Rethink IoT News ATW 148

M&A, Strategies, Alliances

  • ARM has acquired Mistbase and NextG-Com, two Swedish and British NB-IoT developers, adding a PHY and low-level stack to its IoT offerings. No prices have been disclosed.

  • Apple has acquired RealFace, a facial recognition startup based in Israel.

  • Wireless Telecom Group has acquired CommAgility, adding its 4G/5G processing and RF module expertise to WTG’s own designs, citing 5G and IoT as development targets.

  • Avnet and relayr have announced the 5-4-3 Acceleration Process, a rapid prototyping and development process for potential IoT customers looking to build hardware and software.

  • Arris is buying Ruckus Wireless from Broadcom for $800m, a lower than expected price that includes the ICX Switch assets that Broadcom bought when it acquired Brocade.

  • Innit has acquired ShopWell, a food recommendation and discovery app that is working towards automated meal planning and preparation via smart appliances.

  • SambaSafety has acquired Vigillo, adding Vigillo’s data analysis and CSA platform to its driver risk-management commercial offering. No price given.

  • Tata Communications has taken a 35% stake in Teleena, as well as launching its Move global mobility platform for IoT devices, based on cellular networks and LoRa.

Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits

  • Honeywell has filed an antitrust complaint against the merger of Icontrol and Alarm, claiming that the $140m acquisition would give the new company a 70% share of the market for smart home and home security software.

  • Alphabet’s Waymo is suing Uber, over alleged patent infringement and the theft of more than 14,000 documents after Uber poached Waymo execs, including Otto – although the question of the lawsuit’s timing paints Alphabet in a rather cynical light.

Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue Sky Thinking


  • u-blox has launched the UBX-M8230-CT, a GNSS chip designed for ultra low-power wearable applications, with a Super-E mode for concurrent GPS networks.

  • Sequans and STMicro have announced a new turnkey LTE-M design kit, aimed at developers looking to combine ST’s STM32 MCUs with Sequans’ Monarch chips.

  • Silicon Labs has announced that it is supplying ZigBee chips for Sengled’s Element smart lighting LED bulbs.

  • Qualcomm has announced what it claims is the first tri-mode SoC to support dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, and 802.15.4, with support for Thread and ZigBee.

  • Intel has partnered with AT&T to launched the LTE IoT Quick Deployment (LIQD) program, to provide ready-to-deploy devices for OEMs and carriers.

  • The new Sequans Monarch SX uses Think Silicon for its GPU, and Orion Labs has announced it is using the new SoC for a new standalone wearable.

  • PrecisionHawk has picked Sierra Wireless to provide it with LTE connectivity via AirPrime modules, with the drone-maker demoing its LATAS platform at MWC.


  • PTC and Deloitte have announced a collaboration agreement that sees the pair design PTC-based IoT software offerings, targeting systems integrators looking for applications.

Networks, Protocols, & Wireless

  • Starhome Mach and Stream Technologies have announced a joint offering for MNOs, pairing their technology and experience to help accelerate MNO IoT deployments.

  • Aptilo and Clavister have announced a new joint offering, to provide Wi-Fi and IoT services at the network edge, with Clavister’s security and Aptilo’s Service Management Platform.

  • Soracom has launched in Europe, expanding its cellular and LoRa M2M offerings from its core Japanese domestic market.

  • Kore has been picked by Curo to power Curo’s aging-in-place offerings, which pair software and sensors to send activity data (mostly motion) to family members and caregivers.

  • Cadence and CommSolid have collaborated to integrate Cadence’s Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP into CommSolid’s new SCN130 baseband solution, which supports NB-IoT.

  • HiSky has announced its Smartellite, a Ka-band satellite gateway that it is pitching at developers looking to create a WiFi hotspot for IoT devices and applications.

  • Affirmed Networks has added NB-IoT support to its virtualized mobile network offerings, and announced a partnership with Tech Mahindra to bring it to market.

  • Sigfox and Telefonica have announced a deal that integrates Sigfox’s network and cloud into Telefonica’s managed connectivity platform. This is a pretty big deal for Sigfox.

  • ip.access has added NB-IoT and Cat-M1 to its Intel Transcede based Viper2020 small cell networking platform.

  • Sequans has unveiled an NB-IoT and Cat-M1 SoC, called the Monarch SX.

  • Huawei has selected Sequans’ Monarch chipset for a new range of Cat-M1 and NB-IoT modules. It’s not clear what this means for Huawei’s HiSilicon subsidiary’s chips.

  • Able Device and Emnify have announced the integration of Able’s SIMbae key exchanger with Emnify’s M2M SIMs, aimed at commercial customers looking for improved security.

  • Qualcomm, Nokia, and GE have unveiled what they claim is the first private LTE network for Industrial IoT applications, with further R&D and trials planned.

  • ZTE has launched an NB-IoT based smart parking system, powered by NB-IoT chips from its Welink subsidiary – according to our enquiries. It uses Qualcomm modems in many designs.

  • Deutsche Telekom has announced NB-IoT rollouts in eight countries: Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia.

  • Verizon has launched Exponent, a new venture that will house systems aimed at carriers looking to deploy next-gen solutions, including IoT, Big Data, AI, and Media Services.

  • Telit and Tele2 have announced an expansion of their European IoT connectivity deal.

Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning

  • Imagimob has launched SensorBeat Edge, a real-time AI system that it says helps process sensor data at the edge, with a tiny software footprint, to enable greater device autonomy.

