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M2M Industry News Archives: December 2016

Nokia, Telit and Vodafone collaborate on NB-IoT



Nokia, Vodafone and Telit, are collaborating to expand the IoT ecosystem using NB-IoT technology.
 
Sigfox passes 100 US cities target



Sigfox has announced several growth milestones, including 20 per cent population coverage within the USA and network deployment in more than 100 US metropolitan areas.
 
Zigbee and Thread integration set for CES demo
Multiple members of the Zigbee Alliance and Thread Group have demonstrated prototypes that run the Zigbee universal language for smart devices on Thread networks.
 
Happy New Year for AI and IoT, says IHS…
Artificial intelligence and the IoT will be the leading technology trends in 2017, according to a white paper from IHS Markit.
 
…and Schneider Electric makes its New Year IoT predictions
The IoT will trigger the next wave of enterprise digital transformation, unifying the worlds of OT and IT and fuelling a mobile and digitally enabled workforce, predicts Schneider Electric.
 
Saksoft acquires DreamOrbit to strengthen IoT offering
Digital transformation firm Saksoft is acquiring majority stake in fellow Indian company DreamOrbit Softech to strengthen its offerings in the digital space with special emphasis on the IoT.
 
Ceva, Emza and Himax to launch IoT visual sensor at CES
An intelligent always-on visual sensor designed to overcome the power and cost constraints of vision processing for IoT applications will make its debut at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
 
Cassia backs Bluetooth for IoT enterprise applications

Cassia Networks, the company behind the world’s first Bluetooth router, has announced a suite of IoT products for enterprise applications. These include enterprise-level Bluetooth routers, an IoT access controller and a developer SDK.


Telia and Huawei deploy NB-IoT in Norway
Telia Norway and Chinese electronics company Huawei have announced the first commercial NB-IoT network in the Nordics and the first commercial smart agriculture service worldwide based on NB-IoT technology.
 
BT Tower hosts world’s highest IoT base station



The BT Tower in London has become the claimed highest building in the world to host an IoT base station, at a height of 180 metres. The iconic building forms part of the Things Connected network launched by Digital Catapult in September.
 
SK Telecom plans 5G New Radio field trials with Ericsson and Qualcomm
South Korean operator SK Telecom is to start interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on 5G New Radio standards in the second half of 2017, helped by Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson.
 
Lockheed Martin and Collinear collaborate on high-capacity network
Lockheed Martin and Silicon Valley-based Collinear Networks have announced a 2.5-year on-going collaboration to commercialise worldwide high-capacity wireless transmission technology for telecommunications network operators.
 
Standards bodies combine forces to accelerate IoT growth
Four major standards bodies – IEEE Standards Association, AIOTI, OneM2M and W3C – have collaborated on a white paper covering semantic interoperability for the IoT.
 
Pentaho integrates MQTT to link physical devices
Pentaho, a subsidiary of Japanese giant Hitachi, has created an integration with MQTT, a popular M2M and IoT transport protocol, to act as the connecting link between physical devices and the data integration process.
 
LPWANs to lead IoT connectivity, says ABI Research
With four billion IoT devices expected to rely on LPWANs by 2025, ABI Research predicts that this technology will be the fastest growing connectivity segment in the market.
 
Ho, Ho, Ho! IoT keeps track of Santa during Christmas deliveries

IoT technology will be used to track Santa’s drones as they deliver Christmas presents around the world this weekend.


Qualcomm and NXP collaborate with Google on Android Things



Qualcomm Technologies and NXP intend to collaborate with Google to add support for the Android Things operating system, a vertical of Android designed for IoT devices.
 
Blackberry combines IoT and security in enterprise platform
Blackberry’s journey from being a mobile phone company to concentrating on security software and services has continued with the unveiling of an enterprise platform that combines its IoT and security offerings.
 
Amazon and Salesforce expand alliance to improve data analytics
Amazon Web Services and Salesforce have expanded their global strategic alliance to deliver five service integrations designed to simplify and expand how users capture, analyse and take action on their data.
 
Microspace uses Eutelsat to roll out M2M services



Microspace Communications is rolling out low-cost, high-reliability IP connectivity for business critical M2M and IoT networks across USA, Mexico and Central America using the Smart LNB service platform of Eutelsat Communications.
 
