Weekly Digest #13: Robots Used in Belgian Healthcare

July 6th, 2016

IT News // Zee

Robots Used in Belgian Healthcare and other IT News

The Netherlands got an Internet of Things network, analysts noted the growth of Dash Button purchase method, and a new Wi-Fi standard was presented.


  • The number of M2M / IoT wireless devices in manufacturing will reach 14.3 million in 2016 and the quantity will increase almost by 30% each year. By 2021, the total number of such devices in industrial automation is forecasted to reach 62 million units.

  • According to Juniper Research analysts, by 2021 there will quite a large number of intelligent traffic control systems as well as “smart” parking throughout the world. This includes “smart” networks in urban areas, remote-controlled sensors in parking lots, and other devices. The implementation of this would save up to 4.2 billion man-hours annually.

  • Transparency Market Research shows that the number of M2M devices in medicine will increase by more than 22% each year worldwide and in the Asia-Pacific, in particular, by more than 26%. The use of M2M in healthcare will allow for new insights into the treatment process as a whole, which, in turn, will help to be more accurate and informed thanks to various portable devices.

  • Amazon will give a $50 discount on their smartphones if the user agrees to watch ads.


Robots will help out at Belgian hospitals. Pepper, a humanoid robot, began working at the front desk. He meets visitors, helps them to understand what they need, and directs them to the right office. Pepper is able to recognize human emotions - such as joy, sadness, irritability, anxiety, fear - and can communicate in 20 languages. The cost of such hospital robot with all the necessary software for it to work is over $34,000, which is more expensive than the basic model with a price tag of $1,900. The robot was created in Japan.


Wi-Fi Alliance introduced a new data transfer standard for Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. - Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac. It will improve the performance of wireless networks with support for Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and make working with both mobile and desktop devices more comfortable. The key innovation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac is supporting Multi-user Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology. Due to it, instead of alternately connecting multiple users to the access point, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac will launch the simultaneous connection. The new technology will triple the speed of data exchange and this is achieved by doubling the bandwidth of the channel as well as by adding support for one more spatial stream (from 3 to 4). At the moment, only a limited number of devices support the standard.

E-COMMERCE 2016 Study

Sumo Heavy published a study on the state of E-commerce in 2016. The study showed that about 28% of American consumers make purchases via tablet or smartphone. The main reason for this relatively small figure is that only 40% of customers were satisfied with their mobile shopping experience.

The study identified several e-store features that could potentially improve the shopping experience on mobile devices. For example, customers pay attention to the zoom function (71%) and site search (63%). The least popular features include product recommendations (29%) and recommended products list (24%). Among the functions that can make customers abandon the cart are slowly loading pages (74%) and complicated ordering procedures (73%).

More than 64% of users would like to make purchases through an adapted mobile website, 36% are ready to use a dedicated app for this.

Over 60% of respondents are actively using their smartphones while shopping in a physical store. They mostly do it to compare prices (73%), finding coupons or discounts (58%) and read product reviews (58%). 45% of respondents said they are willing to download an app that will tell them about special promotions and offers at a physical store. Considering the rise of virtual reality technology, 52% of clothing stores and 49% of consumer electronics see great prospects for application in online commerce.

Don’t run out Toilet Paper and Milk

Amazon’s Dash Button is one of the earliest incarnations of the IoT-devices and it is experiencing a surge in popularity. More than half of the Amazon’s popular items’ orders are done using the Dash Button. Every minute, Amazon gets two new orders this way and the company is expanding the list of goods that can be purchased in such a way.

In 2015, you could order anything from a list of 29 various goods. In 2016, the list grew to 150+/ Customers love the button - it is much easier to click once than to open the e-store and go through the process.

Over 10,000 purchases were made every week during the last quarter and sales increased by 70%.

Due to button design which consists of the actual button, hook, and adhesive tape, it is possible to place it wherever you need around the house. For example, the razor blades button can be placed near the mirror in the bathroom and toilet paper one - next to the toilet paper dispenser. Amazon Dash Button connects to the home Wi-Fi network and all other operations are done via a mobile app. First, you need to press the button and then choose the specific product on your device.

Introducing AWS File System

Amazon opened access to the Elastic File System service, designed for deploying and scaling a reliable file system in the Amazon Web Services cloud. These file systems can work with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) via the Network File System protocol (NFS). File systems created in the EFS will allow creating platforms for the deployment of a wide range of applications, including big data analytics. EFS is especially useful for applications with flexible requirements to the file storage volume.


KPN company launched the world’s first nationwide network for the Internet of Things in the Netherlands. It covers the entire country and is capable of supporting 1.5+ million connected devices. The network operates on the basis of LoRa (Long Range) technology. In the plans - to connect beacons for baggage handling at Schiphol Airport and to throw over points in the railway.

A similar network is expected to be launched this year in South Korea as well. It will be created by SK Telecom and they are planning to use the new generation LoRaWAN technology. The cost of it will be 10 times lower than that of other networks.

Swisscom telecom company plans to build an IoT network in Switzerland by 2017. Before the end of this year, the company is planning to provide street coverage for the territory where 80% of the population lives.

Facebook Messenger Innovations

The company improved the functionality of the Facebook Messenger platform for developers and launched a blog for developers who plan to create apps and bots for messengers.

Using Messenger Platform, it is possible now to create ratings to get feedback from users. Such ratings will be visible only to the app creators. The platform also allows creating chat bots quick replies, supports audio, video, images, and documents. Facebook reported that over 23,000 developers use Messenger Platform.

Author: Zee

Zee is in charge of the Marketing at the APP Solutions/Grossum. Her areas of interest include quantum physics, astronomy, new trends in the web & mobile development (especially in the areas of AI and machine learning) and digital marketing instruments.

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