Rethink IoT News ATW 182: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Westbase has acquired Control Limited, a maker of a cellular telemetry modem that is widely used in motorsport, adding the company to Westbase’s cellular distributor offerings.

  • Truphone has acquired Cellnetrix, a German specialist in embedded and SIM OS solutions that has had its products included in some 250m mobile devices.

  • Assa Abloy has acquired August, a maker of connected door locks. No price has been given, but the $23bn (owner of Yale) will have seen August’s encouraging progress.

  • Lyft has closed a $1bn funding round, led by Alphabet, which values the company at $11bn – a big growth from its March appraisal of $7.5bn.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • The Microsoft case about being compelled to hand over emails stored in Irish data centers to the US DoJ will be heard by the US Supreme Court – good news for the DoJ’s appeal.

  • FRAND IP licensing proposals appear to be causing a lot of tension, with the App Association saying that license fees for essential technologies are “toxic to innovation,” while the IP Europe group says use-based fees are fairer.

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

  • NB-IoT chipset shipments will grow on the back of strong demand for consumer products, according to Technavio, which says they will climb from $10.58m in 2016 to $113.92m in 2021 – a CAGR of some 61%.

  • Some 62m European homes will have smart gas meters by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 37.8%, according to Berg Insight, from 17.3m in 2017.

// Hardware //

  • CEVA and Brodmann17 have partnered, combining CEVA’s XM chip designs with Brodmann17’s specialized deep-learning library, to provide what the pair say is an order of magnitude improvement over current GPU-based edge-device deep-learning performance.

  • Samsung has launched new Artik Secure IoT Modules, which we think are called the Artik 053/053s/055s, as well as the necessary cloud integrations to help build secure devices.

  • Antenova has launched two new antenna designs for ISM and cellular applications, the Draco and Pacifica, suitable for IoT devices.

  • MaxLinear and Corinex have announced a partnership to use power line communication (PLC) for smart metering applications in homes and grid deployments.

// Software //

  • has unveiled balena, a new container engine based on the Moby Project and designed for embedded and IoT apps. Resin says it is 10-70x more efficient than Docker.

  • Samsung and Exonic have signed an agreement to test and develop Exxor blockchain-based software on Samsung’s IoT devices, for M2M applications.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Senet and Yodiwo have announced a partnership that combines Senet’s US LoRa network and services with Yodiwo’s Application Enablement Platform (AEP), for IoT deployments.

  • ZTE Welink has won a 500k-unit NB-IoT module deal from China Telecom, priced at $5.46 per unit, according to sources. That’s a very aggressive price point, and ahead of the curve.

  • Digimondo is using Kerlink gateways to power its German LoRa network, in partnership with E.ON for smart metering, as well as in other European projects.

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

  • DevicePilot has announced Epitiro as its first US customer, with Epitiro using DevicePilot’s device management PaaS to develop a wireless performance management and service assurance system for IoT devices – bringing telco ‘Service Assurance to the IoT.’

  • Intel has launched the Nervana Neural Network Processor (Nervana NNP), which it says is the industry’s first silicon for neural-net processing, in close collaboration with Facebook.

  • GE and Apple have partnered, to add Predix applications to iOS devices, using a newly unveiled Predix SDK, which should allow developers to make iPhone and iPad apps.

  • Samsung has launched SmartThings Cloud, combining three existing IoT services into one offering – SmartThings, Samsung Connect, and Artik Cloud.

  • Nokia and AWS have signed a deal, to help Nokia service provider customers migrate to AWS cloud, and pitch AWS’ IoT services to enterprise customers – plus 5G R&D work.

  • Thales has announced that it is building an R&D center for AI products, based in Montreal and in partnership with the MILA and IVADO institutes.

  • AppDynamics (Cisco) has revamped its Business iQ applications, adding IoT and network visibility, as well as machine-learning capabilities, to the business software platform.

  • AlphaGo has beaten itself comprehensively, as a new version thrashed its predecessor without any human intervention in its training.

  • Qualcomm and SenseTime have announced partnership to develop on-device AI and ML, using SenseTime’s models and algorithms on Qualcomm’s silicon.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Honeywell has turned to Indeigogo to launch its new DIY smart home security system, and will make its debut on November 1st. Honeywell has the cash to avoid crowdfunding.

  • Greenwave and Kaon have announced that Kaon will be using Greenwave’s Axon Predict real-time visual edge analytics solution in a range of upcoming set top boxes.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Nokia and Bosch have partnered, combining Nokia’s WING IoT platform with Bosch’s smart sensor portfolio, to target industrial and logistics automation, and environmental control. The pair say the commercial offering will be available in early 2018.

