Rethink IoT News ATW 202: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • The Broadcom-Qualcomm deal looks to be completely dead, after the US moved to block it on national security grounds. Qualcomm had outmaneuvered Broadcom, in a game of cat and mouse, using NXP as leverage. Now the White House has stepped in.
  • RWE and E.ON, the dominant German utilities, have apparently struck a deal to sell RWE’s Innogy subsidiary to E.ON, with E.ON giving RWE its own renewable generation assets or equity. The deal values Innogy at around $22bn, but around $40bn once debt is included. Antitrust concerns could hamper proceedings.
  • Denso is increasing its stake in Renesas, spending $800m to reach a 4.5% slice of the chip designer as Denso looks to shore up its automotive supplier business.
  • Wireless Logic has acquired Mdex, an M2M and IoT security service provider, with expertise in SIM and encryption, to add to Wireless Logic’s IoT connectivity PaaS.

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

// Hardware //

  • u-blox has announced the ANNA-B112 module, which it says is the smallest industrial-grade Bluetooth 5 and mesh module, powered by an ARM Cortex-M4.

// Software //

  • has unveiled multi-container support for its resinOS, the most requested feature from its users – with v2.12.0 available for Raspberry Pi and Intel NUC.
  • The Linux Foundation has announced a new open source embedded reference hypervisor project, designed for IoT devices. Called ACRN (acorn), the base of the project was contributed by Intel. Aptiv, ADLink, LG, and Neusoft are onboard.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Sat4M2M and Fujitsu have announced a development cooperation to build a dedicated IoT module for low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication.
  • MachineQ, Comcast’s LoRa network operator, has kicked off a launch with a new marketing message and brand, looking to snare potential cellular adopters with LoRa.
  • Ingenu has brought in a new executive business development team to refine its corporate strategy to focus exclusively on delivering its RPMA LPWAN via a PaaS model. Things appeared to have stalled completely at Ingenu, so this is resuscitation.
  • Some 13.8% of all Irish SIM connections are M2M, according to ComReg’s latest market report, up 23.6% in a year to 828,780.
  • NetComm Wireless has announced a new IIoT router, supporting LTE Cat 6 and dual-band WiFi, with a stack that supports the TR-069 and OMA LWM2M standards.
  • Huawei, Bosch, and Vodafone say they have successfully completed a year-long C-V2X trial in Germany, testing the system on the A9 autobahn.

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

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Hive has unveiled its Hive Hub 360, a new smart home controller hub that uses sound-recognition to hear alarms, dogs, or breaking glass – the first Hive WiFi hub.
  • Google has added multi-step voice commands to its Google Home platform, catching up with Amazon’s ability for one phrase to trigger multiple actions.
  • Osram’s Digital Lumens wing has unveiled a new expansion for its building intelligence platform, called SiteWorx, adding new LED lighting and sensor features.
  • Baidu and Skyworth have announced a smart home partnership, to push Baidu’s DeurOS software as the basis of smart home devices. Baidu is also investing in Skyworth, and plans to use its AI/ML expertise to power the platform.

// Wearables //

  • Fitbit is trying to challenge the Apple Watch, with the launch of its new Versa – a $200 design that is around $50 cheaper than the base Apple unit. Fitbit is also launching the Ace, a $100 design for children.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Airscope has picked Intel’s Falcon 8+ drone to power its Australian Oil & Gas facilities mapping and monitoring service, for inspections that save time and cut costs.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Walmart supplier Bossa Nova speaks to MIT Technology Review about the success of its in-store shelf-scanning robots, with human interaction being a key concern.
  • DSV and Brieftrace are testing a blockchain IoT shipment pilot, combining the Danish logistics company’s operations with Brieftrace’s Geo software system.
  • DB Cargo plans to add IoT sensors to all its rail freight wagons, and add telematics systems to its locomotives, in a train modernization project through 2020.
  • Accenture has announced the successful test of blockchain-based system for paperless shipping documents, with AB InBev, APL, Kuehne + Nagel, and an EU customs org.

// Automotive //

  • A group comprising Panasonic, the Safety Spectrum Coalition, and several state DoTs has met with the FCC to lobby for the protection of the 5.9GHz DSRC band, which the FCC is considering scrapping to open up more WiFi and LTE spectrum.
  • GM plans to launch a car rental service that will let GM owners rent their private vehicles to other users, through its Maven division, according to Bloomberg.
  • SmartDrive has picked Digi to supply it with a wireless System-on-Module (SoM) to power a new OBD-II dongle that SmartDrive uses in its telematics and fleet services.
  • Harman and PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel) have partnered to build next-gen cybersecurity systems for future PSA vehicles – for ADAS and semi-autonomous.
  • Vodafone has launched V-Auto, an OBD-II dongle that offers driver feedback and GPS tracking, with an auto-SOS feature if an incident occurs – £85, then £4/month.
  • Ford plans on adding LTE to all of its new cars by 2020, and believes that SUVs and trucks will account for 86% of its portfolio in 2020, up from 77% now.
  • A Mercedes-Benz C200L apparently required remote intervention from the automaker to disable a jammed cruise control – stuck on 75mph for 50 minutes.

// Security //

  • Kaspersky reports that Hanwha’s SmartCam cameras have awful out-of-the-box security, documenting the numerous problems. Patches are incoming, apparently.
  • The US-CERT has published a joint Technical Alert from the FBI and DHS, warning of Russian government actions targeting US government entities and critical infrastructure – including utility and industrial. This is somewhat unprecedented.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Florida Power & Light has added a 10 MW (40 mWh) battery to its 74.5 MW Babcock Ranch solar farm, as part of a 50 MW expansion agreement with FPSC.
  • Nicor has picked Sensus to provide it with 2.2m smart gas meters, to upgrade its Illinois natural gas infrastructure using Sensus’ FlexNet technology.
  • Pietro Fiorentini has announced what it says is the first EU-directive approved NB-IoT has meter – supporting RED, MID, and ATEX requirements.

// Health //

  • Philips showed off its new AI-based healthcare platform, HealthSuite Insights, designed to provide analytics capabilities to data scientists and software developers, who can then create applications for clinicians and healthcare providers.