  • Graphcore has developed what it calls an Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU) that it is pitching as an alternative processing architecture that will come to the fore via machine-learning.

Smart Homes and Buildings

  • CEVA and Waves Audio have partnered to target smart home and mobile with a far-field and psychoacoustic offerings, combining CEVA’s DSPs with Waves’ MaxxAudio and MaxxVoice.

  • MeWatt is using Progress’ NativeScript platform, to power its home appliance energy monitoring plug/outlet adapters and its corresponding smartphone applications.

  • TrackNet has launched Tabs, a WiFi and LoRa smart home platform that provides home monitoring as well as child safety functions, centered around a WiFi+LoRa gateway.

  • Safe4 has launched its multi-sensor home security and safety offering, for its HomeGate platform, and is offering its onestiApp application as a third-party revenue opportunity.. Safe4 has also announced an integration with Yale, a brand owned by Assa Abloy.

  • Develco has added support for Ayla Networks, extending the reach of Ayla’s B2B offerings to Develco’s gateways and smart home devices.

Industrial & Manufacturing

  • Ayyeka will be showing off the first NB-IoT compatible version of its Wavelet remote industrial monitoring network-edge devices at MWC.

  • Reply has launched Brick Reply, a manufacturing operations platform (MOM) aimed at Industry 4.0 applications, designed to digitize business processes in the field.

  • Carrier has picked AT&T to provide it with wireless connectivity for its commercial HVAC equipment offerings, allowing Carrier to collect and analyze chiller operating performance.

  • Grundfos and Ansys have announced a digital twin deal that will see Ansys provide Grundfos with analytics for its industrial pumps and systems.

Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain

  • Thinfilm has launched a software portal called CNECT, which it is pitching at brands looking to quickly integrate its NFC tags as a turnkey IoT offering.

  • UPS and Workhorse released a video of a drone-augmented delivery truck, with a drone dispatched from the truck to make a delivery as the driver continued on her route. UPS says trimming just one driver-mile-per-day would save it $50m per year.


  • Here has announced that data from BMW’s ADAS systems, powered by Mobileye, will be used to update Here’s HD Live Map cloud platform.

  • BMW and Mobileye have outlined their crowd-sourced data sharing agreement, adding Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) data generation tech to BMWs in 2018.

  • Rohde and Schwarz has announced a new set of cybersecurity offerings for automotive vehicles and platforms, aimed at OEMs and after-market retailers.

  • The European Commission has approved a $315m German government project to expand EV charging infrastructure, which will take place over the next four years.

  • GM has confirmed it will test thousands of its self-driving Chevy Bolts via the Lyft ride-sharing network in 2018, a company it has invested $500m in.

  • Oberthur Technologies and Octo Telematics have announced a partnership to provide Omoove with EasyOpen, a tool to better enable car-sharing between multiple users.

  • PSA Group has picked Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820A SoCs to power its new IVI systems, for its Peugeot and Citroen lines.

  • Sierra Wireless has been picked by Nauto to provide connectivity for its AI-augmented camera systems for vehicles, based on Sierra’s AirPrime HL7688 LTE Cat 1 modules.


  • Trustonic has announced that its security offerings are now in use in over 1bn devices, including Samsung’s Artik platform, Samsung Gear, and some undisclosed automotive apps.

  • MobileIron has launched an IoT division, to build an end-to-end root of trust offering that encompasses the path from sensors to cloud, led by Wind River’s former VP & GM.

  • UK police have arrested a 29-year-old British man in connection with the Mirai attack on Deutsche Telekom’s home broadband CPE.

Smart Cities

  • Amey is providing Hampshire County Council with a smart street gritting service, in partnership with smart lighting provider Mayflower Smart Control and Wintersense.

  • Hitachi has added video analytics to its smart city offerings, using computer vision to create real-time alerts for customers.

  • Orange and Meeza have announced a smart city consulting deal in Qatar’s Doha.

Smart Grid & Utility

  • Iberdola has ordered 700,000 more Landis+Gyr smart meters, bringing its total order to 1.5m meters for its STAR rollout, which begins this year.

  • The European Commission has approved a $466m budget for 18 energy infrastructure projects, linking national grids and renewables using the Connecting Europe Facility fund.

  • Silver Spring Networks has announced a 240,000 unit AMI deployment with CESC, in India, using SSN’s network platform to connect meters, and SSN’s Operations Optimizer.

  • AEP Ohio has picked Silver Spring Networks to connect 900,000 smart meter customers in Ohio, with the deployment beginning in mid-2017.

  • Natural Solar, an installer of Tesla’s Powerwall, is singing the praise of the storage unit, citing a family that saved 92% on their energy bill, after adding solar panels and storage.

  • Tesla is claiming a 35% cost reduction at its Gigafactory, suggesting that it has come very close to the $125/kWh threshold. Tesla is aiming for $100/kWh by 2020.

  • Siemens and Allgäuer Überlandwerk (AUW) have launched a joint venture called egrid, to target smart grid R&D projects, with Siemens buying 49% of the AUW subsidiary.


  • Italtel and Exprivia have announced a new telemedicine system, pairing Italtel’s DoctorLink open web platform with Exprivia’s eLifeCare home care offering, designed to improve outpatient interactions with hospitals, to cut readmissions.

And last but not least

  • Flame-throwing drones! A Chinese electric power company is using a flame-throwing drone to clean stuck debris from its high-voltage lines, saying it is safer than sending workers.