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M2M Industry News Archives: July 2015

What Windows 10 means for the IoT
Despite the hype, Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 is not about making inroads in the mobile space but more about getting a hook on the IoT, according to analysts.
 
IBM hopes developer community will be recipe for IoT success
IBM has launched a community to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect IoT devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices.
 
Sony and ZMP form venture to develop drones
Sony Mobile Communications is getting into bed with fellow Japanese company ZMP to form a company called Aerosense that will develop and launch autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing.
 
SIM tax break boosts M2M take up in Brazil
Less than a year after the Brazilian government introduced an 80 per cent reduction in SIM activation and operation taxes for M2M-only devices, a dramatic boost in implementation is apparent according to research by TechPolis.
 
Luxembourg deploys Sigfox IoT network
Telecoms operator Post Luxembourg and RMS.lu have joined forces with French company Sigfox to deploy a wireless IoT network in Luxembourg.
 
Bridgelux spins off Xenio to attack smart lighting market
Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies, is to spin off its smart-lighting LED platform business under the name of Xenio following the sale of Bridgelux to an investment group led by China Electronics.
 
IoT development platform focuses on reducing energy use
A development platform to make IoT system design easier, faster and more productive is available from Texas-based Silicon Labs.
 
SMEs need to manage SIMs to make M2M effective, says Flickswitch chief
For small to medium enterprises (SMEs) where cost-efficiencies are essential, managing SIM cards for M2M systems is vital, according to Kees Snijders, managing director of South African company Flickswitch.
 
IoT connected devices to reach 38.5 billion by 2020, says Juniper
The number of IoT connected devices will hit 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015, a rise of over 285 per cent, according to data from Juniper Research.
 
AMS acquires CMOS sensor business from NXP
To pave the way for its takeover of Freescale, Dutch electronics company NXP has sold its CMOS sensor business to AMS, formerly Austria Microsystems. The range includes devices for wearables, home automation, logistics and automotive applications.
  
IBM and Pivotal back Allseen Alliance IoT group
IBM and Pivotal have put their weight behind the Allseen Alliance cross-industry collaboration to advance the IoT through an open source software project. The two industry giants are among 13new members that have joined the initiative.
 
Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom pick 12 start-ups for IoT challenge
Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom have announced the 12 European start-ups selected to join the next phase of the Challenge Up! programme, a joint start-up initiative organised by the three companies.
 
M2Comm brings LPWAN standard to Weightless SIG
M2Comm, a Taiwanese provider of industrial IoT connectivity technologies, has joined the Weightless SIG to lead a working group for the development of a new high performance LPWAN standard.
 
ITU calls for light-touch regulations as IoT becomes reality
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is calling for a flexible, light touch when it comes to regulations as broadband connectivity becomes increasingly pervasive and the hyper-connected world of the IoT starts to become a reality.
 
Fiat Chrysler owners urged to update software after Jeep hacked and crashed
Owners of Fiat Chrysler cars are being urged by security experts to update their system software after two hackers took control of a Jeep while it was being driven at 112km/hr, braked it, disabled the engine and crashed it into a ditch.
 
Australian IT departments not ready for IoT, says survey
Australian IT departments are ill-equipped to meet IoT skills requirements, according to a survey by Texas-based IT management software company Solarwinds. Major challenges include skills, security and growing network complexity.
 
Etisalat deploys tailored M2M and IoT service across Middle East
Etisalat, the UAE-based telecoms provider, is offering what it claims is the Middle East’s first tailored M2M and IoT services. This is being rolled out in partnership with French digital security company Oberthur Technologies.
 
MediaTek and Telefonica plan IoT innovation lab in Cambridge
Taiwanese fabless semiconductor design company MediaTek has helped Spanish telco Telefonica to set up its first temporary innovation lab outside of Spain.
 
Sequans helps Netcomm build router for 4G LTE M2M applications
A technology collaboration between France and Australia has resulted in an industrial M2M router that uses 4G LTE communications. Sydney-based Netcomm Wireless built the router using a 4G module from Paris-based chip maker Sequans Communications.
  
China tops M2M market, says GSMA at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, the GSMA issued a report highlighting China’s leadership in the worldwide M2M market. According to the report,China is the world’s largest M2M market with 74 million M2M connections and has become the global leader in the deployment of the IoT.
 
Etisalat launches IoT development platform for Middle East
Abu Dhabi-based telecoms operator Etisalat is to launch the region's first IoT application development and device management platform. The telco will be working with French company Oberthur Technologies and ThingWorx.
 
Telefonica Vivo launches M2M platform in Brazil
Telefonica Vivo is launching an M2M platform for global corporate clients in Brazil. The platform, provided by California-based Jasper, will let businesses in any market deploy, manage and monetise IoT services.
 
Cisco invests $1bn in UK digitisation including venture capital for IoT start-ups
Cisco has committed US$1bn to accelerate UK digital economic growth including $150m of venture capital investments in UK IoT start-ups.
 
Smart grid technology could help astronauts explore deep space, says Battelle
Smart grid technology can help astronauts safely explore deep space, according to work conducted by Ohio-based Battelle for Nasa’s Glenn Research Centre.
 
