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M2M Industry News Archives: April 2016

AT&T partners Globecomm on IoT satellite connectivity, Otis, SunPower on Smart Buildings
AT&T is partnering Globecomm to offer IoT customers fallback satellite connectivity. In separate deals, AT&T is also partnering SunPower on connecting smart home solar energy systems, a move that will extend Bright Green technology into US homes, and with elevator and industrial equipment vendor Otis, including on smart building and security technologies.
Deutsche Telekom partners GE, launches IoT ecosystem
Deutsche Telekom has announced a series of new platforms, partners and packages for the Internet of Things, marking the German telecom operator’s push into the IoT ecosystem. The company’s partners in IoT include GE, Microsoft, SAP and Huawei.
European wearables pilot to improve mental health
An EU connected health project, involving hospitals, universities and vendors from all over the continent, has launched in London to investigate how wearable technologies and cloud based IoT data streaming analytics could improve the lives of people with major mental health disorders.
Nokia buys Withings to enter connected health market
Finnish telecommunications equipment provider Nokia is buying French connected health developer Withings SA in a move aimed at entering the market for digital health products and services.
Cumulocity partners Cisco Jasper on IoT services
IoT application platform provider Cumulocity is partnering with Cisco Jasper, Cisco’s IoT Cloud Business Unit, to streamline the delivery of IoT services and applications through connected devices.
Toyota picks Michigan for third driverless car lab
Car maker Toyota has chosen the University of Michigan as the site of its third driverless car research centre.
Hyundai Motor and Cisco partner on connected car

Korean car maker Hyundai Motor is partnering Cisco to develop connected car technology. The collaboration will focus on developing high-speed in-vehicle networks.

Orbcomm acquires Skygistics to extend African footprint
M2M satellite company Orbcomm is to acquire Skygistics and its South African and Australian subsidiaries. Based outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Skygistics provides satellite and cellular connectivity options as well as telematics products centred around the management of remote and mobile assets.
Hitachi invests ¥100bn in IoT platforms
Japanese company Hitachi plans to strengthen the development and establishment of IoT platforms as part of efforts to expand its digital business. The services and platforms business unit, whose global headquarter has been newly established in California, will invest ¥100bn in this initiative over the next three years.
IBM and USC open $25m centre for IoT research

The University of South Carolina and IBM have opened a $25m IoT research centre in Columbia, South Carolina. The centre will support university, IBM and private sector researchers, including Fluor.
Nokia and Türk Telekom partner to push 5G and IoT development
Nokia and Türk Telekom have signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the development of 5G radio access network technology and the applications that will drive the internet of things. Türk Telekom will make its network infrastructure available to Nokia for real-time testing to accelerate the introduction of 5G in Turkey.
Qorvo buys GreenPeak to boost IoT offering
Qorvo, a North Carolina-based provider of core technologies and RF for mobile, infrastructure and defence applications, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Dutch company GreenPeak Technologies, which specialises in low power, short range RF communications technology.
Taiwan forms IoT alliance to help local enterprises
The Asia IoT Alliance (AIoTA) was established last week and is Taiwan’s first non-profit IoT organisation to partner with the international Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
From stand-alone to IoT – a practical route for the OEM
Dennis Poulsen from Spirent presents a vision of an IoT ecosystem without today’s limitations, one that promises device makers a far simpler, more flexible and cost-effective way to build in connectivity.
NXP back harmonisation of smart mobility technology
Dutch electronics giant NXP Semiconductor has given a big thumbs-up to European traffic ministers signing the Declaration of Amsterdam with the aim of harmonising standards in EU for driving smart mobility technology.
IoT investments topped $31bn in five years, says Ovum

Telco and tech firms spent over US$31bn on IoT-related investments and acquisitions between 2011 and 2015, according to research from Ovum.

Sigfox makes Middle East breakthrough with Oman deal
More than 85 per cent of Oman’s population should have access to the Sigfox network within 18 months following a deal with Omantel, the sultanate’s leading provider of integrated telecoms services. This extends the Sigfox IoT network to 17 countries and the Middle East.
Plat.One launches accelerator for IoT connected products
At this week’s Smart IoT event in London, Plat.One released Product.One, an accelerator for IoT connected products. Designed to supercharge the provisioning and management of connected products, it is aimed at home and commercial use.
Tele2 partners Sisteer to strengthen IoT role in France
Swedish operator Tele2 is strengthening its presence and offering for IoT implementations in France by signing a strategic partnership with Sisteer.
Fifth of consumers fear M2M could see machines taking over the world
One in five consumers are worried that M2M technology could lead to machines taking over the world, according to a survey of more than 5000 mobile users by trade body Mobile Ecosystem Forum.
Partnership brings UK M2M technology to Philippines

