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M2M Industry News Archives: June 2016

Intel and Samsung initiative to advance US IoT policy



Intel and Samsung have formed the National IoT Strategy Dialogue, an initiative to convene like-minded industry partners and organisations to develop strategic recommendations collaboratively for US policy makers on the IoT.
 
Qualcomm debuts 5G New Radio at MWC Shanghai
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Qualcomm Technologies announced a 5G New Radio prototype and trial platform that operates in the sub-6GHz spectrum bands.
 
Sigfox brings connectivity to French boiler maker
Sigfox and ELM Leblanc have signed a connectivity agreement in France that will enable the French boiler manufacturer and its partners to provide one of the most promising implementations of the industrial IoT – responsive, predictive and remote maintenance.
 
Ayla raises $39m in Series C financing
Ayla Networks has raised $39m Series C funding to continue propelling its global IoT platform for manufacturers. The financing round comes from a broad group of global investors led by Ants Capital, a boutique investment bank and asset management company headquartered in China.
 
Korea turns to InterDigital for OneM2M testing
The Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea is adding InterDigital’s compliant server and cloud test tools to its test suite used to certify products as OneM2M compatible in its domestic market.
 
Ingenu and Semtech join IMC
Semtech and Ingenu are the latest companies to join the fast-growing IoT M2M Council (IMC).
 
GSMA forecasts billion Chinese M2M connections in report at MWC Shanghai
China’s M2M market will reach one billion connections by 2020, with the majority coming from the developing LPWA market, according to a report released this week by GSMA at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.
 
U-Blox announces NB-IoT module



Swiss manufacturer U-Blox has announced the Sara-N2 NB-IoT module, claimed to be the world's first cellular radio module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) standard.
 
Pressure increases to secure IoT, says ABI

With the rise of the IoT, pressure to mitigate cyber risks in connected devices is mounting, according to market watcher ABI Research.


Nokia and Telekon Austria demo NB-IoT in Vienna
At last week’s M2M IoT Forum CEE in Vienna, Telekom Austria and Nokia gave the first demonstration of NB-IoT in Austria.
 
Bluetooth 5 extends range to target IoT applications
Bluetooth 5 will be coming late 2016 to early 2017 and will include significantly increased range, speed and broadcast messaging capacity. Extending the range should deliver robust, reliable IoT connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality.
 
Samsung acquires Joyent and boosts US IoT R&D investment



Samsung Electronics has agreed to acquire US public and private cloud provider Joyent. The South Korean technology giant also announced this week a strategy to spend $1.2bn over four years for US-based IoT R&D and investments.
 
Sigfox wins F&S award and joins IMC
Sigfox has been named the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific most promising IoT networking provider of the year. The French company has also joined the trade association the IoT M2M Council (IMC) as the group's newest sustaining company and board member.
 
Imagination and Intrinsic-ID collaborate on IoT security
Imagination Technologies and Intrinsic-ID are collaborating on scalable, flexible and affordable IoT hardware security.
 
Film could provide bendiness for wearables



Researchers at Korea University and the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed an ultrathin film that is transparent and highly conductive to electric current, making it suitable for use in wearable devices.
 
Twitter buys Magic Pony to increase machine learning capabilities
Twitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a London-based developer of machine learning and visual processing technology, expanding the machine learning capabilities in Twitter's video technology and adding talent to the company's Cortex team.
 
Digi launches cellular gateway at Sensors Expo



At this week’s Sensors Expo in San Jose, Digi International introduced Digi Connect Sensor, a battery-powered, enterprise-ready, cellular gateway for wireless connectivity at locations with either no power or low power.
 
Joint demonstration of end-to-end IoT ecosystem
Three companies have demonstrated what they claim to be the first end-to-end IoT ecosystem designed with re-usable infrastructure and open industry standards for industrial and commercial applications at scale.
 
