|By Business Wire||
|March 13, 2014 08:31 AM EDT||
ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.
The following financial highlights are in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts.
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|Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. Common Stockholders||$806||$2,111||$4,540||$8,673|
|Net Income per Common Share - basic||$0.02||$0.05||$0.10||$0.19|
|Adjusted EBITDA (2,3)||$4,391||$4,167||$15,048||$16,674|
|(1)||EBITDA is defined as earnings attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. before interest income (expense), provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization.|
|(2)||Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, noncontrolling interests, impairment loss and insurance recovery.|
|(3)||A table presenting EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, reconciled to GAAP Net Income, is among other financial tables at the end of this release.|
- For the fourth quarter of 2013, Total Revenues increased 18.7% year-over-year to $19.2 million and Service Revenues increased 19.5% to $14.8 million, with increases from organic Service Revenues, AIS and from the acquisitions of GlobalTrak, MobileNet and SENS. Fourth quarter 2013 Product Sales of $4.5 million were 16.2% higher than prior year driven by the acquisitions but offset by lower revenues from Japan and the impact of a less favorable U.S.$/Yen exchange rate this year compared to last year.
- Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $4.4 million, and increased 5.4% over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA includes $0.3 million in Acquisition-related costs. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was $15.0 million and includes $1.7 million in Acquisition-related costs. ORBCOMM’s basic EPS is $0.02 for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $0.05 for the comparable period last year. For the full year 2013, ORBCOMM’s basic EPS is $0.10 versus $0.19 in the prior year period. ORBCOMM’s Acquisition-Related costs equal $0.03 per share in 2013 compared to $0.02 per share in the comparable period last year.
- Net subscriber communicator additions were 36,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 104,000 for the full year, bringing the total billable subscriber communicators to 863,000 at December 31, 2013, compared to 759,000 at the end of the fourth quarter last year. Billable subscriber communicators increased 14% year-over-year.
- On March 12, 2014, ORBCOMM announced that it has completed the acquisition of Euroscan Holdings, B.V. (Euroscan), a leading global supplier of refrigerated transportation temperature compliance recording systems. Based in the Netherlands, Euroscan’s integrated turn-key systems are used worldwide to ensure the safe and secure transportation of food and pharmaceuticals by monitoring and assuring temperature compliance throughout the supply chain. This acquisition supports ORBCOMM’s long-term growth strategy of adding the vertical expertise, technologies and geographic markets that will strengthen its end-to-end solutions portfolio.
- On January 21, 2014, ORBCOMM announced that it has been approved by Rogers, the largest GSM cellular operator in Canada as a Supported Reseller (RSR). The premier RSR program allows ORBCOMM to work cooperatively with Rogers to market ORBCOMM’s suite of M2M asset tracking and monitoring solutions using Rogers’ wireless communications network.
- On January 17, 2014, ORBCOMM announced that it priced its underwritten registered public offering, of 5,500,000 shares of its common stock, plus an over-allotment of 825,000 additional shares, par value $0.001 per share, at a price of $6.15 per share. ORBCOMM offered all of the shares and received all the net proceeds of the Offering. ORBCOMM has used a portion of the net proceeds to acquire Euroscan and intends to use the remaining proceeds for future acquisitions as part of the company’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities and/or for general corporate purposes.
- On January 8, 2014, ORBCOMM was the winner of two A-List in M2M Awards for Satellite M2M Solution Provider and Heavy Equipment Asset Monitoring, announced by Compass Intelligence, a global market acceleration research and consulting firm.
- On December 17, 2013, ORBCOMM announced a multi-year agreement with Hub Group, Inc. to deploy ORBCOMM’s GT 2300 state-of-the-art intermodal container tracking and monitoring platform to more accurately identify loading and unloading events, which should reduce container idle time and increase customer satisfaction.
- On November 20, 2013, ORBCOMM announced an agreement with Telefonica Digital, that enables ORBCOMM to offer Telefonica’s GSM cellular communications service across multiple vertical markets worldwide covering more than 150 countries. Through this agreement, ORBCOMM will expand its connectivity for its end-to-end cellular and dual-mode solutions.