Greenwave and Nuance partner to enable voice-driven IoT
Greenwave Systems has integrated the Nuance Mix voice and AI-powered natural language understanding technologies as part of its Axon platform for managed services to create conversational IoT services, devices and experiences.
 
Conrad platform connects devices from different makers



Conrad Electronic has introduced a platform that lets users connect smart devices from different manufacturers and displays data on an easy-to-use, intuitive dashboard.
 
Start-up seeks funding for wireless real-time monitor



Start-up Ubiqweus has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an IoT device, the qBiq, a wireless sensor that monitors and collects data from anything, at any time.
 
Open source communities embrace OneM2M
The Ocean open alliance for IoT established by the Korean government and research institute Keti is one of a number of global standards organisations that have embraced standards from OneM2M.
 
STM develops turnkey sensor for wearables and other IoT devices

ST Microelectronics has developed a turnkey sensor board containing a MEMS accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pressure sensor and a MEMS microphone for use as a sensing and connectivity hub in wearables, gaming accessories, and smart-home or IoT devices.


Amazon and Eseye demonstrate IoT security breakthrough
Amazon claims to have made a breakthrough in IoT security working with Eseye. Announced at last week’s AWS Re:Invent in Las Vegas, AnyNet Secure is said to provide seamless, over-the-air IoT connectivity and secure provisioning for AWS Cloud.
 
New Hampshire University offers independent IoT IP testing



The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, has launched IoT IP testing services.
 
Digi LTE-A router pre-certified for Verizon and AT&T



Digi International has introduced the TransPort LR54, the US company’s fastest, low-cost LTE-Advanced router for managed network services, digital content delivery, self-service kiosks and managed retail networking.
 
KPN, Ericsson and Qualcomm put LTE-M to the test
Dutch telco KPN has successfully tested LTE-M – also known as LTE Cat-M1 – IoT technology with help from Ericsson and Qualcomm.
 
Software AG acquires Zementis to drive AI in IoT
German technology firm Software AG has acquired Zementis, a California-based provider of software for deep learning, a key capability in machine learning and data science, and a fundamental technology driving artificial intelligence development.
 
GlobalPlatform task force to explore IoT requirements in China
Standards body GlobalPlatform has launched a China Task Force to give Chinese members, and all GlobalPlatform members with business interests in China, a dedicated platform to identify and agree on requirements across sectors including mobile, the IoT, identity and premium content.
 
KnowRoaming buys Telna to expand networks-as-a-service
KnowRoaming, a Canadian-based technology company, has acquired Telna, a US full mobile network operator and GSMA member, following FCC approval of the transaction.
 
Insys plans routers for M2M and IoT



Routers for M2M and IoT applications are due to be launched in April next year by German company Insys Icom, the company announced at the SPS IPC Drives show.
 
Prpl and IoTSF collaborate on security by design

The Prpl Foundation and the IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) have agreed to cooperate on projects that put security by design into the IoT.


Intel identifies IoT as major threat risk in 2017
The most critical threats to watch for next year will be in cloud and the IoT security, according to Intel subsidiary McAfee Labs in its 2017 threats predictions report.
 
Huawei creates metrics for adding IoT to mobile networks



At last month’s Global MBB Forum in Tokyo, Huawei released systematic metrics to help mobile operators add IoT devices to mobile networks and evaluate the quality of an IoT network.
 
Hewlett Packard aims to remove barriers for mass adoption of IoT
At this week’s Hewlett Packard Discover event in London, HPE Aruba announced the company’s strategy for IoT connectivity, as well as products to help enterprises identify, profile and secure a new generation of IoT devices.
 
Telefónica and Nestlé brew up internet of coffee machines



Spanish telco Telefónica is providing IoT communications in more than 50 countries for Nestlé Professional coffee machines, aiming to support the company’s digital transformation.
 
Schneider platform delivers end-to-end scalable IoT



Schneider Electric has launched an architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled services at scale for building, grid, industry and data centre users.
 
NTT Data flies to Mars for access to IoT start-ups
IoT start-ups in Canada could get access to the Japanese market thanks to a partnership between Mars Discovery District, a Toronto-based innovation hub, and NTT Data, an IT services provider headquartered in Tokyo.
 
Collaboration takes Risc-V into IoT development
At this week’s Risc-V Workshop on the Google Quad Campus in California, a US-European collaboration announced an integrated IoT development platform based on the Risc-V open processor instruction set architecture.