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20 November 2017

Rethink IoT News ATW 186: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Uber has secured an investment of up to $10bn from SoftBank, after disagreements that leaked out of discussions appear to have been settled. $1bn is confirmed, the rest is optional, and could give SoftBank up to 20% of the struggling ride-sharing startup.

  • Intel says its IoT group has posted record results, hitting $843m in Q3, up 23% year-on-year. However, much of its apparently now-canned hardware accounted for $680m of that total.

  • Raytheon and MetTel have announced a new global security alliance, which they are aiming at governments and industrial customers, looking to protect legacy systems and IoT.

  • Marvell is reportedly buying Cavium for $6bn, in a rumored cash and stock deal that will see yet more semiconductor consolidation – with Marvell snapping up its ARM-server biz.

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

  • Cradlepoint says IoT adoption is at 69% among IT organizations, although 40% have serious concerns about cybersecurity. Increased physical security was the top driver (32%).

// Hardware //

  • Renesas has launched the RX65N and RX651 MCUs, claiming that enhanced flash functionality and optimized HMI interfaces make them perfect for IIoT edge devices.

  • Long Range Systems and Swift Sensors have partnered to launch VEN-U Sensors, a new range of wireless environmental monitoring sensors aimed at business users.

// Software //

  • Fujitsu has unveiled ConnectionChain, a software system that uses blockchain ledgers to record and execute transactions in multiple blockchain-based currencies.

  • Citrix has open-sourced its Octoblu software and M2M platform, a couple of years after Citrix acquired the IoT messaging system. All of the source code is now on GitHub.

  • Candi has announced a Google Cloud Platform integration for its PowerTools software, used on IoT gateways aimed at smart building applications – with Google Pub/Sub support.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Huawei and Gemalto are developing a new set of NB-IoT modules, aiming t use Huawei’s HiSilicon semiconductor arm to create cost-effective and low-power offerings.

  • oBike has picked Unabiz to provide up to a million Sigfox connections for its new bike-sharing service in Singapore, to provide geolocation services in Singapore and Taiwan.

  • Senet has launched what is essentially an MNVO offering for LoRa networks, called the LVN (LPWAN Virtual Network), hoping to attract municipalities and business partnerships.

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

  • Libelium has launched the Programming Cloud Service, a web-form that can be used to design code and API features for its range of IoT sensing devices and gateways.

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory has acquired a 30-qubit ‘quantum simulator’ from Atos QLM (Quantum Learning Machine), to use in its research projects.

  • Cloudera is powering an analytics and machine-learning platform for Komatsu, a heavy equipment manufacturer, which has doubled equipment utilization for Komatsu customers.

  • Intel has killed off its upcoming Knights Hill chip, part of its Xeon Phi line. A 180-petaflop supercomputer project with Cray, for the US govt., has been postponed.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Eni, an Italian gas utility, will supply British Gas’ Hive smart home devices to its customers, in a deal that Centrica hopes will boost its current 660,000 home footprint.

  • ecobee has added Google Assistant to its list of platform integrations, which now includes Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Wink, IFTTT, and Samsung’s SmartThings.

  • Amazon’s Key service can be attacked without issuing alerts, according to a proof of concept exploit that would let someone enter a house without outside knowledge.

  • Apple is delaying the HomePod launch until 2018, as many predicted it would have to due to its aggressive and perhaps over-confident launch schedule.

// Wearables //

  • Samsung and Contextere have partnered to bring the latter’s intelligent personal assistant to industrial workers equipped with Samsung’s Gear S3 wearables, via the Samsung GearUP API Marketplace. Apps will include real-time health monitoring and safety geolocation.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Pessl has picked Inmarsat to connect its agricultural monitoring systems – solar-powered units that can measure sunlight, rainfall, and insect levels, under the METOS brand.

  • Boston Dynamics has revealed the new version of the SpotMini, and has removed the head/arm section that could have allowed it do chores around the house.

  • Microsoft, Xilinx, Infineon, and Mocana have partnered to develop a new IIoT system that will comply with upcoming cybersecurity standards – using hardware and the cloud.

// Automotive //

  • Next and Digital Barriers have partnered to combine the latter’s facial recognition and video streaming tech with Next’s modular self-driving vehicle designs, for secure access.

  • Peugeot and Huawei are partnering to develop a secure connected car software system.

  • TomTom has launched Route Monitoring, a congestion checking system for cities and event planners to use to monitor delays on their roads.

  • Esri and Mobileye have partnered, with Mobileye Shield+ now using Esri’s analytics, visualization, and mapping, to provide better pedestrian safety in public transport systems.

  • Zubie’s OBD-II dongle platform has hit a billion miles traveled, according to the company, which has been enjoying success with small and medium fleet customers too.

  • Pioneer is aiming to slash the cost of LiDAR sensors, with a new plan to deliver a sub-$100 sensor for self-driving vehicle OEMs, aiming for a 2020 delivery.

  • Kymeta is taking a Toyota RAV4 on a coast-to-coast trip in the US, to test its new KALO satellite broadband service, powered by IntelsatOne’s Flex network.

  • Tesla has unveiled its new Semi truck, with a claimed 500-mile range. No price has been given, but Tesla says it is around 15% cheaper per-mile than diesel.

  • Jaguar Land Rover is testing self-driving cars in Coventry, on public roads. Based on the Range Rover Sport, the test cars use a sensor-filled roof-rack and a human driver.

// Security //

  • Inside Secure has launched what it says is the first Root-of-Trust solution based on the RISC-V processor architecture. It has also joined the RISC-V Foundation.

  • DJI managed to leave SSL and firmware keys and its AWS credentials on a GitHub repository for years, described as a “full infrastructure compromise” by its finder.

// Smart Cities //

  • Xfire Smart Systems is behind a $5.5m smart city framework that will be used in Michigan, providing its Smart Light Controller wireless networking system for the project.

  • Cisco has announced a $1bn fund for investing in smart cities, partnering with Digital Alpha Advisors, APS, and Whitehelm Capital, to make it easier for cities to adopt the technologies.

  • Silver Spring has expanded its Starfish developer program in Europe and the Middle East, achieved streetlight certification from the TALQ Consortium, and announced a partnership with Rongwen that will see it connect streetlights in Guangzhou – China’s third-largest city.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Centrica is planning on building a 100MW battery storage system in Ireland, scheduled for 2022 – adding to a 49MW unit that is being built in Roosecote, Cumbria.

// Health //

  • UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm have integrated Samsung and Garmin wearables into UH’s Motion wellness program, which offers financial incentives for daily walking goals.

// And last but not least //

  • Intel’s drone partnership with Parley has been a success, using the SnotBot to collect biological samples from whale spouts, without disturbing the whales.