Rethink IoT News ATW 226: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Hartford Steam Boiler has acquired relayr, for $300m cash. The deal sees HSB, an equipment breakdown insurance provider (owned by Munich Re), pick up a software company that had found a niche in IIoT hardware-agnostic data flows.
  • NXP has acquired OmniPHY, a company working on using 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet in automotive applications, with NXP eyeing it for autonomous vehicles.
  • GigSky has acquired Simless, a specialist in eSIM subscription management, looking to incorporate the platform into GigSky’s own PaaS for cellular devices.
  • Sierra Wireless might be buying Telit, according to “City sources” speaking to the Mail on Sunday – a move that would create a £1bn company.

// Software //

  • The IEEE has published 2050-2018, a standard for 16-bit and 32-bit embedded real-time systems, following an IP licensing agreement with the TRON Forum.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) has released IoTivity 2.0, adding new encryption features to the device interoperability standard. Haier, Electrolux, Samsung, and LG are planning on using it for 2019 devices.
  • Inmarsat has launched Fleet Data, a new IoT service that it is pitching at the maritime industry that it says will enable on-ship and cloud data processing.
  • Sprint and Ericsson have announced that they are partnering to build a global virtualized core network for IoT traffic, as well as the IoT OS connectivity and device management platform, which can handle billing and sub management.
  • Digi-Key has picked RevX to help it provide cellular IoT data plans, boosting its components distribution business by adding options for T1 MNO connections.
  • Altair Semiconductor and Ethertronics have announced a new miniaturized antenna system, which will be used with the ALT1250 chipset for tiny wearables.
  • Huawei and China Mobile are opening up the Connectivity Enablement Platform (CEP) that the pair have been deploying for the past year, with China Mobile saying it now manages 300mn IoT devices through the CEP system.

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

  • Cloudera has launched a new modular open source analytics offering, in partnership with Red Hat and Eurotech, for easier cloud-based onboarding.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Amazon says its Alexa digital assistant is now compatible with 20,000 devices, up from 4,000 in January – from 3,500 brands, up from 1,200.
  • Sonnen has announced its new ecoLinx solar and battery storage system, which integrates with home automation systems to optimize energy and device usage. Sonnen partnered with PanTech Design, Cinegration, and Eaton.
  • Nest has finally added temperature sensors, priced at $39 or a pack of three for $99, to monitor other room temperatures – something ecobee has had for years.
  • ABB has launched its ‘[email protected]’ smart home platform, promising integrations with Amazon’s Alexa, Sonos, and Philips Hue (now Signify).
  • Ikea is working on connected window blinds, according to an FCC filing.

// Wearables //

  • Garmin has taken the wraps off its Vivosmart 4, a new activity tracker that can monitor bloody oxygen saturation to analyze sleep quality.

// Automotive //

  • Volvo has announced its new 360c standards proposal, a system that it says should drive V2X communication between the automotive industry. It share the name with the new 360c concept car, which is being pitched as a way to disrupt short-haul flights, using autonomous driving to ferry passengers – ‘road planes.’
  • TomTom has partnered with rideOS to add its real-time traffic data into rideOS’ routing engine, which the latter is aiming at managing self-driving car fleets.

// Security //

  • A new IoT botnet called Hakai has been identified, based on Qbot and spiking in activity in the past fortnight. Hakai, Japanese for ‘destruction,’ was spotted by NewSky Security, back in June, and appears to be growing in complexity.

// Smart Cities //

  • Manchester’s CityVerve project’s technical lead shares some takeaways from the experience, stressing that data must be commercialized.
  • Libelium and The Things Network have unveiled a new LoRa smart parking system that is available in kit-form from the Libelium-backed IoT Marketplace.
  • FixStream has been picked by Las Vegas to supply AI-based fault detection systems for Vegas’ IT and smart city systems.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Grid-scale battery capacity grew 68% in 2017, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), reaching 1.3 GWh, with longer-duration batteries popular.