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29 September 2015

Around the Web: Cypress counter-bid for Atmel; Tele2 makes Benelux M2M push; STMicro licesnses ARM for automotive

M&A, Strategies, Alliances

  • The IoT Security Foundation has launched, with founding members including Intel, Vodafone, Siemens and BT. The non-profit aims to focus on best practices and knowledge sharing.
  • The WiFi Alliance has launched a new Implementer membership level for companies getting involved in IoT and smart home devices via WiFi usage.
  • Quirky is selling off Wink, after the company declared bankruptcy.
  • Lowe’s has joined the ZigBee Alliance, bringing its Iris platform to the group, and following on from last week’s launch of the alliance’s Chinese member group, which aims to promote ZigBee adoption among Chinese companies.
  • Reuters is reporting that Cypress Semiconductor is preparing a rival bid for Atmel, entering the ring alongside Dialog Semiconductor.
  • Sensity Systems and Genetec have formed an alliance to pair Sensity’s Light Sensory Network (LSN) expertise with Genetec’s security-focused IP solutions. The deal initially sees Sensity’s NetSense platform integrated with Genetec’s video management systems.
  • Marvell plans to cut 17% of its workforce, as it exits cellular baseband and refocuses on IoT products.

Software

  • The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core will gain Bitlocker encryption and Secure Boot.
  • The OpenDaylight project has launched the IoT Data Management (IoTDM) project inside the Linux Foundation, in order to develop open source middleware. The project is born of the OpenDaylight work on standardizing software-defined networking (SDN) approaches.

Hardware

  • u-blox will be launching LTE Cat-1 devices next month.
  • Netcomm Wireless has launched its new NTC-140-02 4G M2M Router, an industrial grade unit designed to ease 2G migration.

Laws and Regulation

  • TransData has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against GE, Itron and Landis+Gyr over smart meters using “under-glass” wireless circuitry.
  • The US government has made $160m funding available to smart city projects.

Networks and Protocols

  • Orange will launch a national LoRa network in France, following Bouygues into the LoRa market.
  • The 3GPP has approved a Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) working group that appears to combine elements of both Huawei’s Cellular-IoT project and the newer rival Narrowband-LTE implementation from Nokia, Intel and Ericsson. Huawei is claiming victory, but this looks like it will get messier.
  • Verizon is launching a private LTE network with QoS guarantees for different levels of devices or applications, with the highest being public safety users.
  • Tele2 has signed new partnerships in the Benelux region, as well as boosted its own presence. The deals involve RedSalt, Giant Leap Technologies, MobileTrack, MultiCap, Service Cruiser, and AVIC.

Smart Homes and Buildings

  • Frontier has added Nest’s smoke alarm and camera to its home automation offering. The ISP already offers the thermostat for the discounted rate of $99, and is part of a growing trend of reducing churn by providing smart home features as a service.
  • Deutsche Telekom is set to unveil the first non-German customer for its Qivicon smart home platform, noting that a major European telco will shortly launch Qivicon-based services. It also has a whitepaper on the benefits of smart home platforms for telcos.
  • Samsung and Walkbase have partnered to provide in-store analytics to retailers, tracking customers via their WiFi connections to analyze paths and patterns, with the data gathered by Samsung’s digital signage.

Wearables

  • ComputerWorld takes a look at WatchOS 2, the update that addresses much of the early issues with the first Apple Watches.
  • Pebble has launched its first round watch, the Pebble Time Round. Launching in November for $240, the new watch uses Pebble’s color e-ink screen, and appears to have sacrificed battery life (down from 7 to 2 days) in favor of a much smaller size.
  • Hillcrest Labs has launched its MotionEngine Wear software, which it says will improve performance and accuracy in the latest generation of wearables.

Connected Cars

  • A meeting between Apple and the Californian DMV appears to reinforce persistent rumors that the company is planning on launching an electric, and potentially self-driving, car.
  • Ford has opened up its Sync 3 API to allow other developers to make use of its touchscreen and voice recognition in their apps.
  • STMicro has licensed ARM’s 32-bitARMv8-R process for use in its automotive and industrial real-time safety microcontrollers.

Security

  • TechNewsWorld looks at Symantec researchers who infected a Moto 360 with ransomware, and asks whether this will become a common attack method in the IoT.

Smart Cities

  • Connode is partnering with Reliance Energy to build a smart city network in Mumbai, using Intel gateways and Connode 4, an IPv6 mesh network. The project will deploy the first wireless smart meters that conform to the recently adopted Indian M2M Roadmap standards.
  • Computerworld takes a look at the progress made on Kansas City’s smart city project, which is being developed in partnership with Cisco and Sprint.

Smart Grid

  • The Nettalliansen alliance, consisting of 26 Norwegian energy distributors, has signed a contract for 165,000 smart meters with Embriq, using meters based on Aidon technology.
  • Accenture and Siemens’ joint-venture Omnetric is expanding into Brazil, and later the rest of Latin America, pairing Accenture software and services with Siemens’ grid expertise.

Forecasts and Blue Sky Thinking

  • IDC investigates enterprise adoption of IoT projects, with 73% having already deployed or planning to deploy new projects in the coming year. The Healthcare sector was most receptive, with 72% of those respondents saying they felt IoT was a vital strategic initiative.
  • Wired argues that the VW emissions debacle is proof that we need to open up the IoT to outside help and monitoring,