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M2M Industry News Archives: January 2016

Lady Gaga helps Intel steal the show at CES
Intel stole the show on the opening day of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with announcements on the digitisation of sports, to advances in health and wellness, to unleashing human creativity through music, art, robotics and invention. The company announced collaborations, products and technologies.
 
Wifi Alliance announces sub-gigahertz HaLow designation
With industry momentum mounting around low power Wifi, the Wifi Alliance has announced the Wifi HaLow designation for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology. Wifi HaLow operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, offering longer range, lower power connectivity to Wifi certified products.
 
Sigfox and OVH collaboration at CES
OVH’s TimeSeries platform-as-a-service (PaaS) has been integrated with Sigfox’s cloud, making it simpler for companies to implement and manage their IoT services. The two French companies demonstrated the collaboration at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
 
Telefónica incorporates 4G-LTE SIMs in M2M platform
Spanish telco Telefónica has incorporated 4G-LTE global SIM connections in its Smart M2M web-based platform for the connectivity, management and control of IoT communications.
 
IoT to drive US consumer tech industry to $287bn, says CTA
The ever-expanding adoption and continued growth of innovations comprising the IoT will help lead the US consumer technology industry to $287bn in retail revenues ($224bn wholesale) in 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in a report issued at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
 
LoRa demonstration platform on show at CES
An IoT platform that will let LoRa hardware manufacturers showcase their modules and sensors remotely and in real time is on display at CES in Las Vegas this week in the Venetian Suite.
 
Thin Film awarded grant to develop open IoT platform
Norwegian company Thin Film Electronics has been awarded a grant from the European Commission to create the world’s first IoT platform featuring open-source, open API architecture.
 
Singapore investors back Greenwave Systems
Californian IoT software company Greenwave Systems has raised $45m from Singapore backers in its Series C financing round in two phases.
 
Antenova modules add location capability to small devices
Antenova has come up with a neat way to add a location capability to very small consumer devices. The UK manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the IoT has released two modules for GPS and GNSS that can act as drop-in receivers.
 
ClevX and STM collaborate to secure wearables data
Smartphone and wearables users will be able to store and retrieve their data from portable devices securely thanks to a joint project between Swiss electronics company ST Microelectronics and Seattle-based ClevX.
 

Ericsson and Verizon team up on LPWAN

Ericsson and Verizon have announced joint activities to further the development and deployment of cellular low-power wide-area (LPWA) networking for a diverse range of IoT applications.
 

Sequans and Foxconn partner to design LTE M2M chipsets
LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications and system-on-chip designer Socle Technology, a subsidiary of Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, have formed a strategic partnership to address the global market for the LTE-enabled IoT.

 
Qualcomm and TDK form joint venture on RF modules for IoT
Qualcomm and TDK are forming a joint venture to enable delivery of RF front-end modules and RF filters into fully integrated systems for mobile devices and fast-growing business segments, such as the IoT, drones, robotics and automotive applications.
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MNOs should pay attention to impact of M2M roaming, says research
Mobile network operators (MNOs) need to pay more attention to the impact of M2M roaming on their networks as M2M’s share of roaming doubled in the last 12 months, according to an evaluation jointly carried out by Starhome Mach and Machina Research.
 

Kore improves flagship M2M service delivery platform

Kore has made a number of enhancements to its Prism Pro flagship M2M service delivery platform. The user interface now incorporates a responsive web design, whereby the layout adjusts dynamically based on the characteristics of the computing device in use.
 

UK universities form consortium to research IoT technologies

Nine UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in IoT privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability and security. The Petras consortium will be funded by a £9.8m grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, boosted by partner contributions to approximately £23m.
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Consumer grade IoT webcams can be backdoor to company networks, says Vectra

Consumer-grade IoT products, such as Wifi security web cameras, can be hacked and reprogrammed to serve as permanent backdoors, enabling attackers to command and control a cyber attack remotely without being detected by traditional security products, according to Vectra Threat Labs.
 

Renesas expands IoT development platform

Renesas Electronics has expanded its IoT development platform with an updated software package, microcontrollers and the first verified software add-on for the platform.
 

