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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Analog Devices has acquired Symeo, a German radar hardware and software specialist that Analog will use in industrial and automotive applications.
// Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, and Blue-Sky Thinking //
- The automotive aftermarket market will be worth $486.36bn by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.2%, according to Grand View Research.
- The global IIoT market will reach $197bn by 2023, according to Allied Market Research, rising from $115bn in 2016 at a CAGR of 7.5%.
- The IoT fleet management market will be worth $16.86bn by 2025, according to Grand View Research, growing at a CAGR of 20.8% through the period.
// Hardware //
- EE Times has a nice roundup of low-power silicon announcements, with Sequans announced the new SQN3410 chip, an optimized single mode NB-IoT chip, and Qorvo announcing new LPWAN RF chips. Goodix also announced that it will sell NB-IoT chips, and China Mobile said it was using five suppliers for chipsets in its Chinese deployment – Huawei, MediaTek, Qualcomm, RDA, and ZTE.
- GCT Semi has licensed CEVA’s RivieraWaves BLE IP in GCT’s new LTE-M + NB-IoT + BLE single-chip offering, called the GDM7243i.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- Telenor Connexion has picked Mosaik to provide its Cellmaps and MapElements systems, to improve its cell-site information for gauging roaming coverage.
- Truphone has launched Io3, a new SIM-card-based service for access to Truphone’s global network, management platform, and APIs – based on its Cellnetrix acquisition.
- Telefonica and China Unicom have signed a network sharing agreement that will let each other provide connectivity to their enterprise customers.
- Mimosa has launched its B24 Radio, for short-range 24GHz wireless backhaul, claiming industry-leading price/performance ratios and 1.5Gbps throughput.
- Actility has launched a version of its ThingPark LoRa platform that will support private enterprise deployments, with the same national management tools on offer.
- Senet and NanoThings have announced a new strategic partnership to offer disposable asset tracking tags for the logistics industry, running on Senet’s LoRa network.
- Blu Wireless has won two pilot projects in the UK’s DCMS 5G funding initiative, to use its 60GHz mmWave tech in telehealth and high-speed transport testbeds.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- Ubisoft has taken the wraps off of its Commit Assistant, and AI-based tool that the video game developer is using to try and catch mistakes in code while in development.
- Google has unveiled Bristlecone, its latest quantum processor design, which houses 72 qubits – an evolution on its 9-qubit array, with low error rates.
- POD Point, and EV charging point provider, has picked DevicePilot to provide a real-time centralized view of its deployed fleet of chargers, with network assurance.
- Microsoft has announced Windows ML, working with Intel to run the new software framework’s hardware acceleration on Intel’s Movidius Vision Processors (VPUs).
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Deutsche Telekom is pushing its Qivicon platform in Germany, with new partnership from Bosch, Siemens, Nest, and Schellenberg. DT has also announced that operators Cosmote (Greece) and Bitron (Italy) will be adopting the white-label platform, and is pushing a €140 bundle as a free package if customer subscribe to the monthly service.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
- Intel has launched new industrial mapping and site visualization offerings, based on its Falcon 8+ drones, which can accurately capture a site for customer inspection.
- VersaSense has announced that its VersaSense IoT Fabric platform now supports thousands of commercially available sensors and actuators.
- Titan Machinery and Farmers Edge have partnered, using Titan’s agricultural equipment sales channels to push Farmer’s Edge data and software services, and agreeing to develop more precision agriculture joint offerings.
- Nokia has unveiled its Conscious Factory in a Box concept, developed in partnership with 11 other electronics firms to address IIoT and Industry 4.0 challenges.
- Samsung and PTC have partnered, pairing Samsung’s Artik chips and software platform with PTC’s ThingWorx PaaS – with Shoreline as their first customer.
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- Remark has won a contract to deploy its AI-based facial recognition and behavior analytics systems in 11,000 7-Eleven stores in Thailand.
// Automotive //
- Verizon has launched Verizon Connect, a new brand that is focused on its connected vehicle solutions – following its acquisitions of Telogis and Fleetmatics.
- Globetouch has picked VMware and Affirmed Networks’ joint offering, Affirmed’s Mobile Content Cloud and VMware vCloud NFV, to serve connected car IoT services.
- Uber has received clearance to run its Uber Freight self-driving trucks in Arizona, using humans for the last miles – planning to reach dock-to-dock operation.
- Waymo has launched a self-driving trucking pilot in Atlanta, testing the system between two Google data centers, expanding on tests in California and Arizona.
// Smart Cities //
- Telensa’s networking tech has been picked by Essex and Hertfordshire councils in a collaborative smart city pilot. Both councils are Telensa lighting customers.
- Cisco and Teradata have partnered, looking to combine their offerings to create a smart city data management platform, using Cisco’s Kinetic with Teradata’s analytics.
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- Centrica’s Hive and OhmConnect have partnered to combine Hive’s devices with OhmConnect’s energy management software, for demand response (DR) capabilities.