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M2M Industry News Archives: January 2018

AT&T and Arrow Electronics collaborate on IoT

Arrow Electronics has announced a technology collaboration with the AT&T IoT Foundry in Plano, Texas. Established to help companies innovate with connected IoT services, the foundry serves as a collaborative workspace and incubation facility.

Deutsche Telekom NB-IoT network hits eight European countries and aims to be nationwide in USA by mid-year

Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT network is now live across eight European markets as well as the USA. The company is pressing ahead with nationwide rollout of its low-power machine network in the USA by mid-year and in many of its European markets by the end of 2018.

Amazon Go in Seattle uses machine learning to replace checkout

Amazon Go's new retail store opened its doors this week in downtown Seattle with the promise to revolutionise the way physical stores can operate. There is no checkout so shoppers do not have to queue.

Digi acquires Accelerated Concepts for $17m

Digi International has acquired Accelerated Concepts, a provider of secure, enterprise-grade, LTE cellular networking equipment for primary and backup connectivity applications, for $17m.

Exfo helps China Mobile prepare for NB-IoT

Canadian testing company Exfo is helping China Mobile prepare its network for NB-IoT.

Skills shortage holding back IoT innovation in agriculture

Skills shortages in the agriculture sector are holding back IoT innovation, according to satellite communications company Inmarsat. Its research found that more than 60 per cent of agritech businesses need additional skilled employees to take full advantage of opportunities offered by the IoT.

U-Blox module combines Cat M1, NB-IoT and quad-band 2G

U-Blox has announced an LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT and quad band 2G (EGPRS) module with worldwide coverage. Measuring 16 by 26mm, it is claimed to be the world's smallest to provide both LTE and quad band EGPRS support in a single design.

ASR licenses Ceva IP for NB-IoT range

ASR Microelectronics of Shanghai has licensed multiple Ceva technologies for its upcoming system-on-chip products for NB-IoT edge devices.

T-Mobile offers NB-IoT service for $6 a year

T-Mobile has announced a nationwide NB-IoT service in the USA for $6 a year. It has also certified NB-IoT modules from U-Blox and Sierra Wireless for use on the network.

Telit module becomes first to get Telstra Cat-M1 approval

Telit has become the first company to certify an LTE IoT Cat-M1 module with Australian telco Telstra.

Aeris and Mach Networks collaborate on 4G LTE IoT

California companies Aeris and Mach Networks are working together to offer 4G LTE IoT connectivity for small and mid-sized businesses and enterprises, Christina Richards (pictured), Aeris vice president, announced this week.

Verizon turns to Fhoosh for cyber security

Cyber-security company Fhoosh is enhancing the Verizon SDP software defined perimeter service with fast end-to-end data protection. This is scalable and can be deployed to protect an organisation’s ecosystem.

Digi routers allow migration to 4G IoT

Digi has introduced the TransPort family of routers equipped with RF modules that let users migrate their IoT products from legacy 2G and 3G networks to high-speed 4G networks with devices specifically built for vertically-focused IoT applications.

Tuya upgrades IoT platform for US market

China-based Tuya Smart has upgraded its IoT platform including making a version targeting the US market that helps manufacturers transform standard products into IoT products within days and upgrade traditional supply chains with artificial intelligence.

CES sees Antenova launch all-in-one GNSS antenna

Antenna maker Antenova launched a compact, all-in-one active GNSS antenna at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Semtech uses CES to announce LoRa chipsets

Semiconductor company Semtech announced its latest LoRa devices and wireless RF technology chipsets at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Top ten mobile operators control 76% of cellular IoT market

The top ten global mobile operator groups have a combined market share of 76 per cent in cellular IoT, according to Berg Insight. China Mobile is number one with Vodafone second.

Agricultural IoT start-up FieldIn secures $4m funding

Israeli start-up FieldIn has completed a $4m funding round. The company connects IoT devices to a data analytics platform to give growers control over their farming operations.

Smart pet bed goes walkies at CES

Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was not just for humans. Petrics, a North Carolina-based pet health technology start-up, launched what it claims is the world's first smart pet bed, activity tracker, and pet health and nutrition app.

Intel CES keynote shows power of data

In his opening keynote to this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (pictured) highlighted how data are transforming the world around us and driving the next great wave of technology innovation, from autonomous driving to artificial intelligence to virtual reality and other immersive media.

Samsung lays out IoT vision at CES

Samsung spent $14bn on R&D in 2017 and has been working to make all Samsung products IoT ready by 2020, according to Hyunsuk Kim (pictured), president and head of Samsung Research, speaking at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Kerlink and Senet deploy LoRa network at CES

Some of the demonstration of IoT applications at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are taking place thanks to a partnership between New Hampshire based LPWAN company Senet and French IoT networking firm Kerlink.

