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M2M Industry News Archives: March 2018

Softbank approves Telit LTE Cat 1 module

Japanese company Softbank has approved a Telit LTE Category 1 module for use on its 4G network. Claimed to be the world’s smallest module of its type, it is suitable for IoT applications with space constraints such as wearable trackers, health monitoring devices, smart watches and fitness bands.

Boeing invests in IoT satellite communications start-up

Boeing has invested in Australian IoT start-up Myriota, which aims to revolutionise satellite communications by providing low-cost access to high-value data in remote locations.

Spark switches on LoRa network in New Zealand

Spark’s has switched on its long-range, low-power LoRa network for commercial use in 60% of the places New Zealanders live and work.

Swatch module brings power savings to IoT devices

Swiss watch maker Swatch says its latest real-time clock module can help make the IoT more green. Launched through its subsidiary EM Microelectronic, the module is claimed to set an industry benchmark for accuracy and power consumption.

Samsara raises $50m to handle rapid growth

California-based IoT company Samsara has raised $50m in funding so it can scale to handle the 1700 new customers it is gaining each quarter. The growth capital comes from investors Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.

Arm and Nvidia partner to bring deep learning to IoT

Chip companies Nvidia and Arm announced at this week’s GPU Technology Conference in California that they are partnering to bring deep learning inferencing to the billions of mobile, consumer electronics and IoT devices that will enter the global marketplace.

Exabeam machine learning spots compromised IoT devices

Exabeam has developed a product that uses machine learning to spot compromised IoT and other devices. The California company’s Entity Analytics discovers the normal behaviour of medical, industrial, networking, home and mobile devices, and uses that baseline to alert security teams when unusual events occur.

IBM partners Wisekey to secure IoT

At this week’s Think 2018 event in Las Vegas, IBM announced it was using technology from Swiss cyber-security company Wisekey to secure its IoT offerings.

Sigfox plans expansion in USA

This year, French LPWAN provider Sigfox plans to expand its network in the USA following a successful 2017.

Intel and Linux Foundation develop open-source IoT hypervisor

Intel is working with the Linux Foundation to develop an open-source hypervisor for IoT device development.

Vodafone targets IoT start-ups in New Zealand

Vodafone has opened a start-up accelerator and innovation lab in New Zealand targeting artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT.

Telit launches modules at Smart IoT show

Italian IoT company Telit introduced two modules designed to meet European specifications at this week’s Smart IoT conference in London.

Wireless Logic acquires IoT service provider Mdex

Wireless Logic, a UK-based IoT connectivity platform provider, has acquired German M2M and IoT service provider Mdex for an undisclosed sum. Mdex specialises in encrypted data communications via mobile networks, DSL and satellite.

Avnet produces IoT starter kit for AT&T LTE-M network

Avnet has boosted its IoT starter kit portfolio with a 4G LTE-M development platform engineered in collaboration with AT&T.

Gorilla amalgamates AI big data with cyber security

Gorilla Technology, a Taiwanese provider of video intelligence and IoT technology, has launched its Security Convergence platform, an amalgam of its core AI-based video big data analytics with cyber and network security.

Deep Aero uses blockchain to manage drone traffic

UAE-based Deep Aero is using blockchain technology to build an AI-driven, autonomous, self-governing, intelligent drone or unmanned aircraft system traffic management platform. It is designed to enable safe low-altitude civilian flights of manned and unmanned aircraft in shared airspace.

Apple beats Fitbit and Xiaomi to take wearables top spot

Apple has moved past competitors Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim overall leadership in the worldwide wearables market, according to the International Data Corporation.

Ericsson and Dialog Axiata roll out IoT network in Sri Lanka

Ericsson helped Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications services provider, roll out the first commercial massive IoT network supporting both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies in south Asia.

Software AG helps Ooredoo with IoT services in Qatar

Telco Ooredoo plans to expand its IoT business innovations in Qatar by using German company Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform.

Telenor opens IoT lab in Trondheim

Telenor opened its IoT ProtoLab in Trondheim, Norway, last week for entrepreneurs, scientists and students who want to develop new IoT services and products.

Arduino extends support to Linux IoT devices and SBCs

The latest update of Arduino Create enables fast and easy development of IoT applications using the Arduino framework and libraries on a range of Linux devices including Intel SBCs, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone.

SDChain public blockchain ensures IoT releaibility

Canadian company SDChain Alliance has launched what it claims is the world's first public blockchain that has truly adopted the blockchain to ensure the reliability of the IoT.

NetObjex and IdeaLink bring IoT-blockchain to SE Asia

California-based NetObjex is partnering Cambodian firm IdeaLink Consulting to help develop business opportunities for IoT and blockchain technologies in the SE Asian markets.

