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In the IoT, small things can make a big difference

In the IoT, small things can make a big difference

Courtesy of u-blox : In the IoT, small things can make a big difference

The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than the sum of its parts, even if those parts are expected to number in the tens of billions within this decade alone. The size, shape and scope of those things will vary massively, but as a concept the IoT is often presented as smart sensors enabling smarter infrastructure. And in some cases, that is exactly right.

In many respects the IoT is nothing new, we have been capturing and acting on data for years. What something like the IoT brings to this is momentum, for one thing, but it also brings a level of exposure. For those not close to electronics, the realization that it is relatively easy to capture data and act upon it may be enough to motivate them into developing something innovative. Others, perhaps those more familiar with electronic technology and its capabilities, may appreciate the full potential of the IoT; as an extension to the communications infrastructure that surrounds us, and one that is more easily exploited every day.

What this means in practice is that it is becoming simpler to marry problems with solutions, and this is one area where the IoT is truly disruptive. We can expect a huge number of new applications to emerge over the coming years, of that we can be sure, but the IoT really started life as a way of improving the way we already do some things. The main enabler cited is connectivity and, of course, that is true; we can’t have an IoT without the I. But what sometimes gets completely overlooked are the worker bees; the technologies that are quietly evolving in the background to bring new solutions to life. Things like sensors and actuators that provide more.

The economy of scale this brings is driving down overall costs, so that applications that may have always been technically possible are now also commercially viable. It is a virtuous circle, the same theory that underpins the entire semiconductor industry, and it will see the number of IoT endpoints reaching the high billions. Many of those things will necessarily need to have a low cost of ownership, which means they need to be cheap to buy, easy to install and deliver a value that is greater than their overall cost. Things, like the arcHUB.

arcHUB

The arcHUB was developed, in partnership with electronics and embedded software design company Successful Endeavours, by an Australian technology company called The Active Reactor Company, whose expertise originally lay in the control of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps for street lighting, sports stadiums and other public spaces. However, it saw an opportunity for a low cost, low complexity device that could be used to monitor various aspects of the environment.

It is essentially a smart sensor, one that uses solar cells to generate its own power and a cellular network for its connectivity. Installation is a simple process, the case provides IP65 ingression protection and its clear plastic dome allows sunlight to reach its solar cells. The entire device can be unobtrusively secured to a street light pole, or any other suitable fixture such as the side of a building. Once installed, the arcHUB sets about gathering data and sending it to a cloud‑based service for subsequent analysis.

Out of the box, it can monitor light levels, and air quality sensor. As a system it can be connected to external sensors to measure wind strength and direction, temperature and humidity, carbon monoxide as well as other environmental aspects such as water levels. A low cost noise sensor is under development.  The arcHUB presents the data in both easy to see dashboard and downloadable format for further analysis.

The City of Melbourne is trialling the arcHUB to measure people movement, and is already using it in a multi‑sensor network to measure air quality, basketball and table‑tennis usage, phone charging activity and environmental (wind, temperature and lighting) levels in an urban precinct.  In addition 3 Australian environmental protection authorities are using arcHUBs to measure air quality.

The external sensors communicate with the arcHUB using Sub‑GHz ISM technology, but the hub itself employs a u‑blox SARA‑R4 series module, which offers LTE Cat‑M1/ NB1 and EGPRS connectivity at up to 375 kbit/s. The module also supports over‑the‑air firmware (uFOTA) updates, so manufacturers can provide long‑term support without truck‑rolls.

The arcHUB was conceived to be a low cost, low complexity solution that would appeal to non‑technologist. As such, it is aimed at governments, schools and colleges, or even large manufacturers who want to monitor things like air pollution, or pedestrian and vehicle traffic. When combined with other indicators, the data it provides can be used to improve services. It can also be used as an early warning system in remote areas, measuring particulates in the air that could warn of an undetected fire.

