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M2M Industry News Archives: January 2017

U-Blox acquires SIMCom Wireless for $52.5m



Swiss wireless module company U-Blox is acquiring Shanghai-based SIMCom Wireless, an M2M wireless module supplier, in an asset deal worth US$52.5m.
 
Altair and KDDI partner on LTE Cat-M demo
In Tokyo, Israeli chip company Altair Semiconductor teamed up with Japanese telco KDDI to demonstrate cellular LPWAN technology for IoT applications.
 
Digi modem helps OEMs integrate cellular connectivity



Digi has introduced the XBee Cellular embedded modem developed for the North American market. It aims to let OEMs quickly and easily integrate LTE Cat 1 cellular connectivity into their designs.
 
Quark to charm Chinese market following Cumulocity partnership
Quark IOE, a subsidiary of Guangdong Eastone Century Technology, and Cumulocity, a German IoT software platform provider, are working together to deliver IoT services in mainland China and Taiwan.
 
TrackNet lands $7m funding to develop LoRa services
TrackNet, a Swiss-based LoRaWan IoT start-up for consumer and industry, has announced a $7m Series A investment from Minol Zenner Group and Gemtek.
 
CenturyLink and Cloudera partner on big data as a service
CenturyLink has launched big data as a service combining the company's expertise in data and advanced analytics, network, cloud and application services with the secure Apache Hadoop-based data management and analytics platform from Cloudera.
 
Microsoft drives AI to help golfers lower handicap



Microsoft is using machine learning and artificial intelligence with Connecticut-based Arccos Golf to help golfers of all skill levels play smarter to shoot lower scores.
 
Via service shows way to IoT design

Taiwanese company Via Technologies has launched a custom IoT platform design service to help engineers accelerate the development of application-specific IoT systems and devices tailored to meet their requirements.



Ericsson, China Mobile partner on IoT, Cloud RAN
Ericsson and China Mobile have signed an agreement to cooperate on the Internet of Things as part of China Mobile's 'Big Connectivity' strategy. The Ericsson Device Connection Platform will be used to manage Internet of Things connections and provide a unified service for global customers. China Mobile expects to serve 200 million connected devices by 2017.
 
APT launches Cisco Jasper in Taiwan
Cisco is partnering Taiwan telecommunications firm Asia Pacific Telecom to accelerate adoption of IoT in Taiwan and develop new services.
 
Honeywell, Intel partner to develop IoT solutions for retail logistics
Honeywell is collaborating with Intel to develop new Internet of Things solutions for the retail industry to enhance logistics, improve inventory visibility and drive supply chain efficiencies.
 
Microsoft acquires deep learning firm Maluuba
Microsoft says that Maluuba's focus on deep learning and reinforcement learning for question-answering and decision-making systems will support Microsoft's strategy of making artificial intelligence more accessible to non specialists.
 
KORE, Accelerated partner for uninterrupted IoT
Accelerated is partnering IoT platform provider KORE in a move that will see KORE add Accelerated's 6300-CX LTE Router to its line up, boosting business continuity and LTE Failover. The move is particularly aimed at business sectors such as retail and hospitality where there is a need to support users through multiple carriers from a single platform.
 
SAP customer jump-start programme for IoT Portfolio
Enterprise software company SAP SE has launched a jump-start enablement programme for its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio. The programme is intended to help customers connect intelligent devices with people and processes to achieve tangible business outcomes.
 
AT&T, Delphi, Ford debut V2X platform
AT&T, Delphi and Ford are working together on a new Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) platform and have developed a proof of concept
 
SpaceX delivers first ten Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit
SpaceX has successfully the first payload of ten Iridium NEXT satellites into low-Earth orbit. The launch and deployment is the first in a series of seven Iridium NEXT launches scheduled for the next 15 months.
 
