Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

M2M Industry News Archives: April 2015

Nokia targets IoT with proposed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia is to buy rival Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6bn in a move that should position the combined company to attack the growing IoT market.
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Better lettuce is first fruit of Microsoft and Fujitsu industrial IoT collaboration
At this week’s Hannover Fair, Japanese company Fujitsu and Microsoft announced their collaboration to bring operational excellence to manufacturing, starting with better quality lettuce.
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IoT growth helps Intel offset falling PC business
Growth in Intel’s IoT activity has offset falling revenue it what was once its core PC business, according to the company’s first quarter earnings statement published this week.
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Taiwanese development kit targets wearables and IoT devices
Taiwanese company MediaTek Labs has introduced a development platform to design and prototype the software and hardware for consumer-ready wearables and IoT devices.
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Solar-powered wireless mesh network demonstrated at Hannover Fair
Sol Chip and Linear Technology are demonstrating an indoor solar-powered wireless mesh network at this week’s Hannover Fair.
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Industrial M2M collaboration on show at Hannover Fair
The results of an industrial M2M collaboration announced last week by NetComm Wireless, Deutsche Telekom and Cumulocity where on show this week at the Hannover Fair.
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Could wearable technology stop a repeat of the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls?
A year after the kidnapping of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria, a company is producing wearable technology that provides voice and data messaging, locators and even an anti-kidnap device for children.
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M2M technology helps catch illegal lobster fishers
M2M technology is helping a conservation authority track down illegal fishing operations off the coast of Devon in the UK.
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Annual IoT data collection to reach 1.6 zetabytes by 2020, says ABI
ABI Research is estimating that the annual volume of data captured by IoT-connected devices will by 2020 surpass 1.6 zettabytes, that’s 1600 exabytes, or eight times the 200 exabytes it estimates were collected in 2014.
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IoT could make aviation vulnerable to attacks, warns cyber security expert
The emerging IoT will expose the global aviation industry to vulnerabilities at a level never before seen and will have a transformative impact on the industry, according to George Schu, a cyber security strategist.
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Azure and Windows lead Microsoft push into IoT
The latest version of Windows and an Azure suite are set to spearhead Microsoft’s challenge in the IoT market. The products and services were announced this week in Atlanta, Georgia, at Convergence, Microsoft’s annual conference for its business customers.
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Samsung targets business sectors with multiple Cebit launches
Samsung Electronics president Won-Pyo Hong described the IoT as a “great opportunity” as the company launched an attack on six sectors this week at Cebit in Hannover.
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Amazon buys IoT platform start-up 2lemetry
Online retail giant Amazon has acquired IoT platform developer 2lemetry for an undisclosed sum.
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Swisscom to start IoT trials in Geneva and Zurich
Operator Swisscom is about to test an IoT network. This low-power network is the first of its kind in Switzerland and connects devices that exchange only small amounts of data with each other and require little power.
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Qualcomm launches credit-card sized IoT development board
A credit-card sized development board from California-based Qualcomm Technologiesis for use in embedded computing and IoT applications such as robotics, cameras, set-top-boxes, wearables, medical devices, vending machines, building automation, industrial control, digital signage and casino gaming consoles.
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ARM and Silicon Labs collaborate to reduce energy consumption in IoT devices
Texas-based Silicon Labs is partnering with UK firm ARM to accelerate the development of energy-friendly IoT applications. They are collaborating to define and deliver the first power management application programming interfaces (APIs) for ARM Mbed platforms.
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IoT growth compels companies to adopt cyber security, says Frost & Sullivan
The increasing number of connected devices is multiplying the probability of cyber attacks on companies across sectors, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. This is compelling organisations to adopt cyber security to secure computing resources, information, networks and applications.
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Adobe uses IoT to extend marketing intelligence
Adobe has extended its marketing intelligence into product design and the IoT, the company announced this week at its annual digital marketing conference in Salt Lake City.
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Intel releases IoT developer kit
Version 1.0 of Intel’s IoT developer kit has made the transition from beta to a full release and is available to download for free. Supporting Intel Galileo and Edison, the kit is aimed at hobbyists, students and entrepreneurs developing IoT products and services.
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Google plans to enter mobile network market
Google's head of new products Sundar Pichai has announced that Google plans to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in a move that could significantly strengthen its position in M2M and IoT markets.
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Eclipse launches two open-source IoT projects
The Eclipse Foundation has released two open source projects that implement the client and broker for the Oasis MQTT standard. Both Paho 1.1 and Mosquitto 1.4 continue the momentum enjoyed by the Eclipse IoT open source community and the adoption of the MQTT standard by IoT providers.
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HP to buy Aruba Networks for $3bn
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to buy Sunnyvale-based Aruba Networks for US$3bn to combine Aruba’s wireless mobility products with HP’s wired switching portfolio as part of its push into the IoT market.
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M2M and IoT market to drive growth for sensors, says Compass Intelligence
Automotive, smart homes, smart cities and wearable devices will drive growth for sensors in M2M and IoT over the next five years, according to a report from Compass Intelligence.
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Advantech and EcoSteer partner on IoT gateway research
The R&D teams at Taiwan-based Advantech and UK firm EcoSteer are working together to define the best hardware capable of supporting IoT feeder software required to develop an IoT edge gateway.
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Lack of security and interoperability slowing IoT take up, says Frost & Sullivan
The massive potential of the IoT to stoke convergence and collaboration worldwide has been reined in by the lack of data security and interoperability among devices and objects, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan.
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Nokia to demonstrate at MWC how 5G will increase IoT possibilities
Live demonstrations from Finland-based Nokia Networks at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona aim to show the possibilities of mobile connectivity for the IoT.
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Tele2 targets 4G LTE service at M2M
Swedish operator Tele2 has launched a 4G LTE connectivity service specifically for M2M and IoT implementations.
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Comcast to help start-up accelerator build IoT lab in Colorado
Boulder in Colorado is to get its own IoT laboratory following a collaboration between local start-up accelerator Boomtown and Philadelphia-based Comcast.
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Sigfox joins Mustang Project to develop short-message IoT services
French IoT connectivity company Sigfox is joining the Mustang Project, launched by Airbus Defence & Space, in partnership with CEA-Leti and Sysmeca to provide worldwide, low-data-rate M2M communications using ground-based and satellite technologies.
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Telefónica extends M2M partner programme to Latin America
Telefónica is extending its M2M global partner programme to Latin America throughout 2015. Since its initial launch a year ago, more than 500 registered companies in Europe and the USA have contributed to build a consolidated M2M partner ecosystem.
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Multi-billion M2M connection forecasts are ludicrous, says Beecham Research
Some of the predictions for M2M connectivity have been described at “ludicrous” by market analyst Beecham Research. Its latest report predicts there will be almost one billion cellular M2M connections worldwide by 2020, rather than the multi-billion connections predicted by some.
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Partnership allows M2M delivery in Caribbean
Dublin-based Cubic Telecom is partnering with Digicel Group to support the delivery of M2M services across the Caribbean.
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Advantech Wises up to IoT connectivity
Remote device management, data acquisition and security protection for many IoT applications can be provided with Wise, a series of node and gateway devices for system integrators to build their own IoT environment. Made by Taiwanese company Advantech, the devices come with the company’s cloud-based IoT software built-in.
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Fico platform analyses big data in real time
A streaming analytics and real-time distributed processing platform that ingests, normalises, correlates and distils big data as it is being generated has been introduced by California-based Fico.
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