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IMC Newsdesk Archives: May 2019

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.