M2M Industry News Archives: March 2016
South Korean operator SK Telecom plans to invest KRW100bn by 2017 to boost its IoT business, including deploying LPWAN throughout the nation this year, developing IoT-dedicated modules and upgrading its ThingPlug IoT platform.
Trend Micro researchers have found a hole in the defences of the systems on chips (SoCs) produced by Qualcomm Snapdragon that, if exploited, allows root access. This would give hackers administrative authority over the hardware, which enables a wide range of nefarious possibilities.
Indian company Persistent Systems is working with IBM to improve and transform engineering processes to help engineers integrate massive amount of data from the IoT into product development.
The growth of the Sigfox network continued this week with two announcements – Wireless Logic will become Arqiva’s first UK reseller of Sigfox low power, wide area connectivity and Altice’s subsidiary SFR will integrate Sigfox connectivity in the group’s service offering in France and internationally.
Several hundreds of thousands of M2M connections in Europe, Asia, and North and South America will be made following Vodafone landing the contract to connect elevators from ThyssenKrupp.
Analog Devices has acquired Snap Sensor, a privately held Swiss company that specialises in vision sensing technologies. The acquisition will advance its position in sensing and signal processing and build upon platform-level IoT products.
Bosch has launched a competition for female engineers to find the best new applications for the IoT. The Between Us We Can campaign, which supports efforts to improve gender diversity within engineering, will include an online competition.
Despite the fast adoption of the internet of things, nearly three-quarters of consumers do not know how to secure their connected devices, according to research from BullGuard.
Dutch company Philips Lighting and telecoms giant Vodafone are working together to help city authorities worldwide implement street lighting systems that will be connected wirelessly, saving energy and making maintenance easier and more efficient.
Korean company Samsung Electronics is working with Silver Spring Networks to develop networked LED street lighting, helping cut costs and simplify connected lighting componentry for luminaire manufacturers. The announcement was made at this week’s Light + Building show in Frankfurt.
Bosch is launching its own cloud for IoT web-based services, aimed at connected mobility, industry and building markets. Bosch's IoT cloud aims to provide value added applications and analytics designed for each market, as well as ensure high levels of security and privacy.
Polish software company Comarch has forged a technology partnership in the fields of M2M and IoT with Nokia. The companies plan to collaborate in the domains of connectivity management platforms as well as vertical applications services for key industries.
UAE-based mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications has launched a dedicated M2M service and terminal that is available across its coverage area and for the first time over North America.
Standards body OneM2M has published updated editions of its release one global specifications, a development that promises to enable IoT interworking and create a foundation platform to interconnect IoT devices and applications.
Data2Go Wireless is to integrate the Stream IoT-X platform with its Apogee management platform to simplify the managing, monitoring and monetising of IoT connectivity to enterprise clients and service providers.
There has been a “dramatic” increase in the past six months in how much companies are emphasising the use of the IoT in their operations, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research.
Antenova, a UK manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M, is targeting the fast increasing 3G mobile device market with two flexible printed circuit board antennas for 3G and MIMO.
Synapse Wireless is this week hosting its first ever Snapkids educational session, which has been designed to teach youngsters about the fundamentals of engineering-related topics. Snapkids engages local students with hands-on activities focused around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (stem).
Atlanta based M2M and IoT network provider KORE has acquired Boston based IoT services provider Wyless Group. The combined group will become one of the six largest providers of M2M/IoT services globally, including carriers.
Microsoft is supporting the Raspberry Pi 3 with a Windows 10 IoT Core insider preview update available for download.
Amazon has teamed up with water-filtration company Brita to develop a smart pitcher that automatically orders a new filter when the old one needs replacing.
Tokyo-based NTT Communications has launched IoT Testbed, a collaborative technical-verification demonstration experiment using IoT products and services in alliance with hardware vendors, software vendors and system integrators that offer IoT technologies and products.
California-based Symantec and UK firm Cryptosoft have joined forces to deliver secure access and storage of data across connected devices.
Verizon Wireless has certified the NetComm Wireless 4G LTE Light industrial M2M router for use on its private network. It is said to deliver a cost-effective method for LTE and XLTE network coverage, and addresses public network security and privacy concerns.
Open source software provider Red Hat and Italian M2M platform maker Eurotech are collaborating to simplify IoT integration and accelerate implementations of IoT projects.
At this week’s EclipseCon in Reston, Virginia, French company MicroEJ is presenting the Eclipse Edje open source project. Edje will define a set of software APIs to deliver IoT services that meet the performance and memory constraints of microcontroller-based devices.
The widespread adoption of the IoT is driving the platform as a service (PaaS) market, according to Gartner, which predicts that by 2020 more than half of all new applications developed on PaaS will be IoT-centric, disrupting conventional architecture practices.
Israel-based Callup has introduced an IoT SIM card management system. The IoT Engine can remotely manage the entire life cycle of SIM cards embedded in various devices, such as smart meters, home appliances, in-vehicle systems and personal devices.
Two reports have highlighted the security dangers of wearables. A report by VDC Research warns vendors they need to tackle security issues to win consumer confidence. And a survey by Centrify of delegates at this month’s RSA Conference found over two-thirds do not use logins to access their devices.
There is a growing shortage of RF engineers and companies – including Antenova, Silicon Labs and Taoglas – at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg were calling for action to address this.
Middle East telco Etisalat is to launch M2M and IoT services in Egypt using technology from French company Oberthur Technologies, a provider of embedded security software and services.
Panasonic is launching a next-generation (nanopower) Bluetooth Smart module for IoT applications. The Pan 1760 Bluetooth smart module v4.1 with integrated antenna and embedded GATT profile is a system-on-chip (SoC) for low energy Bluetooth applications.
As the IoT and M2M start to approach the mass roll-out stage, many companies are looking for help to add connectivity to their products. As such, last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg saw introductions of IoT development kits, including announcements from Telit, Renesas, Avnet and IAR Systems
Microsoft is collaborating with Taiwan-based Aaeon to help companies get IoT applications up and running using hardware and software that has been pre-verified. The companies have combined Aaeon’s UP credit-card sized embedded board with Microsoft Azure IoT services.
An IoT sensor standard was revealed at Emebdded World last week by a consortium of five companies. Advantech, ARM, Bosch Sensortec, Sensiron and Texas Instruments collaborated to create the M2.Com standard.
Digi was previewing at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg the ConnectCore embedded module based on the NXP i.MX6UL with turnkey Linux software support in a stamp-sized form factor. The module is due to be released at the end of July.
NXP last week marked its first Embedded World since its takeover of Freescale by launching a range of IoT products using technology from both companies.
AMD announced at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg its third generation embedded G series SoCs (systems on chip) and LX SoC for IoT processing applications. These are said to expand developers’ ability to scale x86 platforms.
Spotting a gap in Qatar’s sporting marketplace, Ooredoo has launched an M2M service that uses GSM and GPS technology on the Ooredoo Supernet to train and track animals and birds.
Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has installed a network using Cisco technology that automatically optimises in real time to improve the quality of voice and data services.