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IMC Newsdesk Archives: April 2020

Infineon and Tata offer cellular IoT in 200 countries

German electronics company Infineon has partnered Tata Communications to offer pre-integrated cellular IoT network coverage in more than 200 countries.

Could eSIM be the answer to global IoT?

Embedded SIMs, or eSIMs, could solve the problem of deploying an IoT service globally, according to Ajay Joseph, CTO of iBasis, speaking at last week’s IMC Industrial IoT Online Summit.

AWS AppFlow automates bidirectional data flows

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced AppFlow, a fully managed service that provides an easy, secure way to create and automate bidirectional data flows between AWS and SaaS applications without writing custom integration code.

Digi routers and software address IoT and 5G needs

Digi has introduced routers and software to address IoT connectivity and 5G needs of retail, digital signage, transportation and smart cities.

1NCE puts IoT flat rate on AWS

Tier-one IoT network carrier 1NCE is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to simplify the process of connecting IoT devices to the cloud. To kickstart the project, the 1NCE IoT flat rate with a ten-year data plan is available in AWS Marketplace for $10.

Telit modules save power for IoT applications

IoT enabler Telit has added the ML865G1-WW to its portfolio of low-power NB-IoT and LTE-M modules. Compliant with 3GPP release 14, the LTE UE Cat M1 and NB2 module can enables increased power saving for IoT applications.

Bsquare lets Windows IoT users recover and upgrade

Bsquare has launched a Windows IoT recovery, upgrade and OS imaging product for embedded and purpose-built devices such as point-of-sale kiosks, healthcare devices, digital displays and handheld terminals.

Intel uses AI to save coral reefs

Accenture, Intel and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation have revealed details about Project Corail, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered way to monitor, characterise and analyse coral reef resiliency.

Kerlink LoRaWan brings smart water metering to Kenya

Kerlink and French start-up CityTaps are deploying a LoRaWan in Kenya to help bring running water into homes. The smart-metering system gives consumers payment flexibility and could encourage development of water-supply networks in the country.

Renesas updates MCU software for IoT use

Japanese electronics company Renesas has updated its FSP flexible software package for the RA family of 32bit Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers (MCUs) so developers can quickly create secure IoT endpoint and edge products for Industry 4.0, building automation, metering, healthcare, consumer wearable and home appliance applications.

Intel launches IoT developer course on edge AI

Intel and Udacity have announced an edge artificial intelligence (AI) for IoT nanodegree programme to train the developer community in deep learning and computer vision. The aim is to accelerate the development and deployment of AI models at the edge by leveraging the Intel distribution of the OpenVino toolkit.

Alibaba and Tencent use Semtech LoRa for quarantine monitoring

Several of Semtech’s customers have integrated LoRa technology with cloud-based platforms developed by Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud to deploy IoT monitoring applications for Chinese residents in quarantine.

Deutsche Telekom expands NB-IoT roaming in Europe

Deutsche Telekom has signed its first NB-IoT roaming agreements with European operators Swisscom, Telia and Vodafone. This brings mobile IoT roaming services to a further nine European countries.

Qualcomm claims power efficiency record with IoT modem

Qualcomm has announced what it claims is the world’s most power-efficient NB2 IoT chipset, offering performance improvements for low-power long-life IoT applications.

SensiML web tool implements AI for IoT endpoints

Oregon-based SensiML, a developer of AI tools for building intelligent IoT endpoints, has released a web-based AutoML tool with a user interface that is said to make it easier for developers to implement AI for their endpoint IoT applications.

Infineon and Sectigo protect IoT devices when they are made

New Jersey-based Sectigo is working with German electronics company Infineon to protect IoT devices with automated factory provisioning of certificates.

Steute wireless network for digitalised production

The Nexy wireless sensor network from German company Steute facilitates the transmission of sensor data to the IoT or other superordinate IT systems in a production environment.

Apple and Google develop Covid-19 contact tracing

Apple and Google are working together on Covid-19 contact-tracing technology.

Cisco acquires mission-critical wireless firm Fluidmesh

Cisco is to acquire privately-held Fluidmesh Networks, a New York-based specialist in wireless backhaul systems.

Four keys to IoT expansion

Jeremy Prince, president of Sigfox in the USA, discusses how the IoT is transforming the enterprise.

Digi offers enterprise security while working from home

Digi is offering networking that enables enterprise-level security in work-from-home environments. The Minnesota firm’s routers, cellular extenders and console servers provide connectivity that is securely tunnelled for at-home workers and out-of-band management capabilities for stretched, corporate data centres.

Intel Ignite picks ten start-ups for second cohort

The Intel Ignite start-up programme in Israel has announced the ten start-ups selected for its second cohort, which is scheduled to begin this weekend.

