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80 ways IoT can change your life, your work, your car

What is the Internet of Things and why do your home security systems, cars, and washing machines need to be connected to the internet? We give you 80 reasons why…



This article was republished with permission from the author. The original can be found here.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined by everyday objects, interconnected via the internet in order to send and receive data. The reason why we connect these objects is simple: for convenience. To help you understand this technology better for 2019 and 2020, we’ve created the following list of Internet of Things statistics.

Being able to arm your security system remotely, or start your washer, turn your lights on or off, or adjust the thermostat while being nowhere near them is a convenience our grandparents fantasized about. Looks like we will probably never have to worry about leaving the stove on again.

The Number of IoT Devices: Past, Present, and Future

1. There were 15.41 billion IoT connected devices in 2015.

Back in 2015, the number of Internet of Things connected devices was 15.41 billion. But Internet of Things statistics show that IoT devices started taking over the world even earlier than this; the first time that the number of IoT devices exceeded the number of people on Earth was in 2008.

2. There are 26.66 billion IoT devices in 2019.

The number of IoT devices keeps growing. Currently, there are 26.66 billion of these devices. The number keeps growing by the hour, so the question How many IoT devices are there? can’t be answered with great accuracy.

3. The number of IoT devices is expected to surpass 75 billion by 2025.

In just six short years from now, the number of IoT devices is expected to nearly triple and reach 75.4 billion by the year 2025. These numbers belong to the more humble group of expectations; a few years ago, Intel predicted that, by 2020, the number of IoT devices would reach 200 billion. So how many connected devices will there be in 2020? The answer is around 30.7 billion.

4. 127 new devices are connected to the internet every second.

Some people might have difficulties understanding just how many devices are interconnected using the internet. The information that 127 new devices join the IoT party every second should help with that.

5. The number of IoT devices was projected to exceed the number of mobile devices in 2018.

Early predictions showed that IoT devices should have surpassed mobile device numbers by 2018. However, they were able to do so even earlier; Internet of Things statistics show that these devices outnumbered mobile devices 3:1 in 2015.

Where IoT Devices Are Used Commercially

6. 40.2% of IoT devices are used in business and manufacturing.

The biggest user of Internet of Things devices is the business/manufacturing industry. IoT devices are used to control robotic machinery, provide diagnostic information about equipment, and deliver real-time analytics of supply chains.

7. 30.3% of IoT devices are used in the healthcare industry.

IoT statistics provided by Intel point out that the second largest IoT consumer is the healthcare industry. IoT devices find various applications here, from portable health monitoring to serving as a safety measure for personal records. A major role in preventing pharmaceutical manipulations is played by IoT devices, Intel says.

8. 8.3% of IoT devices are used in retail.

The third largest user of IoT devices are retail services. 8.3% of all IoT devices are involved in this market, and they serve various purposes, such as tracking inventory, servicing online clients, and conducting consumer analytics, the Internet of Things stats provided by Intel show.

9. 7.7% of IoT devices are used in security.

Most security systems are meant to communicate with some other device, therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the fourth-largest application of IoT devices is in the business of security. Remote sensors, biometric and facial recognition locks, and many other similar devices all rely on IoT technology to perform their intended functions.

10. 4.1% of IoT devices are used in transportation.

With the growth of the Internet of Things, various devices have found their use in the transportation industry as well. From GPS locators and devices used for performance tracking to lane-keep assist and self-parking systems, vehicle manufacturers are our fifth-largest user of IoT devices.

11. 27% of all M2M connections are in China.

The IoT is most commonly used for commercial purposes, which you were able to read above. Machine to machine connections (M2M) are the most common in this sector.

According to the data available, 27% of all global M2M connections are in China. The Chinese government has invested more than $600 billion in this technology so far.

12. 29% of the M2M connections are in Europe.

Wondering how many IoT devices there are in 2018? In Europe and the 50 countries located on the continent, the number is just slightly higher than the total number of M2M connections located in China. If we compare continents, though, Asia holds 40% of all M2M connections.