The IoT will not be defined by a single application; it will be a study in diversity. What will be common, however, is the need for advanced sensors, connectivity and a supporting infrastructure that makes it simpler for small devices to contribute to the Big Data era. Products such as arcHUB will be numerous, enabled by technologies like the SARA‑R4 series. It is this ecosystem of solutions that will really define the IoT.

Contact: Dr Brian Oldland, Director Active Reactor Company, +61 418 564 040, boldland@activereactor.com

u-blox partners with Arvento

u-blox partners with Arvento to develop multi-purpose people and asset tracker

Courtesy of u-blox : partners with Arvento to develop multi-purpose people and asset tracker

Treyki Mini relies on u‑blox positioning and wireless communication technologies.

Thalwil, Switzerland – December 4, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced a successful partnership with Arvento Mobile Systems, a Turkey‑based top leading fleet telematics company, to develop a compact people and asset tracking device with a long battery life. The Arvento Treyki Mini has eight operating modes, including special settings for tracking kids (with Geofencing), senior citizens (with an integrated fall sensor), and for use in sports, racing, and asset management. It can also be used as an emergency beacon.

The tracker has an onboard positioning receiver, and reports its location using an internal GSM/GRPS modem. It can operate for up to 7 days from its 900mAh LiPo rechargeable battery before it needs to be recharged.

The Treyki Mini relies on the u‑blox ZOE‑M8Q concurrent multi‑GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module to discover its location. This System in Package (SiP) offering is just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0mm, and provides high accuracy thanks to its ability to receive 72 channels simultaneously, from up to three different GNSS constellations. It also offers reliable positioning in challenging environments because it has a sensitivity of –167 dBm and is energy- efficient. Communications for the Treyki Mini are provided by the u‑blox SARA‑G340 dual‑band GSM/GPRS module, whose very low standby power of less than 0.90mA helps extend its battery life. This module also supports firmware‑over‑the‑air (FOTA) updates, enabling Arvento to continue to refine the Treyki Mini after production.

“The Treyki Mini is the result of a very close collaboration between Arvento and u‑blox to optimize its size and power consumption. We expect that the strong sense of partnership that evolved between our two companies during the development of the Treyki Mini will lead to further collaboration in the future, especially when it comes to telematics system solutions,” says Özer Hıncal, General Manager, Arvento.

About u‑blox

u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA. (www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox media contact:
Natacha Seitz
PR Manager
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About Arvento

Arvento Mobile Systems specializes in designing, developing and manufacturing fleet telematics systems and IoT solutions. Arvento is one of the leading fleet telematics companies offering wide range of technology products and solutions, worldwide. Today, Arvento has more than 76.000 clients and its technology and products are being used in more than 832.000 vehicles in three continents. (www.arvento.com)

Arvento contact:
Burcu Yilmaz
Corporate and Marketing Communications Manager
Ankara, Turkey
Phone +90 312 2650595
burcu.yilmaz@arvento.com

SARA-N310

SARA-N310 Cellular Module by u-blox AG

Courtesy of everything RF : SARA-N310 Cellular Module by u-blox AG

The SARA-N310 is a multi-band NB-IoT module that supports the preliminary set of 3GPP Release 14 features (LTE Cat NB2). This module will be able to receive additional features and ultimately become Release 14 and 5G compliant via subsequent firmware upgrades. The SARA-N310 provides a comprehensive set of features and protocols that NB-IoT-based applications will benefit from, including TCP, HTTPS, CoAP, DTLS, and MQTT. With its ultra-low power consumption profile and the ability to configure voltage domains, the module is optimized to operate on a single cell primary battery for 10+ years, eliminating the need for frequent maintenance visits.

