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IMC Newsdesk Archives: May 2019

AWS makes it easier to control satellite data




Amazon Web Services has announced general availability of AWS Ground Station, a service that makes it easier for users to control satellites from AWS and download data from satellites into AWS infrastructure regions using a managed network of ground station antennas around the world.

 

 
Huawei calls for quick response in court case against US government




Chinese tech giant Huawei has raised the stakes in its battle against the Donald Trump administration by filing a motion for summary judgment in its court case to halt what it claims is illegal action against the company.

 
Sony announces module for upcoming Eltres IoT network




Sony is releasing a communications module ready for its Eltres low-power wide area (LPWA) IoT network due to be rolled out this autumn.

 
Bosch invests in Israeli AI IoT start-up Veego

Israeli start-up Veego, a developer of artificial intelligence for eliminating malfunctions in IoT products, has completed its seed funding with the addition of the venture arm of the Bosch Group.

 
Xnor brings self service to AI development




Seattle-based Xnor.ai has launched a self-serve platform that lets developers, device creators and companies build smart, edge-based products without training or background in AI.

 
Hong Kong researchers develop flexible battery for wearables




Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a flexible, high-energy textile lithium battery to offer more stable, durable and safe energy supply for wearable electronics in applications such as in healthcare monitoring, intelligent textiles, smartphones, GPS tracking and the IoT.

 
Port expands SoM offering for real-time Linux use




German company Port is expanding its system on module (SoM) offering for real-time communications using Linux. The IoT and Industry 4.0 module has Profinet CCB and Ethernet IP on board and can now be integrated into Linux environments.

 
Eseye banks £4.24m to fund growth

Eseye, a UK provider of technology services for the IoT market, has received £4.24m funding from Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank to initiate a growth strategy.

 
5G will be slow to impact IoT market, predicts Berg

The 5G cellular technology will not be an instant hit for the IoT, according to analyst firm Berg Insight, which expects 5G to make its first appearance in the IoT market late next year.


Huawei hits back at “bullying” by Trump administration




Huawei this week hit back at US attacks by promising a focus on Europe and warning other companies about the way it has been treated by the Donald Trump administration, accusing the president of “bullying”.

 
Arduino introduces SIM-only IoT service




Arduino has launched a SIM-only service for IoT devices based on the Arduino platform to give developers and manufacturers cellular access to its IoT cloud platform from over 100 countries with a single data plan.

 
Infineon partners AWS for cloud integration




German electronics company Infineon Technologies has become a technology partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infineon enables IoT device makers to develop and integrate their products into the AWS cloud.

 
TÜV Rheinland opens IoT testing lab in India




German technical services company TÜV Rheinland has opened a wireless and IoT laboratory in the IT and design hub of Bangalore, India. The 1500 square metre lab will provide measurement and testing services in accordance with the latest international regulations.

 
Extreme Networks secures IoT for digital enterprises

California-based Extreme Networks has introduced IoT security and automated threat mitigation for the digital enterprise. Its Extreme AI Security product delivers behavioural analysis, automated remediation and containment to defend against network-based cyber attacks.

 
Solace starts IoT partner programme

Canadian IT and services company Solace has started an IoT partner programme to accelerate the time to value for enterprises implementing IoT initiatives.

 
China pushes worldwide cellular IoT connections beyond one billion

Cellular IoT connections exceed one billion worldwide spurred by growth in China, according to IoT analyst firm Berg Insight.

 
Verizon extends NB-IoT network across USA




Verizon has extended its NB-IoT network to be available coast-to-coast covering more than 92% of the US population.

 
Google to end Works with Nest developer programme




Google is winding down the Works with Nest developer programme on August 31, 2019. Its goal, it says, is to deliver a single consumer and developer experience through the Works with Google Assistant programme, which works with more than 30,000 devices from over 3500 home automation brands.

 
Semtech building blocks aid LoRa development




Semtech has released software building blocks to help speed up the development process for LoRa applications. Called LoRa Basics, they will be available on the California company’s LoRa Developer Portal as open source.

 
Sectigo acquires Icon Labs to boost IoT security

Web security firm Sectigo, a New Jersey-based commercial Certificate Authority (CA), has acquired Icon Labs, an Iowa-based provider of cross-platform security for embedded OEMs and IoT device manufacturers.

 
Longview IoT enhances LoRa gateway at IoT World

At this week’s IoT World in California, Longview IoT added to its IoT offering, including an enhanced version of its LoRa gateway with multiple frequencies for coverage worldwide, a gateway designed for indoor environments, and sensors to support a growing list of enterprise IoT use cases.

 
Thirdwayv software module provides IoT security




Thirdwayv, a California-based provider of end-to-end connectivity and security, announced at this week’s IoT World in Santa Clara that it has added AppAuth software modules to provide security in mission-critical IoT applications.

