Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: July 2019

Avnet gives away 20,000 IoT starter kits

Avnet is giving away 20,000 free Azure Sphere starter kits to help developers create highly secure, end-to-end IoT services.

Oppo R&D centre to focus on IoT

Chinese consumer electronics company Oppo is to build a research centre in Chang'an Town, Dongguan, Guangdong Province, to focus on smartphone and IoT development.

Arvento and U-Blox partner on vehicle tracking system

A partnership between Turkish telematics company Arvento Mobile Systems and Swiss wireless connectivity firm U-Blox has led to the launch of a vehicle tracking system.

Digi wireless router connects first responders

The WR54 wireless router from Digi International, a Minnesota-based provider of IoT connectivity products, has been tested and approved for use on the US FirstNet communications platform.

Sectigo and NetObjex use blockchain to extend IoT

New Jersey-based certificate authority Sectigo, formerly Comodo CA, has announced a secure edge computing technology pact with NetObjex, an intelligent automation platform for tracking, tracing and monitoring digital assets using AI, blockchain and the IoT.

Libelium IoT protects historic tapestries

Libelium is using IoT technology to protect important tapestries at the Huesca Museum in Spain.

Soracom rolls out Napter to connect IoT devices

Japanese smart connectivity company Soracom has announced general availability of its Napter service for remote access to IoT devices.

Kerlink hires Arbefeuille to lead Asian push

French IoT specialist Kerlink has hired IoT and telecoms veteran René Arbefeuille (pictured) to lead the company’s expansion in Asia Pacific. Arbefeuille will help position Kerlink to provide LoRaWan services in a market projected to have robust IoT growth.

5G Americas whitepaper explores IoT’s future

Trade association 5G Americas has published a whitepaper that explores the market drivers and technology for the IoT, trends in verticals and applications, and an overview of developments in 3GPP standards for cellular IoT.

Hannover Messe teams with IMC for focus on IIoT infrastructure

Hannover Messe, the world’s largest manufacturing exhibition, has struck a cooperation agreement with the IoT M2M Council (IMC), the largest industry group serving the IoT sector, exclusively to cooperate on new exhibitors and conference content.

Tata and Thales partner to protect IoT data

Tata Communications is working with French technology company Thales on IoT security to safeguard critical data in sectors such as automotive both at the device and network level.


Chinese water meter maker adopts Semtech LoRa technology

Chinese intelligent water service provider Hangzhou Water Meter has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa devices and protocol into its smart water metering products helping public utility companies improve efficiency and reduce management costs.


PFF touches down with AWS machine learning

Pro Football Focus (PFF), a subscription-based analytics service that supplies data to the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association and Canadian Football League teams, has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its official cloud and machine-learning provider.


Wind River collaborates with ReFirm Labs on IoT security

Californian software company Wind River is working with ReFirm Labs on IoT security by combining the VxWorks real-time operating systems with ReFirm’s Centrifuge platform.


Digi console access servers connect remote IT assets

IoT connectivity firm Digi has announced its family of Connect IT serial consoles – the Connect IT Mini, IT 4, IT 16 and IT 48 infrastructure management products. They can connect remote IT devices in the data centre or connect customer premises equipment, such as routers, in a branch office with options from a single device to fully populated racks.


Australian LoRa start-up NNNCo raises $8m

Australian LoRaWan operator National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) has raised $8m in investment from Indian energy and environment company Enzen Group.


Nimbelink joins IMC to access IoT buyers

Nimbelink, a provider of turnkey products for asset tracking and other applications, has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC) – with 25,000 members the largest trade group serving the internet of things technology sector – for better access to OEMs and enterprise users that deploy the technology.


SensiML and Neurosense partner on intelligent IoT devices

Oregon-based intelligent IoT endpoint developer SensiML is working with South Korean firm Neurosense, a provider of integrated intelligent IoT SoCs, to produce a combination for developers seeking to build intelligent small form factor IoT devices.


Advantech box PC targets IoT gateways and smart factories

Taiwanese embedded platform maker Advantech has launched the Ark-1220, a compact Din-rail fanless embedded box PC for industrial or outdoor uses such as machine automation, intelligent factories, in-cabinet equipment integration and IoT gateways.


Satellite IoT market to hit $5.9bn by 2025, says Riot Research

The global market for IoT-focused satellite services, focused on end-device connectivity hardware and the annual connectivity fees charged, will grow to $5.9bn in 2025, after taking off between 2021 and 2022, according to analyst firm Riot Research. 

