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The big news from this week has been Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Ring for $ 1 billion or more. Kevin and I explain the deal and share our concerns before turning to the issue of smarter cameras, including the recently reviewed Google Clip. From there, we discuss news from Mobile World Congress and then dig into financings, Google winning over a former Alexa exec, the death of Staples Connect, and a new device from Fibaro. This week’s guest is Dominik Schiener, who is a co-founder of IOTA, a distributed ledger for machine transactions. It’s a fun interview.


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“iota” is an all-in-one home security system with Google Assistant and Alexa integration

Smart home setups can become complicated very quickly. Most connected devices need a hub, which then is controlled by an app or a smart speaker (like the Google Home or Amazon Echo). To make matters more complicated, not all of them use the same kind of hub, and home security systems usually use entirely different equipment.

Abode Systems is trying to fix this confusion with its new “iota” security system. Not only is it a 1080p security camera, but it also functions as a ZigBee/Z-Wave/Abode RF smart home hub.

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IoTA Wales Accelerator program offering £50K for IoT startups

IoTA Wales (Internet of Things Accelerator Wales) is a new accelerator program launched in Wales, U.K to provide IoT startups financial backing, access to business network and knowledge sharing.

The program is co-launched by Innovation Point, The Accelerator Network, Barclays Eagle Labs, Inspire Wales and the Development Bank of Wales. The program’s main aim is to help fund and grow small IoT startups looking to bring their products to market or grow their startup.

The program will select 10 companies per cycle and inject £50,000 against 10% equity in the startup.

Each startup also gets access to paid mentors who will guide them towards product/service commercialization and other important milestones. Each of the admitted startups also receives engineering support from Sony Manufacturing and Cardiff University, test-bed and gateways from Pinacl, and membership of Tech UK.

Apart from initial support in kind and cash, the startups will also get a chance to raise follow-on funding in April, 2018.

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IoT accelerator programme IoTA Wales launches

IoT accelerator programme IoTA Wales launches

A new IoT accelerator programme, IoTA Wales, has launched, promising start-ups access to financial investment, knowledge and networking.

A new accelerator, IoTA Wales, has launched and is on the hunt for business to fund. It is looking to identify and support up-and-coming IoT businesses in key areas such as cyber security, energy, manufacturing, education and agriculture.

The program has been jointly created and designed by The Accelerator Network, Innovation Point, Barclays Eagle Labs, Inspire Wales and the Development Bank of Wales.

It plans to award ten of the businesses identified £50,000 of investment money each, in exchange for 10 percent equity stakes in the companies chosen. In addition to this £50,000 investment, participants will each also receive support valued at over £70,000, which includes training and mentoring, office space at the new Barclays Eagle Lab in Cardiff, engineering support and inclusion on a ‘demo day’ designed to introduce them to sources of follow-up funding, scheduled to take place in April 2018.

Major organizations already signed up as delivery partners on the 12-week programme include Sony, Airbus Group Endeavr Wales, Cardiff University, Sorenson Media, Business Wales, TechUK, Pinnacl and RS Labs amongst others.

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Wales – the IoT place to be?

A recent Tech Nation report finds that Wales has the fastest growing digital economy outside of London. The Cardiff/Swansea tech cluster creates £392 million annually in GVA [gross value added], employs 17,000 people and saw 103 start-ups launched last year.

The organiser of London’s biggest IoT meet up, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, claims that Wales has a competitive advantage over London that it will need to capitalise on in order to make the most of the commercial opportunities available.

She said: “You can make a profitable business in this space by manufacturing just 5,000 pieces and, through the production of the Raspberry Pi, Wales has the manufacturing capability which we just don’t have in London. That bit is potentially the hardest piece of the jigsaw.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Wales is a dynamic nation that is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world.”

“As we prepare to leave the EU, I want Welsh innovators to seize the opportunities available to expand their companies and help us trade on the global stage.

There’s certainly plenty going on in Wales on the IoT technology front already. In the last week alone, Internet of Business has reported on Cardiff University’s ‘chatty’ factories project and the city council’s aim to save money with smart street lighting.

Applications for IoTA Wales are now open, with a deadline of midnight on Saturday 9th December 2017.

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