// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Hyperledger and the EEA (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance) have announced a partnership that sees each become members of their blockchain alliances.
- Honeywell is acquiring Transnorm, a warehouse automation specialist for $490mn, and spun-out its old Transportation Systems unit as Garrett Motion.
- Mondicon has acquired Simfony, an IoT PaaS provider that was targeting CSPs, including MNOs and satellite firms, providing a full stack system for services.
- TrackLoop has acquired ChainTrack, a provider of IoT-based supply chain tracking products, to add ChainTrack to its software and analytics offerings.
- Johnson Controls has acquired Lux Products, a smart home and smart thermostat developer and distributor, to shore up Johnson’s own smart home offerings.
- Emerson is buying GE’s Intelligent Platforms wing, which houses GE’s PLCs (programmable logic controllers), looking to boost its industrial automation.
- Tata Communications has acquired Teleena, planning to integrate the Netherlands connectivity specialist into Tata Move, a device connectivity PaaS.
- Cloudera and Hortonworks have merged, creating a $5.2bn company that will look to expand in cloud-based data analytics and PaaS offerings.
// Hardware //
- ARM and Xilinx have announced a partnership, where ARM will offer free licenses for use with Xilinx FPGAs, under the ARM DesignStart program.
- Tile has updated its Bluetooth trackers, adding the ability to replace batteries in all its new devices, bar the Slim, matching its main competitor Trackr.
// Software //
- Microsoft has announced its Robot Operating Systems (ROS) for Windows 10 Enterprise, looking to power new robotic devices and applications.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- The Wi-SUN Alliance has launched its FAN (Field Are Network) certification protocol, to approve products compliant with the utility and smart city focused LPWAN network – based on IEE 802.15.4g, typically using sub-GHz spectrum.
- Orange Polska has announced LTE Cat-M1 services, with an initial deal with a city council to use the LPWAN technology for networked waste management.
- Telia Norway has announced a 100,000 unit NB-IoT deal with StalkIT, to provide connectivity for waste management, to track the disposal containers.
- SK Networks is using SK Telecom’s LTE Cat-M1 network to carry out asset tracking for its rental car operations and fleet telematics.
- SES has announced an integration with IBM, which will see its ‘fiber-like’ O3B network link customers with IBM’s cloud platform and services.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- Libelium and Alibaba Cloud have partnered, integrating the Meshlium IoT Gateways with Alibaba’s cloud-based computing platforms. Alibaba later announced a similar deal with Semtech, focused on LoRa.
- E.ON has picked Microsoft to power a new smart home platform, which will let customers manage their electricity consumption and in-home devices.
- Octo Telematics has picked Orange Business Services to supply SIM coverage and cloud-based data processing, renewing its existing contract for another 3 years.
- Microsoft has open-sourced its Infer.NET machine-learning system, which evolved from being an academic research tool, and creates bespoke algorithms.
- Shell has picked C3 IoT to provide it with AI-based tools through its PaaS, which Shell says will be used to improve safety and drilling performance.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Nest has launched its Nest Thermostat E in Europe, following a US launch in August, aiming to displace smart meter IHDs with its own two-piece offering.
- ecobee has been picked by Clayton, to be installed in all new Clayton prefabricated houses (48,000 built in 2017). The shine was taken off the announcement a little, when ecobee suffered a brief server outage.
- Samsung’s SmartThings hub still seems to be the best option for a DIY smart home foundation, but the lack of a Nest integration is politically telling.
- Zyxel has picked F-Secure to provide its Connected Home Security software for Zyxel’s line of residential home gateways, aimed at CSPs.
- Walmart is asking smart home suppliers to support Google Home, as well as not host their services in AWS, as the retailer squares up to arch-rival Amazon.
- Deutsche Telekom has announced a new smart building bundle, called Building Monitoring and Analytics, which includes sensing devices for office optimization.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
- DB Cargo has picked Eurotech to provide hardware and software tool to TechLok, using Eurotech’s BoltGate 20-25 gateway to power diagnostics for trains.
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- HID Global is pushing its NFC tag technology to brands looking to improve their protections against counterfeiting. More NFC tagged products means more IoT opportunities, for brands looking to expand.
// Automotive //
- Sierra Wireless has released the AirLink Management Service (ALMS) Advanced Reporting and Analytics, for fleet management systems using Sierra’s hardware.
- Denso has partnered with NRI Secure Technologies to create a new joint-venture, called NDIAS, which will focus on in-vehicle cybersecurity systems.
- Toyota and SoftBank have announced a self-driving vehicle alliance, aimed at developing services such as commerce and healthcare on top of the cars.
- Ford, Lyft, and Uber have partnered with SharedStreets and NACTO, in an attempt to create a standards-based system for sharing high-definition maps.
- Consumer Reports says that Cadillac’s Super Cruise was the best performing driver-assist system, in a recent test, followed by Tesla, Nissan, then Volvo.
// Security //
- Researchers have demonstrated how to manipulate innocuous sounding audio files to target voice assistants, using bird song to trigger commands.
- It is alleged that Supermicro’s supply chain has been penetrated by Chinese PLA spies, in a bombshell Bloomberg report that has dropped Supermicro’s share price by 50%. There are some concerns with what is claimed in the report, and the main companies involved, Apple, AWS, and Supermicro, are denying it.
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- Presciense has unveiled its Polaris in-home display (IHD), with Amazon Alexa built into the device. This allows users to ask Alexa what their energy usage is like, but more importantly, this could give Amazon a foothold in the utility space.
- Reliant (NRG) has partnered with Google to promote Nest devices to its 3mn customers, with specialized voice commands for usage reduction.