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M2M Industry News Archives: April 2018

Alibaba works with car makers to connect vehicles to homes

Daimler, Audi and Volvo have become the first car makers to add Alibaba’s smart-home voice assistant Tmall Genie to the range of smart devices compatible with their connected car apps.

Sony partners Carnegie Mellon University on AI and robotics research

Japanese electronics giant Sony is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics research.

Etisalat launches IoT gateway

UAE communications group Etisalat has launched an IoT gateway to connect its customers’ remote organisational assets securely to the enterprise network, giving them flexibility and efficiency in managing their connected assets.

Wisekey and Stimio announce partnership at Hannover Messe

At this week’s Hannover Messe in Germany, cyber-security and IoT company Wisekey announced its partnership with Stimio to provide end-to-end secure IoT by combining Stimio's Stim-Mod IoT hardware platform with Wisekey's IoT security framework.

Bebop Sensors closes $10m funding round

California-based smart fabric sensors company Bebop Sensors has closed a $10m+ series A funding round led by Bullpen Capital. With millions of sensors in daily use, Bebop designs, manufactures and delivers smart fabric sensors to Fortune 500 companies in the health, automotive, IoT and AR-VR markets.

Aeris deploys IoT to track divers

Aeris is helping the IoT make a splash in the diving community with a smart IoT-enabled device that can track a diver’s position and dive history and send an emergency alert to somebody on land if trouble occurs out at sea.

IMC journal covers IoT law and public policy

The International Journal of IoT Law & Public Policy, a journal that will cover how governments around the world are regulating and incentivising the nascent IoT technology sector, will be available this month from the IoT M2M Council (IMC).

Microsoft and Mediatek design IoT chip with built-in security

Microsoft is working with Taiwanese company Mediatek to deliver the first ever Azure Sphere chip for IoT applications with built-in security and connectivity.

HPE acquires Cape Networks to grow AI capability

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buying privately-held Cape Networks, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and San Francisco, to expand its artificial intelligence (AI) networking capabilities.

Semtech uses LoRa to provide smart water in Spain

Spanish IoT services company IoTsens has integrated Semtech LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology into its smart water platform.

Telit helps Otodata expand in USA

Wireless connectivity company Telit is helping Otodata, Canada's largest IoT network operator, with more than 300,000 clients, expand into the US market.

Qualcomm vision platform purpose-built for IoT

Qualcomm has announced a vision intelligence platform, featuring the California company's first family of systems-on-chip purpose-built for the IoT using its 10nm FinFet process technology.

Deutsche Telekom invests in IoT start-up Axionize

Deutsche Telekom has invested in Axonize, an Israeli start-up specialising in IoT services based on Microsoft Azure. The $6m round A was led by Israeli Venture Capital firm Meron Capital.

Wisekey forms joint venture to enter Chinese market

Swiss cyber-security and IoT firm Wisekey is entering the Chinese market through a joint venture with China Bridge Capital, an investor in technology companies.

Maxim chips increase sensor life and functionality

Designers of IoT sensors, environmental sensors, smartwatches, medical and preventive health wearables, and other size-constrained devices can increase battery life and functionality using microcontrollers from Maxim Integrated.

Microsoft to invest $5bn in IoT

Microsoft is to invest $5bn in the IoT over the next four years as it aims to give all its customers the ability to transform their businesses, and the world at large, with connectivity.

Intel sells Wind River to TPG

Intel is selling its embedded software subsidiary Wind River to private equity investment firm TPG for an undisclosed amount. Wind River president Jim Douglas and his existing executive management team will continue to lead the firm after the transaction closes.

Philips launches IoT platform for connected lighting

Philips Lighting, which has just changed its name to Signify, has announced an IoT platform called Interact that will let its professional users unlock the potential of connected lighting.

Particle acquires Chinese IoT company RedBear

California-based Particle, which claims to have the most widely used IoT platform, has acquired RedBear, an IoT hardware development company based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China.

CES becomes gathering point for IoT buyers

Audits of attendees to the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas indicate that the event has become one of the world's largest gathering points for IoT buyers, according to the IoT M2M Council (IMC).

Telit and AddSecure form IoT partnership

Italian company Telit and Stockholm-based AddSecure have formed an IoT partnership targeting smart cities, smart grids, alarm security and other mission-critical applications.

Fujitsu opens blockchain research centre in Brussels

Japanese ICT company Fujitsu has opened a blockchain innovation centre in Brussels to help change the way consumers and enterprises buy, sell and exchange goods and services and for organisations to transform their commercial and operational models.

Digi axes 60 jobs as it outsources manufacturing

IoT connectivity company Digi is to cut 60 jobs at its Eden Prairie plant in Minnesota as it moves product production to contract manufacturers.