Rethink IoT News ATW 179: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • SAP has acquired Gigya, a customer identity and access management specialist, with plans to integrate it into its Hybris retail platform – for a rumored $350m.

  • Livongo has acquired Diabeto, a maker of connected glucose meters, hoping to add the tech to Livongo’s digital health portfolio – which include iOS and Android smartphone apps.

  • The IIC and oneM2M have announced an IIoT partnership, which will see the Industrial Internet Consortium investigate how oneM2M’s standard architecture could be put to use.

  • Autoliv is acquiring Fotonic I Norden AB, a Swedish LiDAR specialist, planning on integrating the tech into Autoliv’s automotive safety portfolio, and complementing the Velodyne partnership.

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

  • Vodafone has released its latest IoT Barometer report, finding that 50k+ deployments have doubled since 2016, and that the average revenue increase from an IoT project is 19%, and average cost reductions from IoT is 16%.

  • Enterprise wearable shipments will hit 118m in 2022, rising from 38m in 2017 at a CAGR of 25%, according to ABI, still growing more strongly than the consumer segment.

// Hardware //

  • ON Semiconductor has launched what it says is the most compact Sigfox SiP. Called the AX-SIP-SFEU, the new SoC+RF (System in Package – SiP) is Sigfox RC1 certified.

  • Cypress has launched a new WiFi+BLE IoT-focused chip, called the CYW43012, which it says cuts power consumption by up to 70% in receive mode and 80% in sleep mode.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Sigfox has revamped its platform, announcing what it calls the ‘first IoT Network-as-a-Service,’ featuring new SDR capabilities that it says will help it connect billions of devices. Partnerships with Bosch, GCT Semi, and Alps Electric were also announced, but perhaps most interesting is Admiral Ivory, which claims a new $0.20 disposable tracker adapter.

  • Sigfox has also added four new countries to its list, and achieved national coverage in 19. It has also linked with GCT Semi to launch the first hybrid Sigfox+LTE-M/NB-IoT module, and WISeKey to create a new secure element for encrypted messaging.

  • Sigma Designs has launched Z-Wave SmartStart, a new system that combines the Z-Wave protocol and gateway software to make out-of-the-box provisioning much simpler.

  • Aeris is launching into India, with a partnership with BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd), a telco services provider, in a deal that will see the pair target emerging IoT solutions demand.

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

  • Intel has unveiled its Loihi neuromorphic processor, which can learn to adapt to better suit tasks. It uses a 14nm design, and houses 130k neurons, for 130m synapses.

  • Microsoft Azure is powering a new asset management platform for AT&T, which the telco will use for quick deployment of monitoring and management for business IoT customers.

  • Nvidia has two wins in China, with Huawei, Inspur and Lenovo all selecting its Volta HGX for their cloud server offerings, and Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD, and Hikvision picking its new TensorRT 3 AI inference software. Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent also chose new Tesla V100 GPU accelerators for their data centers.

  • SAP wants to build a blockchain platform for the IoT, with the launch of the new Leonardo Blockchain Early Access Program, announced at its TechEd event in Vegas.

  • Google has moved its Google Cloud IoT Core managed service platform into public beta.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Insteon and Wink have both been savaged in a Rapid7 security report, that found that neither used encryption on their smart home hubs to protect account logins and passwords.

  • Wink has added a bunch of new integrations and devices to its smart home hub platform, including more SmartThings sensors, as well as new motion sensing options.

  • Austria’s A1 has launched two smart home starter packages, entering the SHaaS market. Called Security and Comfort, the two feature integrated SIM cards with monthly fees.

  • Amazon has launched new Echo devices – a smaller version of its original design, and a new Echo Plus, which doubles as a smart home hub for connecting devices.

  • Google has blocked Amazon’s Echo Show from playing YouTube videos, citing a ‘broken user experience’ as the clash in its terms of service. The first shot in a major platform war?

// Wearables //

  • Toshiba has launched a new reference design for wearables, called the TZ1200, which houses its App-Lite graphics processor for 2D graphics and applications.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • BlackBerry and Fleet Complete have partnered to offer trailer and cargo visibility services for logistics customers, in a partnership between the two Canadian firms.

  • Bosch and SpotSee have announced a partnership to develop the SpotBot BLE, a transport data logger that uses Bluetooth to monitor asset tracking and sensor data from logistics tags.

// Automotive //

  • Volvo is using the launch of its new XC40 to unveil a new subscription model, called Care by Volvo, which charges a flat €699 monthly fee to get a new car every two years.

  • Chery says it will be mass producing SAE Level 3 capable vehicles by 2019, following on from a development agreement that the automaker signed with Baidu.

  • Daimler (Freightliner) is testing truck platooning in North America, using 802.11p V2V WiFi. The automaker said it had been testing at the Madras, Oregon proving ground.

  • Ford and Lyft have announced a partnership to add self-driving Fords to Lyft’s ride-sharing network. It’s an interesting deal, as Lyft is part-owned by Ford-rival GM.

  • Dyson has announced that it will be making an electric car in 2020, after secretly working on the project for the past two years – a rather large evolution from its vacuum cleaners.

  • Tesla has picked Intel chips to power its new IVI systems, poaching the deal from Tesla, according to Bloomberg’s sources. It covers all new Tesla cars going forward.

  • TTS and Siemens USA have partnered to integrate their respective smart traffic platforms, installing the new joint offering in a handful of US cities.

  • BMW (and Mini) will be using Amazon’s Alexa in its 2018 vehicles, in the US, UK, and Germany, as the integrated in-car digital assistant.

  • Here has announced deals with adsquare and Pitney Bowes, for advertising and insurance assessment respectively, as the company looks to expand on its auto-focused location skills.

// Smart Cities //

  • Three EU cities have announced the mySmartLife project, which sees them implement new smart city tech to reduce energy usage by 10-20% – Helsinki, Hamburg, and Nantes.

// Health //

  • Libelium has updated its MySignals eHealth platform, upgrading its terminal unit with a larger screen, and adding new sensors to the remote diagnostics system – for a total of 17.

  • Qualcomm Life has announced its invention of a new single-use biometric sensing patch, based on its 2net platform. Qualcomm says the reference designs are affordable.