Rethink IoT News ATW 199: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Qualcomm has raised its offer for NXP from $111 per share to $127.50, increasing the value of the bid from around $38.4bn to $44bn, likely in a move to fight off the continuing attempts of Broadcom to acquire Qualcomm.

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

  • Some 57% of connected car drivers would not buy a self-driving car, according to Solace, even of cost were not an issue. Younger drivers seem most reluctant.

// Hardware //

  • CEVA has announced what it says are the first IEEE 802.11ax WiFi designs, the RivieraWaves RW-AX family, available to license for smart home devices and networking infrastructure. The spec has been designed to serve low-power designs.
  • Qualcomm has also announced what it says is the industry’s first integrated 802.11ax chipset, supporting Bluetooth 5.1 too, and aimed at smartphones and computing.
  • ARM has unveiled its Kigen family of eSIM identity designs, for cellular IoT devices. Designed to replace SIM cards, the Kigen IP is fully GSMA compliant.
  • STMicroelectronics has announced a new Bluetooth 5 and IEEE 802.15.4 SoC, called the STM32WB, claiming higher BT5 performance than rivals, in a dual-core design

// Software //

  • Rigato has picked Canonical’s Ubuntu Core to power its Edge Connectivity gateways, an IoT option for enterprise-grade and easily configurable IoT gateways.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Pod Solutions has picked Subex to provide Subex Secure, an IoT security solution, in Pod Group’s IoT billing and connectivity service.
  • Greenwave Systems has announced a new service offering called Wavely, to be combined with its Axon Platform for device connectivity management and a software-defined mobile network core services element.
  • Ubicquia has unveiled Ubimetro, what it claims is the first streetlight-powered small cell, compatible with over 300m deployed streetlights, based on Qualcomm silicon.
  • Ruckus Wireless, now owned by set top maker Arris, has announced Ruckus IoT Suite, a service that lets business construct WLAN’s using multiple radio protocols.
  • Ubiik has deployed a Weightless network in New Zealand, supplying the Maori Future Farm initiative with an initial 300-sensor weather monitoring system.
  • Ranplan Wireless has launched v5.0 of its Ranplan Professional network planning and optimization software tool, with new features for small cell, DAS, 5G, and WiFi.
  • Ericsson has launched the IoT Accelerator Marketplace, to encourage collaboration from developers and service providers in the licensed cellular ecosystem.
  • Semtech and Lacuna have partnered with the European Space Agency and Parametric to create a LoRa-to-Satellite backhaul system that can fill in terrestrial LoRa gaps.
  • The GSMA says there are 41 mobile IoT networks deployed in the world, comprising LTE-M and NB-IoT, provided by 23 operators. The GSMA anticipates 3.1bn cellular IoT connections then, of which 1.8bn will be licensed LPWAN.
  • Orange and KPN have demonstrated a successful international roaming trial between their LoRa networks, in partnership with Actility.
  • SpaceX has launched its first two test satellites, in what is the beginning of a planned global gigabit satellite network, launched via the Tesla-sibling’s rockets.

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

  • Columbia researchers have unveiled DeepXplore, an AI-system debugger that attempts to reverse engineer AI results and work out where the machines went wrong – which could be very useful for rooting out inherent bias.
  • Accenture has launched a new Teach and Test AI tool, designed to help its customers build and monitor AI-systems, to ensure they are making the correct decisions.
  • Google Cloud has launched its Cloud IoT Core service, graduating it from beta and now letting customers use it for managing IoT device connections and traffic.
  • ARM has launched new Mbed Cloud capabilities, with an on-premises version for those that can’t use public or private cloud hosting, and a new system to let constrained legacy devices support modern IoT protocol stacks.
  • Cloudera has won a contract from Octo Telematics, to supply its Cloudera Enterprise platform for Octo’s automotive insurance services – which rely on data analytics.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • WyzeCam has launched v2 of its $20 smart home camera, now with an upgraded image sensor for improved low-light video capture and motion tagging.
  • Nest has updated its Nest Cam IQ, adding support for Google Assistant that will let users interact directly with the cameras via voice – a sign of the recent in-housing.
  • Lindstrom has picked Haltian to supply more than 100,000 connected towel dispensers for public bathrooms in Europe, in a multi-million Euro deal.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Mitsubishi Electric has announced that its new vacuum interrupter and circuit breaker factory has been completed, housing its new [email protected] integrated-automation tech.
  • Bombardier has picked Siemens to provide digital twin services for its product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, used to manufacture aircraft.

// Automotive //

  • Yandex, the Russian sort-of equivalent to Google, has shown off the results of its autonomous vehicle program, driving round Moscow in the snow.
  • Saguna will be demonstrating its Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) PoC inside a connected car at MWC, in partnership with AWS’ Greengrass tech.
  • Waymo has secured its Transportation Network Company application in Arizona, and will now be able to operate a ride-sharing service in the state – to further its testing.
  • Qualcomm and Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel) have announced new 5G and C-V2X testing in France, testing in 5.9GHz spectrum for ITS systems.
  • AdaSky and STMicroelectronics have unveiled a new infrared thermal camera system for ADAS, designed to provide high-res day and night images for sensor fusion.
  • u-blox has announced its new F9 GNSS positioning platform, a module that offers centimeter-level accuracy and Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) as an optional feature.
  • Allstate’s Arity and Xevo have announced a new joint offering, using Xevo’s Market, for driver-to-merchant commerce platform with Arity’s mobility solutions.
  • Nissan is launching a self-driving taxi testbed service in Yokohama, Japan, partnering with DeNA to aim for a commercial launch in the early 2020s.

// Smart Cities //

  • Nokia has launched IoT for Smart Cities, a platform with integrations for video surveillance, lighting, parking, waste management, and environmental sensing.
  • Nokia and StarHub have co-developed a mobility analytics product, using Nokia’s AVA cognitive services platform, to use network data to power mobility services.
  • AT&T and Cisco have broadened their smart city partnership, exploring opportunities to link Cisco’s Kinetic for Cities platform with AT&T’s portfolio.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Pakistan has cancelled its load agreement with the Asian Development Bank, which was due to fund a national smart metering rollout – a $5bn program that the government has now branded an unneeded luxury, planning other infrastructure work.
  • People Power has announced Pro Energy 2.0, a new offering aimed at utilities looking to provide improved Demand Response (DR), with new intelligent capabilities.
  • GE has moved its energy storage wing into an incubator within its GE Power subsidiary – a graduation of sorts, akin to AES spinning out Fluence.
  • SolarEdge has partnered with PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, the largest privately-held US solar and roofing business, to push solar plus storage offerings.

// Health //