// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Cox Automotive is launching its Mobility Solutions Group, focused on mobility-aaS, fleet management, and a new acquisition – Clutch, a subscription management platform.
- eZLO has acquired MiOS and its Vera parent, a smart home service provider the eZLO plans to tightly integrate with its OEM smart home device offerings. Orange used Vera’s MiOS in its now ended Smart Home service.
// Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, & Blue-Sky Thinking //
- The IoT Medical Devices market will be worth $63.43bn by 2023, according to MarketsandMarkets, growing from $20.59bn in 2018 at a CAGR of 25.2%.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- Samsung has announced the Exynos Modem 5100, claiming to have produced the first fully 3GPP Release 15 compliant 5G modem, with sub-6GHz and mmWave support.
- Chirp has been integrated into Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform, allowing developers to use Chirp’s audio communication system to provision devices – video demo here.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- DeepMind, UCL, and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital have unveiled a machine-learning system that outperforms medical professionals in spotting 50 different eye diseases.
- Nvidia has announced its new Turing GPU architecture, which adds new ray tracing (RT) cores and Tensor Cores for AI inferencing – it claims that this enables real-time ray tracing, a new way of modeling light in computer graphics, and is launching the Quadro RTX line.
- Intel and Philips have announced major improvements in medical image analysis, using Intel’s Xeon Scalable CPUs and the OpenVINO toolkit – 38x in lungs, and 188x in bones.
- UiPath and Ubiquity have partnered, to provide UiPath’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) services to Ubiquity customers, which include Super Bock and Aegeas Portugal.
- DeepMind’s AI systems have achieved a 30% cooling energy requirement in Google data centers, using data from thousands of sensors to monitor the environment. #
- Salesforce and Oracle have both separately open-sourced machine-learning code, with Salesforce opening up its Einstein AI system, and Oracle opening GraphPipe.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Samsung has launched a new SmartThings WiFi mesh router, which uses Plume’s software stack (popular with CSPs), as well as Z-Wave and Zigbee radios.
- Hive is the most popular smart thermostat in the UK, with 52% market share, beating Nest’s 15% by quite some distance. Nest scores better in satisfaction, though.
- Amazon and Microsoft have turned their Alexa-Cortana integration on, allowing users to switch between digital assistants when asked.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
- Intel and the US FAA are working together in further drone trials, building on previous UTM trials with new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).
- Swift Sensors has added four new gas sensors to its sensing platform, aimed at gas and air quality sensing in industrial plans, manufacturing facilities, and warehouses.
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- Evrythng is celebrating the successful ratification of the GS1 Digital Link standard, which is a major step forward for barcodes. Once adopted, it will enable barcodes to be scannable by phones out of the box, with embedded web addresses and features.
// Automotive //
- Avis says that it has now passed 100,000 connected cars in its global rental fleet, with its mobile app netting 400,000 users and 1.5mn transactions, raising satisfaction by 20%.
- Berg Insights reports that there will be 16.4mn fleet management systems deployed in commercial fleets in the Americas by 2022, up from 8m today.
- Nuro and Kroger have begun deploying self-driving delivery pods, in a test program in Arizona. The small vehicles will deliver groceries for a $5.95 flat fee.
// Security //
- F5 Labs discovered a heap of exposed and vulnerable cellular gateways, with Sierra Wireless in particular guilty of using default admin
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- Limejump has received regulatory clearance to participate in the UK’s National Grid Balancing Mechanism Market, alongside the ‘Big Six’ utilities, using its VPP.