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4 September 2017

Rethink IoT News ATW 175: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Manufacturing Enterprise Solution Association (MESA) have signed an MoU to co-develop IIoT designs and best practices.

  • Qualcomm has joined the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance, founded earlier this year, joining AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trustonic.

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

// Hardware //

  • Antenova has launched Robusta, a new very-low-profile GNSS antenna that works on all surfaces, including metal. The SR4G031 is aimed at smart city and asset tracking apps.

  • Huawei has launched the Kirin 970, a mobile SoC with an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for on-board AI-based workloads, which will debut in its Mate 10 smartphone.

// Software //

  • Apple and Accenture have announced a partnership to better integrate Accenture’s business software with iOS, with part of the deal focused on better access to IoT data streams.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Kerlink and Stream Technologies have announced an integration that combines Kerlink’s gateways with Stream’s IoT-X PaaS for straightforward connectivity.

  • Compass Intelligence reports that AT&T has 33.7m IoT/M2M connections, with Verizon on 18.2m, and Sprint on 13.2m. T-Mobile USA has 4.6m, down some 22% in a quarter.

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

  • GE is refocusing its Predix PaaS, following attempts to cut costs and maximize revenues. GE has spent the past two months working on problems in the Predix software.

  • Microsoft and Amazon have announced that they are integrating Alex and Cortana, their AI-based digital assistants, in a move to let users access the more unique aspects of the systems.

  • Oracle has added AI and VR applications to its Oracle IoT Cloud offerings, with new Digital Twin and Digital Thread supply chain management (SCM) SaaS and PaaS products.

  • Mitsubishi Electric is one of the first customers for Oracle’s expanded IoT Cloud platform, using it to create the FA-IT Open Platform for factory automation.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Nest has launched the Thermostat E, a redesign of its original unit that intends to better blend into the background, and also cost less – at $169, rather than $249.

  • Samsung-owned Harman now sells smart home speakers housing Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant. Persistent rumors of a Bixby speaker might add another to this list.

  • CNET has a roundup of all the Google Assistant smart home launches from the IFA 2017 tradeshow, with a new Sony speaker being a notable new entry to that market.

// Wearables //

  • Google has launched ARCore, its Augmented Reality developer kit that has been designed to avoid the hardware-specific constraints that hampered the adoption of Tango.

  • Asus and Microsoft have launched the Windows Mixed Realty headset at IFA, following on from Dell’s recent launch of its Mixed Reality Visor – priced at $550 and $350 respectively.

  • Samsung has refreshed its wearables line, unveiling the new Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and the Gear IconX, aimed at fitness-conscious buyers.

  • Apple and Xiaomi lead the wearables market, which has grown 10.3% year on year, according to IDC, which the firm says is on its way to being a mass market product.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • QNAP has shown off a demonstration of its QIoT Suite Lite system, in a connected farming project in Taiwan, which uses its QNAP NAS boxes as edge-devices, paired with its cloud platform, to collect and analyze sensor data from the farm’s sensors.

  • Schneider Electric has been signed to provide its IoT process automation systems to the Dangote oil refinery in Nigeria, using its EcoStruxure platform and safety tools.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Surgere has unveiled Robi, a roaming autonomous warehouse robot that has been designed to scan RFID tags inside a supply chain, to better track items inside warehouses.

  • Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) will trial a remotely controlled container ship between the US and Japan, with the Pacific crossing being the longest distance and largest autonomous ship.

// Automotive //

  • CalAmp’s LoJack has released its latest construction equipment theft report, where LoJack’s vehicle tracking system managed to recover $10m of stolen kit – $186m since 2000.

  • CalAmp has launched its new Telematics Suite, aimed at anyone looking for real-time data for their deployed assets. It combines a number of CalAmp’s products and services.

  • Deutsche Telekom and Mojio have partnered to launch the CarConnect OBD telematics adapter in Germany, with a T-Systems version for business customers.

  • Qualcomm has unveiled the 9150 C-V2X chipset, which will be testing next year, and appearing in vehicles before 2019. It is intended to act as a complete V2X system.

  • Samsung has acquired a self-driving car testing permit in California, following on from its May testing in South Korea – building on its acquisition of auto OEM Harman Kardon.

  • Cummins has launched an all-electric semi truck, ahead of Tesla’s expected launch. Called the Aeos, the concept has a 140kWh battery pack, weighs 18,000lbs, and tows 22-tons.

// Security //

  • ARM has issued a patch for its mbed TLS library, after a vulnerability was discovered that allows one to bypass the certificate authentication process in a man-in-the-middle attack.

// Smart Cities //

  • u-blox has announced that its SARA-N2 modules are powering two NB-IoT smart city lighting projects, a live system from Flashnet’s inteliLight in Romania, and a pilot in Patras, Greece, with OTE (Telekom).

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • NRG Netherlands has fired up the first thorium-powered molten-salt nuclear reactor in decades, a potential cheaper, less dangerous, and more globally viable reactor design.

// Health //

  • Aetna is planning on selling discounted Apple Watches, or even giving them to its health insurance customers, as a way to lower its risk for its 23m members.

// And last but not least //

  • Burger King has launched WhopperCoin, a cryptocurrency that it is using as a loyalty rewards scheme in Russia, where 1,700 WhopperCoin will buy you a new Whopper.