SenRa releases IoT analytics platform

Indian LoRaWan operator SenRa has released an analytics platform to help its users quickly and securely manage IoT data and devices at scale.

Ingram Micro establishes IoT centre of excellence

California-based technology distributor Ingram Micro has established a global IoT centre of excellence to aid channel partners and manufacturers in accelerating IoT market adoption.

UMass Lowell professor lands $4.5m for IoT research

University of Massachusetts Lowell professor Xinwen Fu (pictured left) has been awarded more than $4.5m by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) for his research into the IoT.

Laird gateway bridges Bluetooth to cloud

Laird Connectivity has announced the Sentrius MG100 Micro-Gateway to simplify the bridging of Bluetooth sensor data to the cloud.

Satellite IoT firm Myriota raises $28m series B funding

Australian satellite IoT connectivity company Myriota has raised AU$28m series B funding led by Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures.

Microsoft collaborates with IoT chip firms

Microsoft is collaborating with ST Microelectronics, Renesas, NXP, Microchip and Qualcomm that are making 32bit microcontrollers embedded into billions of IoT devices.

Taoglas platform monitors social distancing measures

Taoglas has announced Crowd Insights, a people movement analytics platform to assist with the urgent public health need for managing crowd sizes and social distancing at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

NXP expands Wifi 6 portfolio for IoT use

Dutch electronics company NXP Semiconductors has announced a Wifi 6 (802.11ax) portfolio, which expands the number of products and markets able to adopt the latest wifi standards, including IoT, automotive, access, mobile and industrial.

Laird gateway bridges LoRaWan to cloud

Laird Connectivity has announced a flexible multi-wireless gateway for bridging LoRaWan devices to the cloud. The Sentrius RG191 + LTE gateway is a LoRaWan-enabled version that provides wifi, Ethernet, and cellular in one device.

Eurotech announces modular IoT edge gateways

Italian embedded systems company Eurotech has announced a family of modular IoT edge gateways. The modular BoltGate 20-31 family addresses applications for smart transportation by combining hardware and software for edge processing and cloud connectivity.

Parents give thumbs up to IoT in classrooms

More than eight in ten Scottish citizens believe the IoT and digital technologies will enhance education in Scotland, according to research by Capita on behalf of the Scottish Wide Area Network (Swan).

Cypress provides design path to IoT

Cypress Semiconductor has unveiled devices that it says give IoT developers a simplified path to build high-quality, secure and reliable IoT products.

NetFoundry simplifies IoT edge compute with Microsoft

NetFoundry is simplifying IoT edge compute and private 5G by integrating with Microsoft Azure Edge Zones.

Microsoft and apply IoT to future pandemics

Microsoft is working with AI software provide and a group of US universities to apply IoT and artificial intelligence technology to mitigate future pandemics.

AWS Detective investigates complex security cases

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announces the general availability of Amazon Detective to analyse trillions of data points to make it easier to visualise security data and conduct faster and more efficient investigations. WarnerMedia and T-Systems are early users.

U-Blox acquires Thingstream for $10.3m

Wireless technology company U-Blox has acquired fellow Swiss firm Thingstream, an IoT communications-as-a-service provider, for CHF10m ($10.3m), announced Thomas Seiler (pictured), CEO of U-Blox, this week.

Telit module makes 5G connection on MTS sub-6GHz network

Telit’s FN980m data card module has completed a 5G connection on Mobile TeleSystems' (MTS) 4.9GHz (sub-6GHz) network in Russia. It is suitable for bandwidth-intensive applications such as branch office connectivity, professional video broadcasting, digital signage and industrial IoT.

Conectric and Black Buffalo partner on IoT blockchain

Conectric Networks, a Californian wireless IoT start-up, and New York-based Black Buffalo have agreed to collaborate on delivering IoT blockchain fusion technologies.

Uppsala researchers make solar cell that harvests indoor light

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden have developed a solar cell that can harvest light from indoor lamps for powering IoT devices.

PrimeKey meets IoT device makers’ need for security

Swedish digital security company PrimeKey has released an enterprise cloud validation authority (VA) to meet IoT device manufacturers' need for scalable, flexible and cost-effective security. It is available on AWS Marketplace.

TE wireless accelerometer meets LoRaWan specifications

Swiss firm TE Connectivity is addressing the sensors market need with the release of a wireless accelerometer to LoRaWan specifications using edge computing.

Hannover Messe will not take place this year

There will be no Hannover Messe this year. The organisers had originally moved it from its traditional April slot to July due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but now that date has been cancelled. The plan is for next year’s show to go ahead in April 2021.