Networked Globe Briefing – 22 April 2014

Over the weekend Samsung customers suffered a major outage after one of their South Korean data centres was knocked out by a fire. This raises the question of what happens when connected devices, such as the iKettle, find they can’t contact their servers.

In other news, Spanish hardware vendor releases a Bluetooth Low Energy module for its Waspmote platform while IoT management server Jasper has raised five million dollars from investors which value the company at over a billion dollars.

What happens when your smart kettle can’t connect?

British design house Firebox recently launched their iKettle, a smart kitchen device that allows users to control their kettle from their smartphone.

iKettle is a great idea but what happens when the kettle can’t connect to its servers? A fire in one of Samsung’s South Korean data centres last weekend left thousands of smartTV, Blu-Ray and smartphone cusotmers with error messages, which exposes a major weakness in the Internet of Things as we discuss in what if your iKettle can’t connect.

Libelium releases Bluetooth Low Energy Waspmote

At the  Internet of Things Asia Conference in Singapore, sensor vendor Libelium launched a Bluetooth Low Energy module for their Waspmote sensor platform.

Libelium has aimed the new Waspmote add-on at the beacon locator market for smartphones and the Bluetooth component compliment its other supported protocols that include Wi-Fi, ZigBee, 802.15.4, NFC, 3G and GPRS.

“We see Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Smart connectivity as an efficient, energy-saving option for everyday objects and new IoT applications in categories such as home automation, healthcare, retail mobile tracking, and security,” said Libelium’s CTO David Gascón.

Jasper raises new capital for a billion dollar valuation

IoT cloud management service Jasper last week announced a $50 million round of growth financing led by Singaporean investment house Temasek that values the company at over a billion dollars.

The raised capital will be used to help the company fund its rapid growth following its building of a global partner network of 19 mobile operator groups representing over 100 affiliates.

Jahangir Mohammed, the founder and CEO of Jasper said, “we are seeing explosive growth in the number of Internet-connected devices, with many more billions anticipated by the end of the decade. And for over a thousand companies around the globe, these services are already made possible by our IoT platform.”

About the author

Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.