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Matson, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 EPS Of $0.45

- Ocean transportation revenues up 9.1% year over year

HONOLULU, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Matson, Inc. ("Matson" or the "Company") (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today reported net income of $19.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012[1]. Net income for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $8.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2012 was $401.4 million compared with $380.6 million reported for the third quarter 2011.

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Operating income was $34.2 million for the third quarter 2012, compared to $30.9 million for third quarter 2011. However, operating income was negatively impacted in the third quarter 2012 by expense of $0.3 million associated with the Company's separation from A&B; and in the third quarter 2011 by expense of $6.1 million associated with the shutdown of the Company's CLX2 service. Net of these expenses, operating income decreased $2.5 million in the third quarter 2012 from the prior year period.

Matt Cox, Matson's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "Matson reported another steady quarter, with results mixed by trade lane. We saw continued rate and volume strength in our expedited service from China, continued strong Guam volume and modest volume improvement in our Hawaii trade. These gains, while encouraging, were largely offset by increased expenses primarily associated with vessel and barge dry-docking during the quarter."  

Cox continued, "The hallmarks of the Matson brand – superior customer service, financial stability and solid delivery reliability – have been earned over a century. Our balance sheet strength and strong cash flow generation support a strong dividend while providing ample capacity for future investments in our people, our businesses and new markets."

For the first nine months of 2012, Matson reported net income of $30.3 million, or $0.71 per diluted share.  Net income for the first nine months of 2011 was $32.6 million, or $0.77 per diluted share.  Consolidated revenue for the first nine months of 2012 was $1,161.7 million compared with $1,087.7 million reported for the first nine months of 2011.

Operating income for the first nine months of 2012 was $72.8 million compared with $66.8 million in the first nine months of 2011. However, operating income was negatively impacted in the first nine months of 2012 by expenses of $8.6 million associated with the Company's separation from A&B and $0.5 million related to the shutdown of the Company's CLX2 service. In the first nine months of 2011, operating income was negatively impacted by $6.1 million of expenses associated with the shutdown of the Company's CLX2 service. Net of these expenses, operating income increased $9.0 million in the first nine months of 2012 from the prior year period.

By Segment

Ocean Transportation – Three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Three Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change

Revenue


$

307.1



$

281.4


9.1%


Operating income1


$

32.9



$

28.9


13.8%


Operating income margin



10.7%




10.3%




Volume (units)2











Hawaii containers



35,700




35,400


0.8%


Hawaii automobiles



22,200




19,700


12.7%


China containers



17,100




15,400


11.0%


Guam containers



6,500




3,400


91.2%


    

1.

The Company incurred additional costs related to the shutdown of CLX2  that did not meet the criteria to be classified as discontinued operations of approximately $6.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and therefore reduced operating income by that amount.   Costs related to the shutdown of CLX2 included in Income from Continuing Operations during the three months ended September 30, 2012 were immaterial.

2.

Approximate container volumes included for the period are based on the voyage departure date, but revenue and operating income are adjusted to reflect the percentage of revenue and operating income earned during the reporting period for voyages that straddle the beginning or end of each reporting period.

Ocean transportation revenue increased $25.7 million, or 9.1 percent, during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011. The increase was due principally to net volume growth, driven primarily by the exit of a major competitor from the Guam trade in mid-November 2011, increases in China trade freight rates and volume, partially offset by lower fuel surcharges resulting from lower fuel prices.

Container volume increased in all of the Company's trades in the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011: Hawaii container volume increased 0.8 percent due principally to a modest increase in demand; Hawaii automobile volume increased 12.7 percent due primarily to the timing of automobile rental fleet replacement; China container volume increased 11.0 percent due primarily to an additional sailing; Guam volume increased by 91.2 percent due to gains related to the departure of a major competitor from the trade in mid-November 2011.

