Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: July 2018

Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core Services enter public preview

Microsoft has announced the public preview of its Windows 10 IoT Core Services. The existence of the services was revealed a few weeks ago at the Computex show in Taipei.

T-Mobile rolls out NB-IoT across USA

T-Mobile has launched its narrowband IoT service across the USA. It claims to be the first to launch NB-IoT in the USA and the first in the world to launch NB-IoT in the guard bands to increase efficiency.

Vodafone expands IoT range including wearable for kids

Vodafone is expanding its IoT range with two digital building packages plus, in its V by Vodafone range, two wearables, including one for children, and a smart home kit.

Ericsson and Singtel 5G pilot to include drone trials

Singapore plans to see its first 5G pilot network go live by the end of this year through a partnership between local operator Singtel and Ericsson. The network will be deployed at One-North in Buona Vista, the country’s science, business and IT hub, and include drone trials.

Amazon provides IoT framework for Aricent

Amazon Web Services is working with design and engineering company Aricent to deliver an IoT device management framework with analytics for wind turbines, generators, transformers, solar panels and oil pipelines.

Start-up secures $12m to expand blockchain-based IoT security

Silicon Valley start-up Xage Security has closed a $12m series A funding round to expand its IoT blockchain-based security offering worldwide.

Segger operating system powers IoT devices

German company Segger has introduced a complete operating system for IoT devices and embedded systems. Called EmPack, it is delivered in source code for 8, 16 and 32bit microcontrollers and microprocessors.

Express Logic provides IoT rtos support for Xilinx

Californian rtos company Express Logic is providing support through its X-Ware IoT platform for systems-on-chip from Xilinx.

Advantech, Behr, Hitachi and Microsoft collaborate on IoT connectivity

Advantech, Behr Technologies, Hitachi and Microsoft are collaborating to deliver wireless communications with scalability, reliability and security for private commercial and industrial IoT networks.

IBM setting up blockchain centre at Columbia University

IBM is establishing a centre at New York’s Columbia University devoted to research, education and innovation in blockchain technology and data transparency.

Vodafone supports Zipit IoT services for OEMs

South Carolina-based IoT value-added services provider Zipit Wireless is working with Vodafone to support an offering for original equipment manufacturers that provides optimised data plans and automates the cellular provisioning process for IoT devices.

Amazon provides machine learning and AI for baseball

Major League Baseball has chosen Amazon Web Services (as its official provider for machine learning, artificial intelligence and deep learning workloads.

LPWAN connections to grow at 46% CAGR to 2025

Licensed communications technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE will have more connections than unlicensed versions such as LoRa and Sigfox by 2021, despite entering the sector later, according to IDTechEx Research.

Toka raises $12.5m to help governments tackle IoT threats

Israeli start-up Toka has raised $12.5m seed funding to help government agencies tackle cyber threats from connected IoT devices.

Converter lets IoT devices run efficiently from high voltages

Texas-based Diodes has introduced a universal offline buck converter designed for low-power IoT applications. Using the device, manufacturers will be able to develop IoT applications that are powered directly from a high-voltage AC supply yet deliver power efficiency.

Telit works with IBM to speed onboarding

IoT enabler Telit’s DeviceWise platform is now interoperable with the IBM IoT platform. The two companies aim to help manufacturers and other businesses reduce the cost, risk, complexity and lead time of deploying monitoring, control, industrial automation, asset tracking and field service operations.

Microsoft makes Azure IoT Edge generally available

Just over a year after launching the preview version of Azure IoT Edge, Microsoft has announced that the IoT cloud offering has been made generally available globally.

Reliance to buy Radisys for $70m

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries is to buy US telecoms firm Radisys for more than $70m to increase its 5G and IoT portfolio.

Sequans partners NTT Docomo to accelerate NB-IoT adoption in Japan

French LTE for IoT chip maker Sequans Communications is working with Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo to accelerate the development of NB-IoT devices and applications on Docomo’s network.

IoT demographics matter, new research shows

Research released by the IoT M2M Council (IMC) – a trade association representing 25,000 IoT buyers worldwide – shows there are strong differences in how IoT technology adoption is viewed by OEMs, applications developers and enterprise users.

Sigfox operator UnaBiz introduces sensors-as-a-service

At last month’s ConnecTech Asia in Singapore, UnaBiz, one of Asia's first IoT dedicated network operators, launched a range of Sigfox powered sensors.

Rigado raises $15m to expand IoT edge-as-a-service

Oregon-based Rigado has closed a $15m series A round of funding to expand its commercial IoT edge-as-a-service offering.

Case study: IoT provides flood warnings in Argentinian village

Libelium and its Argentinian distributor Rack2 have developed a permanent flood monitoring system based on IoT technology in La Emilia, a small village in the north of Buenos Aires.

Avnet becomes distributor for Digi in Europe

Avnet Silica has been appointed as a franchised distributor for the Emea region for Digi International, a provider of IoT connectivity products and services.

Making IoT application generation more Friendly

Israeli company Friendly Technologies has introduced an application generator for a range of IoT applications, including e-health, smart metering, smart energy, agriculture, smart building and smart city.

Arrow reduces IO-Link development time

Arrow Electronics has announced a family of ICs that enable companies to add IO-Link Master functionality to their products without the addition of royalties or licence fees. Arrow joined the IO-Link Consortium in April.