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Rethink IoT News ATW 170: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Amazon has acquired Graphiq for $50m, according to sources in the LA Times, a data analysis and search specialist, in a move to improve Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant.

  • SoftBank is reportedly looking at taking a major stake in Uber, something that sounds in-character for the firm, given its ARM-pounce when forex allowed it to buy the British institution for cheap. Recent bad press will have damaged Uber’s valuation.

  • Innogy has announced a new 250k investment opportunity prize for its innovation hub project, for startups exploring the machine economy.

  • Prodea has acquired Arrayent, adding the IoT applications platform to Prodea’s end-to-end managed IoT services offerings, hoping to address what they say is a $5tn market.

  • Flex has sold Wink to i.am+ (i.am.plus), the ‘lifestyle technology company’ owned by Black Eyed Peas’ singer Will.i.am. The smart home ecosystem went for an undisclosed sum.

  • Osram has invested in LeddarTech, taking 25.1% of the Canadian LiDAR developer – which Osram says is highly complementary to its semiconductor products.

  • Sagemcom has acquired Meter Italia, an Italian gas metering specialist. No price has been given, but Sagemcom hopes to pursue multi-energy metering opportunities.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • New drone regulation has been announced in the UK, which will require craft registration and mandatory safety tests for all new sales – although there’s still no timeline or enforcement schedule published, and it’s unclear how this will be retroactively enforced.

  • In a related announcement, Allianz and insurance-tech startup Flock have launched the UK’s first pay-as-you-fly drone insurance product, for usage-based insurance.

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

  • ABI reports that 67% of manufacturers do not currently have operational IoT solutions, but that 74% are either assessing or planning to deploy within 12-months. Some 35% are looking at AI applications, and 47% are planning or have already deployed robotics.

  • ARM predicts that there will be a trillion IoT devices by 2035, in a market worth $5tn to global GDP, according to a new whitepaper from the silicon giant.

// Hardware //

  • ID Quantique is behind a new quantum random number generator (QRNG) chip that is being commercialized by SK Telecom, which will pitch it at IoT devices and applications.

  • Silicon Labs has unveiled its new Giant Gecko EFM32 portfolio of low-power MCUs, with larger memory footprints and new feature-set additions, aimed at industrial applications.

  • Sequans and Positioning Universal (PUI) have partnered to integrate the Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset inside the PUI FJ1000 Series of automotive GPS-enabled trackers.

  • Intel is also killing off its Arduino 101 and Curie module hardware, following its decision to kill Edison, Galileo, and Joule – another admission of ARM’s low-power dominance.

  • Bosch Sensortec and Arrow Electronics have signed a distribution deal for Bosch’s MEMS sensor portfolio, targeted at smart home and Industrial IoT.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Hologram, formerly Konekt, has announced that what it says is the largest LTE software defined network for IoT devices, comprising access to 600 networks globally – aaS.

  • CableLabs, the US cable industry R&D house, has revealed four open source LoRa products (mostly software), including network server, application server, gateway bridge, and Go library.

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

  • Microsoft has unveiled a HoloLens processor, for its wearable AR headset, which it says enables AI-based speech and vision processing on mobile devices.

  • IBM has expanded its X-Force Red security testing platform, adding new automotive and IoT services that will be powered but its researchers – looking for vulnerabilities.

  • Qualcomm has launched its new Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) SDK on its Qualcomm Developer Network, the first deep learning framework designed for Snapdragon.

  • Accelerite has launched its Concert IoT Orchestrator on the AWS Marketplace, opening up Amazon cloud customers to its drag and drop visual design tool for IoT applications.

  • DevicePilot has also launched on the AWS Marketplace, providing its IoT Operational Management suite to customers looking to better manage their IoT deployments.

  • Eseye joins the AWS flood, adding its AnyNet SIM and corresponding security SaaS components to AWS, even allowing the SIM cards to be purchased through the platform.

  • Bsquare rounds out the AWS updates, adding its new DataV Discover app to the cloud computing platform, to allow for dataset richness evaluation, for data-driven apps.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Titan Platform has launched Titan Core, an all-in-once smart home and media hub, that features WiFi and Bluetooth – aiming to unify smart home apps and devices.

  • Xiaomi has unveiled the $45 Mi AI Speaker, a seriously cheap rival to Amazon’s Echo that is unlikely to launch in the US (Xiaomi has a history of that). The Echo retails for $180.

