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M2M Industry News Archives: November 2016

IBM sets up IoT consulting service

IBM has announced an array of services, industry offerings and capabilities to help enterprise clients, start-ups and developers drive digital transformation with the IoT.
Huawei deploying first NB-IoT service in Africa
South Africa mobile telco MTN and Huawei have jointly launched the first NB-IoT service in Africa.
Sigfox closes €150m funding round
Sigfox is closing its Series E funding round of €150m to accelerate the expansion of its global network and reach worldwide coverage.
Baidu and BMW end self driving car partnership
Chinese internet firm Baidu and German car maker BMW have ended their joint project to build self-driving cars. Both companies have carried out successful road tests of their jointly developed automated over-taking software.
ViaSat buys connected aircraft software maker Arconics
Satellite communications operator ViaSat has acquired aviation software provider Arconics to gain broader expertise, aviation-grade software and mobile applications, as well as connected aircraft infotainment applications.
Omantel and HCL to deliver IoT and M2M services in Oman
Omantel and Indian ICT company HCL Infosystems have agreed to deliver IoT and M2M services to enhance automation, accelerate efforts to optimise network capabilities and roll-out large-scale ICT services across the sultanate.
Samsung buying Harman for $8bn
South Korean electronics firm Samsung is buying connected car technology supplier Harman for $8bn.
Swatch SoC for Bluetooth LE IoT and wearables

Swatch subsidiary EM Microelectronic has introduced a low-power, system-on-chip (SoC) for Bluetooth v4.2 Low Energy enabled IoT, wearable and smart electronics products.

Sigfox expands into Japan and South Africa
Sigfox is expanding its network into Japan and South Africa following deals with local companies Kyocera and DFA, respectively.
We could have stopped internet outage, says Digi

Digi believes the secure boot technology on its latest postage-stamp module could have stopped the recent internet outage from attacks through IoT devices and prevented the famous hack of a Jeep Cherokee.
Congatec banks on Intel Apollo Gate for IoT modules

German embedded board maker Congatec used last week’s Electronica in Munich to introduce a range of IoT products using Intel’s Apollo Lake processor technology.
Microsoft, GE and Tata lead $20m funding of IoT incubator in Israel
Microsoft and General Electric are among the global investors in a $20m funding round for on IoT incubator in Israel.
Orange and Porto Seguro combine to bring IoT to Brazil
Orange and mobile virtual network operator Porto Seguro Conecta are collaborating to support IoT projects in Brazil to meet demand from multinational corporations.
NXP introduces modular IoT gateway with multi-protocol compatibility

At last week’s Electronica in Munich, NXP Semiconductors ignored questions about its impending takeover by Qualcomm to concentrate on unveiling a modular IoT gateway with pre-integrated, tested and RF certified support.
M2M keeps track of extreme sport contestants

Extreme adventure racing is set to benefit from the IoT as software firm Trileuco adopts Podsystem M2M connectivity in its Tracktherace platform.
Aaeon chooses LoRa over Sigfox for maker board

Taiwanese company Aaeon is targeting its UP2 maker board at IoT application, including those using LoRa, but not Sigfox.

Cisco plans secure, IoT-scalable networks
Cisco has outlined plans to make the Internet of Things safer and less vulnerable to cyber-threats


Ford connected car deal with Blackberry
Blackberry’s deal with Ford signals a breakthrough in becoming a direct supplier to a Tier-1 car manufacturer


Samsung announces IoT AI assistants, new ARTIK modules
Future IoT devices from Samsung will be managed by AI assistants able to understand thousands of different instructions and commands


Ericsson, Qualcomm successfully test CAT-M1 IoT
The tests are a proof of a technology that can extend IoT networks via LTE signals to penetrate through more walls and floors to reach devices deployed deep indoors or in remote locations, and provide up to 10 years of battery life


Ubuntu launches secure OS for IoT devices
Among early adopters of the new embedded IoT OS are major enterprise computing manufacturers Dell and IBM. The release of the new embedded IoT OS has also been welcomed by Intel


Skyworks launches efficient front-end for IoT applications
Skyworks Solutions has launched a new range of integrated front-end modules targeting the Internet of Things market, including the connected home, industrial automation and energy management


Cypress adds connectivity, Cloud, API to IoT platform
It includes a single development environment for multiple wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and combo solutions and integration to popular enterprise cloud environment.

Qualcomm to buy NXP for $47bn
Qualcomm is to acquire Dutch electronics giant NXP for $47bn just a year after NXP bought Freescale in what was one of the biggest mergers in the semiconductor industry.
Telefónica and Symantec join forces to fight cyber attacks

ElevenPaths, Telefónica’s cyber security unit, plans to integrate Symantec’s managed PKI service to protect IoT environments from cyber attacks.
AT&T switches on LTE-M pilot in San Francisco
AT&T has switched on North America's first LTE-M enabled commercial site, starting a process that it hopes will transform the IoT for years to come.
Orange launches modular IoT data analytics service
French mobile operator Orange has launched a modular data analytics service to help multinational and large national corporations seize the opportunities offered by the IoT.
Secucloud package blocks suspicious bot activity
German security specialist Secucloud is providing an IoT anti-bot package that automatically detects suspicious bot activity and blocks it immediately, even for smart IoT devices.
M2M Spectrum Networks links with Link Labs for LoRa technology
M2M Spectrum Networks is partnering Link Labs to make use of its Symphony Link carrier grade IoT wireless platform to create an LPWA wireless network for the IoT.
Infoteria streamlines IoT app development
Japanese software technology company Infoteria has announced Platio, a non-programming rapid IoT app development platform to be available early next year.
South Korean incubator provides support for IoT start-ups
An incubator programme for IoT start-ups has been launched in the South Korean city of Songdo. Called SparkLabs, it will run from this month until April next year and each company will receive up to $50,000 in investment along with free office space.
Verizon and Arrow team with Renesas on IoT development kit
Verizon and Arrow Electronics collaborated on the Renesas Synergy S7G2 IoT enabler kit, offering an easy-to-use, all-inclusive developers environment that reduces the barriers to entry for companies developing applications for the IoT.
Telit module packs 3G, wifi, Bluetooth and GNSS

Telit has introduced what it claims is the world’s first hybrid IoT modules that combine 3G cellular, wifi, Bluetooth and GNSS into a single package.