// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Antunes has acquired Storelynk, an asset management system for the food industry that integrates sensors and cloud-based analytics, which Antunes is going to incorporate into its food services equipment offering.
- Aspen Technology has acquired Mnubo and Sabisu, two startups that are part of its strategic AI expansion. Mnubo is being sold for $78.31mn ($102mn CAD), and is an industrial-focused AI-analytics provider. Sabisu’s price isn’t being disclosed, but it is a UK startup that provides an enterprise workflow and visualization tool.
- Tendril and Simple Energy have merged, creating a new company called Uplight. Both based in Colorado, the two startups are now hoping to be a one-stop-shop for the customer software needs of utilities. They currently have 75 customers, who are in turn serving 100mn customers with apps, analytics, and optimization.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- Sigfox has a new target of 1bn device by 2023, under the ‘1B23’ moniker. It has 6.7mn devices active now, up from 3.9mn in October 2018. It seems to have missed its 8mn-unit target for 2018-2019, but cites a stacked pipeline and the ability to retrofit Sigfox connectivity into shipped devices as the drivers behind the target.
- T-Mobile USA has launched what it says is the first Cat-NB asset tracking solution in the US, called Roambee BeeAware. Costing $10 per device per month, there’s no mention of message limits, latency, or accuracy, and given that Cat-NB doesn’t deal with cell-handover as capably as the other LTE variants, we are somewhat doubtful of Cat-NB’s viability for tracking high-value assets.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- The MLPerf Consortium has published the latest performance benchmarks, with Nvidia managing a job in 80 seconds that took 8 hours back in 2017, largely due to software improvements. Google Cloud’s TPU v3 Pods took first place in the English to German Transformer test, as well as in ResNet-50 image classification.
- Stanford researchers have illustrated the difficulties in removing personal data, as might be required by GDPR, from a neural network, with many of the systems becoming unstable and less accurate, due to their blackbox nature.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
- Delair has announced a new subscription approach for its UX11 and UX11 Ag surveying and mapping drones, as well as the Delair.ai software platform – which Intel is using for its own drone offerings.
// Automotive //
- Yandex has unveiled its self-driving Hyundai Sonata, which it plans to deploy in 2020. Yandex already has some self-driving Toyota Priuses, and says that it takes only a few weeks to retrofit the Sonatas with its technology.
- Volkswagen is investing $2.6bn into Argo AI, the self-driving AI specialist that Ford was an early investor in. This deal values Argo AI at $7bn, meaning that VW is holding around a 37% stake in the firm.
- NREL and Volvo have published a study that charts the impact of automated driving on overall fuel efficiency, achieving a 5-7% reduction in fuel usage.
// Smart Cities //
- Telensa is up to 1.7mn connected lights, after the City of Dunedin, New Zealand, selected Telensa’s PLANet platform to connect 15,000 streetlights in the city.