Ocean transportation operating income increased $4.0 million, or 13.8 percent, during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011. However, net of expense related to separation and shutdown of CLX2, operating income decreased by $1.8 million, or 5.1 percent. The decrease in operating income was principally due to increased costs related to vessel and barge dry-docking, higher outside transportation costs due to increased activity in the Guam trade, higher vessel expenses and higher general and administrative expenses. These increases were partially offset by higher volume in the Guam trade and increased freight rates and volume in the China trade. 

The Company's SSAT joint venture contributed $0.7 million to operating income during the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 compared with $2.8 million reported for the same period last year. The decline is primarily due to the loss of volume from several major customers.

Ocean Transportation – Nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Nine Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change


Revenue


$

886.1



$

794.1


11.6%


Operating income1


$

69.9



$

61.2


14.2%


Operating income margin



7.9%




7.7%




Volume (units)2











Hawaii containers



102,100




105,000


(2.8%)


Hawaii automobiles



60,000




61,300


(2.1%)


China containers



46,000




43,200


6.5%


Guam containers



19,000




10,100


88.1%


    

1.

The Company incurred additional costs related to the shutdown of CLX2 that did not meet the criteria to be classified as discontinued operations of approximately $0.5 million and $6.1 million and therefore reduced operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. 

2.

Approximate container volumes included for the period are based on the voyage departure date, but revenue and operating income are adjusted to reflect the percentage of revenue and operating income earned during the reporting period for voyages that straddle the beginning or end of each reporting period.

Ocean transportation revenue increased $92.0 million, or 11.6 percent, in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  The increase was due principally to net volume growth, driven primarily by the exit of a major competitor from the Guam trade in mid-November 2011, an increase in freight rates and volume in the China trade, and increased fuel surcharges resulting from higher fuel prices, partially offset by reduced volumes in the Hawaii trade.

Container and automobile volume decreased in the Hawaii trade in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011: Hawaii container volume decreased 2.8 percent due to market weakness, competitive pressures, and a modest market contraction resulting from direct foreign sourcing of cargo; Hawaii automobile volume decreased 2.1 percent due primarily to the timing of automobile rental fleet replacement. Container volume in the China and Guam trades increased during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2011: China container volume increased 6.5 percent due to increased demand and a shift in direct foreign sourcing of cargo destined to Hawaii; Guam volume was higher, increasing 88.1 percent in the nine months, due to gains related to the departure of a major competitor from the trade in mid-November 2011.

Ocean transportation operating income increased $8.7 million, or 14.2 percent, in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011. However, net of expenses related to separation and shutdown of CLX2, operating income increased by $11.7 million, or 17.4 percent.  The increase in operating income was principally due to higher volume in the Guam trade and increased freight rates and volume in the China trade, partially offset by decreased volume in Hawaii, increased costs related to vessel and barge dry-docking and higher outside transportation costs due to increased activity in the Guam trade. The Company also incurred higher terminal handling costs due primarily to increased wharfage and container handling rates, higher vessel expenses and higher general and administrative expenses. 

The Company's SSAT joint venture contributed $3.1 million to operating income during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with $6.8 million reported for the same period last year. The decline is primarily due to the loss of volume from several major customers.

Logistics – Three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Three Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change


Intermodal revenue


$

58.7



$

60.9


(3.6%)


Highway revenue



35.6




38.3


(7.0%)


Total Revenue


$

94.3



$

99.2


(4.9%)


Operating income


$

1.3



$

2.0


(35.0%)


Operating income margin



1.4%




2.0%
















Logistics revenue decreased $4.9 million, or 4.9 percent, during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011. This decrease was primarily the result of lower intermodal and highway volume. Intermodal volume declined primarily due to the shutdown of CLX2 and the loss of a major international ocean carrier customer, partially offset by an increase in domestic volumes.  Highway volume decreased due to the loss of certain full truckload customers.

Logistics operating income decreased $0.7 million, or 35.0 percent, to $1.3 million during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011.  The decline in the operating income was primarily due to lower volume in intermodal and highway, lower yield in intermodal, partially offset by decreases in general and administrative expenses.

