M&A, Strategies, Alliances
Engie has acquired EV-Box, a supplier of EV charging stations with a global footprint, totaling some 26 countries, 980 cities, and 48,000 units.
Sierra Wireless has acquired GlobalTop’s embedded GNSS module assets, for $3.2m, adding the portfolio and its $5m annual revenues to Sierra’s OEM Solutions product line.
ABB is acquiring B&R (Bernecker and Rainer), adding B&R’s IoT and factory automation expertise to “close ABB’s historic gap in machine and factory automation.”
Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits
The Google-Uber case has seen Otto co-founder Lior Ron named after a mistake in document redaction revealed his name. Levandowski isn’t painted in a good light. Uber has now said it doesn’t use the LiDAR technology that Waymo claims it does, and Uber has been given 10-days to exit Italy following a recent anti-competition ruling.
Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue Sky Thinking
IDC says worldwide revenue for cognitive and AI systems will reach $12.5bn in 2017, up 59.3% over 2016, and expects it to grow at a CAGR of 54.4% to hit $46bn in 2020.
Strategy Analytics says the 2025 IoT market value will be less than $500bn, capturing less than 7% of all IT spend, with Services revenue capping out at $200bn.
ReportsnReports says the IoT market will hit $185.9bn by 2023.
Sierra Wireless has chosen Skyworks’ 3G/4G silicon to power its AirPrime HL modules, using 17 Skyworks components in its M2M and device-to-cloud offerings.
Fortemedia has launched the iM501, a VID voice processor that it claims is the lowest-power chip in the market, aimed at wearables and smart home devices.
The prpl Foundation and EEMBC have announced a project to create an industry-standard benchmark for hypervisors, aiming to “shatter the perception that the use of hardware virtualization in low-power embedded devices comes with big performance and energy overheads.”
Metova has added embedded and IoT development services to its application development offerings, with a new team of specialist engineers.
Networks, Protocols, & Wireless
Actility and Cougar Automation have announced a Gold-level partnership in the UK, giving Cougar’s SI customers access to Actility ThingPark LPWAN platform – based on LoRa.
AT&T is launching a pilot project at Maxwell Air Force Base, with a deployed wireless sensor network that AT&T says will help it improve its IoT offerings,
Panasonic has signed Cubic Telecom, to provide it with LTE connectivity for Panasonic’s business line of connected devices.
Telenor Norway has picked Cisco Jasper to provide it with Jasper’s Control Center, aiming to provide Norwegian enterprise customers with an IoT connectivity management platform.
Telenor has also launched a pilot LoRa network in Norway, called Telenor Start IoT, to act as a multi-city testbed available for free to entrepreneurs and students.
SAYME and Wisol have signed a partnership to combine Wisol’s Sigfox modules with SAYME’s devices and software stack, aiming to be the biggest LPWAN solutions provider.
Sigfox and Acklio have demonstrated IETF’s Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) over the Sigfox network, enabling IP over Sigfox and better IIoT interoperability.
Ingenu and Orolia have announced that Orolia will be using RPMA in its McMurdo Omnicom Solar Fishing Beacon, for shore communication with fleets, with a 50km range.
Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning
Cisco and SAS have announced a joint analytics offering, based on Cisco’s Unified Computing System and the SAS Analytics suite of software tools.
Salesforce has announced Financial Services Cloud Einstein, an AI-based CRM tool aimed at financial advisors.
Intel and Preferred Networks (PFN) have partnered to develop Chainer, PFN’s open source deep learning framework, aiming to boost performance on Intel hardware.
Google has announced that its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) beat Intel’s Xeons and Nvidia’s GPUs in a series of benchmarks, by an order of magnitude.
PTC has launched its new Kinex family, a brand that is focused on IIoT applications.
Smart Homes and Buildings
Buddy has launched its Ohm building monitoring system, powered by its Buddy Platform, for energy usage information apps – starting at $1,500 per month per facility.
Centrica is launching its British Gas smart home platform, Hive, in the US, with a $500m investment, building on its 360,000 customers in the UK, with provider Direct Energy.
Wink has published its Smart Home Index report, claiming that 27% of US homes have purchased an IoT device, and citing strong interest in smart home features.
Industrial & Manufacturing
Honeywell’s Process Solutions wing has launched Secure Media Exchange, a panel that improves the safety of USB devices that are used to update air-gapped machines in industrial systems. Honeywell says about 40% of industrial malware is spread by USB.
GM has connected around 30,000 industrial robots to the internet, in a partnership with Cisco, FANUC, and Rockwell Automation. The two-year old partnership has apparently saved GM from 100 potential failures, where downtime costs $15k-50k per minute.
Peloton Technology is testing a truck platooning system on the Ohio Turnpike, with Peloton planning on establishing hauling agreements for freight companies in Ohio.
Daimler and Bosch have teamed up to develop self-driving vehicles for robo-taxi services, pitting two old-guard auto names against the likes of Tesla and Uber.
Mentor Graphics, now owned by Siemens, has launched the DRS360, a sensor fusion platform that uses ‘raw data sensors’ to reduce latency from pre-processing MCUs. It says the DRS360 is capable of SAE Level 5 autonomous driving performance.
Einride is launching a trial deployment of its T-Pod electric self-driving trucks, on a test route between Gothenburg and Helsingborg in Sweden, with a 2m pallet annual capacity.
Delphi and Otonomo have partnered to develop a data marketplace for automakers, using Otonomo’s platform and populating it with data from Delphi customers.
Delphi has invested in three companies, Otonomo, Valens, and Rosenberger, expanding its reach into the increasingly automated car – but not disclosing its stakes.
Samsung’s Tizen OS has at least 40 zero-day exploits, according to Amihai Neiderman, a security researcher who called it possibly the worst code he’s ever seen.
The Z-Wave Alliance has now mandated its new S2 security framework, as part of its certification process.
Schneider Electric has been caught using hard-coded passwords in its SCADA firmware, according to Open Source Security, which went public after Schneider failed to respond.
Palo Alto Networks has identified a new version of the Tsunami botnet, which has been named Amnesia, exploiting a flaw in some 227,000 devices.
Radware has spotted a new botnet, called BrickerBot, which is designed to permanently brick vulnerable devices, rather than turning them into a DDoS-capable botnet.
Motionloft has picked Nvidia to power its new range of traffic monitoring sensors, using Nvidia’s Jetson TX1for real-time smart city data acquisition via image processing.
Amscreen has expanded its connectivity deal with Vodafone UK, as it looks to expand its range of digital signage and smart city screens, building on its current fleet of 12,000.
ReconaSense has launched an IoT update for its namesake security system, a situational awareness platform for security operators that can ingest data from IoT device sources.
Smart Grid & Utility
WebNMS and Energy Monitoring have announced an East-African partnership to provide end-to-end energy monitoring system for enterprises in the region.
The UAE’s FEWA has picked Itron to supply it with at least 90,000 ultrasonic smart water meters, with Itron noting that it has designed them to accommodate the harsh climate.
Kamstrup has picked Neuron ESB to provide it with an Enterprise Service Bus for upgrading Kamstrup’s legacy infrastructure and metering systems.
Nexeon MedSystems has licensed 86 Siemens patents, focused on IoT applications in healthcare, especially self-healing control networks for building automation systems.