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Jio's Aggressive IoT Push Could Make India the Second Largest Market for IoT Connections after China

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on August 12, 2019, Reliance Industries announced that Reliance Jio had crossed 340 million mobile subscribers, making it one of the fastest-growing Mobile Network Operators (MNO) in India. At the AGM, the chairman of Reliance Industries also made some significant announcements regarding Jio and its plans to target the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market in India. Firstly, Jio will commercially launch both its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) networks across India and its own IoT platform, which will be commercially available starting on January 1, 2020. Secondly, Jio announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a network of data centers across India that would enable Jio to integrate its connectivity with Microsoft’s compute and cloud capabilities to offer digital services. Finally, Jio will also offer vertical consumer and enterprise IoT solutions to generate new revenue streams.

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Lian Jye Su
Lian Jye Su
Principal Analyst

Cloud Service Providers to Own 18% of the Total AI Cloud Chipset Market by 2024

During the last two years, several cloud service providers, including Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Huawei, and Tencent, have been busy designing their own in-house chipsets for handling Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads in their data centers. ABI Research estimates that cloud service providers commanded 3.3% market share of the total AI Cloud chip shipments in the first half of 2019. These players will increasingly rely on their own in-house AI chips and will be producing a total of 300,000 cloud AI chips by 2024, representing 18% of the global cloud AI chipsets shipped in 2024.

“The approach by webscale companies to develop in-house AI chips allows for better hardware-software integration and resources tailored to handle specific AI networks, which serves as a key differentiating point not only at the chipset level but also at the cloud AI service level,” said Lian Jye Su, Principal Analyst. “The success of these highly optimized processing units provides strong validation for the emergence of other cloud AI Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) startups, such as Cerebras Systems, Graphcore, and Habana Labs.”

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Michela Menting
Michela Menting
Research Director

Securing the IoT: A Critical and Attainable Goal for Every Enterprise

Integrating security into IoT projects is not an easy feat but is an increasingly urgent necessity. With an installed base of 44 billion connected devices projected for 2023, the amount of data and information generated and shared will reach zettabytes of data, according to ABI Research.

“Much of that data will be sensitive, whether about an individual’s privacy or confidential business information. As such, it presents a lucrative opportunity for threat actors, as data has become a highly commoditized asset in modern societies. Add to that the potential of harnessing unprotected IoT devices for botnets, denial-of-service attacks, or even holding them hostage to ransomware, the imperative for security cannot be ignored,” emphasizes Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director.

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'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

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The holiday hiring frenzy is under way and robots are joining the rush to seasonal jobs.

Retailers and logistics operators facing a tight labor market are ramping up automation at warehouses for the holidays, when online order volumes can surge tenfold as consumers load up digital shopping carts in the weeks around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To cope, some businesses are ordering up extra fleets of collaborative robots, or “cobots,” that use cameras, lasers and sensors to navigate warehouse aisles and lead workers to the right shelves or to shuttle bins full of products between workstations. Many are available for lease. Scarcity of labor and the push for faster delivery are accelerating automation at warehouses. By 2025 about 27.6% of warehouses globally will deploy commercial robots, compared to around 3% in 2018, market advisory firm ABI Research estimates.

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UWB in iOS 13 Could Prompt Widespread Growth

RFID Journal

Since Apple announced, in June 2019, that it is building ultra-wideband (UWB) technology into its new iOS devices, technology companies and consortiums have been preparing for anticipated growth in UWB applications and deployments in the coming years. These include keyless, hands-free vehicle access and Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions for household, business and industrial use cases.

In February of this year, the IEEE 802.15.4z standard was announced to make mobile transactions interoperable and secure, further propelling UWB developments. The standard has not yet been released, but is in its final stages prior to that release. Apple is an early member of the UWB 802.15.4z Task Group, which also includes Samsung and NXP Semiconductors, according to Andrew Zignani, a principal analyst at global technology market advisory firm ABI Research. "ABI Research believes it is only a matter of time before other mobile devices support UWB technology," he states. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

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