 
Big data firm Luokung acquires BotBrain AI

Luokung Technology, a big-data technology company providing location-based services, has signed a stock purchase agreement to acquire 67.36% of fellow Chinese company BotBrain AI Technology.

 
Thawani launches IoT platform and signs deal with Haya Water




Muscat-based Thawani Technologies has launched an IoT platform called Makank that can be used to initiate payment requests using RFID stickers linked to a vehicle and a Thawani user’s account.

 
IBase to debut AIoT products at SPS IPC Drives

Taiwanese industrial motherboards and embedded systems maker IBase Technology will be debuting AMD Ryzen embedded R1000-based AIoT products at the SPS IPC Drives Italia exhibition from May 28 to 30 in Parma, Italy.

 
Connected wearables to grow at 15.4% CAGR, says Berg




Shipments of connected wearables are set to grow at a CAGR of 15.4 per cent to reach nearly 240 million units by 2023, according to market watcher Berg Insights.

 
Microsoft adds IoT and blockchain features to Azure


Scott Guthrie (pictured), executive vice president at Microsoft, announced in his keynote at this week’s Microsoft Build conference in Seattle added Azure services and developer technologies that put capabilities spanning IoT, blockchain, AI and mixed reality in the hands of developers.

 
Samsung and KT deploy NB-IoT for public safety

Samsung and Korea Telecom are to deliver NB-IoT services through a public safety LTE (PS-LTE) network. Samsung has signed an expansion contract with KT to provide PS-LTE network services based on 3GPP standard release 13 for ten major metropolitan regions.

 
IBM and Vodafone Idea sign five-year deal to connect India

IBM has signed a multi-million-dollar five-year agreement with Vodafone Idea to deliver an enhanced customer experience to millions of connected consumers and businesses in India. This will also contribute to Vodafone Idea's merger synergy objectives by reducing its IT related costs.

 
Telit partners Deutsche Telekom on NuSIM initiative

Telit has become a partner in Deutsche Telekom's NuSIM initiative, which takes a different approach to IoT system design by moving the subscriber identity module's (SIM) functionality to the cellular chipset.

 
Síminn and Ericsson to deploy 5G and IoT in Iceland


Icelandic service provider Síminn and Ericsson are moving towards 5G and massive IoT deployment in Iceland.

 
UK government proposes IoT security label


Goods sold in the UK will have to carry an IoT security label if they are to be connected to the internet, according to plans announced in London last week by the government’s digital minister Margot James.

 
Antenova antenna achieves centimetre accuracy

Antenna maker Antenova is shipping its latest positioning antenna – Raptor – which achieves accuracy in the GNSS bands that lets it pinpoint location to within centimetres.

 

Microsoft acquires Express Logic

Microsoft has acquired software firm Express Logic for an undisclosed sum. The California company specialises in producing a real-time operating system that works in small edge devices.

 
Arm and Docker partner on IoT development

At this week’s DockerCon in San Francisco, chip designer Arm announced a partnership with California-based Docker to help cloud developers build applications for cloud, edge and IoT environments.

 
Arrow and IBM use IoT to improve airport experience




Arrow Electronics and IBM have co-created an IoT-based smart airport asset management system.

 
AWS service helps set up and manage blockchain networks

This week, Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain, a fully managed service that makes it easy to create and manage scalable blockchain networks.

 
Digi USB hubs connect over IP, LTE and 5G




IoT connectivity firm Digi has introduced network-attached remote USB hubs that create the ability to connect USB peripheral devices to a PC over an IP or, with a cellular module, LTE and, when available, 5G network.

 
Globalsign and Xage partner on IoT security




A partnership between certificate authority GMO Globalsign and California-based IoT cyber-security firm Xage Security aims to use blockchain technology to protect devices, applications and humans.

 
IoT security start-up Vdoo raises $32m

Israeli IoT security start-up Vdoo has raised $32m in series B funding to increase market adoption of its IoT security platform while expanding its technical capabilities. This brings the company’s total funding to $45m.

 
SoftServe opens IoT laboratory in Ukraine




Lviv-based digital authority and consulting company SoftServe through its partnership with Ivano-Frankivsk IT cluster members has opened an IoT laboratory at King Danylo University in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

 
UK sees world’s first Wifi 6 IoT trial




The world’s first Wifi 6 IoT trial took place in the UK last month. The Wireless Broadband Alliance carried out the industrial enterprise and IoT trial with Mettis Aerospace, a manufacturer of precision-forged, machined and sub-assembled components for the aerospace and defence industry.

 
Silicon Labs targets wireless SoCs at IoT




Texas-based Silicon Labs has introduced the second series of its Wireless Gecko systems on chip (SoCs) designed to make IoT products more powerful, efficient and reliable.