// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- NXP is buying Marvell’s WiFi and Bluetooth assets for $1.76bn, with Marvell looking to focus on the data center and 5G applications. This follows Marvell’s Aquantia acquisition, to this end.
// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //
- The IEEE is generating some pointed internal criticism, after the American corporation has started complying with the US sanctions on Huawei. Staffers at the Chinese firm are no longer able to see in-progress standards, only that which has been published. Some point out that this is only going to slow US progress in 5G, as Huawei is so involved with the development.
// Forecasts, Surveys. Reports, & Blue-Sky Thinking //
- LuxTurrim5G is making some noise this week, as the Nokia Bell Labs led industry group declares that street light poles are key enablers for 5G networks. The group has completed its initial pilot at Nokia’s Espoo campus, and will now expand into the surrounding region.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- Sony is pushing its Eltres LPWAN technology, publishing a use case document that outlines how companies could use the claimed 100km range. However, it seems that Eltres remains confined to the Japanese market.
- The Zigbee Alliance has announced the ‘All Hubs Initiative,’ a new set of features for the application and network layer of the upcoming v3.1 of the Zigbee stack, intended to improve brand interoperability. Members of the working group include: Amazon, Comcast, Exegin, Kwikset, Landis+Gyr, LEEDARSON, Legrand, MMB Networks, NXP, OSRAM, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, and Somfy.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- Amazon has announced the general availability of Amazon Textract. As the name implies, it is an ML-powered tool for pulling text data from documents, which it says does not require any ML experience. Customers and ‘partners’ include: The Globe and Mail, MET Office, PwC, Healthfirst, UiPath, Teradact, Ripcord, Kablamo, Vidado, BluePrism, and Alfresco.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Microsoft is joining the EnOcean Alliance as a board member, with the battery-free energy-harvesting communication technology’s promotional body saying that this is a big step towards standardizing intelligent building solutions. It comes in the same week as Semtech joining CABA (the Continental Automated Buildings Association).
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- IBM and Maersk have finally signed up two major marine cargo firms to their newly restructured joint venture, TradeLens. MSC and CMA-CGMare now members, the second and fourth largest global carriers, and join PIL, Zim, and Hamburg Sud. IBM says that the members account for nearly half of all global shipping volume.
// Automotive //
- GM’s Maven is canceling its mobility services in 8 US cities, leaving it with just 9. A spokesperson says this is due to a ‘shift in strategy,’ but losing New York, Chicago, and Boston isn’t a good look.
- Telefonica has launched its Movistar Car service in Spain, using an OBD-II adapter to provide in-car WiFi connectivity and telematics and security services.
- Tesla’s lane-changing function in its Navigate on Autopilot system has been sharply criticized by Consumer Reports, which says it “cut off cars without leaving enough space, and even passed other cars in ways that violate state laws.”
// Smart Cities //
- Libelium has unveiled a new radar-enabled parking sensor, which uses LoRaWAN to connect to its supporting network, claiming that radar provides superior sensing performance over magnetic or infrared options.
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- UK Power Networks is investing heavily in its distribution network operator (DNO) systems, with two deals. The first involves UK radio infrastructure provider Arqiva, which is partnering with Inmarsat to provide satellite connectivity for UKPN’s SCADA network, and the second with Smarter Grid Solutions, in a £15mn investment in Active Network Management (ANM) software.
- Sonnen, now owned by Shell, is supplying an Illinois passive-house project with its solar and battery storage systems, specifically a 20 KWh ecoLinx array. The ‘Wildwood of Marengo’ project is being built to meet the Passive House Institute United States standard.