SmartDrive picks Digi for fleet management platform

SmartDrive, a Japan-based provider of telematics and fleet management services, has selected the Digi ConnectCore 6UL secure, wireless system-on-module as the development platform for its recently announced DriveOps GPS real-time fleet management system.

€10 for ten years – Deutsche Telekom flat-rate IoT offer

At last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Deutsche Telekom and the Cologne-based mobile communications provider 1NCE presented Europe's first data flat rate for smart devices on the IoT.

Microsoft and NXP partner on IoT apps at Embedded World

Microsoft’s director of performance management David Lemson (pictured) announced a partnership at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg with Dutch electronics firm NXP Semiconductors to create ready-to-use IoT applications.

Renesas design speeds connection to enterprise clouds

Japanese giant Renesas Electronics announced at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg a reference design and starting point for users to connect in ten minutes or less to enterprise clouds such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.

WiseKey IoT blockchain provides safer gun control

Swiss cyber-security company WiseKey believes its IoT blockchain technology can provide safer gun control measures.

Avnet merges MSC business to present united front

Avnet has merged its MSC Technologies subsidiary, which it acquired four years ago, into Avnet Integrated to provide a more cohesive service to its global customers.

Senet helps SenRa deploy LoRa across India

New Hampshire managed network services company Senet is helping SenRa deploy LoRaWan connectivity throughout India.

Security top priority for Digi XBee3 module

Security was a priority for the micro format Digi XBee 3 module launched in January, said Scott Nelson (pictured), speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg.

How to deal with an IoT that means almost anything

The IoT is so broad it can mean almost anything, believes David Somo (pictured), senior vice president at electronics company On Semiconductors. Speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg, he said that anything with sensors and connectivity could be classed as an IoT device.

U-Blox module gives drones centimetre-level accuracy

Robot lawnmowers and drones can achieve centimetre-level accuracy using the F9 platform from Swiss company U-Blox, according to Peter Fairhurst (pictured), director of product line management, speaking at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg.

Wind River backs IMC RFP template programme, and…

The decision by the IoT M2M Council (IMC) to launch an RFP template programme could be just what the industry needs, according to Tom Gibbings (pictured), market development manager at Intel-subsidiary Wind River.

…Teleena joins IMC, Arrow reveals logic behind joining

Dutch IoT and mobility enabler Teleena has joined the IoT M2M Council trade association to expand its reach among enterprises. And Amir Sherman (pictured) from Arrow Electronics revealed at last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg some of the thinking behind its decision to join the IMC late last year.

Antenova scoops hardware award at Embedded World

UK company Antenova won the hardware category in the Embedded World awards last week in Nuremberg with its Robusta SR4G031 antenna.

Cisco releases worldwide NB-IoT platform

Cisco has released its Jasper Control Center for NB-IoT worldwide. The company claims it is the first commercially available global NB-IoT platform. Used with the Cisco Jasper Control Center IoT connectivity management platform, enterprises will be able to manage both NB-IoT and cellular devices.
NXP integrates ARM-based SoC with Microsoft Azure IoT

NXP Semiconductors has integrated its ARM-based Layerscape System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms with Microsoft Azure IoT Edge. Developers can now create applications within the Azure IoT Edge framework, running on ARM based systems.
Google publicly launches Cloud IoT Core
Google has publicly released its IoT cloud service designed to manage IoT devices at scale. The company says that its Google IoT Core service allows users to connect to and manage millions of connected devices.
Samsung partners PTC on industrial IoT

Samsung is partnering PTC to integrate the two firms' ARTIK and ThingWorx platforms. The two companies are aiming to enable customers to deploy data driven industrial applications faster and get new products to market quicker and at reduced cost.
Deutsche Telekom, SAP expand IoT partnership to logistics

SAP and Deutsche Telekom are expanding their partnership to include IoT solutions for real-time logistics. The companies plan to collaborate on building a seamless interface between Deutsche Telekom's Device Management Platform and the SAP Cloud Platform.
Ericsson rolls out commercial Massive IoT network in South Asia
Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications services provider Dialog Axiata and Ericsson have rolled out the first commercial Massive IoT network supporting both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies in South Asia. Software activation has been carried out on the existing LTE network for fast deployment.
Nokia and Marubeni launch IoT services
Nokia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation to develop IoT services for its enterprise customers. The solution will be based on Nokia's Worldwide IoT Network Grid, WING
Vodafone, China Mobile IoT partnership
Vodafone and China Mobile have joined forces to resell each other’s IoT services. Under a new agreement each company will share new IoT project opportunities.