// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
- Bentley Systems has acquired Alworx, a Canadian firm that provides IoT and machine-learning services, which Bentley Systems will incorporate into its construction software offerings. Bentley Systems also bought ERP integration firm ACE Enterprise Slovakia, for better platform integrations.
- Inside Secure is acquiring Verimatrix for $143mn, adding Verimatrix’s video and content protection portfolio to its own suite. Inside Secure will also snap up the Verimatrix Vtegrity service, which is an IoT service security and hardening tool.
// Hardware //
- Intel has published a paper outlining its work in Magneto-Electric Spin-Orbit (MESO) semiconductors, a potential low-power alternative to CMOS designs.
- Atmosic has picked CEVA’s Bluetooth 5 stack for use in Atmosic’s battery-free IoT devices, centered around the Atmosic M2 and M3 SoCs.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
- ARM is pulling the plug on its Cordio LTE Cat-NB software stack, but will continue to develop Bluetooth, according to EETimes.
- Astrocast has launched its first LEO IoT Cubesat test satellite, which will use L-band spectrum, aiming for IoT applications in the 90% of the globe that the company claims is not covered by cellular networks.
- The MulteFire Alliance, which is promoting the mildly controversial LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U), has announced v1.1 of its specification, adding support for LTE-U versions of LTE Cat-M and Cat-NB.
- Libelium has released Cloud Hive, a new service that acts as a middleman between a customer’s devices and the plethora of cloud platforms that Libelium has integrations with, so that the customer does not need to implement these integrations themselves, offering a much smoother onlining process.
- Wirepas and Nordic Semiconductor have announced that they have created the world’s densest sensor network, using Wirepas’ Mesh protocol and Nordic’s nRF2832 radios, with 1,500 units in a cubic meter without a single packet loss.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
- The IIC has unveiled its learnings from its AI-focused Deep Learning Facility Testbed, optimizing connected assets in a building.
- Imagination Technologies has announced its PowerVR Series3NX neural network accelerator (NNA), a new GPU design for AI and ML applications, claiming a 40% improvement in performance by area over its previous generation.
// Smart Homes and Buildings //
- Arlo has unveiled the Arlo Ultra, a 4K HDR WiFi security camera, priced at $399, receiving good reviews. It comes after Arlo was spun-off by Netgear.
- Ikea’s Tradfri connected outlets are now available in the first markets, costing $10-15 and compatible with Apple, Google, and Amazon’s ecosystems.
- Ikea and Xiaomi have partnered, in what looks like a China-centric move, which will integrate Xiaomi’s smart home portfolio with Ikea’s.
// Automotive //
- Toyota is in the DSRC’s corner, refuting claims that it is a “failed experiment” in filings to the FCC. Panasonic is also calling to retain the entire 5.9GHz band for use in automotive applications, instead of sharing off part for WiFi.
- Tesla’s Autopilot system appears to have failed to respond to a lack of driver input, in a high-profile drunk driving/sleeping case in California, where the driver-assist function had to be stopped by Highway Patrol, bringing the car with its intoxicated sleeping driver to a halt.
- Waymo has quietly begun commercial trials for its self-driving vehicles in Arizona, opening up the ride-sharing system for its early-access testers.
- Bosch and Veniam have partnered, with Bosch committing to a multi-standard V2X offering that will use Veniam’s software to pick the best available network.
// Security //
- Nokia has released its Threat Intelligence Report, finding that IoT botnet activity represented 78% of malware detection in the past year, making up 16% of infected devices in CSP networks, up from just 3.5% last year.
- Trend Micro has released its Fragility of IIoT’s Data Backbone, finding exposed MQTT and CoAP servers, intercepting over 200mn and 19mn messages respectively – concluding that the main IIoT protocols are ‘laughably insecure.’
// Smart Grid & Utility //
- eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy have partnered, joining the JuiceNet EV charging platform with LO3’s Exergy trading platform, with a test project to see how Exergy can link JuiceNet with microgrids, for localized energy trading.
- Volkswagen and Tesco have announced the largest retail EV network in the UK, with plans to rollout free and paid charging stations in 600 stores over 3 years.
- The City of Waco has picked Itron to provide it with a water infrastructure monitoring system that will comprise 57,000 devices.