India-Canada collaboration aims to monetise IoT
A collaboration between Indian company L&T Technology Services and Canada-based Redknee, a provider of real-time monetisation services, aims to offer a complete architecture for enterprises to enable connectivity, analytics and monetisation for the IoT.
 
Alps Bluetooth Smart module comes with built-in antenna

For IoT connectivity, Japanese company Alps has developed a low-power Bluetooth Smart communications module with built-in antenna. Mass production is already underway.


Nokia platform aims to Impact IoT
Nokia has launched a platform called Impact that aims to give operators, enterprises and governments a secure way to scale new IoT services.
 
Astrata helps Globe expand M2M services in Philippines
Enterprise clients of Philippines telecommunications company Globe Telecom are set to benefit from M2M services that are said to be faster, more efficient and quicker to deploy. This is the promise of ta three-year agreement between Globe and Astrata.
 
Gaia Smart Cities acquires Netcore’s IoT division
Gaia Smart Cities, a start-up in the field of city scale IoT technology, has acquired the IoT division of fellow Indian company Netcore, which claims to be India’s leading marketing technology company.
 
HP unveils converged IoT systems for edge analytics
Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled the Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000 converged IoT systems at its Discover event last week in Las Vegas. These systems integrate data capture, control, compute and storage to deliver heavy-duty analytics and insights at the edge.
 
Cyan to buy Connode for £7m
UK wireless mesh network design company Cyan Technology is about to pay nearly £7m to acquire Swedish IoT software company Connode.
 
VT Networks completes Irish roll-out of Sigfox network
Irish telecoms provider VT Networks has announced the nationwide availability of Sigfox low-power IoT connectivity, less than eight months after network deployment began.
 
CEN, Cenelec and OneM2M join forces on standardisation
CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, and Cenelec, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation, are working with OneM2M to help develop M2M standards.
 
Genscape picks Orbcomm for AIS data
Orbcomm is to provide its satellite AIS (automatic identification system) data to Genscape, a Kentucky-based provider of energy information for commodity, shipping and financial markets.
 
Self-learning robots appearing at a business near you, soon
Fully autonomous self-learning robots could be functioning independently within a business setting in less than three years according to a survey from Ipswitch.
 
Skypatrol leverages Telefónica’s IoT partner programme to fuel growth
Florida-based Skypatrol, a supplier of integrated GPS tracking systems, has joined Telefónica’s US IoT partner programme to bring reliable, cost-effective connectivity to its growing customer base.
 
EasyJet smart shoes vibrate to help wearers find their way

UK airline EasyJet has unveiled a prototype smart shoe – named the Sneakairs – which has built-in technology to help wearers explore new cities with ease, enabling them to take in their surroundings without getting lost.


M2M Zone Pavilion to be highlight of CTIA Super Mobility
Details of this year’s CTIA Super Mobility have been released and will again include the M2M Zone Pavilion, the premier IoT and M2M event in North America. The show will run from September 7 to 9 at the Sands expo and convention centre in Las Vegas.
 
Cisco and IBM collaborate to bring IoT analytics to the edge
Cisco and IBM are collaborating to provide instant IoT insight at the edge of the network. Users in remote and autonomous locations will be able to tap the combined power of IBM’s Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco’s edge analytics capabilities.
 
Sigfox adds Finland to network
Finland has become the 19th country worldwide to have a Sigfox dedicated IoT network. Connected Finland, a company created by a team of Finnish telco professionals, says it will extend the network throughout Finland by 2017.
 
Nest founder Tony Fadell quits as CEO
Tony Fadell, CEO of smart thermostat company Nest, has left the company that he founded. Former Motorola executive Marwan Fawaz is joining Nest as the company’s new CEO. Nest was launched in October 2011.
 
Ericsson sees IoT connections overtaking mobile phones by 2018



The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the IoT is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.
 
Jeep hackers slam IoT security
The company behind last year’s now infamous Jeep hack has released a survey that suggests nine out of every ten IoT devices on the market have not been designed with adequate security.
 
