Rethink IoT News ATW 196: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Renesas has dismissed reports that it was in talks to buy Maxim Integrated for $20bn, which would continue the trend of consolidation in the semiconductor industry.

  • Fleet Complete has acquired Ecofleet, a Nordic supplier of fleet telematics services with 100k subs, as Fleet Complete looks to expand its European fleet management offerings.

  • Avaya has acquired Spoken Communications, a software specialist that Avaya hopes will power new Avaya offerings for business Contact-center-aaS deals.

  • Globalsat has acquired ST2, a Peruvian mobile mobile connectivity provider, aiming to add ST2’s M2M and IoT network expertise to Globalsat’s mobile satellite offerings.

  • Ericsson is launching a 5G and IoT business unit, to focus on growth in these emerging markets, after struggling with five straight quarters of disappointing results.

  • SAS has launched a new division to focus on IoT analytics offerings. It’s another example of companies trying to reorganize around a new area, following problems in the core business.

  • Viavi is acquiring Cobham’s test and measurement business for $455m in cash, adding $200m in annualized income to Viavi, as it looks to exploit the emerging 5G testing market.

  • Motorola Solutions is acquiring Avigilon for $1bn in cash, adding its video analytics tech and hardware to Motorola Solutions’ public safety and smart city portfolio.

  • Kontrol Energy continues its anonymous acquisitions, buying an IOTA blockchain software specialist for $14.25m – which generated $1.2m EBITDA on revenues of $6m.

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

  • Autonomous bus and truck sales will reach 180,000 units annually by 2022, according to Tractica, with the Heavy Truck and Shuttle/Minibus segments leading the way.

  • The ATA says that the US still has a severe truck driver shortage, expected to have surpassed 50k drivers at the end of 2017 and reach 174k by 2026. Some 70% of freight in the US is moved on highways, with driver wages 43% of op-costs – an opportunity for autonomous.

// Hardware //

  • Nordic Semiconductor is previewing its upcoming nRF91 low-power LTE-M and NB-IoT module, which uses Qorvo silicon for its front end. Verizon and Telia hosted the tests.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Hoopo has launched its LPWAN geolocation system, a radio agnostic approach that uses gateway firmware and a cloud service to determine the location of devices.

  • Posti has picked Telia to provide an NB-IoT trial for Posti’s postboxes in Helsinki and Oulu, to track and optimize fill levels and collection. The project could scale to 5,000 units.

  • Deutsche Telekom plans to install 11,000 NB-IoT parking sensors in Hamburg, which will provide occupancy readings and navigation through its Park and Joy app.

  • Light Reading continues its Sigfox coverage, providing a more balanced account than it might have done in the past. Key is the revelation that there are only 2.5m active Sigfox devices, and that SNO agreements have ‘unethical’ network acquisition clauses that would allow Sigfox to buyout the SNO network. It’s both a juicy and murky story.

  • Chirp and EDF have won £100k in government funding to further development of Chirp’s data-via-audio protocol, which utility EDF has used in its nuclear power stations.

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

  • Google has published a research paper that outlines its efforts to predict medical outcomes as patients are admitted to hospitals, using 216k medical records – some 46bn data points.

  • Mist has launched what it says is the first AI-driven Virtual Network Assistant, aimed at customer service helpdesks supporting the MNO and ISP industries.

  • PTC has picked Microsoft as its preferred cloud partner for its industrial sector offerings, with the pair planning on better aligning ThingWorx with Azure.

  • Hyperledger has released Sawtooth 1.0, the first full version of the blockchain framework for enterprises looking to build such applications. Sawtooth was donated by Intel.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • iQor reports that more than one in three US adults has experienced difficulty when setting up or pairing a connected device, with 22% abandoning the process and returning the kit.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • KLM has picked Inseego to supply the Ctrack Aviation Asset Tracking and Management system to KLM’s Hong Kong International Airport hub, for KLM Equipment Services.

  • NTT Data and Skuchain have announced a partnership to develop blockchain-based supply chain systems to address what they say is the $18tn market for global trade.

// Automotive //

  • Qualcomm has applied for an FCC license to test 802.11p in the DSRC band, using an increased transmit power in the 5850-5925MHz chunk.

  • Ola has announced plans to launch in Australia, the first expansion of its ride-sharing service outside its home market of India – where it claims 125m users.

  • LexisNexis has launched its Telematics Exchange SDK, aimed at third-party developers looking to create Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) apps and services.

  • TomTom has launched WebFleet, a rebuilt fleet management SaaS offering, which it says has been enhanced to better work with its new range of Pro driver terminals.

  • Uber has partnered with Jump to launch a bike-sharing scheme in San Francisco, using bikes with small electric motors to help renters tackle the city’s infamous hills.

  • California’s DMV has published its annual autonomous vehicle report, which showed Waymo had driven 352k miles, with GM in second-place on 131k, but had 22 ‘incidents.’

  • Renesas has plans for its new R-CAR SoC, aiming to deliver twice the processing efficiency of the Mobileye EyeQ5 – due to push 24 TOPS per 10W, and scheduled for 2020.

// Security //

  • Cylance says it has passed $100m in 12-month revenues, up 177% as 3.800 enterprise customers have turned to it to provide cybersecurity services – including Dell and the NHL.

  • NetObjex and Trusted Objects have announced a partnership that will see them develop edge-device security systems, using blockchain technologies and ID management systems.

  • Radware has spotted a new IoT botnet, called JenX, which is being marketed for hire on the darkweb – with a 300Gbps attack for just $20, and similar to BrickerBot and PureMasuta.

// Smart Cities //

  • Alibaba is supplying Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur with the Alibaba Cloud City Brain, a smart city platform that has now been adopted outside China for the first time.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • ComEd says it has achieved $1.5bn in ‘societal savings’ for its customers and reduced outages by 10% in 2017, thanks to reliability improvements from smart grid investments.

  • Fortum and Allego have started a joint project to construct a pan-European EV charging network, in cities and along major traffic corridors, called Mega-E and due in 2025.

  • E.ON has picked Corinex and IBM to provide it with broadline-over-powerline (BPL) technology for its AMI deployments in low-voltage parts of its electrical grid.

  • Shell and EDF have joined Electron’s blockchain energy consortium, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) trading platform that National Grid and Siemens are members of.

  • WePower has raised some $40m in funding through an ICO, the largest Initial Coin Offering in the energy sector, as it hopes to provide a platform on which to trade energy.

// Health //

  • Philips has launched its IntelliVue X3 patient monitoring system in the US, which spans bedside, transport, and central station monitoring tech – delivered as part of a service.

  • Apple has won the support of 12 US hospitals, which will allow patients to read their own health records as part of a beta test of iOS 11.3, and its redesigned Health application.