GEE acquires SES satellite payload, rebrands as Eagle-1
In-flight connectivity provider GEE has acquired a Ku-band payload on Luxembourg based satellite operator SES’s AMC-3 satellite to boost capacity for its customers in North America, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
 
Intel unveils credit card computer for IoT
Intel has launched a credit sized sized computer aimed at the Internet of Things and connected devices
 
Mercedes-Benz, NVIDIA to develop AI car
Mercedes-Benz and US high performance computing specialist NVIDIA have announced a partnership to bring a car to market powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The new AI powered car is expected to be on the market within a year
 
Nissan, BMW working with Microsoft on Connected Car
Microsoft is developing implementations of its Connected Vehicle Platform for major car makers Renault-Nissan, BMW, Volvo and Toyota.
 
Mattel launches IoT Connected Kids Room Platform
Mattel has developed a connected 'kids' room' platform in partnership with Microsoft, Qualcomm and Silk Labs
 
NI opens lab to foster IIoT majors cooperation
National Instruments has opened an industrial IoT laboratory in Austin, Texas. The lab is designed to foster cooperation between major technology companies in the industrial internet area
 
IPS, Honda, Visa collaborate on In-vehicle Parking Payments
San Diego based Smart Parking equipment provider IPS Group is collaborating with Honda and Visa to integrate its Smart Parking technology with an end-to-end in-vehicle mobile payment parking solution.
 
AT&T introduces starter kits for AWS IoT
AT&T is launching a starter kit for the AWS IoT service. The company is also working with PubNub to provide LTE communications to IoT devices.
 
Skyworks expands LTE for IoT
Skyworks Solutions has launched a new range of LTE Category M-1 and NB-1 front-end solutions for machine-to-machine and Internet of Things applications requiring embedded cellular connectivity
 
M2M Council Votes Digi CTO Young as New Chairman
The IoT M2M Council (IMC) - with 20,000 members, the largest and fastest-growing trade group serving the IoT sector - has announced that its Board of Governors has named Joel Young, CTO of Digi International, as its Chairman. Young has close to 20 years of experience in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology sector and has been with Digi International, a leading global provider of business and mission-critical M2M and IoT connectivity products and services since 2000.
 
FCA, Google collaborate on Android car OS
Google and Fiat Chrysler have deepened their collaboration and are developing a car operating system built around Google's Android operating system.
 
Zigbee Alliance launches Universal IoT Language dotdot
According to the Zigbee Alliance, dotdot make it possible for smart objects to work together on any network.
 
Google Waymo and Honda in talks on driverless cars
Honda and Google parent company Alphabet are in talks to develop self driving cars. The deal would see Waymo, Alphabet's recently set up autonomous vehicle subsidiary, and Honda work together to incorporate Google's self technology into Honda vehicles.
 
Wearable tech Alzheimer trial begins in Arizona
Two clinics in Phoenix, Arizona, are carrying out the first trials of a new technology that aims to treat Alzheimer. The trials are using a wearable medical device developed by medical electronics firm NeuroEM with treatment taking place in the patients' homes while carrying out everyday activities.
 
Amazon patents 'Death Star' warehouse
Amazon has filed a patent for a flying warehouse that would be equipped with fleets of drones to deliver parcels from 45,000 feet to customers' doors.
 
Huawei integrates advanced eye-tracking in new phone
Huawei has added advanced eye tracking to its new Honor Magic smartphone using technology developed by medical and assisted living tech firm Tobii. The eye-tracking technology incorporated into Huawei's new smartphone is part of a wider trend to incorporate more advanced eye tracking technology into a wide range of devices, and should make it easier for developers to create assisted living and monitoring apps for people with special needs due to spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsey, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), and other similar medical conditions.
 
Verizon, Qualcomm partner on IoT integrated Cat-M1 LTE modem
Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies are introducing ThingSpace-ready modules from Quectel and Telit using Qualcomm Technologies' MDM9206 Category M1 (Cat-M1) LTE modem.