Rethink IoT News ATW 166: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • TE Connectivity is buying VOXX’s Hirschmann Car Communication division for $166m, the automotive wing that supplies OEMs with RF and M2M telematics products.

  • Altair has acquired Carriots, an IoT platform that Altair (not to be confused with the LTE chip design-house) will integrate into its design and simulation software suites.

  • Parallel Technologies has acquired BSS (Building Systems Solutions), adding the building automation and energy management firm and its 11 staff to Parallel’s core offering.

  • Apple has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German wearable and AR company that build eye-tracking systems for both industrial and commercial systems.

  • Kontron has merged with S&T Deutschland, with Kontron becoming a business unit of its single biggest shareholder. S&T reports expected combined revenues of $1bn in 2017.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • The FTC and the NHTSA are holding their first connected car workshop, aiming to establish the privacy and security expectations for automakers and their connected cars.

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

  • The global smart home market will hit $37m by 2022, according to Beige Market Intelligence, at a CAGR of 5% for unit shipments and 4% for revenues.

  • The global sensor hub market will hit $32.5bn by 2023, according to Research and Markets, growing at a CAGR of 18.9%.

// Hardware //

  • ZTE’s Sanechips has picked CEVA to supply it with the CEVA-X1 DSP baseband processor as part of Sanechip’s pre-commercial RoseFinch 7100 NB-IoT chipset

  • Intel and NEC have been singing the praises of Intel’s Aria FPGAs, in NEC’s NeoFace smart city facial recognition system, integrating NEC’s software into the FPGA.

  • STMicro has launched the BlueNRG-2, a Bluetooth 5 ready chip that is housed in a 2.6mm by 2.7mm WLCSP chip package, based on a 32-bit Cortex M0 core.

  • MediaTek has unveiled its first NB-IoT SoC, and a collaboration with China Mobile to build the world’s smallest NB-IoT module (16mm x 18mm)around the new MT2625 chipset.

  • Sierra Wireless has launched the AirPrime WP77, which it says is the first global dual-mode NB-IoT and LTE-M module. We believe this is using Sequans for the cellular silicon.

  • Globetouch and Virtuosys have partnered to launch an edge-compute platform, combining Virtuosys’s hardware and software with Globetouch’s cloud connectivity platform.

  • STMicro and Security Platform have partnered to create new TPM systems, based on STMicro’s silicon and SP’s Axio-OS and Remote-Attestation (RA) verification server.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Deutsche Telekom has launched NB-IoT in Germany, with new developer packages that include 25 SIM cards and 6-months’ connectivity for 200, with 500kB per SIM per month.

  • China Telecom and Telenor Connexion have launched a common IoT platform, to help them serve customers through the combined network footprints, based on the DCP platform.

  • Ericsson is scaling back its expansion plans, choosing to focus on core telco services, and growing its IoT business – as well as restructuring its enterprise-focus Cisco partnership.

  • Pixel Networks picked Actility to help it deploy Hong Kong’s first LoRa network. Both Cisco partners, Pixel notes that it will be providing full-stack solutions, not just the network.

  • Cubic Telecom, China Mobile, and Valid, have announced an LTE connectivity enablement platform for manufacturers in China, for easily adding eSIMs to products.

  • China Telecom and Orange have signed an IoT partnership to serve customers across each other’s network footprints, as the Chinese telco looks to expand beyond China.

  • Telit and OT-Morpho have partnered on what they are calling a new era of device provisioning for the IoT, for on-demand connectivity for modules.

  • SK Telecom and Dongyang ENP have launched a LoRa-based smart grid project, called Solar Power Management, using LoRa-enabled power inverters for the PV panels.

  • Ingenu’s CEO in reportedly no longer with the company, according to Fierce Wireless.

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

  • Cisco Jasper has launched v7.0 of its Control Center IoT platform, to serve its customer base of 11,000 customers, adding 1.5m devices per month – standing at 43m currently.

