Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: February 2020

EIU: IoT market on cusp of widespread adoption
Most companies are about to start early implementation of IoT related products and services, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which has released its latest annual report on IoT worldwide
Cisco adds AI to boost 5G readiness to IoT suite

Cisco has introduced new machine learning capabilities to its IoT Control Center suite aimed at improving cellular IoT connection management, control, and increased security. The new features include anomaly detection and smart billing, and are designed to allow service providers to create competitive cellular IoT offerings for their customers
1NCE extends IoT coverage to 103 countries

1NCE GmbH is expanding its IoT connectivity services to more than 60 additional countries. These include Australia, Japan, Mexico and Canada. With the extended network coverage, the 1NCE IoT Flat Rate will now be available in 103 countries worldwide
UK law to ban default IoT passwords
The British Government has introduced legislation to ban default passwords in IoT devices. According to the UK's Minister for Digital Security, Matt Warman, the measures are intended to increase popular trust in IoT technology and devices, and help accelerate their use throughout society
Telit aims at IoT RAD with Bravo

Telit has launched a turnkey evaluation kit for rapidly developing and deploying a wide variety of IoT solutions, including drones, wearables, smart home devices. Bravo is designed to provide application developers, device manufacturers and solution designers with everything they need for the First Mile of IoT
Eurotech integrates AWS into IoT edge

Italian IoT specialist Eurotech has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). The company will offer IoT edge gateways supporting AWS services
Firedome, Microsoft IoT cyber integration
New York-based IoT cybersecurity provider Firedome has integrated its real-time protection and response capabilities with the Microsoft Azure Security Center for IoT. The integration will create a dynamic, end-to-end cybersecurity solution tailored for IoT device manufacturers with the combined power of both solutions' AI-driven insights

SecuriThings secures Azure IoT

Israeli IoT cybersecurity specialist SecuriThings has integrated its Horizon IoT cyber-attack detection and mitigation software into the Microsoft Azure Security Center for IoT. The integration will provide customers with both risk detection and mitigation, and automated maintenance for every managed IoT device, all in a unified view

Embedded World is on despite coronavirus fears

The organisers of next week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg have been rocked by a large number of high-profile exhibitors cancelling due to coronavirus fears. However, they say will not go the same way as Mobile World Congress – which announced its cancellation last week – and that this show will go on.

Deutsche Telekom leads blockchain IoT roaming initiative

Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile US, Telefonica, Orange and the GSMA are jointly testing production-ready blockchain technology so operators can easily generate and sign secure, inter-operator IoT roaming discount agreements.

Bosch draws up AI ethical code

Bosch has established ethical red lines for the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The German technology company has issued guidelines governing the use of AI in its intelligent products.

AWS lets Second Spectrum use ML in sports analytics

Second Spectrum, the official optical tracking and analytics provider of sports leagues such as the National Basketball Association and the English Premier League, has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its cloud, machine learning (ML) and AI provider.

Sigfox starts six-month Hacking House in Paris

Sigfox has launched the second French edition of its Hacking House in Paris, which, for six months, will see participants from seven countries bringing IoT-based projects to life addressing issues as diverse as car theft prevention and bird protection.

Telstra certifies U-Blox LTE-M and NB-IoT module

Australian operator Telstra has certified U-Blox’s Sara-R410M-83B dual-mode cellular module. The LTE-M and NB-IoT modules can secure the IoT from end to end.

BICS picks Inmanta for network orchestration

Communications enabler BICS has selected fellow Belgian company Inmanta for end-to-end network and service orchestration. Inmanta will support the BICS automation journey with its intent-based service orchestrator, based on a multi-year agreement.

O2 rolls out LTE-M network in UK

Mobile operator O2 plans to roll out the first LTE-M network across the UK in 2020, with 50 sites already live.

Schneider UPS to power IoT in Europe

Schneider Electric has announced a short-depth smart uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with lithium-ion to bring critical power to Europe's IoT and edge computing markets.

Nok Nok authenticates connected and standalone IoT devices

Californian passwordless consumer authentication company Nok Nok Lab has announced the IoT SDK to provide multi-factor, strong authentication with support for both standalone IoT devices and those connected to a cloud service using the firm’s S3 authentication suite.