Product Specifications

Product Details

    • Part Number : SARA-N310
    • Manufacturer : u-blox AG
    • Description : Globally configurable Module for NB-IoT and 5G

General Parameters

    • Wireless Technology : NB-IoT
    • Region : Global
    • LTE/4G Category : NB-IoT
    • LTE/4G Band : B3, B5, B8, B20, B28
    • IoT : Yes
    • Package : 96 pin LGA
    • Interface : UART, GPIO, ADC
    • Datarate Download Link : 125 kbps
    • Datarate Uplink : 0.140 kbps
    • Votage : 2.6 to 4.2 V
    • Size : 16.0 x 26.0 x 2.4 mm
    • Weight : 3 g
    • ROHS : Yes
NB-IoT module

u-blox announces globally configurable NB-IoT module ready for 3GPP Rel 14 and 5G

Courtesy of u-blox : Announces globally configurable NB-IoT module ready for 3GPP Rel 14 and 5G

The multi‑band SARA‑N3 is globally configurable for operation under any NB‑IoT network.  

Thalwil, Switzerland – November 27, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has today announced the SARA‑N3, a multi‑band NB‑IoT module that supports a preliminary set of 3GPP Release 14 features (LTE Cat NB2). The SARA‑N3 is available in two variants: one dedicated to China and another that can operate across multiple bands on any NB‑IoT network globally.

The u‑blox firmware‑over‑the‑air (uFOTA) client/server solution with Lightweight M2M (LwM2M) allows SARA‑N3 to be remotely provisioned with additional features. LwM2M is a more lightweight solution as compared to OMA‑DM and thereby ideal for providing critical firmware updates to IoT devices. In this way, SARA‑N3 can ultimately become 5G compliant. SARA‑N3 also supports the creation of dynamic LwM2M objects, giving customers high levels of feature customization through the ability of scripting their own configurable objects.

“With its feature‑rich capabilities, the SARA‑N3 enables the development of one device across multiple regions for a wide variety of IoT/IIoT applications such as metering, smart city smart city systems, smart homes and industrial trackers,” says Samuele Falcomer, Senior Product Manager, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox. “For customers currently using other methods to send IoT/IIoT data, such as legacy cellular technology, it is simple to upgrade to SARA‑N3 through u‑blox nested design and the new features introduced. The product is future‑proof, as it can receive further firmware upgrades over the air.”

The SARA‑N3 provides a comprehensive set of features and protocols that NB‑IoT‑based applications will benefit from, including TCP, HTTPS, CoAP, DTLS and MQTT. With its ultra‑low power consumption profile and the ability to configure voltage domains, the module is optimized to operate on a single cell primary battery for 10+ years, eliminating the need for frequent maintenance visits. Other features include a ‘last gasp’ function that lets the module send one last message should the power fail unexpectedly and protection against software attacks by detecting potential jamming signals.

u‑blox manufactures according to ISO/TS16949 professional grade specifications. This approach incorporates 100% automated x‑ray and optical inspections, 100% outgoing test and product traceability. Together with failure analysis and product qualification criteria ensures that highly reliable products designed for long‑term operation are created.

Learn more:

Come and visit our booth no 230A, Hall 5, at SPS IPC Drives (Nuremberg, November 27‑29, 2018).

About u‑blox

u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

Find us on FacebookGoogle+LinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube

u‑blox media contact:
Natacha Seitz
PR Manager
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u‑blox AG
Zürcherstrasse 68
8800 Thalwil
Switzerland
Phone +41 44 722 74 44
Fax +41 44 722 74 47
info@u-blox.com
www.u‑blox.com

food

u-blox Connected food

Courtesy of u-blox : Connected food

In this sixth edition of the u-blox magazine, we explore the transformational impact digitalization has already had on the global food industry, as well as its future potential to tackle some of the challenges that lie ahead.

The Internet of Food

Deep-reaching digitalization of the food sector, from agriculture to processing to retail, is already bearing fruit. Here are some food-facts to chew on: Three quarters of the world’s
food is made from just twelve plant and five animal species. We already grow enough food to feed ten billion people, yet one in nine remains undernourished. Leafy greens were the prime source of food poisoning in the US in the decade leading up to 2008 – far more common than fish and shellfish. The Arab Spring can be traced back, in part, to a spike in food prices. And, probably for the first time in history, more people are dying from the consequences of a bad diet than from hunger. Now digest that for a minute.

