Rethink IoT News ATW 181: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Ridecell has acquired Auro, an autonomous vehicle tech developer, and announced that it has launched the ‘first complete autonomous new mobility solution,’ which it hopes ridesharing operators will use to power their platforms. It’s an all-stock deal.

  • Octo Telematics is acquiring the UBI insurance assets of Willis Towers Watson, chiefly its DriveAbility system, and will partner with WTW on future insurance products.

  • The Industrial Internet Consortium and the Avnu Alliance have announced a liaison, to advance the development of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) open standards.

// Hardware //

  • STMicro has added support for Alibaba’s AliOS to its STM32 range of IoT MCUs, in a partnership that the pair says creates the first Chinese cloud-to-node IoT platform.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Actility and Enforta, a Russian telco, have announced that they will be deploying a LoRa network across the entire Russian territory. Enforta serves most Russian enterprises.

  • Vodafone Australia has launched commercial NB-IoT services in Melbourne, with plans to expand to Sydney and Canberra in December, with 30km ranges and deep penetration.

  • Buddy Platform and T-Mobile have signed a global connectivity deal for Buddy’s Ohm platform, a system that Buddy pitches to firms looking to monitor buildings and facilities.

  • Telecom Italia is launching an NB-IoT network to cover 5,000 municipalities in Italy, around 75% of its LTE footprint. By January, it plans to have covered 97% of population.

  • Samsung has launched an NB-IoT + GPS tag, for tracking assets, pets, and children, in what appears to be a Korea-exclusive deal – which will use KT’s NB-IoT network.

  • Project Loon, Google’s balloon-based networking project, may be being spun off as a standalone company, based on a recent FCC filing.

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

  • VMware and SAP have announced a new partnership aimed at enterprises, which will combine VMware’s Pulse IoT Center with SAP’s Cloud and Leonardo IoT offerings.

  • Intel has delivered a 17-qubit superconducting test chip to QuTech, its Dutch research partner for quantum computing, and launched Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX).

  • Salesforce has launched IoT Explorer Edition, a follow up to 2015’s Salesforce IoT Cloud. The new product aims to simplify data ingest and understanding, in a ‘low code’ fashion.

  • IoTium and Relevant Solutions have partnered to target building automation customers, using IoTium’s secure NaaS to support Relevant’s existing IoT portfolio.

  • Dell Technologies has launched a new ‘Distributed Core’ computing model, as part of a new $1bn investment project that sees it embrace AI and edge-compute.

  • Intel has launched Saffron Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Advisor, an AI-based system that it says can help financial customers prevent fraud and meet tighter regulatory environments.

  • Akamai has launched a new IoT initiative, the first part of which is an OTA Update service for securely delivering updates to remote IoT devices, including connected cars.

  • AWS and Microsoft have launched Gluon, a new open source deep learning interface and reference specification that will let developers work with any deep learning engines.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • LG is launching a SmartThinQ website for developers, opening up its smart home platform to third-parties that want to enter – using a ‘Works with SmartThinQ’ badge for certification.

  • Amazon has announced new voice recognition training services for its Alex assistant, with users now able to train their Echo devices to recognize different users.

  • Fibaro has added the first HomeKit-compatible flood sensor, now available in some Apple stores, which can alert owners to leaks and water via iOS alerts.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • T-Systems and Huawei have announced that they will be supporting Kone’s global elevator and escalator fleet, using Huawei hardware and Deutsche Telekom’s cloud.

  • Telit, Husqvarna, and WSI have collaborated on a robotic urban park sustainability program, which would provide cities with extra sensor data from the robot platforms.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Walmart is offering discounted Google Homes, in exchange for customers agreeing to sign their smart home device’s Google Express retail portal to their Walmart account.

  • Yara and Kongsberg have announced a successful trial of their autonomous and unmanned container ship, the Yara Birkeland, which is being tested in Norway, in scaled-down form.

// Automotive //

  • Nvidia has launched Pegasus, the latest member of its Drive PX family of automotive central processors, which it claims will be able to handle SAE Level 5 driving in H2 2018.

  • Toyota has unveiled its latest autonomous test vehicle, called Platform 2.1, which was developed in its TRI labs. It uses LiDAR from startup Luminar.

  • TRL says that one in three private car journeys in London could be replaced by autonomous vehicles by 2025, and one in seven of all overall journeys on all types of transport.

  • The famed Jeep hackers, now GM employees, have said that the auto industry is finally getting serious about cybersecurity – “it affects their bottom line and they realize that.”

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • E.ON has announced the successful deployment of a 10MW battery at one of its British biomass plants, a milestone project apparently, housed in four shipping containers.

  • 42 Technology has shown off its Triple Ohm tech, which it says could allow utilities to use smart meters to show customers itemized bills for their home appliances.

  • Energo is planning on setting up a blockchain-assisted energy community in South Korea, linking residential solar panels to enable peer-to-peer sales in real-time.

  • Larsen and Toubro has won a 5m-unit tender for Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), in a $209m deal that will see them installed in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

// Health //

  • Nokia has announced a new focus on digital health technology, aiming to accelerate growth in that market – following its purchase of Withings last year. It will be offloading around a third of its 1090 VR staff, to help expand the health projects.