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M2M Industry News Archives: August 2015

GSMA IoT initiative aims to accelerate LPWA market
Backed by mobile operators, OEMs and IoT companies, the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative aims to help accelerate the LPWA market with commercial products expected next year.
 
Google's Project Fi achieves seamless handover on Android between Wifi and MNO
Early users of Google's recently announced Project Fi are reporting that the company has achieved seamless handover on Android from Wifi to MNO, and between different MNOs (mobile network operators). The handover is seamless even with high-speed video and broadband applications, as well as voice.
 
Intel uses RFID tags to monitor bee activity
Researchers plan to put Intel Edison boards in beehives worldwide to monitor activity. The bees will wear tiny RFID tags and the small boards will act as checkpoints to collect data when the bees pass by.
 
Symantec ups security to protect IoT devices from zero-day attacks
Symantec has expanded its security portfolio with embedded critical system protection to defend IoT devices against zero-day attacks. ATM manufacturer Wincor Nixdorf is one of the early adopters.
 
ARM cores help Toshiba reduce power for M2M devices
Toshiba Electronics is enhancing its portfolio of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers with the TXZ family that support slow-power consumption and high-speed operation for IoT and M2M ecosystems.
 
Cypress chips bring energy harvesting to solar-powered wireless IoT sensors
Cypress Semiconductor has announced a family of energy harvesting power management integrated circuits that enable tiny, solar-powered wireless sensors for IoT applications.
 
Redpine platform simplifies development for IoT devices
Redpine Signals has introduced an IoT platform for device makers – the Wyzbee – that includes a flexible hardware platform, development environment, cloud software and services framework.
 
KLM leads investment round in Dutch IoT start-up Undagrid
The Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF) has invested an undisclosed amount in the Dutch IoT start-up Undagrid to propel international growth and allow it to enter new markets. The MIF as an investment fund is a partnership between airline KLM , Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Rabobank and the Delft University of Technology.
  
International M2M Council becomes IoT M2M Council
The largest and fastest-growing trade association for the IoT and M2M technology sector has changed its name to include “IoT”. The International M2M Council will operate under the new name IoT M2M Council, retaining the abbreviation IMC.
 
Intel expansion of IoT developer programme leads IDF announcements
The newly expanded Intel IoT developer programme was announced this week by CEO Brian Krzanich at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The expansion included adding IoT commercial developer resources and kits.
 
NEC announces five systems to spearhead IoT push
Japanese giant NEC has developed five systems to strengthen its IoT business and will increase the number of core personnel engaging in IoT-related systems construction from the current level of around 100 to nearly 500 by 2020.
 
Ericsson and SK Holdings collaborate on ICT ecosystem for IoT
Swedish company Ericsson and South Korea’s SK Holdings have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a global collaborative ICT ecosystem targeting IoT platforms.
 
Bluetooth Smart module from Silicon Labs enables fast path to IoT connectivity
At this week’s Bluetooth Asia in Shanghai, Silicon Labs introduced a fully integrated, pre-certified Bluetooth Smart module that gives developers a fast path to low-power wireless connectivity for the IoT.
 
Stream integrates LoRaWan LPWA connectivity into IoT environment
Stream Technologies has integrated LoRaWan LPWA connectivity into its IoT-X connectivity environment and is delivering it with IoT-Xlerate partners Kerlink, LinkLabs, MultiTech and Semtech.
 
Sustainability is key to IoT development, says OTA
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has produced guidelines for IoT manufacturers, developers and retailers to follow when designing, creating, adapting and marketing connected devices in home automation and consumer health and fitness wearables.
 
Podsystem tackles remote SIM problems with CTIA launch
To eliminate the single point of failure generated by using a core network on both single network and roaming SIMs, Podsystem M2M will launch FreeWay at CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas in September.
 
WSO2 secures $20m funding to expand delivery of IoT middleware
California-based WSO2 has closed a $20m funding round led by Pacific Controls, a provider of IoT and M2M products, and joined by Toba Capital.
 
Hirschmann M2M gateway goes public at CTIA’s M2M Zone
Antenna and transceiver supplier Hirschmann will display its latest connectivity technologies at CTIA Super Mobility 2015 in the M2M Zone at Las Vegas from September 9 to 11, 2015, including its the latest M2M gateway module and dedicated short-range communications antennas.
 
