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IoT World Forum 2017

What is The Internet of Things?

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else.

This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.

The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).

So basically, the IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).  The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

IoT World Forum 2017 – What it was like?

The conference title is bit of a misnomer.  IoT World Forum 2017.

With this title, there was an expectation of very high level presentations which would be informative of the trends and impact that this new technology is set to make.  Unfortunately, the overall impression fell short; whilst the session titles were indicative of the present issues, the presentations were underwhelming.

The content could have been easily gleaned from leading sites such as CrunchBase, The Register, Lifehacker, FossBytes, Ars Technica and even the BBC Technology web pages.

Speaker Presentations

Day One
 Internet of Things: Reality Check – Maciej Kranz, Vice President of Strategic Innovation, CISCO

Maciej Kranz identified that IoT has been developing in the background, quietly changing long-standing industrial processes – fundamentally reshaping the Internet.

The reason for this shift is three-fold:

  • The Internet has mostly been implemented in greenfield environments, while IoT deployments are generally in brownfield environments, requiring integration and migration of legacy and vendor-specific systems
  • The IoT-enabled Internet has created an extremely rich, heterogeneous array of business and consumer use cases, requirements and environments
  • With IoT, the Internet has been transformed into a real-time conduit of unimaginable amounts of data that can be analyzed to make better decisions, improve performance, and grow profits

These changes have profound implications on many of the core characteristics of the Internet:

  1. Market structure
  2. Connected devices
  3. Change enablement
  4. Technology concentration
  5. Cloud/analytics
  6. Security focus
  7. Standards

These elements add up to a profoundly different Internet environment, transformed by IoT. Companies and vendors are rethinking every aspect of their business strategies including development approaches, partnerships, go-to-market strategies, supply chain, security and more.

And that’s just the beginning. As the foundation for many other emerging technologies such as machine learning, fog computing (distributed cloud) and blockchain, IoT has put industry on the path to sweeping transformation.

Emerging IoT Business Opportunities -Patrice Slupowski, Vice President Digital, ORANGE

Mr Patrice Slupowski is an established speaker and aware of the emerging opportunities that IoT encompasses. He spoke mainly on Orange’s projects in IoT covering other related technologies that fundamentally are part of and enmeshed with their projects such as AI, API’s, mobile applications, Virtual Reality and personal data.  The focus was on Telco.

 IEEE Perspective on Global IoT Market – Lloyd Green, IEEE

Lloyd Green is Director of Engagement Marketing and Creative Community Services for the IEEE.  Mr Lloyd spoke about defining, delivering and evangelizing IEEE-SA digital and marketing services to drive growth, innovation, and brand recognition. His talk was focused on initiatives on a common adoption of an IoT global standard where the industry is failing due to many standards leading to issues in relation to data privacy and hacking.  His focus was on seeking to build consensus technical standards to advance adoption of the technology across multiple industry sectors.

 GE Digital: IoT and Digital Transformation – Vincent Champain, GM, GE Digital Foundry

This was an infomercial on how is helping to drive the digital transformation in all fields (not only IoT) by bringing together all the stakeholders in a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.  They are essentially building an open platform, where 14,000 developers can collaborate with GE’s customers and partners to create new applications.

 Transforming BT with IoT – Chris Sims, MD for Marketing and IoT, BT

Start-ups and SMEs were offered a chance to submit new IoT solutions in time for BT’s launching of BT Infinity Lab Competition.  This gives the winning company to test its idea at scale and potentially bring it to market working with BT, Techhub and other partners.  The aim is to expand and develop the company’s IoT portfolio.  This was the process of how BT dealt with the competition and results were given.

The Future of Industrial IoT – Robin Hancock, Head of Mindsphere IoT Platform Ecosystem, Siemens

One of the best quotes from the conference came from Robin Hancock who stated: “90% of the projects out there are Proof of Concept (POC) and they are based on pretty narrow use cases.”  I initially thought that this was one of the most important presentations as he was focused on talking about how to work on creating an actual product.  But then he focused on Siemens’ Mindsphere offering a cost effective, scalable cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) in developing apps.

