Rethink IoT News ATW 183: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • FedEx has acquired Northwest Research, a company specializing in inventory research and management, hoping to expand its e-commerce capabilities for “at-risk shipments.”

  • Digi International has acquired TempAlert for $45m, a provider of connected temperature monitoring systems for food services, healthcare, and industrial customers.

  • Delphi is acquiring nuTonomy for $450m, adding the startup software specialist to drive Delphi’s autonomous driving initiative – adding over 100 employees.

  • Enel has acquired eMotorWerks, using its EnerNOC subsidiary, to add the EV-charging infrastructure specialist and iits JuiceNet platform to Enel’s growing portfolio.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • Microsoft is dropping a lawsuit against the US, after the government changed its mind about preventing Microsoft from alerting its customers via secrecy orders indefinitely.

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

  • UK retailer Maplin has said that 24% of UK homes now own at least one smart home product, with the average spend on smart home devices in a year standing at £174. Some 71% of consumers are considering buying their first product too, and the UK is apparently on track to become a £6bn annual market, according to Maplin’s data.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Aeris and GeoSpace have announced a new joint offering for North American companies looking to comply with new ELD rules covering working hours, using Aeris’ platform.

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

  • GE Aviation and Teradata have announced a strategic partnership to provide aviation customers with business analytics offerings.

  • Petasense has used Electric Imp to provide the hardware to power its machine-learning predictive analytics systems, which it pitches at industrial customers.

  • DevicePilot has unveiled Cohort, a new operational analytics engine that is designed to save money lost through inefficiency and device failures. Switchee thermostats is an early user.

  • Intel’s Saffron AI wing is interviewed by EE Times, which asks how its Associative Memory AI systems work, which power Saffron’s recent anti-fraud offering.

  • GE Digital has unveiled Predix Edge, a new edge-focused Industrial IoT (IIoT) platform, supporting up to 200k devices in a single console, with plans to expand to Azure’s cloud. GE Transportation also launched EdgeLINC, for real-time analytics operations.

  • ARM has launched Mbed Edge, an expansion of its Mbed Cloud platform that has been designed to run on edge-devices, for better remote control and monitoring.

  • The Linux Foundation has launched the Community Data License Agreement (CDLA), which promises a new manner of sharing large data sets between open source users.

  • GE is planning on signing carrier deals to drive its Predix PaaS, according to an interview with Light Reading, expanding on its current strategy of adding public cloud partners.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Google appears to be readying a new Google Home device that features a touchscreen, according to Android Police, which has been digging through Android APK code.

  • Cirrent and AirTies have partnered, combining Cirrent’s ZipKey tech with AirTies’ WiFi Mesh extenders and set top boxes, to provide auto-provisioning for smart home devices.

  • SmartThings and Nvidia have launched the SmartThings Link, a USB dongle that adds Z-Wave and ZigBee radios to Nvidia’s Shield set top – a $40 device, with a small audience.

  • Wink has launched a new security bundle called Lookout, with a newly designed application to support the cameras and sensors that can trigger sirens and emergency services calls.

  • Amazon has launched its first security camera, called the Amazon Cloud Cam. Priced at $130, it requires a subscription to access those cloud recording features.

  • Wink has launched Lookout, a DIT security system that is being bundled around the new Wink hub. Notably, it doesn’t support video recording – a fairly glaring omission.

  • KNX has announced KNX Secure, a new security architecture for the venerable smart home coordination software, adding new encryption requirements and handoff features.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Flowmon is expanding its IIoT presence, updating its SCADA and IoT security software offerings, with a new focus on security and anomaly detection.

  • FogHorn and OGIS-RI have partnered, combining edge analytics and machine-learning software proficiencies in a new set of fog computing offerings for the manufacturing sector.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Amazon has unveiled Key, a new trial service that will let delivery people enter the homes of Amazon Prime customers to make deliveries – using compatible smart locks.

  • EyeSee’s warehouse drones are the subject of a report from the BBC, with the company saying that 2 drones can do the work of 100 humans over the same time period.

// Automotive //

  • Baidu has partnered with BAIC and King Long to mass-produce SAE Level 3 autonomous vehicles in 2019, and Level 4 cars in 2021. The King Long deal is for buses.

  • Bright Box has unveiled an AI-based system that it says could replace salesmen in car dealerships, evaluating customers and selling based on driving style and lifestyle.

  • Chanje and eMotorWerks are partnering to deliver electric-powered trucks to fleet customers, as well as supporting charging infrastructure.

  • TomTom and Zenrin have announced a mapping and traffic services cooperation deal for the Japanese market, on the back of TomTom covering the territory in its new HD maps.

  • Here and Mitsubishi Electric have signed a deal to integrate their offerings to target automakers and autonomous cars – using Here’s platform with Mitsubishi’s components.

// Security //

  • ARM has unveiled Platform Security Architecture, a new set of open source rules system and code that govern secure operation and design of software and firmware for IoT devices. Google and Cisco have both signed up, as well as STMicro, Microsoft, and Vodafone.

  • The Reaper botnet is now up to almost 2m devices, according to Netlab360, growing faster than the infamous Mirai and more resistant to attempts to remove the malware.

// Smart Cities //

  • Veniam has expanded into Singapore, bringing its vehicle-based WiFi platform to the country following successes in Europe, using the tech to gather sensor data.

  • Huawei has named Bristol as the UK’s smartest city, beating out London in the new Smart Cities Index in a close final result – elevated by the Bristol is Open project.

  • Maryland is investing $50m into a smart traffic system, with its DoT planning on deploying the tech across 14 major corridors to tackle congestion.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Silver Spring says it has completed its network canopy for DEWA (Dubai Energy and Water Authority), in the UAE, with the remaining head-end network integration due by year-end.

  • mPrest is expanding into North America, targeting utilities looking to add analytics and DER assets to their smart grids. mPrest is the company behind Israel’s Iron Dome.

  • GE and NYPA say they have partnered to launch the first Digital Utility, a claim we’re sure we’ve heard before, in a deal that adds Predix to power NYPA’s transformation program.

// Health //

  • Huawei and Philips have announced a cloud-based healthcare platform for China, which uses machine-learning tech to help tackle rising life expectancy and disease prevalence.