Rethink IoT News ATW 195: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Digi has acquired Accelerated Concepts for $17m, a provider of enterprise cellular networking equipment and associated device management software, to boost its M2M kit.

  • Idemia has acquired Otono and its eSIM orchestration, to aim a combined eSIM service to OEMS and MNOs. Idemia is the Oberthur Technologies and Safran/Morpho merger.

  • Silicon Labs is not buying Sigma Designs in its entirety, after the $283m merger fell through. Instead, it will buy just the Z-Wave assets, for around $240m.

  • Here has acquired Micello, a provider of indoor maps based in California, which operates a platform for creating, editing, and publishing interior maps – to expand Here’s OLP.

  • Accenture has acquired Mackevision, a Digital Twin specialist, looking to add its 3D, VR, and AR expertise to Accenture’s cloud and industrial software and services offerings.

  • Deutsche Telekom has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

  • Zenner is buying Alfa Centauri’s smart gas metering business, launching as Zenner Gas and looking to expand on Zenner’s Wireless M-Bus meters using Alfa Centauri’s designs.

  • Ford has acquired Autonomic and TransLoc, two existing partners that Ford has been working with on fleet mobility and transit solutions – Ford’s Transportation Mobility Cloud.

  • AB InBev has acquired Weissbeerger for a rumored $80m, an Israeli specialist in sensor-based analytics tools for the brewing industry. AB InBev is the largest brewer in the world.

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

// Hardware //

  • u-blox has unveiled what it says is the world’s smallest LTE-M and NB-IoT multimode module, featuring quad-band 2G fallback – the 16mm x 26mm SARA-R412M.

  • Iomote has picked u-blox to power the connectivity for its X400 gateway, a new product aimed at industrial applications, combining hardware and a software dashboard.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Senet and Microshare have announced a partnership to provide Microshare’s data storage and management systems over Senet’s LoRa network, aimed at facilities management users.

  • Deutsche Telekom says it is leading NB-IoT deployment across Europe, with its networks now live in 8 EU states and the US – with many due for nationwide coverage by year-end.

  • EE Journal has a good roundup on the recent updates to LoRa, clarifying its hand-over roaming abilities with some useful diagrams, and its geolocation technology.

  • CallUp will be launching a new version of its secure eSIM remote management service, IoT eSIM Engine, with new subscription management and secure routing tools.

  • Sigfox says it has added four new countries, bringing its total to 43, and that it now has 80% population coverage in Latin America – where WND has been the most active SNO.

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

  • Unified Office has expanded its Total Connect Now offering, adding IoT Infrastructure Management to the service, to provide analytics and control features for developers.

  • Imagination has launched an SDK for its PowerVR GPUs, called the CLDNN SDK, which it is pitching at developers looking to use the PowerVR Series2NX chips for CNNs.


// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Apple has confirmed that it will be using a pure software authentication system in the upcoming iOS 11.3 HomeKit system – ending its hardware requirement, launched in 2014.

// Wearables //

  • Strava released a heat-map of all its users’ exercise routes, using the GPS locations tracked by its wearable. This map also unveiled the locations of classified military bases. Who knew.

  • // Industrial & Manufacturing //
  • American Robotics has launched a fully autonomous drone surveying system for agricultural customers, able to self-charge and provide crop quality updates.

  • Harper Adams University has been running a fully autonomous barley farming project in the UK, using drones and modified tractors to grow some 4.5 tons of barley – noticeably behind the average yield of conventional techniques, which should have netted 6.8 tons.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Amazon has finally opened its prototype grocery store, with customers in Seattle now able to use the Amazon Go store to purchase goods without having to perform payment tasks.

  • Tyco and Google announced a partnership at NRF, to digitize stores and provide connected shopping experiences – supporting Zebra, Bluebird, AsReader, and TrueVue.

// Automotive //

  • Volvo and Nanyang Technological University are teaming up on an R&D program for autonomous buses in Singapore, part of the Land Transport Authority’s transformation drive.

  • Tesla has been criticized by Navigant, which claims that Tesla’s autonomous driving systems are ranked last – and just on cue, a Tesla Model S collided with a firetruck.

  • Imagination has unveiled a new GPU design for automotive IVI, dashboards, and instrument clusters, the PowerVR Series8XT GT8540 – supporting 6 4K screens at 60fps.

  • Rambus has announced a GDDR6 memory core design, aimed at autonomous driving, ADAS, AI, and cryptocurrency mining apps – with a 16Gbps memory throughput.

  • Vodafone, Huawei, and Bosch have announced C-V2X trials in Germany, integrating the 300-meter communication tech with an adaptive cruise control (ACC) system.

  • GM is the recipient of the first lawsuit stemming from an accident involving an autonomous vehicle, after a 17mph crash involving a motorcycle and one of Chevy’s Bolts.

  • Didi Chuxing has launched its Smart Transportation Brain, a new traffic management platform that it is pitching at cities looking to increase traffic flow – used now by 20 cities.

// Security //

  • A new IoT botnet has been spotted by Bitdefender. Dubbed Hide ‘N Seek (HNS), it uses a similar peer-to-peer attack and communication vector as the Reaper botnet.

// Smart Cities //

  • Bristol Waste is adding air pollution sensors to its fleet of collection vehicles, in partnership with Tantalum and Imperial College London – in the Air.Car trial.

  • Radwin has released its new Smart-Node, which it says is the world’s first all-in-one power and communication solution for smart city deployments – providing connectivity for pole-based deployments, and support for the necessary third-party devices.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Shell has bought a minority stake in Applied Blockchain, shortly after teaming with BP to launch a consortium to trade energy – following trials in recent months.

  • The Trump Administration is imposing a 30% tariff on solar panel imports, in response to a lawsuit filed by Suniva and SolarWorld that alleged anti-competitive practices.

  • Nissan has launched Nissan Energy Solar, a new service to sell solar panels and battery storage to its EV customers – making its battery units commercially available.

  • GRDF has picked Oracle to provide its utility meter data management to support what the pair say is the largest AMI rollout in the world – as GRDF replaces 11m gas meters.

  • SAS and Trilliant have partnered to target energy management applications in smart city and lighting markets, using Trilliant’s communications systems with SAS’ cloud expertise.

  • S&C Electric says it saved its global customers some 2.4bn customer-outage minutes in 2017, helping restore outages more quickly or prevent them entirely, using its tech.

  • Avista has picked Oracle’s utility platform to serve its 370k customers in the NW USA, after Oracle Utilities were integrated by way of Triniti Consulting, for AMI and grid services.

  • AES India and Mitsubishi are launching what they say is the first grid-scale energy storage system, installing a 10MW battery system for Tata Power Delhi Distribution.