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Justin Blows

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  1. Here is an interesting low cost low energy LPWAN technology competing with SigFox, which is being rolled out by Dutch Telco KPM. An interesting aspect is it has a location function, which could be used to track transported item.
  2. Elias noted this webinar for 5G. https://pages.questexweb.com/Qualcomm-Registration-20160726.html?source=listing?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTlRFME1qY3pNV0l6WmpKaiIsInQiOiJmMm5IWE85S3JqTVJiQzlTM2tMTEVHdUZaeXFJXC9XU08xWXMyKzVnNVZFV0dpcklrMFZsUGZ3bUtWVXYrcVRGXC9rSDg4dUFpUmdoYlRvcXRJOVJhaGhuWkQ5azVrZmE1Zlpxb3A1V25VMmpBPSJ9
  3. A new low power long range wide area network is now based in ULTIMO, Sydney. Apparently, it is based on Amsterdam's The Things Network. Here is more information: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-internet-of-things-has-just-gone-green-2016-7
  4. A surprising acquisition of ARM by Japan's SoftBank, apparently because of the potential of IoT. http://fudzilla.com/news/processors/41160-arm-deal-was-all-about-the-internet-of-things Justin
  5. Very sad - The Guardian is reporting the first recorded death because of an autonomous car failure.
  6. That's a great way to look at the problems, Ankur. I remember being driven in Vietnam. They could really do with some sort of machine organisation and control of vehicles on the road. It's chaos their. I suspect that even with less than perfect systems safety would be dramatically improved.
  7. I just spotted this article about a raspberry PI AI beating a fighter pilot - every time. If a PI can do this for dog fights, image what is possible for cars.
  8. I often wonder why aircraft are so safe. Is it because of the safety protocols that are strictly followed by pilots? There is a potential to enforce safety protocols in driverless cars that the human population will not follow, which may make transportation much safer. Something to aim for, at least.
  9. I did a quick search for published patent applications by Samsung that mention "The Internet of Things". The search returned 1,937 hits. It's only a rough search, but it is clear that Samsung already have a commanding patent portfolio. IoT patents will be influential in determining the success of IoT company's.
  10. Here's brief report for Germany: http://www.digitaltrends.com/business/germany-internet-of-things/
  11. One aspect of a patent strategy is a foreign patent filing strategy. But were should patent applications be filed? Two selection criteria are a market's size and rate of growth. Germany, for example plans to put more digital solutions in their factories than the US does. Apparently: It would appear that a European patent application (which covers Germany) or a German national patent application would be a good idea for IoT solutions for predictive maintenance, autonomous robots and assistance systems. Other ideas for a foreign patent filing strategy include: Build a defensive position by filing patent applications in countries in which your company has a business interest. Increase your negotiating power by filing patent applications in countries in which your competitors have business interests, and in countries that manufacture products in the company’s technology area. Scale the scope of geographical patent coverage in accordance with technical idea importance.
  12. Hi Andrew, You said: I agree that "merely" connecting a fridge to a stove is not very inventive. The creative challenge for IoT engineering: There are many yet to be invented ways in which the fridge and the stove are synergistically connected, in ways that is only possible with IoT technologies (i.e. not simply control from a distance etc). Some of these may add real value and consequently commercial opportunities. Justin
  13. Hi Andrew, You and Geoff raise important points about successful IoT enterprises. Because this is an engineering and not a IOT business forum, my response is brief. I agree it is necessary: to understand the application and the underlying IoT technology have access to multidisciplinary skills, including engineering and design to focus on sales and marketing have a route to manufacture have a route to market involve capital partners if necessary The following may also be needed: a great business plan supported by a network of business advisers strategic intellectual property planning, including freedom to operate patent filing strategies (which may be to file nothing) I've started a blog on this site about IoT intellectual property strategy. Justin
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    Will the webinars be recorded and made available for later viewing?
  15. There are three things Rising IoT companies need to know: what technologies their competitors are developing, who might be a friendly acquirer (Google and Apple are frequent acquirers, for example), and potential litigation risks. A patent analysis can answer these questions, and inform patent strategy. For example, developers of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology may benefit from knowing that: there are over 1000 patents filed and granted for this central IoT technology, Broadcom is the largest holder of BLE patents, and Broadcom has not been involved in substantial litigation and have a friendly licensing program. Knowing that, a BLE developer may feel encouraged – there are no obvious signs that they will be wiped out in a patent dispute. The interest in building a portfolio of BLE patents is not surprising because it: has ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption, runs years on standard coin-cell batteries, is low cost, has multi-vendor operability, has an enhanced range, and can be integrated into small devices. All of these properties are enablers of IoT. BLE developers may also want to know what countries to file patent applications in. Most of the patents in the BLE space are filed in the US (1056 in 2015) and Europe. Some are filed in China and Japan (4 BLE patents were filed in Australia in 2015). This suggests that filings should be made in at least the US and Europe. A BLE developer who wants to export technology to the US and Europe would do well to perform freedom-to-operate searches in the US and Europe, in view of where competitor’s patents are filed. While the example data discussed here is from the report Exploring the Internet of Things: Gaining Insights from Patent Analytics, published by Innography, the analysis can be performed for any IoT technology.
  16. Thank you for setting up this great site. I am sure it will become an invaluable community resource.
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