  • iRobot’s Roomba is having a bad week, entering damage control mode after an earnings call revealed apparent plans to sell indoor mapping and location data from its robot vacuums.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Senet and Sensoterra have announced a deal to operate Sensoterra’s wireless soil moisture sensors on Senet’s LoRa network, which is expanding from its North American stronghold.

  • ThyssenKrupp has launched a new internal IIoT platform, called toii, which it will use to connect and manage its global elevator portfolio – and harness predictive maintenance.

  • Foxconn and Rockwell Automation have partnered to install new automated manufacturing systems at Foxconn’s newly announced US facilities, as well as in global upgrades.

  • A group of Japanese firms have formed the Flexible Factory Partner Alliance (FFPA), to promote IoT use in manufacturing – including NEC, Fujitsu, Sanritz, Omron, and Murata.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Oracle has been picked by Parfois, a Portuguese women’s accessory retailer, to deploy its warehouse management platform, to support Parfois’ planned global expansion.

  • Barbadillo has picked Thinfilm to supply it’s Spanish wine with SpeedTap NFC tags, in order to drive a promotional competition on Thinfilm’s CNECT Brand Analytics SaaS.

  • Evrythng has announced support for SmartLabel, a labeling system that lets consumer goods provide much more product information via smartphone app that was created by the GMA.

// Automotive //

  • Aarhus has been covered by Ars Technica, a company that uses Bluetooth signal tracking to provide traffic monitoring data in cities, using exhaust traffic for V2X analysis.

  • Marvell has launched what it claims is the first secure automotive gigabit Ethernet switch, the 88Q5050, with very low power consumption, Trusted Boot, and Deep Packet Inspection.

  • Verizon Telematics and Globetouch have partnered to power GM’s OnStar platform, using Globetouch’s GControl platform and Verizon offering its scale and network experience.

  • Bosch and Daimler have carried out what they say is the first demonstration of an infrastructure-based autonomous parking system, at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

  • Renault has announced a prototype system for moving the maintenance log book into a blockchain, to ensure immutability of the records and third-party trust.

  • The UK has announced plans to ban the sale of internal combustion engine cars by 2040, in a similar move as France. No firm laws are on the books yet.

  • Qualcomm and Nichicon have signed a wireless charging deal for EVs, using Qualcomm’s Halo technology in Nichicon’s range of OEM automotive power products.

  • Here has launched Here Real Time Traffic, the first service built on data aggregated from its OEM-owners’ vehicles, ahead of an expected sea-change in automaker habits.

  • Trillium has launched SecureSKYE, a new data mining system for insurance providers, looking to analyze automotive telematics, at the Black Hat 2017 conference.

// Security //

  • NetScout and Arbor have partnered to integrate their respective ISNG and Arbor Networks Spectrum platforms, for automated threat detection and network security responses.

  • ForeScout and ServiceNow have partnered to add ForeScout’s security tools to ServiceNow’s IT asset management platform, enabling automated remediation actions.

  • Whitescope Security and QED have demonstrated a hack of a connected car wash, capable of trapping the vehicle’s occupants and also damaging the car.

  • Electronic voting machines have been swiftly hacked on-stage at Defcon, with the Advanced Voting Solutions WinVote machine notably having a hard-coded ‘abcde’ password.

  • Exploitee.rs have unveiled a flash memory attack that exposed 22 zero-day flaws in consumer IoT devices, which only required the soldering of five pins and a reader to work.

// Smart Cities //

  • NREL, Panasonic, and Xcel Energy have announced a smart city collaboration in Denver, Colorado, including street lighting, parking garages, autonomous shuttles, and microgrids.

  • Libelium has published an interesting case study on the use of its wireless & sensing tech to monitor Ohio River mussels and dredging activity, with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Barcelona is planning to implement new ‘superblocks’ as part of its smart city program, and Digital Trends and Vox have dived into the project.

  • Siemens predicts that a smart city project in Romania could save the city of Alba Iulia €532m over a 35-year period, covering transport, energy, and investment strategies.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Leidos has been picked by Lansing Board of Water and Light, to carry out a smart grid upgrade program covering metering and analytics, in the US state of Michig

  • The UK’s Ofgem regulator has outlined plans to invest $320m in a 4-year project to upgrade the country’s energy system with battery storage – the Faraday Challenge.

  • Mueller Systems and Landis+Gyr have announced a joint AMI module for water metering, combining L+G’s RF Mesh IP tech with Mueller’s range of meter modules.

  • GridPoint and Bell have partnered to launch a suite of Energy Management Solutions (EMS) in Canada, using Bell’s IoT networks for HVAC and lighting automation.

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