Rethink IoT News ATW 200: Around The Web Roundup

Editor’s Note: Riot ATW is now only available to Paid and Trial subscriptions. It is no longer available to free subscribers.

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Nokia has acquired Unium, a mesh WiFi software specialist, to boost Nokia’s whole-home WiFi offerings. Nokia says it has installed 47m home gateways worldwide.
  • Qualcomm says that its 30 purpose-built IoT platforms have netted it over $1bn in 2017 revenue, with the addressable market in 2020 estimated at $43bn.
  • Microchip is planning on buying Microsemi, according to sources in the Wall Street Journal, a company with a street value of around $7.5bn. (Confirmed at $8.35bn).
  • Goodix has acquired CommSolid, a provider of ultra low-power baseband solutions, to add to Goodix’s RF chip design and development – focused on NB-IoT.
  • Amazon has acquired Ring for around $1bn, about a 30% premium on Ring’s valuation – for its smart home door bell and video offerings. (Lawsuit background)
  • TDK is acquiring Chirp Microsystems, a ultrasonic 3D-sensing specialist, as TDK hopes to be a leader in ultrasonic MEMS sensors. No price was given.

// Hardware //

  • Skyworks and Sequans have announced what they say is the world’s smallest form factor LTE-M/NB-IoT platform, using Sequans’ Monarch chipset and Skywork’s RF.
  • CEVA and mPerpetuo have partnered to add Halide functionality to the CEVA-XM family of machine-vision processors, using the Halide domain-specific language.
  • CEVA has also announced that its RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5 and WiFi silicon IP is now available in an open source RISC-V microcontroller (MCU) configuration.
  • Ceragon has licensed CEVA’s X and XC DSPs, for use in wireless backhaul, including 5G – based on the CEVA-X2 and CEVA-XC4500.
  • ON Semiconductor has expanded its IIoT, smart home, and wearables offerings at MWC, with new IoT Development Kits for IBM and Carriots (Altair) clouds.
  • Western Digital has announced two new NVMe flash storage designs, aimed at the IoT, designed to boost network-edge performance.
  • Silicon Labs has announced a new WiFi portfolio that it says has slashed the power consumption of WiFi by around half – aimed at IoT devices.
  • Qorvo has announced new 900MHz NB-IoT connectivity offerings.
  • Taoglas has unveiled its new Terrablast patch antenna, around 30% lighter than ceramic equivalents, designed to be impact-resistant, in auto and drone apps.
  • Nuance and CEVA have partnered to add Nuance’s voice and digital assistant stack to CEVA’s TeakLite family of DSPs – possibly the best performing demo in MWC.

// Software //

  • The Zephyr Project has announced that OpenThread is the first Thread-based protocol to be compatible with the Zephyr RTOS, with support for IPv6.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Ruckus Networks (owned by set top giant Arris) has announced its Ruckus IoT Suite, a new hardware and software platform that supports Bluetooth, Zigbee, and LoRa.
  • Senet and Atos have announced a security partnership to benefit Senet’s LoRa network service, with Senet also supplying managed services to India’s SenRa.
  • STMicro and Sigfox have announced a new partnership, with ST including Sigfox’s networking stack on its embedded suite of STM32 microcontrollers.
  • Telenor Connexion and Mosaik have announced that Telenor is using Mozaik’s CellMaps and MapElements solutions to add IoT coverage footprints to its stack.
  • AT&T has announced a new cloud-based management platform for its IoT customers, to provide cellular plus LPWAN and satellite controls in a ‘single pane of glass.
  • Caterpillar has picked AT&T to provide a multi-year international connectivity deal.
  • OriginGPS and Gemalto have partnered to launch OriginIoT, a new LTE-M system that integrates OriginGPS’ namesake GPS location technologies.
  • Truphone has launched Io3, a new single-integration SIM card that Truphone says provides global access to its global network, as well as API integrations.
  • SoftBank has picked Affirmed Networks to provide its Mobile Content Cloud service for IoT-based NFV, specifically for enterprise customers.
  • Taoglas and Adant have launched a software-defined antenna called Taoglas Shift, which uses new beam-steering tech for real-time signal adjustments.
  • Actility and Idemia have integrated their respective LoRa and secure ID technologies.
  • Sequans has unveiled Monarch N, its single-chip pure NB-IoT offering, which it says is compatible with the LTE Cat NB1/NB2 Release 14/15 LTE Advanced standard.
  • VMware, Affirmed Networks, and Globetouch have announced a new joint offering aimed at connected car IoT applications, using Affirmed’s MCC and VMware vCloud.
  • Actility has announced ThingPark 5.0, with new support for 3GPP NB-IoT & LTE-M, as well as ThingPark Enterprise, for industrial customer data insights.
  • Deutsche Telekom and 1NCE have announced ten-year European NB-IoT pricing, covering 500MB per device for €10. The flat-fee approach is very interesting.
  • du has picked Affirmed Networks to provide it with Virtualized NB-IoT mobile core services, in order to support smart city IoT use cases in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Nokia has been picked by Marubeni to provide its WING PaaS to the Japanese MVNO, across Marubeni’s major industrial, utility, food, and consumer biz groups.
  • Everynet has launched its Everywhere wholesale LoRa offering, a new business model that sees Everynet fund the initial installations via investments in the network.
  • Three has picked Cisco Jasper to provide it with Jasper’s Control Center platform, for IoT connectivity management, with Jasper also launching its NB-IoT offering.
  • Entel has picked Cisco Jasper to provide Jasper’s Control Center, for IoT/M2M coverage in Peru. Jasper now manages around 75m connected devices.
  • Mycom OSI has launched its cloud-native Telco Cloud offering, and added new Automated Assurance Solutions (AAS), as well as updating its Experience Assurance and Analytics (EAA) offering, and launching ProAssure – for quality management.
  • KDDI has picked Sierra Wireless to provide its AirPrime HL78 module for LTE-M gas metering in Japan – a win for Altair’s ALT1250 chipset, and a 10-year battery life.
  • Ericsson and Dialog Axiata have partnered to roll out “the first commercially available Massive IoT network in South Asia” – LTE-M and NB-IoT in Sri Lank.
  • Samsung and Reliance Jio (RJio) will deploy an NB-IoT network in India, aiming to achieve 99% populations coverage using Samsung equipment.

