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M2M Industry News Archives: June 2015

Novatel acquires Digicore for $87m to support IoT growth
Novatel Wireless is buying South African companyDigicore Holdings for US$87m to support its growth plans in the IoT market. The acquisition will add 325,000 Ctrack subscribers to the California company’s growing SaaS base.
Freescale makes world smallest claim for single-chip IoT module
Freescale Semiconductor introduced what it claims is the world’s smallest single chip module for the IoT at this week’s Freescale Technology Forum inAustin, Texas.
Microsoft backs China-USA IoT course with $40m funding
Two of the world’s leading research universities, the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, are partnering to create the Global Innovation Exchange, an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators.
Lora Alliance releases wireless WAN protocol for IoT
The Lora Alliance has released version one of its open specification for IoT communications over wireless wide area networks. Called LoraWan R1.0, the network architecture is a typical star-of-stars topology in which the gateways are a transparent bridge relaying messages between end devices and a central network server.
Sierra Wireless pays €14m for French MVNO MobiquiThings
Sierra Wireless is paying €14m to buy MobiquiThings, a mobile virtual network operator based in France, to expand its wireless connectivity and value-added services for European customers.
IBM helps Sogeti build hybrid cloud applications
Sogeti, a subsidiary of the French Cap Gemini Group, is to use IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform as a service (PaaS) to help developers and clients in 15 countries integrate and analyse data easier and more efficiently.
M2M and IoT popularity surges in Saudi Arabia, says IDC
The popularity of M2M and IoT applications is growing across Saudi Arabian organisations, especially with the increasing number of offerings emerging from systems integrators and telcos, according to IDC.
Half of developers lack skills and resources to develop IoT apps, says Harbor Research
Half of developers don’t have or are unsure if they have the necessary technology, skills or resources to deliver on IoT expectations,according to a survey by Harbor Research for Massachusetts-based Progress Software.
Dynamo launches £95m project to build IoT innovation centre in north east of England
An industry and local government collaboration – Dynamo – has announced its plan for a £95m Northern Institute for Technology & Business Exchange (NIT) in the north-east of England to include incubation space for start-ups and living labs to pilot smart city and IoT initiatives.
Senet completes $18m funding round for LPWAN development
New Hampshire based IoT and M2M company Senet has completed its $18m series A round. Fisk Ventures joins earlier investors Milestone Venture Partners, City Light Capital and Harbor Light Capital Partners as a major participant in Senet’s most recent fundraising offer.
Sigfox expands in Belgium and Denmark and is added to Samsung Artik platform
Sigfox has extended its IoT network to Belgium and Denmark. And Korean company Samsung has added Sigfox’s IoT protocol to its Artik platform and invested an undisclosed amount in the French company.
Dell opens IoT lab in Ireland and launches IoT gateway
Dell has opened adedicated IoT laboratory in Limerick, Ireland, as one of the bases for the company’s IoT division focused on bringing together end-to-end IoT products that span hardware, software and services.
SK Telecom introduces open IoT platform based on OneM2M
Korean operator SK Telecom has launched ThingPlug, an open IoT platform based on OneM2M standards, along with a web site to allow anyone to develop and use IoT services.
ITU forms study group to develop IoT standards
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has established a study group to address the standardisation requirements of IoT technologies, with an initial focus on IoT applications in smart cities.
French IoT start-up Actility raises $25m in funding round
French start-up Actility, a provider of network and managed information systems for the IoT market, has secured a $25m funding round led by Ginko Ventures.
Imagination and TSMC collaborate on advanced IoT IP platforms
Imagination Technologies and Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC are collaborating to develop a series of advanced IP subsystems for the IoT to accelerate time to market and simplify the design process for mutual customers.
Local councils in UK could save £400m by adopting M2M, says Vodafone
Local councils in the UK are missing potential savings of over £400m and the opportunity to improve the services they offer citizens by not capitalising on the benefits offered by M2M technologies, according to a survey by Vodafone.
Sierra Wireless smart modules reduce IoT development complexity
Sierra Wireless has introduced the next-generation of its smart wireless modules and announced an open hardware reference design, with an open interface standard adopted by three industry partners – Freescale, Linear Technologies and Texas Instruments.
Telematics lead way in pushing M2M forward, says Juniper Research
The telematics sector will continue to outperform all other M2M markets over the next five years in revenue terms, with one in five passenger vehicles connected globally by 2019, according to a report from Juniper Research.
Weightless-N smart city network goes live in London
A Weightless-N smart city network has gone live in London. The network, operating on Nwave technology, has been deployed by the Digital Catapult.