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ZED-F9T high accuracy timing module

u-blox ZED-F9T module

Courtesy of u-blox : ZED-F9T high accuracy timing module

Multi-band GNSS receiver with nanosecond-level timing accuracy

  • Meets the most stringent 5G timing requirements
  • Ideal for global deployments due to GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, and GLONASS reception
  • Unaffected by ionospheric errors
  • Differential timing mode for highly accurate local timing
  • Built‑in security for highest robustness against malicious attacks

The ZED-F9T timing module provides nanosecond-level timing accuracy to the most demanding infrastructure applications. ZED-F9T is designed to meet the most stringent timing synchronization requirements in 5G mobile networks on a global scale. By significantly reducing the time error of the primary source of cellular network synchronization, the ZED‑F9T will help operators maximize the performance of their networks and so optimize the return on their investment in 5G communications.

The timing module’s multi-band capability reduces the timing error under clear skies to less than 5 ns without the need for an external GNSS correction service. To further improve accuracy locally, the ZED-F9T features differential timing modes that exchange correction data with other neighboring GNSS timing receivers via a communication network. Multi-band access to all four satellite constellations strengthens the receiver’s capability for delivering more reliable performance.

multiradio and gateway modules

u-blox announces multiradio and gateway modules with concurrent Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth connectivity

Courtesy of u-blox : multiradio and gateway modules with concurrent Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth connectivity

The NINA‑W15 module series offers much design versatility, built‑in security, and proven software support.

Thalwil, Switzerland – October 24, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced the NINA‑W15 multiradio and gateway module series, which can simultaneously support both Wi‑Fi 802.11 b/g/n connections and dual‑mode Bluetooth connectivity. This includes support for both Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth BR/EDR. Concurrent support for these radio interfaces delivers much design versatility. The modules will be particularly useful in products such as gateways and hubs that need to connect local Bluetooth and/or Wi‑Fi peripherals to a wider‑area network.

“The NINA‑W15 modules offer the ideal combination of radio interfaces, security features, proven connectivity software, and a small footprint necessary to enable cost‑effective industrial and medical applications,” says Stefan Berggren, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox. “Several industries are focusing on digitalization and a common scenario is to connect a huge number of sensors and actuators to a back‑end system or to cloud service, for analysis and visualization or even controlling applications,” he adds.

Key applications for the modules include industrial automation, such as machine control, industrial terminal and remote controls, building automation, and smart building/home equipment such as HVAC and lighting control. Other potential use cases include retail point‑of‑sale terminals, telematics control units, and medical equipment such as defibrillators and urology monitors.

The NINA‑W15 modules will help IoT device developers to secure their designs by supporting features such as secure boot, Wi‑Fi enterprise security, end to end security, Bluetooth secure connections, and secure simple pairing. The modules are also supplied with pre‑flashed u‑blox connectivity software. This has been proven in the market for 15 years, and supports several connectivity use cases, such as multiple individually controlled connections, simultaneous GATT protocol and Serial Port Service, and simultaneous peripheral and central role. These features can be accessed by a host microcontroller by using simple AT commands to configure and control the modules, and to control communications with external Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi devices.

The modules are compact and available with an internal antenna (NINA‑W152, measuring 10 x 14 x 3.8 mm) or a pin through which to drive an external antenna (NINA‑W151, measuring 10 x 10.6 x 2.2 mm). They are part of the NINA family of pin‑compatible short range radio stand‑alone modules, enabling designers to evolve existing products that already use single‑radio NINA modules to support multiple radio interfaces, or to design new product lines that offer a variety of radio interface options.

Designers will be able to reduce their time to market by taking advantage of u‑blox’s know‑how specific to product quality, qualification, certification, as well as its experience of helping customers bring products to the industrial and medical markets.

NINA‑W15 initial production is planned for Q1‑2019.

