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M2M Industry News Archives: June 2017

LoRa winning battle over Sigfox, say Anglia IoT conference delegates

LoRa is winning the LPWAN battle over Sigfox, according to delegates at last week’s Anglia IoT conference at Old Trafford, home of the famous Manchester United football club.
GSMA celebrates NB-IoT rollouts at MWC Shanghai

At this week’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai, the GSMA announced its Mobile IoT Initiative had taken off with multiple commercial rollouts of LPWAN by several of the world’s leading mobile operators.
T-Mobile certifies Telit module for IoT Access packs

T-Mobile has certified an LTE Cat 1 IoT module from Italian company Telit for use on its US 4G LTE network. The LE910-NA1 has also been added as an option for T-Mobile's IoT Access packs.
Inmarsat sees IoT lead for digital transformation

The IoT has become the leading technology for digital transformation and is the number one priority for 92 per cent of organisations, according to satellite communications company Inmarsat.
Telefónica and NetComm Wireless sign global IoT deal

NetComm Wireless and Telefónica have entered a global IoT device supply agreement.
Numerex helps PetroChoice monitor 6000 tanks

Numerex is to help Pennsylvania-based petroleum distributor PetroChoice monitor more than 6000 tanks nationwide. This will use the New York company’s iTank application.
Thuraya service supports M2M in UAE

UAE telco Thuraya Telecommunications has launched a service to support high volume, high throughput M2M applications powered by its real-time, two-way IP network.
Researcher proposes blockchain go-between to secure IoT

A computing expert from a UK university has found a way to use an intermediary between blockchain technology and IoT devices and networks to increase security.
Lattice reference designs bring intelligence to the edge

Reference designs from Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor can help accelerate the development of products for LoRa communications.
IoT brings better communications to sports fans

The IoT can help sports fans and their teams keep in touch thanks to a development by New York technology company Qwasi Media.


MetTel IoT SIM searches out strongest signal
New York telecoms service provider MetTel has introduced an IoT SIM that intelligently roams to identify and automatically connect to the strongest signal globally.
Deutsche Telekom opens NB-IoT network to help start-ups

Deutsche Telekom’s start-up incubator Hub:Raum has launched the Warp NB-IoT programme that lets start-ups and growing companies join an NB-IoT network to help commercialise projects across Europe.
IoT spending to top $800bn this year, says IDC
Worldwide spending on the IoT will grow 16.7% year over year in 2017, reaching just over $800bn, according to the International Data Corporation. And it reckons that by 2021 global IoT spending will total nearly $1.4tn
Telefónica and Huawei partner on NB-IoT lab in Chile

Spanish telco Telefónica and Chinese electronics giant Huawei are planning an open IoT laboratory in Chile to work on the development of products and applications related to NB-IoT technology.
Laird joins IoT M2M Council

Laird, one of the most influential providers of hardware, testing and design products for the IoT technology sector, has joined the IoT M2M Council, the largest and fastest-growing trade group representing the global IoT sector.
Comms365 takes LoRa route to end-to-end IoT
Comms365 is using LoRaWan to integrate its M2M and 4G services to offer a complete end-to-end IoT for enterprise and SME users.
Zvelo monitors devices connected to IoT networks

The beta release of Zvelo’s IoT security system automatically discovers and recognises any type of internet-connected device introduced to a network, constantly monitoring for irregular behaviour.
Antenova antenna works on metal surfaces

Antenova is shipping a 2.4GHz antenna called Zenon, the first in the UK company’s Reflector series. These have been engineered to operate without de-tuning on metal surfaces or where the product housing is mainly metal.

