IMC Newsdesk Archives: August 2018
At this week’s VMWorld in Las Vegas, Dell Technologies announced it was combining tools from its portfolio with technology from Intel and partners to create bundles that simplify deployment of secure, scalable products for edge computing and IoT use cases.
Australian telco Telstra is harnessing the IoT with the launch of location products for consumers, small businesses and enterprises.
U-Blox expects the remaining months of 2018 to see slower deployment of Cat-M1 and NB-IoT networks and shrinking business with key Chinese customers, announced the Swiss module company as it published its half-year results.
California companies Aeris and CalAmp are working with Hello Tractor to integrate IoT technologies to create an “Uber for tractors” that provides an on-demand service for mechanised equipment in Nigeria and other developing areas.
Samsung Electronics has introduced an NB-IoT device. The Exynos i S111 is said to provide wide coverage, low-power operation, accurate location feedback and strong security for real-time tracking applications such as safety wearables or smart meters.
HCL Technologies has opened two IoT innovation centres, one in Seattle, Washington, and the other at its headquarters in Noida, India.
Oxford University’s oldest college has established a centre for blockchain research under the leadership of its fellow professor Bill Roscoe.
M2M networking firm Freewave Technologies has introduced programmable hardware that injects rugged edge intelligence into industrial IoT networks and sensor ecosystems.
Massachusetts-based software company PTC has launched a cyber-security initiative to collaborate with customers, partners and researchers for more secure and resilient IoT deployments. The programme aims to address product vulnerabilities as part of a shared responsibility model.
Wireless industry association the CTIA has created a cyber-security certification programme for cellular-connected IoT devices. The programme was developed in collaboration with wireless providers across the USA.
Emerging from two years in stealth mode, Foundries.io has announced what it claims is the world's first commercially available, continuously updated Linux and Zephyr MicroPlatform distributions for the embedded, IoT, edge and automotive markets.
The European Union is offering free-of-charge access to equipment, tools and expertise related to powering IoT devices. This is part of its Enables research infrastructure programme co-ordinated by the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland.
Indonesia has set up a blockchain hub, a community space dedicated to the promotion and development of blockchain technology.
The third edition of a definitive guide to the IoT has been published by Syed Zaeem Hosain, chairman of the IoT M2M Council (IMC) and founder and chief technology officer of California-based IoT company Aeris.
NNData has launched a software-as-a-service way to manage data along with use-case-focused machine-learning algorithms for anyone to use without having any training as a data scientist or programming background.
Chinese IoT module supplier Quectel Wireless has released a quad-band GSM, GPRS, GNSS and wifi module that supports hybrid positioning technologies including GNSS, cell ID and wifi aided positioning, and enables position tracking in indoor and outdoor environments.
The Asia-Pacific IoT market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 11.3% between 2017 and 2022 to reach a market size of $95.7bn, according to Research & Markets.
At last week’s Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, IBM Security announced X-Force Red Labs, a network of four secure facilities dedicated to testing the security of devices and systems including consumer and industrial IoT technologies, automotive equipment, and ATMs.
In the first half of 2018, China Mobile’s IoT business achieved rapid growth, with a net addition of 155 million IoT smart connections, bringing the total number of IoT smart connections to 384 million. Revenue from its IoT business recorded a year-on-year growth of 47.6%.
California-based Juniper Networks has announced an upgraded services processing card that can deliver up to an 11x performance boost to its SRX5000 line of services gateways across a variety of key performance metrics.
Digi has introduced the XBee3 cellular LTE-M development kits featuring its latest smart cellular modem. This LTE-M certification is due to be followed by the certification of the XBee3 Cellular NB-IoT in October 2018.
Singapore-based BCL Foundation has added an IoT layer to the traditional blockchain structure so it can connect the virtual and real world through the power of blockchain and IoT devices. The aim is to create a full-scale public chain for enterprises.
Canadian electronic component distributor Future Electronics has enhanced its Nebula IoT development kit, which lets novices and expert developers alike explore the opportunities in IoT applications.
ST Microelectronics has developed a plug-and-play wireless battery-charger development kit that lets users build compact chargers up to 2.5W with a 20mm-diameter coil, for charging small IoT devices and wearables such as smart watches, sports gear or healthcare equipment.
Chip design company Arm has acquired Treasure Data, a specialist in enterprise data management providing businesses the ability to aggregate and derive insights from disparate data sources, CRM, IoT devices, ecommerce and more. The price is believed to be around $600m.
South Korean technology firm LG Electronics is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory in Canada and entering a research partnership with the University of Toronto.
German electronics company Infineon Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese technology firm Alibaba Cloud Computing to promote IoT applications in the fields of smart life and smart industry for Chinese enterprises and cities.
At this week’s Apco public safety communications conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Centrix IP announced it had chosen an IoT module from Telit to power a line of first responder communications routers.
Telchemy, a Georgia, USA, based provider of embedded analytics technology for VoIP and video, has introduced Embiot, a compact embedded analytics application for IoT devices, sensors and gateways.
Indian university Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeethamis using IoT technology to save lives in mountainous regions of the country by installing systems that give advance warnings of landslides so people can be safely evacuated before disaster strikes.
Manufacturers of security-sensitive industrial, consumer, computing and IoT devices can have a fast, efficient way to build in secure cryptographic operations, integrate key storage and enable active tamper detection with a component from Maxim Integrated.
Ayla Networks has extended the capabilities of its IoT platform-as-a-service for device management and application enablement. The aim is to simplify the ability to gain business value from the IoT.
Half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold for IoT applications, and that figure is expected to hit 3.8bn by 2023, according to the Zigbee Alliance.
Google has announced two products aimed at helping users develop and deploy intelligent connected devices at scale: Edge TPU is a hardware chip and Cloud IoT Edge is a software stack that extends Google Cloud’s AI capability to gateways and connected devices.
Qualcomm has cancelled its planned takeover of NXP after failing to gain regulatory approval in China. Richard Clemmer (pictured), NXP’s president, described this as “unfortunate”.
T-Mobile and Nokia have announced a $3.5bn agreement to accelerate the deployment of a 5G network across the USA. The two companies plan to develop, test and launch connectivity services for enterprises, smart cities, utilities, transportation, health, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and government agencies.
Europe’s first data flat rate for the IoT is available online. The joint offering by Deutsche Telekom and 1NCE, available under the name 1NCE Lifetime Fee, is for business customers. It provides connectivity for devices using low data volumes in the IoT.
Solbright and M2M Spectrum Networks are merging to create Iota Communications, said to be the first publicly-traded, pure-play, fully-featured IoT network operating company in the USA.
IoT technology firm Aeris is collaborating with fellow Californian company Ranch Systems to help farmers and businesses improve their sustainable water management, food production and environmental monitoring.
Attendees from key IoT markets at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showed dramatic increases over the previous year, according to the IoT M2M Council (IMC), a trade group that organises a pavilion and conference at CES covering IoT infrastructure.
Swiss company Scandit has raised $30m in series B funding to bring the IoT to everyday objects through computer vision and augmented reality.
U-Blox has introduced a 2G cellular module for M2M applications, such as utility metering and tracking systems.