Monetising The IoT Ecosystems – Rami Avidan, CEO, TELE2 IoT

This was one of the better presentations where a very practical solution was given on how IoT as managed to be applied to an industrial “welding project”. Basically, ESAB is a global supplier of welding consumables and equipment.  They have developed a connected welding solution entitled Weldcloud, allowing enterprises and welding services companies to better monitor and optimise the performance of their welding equipment, increase quality and develop new customer services.  Tele2 IoT have created a IoT connectivity solution allowing ESAB an easy way to build connectivity

The Missing Context in IoT: Mark Osborn, Director Salesforce IoT EMEA, SALESFORCE

This presentation was focused on Salesforce along with Customer data can maximise ROI.  The talk was focused on identifying how forward thinking customers are taking advantage of real time tech to act proactively and use information about what their customers are doing right now to prevent problems before they occur.  The talk was on Salesforce’s IoT Cloud and how it can update and combine data from IoT devices with contextual Salesforce data (IoT Profiles).

With IoT Profiles, a connected sensor sends an alert to the IoT Cloud stating that it has a fault. This alert combines with the service agreement applied to the device and suggests a course of action. For example, the manufacturer could dispatch an immediate repair team or schedule maintenance.

Product Agility and Flexible Monetization for Industrial IoT Solutions – Matthew Dunkley, IoT Strategy Director Flexera

Flexera discussed the factors that lead to successful IoT monetisation.  They identified that manufacturers who know how to bring innovative products to market and monetise them effectively will be the winners of the 4th industrial revolution.

They defined the new IoT business model with its successful execution depending on whether all the prerequisites have been fulfilled.  This is where security and an effective licensing model play a critical role.

They also identified a successful software business model as being based on insights into how customers use products.

Unfortunately, this was not applicable on an industrial scale.

How to Scale an IoT Business with IoT Cloud – Bernd Gross, CEO, Cumulocity

This was a sales pitch on how great Cumulocity is.  In some ways, they deserve it as Machination as given them the status as a leading IoT Device Management Platform Vendor.  The following is a brief description of what the company does.

Cumulocity, a Düsseldorf-headquartered Nokia Siemens Networks spin-off, offers an IoT platform available for public cloud, private cloud and on-premises deployments. It provides functionality in key platform areas and integration with 3rd-party systems if built-in features do not satisfy all require­ments. It focuses its growth on indirect sales with systems integrators, car­riers and engineering software companies.

Cumulocity also focuses on OEM sales with a dedicated sales team and through partners. Cumulocity emphasizes its platform’s ease of deployment, open integration architecture and configurability.

Day 2
Enabling the path to IoT Scalability – Neal Forse, CEO, WND UK

WND UK is a SigFox Operator.  SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the IoT.  This was a infomercial on how great WND is and what they can do for the customer.  One of the best factors that came out of this was that the product doesn’t not do IP and is therefore secure.  The presentation did not go into the dynamics of this but IT IS NOT SECURE.  It uses a VPN which can be hacked.

The role of Machine to Machine Sim in IoT Business – Emmanuel Routier, SVP, M2M, ORANGE GROUP

The presentation was on how Orange is tackling IoT and how it forms part of the company’s strategic plan.  Through this plan Orange is confirming its desire to become the trusted partner for companies in their digital transformation and the benchmark operator of the IoT.  He identified the company’s vision and commitment on the following basis;

  1. Facilitating open innovation.
  2. Accelerating the development of our regions.
  3. Providing operational solutions to guide businesses through their digital transformation plans.
  4. Offering anyone and everyone a constantly growing selection of connected objects to change their daily lives

Broadly speaking the presentation was focused on Orange’s goal to help companies tap into the full potential of Big Data and the Internet of Things.

IoT Ecosystems – Maria Hakansson, Vice President and Head of IoT, ERICSSON

This presentation was one of the most boring ones overall.  Maria spoke about how the agile approach puts one ahead of the competition regardless of the services launched, business models introduced or ecosystems partnered with.

Developing Successful IoT Business Models – Dr. Sebastian Wahle, BOSCHE (Bosche Software Innovations GmbH)

Bosch took the stage and spoke about real-life use of IoT from Oyster farming to scooter rental.

Tasmanian oyster farming start-up The Yield, in which Bosch is also an investor, wanted to use the IoT to monitor water quality. Because oysters are “filter animals,” they can absorb contaminants from their environment. If the water is polluted by runoff from a heavy storm, for example, the oysters can absorb germs or bacteria that will make people sick when they eat them.

