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Rethink IoT News ATW 225: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • WiseTech has acquired Trinium, a trucking transportation management system (TMS) provider, to expand WiseTech’s CargoWise supply chain execution service.
  • Intel has acquired Vertex.AI, the startup behind the PlaidML deep learning system that was built to provide multi-platform machine-learning.

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

  • Some 52% of consumers are using IoT devices, but 64% of those users have already suffered performance issued – an average of 1.5 problems per day. The Dynatrace survey found 72% of 10,000 consumers thought it likely that IoT software glitches will cause serious injuries.
  • Enterprises will pay for 76% of IoT device revenue in 2023, according to Mobile Experts, predicting shipments to hit 2.5bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 28%. The number of installed ‘connected devices’ is 16bn, with ‘IoT’ devices at 8.6bn.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Samsung has announced the Exynos i S111, an NB-IoT SoC that includes GNSS for satellite location. Supporting 3GPP Release 14, it claims a 10km range.
  • Huawei has committed to the IEEE 1901.1 power line communication (PLC) standard, used in sub-12MHz frequencies. The first version of the PLC-IoT standard was published by the IEEE in May.
  • u-blox expects LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT deployments to slow in this half of 2018, as outlined in the module maker’s half-year results filing.

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

  • TomTom says it has hit the 1.5bn monthly updates threshold, for its mapping platform. Claiming 550m connected GPS devices.
  • C3 IoT has now added support for Google Cloud Platform, the last unsigned of the big three cloud providers, and will work with Google on marketing and sales.
  • Terbine has launched its IoT Data Exchange, a platform that will enable businesses to commercially trade data, which uses blockchain technologies.
  • Google has launched its multilingual Google Assistant features, announced back in February. It enables the system to switch between languages when needed.
  • Software AG has open-sourced its Nyoka Python library, for Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML), supporting its Zementis analytics offering.
  • VMware and Dell have announced new offerings for edge computing, with the new VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0 and new hardware and software from Dell.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Yale has announced support for Comcast’s Xfinity Home platform, so long as you buy the $50 Zigbee module to connect the locks to the home gateway.
  • Ikea will apparently launch $10 HomeKit smart plugs in October, with a bundle including a remote control for $15. This is set to be the cheapest such plug.
  • Qorvo and Leedarson have announced a new connected lighting offering that uses Qorvo’s QPG6095 SoC for concurrent Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee 3.0 support.

// Wearables //

  • Apple still holds the lead in smart watch shipments, according to Counterpoint, which found that the total market had grown 37% in a year. The second-place ‘Others’ segment now accounts for 26% of shipments, to Apple’s 41%, with Fitbit’s new line of watches moving it from 8% to 21% in a year – into third.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Ossia and Displaydata have partnered to combine Ossia’s Cota wireless charging into Displaydata’s electronic shelf labels, with a PoC due by the end of 2018.

// Automotive //

  • Lyft and Aptiv have now completed 5,000 paid trips in their self-driving taxis, which have been running in Las Vegas since January, using a 20-vehicle fleet.
  • Qualcomm and Datang have announced the first multi-vendor C-V2X direct communication test success, linking Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset with the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT, aka Datang Telecom) LTE-V2X module, the DMD31.
  • Apple has had its first self-driving crash, after one of its Lexus RX450h SUVs was rear-ended by a Nissan Leaf at 15mph, as it was trying to join a highway.
  • Tesla isn’t going private, but the SEC is still investigating CEO Musk’s conduct.
  • Toyota and Uber are expanding their development partnership, with Toyota separately investing $500mn into Uber. This now values Uber at around $72bn.

// Smart Cities //

  • Wasco CA and Siemens have announced that the industrial expert has managed to improve the city’s energy efficiency by 60%.
  • Chicago predicts that its 76,000 new LED smart streetlights will save it $100m in the next decade. One year in to the four-year project, there are just under 200,000 lights left to replace, which use around half the energy of the HPS lights.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • mPrest has entered the European market, for its smart grid coordination and control software. mPrest is best known for the Iron Dome missile defense system.
  • UK Power Networks said it is aiming for over 200MW of demand-response capacity by 2023, and has outlined its latest round of contract tenders.
  • OhmConnect and Nest have partnered, integrating OhmConnect’s demand-response and renewable optimization system with Nest’s thermostats.
  • Landis+Gyr has announced that Enedis has signed the contract for the next tranche of its Linky smart meters, 13mn units.

// Health //

  • IBM and MedChain have partnered, aiming to build a globally compliant healthcare blockchain and decentralized apps for electronic medical records. It’s not small feat, but IBM seems determined to become a major healthcare player.
  • Google is redesigning the Google Fit application for Android and Wear OS, with a new focus on ‘heart points’ and ‘move minutes,’ rather than on steps.
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