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M2M Industry News Archives: May 2016

Google launches direct competitor to Amazon Echo
At last week’s annual developer conference in California, Google made a further step into the smart home market with Google Home, seen by many as a direct competitor to Amazon Echo.
 
SK Telecom to deploy LoRa network across South Korea
Samsung Electronics is to deploy a commercial IoT-dedicated LoRa network nationwide across South Korea for SK Telecom. The network will use the 900MHz frequency band.
 
Disney connects paper to the IoT
Disney has created a way to give a piece of paper sensing capabilities that allow it to respond to gesture commands. The method relies on small RFID tags that are stuck on, printed or drawn onto the paper to create interactive, lightweight interfaces.
 
IMC seeks industry executives for leadership committee
The IoT M2M Council is looking for industry executives of high standing for seats on a steering and advisory committee of OEMs, enterprise users and applications developers that deploy IoT services in the field.
 
Iridium service cures security flaws in GPS



Iridium Communications has introduced an alternative or companion to traditional location-based technologies that gives users access to accurate and resilient position, navigation and timing technology that works anywhere on the planet, even indoors.
 
Digi launches stamp-sized wireless platform based on NXP technology
Digi has announced the ConnectCore for i.MX 6UL embedded system-on-module (SoM) with integrated dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity in a low-profile surface mount form factor slightly larger than a postage stamp.
 
ARM acquires Apical to boost computer vision offering
ARM has paid $350m to acquire Apical, which specialises in imaging and embedded computer vision technology that will allow next generation devices to understand and act intelligently on information from their environment.
 
Fitbit buys Coin to move into wearable payments market
Connected health and fitness company Fitbit has acquired the wearable payment assets of Coin, a Silicon Valley consumer electronics and financial technology company.
 
Samsung leads $20m financing round in Afero IoT start-up

Samsung has led a $20.3m Series A financing round in California IoT connectivity firm Afero, a start-up founded by veterans from Google, Apple, Nest, Danger, Amazon, Twitter and Netflix.


Nest makes Thread open source
Nest Labs has released OpenThread, an open source implementation of the Thread networking protocol. With OpenThread, Nest is making the technology used in Nest products more broadly available to accelerate the development of products for the connected home.
 
Vodafone puts NB-IoT on trial in Australia



Vodafone has completed a trial of pre-standard narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) in Melbourne, Australia.
 
SK Telecom and Telekom Indonesia to cooperate on IoT
SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding with Telkom Indonesia to cooperate in new business areas including IoT, media and smart products.
 
Sigfox helps On Semi certify communications chips
Sigfox has worked with chip company On Semiconductor to make sure its AX-SFEU system-on-chip is certified for optimal two-way communications in Europe with certification underway for the USA.
 
IoT quality inspection drives Dekra growth
German test house Dekra is recording record growth, thanks in large part to test, quality and workplace issues around Industrie 4.0 and industrial IoT.
 
Japanese IoT start-up raises ¥2.4bn funding
Tokyo-based IoT start-up Soracom has completed a ¥2.4bn financing agreement with World Innovation Lab, Infinity Venture Partners and other parties.
 
Schneider survey shows IoT optimism
Three quarters of businesses are optimistic about the opportunities the IoT will present this year, according to a report by French company Schneider Electric based on a global survey of nearly 3000 business leaders in 12 countries.
 
Antenova antennas for 3G, 4G and LTE M2M applications



Antenova has announced three flexible printed circuit antennas to cover the 3G, 4G and LTE bands. These are the UK company’s first flexible antennas for 4G and LTE.
 
IoT deployers struggling with connectivity and protocols, says Plat.One survey

Connectivity and protocols form the number one technical challenge in planning and deploying IoT projects, according to a survey by Plat.One, announced at last week’s M2M Forum in Milan.


Enterprises to trim back IoT plans this year, says IMC
Enterprises that will deploy IoT products and services say they are trimming back plans for the next 12 months, according to the IoT M2M Council (IMC).
 
Microsoft buys industrial IoT supplier Solair
Microsoft has bought Italian company Solair, a specialist in manufacturing, retail, foods and transport IoT. Solair integrates IoT functions into production line and service equipment using Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.
 