Sebastian Wahle, digital strategist at Bosch Software Innovations, calls this “The Internet of Oysters.” Data is collected by sensors in the immediate vicinity of the oyster banks. Then algorithms record and analyze the data, making it available to the farmers to check on a smartphone to find out the ideal time to harvest.

Bosch is clearly steaming ahead with IoT; its AMRA (asset monitoring for railway applications) system is in use at Swiss rail freight company SBB Cargo. AMRA monitors connected rail car and freight locations to help smooth logistics issues; it also checks for vibration and temperature to see if there is any damage along the way.

Dynamic Security and Connectivity – Remy CRICCO, Chairman of the SIMalliance

Remy Cricco, Chairman of the SIMalliance Board, explained how the eSIM addresses challenges of today’s connected world – security, flexibility and programmability.

The presentation explored:

  • The key differences between a traditional SIM and an eSIM, and advantages the latter has over SIM cards, including several connectivity profiles embedded in one single SIM.
  • How the eSIM can be leveraged to secure IoT and M2M deployments.
  • The importance of the Secure Element industry, represented by SIMalliance members, and the value it brings to the eSIM ecosystem
  • Why the eSIM must be seen as a “versatile Secure Element”, which will help the cybersecurity industry to detect threats and attacks, secure data transmission between machines and end users, and ensure device integrity.
Managing he IoT Sprawl – John Candish, SAP’s IoT Connect 365 business

This presenter was reading from a document – he was so bored that his presentation was boring.  He basically spoke about SAP’s new product entitled SAP IoT Connect 365 of which the following is a summary;

SAP IoT Connect 365, enterprise service simplifies the complex connectivity, scalability, and management of the Internet of Things (IoT) through a single contract and connection to a fully managed, cloud-based solution with global reach, a secure infrastructure, and real-time control.

  • Simplify complex multicountry deployments through a single contract and connection
  • Achieve singular and secure IoT connectivity, scalability, and management
  • Manage connected objects and protect data and privacy across multiple networks and technologies
  • Streamline operations and optimise assets and relationships
  • Utilise direct connections, global reach, and interconnected mobile networks
  • Realise faster, more efficient device and services deployment with less impact
eSIM for IoT – Julian Hardy, CEO, ESEYE

This presentation covered the definition of an eSIM which is the following;

The term “eSIM” relates to a new standard being promoted by the GSMA – the association that represents network operators worldwide.

It will come in the form of an integrated SIM chip, one that cannot and need not be removed from a device – something that consumer electronics manufacturers are also keen to adopt for connected items around the house as part of the Internet of Things, and something that’s been used by some car manufacturers too.

The information on it will be compliant or rewritable by all operators, meaning a user can decide to change operator with a simple phone call. A new SIM will not be required, nor should there be any time delay in switching the eSIM to its new purpose. There will also be no physical swapping over required by the user.

That was the original premise of the eSIM, but one of the advantages it offers from a design point of view is that you make a smaller device because there’s no need to accommodate a SIM card or the tray that holds it, hence the use in devices like the Apple Watch 3.

The key idea that Julian covered was eUICC Compliance for this type of device.

IoT Technology and Development Support – Steve Beck, General Manager, Telecommunications R&D Group, SONY ELECTRONICS

This presentation was about Sony’s R&D Group Technology Office.  And the initiative and projects that they are working on in developing IoT products that can help enhance Sony offering both to retail customers and on an Industrial level.  The following is from their site;

In 2016, Sony launched a new research and development initiative called the “Future Lab Program.”

The Future Lab Program embraces an approach to technological research and development that emphasizes an open creative environment and direct lines of communication with society, through which it aims to co-create new lifestyles and user value in the future. As part of this approach, the program will share concept prototypes with users while still at the development stage, and look to them for inspiration, leveraging their feedback to refine and evolve its projects.

IoT Large Venue Security – Brittany Shaheen Vice President & Chief of Staff – ARMORED THINGS

This was one of the most controversial and shocking presentations in that it upset a few delegates – the latest terror attacks were mentioned without respect for the people sitting in the audience.  But it worked and was effective.  The following is from their website.

Armored Things is using Internet of Thing devices to keep large venues safe from hackers and terrorists.

