Rethink IoT News ATW 222: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • GE has hired an investment bank to offload parts of or the entirety of its GE Digital wing, the division responsible for the Predix PaaS that has hit $4bn annual revenues.

  • Plex Systems has acquired Dattus, an IIoT specialist that provides plug-and-play devices and software for industrial applications, to expand the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Tencent has joined the LoRa Alliance, and plans to build a network in Shenzhen. An executive notes that it is highly complementary to NB-IoT, in the announcement.

  • CAT Telecom has picked Actility to build a national LoRa network in Thailand, starting in Phuket and then Bangkok. Teo Hong Silom is helping as a systems integrator.

  • A new private wireless networking project has been launched by Advantech, Behr Technologies (BTI), Hitachi Solutions America, and Microsoft, using BTI MIOTY to offer LPWAN messaging at 15km ranges, based on the ETSI Telegram Splitting UNB spec.

  • Deutsche Telekom and 1NCE have announced that the latter’s prepaid IoT SIM offering, 10 for 500MB over ten years, is now available from the 1NCE web store.

  • Sierra Wireless has launched the AirLink LX40, a compact LTE router that supports LTE Cat-4, LTE Cat-M1 (Release 13 LTE-M), and LTE Cat-NB1 (Release 13 NB-IoT).

  • Aeris and Ranch Systems have partnered, as the latter plans to provide connected agricultural services and telematics to farmers, using Aeris’ platform for connectivity.

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

  • Apple has introduced Create ML, a new framework that Apple is pitching at developers looking to develop machine-learning applications – a similar move to AR Kit.

  • Tesla has confirmed that it is building its own AI chips for its self-driving cars, after sort-of confirming it back in December. This could be a move away from Nvidia’s Drive.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • ecobee is profiled by CNET, which outlines the thermostat maker’s focus on providing better audio experiences, with integrated music and Alexa features.

  • D-Link has announced the first Thread-certified WiFi router, the DSH-G300-TBR, built using Silicon Lab’s Wireless Gecko SoC, to provide the WiFi plus Thread combo.

  • Honeywell has launched its Smart Home Security Starter Kit in the US, based around its Camera Base Station. Costing $350, a package including sensors can be bought for $450.

  • Honeywell is planning to spin off its Honeywell Home division under a new brand, called Resideo, which will license Honeywell’s brand as it promotes smart home technologies.

  • Netgear has spun out its Arlo smart home wing in an IPO, selling 10.2m shares at around $16, a little under the targeted range of $18-20. There was an outage shortly after.

// Automotive //

  • Uber is ceasing development of self-driving trucks, and now focusing entirely on cars, ending the division that seemed responsible for its lawsuit with Waymo.

  • The NGMN Alliance (Next Generation Mobile Networks) has backed C-V2X for use in V2X communication, unsurprisingly finding it superior to the IEEE 802.11p approach.

  • Waymo plans to use its self-driving fleet to link passengers with public transport. The next phase of its testing will see users dropped off at their nearest stop.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • The DHS is walking back its warning about the capabilities of hackers to cripple the US power grid, noting that the only equipment that such hackers could disrupt was a renewable energy generator that would not damage the wider grid. Many had expressed dismay.

  • Nissan is exiting the battery market, selling a controlling stake in its Automotive Energy Supply Corporation to Envision, a company that manages 100GW of energy assets globally, using its EnOS software, for Sonnen, ChargePoint, AutoGrid, and Bazefield.