Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

M2M Industry News Archives: January 2015

Federal Trade Commission wants IoT firms to prioritise security
The Federal Trade Commission in the USA has recommend a series of steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of internet-connected devices.
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Tele2 and Aerea enter Sigfox M2M partnership in the Netherlands
Stockholm-based telecoms operator Tele2 and Dutch company Aerea are entering an M2M and IoT partnership in the Netherlands so IoT services can be provided over the low-cost, energy-efficient Sigfox global network as well as 2G, 3G and 4G.
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Gartner predicts 4.9bn connected devices this year
While the IoT is forecast by Gartner to grow to 4.9bn connected things this year, the Connecticut-based market research company predicts there will still not be a dominant IoT ecosystem by 2018.
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B+B ecosystem aims to extend non-consumer IoT connectivity
Illinois-based B+B SmartWorx has launched an ecosystem to enable complementary partner companies to make intelligent connections with each other, combine expertise and build effective IoT applications for end customers in the non-consumer IoT space.
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IoT acquisition activity surged in 2014, says 451 Research
Acquirers stepped up their activity in the IoT marketplace in 2014, spending about US$14.3bn to acquire more than 60 companies, according to New York based market analyst 451 Research.
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Google’s MVNO ambitions are IoT related, says Machnation
The news that Google is looking to become an MVNO on the Sprint and T-Mobile networks in the USA is IoT related, believes Dima Tokar, analyst and CRO at consultancy Machnation.
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Documents show Samsung bid $7.5bn for Blackberry and QNX
Samsung Electronics recently offered to buy Blackberry for as much as US$7.5bn, which would give it control of the QNX operating system and its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.
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Wipro partnership takes IoT through the Looking Glass
Indian-based global information technology companyWipro and Software AG from Frankfurt have jointly developed an IoT platform for smart, connected products.
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Monnit M2M gateways operate with 2G and 3G cellular networks
Salt Lake City based Monnit has released international M2M cellular gateways for wireless sensors.
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M2M module market to triple by 2018, says Infonetics
The global M2M module market is set to grow nearly three-fold to US$4.5bn by 2018, according to a report from Infonetics Research.
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Australia set to experience high growth in M2M, says Frost & Sullivan
The Australian M2M market is set to grow at 18.1 per cent CAGR from 2013, doubling in value by 2016, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan.
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Elisa launches IoT service in Finland and Estonia
Telecoms, ICT and online service company Elisa is launching an IoT service in Finland and Estonia to enable its customers to connect and interface seamlessly with their remote devices, people, business systems and things.
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Affiliate programme aims to improve M2M connectivity
California-based Aeris has launched the Neo affiliate programme to enable IoT ecosystem companies to integrate Neo M2M connectivity system into their processes.
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Eurotech improves software framework for M2M gateways and devices
Eurotech has released ESF 3.0, the Java OSGi software framework for M2M multiservice gateways and smart devices.
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Hyundai leads rise in telematics and driver assistance patents
Technology advances in telematics and driver assistance systems are gathering steam as the enablers of future connected and self-driving cars, according to an analysis of global patent applications.
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Embedded World keynote to address IoT technology trends
Silicon Labs’ CEO Tyson Tuttle will give an RF expert’s view on technology trends in the internet of things in the opening-day keynote address at Embedded World in Nuremberg in February.
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Sim controllers from Starchip promise cost reductions
French company Starchip’s third generation of chip-based controllers for sim, usim and M2M applications have been introduced with the aim of providing cost savings through enhanced design features.
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Kore CEO Alex Brisbourne becomes chair of IMC
Kore CEO Alex Brisbourne has been voted chairman of the International M2M Council (IMC), the largest and fastest-growing trade group serving the rapidly expanding IoT and M2M sector. Kore claims to be the world's largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) dedicated to providing wireless connectivity for M2M.
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Blackberry IoT platform could become smart city enabler
Blackberry has launched an internet of things platform, initially targeting the connected car and asset tracking industries. The IoT platform will leverage the Ontario-based company’s technology portfolio, extending its security and reliability to emerging IoT applications.
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Smart thermostat market in North America and Europe doubled in 2014, says Berg report
The number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 105 per cent to 3.2 million in 2014, according to research from Berg Insight.
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M2M sensors turn heat on parasites to keep honey bees safe
A microcontroller, sensors and power management components from ST Microelectronics are helping eliminate a parasite that is posing a serious threat to the bee population.
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Japanese partnership leads to control of multiple sensors
A platform that can manage multiple sensors and handle large amounts of data has resulted from a partnership between Tokyo-based internet and network services provider Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and hardware and software development company Atmark Techno.
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Virtual development lab aims to speed up commercialisation of IoT products
In response to growing demand for IoT development and support, San Diego-based M2M DataSmart has launched its IoT Development Lab for making the concept-to-commercialisation process easier in the SMB, entrepreneurial start-up and OEM community.
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Three touch panel PCs from AIS target industrial IoT and M2M markets
American Industrial Systems (AIS) has developed three series of HMIs to meet the demands of the industrial IoT market. The touch panel PCs are for control and monitoring in industrial IoT, Industry 4.0 and M2M applications.
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Sequans chipset brings LTE capability to wearables
A low-cost chipset that will allow wearables to connect over LTE networks has been introduced by French-company Sequans Communications.
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Arkessa and Siemens enter technology partnership
German company Siemens has announced a technology partnership with UK M2M communications specialist Arkessa.
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Temperature sensors maintain accuracy for IoT applications
High-precision temperature sensors have been introduced by Silicon Labs for HVAC, white goods, computer equipment, asset tracking, cold chain storage, industrial control and medical equipment.

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We must work together to enable the IoT – Samsung’s CES keynote
Different sectors must pull together if the promises of the internet of things are going to be fulfilled. This was the message from BK Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, in the opening keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Wot.io expands data service exchange with more partnerships
The Wot.io data service exchange for connected device platforms announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it has expanded its data service exchange with seven more data services and a partnership with Intelligent Product Solutions.
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Better than sex: Europe to see mobile internet revenues double by 2017
By 2017, mobile internet revenues in the top five countries in Europe will have more than doubled to about €230bn – an annual growth rate of 25% – according to a report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
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AT&T launches managed data service for developers
At the 2015 AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas this week, AT&T announced the commercial availability of the M2X Data Service, its first internet of things managed service for developers, as well as design tools aimed at making it easier for enterprise developers to create IoT products.
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Facebook buys voice-recognition firm Wit.ai
Facebook has acquired a company that makes voice recognition technology for wearable devices and internet-connected appliances, the latest sign of its ambition to extend its reach beyond computers and smartphones.
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World’s smallest GNSS module suits M2M wearable applications
Aimed at M2M and wearable applications, the W2SG0021i industrial-temperature miniature GNSS module from Canadian firm Wi2Wi is based on the recently introduced CSR SiRF Star V chip.
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Orbcomm completes acquisition of Skywave
M2M service provider Orbcomm has completed the acquisition of Skywave Mobile Communications, said to be the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band satellite network.
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Modules set benchmark for GNSS precision timing
Timing modules that can generate a precise reference clock with better than 20ns accuracy are suitable for mission-critical infrastructure systems including mobile communications networks, power generation and distribution systems, and seismic measurements.
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