Their slogan is “We help our customers save lives, time and money.”

Armored Things automates incident response by engaging devices that are already live in many venues, such as lights, cameras, locks, and sensors.  They aim to transform policy, dusty ‘3-ring binder’ emergency plans, and translate them into instant, technology-based response.

This would highlight anomalies and detect unusual behaviours before significant harm is done.

Creating New Services with IoT – Madeleine E Martinsen M.Sc, Head of R&D Service Hoist & Underground Mining, ABB

ABB’s mining division is looking at using IoT to help prevent fires in the  mines and in its control room. It is already using the IoT and virtual reality to help support its hoists remotely. Madeleine Martinsen, head of R&D Service Hoist and Underground Mining at ABB, advised the audience to “get a partner” to help speed them into the IoT.


I was impressed with the overall conference content as it covered what the major companies are doing in the IoT sector.  The challenges that they are facing; the collaborations that they are being built and the various business models that are being designed to tackle the uptake of this technology.

I have some reservations however as there was a lot of selling of one services and key issues were not tackled such as privacy and security.  Some of the speakers were not even “experts” in their field and only knew about IoT on a very basic level.  This came through quite strongly when there was a discussion on tackling the afore mentioned issues as well as the issue related to energy.

And some of the presentations were literally lifted from the content of the presenting company’s website.

There is a niche for this information and the delegates did get something out of it but as mentioned in my introduction 99% of the information could be researched using key words on Google.

There is not restriction in relation to how IoT is applicable to TOC – with some digging and research, an effective conference can be created focused on the Industrial Application of IoT.

The One Touch Fire for less than $1 !!

FireFox OS Phones are in the process of being launched. The first Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open, made its debut on July 2 in Spain via Telefonica. Now the company has officially launched the Alcatel One Touch Fire via Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile Poland. They have started selling the Firefox OS phone on July 12th online and it will be available in stores starting on July 15th.

Firefox is planning to make the phone available through Deutsche Telekom’s various subsidiaries to Germany, Hungary, and Greece in the coming Autumn. The United States will see the phone in 2014.

The price points are very attractive; The One Touch Fire (being sold in Poland) featuring a 3.5-inch, 480-by-320-pixel display will cost less than $1 “in combination with a very attractive tariff,”.


Deutsche Telekom’s announcement comes only days after Telefonica Movistar in Spain started selling the first commercial device supporting Firefox OS – the ZTE Open – for €69.


The rollout of Firefox OS devices follows the announcement at Mobile World Congress in February 2013 that more than 20 operators and handset vendors would support the new platform.

The key behind Firefox’s strategy is to bring the a smartphone experience at a low price point, with a particular focus on emerging markets. The question is, how will this impact on Android and Apple?

Source: PCMag

Firefox Phones Launched

The first Firefox OS phones have just gone on sale. Geeksphone has released two models, the Keon and the Peak both of which feature Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The Keon has a slower single-core model, while the Peak has a faster dual-core chip; both devices have 512 RAM and 4G of storage space, and the Keon has a 3.5 inch screen while the Peak packs a larger 4.3-inch display.

Click the following link for fuller details: They have sold out almost immediatley once they went on sale. However, there is an option to try out the new OS – as Sony hasn’t released a device for the new OS, Firefox have released a Firefox OS ROM for the Xperia E which can be played with.

Source: Linux Format Magazine

Windows 8 and Nokia – A closer relationship

Despite the growing dominance of Android, Nokia the Finnish mobile phone maker has stated that it will maintain its primary focus on Windows based smartphones.  Stephen Elop, chief executive  of the Nokia Corporation was speaking to reporters in Bangkok on the 6th February, when he made the statement.

Nokia has maintained a strong presence in Thailand for 20 years and it is in the top-14 focus country for Nokia globally.  Stephen Elop expressed confidence that Nokia will regain a dominant position in the smartphone market and regain leadership of Thailand’s overall mobile market.

Stephen Elop is aimed at working closely with the mobile operators and retailers in transforming Thailand’s mobile industry into third generation technology from the traditional 2G.

The company is planning to broaden is product portfolio by adding both higher-capacity models and lower price points to its Windows-based Lumia smartphone line, said Mr Elop.

