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22 May 2017

Rethink IoT News ATW 160: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Apple has reportedly acquired Lattice for $200m, a team of AI developers that specialize in unstructured ‘dark’ data. No comment from Apple, but Lattice’s 20 staff will join.

  • Hexagon has acquired VIRES, a provider of simulation software for ADAS and autonomous driving technologies, adding it to Hexagon’s industrial and geospatial IT services.

  • Joule has acquired NorthWrite, an energy management firm specializing in SMBs, to combine the software with JouleSmart’s smart usage equipment and efficiency service.

  • u-blox and SIMCom have canceled u-blox’s proposed module IP acquisition, with the pair saying that they could not complete the deal as originally intended.

  • Xped has acquired Jemsoft, an AI and computer vision specialist, adding it to Xped’s IoT developer offerings, for 50m Xped shares and cash – totaling about $675,000 USD.

  • Aclara owner Sun Capital has appointed Morgan Stanley to sell its smart metering firm, a business with about 800 utility customers that is rumored to be valued at less than $1bn.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • Uber is now threatening to fire Anthony Levandowski, the former Google employee that is accused of IP theft by Waymo, Google’s LiDAR division, unless he either denies stealing files or turns said files over. His lawyer is appealing against the threat of self-incrimination.

// Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue Sky Thinking //

  • Industrial IoT (IIoT) adoption is set for a sudden spike, according to a survey from MPI Group, which noted that there had been a dramatic jump in leadership awareness, implementations and productivity.

  • Accenture is warning that distributed generation will have a negative impact on utility revenues by 2030, with North America and APAC being the most concerning market.

// Hardware //

  • NXP has announced that its Android Things developer platform now supports the new Google Cloud IoT Core, a managed service for connecting IoT devices.

  • Samsung has unveiled the new Artik 053 module, housing a 320MHz ARM Cortex R4 CPU with 1.4MB RAM, and 8MB of flash, as well as updates to its Artik Smart IoT Platform too, and an integration with VMware’s new Pulse IoT Center.

// Software //

  • Infiswift has launched its IoT Platform, aimed at industrial enterprises looking to integrate data, with Acuitus Ag already using it for connected agricultural harvesting equipment.

  • Samsung has launched Tizen RT, an RTOS designed for embedded IoT devices, based on Samsung’s open-source Android alternative.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Senet and PNI Sensor Corp have announced a LoRa-powered smart parking partnership, using PNI’s PlacePod sensor to report parking capacity on Senet’s US LoRa network.

  • Netemera and Kerlink are launching a nationwide LoRa network in Poland, under the Netemara brand and powered by Kerlink gateways – the Network for Machines.

  • Sprint says it will complete its national LTE Cat 1 deployment in July, before moving on to rolling out Cat M1 in mid-2018, followed by NB-IoT.

  • AT&T has completed its LTE Cat M1 roll out in the US, and plans to cover Mexico by the end of the year. Monthly plans are set to be priced at $1.50 per month.

  • Connected Baltics has launched its Sigfox network in Estonia, with full coverage scheduled for later this year.

// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning //

  • Alphabet has launched the Google Cloud IoT Core, a management service for devices and their data. Many firms have already announced support, included NXP, Particle, Sierra Wireless, and mnubo.

  • HPE has unveiled its The Machine prototype, using Cavium’s ThunderX2 ARM SoCs and 160TB of memory, in what HPE says is the largest single-memory computer in history.

  • The Partnership on AI has added a raft of new members, including eBay, Intel, Salesforce, SAP, and Sony, joining founders Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft.

  • SAP has launched Leonardo Machine Learning, a platform for adding machine-learning functions to SAP business applications, and analyzing historical data.

  • Google says it wants to be the best cloud for machine-learning, in an announcement that says a second-gen TPU will be available in clusters for ML compute tasks.

  • Ericsson and Microsoft have announced a collaboration that lets enterprises deploy Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator on Azure, including Ericsson’s DCP platform.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • NuBryte has pulled back from the retail channels and is increasing the price of its smart home gateway and intercom from $250 to $380, to give integrators margin.

  • Deutsche Telekom has pushed its Magenta SmartHome system into its Speedport Smart routers, adding DECT ULE as a low-power protocol for devices.

  • Whirlpool has added Google Assistant to over twenty of its large home appliances, integrating the digital assistant’s control with its white goods.

