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M2M Industry News Archives: May 2017

Ericsson and Microsoft partner on IoT accelerator



Ericsson and Microsoft are working together to strengthen the global IoT ecosystem by enabling enterprises to speed up the time it takes to launch mobile network-based IoT services.
 
AT&T completes LTE-M network ahead of schedule
AT&T has completed deployment of its US nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule. The network will enable a new generation of IoT devices and applications.
 
IBM launches blockchain accelerator
IBM has launched an accelerator programme to kick-start blockchain adoption for enterprises.
 
Qualcomm plans multimode IoT field trials in China
Qualcomm Technologies plans to commence the first eMTC, NB-IoT and GSM  multimode field trials in China, with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) and China's smart bike sharing company Mobike.
 
Poland rolls out LoRaWan network
Polish IoT company Netemera and French networking firm Kerlink are rolling out Poland’s first nationwide low-power, wide-area IoT network using LoRaWan technology.
 
U-Blox module for Ingenu RPMA network



U-Blox has launched one of the smallest modules for Ingenu’s Machine Network, which uses random phase multiple access (RPMA) low-power wide-area technology.
 
Telit sponsors IoT workshop at TIA Texas event
Italian M2M company Telit is sponsoring an IoT workshop that will teach participants the fundamentals needed to help them configure, launch and maintain an IoT product or service.
 
Parsec antennas support latest LTE routers

Texas-based antenna company Parsec Technologies has announced ruggedised external antennas to support the latest vehicular LTE routers.


Google launches IoT cloud
Google has launched a new cloud platform to connect IoT devices to the Google cloud. Google Cloud IoT Core is designed to be an industrial grade IoT cloud providing secure and robust performance. IoT data collected via Cloud IoT Core can be managed and integrated with Google's data analytics services

Sprint ramps up network for IoT
Sprint will complete its roll-out of LTE Cat 1 technology across its nationwide network by the end of July 2017, the company announced at IOT World 2017. In addition, Sprint announced plans to begin deploying LTE Cat M in mid-2018 followed by LTE Cat NB1.
 
Samsung upgrades IoT platform, announces new partners



Samsung has expanded the range of its IoT platform, added new security features, improved interoperability, announced a new IoT partnership with VMWare and is said to be about to launch a new IoT operating system.
 
Microsoft to launch Windows 10 home hub in September
Microsoft is reported to be building a new interface onto Windows 10 as part of its efforts to turn the PC operating system into a home hub that can compete with rival products from Amazon and Google. The new interface will include always on digital corkboards designed to let family members create to-do lists or check each other's calendars. The new system will also support a range of home and family oriented Cortana voice commands
 
Miovision: Smart City roadside AI



AI firm Miovision is using dedicated NVIDIA GPUs to create neural nets to provide machine learning solutions for traffic analysis. Video of vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian traffic is transformed into cloud based data analytics that can be used by city planners to improve traffic flow
 
Google launches stand-alone VR headset with Qualcomm
Google and Qualcomm have unveiled a stand-alone virtual reality platform that requires no smartphone. Announced at Google's I/O 2017 event in San Francisco, Google's latest Daydream VR platform comprises an untethered headset featuring positional head-tracking. The creation of an untethered VR head mounted display creates new possibilities for its use in industrial and business contexts as well as a consumer and home entertainment device
 
Singularity University Smart City Accelerator in Columbus, Ohio



Silicon Valley think tank and business incubator, Singularity University (SU) is to sponsor a Smart City Accelerator in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is the winning city of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge.
 
PTC, ANSYS bring digital simulation to industrial IoT



PTC and engineering simulation software developer ANSYS have developed a connector to allow ANSYS engineering simulation technology to be rapidly added to applications built on the PTC's ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things platform. The development of a connector between these two technology platforms will allow firms to transform industrial and operational data into new forms of actionable intelligence
 
NXP RAIN RFID for higher security Smart City applications

Dutch NFC and RFID technology provider NXP Semiconductors N.V. has expanded its portfolio of secure RAIN RFID products with the UCODE DNA Track and UCODE DNA City Tag ICs for inventory, supply chain management and smart city applications.


Telit opens IoT university in Florida



IoT enabler Telit has launched an IoT university in Florida for developers and integrators.
 
Eclipse creates testbeds to advance IoT open standards
The Eclipse Foundation’s IoT Working Group has created open testbeds to drive adoption of IoT open source and open standards.
 
Blockchain driving IoT investment, says ABI
The emergence of blockchain-based applications is driving investment in IoT-oriented projects, according to ABI Research, which found promise for the technology to alter and transform established industries beyond fintech.
 
Viavi base station analyser supports NB-IoT



Viavi says its CellAdvisor base station analyser will support the unique signal analysis required for narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) connectivity.
 
DMI acquires Lochbridge to enter connected car and IoT markets
Digital Management (DMI) has acquired Detroit-based Lochbridge, an IoT company specialising in the automotive, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing sectors.
 
Kyocera ceramic package can double RFID tag range



Japanese electronics company Kyocera has developed a ceramic package that uses a proprietary structure to double the range of the built-in RFID antenna for IoT applications.
 
Case Study: Developing a punch tracker for boxers

How a wearable using technology from Hysko and Antenova can help boxers measure improvements.



Sigfox and Alizent partner on Industry 4.0



Sigfox has formed a global partnership with asset interactive company Alizent, a subsidiary of French company Air Liquide, to increase the benefits of IoT in industries across all sectors.
 
Cisco acquires Viptela to boost SD-WAN offering
Cisco is to acquire Viptela, a privately held software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) company based in California, for $610m.
 
Ericsson helps Softbank roll out cellular IoT in Japan
Softbank is to use Ericsson’s Cat-M1 and NB-IoT products for its roll out of cellular IoT services in Japan.
 
Toshiba and Denso collaborate on IoT-based manufacturing



Toshiba is to collaborate with fellow Japanese company Denso in the fields of IoT-based manufacturing, advanced driver assistance and automated driving.
 
U-Blox quad-band Cat-M1 module reaches multiple regions



Swiss wireless module company U-Blox has announced what it claims is the world’s smallest quad-band LTE Cat-M1 module, the Sara-R410M.
 
Increase in partner programmes points to IoT maturity
Partner programmes and their member companies continue to mature in their IoT offerings, with 59 per cent of listed organisations receiving a high IoT maturity grade, according to rankings by ABI Research.
 
Lattice kit lets developers create intelligent vision at the edge



A development kit from Lattice Semiconductor will let designers create IoT devices that can process visual images at the edge in applications such as robotics, drones, driver assistance, smart surveillance and augmented and virtual reality systems.