  
Intel and Wipro put weight behind IMC to expand market for IoT
Computer giant Intel and Wipro, an information technology, consulting and business process services company, are joining the International M2M Council (IMC), a global trade association for the growing IoT and M2M industry.
 
Microsoft slims down Windows 10 IoT for Raspberry Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max
Microcosft has announced the public release of Windows 10 IoT Core, a smaller version of the operating system aimed at the Raspberry Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max.
 
GE cloud service targets machine data
GE has announced plans to enter the cloud services market with Predix Cloud. Designed specifically for industrial data and analytics, this platform-as-a-service (PaaS) aims to capture and analyse the volume, velocity and variety of machine data within a secure, industrial-strength cloud environment.
 
Qualcomm buys Ikanos for $47m to extend connected home offering
Qualcomm Atheros is set to acquire fellow California-based company Ikanos Communications, a broadband networking semiconductor and software provider, for about $47m.
 
Four our of five multi-nationals see revenue boost from IoT investment, says Tata
More than 80 per cent of multi-nationals have increased revenue by investing in the IoT, according to a report by Indian consultancy Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
 
Verizon offers utilities smart energy as a service
Verizon has launched an IoT platform that provides electric, water and gas utility firms in the USA with a fully integrated grid modernisation service.
 
Amiho launches wireless module for connecting IoT devices
Amiho Technology has produced a wireless meter-bus module for connecting smart meters and IoT devices. The AM090, has a footprint of 15 by 15mm, making it suitable to fit in along with small sensors and other IoT end points.
 
Wireless Logic hits two million SIMs landmark
During 2015, UK-based M2M managed services provider Wireless Logic has seen its subscription base increase to more than two million SIMs.
  
IMC tops 10,000 members and releases buyers’ index

The International M2M Council trade association has amassed more than 10,000 members in just 18 months of operations, almost entirely comprised of individual OEMs, enterprise users and applications developers that buy IoT products and services.


Jasper partners Microsoft and SoftBank to expand enterprise IoT offering
California-based IoT platform company Jasper has teamed up with Microsoft and Japanese telecoms company SoftBank to provide enterprises worldwide with IoT service management that enables them to bring IoT services to market faster.
 
ARM acquires IoT security company Sansa
UK technology company ARM has acquired Israel-based Sansa Security, a provider of hardware security IP and software for advanced system-on-chip components deployed in IoT and mobile devices.
 
Amazon makes Aurora available to all customers
Amazon Aurora, a MySQL-compatible database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases, has been made available to all customers.
 
Apple Watch pushes chip packagers to limits of miniaturisation
Chip packagers are having to break new ground in miniaturisation to keep pace with the demands of wearable devices such as the Apple Watch. These chip packagers play an indispensable role in the supply chain and are alone worth $27bn.
 
IEEE 802.21d approved for smart homes and smart grids
The IEEE has approved IEEE 802.21d for local and metropolitan area networks. This extends the standard’s framework for improving users’ experience for mobile devices by facilitating secure, automated handover between IEEE 802 networks, as well as between IEEE 802 and cellular networks.
 
OneM2M plans second release of specifications
At a technical plenary meeting in Philadelphia last month, OneM2M members agreed plans for the second release of the specifications and appointed new chairmen and vice-chairmen to advance the agenda of several key working groups.
 
Solair introduces IoT in a Box, an off-the-shelf product for connecting things
Italian company Solair has launched IoT in a Box, claimed to be the first IoT off-the-shelf product that lets users connect machines, things and sensors in a few clicks.
 
Tunisia trial goes well for Reverb’s self-optimising network
Self-optimising network (SON)specialistReverb Networks has seen strong improvements during recent trials on one of Tunisia’s most popular mobile networks.
 
SIM Alliance specification lets MNOs manage M2M subscriptions
The SIM Alliance has published a specification that lets mobile network operators (MNOs) remotely load and manage subscriptions across deployed M2M and consumer devices in a standardised way.
 
Antenova antenna design improves performance from low profile part
An embedded GNSS antenna, named Sinica, which operates on the 1559 to 1609MHz satellite bands, has been introduced by Antenova, a UK-based manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the IoT.