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M2M Industry News Archives: August 2017

Accenture helps Apple bring iOS to IoT



Apple and professional services company Accenture are partnering to help businesses use the IoT to transform how their people engage with customers through business services for iOS.
 
Ittia and Wind River add database support to IoT devices
US database and connectivity company Ittia’s DB SQL has been made available on Intel subsidiary Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system to provide a platform for device manufacturers to scale onto embedded systems.
 
Qualcomm and Himax collaborate on 3D camera



Qualcomm is collaborating with Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company Himax Technologies to develop a high resolution, low power active 3D depth sensing camera for IoTuse.
 
Ayla Networks and China Unicom develop joint services
Californian IoT manufacturing platform provider Ayla Networks is cooperating with telco China Unicom to develop services for smart home and other IoT markets in China.
 
Via and Microsoft collaborate on IoT development



Taiwanese company Via Technologies is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate the development of IoT products using verified hardware and software to enhance interoperability and allow faster time to production.
 
SenRa and Yodiwo partner on LoRa deployment in India



Indian company SenRa is integrating its open, standards-based network and devices with Yodiwo's IoT platform to simplify and accelerate the creation and deployment of IoT projects using the LoRa ecosystem.
 
How IoT helps Mount Washington Observatory forecast weather



The Mount Washington Observatory, a New Hampshire-based non-profit research facility, is using IoT technology to conduct critical weather, atmospheric and climate research that is used for national and global forecasting.
 
TÜV Rheinland opens test centre for IoT privacy



German test house TÜV Rheinland has opened a competence centre for IoT privacy for all things relating to data protection in the IoT.
 
Audi and Qualcomm lead investment in Cubic Telecom
Irish IoT mobility company Cubic Telecom has closed a $47m series C investment round, bringing its total funding to $88m; participants included previous investors Qualcomm and Audi.
 
Antenna breakthrough could lead to smaller IoT devices

Researchers at Northeastern University in Massachusetts have developed an antenna that can be up to a thousand times smaller than conventional antennas, making them suitable for small IoT devices and medical implants.

 

Microsoft uses Intel technology to develop cloud-based real-time AI



Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology is being used by Microsoft to run complex deep learning models that enable applications from facial recognition and voice recognition on smartphones to autonomous driving.
 
Australian government backs Sigfox deployment



The Australian government is putting money into the IoT by investing $10m into Thinxtra, which is deploying Sigfox LPWAN technology. The money comes from the government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
 
Alibaba and InnoSpring venture suits IoT start-ups expanding in China



InnoSpring and Chinese technology group Alibaba have launched an innovation centre to support global start-ups expanding to China. It will focus on smart cars, biomedical sciences, intelligent manufacturing, robotics and the IoT.
 
Advantech and Arkessa help IoT developers speed time to market



Taiwanese embedded computing company Advantech has selected Arkessa secure global connectivity services to accelerate go-to-market for IoT customers.
 
Dell invests in IoT security start-up ZingBox
IoT security start-up ZingBox has raised $22m in a series B funding round led by Dell Technologies Capital and Triventures.
 
LoRaWan controller sends signals from Estonia to Finland



A LoRaWan luminaire controller developed by Nordic Automation Systems has sent signals from Tallinn to Helsinki, 86km away, in a real-life usage scenario.
 
Smartron unveils AI-powered IoT ecosystem



Indian technology company Smartron has unveiled an AI-powered IoT ecosystem under the name Tron X. Devices, sensors and systems can be connected to a core, and initially targeting personal, home, health and B2B verticals.
 
Telit industrial-grade mini card support LTE Cat 11

Telit has introduced an industrial-grade LM940 mini card embedded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem supporting download speeds of up to 600Mbit/s.



Intel and Microsoft partner on blockchain service
Intel and Microsoft are collaborating to deliver a blockchain service for increased enterprise privacy and security.
 
Bosch, Geo++, Mitsubishi and U-Blox create GNSS joint venture
Bosch, Geo++, Mitsubishi Electric and U-Blox have created a joint venture – Sapcorda Services – in Germany to bring high precision GNSS positioning to mass-market applications.
 
Airbus backs Else to develop M2M satellite network



Airbus is investing in Else, a Swiss start-up that is developing a network of low Earth orbit nanosatellites named Astrocast that will provide IoT and M2M services to global enterprises.
 
