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M2M Industry News Archives: October 2015

Apple tops coolest wearables poll
Apple has been voted the coolest brand for wearable technology, beating off competition from Samsung, Google, LG and Sony.
 
Toshiba plans development platforms to tackle IoT applications
Toshiba is bringing out development platforms to tackle IoT applications from healthcare to logistics using its applications processors. The first will tackle wearables for healthcare using the Japanese company’s App Lite TZ1000 applications processor.
 
ARM processor brings smartphone quality visuals to wearables and IoT devices
ARM has released a graphics processing unit  to enable smartphone-quality visuals on wearable and IoT devices, including smart watches, home gateways and appliances, industrial control panels, and healthcare monitors.
 
Orbcomm partners Marsat to provide M2M service in Russia
Orbcomm has signed an agreement with Morsviazsputnik (Marsat), the licensed operator of Inmarsat's mobile satellite services in Russia, to provide SkyWave's IsatData Pro (IDP) service in the Russian Federation.
 
Ericsson and G&D work together on SIM management
Swedish company Ericsson and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), headquartered in Munich, have entered a partnership to deliver end-to-end remote SIM management services.
 
Emerging 802.11ah low-power Wifi standard faces difficult path to adoption
The emerging low power IEEE 802.11ah Wifi standard will face difficulties to address the limitations of existing 802.11 technologies for large-scale wireless sensor networking, IoT and M2M applications, according to ABI Research.
 
Gemalto provides IoT data to US emergency services
Dutch company Gemalto, working with emergency service technology provider Intrado, is delivering actionable, up-to-the minute data to first responders in the USA.
 
Cisco to acquire ParStream to access data analytics platform
Cisco plans to acquire ParStream, a privately-held company based in Cologne, Germany, that provides an analytics database that allows companies to analyse large amounts of data and store it in near real time anywhere in the network.
 
Wi-Sun adds 870-976MHz support to boost European IoT deployments
The Wi-Sun Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies seeking to accelerate the implementation of field area networking and the IoT, has announced support for the 870 to 876MHz frequency band in Europe.
 
Ceva’s DSP development platform helps deploy smart, connected devices
Digital signal processing (DSP) licensing company Ceva hasintroduced a silicon-based DSP development platform to accelerate the deployment of smart and connected devices.
 
Sparklan module supports IoT Wifi market
Taiwanese company Sparklan has launched a Wifi module to support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the IoT market.
 
Arkessa partners SAS for enterprise-grade communications
UK firms Arkessa and SAS Global Communications have formed a strategic partnership to create an optimised enterprise-grade communications service to transform the agility and operational efficiencies of companies expanding across a range of sectors including energy, transport, retail and healthcare.


IoT M2M Council research paints mixed picture of investment
A quarterly survey of 140 executives that self-identify as buyers of products and services for the Internet of Things shows a mixed picture for the near-term sales in the nascent technology sector. The Quarterly IoT Buyers' Index from the IoT M2M Council, which counts over 12,000 OEMs, enterprise users, and apps developers that deploy the technology as members, shows growth in the number of IoT deployments for the coming year, but an actual decrease in deployments over the next six months
 
SAP launches all in one analytics as a cloud service
SAP is planning a new cloud based analytics offering that will incorporate business intelligence, planning and predictive analytics as a single service.
 
Cisco IoT packages target utilities, oil and gas industries
Utilities, oil and gas are key industries Cisco is targeting with the launch of four separate IoT packages. The aim is to help users connect machines and assets, break through information silos, and digitise data in an integrated way across the business.
 
Philips partners Amazon for connected health services
Philips is strengthening its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as part of its strategy to enable an ecosystem for new types of connected and personalised digital health services. 
 
Ericsson, Intel and Telenor bring IoT to Europe’s wine growers
Ericsson together with Intel, Telenor and MyOmega have cooperated to build what is being claimed as the world’s first end to end secure Internet of Things implementation for wine growers and makers.
 
Dell launches range of edge computing IoT and M2M gateways and analytics for building and factory settings
Texas based computer maker Dell has launched a new range of systems designed to be edge computers for M2M and Internet of Things communications and device control within building, factory and utility settings.
 
