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India’s First IoT Focused CoE in Bengaluru

NASSCOM today launched India’s first Centre of Excellence – Internet of Things (CoE-IoT) at the NASSCOM Startups Warehouse in Bengaluru. The CoE will focus on leveraging IT strengths and creating a new age industry with the support of IoT based ideas.

The CoE is a joint initiative between the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Education and Research Network (ERNET) and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).

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The CoE laboratory along with the NASSCOM 10,000 Startups Warehouse has the capacity to incubate up to 40 start ups and can accommodate around 10 emerging companies per shift for prototype/ design and usage of lab facilities. The CoE also provides a separate space for validation, verification and demonstration as well as concept labs for developing IoT solutions for application areas like Agriculture, Automobile, Telecom, Healthcare and Consumer IoT.

The CoE is also supported by Accenture, CISCO, Cyient, EMC, Intel, HCL Technologies, Qualcomm, Tata Consultancy Services, L&T Technology Services, Robert Bosch and VM Ware as Strategic partners.  Amazon Web Services, Digital Ocean, IBM, Microsoft have signed up as Infrastructure partner to the initiative.

NASSCOM also shared some of the key-findings at the launch event. India has seen a Market Growth of 28% in IoT business from FY2015 to FY2016. Nearly 120 firms are offering IoT Solutions in India, out of which around 60% startups emerged after 2010. In the past 3 years, Indian IoT firms have received funding worth USD 60M and the IoT market in the country is expected to grow to USD 15B market by 2020. This would mean, roughly about 5% of the Global Market.

An increase in the adoption of IoT based technology in areas of home, retail and industrial automation, health & fitness monitoring and connected vehicles as well as the advent and growth of Smartcities, has resulted in a greater need of better solutions that lead to the evolution of a lifestyle dominated by technology. Few days ago, even HP announced the Industry First Converged System for IoT.

If you are keen to start developing IoT based solutions and products, there are many affordable boards available in the market today. Last week, MediaTek also announced their Helio based Development board with more powerful sensors for developers.

Divya has also written an article on how to get started with Raspberry Pi and building your first IoT DIY project. Have a look!

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Meet Helio X20 Development Board from MediaTek

MediaTek today launched its Helio X20 Development Board, based on MediaTek’s high-end Helio X20 mobile processor, making it the first development board in the industry to use Tri-Cluster, deca-core and ARM® Cortex®-A72 technology.

To enable the widest range of smart gadgets and IoT devices to be prototyped, the board offers an extensive set of interfaces and connectivity peripherals. This includes interface for cameras, touch-screen displays and MMC/SD cards. Wireless communication is supported with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. GPS location acquisition is also included.

MediaTek Helio X20 Development Board
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The Helio X20 Development Board will be available in Asia soon and can be purchased from ArcherMind Technology. Its currently available here.

MediaTek’s Helio X20 Development Board leverages the Tri-Cluster deca-core structure  to more efficiently handle different types of workloads. It can delegate simple tasks to one cluster of cores, while directing more complex and more power-hungry tasks to the other clusters for smoother performance and extended battery life. It sounds to be an ideal platform for Android developers working on innovations for today’s existing and emerging markets.

The MediaTek Helio X20 Development Board is designed with the Linaro 96Boards specification, so it is compatible with other 96Boards products for other solutions. That means developers can easily incorporate their work into the Helio X20 Development Board and enjoy all the flexibility and creativity the board has to offer.

With this board you can prototype solutions for existing and emerging markets including POS, VR, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), digital signage, vending machines and more.

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Industry First Converged System for IoT from HPE

IoT data originates remotely, often from equipment at the edge that emits analog data in industries like energy, manufacturing and utilities. Outside the traditional data center or cloud, the edge is in the field, on a plant floor, at an oil rig or copper mine—generating business, engineering and scientific insights. Few days ago, we published a story on why is IoT the buzzword of the decade. If you haven’t read it, we highly recommend you do so.

