third-party demand generation, contrasting the results of outdated, manual tactics against the effectiveness of new demand gen strategies automated by technology.

Offensive plays illustrate how automation creates greater agility and effectiveness to overall marketing efforts while defensive plays outline the ways data governance software blocks dirty data from penetrating systems and compromising demand gen results.

Key points from the infographic highlight how automating third-party demand gen can:

  • Recover 40-60 hours per month
  • Increase lead velocity 900%
  • Decrease the effective cost per lead (CPL) by 18%
  • Reduce the cost per opportunity by 56%

The Cloud Service Broker Market Grows

The Cloud Service Broker Market Grows

CSBs help you manage your mix of public and private clouds, but their capabilities vary widely

Don’t look now, but the U.S. cloud service broker (CSB) market will grow from $225.4 million in 2013 to $2 billion by 2018, growing 55.3 percent per year. The global CSB market will grow from $1.6 billion in 2013 to $10.5 billion by 2018, growing 46.2 percent per year, according to MarketsandMarkets.

Read The Article At Infoworld

IBM Partners With China Telecom

IBM Partners With China Telecom

BEIJING (Reuters) – International Business Machines (IBM) (IBM.N: Quote) has struck a deal with China Telecom Corp Ltd (0728.HK: Quote) to offer and manage corporate-grade mobile apps, the latest in a string of tie-ups with Chinese firms.

Under the agreement, state-owned China Telecom will host on its servers IBM’s MobileFirst service, which helps corporations manage apps for Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote) iPhone and iPad devices.

Read The Full Release At Reuters

IBM To Invest $3 Billion Over Next 4 Years On Internet of Things (IoT)

IBM To Invest $3 Billion Over Next 4 Years On Internet of Things (IoT)

IBM To Invest $3 Billion Over Next 4 Years On Internet of Things (IoT)

ARMONK, NY – 31 Mar 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions.

IBM’s pioneering work in Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities was based on practical applications of IoT in the enterprise and led to a broad set of solutions, ranging from water management to optimizing retail and customer loyalty to alleviating traffic congestion. IBM leads in enterprise IoT implementations that securely combine and analyze data from a wide variety of sources.

With new industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools, IBM will build on that expertise to help clients and partners integrate data from an unprecedented number of IoT and traditional sources. These resources will be made available on an open platform to provide manufacturers with the ability to design and produce a new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for the IoT, and to help business leaders across industries create systems that better fuse enterprise and IoT data to inform decision-making.

“Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result,” said Bob Picciano, senior vice president, IBM Analytics. “IBM will enable clients and industry partners apply IoT data to build solutions based on an open platform. This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it’s a rich and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters.”

IBM estimates that 90 percent of all data generated by devices such as smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances is never analyzed or acted on. As much as 60 percent of this data begins to lose value within milliseconds of being generated. To address this challenge, IBM is announcing it will offer:

  • IBM IoT Cloud Open Platform for Industries: This platform will provide new analytics services that clients, partners and IBM will use to design and deliver vertical industry IoT solutions.  For example, IBM will introduce a cloud-based service that helps insurance companies extract insight from connected vehicles. This will enable new, more dynamic pricing models and the delivery of services that can be highly customized to individual drivers.
  • IBM Bluemix IoT Zone: New IoT services as part of IBM’s Bluemix platform-as-a-service will enable developers to easily integrate IoT data into cloud-based development and deployment of IoT apps. Developers will be able to enrich existing business applications – such as enterprise asset management, facilities management, and software engineering design tools – by infusing more real-time data and embedded analytics to further automate and optimize mission-critical IoT processes.
  • IBM IoT Ecosystem: Expansion of its ecosystem of IoT partners – from silicon and device manufacturers to industry-oriented solution providers – such as AT&T, ARM, Semtech and newly announced The Weather Company – to ensure the secure and seamless integration of data services and solutions on IBM’s open platform.

IBM’s capabilities are illustrated in a new global strategic alliance announced today with The Weather Company through WSI, its global B2B division. WSI’s forecasting system ingests and processes data from thousands of sources, resulting in approximately 2.2 billion unique forecast points worldwide, and averages more than 10 billion forecasts a day on active weather days. The IoT and cloud computing allow for collection of data from more than 100,000 weather sensors and aircraft, millions of smartphones, buildings and even moving vehicles. The two companies will help industries utilize their understanding of weather on business outcomes and take action systemically to optimize those parts of their businesses.

The new unit will be led by Pat Toole as General Manager.