  • Allegion has invested in Yonomi, ahead of deploying Yonomi’s application platform on Allegion’s range of smart home security products.

  • Comcast and Philips have partnered to combine Philips’ Hue system with Comcast’s Xfinity Home platform, allowing the lights to be controlled via Comcast’s ecosystem.

  • GE and Google have partnered to integrate Google Home’s Assistant with GE’s home appliances, following a deal last year that integrated Amazon’s Alexa.

  • Google appears to have caught up with Amazon in the smart home digital assistant space, according to CNET.

// Wearables //

  • Asus is reportedly set to scrap its ZenWatch family, a set of Android-powered smartwatches that have not enjoyed much success in the market.

  • Qualcomm filed a USPTO patent application for ‘Internet of Shoes’ back in 2015, for shoes that would monitor activity and provide ‘tactile navigation’ feedback.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Sentera has launched new drone-based sensors for analyzing vegetation growth in agricultural installations, claiming big improvements in accuracy.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Sensoro has secured $18m in Series B funding for its sensor and tracking hardware, and announced that it expects to ship over 100k environmental devices and 500k asset tracking tags – across smart city, connected building, fleet management, warehousing, and retail.

  • Intel has launched the Connected Logistics Platform (CLP), with Honeywell announced as a first customer, using the CLP to launch its Connected Freight solution.

  • Thinfilm has launched the IoT-CNECT developer kit, which houses its NFC tags and access to its online partner portal to link those test tags with other online systems.

// Automotive //

  • Waymo and Lyft have partnered on self-driving car development, bringing Google closer to GM – which has invested some $500m in Lyft.

  • Volvo and Audi have picked Android to power upcoming IVI systems, with Google Assistant set to be a central voice-control interface.

  • BMW, Intel, and Mobileye have added Delphi to their self-driving technology platform. The moves comes as Delphi spins off its drivetrain division to focus solely on autonomous tech.

  • CalAmp and Direct Communication Solutions (DCS) have partnered, pushing CalAmp’s CrashBoxx system through DCS’ reseller channels to SMBs, for fleet management.

  • BlackBerry is working with at least two automakers to develop a virus protection service for vehicles, according to Macquarie, which names Aston Martin and Range Rover.

  • OSVehicle has emerged from stealth-mode with its EDIT self-driving EV, pitching it at businesses looking to quickly design their own EVs using EDIT’s modular components.

  • Qualcomm has demonstrated an electric vehicle charging system that can be built into roads, allowing EVs to charge while on the move.

// Security //

  • Rambus has launched its CryptoManager IoT Device Management service, with support for IoT platforms and cloud providers, as a way for companies to manage deployed devices.

  • IBM has launched Watson for Cyber Security, a cloud-based service that IBM says embraces cognitive computing to help analysts counter cyber attacks as they unfold.

  • Akamai has published its latest State of the Internet report, warning that older botnets are mutating to take advantage of the post-Mirai landscape.

// Smart Cities //

  • Milwaukee has signed CivicSmart to install a new set of connected parking meters, to allow the city to dynamically adjust parking prices.

  • Calgary has picked Inrix to provide the city with its Roadway Analytics platform, for cloud-based traffic monitoring and usage analysis for road improvements decision making.

  • Litmus Automation and Kyra Solutions have announced a deal that sees Kyra use Litmus’Loop Platform to offer government organizations smart city data services.

  • Trilliant has finished its smart city network deployment for Ho Chi Minh Power in Vietnam, which the utility plans to leverage as an expansion vehicle, as well as for grid monitoring.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Tesla and Green Mountain Power have launched a $15/month battery backup offering for the Vermont utility’s customers, around half the price of the pilot project.

  • Silver Spring Networks has expanded its IoT Developer Program, looking to showcase more potential applications for customers to use its networking platform, with new dev kits.

  • Dickson Electric Systems has deployed 500k Sensus Stratus smart meters in Tennessee, as part of a wider pilot project that also includes Sensus’ FlexNet wireless system for infrastructure management.

// Health //

  • Microsoft has unveiled Project Emma, a wearable that is designed to help counter the tremors induced by Parkinson’s disease, using vibration motors to steady a hand.

  • 3rings has announced an Amazon Echo, to allow Alexa to answer questions regarding the activity of elderly relatives, based on 3rings devices monitoring home activity.