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“This year, ORBCOMM expanded our leadership position in the global M2M marketplace as an integrated, multi-network provider of complete telematics solutions. We now provide the industry’s most comprehensive service offering of satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity, award-winning devices and powerful web reporting applications,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “Building on our momentum with the Hub Group, enhanced marketing agreements with premier wireless carriers like Telefonica and Rogers as well as our latest acquisition of Euroscan, the company is well positioned to achieve even greater success in 2014.”
“ORBCOMM had a strong fourth quarter with Total Revenues of $19.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.4 million,” said Robert Costantini, Chief Financial Officer of ORBCOMM. “We are pursuing growth opportunities and are incurring some costs as a result. Our recent capital raise enables us to pursue additional initiatives to further create shareholder value. We remain focused on executing on our strategy in 2014.”
Financial Results and Highlights
For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013, Service Revenues were $14.8 million compared to $12.4 million during the same period last year, an increase of $2.4 million or 19.5%, with growth coming from organic Service Revenues, AIS and from acquisitions. For the year ended December 31, 2013, Service Revenues were $56.0 million compared to $49.0 million during the same period last year, an increase of $6.9 million or 14.1%, and included a $0.6 million reduction in revenues related to the Yen exchange rate on a constant currency basis in the year.
Product Sales during the fourth quarter of 2013 were $4.5 million compared to $3.8 million during the same period last year. The quarterly year-over-year increase in Product Sales of $0.6 million was driven mainly by the acquisitions, but was offset by lower Product Sales in Japan and the impact of a less favorable U.S.$/Yen exchange rate in the fourth quarter compared to last year. Product Sales for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $18.3 million compared to $15.5 million in the prior year period. The full year-over-year increase of 18.0% in Product Sales was largely due to organic growth of $0.7 million at StarTrak and $4.4 million from the acquisitions, offset by lower Product Sales of $2.4 million in Japan and the impact of a less favorable U.S.$/Yen exchange rate in 2013 compared to 2012. Product Sales in the year were lower by $0.7 million due to the Yen exchange rate on a constant currency basis.
Total Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 were $19.2 million compared to $16.2 million during the same period of 2012, an increase of 18.7%. Total Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $74.2 million compared to $64.5 million in the prior year period, an increase of 15.1%.
Costs and Expenses
Costs and Expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $17.7 million compared to $13.8 million during the same period in 2012. Costs and Expenses for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $68.5 million compared to $55.4 million in the prior year period. The increase in costs for the fourth quarter and full year were impacted by higher costs for Network and Terrestrial services, Product Sales, costs to operate the three companies acquired, and costs to grow the business.
Costs of Product Sales for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $3.6 million compared to $2.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, increasing mostly due to higher Product Sales. Costs of Services, Product Development, and Selling, General and Administrative Expenses were $13.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $11.8 million in the prior year fourth quarter, an increase of $2.1 million primarily due to additional operating costs from the acquisitions, pursuing large scale customer opportunities, and costs in anticipation of the OG2 launches. Acquisition-Related Costs were $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to nil in the prior year period.
Income Before Income Taxes, Net Income, and Earnings Per Share
Income Before Income Taxes for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1.5 million compared to $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year ended December 31, 2013, Income Before Income Taxes was $6.1 million compared to $10.3 million in 2012. Income Before Income Taxes was lower than prior year largely due to higher costs, including Acquisition-Related Costs, as described above.
Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. Common Stockholders was $0.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to $2.1 million for the similar three-month period in 2012. For the full year ended December 31, 2013, Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. Common Stockholders was $4.5 million, compared to $8.7 million in the prior year period. Basic Earnings Per Share were $0.02 for the fourth quarter of 2013 versus $0.05 for the fourth quarter of 2012. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, Basic Earnings Per Share were $0.10 versus $0.19 in the same twelve month period in 2012.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $3.3 million compared to $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $11.9 million compared to $14.9 million in 2012 and includes $1.7 million in Acquisition-Related Costs.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $4.4 million compared to $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 5.4%. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter includes Acquisition-Related Costs of $0.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $15.0 million compared to $16.7 million in 2012, and includes Acquisition-Related Costs of $1.7 million.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company. Please see the financial tables at the end of the release for a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
At December 31, 2013, Cash and Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash, and Marketable Securities were $70.5 million, compared to $64.9 million at December 31, 2012, increasing $5.6 million largely due to the $45 million in loan proceeds from AIG and cash flow from operating activities, offset by Capital Expenditures of $37.3 million.