Samsung designs memory technology for IoT



Samsung has produced memory chips that target artificial intelligence and IoT applications where the role of flash memory has become critical in accelerating the speed at which information can be extracted for real-time analysis.
 
Digi module blocks interference



Digi has launched the XBee SX 868 surface mount radio communications module with interference blocking for noisy wireless environments.
 
Vodafone joins Prpl to boost smart homes and gateways



Vodafone had joined the Prpl Foundation to accelerate the harmonisation of software platforms for in-home devices such as routers to foster innovation in digital home and smart gateway technology.
 
Case study: How Inmarsat helps Tennessee utility roll out smart metering

An energy company in rural Tennessee has overcome the connectivity challenges it faced when deploying smart metering infrastructure with the help of satellite provider Inmarsat.


Intel to build 100 car self driving test fleet



Intel has announced plans to build a fleet of 100 autonomous test cars. The company plans the first of the cars to appear later this year

 
Samsung proposes EU IoT OS



Samsung has proposed its Tizen OS as an integrated IoT OS for the EU. CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has received positive responses from German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron after meetings with them last month

 
China Mobile to invest $6 billion in NB-IoT
China Mobile has announced plans to invest US $6 billion in building out an NB-IoT network infrastructure over the next two years. The company has initiated bidding projects for a range of base stations and core network infrastructure

 
WISeKey identity platform for smart city security
Swiss cybersecurity and IoT specialist WISeKey has launched a citizen digital identity platform for smart cities. The new WISeKey platform forms part of the Microsoft CityNext initiative

 
Singapore M1 launches NB-IoT network
Singapore telecom operator M1 has launched an IoT network based on narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). The company said that it is the first in South East Asia and the second in the world to provide an NB-IoT standard network.

 
China strengthens industrial IoT strategy



China is strengthening its national industrial IoT and automation strategy. The country's premier, Li Keqiang has signed off new national level demonstration areas to spur development of smart manufacturing

 
Alibaba forms Macau Smart City partnership



Chinese internet commerce firm Alibaba has entered into a strategic partnership with the Government of Macau to develop smart city services and applications

 
Sierra Wireless acquires Numerex

Sierra Wireless is acquiring M2M and IoT platform provider Numerex Corp. Chief executive Kenneth Gayron said the merger will bring Numerex a worldwide presence, scale and experience.



US senators propose law change on security for IoT devices

US senators Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Cory Gardner are trying to force companies selling IoT devices to Federal agencies to adhere to new security standards.

Infineon helps IoT start-ups in Singapore



Infineon Technologies is helping IoT start-ups in Singapore explore competitive advantage through innovative application of microelectronics, in partnership with local accelerator Airmaker.
 
AT&T uses IoT to monitor laboratories
AT&T is using the IoT to help Massachusetts-based Elemental Machines make critical lab equipment even smarter.
 
Samsung shows how to monetise IoT devices



Samsung Electronics has announced a service to monetise the data shared by IoT devices and enable an IoT data economy.
 
Sigfox opens office in Dallas to serve as North American hub



Sigfox has opened its third US office. The Dallas, Texas, premises will serve as a hub for its growing network team.
 
IoT executives hungry for RFPs, says IMC
IoT executives are hungry for reference RFP documents that show them what is needed for a particular technology and for lists of vendors that comply with those RFPs, according to a survey by the IoT M2M Council (IMC).
 
OneM2M brings together IoT developers in India



The advancement of the IoT in India could be seen when nearly 100 members of the developer community descended on New Delhi for standards body OneM2M’s inaugural developer event.
 
Digi modem brings worldwide cellular connectivity



Digi International’s XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem provides OEMs with global deployments the flexibility to implement products in regions offering 3G connectivity.
 
Prodea acquires Arrayent to deliver IoT services



Texas-based IoT service company Prodea Systems has acquired Arrayent with the goal of forming a carrier-grade IoT services platform. The combined company aims to deliver a suite of managed IoT services.
 
Tiny Green opts for Windows to target IoT applications



The combination of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and fanless compact PCs from Anders Electronics’ London-based Tiny Green subsidiary could enable connected, secure and stable real-time monitoring and reporting for the IoT.