STM microcontrollers protect IoT applications

Swiss electronics firm ST Microelectronics has announced low-power microcontrollers that emphasise security to assure better protected IoT-connected applications.

MWC may be cancelled due to coronavirus fears

This month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona could be cancelled as big name exhibitors pull out due to fears over the coronavirus. Show organiser, the GSMA, is believed to be holding a meeting on Friday this week to decide the event’s fate.

Arm increases on-device intelligence

AI technology from chip designer Arm is aiming to increase the amount of on-device intelligence for IoT applications. This it hopes will increase security as it reduces reliance on cloud and internet connections.

Telit partners Sternum for IoT cyber security

Telit is working with Israeli cyber-security company Sternum to provide real-time embedded protection for IoT devices.

Sigfox IoT network proves itself in direct marketing

Sigfox has found that its IoT network could have benefits for direct marketing campaigns. Its UK operator WND collaborated with Ebi, a print and fulfilment specialist with expertise in interactive communications, to enable live communication over the public Sigfox network with potential customers in their homes.

US Cellular LTE-M running on 90% of cell sites

US Cellular has launched its LTE-M network on more than 90% of its cell sites across the USA, with plans to have them 100% covered in the second quarter of 2020.

1NCE and Ubirch put blockchain on SIM card

German companies 1NCE and Ubirch are implementing blockchain security technology on SIM cards.

Verizon certifies Sequans LTE-M modules

Verizon has launched Monarch Go and Monarch GPS, two Verizon-certified LTE-M products for companies looking to fast-track commercial deployments of wireless-IoT connected devices. The tech company is the first carrier to certify these Sequans all-in-one modem components.

AWS puts NimbeLink asset trackers on Marketplace

NimbeLink’s cellular-based asset trackers are available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace device catalogue.

Kinéis raises €100m to finance IoT nanosatellites

French space start-up Kinéis has raises €100m to finance a constellation of nanosatellites dedicated to the IoT.

Omni-ID launches Bluetooth LE and LoRa devices

RFID tag specialist Omni-ID has launched a range of, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and LoRa-enabled devices. The Sense range of RFID devices uses sensors to transmit situational and status data over BLE, GPS, and open standard LPWAN communication protocols.

TrapX spots malware on IoT devices running Windows 7

Microsoft is putting workers at risk by stopping releasing security patches for Windows 7, according to TrapX Security, which has identified a malware campaign targeting IoT devices running Windows 7 at manufacturing sites.

Libelium evolves to become IoT systems integrator

Libelium is integrating customised IoT projects and consulting services into its business model. The Spanish company says it is evolving from a hardware manufacturer business with the aim of becoming a system integrator.

Sara Brown elected chairman of IMC

Sara Brown from MultiTech is the new chairman of the IoT M2M Council (IMC) following the trade body’s annual general meeting at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Kim Bybjerg of Tata Communications was elected as vice chairman.

AttoCore adds IoT support to mobile network software

AttoCore, a developer of 4G and 5G mobile core network software, has enhanced its flagship AttoEPC enhanced packet core to add support for the IoT.

IoT malware attacks rise in 2019, says SonicWall

IoT malware is up year-on-year by 4.8% to 34.3 million attacks, including a Q3 jump of 33%, according to this year’s SonicWall Threat Report published this week. Overall, malware attacks fell by 6% to 9.9bn.

Aptilo introduces IoT connectivity control service

Swedish mobile data software company Aptilo Networks has introduced the IoT CCS connectivity control service, delivered as a service for mobile operators that want to innovate in the IoT era.

Advantech module targets machine vision and big data

Taiwanese embedded computer company Advantech has released a Q Seven module for AI, machine vision and big data processing and analytics in IoT applications.

Victoria trial tests IoT on Australian farms

Four regional areas are set to benefit from networks being funded by the Victorian government in Australia as part of its trial to test IoT technology on farms. The networks will cover approximately 600 farms and 5000 square kilometres.

DigiCert PKI tools help manage IoT devices

Utah-based DigiCert has announced two public key infrastructure (PKI) tools – IoT Device Manager and Enterprise PKI Manager. Both use a container-based, cloud-agnostic implementation that ensures fast and flexible on-premises, cloud and hybrid PKI deployments.