Rethink IoT News ATW 177: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Trimble continues its M&A spree, acquiring 10-4 Systems, a supplier of shipment visibility solutions, adding it to Trimble’s Transportation Management Systems (TMS) suite.

  • ARCA has acquired GeoTraq, the maker of one of the smallest cellular tracking modules, looking to add the feature to ARCA’s utility appliance recycling programs.

  • Alphabet is reportedly preparing a $1bn investment in Lyft, according to Bloomberg, with the cash coming from Google or its private equity wing CapitalG. No public comments.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • The US House of Representatives has passed the ‘SELF DRIVE’ bill, which sets a framework for national self-driving regulation. It now needs Senate approval.

  • Uber has lost its appeal to avoid a trial with Waymo, meaning that this case is heading to court and Uber can’t hide behind independent arbitration.

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

  • Inmarsat has published its Future of IoT in Enterprise report, finding that 21% of respondents have deployed IoT solutions, 33% have at least partially deployed IoT, and 82% will have deployed within two years, according to the satellite operator.

  • Verizon has published its State of the Market report, finding that regulatory compliance remains a driving factor behind enterprise IoT implementations, with 73% of execs either researching or deploying IoT. Standards, security, and interop are main concern for 50%.

  • The Location of Things market will hit $71.6bn by 2025, according to Grand View Research, which expects the location market to grow at a CAGR of 34.07%.

  • There will be 48.8bn connected devices by 2021, according to ABI Research, which warns that the ecosystem is volatile, fractured, and experimental – and therefore vulnerable.

// Hardware //

  • Qorvo says its GP712 SoC is the first multi-channel IoT transceiver to receive Thread certification, for the low-power mesh protocol. Notably, it uses OpenThread.

  • MultiTech has launched its first LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular modems, with the MultiConnect rCell 100 and the MultiConnect Cell 100, respectively.

  • Sierra Wireless has launched the AirPrime EM75, which it says is the first LTE-A embedded module. It makes use of unlicensed bands for LTE communication, for 2x upload speeds.

  • u-blox and Bluvision have demoed an NB-IoT cold chain monitoring system at MWCA, using the BluCell gateway, u-blox’s SARA-R410M-02B module, and T-Mobile’s network.

  • University of Washington researchers presented a design for backscatter communications that could enable ultra-cheap IoT radios to communicate via reflected RF waves.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • AT&T has launched LTE-M pilots in Mexico, planning to cover the country by the end of 2017, as well as the new AT&T Asset Management platform for global asset tracking, which runs on Microsoft’s Azure platform, and a new partnership with Mobike and Qualcomm to use Qualcomm’s MDM9206 modem for the bicycles’ LTE-M connections in the US.

  • T-Mobile says it plans to deploy nationwide NB-IoT coverage in 2018, and expand its SyncUp telematics with a new Fleet variant. Sierra Wireless has tested on the network.

  • Verizon has also said that it plans tests for NB-IoT in 2018, but hasn’t provided a roadmap for national deployment.

  • Iridium and Magnitude Space have announced an MoU that will see the pair collaborate on developing a Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN) satellite system.

  • Senet and Neptune Technology have announced a partnership to develop connected water metering systems in North America, using Senet’s LoRa network and Neptune’s AMI tech.

  • The SCF and the TIA have announced a new smart city partnership, which will combine the Small Cell Forum’s work with projects in the Telecoms Industry Association.

  • Actility and Comcast’s machineQ have demonstrated a LoRa-based asset tracking system at MWCA, tracking Comcast’s Xfinity service vehicles in “near real-time.”

  • Actility and pureIntegration have announced that they have finished the integration of LoRa into the RDK-B software, a Reference Design Kit for the cable TV industry’s hardware.

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

  • Comcast’s machine-learning system has already saved ‘tens of millions of dollars’ in truck roll expenses, predicting with over 90% accuracy whether techs need to be dispatched.

  • DoNotPay’s chatbot is filing automated claims against Equifax, following the company’s huge leak of sensitive information, affecting around 143m people, for up to $25,000.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • IoTium and Yorkland Controls have announced a distribution partnership in Canada, which will see Yorkland offer IoTium’s Network-aaS as part of its Building Automation Systems.

