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11 June 2018

Rethink IoT News ATW 214: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Siemens is acquiring J2 Innovations, a software specialist that serves the connected building sector, using its Fluid Integration Framework – expanding Siemens’ Synco and Gamma.
  • Pareteum is acquiring Artilium for $104.7m, building on a strategic alliance that saw the pair jointly pursue new markets. Pareteum is a communications platform.

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

  • Otonomo and Edison Research have published a study that says the majority of new connected car buyers are willing to trade personal data for improved safety and services.

// Hardware //

  • Telit has launched the ME1910C1-WW, a new globally compatible LTE-M (Cat M1) and NB-IoT module that supports 13 LTE bands and quad-band EGPRS fallback.
  • Sierra Wireless has launched the next generation of its mangOH open source hardware platform, hoping to use the mangOH Yellow ‘super sensor’ to boost IoT adoption.
  • Avnet has added relayr’s IIoT stack to its Digital Solutions Portfolio, allowing Avnet customers to use relayr’s middleware on Avnet-designed or provided hardware.
  • Onethinx has shown off a dual-chip module housing a Cypress PSoC 6 Bluetooth and a Semtech LoRa chip, designed for smart city applications.
  • Monnit has announced new firmware updates for its ALTA wireless devices, claiming a 20% increase in battery life – lasting 12.5 years on 2x AA batteries, sending every 10-minutes.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone have announced the completion of what they say is the first trial of NB-IoT roaming in Europe, between Austria and Spain.
  • Senet and QuaeNet have announced a deal that will let QuaeNet use Senet’s LoRa network to provide automated tank monitoring systems in Canada.
  • Kerlink has announced an all-in-one hardware and services package that it is pitching at companies interested in setting up their own LoRa networks.
  • myDevices has announced IoT in an Box, a turnkey remote monitoring solution for the reseller channel, that uses LoRa and an Ethernet or cellular gateway to connect.
  • Huawei has released eRAN13.1, an update for its NB-IoT network infrastructure that it claims can provide 7x increases in data rate and twice the cell-size.
  • eleven-x is supplying the University of British Columbia with a LoRa-based waste management and parking system, via eleven-x’s Canadian network.
  • AT&T has picked Nokia’s WING PaaS to provide enterprise customers with global IoT connectivity services. Nokia is on track to cover 20 countries by 2020.

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

  • Hailo has netted $12.5m in a new investment round, to design specialist machine-learning silicon, with the Israeli firm focusing on the automotive market in particular.
  • Esri and SAP have announced that the Esri Location Intelligence suite and its ArcGIS software is the preferred geospatial technology provider for SAP’s new HANA Spatial Services.
  • Imagination Technologies has announced two new neural network processor cores, the AX2185 and AX2145, claiming to set a new standard for efficiency.
  • Google has published it AI code of ethics, which it says will prohibit work on weapons – something that looks like a concession in the wake of recent internal protests.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Apple has announced a Home app on its new macOS Mojave, which seems to show you just how much enthusiasm the company has for the smart home. News later trickled out of Shortcuts in Siri, to trigger custom actions, and integrations with Control4, Crestron, and Savant, for the Apple TV, to interact with smart home systems.
  • BullGuard’s Dojo has launched a new IoT security offering for CSPs, the Dojo Intelligent IoT Vulnerability Scanner for CSPs, aimed at providing smart home security capabilities.
  • Amazon is rumored to be entering the home insurance market, according to a report from The Information, although it notes that no solid plans have been made yet.
  • EnModus says it achieved 96% energy savings for one of its customers, retailer Claire’s, after the company adopted the EnModus lighting platform

// Wearables //

  • Fitbit announced it has sold 1m units of its Versa smartwatch, netting quarterly income of $247.9m – down slightly from Q1 2017, and over half that of Q1 2016.
  • IDC reports that wearable shipments have slowed, with Q1 hitting 25.1m units – only up 1.2% compared to Q1 2017. Premium wearables are growing, basic ones are shrinking.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • Libelium has launched a new agricultural sensing kit, the Smart Agriculture Xtreme, based around its Waspmote platform and providing sensors from Apogee, Decagon, Ecomatick, and Gill Instruments, to provide a wide range of sensing options.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Honeywell and AT&T are expanding their contracts, with Honeywell now using AT&T for asset tracking in its freight portfolio, in addition to aviation.
  • Here and Decawave have partnered to improve their respective indoor-positioning offering, using Decawave’s Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) silicon in conjunction with Here’s maps.

// Automotive //

  • Aeris has launched its Aeris Mobility Platform in Europe, claiming in the announcement that around 80% of connected vehicles are using decade-old telematics technology.
  • GENIVI and FASTR have announced that FASTR (Future of Automotive Security Technology Research) will be joining GENIVI as a dedicated security team – to boost IVI security.
  • Iteris and Siemens are demonstrating a new V2X system to improve pedestrian safety, using Iteris’ detection sensors to alert nearby cars to pedestrians in the road.
  • Terbine and ITS America (Intelligent Transportation Society of America) have announced that Terbine is powering the first large-scale automotive data exchange for the USA.
  • BlackBerry has launched three new QNX products, featuring a new hypervisor, new ADAS platform, and QNX OS 2.0 – adding that QNX is now used in 120m vehicles.
  • Daimler has unveiled two new electric trucks, in a bid to fend off VW, Volvo, and Tesla – the latter of which has apparently lost some enthusiasm for the segment.
  • Volvo expects one third of its car sales to be self-driving vehicles by 2025, according to CEO Hakan Samuelson, and that 50% will be sold via its Care By Volvo subscription service.
  • Mobileye has been caught on camera running a red light, in its Jerusalem testbed, blaming the incident on the news station’s wireless camera that captured the mishap.

// Security //

  • Intertrust’s whiteCryption has announced a new Secure Key Box feature that introduces the lightweight Speck block cipher – suitable for low-memory and storage IoT devices.
  • Pen Test Partners has an interactive demo of how easy it is to remotely attack maritime connections, using Shodan to find ships and then attempt to infiltrate their terminals.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Highview Power and Viridor have completed what they think is the first Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) plant, a 5MWsite that uses gas-liquid-gas conversion to drive turbines.
  • A study from the DoE estimates that around 62% of the 37.7 quadrillion BTUs of energy consumed to generate electricity is wasted through conversion losses. 3DFS has a solution, through management and correction of supply – ‘Software-defined Electricity (SDE).’
  • Residential batteries almost passed grid-scale battery deployments in Q1 2018, according to GTM Research, as utility-scale projects apparently dropped sharply.
  • Tesla believes it can get lithium-ion cell prices below $100 per kWh by the end of 2018, and then beat the same threshold for battery packs within two years. Tesla has also now installed 1 gWh of energy storage globally.

// Health //

  • Kali Care has picked PodM2M to power its remote medication monitoring offerings, using PodM2M as a global MVNO to ensure its devices are always connected.