13. 19% of M2M connections are in the US.

The US is far from being the leader in the industrial application of the IoT, with 19% of all M2M connections being located in the country. The rest of these connections are located in Latin America (7%), Africa (4%), and Oceania (1%), according to industrial IoT market size data.

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AWS gives SMEs R365m to build cloud companies in SA

Amazon Web Services works with Department of Trade and Industry on Equity Equivalent Investment Program to help more South African businesses innovate in the cloud



Amazon Web Services (AWS), an company, has announced the launch of the AWS Equity Equivalent Investment Program (AWS EEIP). Designed by AWS South Africa and Amazon Data Services South Africa, the EEIP will see over R365-million invested in the development of black-owned South African small businesses within the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The intention is to support them to become cloud computing experts using the AWS Partner Network (APN). EEIP is a program of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), aimed at providing multinational companies an opportunity to take part in the development of South African black-owned small businesses and to contribute towards the broad-based black economic empowerment of South Africa.

The AWS EEIP is a seven year program that will support the growth of new black-owned small businesses, helping them to develop their skills in advanced technologies such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), and mobile technologies. 

“The AWS EEIP will lead to the development of numerous highly skilled jobs in the local economy,” said Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel. “The intention of the program is to give the black-owned small businesses the knowledge, resources, and skills to be successful.  This will enable them to provide professional services to organisations, in both the private and public sectors, supporting them with their ICT strategy and helping them to take advantage of cloud computing and other digital technologies in order to innovate and grow. We seek to develop local businesses and ensure net job creation in the South African economy.”

The AWS EEIP will support 100% black-owned small businesses through an 18-24-month enterprise development and incubation program. AWS will provide training and education and support the development of these businesses’ technical expertise in cloud computing – resulting in new AWS Certified Developers and Solutions Architects. These businesses will also receive business enablement support, such as exposure to industry leaders, coaching, mentorship, and funding, to help take their business to the next stage of growth. As these businesses complete their training, and gain AWS competencies, they will go up a tier in the APN, becoming Select or Advanced Partners. Upon completion of the program, the businesses will have access to AWS’s ecosystem of millions of active customers, of every size, across virtually every industry around the world. AWS says successful completion of the programme will also enable the businesses to have exposure to opportunities beyond that of AWS.

“We have been blown away with the high quality of technical talent we have already seen in South Africa and are excited to see the creativity and unique thinking that the AWS EEIP will now drive,” said Prabashni Naidoo, a director at AWS South Africa. “Through this new program, we are committed to producing a new generation of highly skilled and productive black-owned South African small businesses.These new APN Partners will help create limitless opportunities for our customers, helping them to innovate and further contribute to economic growth of South Africa.”  

About Amazon Web Services

For 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 165 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management. The services are provided from 69 Availability Zones (AZs) within 22 geographic regions, with announced plans for 13 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and Spain.

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Girls get 50,000 toy cars to combat stereotypes



That’s for boys, not for girls” – a social stigma Mercedes-Benz USA and Mattel are determined to change, and they are hoping that donating 50,000 toy cars can help. Kicking off today for National STEM/STEAM Day, 50,000 young girls across the nation will engage in programs to challenge gender stereotypes that research shows can impact decisions later in life. It’s all part of “No Limits,” an initiative created by Mercedes-Benz in partnership with Mattel and the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), a network of organizations that encourages girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

The first “No Limits” programs launch today with special workshops in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City, where thousands of young children will be inspired to think outside of the box when it comes to career aspirations. Through February 2020, girls across the U.S., through more than 100 organizations, will engineer toy racetracks, design cars, engage with female role models and attend STEM workshops through programs designed to expand how they see their future.

