Rethink IoT News ATW 217: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • The IEEE has picked the OpenFog Consortium’s Reference Architecture as the basis of IEEE 1934, a new standard for edge-computing for the IoT, 5G, and AI workloads.

  • Breed Reply has invested in two more early-stage IoT companies – CageEye, an automated feed optimization system for salmon farming, and ubirch, blockchain-based security.

  • Elgato is selling its video capture card business to Corsair, and will now be rebranding as Eve Systems, to focus solely on its Eve line of Apple smart home products.

  • Hexagon has acquired AutonomouStuff, a US supplier of testing and development systems for autonomous cars, which Hexagon plans to integrate into its autonomous software.

  • Siemens has acquired Building Robotics, a company that began with an app that would let office workers say when they were too hot/cold that now integrates with HVAC systems.

  • ChargePoint has acquired Kisensum, a smart grid software specialist, looking to add its skills to ChargePoint’s portfolio of electric vehicle charging offerings.

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

  • Energy Efficient HVAC technologies will be worth $61.2bn by 2027, according to Navigant, growing from $29.4bn in 2018, with APAC expected to dominate – at $39.3bn.

  • The IIoT market will be worth $91.4bn by 2023 according to MarketsandMarkets, growing at a CAGR of 7.39% from $64bn in 2018.

// Hardware //

  • CEVA has announced its Dragonfly NB2, a design it says is the first eNB-IoT Release 14 NB-IoT option on the market, available for licensing, supporting Enhanced NB-IoT.

  • Microchip has announced two new MCU families, the SAM L10 and L11, based on the ARM Cortex-M23 for ARMv8-M, with support form ARM TrustZone security.

  • Dialog Semiconductor has launched a new Bluetooth developer kit, based on its DA14585 SoC, with a range up to 300-meters, powered by 2x AA batteries.

  • Xinyi has licensed Cadence’s Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP for use in Xinyio’s Marconi X1 NB-IoT SoC, which also uses an NB-IoT protocol stack from Huachang Technology.

  • Quectel is shipping a new BC36 module, based on Qualcomm’s MDM9206 LTE modem, which will let Chinese customers deploy in 2G and later upgrade to LTE.

  • LITE-ON and STMicroelectronics have announced a new Sigfox-Verified certification for LITE-ON’s WSG300S, WSG303S, and WSG304S modules – based on ST’s MCUs.

  • Eta Compute and Rohm Semi have unveiled an energy-harvesting Wi-SUN sensor node, in a design that uses less than a micro-amp (μA) when sleeping and milli-amp when sensing.

// Software //

  • TeamViewer has released a new version of its TeamViewer IoT system, to remotely control IoT devices, now supporting Ubuntu, Windows, Intel, and Samsung Artik.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • machineQ, Comcast’s LoRa business, has announced five new customers, but isn’t saying how many subs it serves – FairwayIQ, H2O Degree, Seco Sys, StreamIQ, and Vinduino.

  • Facebook has canned its Project Aquila program, which was focused on using very large drones to provide internet access to under-served regions.

  • Ericsson’s DCP has reared its head again, as it has signed China Mobile to the platform, which Ericsson says will help drive China Mobile’s IoT efforts.

  • Semtech and China Unicom have signed a MoU, which will see the pair work on standardizing wireless network gateway interfaces and jointly develop partners.

  • Senet says it can now offer LoRa capabilities in 80 countries, and has new channel plans in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Australia.

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

  • Nebbiolo has released its fogOS v2.2.0, with its news fogSM software, hoping to win over fog computing customers looking for an operating system for their edge devices.

  • Friendly Technologies has launched its IoT Application Generator, a part of its One-IoT Management Platform that helps customers build their own applications.

  • MapR has unveiled a set of improvements to its MapR Data Platform, adding new AI and analytics tools for data scientists. Note, it isn’t for maps – just data.

  • Google has demonstrated more features of Duplex, is very conversational AI system, with some apparent refinements to make it more clear that it is not a real human.

  • Stena Line and Hitachi have announced a deal that will see Hitachi use AI-based systems to optimize the ferry company’s fuel usage – one of its largest cost bases.

  • Alteryx has picked TomTom to provide location data for Alteryx’s analytics platform, using TomTom’s Mapping API to build on a previous commercial relationship.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Google suffered a serious outage for its Google Home and Chromecast lines, with a control network apparently failing. Google has issued a software fix too, suggesting a problem was introduced with the Google Home update that added Spanish language support.

// Wearables //

  • HeartBit has unveiled its chest-strap ECG wearable, developed in partnership with IBM, which can monitor 10,000 data points per second from its 5 sensors.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Zebra has released a new enterprise-focused MotionWorks Platform offering, designed to incorporate business-wide location and asset data using Zebra’s Savanna platform. Zebra has also launched a new range of RFID readers, to help collect that data for analytics.

// Automotive //

  • Daimler and Xilinx have partnered, looking at ways to use Xilinx’s SoC FPGA in Daimler’s AI and ADAS needs. Xilinx has already shipped more than 40m units to automakers.

  • VW, Bosch, and Nvidia have formed the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance, aiming to drive the ecosystem for multi-gigabit Ethernet in cars.

  • Bosch and Mojio have partnered, with Bosch investing an undisclosed amount in the telematics hardware and software provider, to focus on connected services.

  • Volvo has shown off a new autonomous bus, which will be taking part in the FFI and KRABAT automotive research projects.

  • Kratos has won approval to deploy its autonomous road line painting vehicles in the US – a notable win for the defense contractor and its AIPV technology.

// Security //

  • GlobalSign has launched a new IoT Identity Platform, for issuing its web security certificates and PKI credentials to IoT devices out in the wild.

  • Symantec says only 14% of businesses have implemented the most basic cybersecurity practices, and that IoT attacks grew 600% between 2016 and 2017.

// Smart Cities //

  • NTT Docomo has picked Telit to provide LTE-M (Cat M1) modules for a delivery trial in the Fujisawa smart city testbed, using the ME910C1-J1 module.

  • Moscow has been named first-place in McKinsey’s smart city update, in terms of citizen engagement with digital services. London has most digital applications deployed.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Take Energy Corporation and Electrify have partnered to deploy a blockchain-based energy trading platform in Kyushu, to trade electricity between households and solar panels.

  • UK Power Networks and Powervault are building London’s first Virtual Power Plant (VPP), using Powervault batteries supplied by roof-top solar panels, in a 40-home test in Barnet.

  • CyanConnode has launched its Omnimesh smart metering offering, which uses a 6LoWPAN protocol to create a scalable IPv6 mesh, already used by two Indian utility customers.