// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Senet has sold off its EnerTrack tank monitoring assets, which have been acquired by Independent Technologies – marking an of an era for Senet, now committed to LoRa.
- Gemalto has rejected Atos’ $5.06bn bid, in a move to boost Atos’ technology consulting firm’s cybersecurity expertise – including Gemalto’s SIM and credit card chip business.
- Gemalto has accepted Thales’ $5.43bn acquisition bid, a 57% premium over the share price Atos used in its original bid. It gives Thales Gemalto’s SIM and security chip business.
- Xylem is acquiring Pure Technologies for $397m, with Xylem adding Pure’s water infrastructure diagnostic and analytics portfolio to its water utility offerings.
- Lear Corp is buying EXO Technologies, hoping to expand its automotive seating and V2V/V2I portfolio with EXO’s GPS tech, which has been developed for self-driving cars.
- The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the MulteFire Alliance have signed a liaison agreement that will see the IIC develop IIoT tech using unlicensed LTE spectrum.
// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //
- The US has instated the National Defense Authorization Act, which will require drone owners to register their craft with the FAA – after a number of legal challenges.
// Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue-Sky Thinking //
- Telensa has been named #1 in global smart street lighting, in a report from Northeast Group, retaining top market share for the second year. The market is expected to hit $64.2bn in 2027, accounting for 363m streetlights, of which 29% will be smart. Telensa has installed 1.5m units.
- The Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling market will hit $23.72bn by 2030, according to MarketsandMarkets, growing from $1.78bn in 2017 at a CAGR of 22.1%.
// Hardware //
- Redpine Signals has launched what it says is the lowest-power multi-protocol MCU, called the RS14100, and the RS9116 wireless chip – both aimed at battery-powered IoT devices.
// Software //
- NXP has launched Open Industrial Linux (OpenIL), a new OS aimed at industrial applications, which includes RTOS extensions and support for Time-Sensitive Networking.
- Alchemy IoT has launched a new digital transformation offering for smaller businesses, based on its Clarity SaaS application. The new package is called IoT Asset Intelligence.
- IOTA is the subject of a good profile by the MIT Technology Review, a company that is using a blockchain-less cryptocurrency to form an IoT data marketplace.
- Xage has emerged from stealth-mode, with a new IoT security solution that uses blockchain ledgers to help customers trust that their deployed devices haven’t been compromised.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- Ossia has published the first version of its Cota Standard, allowing OEMs to license the long-range wireless charging technology for use in their products.
- The Zigbee Alliance and Thread have announced that Zigbee’s Dotdot specification now works over Thread’s IP layer, providing Zigbee devs with an IP option.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- SparkCognition has been picked by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, which plans on adding the company’s AI-based analytics to MHPS’ TOMONI industrial PaaS.
- Bsquare has announced new integrations with Microsoft Power BI and AWS’ Amazon QuickSight, to provide better IoT data visualizations for its DataV software.
- Microsoft has released a preview of its Quantum Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, to allow developers to play with simulated quantum computers.
- Denso and Toyota (Tsuho) are planning what they say is the first test for a quantum computer processing IoT platform traffic, using commercial vehicle data from Thailand.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- HiSense has unveiled two new Alexa-enabled appliances – its HiSmart air conditioner and HiSmart dehumidifier, which can be slotted into an Alexa-powered home.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
- Komatsu is using Nvidia GPUs and Jetson AI Platform to visualize and analyze construction sites, to help provide better safety and productivity for Komatsu’ connected vehicles.
- Xage has launched what it calls the first and only blockchain-protected security platform for the IIoT, emerging from stealth-mode and led by former Apple exec Duncan Greatwood.
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- Trailcon has picked Digi’s SafeTemps, to provide a fleet modernization service for Trailcon’s trailer rental and maintenance business – for maintenance and temperature.
- Wayne Smith Trucking has picked Orbcomm’s fleet tracking service for its US operations, planning to complete installation of the Orbcomm hardware in the vehicles by Q1 2018.
- MetTel has provided its WiFi Analytics platform to Carlo’s Bakery, the chain in the TV series Cake Boss, to track customer preferences and behaviors while in-store.
// Automotive //
- Renovo and Samsung are partnering to develop automated vehicle tech, based on Renovo’s operating system expertise and its AWare OS – which will be used in Samsung’s test fleet.
- Highways England has released its Strategic Road Network Initial Report, which will form the basis of it strategy to design roads to accommodate 5G and autonomous vehicles.
// Security //
- Three men have plead guilty to creating the Mirai botnet, according to newly unsealed FBI documents. Two of them were fingered by Brian Krebs – well worth a rabbit-hole trip.
- FireEye has spotted a new Industrial Control System (ICS) malware, dubbed Triton, which has appeared at facilities in the Middle East – targeting Triconex system controllers.
// Smart Cities //
- Wellington and Telensa have begun installing smart street lights in the New Zealand city, aiming for completion in June 2018, using Telensa’s Planet lighting system and UNB RF.
- Libelium has published a case study for Antioquia in Colombia, built in response to a lethal landslide, which will monitor river levels using sensors and a 900MHz network.
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- Enet has picked DeviceHub to provide smart meters for its Romanian utility operations, beginning with a PaaS to manage some 1,500 Kamstrup and Itron meters.
- Ravalli Electric Co-op has picked Sensus’ FlexNet AMI system for deployment in rural Montana, an environment that Ravalli says is very challenging and needed addressing.
- Tepco will install Stem and Sunverge behind-the-meter batteries in a virtual power plant (VPP) installation in Japan, the first international contracts for the startups.
- Tendril says its Orchestrated Energy management platform helped utility customers to reduce HVAC loads by 85% during demand response events in the summer.
// And last but not least //
- The Dutch police have canceled their anti-drone eagle program, after finding that they are expensive to keep, went little used, and were often distracted. They have spoiled our fun.