Free IoT scanner checks for security vulnerabilities
Internet security vendor BullGuard has launched a free IoT scanner that reveals connected devices that could be vulnerable to hackers.
 
Wifi Halow radio demonstrated at DAC

At this week’s Design Automation Conference in Texas, nanoelectronics research centre Imec, Holst Centre and wifi IP provider Methods2Bussiness are presenting a complete wifi Halow radio for IoT applications.


Intel buys Vision firm Itseez for IoT, Automotive
The acquisition is designed to strengthen Intel's efforts in IoT market segments like automotive and video, where the ability to electronically perceive and understand images paves the way for innovation and opportunity.
 
SIGFOX and Atari to launch IoT product line
Legendary US video games developer Atari is partnering with French IoT network provider SIGFOX to launch a line of badged connected products later this year.
 
Twilio teams with T-Mobile for Cellular IoT apps
Developers can now enable a wide range of Internet of Things applications and customized communications for any device that is connected over the cellular network through easy to program APIs
 
Stretchy circuits for wearable electronics
A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has created what is described as the world’s fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits, an advance that could drive Internet of Things developments, including in wearables and connected healthcare.
 
GE and Accenture build on IoT platform to save $2 billion in healthcare costs
GE Healthcare and Accenture have partnered to build a medical claims processing and cash flow system for US healthcare providers using GE Digital's Internet of Things Predix platform.
 
SAP launches connected health platform
The move marks a major move into the market for connected healthcare and analytics by SAP
 
Marvell launches family of embedded chips and SoC for IoT
Marvell Technology has launched a family of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial, and wearable applications. The processors are designed for low power, low cost IoT applications and include purpose-built SoC for IoT.
 
EY, GE partner on Industrial IoT
Professional services and consultancy firm Ernst and Young is forming a strategic alliance with GE Digital to develop new Industrial Internet of Things services.
 
BMW, Intel and Mobileye partner on autonomous vehicle technology



BMW, Intel and Mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts a reality. The three leaders from the automotive, technology, computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring fully automated driving into production by 2021.
 
Sigfox brings coverage to Mexico City
With two partners, Sigfox is extending its IoT deployment in Latin America, and bringing coverage to Mexico City, one of the world’s largest markets for smart-city applications. The partners expect citywide coverage by the end of 2016 and nationwide service availability in the coming months.
 
Deutsche Telekom establishes hub to accelerate NB-IoT development
Deutsche Telekom hopes to accelerate IoT market development with an NB-IoT prototyping hub, and the telco says the adoption of the 3GPP standard will pave the way for NB-IoT rollout.
 
SK Telecom completes nationwide LoRa deployment



SK Telecom has completed of the nationwide deployment of a low-power wide area network (LPWAN) based on LoRa technology in South Korea.
 
US regulator to investigate Tesla after self-driving death
The US car safety regulator is to investigate Tesla Motors self-driving technology after the death of a driver in a Model S using the car's beta software.
 
Actility and Foxconn joint venture to attack Chinese market
French start-up Actility and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn Technology have jointly launched ThingPark China, a collaborative initiative to deliver a suite of IoT products to the Chinese market.
 
Enter the Matrix IoT development board for Raspberry Pi
An IoT-ready development board for the Raspberry Pi will be launched this month by Florida-based Matrix Labs.
 
Joint venture provides IoT operating system in south-east Asia
Gem Weltronics and People Power have formed a joint venture to provide an IoT operating system for digital products and services in Singapore and the entire Asean region.
 
LoRa Alliances launches second global IoT challenge
The LoRa Alliance has announced its second global IoT challenge focused on creating a safer and smarter sustainable world with four submission categories of food, water, health and safety.
 
Silicon Labs chip lets IoT devices operate at multiple frequencies



Texas chip company Silicon Labs has launched a multiband, multiprotocol wireless system-on-chip (SoC) for the IoT market.