Rethink IoT News ATW 206: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Uber has acquired Jump, a bike-sharing startup based in New York. Tech Crunch says that the company was contemplating a new round or a $100m buyout.
  • The Industrial Internet Consortium has published a new paper on its IoT Security Maturity Model (SMM), designed to define security approaches for applications.
  • Asure has acquired OccupEye, the maker of an employee-tracking sensor, for use in Asure’s business management and operations software offerings.
  • Splunk has acquired Phantom for $350m, a security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) provider that will augment Splunk’s machine data analytics.
  • SleepScore Labs has acquired, a Dutch company that provides and app and wearable to detect snoring or teeth-grinding, founded in 2014.
  • Siemens has acquired Agilion, a German wireless location systems developer, with around 60 staff. Agilion will become a subsidiary, working on industrial automation.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • Ever wonder how GPDR might affect public blockchains? This ‘hot-take’ says you probably should be.

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

  • There are 1.5m smart thermostats in the UK, according to Delta-ee. Some 500k were added in 2017 alone, and the yearly add-on rate will hit 1m by 2020.
  • The smart home surveillance camera market will hit $9.7bn by 2023, according to Strategy Analytics, growing from $500m this year.
  • There will be 108m smart city lights by 2025, according to ON World, with Verizon’s Sensity Systems and Itron’s Silver Spring Networks examples of consolidation.
  • The IoT Healthcare Market will hit $243.78bn by 2023, according MarketInsightsReports, growing at a CAGR of 33.8% from $40.86bn in 2017.

// Hardware //

  • Qualcomm has unveiled the Vision Intelligence Platform (VIP), a new set of 10nm SoCs that have been designed for on-device AI and ML processing, in computer vision applications. The QCS605 and QCS603 are now sampling.
  • Sigma Designs says it has shipped its 100 millionth Z-Wave module, supporting over 2,400 certified devices. Vivint Smart Home was the recipient of the historic module.

// Software //

  • Google has released more documentation on its Fuchsia OS, its alternative to Linux that it hopes to bring to the fore. There is now The Book, to guide programmers.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • MediaTek and China Mobile have announced new rate enhancement tests for NB-IoT, as part of their joint 3GPP Release 14 testing for the MT2625 and MT 2621 SoCs.

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

  • IoTium has announced a Kubernetes container-based system, called OT-Edge, designed to deploy applications at the network edge – closer to the data source.
  • SAS has announced that Siemens Healthineers is the latest customer for its data analytics service, joining the likes of Lockheed Martin and Octo Telematics.
  • SenseTime has raised $600m in a new funding round that values it at $3bn. The round was led by Alibaba, and the Chinese firm is now the most valuable AI startup.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Cox Communications has launched Cox Homelife Automation, its new smart home as a service (SHaaS) platform that has a particular focus on hoe security.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Swift Sensors has added new APIs and integration tools for its wireless sensor system, hoping to boost uptake in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and SCADA.
  • Boeing’s Tapestry Solutions has been picked by BAE Systems to supply an IoT platform for BAE’s aircraft production lines in the USA.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Oracle has announced six new global brand wins for its Retail Cloud services – with GAP, Group Dynamite, Moleskine, Samsonite, Nahdi Medical, and Wyevale.

// Automotive //

  • California will vote on new proposals to allow self-driving cars to act as passenger taxis without safety drivers, in an upcoming Public Utility Regulator proposal.
  • Nokia and KDDI have completed a V2X trial in Japan, claiming to have achieved the first V2V LTE broadcast for location and awareness navigation.
  • Cohda Wireless has announced V2X-Locate, a new GPS location system that it says solves the GPS-blackspot problem in city urban canyons.

// Security //

  • ForceShield has launched a new lightweight security system for IoT devices, for updating firmware without having to update the certificate signatures – DeviceShield.
  • In a very juicy story of corporate penetration, attackers stole a casino’s database by compromising a connected thermostat in its lobby’s fish tank – says Darktrace.

// Smart Cities //

  • Cisco says it has achieved a world first, by retrofitting smart city lights to existing lighting infrastructure, in Manchester’s Cisco-led CityVerve project.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Energo has implemented the Qtum Foundation’s blockchain platform, as part of its microgrid deal with First Gen, the largest clean energy producer in the Philippines.
  • Sonnen has joined the NEMoGrid project, a European initiative for energy trading. Sonnen is the first battery vendor to take part in such a project, it is thought.
  • FACSA has announced that it will deploy LoRa-based water meters, to help manage its Spanish water utility business – in partnership with Semtech and IoTsens.
  • Oracle says that its Opower wing has saved end-customers $2bn in energy bills over the past decade – implemented by over 100 utilities to date, saving 17 tWh.
  • Recurrent Energy has applied for permission to build a 350 MW solar farm in California, with a 350 MW battery too. Planning approval will take years.
  • LO3 and Direct Energy have partnered to offer ‘micro-energy hedging,’ for customers to use to request orders for energy in much smaller time increments than before.
  • Villawood Properties has picked Sonnen to provide 270 residential storage batteries, for a new construction project in Australia, in partnership with South East Water.
  • Liberty Utilities has submitted a proposal to create a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in New Hampshire, using 300 home-installed Tesla Powerwall batteries.