Deutsche Telekom and Software AG partner on IoT services

Deutsche Telekom and Software AG have announced a partnership to deliver IoT services on a global scale. Deutsche Telekom and its enterprise customer unit T-Systems will expand its cloud of things offering, using Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform.

AWS announces cloud innovation centre in Canada

Amazon Web Services has announced the CIC cloud innovation centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver to provide students, staff and faculty access to cloud technology to advance projects, along with training on how to employ Amazon’s innovation processes.

ThingLogix and U-Blox come together on device management

California-based ThingLogix and Swiss wireless module company U-Blox are working together to create a joint product that lets the U-Blox user community securely and economically manage their assets at scale.

Twilio and T-Mobile power NB-IoT for Sensoneo waste management

Californian cloud communications company Twilio is powering its first commercial NB-IoT deployment in the USA by Sensoneo, a smart waste management provider.

WBA releases guidelines for next-generation wifi

In preparation for the impending release of next-generation wifi technology later this year, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) this week published a white paper that provides deployment guidelines including IoT applications for a number of possible scenarios using WiFi 6 technology.

Group to extend NB-IoT water metering in China

Sensor company Austria Microsystems, smart municipal works firm Qingdao iESLab Electronic and water utility Jiangxi Water Group plan to extend their China Water Utilities Platform, an alliance founded to promote the benefits of ultrasonic water metering and NB-IoT technologies based on Ali Cloud.

UK police under fire for use of facial recognition technology

Police in the UK are facing calls to halt the public use of facial recognition software to search for suspected criminals after academics from the University of Essex found matches were only correct in one in five of cases and the system was likely to break human rights laws.

GCF starts OneM2M certification programme

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has introduced a OneM2M certification programme, following a memorandum of understanding signing earlier this year with the Telecommunications Technology Association.

Deutsche Telekom certifies Telit NB-IoT modules

Deutsche Telekom has NB-IoT certified Telit’s ML865C1-EA and ME910C1-WW modules, meaning the Italian company now has five modules certified for NB-IoT use on the German carrier's network.

China is world’s largest IoT market, says GSMA

Chinese mobile operators are leading the world in the deployment of transformative IoT products and services, according to the GSMA. By connecting the estimated 960 million devices via cellular networks, the country is realising the value of the IoT and transforming society through mass-market deployments in smart home, smart industry and smart city sectors.

HPE simplifies intelligent edge adoption

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced edge technology, research labs and programmes to simplify and accelerate intelligent edge adoption, enabling users to create unique digital experiences and leverage analytics and machine learning to adapt to changes in real time.

AT&T lets Vendon brew IoT connections on coffee machines

AT&T is helping a Latvian company use the IoT to connect coffee and vending machines. Vendon is deploying AT&T IoT services to automate its global business intelligence and telemetry system.

Chefs use Deutsche Telekom IoT services to improve food quality

Chefs at a new four-star hotel in the German town of Rust are using IoT services from Deutsche Telekom to improve the quality of the food and ensure it is prepared hygienically.

Fido wants the IoT to be password free

Open standard authentication group the Fido Alliance has announced two standards and certification initiatives to remove password authentication from the IoT.

Advantech picks BehrTech to connect sensor platform

Taiwanese embedded systems maker Advantech is using a wireless connectivity platform from Canadian software provider BehrTech to enable long-range, robust and scalable IoT connectivity for its standardised M2.Com sensor platform.

Haier unveils internet of clothing vision

Chinese company Haier has unveiled its vision of an internet of clothing, where clothes interact with appliances.

One-size-fits-all approach will not secure IoT, says TCG

Securing the IoT is something that cannot be done with a one-size-fits-all approach, according to Steve Hanna (pictured), co-chair of Trusted Computing Group’s (TCG) embedded systems work group, speaking at last week’s Embedded Technologies Expo & Conference in California.

Ceva wifi IP eases connections to Alibaba cloud

Californian electronics company Ceva has introduced integrated, licensable wifi IP for companies looking to accelerate the development of IoT devices that connect to the Alibaba cloud.

Taoglas launches 5G-ready antenna at MWC

At last week’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Taoglas introduced the Warrior PA740 antenna with additional LTE bandwidth and bands added for 5G functionality.