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M2M Industry News Archives: December 2015

IMC announces Telit CMO Alexander Bufalino as new chair
The IoT M2M Council (IMC) has selected Alexander Bufalino, CMO of Telit, as its new chairman. Bufalino assumes his leadership role in the IMC just as it crosses the milestone of 15,000 members, making it the largest and fastest-growing trade group in the field.
Wyless backs 2G through T-Mobile till 2020
IoT managed services provider Wyless has joined the growing number of companies saying they will support 2G connectivity via T-Mobile's network in the USA until the end of 2020. This is important for Wyless' 2G GSM customer base that can now operate without interruption while crafting a long-term migration plan to 4G LTE.
Five industrial IoT predictions for 2016: The game is changing
M2M wireless networking company FreeWave Technologies has announced five bold industrial IoT (IIoT) predictions for 2016. The Colorado-based company sees the internet of things pushing the bounds of possibility, disrupting traditional business models.
Apple and Google veterans unveil Afero IoT connectivity platform
Mobile and hardware veterans from Google, Apple and Nest have unveiled Afero, a platform that is said to bring a higher level of connectivity and security to the IoT, both inside and outside the home.
Gooee multi-protocol gateway to be unveiled at CES
California-based smart lighting start-up Gooee has developed a multi-protocol enterprise IoT gateway that connects lighting and sensing devices to its cloud platform. It will get its first public showing at next month’s CES in Las Vegas.
EnOcean and Zigbee alliances join forces to develop open specifications
The Zigbee Alliance and energy harvesting group EnOcean Alliance are working together to develop open, global specifications for energy harvesting wireless communications technology that will help meet growing demand for interoperable, self-powered IoT sensors.
ACMA proposes changes to aid M2M deployment in Australia
Operators of M2M wireless communications links in Australia could find it easier to access spectrum under proposed changes to regulatory arrangements released this week.
ITU and Georgia Tech collaborate on IoT standards
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have agreed to monitor global IoT activities and collaborate on developing standards.
Fiorano updates messaging broker for M2M communications
Fiorano Software, a provider of enterprise integration and messaging infrastructure technology, has announced general availability of Fiorano MQTT, an enterprise scale MQTT message broker.
GSMA to accelerate LPWA market following 3GPP standards agreement
The GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative is working to accelerate the development of the LPWA low power wide area market now that standards have been accepted by 3GPP.
Cellular M2M subscriber numbers jumped 23% in 2015, says Berg

The global number of cellular M2M subscribers increased by 23 per cent during 2015 to reach 265.2 million at the end of the year, according to analyst Berg Insight. East Asia was the largest regional market with 90.4 million M2M subscribers.

IBM to make Munich global HQ for IoT business
IBM will make Munich the global headquarters for its push to build out the industrial internet, capitalising on a critical mass of automotive, electronics, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing companies centred in southern Germany.
Cisco and Philips form alliance to bring IoT to office lighting
Philips and Cisco have formed a global strategic alliance to create value in energy savings, building efficiency and employee productivity, using the IoT in modern offices.
Semtech and ST Microelectronics collaborate on LoRa technology
Semtech and ST Microelectronics are collaborating to scale LoRa technology to meet high-volume demands of IoT applications. STM intends to use the technology to target IoT deployments by mobile network operators and large-scale private networks.
Silver Spring’s Starfish provides IPv6 network for IoT
Silver Spring Networks has announced Starfish, an international wireless IPv6 network service for the IoT. Starfish could enable commercial enterprises, cities, utilities and developers to access a reliable, secure and scalable IoT network service with service level agreements.
Chinese IoT enabler IngDan sets up office in San Francisco
IngDan, China’s largest IoT supply chain platform, has launched in the USA with offices in San Francisco and a vision to connect entrepreneurs in North America to the right suppliers at the right time, giving them the advantages previously enjoyed only by well-funded companies.
G&D helps Aeris remotely manage IoT devices
German technology provider Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is supplying California-based IoT company Aeris with plug-in and embedded SIMs and the corresponding over-the-air (OTA) management of the data contained within those SIMs to support the Aeris cellular network.
Application registry launched to advance open M2M development
A registry to accelerate the adoption of open M2M systems has been developed by Iconectiv under the auspices of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and based on the work of the OneM2M global standard initiative.
Asia-Pacific leads IoT spending growth, says IDC
Worldwide spending on the IoT will grow at a 17.0% CAGR from $698.6bn in 2015 to nearly $1.3tn in 2019, according to IDC. On a geographic basis, Asia-Pacific is the clear leader when it comes to IoT spending with more than 40% of the worldwide total.
Orbcomm plans launch of OG2 satellites this week
SpaceX is planning to conduct the static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket this week, which will launch eleven next generation OG2 satellite as part of Orbcomm's second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Redpine module supports multiple wireless protocols

Redpine Signals has launched what it claims is the world’s first wireless microcontroller module with built-in support for Wifi, Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee.