Cash from operating activities was $8.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Total ORBCOMM Inc. Stockholders’ Equity was $193.1 million at December 31, 2013.
Investment Community Conference Call
ORBCOMM will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community this morning at 10:30 AM ET. Senior management will review the results, discuss ORBCOMM’s business, and address questions. To access the call, domestic participants should dial 1-877-941-0844 at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call. International callers should dial 1-480-629-9835. To hear a live web simulcast or to listen to the archived webcast following completion of the call, please visit the Company’s website at www.orbcomm.com, select the “Investors” tab, then select “Presentations” to access the link to the call. To listen to a telephone replay of the conference call, please dial 1-800-406-7325 domestically or 1-303-590-3030 internationally and enter reservation identification number 4672046. The replay will be available from approximately 12:00 PM ET on March 13, 2014, through 11:59 PM ET on March 27, 2014.
About ORBCOMM Inc.
ORBCOMM is a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions. Its customers include Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hyundai Heavy Industries, I.D. Systems, Inc., Komatsu Ltd., Cartrack (Pty.) Ltd., and Volvo Construction Equipment, among other industry leaders. By means of a global network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure as well as our Tier One cellular partners, ORBCOMM’s low-cost and reliable two-way data communication services track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets in our core markets: commercial transportation; heavy equipment; industrial fixed assets; marine; and homeland security.
ORBCOMM is an innovator and leading provider of tracking, monitoring and control services for the transportation market. Under its ReeferTrak®, GenTrakTM, GlobalTrak®, and CargoWatchTM brands, the company provides customers with the ability to proactively monitor, manage and remotely control their cold chain and dry transport assets. Additionally, ORBCOMM provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services for vessel tracking and to improve maritime safety to government and commercial customers worldwide. ORBCOMM is headquartered in Rochelle Park, New Jersey and has its network control center in Dulles, Virginia. For more information, visit www.orbcomm.com.
Certain statements discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to our plans, objectives and expectations for future events and include statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements, including those concerning the Company’s expectations, are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results, projected, expected or implied by the forward-looking statements, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: ongoing global economic instability and uncertainty; substantial losses we have incurred and may continue to incur; demand for and market acceptance of our products and services and the applications developed by our resellers; we may need additional capital to pursue our growth strategy; loss or decline or slowdown in the growth in business from our key customers, such as Caterpillar Inc., (“Caterpillar”), Komatsu Ltd., (“Komatsu”), Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., (“Hitachi”), and other value-added resellers or VARs and international value-added resellers or IVARs; loss or decline or slowdown in growth in business of any of the specific industry sectors the Company serves, such as transportation, heavy equipment, fixed assets and maritime; dependence on a few significant customers; the inability to effect suitable investments, alliances and acquisitions; our acquisitions may expose us to additional risks; litigation proceedings; technological changes, pricing pressures and other competitive factors; the inability of our international resellers and licensees to develop markets outside the United States; the inability to obtain or maintain the necessary regulatory approvals or licenses for particular countries or to operate our satellites; market acceptance and success of our Automatic Identification System (“AIS”) business; satellite launch and construction delays and cost overruns of our next-generation satellites and launch vehicles; in-orbit satellite failures or reduced performance of our existing satellites; significant liabilities created by products we sell; the $45 million 9.5% Senior Notes that we issued on January 4, 2013 could restrict our business activities or our ability to execute our strategic objectives or adversely affect our financial performance; the failure of our system or reductions in levels of service due to technological malfunctions or deficiencies or other events; our inability to renew or expand our satellite constellation; inability to operate due to changes or restrictions in the political, legal regulatory, government administrative and economic conditions and developments in the United States and other countries and territories in which we operate; and changes in our business strategy. In addition, specific consideration should be given to various factors described in Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements or cautionary factors, except as required by law.
