Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: August 2019

AWS makes machine learning available to businesses

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon Forecast, a managed service that uses machine learning to deliver accurate forecasts based on the same technology that powers

Google Cloud and Sigfox support IoT start-ups

Sigfox and Google Cloud have agreed to make every Sigfox starter programme member eligible for the Google Cloud for start-ups programme. This includes up to US$20,000 in Google Cloud platform and Firebase credits and other benefits subject to meeting the Google Cloud platform’s requirements.

Huawei issues warning over treatment by US government

If the rest of the world continues to turn the other cheek to the US government’s treatment of Huawei, it will send a dangerous signal, the company said on the eve of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.

Simfony picks iBasis for global connectivity

Dutch IoT PaaS provider and mobile virtual network enabler Simfony has selected and integrated the iBasis global access for things service into its real-time IoT platform and core network.

GlobalPlatform appoints Cisco chief to handle IoT security

Non-profit industry association GlobalPlatform has appointed Cisco IoT expert Chris Steck (pictured) as strategic director to accelerate the association’s work bringing trust to the IoT ecosystem.

Iridium reveals beta partners for IoT transceiver

Iridium Communications ha announced the first ten approved beta partners developing products based on the its Certus 9770 transceiver for faster satellite IoT, data and voice applications.

Edom and PollenTech combine hardware and software

Taiwanese firm Edom Technology and PollenTech, a Finland-based software development service provider, are working together to enable the delivery of complete, robust and properly integrated hardware and software that lets IoT silicon vendors and product manufacturers shorten their development cycle.

Worst and weirdest IoT hacks of all times

Panama-based virtual private network provider NordVPN has collected a list of the craziest IoT device hacks and breaches.

Deutsche Telekom revises IoT tariffs across Europe

Deutsche Telekom with technology partner 1NCE has revised its tariffs for IoT to include a full-service IoT starter rate. Users can order prepaid SIM cards with a single mouse click and the tariffs will apply across 28 European countries.

Intel reveals AI accelerator at Hot Chips

At this week’s Hot Chips conference at Stanford University, Intel revealed details of an upcoming high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator – the Intel Nervana neural network processor, with the NNP-T for training and the NNP-I for inference.

Renesas simplifies secure IoT connections to AWS

Japanese semiconductor company Renesas Electronics has announced a cloud kit with on-board wifi, environmental, light and inertial sensors that supports Amazon Free RTOS connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Astea and Software AG combine IoT and FSM

Pennsylvania-based Astea is working with Software AG to offer service organisations a turnkey field service management (FSM) and IoT combination.

GCA launches cyber-security IoT platform

The Global Cyber Alliance has launched a cyber-security development platform for IoT devices. The Aide automated IoT defence ecosystem can help small businesses, manufacturers, service providers and individuals identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and secure IoT devices.

Amazon brings Zigbee certified total to 3000

The Zigbee Alliance says there are now more than 3000 Zigbee certified products and compliant platforms available. The second-generation Amazon Echo Show was product number 3000.

Nordics see 5G as IoT catalyst, says ISG report

Enterprises in the Nordic countries see the rollout of 5G mobile services, with their faster networking speeds, as a catalyst for the broader adoption of the IoT, according to technology research and advisory firm Information Services Group (ISG).

IMC survey hints at IoT starting to scale

The IoT industry is still suffering from a lack of scale, but two trends highlighted by the quarterly survey from the IoT M2M Council (IMC) suggest that an increase in the scale of IoT deployments may be in the offing. And in another development, the IMC data have established that there are IoT buyer personas that have very distinct characteristics.
Microsoft blames Strontium for attacks on IoT devices
Microsoft has accused the Russian-based Strontium group of being behind nearly 1400 attacks on IoT devices in the past year.
AWS launches Lake Formation for building data lakes
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of AWS Lake Formation, a fully managed service that makes it easier for users to build, secure and manage data lakes.
Murata modem adopts Semtech LoRa technology