  • Lynx has announced Q4 availability for its new Lynx MIND smart home system, based on the OCF’s IoTivity framework, to turn ODM’s CPE into smart home hubs.

  • Bosch has launched a connected thermostat, the BCC100, housing a 5-inch touchscreen connection with WiFi as its wireless link for internet connectivity, with a smartphone app.

// Wearables //

  • Apple has added LTE and UMTS connectivity to its Apple Watch line-up, which will add $70 to the price. Apple also said that it is now the world’s largest watchmaker.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • MIT has developed a system that uses a drone to patrol a warehouse and scan RFID tags, which it says can scan from 19-meters away with a location accuracy of 20cm.

// Automotive //

  • Both India and China have announced plans to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles, with India choosing 2030 and China undecided on a target start date.

  • Audi has picked Nuance to provide it with Nuance’s Dragon Drive platform, to power the conversational services that will feature in Audi’s new A8 saloon.

  • and Lyft have announced an autonomous ridesharing pilot project in California, to explore the passenger experience using self-driving vehicles.

  • Nextchip has licensed CEVA’s XM4 imaging and vision pre-processor IP, for use in real-time ADAS vision systems, which will be powered by Nextchip’s APACHE4.

  • Mobileye (Intel) and Munich Re have announced an insurance collaboration, using Mobileye’s aftermarket collision avoidance system and driver feedback to cut risks.

  • Irdeto and IBM have partnered to work on automotive cybersecurity, using Irdeto’s Cloakware Secure Environment with IBM’s QRadar for ECU protection.

  • TomTom has been picked by Daimler to power the maps of its IVI systems in North America, as well as extending its mapping coverage to 68 countries, covering 5bn people. TomTom has also launched the new TomTom Bridge Hub for adding its software to fleets.

  • Daimler has picked Veoldyne to provide LiDAR systems for its R&D projects, using the VLP-32C Ultra Puck units to provide Mercedes-Benz cars with LiDAR capabilities.

  • Sierra Wireless has updated the MP70 LTE-A router, for fleet vehicle telemetry systems, adding new dead reckoning and driver behavior reporting functions to the box.

  • Dialog Semi has launched its new SmartBond SOCs, which are now being used in Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors. It has shipped 100m of the old models.

  • NXP has launched its new DSRC and 802.11p V2X SoC, the SAF5400, which it says is the world’s first single-chip DSRC modem, as part of its RoadLINK range.

  • Samsung has announced a $300m investment fund for autonomous driving tech, and launched a new ADAS and self-driving initiative with its Harman division.

  • Samsung and TTTech signed a strategic partnership to develop self-driving hardware, with Samsung also joining Audi as a major investor in TTTech – an Austrian automotive OEM.

  • BMW has said it won’t sell user data for targeted in-car advertising, but noted that there are real partner opportunities with big brands that fit its premium brand.

// Security //

  • Armis says it has found a set of eight critical vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth spec, called BlueBorne, which affect 5.3bn devices – blaming the length and complexity of the spec.

// Smart Cities //

  • Philips Lighting and American Tower have formed a smart city alliance, to accelerate smart city transformation in the US, co-developing pole-mounted 4G/5G networking systems.

  • Silver Spring and Acuity have announced a smart city and IoT development agreement, which will see Acuity integrating SSN’s wireless tech into its street lighting portfolio.

  • Atlanta has launched IoT.ATL, a new smart city development initiative – with members including Accenture, AT&T, GE, and IBM’s The Weather Company.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • EON has launched a new smart meter that also houses a control box, which the utility is using to control its German Bayernwerk customers’ solar panel output.

  • Honda is presenting Power Manager at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a way to integrate electric vehicles with smart grids, for load balancing between cars and other grid users.

  • TEPCO has picked Landis+Gyr to provide a full suite of AMI systems in Japan, following an MoU between the Japanese utility and the smart grid provider.

// Health //

  • OnKol had picked Gemalto to provide IoT connectivity modules in its new mHealth system, using it to connect the hub used in ‘age in place’ care systems.

// And last but not least //

  • South Park managed to set off many viewer’s Amazon Echo, making unwanted additions to a users shopping list. Voice authentication has some distance to travel, evidently.