M2M Industry News Archives: March 2018
Japanese company Softbank has approved a Telit LTE Category 1 module for use on its 4G network. Claimed to be the world’s smallest module of its type, it is suitable for IoT applications with space constraints such as wearable trackers, health monitoring devices, smart watches and fitness bands.
Boeing has invested in Australian IoT start-up Myriota, which aims to revolutionise satellite communications by providing low-cost access to high-value data in remote locations.
Spark’s has switched on its long-range, low-power LoRa network for commercial use in 60% of the places New Zealanders live and work.
Swiss watch maker Swatch says its latest real-time clock module can help make the IoT more green. Launched through its subsidiary EM Microelectronic, the module is claimed to set an industry benchmark for accuracy and power consumption.
California-based IoT company Samsara has raised $50m in funding so it can scale to handle the 1700 new customers it is gaining each quarter. The growth capital comes from investors Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.
Chip companies Nvidia and Arm announced at this week’s GPU Technology Conference in California that they are partnering to bring deep learning inferencing to the billions of mobile, consumer electronics and IoT devices that will enter the global marketplace.
Exabeam has developed a product that uses machine learning to spot compromised IoT and other devices. The California company’s Entity Analytics discovers the normal behaviour of medical, industrial, networking, home and mobile devices, and uses that baseline to alert security teams when unusual events occur.
At this week’s Think 2018 event in Las Vegas, IBM announced it was using technology from Swiss cyber-security company Wisekey to secure its IoT offerings.
This year, French LPWAN provider Sigfox plans to expand its network in the USA following a successful 2017.
Intel is working with the Linux Foundation to develop an open-source hypervisor for IoT device development.
Vodafone has opened a start-up accelerator and innovation lab in New Zealand targeting artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT.
Italian IoT company Telit introduced two modules designed to meet European specifications at this week’s Smart IoT conference in London.
Wireless Logic, a UK-based IoT connectivity platform provider, has acquired German M2M and IoT service provider Mdex for an undisclosed sum. Mdex specialises in encrypted data communications via mobile networks, DSL and satellite.
Avnet has boosted its IoT starter kit portfolio with a 4G LTE-M development platform engineered in collaboration with AT&T.
Gorilla Technology, a Taiwanese provider of video intelligence and IoT technology, has launched its Security Convergence platform, an amalgam of its core AI-based video big data analytics with cyber and network security.
UAE-based Deep Aero is using blockchain technology to build an AI-driven, autonomous, self-governing, intelligent drone or unmanned aircraft system traffic management platform. It is designed to enable safe low-altitude civilian flights of manned and unmanned aircraft in shared airspace.
Apple has moved past competitors Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim overall leadership in the worldwide wearables market, according to the International Data Corporation.
Ericsson helped Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications services provider, roll out the first commercial massive IoT network supporting both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies in south Asia.
Telco Ooredoo plans to expand its IoT business innovations in Qatar by using German company Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform.
Telenor opened its IoT ProtoLab in Trondheim, Norway, last week for entrepreneurs, scientists and students who want to develop new IoT services and products.
The latest update of Arduino Create enables fast and easy development of IoT applications using the Arduino framework and libraries on a range of Linux devices including Intel SBCs, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone.
Canadian company SDChain Alliance has launched what it claims is the world's first public blockchain that has truly adopted the blockchain to ensure the reliability of the IoT.
California-based NetObjex is partnering Cambodian firm IdeaLink Consulting to help develop business opportunities for IoT and blockchain technologies in the SE Asian markets.
SmartDrive, a Japan-based provider of telematics and fleet management services, has selected the Digi ConnectCore 6UL secure, wireless system-on-module as the development platform for its recently announced DriveOps GPS real-time fleet management system.
At last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Deutsche Telekom and the Cologne-based mobile communications provider 1NCE presented Europe's first data flat rate for smart devices on the IoT.
Microsoft’s director of performance management David Lemson (pictured) announced a partnership at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg with Dutch electronics firm NXP Semiconductors to create ready-to-use IoT applications.
Japanese giant Renesas Electronics announced at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg a reference design and starting point for users to connect in ten minutes or less to enterprise clouds such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.
Swiss cyber-security company WiseKey believes its IoT blockchain technology can provide safer gun control measures.
Avnet has merged its MSC Technologies subsidiary, which it acquired four years ago, into Avnet Integrated to provide a more cohesive service to its global customers.
New Hampshire managed network services company Senet is helping SenRa deploy LoRaWan connectivity throughout India.
Security was a priority for the micro format Digi XBee 3 module launched in January, said Scott Nelson (pictured), speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg.
The IoT is so broad it can mean almost anything, believes David Somo (pictured), senior vice president at electronics company On Semiconductors. Speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg, he said that anything with sensors and connectivity could be classed as an IoT device.
Robot lawnmowers and drones can achieve centimetre-level accuracy using the F9 platform from Swiss company U-Blox, according to Peter Fairhurst (pictured), director of product line management, speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg.
The decision by the IoT M2M Council (IMC) to launch an RFP template programme could be just what the industry needs, according to Tom Gibbings (pictured), market development manager at Intel-subsidiary Wind River.
Dutch IoT and mobility enabler Teleena has joined the IoT M2M Council trade association to expand its reach among enterprises. And Amir Sherman (pictured) from Arrow Electronics revealed at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg some of the thinking behind its decision to join the IMC late last year.
UK company Antenova won the hardware category in the Embedded World awards last week in Nuremberg with its Robusta SR4G031 antenna.
Cisco has released its Jasper Control Center for NB-IoT worldwide. The company claims it is the first commercially available global NB-IoT platform. Used with the Cisco Jasper Control Center IoT connectivity management platform, enterprises will be able to manage both NB-IoT and cellular devices.
NXP Semiconductors has integrated its ARM-based Layerscape System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms with Microsoft Azure IoT Edge. Developers can now create applications within the Azure IoT Edge framework, running on ARM based systems.
Samsung is partnering PTC to integrate the two firms' ARTIK and ThingWorx platforms. The two companies are aiming to enable customers to deploy data driven industrial applications faster and get new products to market quicker and at reduced cost.
SAP and Deutsche Telekom are expanding their partnership to include IoT solutions for real-time logistics. The companies plan to collaborate on building a seamless interface between Deutsche Telekom's Device Management Platform and the SAP Cloud Platform.