Rethink IoT News ATW 229: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Nest was behind the acquisition of Senosis, a digital health startup from the University of Washington, with Nest apparently being very sensitive to its name being used in documents – trying to mask new ambitions behind parent Google.
  • BuildingIQ has acquired Buildingsense, with the partners now escalating previous business relationships, looking to expand in building management.
  • The IoT Marketplace has passed more than 100 kits on its online store, ready to be bought and used by businesses. It is sponsored by Libelium.
  • The Eclipse Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) have launched the Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group.
  • Software AG has acquired, an integration PaaS (iPaaS) vendor and specialist in Node.js, looking to integrate Flow with Software AG’s portfolio.

// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //

  • Intel is hitting back at Qualcomm’s allegations of IP theft, in the Apple litigation. This comes as Intel is investing in old manufacturing processes due to an apparent shortage in supply for its x86 CPU business.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stepped down as company chairman and pay $40mn to the SEC, following its lawsuit seeking to prevent him acting as an officer of a listed company. Musk will remain CEO. The DoJ investigation rumbles on.

// Hardware //

  • ARM has added its Split-Lock feature to the Cortex-A76 CPU, intending to provide the new Cortex-A76AE (Automotive Enhanced) CPU to safety-critical automotive applications, where the architecture has full redundancy.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Telit and Wind River have announced a new edge-to-cloud offering, combining Telit devices, Wind River’s OS offerings, and Telit’s deviceWISE IoT PaaS.
  • Astrocast has announced plans to launch a satellite constellation to fill in gaps in LPWAN coverage, hoping to launch 64 nanosatellites by 2020.
  • Tele2 has launched EnCore, a global IoT platform aimed at enterprises.
  • Ericsson and Telstra have announced a 94km reach for NB-IoT, in a test in Australia involving mIoT and Captis – up from 40km.
  • US Cellular has partnered with IoT America to deploy LoRa networks in the USA, citing agricultural customers as a target. USC is the fifth-largest US MNO.
  • SoftBank says it has completed the first Non-IP Data Delivery (NIDD) test for LTE Cat-NB, which allows it to transmit data to IoT devices without having to allocate IP addresses. There are supposed security benefits to NIDD.
  • AT&T has announced an unlimited LTE Cat-M data plan in the USA, costing $30 per year. The kicker? It’s limited to 64kbps and device-specific.
  • Telxius has picked Sigfox to provide QoS monitoring on Telxius’ mobile phone towers, which it provides to MNOs as an infrastructure play.

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

  • Lingo24 says that AI-based technologies could cut the cost of translating services by half, for B2B companies, and reduce the time needed by 75%, improving international revenue growth by 44%.
  • Lattice Semiconductor has announced new features for its FPGA silicon, with updates to the sensAI stack, including IP cores and reference designs.
  • Deutsche Telekom is pushing its Data Intelligence Hub, a data marketplace that is being used by the city of Bonn, to buy and sell data.
  • DevicePilot has published video case studies from Beringar and Winnow, outlining how a device platform can enable greater operational management.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • E.ON and Microsoft have partnered to launch the Energy Management Box, a device that will collect electricity consumption data from in-home devices, and allow the system to control these devices accordingly. It is due in H1 2019.
  • Skyworth and Sure have partnered, integrating Sure’s OCF (IoTivity) certified software stack into Skyworth’s Android set top boxes (STBs), looking to create a universal gateway for the smart home. Skyworth is a major vendor to CSPs.
  • Amazon and Honeywell both suffered high-profile smart home outages.
  • AT&T and Synchronoss have announced a new Energy and Building Management offering, using Syncronoss’ Digital Smart Building Platform.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Walmart and Ossia are testing Ossia’s wireless-power and data technology, Cota. Walmart is Ossia’s first retail partner, piloting Cota for Electronic Shelf Labeling.
  • Olam has extended its blockchain-based supply chain platform beta program, following the success of trials announced by the non-profit association.

// Automotive //

  • AT&T and Harman have announced the Harman Spark, a new LTE OBD-II device that costs $80, with subscriptions starting at $5/month. WiFi hotspot features are more expensive, and AT&T is bundling the Spark with smartphones for $30.
  • Fleet Complete and Toyota have collaborated, to pull data from Toyota Connected and use it in Fleet Complete’s Connvex platform, for fleet-management users.
  • Acer and Yulon Group (Hatiec and Luxgen) have unveiled an SAE Level 4 ready self-driving car, based on the Luxgen S3 EV, as the CE firm looks to expand.
  • VW has picked Microsoft to power its upcoming connected car platform, using the Azure platform to run the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud.

// Security //

  • AT&T and Ericsson are joining forces, looking to offer device testing through the CTIA’s Cybersecurity Certification Program.
  • Avast has spotted the Torii botnet, a new strain of malware that it says differs from Mirai and other known botnets. It is stealthier, and more feature-rich.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Panasonic and Taiwan Power Company have announced a smart metering partnership, using Panasonic’s HD-PLC technology to connect meters over the power lines, based on IEEE 1901 and ITU-T G.9905.
  • Kuwait is buying 800k electricity smart meters and 300k smart water meters, from a partnership between local MNO Zain and SAP.
  • Tendril has launched a new residential load management platform, called Tendril Home Energy Analytics, aimed at utilities looking to balance their grids.
  • Sensus has helped Weber Basin Water Conservancy District reduce demand by 30% in Utah, with 6,375 IPERL smart meters running on Sensus’ FlexNet system.
  • LG has unveiled new expandable batteries for the home storage market, with a 5 kW AC version and a 7.6 kW DC unit.