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

  • Intel has begun shipping its Stratix TX 10 FPGAs, claiming to be the first with 58G PAM4 transceiver technology – which it says doubles the transceiver bandwidth.
  • Telefonica has launched its Aura AI-based digital assistant in 6 markets (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Spain, UK), for its pay TV customers to use via CPE.
  • Lattice has launched its latest Radiant FPGA software, for rapid design exploration and ease of use – hoping to entice new IoT FPGA adopters.
  • VMware has announced new edge-compute offerings, in partnership with Axis Communications and Wipro, based on its vSAN and HCI software offerings.
  • SAP has announced the Leonardo accelerator package for telcos, and that Here, Mastercard, and Postmates have joined the SAP Vehicles Network.
  • Sunsea Telecommunications has picked Ayla’s IoT platform, to provide it with an IoT PaaS to service its telco customers with.
  • E.ON and Sight Machine have partnered to pair E.ON’s energy and manufacturing skills with Sight Machine’s AI-based tech, to target manufacturing customers.
  • Tele2 has picked Nokia to provide it with Nokia Cognitive Analytics, to improve Tele2’s network problem troubleshooting, using Nokia’s Traffica geolocation tech.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Vodafone and Samsung have announced a new strategic channel partnership, which will see Vodafone become the exclusive EU telecoms partner for SmartThings.
  • Friendly Technologies has launched its Embedded Smart Home client, a new smart home middleware designed for gateways, to provide a unified management platform.

// Wearables //

  • MWC was pretty much devoid of Android Wear updates. The Register has a nice roundup, but it seems that there are two camps now – Apple & The Rest.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Samsung and PTC have partnered to better integrate Samsung’s Artik processor platform with PTC’s ThingWorx platform, for IIoT Asset Monitoring.
  • Harman and PTC have extended their IIoT collaboration, looking to create new Mixed Reality platforms for enterprises, using Harman’s Media Suite and Vuforia.
  • SJ has picked Trimble to provide remote diagnostics capabilities for SJ’s fleet of Swedish trains, using Trimble’s R2M system for improved planning decisions.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Deusche Telekom and SAP have expanded their partnership for real-time logistics, using SAP’s Leonardo IoT accelerator packages, and DT’s Device Management PaaS.

// Automotive //

  • Geotab says it has now passed 1m subscribers, since the launch of its telematics offering in 2006. It says it has achieved an average of 116% annual subscription adds.
  • Cubic Telecom says it now connects 1m cars for automotive OEMs, some 15-months after launch, covering 35 countries over 40 mobile network operators.
  • TomTom and Elektrobit have partnered to demonstrate Electronic Horizon systems for advanced driving systems, using TomTom AutoStream and EB robinos Predictor.
  • ZTE has launched a C-V2X module, based on Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset.
  • AT&T and Geotab have partnered to provide an IoT Fleet Management service, with two variants aimed at Enterprise and Government, based on Geotab’s dongles.
  • Cubic Telecom says it now connects over 1m connected cars, since its launch 15-months ago.
  • Seat and eyeSight have partnered to develop in-car driver detection safety features, to spot drowsiness and distraction, and intervene accordingly.
  • ZTE is using Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2x chipset, in ZTE’s new connected car offering.
  • G+D unveiled a new eSIM product for the automotive sector, able to download a car owner’s SIM to a car’s telematics box, for simplified connectivity services.

// Security //

  • Avast has announced Smart Life, a new IoT Security platform that it hopes to pitch to end-users looking for AI-based security threat detection.
  • The first IPv6 DDoS attack has been sighted, a week after a record-breaking 1.35Tbps attack on GitHub. The IPv6 attack was spotted by Neustar’s Wesley George.

// Smart Cities //

  • Cobham Wireless has launched what it says is the first city-wide Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network, in Berlin’s Fan Mile – covering the central tourist zone.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Sonnen has integrated EVs into a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in Germany, using its sonnenCommunity network of batteries that was launched in 2015.
  • The UK’s Big-Six utilities have reached a record-low market share, hitting 79% for electricity and 78% for gas in December, down from 84% for both in De. 2016.
  • Solo Energy has launched its FlexiGrid, a new energy-storage-as-a-service, using Asavie’s IoT Connect platform to connect the cloud component to batteries.
  • eMotorWerks has expanded its EV charging station business to Europe, in the wake of its acquisition by Enel, as well as the launch of its JuiceBox Pro 32 charging station.

// Health //

  • Apple is launching AC Wellness, a suite of primary care clinics that will be used to service its employees, hoping to bring doctors and developers on board.
  • Libelium has announced that is MySignals health platform has been expanded with new cloud and hardware developer kits, for specific medical disorders.
  • Terso has partnered with Ingenica to develop an RFID asset tracking device for the UK’s NHS, for inventory management and supply chain monitoring.