Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: March 2019

Volkswagen turns to AWS for IoT cloud services

Amazon Web Services is building a cloud-based industrial digital production platform for Volkswagen that will transform the car maker’s manufacturing and logistics processes using IoT, machine learning, analytics and compute services.

Sprint estimation tool provides IoT pricing

US communications company Sprint has launched an IoT interactive online estimation tool that gives small and medium-size businesses, as well as enterprise users, immediate access to customised Curiosity IoT data pricing.

Tata and China Telecom partner on global IoT service

China Telecom and Tata Communications are working together to launch a global IoT service in the Chinese market. The partnership will let companies deploy and manage IoT devices easily and cost-effectively within China and internationally across multiple industries, including consumer and industrial electronics manufacturing, automotive, transport and logistics.

Intel AI helps coaches analyse basketball games

College basketball teams are using artificial intelligence (AI) technology from New York-based Keemotion and Intel to capture and analyse live game footage.

Huawei brings AI, blockchain and IoT to Hong Kong

At its cloud summit this month in Hong Kong, Huawei’s president of the cloud global market Edward Deng (pictured) announced it was strategically investing in the city and the region in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and IoT.

Digi rolls out LTE migration services

IoT connectivity company Digi has rolled out its LTE migration services as many carriers prepare to sunset legacy networks, forcing the transition to LTE.

GlobalPlatform signs MoU to secure Russian IoT

Non-profit industry association GlobalPlatform has signed an MoU with the Russian cyber-security organisation Trusted Platform Association to create a collaborative IoT ecosystem. The initiative will align GlobalPlatform’s specifications with existing Russian regulations to deliver security and interoperability to the industry.

US government considers IoT security legislation

Bipartisan legislation to improve the cyber security of internet-connected devices was introduced this month in the US Senate and the House of Representatives. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require that devices purchased by the US government meet certain minimum security requirements.

Semtech geolocation service compatible with LoRaWan

Semtech has announced LoRa Cloud Geolocation, a cloud-based geolocation service that is compatible with the LoRaWan protocol and almost any network server.

Rami Avidan takes over IoT for Deutsche Telekom

Experienced IoT industry player Rami Avidan (pictured), most recently CEO of Tele2 IoT, will next month take over as senior vice president for IoT at Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems enterprise customer unit.

SolidRun and U-Blox collaborate on IoT connectivity

Switzerland-based U-Blox and Israeli embedded systems company SolidRun are collaborating on connectivity products for the IoT, including turnkey IoT edge gateways for indoor and outdoor use, single-board computers and systems-on-module.

AWS, HPE and Tata headline at Hannover Messe IIoT conference

Some of the most influence providers of industrial IoT will address practical issues of deploying software, hardware and connectivity services for embedded devices at a conference to be held at Hannover Messe in the first week of April in Germany.

Telit IoT modules help US first responders

FirstNet, the USA’s first responder network authority, is using the Telit LE910C1-NF and LE910C4-NF as its first embedded LTE Band 14 IoT modules in LTE categories one to four.

Arm helps neural-network start-up secure $16m funding

Israeli start-up Hailo used Arm’s DesignStart Pro programme to secure $16m in funding to help edge devices such as drones, cars and smart home appliances think for themselves.

Mender extends OTA updates to all IoT devices and software

The team behind the open-source project for over-the-air (OTA) software update management for IoT devices has unveiled Mender Enterprise, a supported version of Mender that extends software updates to all software and devices in the IoT.

Entropia and Rudra Labs form IoT joint venture

Malaysian marketing consultancy Entropia has launched Aladdin in a joint venture with Rudra Labs to bring IoT opportunities to consumer businesses and help them drive higher growth.

TDK unveils DC-DC converters for IoT at Apec

At this week’s Apec show in Anaheim, California, Japanese electronics manufacturer TDK unveiled µPol DC-DC converters for applications such as big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, 5G cells, IoT and computing enterprise.

