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Mobile app management is being driven by unmanaged devices

The need to manage applications on unmanaged devices owned by employees or contractors is driving adoption of stand-alone mobile app management (MAM) software and services, according to a new Gartner report.

By 2021, 60% of mobile apps being used in the enterprise will rely on at least one app-level management control, whether on managed or unmanaged devices, Gartner’s Market Guide for Mobile Application Management said.

Unlike MAM tools that are part of a larger enterprise mobility management (EMM) suite, the use of stand-alone MAM licensing offers lower per-user cost and can be attractive for companies only requiring app management, Gartner said. For other firms, EMM provides the advantage of a single console and policy set.

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IoT identity and management revenues to hit $21.5bn by 2022, says ABI Research

ABI Research projects that revenues from IoT identity and management are heading to hit the $ 21.5 billion benchmark by 2022, driven by IoT platform services together with security, cryptography, digital certificate management and data exchange services.

According to predictions put forward by the advisory firm in its report “​Thing Identity and Management Services”, IDoT (Identity of Things) services will realise robust growth over the next five years driven primarily by the industrial, manufacturing, and automotive industries.

Dimitrios Pavlakis, industry analyst at ABI Research, said: “Through ‘smarter gateways’, cloud services, and application programming interface (API)-focused solutions, thing identity and management services are steadily finding their way in a wider spectrum of IoT verticals.”

Although some industries are not so up-to-date in terms of security, vendors in the IoT market are finally making investment moves in encryption and device certificate management. Some of the leading verticals that are eating up over 60% of the total global revenues include aftermarket telematics, fleet management, OEM telematics, metering, home security, and automation.

Elsewhere, a BCC Research report projected that the value of the global IoT networking solutions market is anticipated to reach $ 1 trillion by 2022 at a CAGR of 21.6%. The report titled “Internet of Things (IoT) Networks: Technologies and Global Markets to 2022” highlighted that the Asia Pacific’s IoT networking solutions market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 27.6% through 2022, followed by Europe with a CAGR of 23.8% and market share of 31.3%.

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More firms switching to IoT to improve building management, says report

The demand for building automation systems (BAS) is surging as businesses explore new ways of improving energy efficiency.

According to a new report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan, more and more organisations are turning to connected technologies to improve the management of their buildings.

The BAS market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3 percent between 2016 and 2022, it says.

Other factors behind this growth include increasing interest in buildings’ energy consumption. Smart hubs, sensors, energy-efficient LED lights, and new wireless systems are among the technologies that can help.

There’s also a growing need for connected security and surveillance systems. The analyst company identified them as “significant” components of the smart building sector.

IoT insights

Currently, buildings are responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of energy consumption worldwide, and cumulatively emit high levels of carbon dioxide. As a result, there’s a critical need for systems that enable greater energy efficiency.

Suba Arunkumar, research manager at Frost & Sullivan, said business managers and tenants are investing in BAS and IoT technologies to gain insights from big data and improve overall efficiency.

“Cutting-edge technologies involving IoT, big data, and cloud platforms have made it convenient to gather and normalise data from buildings to help analyse the energy usage trends, and facilitate fault detection and monitoring of overall building energy performance,” she said.

As a result, BAS systems are becoming a “core” part of new building developments.

But poor cybersecurity could be a long-term threat to the sector, she suggested. “These technology advancements will only thrive if suppliers can develop security features that are strong enough to offset customer fears about hacking or system failure.”

Government action

Arunkumar said politicians and lawmakers have an important role to play in the rise of BAS and the IoT.

“Government policies and regulations will remain critical to keeping the momentum behind advancements in this market.

“In spite of the exciting innovation around technology and new business models, the main driver of progress will be policy and regulation on building management and energy efficiency.”

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A welcome report that offers some insight into how smart systems can help building and facilities managers to control and monitor energy usage. But as ever with the IoT, the most useful byproduct is data. Individually and collectively, data sets about how buildings are being used locally and worldwide could be the critical element in reducing carbon emissions and maximising the use of sustainable resources. Any mechanism for creating open datasets from these systems is invaluable.

Read more: Honeywell unveils new navigation capabilities for smart building app

Read more: Candi opts for Google Cloud Platform to join up smart buildings

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iOS 11.3 Beta 2 Released with Battery Health, Power Management Tools

Apple on Tuesday seeded the second beta version of iOS 11.3 to developers, about two weeks after releasing the first iOS 11.3 beta.

Unlike iOS 11.2.5, which was released two weeks ago, iOS 11.3 is a fairly major update with a host of new features and additions — including several promised capabilities related to iPhone battery health and throttling.

Notably, those features have apparently been added to iOS 11.3 beta 2. The recently seeded testing software has a new Battery Health feature in Settings. Put simply, the feature will let users know what the maximum capacity of their battery is, and whether or not it is operating at that capacity.

iOS 11.3 will also add the ability to toggle iPhone power management on or off. But Apple notes that all devices running an iOS 11.3 beta will have the power management feature disabled by default unless an iPhone experiences an unexpected shutdown. In that case, throttling will be toggled on automatically.

Similarly, iPhones running at peak battery capacity won’t have the toggle available. In the case of a random shutdown, the toggle will appear and users will be able to prioritize performance over shutdown protection. Of course, Apple doesn’t recommend that users do so.

Other New Features and Improvements

iOS 11.3 will also introduce a number of smaller changes to the mobile operating system, including the following

  • Four new Animoji characters, including a dragon, lion, skull and bear.
  • The ability to store iMessages in iCloud.
  • Upgrades to ARKit, including more accurate environment mapping and the ability to place 3D objects on vertical surfaces.
  • Some aspects of AirPlay 2, with support for multi-room audio for Apple TV devices.
  • Business Chat, which will let users communicate with companies and businesses via Messages.
  • A new Health Records menu that lets users view their medical records in one place.
  • A new Privacy icon that will fight iCloud and Apple ID phishing.
  • Small tweaks to native apps like News, Books and the App Store.

iOS 11.3 beta 2 is now available to download as an over-the-air update for registered developers, provided that an appropriate configuration profile is installed on a device. It’s also available via the developer’s portal.

iOS 11.3 will be released to the public as a free download in the spring.

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