Rethink IoT News ATW 158: Around The Web Roundup

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M&A, Strategies, Alliances

  • Actility has acquired Abeeway, a geolocation specialist, adding the startup to its LPWAN platform offering. No price was given, but it follows the LoRa advocate’s $75m round.

  • Whirlpool is acquiring Yummly, a personalized recipe recommendation app that Whirlpool is planning on integrating into its smart home systems, with a base of 20m registered users.

  • Fulham has acquired CNS, the creator of the EliteDali smart lighting system, planning to integrate the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) tech into its hardware portfolio.

  • PrecyseTech is buying Agylytyx, a cloud-based asset tracking SaaS provider, and plans to integrate the technology into its IIoT logistics offerings.

  • UEI is acquiring RSC for $9m, adding Residential Control Systems’ energy management and control products to Universal Electronics’ growing smart home portfolio.

  • WiLAN is buying Viziya, an ERP software provider and integrator, for $40.5m, ahead of WiLAN’s rebranding as Quarterhill – a patent house focused on IIoT.

  • Telit is preparing IoT acquisitions, raising £39m after identifying companies in the IoT Services sector that it wishes to add to its IoT platform offerings.

Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue Sky Thinking

  • Parks reports that over 100m of the USA’s 117m households lacked any kind of smart home device in 2016, but that over 40m will have smart thermostats by 2020.

  • Parks says that smart water leak detectors will pass $220m annual revenue by 2020.



  • u-blox has launched the SARA-R410M, which it says is the world’s smallest quad-band LTE Cat M1 module, pitching it at multi-regional IoT and M2M deployments.

  • Lattice Semiconductor has launched a new embedded vision dev-kit, aimed at image processing applications at the network edge such as robotics, drones, and ADAS.

  • Icon Labs and Infineon have announced a deal that puts Icon’s IoT PKI system on Infineon’s OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module, for lifecycle certificate management.

  • Google has launched AIY Projects, a DIY digital assistant developer kit that houses a speaker and Raspberry Pi 3 inside a cardboard chassis – costing $114.


  • M&F Technologies and Distrix Networks have announced a deal that puts Distrix’s SDN software on Maestro’s E220 IoT routers, aimed at Industrial IoT applications.

  • Portnox has launched IoT Radar, a network access control system aimed at on-premise deployments that need to retain tight control of connected devices.

  • DataArt has announced a complete Amazon Alexa integration for its DeviceHive platform, its open source IoT data platform, pitched at manufacturers, hoteliers, and homeowners.

Networks, Protocols, & Wireless

  • AT&T Labs is developing a drone platform that collects video of its cell towers and uses a machine-learning system to spot signs of damage or decay.

  • Libelium has announced four new additions to its IoT Marketplace initiative, with Ericsson, Infiswift, Plasma’s C2M, and Redd Systems, all selling pre-packaged IoT solution kits.

  • Ingenu has announced that MCT China and RPMAnetworks have signed new licensee partnership for RPMA LPWAN projects in China.

  • Everynet has launched Firmware OTA (FOTA), a delta-based system for efficiently sending updates to LPWAN devices, which it claims is an industry first, with patent pending.

Smart Homes and Buildings

  • Vivint Smart Home and Best Buy have teamed up to launch a smart home offering in the retail chain, called ‘Best Buy Smart Home powered by Vivint,’ – a big win for Vivint.


  • PTC has announced that its Vuforia AR system now supports devices based on Tango, Google’s AR system for smartphones that uses a suite of sensors for a standard approach.

  • Apple has passed Fitbit in global wearable shipments, according to Q1 data from Strategy Analytics, claiming 16% of the total market by selling 3.5m Apple Watches.

Industrial & Manufacturing

  • Siemens and Darktrace have announced a deal that will add Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System (IIS) OT cyber defense offerings to Siemens’ utility, oil, and gas portfolio.

  • GE and Huawei have announced a joint predictive maintenance offering, using GE’s Predix cloud platform and Huawei’s Edge Computing for IoT (EC-IoT), following a July 2016 collaboration.

Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain

  • Microsoft and Rubikloud have announced a partnership, using Azure to help Rubikloud sell its machine intelligence offerings to omni-channel retails, using data collection systems to boost sales and customer lifecycle management capabilities.

  • SK Telecom and Bluebell Korea have announced a luxury retail asset tracking partnership, potentially expanding into the 100 brands that Bluebell manages in Asia.


  • Samsung has won clearance to test a self-driving car in South Korea, the first electronics company to receive such clearance, joining the likes of Hyundai and Kia.

  • Coyote and Here have renewed their deal, where Here provides location data to Coyote’s freemium driver alerts and navigation app, ahead of a global expansion. Here will also gain access to floating car data from Coyote, to feed into its Open Location Platform.

  • Peugeot-Citroen and nuTonomy, an automotive software vendor, have announced that they will be testing fully autonomous vehicles in Singapore, using the Peugeot 3008 SUV.

  • Iowa’s DoT has selected Inrix to provide its real-time traffic monitoring services, including the first deployment of Dangerous Slowdowns, at a state-wide level.

  • Delphi is spinning out its $4.5bn powertrain division, in order to more closely focus on developing electrical components for self-driving vehicles.

Smart Cities

  • Pittsburgh is expanding its connected trash can project, aiming for 1,281 connected bins by next year, after identifying a 30-50% time saving that accounted for around 15,000 work hours.

Smart Grid & Utility

  • Startup 1414 Degrees is bidding on a 100MW storage plant deal in Australia, making big claims about its molten silicon thermal energy storage system, claiming 34x energy density than Tesla’s Powerwall 2 lithium-ion battery.

  • Landis+Gyr has connected over 10m AMI units and sensors for TEPCO in Japan, providing some 513m data intervals per day, and on target to install 27m units by 2020.

  • Voltus has emerged from stealth-mode with a 400MW demand response (DR) portfolio, and a $100 monitoring and control device called the Voltlet aimed at participating buildings.

  • Roanoke Gas Company has picked Itron to modernize its gas distribution network, for its Virginia utility customers, using mobile smart meter billing to eliminate home visits.

  • Tepco and Landis+Gyr have passed more than 10m connected devices in the Japanese utility’s smart grid installation, on track to hit 27m meters and millions of other devices.