Digi launches industrial-grade LTE router

Digi International has introduced the TransPort WR31, a rugged enterprise LTE router built for critical applications operating in harsh environments. The unit features security and monitoring and the intelligence to operate on nearly any 3G or 4G LTE network in the world.
 

Zigbee is not silver bullet for IoT security, warns MWR InfoSecurity chief

Zigbee is not a silver bullet for IoT security, warned Rob Miller, head of smart energy at UK firm MWR InfoSecurity, after news broke last week of vulnerabilities being found in Comcast's Xfinity home security system.
 

US commits $4 billion to driverless car pilots
The United States is to invest $4 billion in a ten year programme to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real world pilot projects..
 
Davos leads on Industry 4.0
This year the key subject for discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, frequently seen as a gathering of the world's most influential people, is Industry 4.0.
 
Princeton study finds smart home devices leak data
A flaw in Google's Nest smart home thermostats has led the devices to transmit unencrypted location data of their users over the internet.
 
London joins EU Smart City initiative
London, the largest city in Europe, has joined a new European Union smart cities programme that will see the UK capital trying out a range of pioneering connected technologies.
 
Clinical study investigates wearables and big data to treat Parkinson’s
Cynapsus Therapeutics and the Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) are working together to incorporate wearable device technology and big data approaches into a clinical study to treat Parkinson's disease.
 
Four out of five approved mhealth apps fail security tests
More than 80 per cent of the mobile health apps approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the UK National Health Service (NHS) have at least two of the top ten security risks, according to tests by Arxan Technologies.
 
Ericsson to offer smart metering as a service
To help electricity, gas and water utilities, Ericsson is introducing smart metering as a service – a complete, end-to-end, automatic smart metering and data management system.
 
Yokogawa strengthens industrial IoT offering with Industrial Evolution acquisition
The move is aimed at strengthening Yokogawa Electric's provision of advanced solutions to the process industries
 
Sony to buy Altair in IoT move
Japanese electronics company Sony is to buy Israeli mobile chip maker Altair Semiconductor for US $212 million (€196 billion). The acquisition is part of a push by Sony to move into the Internet of Things marketplace.
 
Daimler says Apple, Google further ahead on cars than assumed
The chief executive of Germany's Daimler AG car maker, Dieter Zetsche, has told the German Sunday newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, that Apple and Google have made greater progress on their respective car projects than he had believed
 
Cisco invests in Japanese IoT platform provider Kii
Cisco has made a move into the Japanese and Chinese markets for IoT with an investment in Tokyo based Kii, a mobile and IoT platform provider.
 
GE invests in Iron Dome software house for industrial IoT platform
mPrest, the software developer behind Israel's Iron Dome anti missile defense system has received $20 million in funding from GE Ventures and OurCrowd to help develop its industrial fail-safe real-time Internet of Things platform.
 
AAR denies US connected train cyber vulnerabilities
The American Association of Railroads has denied claims by a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specialist that its connected train technologies pose a security threat, and that the US railway industry does not take cybersecurity seriously
 
HPE, Arqiva, Vision360 win UK health service IoT pilot projects
The United Kingdom's National Health Service has awarded contracts to Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), and to Arqiva and Vision360 to run two Internet of Things healthcare pilots in England. Five additional contracts for predictive health analytics, longitudinal health records and electronic patient pathways pilots in “NHS test beds” were awarded to a number of other companies including Alphabet Verily (the renamed Google Life Sciences division), IBM, Philips, GE, Merck, and Accenture.
 
Integration, not features, key IoT platform success factor
A new report from research firm Machina Research argues that it is integration with the wider IoT ecosystem, rather than range of features, which determines success for IoT platforms.
 
SIGFOX extends its network to the Antarctic
French IoT network specialist SIGFOX is extending its network to the coldest place on earth: the Antartic. It is working with the Belgian polar research team based at the Princess Elisabeth Polar Station to connect the 2015-16 BELARE expedition to the global SIGFOX network. The aim is to not only support science but also to improve the team's safety and security during research operations from the station.