Philippines-based TouchMedia is to become a reseller of IoT services from UK IoT connectivity provider M2M Intelligence to develop opportunities in sectors ranging from utilities to automotive and telecommunications.
Advantech kit helps companies jumpstart IoT development
An IoT gateway starter kit can help companies jumpstart innovation with a reliable platform and open gateway technologies. Introduced by Taiwanese company Advantech, the package includes a ready-to-run system, IoT software platform service, software development kit and technical support.
Humera Malik wins Women of M2M and IoT award
Humera Malik, founder of Canadian company Dat-uh, has won the annual Women of M2M and IoT award, which was presented this month at the Connected World Conference in San Francisco.
Antenova expands M2M antenna design facility in Taiwan

Antenova has expanded its design and development facility in the Nei Hu District technology quarter in Taipei, Taiwan in direct response to the increasing demand from customers for antennas for M2M and IoT applications.
Mindtree stack and suite add cloud connectivity to IoT products

Bangalore-based Mindtree has launched an IPv6 stack and smart mesh suite for Bluetooth Smart that should help equipment manufacturers and semiconductor companies add seamless cloud connectivity to IoT products.

Microsoft launches IoT Translators to Things platform
Microsoft has launched a middleware platform to allow developers to create IoT applications that can be used with multiple devices and processes
SIGFOX, Thinxtra extend IoT network to Australia, New Zealand
Communications provider SIGFOX and IoT network operator Thinxtra are partnering to extend the SIGFOX IoT network to Australia and New Zealand
Google generates wave of anti-IoT press with Nest shutdown
Google's announcement that it is closing down the Revolv service has generated a wave of negative press comment around the decision, with a reach over to home automation in general.
Arduino launches IoT website and manifesto
The Arduino open source microcontroller project has launched a website focused on the Internet of Things and a set of tutorials to help program Arduino boards for IoT functions.
Brocade buys Ruckus in move into IoT
Enterprise networking specialist Brocade is buying enterprise Wi-Fi networking vendor Ruckus in a move designed to expand Brocade’s position in workplace and industrial IoT environments as well as Smart Cities and Smart Buildings and other IoT segments.
Intel shakes up IoT leadership
Intel has announced that the head of its Internet of Things division, Doug Davis, is retiring from Intel at the end of 2016. Another top Intel executive, Kirk Skaugen, who heads the company’s Client Computing Group is also leaving the company
Siemens opens IoT security centres
Siemens has opened three security centres for the protection of installations and plant deploying IoT technologies.
SAP and Vodafone tie up on IoT
The collaboration aims to allow enterprises to connect and manage devices using Vodafone’s IoT connectivity platform and to collect and move data from the devices into the SAP HANA platform to support predictive maintenance as well as other use cases.
Microsoft expands Azure IoT service

The new capabilities include new services that will assist IoT and industrial computing, including serverless compute for event driven applications and embedded business intelligence (BI) functions

Wolff at the door of Asia-Pacific for Sigfox
Former Oberthur executive Roswell Wolff is to lead Sigfox’s push into the Asia-Pacific region. Based in the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Wolff will lead the company’s Asia-Pacific expansion and the deployment of the Sigfox global network across the whole Asia Pacific region within the next three years.
Kore and Orbcomm top M2M homeland security market
The top eight M2M vendors globally in the homeland security market are Kore, Orbcomm, Westminster Aviation Security Services, Seagull Maritime Security, Thales, Ensco, Northrop Grumman and DRS Technologies, according to a report from Technavio.
Qatar develops IoT platform for start-ups and enterprises
The first IoT platform developed in Qatar has been launched by the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center. The Labeeb IoT platform could play a significant role in enabling developers, start-ups and enterprises to develop and deploy new IoT services and applications
Amazon, Sigfox, Intel and LoRa Alliance among partners added to Relayr programme
German IoT provider Relayr has strengthened its IoT ecosystem by forming alliances with Amazon Web Services, BornGreen Technologies, C3-IoT, Dell, Devolo, Eseye, Ernst & Young, ESGI, Fast Lane, Intel, I-Ssockets, L&T Infotech, LoRa Alliance, Mawy, Neokami, NuLeds, SparkCognition, Senet, Sigfox, Teevr Data and Wirepas.
Kyocera extends software laboratory in IoT push
Japanese company Kyocera is strengthening its IoT business by expanding its software laboratory, opened in October last year. The laboratory combines hardware and software technologies including components for automotive, electronics and semiconductor applications, industrial cutting tools, printing devices and energy.
Scottish university uses M2M to track seal populations

Seals off Orkney in Scotland have become the first marine mammals to be connected to the IoT. Under a three-year, government-backed initiative, the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews will begin a study into the sharp decline in harbour seal populations.
IoT platform provider Verdigris raises $9m funding
Verdigris, which has an IoT platform that helps commercial facilities avoid downtime and reduce energy consumption, has raised $9m in financing.
NimbeLink introduces certified 4G LTE cat one embedded and external modems
NimbeLink has introduced what is claims is the industry’s first fully certified 4G LTE cat one embedded and external modems. The products extend the Minneapolis company’s line of Skywire cellular modems.