Today, the IoT data is sent to a data center or the cloud for future processing or analysis., which can be a slow, risky and inefficient process. HPE today introduced new IoT solutions that enable organizations to harness the power of their data by delivering real-time analytics and machine learning at the edge, where the “things” are. The result is the ability to take instant action and affect immediate control of your “things”.

Organisations are trying to understand how to harness the power of IoT, which requires rethinking of traditional IT approaches. Fundamentally, IoT represents the intersection of information technology (IT) and operations technology(OT).

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is leading this move from the data center to the edge, enabling a new wave of technologies that have not been possible before—machine learning at the edge, fraud prevention, automated maintenance support, and Augmented Reality (AR) technology.

Earlier this week, HPE unveiled the Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000, the industry’s first converged systems for the Internet of Things (IoT). These systems integrate data capture, control, compute and storage to deliver heavy-duty analytics and insights at the edge to enable real-time decision making which include graphically intense data visualisation.

ESG research recently revealed that over 60% of organizations have or are planning on implementing an IoT solution. While just 19% of the surveyed 633 enterprise IT and information security professionals claim they already have IoT initiatives underway, an additional 39% are currently developing IoT initiatives that will be launched in the next 24 months.

To help more organisations adopt better approach to IoT, HPE also introduced the HPE IoT Transformation workshop (TW), an interactive HPE facilitated workshop that helps customers to define their IoT vision and strategy and gain business technology alignment. This structured discussion takes a fact-based, analytical approach to help customers achieve alignment on their vision, identify current and future states, and determine a set of specific transformational IoT projects. The IoT TW is the first step in a full suite of services designed to help customers successfully implement IoT solutions based on business needs and industry parameters.

HPE also announced four IoT Innovation Labs: located in Houston, Texas; Grenoble, France; Bangalore, India; and Singapore. All of these labs are equipped with devices and connectivity that enable an innovative experience. HPE and Intel® operate these labs to help customers envision how IoT can be applied in their industry, build and test IoT applications, and access technical expertise. One can also access through Secure VPN to test and benchmark applications from anywhere in the world.

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Microsoft brings in Wireless 3D Printing for Windows 10 IoT Core

Today, Microsoft introduced the Network 3D Printer app for its IoT-based platform (IoT Core) which gives wireless functionality to 3D printers. Windows 10 IoT Core is a version of Windows 10 that is optimized for smaller devices with or without a display, and that runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3, Arrow DragonBoard 410c & MinnowBoard MAX. Windows 10 IoT Core utilizes the rich, extensible Universal Windows Platform (UWP) API for building great applications. With Windows 10 IoT Core. you can make devices to integrate richer experiences such as natural user interfaces, searching, online storage and cloud based services. This Network 3D Printer application gives 3D printers what traditional printers had with Wi-Fi capabilities for years, allowing users to print without being connected to the computers.

Setting the IoT system is pretty easy. You just have to connect the Raspberry Pi to a 3D printer using the USB connection. This Windows IoT Core app works on the Raspberry Pi and takes the command for printing jobs wirelessly and then pass them on to a chosen 3D printer. This mini-computer will then start transmitting the printer to a network, allowing a Windows PC to see it and take the print command. The app also lets multiple computers to share a printer and pass the print commands.

The Network 3D Printer works with these below printers at this moment – Lulzbot Taz 6, Makergear M2, Printrbot Play, Plus and Simple, Prusa i3 Mk2, Ultimaker Original and Original+, Ultimaker 2 and 2+, Ultimaker 2 Extended and Extended+.

The Network 3D Printer App currently works only on Raspberry Pi. We should be seeing support for other boards soon.

Earlier at build 2016, Microsoft launched the Azure IoT Starter Kits, similar to the Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits which would help developers start with development for these technologies. The Azure IoT Starter Kits are available on Github here. You can Download Windows 10 IoT Core for your device here. Here are few sample projects to get an idea on how the IoT Core platform is helping builders make stuff.