Rethink IoT News ATW 188: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Thoma Bravo is acquiring Barracuda Networks for $1.6bn, with the private equity firm snapping up Barracuda’s security and data protection expertise – at a 22.5% premium.
  • Here is acquiring ATS (Advanced Telematics Systems), a provider of OTA update tech based in Germany. All ATS staff will be joining here, but no price has been disclosed.
  • Entrust has acquired Trustis, a provider of public key infrastructure (PKI). Entrust says the deal gives further establishes it as a leader in certificate-based security.
  • The IEEE has launched the 802.11 Light Communications Study Group.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • The UK is passing new drone regulations that would require registration of all drones weighing over 250-grams (half a pound), and giving police seizure powers. It will also require that operators use the Civil Aviation Authority’s Drone Assist app. Intel is also supporting the FAA’s UAS framework, in the US.
  • The start of the Waymo-Uber lawsuit has been delayed following last-minute evidence being discovered that suggests Uber operated a trade-secret theft division. This follows written testimony from former Uber security analyst Richard Jacbos.

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

  • IDTechEx says 12bn smart devices will be connected by 2027.
  • Annual Smart Home Platform revenue will near $40bn in 2026, according to Navigant, growing from $4.2bn in 2017.
  • Irdeto and Frost & Sullivan have found security is still the most pressing concern for businesses IoT purchases, and that some 45.4bn devices will be in use by 2023.
  • Connected Agriculture will account for 27.4m devices in 2021, up from some 17m connections in 2016,, according to Berg Insight.

// Hardware //

  • Semtech has launched the first disposable LoRa nano-tag, using a printed battery design, with Comcast’s MachineQ the first company to pilot the low-cost tags.
  • Vangochip has announced a new Wi-SUN compliant chip, called the VC7000. Already certified, the 802.15.4g silicon aims to provide a complete RF platform for adopters.
  • ON Semiconductor has added new BLE and energy harvesting sensors to its impressive IoT Development Kit. The BLE shield features the new RSL10 SoC.
  • STMicro has unveiled a new STM32-based Amazon FreeRTOS offering, for developers looking to use the OS on STMicro MCUs, to connect to AWS’ IoT systems.

// Software //

  • Information Builders has launched iWay 8, a suite of software (some services) for blockchain-based application creation, for both IoT and big data applications.
  • Google has announced Android Things Developer Preview 6, an updated version of the IoT OS platform that now adds a new IoT launcher and new command line tools.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Libatel and Kerlink have set up Lebanon’s first IoT network, initially covering agricultural applications using Kerlink’s gateways, starting with a pilot project at Chateau Kefraya. Libatel has picked Libelium to provide the the sensors behind the vineyard project.
  • Orbcomm says it has surpassed 2m subscriptions for its IIoT satellite-based M2M services, which are augmented by Orbcomm’s deal with Tier One cellular carriers.
  • AT&T unveiled a few new tools at AWS’ re:Invent, including an LTE-M button, a new on-SIM certificate system with G+D Mobile Security, and an OBD-II developer kit.
  • T-Mobile plans to extensively support NB-IoT in the US, but will only deploy LTE-M where it makes sense. It comes as Verizon readies a large IoT-focused advertising campaign.