  • Cisco has also launched Kinetic, an IoT operations platform, focused on fog computing and data delivery, for managing connections between edge-devices and applications.

  • GE has launched a new subsidiary called Avitas Systems, which will focus on combining AI-based systems with robotics for IIoT inspection systems.

  • Exosite and ARM have integrated their respective IoT platforms, pairing Exosite’s Murano with the mbed Cloud, for better chip-to-cloud vertical integrations.

// Wearables //

  • Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon Wear 1200, a new wearable SoC that features support for LTE-M and NB-IoT, support for GNSS, and new development platforms.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • PetroChoice has picked Numerex to supply a tank monitoring system for 6,000 tanks, used to store PetroChoice’s bulk lubes and fuels that it delivers to industrial customers.

// Automotive //

  • Trustonic and MediaTek have announced a partnership for automotive security, aimed at delivering highly secured telematics and IVI systems to automakers.

  • Here and Pioneer have furthered their mapping deal, with the launch of a new partnership that was first announced back in January – to focus on autonomous driving support.

  • Nvidia joins ZF and Hella in a project to integrate its compute platform with Hella’s camera and radar systems, to meet new NCAP certification. ZF is one of the largest auto OEMs.

  • Volvo, Autoliv, and Nvidia have partnered to advance Nvidia’s hardware and Autoliv’s software, in self-driving cars, in a joint venture called Zenuity.

  • Apple is expanding its self-driving test fleet, renting Lexus SUVs from Hertz in a deal that echoes Waymo’s rental deal with Avis

  • Waymo’s self-driving trucks have been spotted by Jalopnik, after the company confirmed their existence last month. They use LiDAR, ultrasonic sensors, and radar.

  • Tesla’s data collection systems have been outlined by EE Times, analyzing the NTSB crash report, and finding that it uses and SD card and 3G connection to send data captured by a Bosch radar system and Mobileye EyeQ3, and an Nvidia Tegra SoC.

// Security //

  • ForeScout has launched a new security solution for VMware environments, as well as expanding its CounterACT product to boost out-of-the-box agentless security.

  • A huge ransomware attack has spread through banks, utilities, and telcos in Ukraine, as well reaching other countries and corporations, including Maersk – using the NotPeyta malware.

// Smart Cities //

  • InterDigital has announced that it will be offering its Intelligent Transport Solution (ITS) on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform – the ITS system behind the UK oneTransport initiative.

  • Panasonic and TransitScreen have formed a smart city alliance, combining Panasonic’s CityNow platform with TransitScreen’s software and data offerings for transport apps.

  • Ameresco and Silver Spring Networks have launched their first joint project to upgrade 250k+ street lights in Chicago, a project believed to be the largest city-led wireless lighting project in the US.

  • Huawei and BeWhere have announced a partnership to develop smart city solutions, centered around Huawei’s chipsets (the Boudica 120 NB-IoT chip) and BeWhere’s sensors.

  • Nokia is supplying Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group with LTE equipment and support for smart city applications in the Hongkou district of Shanghai, using 700MHz spectrum.

  • The City of Las Vegas has launched a smart city project with Cisco, expanding on a previous relationship, with trials beginning in the city’s innovation district.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Opus One has launched the latest version of its GridOS Integrated Distribution Planning (IDP) suite, with increased focus on Distributed Energy Resource (DER) planning.

  • Moixa has secured £2.5m in new investment, ahead of plans to build a new 100k-unit virtual power plant, based on its home storage batteries. TEPCO is a major investor.

  • Landis+Gyr has been picked by Caruna, the largest Finnish Distribution System Operator (DSO), to deploy 650,000 smart metering end-points, beginning in Autumn 2018.

// And last but not least //

  • A disgruntled RF engineer that was fired by a utility has been jailed for a year, after accessing tower base stations and inserting obscenities, Pink Floyd lyrics, and ASCII art, in a prime example of why access should be revoked and passwords changed upon firing.