// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Uber has acquired Mighty AI, a firm that creates training data for computer vision models, which are used in autonomous vehicle training programs. Several dozen employees will join Uber, but no price has been given.
- Resideo has acquired LifeWhere, a startup that specializes in predictive maintenance systems for home appliances, based on machine-learning analytics. This is the third acquisition from the Honeywell spin-out, but Resideo is not giving a price for the three-year-old startup.
// Laws, Regulation, and Lawsuits //
- Telit has escaped a fine that would have been imposed by the London Stock Exchange, after the review panel noted that “the exchange recognizes in the particular circumstances of this case, the real difficulties faced by the company’s board and its advisers in being able to reasonably uncover information relating to the historical indictment of its then CEO at the time of admission and thereafter.”
- D-Link has conceded to 10 years of security audits, as part of its settlement with the FTC, owing to a lawsuit filed that accused it of not adequately protecting its customers. That’s a pretty onerous settlement.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- Senet has been picked by Wellness Telecom to provide it with LoRaWAN connectivity services, to power Wellness’ smart city focused services, which include street light monitoring, waste collection, and energy usage.
- Ericsson and Signify (Philips Lighting) have partnered, integrating Ericsson’s 5G Radio Dot into Signify’s indoor luminaires, which opens up a lot of opportunities for the largest buildings that might normally need to pursue DAS networks.
- SpaceX has apparently lost contact with 3 of its 60 Starlink satellites, with the rest of the initial constellation now moving into position in the low-earth orbit. Broadband testing will begin soon, with two also de-orbited to simulate end-of-life. However, losing three so soon after launch is not a great look.
- Actility and Clickey have announced that Clickey is transitioning to Actility’s ThingPark LoRaWAN platform, looking to scale Clickey’s 15,000 building sensors to 100,000 in the coming months.
- Chirp has announced support for Arm’s Cortex-A and Cortex-M architectures, with SDK support for its data-over-audio communication system.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- D-Wave has announced that its D-Wave Hybrid offering is now available, as an open source SDK that you can download from GitHub, which it says should make it easier for developers to create the algorithms that are used to bridge between quantum and classical computing environments and scenarios. D-Wave is hoping this drives demand for its gargantuan computers.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Wyze’s rampage of super-cheap smart home gear continues, with a smart plug and a connected bathroom scales set to appear in the near future.
- Apple’s HomePod has hit $199 in Target, the lowest retail price for the $300 smart home speaker that has struggled to take off. At this price, it remains significantly more expensive than Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Echo.
- Google has passed Amazon in European smart home shipments, according to the latest update from IDC, which showed total market growth of 58.1% in Q1, to 3.3mn units, with Google Home accounting for 45.1% of the market and Amazon Echo taking 41.8%.
// Retail, Marketing, & Supply Chain //
- IBM reports that TradeLens has added Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express to the blockchain-enabled shipping platform, the fifth and sixth largest shipping carriers. This means that TradeLens now represents more than half of global ocean container cargo.
// Automotive //
- Starsky Robotics has successfully driven an autonomous Volvo truck down 9.4 miles of a Floridian highway, without incident. It apparently set a record for the fastest self-driving vehicle on a public road – 55 mph, or ‘the speed limit.’
- The Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) has announced that it will be conducting live tests of its self-driving pods on 24km of London roads. SMLL members include Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), DG Cities, Cisco, Cubic, Loughborough University, Transport for London and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
- Wejo and TrafficCast have partnered, with Wejo providing data from its 7mn connected vehicles to TrafficCast’s traffic forecasting platform, pulling live data from Wejo’s connected car data marketplace.
- ‘Safety First for Automated Driving’ is a new framework from a group of 11 companies that want to guide the development of autonomous vehicles, building on Intel’s (Mobileye’s) RSS model. The 11 vendors are: Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Here, Infineon, Intel, and VW.
- Baidu says its self-driving cars have now travelled 1.2mn in 13 Chinese cities, using a fleet of 300 cars, and that it has signed a deal with Geely to provide its DeurOS platform to Geely vehicles.
// Security //
- NIST has published a new guide for IoT devices, called Considerations for Managing IoT Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks. The specification, NISTIR 8228, is aimed at federal agencies and enterprises that are incorporating IoT into their operations.
- Orvibo has leaked over 2bn user logs, due to an exposed and passwordless server powering its SmartMate smart home platform, which is used by a number of brands. The error was found by vpnMentor researchers, but Orvibo appears to have taken no action yet, which is somewhat astounding.