THE IoT PLATFORMS REPORT: How software is helping the Internet of Things evolve

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly as companies around the world connect thousands of devices every day. But behind those devices, there’s a sector worth hundreds of billions of dollars supporting the IoT.

Platforms are the glue that holds the IoT together, allowing users to take full advantage of the disruptive potential of connected devices. These platforms allow the IoT to achieve its transformational potential, letting businesses manage devices, analyze data, and automate the workflow.

In a new report, BI Intelligence examines the evolving IoT platform ecosystem. We size the market and identify the primary growth drivers that will power the IoT platform space in the next five years. And we profile many of the top IoT platforms, discussing key trends in the platform industry like platform consolidation.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

The IoT platforms market is set to expand rapidly in the years to come, with current leading platforms expanding and others entering the space.
We define the key categories into which IoT platforms fall: building block open platforms, closed high-end platforms, and product management platforms.
We highlight the ways platforms can help companies reach the full five stage potential of the IoT.

In full, the report:

Explains the coming growth of the IoT platforms.
Profiles a number of leading platforms.
Highlights the central role platforms play in the IoT.
Looks to the future of the IoT platforms market.

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Fast facts: Chiefs vs. Raiders

Site: Oakland Coliseum

Kickoff: 5:25 p.m. (PST).

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TV: CBS, NFL Network/Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (sideline), Jay Feely (sideline)


Power up: A return to top form by the offensive line would cure a lot of ills against the Chiefs. There have been hints the last two games the running game is closed to clicking with Marshawn Lynch, with the Raiders either unwilling or unable to see it through. It was two weeks shy of a year ago when the Raiders line had a national coming out party in a 30-20 win over Denver on Sunday night. Something similar against the Chiefs would have the ripple effect of making Derek Carr more comfortable, keeping the defense off the field and taking control of the game. Vadal Alexander will replace the injured Marshall Newhouse at right tackle for the Raiders.

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NaVorro’s juice: Time will tell whether NaVorro Bowman can be a reasonable facsimile of what he was with the 49ers. Bowman said he retired because he’s only 29 and has plenty of “juice” left. He’ll certainly have it for his debut under the lights and wearing his No. 53 with a new uniform. If …read more

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NFL Week 7 picks: Catch this, 49ers win while Raiders fall

Without further or any ado, the NFL’s Week 7 picks:

Chiefs 31, Raiders 23: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s initiation to the Raiders is not so much about facing ex-teammate Alex Smith as it is chasing Kareem Hunt around the Coliseum.

49ers 28, Cowboys 27: In honoring Dwight Clark, the 49ers reunite him with good pal Joe Montana and other 1981 conquerors. Montana, you’ll recall, was a third-round draft pick, as is C.J. Beathard, who’ll be making his first start at quarterback.

Bills 23, Buccaneers 13: Bills safety Micah Hyde has a NFL-high four interceptions, which is four more than the Raiders’ total and as many as the 49ers’.

Panthers 23, Bears 17: The Chicago Tribune headline that opened eyes this week – “Bears agree to 5-year extension with Fox” – was about a deal with their local television affiliate rather than any bonus for their embattled coach.

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Titans 27, Browns 26: De Shone Kizer retakes the Browns quarterback job … or is it Brady Quinn … or Tim Couch … or Charlie Frye … or Johnny Manziel?

Packers 23, Saints 21: Never bet against a quarterback named Brett at Lambeau Field. “Hundley, I’m home.”

Jaguars 27, Colts 10: These aren’t the 49ers or Browns the …read more

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Led by food, booze purchases, Alberta credit, debit card spending rises

Spending on credit and debit cards in Alberta rose three per cent last summer compared to summer 2016, according to figures released Thursday by payment processing company Moneris.

The biggest increases were for restaurants (up 4.7 per cent) and alcohol (up 4.2 per cent), while outlays also rose for household goods (3.9 per cent) and entertainment (2.2 per cent).

The only area showing a decrease was clothing, down about one per cent. The company would not reveal the amount of money spent.

This is the second consecutive quarter that card purchases went up, after dropping for the six previous quarters as the province reeled under falling oil prices.

However, the rise in Alberta spending lagged every province except Newfoundland and Labrador (up 1.1 per cent) and Saskatchewan (down 0.3 per cent).

The total Canadian increase was five per cent.

“All year we’ve seen a strong and steady climb in spending, and this quarter continues the trend, putting Canada’s economy in a good position moving into the holiday season,” Moneris president Angela Brown said in a news release.

“This growth is in line with the Bank of Canada’s expectations, reflected in its increase of the overnight (interest) rate target to one per cent in September. We expect to see an encouraging end to 2017.”

The amount of money paid in contactless or tap transactions grew last summer by 51.5 per cent from summer 2016 as this payment method becomes more common, although the rate of expansion is far slower than the 145 per cent growth between summer 2015 and summer 2016.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal