Xively Brings the Internet of Things to the Classroom; IoT Public Cloud Innovator and LogMeIn Subsidiary Helps Schools Empower the Workforce of the Future
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BOSTON -- Xively, a subsidiary of LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) and creator of the first public cloud platform for the commercial Internet of Things (IoT), today announced it has been awarded a contract to IoT-enable UK schools, as part of DISTANCE, a consortium founded to advance education through technology. DISTANCE is the first in a series of Xively initiatives focused on preparing the workforce of tomorrow for the digital economy. The Internet of Things enables a world where devices, data and places are interconnected with applications and users over the Internet, transforming the way people discover and interact with the world. The IoT market is predicted to generate between $1.2 trillion1 and $14.4 trillion2 in revenue, representing over one trillion connected objects by 20203. Xively provides the cloud-based platform, tools and services needed to easily and rapidly create and manage connected offerings on the Internet of Things, paving the way for unique commercial opportunities.
"We believe the IoT has captured the imagination of academia, businesses and consumers around the world, promising to have an enormous impact on the digital economy. While Android and iOS carved a path for almost anyone to participate, many predict the Internet of Things is driving an order-of-magnitude jump in the type of commercial opportunities the economy will generate," said Chad Jones, VP Product Strategy, Xively. "It's critical that schools understand how to leverage the IoT so they can enhance the quality of education and prepare students to be active contributors to, and beneficiaries of, this 21st-century industrial revolution. We're excited to team with leaders such as Intel, in helping students realize the commercial promise of the IoT."
Intel is part of DISTANCE, a group of eight organizations that was awarded an 800,000 (USD $1.24 million) "Internet of Schools Things" project by the UK Technology Strategy Board. DISTANCE is helping UK schools leverage the IoT to enhance learning and inform the next generation of schools. [See separate release announced today on the DISTANCE project.]
"The Internet of Things is the next big wave of computing. It will touch more aspects of our lives and have a more profound effect on the workforce than we can begin to imagine. Intel is committed to helping today's youth develop the skills they need to capitalize on the IoT and become the innovators of tomorrow," said Duncan Wilson, Principal Investigator, ICRI Cities, Intel.
About ScienceScope Ltd
ScienceScope leads the DISTANCE consortium project. Based at Writhlington School near Bath, ScienceScope is a leading UK company providing Datalogging hardware and software for science education. With a strong focus on innovation, ScienceScope provides UK and international education establishments with the tools to explore, innovate and develop Datalogging and science within their institutions. ScienceScope customers are advancing science and teaching by providing a solid education for the scientists of the future. Further information can be found at www.sciencescope.co.uk
About Intel in Education
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company has a special commitment to helping improve the quality of education around the world, which serves as the foundation for future innovation and well-being. Over the past decade alone Intel has invested over US$1 billion and Intel employees have donated over 2.5 million hours toward improving education in more than 60 countries. The DISTANCE project is part of on going Internet of Things research at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute (ICRI) for Sustainable Connected Cities (www.cities.io). ICRI Cities is concerned with how technology can be used to enhance the social, economic and environmental well being of cities. To get the latest Intel education news, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/education/
Xively provides the first public cloud purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT). Xively's Platform as a Service (PaaS) helps companies simplify and accelerate development of a new generation of IoT-connected products that easily interact with other connected offerings, and effortlessly scale to billions of devices. With Xively, businesses of all sizes can focus on their innovation, instead of infrastructure, and bring compelling connected offerings to market at significant cost savings. Through the power of Xively's Connected Object Cloud(TM), solutions can securely and selectively interconnect, creating an exponential effect. A subsidiary of LogMeIn (NASDAQ:LOGM), Xively is headquartered in Boston's Innovation District. www.xively.com
About Explorer HQ
Explorer HQ are the creators of Mission:Explore: an award-winning set of children's books, an iPhone app and cutting-edge social gaming platform which encourages exploration, learning and creative play. We are working with organisations such as National Geographic Education, the Environment Agency, Scouts and the John Muir Trust to develop innovative and exciting activities for young people, and provide professional development materials for educators. http://www.missionexplore.net
About Stakeholder Design
Stakeholder Design is an international innovation agency that helps clients transform their education, health and social service provision. The company is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of user-led design and social innovation. It was founded in 2006 by Sean McDougall, who had previously led the education team at the Design Council. Major educational projects since then have included Project Faraday (UK Dept of Education) and Fountaineers (winner of Futurelab's annual innovation competition). Stakeholder Design has unrivalled ability to help companies, governments and communities build working models of future spaces, systems and services.
About Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory (BUCL), University of Birmingham
The Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory (BUCL) is a high-density, near-real time network of weather stations and air temperature sensors currently being implemented by School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. The majority of the sensors are located in school grounds across the City of Birmingham, and the resulting data will be used for a variety of urban climate research, societal applications and educational purposes. www.bucl.org.uk
UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading forces in the science of smart cities and big data. Generating new knowledge and insights for use in policy and design it draws on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling. Part of The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment, it created the technology behind the Tales of Things IoT platform and the current CityDashboard projects. www.casa.ucl.ac.uk
The Open University Department of Computing
The Ubiquitous Computing and Sustainability Lab, part of the Centre for Research in Computing at the Open University, conducts world-class research in experimental computer science and human-computer interaction with a focus on the Internet of Things, urban computing, and ICT for sustainability. The lab develops fundamental technologies with applications to future energy, transport and education solutions. The Open University is a pioneer in Internet-of-Things education and since October 2011 has been offering a first-year computer science online course focused on the Internet of Things, which has been completed by several thousand students. http://crc.open.ac.uk
About the Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK's innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.
1 "The Connected Life: A USD4.5 trillion global impact in 2020," Machina Research, February 2012
2 "Embracing the Internet of Everything to Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion," Cisco, 3"What the Internet of Things (IoT) Needs to Become a Reality," ARM Inc. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc., September 2012
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