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in thousands, except share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||68,354||$||34,783|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $279 and $300||14,098||10,703|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,768||1,484|
|Deferred income taxes||623||164|
|Total current assets||90,029||78,851|
|Satellite network and other equipment, net||133,028||101,208|
|Intangible assets, net||11,636||7,791|
|Deferred income taxes||1,254||398|
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
|Current portion of deferred revenue||3,087||2,394|
|Total current liabilities||15,489||16,564|
|Note payable - related party||1,571||1,503|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||2,373||1,959|
|Deferred tax liabilities||2,439||397|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|ORBCOMM Inc. stockholders' equity|
|Preferred Stock Series A, par value $0.001; 1,000,000 shares authorized;|
|102,054 and 161,359 shares issued and outstanding||1,019||1,612|
|Common stock, par value $0.001; 250,000,000 shares authorized; 48,216,480 and|
|46,783,568 shares issued at December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012||48||47|
|Additional paid-in capital||255,358||248,469|
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Less treasury stock, at cost, 29,990 shares at December 31, 2013 and
|December 31, 2012||(96||)||(96||)|
|Total ORBCOMM Inc. stockholders' equity||193,148||182,709|
|Total liabilities and equity||$||261,474||$||206,766|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
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|Costs and expenses (1):|
|Costs of services||6,669||5,591||23,865||20,355|
|Costs of product sales||3,569||2,230||14,064||10,236|
|Selling, general and administrative||6,412||5,523||26,125||21,853|
|Impairment charges-satellite network||-||9,793||-||9,793|
|Insurance recovery-satellite network||-||(10,000||)||-||(10,000||)|
|Total costs and expenses||17,707||13,789||68,511||55,400|
|Income from operations||1,533||2,417||5,701||9,098|
|Other income (expense):|
|Other income (expense)||(8||)||28||373||96|
|Gain on extinguishment of debt, net of expenses||-||-||1,062|
|Total other income (expense)||(10||)||36||353||1,195|
|Income before income taxes||1,523||2,453||6,054||10,293|
|Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interests||12||16||160||161|
|Net income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc.||$||819||$||2,127||$||4,599||$||8,742|
|Net income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. common stockholders||$||806||$||2,111||$||4,540||$||8,673|
|Per share information-basic:|
|Net income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc.||$||0.02||$||0.05||$||0.10||$||0.19|
|Per share information-diluted:|
|Net income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc.||$||0.02||$||0.04||$||0.09||$||0.18|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|(1) Stock-based compensation included in costs and expenses:|
|Costs of services||$||100||$||101||$||303||$||286|
|Costs of product sales||43||5||114||19|
|Selling, general and administrative||873||433||2,316||1,346|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|Years ended December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities:|
|Net income (loss)||$||4,759||$||8,903||$||(56||)|
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
|Change in allowance for doubtful accounts||26||12||(300||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||6,001||4,824||4,995|
|Accretion on note payable - related party||-||-||98|
|Change in the fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration||(1,003||)||(150||)||-|
|Amortization of the fair value adjustment related to StarTrak warranty liabilities||(47||)||(200||)||-|
|Loss on dispostion of other investment in Alanco||-||-||305|
|Foreign exchange losses (gains)||32||(92||)||(8||)|
|Amortization of premium on marketable securities||187||765||1,219|
|Increase in fair value of indemnification assets||(253||)||(103||)||(10||)|
|Deferred income taxes||724||26||46|
|Gain on extinguishment of debt and accounts payable||-||(1,214||)||-|
|Amortization of transition shared services||-||114||-|
|Dividend received in common stock for other investment||-||-||(84||)|
|Gain on insurance settlement-satellite network||-||(207||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||(444||)||202||(50||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||(1,465||)||191||535|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||8,754||13,945||6,307|
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|Purchases of marketable securities||(51,448||)||(52,493||)||(81,254||)|
|Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities||79,230||69,732||101,963|
|Change in restricted cash||-||1,025||810|
|Proceeds of insurance settlement-satellite network||-||10,000||-|
|Acquisition of net assets of LMS||-||(4,000||)||-|
|Acquisition of net assets of StarTrak, net of cash acquired of $322||-||-||(1,876||)|
|Acquisition of net assets of GlobalTrak, net of cash acquired of $1,037||(1,867||)||-||-|
|Acquisition of net assets of Mobilenet||(3,231||)||-||-|
|Acquisition of net assets of SENS||(1,978||)||-||-|
|Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities||(16,590||)||(12,306||)||11,762|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Proceeds received from issuance of $45,000 Senior Notes||45,000||-||-|
|Cash paid for debt issuance costs||(1,387||)||-||-|
|Proceeds received from exercise of stock options||1,825||-||-|
|Purchase of noncontrolling ownership interests in Satcom|
|International Group plc||-||(199||)||-|
|Repayment of Satcom notes payable||-||(253||)||-|
