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M2M Industry News Archives: February 2018

Google to acquire Xively for $50m

Google is acquiring LogMeIn’s Xively IoT platform for US$50m. This acquisition should complement Google Cloud's effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that securely connects, manages and ingests data from globally dispersed devices.

 
Nokia and Tele2 sign five-year IoT deal




Nokia and Tele2 IoT have signed a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia's Wing worldwide IoT network grid.

 
Sigfox targets six million connected devices this year

IoT connectivity company Sigfox hopes to build on strong growth in 2017 in what describes as a “landmark year”. The Sigfox network now reaches more than 803 million people worldwide and continues to grow by 30 million each month.

 
MIT encrypts IoT chip while consuming less power




Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have build an IoT chip that is hardwired to perform public-key encryption while consuming 1/400th as much power as software execution of the same protocols.

 
Kerlink to launch LoRa IoT reference design at Embedded World

French IoT firm Kerlink plans to release its latest low-power IoT reference design during next week’s Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany.

 
Qualcomm to demonstrate IoT software development kit at MWC

Qualcomm Technologies will demonstrate at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona an LTE IoT software development kit for its MDM9206 LTE IoT global multimode modem.

 
Deutsche Telekom and Zeiss form smart glasses joint venture




Deutsche Telekom has formed a joint venture with German optical company Zeiss to develop smart glasses using technology first demonstrated at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 
IoT start-up Losant raises $5.2m funding

Cincinnati-based IoT start-up Losant has raised $5.2m in Series A financing from new and existing investors. The company’s platform is designed to simplify making real-time connections.

 
Sierra Wireless to unveil LPWA cellular router at MWC




At next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sierra Wireless will unveil the AirLink LX60, claimed to be the industry's first cloud-managed low-power wide area (LPWA) cellular router for the IoT.

 
OleumTech sensor nodes take Sigfox network to hazardous environments




Californian M2M company OleumTech has launched a line hazardous area wireless sensor nodes for use on Sigfox’s worldwide LPWA network. The devices will let users benefit from out-of-the-box LPWA wireless connectivity with an intrinsically safe design made for operating in hazardous environments.

 
Particle platform unlocks mesh networking

Particle has announced Particle Mesh, hardware for unlocking developer access to mesh networking technology. With Particle Mesh, the company says networks can cover more ground and capture more data with higher reliability at a reduced cost.

 
SenRa and Nordic Automation plan LoRa-based smart metering and lighting across India

SenRa, an India LPWAN provider for long-range LoRa-based IoT applications, and Nordic Automation Systems, an end-to-end LoRaWan provider, have partnered to offer complete remote metering and smart street lighting across India.

 
Zamboni adopts Digi IoT for ice resurfacers




The world's first smart, connected ice resurfacer from Zamboni is using a custom application from Minnesota-based Digi to create the IoT connectivity.

 
IoT will improve health and safety on farms, says Inmarsat

The farm of the future will leverage IoT technologies to create safer working environments and drive down risks to the workforce, according to an independent study commissioned by mobile satellite company Inmarsat.

 
Cleveland Foundation donates $1.75m to IoT collaboration




The Cleveland Foundation is awarding a $1.75m grant to Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University to help the two institutions launch IoT Collaborative, a concerted effort focused on the IoT.

 
Presto to demo IoT chip security at Embedded World




At this month’s Embedded World in Nuremberg, California-based Presto Engineering will be demonstrating a manufacturing and test service that is tailored to ensure IoT chips are made to high standards of security.

 
IoT savvy people want more government regulation




People with experience in the IoT want to see more government regulation in connected technologies than those with no or little IoT knowledge, according to a study by Market Strategies International.

 
Taiwan firm uses Sigfox to secure shared bicycles




Fox-Tech has launched what it claims is the world's first Sigfox-powered LPWAN integrated smart lock for shared bicycles. Researched and developed in Taiwan, OTO Hunter integrates Sigfox's IoT connectivity service to reduce the power consumption of smart locks.

