Rethink IoT News ATW 233: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Arena Solutions acquires Omnify Software, a provider of PLM software for device manufacturers, to incorporate into Arena’s electronics and medical device PaaS.
  • Nokia has joined the Avanci licensing group, set up by Qualcomm and Ericsson back in 2016, bringing the number of participants up to 20.
  • IBM is acquiring Red Hat for $34bn, paying a 61% premium on the share price, to snap up the open source cloud specialist, which has annual revenues of $3bn.
  • Hitachi has sold its Clarion automotive navigation division to Faurecia, and OEM that is 46% owned by Peugeot. At $1.3bn, it’s a 10.5% premium on closing price.
  • Intel has announced record quarterly results, hitting $19.2bn in revenue, with data center accounting for $6.1bn and the IoT Group on $919mn.

// Hardware //

  • STMicro has announced an ultra-low-power radio and processor package that includes Sigfox Monarch integration, for industrial asset management.
  • ON Semiconductor has announced what it says is the first CE certification for its Sigfox RF System-in-Package (SiP), approved by the CE for European use.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • NTT Docomo and myDevices have partnered to launch an industrial refrigeration monitoring service, using LoRa-based sensors, priced at $99 per month.
  • Semtech is expanding the geolocation services for LoRa, broadening access to network-generated location data via new cloud services.
  • The LoRa Alliance has added Firmware Update OTA (FUOTA) to the LoRaWAN stack, a feature that other LoRa vendors have developed independently.
  • Telus has launched an LTE Cat-M network in Canada.
  • Sigfox has announced new devices and network equipment, including Bubble transmitters, saying it now has coverage in 53 countries, covering 1bn people.

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

  • SAS has announced success stories for its AI-based offerings, including chatbots, smart city analytics, hospital transformation, and power.
  • Oracle has launched its Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud suite, a use-case-specific selection of SaaS applications aimed at enterprises.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • GE Lighting is the first firm to have its old hub replaced by a software integration with Google’s Home line, including the Home, Mini, Max, and the new Home Hub.
  • Amazon is launching its Alexa assistant and Echo product line in Italy and Spain, and has also invested into smart thermostat maker Tado.

// Automotive //

  • Xain will be unveiling its FROST programming language at an event in Birmingham, UK, in partnership with Porsche, MintBit, and Ocean Protocol.
  • A study seems to have found a pretty strong link between the use and popularity of ride sharing applications and traffic deaths, in the USA at least.

// Security //

  • Elisa has picked F-Secure to provide its home broadband customers with F-Secure’s Connected Home Security package – the first CSP to do so.
  • FreeRTOS has a TCP/IP security flaw, which could be exploited remotely, according to Zimperium. FreeRTOS is now a part of AWS, but is still open source. Technical details will be released in 30 days, so get patching.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is using Tendril’s data and analytics service, the Tendril Platform, to provide a new Google Assistant integration, for voice-based interactions. This is the first utility deal to use Google Assistant, apparently.
  • Oracle says its Opower wing has saved household energy consumption some 20 TWh, since launch in 2008. Oracle bought Opower for $532mn in 2016.
  • SunTech, Google, and Stanford University are collaborating in a DoE ARPA-E project, tied to the Network of Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) initiative.
  • UK Power Networks and Faraday Grid are testing the latter’s load balancing technology, using Faraday Exchangers to accommodate EVs and renewables.
  • WePower says it has successfully completed its blockchain-based energy tokenization pilot, in Estonia, in partnership with TSO Elering.
  • Tesla’s record quarterly results said that the company installed 239 mWh of energy storage in Q3, up 18% in a quarter and 118% year-on-year, as well as deploying 93 MW of solar capacity, up 11% from the previous quarter. Solar Roof production is due to ramp up in H1 2019, apparently.