Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: December 2019

Alphabet's Verily to improve Emory Healthcare

Alphabet healthcare subsidiary Verily, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, is partnering Emory Healthcare to apply machine learning and Big Data analytics to improve patient outcomes and operational effectiveness at the Atlanta, Georgia based acute healthcare provider
Ericsson, Microsoft partner on Connected Car platform

Ericsson and Microsoft are partnering to develop an integrated connected car platform for the next generation of vehicles. The new platform integrates Ericsson's Connected Vehicle Cloud with Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform
Wilhelmsen to build global maritime IoT network

Norwegian maritime operator Wilhelmsen has partnered with Dutch LoRaWAN IoT specialist The Things Industries (TTI) and has selected Californian firm Semtech’s LoRa devices as the foundation for its new global 2.4GHz maritime IoT network to deliver an ecosystem of cost-effective IoT solutions for a diverse global customer base on both land and sea
Ultrasound could make any surface Smart

A San Francisco start-up has launched an ultrasound system-on-chip that would transform how and where smart devices could be used. UltraSense Systems claims its ultrasound SoC allows touch sensing through virtually any material and any thickness, and is immune to moisture, dirt, oils and lotions. It means that smart devices could be used far more easily in rain, and in heavy industrial, energy, emergency and agricultural environments
UL acquires microgrid software specialist HOMER
Illinois based solar, wind and battery energy specialist UL has acquired Colorado based HOMER Energy, a specialist in modelling and optimisation software for microgrids. The acquisition combines UL's expertise in renewables and battery tech with HOMER Energy's systems design, distributed energy project management, and data capabilities
5G V2X Smart City built in Shanghai
Chinese start-up Human Horizons is building a 'Smart City' infrastructure in the AI hub of the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Shanghai. The project, called the Vehicle-Road-City Integrated Smart City, aims to lay the groundwork for high-tech roads and autonomous vehicles in future smart cities in China and overseas
Wi-Charge Long Range Charger for Smart Building devices

Israeli long-range wireless power specialist Wi-Charge has launched PowerPuck, an ultra-compact long-range wireless charger for smart and IoT devices. Based on Wi-Charge's AirCord technology, the PowerPuck plugs into a wall outlet or screws into a light-bulb socket, and powers compatible devices wirelessly from distances up to 30 feet

Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance to develop new home IoT standard

Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance have formed a working group to develop a royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products. Security will be a fundamental design tenet in the new standard
Tencent picks ST for first LoRaWAN IoT collaboration
Swiss semiconductor and electronics firm STMicroelectronics is collaborating with Chinese Internet and tech company Tencent on a small footprint LoRaWAN-enabled device extension to its cloud IoT operating system, TencentOS
DHS turns to IoT to manage Active Shooter events
US authorities led by the Department of Homeland Security are hoping to use IoT and Smart City technologies to help them combat active shooter events. In an exercise to test how urban sensors, networks and other Smart City technologies could help emergency services in an active shooter event, more than 70 first responders gathered at Eagle Bank Arena in Virginia to test a collaboration system for real-time video sharing, advanced building sensors, and other IoT technologies
Arrow Electronics aims at Global IoT market

Electronic components distributor Arrow Electronics is teaming with Microshare to provide IoT solutions at scale to global enterprise customers in facilities management, transportation, infrastructure, healthcare and other sectors across the world
Continental launches Smart City Mobility Hub

German automotive technology company Continental has established a Smart City Mobility and Transportation hub in Auburn Hills, Michigan to road-test technologies aimed at improving traffic flow, reduce pollution, and increase pedestrian safety through the application of smart city sensor and connected vehicle technologies
A Bio-IoT could transform cities, industry

Two researchers at Queen Mary University of London in the UK believe that cellular organisms could be harnassed to provide a huge leap forward in IoT capabilities across the board, including in smart cities, industrial applications, critical infrastructure and medicine
First 4D LiDAR on Chip for Autonomous Driving

Autonomous vehicle tech firm Aeva has developed a 4D LiDAR-on-chip that reduces the size and power consumption of a LiDAR system. The new chip will deliver LiDAR for less than $500 compared to tens of thousands for today's LiDAR sensors
Nokia brings 5G and IoT to Japanese enterprises

Nokia is building an ecosystem partnership to bring 5G and IoT to enterprises in Japan.

Cisco reveals plans for new internet

Cisco has unveiled more details behind its technology strategy for building a new internet, one designed to push digital innovation beyond the performance, economic and power consumption limitations of current infrastructure.