As a tangible reminder that they can do anything they set their minds to, MBUSA and Mattel will gift 50,000 Matchbox die-cast toy replicas of a very special Mercedes-Benz 220SE to participating children. It was in this car that Ewy Rosqvist defied all odds to become the first woman to compete in and win one of the most grueling races, the Argentinian Grand Prix, shattering records and the notion that women could not compete.

“Whatever they aspire to be – an astronaut, engineer, judge, nurse, even the President, we want all children to dream big, dream bold and never give up on that dream,” said Mark Aikman, general manager of marketing services for MBUSA. “We’ve seen that stories like Ewy’s – championing women trailblazers and achievers – can have a big impact by calling into question the gender stereotypes that children may inadvertently adopt.”

In fact, according to the National Science Board, women only represent 29% of the current science and engineering workforce. When asked their reasons for not majoring in STEM, young women often cite a lack of encouragement and role models.

“The No Limits initiative is important to the future success of our young girls,” said Karen Peterson founder and CEO of the NGCP. “Demand for workers with STEM-based skills is rapidly growing, yet women are still significantly underrepresented in these fields. We know that gender associations are formed at a very young age. We applaud Mercedes-Benz and Mattel in their efforts to breakdown the gender stereotypes that keep young girls from engaging in STEM studies.”

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz released a video capturing young girls designating an assortment of traditionally gendered toys. After being shown the short film, Ewy Rosqvist: An Unexpected Champion, each girl has a visible attitude shift towards toys they previously identified as just “for boys.”

Last month, Digital Girl, Inc., a Brooklyn-based non-profit dedicated to empowering the underserved youth of New York City, especially young girls, to pursue studies and careers in STEM fields, tested this theory with similar results. A new video documents the results as the girls realize that they can be the next generation of female trailblazers and they themselves talk about the need to inspire more girls.

“Our goal is to inspire children to imagine all that they can become and break down gender stereotypes in the toy aisle with purpose-driven programs like this,” said Amanda Moldavon, Senior Director, Vehicles Brand Creative. “Most people don’t know that the creator of Matchbox made the first vehicle for his daughter who was only allowed to bring toys to school that fit inside a matchbox. So, from its origin, it has been an inclusive way for kids to explore the world around them.”

More than 100 organizations across the country will participate in No Limits including Atlanta Public Schools, Digital Girl, Inc., Beyond the Bell, among others. A list of all participating organizations can be found here. A discussion guide is available for those who have an opportunity to encourage and mentor young children and would like to help advance this conversation.

In addition to the toy cars that will be gifted by MBUSA and Mattel (also in support of closing the Dream Gap) through the National Girls Collaborative, the Ewy Matchbox toy replica will be sold in stores nationwide beginning in December. Follow the No Limits initiative on social using #GirlsHaveNoLimits.

Both “No Limits” videos were produced by R/GA, New York.

About Ewy Rosqvist

Ewy Rosqvist is a Swedish racing champion who in 1962 made history for being the first woman to enter and win one of the toughest rallies in the world. After watching her husband race for years, she decided to take it up herself and entered the Argentinian Grand Prix – a gruelling three-day journey across rough terrain. Ewy was ridiculed for entering the race and told she wouldn’t be able to complete the course. Not only did she finish, she went on to be the first person to win every stage of the race, set a speed record and beat the previous champion by over three hours.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), the sales and marketing arm for Mercedes-Benz in the United States and headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States from the sporty A-Class sedan to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

MBUSA’s philanthropic focus is on educating and empowering youth. On a national level, the company supports Laureus Sport for Good which uses sports to help at-risk youth and the Johnny Mac Soldier’s Fund which provides scholarships to children of the fallen military.

In Atlanta, MBUSA is involved with over 50 organizations in its effort to educate and empower the next generation to achieve success and address local needs in its community, particularly Atlanta’s Westside, the area surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that includes under-resourced neighbourhoods. MBUSA has won numerous awards for its community efforts including, A Gold Stevie® Award for its Greatness Lives Here campaign, Corporate Champion Tree recognition from Trees Atlanta and a Community Impact Award from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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