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M2M Industry News Archives: April 2015

Orange buys Ocean to boost fleet management offering
Orange Business Services has acquired Ocean to strengthen its vehicle fleet management activities. By integrating Ocean into its own activities, Orange is targeting the more than 100,000 managed vehicles in the French and European markets.
 
Intel issues challenge to boost technology ecosystem in India
Intel has introduced a challenge to help India create a local technology ecosystem as part of the government’s Digital India vision.
 
Sprint increases control over connected devices
Sprint has put more knowledge and control in the hands of businesses around the world with the launch of its next-generation Command Center 2.0.
 
Sigfox and Texas Instruments collaborate on IoT deployments
Sigfox and Texas Instruments are collaborating to increase IoT deployments using the sub-1GHz spectrum.
 
Service lets M2M users check network availability
At this week’s M2M World Congress in London, Mosaik Solutions introduced a service that lets users determine wireless network availability at hundreds or thousands of locations in minutes.
 
IoT blamed for rise in denial of service attacks
The rise of the IoT and the influx of network-connected devices are leading to the growth of simple service discovery protocol (SSDP)-based amplification attacks, according to the latest NSFocus bi-annual DDoS threat report.
 
Green Hills security toolkit addresses IoT devices and infrastructure
Integrity Security Services, a subsidiary of California-based Green Hills Software, has announced an end-to-end IoT security product addressing both device and key management infrastructure required for secure embedded development.
 
Imagination IP combines Wifi and Bluetooth Smart
Imagination Technologies has announced flexible connectivity IP aimed at the integration of ultra-low power communications in SoCs for wearables, IoT and other connected devices that require extended battery life and low cost.
 
Third-party IoT platform market showing solid growth, says Berg
The global market for third-party IoT platforms will show solid growth in the next few years, according to a research report from analyst firm Berg Insight.
 
Plat.One brings internet of coffee to Italy
Gruppo Cimbali is using an IoT application from Plat.One to power the next generation of La Cimbali professional coffee machines for its retail customers.
 
 


Google makes promised launch as virtual wireless operator
Google this week launched a US wireless service that switches between Wifi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low. Acting a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, this is Google's first entry into the wireless industry.
 
Blackberry adds security to IoT devices
Blackberry is launching a certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of Blackberry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), announced an offering that it contends will secure millions of devices, expected to be part of the growing IoT.
 
Stadium opens M2M research centre in Shanghai
Hartlepool, UK, company Stadium Group has opened an R&D centre in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park for developing wireless M2M products.
 
Six of the best technologies to transform an enterprise
The six key areas for technology implementation within an enterprise that have the power to transform completely an organisation's capabilities in terms of innovativeness, manageability and efficiency have been revealed in a report from market watcher Frost & Sullivan.
 
ARM acquisitions combine to attack low-power Bluetooth market
ARM’s plans to attack the low-voltage Bluetooth market as part of its IoT strategy bore fruit last week when it announced the Cordio portfolio comprising products brought together from the acquisitions of Wicentric, a Bluetooth Smart stack and profile provider, and Sunrise Micro Devices, a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio IP.
 
Certification scheme launched for cloud security
ISC²  and the Cloud Security Alliance announced at this week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification.
 
OMA API lets apps work with smartphones and external IoT devices
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Generic Open Terminal API (Got API) framework version 1.0 is now available.
 
Enterprise architecture can deliver business value from IoT, says Gartner
The key to managing the risks of the IoT while fully capitalising on the opportunities is an architecture strategy, according to market watcher Gartner.
 
 

Nokia targets IoT with proposed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia is to buy rival Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6bn in a move that should position the combined company to attack the growing IoT market.
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Better lettuce is first fruit of Microsoft and Fujitsu industrial IoT collaboration
At this week’s Hannover Fair, Japanese company Fujitsu and Microsoft announced their collaboration to bring operational excellence to manufacturing, starting with better quality lettuce.
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IoT growth helps Intel offset falling PC business
Growth in Intel’s IoT activity has offset falling revenue it what was once its core PC business, according to the company’s first quarter earnings statement published this week.
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Taiwanese development kit targets wearables and IoT devices
Taiwanese company MediaTek Labs has introduced a development platform to design and prototype the software and hardware for consumer-ready wearables and IoT devices.
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Solar-powered wireless mesh network demonstrated at Hannover Fair
Sol Chip and Linear Technology are demonstrating an indoor solar-powered wireless mesh network at this week’s Hannover Fair.
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Industrial M2M collaboration on show at Hannover Fair
The results of an industrial M2M collaboration announced last week by NetComm Wireless, Deutsche Telekom and Cumulocity where on show this week at the Hannover Fair.
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Could wearable technology stop a repeat of the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls?
A year after the kidnapping of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria, a company is producing wearable technology that provides voice and data messaging, locators and even an anti-kidnap device for children.
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M2M technology helps catch illegal lobster fishers
M2M technology is helping a conservation authority track down illegal fishing operations off the coast of Devon in the UK.
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Annual IoT data collection to reach 1.6 zetabytes by 2020, says ABI
ABI Research is estimating that the annual volume of data captured by IoT-connected devices will by 2020 surpass 1.6 zettabytes, that’s 1600 exabytes, or eight times the 200 exabytes it estimates were collected in 2014.
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IoT could make aviation vulnerable to attacks, warns cyber security expert
The emerging IoT will expose the global aviation industry to vulnerabilities at a level never before seen and will have a transformative impact on the industry, according to George Schu, a cyber security strategist.
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Blue Yonder and Capgemini launch new M2M platform for business processes

European predictive analytics firm Blue Yonder and business services provider Capgemini have partnered to create an M2M Connected Services Platform.
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BMW working with Apple on connected car services, denies rumours of "Apple Car"
German car manufacturer BMW has confirmed that it is working with technology firm Apple on connected car systems. Industry sources suggest that the collaboration could result in Apple producing an embedded operating system for BMW.
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Facebook takes big step into IoT with developer friendly platform
Internet giant Facebook took its first step into the Internet of Things world, releasing a software development kit (SDK) for its Parse platform.
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Ford partners with Microsoft to build connected car platform on Azure
Ford is turning to Microsoft, an early technology partner, to build connected car services on the cloud.
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Fujitsu develops small solar powered IoT beacon
Fujitsu has announced the development of a small, 3 gramme 2.5mm thick solar powered IoT beacon -- a development that could increase the use of IoT devices in both remote and flexible environments.
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Health IoT Security must be addressed
A report from Intel Security and the Atlantic Council has called for security issues around the healthcare Internet of Things to be addressed from the outset of the new technology.
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SF to NY, 3,500 mile coast to coast journey for driverless Delphi Audi
Component supplier Delphi has converted an Audi SQ5 into a driverless vehicle and has despatched it on a 3,500 mile coast to coast trip from San Francisco on the Pacific to New York on the Atlantic seaboard.
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Smart Cities will grow from 1.1 billion to 10 billion devices by 2020 - Gartner
According to research by Gartner, smart cities will account for 1.1 billion connected Internet of Things devices in 2015, increasing nearly 900 percent to 9.7 billion by 2020. This growth will be driven by private sector investment, who will rapidly come to dominate the smart city sector.
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UK finance minister pledges money for Smart Cities
British finance minister George Osborne has pledged £140 million of seed capital to spur research into smart cities, and related Internet of Things social applications, such as healthcare and social care.
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