 
Verizon successful data trial on NB-IoT Guard Band Network



Verizon and Ericsson have completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session. The trials used Ericsson's Massive Internet of Things software on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
 
PTC makes Microsoft preferred platform for industrial



PTC is partnering Microsoft in industrial IoT. The Massachusetts based PTC is making Microsoft's Azure cloud its preferred platform for the ThingWorx industrial IoT platform
 
Vodafone tests 5G in Dublin
Vodafone and Ericsson have conducted 5G trials in Dublin. At a demonstration at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD), Vodafone demonstrated speeds of 15 Gbps of pre-standard 5G technology. Recorded latency was less than five milliseconds.
 
Mozilla open framework for IoT integration



Mozilla has launched a framework for unifying and integrating different Internet of Things devices and apps. Mozilla's Project Things allows users to create their own IoT hub using low resource, low cost hardware and free software. Users can use web commands and a voice interface.
 
Nokia, EDF to test LPWA IoT technologies
Nokia has been selected by French power utility EDF's R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies to support critical IoT device-based operations for industries. The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime, exploring the capabilities of LPWA technologies to support real-world industrial applications
 
Rotterdam turns to IBM IoT for Smart Port initiative



The Dutch Port of Rotterdam has embarked on a digital transformation using IoT, digital dashboards, and AI with the aim of becoming a leading global smart port. The port is employing IoT and AI technology from IBM.
 
Deutsche Telekom extends IoT Service Portal to Brazil
Deutsche Telekom's corporate services subsidiary T-Systems and Brazilian telecommunications and IT services firm Embratel have partnered to enable commercialisation of IoT connectivity in the Brazilian market in 2018
 
Aeris launches IoT solutions for not-for-profit sector
Aeris Communications has launched an IoT solution developed for the social and not-for-profit sectors. The solution is designed for non-profits, NGOs and other organisations involved in delivering social services, welfare support and emergency aid. The new solution is part of a move by Aeris India to widen the scope of IoT services and benefits


Verizon and Telia demonstrate Nordic cellular IoT device




Nordic Semiconductor has provided a sneak peek of its upcoming nRF91 low-power cellular IoT device by demonstrating it operating on the Verizon Wireless Network in the USA and the Telia network in Norway.

 
Sequans helps SoftBank bring LTE-M and NB-IoT to Japan




Sequans Communications has established a technology collaboration with SoftBank to accelerate the deployment of LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies in Japan.

 
Globalsat acquires ST2 to grow in Peru

Mobile satellite company Globalsat has bought a majority stake in the Peruvian m-connectivity provider ST2 for an undisclosed amount. ST2 will add value to the group through its expertise in M2M and IoT networks.

 
HKT establishes one-stop shop for multiple IoT options




Hong Kong telco HKT has established a one-stop IoT ecosystem with multiple connectivity technologies including NB-IoT, LoRa, 3G, 4G, LTE-M and wifi for enterprises. The announcement was made by Tom Chan (pictured), managing director of HKT’s commercial group.

 
Callup plans secured eSIM management launch at MWC

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, Israeli firm Callup plans to introduce a secured version of its eSIM remote management system for IoT, with two key network elements.

 
Digi modem in micro form factor for IoT edge




Digi International has announced the availability of the XBee3 series of RF modules and cellular modems, including in a micro form factor option for supporting IoT innovation at the network edge.

 
Iomote and U-Blox partner on industrial IoT platform




Swiss module maker U-Blox and Italy-based Iomote have developed an end-to-end Industry 4.0 platform so businesses can connect existing machines to the cloud to increase efficiency and augment their service.

 
IoT and embedded operating systems to top 11bn units by 2021




The focus in the IoT and embedded operating systems market is shifting rapidly towards unit shipment wins as revenue for traditional, licensed operating systems faces increasing pressure from free competition, according to a report by VDC Research.