Rethink IoT News ATW 176: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • The OCF and OMA have announced a liaison agreement, which will see the pair collaborate on integraing the OCF (IoTivity) specification with OMA’s LWM2M.

  • Jacobs has acquired Blue Canopy, a data analytics and cybersecurity specialist, planning on integrating it into the Jacobs Engineering industrial wing – strengthening its IIoT portfolio.

  • John Deere is acquiring Blue River Technology, in a $305m deal to add its machine learning expertise to John Deere’s agricultural machinery products and services.

  • SoftBank, Sprint, Far EasTone, and TBCASoft have launched a blockchain consortium for telecom carriers, called the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG).

  • Cloudera has acquired Fast Forward Labs, an algorithmic specialist in machine learning techniques, which will be merged into Cloudera’s big data and analytics offerings.

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

  • The GSMA says operators will globally benefit from a $1.8tn IoT market opportunity by 2026, boosted by licensed LPWAN deployments.

// Hardware //

  • MultiTech and Device Authority have announced a deal to combine DA’s security tools on MultiTech Conduit IoT gateways, for PKI using DA’s KeyScaler Platform.

  • Digi has announced new additions to its XBee modem line, with LTE Cat 1, LTE-M, and NB-IoT now planned for the family. The new designs feature in an Arrow starter kit.

  • STMicro and Sequans have introduced a new LTE tracker platform, called CLOE, combining STM’s Teseo III GNSS chip with Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M and NB-IoT chip.

  • Net Feasa and Sagemcom have signed a global deal for Sagemcom’s LoRa-compliant Siconia industrial sensors, to power Net Feasa’s Smart Port and Smart Vessel offerings.

  • Taoglas has launched a new range of GNSS antennae, aimed at next-gen location applications like UAVs, surveying agriculture, and autonomous vehicles.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Ericsson, Qualcomm, and MTN have completed the first successful demonstration of LTE-M (Cat-M1) in Africa, following a pilot in South Africa on MTN’s network.

  • Digital Catapult and ZSL have announced a partnership to explore using LPWAN networks in anti-poaching deployments, as part of the zoo’s conservation efforts.

  • Dunraven has picked VT Networks, the Irish SNO, to connect 250,000 fuel tanks using Sigfox, in a 1m deal – that’s €4 per connection.

  • Loriot and Tangerine Electronics are deploying LoRa networks in three cities in Mexico – Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey, with more cities in the pipeline.

  • CharIoT and Senra are partnering to launch LoRa-based IoT offerings in India, using the network that Senra is building out in combination with CharIoT’s application solutions.

  • Yeap has picked Kerlink to supply it with the gateways needed to deploy Yeap’s new Argentian LoRa network. Yeap was launched by telco-firm Inversiones Condor (ICondor). Orbiwise is providing the core network.

  • Chipsafer has unveiled its cattle ranching platform, built using LoRa with satellite backhaul – tested in pilots with Loriot, SES, and the European Space Agency (ESA).

  • Litmus Automation and HMS Industrial have announced an IIoT gateway partnership, combining Litmus’ PaaS with HMS’ Edge Gateway devices to move data to cloud apps.

  • Cre8tec picks Unabiz to provide Sigfox connectivity for its Asia-based pest control systems, which track and monitor rodent activity using infra-red sensors and edge analytics.

  • Blink, MultiTech, and Actility have launched a national Swedish LoRa network, with Blink developing road sign monitoring applications for sister company Blinkfyrar.

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

  • IBM and MIT have set up a new joint lab for AI research, called the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, with IBM investing $240m in the project, and eventually housing 100 scientists.

  • ZTE has launched is AI Solution, a new suite of tools aimed at network operators looking to build cost-effective and highly intelligent automated networks.

  • Nokia has expanded its WING (Worldwide IoT Network Grid) platform, adding new MNO-friendly onlining tools, as well as the TestHub system for make for easier integrations.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Deutsche Telekom has updated its Magenta SmartHome platform, adding new Volkswagen and Ergo Insurance integrations, as well as support for many more third-party devices.

  • Nest is reportedly set to unveil “something big” on September 20th. That date comes a week or so after the new iPhone will likely appear, but Nest will likely play it quite straight.

  • Netatmo has added Apple HomeKit support for its video cameras, with a Siri control integration, as well as launching its new Smart Radiator Valves.

  • CNET has a nice roundup of all the Amazon Alexa announcements made at IFA, with Bosch being prominent in the list, as well as new speakers from Harman and Lenovo.

// Wearables //

  • ABI says that shipments of hearables will reach 11m in 2022, rising from 0.6m in 2017, with annual shipments growing at a CAGR of 75%.

  • Apple’s leaked source code appears to confirm that the next Apple Watch will have LTE connectivity, but no word on whether that includes LTE-M.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Globetouch and CloudMinds have signed a partnership to provide a connected AI-powered robotic system, using Globetouch’s connectivity and CloudMinds’ AI-based cloud engine.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Deutsche Telekom and Enfore have partnered to launch the MagentaBusiness POS terminal, a new POS unit for retailers and the service industry, hoping to boost SMB feature parity.

  • DHL and Huawei have started a pilot project for managing inbound logistics trucks, using NB-IoT connections to better allocate trucks to docking bays – halving wait times.

  • Akua has picked Integron to supply it with global wireless connectivity, to ensure that Akua’s portfolio of logistics gateways and sensors can send data at all times.

  • Thinfilm has racked up another win, with Valmont Cosmetics picking its SpeedTap NFC tag technology to integrate into its packaging – to better promote the brand’s values.

// Automotive //

  • The Driven Consortium has unveiled the first three self-driving vehicles in its custom-built testing fleet of six – a Ford Fusion, Ford Mondeo, and Range Rover Evoque.

  • Delphi has signed partnerships with three cities (Boston, Paris, and Singapore) to better understand how its autonomous vehicle technologies can fit into smart city proposals.

  • Telus has launched its Drive+ telematics offering in Canada, using a device built by ZTE that also uses Mojio’s software (and hardware, by the looks of it).

  • Zenuity is using Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator cloud to power its Zenuity Connected Cloud, the backbone behind its ADAS and self-driving system (a JV between Volvo and Autoliv).

// Security //

  • Symantec reports that the Dragonfly group is targeting European and North American utilities with cyberattacks, following in the wake of notable attacks on Ukrainian firms.

  • Verimatrix has launched Vtegrity, a PaaS for securing connected devices and services – expanding from Verimatrix’s core business in DRM and video content protection.

  • MIT and Boston University found a serious security vulnerability inside IOTA, a cryptocurrency project aimed at facilitating IoT transactions – which has now been fixed.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

// And last but not least //

  • The Conversation hosts a discussion on the rise of IoT and its impact on the concept of ownership, wondering if it means a return to serfdom via ‘digital barons.’