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An executive’s guide to the Internet of Things

The rate of adoption is accelerating. Here are six things you need to know.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) has gained popular attention in the five years since we first published on the topic,1 it has also beguiled executives. When physical assets equipped with sensors give an information system the ability to capture, communicate, and process data—and even, in a sense, to collaborate—they create game-changing opportunities: production efficiency, distribution, and innovation all stand to benefit immensely. Research from the McKinsey Global Institute suggests that the operational efficiencies and greater market reach IoT affords will create substantial value in many industries. More

SmartThings Joins ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors

Internet of Things, Smart Things, ZigBee AllianceSmartThings Joins ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors Davis, Calif. – August 3, 2015 – The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, today announced that SmartThings is the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors, read more

Freescale Pre-Certified Thread Stack Provides One Stop Shopping for Smart Home Connectivity

AUSTIN, Texas--07/14/2015-- Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is announcing a pre-certified Thread networking stack, compliant to the R1.0 specification recently released to Thread Group members, which will usher in a new level of compelling solutions for the connected home. Freescale’s pre-certified Thread stack carries IP from the cloud to end devices, providing a simpler and more efficient way of connecting devices in the home. The stack is architected to support a comprehensive set of microcontrollers, microprocessors, connectivity solutions and sensors that provide optimized solutions for the various types of Internet of Things applications in the home. More

ZigBee and 802.15.4 Shipments to Reach 2.5 Billion by 2020

San Diego, CA June 17, 2015— Annual shipments for IEEE 802.15.4 low power wireless chipsets doubled in 2014 and is on track to increase by 550% by 2020, according to a recently published report by global technology research firm ON World. The ZigBee share is expected to increase from 40% market share in 2014 to 55% by 2020. The smart home and home lighting will make up over two-thirds of the IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets by 2020. More information and a free executive summary is available from ON World’s website.

Freescale Kinetis MCU portfolio delivers single-chip, multi-protocol Bluetooth® Smart and IEEE® 802.15.4 radios

AUSTIN, Texas--June 22, 2015--Support for new low-power Kinetis KW40Z MCUs includes robust software for streamlined development of secure, connected IoT application.
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) has unveiled a wireless, multi-protocol addition to its popular Kinetis microcontroller (MCU) family, bringing the latest connectivity standards to an MCU platform that has played an essential role in shaping and enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) to date. A world leader in MCU innovation, Freescale introduces the Kinetis KW40Z wireless MCU family with support for Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and IEEE 802.15.4 applications. More