Logistics – Nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Nine Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change


Intermodal revenue


$

170.5



$

178.3


(4.4%)


Highway revenue



105.1




115.3


(8.8%)


Total Revenue


$

275.6



$

293.6


(6.1%)


Operating income


$

2.9



$

5.6


(48.2%)


Operating income margin



1.1%




1.9%
















Logistics revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, decreased $18.0 million, or 6.1 percent, compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  This decrease was primarily due to lower intermodal and highway volumes. Intermodal volume declined primarily due to the shutdown of CLX2 and the loss of a major ocean carrier customer, partially offset by an increase in domestic volumes. Highway volume decreased due to the loss of certain full truckload customers.

Logistics operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 decreased $2.7 million, or 48.2 percent, compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  The reduction in operating income was due to lower volumes in the intermodal and highway businesses, partially offset by a decrease in general and administrative expenses.

Cash Generation & Capital Allocation

Matson continued to generate strong cash flow during the third quarter 2012 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. EBITDA was $52.5 million in the third quarter 2012 compared to $48.9 million in the third quarter 2011, an increase of $3.6 million, or 7.4 percent. For the first nine months of 2012 EBITDA was $128.5 million compared to $119.8 million through nine months of 2011, an increase of $8.7 million, or 7.3 percent. 

Capital expenditures for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $30.8 million compared with $39.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

As previously announced, Matson's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.15 per share payable on December 6, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 8, 2012. 

Debt Levels

Total debt as of September 30, 2012 was $328.6 million, of which $307.2 million was long term debt. During the third quarter 2012 the Company paid down its total debt by $44.2 million.

Teleconference and Webcast

Matson, Inc. has scheduled a conference call at 4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PST/11:30 a.m. HST today to discuss its third quarter performance. The call will be broadcast live on the Company's website at www.matson.com; Investor Relations.  A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call through 5:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 and using the conference number 10020465. The slides and audio webcast of the conference call will be archived for one full quarter on the Company's Investor Relations page of the Company's website.

About the Company

Founded in 1882, Matson is a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the island economies of Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia and premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The Company's fleet of 17 vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout the continental U.S. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage and warehousing. Additional information about Matson, Inc. is available at the Company's website.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

This press release, the Form 8-K and information to be discussed in the conference call include non-GAAP measures. While Matson reports financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also considers other non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance, make day-to-day operating decisions, help investors understand our ability to incur and service debt and to make capital expenditures, and to understand period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportional positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. These non-GAAP measures include, but are not limited to, Operating Income from Continuing Operations net of non-recurring expenses or revenues (Adjusted Operating Income) at the consolidated and segment level, EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statement, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties relating to regional, national and international economic conditions; new or increased competition; fuel prices and our ability to collect fuel surcharges; our relationship with vendors, customers and partners and changes in related agreements; the timing of the entry of a competitor in the Guam trade lane; conditions in the financial markets; changes in our credit profile and our future financial performance; the impact of future and pending legislation, including environmental legislation; government regulations and investigations; repeal, substantial amendment or waiver of the Jones Act or its application, or our failure to maintain our status as a United States citizen under the Jones Act; relations with our unions; and the occurrence of marine accidents, poor weather or natural disasters. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. This release should be read in conjunction with our former parent company's (Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.) Annual Report on Form 10-K and our former parent company's and our other filings with the SEC through the date of this release, which identify important factors that could affect the forward-looking statements in this release. We do not undertake any obligation to update our forward-looking statements.

[1] The financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012 reflect Matson's separation from its former parent corporation, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. ("A&B"), on June 29, 2012. The separation of Matson from A&B was originally announced on December 1, 2011. Due to the structure of the separation transaction, A&B's non-Matson operations have been included in Matson's financial statements as discontinued operations.

Investor Relations inquiries:

Joel M. Wine

Matson, Inc.

510.628.4565

[email protected]

Media inquiries:

Jeff S. Hull

Matson, Inc.

