Rethink IoT News ATW 155

M&A, Strategies, Alliances

  • Airgain is buying Antenna Plus for $6.4m, citing its trucking and outdoor IoT products as new additions to Airgain’s portfolio. Antenna Plus’ 20 staff will likely join Airgain.

  • Exadel has acquired ReeWise, adding ReeWise’s data analytics and business intelligence software offerings to Exadel’s software engineering portfolio, aimed at enterprise customers.

Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue Sky Thinking

  • Operational Technology (OT) as a market is expected to hit $40.42bn by 2022, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets, growing at a CAGR of 6.7%.

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is expected to be worth $9.19bn by 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets, growing at a CAGR of 15.5% from $4.48bn in 2015.


  • Wisol and Sequans have announced that Wisol will be using Sequans’ Monarch and Calliope LTE chipsets, for Wisol’s range of Cat M1, NB-IoT, Cat 1, and Cat 4 modules.

  • Apple is apparently hiring developers to work on an optical sensor for blood sugar level monitoring, with a five-year project to investigate the technology’s feasibility.

Networks, Protocols, & Wireless

  • The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) has announced a test vector for certifying compliance with its 30km TVWS WiFi spec – WiFAR – which it envisions as a rural broadband and IoT tech.

  • Actility has announced $75m in Series D funding, from new investors including Creadev, Bosch, and Inmarsat, as it looks to expand its LoRa-based ThingPark platform.

  • ZTE has announced its first NB-IoT field test for China Mobile’s Guangdong Mobile, testing the wireless, core network, and apps in what it says were difficult requirements.

  • Link Labs has published the results of a test-drive route for its LTE Cat M1 system, driving across Maryland and showing good connectivity on rural roads, on Verizon’s network.

Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning

  • The MIT Technology Review discusses the issue of AI-based systems and their current inability to explain the reasoning behind their decisions – amid issues of accountability.

  • EIT Digital has announced its Robot IoT Interface, an initiative with the French CEA and Agileo Automation to allow robots and machines to connect to different cloud platforms.

  • A study has found that machine-learning systems inherit the biases of human language and text, especially with regard to race and gender, with questions on how to correct it.

Smart Homes and Buildings

  • NXP has launched its reference platform for Amazon Alexa, integrating its far-field voice recognition tech with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Services, for smart home developers.


  • Maxim has launched the MAX20310, an IC designed for wearable medical and fitness monitoring, with support for primary cell power supplies and hermetically-sealed designs.

  • ZTE has launched its Quartz smartwatch. At $192, it is the cheapest Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on the market, although its has traded NFC for a larger battery.

  • Garmin has launched its $140 Vivosmart 3, a new fitness tracker that is the first in its family to offer VO2 monitoring as a way to measure cardiovascular fitness.

  • Fitbit is rumored to be overhauling its smartwatch designs, following the poor performance of its Blaze wearable. It will likely be putting its Pebble acquisition to use here.

Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain

  • Vecna has launched and end-to-end logistics system that uses AI-based tech, aimed at manufacturing automation and warehousing, focused on optimizing workflows.

  • Thinfilm has announced that the Korean Red Cross is using its NFC SpeedTap tags to better track the delivery of relief items to low-income households in South Korea, via smartphone.


  • NXP and China’s CAICT have announced a partnership to work on intelligent transportation, focusing on R&D in the Chinese auto industry using NXP silicon.

  • The Boston Consulting Group predicts that in 15-years, over 25% of all US travel could be in shared, electric-powered, self-driving vehicles, after some backlash has subsided.

  • Renesas has launched a new ADAS and autonomous driving platform, called Renesas Autonomy, designed around its silicon offerings, including its R-Car V3M image SoC.

  • Intel believes that an autonomous car will generate around 4TB of data per 1.5 hours.

  • Uber has sparked more bad press, after The Information revealed its ‘Hell’ program, which it used to discourage Uber drivers from also driving for Lyft – potentially illegally.

  • Here’s Mobile SDK has been picked by TravelTab, a provider of vehicle companion devices that are pitched at rental car drivers for navigation and discovery services.

  • Peloton has closed a $60m Series B round for its truck platooning tech, from investors including Intel, Denso, BP, Lockheed Martin, Nokia, Volvo, and UPS – led by Omnitracs.

  • Apple has received a permit from the Californian DMV, to test autonomous vehicles, specifically a fleet of three 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs.

Smart Cities

  • relayr has announced that San Diego’s recently announced smart city platform, in partnership with GE’s Current, is going to be supported by relayr’s Proximetry division

Smart Grid & Utility

  • SEPA and SGIP have finished their merger, retaining the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s brand to develop a ‘single source for utility information on collaboration.’

  • PNM has picked Comverge to provide a demand-response project, aiming to save 60MW in peak periods, for its Mexican operations.


  • TrustedCare and ARM have announced a partnership on chronic condition care devices, with a focus on outpatient care for in-home recovery, under the DoHHS ‘Move Health Data Forward Challenge.’