|Principal payment of note payable||(3,450||)||(250||)||(200||)|
|Principal payments of capital leases||(203||)||(507||)||-|
|Payment upon exercise of SARs||-||-||(24||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||41,785||(1,209||)||(224||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||(378||)||(708||)||190|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||33,571||(278||)||18,035|
|Cash and cash equivalents:|
|Beginning of year||34,783||35,061||17,026|
|End of year||$||68,354||$||34,783||$||35,061|
|Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:|
|Cash paid for|
The following table reconciles our Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown:
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|December 31,||December 31,|
|Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc.||$819||$2,127||$4,599||$8,742|
|Net interest (income) expense||2||(8)||20||(37)|
|Provision for income taxes||692||310||1,295||1,390|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,787||1,344||6,001||4,824|
EBITDA is defined as earnings attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. before interest income (expense), provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. ORBCOMM believes EBITDA is useful to its management and investors in evaluating operating performance because it is one of the primary measures used to evaluate the economic productivity of the Company’s operations, including its ability to obtain and maintain its customers, its ability to operate its business effectively, the efficiency of its employees and the profitability associated with their performance. It also helps ORBCOMM’s management and investors to meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of the Company’s operations from period to period on a consistent basis by removing the impact of its financing transactions and the depreciation and amortization impact of capital investments from its operating results. In addition, ORBCOMM management uses EBITDA in presentations to its board of directors to enable it to have the same measurement of operating performance used by management and for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget. The Company also believes that EBITDA, adjusted for Stock-based compensation expense, noncontrolling interests, impairment loss and insurance recovery is useful to investors to evaluate the Company’s core operating results and financial performance and its capacity to fund capital expenditures, because it excludes items that are significant non-cash expenses reflected in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not performance measures calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. While ORBCOMM considers EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to be important measures of operating performance, they should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, Net Income or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different than EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA measures presented by other companies. A reconciliation table is presented above.
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Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's ha...
Feb. 2, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 400
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Feb. 2, 2016 04:30 AM EST Reads: 833
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless...
Feb. 1, 2016 05:00 AM EST Reads: 917
The IoT's basic concept of collecting data from as many sources possible to drive better decision making, create process innovation and realize additional revenue has been in use at large enterprises with deep pockets for decades. So what has changed? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Prasanna Sivaramakrishnan, Solutions Architect at Red Hat, discussed the impact commodity hardware, ubiquitous connectivity, and innovations in open source software are having on the connected universe of people, thi...
Jan. 31, 2016 09:00 PM EST Reads: 713
WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.
Jan. 31, 2016 07:15 PM EST Reads: 1,133
There are so many tools and techniques for data analytics that even for a data scientist the choices, possible systems, and even the types of data can be daunting. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Harrold, Global CTO for Big Data Solutions for EMC Corporation, showed how to perform a simple, but meaningful analysis of social sentiment data using freely available tools that take only minutes to download and install. Participants received the download information, scripts, and complete end-t...
Jan. 31, 2016 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,192
For manufacturers, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a jumping-off point for innovation, jobs, and revenue creation. But to adequately seize the opportunity, manufacturers must design devices that are interconnected, can continually sense their environment and process huge amounts of data. As a first step, manufacturers must embrace a new product development ecosystem in order to support these products.
Jan. 31, 2016 10:00 AM EST Reads: 792
Manufacturing connected IoT versions of traditional products requires more than multiple deep technology skills. It also requires a shift in mindset, to realize that connected, sensor-enabled “things” act more like services than what we usually think of as products. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, discussed how when sensors start generating detailed real-world data about products and how they’re being used, smart manufacturers can use the dat...
Jan. 30, 2016 07:45 PM EST Reads: 759
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...
Jan. 30, 2016 03:45 PM EST Reads: 1,255