Hitachi unifies IoT offerings and launches core platform
Japanese giant Hitachi has formed the Hitachi Insight Group to drive its unified IoT business. Headquartered in California, the group will take care of the company’s US$5.4bn in IoT products and services revenue generated.
 
Former Wyless executives take leadership roles at Kore
Kore has added to its leadership team following the recent acquisition of Wyless, with Mike Coffey becoming chief operating officer, Charles Kriete chief marketing officer, Steve Sarno chief financial officer and Gavin Carter chief technology officer.
 
Hewlett Packard platform helps build IoT infrastructure
At this week’s IoT World in California, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced its HPE Universal IoT platform. The platform enables the ability to add functionality and benefits to users to help build the infrastructure for the IoT.
 
Taiwan-Japan collaboration unveils IoT gateway in Tokyo
A Taiwan-Japan collaboration has produced a customisable IoT gateway being unveiled this week at the Embedded Systems Expo Conference in Tokyo. The gateway is based on Taiwanese company Via’s Artigo A900 Android system and was developed with Ryosan of Japan.
 
Sigfox to roll out in 100 US cities this year
Sigfox says it will expand deployment of its network in 100 cities across the USA in 2016.
 
Verizon picks Gemalto to implement OTA on 4G LTE
Verizon has selected Dutch company Gemalto to migrate to next-generation advanced over-the-air (OTA) technology for 4G LTE services. And Verizon Wireless has certified a NetComm Wireless 4G Wifi M2M router for its private network offering.
 
M2M Intelligence helps Quantum expand in south-east Asia
IoT connectivity provider M2M Intelligence has signed a regional partnership with Singapore-based Quantum Inventions, a developer of dynamic navigation, routing and traffic information services for consumers, enterprises and government.
 
Electronic compass from STM improves accuracy for wearables

Smartphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers and other wearables could get better at guiding users and mapping their sporting achievements even where satellite navigation cannot work, using an electronic compass from ST Microelectronics.


Huawei and Vodafone open lab to develop NB-IoT



Huawei and Vodafone have opened an IoT Lab to work on the development of products and applications relating to narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) technology. The UK lab will provide a pre-integration testing environment for application developers and device, module and chip manufacturers.
 
Sigfox and WND start IoT roll-out in Brazil
Sigfox and its Brazilian partner WND have begun deploying Sigfox’s IoT network throughout Brazil, starting with Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
 
Cypress buys Broadcom wireless IoT business for $550m
Cypress Semiconductor is to acquire Broadcom's wireless IoT business and related assets in an all-cash transaction valued at $550m. The deal includes Broadcom's Wifi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and its Wiced brand and developer ecosystem.
 
Samsung launches platform to connect devices and applications
Samsung has announced the Artik Cloud, an open data exchange platform designed to connect devices and applications. The platform provides open APIs and tools to collect, store and act securely on any data from any connected device or cloud service.
 
Cisco networking technology protects rhinos in South Africa
Cisco is helping South African company Dimension Data reduce the number of rhinos being poached at a private game reserve next to the Kruger National Park in a move that could be replicated across other locations globally.
 
AT&T backs Sequans module for 4G LTE network
Sequans Communications’ EZLink LTE module, the US60L, has been certified to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, having achieved technical acceptance from AT&T’s Network Ready Lab. At the same time, Verizon has certified the French company’s Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset to support VoLTE applications.
 
Vicotee wireless mesh interface makes Hannover Fair debut
At last week’s Hannover Fair, Norwegian company Vicotee released a wireless mesh IoT sensor interface that uses SmartMesh IP from California-based Linear Technology.
 
Drone Tech lets RFID be added to existing UAVs
Welsh company Drone Tech Aerospace in partnership with Oxfordshire-based Atkins has developed an RFID system that can be added to an existing UAV or drone to deliver real-time data feedback to engineers on the ground.
 
Russian facility doubles capacity for InfiNet Wireless
Maltese M2M wireless connectivity company InfiNet Wireless has opened a state-of-the-art production facility in Ekaterinburg, Russia, that will nearly double its capacity.
 
Berg predicts tenfold increase in internet of cats and dogs
Nearly three million pets will be monitored using GPS locator devices in Europe and North America by 2021, according to a research report from M2M analyst firm Berg Insight. This compares with just 300,000 at the end of 2015.