Gemalto integrates Sequans chipset to produce LTE-based M2M modules
Gemalto is to integrate the Streamlite LTE chipset platforms from French company Sequans into a family of wireless communications modules for the M2M and IoT markets.
 
Numerex introduces smart sensor interface for industrial and commercial IoT deployments
Numerex has announced the availability of NXLink, a rugged, compact, battery-operated smart sensor interface that connects to thousands of sensors used in capturing important industrial IoT data.
 
£10m up for grabs in UK IoT competition
UK cities and businesses are being encouraged to apply for a £10m fund in a competition that aims to revolutionise the way the IoT benefits citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy.
 
Silicon Labs introduces Thread software stack for IoT applications
Silicon Labs has introduced a software stack to offer developers a way to develop Thread-compliant products for the IoT including thermostats, wireless sensor networks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, connected lighting devices, control panels, wireless access points, and gateways. 

Digi boldly sends IoT modules into space in Nasa research programme
Minnesota-based Digi’s XBee Zigbee modules were set this week to be launched by Nasa as part of a programme to determine potential applications of wireless technologies in space.
 
Cisco to acquire OpenDNS to boost IoT security offering
Cisco is to acquire OpenDNS, a privately held security company based in San Francisco, for around $635m. OpenDNS provides threat protection for any device connected to the IoT, anywhere, anytime.
 
Open-source connector links Sigfox and Fiware
Compatible with the OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) NGSI standard, an open-source connector has been created that allows developers to use all Sigfox Ready devices with Fiware IoT software enablers to gather and process data.
 
GE Energy and NTT Docomo form Japanese IoT alliance
A Japanese alliance of GE Energy Japan and NTT Docomo is targeting the IoT market by combining GE's MDS Orbit Platform, a wireless router for industrial equipment, with Docomo's communications module.
 
More than a quarter of businesses using M2M, says Vodafone report
More than a quarter of all businesses worldwide are using M2M technologies to enhance productivity, according to the third annual Vodafone M2M Barometer Report. This is up 23 per cent on last year.
 
Wireless Logic to acquire SimService
UK-based M2M managed services provider Wireless Logic is to acquire SimService, an M2M products and services provider in Denmark.
 
Spotter deploys tracker service in Benelux using Tele2 M2M technology
Dutch company Spotter is launching a user-friendly GPS tracker service in Benelux this month with plans to roll it out to other Western European countries soon.
 
Hirschmann partners Inthinc to launch M2M gateway module
German company Hirschmann, a supplier of antenna and transceiver systems, has partnered with telematics service provider Inthinc to launch an M2M gateway module.
 
MTN and ZTE partner to launch IoT platform across Africa
ZTE, a China-based provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology for the mobile internet, has jointly launched an IoT platform in Africa with ICT provider MTN Group.
 
IoT and M2M expansion will pressurise test and monitoring equipment providers, says Frost & Sullivan
The need to keep tabs on a myriad of connected devices will thrust the global IoT testing and monitoring equipment market into the spotlight, according to market watcher Frost & Sullivan.
 


Cisco brings together products and services to form IoT system
Cisco has amalgamated IoT products and services from itself and its partners to produce an IoT system that provides analytics, network-based security, frameworks and pre-integrated products.
 
Intel and Honeywell join forces to tackle industrial IoT cyber security
Honeywell Process Solutions and Intel Security are collaborating to help bolster protection of critical industrial infrastructure and the industrial IoT. Intel Security’s McAfee technologies will be integrated with Texas-based Honeywell’s industrial cyber security products.
 
Senet brings LoraWan network to Silicon Valley
Network-as-a-service provider Senet has rolled out a low-power wireless area network to bring LoraWan communications to Silicon Valley. The company has installed 50 towers in California covering 39,000 square kilometres.
 
SaskTel opens M2M management centre in Saskatchewan with help from Ericsson
SaskTel, an ICT provider in Saskatchewan, Canada, has opened an M2M management centre, an online portal that lets business customers control and monitor the operational status of their wireless M2M devices while gaining analytics about usage.
 
Internet of stings technology to help beekeepers
New Zealand beekeeping technology company Hivemind has released a Wifi beehive scale and smartphone app that will allow urban beekeepers, bee educators and researchers to monitor their bees and more easily share their knowledge about these pollinators.
 
Ittia updates flagship database to handle IoT applications
Ittia, a Washington-based supplier of embedded database software, has updated its flagship database software. Ittia DB SQL version seven beta is tailored to the growth of data being caused by IoT deployments.
 
Aeris analytics service helps manage connected devices
California-based Aeris has launched AerVoyance, an M2M and IoT analytics service to help users manage their connected device programmes.
 
Marvell launches IoT hardware prototyping products
Bermuda-based Marvell Technology has brought Javascript to what it claims are the smallest devices ever with an implementation of Javascript sixth edition in the open source Kinoma JS application framework.
 
Antenova antenna suits dual-band Wifi deployment
UK company Antenova, a manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and IoT markets, has announced a compact, dual-band antenna for the Wifi 802.11n and ac 2.4 to 2.5GHz and 4.9 to 5.9GHz bands.
 
Cellular M2M adoption in China and Far East to account for fifth of global deployments, says Juniper
The Far East and China region will account for 22% of global cellular M2M connections by 2019, up from 15% in 2014, according to Juniper Research.