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Smart Industry 1/2018

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Smart Communications IoT Europe IoT Readiness Is Europe United Kingdom The UK has a track record for inventing IoT-related technologies, such as the MQTT protocol which came out of the IBM Hursley Labs in Hampshire and is now an opensource standard. The UK also has a significant startup scene and many maker spaces dotted around the country. Furthermore, there were several UK companies speaking and exhibiting at Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2017 in Munich. UP TO IT? The race is on but how does Europe measure up? We look for the winners and losers to see if the Old World can take a lead in the new world of IoT. n By Alan R. Earls The Internet of Things is inexorably reshaping the world – and Europe. From the western shores of Ireland to the Russian border, connective technology, smart devices, and analytics are coming together, offering new options to consumers and potentially revolutionary developments in agriculture, commerce, and industry. While beginnings can be detected almost everywhere, only a few countries have yet advanced far on the IoT journey. Prospects, challenges The Internet of Things, that potent combination of mind and matter that is threatening to upend industries and even patterns of consumption, has received a lot of attention and hype. Pundits like Gartner routinely issue pronouncements about the billions of connected devices that will soon be joining humans on the Internet. Of course, not all the predictions will come true but it seems likely that many will – and soon. Quite simply, IoT has the potential to be as consequential as the whole age of information up to this point. For Europe, IoT is both an opportunity and a threat. It is an opportunity for leading sectors of the European economy to stay ahead, and for others it’s a fresh chance to lead. How big is the rapidly evolving world of IoT? According to Marta Muñoz Méndez-Villamil, research director and IoT practice lead at IDC EMEA in Madrid, her firm expects market spending on IoT in Western Europe to grow from approximately $147bn in 2017 to over $274bn in 2021. IoT activities in the manufacturing sector, one of the largest sectors for IoT investments, will reach almost $26bn in 2017 across Western Europe. That spending will be primarily driven by IoT investments to improve two main areas: manufacturing oper ations and production asset management. “The main objective here is to use IoT sensors to improve factory performance in the plant, as well as improving supply chain orchestration,” explains Méndez-Villamil. “According to our research, Germany undoubtedly leads the way, due to the large presence of manufacturing companies in the country and the large contribution of manufacturing to the country´s GDP,” she adds. For Germans, the focus is around cost control and efficiency gains, which are the two primary drivers of IoT investments in this sector. This not only includes large German manufacturers, but also smaller ones with innovative approaches to circumvent budgetary limitations and scalability restrictions, and the creation of multiple industry alliances to test IoT use cases, like the ADAMOS (Adaptive Manufacturing Open Solutions) alliance, she says. According to Software AG, an ADAMOS member along with DMG Mori, Dürr, Zeiss, and ASM PT, the organizations have established the strategic alliance for the advancement of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). ADAMOS is customized to meet the specific needs of machine and plant builders and their customers. It is a non-proprietary platform that brings together up-to-date IT technology and industry knowledge. The alliance hopes to attract other machine builders to become partners and establish ADAMOS as a global standard for the industry. Other markets where IDC expects to see rapid growth in IIoT-related activity are Italy, France, and the UK. The opportunity in this sector is sufficiently important to have attracted players like Apple, with its recent partnership announcement with GE, says Méndez-Villamil. In general, the infrastructures and political willingness of Europeans will dictate how the Internet of Things develops in the near future, notes Peter Wilmar Christensen, co-founder and general manager, EMEA, at Greenwave Systems, a software and managed services company based in California and Birkeroed, Denmark. 38

Netherlands The Netherlands does not have the advanced manufacturing heft of Germany but it does have some unique characteristics that make it an ideal environment for IoT innovation, testing, and incubation, says Jeff Bonnell, VP of industry solutions at Coresystems. This is especially true for transport, infrastructure, utilities, water management, and energy related IoT startups. The Netherlands has a small geographic footprint, a dense urbanized population, excellent and highly connected nextgeneration (digital) infrastructure, a highly educated population, and a culture of exporting its innovations throughout the world. In particular, the Netherlands is considered one of the best locations for testing of autonomous personal transport and delivery vehicles. National support programs are focused on deployment, not just R&D. This opens greater opportunities for startups to bring their innovations to the market more quickly. Nordics The Nordics have many of the characteristics of the Netherlands that make their cities (especially Copenhagen, Denmark) attractive for IoT startups. However, the relatively smaller size and heavier regulatory frameworks in some areas should be understood before investing. Estonia, in particular, although not specifically an IoT leader, has promising characteristics reflected in a recently announced international recognition. The Boston Global Forum at Harvard University has honored former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves with the World Leader in Cybersecurity Award for the nation’s contribution to artificial intelligence and international cybersecurity. Earlier in 2017, the Reinhard Mohn Prize, called Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital, was also presented to Ilves because of his pioneering work in the promotion of digitalization in government, education, and public services. During his ten-year term of office up to 2016, he made digital transformation a top priority. Estonia is now considered an exemplary digital nation. France France stood with Germany as one of the highest ranked countries in terms of IoT tech-related funding activity in 2015 and early 2016, according to a 2016 report from TechEU, The State of the European & Israeli IoT Industry. Investments spanned network solutions, smart home, automotive, health solutions, and developer tools. According to Peter Wilmar Christensen, general manager for EMEA and co-founder of Greenwave Systems, a global IoT software and managed services company based in California and Denmark, automation and improvement of product quality are seen as being just as important as cost reduction when it comes to implementing IoT in France. Germany The clear leader in industrial IoT is Germany with its strong engineering base and government support as well as outside investment, says Ian Hughes, senior analyst for the Internet of Things at 451 Research in the UK. He explains that companies such as Siemens and Bosch are well placed to help drive industrial change and IBM has put its global IoT home base in Munich to partner with the German advances. On the related subject of augmented reality, “the user interface for IoT,” Hughes points out that Munich recently held the Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2017, the other AWE being in Silicon Valley. “Nearly all the companies and demonstrations in this innovative field were enterprise and industrial related,” he observes. 39