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M2M Industry News Archives: May 2015

Microsoft to lead $1m bid to transform Hong Kong into IoT hub
Microsoft and Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks (HKSTP) have formed a partnership that will inject more than US$1m to transform Hong Kong into an IoT hub by providing IoT developers with support to enhance their product offerings.
MTN launches pan-African IoT platform and global M2M sim card
South Africa based mobile telecoms company MTN Group has launched a pan-African IoT platform providing African enterprises with greater control and advanced management features for their connected devices and sim cards.
Qualcomm expands IoT ecosystem
Qualcomm has expanded its presence in the IoT field by addingsix ecosystems providers to simplify the development of devices that use Wifi to connect to the IoT by increasing cloud service flexibility and making these available in a broader global reach. The providers are Ayla Networks, Exosite, Kii, Proximetry, Temboo and Xively by LogMein.
MNubo raises $6m funding to expand IoT data analytics service
MNubo, a Canada-based IoT data analytics start-up, has raised a US$6m round of financing to accelerate its IoT data science development and expand the commercialisation of its SmartObjects analytics service.
M2M helps zoologists protect black rhinos and penguins
From black rhinos in Kenya to penguins in Antarctica, an M2M camera system is helping zoologists preserve wildlife and continue the fight against poachers. Jonathan Pallant, principal engineer at Cambridge Consultants, explained how this all came about at last week’s Device Developers’ Conference in Cambridge, UK.
Antenova targets three antenna families at M2M and IoT
UK antenna maker Antenova has announced three families of antennas that use different design approaches for the M2M, wearable technology and IoT markets.
Latin America enterprises to increase spend on M2M, says Pyramid
Enterprises in Latin America are set to increase their IT budget for mobile value-added services (MVAS), presenting a big opportunity for MNOs (mobile network operators) and technology vendors.
Which are the best communications technologies for IoT and M2M?
Drivers for the growth of the IoT and M2M are the increased use of data and the reduced costs of connectivity, Matt Cook, business development manager for UK-based Solid State Supplies, told the Device Developers’ Conference in Cambridge last week as he explained what are the best IoT communications technologies.
IoT market to grow one fifth this year, predicts IDC
The worldwide IoT market is expected to grow 19% in 2015, led by digital signage, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).
Silicon Labs launches microcontrollers for low-energy IoT applications
To simplify USB connectivity for IoT applications such as smart metering, home and building automation, alarm and security systems, smart accessories, and wearable devices, Texas-based Silicon Labs has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s most energy-friendly USB-enabled microcontrollers.
Xirrus Wifi access point combines four into one to meet IoT needs
California-based Xirrus has built a high-density Wifi access point to meet growing IoT demands. The XD4 is claimed to be the industry’s first access point that incorporates four high-speed 802.11ac Wifi radios with automated RF configuration.

Samsung launches Artik IoT family of products and software platform

Samsung has launched a range of Internet of Things processors, software development environment and Cloud based analytics connectivity ranging from what it calls the smallest available IoT form factor, through to an 8 core processor suitable for advanced manufacturing and industrial applications.