Learn more:

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

Find us on FacebookGoogle+LinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube

u‑blox contact:
Stefan Berggren
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio, u‑blox
Phone: +4 6 40 630 71 71
stefan.berggren@u-blox.com

u‑blox AG
Zürcherstrasse 68
8800 Thalwil
Switzerland
Phone +41 44 722 74 44
Fax +41 44 722 74 47
info@u-blox.com
www.u‑blox.com

u-track

u-track puts you on the fast track to a killer tracking application

Courtesy of u-blox : u-track puts you on the fast track to a killer tracking application

u‑track takes only 15 minutes to set up and saves weeks of development time, so that you can build low power tracking solutions for consumer and industrial applications on a rock‑solid foundation.

Tracking devices featuring satellite positioning and wireless communication are already one of the IoT’s biggest commercial success stories. Asset trackers, pet trackers, fitness trackers, vehicle trackers, industrial trolley trackers, hospital patient trackers, lone worker trackers – and the list goes on – already target consumers of all stripes and every conceivable industry vertical. And projected numbers of units sold and of use cases served all point in the same direction: up. A 2017 report by Future Market Insights estimates the GPS tracker market to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% in the decade leading up to 2027, to reach close to US$ 3.5 billion.

But to successfully tap into that market, trackers need to be perfectly tailored to the needs of their target users. Requirements in terms of positioning rate and accuracy, data storage, and transfer to the cloud need to be balanced with increasingly ambitious expectations in terms of size, cost, and battery life. Hitting that sweet spot takes a deep understanding of the technology options for GNSS positioning and wireless connectivity and the optimal parameter settings for each use case as well as expert knowhow on how to get the most out of the technology. With so many decisions to be made, it’s easy to waste precious weeks and still end up with a sub‑optimal solution.

That’s why we developed u‑track, a new software toolset that lets you replicate the low power tracking application you have in mind for consumer and industrial markets in only a fraction of the time you’d need using traditional evaluation tools. In only 15 minutes, u‑track lets you test device configurations and gain valuable hand‑on experience that ultimately translate into a tracking solution that your customers will love.

Let’s say you’re developing a sports tracker. Your target audience, runners, swimmers, and other athletes, will value a quick position fix so that they don’t have to wait around in the rain for a GNSS fix just to track their activity. They’ll expect a high position update rate and won’t want to be let down by a flat battery during their outing. And they will want to be able to store a number of tracks on their device. Of course the exact demands will depend on the activities you are targeting. A tracker targeting golf players might not use the same settings as one targeting hikers.

To develop the optimal solution, you as a developer will want a suite of testing options, including data logs, debug messages, and the ability to rerun the scenarios using a variety of device configurations. The possibility to choose from a selection of GNSS operation modes will help you find just the right settings your target group. You’ll need live data visualization for demoing. And advanced testing options to assess the performance of on- or offline assisted GNSS, or of our low‑power Super‑E positioning mode, and the receiver’s behavior in the event of a hot, warm, or cold start.

But what if you are developing an asset tracker? For one, your target audience will hardly be interested in a tracker with less than two‑month battery life. They’ll expect a position update accurate to at least 100 meters in less than one minute after pinging the device. And they’ll expect their tracker to perform wherever they deploy it, without having to worry out which specific cellular technologies are deployed there.

You as a developer will need tools to test your tracker design in a variety of configurations. What does its power profile look like when it sends data to the cloud over LTE‑M or NB‑IoTnetworks? How does PSM impact power consumption?

u‑track gives you a simple way to answer these and many other questions. It is made up of embedded code running on a C030‑R410M application board featuring a u‑blox ZOE‑M8B multi‑constellation GNSS module and a u‑blox SARA‑R4 LTE‑M and NB‑IoT module, as well as a PC software application. Quick to set up and easy to use, its pre‑configured settings for sports, people, and asset tracking accelerate time‑to‑market and reduce development complexity for new low power tracker development.

If we’ve piqued your interest, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Unmanned Vehicles

What u-blox brings to unmanned vehicles

Courtesy of u-blox : Unmanned Vehicles

Unmanned vehicle applications require accurate and secure positions to navigate autonomously and avoid known and unknown obstacles along the way. To achieve this seamlessly – under any conditions – data from multiple navigation sensors have to be combined and interpreted together in a sensor fusion solution.