AWS helps Sprint enrich Curiosity IoT platform

Sprint is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enrich the capabilities of its Curiosity IoT platform. AWS storage and IoT services will be integrated with Sprint’s distributed and virtualised IoT core network to provide enterprises with optimised traffic routing, processing and storage of IoT data.

Unisys PKI service manages IoT security

Unisys has introduced a managed public key infrastructure (PKI) service to help organisations authenticate and secure endpoints, mobile devices, virtual services and the IoT.

Digi launches focus on IoT management

Digi says it has answered the call for advanced IoT management with its DRM remote manager, a secure platform to monitor and control distributed IoT devices. The company has also unveiled Digi Foundations, an IoT hardware management application and technical support package.

Chunghwa Telecom picks Ericsson for IoT acceleration

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest telecommunications service provider, has selected the Ericsson IoT Accelerator to spearhead its IoT drive towards enterprise customers, and open the door to potential global business.

Advantech Cat-M1 router certified for Verizon

Taiwanese embedded computer company Advantech has introduced a Verizon-certified LTE Cat-M1 router for the US market.

Murata, Cypress and NXP collaborate on IoT connectivity

Japanese electronics manufacturer Murata is collaborating with Cypress Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors to provide IoT developers with mix-and-match wireless connectivity and processing that shorten the time-to-market cycle.

Making business case for IoT initiatives

Nick Sacke, head of IoT and products at Comms365, explains how to make the business case to create a successful IoT initiative.

NTT completes takeover of Transatel

Japanese technology group NTT has completed the acquisition of Transatel, a French IoT cellular connectivity management provider and mobile virtual network enabler.

EDF initiative uses IoT to improve fishing

At last week’s World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) launched its Smart Boat Initiative designed to accelerate the exploration and adoption of AI and IoT technologies to improve sustainability, efficiency and profitability in the fishing sector across the globe.

Microsoft improves Windows IoT for intelligent edge devices

Microsoft has announced improvements to Windows IoT for intelligent edge devices. The added products and services should help device manufacturers, developers and users.

LoRa battles Sigfox at Embedded World

The battle between LoRa and Sigfox for LPWAN adoption reached the conference floor of last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg with David Armour, marketing manager for Semtech’s LoRa product group, and Aurelius Wosylus from Sigfox, both pushing their standards.

Arm and China Unicom take IoT to Chinese enterprises

Arm and China Unicom announced at last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a long-term partnership to deliver IoT scalability, security and simplicity to Chinese enterprises and global companies looking to have a local presence in China.

Software is key: Interview with Avnet IoT director Alastair Worth

Software is bringing the IoT together, whether for connectivity, security or as the foundation for complete systems, according to Alastair Worth (pictured), Avnet’s director of IoT, speaking at last week’s Embedded World.

Security is biggest challenge facing IoT, says Digi

Security is the biggest challenge facing the IoT, according to Andreas Burghart (pictured), sales engineer at Digi, speaking at last week’s Embedded World show.

Advantech, AMD and Mentor partner on AI

Advantech, AMD and Mentor announced at last week’s Embedded World that they are working together to make artificial intelligence (AI) technology more accessible and easier to implement.

Texas Instruments breakthrough could transform big data

Texas Instruments has made improvements to an old technology to solve the problem of moving vast amounts of data from the edge of IoT networks. At last week’s Embedded World, it announced two devices using bulk acoustic wave technology for connectivity and communications infrastructure.

Dialog leverages Bluetooth 5.1 for consumer IoT

UK fabless semiconductor company Dialog Semiconductor unveiled at last week’s Embedded World a family of Bluetooth Low Energy SoCs for wireless connectivity in various IoT connected consumer applications.

U-Blox knew the script at Embedded World

Swiss company U-Blox used last week’s Embedded World to push the benefits of its recently launched U-Connect Script to simplify wireless Bluetooth and wifi device development, enabling embedded script applications in the module while reducing complexity and cutting time to market.

SensiEdge modules combine multiple sensors

Israeli company SensiEdge has extended its range of IoT hardware-ready modules, and the company brought its latest products including Windows-based software to last week’s Embedded World in Nuremberg.