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5 November 2018

Rethink IoT News ATW 234: Around The Web Roundup

­// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Delair has acquired some of Airwave’s assets, after the drone startup went bust last month. Delair has snapped up the Redbird analytics software, and 26 staff.
  • Denso has acquired Ease Simulation, an automotive diagnostics software specialist, which Denso plans to use in its software and services business.
  • OpenText is acquiring Liaison Technologies for $236mn ($310mn CAD), adding the application and data integration specialist to its EIM data management stack.

// Hardware //

  • ON Semiconductor has announced a new Bluetooth Mesh developer kit, based on its RSL10 family of Bluetooth 5.0 SoCs, housed in a USB dongle.
  • STMicroelectronics has launched its new STM32L4xx MCUs, focused on very low power usage for longer-lasting smart device battery life. It also announced a new SPC58 H, an automotive security chip for protecting OTA updates.
  • VeriSilicon has announced an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5.0 design, based on Global Foundries’ 22FDX manufacturing process, claiming big improvements.
  • Wave Computing, the new owner of MIPS, has announced new licensable AI-focused subsystems, as part of Wave’s ‘AI for All’ strategy.
  • Imagination Technologies has announced a new Ensigma GNSS IP core, which it is targeting at IoT devices that need low-power GPS capabilities.

// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Ligado has signed Ericsson and Sequans to supply LTE Cat-M and Cat-NB equipment and software for Ligado’s planned L-Band IoT satellite network, which will be running the L-LPWAN protocols in the 40MHz of L-Band it owns.
  • The NTIA and FCC OET have been testing WiFi in the 5.9GHz band currently dedicated to DSRC, pushing to open up the frequency to WiFi, claiming that DSRC adoption has been a failure.
  • Sigfox has launched its Atlas service, which uses WiFi-sniffing silicon in the Sigfox device to determine location, using Here’s Location Suite.

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

  • has changed its name to Balena, after its openBalena containerization platform, which manages balenaOS devices. Pronunciation issues, confusion with weed-tech firms, and potential trademark issues spurred the name change.
  • GE Digital has launched new Predix Edge-to-Cloud features, as well as a version of Predix for private cloud and on-premises deployments.
  • Xilinx might have displaced Intel as chief FPGA supplier for Microsoft, according to some digging from Moor Insights, booting out Intel’s Altera chips.
  • Samsung is reportedly opening up its Bixby voice assistant to third-party developers, as it struggles to gain any traction against Amazon and Google.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Calix has launched its new GigaSpire smart home hubs and the supporting software, aimed at CSPs looking to power a SHaaS offering – worth a look. US fiber provider ALLO Communications has already signed up as a customer.
  • Huawei has launched its AI Speaker, and it looks a lot like Apple’s HomePod. Baidu has also announced the Xiaodu Smart Speaker.
  • Google and iRobot have partnered, bringing the Roomba’s controversial home mapping to the Google Home platform, in order to better understand space.
  • oneM2M is launching the Smart Device Template (SDT), which is a framework to let CSPs seamlessly manage smart home devices. oneM2M members Deutsche Telekom, Huawei, Nokia, and Orange, will be outlining it in a webinar.

// Wearables //

  • Apple and Fitbit drove a 67% increase in Q3 smartwatch shipments, compared to Q3 2017, according to Strategy Analytics, hitting 10mn units in the quarter.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • Unsurprisingly, IBM and Maersk are struggling to sign up users to their jointly-developed blockchain shipping platform, TradeLens.
  • Savagewood Brewing has picked a glycol temperature monitoring system provided by CalAmp and Direct Communication Solutions (DCS).

// Automotive //

  • Xain and Infineon have announced an MoU for implementing blockchain technologies in the automotive sector, using Infineon’s silicon.
  • Cohda Wireless has unveiled a demonstration of its urban canyon countermeasure system, to enable always-available connectivity for cars.
  • Volkswagen, Mobileye, and Champion Motors, have announced a partnership that will launch what they say is the first Israeli autonomous EV ride-hailing service, planned for 2019 and full commercialization in 2022.
  • Volvo has picked SAS to provide it with analytics services, looking to identify trucking uptime improvements in Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics service.
  • Baidu and FAW have announced a partnership to launch an SAE Level 4 car by the end of 2019, with plans for use in autonomous taxis.
  • AT&T says it connects 3mn fleet vehicles, and now connects a total of 24mn cars using its LTE network, adding 2mn in the past quarter.

// Security //

  • Carnegie Technologies’ Longview IoT has picked GlobalSign and Intrinsic ID, to create a ‘world-class’ IoT security suite for IoT applications.
  • McAfee has found that the average business has around 14 improperly configured IaaS instances, and that 5% of AWS S3 buckets are publicly exposed.

// Smart Cities //

  • The ITU has published a case study outlining Moscow’s smart city projects, which is now exploring blockchain in voting and AI-based healthcare.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Xcel Energy has partnered with Google to use the latter’s Assistant to provide advice on saving energy in their homes – perhaps a first step to bigger projects.
  • Nova has announced what it says is a world first, combining its tidal energy turbines with Tesla batteries, to create its Tidal Energy Storage System (TESS), part of Scotland’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Program (LCITP).
  • GE is restructuring its power business, but the incredible $22bn write-down it announced is now drawing scrutiny from the SEC and DoJ – bad news for GE.

// Health //