Location awareness and positioning

As a leader in precision and with 20 years of experience in GNSS positioning technology, u‑blox is well positioned in unmanned vehicles. We have complete ownership of the intellectual property (IP), which give us maximum control over the supply chain. With our NEO‑M8P module, we began the break‑through in bringing high precision technology to the mass market. Our proven modules are ideal for an economies‑of‑scale type business model.

Short range and wide area connectivity

u‑blox delivers best‑in‑class short range (Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi) and cellular wide area (LTE) technologies tailored to fit the connectivity needs of unmanned vehicles. Our modules offer unmanned vehicles vital wireless connectivity to nearby mobile devices, gateways, and Internet‑connected cloud applications. With in‑built security features and embedded microcontrollers, we aim to help you reduce product size, speed up time‑to‑market, and cut system cost.

Quality

In everything we do and every product we develop, we ensure that each step encompasses the highest quality components. From industrial grade design to ISO 16949 certified manufacturing, we provide the quality, reliability, and value that you need in your unmanned vehicle applications.

Security

We understand the importance of secure tracking and condition monitoring. Secure, tamper‑free operation is what you need. We have implemented the u‑blox pillars of secure IoT (including secure boot, interface security, API control, and spoofing/jamming detection) to give you full control.

One supplier

With u‑blox as your partner, you get a full portfolio of wireless and positioning technologies to collect data and securely transmit it wirelessly. Since the technologies are designed to work with each other, procuring them from a single source gives you the possibility to seamlessly combine them into your solution.

u-blox : Tapping into connected healthcare

Courtesy of u-blox: Tapping into connected healthcare

The market for smart health devices is expanding, with a compound annual growth rate of 26% between 2016 and 2021. This growth is driven by several concurrent trends. On the demand side, an aging population with a high incidence of non‑communicable diseases is demanding new tools to retain its independence, at the same time as hospitals and clinics are being stretched to meet increased demand. On the supply side, new technologies offering wireless connectivity, data sensing, and cloud analytics hold the promise to improve almost every aspect of the healthcare sector.

Key driver 1 — Demographics

As the population ages, demands on healthcare providers are evolving. Non‑communicable diseases that require long term management are expanding, already making up an increasing fraction of doctor’s visits. The elderly, who increasingly live separate from their families, expect to retain their independence, their autonomy, and their privacy for longer, while at the same time having access to remote medical supervision and, when necessary, help. Elderly homes and other facilities may also be unaffordable to the very people they are designed to serve.

Key driver 2 — Stretched resources in hospitals

With the constantly increasing cost of healthcare, public hospitals around the world are struggling to meet growing needs with reduced financial resources. The consequences are often long waiting lists for consultations and surgeries, with faster patient turn‑around, ultimately leading to more frequent hospital readmissions. Technologies such as automated bed‑side monitoring can improve the quality of treatment in the hospital, while remote patient monitoring gives physicians access to patient data when they are at home, freeing up capacity in hospitals and saving costs.

Key driver 3 — The promise of Big Health Data

On‑patient monitoring equipment and connected medical devices generate massive amounts of data. By analyzing these data on large cohorts, medical professionals have a new way to gain insight into the efficacy of treatments strategies and drugs, and deepen the understanding of pathologies and their relationship with behavior and lifestyle. By augmenting Big Data analytics with artificial intelligence, patterns that would otherwise be missed can be picked up and translated into learnings.

Key driver 4 — Overall operational security and robustness

Connected devices increase the overall operational security and robustness of medical facilities. Encryption, authentication, and continuous technological innovation in wireless connectivity are bringing new levels of operational security and robustness to medical communication infrastructure. Connected devices can also provide an automatic double‑check that patients receive the right amounts of the right medication. They can also save lives and resources in emergency situations, for instance, by enabling incoming ambulances to send real‑time patient data to the hospital so that the medical team in the emergency room is optimally prepared when the patient comes in.