Rethink IoT News ATW 167: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • ABB has acquired Keymile’s Communication Networks Business, in a move to expand its smart grid portfolio and ABB Ability suite. No extra details are being shared.

  • Intel is laying off up to 140 jobs in its IoT division, in the wake of its decision to exit low-power chips. The unit accounted for less than 5% of sales, on $721m last year.

  • Aggreko has acquired Younicos for $52m, adding the startup’s energy storage software to Aggreko’s mobile power leasing business – a $2.6bn business.

  • ARM has acquired Simulity, an embedded OS specialist with an eSIM portfolio, for £12m, only 9-months after equity firm Foresight bought it for £4m.

  • ABB has acquired Keymile Group, a railway communications specialist that will make ABB a major player in the European market. The 120 staff will join ABB’s Power Grids wing.

  • Jawbone is in liquidation, as the wearable maker has struggled in the past few quarters – falling from a peak valuation of $3bn. It will now pivot to focus on healthcare.

  • Toshiba is putting Landis+Gyr up for an IPO, as it struggles with its ongoing financial problems. It bought 60% of L+G’s smart metering and grid expertise for $2.3bn in 2011.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • The UK Information Commission has ruled that Google’s DeepMind breached UK NHS privacy rules, when the 1.6m patient records were shared as part of a machine-learning trial to help diagnose acute kidney injury (AKI).

  • Waymo has dropped key LiDAR patent claims against Uber, as its court case rumbles along, and will instead focus on the theft of trade secrets as the core complaint.

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

  • The smart meter market will grow at a CAGR of 10.8% between 2017 and 2025, according to Progressive Markets.

  • Inmarsat says that IoT environmental monitoring from agri-tech businesses is significantly accelerating the globalization of food production, using technology to meet increasingly strict government import and export regulations – according to Inmarsat’s research.

  • The IoT Integration market will hit $3.3bn by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 34.2%, according to MarketsandMarkets.

  • The M2M Connections market will hit $27.62bn by 2023, according to MarketsandMarkets, growing at a CAGR of 4.6%.

// Hardware //

  • Fujitsu and Cratus have announced a new jointly-developed reference design for Industrial IoT sensors, called BlueBrain and aimed at data acquisition, based on a Cortex-M4 MCU.

  • Toshiba has begun mass production of its ApP Lite processors, designed for wearables, following the reveal of its latest addition to the platform – the TZ1201XBG.

  • u-blox has launched the SARA-R410M-02B, which it says is the smallest multimode LTE Cat M1 (LTE-M) and NB1 (NB-IoT) modules available – at 16mm x 26mm.

// Software //

  • Saison and McAfee have partnered to launch a secure managed file transfer (MFT) middleware platform for IoT devices, integrating McAfee with HULFT IoT.

  • Mozilla has launched the Project Things IoT software framework for Raspberry Pi, an extension for the W3C’s Web of Things (WoT) project and a Pi gateway stack.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem is growing, fleshing itself out nicely in a list compiled by Digital Trends. The HomePod is positioned to act as a smart home hub.

// Automotive //

  • TomTom and Baidu have partnered to build HD maps for autonomous driving in China, and TomTom has announced that its HD maps now cover Western Europe.

  • Intercede has joined AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network), and has also joined the UK’s TechWorks project, to promote its automotive security offerings.

  • TomTom and Cisco have announced a development project for traffic monitoring, using Cisco hardware and a Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) array to feed TomTom’s vehicle data platform (of over 500m devices), to offer to traffic management center customers.

  • Volvo has promised to end the sale of pure-gasoline vehicles in 2019, ensuring that all of its new cars will either be hybrids or pure EVs.

  • Velodyne and Autoliv have announced a LiDAR collaboration, to meet surging demand for LiDAR – using Velodyne’s software and ASIC engine, inside an Autoliv unit.

  • Inrix has launched what it claims is the industry’s first real-time on-street parking service in a connected car, housed inside a BMW 5 Series.

  • Volvo has picked Here to supply OTA updates to its Sensus Navigation system, pushing Here’s maps to its 90-series vehicles and the new XC60 premium SUV.

  • has launched Panda, a new OBDII dongle that will be paired with Comma’s Cabana software toolkit, to provide driver’s with aftermarket access to their auto data.

  • WISeKey has announced a deal with an unnamed automaker, to use its PKI platform for parts authentication and secure driver interactions with connected cars.

// Smart Cities //

  • Digital Trends takes a look at the smart city partnership between Panasonic and the city of Denver – an expansion of the Fujisawa project Panasonic debuted in Japan.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Mount Pleasant Water Works (MPW) has picked Sensus to supply it with a $15m AMI system for its water utility business, in the town of Mount Pleasant in South Carolina.

  • Centrica has said it has installed 4m smart meters in the UK, since it began its roll-out 8 years ago. The UK has moved its national program deadline to 2025, but Centrica says it plans to cover all 18m of its customers by 2020.

  • GE and Fortrum have signed a 127MW hydroelectric pilot, using GE’s Predix platform, using GE’s APM Edge Analytics (iCMS) to run the Nordic energy producer’s infrastructure.

  • Enel and E-Distribuzione are planning the second-generation of Italian smart meters, with some 32m households and businesses and 41m meters to be covered in 15-years.

  • Toronto Hydro and eCamion have unveiled a new pole-mounted battery storage system, designed by Ryerson University, as part of a Canadian pilot that might become standard.

  • Tesla has been commissioned to build a 100MW / 129MWh battery in South Australia, the largest in the world, to help alleviate blackouts in the storm-ridden state.

// Health //

  • Vodafone and Smart Meter have partnered, working to add Smart Meter’s iGlucose diabetes monitors to Vodafone’s IoT networks globally. To provide connectivity.