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As a leader in building practical IoT applications for the enterprise, IBM is working with a broad range of global clients, including:

  • Continental is jointly developing fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions with IBM for car manufacturers around the world.
  • Cummins Inc. collects and transmits real-time performance data of its engines for predictive analysis with IBM IoT solutions to maintain higher operating levels and reduce downtimes.
  • Pratt & Whitney is using IBM IoT solutions, including predictive analytics, to more accurately and proactively monitor the health of more than 4,000 commercial engines.
  • SilverHook Powerboats is using IBM’s IoT Foundation service to access and analyze telematic and biometric data from its boats and pilots to make real-time racing decisions.
  • IBM is engaged in a partnership with the University of South Carolina to produce more insights on predictive maintenance, combining deep industry expertise from the university’s Condition-based Maintenance Research Center with predictive analytics software and skills from IBM.
  • Whirlpool Corporation is leveraging IBM’s IoT and predictive maintenance and quality solutions to improve the performance and reliability of its appliances.

IBM also has been helping cities around the world become smarter by designing strategies for collecting, sharing, analyzing and acting on data. For example:

Smarter Cities

  • Miami-Dade County, Florida is working with IBM on a Smarter Cities initiative to improve services for residents and help agencies share information among the 34 municipalities within the county. The project spans multiple areas including using data from smart meters to analyze and detect water leaks in the Parks, Recreation, & Open Spaces Department; a project to improve the efficiency of buses for the Transit Department, and predictive policing and real-time crime analytics with the Miami-Dade County Police.
  • In Montpellier, France the fastest growing city in France, IBM Intelligent Operations delivered via the cloud helps the the District Council set up and experiment services for water management, mobility and emergency management.

Smarter Buildings

  • Carnegie Mellon University is using IBM IoT solutions to reduce energy and facility operating costs. Currently in a pilot program, it will eventually be deployed across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus.
  • The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is working with IBM to develop and install advanced smart building technology in 50 of the federal government’s highest energy-consuming buildings.

Smarter Public Safety

  • The Rochester, Minnesota Police Department is mining, sharing and extracting intelligence from data by working with IBM to improve officer safety, criminal investigations and crime prevention programs.

Smarter Transportation

  • In Dublin, Ireland, the city is working with IBM to identify and solve the root causes of traffic congestion in its public transport network.
  • In Melbourne, Australia, Yarra Trams is using IBM technology to access real-time information about service disruptions, tram performance and tram locations.

Smarter Water

  • In Canada, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium is working with IBM using sophisticated tools to understand watershed dynamics, safeguard drinking water and forecast the impact of growth. The new platform analyzes data collected every 15 minutes and assimilates 600 data points per hour from more than 100 sensors.

Additionally, IBM also has partnered with a number of IoT ecosystem leaders, with more to come. For example:

  • AT&T and IBM combined their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries.
  • ARM and IBM partnered to combine ARM’s leadership in the embedded market utilizing the ARM® mbed platform with IBM’s leadership in Big Data, Analytics and Cloud Services to provide an easy to use Starter kit, enabling IoT developers to rapidly achieve end to end development from device through cloud services.
  • IBM Research and Semtech announced a new technology based on low-power, wide-area networks that offers significant advantages over cellular networks and wifi for providing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
  • ESRI, a market leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, has a long history of collaborating with IBM on the development of IoT solutions that bring mapping and spatial analysis to businesses and government institutions around the globe.
Amazon Drone Testing In Canada

Amazon Drone Testing In Canada

Amazon Drone Testing

Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology.

The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company’s formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former Nasa astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia.

Read Full Source At The Guardian

Possible Amazon Drone Delivery Service In UK

Possible Amazon Drone Delivery Service In UK

Amazon Drone Delivery

Amazon is investigating starting trials of its drone delivery service in the UK because regulations in the US are too onerous.

The online retailing giant approached the Government about test flights of its Prime Air service which plans to use small unmanned aircraft to get purchases into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less. Robert Goodwill, transport minister, said he had met with the US company about test flights of the system.

Speaking at a motor industry conference, Mr Goodwill said: “Amazon came to see me to ask about starting drone trials in the UK because regulations in the US were too restrictive. “So much for the land of the free.”

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Venture Capitalists’ Growing Interest In The Internet Of Things

Venture Capitalists’ Growing Interest In The Internet Of Things

Venture Capitalists’ Growing Interest In The Internet Of Things Investors, even venture capitalists, can be a cautious bunch. While they may have a reputation for throwing money at a sector or industry just to see what sticks, the reality of their approach couldn’t be further from the truth. As we reported back in August last…

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