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M2M Industry News Archives: November 2017

Microsoft unveils AI and IoT developer tools

At this month’s Connect() in New York, Microsoft's annual event for professional developers, executive vice president Scott Guthrie (pictured) announced Azure Databricks powered by Apache Spark, as well as AI, IoT and machine learning tools for developers.

Sigfox helps roll out bike sharing network in Singapore and Taiwan

A geolocation services for one million bikes on Sigfox’s global LPWAN is being rolled out starting with Singapore and Taiwan. This follows a partnership between bike-sharing company oBike and IoT network operator UnaBiz.

Academy aims to provide universities with LoRaWan teaching tools

IoT technology companies have launched the LoRaWan Academy, a global standards-based LPWAN university programme that provides universities with a set of LoRaWan tools and an IoT curriculum for protocol-based programming skills and research.

Intel uses drones and AI to study whales

Intel has been using drones, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to collect biological samples from whales and analyse data in real time.

Apple wins back lead in wearables market

Apple retook the lead in the wearable band market in the third quarter of 2017, with shipments of 3.9 million, according to market watcher Canalys. Xiaomi was narrowly knocked back into second place.

Eseye and Burkard use IoT to fight crop disease

Texas-based IoT cellular communications specialist Eseye has formed a product partnership with agricultural manufacturer Burkard Engineering to fight against crop disease.

Arrow and Cypress announce IoT connectivity ecosystem

Arrow Electronics has announced the Titanium board, a technology ecosystem designed to help developers create products using wifi, Bluetooth LE, cellular and LPWAN technologies, while taking advantage of Cypress Semiconductor’s low-power edge computing capabilities.

U-Blox NB-IoT modules approved for Chinese use

China Telecom and China Unicom have certified U-Blox NB-IoT modules. The Sara-N2 modules have completed AVL certification with China Telecom and validation with China Unicom.

SK Telecom links LTE Cat-M1 with LoRa

South Korean operator SK Telecom has completed the deployment of LTE Cat-M1 technology for IoT applications and successfully linked the technology with its existing LoRa network.

Ignore AI at your peril, warns Intel chief

Every company needs an artificial intelligence (AI) strategy or it will be left behind, according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (pictured), speaking at last week’s New York Times Dealbook conference.

Inmarsat helps Pessl bring IoT to agriculture

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat is partnering agriculture technology company Pessl Instruments to speed up the adoption of the IoT in the agricultural sector, by making it possible for users to take advantage of IoT anywhere on the planet.

Bell and Huawei toast IoT in Canadian vineyard

Bell Canada and Chinese technology company Huawei are bringing the IoT to Canada’s Henry of Pelham vineyard to help improve planning and sustainability. Also involved is local company BeWhere Technologies.

Verizon gives Quectel module multimode LPWA approval

The first multimode LPWA module based on a Qualcomm modem to receive official type approval from Verizon is the BG96 module from Shanghai-based Quectel Wireless, following laboratory and field testing.

Internet of Displays range from 4D Systems gains smallest LCD

Australia-based 4D Systems has added its smallest LCD yet to its Internet of Displays range. At 2.3cm and powered by the wifi-enabled ESP8266, it is suitable for miniature IoT projects.

Via system-on-module to debut at IoThings in Rome

Next week’s IoThings conference in Rome will see the European debut of Via Technologies’ SoM-9X20 module powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 embedded platform.

Microsoft improves speed and security on Windows 10 IoT

Microsoft’s autumn creators’ update to Windows 10 IoT is said to improve speed, security and intelligence, and it simplifies integration with Azure IoT.

Inmarsat and JT combine satellite and cellular connectivity

Satellite communications firm Inmarsat has formed a strategic partnership with international telecommunications provider Jersey Telecom (JT) that will enable Inmarsat to deliver holistic connectivity for IoT technology.

Asia leading way in IoT adoption, says Vodafone research

Asia's businesses are leading the world in IoT adoption, with the number of companies embracing connected devices soaring 200% from 2013 to stand at 36% in 2017, according to a report by Vodafone.

Telefónica picks Ericsson for virtualisation in Chile

Ericsson is helping Telefónica in Chile, the largest mobile network operator and internet service provider in the country, to virtualise its core network so it can gain benefits from 5G and the IoT.

Telit NB-IoT modules certified for Europe and China

Telit’s single-mode NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules for European and Chinese markets have received LTE Category NB1 (NB-IoT) GCF certification upon conclusion of laboratory and field testing under multiple networks by two of Europe's largest mobile operators.

Lantronix settles patent case with USR IoT

Lantronix, a provider of secure data access and management for the industrial IoT, has settled its patent infringement lawsuit filed against Chinese company Jinan USR IoT Technology.

Software combines Bluetooth and Zigbee via smartphone app

Multiprotocol wireless software from Texas-based Silicon Labs is said to advance IoT connectivity by enhancing Zigbee mesh networking with Bluetooth beaconing and direct connectivity through smartphone apps.

Arduino update allows deployment on Linux IoT devices

The Arduino open-source hardware and software ecosystem has upgraded its Create Cloud platform to enable the deployment of Arduino programmes on Linux-based IoT devices.

Sigfox wants Hong Kong to be global IoT hub

Sigfox's Hong Kong network operator Thinxtra launched this week to support the growth of an IoT research and development ecosystem, providing IoT connectivity via an open territory-wide LPWA network that connects to Sigfox networks in other countries.

Kore helps Tecvine service top enterprises

Kore is helping technical advisory services company Tecvine with its tools and IoT infrastructure to service the USA’s top enterprise businesses.

China Telecom finds Bridge to multinational enterprise users

China Telecom has signed an IoT business partnership agreement with Bridge Alliance, enabling China Telecom to provide IoT and M2M services to multinational enterprise customers across Bridge Alliance's footprint.

IAR and Secure Thingz collaborate on IoT security

At Arm TechCon in California last week, IAR Systems and Secure Thingz announced the next step in their collaboration to provide technology to simplify the development of secure, connected devices.

Huawei signs MoUs to boost NB-IoT in Middle East

Huawei has signed agreements with two companies to promote the growth of the IoT and build a IoT ecosystem in the Middle East. Nextek is an IT and software provider and integrator, and Quectel supplies wireless modules.

Arrow Electronics joins IMC board

Arrow Electronics, one of the largest suppliers of electronic hardware, software and connectivity services for the IoT sector, has joined the IoT M2M Council’s board of governors as a sustaining member company.

Windows IoT Enterprise added to Igel thin clients

Organisations can deliver Windows 10 IoT Enterprise’s security features, alongside Igel’s endpoint management capabilities and multimedia functionality via a small form factor thin client.

GrayMatter connects water fountains in DC

Pittsburgh-based GE partner GrayMatter is using its technical expertise and technology background to deploy connected drinking fountains in public places such as schools.

Kerlink opts for experience with two seasoned professionals

French IoT networking company Kerlink has added two seasoned wireless and IoT professionals to capitalise on the company’s growing opportunities in the Americas, Asia Pacific and other major markets.

Etsi proposes method to update IoT radios to 5G

European standards body Etsi has developed a software radio reconfiguration model to enable upgrades to in-vehicle and IoT radio systems.

Machine learning keeps track of horses

Artificial intelligence can help stables keep track of their horses round the clock, thanks to StableGuard, a monitoring and alert system from Seattle-based start-up Magic AI.