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

  • Baidu and Xiaomi are collaborating on AI projects, as well as IoT plans, with the new partnership announced at Xiaomi’s developer conference in Beijing.
  • Quantum key distribution researchers have managed to dramatically increase the transmission speeds of a new encryption method that uses quantum mechanical properties.
  • Microsoft has launched Azure Location Based Services, which allows Azure customers to add the LBS features to their existing cloud deployments, for geographic functions. TomTom says its APIs are natively integrated into Azure now, powering the system.
  • AWS and WellAware have partnered to provide a full-stack oilfield monitoring system to industrial customers, adding WellAware hardware and software into AWS’ cloud.
  • AWS has joined the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) project, which was initially founded by Facebook and Microsoft, with AWS adding MxNet to the new framework.
  • IOTA has launched a data marketplace, in partnership with 20 companies, including Bosch, Fujitsu, Microsoft, and Samsung. It’s a big move by the eighth largest blockchain provider.
  • NetFoundry has announced the AWS Marketplace launch of its virtual gateways, for connected to AWS and AWS IoT instances from any edge gateway with an internet link.
  • AWS and Intel unveiled DeepLens, a wireless embedded video camera with machine-learning capabilities, aimed at providing machine-vision for AI-based projects.
  • eyeSight has unveiled Direct Pointing, a new machine-vision tool that lets users point at objects as a means of interaction. It has won two patents for the design.
  • AWS has launched Alexa for Business, a tool for integrating the Alexa voice assistant into business software and offices, to provide an ambient digital assistant in the workplace.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • D-Link and Afero have partnered to provide a water leak sensor offering for insurers, combining D-Link’s sensor with Afero’s IoT Platform.
  • IoTium and The Panel Shoppe have signed a distribution partnership for automated building management systems, powered by IoTium’s secure network infrastructure technology.
  • Alphabet might be considering merging Nest into Google, in order to better work on smart home products. Alphabet spun Nest out into its own subsidiary in 2015, in its restructuring.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • HPE and ABB have partnered, hoping to develop joint software-defined infrastructure for manufacturing, utilities, and transportation, through an alliance.
  • Buckard has picked Eseye to provide cellular connectivity services for Buckard’s agricultural equipment, which it is aiming at crop disease prevention applications.
  • Siemens has partnered with Intel and Software AG in two IIoT projects, for oil and gas buyers with the Intel-powered IoT Well Surveillance, and to combine Siemens’ Mindsphere with Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, for boosting its MindApps’ adoption.
  • Altizon and A&E Engineering have formed a partnership to boost IIoT adoption among enterprise clients, combining Altizon’s platform with A&S’s SI and data management skills.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

// Automotive //

  • Video has emerged of a relay attack on a Mercedes-Benz, which allowed thieves to spoof the wireless key credentials using two hand-held devices, starting the engine and driving off in less than a minute. It took place in Solihull, England.
  • Toyota has picked Parkopedia to supply parking finding services to its Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America, for in-car navigation systems.
  • Hyundai and Smartcar have partnered to demonstrate a PoC that uses Hyundai’s Blue Link app to allow businesses to make deliveries to the car, refuel it, or wash it.
  • Velodyne has revealed a new LiDAR sensor, the HDL-64E, but MIT Technology Review that the coffee-can-sized state of the art is still a long way from being suitably affordable.
  • NEC and Denso have partnered, launching Denso Next – a new joint project that is the culmination of a partnership that started back in 2016.
  • Hyundai has picked Here to provide its Real-Time Traffic service to Hyundai’s 2018 range of North American cars, to power the navigation systems for select cars.

// Security //

  • Netlab 360 warns that it has spotted a new Mirai Variant, following large spikes in port 2323 and 23 scan traffic, following 100,000 IP addresses acting suspiciously in Argentina.
  • Siemens, Trimble, and Moody’s Analytics were the subject of an extensive hacking intrusion, according to a suit filed in the US, against three Chinese citizens.
  • AWS has previewed IoT Device Defender, a new service that will hunt for anomalies and check policies for IoT devices – aiming to provide real-time protection and alerts.

// Smart Cities //

  • Telensa has been picked by Wellington City Council, to deploy its PLANet smart street lighting system in the New Zealand city, due for completion in June 2018.
  • Cisco and Citelum have one a 15-year contract to install 20,000 LED streetlights in Albuquerque, New Mexico, planning on upgrading all lights within a year.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Kamstrup has won a 500,000-unit smart meter deal in Ghana, with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation hoping to deploy the meters to tackle efficiency and water shortage needs.
  • Enel has set aside €5.3bn for its digital transformation strategy, through which is will digitize assets, operations, processes, and enhance connectivity, through 2018-2020.
  • SSE and Northern Powergrid are both exploring smart grid strategy shifts, which would see them become distribution system operators, rather than pure utilities.

// And last but not least //

  • Dadabots has fed a metal album to a neural network to see if it can create its own music. The result, Coditany of Timeness, is actually quite good, if you’re into such things.