Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: February 2019

Orange, NTT 5G, IoT research framework

Orange and NTT have signed an R&D framework agreement to share research on IoT, AI, 5G, and cybersecurity. The agreement is up to 2022. NTT will exploit the research findings in the Asia Pacific region, with Orange doing likewise in Europe and Africa

Arm, Vodafone look to simplify IoT

Arm and Vodafone have agreed to work to reduce the complexity and costs faced by organisations implementing IoT solutions. The new agreement expands on the companies’ collaboration around integrated SIM (iSIM) technology. The new agreement combines iSIM, IoT software and network services with the aim of reducing complexity and enabling open, remote provisioning of IoT devices
Microsoft upgrades HoloLens for industrial AR

Microsoft has launched a new version of its augmented reality headset, the HoloLens. The company has boosted the headset's field of view and its resolution, jumping from 720p to 2K per eye. The $3000 headset is aimed at industrial, business and infrastructure applications
Singtel IoT partnerships with China Mobile, Microsoft

Singapore telecom operator Singtel is partnering with China Mobile on narrowband business IoT connectivity, and has signed a deal with Microsoft to launch an AI-powered IoT network over the Azure cloud platform
Telstra, Ericsson to extend local IoT network worldwide
Telstra and Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson have announced they are working together to integrate Ericsson's IoT connectivity management services into Telstra's IoT network, to provide worldwide IoT capabilities based on local SIM profiles
AT&T, Vodafone partner on auto IoT
AT&T and Vodafone Business are collaborating on boosting IoT adoption in the car industry. The two companies are aiming to make it easier for car makers to develop connected car solutions that address the different market demands and regulations of each market, and work across multiple network operators and vendors
SAP announces new IoT features, alliance with Microsoft

SAP has unveiled a range of IoT capabilities for its digital business process platform Leonardo. SAP has also announced a range of integrations between Leonardo's IoT functions and Microsoft's Azure IoT Hub

VVDN and Intel collaborate on 5G IoT Gateway
VVDN Technologies is collaborating with Intel to design a 5G IoT gateway. The new 5G IoT Gateway will operate on both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum, and is planned to be available starting in 2020

Deutsche Telekom tool targets IoT deployments

Deutsche Telekom has launched a scalable online tool that provides technical consultancy and customer on-boarding services for reliable and cost-effective IoT deployments.

Sigfox radio protocol specifications go public

To celebrate last week’s eighth World Radio Day, under the patronage of Unesco, French IoT provider Sigfox publicly released the specifications of its radio protocol for connected objects.

Telit initiative shortens time to IoT monetisation

Telit has announced OneEdge, an initiative developed to speed IoT deployments and reduce the time required to monetise the digitalisation of businesses.

Avnet to unveil Renesas-Miromico LoRa module at Embedded World

At next week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg, Avnet Silica will be showing a LoRa module that resulted from a collaboration between Japanese electronics company Renesas and Swiss firm Miromico.

Aptilo facilitates wifi IoT on-boarding for AWS

Swedish firm Aptilo Networks has launched zero-touch IoT connectivity to facilitate automatic and secure on-boarding of wifi IoT devices running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

U-Blox script expands Bluetooth and wifi connectivit

Swiss company U-Blox has expanded its Bluetooth and wifi connectivity software with the U-Connect Script to enable easy and interactive development of embedded applications.

OnSemi to unveil IoT sensor development kit at Embedded World

On Semiconductor will unveil at next week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg a sensor development kit to provide engineering teams with a platform for developing IoT applications with smart sensor technology, and enabled by a Bluetooth Low Energy radio.

China Unicom and Valid partner on IoT LTE connectivity

China Unicom and eSIM provider Valid have partnered to deliver LTE connectivity enablement to IoT users in China. This commercial partnership should make LTE connectivity and subscription management easier for IoT device makers.

IAR invests in security and IoT start-ups

IAR Systems is dedicating an investment fund and efforts to help grow start-up companies within the IoT and security sectors. Through the Ymir business incubator, the group will support companies who have innovative ideas and high-growth potential.

HID and Mist partner on IoT infrastructure

Trusted identity specialist HID Global and Mist Systems, a pioneer in self-learning wireless networks powered by artificial intelligence, are working together to converge Bluetooth Low Energy location services with wireless lan infrastructure for better deployment, management and operations of IoT devices.

Dojo By BullGuard delivers 5G and edge computing IoT security

BullGuard has expanded its Dojo IoT security platform for communications service providers by adding Dip Edge, a software-based, IoT security gateway and 5G and multi-access edge computing compatible virtualised network function.