Inmarsat and Lufthansa sign ten year inflight broadband contract
Inmarsat has signed a contract to provide high-speed inflight connectivity services for passengers onboard Lufthansa’s European continental fleet.
 
UAE operator du partners Vodafone on M2M and Internet of
Gulf telecoms operator du is extending its partnership with Vodafone to incorporate Internet of Things and M2M connectivity.
 
Centres use Apple ResearchKit to study autism, epilepsy and melanoma
Apple’s ResearchKit is enabling research studies at Duke Medicine, Johns Hopkins, and Oregon Health & Science University on autism, epilepsy and melanoma.
 
Teradata announces Internet of Things real time Big Data analytics software
Silicon Valley Big Data analytics firm Teradata has announced two new software systems for real time Big Data analysis of Internet of Things data.
 
Telit lands $30m deal for Dutch smart meter roll-out
IoT enabler Telit has landed a contract valued at more than US$30m to supply CDMA 450MHz modules to one of the leading smart meter vendors for a Netherlands project.

Amazon launches IoT platform for web services
Amazon Web Services has announced AWS IoT, a platform that makes it easy for devices – cars, turbines, sensor grids, light bulbs and more – to connect to AWS so companies can store, process, analyse and act on the volumes of data generated by connected devices on a global scale.
 
Cisco IoT packages target manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and oil and gas
Cisco is introducing four separate IoT packages for the industries of manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and oil and gas. Additionally, Cisco has announced an industrial IoT security system to mitigate the risk of system disruption and efficiently assure compliance.
 
Sigfox opens Dubai office to spearhead Middle East and Africa expansion
Building on its growth in Europe and its network rollout in ten US metropolitan areas, Sigfox is targeting expansion in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and is opening an office in Dubai to manage its network rollout in the region.
 
NWave builds development kit for Weightless-N
The Weightless SIG has announced the launch of a complete Weightless-N development environment for low power wide area network connectivity in IoT projects.
 
Japan IoT platform lets intranet and internet work seamlessly
Japanese telecoms carrier KDDI is to provide enterprise businesses with a mobile app and IoT platform via a private network to intranet service.
 
Starhome M2M portfolio provides device-level differentiation
Zurich-based Starhome Mac has launched an M2M and IoT portfolio to provide operators, system integrators and service providers with ways to globalise the IoT and differentiate service levels on an individual device level basis.
 
OIC and HyperCat collaborate on IoT interoperability
The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) and HyperCat plan to collaborate to make IoT devices and data more discoverable and interoperable.
 
LDRA module improves security in IoT software
LDRA has introduced a module that addresses security concerns in the increasingly complex and growing IoT market. The TBsecure module provides automated support for the Cert C secure coding standard.
 
Shu Gan and Vin Costello strengthen Numerex management
Interactive M2M provider Numerex has appointed Shu Gan as chief marketing officer and Vin Costello as chief revenue officer in newly created executive management positions.
 
Mobile operators back GSMA embedded SIM rules
Indosat, Tele2 and Telefónica Vivo are the latest mobile operators to launch commercial products based on the GSMA Embedded SIM specification for the remote over-the-air provisioning of M2M devices such as smart meters or connected cars.
 
ThingWorx partners Analog Devices for sensor to cloud applications
ThingWorx is working with Massachusetts-based semiconductor company Analog Devices to offer an integrated sensor to cloud environment using the ThingWorx IoT platform.
 
AVSystem launches IoT platform for M2M management
At next week’s Broadband World Forum in London, Polish CPE and device management company AVSystem is launching an IoT platform for M2M device management, orchestration and monitoring.
 
IBM breakthrough could see carbon nanotubes powering IoT
IBM Research has announced an engineering breakthrough that could accelerate carbon nanotubes replacing silicon transistors to power future computing technologies for mobile devices and the IoT.
 