Nokia is managing its transition period for its five components: network, mobile phones, intellectual property and patents, location-based service and smartphones.  More apps will be offered on top of the 125,000 and it already has gained traction with navigation and mapping apps which have achieved high success among motorists.

Cityvox enables diners to review experience with RFID

Cityvox a French media content company which operates a network of Web sites offering local content throughout France, is enabling diners to employ RFID to view reviews and ratings at more than 1,500 restaurants. The aim of using NFC technology is to make it easier for the public to access that information.

The technology consists of Near Field Communication (NFC) passive RFID stickers attached at restaurant entrances. Software directs consumer’s NFC-enabled mobile phone to a Web site listing content for that specific restaurant, based on the sticker’s ID number.

In the case that consumers phones are not equipped with NFC RFID readers, a QR code is printed on the front of each sticker enabling them to access that same information.

After completing the meal a receipt embedded with a NFC tag allows consumer’s to tap their phone to access another server linking them to post reviews of their experience, without leaving their table. The reviews are presented on Cityvox’s Web site for others to view, either from a PC or a phone, and the company collects the ratings in order to determine which restaurant within a particular local area is most popular, and thus deserves “Selected” status.

Cityvox approached Orange for a solution, which it first trialed in Paris for several weeks before proceeding to mail 1,553 “Cityvox Selection” stickers in November 2012 to restaurants within 133 French cities.

The sticker is composed of an RFID inlay made with a NXP Semiconductors NTag203 chip. The URL encoded to the sticker’s RFID chip directs the mobile phone to a server designated for that specific restaurant’s reviews and ratings.

The tags are designed to be sturdy enough to resist rain with a lifetime of a year before replacement. There are no formal statistics to measure the success, however there are indications that restaurateurs are pleased with the results so far.

Internet of Things Summer Showcase

You would be fooled into thinking that The INTERNET OF THINGS SUMMER SHOWCASE on the 29th August which showed off 10 leading innovative projects was a collection of Electronic Projects for an “A” Level exam. But this is not the case.

The 10 innovative projects showcased how the internet of things is affecting our education, everyday products, scientific discoveries and the way we share information. The following is a brief synopsis of the individual projects and where you can find them on the net.

Air Quality Egg – this is a sensor system designed to allow anyone to collect data about particular pollutants with inexpensive DIY sensors –

WiNode – this is a low cost platform for developing smart wireless sensor applications. It is based on Arduino and uses the popular RFM12 wireless transceiver module –

IOTM – IOTM is the internet of things maker kit containing all you need to get started with buidling your own IOT project –

WhereDial – this connects to your social media accounts via an online service and checks your current location, it then turns the dial to read “Home”, “Station” or wherever you are –

Bubblino – this is a twitter monitoring, bubble blowing Arduino-bot. The device watches twitter for a keyword and then blows a bubble –

Flexibility – this creates a network of wireless sensors for the home where each sensor is connected to the Internet through usual home wireless routers –

Multi-Channel Ambient Orb – The projects builds on the basic concept of an orb by adding the ability to communicate multiple channels at the same time – literally glowing more than one colour –

Printer – this is a distributed open-source system, building a network of Internet-connected printers allowing to generate customised content for them. This can be shared with other Internet-connected printers –

Chirp – this is a new way to share one’s data using sound. Data in the form of photos, webpages and contacts can is sent from a smartphone to another via built-in speaker –

The Open University – an Internet of Things module has been created by the Open University for the 1st year undergraduate computer science course –

The next Internet of Things Showcase is on the Tuesday, September 25, 2012.  To book a place click here


RFID, Alien Technology and the iPhone

Alien Technology has partnered with Turkey-based RFID company Teknopalas to develop a RFID reader network application designed for the Apple iPhone.

The I-Alien ALR9900+ is a free application that monitors and controls an arrangement of one or more Alien ALR-9900+ Enterprise Readers on the network via an iPhone as opposed to a computer.

I-Alien ALR9900+ automatically detects all readers on the network allowing users to remotely manage the network, connect to selected readers, adjust antenna settings, write/read tags, test performance and email results, among other actions. All actions and results are presented in a simple style familiar to iPhone users.

Users can also monitor the electronic product code (EPC) data of tags, the speed of tag reads, tag signal strength, total unique tags in the field and more. The application also provides users the ability to write data into the EPC field of the selected tag, update protect passwords and control or modify both the power and which designated antenna is used, among other features.

