Rethink IoT News ATW 184: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • China Telecom has partnered with the Bridge Alliance to offer APAC and MEA M2M and IoT services, using the Alliance’s MNO 34-member footprint.

  • Telus is acquiring Xavient Information Systems, a business process and IT provider, with Telus saying that it plans to use Xavient to power new Cloud, Big Data, and IoT services.

  • Continental is buying Argus Security Systems, reportedly for $400m, adding the software specialist to its automotive OEM offerings, which include Elektrobit.

  • Telstra has acquired MTData, and Australian provider of GPS and telematics fleet management systems, in an IoT move that the MNO hopes will expand its footprint.

  • Dassault Systemes is acquiring No Magic, a developer of engineering software that Dassault hopes to use to expand its IoT application modeling and SMB markets.

  • Broadcom is reportedly planning an offer for Qualcomm. It’s hard to see how this would receive antitrust approval, but QCOM might be a cheap buy, given its Apple-NXP problems.

  • Centrica has acquired REstore, a Belgian demand response and smart grid startup, for $81m. It gives Centrica a 1.7GW portfolio of peak-load capabilities, for dynamic adjustments.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • The Trump admission has quietly dropped plans to mandate V2V capabilities in new vehicles, apparently killing an Obama-era proposal to cut traffic deaths.

  • Ring has received an injunction from a US judge, preventing it from selling its Ring Protect home security systems. Ring is currently facing a lawsuit from security incumbent ADT.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Huawei, Nextek, and Quectel have all partnered to push NB-IoT offerings in the Middle East, using Quectel’s modules, Nextek’s IT and software, and Huawei’s network offerings.

  • Sensus has launched in the Middle East, expanding its FlexNet network to the region’s utility and industrial customers – following its success in the UK metering market.

  • Sigfox and Kamstrup have announced a new water meter, called the Multical 21, with a claimed 16-year battery life. Belgium’s Water Link has a 205k-unit deal with Kamstrup.

  • Telefonica has launched Thinx, a new plan to foster ecosystem development by building physical labs for potential partners to experiment in – hopefully driving business.

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

  • AT&T and Tech Mahindra have partnered to launch Acumos, an open source AI platform that will be housed in the Linux Foundation, for easy-build AI-based applications.

  • AT&T and AWS have expanded their partnership, with a focus on IoT and cloud offerings for AT&T customers to use on the AWS platform.

  • Chevron has picked Microsoft to provide a 7-year cloud transformation deal, which will include new IoT and analytics services for its energy and petroleum business.

  • Kyushu University researchers have demonstrated an attack that deceives DNN-based image classification systems. Changing just one pixel is enough to trick the AI-based process.

  • The US DoD has picked C3 to provide its AI and IoT platform to the USAF, to power predictive maintenance and operation availability for aircraft and machinery.

  • IBM has killed Bluemix as a brand, renaming its PaaS to IBM Cloud.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Telus and mCloud have signed a reseller agreement that will see the Canadian telco offer mCloud’s AssetCare service to buildings looking for connected HVAC systems.

  • Altice USA (Cablevision and Suddenlink) has begun offering Nest devices to its cable and broadband customers, both in-store and online, including the Nest Aware security service.

  • Invoxia has unveiled Triby, a portable smart home speaker that integrates switches for Apple’s HomeKit platform – a first, according to the company.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Plenty is opening a hundred-thousand square-foot vertical farming facility in Seattle, its first ‘full-scale’ farm and one that promises to create much more resource-efficient produce.

// Automotive //

  • Cisco and Michigan have signed a three-year digital development project, with Cisco planning on exploring its infrastructure offerings to support self-driving vehicles.

  • Denso and TrafficCast have announced a new joint-offering that combines their tech to provide a hybrid roadside V2X device, for IoT data collection and analysis.

  • AT&T, Ford, Nokia, and Qualcomm have announced testing in San Diego for V2X communications systems that center around Qualcomm’s new C-V2X modules.

  • Waymo has explained why it has stopped developing features that required the self-driving vehicle to hand over control to a human – because people lose the contextual information.

  • Waymo has demonstrated its Chrysler Pacifica minivans driving without any human safety drivers, at a test facility in California. Public road tests are expected soon.

  • Toyota has picked Renesas to provide ARM-based SoCs for a new autonomous vehicle, due in 2020, with Denso integrating the R-Car chips with Toyota’s hardware.

  • FleetUp and Shipwell have partnered, combining fleet management with asset tracking technology to provide a new machine-learning enabled platform for better routing.

  • Tesla has delayed Model 3 production, saying it will meet its 5,000 cars per week target in Q1 2018. It comes as it posts a $671m loss in Q3.

  • BMW, VW, Daimler, and Ford have launched Ionity, a new joint-venture that will construct a ‘supercharging highway’ for PEVs across Europe, planning 400 stations in 3 years.

  • TomTom and LeasePlan have partnered, using TomTom Telematics to power LeasePlan’s fleet management platform and services, for real-time usage metrics.

// Security //

  • Check Point has said that LG’s SmartThinQ smart home platform has glaring vulnerabilities that would allow attackers to remotely control devices inside the home.

// Smart Cities //

  • WISeKey will be deploying its smart city blockchain technology in China, following a successful trial in Nanjing, in a Blockchain-aaS (BaaS) model.

  • Here and City Digital have partnered, planning to test and launch pilots that address traffic problems in cities. Here will lead the City Digital consortium’s Urban Logistics pilot.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • mPrest and Vector have expanded their Internet of Energy deal, with the New Zealand utility now planning on reselling mPrest’s software in AU, NZ, and the Pacific Islands. Vector is now also investing in mPrest, the Israeli industrial and monitoring software provider.

  • Kontrol Energy has launched its new blockchain-powered Energy Management System (EMS), targeting utilities looking to embrace Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).

  • Landis+Gyr says it will be supplying SMETS2 smart meters to British Gas, and expects to supply 20m meters to its UK customers as part of the nationwide rollout.

// Health //

  • Wiliot has netted a $14m investment round, with Qualcomm and Merck investing in its battery-free Bluetooth technology, which is aimed at healthcare sensing applications.