Apple buys VocalIQ and Perceptio to bring artificial intelligence to IoT
Apple has acquired UK artificial intelligence (AI) company VocalIQ and AI start-up Perceptio, both of which are being predicted as a move to extend Siri and other voice inputs to IoT applications via its smartphones.
 
Infosys and GE partner on IoT development
Indian software and consulting company Infosys is partnering with General Electric to create IoT products and services aimed at deriving practical benefits from massive amounts of data generated through connected devices in the industrial enterprise.
 
Intel boosts Wind River Linux for IoT devices
Intel-subsidiary Wind River has introduced Linux 8, part of its Helix portfolio, with scalability for addressing IoT challenges. The version of uses the kernel and toolchain from the upcoming Yocto Project 2.0 release, and was announced at this week’s at Embedded Linux Conference in Ireland.
 
LoRa network roll outs in France and Russia
French mobile network operator Bouygues Telecom is rolling out LoRa RF technology in a large low-power, wide-area network. In a separate move, wireless network operator Lace has developed an IoT network using LoRa covering major cities in Russia,.
 
Sigfox plans Italy roll out of IoT network
Sigfox has partnered with EI Towers and Nettrotterto roll out an IoT network across Italy. With this partnership, Italy becomes the tenth country to receive Sigfox network nationwide coverage.
 
Lynx and Webroot join forces to provide IoT security
Colorado-based intelligent cyber-security company Webroot and California’s Lynx Software Technologies are combining their security technologies to help developers build advanced threat detection and protection into IoT devices.
 
Via control system for enterprise M2M and IoT applications
Taiwanese company Via Technologies has introduced the Artigo A600 compact fanless smart automation control system for enterprise IoT and M2M applications that require low-power computing and extensive IO support.
 
Spanish-German start-up aims to cut 90% of IoT data
Teraki, a Spanish-German venture producing data-reduction software for the IoT, has become the 11th start-up to be supported by Deutsche Telekom’s Hub:Raum incubator programme in Berlin.
 
Centri offers cyber-security alternative for IoT
Seattle-based data protection company Centri has introduced cyber-security as a smart alternative to complex and impractical use of legacy VPN methods to secure IoT devices.
 
Taoglas expands M2M antenna operations to Germany
Irish M2M antenna maker Taoglas has established a design and support centre in Munich and strengthened its team in Germany.

Microsoft puts meat on Windows 10 IoT Core and makes Azure IoT Suite available
Microsoft has given more details about the Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens. The company also announced that its Azure IoT Suite is available for customers to purchase.
 
Disney researchers shed light on internet of toys
Disney Research has taken a major step to creating an internet of toys by using visible light as the basis for communications. The company has demonstrated LEDs that use visible light to talk to each other and the internet and that could become the communications base for toys, as well as smart homes, offices and public buildings.
 
OneM2M completes first interoperability tests
OneM2M, a global standards initiative for M2M and the IoT, held its first interoperability testing event last month to validate interoperability and end-to-end functionality of the OneM2M release one specifications.
 
Quirky files for bankruptcy and puts Wink up for sale
Invention start-up company Quirky, backed by a string of venture capital funds, has filed for Chapter 11 relief and put its smart home platform Wink up for sale, court filings show.
 
Enterprises embrace IoT, says IDC survey
Nearly three-quarters of enterprises in an IDC survey have already deployed IoT products or services or plan to deploy them in the next 12 months.
 
Accenture opens IoT resources centre in Singapore
Dublin-based technology services company Accenture has opened an IoT centre of excellence for resources in Singapore to help companies transform their businesses through a combination of deep industry experience and innovative technologies.
 
IoT Security Foundation launched in London
The Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) officially launched last week in London and set out its plans to respond to rising concerns surrounding cyber-security problems in IoT.
 
Technology integration needed in real-time location market, says study
Technology integration will be vital in the real-time location market to meet expanding tracking and monitoring requirements and ensure interoperability, according to market watcher Frost & Sullivan.
 
Harting RFID antenna goes round the bend
German company Harting has developed a unique type of RFID antenna that uses a coaxial travelling-wave concept to offer users a compact package with complete flexibility in the design of RF reading zones.