Avnet cloud-based platform jump-starts IoT development

At CES, technology distributor Avnet announced its IoTConnect cloud-based software platform and a portfolio of smart, market-ready connectivity products built around the platform to help organisations jump-start development of IoT-enabled systems and services.

HPE, PTC and Wind River back IMC RFP programme

Three of the biggest software vendors in IoT – Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), PTC and Intel subsidiary Wind River – have agreed to join the IoT M2M Council's (IMC) fledgling template RFP programme for IoT software platforms, being presented this week at CES.

NTT Docomo turns to Sequans for LTE-M technology

French chip maker Sequans Communications is helping Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo accelerate the development of LTE-M devices and applications on its network.

MultiTech achieves LTE Cat M1 device approval for AT&T network

Multi-Tech Systems, a US manufacturer of M2M and IoT communication devices, has announced the first devices approved for use on the AT&T LTE-M network.

Ayla offers IoT consulting package for developers

IoT platform-as-a-service provider Ayla Networks has unveiled a set of services aimed at helping manufacturing, retail, telecoms, medical equipment and other companies optimise the business outcomes of their IoT offerings.

Ceva brings artificial intelligence to IoT at CES

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ceva announced processors that use artificial intelligence to improve deep learning at the edge for IoT devices.

Data must be linked, warns OneM2M chair at CES

Smart wearables, connected cars and machines, consumer electronics, and smart city deployments will only deliver true value to consumers if there is a horizontal linking of data, OneM2M’s technical plenary chair Omar Elloumi warned this week ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Mining firms back IoT, says Inmarsat

Businesses in the mining industry are backing the IoT to help them retain their market share, as competition in the sector intensifies, the quality of seams decreases and profit margins are put under pressure, according to research from Inmarsat.

Arrow acquires eInfochips to expand IoT offering

Arrow Electronics has acquired eInfochips so it can add the Snapbricks IoT framework to its IoT design services and benefit from eInfochips' 1500 IoT architects, ASIC and embedded engineers, and software development resources.

Cisco survey finds IoT firms need to address trust issues

Cisco has surveyed 3000 consumers and found that businesses need to address consumer trust issues to increase confidence and accelerate IoT adoption.

Chronicled and Qtum combine blockchain and IoT

California-based Chronicled is working with Singapore’s Qtum Foundation to combine the IoT with blockchain technology, developing real-world use cases integrating smart devices with a secure distributed ledger back end.

Zigbee makes Dotdot IoT language available over Thread

The Zigbee Alliance has made the Dotdot specification available over Thread’s IP network. This lets developers use an established, open and interoperable IoT language over a low-power wireless IP network.

Infrastructure Pavilion to focus IoT at CES

The IoT Infrastructure Pavilion at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas looks set to be a focus for IoT activity at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. The pavilion is being run by the IoT M2M Council (IMC).

Huawei acknowledges security vulnerability in router

Huawei has confirmed that a security vulnerability exists in its HG532 router that could let an attacker send malicious packets to launch an attack. This could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code.

ABI sees investments in IoT security rising as market matures

The maturity of IoT security technology is on the rise in industrial settings, transport and automotive, government and public services, according to ABI Research.

GNS IoT badge protects high-security environments

Global Net Solutions has unveiled an IoT-based security system to improve safety and tackle insider threats and breaches in high security environments, such as airports, hospitals, school districts, college campuses and government agencies.

MTS opens NB-IoT lab in Moscow

Russian telco MTS has launched an open NB-IoT lab in Moscow to demonstrate and trial a wide range of IoT services, bringing together IoT suppliers and customers to stimulate growth in the market.

Kerlink provides Proximus with 800 LoRaWan stations

French IoT networking company Kerlink will provide Proximus with 800 more stations for its LoRaWan IoT network in Belgium.

IoT-enabled centre in India monitors cell towers remotely

Operations management services company Cyient has opened an IoT-enabled tower operations centre at its headquarters in Hyderabad, India, to monitor and manage all passive network components of cell towers remotely.

Singapore foundation brings blockchain to Asian IoT markets

SixDomainChain Foundation, a Singapore-based IoT blockchain organisation, has launched the SDChain Initiative to serve east Asian IoT markets with blockchain 4.0 technology.

X-Fab memory technology suits energy harvesting and IoT

German electronics company X-Fab has introduced memory technology optimised for energy harvesting and IoT devices in harsh environments.