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M2M Industry News Archives: April 2017

Microsoft announces SaaS platform to simplify IoT deployment

Microsoft has announced IoT Central, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering to reduce the complexity of the IoT. The fully managed SaaS can enable IoT scenarios without requiring cloud expertise.
Samsung and KT to pilot NB-IoT in Seoul
Samsung Electronics and Korea Telecom are planning an NB-IoT pilot targeted at friendly users in Seoul and its metropolitan areas over a two-month period.
HPE and 5G Labs partner to bring IoT to vehicles
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is collaborating with the 5G Lab Germany consortium to bring the IoT to autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
IBM helps Indian institute measure water quality

The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management in Kerala and IBM have developed a real-time water quality management system.
Wisekey centre to deploy IoT blockchain as a service
Wisekey plans to establish an IoT blockchain centre of excellence in Switzerland aiming to deploy a trusted blockchain as a service platform.
Linux Foundation forms open source project for IoT edge computing
At this week’s Hannover Messe, the Linux Foundation announced EdgeX Foundry, an open source project to build a common open framework for IoT edge computing.
Multi-Tech brings LoRa to US universities

Multi-Tech Systems has launched a nationwide IoT programme for schools and universities in the USA. Based on LoRa, it will provide students with tools and education to learn and apply connectivity technologies.
IAR buys stake in Secure Thingz

Sweden’s IAR Systems has bought an initial ten per cent stake in California-based Secure Thingz as the two companies plan to work together to enable more secure, connected devices across their lifecycle.

AWS opens LEX to all users
The service will make it easier for developers to build smart voice activated cloud based services. Markets that could be affected include healthcare, home automation, industrial, insurance, and retail.
Cisco, Bosch reveal more on IoT-Blockchain
Cisco, Bosch, BNY Mellon, Gemalto and Foxconn have launched a registration API for IoT 'things' that supports the Ethereum, Quorum and Hyperledger blockchain implementations

HARMAN, IBM IoT Cognitive Rooms

HARMAN and IBM have launched Voice-Enabled Cognitive Rooms. The aim is to provide in-room concierge capabilities to simplify communication and automation in hospitals, hotels, conference rooms and control centres
PTC launches Kinex industrial IoT applications
PTC has launched a family of industrial IoT applications built on the company's ThingWorx platform. The Kinex product family is a new brand that will consist of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications designed to simplify companies' digital transformation and accelerate time to value
ABB buys automation specialist B&R

ABB is buying Austrian industrial controls and automation provider Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik (B&R). The acquisition is aimed at expanding ABB's robotics and industrial automation portfolio. The company has described the deal as positioning ABB to offer a complete range of products and software for industrial automation
Software AG IoT visualisation and modelling
German enterprise and industrial software company Software AG has launched a new version of its ARIS enterprise modelling and business process analysis tool that supports new features for IoT planning and design, as well as visual analytics tools
Cityzenith to launch Smart World in May
Cityzenith is set to officially launch its new Smart World software platform at the beginning of May. The all-in-one data platform developed by the creators of Google Earth for the urban and built environment will go live for users around the globe
Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Cyient partner on IoT predictive solutions

Cyient is collaborating with elevator company Thyssenkrupp to support its MAX platform. MAX is a real-time, cloud-based predictive maintenance solution for the elevator industry

Sigfox demonstrates IoT interoperability with compression technology
Sigfox has demonstrated IoT interoperability with internet compression technology, enabling LPWAN applications to run transparently over different IoT radio technologies.
AT&T offers resources to explore IoT possibilities
AT&T is launching a collection of IoT resources to help make it easier for providers to navigate the possibilities of IoT with their customers.
Nokia helps University of Technology Sydney develop IoT applications

Nokia has joined the University of Technology Sydney’s Rapido technology development unit to collaborate on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.
Ingenu network monitors fisheries

IoT connectivity company Ingenu will be enabling Orolia’s McMurdo Omnicom solar fishing beacon to assist in vessel communications and fisheries monitoring.
Telenor unveils IoT pilot to help start-ups

Telenor has unveiled an experimental IoT offering. Available free to Norway’s entrepreneurs and students, the Start IoT multi-city pilot aims to support entrepreneurship, boost innovation and help national competence building.
Sierra Wireless acquires GlobalTop’s GNSS module business

Sierra Wireless has completed the acquisition of nearly all the assets of Taiwanese company GlobalTop Technology’s GNSS embedded module business for around $3.2m.
OneM2M picks TTA as global test and certification partner
OneM2M has chosen the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) of South Korea as its global testing and certification organisation to help drive the certification of its standards.
Digi module delivers secure connection

Digi has announced general availability for its ConnectCore 6UL module platform for delivering a secure connected Linux-based NXP system-on-module with integrated 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

Verizon launches Cat M1 network across USA
Verizon has launched a nationwide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 network in the USA; it spans 6.2 million square kilometres.
Sigfox partners Kyocera to roll out network in Japan

Kyocera has started providing IoT services in Japan based on Sigfox. The service is available in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama and Osaka, with plans to add 36 major cities by early 2018 and nationwide by 2020.
AT&T brings IoT to Maxwell Air Force Base

AT&T is working with Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama to bring the power of IoT to its base operations and infrastructure.
Microsoft opens IoT laboratory in Munich

Microsoft has opened an IoT and AI Insider Laboratory in Munich, joining two others launched recently in Shenzhen, China, and Redmond, Washington.
Prison break for Orbcomm and Kevadiya

Kevadiya has selected Orbcomm to provide satellite communications services and hardware in support of the vehicle tracking programme within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
EEMBC and Prpl partner on IoT security by separation
Two industry trade bodies are partnering to advance the use of security-by-separation in IoT edge devices. The Prpl Foundation and the EEMBC aim to develop a hypervisor benchmark.
Electric Imp finds route to Japanese IoT developers through SoftBank
SoftBank is to sell Electric Imp’s IoT QuickStart line of products through +Style, a Japanese platform that supports IoT product development and prototyping.
Cellular IoT device shipments to top 500 million by 2022, says Berg
Global shipments of cellular IoT devices are to grow at a CAGR of 22.7 per cent from 155.6 million units in 2016 to reach 530.1 million units in 2022, according to Berg Insight.