Rethink IoT News ATW 146

M&A, Strategies, Alliances

  • Electrolux has acquired Anova, the maker of a smart oven aimed at consumers looking for sous-vide quality. The deal is $115m cash, with an additional $135m based on performance.

  • The IoT Cybersecurity Alliance has been launched by AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trustonic – the clue to its focus is in the name.

  • Ovo has acquired VCharge, with the UK energy supplier targeting the smart grid developer for its advanced grid balancing platform and algorithms. It is Ovo’s first acquisition.

  • Taser has acquired Dextro and Fossil’s Misfit machine-vision researchers, and bundled the two into Axon AI, a new group targeting AI-powered public safety solutions, including video analytics and data integration.

Forecasts, Reports, and Blue Sky Thinking

  • MEA utilities will spend $918m on IoT tech during 2017, according to IDC.

  • The IoT in warehouse management market will hit $19.06bn by 2025, according to Grand View Research.


  • Samsung is killing off its Artik 10 developer boards, and moving developers over to the Artik 7, graduating from the 32-bit 10 to the newer 64-bit 7.

  • Libelium has added RS-232, RS-485, Modbus, CAN bus, and 4-20mA sensors compatibility to its Plug & Sense platform, thanks to a new Industrial Protocol module.


  • Great Bay Software has launched its High Capacity Server, to support up to 1.5m devices per server and provide visibility and control for enterprise device deployments. As well as an update to its Beacon security suite, Great Bay announced support for Dell’s IoT gateways.

Networks, Protocols, & Wireless

  • CAT Telecom has picked SK Telecom to install LoRa networks in Thailand, starting with Bangkok and Phuket, with vehicle tracking an early application.

  • Teleena and Aerea have signed a strategic partnership, with Teleena becoming a Sigfox Channel Partner, allowing it to sell Sigfox connectivity to its customers.

  • IBM and Ericsson have announced a chip design for 28GHz 5G base stations.

  • Inmarsat and Actility have announced a new global LoRa network, powered by backhaul provided by Inmarsat’s satellite network, using Actility’s ThingPark LoRa platform.

  • Telit and Cisco have announced that Telit’s deviceWISE software has been certified for use on Cisco’s IOx edge-computing gateways, including the IE4000 and the ISR809/829.

  • The Thread Group has launched its product certification program, unveiling its first certified software stacks from ARM, NXP, OpenThread, and Silicon Labs.

  • VT Networks, a Sigfox network operator, has announced that it has supported the deployment of 15,000 Stickntrack motorbike trackers from Sensolus, which successfully located all 16 bikes that were stolen.

  • Nokia has announced its WING IoT network grid offering, aiming to provide enterprise and operator users with an easier way to launch global projects via a central Nokia platform.

  • NimbelLink and Verizon say they have demonstrated the first Cat-M1 connection on Verizon’s network in the US, using a NimbeLink module to connect to Verizon’s ThingSpace platform.

  • Comms365 and Everynet have announced a partnership that adds Everynet’s LoRa offering to Comms365’s M2M and 4G platform. Comms365 has also bought shares in Everynet.

Big Data, Cloud and Machine Learning

  • Salus has picked Ayla Networks to provide an IoT cloud platform for its portfolio of smart building products.

  • The OpenFog Consortium has released its Reference Architecture, a technical framework aimed to push edge-computing to the fore in the IoT.

  • ForeScout has added its real-time security system to AWS, allowing Amazon users to create uniform security policies and roll them out to their entire AWS policies.

Smart Homes and Buildings

  • L&T and Dell EMC have partnered to use Dell’s Edgeline gateways as the basis of an L&T offering for smart buildings – citing 40% reductions in energy costs, and 15% less opex.


  • Google has unveiled the first smartwatches powered by Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Sport and Style, with the OS having undergone some pretty major overhauls.

  • Jawbone has provided more detail on its pivot into healthcare, abandoning its consumer market in favor of selling devices and services to the medical community. It comes as the company looks for new financing, and battles ongoing lawsuits with Fitbit.


Industrial & Manufacturing

  • Yokogawa and Telit have announced a partnership that will combine Telit’s modules and device management expertise with Yokogawa’s industrial portfolio.

  • Cafe X has unveiled its first robot barista the USA.


  • eMotorWerks and con|energy to launch electric vehicle chargers into the German-speaking market, using eMotorWerks’ chargers and con|energy’s utility relationships.

  • Automatic and American Family Insurance have announced a partnership that bases insurance rates on how a car is driven, via Automatic’s OBD-II adapters.

  • Here and Pioneer have announced a partnership that pairs Here’s mapping platform with Pioneer’s IPC-subsidiary’s maps, as well as Pioneer’s LiDAR hardware.

  • Here has also announced that it has recently passed the 100m vehicle milestone, for its mapping products, starting back in 1994 with the BMW E38’s Navteq maps.

  • Volkswagen has picked Sierra Wireless to supply it with embedded AirPrime AR LTE modules and Sierra’s Legato platform, to power its range of 2018 connected vehicles.

  • Truphone and the Plan B Company have been picked by Kia to provide connected car services for Kia’s European 2017 cars – thousands of vehicles.

  • Ford is investing $1bn in Argo AI over the next five years, with Argo joining Ford’s autonomous development projects.


  • DigiCert has launched its Auto-Provisioning product, powered by Device Authority, aimed at providing device manufacturers with an automated security certificate provisioning system.

  • The Mirai malware has jumped to Windows environments, with the first infections spotted at the end of January.


Smart Cities

Smart Grid & Utility

  • China has become the largest producer of solar energy in the world, as well as the largest producer of PV panels. At 77.42GW, its per-capita performance is still relatively low.

  • Chugach Electric Association has picked ABB to build a flywheel and battery storage microgrid project in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • The SCPPA has signed Ice Energy to supply it with 100 of its Ice Bear 20 energy storage batteries, providing it with 1MW of peak reduction capacity.

  • TPDDL has picked Landis+Gyr to supply 2m smart meters in Delhi, with local media saying that the utility is investing $30m in the project – targeted at customers above 10kWh/month.

  • National Grid has picked IFS to deploy its Applications 9 ERP software to support National Grid’s smart metering rollout.