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M2M Industry News Archives: November 2015

Murthy leaves Qualcomm to head Intel IoT group
Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala has left Qualcomm to join Intel as president of a newly created client and IoT businesses and systems architecture group. Renduchintala has also been appointed as an executive officer of Intel Corporation.
 
Samsung IoT access point supports Wifi, Zigbee and Bluetooth LE
Samsung Electronics is launching IoT access points (AP) that support multiple interfaces, including Wifi, Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), as well as the industry’s smallest outdoor mesh AP.
 
Nokia and Oi to set up IoT lab in Brazil
Nokia Networks and telco Oi Brasil are to partner in developing IoT products and services in Latin America.This will includesetting up Latin America's first LTE IoT lab that will bring together expertise in the IoT domain to provide LTE-based services to enable M2M communications.
 
Ireland makes it a dozen countries for Sigfox
Ireland has become the 12th country to join the Sigfox IoT network. The French company plans to roll out its network across Ireland, allowing nationwide low-power and cost-effective connectivity for the first time in the country.
 
Silicon Labs buys mesh networking firm Telegesis for $20m
Silicon Labs has acquired for US$20m Telegesis, a supplier of wireless mesh networking modules based on Silicon Labs’ Zigbee technology. A privately held company founded in 1998 and based near London, Telegesis has established itself as a Zigbee expert.
 
OIC acquires UPnP Forum to consolidate IoT standardisation
In an attempt to consolidate IoT standardisation work, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is acquiring virtually all of the assets of the UPnP Forum. In exchange, the OIC will offer membership to UPnP Forum members.
 
No boom yet for wearables but VR could provide spark, says TrendForce
Wearables have not experienced the boom in demand vendors hoped for, but they are showing steady growth, according to Taiwan-based market research firm TrendForce. In 2016, annual wearable shipments are expected to grow 64 per cent to above 112 million units.
 
IoT leaders band together to form OpenFog Consortium
A coalition of leaders in the IoT ecosystem, including ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and the Princeton University Edge Laboratory, have come together to form the OpenFog Consortium to accelerate the deployment of fog technologies through the development of an open architecture and core technologies. 

PLDT strategy to use big data to transform the Philippines
In an exclusive briefing with M2M Zone, senior executives at Philippines telco PLDT explain their plans for IoT, M2M and big data.
 
Hewlett Packard and Intel cooperate on IoT development
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel are cooperating to deliver open standards based IoT products and services that will let organisations gain insights and create value from the growing amount of data collected from devices and sensors. The two companies will also establish three global IoT labs.
 
Bluetooth to quadruple range and double speed for IoT needs
Bluetooth next year is to get more range, faster speeds and mesh networking to help meet the requirements of the IoT.
 
Top telecoms companies band together to accelerate NB-IoT development
China Mobile, China Unicom, Ericsson, Etisalat, GSMA, GTI, Huawei, Intel, LG Uplus, Nokia, Qualcomm, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Vodafone have held a preparatory event to lay the foundations for a new industry forum aimed at accelerating the ecosystem around narrow-band internet of things (NB-IoT) technology.
 
Proximus to deploy LPWAN network across Belgium and Luxembourg
Proximus is deploying a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) nationwide in Belgium and Luxembourg following tests in major urban areas. The Brussels-based telco will use Semtech’s LoRa RF technology.
 
Dassault programme aims to nurture IoT start-ups
Dassault Systèmes has launched the 3DExperience Lab, an innovation laboratory and start-up accelerator programme dedicated to nurturing and empowering disruptive projects and transforming society.
 
RWE extends Lemonbeat access to North American developers
RWE Effizienz, a German operator of one of Europe's leading home automation systems, has extended access to the Lemonbeat smart Device Language (LsDL), a universal communications protocol for the IoT, to developers and manufacturers of internet-compatible devices in North America.
 
Don’t believe the hype over IoT growth, warns Beecham Research
A top analyst has warned that the IoT predictions for the number of connected devices may be pie in the sky. Beecham Research says companies planning to get into the IoT market should not believe all the hype and over optimistic predictions.
 
Arkessa and Intel help UK start-up keep children safe
A wearable child locator device will launch next month enabling parents safely to give their children some of the freedom they crave. The Child Angel uses M2M and embedded processor technology from UK-based Arkessa and Intel to deliver highly accurate location readings securely to the parents’ smartphones.
 