510.628.4534

[email protected]


 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(In millions, except per-share amounts) (Unaudited)

 


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011

Operating Revenue:












Ocean transportation

$

307.1


$

281.4


$

886.1


$

794.1

Logistics


94.3



99.2



275.6



293.6

Total operating revenue


401.4



380.6



1,161.7



1,087.7













Costs and Expenses:












Operating costs


337.0



324.7



996.0



943.9

Equity in income of terminal joint venture


(0.7)



(2.8)



(3.1)



(6.8)

Selling, general and administrative


30.6



27.8



87.4



83.8

Separation costs


0.3



-



8.6



-

Operating costs and expenses


367.2



349.7



1,088.9



1,020.9













Operating Income


34.2



30.9



72.8



66.8













Interest expense


(4.0)



(1.9)



(7.9)



(5.7)

Income from Continuing Operations

Before Income Taxes


30.2



29.0



64.9



61.1

Income tax expense 


11.2



10.6



28.6



22.0

Income From Continuing Operations


19.0



18.4



36.3



39.1

Income (Loss) From Discontinued Operations (net of income taxes)


0.1



(9.7)



(6.0)



(6.5)

Net Income

$

19.1


$

8.7


$

30.3


$

32.6













Other Comprehensive Income, Net of Tax:












Net Income

$

19.1


$

8.7


$

30.3


$

32.6

Defined benefit pension plans:












    Net loss and prior service cost


-



-



1.1



1.2

    Less: amortization of prior service cost

    included in net periodic pension cost


0.7



(0.3)



1.0



(0.3)

    Less: amortization of net loss included

    in net periodic pension cost


(2.7)



(2.5)



(3.5)



(2.8)

    Other Comprehensive Income


(2.0)



(2.8)



(1.4)



(1.9)

Comprehensive Income

$

17.1


$

5.9


$

28.9


$

30.7













Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share:












Continuing operations

$

0.45


$

0.44


$

0.86


$

0.94

Discontinued operations


-



(0.23)



(0.14)



(0.16)

Net income

$

0.45


$

0.21


$

0.72


$

0.78













Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share:












Continuing operations

$

0.45


$

0.44


$

0.85


$

0.94

Discontinued operations


-



(0.23)



(0.14)



(0.17)

Net income

$

0.45


$

0.21


$

0.71


$

0.77













Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding:












Basic


42.5



41.7



42.2



41.6

Diluted


42.8



42.1



42.6



42.0













Cash Dividends Per Share

$

0.15


$

0.315


$

0.78


$

0.945













    

 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions) (Unaudited)

 


September 30,


December 31,


2012


2011

ASSETS






Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

11.5


$

9.8

Accounts and notes receivable, net


166.4



167.7

Inventories


4.3



4.2

Deferred income taxes


1.3



1.3

Prepaid expenses and other assets


26.8



25.1

Current assets related to discontinued operations


0.2



66.9

Total current assets


210.5



275.0

Investments in Affiliate


59.5



56.5

Property, at cost


1,779.8



1,760.7

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization


(1,003.3)



(960.2)

Property – net


776.5



800.5

Other Assets


112.0



95.2

Long-term assets related to discontinued operations


-



1,317.1

Total

$

1,158.5


$

2,544.3

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt

$

21.4


$

17.5

Accounts payable


127.0



135.5

Payroll and vacation benefits


15.9



16.0

Uninsured claims


7.3



6.5

Due to affiliate


-



2.2

Accrued and other liabilities


22.2



8.8

Current liabilities related to discontinued operations


0.1



92.2

Total current liabilities


193.9



278.7

Long-term Liabilities:






Long-term debt


307.2



180.1

Deferred income taxes


248.8



255.1

Employee benefit plans


103.3



113.0

Due to affiliate


-



0.5

Uninsured claims and other liabilities


33.4



24.3

Long-term liabilities related to discontinued operations


-



570.1

Total long-term liabilities


692.7



1,143.1







Shareholders' Equity:






Capital stock


31.9



34.0

Additional capital


251.5



238.3

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(42.9)



(91.9)

Retained earnings


31.4



953.0

Cost of treasury stock


-



(10.9)

Total shareholders' equity


271.9



1,122.5

Total

$

1,158.5


$

2,544.3

 

