­Rethink IoT News ATW 213: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Hero Electronix has acquired Zenatix, an Indian full-stack IoT developer that Hero plans to use inside the wider Hero Group. Zenatix has expertise in machine-learning analytics.
  • Siemens has acquired Enlighted, a maker of a multi-sensor lighting system used inside buildings. Details are not being disclosed, but Enlighted will join Siemen’s Illinois wing.

// Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, & Blue-Sky Thinking //

  • PWC says that drones will have a £42bn net impact on the UK economy by 2030, achieving net savings of £16bn, with 76,000 drones in use.
  • The IoT in banking and financial services market is going to grow 51.2% annually, reaching just over $2bn in 2023, up from $249.4m in 2018, according to ReportsandReports.

// Hardware //

  • Dialog Semiconductor has added Bluetooth Mesh support to its SmartBond range of SoCs, citing both consumer and industrial applications as potential opportunities.
  • Gemalto and Qualcomm have announced that Gemalto will be integrating its eSIM stack into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC family, targeting BOM cost reductions.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Sigfox and Here have signed a partnership to ‘develop and deploy a global location service,’ with a focus on logistics. This sounds like integrating Sigfox with Here’s OLP platform.
  • Kerlink and eleven-x have announced that the latter, a national Canadian LoRa network operator, have announced new pilot programs.
  • The Wireless Broadband Alliance has using its Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange (WRIX) standard as a way to solve roaming between different wireless standards.
  • The GSMA says that operators have to look beyond just connectivity if they want to increase their share of what the GSMA says is a $1.1tn IoT revenue opportunity.
  • Google Cloud has joined the LoRa Alliance, which the LPWAN industry group is a major victory and a sign of ecosystem maturity.

// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //

  • The UK plans to use an AI-based system to tackle cancer, with new funding available for AI technologies in healthcare applications – aiming for 10% death reduction in 15 years.
  • Nvidia has launched HGX2, a new cloud server platform aimed at AI and HPC workloads, housing 16 V100 GPUs for 2 petaflops of compute power – priced at $400k.
  • SenseTime has racked up another giant investment round, getting $620m to take its valuation to $4.5bn. The Chinese government is a major customer.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Yandex has launched the Yandex.Station smart home speaker, which houses its Alice voice assistant. Priced at $160, it’s not cheap, but is a music product primarily.

// Wearables //

  • Toshiba and Ubimax have announced a partnership to promote Toshiba’s enterprise wearables and Ubimax’s Frontline application suite.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Enel has revealed a drone program to support one of its power plants, in Rome. Partnering with Convexum and Percepto, two Israeli startups, for inspection and security capabilities.

// Automotive //

  • AT&T and Fleet Complete have partnered, working with the Vision Zero Network to supply it with data on road conditions and usage, as Vision Zero aims to slash road deaths.
  • Uber is on track for a 2019 IPO, and is in talks to use technologies from Waymo in a self-driving partnership, according to its CEO – odd, given previous hostilities.
  • Qualcomm, Panasonic, and Ford have announced a C-V2X deployment in Colorado, the first US deployment of the V2V technology, in partnership with the Colorado DoT.

// Security //

  • Fujitsu has announced a new network operations offering that it says can provide secure management of on-site IoT devices, to provide secure device management.
  • The FIDO Alliance has announced the launch of its FIDO2 project, in partnership with the W3C, as well as the addition of Amazon and Facebook to its board.

// Smart Cities //

  • The Global Future Cities Alliance (GFCA) and the China Association of Trade in Services (CATIS) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to boost Chinese smart city growth.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Nokia has been picked by SGCC (State Grid Corporation of China) to upgrade its optical network to a 10Gbps, to support smart grid deployments in Beijing and Tianjin.
  • Landis+Gyr has been picked by Sinfra, a Swedish energy industry alliance, as part of Sweden’s 2024 AMU renewal process. This does not seem to be an exclusive deal.