SAP launches IoT cloud platform and collaborates with Intel and Siemens
SAP has launched the Hana cloud platform for the IoT, expanding its portfolio of IoT products to help users connect the core of their business to the edge of the network. The announcement was made at last week’s Sapphire Now conference in Florida.
Mentor Graphics targets RTOS upgrade at IoT applications
The latest release of Oregon-based Mentor Graphics’ Nucleus real-time operating system is targeted at connected embedded devices for high-performance, advanced IoT applications.
Telit, Microsoft and ThingWorx first to support Tele2 IoT portal
Stockholm-based Tele2 this week launched an IoT portal that enables aggregation of some of the world’s most powerful IoT products in one interface.
Audi and Qualcomm invest €18m in Cubic Telecom
Cubic Telecom, a Dublin-based M2M connectivity platform provider, has secured a €18m co-investment from Audi Electronics Venture, a subsidiary of car maker Audi, and Qualcomm.
PTC and NTT Docomo use IoT development platform to provide services to Japanese businesses
Massachusetts-based PTC and NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile service provider, have expanded their relationship to extend the use of the ThingWorx IoT development platform to streamline use of cloud-based IoT platforms.
Sierra Wireless to buy Accel Networks to expand IoT offering
Canadian company Sierra Wireless has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Florida-based Accel Networks to extend its IoT offering.
Zain and Vodafone to roll out M2M services in Kuwait later this year
Zain Group is to roll out M2M services in the second half of 2015 first in Kuwait on its nationwide 4G LTE network, with other countries in the Middle East and Africa following.
Fujitsu unveils IoT package that senses the status of people and things
At this week’s Tokyo International Forum, Japanese company Fujitsu is revealing Ubiquitousware, an IoT package that senses the status of people and things and their surrounding environments and analyses the information to provide actionable data tailored to a customer's business.
Netcomm’s M2M router receives global certification
Netcomm Wireless’ NTC-6200 3G M2M Router Plus has been approved for deployment in Europe, the USA, Canada, the UAE, south-east Asia, Japan and Australia, having acquired the certification needed for distribution worldwide.
Weightless-N version 1.0 based onlow-power wide area star network
The Weightless SIG has published version 1.0 of the Weightless-N open standard based on a low-power wide area star network architecture.
Renesas and Link Labs demo radio module at IoT World in San Francisco
Japanese company Renesas Electronics and Maryland-based Link Labs, a provider of wide-area, low-power IoT networks for business and government, have jointly developed the LL-RLP-20 radio module for integration in products such as security monitoring devices, agricultural monitors, parking sensors, home automation and smart meters.
Linxens buys Thailand-based KnL RFID antenna and inlay maker
French designer and manufacturer of smart card connectors Linxens has completed the acquisition of Bangkok-based KnL Group, a manufacture of RFID inlays and antennas typically used in banking cards, ID cards, access and transport cards as well as passports.
Look out, there are robots in the cloud
Cloud robotics, which involves the integration of cloud computing technology in robots, has been gaining prominence globally, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Microsoft previews Windows 10 for IoT for Raspberry Pi in free download
Microsoft has at last announced Windows 10 for IoT available for the Raspberry Pi. Called Windows 10 IoT Core, this was first hinted at back in February at the launch of Raspberry Pi 2. The preview version is now available as a free download.
Intel sets up IoT lab in Dubai and announces reference design for smart vending machines
Intel is to set up an IoT laboratory and smart city centre of excellence in the Middle East and has announced an IoT retail gateway reference design for intelligent vending.
Airbus simplifies satellite control for M2M applications
Airbus Defence & Space has launched Proximity M2M, a global M2M management system that provides visibility and control of satellite data in a single multi-device service.
Kore partners RevX to provide integrated billing
Kore Wireless, which claims to be the world’s largest managed wireless network services provider specialising in M2M communications, has teamed with RevX Systems to provide an integrated billing and revenue management system for clients seeking to increase revenue from wireless connected services.
SteamLabs kit teaches children to develop IoT projects
Canada based SteamLabs, a non-profit organisation dedicated to teaching children how to create things using technology, has released an IoT teaching kit.
Inrix analytics platform helps with urban planning, retail site selection and advertising
Washington-based Inrix, a provider of transportation intelligence and connected car services worldwide, is introducing an analytics platform to tap big data from the connected car for urban planning, retail site selection and advertising measurement.
Wireless testing will revolve around M2M and LTE, says Frost & Sullivan
Developments in wireless communications test equipment will revolve around LTE, M2M communications and the need for products that can be easily deployed across the live network infrastructure, according to Frost & Sullivan. 

From energy-harvesting bras to smart contact lenses and sensors in your pants, the age of disappearables is coming
Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller – so small, some in the industry say, that no one will see them.