// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Nortek has acquired IntelliVision, looking to add the latter’s AI-based video analytics capabilities to Nortek’s security cameras and connected devices.
- Adesto Technologies has acquired S3 Group’s semiconductor division, for $35m, looking to boost traction in the IoT with S3’s design expertise.
- Antilles has acquired HomeStay Care for $3.4m. This is a notable deal, as Antilles is planning on moving into care and ditching its oil and gas business entirely.
// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //
- Amazon has not been included in US FAA approval for drone pilot programs. While it might not have been an intentional snub, Apple Intel, Microsoft, and Uber were approved. Amazon is very interested in drones, but also in Trump’s firing line.
// Hardware //
- Boston Dynamics, now owned by SoftBank, has released a new video of its Atlas humanoid robot jogging outside – a very impressive and highly technical feat.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- The CBRS Alliance has announced its new OnGo brand and certification program, aiming to boost IIoT applications via private LTE networks in the 3.5GHz band.
- Ingram Micro and FreeWave have signed a reseller agreement in New Zealand, with Ingram looking to use FreeWave’s Industrial IoT (IIoT) portfolio in its channel.
- Sigfox and PNI Sensor have announced a national partnership in the USA, aiming to bring parking sensor services using PNI’s PlacePod.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- Qualcomm is reportedly mulling an exit from ARM-based server chips, and is prepared to both shutter the project or sell it – a win for Intel. Would Broadcom buy?
- Cavium has launched its ThunderX2 64-bit ARM CPU, a 32-core chip for use in the data center. ThunderX2 was part of Broadcom, but Avago sold off Vulcan to Cavium.
- Colt and PCCW Global have announced the next-phase of their blockchain PoC, which is now using live data to settle wholesale inter-carrier transactions – reducing the time taken from hours to minutes.
- Google has published a post that outlines improvements in its Assistant, with natural language processing powering a phone call that can automate calendar tasks.
- Google has announced TPU 3.0, the next design of its AI processor, although it seems that it is still in very early research phases.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Control4 has announced 140 new showrooms, spread around the globe, in a bid to advance its premium installed smart home offerings.
- Telefonica is phasing out its Movistar Verisure Hogar smart home security service, which was launched three years ago. Sigfox was providing redundant connectivity.
- Xiaomi is launching its smart home range in the US, which include a smart lamp, light bulb, and plug. They include Google Assistant compatibility.
// Wearables //
- Qualcomm is now shipping samples of its new wearable SoC, finally providing an update to the Snapdragon Wear 2100, which is quite old now.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
- Trilliant has launched an IIoT division, expanding from its energy industry focus to build on its experience in communications solutions.
- Lenovo and ADLink are partnering, to expand Lenovo’s OEM Solutions wing using ADLink’s hardware and software – to power industrial and network gateways.
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- E Ink and SES-imagotag have partnered, with E Ink investing €26m in the latter, to further their connected retail tag offerings, to replace paper-based label systems.
// Automotive //
- Uber’s fatal crash appears to have been caused by its software flagging the pedestrian as a false positive, according to a report from The Information.
- Volvo has picked Intel to supply it with Intel Atom processors to power the IVI system in its new XC40 SUV – powering a Google-based Android OS environment.
- Subaru’s EyeSight forward collision avoidance system has cut its rate of likely pedestrian-related insurance claims by 35%, according to a HLDI report.
- Drive.ai will launch a self-driving car service in Frisco, Texas, in July, using adapted vans with back-up drivers initially, before moving to full autonomy.
- GM says it will have fully autonomous cars on the road in 2019, a year behind Google’s Waymo but a couple ahead of other rivals, according to GM’s CTO.
- Opel and Vauxhall will end their OnStar services in 2020, after GM sold the brand to PSA, which will later replace it with a new connectivity service – Opel Connect.
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- Flonidan and Aclara have partnered on a SMETS2 smart gas meter, for use in the UK’s national roll-out that is very behind schedule.
- California has finally published building regulations that will mandate solar panels on new homes built in 2020 – long expected, and set to reduce home energy use by 53%.
- Tesla’s battery in South Australia has taken 90% of the Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) market, reportedly earning it $1m in just a few days in January. FCAS is used when a utility needs backup power to cover repairs or outages. Tesla is also set to announce a gigawatt-hour scale project in a matter of months.