Microsoft and Toshiba partner on IoT products and services
Toshiba and Microsoft have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop jointly IoT products and services. Leveraging Microsoft’s Azure IoT cloud infrastructure, Toshiba aims to deliver sensor-data-driven applications in various market segments starting later this year.
Swatch chip brings Bluetooth Smart to any microcontroller
Swiss-based Swatch subsidiary EM Microelectronic has released the latest version of the EM9301 low-power Bluetooth Smart controller that supports Bluetooth 4.1, and is suitable for implementing Bluetooth Smart with any microcontroller, ASIC or electronic system.
Was Intel eyeing the Stratix 10 when it made its move for Altera?
Could Altera’s Stratix 10 be the jewel that Intel wanted when it announced last week’s planned US$16.7bn purchase of the California company? Even though details of the FPGAs and SoCs were only made public this week, Intel has known about them for some time – they use Intel technology and Intel is the exclusive foundry for Altera and thus has access to its roadmap.
Google in blue jeans: Levi project to create interactive clothing
Google and iconic jean maker Levi Strauss are working together to make interactive clothing.
Ericsson collaborates on IoT with Korean operator
Swedish company Ericsson has signed an MoU with South Korean operator KT for collaboration in IoT areas.
ARM subsystem speeds up customised chip development for IoT
Cambridge technology company ARM has unveiled a hardware subsystem to enable the fast and efficient development of customised chips for smart connected devices.
Rockchip device reduces Wifi power to that of Bluetooth LE
Rockchip, a Chinese fabless semiconductor company and mobile SoC provider, launched at last week’s Computex show in Taipei what it claims is the world’s lowest power Wifi technology.
Mojix acquires TierConnect to gain analytics capabilities
Los Angeles-based Mojix, a provider of wireless sensor network products, has acquired TierConnect and its subsidiary CodeRoad, the creator of an IoT platform recently launched as ViZix.
Computex keynote: Intel calls for tighter Taiwan ecosystem
The Taiwan ecosystem needs to work together and capture the opportunity to shape the future of computing, Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's client computing group, told delegates in his keynote speech to open last week’s Computex exhibition in Taipei.
Texas Instruments kit speeds development of IoT products
A development kit that enables easy and quick integration of sensor data with wireless cloud connectivity has been introduced by Texas Instruments.
Top trends for the internet of things
Frankfurt-based Software AG has released its picks for the top trends for the IoT. The overarching theme highlights the need for better regulation and security for widespread adoption.
Intel’s $16.7bn purchase of Altera targets IoT infrastructure
Intel is buying Altera for US$16.7bn as it seeks to take control of the California company’s FPGA products for use in IoT infrastructure applications.
Google aims operating systems at IoT
Google has launched an operating system aimed at IoT applications. Brillo includes features that make it particularly suitable for enterprise wide integration. The company has also partnered Infineon on gesture recognition technology
Avago to acquire Broadcom for $37bn
Avago Technologies has bid $37bn to acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77bn in enterprise value. Upon completion, the combined company will have annual revenues of approximately $15bn.
ARM and STM create IoT laboratory programme in China
ST Microelectronics and ARM have created an innovation laboratory initiative to promote their technologies in China.At Computex in Taipei, ARM unveiled a hardware subsystem to enable development of customised chips for smart connected devices.
Huawei launches software-defined IoT network
Huawei launched what it claims is the world’s first software-defined networking (SDN)-based agile IoT system at last month’s Huawei Network Congress in Beijing.
Cisco launches certification scheme for IoT and cloud engineers
To help enterprise professionals develop the key skills needed as a result of the IoT, Cisco has launched IoT and cloud-focused career certifications.
IYogi releases enterprise grade IoT platform for Microsoft Azure
New Delhi company IYogi has launched what it claims is the first enterprise grade IoT platform from India. Built on Microsoft Azure, the platform can scale to millions of devices.
T-Mobile and Sigfox to deploy IoT network in Czech Republic
T-Mobile, Blue Cell Network and Sigfox are partnering to bring a wireless network dedicated to the IoT to the Czech Republic. And Finland-based Bttn has chosen Sigfox’s global network to expand the reach of its buttons.
Hirschmann expands Iridium transceiver antenna family
Germany-based Hirschmann Solutions has expanded its ITAS Iridium transceiver antenna system family with the Iridium 9602 (N) modem for heavy-duty trucking and equipment markets.
Imagination and Elvees collaborate on next-generation video analytics
Russian firm Elvees and UK-based Imagination Technologies are working together to enable next-generation IoT services using video analytics, the processing and understanding of video streams.
IAR development toolchain updated for IoT applications
Swedish company IAR Systems has updated its Embedded Workbench development toolchain for 8051 by adding support for IoT-targeted microcontrollers as well as parallel build for shorten build times.