Quectel to launch combined LTE NB2 and GSM module at MWC

At next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Chinese IoT module company Quectel Wireless will launch its first LTE Cat NB2 and GSM dual-mode module. The BC97 supports switchover between GSM and NB-IoT networks and ensures network coverage of both technologies.

Etsi standard tackles consumer IoT security

European standards body Etsi has released a standard for cyber security in IoT applications to establish a security baseline for internet-connected consumer products and provide a basis for future IoT certification schemes.

Nokia to launch vertical IoT packages at MWC

Ready for this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia has launched off-the-shelf IoT packages to help operators win business in vertical IoT markets.

IBM uses IoT and blockchain to help California tackle drought

The Freshwater Trust is partnering with IBM Research and SweetSense, a provider of low-cost satellite connected sensors, to pilot technologies that can accurately monitor and track groundwater use in one of the largest and most at risk aquifers in North America.

Vodafone and Genus put NB-IoT to test in India

Vodafone Idea, India’s largest telco, is working with local smart metering company Genus Power Infra to establish a commercial-scale proof of concept of NB-IoT network in the country.

Semtech sponsors London innovation laboratory

Semtech has joined British Telecom, IBM and Siemens in sponsoring the Future Networks Innovation Lab opened in London last month.

Flat rate behind success, says 1NCE

German IoT carrier 1NCE says the secret behind its success in selling more than a million SIM cards since market launch five months ago is offering an IoT flat rate.

Multi-Tech launches LoRaWan server and toolset

Multi-Tech Systems has introduced the Lens LoRaWan-optimised embedded network server and management toolset. This architecture is for enterprises that want to connect sensors and actuators clustered in a commercial or industrial facility using a private LoRaWan.

Extreme Networks provides simple security for IoT devices

To protect enterprise networks, California-based Extreme Networks has announced the general availability of its Defender for IoT, a simple security offering to help organisations secure IoT devices.

U-Blox integrates PCB antenna into Bluetooth LE modules

U-Blox has introduced the Nina-B306 and 316 stand-alone Bluetooth 5 Low Energy modules with integrated PCB antenna. The trapezoidal printed antenna technology licensed from Proant improves transmission performance and reception of data in a small form factor.

Arduino cloud platform manages IoT applications

Open-source hardware and software platform Arduino has introduced an IoT cloud targeted at developers, system integrators and maker hobbyists. This IoT platform is designed to let users develop and manage IoT applications that solve real-life problems.

Cisco launches networking products and tools for IoT

Cisco is introducing IoT networking products, developer tools, validated design guides and partner specialisations to deliver scale, flexibility and security for IoT environments. 

Ericsson unveils cellular IoT range

Ericsson says it has unveiled the next steps in the evolution of cellular IoT with products that will let service providers address a larger part of the IoT market with diverse use cases across verticals including automotive, manufacturing and utilities.

Deutsche Telekom moves IoT SIM functions to chipset

Deutsche Telekom says it is improving its European and US IoT service offering with NuSIM, which moves the SIM functionality from the physical SIM card directly to the chipset. Partners in developing the product include Qualcomm, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Telit and U-Blox.

Intel drones light up Super Bowl half-time show

While sports fans watched the New England Patriots beat the LA Rams in this week’s Super Bowl, many technology lovers were more interested in the half-time show in which Intel partnered with the NFL to create the first-ever live drone light show at a Super Bowl.

IMC to run IIoT conference at Hannover Messe

The IoT M2M Council (IMC), the largest trade organisation dedicated to the internet of things, will join forces with Hannover Messe, the world's largest manufacturing trade show (April 1-5, 2019), to produce a conference that will give practical advice on procuring IoT technology.

Microsoft and Cradlepoint integrate service to help enterprises

In a keynote address at last week’s IoT Evolution Expo in Florida, Microsoft and Idaho-based Cradlepoint announced they were integrating their services to help enterprises build IoT products.

Digi LTE router suits industrial and smart city use

Digi has introduced the IX14, a secure industrial LTE router for utility, smart city and kiosk applications. For those seeking affordable, low bandwidth, single asset applications, the router will address address infrastructure, industrial, retail and digital signage markets.

Advantech acquires Omron subsidiary for IoT platform development

Advantech has acquired an 80% stake in Omron Nohgata, a subsidiary of Omron. Omron Nohgata will now be known as Advantech Technologies Japan.

Comarch deploys IoT platform for SCSK

Polish software services company Comarch has deployed an IoT platform for SCSK, one of the largest system integrators in Japan.

ID Tech and IIT Ropar collaborate on IoT research

ID Tech has entered an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) to identify and enhance joint research and development in the fields of IoT and RFID.