Rethink IoT News ATW 192: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Arrow is acquiring eInfochips to expand its ‘sensor-to-sunset’ capabilities with eInfochips’ Snapbricks IoT framework and 1,500 product design staff – rumored price of $283.3m.

  • Philips has acquired VitalHealth, a health management cloud software provider that deliver personalized care plans for outpatients, used by more than 100 healthcare networks.

  • Control4 has acquired Ihiji, a Texan provider of remote management tech for connected home installers, hoping to combine the Invision tech with Control4’s BakPak.

  • Accruent has bought Kykloud, a facility and asset management software provider, to add it to the Accruent portfolio – aimed at IoT-enabled enterprise resource lifecycle management.

  • Kontrol Energy has bought an unnamed energy analytics company for $1m, with 10+ years of operational experience, and says it will further its blockchain strategy. (Conversance?)

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

  • Energy Storage for Renewables Integration (ESRI) will be worth $23bn by 2026, according to Navigant Research, with behind-the-meter and utility-scale apps to show most growth.

  • The Smart Parking market will grow by 11% between 2017 and 2021, according to Technavio, driven by demand from luxury residential buildings and services.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Wireless Nation is using Thinxtra’s New Zealand Sigfox network to launch a new asset tracking service for businesses, using three AA-batteries to last 3-4 years, costing $120-$160, with an annual subscription of less than $200 (rather expensive, compared to AMI).

  • China Mobile holds around 32% of all cellular IoT connections, according to Counterpoint Research, with Vodafone in second place on 11% – discussed in an investment article.

  • Sequans and NTT Docomo have announced an LTE-M development partnership, which will see the Japanese MNO using Sequans’ Monarch hardware in its LTE-M plans.

  • Kerlink is supporting Senet’s LoRa network in Las Vegas, powering many of the LoRa demonstrations at CES – the first claimed network to feature GPS-free location services.

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

  • Hitachi has announced that it is using an AI-based system to help Partners Connected Health predict heart failure patients’ 30-day readmission likelihood, with high accuracy results.

  • Avnet has launched IoTConnect, a new software platform running on Microsoft Azure, aimed at giving developers a jump-start on their IoT projects – using Avnet’s hardware.

  • Ayla Networks has expanded its cloud platform, by launching a new consulting offering for businesses wanting to adopt IoT deployments – aimed at telco, manufacturers, and retail.

  • CEVA has unveiled NeuPro, a new family of processors designed for network-edge deep learning and AI-based applications, building on its CEVA-XM4/6 CDNN chips.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Hive has launched View, a new video camera that can be separated from its mount and run for 90-minutes on its integrated battery – costing £190 with a £5 monthly subscription.

  • Toshiba has launched Symbio, a multi-function unit that houses Amazon’s Alexa, camera, intercom, sound detector, and smart home hub – with Z-Wave and Zigbee connectivity.

  • GE will be launching WiFi-connected ceiling lights this year, which will house Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, according to a CES teaser.

  • Nest has announced an energy poverty initiative that will see it install 1m of its Smart Thermostats in North America, through low income programs.

  • Netatmo has unveiled its Smart Home Bot, a program that sits within Facebook Messenger and acts as a vaguely intelligent smart home assistant for Netatmo’s devices.

  • iDevices has revealed the Instinct, a WiFi enabled light switch that also features Amazon Alexa capabilities, for integrating smart home functions into existing switch ports.

  • ConnectSense has unveiled its Smart In-Wall Outlet, a plug socket that houses a HomeKit bridge to allow iOS users to control it using their Siri voice assistant.

  • Sens8 has announced its self-titled smart home security device, housing a camera and siren, with what is being promoted as unlimited cloud storage – through a Dropbox partnership.

// Automotive //

  • Honda and Alibaba will develop connected car services, aiming for online fuel, parking, and media payments – as Honda looks to expand its presence in China.

  • Foresight has unveiled a new camera system for autonomous cars that it says has near-100% obstacle detection in all weather conditions, called QuadSight and due in H2 2019.

  • Trimble has picked CalAmp to supply customized telematics tracking devices for Trimble’s Field Service Management fleet monitoring solutions – CalAmp’s PEG and PULS units.

  • Baidu and BlackBerry have announced a partnership that will use QNX used as the basis for Baidu’s open-source Apollo platform – a big win for BlackBerry, should Apollo take off.

  • STMicro and Autotalks have announced what they say is the first mass-market-ready V2X solution, which is based on DSRC and exceeds all the US DoT V2X requirements.

  • Bosch and Continental have both acquired 5% stakes in Here, buying the share from the Audi-BMW-Daimler consortium that initially bought Here.

  • ON Semiconductor has launched a new image sensor platform for ADAS and autonomous driving (the AR0xxxxxx series), currently under evaluation by Nvidia and Mobileye.

  • Accenture and Faurecia have announced an MoU to develop services for connected and autonomous vehicles, pairing Accenture’s pro-services with Faurecia’s OEM expertise.

  • Uber has announced that its self-driving fleets (trucks and cars) have traveled over 2m miles and completed 50,000 rides, powered by Nvidia’s hardware.

  • Nvidia, ZF, and Baidu have announced that ZF’s new ProAI will support Baidu’s Apollo Pilot autonomous driving platform. ZF if using Nvidia’s new Drive Xavier silicon.

  • Here and Unifly have announced a drone platform mapping agreement, at CES, and Here also signed an asset tacking development deal with EPAM, focused on logistics.

  • NXP has announced new 77GHz radar transceivers, the MR3003, with compatibility with NXP’s S32R27x/S32R37x family of automotive processing platform chips.

// Security //

  • Intel has moved to patch a chip-level kernel memory leaking security bug that could incur a 5% to 30% performance hit on most CPUs sold in the past decade. This is a huge deal.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • SoftAtHome has provided the software to power Direct Energie’s new Maestro smart metering platform, which is now apparently the market reference in France.

  • Landis+Gyr has won a contract with Wisconsin Public Service Company to provide a multi-purpose AMI network and platform, to serve its 450k electricity and 326k gas customers.

  • Elering AS and WePower will be testing a blockchain deployment for energy tokenization in Estonia, the first of its kind in Europe, and one that should lead to more testing.

// Health //

  • Medical Guardian will be launching a new LTE-enabled smartwatch, supplied by Omate, in a move to provide a senior healthcare and monitoring service to insurance customers.