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IMC Newsdesk Archives: December 2018

Telit backs Qualcomm LTE modem for IoT

Qualcomm Technologies has announced a modem purpose-built for IoT applications such as asset trackers, health monitors, security systems, smart city sensors and smart meters, as well as a range of wearable trackers. And Telit says it will be one of the first to introduce an IoT module based on the modem.

Avnet acquires IoT software company Softweb

Avnet is to acquire Softweb Solutions, a Texas-based software and artificial intelligence company that delivers software for IoT applications and systems designed to increase efficiency, speed time to market and help businesses transform.

Telenor and Ericsson trial NB-IoT in Myanmar

Norwegian telco Telenor in partnership with Ericsson has become the first operator in Myanmar to carry out a successful trial of NB-IoT technology on its LTE network.

AI robot becomes first subscriber on KT 5G network

An AI-equipped robot called Lota has become the first subscriber for Korea Telecom’s just launched 5G network commercial service. Lota will guide visitors through the Seoul Sky Observatory, which sits on top of the landmark 123-storey, 555m-high Lotte World Tower in eastern Seoul.

Washington researchers use IoT so bees can replace drones

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a buzz about an IoT sensor package that is small enough to ride aboard a bumblebee.

Transceiver IP supports NB-IoT release 14

Californian wireless connectivity firm Palma Ceia SemiDesign has announced a transceiver IP supporting LTE NB-IoT release 14. The IP is targeted at IoT and M2M applications.

Synapse unveils Gerard, a contextually aware robot

Cambridge Consultants subsidiary Synapse Product Development has combined machine vision, voice and gesture recognition, 3D mapping, and autonomous robotics to create Gerard to give a glimpse of a future where context-aware digital assistants move closer to human communications.

Arm makes IoT predictions for 2019

Chip design company Arm has made its IoT predictions for 2019 based on a survey of technology experts and futurists. The predictions span IoT within intelligent homes, personalised delivery and healthcare as well as smart cities and buildings. 

Blackberry helps private and public sectors combine for smart cities

Blackberry is helping the private and public sectors come together to accelerate the development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems with a security credential management service.

Huawei hits back at security allegations

Huawei has hit back at security allegations made against the Chinese technology giant last week by European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip.

Loriot leverages Kerlink geolocation for LoRa deployment

Swiss start-up Loriot is providing a LoRa-based low-power, wide-area network server to customers in more than 130 countries in partnership with French IoT company Kerlink.

Taiwan cellular operator picks Ayla for IoT development

Taiwan cellular operator Asia Pacific Telecom is to use California-based Ayla Networks’s recently enhanced IoT platform to develop IoT applications.

Kudelski and Pepper partner on IoT security

Swiss digital security company Kudelski Group is working with Kansas City start-up Pepper IoT to protect IoT service providers and retailers from cyber-security risks and increase consumer confidence in connected device security.

Smart speakers will argue with us, predicts Ericsson report

Smart speakers that take part in family arguments and virtual assistant that understand moods are two of the trends that Ericsson is predicting in its 2019 Consumer Lab trend report.

U-Blox collaboration brings positioning accuracy to Korea

Korean broadcast media company MBC, with assistance from Swiss wireless modules company U-Blox, has launched a compact L1 and L2 real-time kinematic multi-band device.

Atmosic hopes to eliminate batteries for IoT devices

Fabless semiconductor company Atmosic Technologies believes it can help IoT device makers reduce and even eliminate their dependency on battery power using technology from fellow Californian company Ceva.

Infineon ships industrial grade eSIM in small package

To help M2M communications achieve reliable data collection and uninterrupted data transmission, taking advantage of ubiquitous mobile networks, Infineon Technologies has introduced an industrial-grade embedded SIM (eSIM) in a miniature wafer-level chip-scale package.

Amazon unveils machine learning capabilities at Re:Invent

At its Re:Invent conference in Seattle, Amazon Web Services announced capabilities across all layers in the machine learning stack, to help put the technology in the hands of even more developers. It also announced four services and capabilities that make it easier to ingest data from edge devices and build IoT applications.

Deutsche Telekom unveils LTE-M programme finalists

Deutsche Telekom unveiled the finalists of the Hubraum LTE-M prototyping programme at a summit in Vienna last month. This is part of its preparation for the roll out of its 5G-ready LTE-M technology in 2019 with the accelerated development of LTE-M products and services.

HPE converges edge applications to speed deployment

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced its Edgeline converged edge system to speed the deployment and simplify the management of edge applications, enabling users to act on the vast amounts of data generated by machines, assets and sensors from edge to cloud.

Verizon toolkit eases IoT development

Verizon has announced an IoT development toolkit using its ThingSpace platform and powered by Amazon Free RTOS. This should make it easier for developers, OEM manufacturers and system integrators to develop IoT products that can leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) and connect to the AWS IoT Core.

Microchip introduces LoRa system-in-package family

To accelerate the development of LoRa-based connectivity, Microchip Technology has introduced an integrated LoRa system-in-package family with a low-power 32bit microcontroller, sub-GHz RF LoRa transceiver and software stack.

Everise acquires Trusource Labs to extend IoT support

Singapore-based Everise has signed a binding agreement to acquire US company Trusource Labs, which specialises in technical support for IoT and help desk experiences for Apple users.

U-Blox module ready for 3GPP release 14 and 5G

A globally configurable NB-IoT module from Swiss company U-Blox is ready for 3GPP release 14 and 5G. The multi-band Sara-N3 is globally configurable for operation under any NB-IoT network.

Etsi reports on protocols for 5G

European standards group Etsi has released a specification and report on next generation internet protocols to support 5G.