Operators struggle to detect M2M devices roaming, says survey
Seven out of ten operators are unable to detect when M2M devices roam into their networks, according to a survey by Starhome Mach, the Switzerland-based mobile inter-carrier services company.

Ericsson and Cisco announce strategic partnership with focus on Internet of Things
Telecoms firms Ericsson and Cisco have announced a strategic partnership to develop new technologies for 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things. The two companies will cooperate to create new systems that are end to end solutions.
 
Kapersky Labs say Smart Home devices expose households to cyber-attack and theft
Russian internet security firm Kapersky says that Smart Home devices expose households to the risk of cyber-attack and physical theft.
 
MasterCard aims to bring payments to any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable
MasterCard has launched a programme to bring payments to a wide range of consumer products and accessories in fashion, automotive, technology, and wearables, with the aim of allowing consumers to shop securely with whatever device or product is most convenient to them.
 
ARM aims to speed up and secure IoT device development
British semiconductor firm ARM has announced a range of technologies to speed up the development of IoT devices and make them more secure.
 
Ericsson, E.ON and ABB partner on Bright Green Buildings
Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson, German energy company E.ON and Swiss automation technology company ABB are partnering to develop intelligent technologies for commercial property, transport, solar energy production and data centres. The three companies aim to create a world leading research and innovation environment and a European model for sustainable urban planning. Initial focus of development will be commercial property development and building construction.
 
Toyota establishes AI and robotics research institute in Silicon Valley
Toyota is establishing a research institute to study artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in cars. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will be headquartered in Silicon Valley near Stanford University in Palo Alto. A second faculty will be based near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology near Cambridge MA.
 
Barclaycard and Topshop launch contactless fashion accessories
British retailer Topshop has developed a range of fashion accessories that incorporate Barclaycard's bPay contactless payment technology.
 
Mitsubishi develops machine learning to detect absent minded drivers
Mitsubishi Electric has developed technology to detect absent mindedness and other cognitive distractions in drivers when their vehicles are travelling straight, using a type of machine learning algorithm known as deep learning.

Google opens up Brillo and Weave to developers
Google has opened up its Brillo operating system and Weave communications platform to the broader developer community as part of an invite programme. It had previously opened it up to some early access partners.
 
Intel attacks IoT market with architectures, hardware and software products
Intel took the IoT world head on this week with the announcement of IoT reference architectures and hardware and software products. The platform includes two reference architectures and a portfolio of products from Intel and its ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity.
 
IBM acquisition will let Weather Company shine in Watson IoT Cloud
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web properties to combine technology and expertise from the two companies as the foundation for the new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform.
 
Verizon unveils global IoT strategy and launches developer platform
Verizon unveiled its global IoT strategy during an event at its San Francisco Innovation Centre. A key element of this strategy resides in the launch of ThingSpace – an open platform for developers, technology partners and end-users to build, experiment and deploy applications of the IoT.
 
M1 launches M2M platform in Singapore
Singapore communications company M1 has launched an M2M platform. Through M1 M2M Connect, corporate customers will be able to access, track and manage all their connected devices from any authorised computer or mobile phone.
 
Deutsche Telekom and Huawei test commercial network ability to communicate with sensors
Deutsche Telekom and Chinese telecoms company Huawei have deployed what is claimed to be the world’s first field implementation of narrow band internet of things (NB-IoT). The trial was conducted in Germany, and was developed over commercial base stations by software upgrade to make them NB-IoT capable.
 
WebNMS and Standout partner to deliver M2M in West Africa
WebNMS and Standout Business Solutions are working together to deliver scalable IoT and M2M applications to enterprises in West Africa.
 
NTT Docomo approves NetComm routers for Japan’s M2M market
NTT Docomo, Japan's largest mobile service provider with over 63 million subscribers, has passed two NetComm Wireless 3G M2M smart router models for deployment on its nationwide 3G network to expand access to M2M services.
 
China to see fastest IoT revenue growth of any major country
China's IoT services revenues will grow more than five times in the next five years, exceeding US$41bn by 2020. This is the fastest revenue growth rate of any country monitored in ABI Research's IoT Market Tracker.