 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions) (Unaudited)

 


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


2012


2011







Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities from Continuing Operations

$

66.5


$

71.3







Cash Flows from Investing Activities from Continuing Operations:






Capital expenditures


(30.8)



(39.5)

Proceeds from disposal of property and other assets


0.9



1.7

Deposits into Capital Construction Fund


(4.4)



(4.4)

Withdrawals from Capital Construction Fund


4.4



4.4

Contribution from A&B


26.7



28.9

Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations


(3.2)



(8.9)







Cash Flows from Financing Activities from Continuing Operations:






Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issuance costs


185.1



48.5

Payments of debt


(49.9)



(40.9)

Payments on line-of-credit agreements, net


(6.0)



(10.7)

Distribution upon Separation


(155.0)



-

Proceeds from issuance of capital stock


24.8



9.0

Distribution to A&B for proceeds from issuance of capital stock


(21.7)



-

Cash assumed by A&B upon Separation


(2.5)



-

Dividends paid


(33.1)



(39.9)

Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations


(58.3)



(34.0)







Cash Flows from Discontinued Operations:






Cash flows used in operating activities of discontinued operations


(30.1)



(29.1)

Cash flows used in investing activities of discontinued operations


(18.8)



(17.8)

Cash flows from financing activities of discontinued operations


33.9



21.0

Net cash flows used in discontinued operations


(15.0)



(25.9)







Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents


(10.0)



2.5







Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


21.5



14.2

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

11.5


$

16.7







Other Cash Flow Information:






Interest paid

$

6.5


$

6.1

Income taxes paid

$

28.2


$

0.2







Other Non-cash Information:






Depreciation and amortization expense

$

56.0


$

53.1

Accrued dividends

$

-


$

-

Capital expenditures included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

0.1


$

0.2

 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(In millions) (Unaudited)

 

Adjusted Consolidated Operating Income Reconciliation

 



Three Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

34.2


$

30.9


$

3.3

Add: Separation Cost



0.3



-



0.3

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



-



6.1



(6.1)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

34.5


$

37.0


$

(2.5)













Nine Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

72.8


$

66.8


$

6.0

Add: Separation Cost



8.6



-



8.6

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



0.5



6.1



(5.6)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

81.9


$

72.9


$

9.0


Adjusted Ocean Transportation Operating Income Reconciliation

 



Three Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

32.9


$

28.9


$

4.0

Add: Separation Cost



0.3



-



0.3

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



-



6.1



(6.1)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

33.2


$

35.0


$

(1.8)













Nine Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

69.9


$

61.2


$

8.7

Add: Separation Cost



8.6



-



8.6

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



0.5



6.1



(5.6)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

79.0


$

67.3


$

11.7

 

EBITDA Reconciliation

 



Three Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Net Income


$

19.1


$

8.7


$

10.4

Subtract: Income (Loss) from Disc. Operations



0.1



(9.7)



9.8

Add: Income Tax Expense



11.2



10.6



0.6

Add: Interest expense



4.0



1.9



2.1

Add: Depreciation and Amortization



18.3



18.0



0.3

EBITDA(1)


$

52.5


$

48.9


$

3.6













Nine Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Net Income


$

30.3


$

32.6


$

(2.3)

Subtract: Income (Loss) from Disc. Operations



(6.0)



(6.5)



0.5

Add: Income Tax Expense



28.6



22.0



6.6

Add: Interest expense



7.9



5.7



2.2

Add: Depreciation and Amortization



55.7



53.0



2.7

EBITDA(1)


$

128.5


$

119.8


$

8.7

    

(1)   EBITDA is defined as the sum of net income, less income or loss from discontinued operations, plus income tax expense, interest expense and depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (as determined in accordance with GAAP), as an indicator of our operating performance, or to cash flows from operating activities (as determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of liquidity. Our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA as calculated by other companies, nor is this calculation identical to the EBITDA used by our lenders to determine financial covenant compliance.

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Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people's real needs and desires.
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, it’s an Internet of many different things. The difference ...
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...