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Rethink IoT News ATW 208: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Verizon has reported that its IoT revenues have risen 13%, at double the pace of its other Q1 revenues – which topped out at $31.8bn. Its automotive telematics revenue, part of the IoT wing, hit $234m in the quarter
  • Cyient has acquired AnSem, a Dutch semiconductor specialist spun out of Imec, for around $17m, to boost its analog and mixed signal ASIC offerings.

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

  • There will be 5.4m connected vending machines by 2022, according to Berg Insight, growing from an estimated 2.6m in 2017 at a CAGR of 16.2%.

// Hardware //

  • ARM has announced a new set of security and development features for its Mbed Platform, which has now grown to more than 300,000 developers and 80 partners. Key new additions are Cybertrust and Globalsign, and an expansion of IBM Watson.
  • Researchers at Swansea University have won funding to develop specialized PV tiles and screens to power devices, harvesting energy from ambient light sources.
  • Ossia and Molex have expanded their partnership, looking to develop new antenna designs for Ossia’s Cota wireless charging system. Molex has also increased its stake.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Marlink and L&T Technology Services have announced a partnership to provide Marlink satellite connectivity for L&T’s end-to-end engineering services.
  • Twilio has announced general availability of its Programmable Wireless platform, which has been in preview for some two years, for easy SIM and device config.
  • Kore has signed a distribution partnership with Telarus, the largest privately held technology services distributor in the country, to push Kore’s platform offerings.
  • Kontakt.io has announced two partnerships to expand its beacon offerings, with Ruckus Wireless and Cassia Networks, for in-building and long-range devices.

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

  • Sensor-Technik Wiedemann has picked Software AG’s Cumulocity platform to provide an exhaust monitoring system for Transport for London (TfL) buses.
  • SoftBank and DroneDeploy have partnered, with SoftBank distributing the DroneDeploy Cloud Service in Japan – a drone software platform.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Amazon may be working on a servant robot for the smart home, according to a report from Bloomberg. Codenamed ‘Vesta,’ Amazon has apparently been hiring specialists.
  • Google has published its quarterly figures, from which it has been deduced that Nest posted a $621m loss on revenues of $726m – not great news for Google.
  • BuildingIQ and Cypress Envirosystems have partnered to provide a Digital Twinning service for older buildings, for connected systems management.
  • Nokia and Osram have jointly developed a new indoor radio system for lighting systems, using the luminaires as the basis for 5G networks.
  • Comcast and Tile have announced that they will soon integrate Tile’s Bluetooth trackers into Comcast’s Xfinity Home and X1 portfolio.

// Automotive //

  • Baidu has announced v2.5 of its Apollo platform, an open source project that Baidu hopes will help consolidate the different autonomous driving projects.
  • Huawei and Groupe PSA have unveiled the first fruits of their connected vehicle partnership – a Citroen DS7 powered by Huawei’s OceanConnect IoT platform.
  • Qualcomm has announced more C-V2X testing, with Audi, Ford, and the 5G Automotive Association, claiming superior performance compared to 802.11p.

// Security //

  • Symantec has identified Orangeworm, a group of attacks that is targeting the healthcare sector using the Trojan.Kwampirs backdoor.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Utilita is filing a High Court application in the UK, to try to scrap an October deadline for the replacement of SMETS1 meters, arguing that SMETS2 is not suitable.
  • Huawei and Telefonica Germany have announced an NB-IoT smart meter PoC in Munich Airport – catching up with rival Deutsche Telekom.
  • IOTA and InnoEnergy have announced a partnership to demonstrate how to trade energy on IOTA’s Tangle platform, a distributed ledger tech (DLT) like blockchain.
  • Verv has completed the first blockchain-enabled energy trade in the UK, using its smart meter design to trade solar energy in a peer-to-peer community.
  • NYPA has picked C3 IoT to power a customer-centric digital transformation, looking to provide its New York customers with AI-based tools and services.
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