There were lots of other finalists announced and we wish them all the best at the gala awards dinner in October 2019. We are especially pleased to see Caroline Ward of Ki Creative also selected as a finalist in 2 categories. Caroline is responsible for all our business visual communications and comes highly recommended by us.
This year saw many more entries than there were finalist positions for and so the judging was particularly difficult. The full list of finalists is shown below.
Given the applicants for the awards and the difficult time the judges had deciding on finalists there is no doubt that business is going stronger than ever. Which is good for the economy as a whole and for the future.
All our best to all the finalists and we are looking forward to the awards gala dinner in October. You can read more at Businesses vie for awards.
IoT Impact is on again this year and it promises to be bigger and better than last year. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney from October 15-16.
We will be exhibiting and also entering the IoT Impact Awards again. We received the 2018 IoT Innovation Award for the IND Technology EVFD early fault detection technology for preventing bush fires due to maintenance issues in rural power distribution.
You buy tickets to everything, just selected workshops and the cocktail event that is where the IoT Impact Awards are presented. This is an event that is not to be missed if you are already serious about IoT investment, or want to understand IoT better in order to be able to invest. A recent statistic I heard in one of the IoTAA working groups we contribute to is that a survey of IoT adopters showed that 95% already had a positive ROI from their IoT deployments so far.
I look forward to being there and to meeting you if you come to the exhibits which are open to the public as well as delegates.
Some recent studies show we are headed for 25 billion connected devices in 2020 with 127 devices a second being connected. The big growth sectors are healthcare, smart cities, logistics and enterprise in general.
The following IoT infographic shows how this is progressing.
So that is quite a bit to take in. As usual, growth is coming from real value propositions that have a compelling business case rather than just trying things to see what happens. The big statistic that stood out to me, is that 94% of businesses had already seen a return on their IoT investments. Our clients investing in custom IoT appliances are certainly seeing that.
An example of the smart cities growth opportunities is in environmental monitoring covering air quality, sound, micro-climate and occupancy. The arcHUB example below can do all of that today and is independently solar powered and self contained. An article on Making Smart Cities Even Smarter shows examples of it in use. And this is just one small example.
A big issue with batteries is that they deteriorate. So loss of battery capacity over time is generally accepted. When there are claims that a battery can improve its capacity over time, there is a great deal of skepticism.
The claims come from a laboratory that belongs to one of the most celebrated battery pioneers today, and one of the inventors of the Lithium-Ion Battery itself, John Goodenough.
The glass part comes in, because the electrolyte is based on a glass powder that forms a ferroelectric fluid. So the glass powder based fluid physically realigns with each charge and discharge cycle, and even improve in alignment over time, which is how the battery gets better. Each cycle it optimises itself a little more.
Glass Battery Properties
The improvement in battery capacity was measured over 300 charge / discharge cycles. Which is the normal life of a conventional Lithium-Ion Battery.
The graph above shows that capacity reduces with the number charge / discharge cycles and the rate of discharge. So better life for gentler discharge. Not shown here is that the depth of discharge also matters so not fully depleting the battery as in the tests above also helps.
The other big factor is that not only does the capacity improve over time, but the projected number of charge / discharge cycles is more the 20,000. So that is also a huge game changer. This opens up lots of applications within:
Articles are still being published and there are some still under peer review so you can expect to hear more about this in the future. The articles getting through the per review process means there is credible science and experimental results to back up the claims.