  • CNN has won an FAA waiver to fly its news footage capturing drones over crowds in the US, in what is being called an industry milestone – although it’s a small drone, for now.

  • Briggs & Stratton has launched InfoHub for Commercial Turf, aimed at letting its commercial landscaping customers embrace IoT tech to boost their operations and bids.

  • HPE has launched a Manufacturing version of its Express App Platform, an on-premises that works with the Cloud28+ aggregator, aimed at speeding up digital factory transformation.

  • Gooee and Evrythng have signed a $7.5m perpetual license, with Gooee using Evrythng’s cloud-based digital asset identity platform to power its smart lighting offerings.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Evrythng and Zappar have partnered, combining Evrythng’s product identity platform with Zappar’s AR one, to create consumer experiences as a sales tool.

  • Walmart is putting its latest acquisition, Parcel, to use – using its to better plot delivery routes for a new 24h delivery service in New York – for perishables and non-perishables.

  • SAP has added new machine-learning features to its Hybris retail offerings, including facial recognition and customer attribution, for both marketers and in-store users.

  • DHL has tested PostBOT, an autonomous mail carrying robot that follows delivery staff, aiming to improve the staffer’s productivity by freeing up hands.

// Automotive //

  • Bloomberg argues that the power draw of the computers in a self-driving car is going to be a large problem – estimated at between 2kW – 4kW, enough to dent battery reserves.

  • Cubic Telecom and Telstra have reportedly signed a $23.5m MoU to provide connectivity solutions to the automotive industry, for in-car connectivity and services.

  • Airbiquity will be showing off its new OTAmatic software updating system at TU-Automotive Europe. The tech aims to solve the problem of managing multiple ECU updates.

  • Garmin has launched the Speak, a device that sticks to the windscreen and houses Amazon Alexa, for voice-based GPS navigation. It seems to have forgone the traditional screen.

  • Intel has published an academic paper and mathematical formula that it says will ensure that a self-driving vehicle will operate in a responsible manner and not cause accidents.

  • ETSI has adopted the Car Connectivity Consortium’s MirrorLink technical specification, TS 103 544, which allows smartphones to bridge with in-car IVI systems.

  • NXP is readying a new ‘whole vehicle’ platform called S32, which is intended to allow OEMs and T1 suppliers to maximize the re-use of code and software across SoCs.

  • STMicro has announced what it says is the first implementation of a dedicated and isolated Hardware Security Module (HSM) on an automotive microprocessor, called the Telemaco3P. The company has also launched an open development platform.

  • Denso has licensed ARM’s Cortex-R52 to build safety-focused autonomous car products, with ARM saying that since the launch of the new chip, it has been rapidly adopted.

  • Elektrobit has launched a new software product line called Corbos, for automotive ECUs, aimed at highly automated driving – one of the first to be AUTOSAR compatible.

  • Tesla is expanding its InsureMyTesla service to the US, with a new partnership with Liberty Mutual that promises cheaper insurance thanks to the Tesla car’s safety features.

  • TomTom and LeasePlan have signed a deal to use TomTom’s fleet management and connected car tools to power LeasePlan’s new corporate customer fleet offerings.

// Security //

  • Infineon Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) appear to have a very significant flaw, producing weak RSA keys that can be cracked by attackers – a firmware fix looks possible.

  • The Krack WiFi attack has been unveiled, which uses a flaw in WPA2 encryption to carry out a Key Reinstallation Attack (Krack) on WiFi devices – problematic for many in the IoT.

  • Check Point Software has published its discovery of IOTroop, a new IoT botnet that it claims is growing faster than Mirai, and Qihoo has spotted the Reaper botnet.

// Smart Cities //

  • Citybeacon has carried out a 25-unit deployment in Eindhoven, launching its new smart city kiosks to help citizens engage with government and businesses.

  • Nokia is launching a smart city research project in Sendai, a Japanese city that will see new edge-compute, 5G, private LTE, and drone systems deployed to test new technologies.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Alfen has launched a new grid-scale storage device, promising self-healing capabilities thanks to an algorithmic analysis approach, part of its Cellular Smart Grid Platform.

  • Sonnen is building a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in the US, in partnership with Mandalay Homes in Arizona, planning to install the smart grid storage tech in 2,900 homes.

  • Silver Spring Networks has release a study that only 6% of utilities feel extremely ready with their current comms networks – with 74% planning to use fiber optic cable and 65% planning on using RF mesh networks for future projects.

  • Rijkswaterstaat has picked SAS to provide it with analytics platforms for managing the Netherland’s waterways and sea traffic, processing data from connected assets.

  • E.ON has partnered with Cuculus, to use the latter’s Zonos IoT platform to improve E.ON’s services for EVs and smart meters in Europe – in a move that should impact 33m people.

// Health //