Rethink IoT News ATW 187: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • IoT Accelerator Wales has launched a £50k incubator project that will give ten companies a cash injection for 10% of their equity, launched in partnership with local govt and business.

  • Bermuda-based Marvell has confirmed its $6bn bid for Cavium, with the two silicon makers expected to have combined annual revenues of $3.4bn, focused on data centers.

  • Delphi Automotive has closed its acquisition of nuTonomy, and has confirmed that it will shortly be rebranding as Aptiv – ditching its old portfolios to focus on self-driving tech.

  • Rockwell Automation has shot down Emerson’s sweetened $29bn unsolicited takeover bid, with the industrial automation and software maker saying it was not in its interest.

// Hardware //

  • MediaTek has launched the MT2621, a new dual-mode NB-IoT and GSM/GPRS SoC. It says the design is highly power efficient, and needs only one SIM and antenna to work.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Cassia Networks has launched its E1000 Bluetooth IoT Edge Router, claiming a 300-meter range, supporting 40 concurrent bi-directional connections, and hundreds of connections in listen-only mode. The system is based on Nordic Semi’s Bluetooth 5 nRF52832 SoC.

  • StarHub and Nokia have signed an MoU to develop IoT apps and services in Singapore, with the telco focusing on smart city, automotive, and connected home systems.

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

  • AWS has announced the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, a new collaboration and education program for connecting ML experts with AWS customers – to boost ML adoption. Johnson & Johnson and the World Bank Group are the first customers to join the lab.

  • NEC has unveiled a FIWARE-based fog-compute framework for edge-devices, called FogFlow, with AI-based context information processing, compliant with the NGSI standard.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Epson has launched its WorkSense W-01 dual-arm autonomous robot, with the commercial roll-out beginning this winter. It has been designed with mobility in mind, allowing a customer to move it around a production facility when needed.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

// Automotive //

  • Uber has ordered 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs, to power its self-driving projects. Uber will be adapting them after delivery, which Uber says will enable them to be completely driverless.

  • If patent filings are an indicator, Waymo, GM, and Ford occupy the top-spots in self-driving car, according to LEK Consulting. Tesla is in last-place, likely due to opening up its IP.

  • Baidu’s self-driving cars have been spotted in Beijing, in what seems to be the first public testing of autonomous cars on Chinese roads. Given current laws, Baidu is in a gray area.

  • Tesla has announced its truck pricing, starting at $150k for the 300-mile version, and $200k for the 500-mile. It claims to enable $200k savings by the first million miles driven.

  • Lyft has gotten self-driving testing clearance for California, joining Uber, Waymo, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Ford.

// Security //

  • Cybertrust Japan has picked Rambus’ CryptoManager IoT Security Service, to power its Cybertrust Secure IoT PaaS – which the SoftBank subsidiary is aiming at IoT customers.

  • Uber has sacked its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, after it discovered that he had hidden a massive data breach in October 2016 by paying hackers off – concerning 57m records.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Origin Energy has picked People Power to help launch Home HQ, a smart home service based on People Power’s AI-enabled software, with device bundle starter kits.

  • UK Power Networks has picked Aclara to provide it with a grid outage monitoring system, in a $3.4m deal that will see the distribution company use 400 Aclara power sensors.

  • Tesla is close to firing up its 100MW grid battery in Australia, within the 100-day time-limit of the bet that instigated the project – made in the wake of power outages from storms.

  • The US ITC has submitted its report for solar panel manufacturing damages to President Trump, with three proposed trade duties that it thinks would protect US PV makers.

  • Open Energi thinks EVs could provide 11GW of grid flexibility capacity by 2030 in the UK, scaling from 200-500MW of turn-up flex, and 400-1,300MW of turn-down flex in 2020.

// Health //

  • Taipei Medical University Hospital and Digital Treasury Corp. have unveiled a personal healthcare record operating system (PHROs) based on blockchain tech.

  • The FDA has approved Abilify MyCite tablets, which contain a digestible sensor that can inform a healthcare provider that a patient has taken it – the first such pill approval.

  • GE Healthcare has partnered with Intel and Nvidia, to work on accelerating digital imaging from edge to cloud, and launching a the new Revolution Frontier CT AI-platform, respectively.