Sigfox uses satellites to track sailors across all oceans

Sigfox is working with French boat equipment maker Plastimo to offer total geolocation coverage across all oceans from 2020. The service will be supported by data from the ELO nano-satellite constellation, operated by Eutelsat, Sigfox's partner.

IMC panel at CES to examine NIST IoT plans

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) will be running a panel at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on the news that the IoT has been identified as an area of focus for the US federal Lab to Market process by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

NTT Docomo approves Telit modules

Telit has completed NTT Docomo interoperability testing for its LE910C1-AP and LE910C4-AP modules. This brings up to ten the number of its IoT modules with NTT Docomo interoperability testing completed.

Eurotech and Retelit collaborate on IoT platforms

Italian companies Retelit and Eurotech are collaborating to create an ecosystem of IoT platforms and infrastructures.

Researchers use drones to connect IoT sensor networks

Drones could be used to connect smart sensors to the IoT, according to researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (Kaust) in Saudi Arabia.

Ericsson and Telia pilot autonomous ferry

Ericsson, Telia and the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) have demonstrated a 5G-enabled driverless passenger ferry, with an AI captain, in the Norwegian fjord city of Trondheim.

Berg analyses top 400 cellular IoT deployments

The 400 largest cellular IoT deployments together account for 279 million units, according to market watcher Berg Insight.

AWS helps developers build machine-learning models

At last week’s AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services announced six Amazon SageMaker capabilities, including SageMaker Studio, the first fully integrated development environment for machine learning, that makes it easier for developers to build, debug, train, deploy, monitor and operate custom machine-learning models.

Huawei and Skymind MoU to develop AI in Asean

Skymind AI Berhad, the south-east Asia arm of California-based Skymind, is working with Chinese ICT giant Huawei to develop a cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) hub to foster innovation and talent development in Asean, beginning with Malaysia and Indonesia.

Juniper brings very big data handling to Cern

European nuclear research organisation Cern has selected Juniper Networks to use artificial intelligence (AI) to increase network capacity for handling unprecedented volumes of data for its scientific projects and everyday tasks.

Digi SoM based on NXP i.MX 8M Nano

IoT connectivity firm Digi has expanded its ConnectCore family of products with the introduction of the ConnectCore 8M Nano system on module (SoM) based on NXP’s i.MX 8M Nano.

Blockchain lands on International Space Station

Singapore-based SpaceChain has sent its blockchain hardware wallet technology to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of last week’s CRS-19 commercial resupply service mission.

Renesas board simplifies IoT endpoint prototyping

Renesas Electronics has introduced a low-power board to simplify IoT endpoint equipment prototyping. With its Bluetooth Low Energy expansion board, it includes interfaces supporting a wide range of functional expansion.

SensiML provides free trial version of IoT analytics toolkit

SensiML, an Oregon-based developer of AI tools for building intelligent IoT endpoints, has announced a free trial version of its Analytics Toolkit and the introduction of its Data Depot sample dataset repository.

AWS announces five AI services at Re:Invent

At this week’s AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced five artificial intelligence (AI) services designed to put machine learning in the hands of more application developers and end users with no machine learning experience required.

Kore picks NetNumber to expand as-a-service

Kore Wireless has selected Massachusetts-based NetNumber to expand its as-a-service infrastructure.

Ericsson sees cellular IoT hitting 5bn connections by 2025

Ericsson predicts that the total number of cellular IoT connections will be five billion by the end of 2025, up from 1.3 billion by end of this year. The Swedish tech giant also expects the global number of 5G subscriptions to top 2.6 billion within the next six years.

SoftBank brings AI and IoT to Indonesian real estate

Japan’s SoftBank is working with Jakarta-based PT Lippo Karawaci to develop and disseminate AI and IoT powered products and services in the real estate and mobility ecosystems in Indonesia.

Eurotech partners Microsoft to speed IoT deployment

Italian hardware, software and services company Eurotech is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate IoT development.

UCSD wake-up chip saves power for IoT devices

A chip developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego could reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in IoT devices and wearables.

Wisekey, Tatwah and OnSemi secure IoT beacon

Swiss companies Wisekey and Tatwah worked with Arizona chip company On Semiconductor to develop what they claim is the world's first secure IoT beacon.

Panasonic Bluetooth LE module targets IoT use

Panasonic has introduced a Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy module with fast boot time for industrial IoT and smart home applications as well as remote controls.

Gutermann launches NB-IoT leak detector

At this week’s North America Water Loss exhibition in Nashville, Swiss firm Gutermann launched what it claims is the world's first NB-IoT-based water leak detection technology.