Rethink IoT News ATW 216: Around The Web Roundup

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

  • The global smart home market will be worth $97.61bn in 2025, according to Transparency Market Research, growing at a CAGR of 14.6% from $30.02bn in 2016.

  • Industrial robotics sales reached 380,550 units in 2017, up 29% compared to 2016, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

  • The demand-response market will hit $3.5bn by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan, propelled by enabling IoT technologies, growing from $900m in 2017.

// Hardware //

  • Artosyn has licensed CEVA’s XM4 machine-vision processor IP, for use in an embedded AI SoC – the AR9X01. Artosyn specializes in drones and robotics SoCs.

  • Silicon Labs is showing off a new version of its Wireless Gecko SoC, which features a single-chip system for Bluetooth LE in 2.4GHz and other sub-GHz protocols.

  • Microchip has unveiled a new power line communication (PLC) modem that it says will support multiple standard and proprietary protocols under 500kHz – for global apps.

  • Microsoft’s E2 processor architecture has made headlines, as more details leak out from the secretive project – an apparently radical departure from ARM or Intel’s x86 approaches.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • AT&T has ended its hold-out, and announced that it will deploy NB-IoT services in the US and Mexico, planning to launch next year. It had previously been quite reluctant.

  • Thinxtra has announced 90% coverage of Hong Kong, for its Sigfox roll-out, adding that pricing could start from “as little as” $20 per device per year.

  • Wirepas has won a deal with Fujitsu Components, which will see Fujitsu integrate Wirepas’ Mesh software into its new hardware, for low-power 2.4GHz mesh networking capabilities.

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

  • The Industrial Internet Consortium has unveiled a new paper, advising readers on the potential benefits of edge computing. A technical report will soon follow.

  • The Industrial Internet Consortium has also announced its new Optimizing Manufacturing Processes by AI (OMPAI) testbed, led by Wanxiang Group and Thingwise.

  • IBM has demonstrated Project Debater, an AI-based system that beat humans in a debating competition. Of course, there are some problems with the test format to consider.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Vivint has announced that all its smart home products are now integrated with Google Assistant. Vivint has been quietly plugging away at this market for some time now.

  • Marriott International has announced that it has partnered with Amazon, to provide guests access to Alexa throughout its hotels – including customer service functions.

  • August and have partnered, integrating the two platforms to boost the security of a home that uses both, adding new features for users to enjoy.

  • IHS Markit reports that very few smart speaker digital assistants are being used for home automation, and that 23% of respondents owned both an Amazon Echo and a Google Home.

  • EE has launched a new smart home offering, with the UK MNO (now owned by BT) partnering with Hive and Nest to offer bundled services. Rival O2 failed in SHaaS.

// Automotive //

  • Kamaz, a Russian truck maker, is demonstrating driverless electric buses at the World Cup, moving passengers 650 meters from a fan zone to the Kazan arena. It is being very cautious.

  • Tesla says it has suffered “extensive and damaging sabotage,” according to its CEO. Musk says an upset employee also leaked data to competitors. Here are two updates.

  • Iteris has won a five-year $19.5m contract for its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) services, from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

  • Sprint has launched a connected car telematics and in-car WiFi platform, and has partnered with NXM Labs to use its blockchain technologies to provide security.

  • Uber’s test driver, Rafaela Vasquez, involved in the fatal collision, was potentially watching Hulu video content on a smartphone at the time of the crash.

// Security //

  • INSINIA has discussed an attack on a industrial SCADA system that could sniff networks and trigger commands – costing a company £1.6m with only four lines of code.

  • Radware warns that a new Mirai-based Satori botnet variant has appeared, delivering a previosuly unseen payload through a new worm-style propagation technique.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Ameren has picked Tendril to deploy its customer behavioural insight system, to monitor usage and provide better home energy reports – in partnership with Leidos.

  • Itron has launched a new smart gas meter, called the Intelis, with support for its OpenWay Riva and Gen5 IoT networks – it plans to move to Wi-SUN and claims a 20-year battery.

  • Tesla is downsizing its solar panel production, as well as ending its sales partnership with Home Depot, as part of a wider cost-cutting program – raising doubts on its solar plans.

  • The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report has been published, which predicts that renewables will comprise 50% of global energy supply by 2050, with global investments in battery capacity reaching $548bn – two thirds of which are grid-scale.

// Health //

  • MIT and Brigham researchers have demonstrated a passive-RFID system to power implanted medical devices, which would remove the need for batteries.
  • Asus has unveiled its VivoWatch BP, which can read blood pressures in 15 seconds apparently, with a ‘HealthAI’ algorithm to provide personalized alerts.