Rethink IoT News ATW 204: Around The Web Roundup

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// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Grab is buying Uber’s SEA operations for a 27.5% stake in Grab – good news for SoftBank, which holds large stakes in both ride-sharing vendors.

  • Foxconn is buying Belkin, the owner of WeMo, Linksys, and Phyn, for $866m, in a move to create ‘a global consumer electronics leader.’

  • Boeing and SingTel have invested in Myriota, an Australian nano-satellite startup that is looking to use the $15m round to develop low-cost transmitters for IoT devices.

  • The IPSO Alliance and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) have merged, creating a new body called OMA SpecWorks, to focus on mobile and IoT standards.

  • Particle has acquired RedBear, an IoT hardware development company based in China, to expand Particle’s IoT PaaS – used by Keurig, Engie, and Grow Labs.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • Oracle has won its appeal against Google, initially lodged following the May 2016 verdict that Google’s use of Java APIs was not a breach of copyright. It is unclear how far the effects of this victory will spread, but it will worry developers.

  • Alstom has won an appeal reversal against Dominion Energy, with a new decision finding that Alstom does not infringe on Dominion IP.

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

  • GfK says one-third of US consumers own two or more smart home devices, with 27% owning more than three, and half of total US consumers owning one.

// Hardware //

  • Ambarella has announced a new CV2 SoC, designed for machine-vision applications like ADAS, with a new VisLab-compliant design. It is a follow-up to the CV1.

  • EM Microelectronic, a subsidiary of Swiss watchmaker Swatch, has announced its new EM3028, a real-time clock module for low-power IoT devices.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Senet and Inland Cellular have partnered to provide LoRa coverage inside Inland Cellular’s network footprint, using Senet’s backend software and services.

  • Altair and Ecrio have announced a partnership that adds VoLTE capabilities to Altair’s ALT1250 LTE-M chipset, using Ecrio’s iota software.

  • The Wi-SUN Alliance has begun certification for its Home Area Network (HAN) spec, for its unlicensed spectrum mesh variant, aimed at in-building applications.

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

  • Nokia has updated its Customer Experience Index (CEI) offering, adding the latest version of Cognitive Analytics for Customer Insight software.

  • The Linux Foundation has launched the LF Deep Learning Foundation, designed to promote open source AI and machine-learning technologies. Founding members include Amdocs, AT&T, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, and ZTE.

  • ARM will integrate Nvidia’s Deep Learning Accelerator (NVDLA) architecture IP into its Project Trillium processor platform, for faster customer adoption options.

  • Alphabet’s moonshot wing is exploring AI applications in agriculture, according to Astro Teller, the head of the X division, to combine AI with equipment and drones.

  • HPE’s Aruba division has announced a new AI-based analytics and assurance system for its networking customers, called NetInsight, to help ease IoT adoption.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • UC Berkeley has unveiled what it says is the most dexterous robot in the world, able to quickly pick up objects it has not encountered before, using the Dex-Net software.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • One Network Enterprises has been picked by Imperial Logistics, to provide a blockchain-based fulfilment backbone platform for medical supply shipments.

// Automotive //

  • Govia Thameslink Railway has launched its first self-driving train trip in the UK, crossing London using an automated digital signaling system.

  • Deutsche Telekom and Fleet Complete have partnered to offer Fleet Complete’s fleet management services in Germany, with a number of tiered offerings.

  • NXP and Alibaba have partnered, integrating AliOS with NXP’s i.MX application processors, to cater for IVI and digital cockpit applications.

  • Aptiv (formerly Delphi) has said that Uber had disabled the safety systems that Aptiv supplies to Volvo, which include radar and cameras.

  • Nvidia has picked Marvell’s 88Q5050 secure automotive Ethernet switch, to integrate it into the Nvidia Drive Pegasus platform – which is being aimed at self-driving cars.

  • Jaguar is supplying Waymo with 20,000 I-Pace EVs, which will form the basis of Waymo’s autonomous ride-sharing service, with JLR delivering the I-Pace in 2020.

  • Tesla has seen its share price slide, following a fatal crash between one of its Model X SUVs, where Autopilot warnings were ignored by the driver, and a defective barrier.

  • Uber has settled with the family of Elaine Herzberg, following her death in a collision with an Uber test car. Otto co-founder Lior Ron is also leaving Uber.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Tesla and Fluence have both won contracts to install battery storage projects in Australia, with Tesla on 25 MW (50 mWh) and Fluence on 60 MW (60 mWh).

  • Renault has announced a collaboration with EEM to use its V2G technologies and vehicles on the Portuguese island Porto Santo – in a self-sufficiency project.

  • Utilidata and Itron have announced a partnership to pair Utilidata’s Adaptivolt and Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT, for distributed network voltage optimization.

  • SoftBank and Saudi Arabia have signed an MoU to develop a $200bn solar power project in the Kingdom, planning for a whopping 200 GW by 2030.

  • Itron and Sonnen have partnered, adding battery storage options from Sonnen to Itron’s IntelliSource Enterprise demand-response offerings

  • Tantalus says it has now passed 2m active endpoints for its 150 utility customers, providing them with smart grid networking and apps.

// Health //

  • UCSF has unveiled research that shows how an adapted Apple Watch can be used to spot irregular heartbeats, such as arterial fibrillation and arrhythmias.