Japanese electronics company Murata is sampling a modem based on LoRa technology from California-based Semtech.
Taoglas acquires IoT engineering company Firmwave

Antenna maker Taoglas has acquired fellow Irish firm Firmwave, an IoT product design and engineering company, to deliver IoT applications in healthcare, energy and utilities, supply chain and logistics, transportation, agriculture, and construction.
Iotic and IET teach IoT security

With increasing concerns about the security of the IoT, the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Academy has teamed up with UK-based Iotic to develop and release a course to teach how to secure IoT networks.
Advantech banks on Intel for AIoT embedded platforms

Taiwanese company Advantech has launched Intel Core processor-based embedded platforms with round-the-clock operations management for combined AI and IoT (AIoT) applications.


Arm automates IoT device management

Chip design company Arm has introduced v2.0 of its Pelion connectivity management IoT automation engine with features that let organisations automatically manage millions of devices across multiple countries and different networks.

Third of IoT projects fail at proof of concept, says Microsoft

Nearly a third of IoT project fail in the proof of concept stage yet 88% of adopters see the IoT as critical to business success, according to a report from Microsoft.

U-Blox acquires Rigado Bluetooth module business

Swiss connectivity company U-Blox has acquired Oregon-based Rigado’s Bluetooth modules business so it can extend its Bluetooth product offering and add access to more sales channels and market segments.

HPE adopts Intel acceleration in analytics server

Intel is working with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to increase workload acceleration capacity for the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server for computing-intensive markets such as streaming analytics, media transcoding, financial technology and network security.

Deutsche Telekom splits IoT and security into separate companies

Deutsche Telekom wants to separate its security and IoT businesses into separate companies as part of a restructuring plan between T-Systems and Telekom Germany due to go before its supervisory board early next month.

Advantech and Clovity combine IoT hardware and software

Taiwanese embedded platform company Advantech is working with California-based professional services provider Clovity to focus on IoT products for industrial, retail, smart city and healthcare sectors

STM consolidates cyber protection for IoT designers

Swiss electronics company ST Microelectronics wants to consolidate cyber-protection resources for IoT designers through its STM32Trust ecosystem.

IDT clock generators reduce power for IoT devices

California-based Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has launched a family of clock generators for small, battery-powered devices, such as smart watches, hearables, fitness monitors, portable medical equipment and devices connected to the IoT.

Microsoft offers threat protection for IoT installations

To give organisations threat protection and security posture management across their entire IoT installations, Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Security Center for IoT.

HPE to set up IoT agricultural centre in India

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is launching a centre of excellence in India to skill students in IoT-based agriculture. It is a collaboration with Agastya International Foundation.

Digi unveils development tools to mark XBee milestone

Digi International has shipped more than 15 million XBee units and marked the milestone by unveiling a suite of software and development tools for the XBee ecosystem.

Renesas microcontrollers target IoT modules and edge devices

Japanese electronics giant Renesas is introducing four ultra-small 32bit microcontrollers for IoT connectivity modules and space-constrained edge devices.

IoT cyber attacks jump 55%, says Sonicwall

Cyber attacks on IoT devices jumped 55% in the first half of this year, according to California-based network security company Sonicwall.

SensiEdge portable BLE module accelerates IoT applications

A portable IoT module from SensiEdge comes in a 17 by 40mm form factor and is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Balena raises $14.4m to extend edge computing

Edge computing company Balena has raised $14.4m to expand it team and bring edge computing to more developers as it sees the number of IoT devices managed on its platform growing by four times year-over-year.

Laird increases power and range on Bluetooth module

Ohio-based wireless technology company Laird Connectivity has announced the BL654 PA power-amplified Bluetooth module to increase power and range performance.

Cellular M2M connections to hit 1.6bn by 2024, says Juniper

The global number of cellular M2M connections will reach 1.6 billion by 2024, rising from 596 million in 2019, according to Juniper Research. And embedded SIMs will account for two-thirds of the connections. This is a growth of 165% over the next five years.