Additionally, the I-Alien reader application offers users the ability to manage reader network settings, including IP settings such as fixing a static IP address or switching to dynamic addressing; saving the settings to the ROM of the reader; and even rebooting the reader, if desired.

The application is available free of charge from both the US and European Apple App Store. Search for “ialien.”

Click here to read more..

Arizona (USA), RFID, The NEST and Identification of suspects

RFID in conjunction with “Social Media” is being used by The Nest, the largest haunted attraction in Arizona USA, to enhance fear for the Halloween season, allowing thrill seekers to experience the maximum fright possible.

The Nest is over 50,000 square feet, with nearly $1 million in animatronics, and special effects. ABC News and Good Morning America named it the “Spookiest Place in America” and broad-casted live from the Nest during its morning Halloween show.

The Halloween attraction has partnered with Brightline Interactive and with FISH Technology for the integration of RFID tracking technology system, which automatically follows guests through the haunt, personalizing the experience as they walk from room to room.

Integrating Facebook Connect with RFID-based technologies, guests who walk through The Nest will see and hear their name, view their photos, receive messages and a few more terrifying surprises.

Also in Arizona, the sheriff’s office in Pinal County, Arizona has adopted a mobile biometric identification system to help identify suspects in any location. This is being used through the MORIS identification system that incorporates biometric readings of irises, fingerprints and facial recognition through a mobile device that connects to a smart phone. The system can be used to identify suspects who have no identification and undocumented immigrants.

A database of biometric data points that the sheriff’s office started collecting in 2010 will be used to verify identification. The database contains information on about 10,000 individuals. The system is intended to be with the suspects consent or if there is probable cause to do so.

RFID technology used to “Enhance” Party Goers Experience at Music Festivals

RFID technology is being ustilised to “enhance” people’s experience of live music events and parties. During the London 2012 Games, Intellitix powered some of the most exclusive private after-show parties using its full suite of RFID technologies.

In addition to this an on-line audience of 2 million was generated by using a combination of Intellitix systems and ID&C RFID wristbands, when ticket holders linked their bands with Facebook to check in and post photos using custom-built units within the venue. The full suite of RFID technology deployed also included a secure access control system and a “cashless” bar with guests’ RFID wristbands

Samsung is also involved in the roll out of ticket-less RFID technology at live music events in the United Kingdom (UK). Working closely with Kilimanjaro Live abd Intellitix, the company will bring the new technology to festival goers in the form of special RFID wristbands. These wristbands will be read on arrival to validate visitors’ entry, promising secure access.

Festival goers will be able to personalize their wristband to check in on Facebook and share their experience with their friends online, to enter competitions associated with events, or upgrade to VIP simply by flashing their wristband.

The technology made its debut at the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ gig at Knebworth. This was followed by the music and wake boarding festival, Wakestock.

And finally SAG (Security Assembly Group) has released a disposable high frequency RFID wristband designed to meet short-time identification of attendees at such as special attractions, sports events, amusement parks, concerts, clubs, festivals and exhibitions and patients at hospitals. The SAG Disposable Wristband (Reel Format) is made of polypropylene (PP) and has a full length of 276 millimeters.

The new SAG Disposable Wristband (Reel Format) features the NXP MIFARE Ultralight chip with 384 bits of user memory. The cost-effective RFID wristband solution is also compliant with the ISO 14443 A standard.

The product is delivered in reel for easy printing and encoding at the point-of-use, and can be supplied with an optional fastening button for one-time closure in order to prevent unauthorized transfer during its usage, avoiding tampering attempts.

deCarta empowers Kindle to adopt LBS

deCarta, the leading independent enabler of location-based services (LBS) announced that it has made its LBS, mapping and search API’s available for developers’ who create applications for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

The company partnered with Skyhook, Inc. the worldwide leader in location positioning, context and intelligence to offer API’s that provide environmental applications on the Kindle Fire similar to other applications.

Developers have recognised that the success of the Kindle Fire as an additional platform and distribution channel for their application.  The major stumbling block is the Kindle Fire does not have the native capability to track user’s location and deCarta is able to seamlessly integrate this technology in the Kindle Fire.