Rethink IoT News ATW 221: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Ituran is acquiring Road Track for $91.7m, with Ituran looking to expand its automotive location services via Road Track’s OEM telematics business, focused on Latin America.

  • Qualcomm has abandoned its $44bn acquisition of NXP, after failing to gain regulatory approval in China. There’s a $2bn exit fee, and QCOM is now buying back $30bn shares.

  • ARM is planning to buy Treasure Data for $600m, according to Bloomberg, a data analytics firm. ARM had sent out invites to an announcement in this area – cat seems out of bag.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Facebook is planning on launching an internet satellite, according to FCC emails obtained by Wired – proof that it still wants to launch its own networking infrastructure.

  • The Bluetooth SIG says that in the year since Bluetooth Mesh (finally) launched, 65 products have been certified to use the new protocol.

  • Ossia says it has managed to increased the wireless power delivery in its Cota transmitters, by around 50%, and has announced a 5.8GHz version of the system too.

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

  • Aricent has picked AWS as the basis for a device management and analytics system for its energy equipment, including wind turbines, generators, solar panels, and oil pipelines.

  • Google has unveiled Edge TPU, a new low-power version of its AI-focused ASIC chip, designed to enable Tensorflow applications on network-edge devices.

  • IBM Watson is providing unsafe cancer diagnoses, accord to reporting from Stat News, due to issues with it being trained from synthetic data – due to legit EMR being hard to come by.

  • Amazon’s Rekognition facial recognition system has managed to label 28 members of the US Congress as criminals – in a study carried out by the ACLU.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • The Smart Buildings Alliance (SBA) has launched its Ready2Services standard, which aims to unify connected buildings using a certification system. The EnOcean Alliance has aligned its ISO 14543 energy harvesting standard with Ready2Services.

  • Nest is reportedly planning to target senior citizens, with products that will enable better aging-in-place, according to reports heard by CNBC.

  • Lenovo’s Smart Display, the first Google Assistant device with a screen, has arrived with mostly positive reviews – aiming to challenge Amazon’s Echo Show.

  • Samsung’s SmartThings Hub is riddled with 20 vulnerabilities, discovered by Cisco Talos researchers, which would let attackers control devices in the smart home.

// Wearables //

  • Apple shipped 3.5m Apple Watches in Q2 2018, according to Canalys, up 30% over Q2 2017. Total smartwatch shipments hit 10m in the quarter, with Apple taking 34% of the total share – down from 43% in Q1 2018. Some 60% of Apple shipments in Asia were LTE units.

// Industrial & Manufacturing //

  • GE and Microsoft have partnered to help combine OT and IT technologies, as an expansion of an existing agreement. GE is going to standardize Predix apps for Azure IoT.

// Automotive //

  • Seat and Telefonica have announced what they say is the first Spanish C-V2X pilot in which the road infrastructure communicates with the driving vehicles.

  • Ford has spun out its self-driving assets as Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, which will include its stake in Argo AI. Ford is planning on investing $4bn total here, by 2023.

// Security //

  • Russian hackers have reportedly gained access to US electrical utilities in the past year, according to the Wall Street Journal, with Dragonfly and Energetic Bear responsible.

// Smart Cities //

  • GE’s Current and Nokia have announced a Canadian partnership that will target smart city customers, combining Current’s software and sensors with Nokia’s networking portfolio.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • IBM and REE (Red Electrica de Espana) have announced that REE will be using IBM Watson IoT for asset management. REE is the Spanish electricity transmission operator.

  • Green Mountain Power says that its customer-installed Tesla Powerwall project has saved it around $500,000 during recent hot weather, thanks to 10MW of peak-shaving.