BT, Intercede and Imagination collaborate on IoT security
British Telecom is collaborating with fellow UK companies Intercede and Imagination Technologies on IoT security with a disruptive home gateway architecture that was shown at this week’s Innovation 2017 event in Ipswich.
Orbcomm acquires telematics firm Inthinc

Satellite M2M company Orbcomm has acquired the assets of Inthinc, a Utah-based provider of fleet management and driver safety services to industrial enterprises.
Mercedes F1 team challenges fans to come up with IoT ideas

World champion Formula One team Mercedes wants fans to come up with IoT-based ideas that can help it win more races.
Amazon opens Greengrass to all IoT users
Amazon Web Services’ Greengrass Linux runtime software, which lets users run AWS compute, messaging, data caching and sync capabilities on connected devices, is now available to all its customers.
Telit and Tele2 collaborate to remove SIM card from IoT devices
IoT enablers Telit and Tele2 have jointly introduced a cellular module-embedded technology that can act as a replacement or complement for manufacturers of cellular-connected devices using traditional SIM card and tray.
Kerlink and MyDevices form LoRaWan integration
IoT networking companies Kerlink and MyDevices are integrating their complementary technologies to accelerate design and launch of LoRaWan-based IoT smart applications and services.
African start-up launches IoT enabled smart booths

African start-up MBora this month launched its IoT and solar enabled smart booths to provide sales and operational capabilities for mobile operators, mobile money operators, banks and micro-insurers in Africa.
Imec creates RFID tag and reader for curved surfaces

Research agency Imec has demonstrated a plastic 12bit RFID tag and read-out system with screen-printed circuitry that allows implementation of the reader on curved surfaces.
Lantronix and Tech Data partner on IoT deployment

California-based Lantronix is partnering with Florida’s Tech Data to help customers speed their time to market when deploying IoT offerings.


Darpa picks Intel for big data and machine learning
Intel has been selected by US defence agency Darpa to collaborate on the development of a data-handling and computing platform that will leverage machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques.
Microsoft banks on Cloud Academy for Azure IoT training

Microsoft has turned to Cloud Academy to create online training content to help get developers up to speed building apps on the Azure IoT platform.
Bell rings in LTE-M changes in Canada
Bell is to launch an LTE-M network to support the increasing use of IoT devices on low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) in Canada.
Fujitsu applies blockchain to secure IoT data

Fujitsu has developed blockchain software to create secure data exchange networks that can handle the spread of technologies such as the IoT.
Ingenu takes Machine Network to Nigeria
Upland Global Wireless Technology is deploying Ingenu’s RPMA network in Nigeria.
ZTE and Telenet partner on 5G and IoT
Chinese telecoms company ZTE and Belgian cable broadband service provider Telenet have signed a strategic partnership agreement on 5G and IoT
Oulu University and Helvar test 5G IoT lighting
As part of a Finnish research project, Helvar and Oulu University have made the first successful lighting control trial over a 5G test network.
Security breaches hit nearly half US firms using IoT

Nearly half of US firms using an IoT network have been hit by a recent security breach, which can cost up to 13% of smaller companies’ annual revenues, according to survey data from consulting firm Altman Vilandrie.

IBM and Cisco form force to tackle cybercrime
Two of the world’s biggest technology companies – Cisco and IBM – are working together to address the growing global threat of cybercrime. The two will collaborate closely across products, services and threat intelligence for the benefit of their customers.
Nevada aims to have first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle network

Nevada looks set to have the first statewide vehicle-to-vehicle network in the USA following a collaboration with Israeli company Nexar.
Ericsson and Batelco conduct 5G IoT trial in Bahrain
Telco Batelco and Ericsson have conducted Bahrain's first 5G trial to drive innovation for IoT applications using the next-generation mobile network technology.
Inmarsat starts IoT education programme in Africa
Satellite communications company Inmarsat has started an IoT education programme, a range of initiatives designed to educate and empower the next generation of students and entrepreneurs in Africa.
Cisco big data analytics tackle human trafficking

Cisco is helping My Choices Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in India, use big data analytics to help alleviate human sex trafficking.
IoT platform market to see CAGR of 32%
The IoT platform market will grow at a CAGR of nearly 32% from 2017 to 2021, according to Reports & Reports.
Antenova antenna provides PCB flexibility for LPWAN

Antenova has introduced an SMD antenna that is physically smaller yet improves performance in the 863 to 870MHz and 902 to 928MHz bands. It directly targets the growing number of M2M and IoT applications using the LPWAN protocols.