Intel plans IoT extravaganza at CES
Intel will showcase IoT innovations shaping technology's future at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And the chip giant’s CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver a keynote address on what's next in consumer technology
LoRa and Sigfox go head-to-head at IMC AGM
Sigfox and LoRaWan came head-to-head in a low-power wireless network debate at last week’s IoT M2M Council (IMC) AGM in London, with Actility’s VP of marketing Nicolas Jordan acting as proponent for LoRaWan against Sigfox’s North American president Allen Proithis.
Microsoft makes Windows 10 IoT Core available to all device builders
Microsoft is making the Windows 10 IoT Core available to all device builders and has introduced a Core Pro version.
Verizon announces Cat1 LTE network for IoT
Verizon has announced what it claims is world's first Cat1 LTE network features for the IoT. The company has also expanded its ThingSpace platform
Numerex provides path from 2G to LTE, bypassing 3G
Numerex has announced that it will continue to support IoT customers with 2G network connectivity until 2020 via the T-Mobile US network. This aims to give companies time to plan for LTE migration in the future.
Millions of IoT devices still at risk from bug fixed three years ago
More than six million IoT devices are still at risk from remote code execution attacks due to vulnerabilities that were fixed three years ago, according to mobile threats analyst Veo Zhang.
Xiaomi battles Apple for number two place in wearables market
China is the fastest growing wearables market and Chinese vendors are now challenging for the top positions, according to a report from IDC. A quarter after Apple debuted as the number two wearables vendor worldwide, Chinese vendor Xiaomi finished the third quarter of 2015 as a strong contender for this position.
ST Microelectronics helps IoT developers in China
ST Microelectronics has scored a double IoT win in China with its STM32 Nucleo development kit with it being used by both Peking University’s School of Electronics Engineering & Computer Science and for the Xiao Gang Pao IoT development system by Juma, an IoT software platform company.
NXP and Zentri partner on cloud connectivity kit

NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a cloud connectivity kit to reduce time-to-market for deploying IoT products. And the Dutch company has also completed its takeover of Freescale.

Kore backs 2G for M2M till 2020 by supporting T-Mobile network extension
Managed wireless network services provider Kore plans to support existing M2M and IoT devices operating on its network through T-Mobile’s 2G network extension until 2020. This will give users and providers more time to transition their in-service investments to LTE.
Ericsson and Orange trial IoT over GSM and LTE
Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson and mobile network operator Orange have begun trials of optimised, low-cost, low-complexity devices and enhanced network capabilities for mobile IoT over GSM and LTE.
Libelium integrates IBM platform to speed IoT development
Spanish company Libelium has integrated the IBM Bluemix Cloud platform with Waspmote wireless sensors to enable developers to build, run and manage applications based on data streams from Waspmote and Plug & Sense connected sensor devices.
Innovation shines at Sigfox IoT hackathon in San Francisco
Projects using acoustic waves, machine learning, GPS tracking and increasing efficiency of municipal equipment were named winners of last month’s Sigfox hackathon in San Francisco for IoT applications.
Wearables exhibit to be three times larger at CES
The wearables marketplace and related lifestyle exhibit areas at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have more than tripled in size since last year.
Morpho and Telit test e-call system in Russia
A specialised embedded SIM developed by French company Morpho (Safran) has been tested with Telit’s 2G, 3G and 4G cellular IoT modules for deployment in an emergency road assistance project in Russia.
Flypro raises $13m to boost drone development
Flypro Aerospace Tech, the first company in China to specialise in research and development of intelligent UAVs for use by consumers as a hobby or a sport, has completed its series A round of fundraising with $13m from Yihua Capital.
Fortinet warns of increased attacks on IoT systems
Malicious tactics and strategies will create unique challenges for IoT and cloud vendors and organisations alike next year, according to predictions from FortiGuard Labs, the threat research division of California-based cybersecurity company Fortinet.
Antenova launches LTE antenna for multiple bands
Antenova, UK-based manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the IoT, has introduced Lucida, an SMD antenna for all LTE applications, including MIMO systems.