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Riot 243: Around The Web Roundup

// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //

  • Tendril has acquired EEme, and energy analytics startup that Tendril will be rolling into its own load balancing stack, which it sells to energy suppliers.
  • Amazon is joining the board of the Zigbee Alliance, which on the one hand signals a great deal of enthusiasm for the wireless mesh PAN protocol, but on the other, comes as most of the smart home market seems to be settling on WiFi and BLE.
  • Zebra Technologies has acquired Temptime, a manufacturer of temperature monitoring systems for healthcare applications, which Zebra plans to use to boost its healthcare, cold-chain, and food portfolio.

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// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //

  • Cisco has announced a swathe of new IoT offerings, centered around its new Catalyst industrial network switches and Industrial Integrated Services (ISS) routers, with new dev-tools, reference designs, and partner training. This is part of Cisco’s push to bring its ‘Intent-based Networking’ suite to the IoT.
  • The Bluetooth SIG has unveiled a new direction-finding capability, as part of the Bluetooth 5.1 release, which it is pitching as a great way to provide location-based services and point-of-interest (PoI) systems, with better indoor positioning too. It comes as IEEE 802.15.4z is being worked on, for Bluetooth on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radios.

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

  • AWS has open-sourced its SageMaker Neo tool, as part of its new Neo-AI project. The tool is hoped to boost machine-learning training capabilities for edge devices, which is an interesting move from the cloud-computing titan.

// Smart Homes and Buildings //

  • Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem is still riddled with problems, and we’ve just been reminded that Samsung still hasn’t launched its Galaxy Home Bixby-powered smart speaker either – “I experienced similar glitches in 2015 as I did testing the updated system in 2019.”
  • Neos seems to have white-labeled Wyze’s very-cheap smart home cameras, with the insurance provider now selling them in the UK for £20. However, it appears that the 14-day cloud storage of Wyze has been slashed, to a 12-second limit. SD-cards will let you extend that, but this seems quite miserly.
  • Casper has announced its first device, a bedside lamp that is designed to use light to impact sleep patterns, which can be controlled via gesture and phone.

// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //

  • LPP has signed Checkpoint Systems to expand their existing partnership, bringing the latter’s RFID systems to LPP’s entire global supply chain.
  • SES-Imagotag and Ossia have partnered, looking to create an electronic shelf label (ESL) that uses Ossia’s Cota wireless power delivery technology.

// Automotive //

// Smart Cities //

  • MXC and Enlink have announced a partnership that will see MXC’s MXProtocol used in the smart city monitoring system developed by Enlink, which is focused on environmental monitoring, power management, and disaster detection. The pair are deploying the jont system in South Korea.

// Smart Grid & Utility //

  • Itron has won a ComEd deal to connect 140,000 streetlights in Illinois, providing its Vision Central Management System, building on its 4mn-unit smart metering deal with the utility.
  • Con Edison has picked Itron to provide it with 9,000 battery-powered natural gas leak detectors, which will be powered by Itron’s Wi-SUN network (based on its Silver Spring Networks acquisition), in a pilot project.
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