Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: May 2020

AWS powers match statistics for Bundesliga

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the German Bundesliga this week debuted the first two Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS during the Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern München game on broadcast television in over 200 countries.

Accenture takes Byte of big-data analytics

Professional services company Accenture has acquired Byte Prophecy, an automated insights and big-data analytics company based in Ahmedabad, India, to meet the growing demand for enterprise-scale AI and digital analytics across the region.

U-Blox and Sapcorda partner on Spartn correction interface

Swiss firm U-Blox is working with German GNSS augmentation company Sapcorda Services to implement the newly established Spartn format correction interface.

Telit LTE-M and NB-IoT module targets 450MHz band

IoT enabler Telit has announced the ME310G1-W2, said to be the world's smallest LTE-M and NB-IoT module for use in the 450MHz band.

Wisekey provides IoT early warning for Covid-19

Swiss firm Wisekey is partnering with global technology organisations to provide an IoT early warning system that can be used to facilitate early detection of viruses and future outbreaks.

SmartSens video sensor powers IoT devices

Chinese firm SmartSens Technology has launched a low-power video sensor designed to power IoT devices.

IoT security reaches critical era, believes Sectigo

Protecting the IoT has never been more critical, according to New Jersey-based cyber-security technology firm Sectigo.

Cellular IoT module shipments up 22%, says Berg

Shipments of cellular IoT modules increased 22 per cent in 2019 to reach a new record level of 265 million units, according to Berg Insight.

Microsoft rewards hackers that can break Azure Sphere

Microsoft is offering financial rewards for those that can hack into Azure Sphere, which offers end-to-end IoT security across hardware, OS and the cloud.

MediaTek makes NB-IoT breakthrough with Softbank in Japan

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek’s NB-IoT chip has been validated for LwM2M over NIDD on Softbank’s cellular network across Japan. This is said to be the first global commercial readiness of LwM2M over NIDD.

Telit module gets green light for first responders

Telit’s LM960A18 PCI Express Mini Card has become the first Gigabit LTE module to go through the UK’s ESN emergency services network review for use by the ecosystem.

U-Blox modules in Australian mesh water meter trial

A trial of mesh-networked water meters in Australia is using Bluetooth Low Energy and NB-IoT modules from Swiss company U-Blox.

Blackberry tailors cyber security to protect data

Blackberry is offering enterprises a range of tailored cyber-security and endpoint management options to help protect data, lower risk, and reduce cost and complexity.

Arrow, Panasonic and STM produce IoT module

Arrow Electronics, Panasonic Industry and ST Microelectronics have introduced a low-power wireless multi-sensor edge-intelligence module for smart factory, smart home and smart life applications.

Microchip neural network IP helps embed vision

Arizona-based Microchip has revealed a software development kit and neural network IP for creating low-power FPGA smart embedded vision products.

5G innovation lab takes in first cohorts

The 5G Open Innovation Lab, a global ecosystem of developers, start-ups, enterprises, academia and government institutions, has opened its lab and launched its inaugural programme for start-ups and their founders.

Wind River shows how China and US IoT firms react to Covid-19

Three-quarters of C-suite, IoT and devops leaders are modifying corporate strategies due to Covid-19, according to research by software firm Wind River, which also found that a third of executives in the USA and China were seeing Covid-19’s impact as an impetus to transform their businesses digitally.

Reports differ wildly on IoT market growth

Two separate reports released last week are predicting wildly different estimates for the growth of the IoT market. Reporterlink sees the global market hitting US$1256.1bn by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.53%, whereas Fortune Business Insights has it hitting $1102.6bn by 2026 at a CAGR of 24.7%.

Sidewalk Labs scraps Toronto Quayside project

Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs has pulled out of its controversial smart city project on the waterfront in Toronto, Canada.

AWS machine learning improves search

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Kendra, an enterprise search service powered by machine learning.

U-Blox appoints Carl Bellanca to head American sales

Swiss positioning and wireless communication technology firm U-Blox has appointed Carl Bellanca (pictured) as head of sales in the Americas.

Pod and Expeto integrate 5G with enterprise IT

A collaboration between Pod Group and Expeto provides seamless integration of public and private LTE and 5G networks with a user’s existing enterprise IT network resulting in the agility, speed and security to launch IoT applications globally as extensions of existing networks.

Talkpool incorporates Semtech LoRa into building sensors

Talkpool, a Swiss provider of IoT and telecommunication network services, has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol into its latest line of sensors for smart home and building applications.

Ericsson finds link between IoT and productivity

There is a link between the number of IoT connections per inhabitant and productivity growth, according to a research article by Ericsson Research in collaboration with Imperial College London.

Kerlink and Microshare combine for Covid-19 contact tracing

French IoT specialist Kerlink is collaborating with Microsharea Pennsylvania-based data management company, to deliver a turnkey way of tracing contact proximity in the workplace to help to fight Covid-19.

Ursalink and Digimondo enter LoRaWan partnership

Chinese IoT hardware provider Ursalink has integrated its LoRaWan gateways and end nodes with a LoRaWan network server, IoT platform and data hub from Digimondo, a German provider of secure IoT software.

Dialog wifi SoC makes IoT battery life breakthrough

Dialog Semiconductor has introduced a low-power wifi networking SoC and two modules that it claims deliver a breakthrough in battery life for wifi connected, battery-powered IoT devices.

IBM launches IoT edge computing for 5G era

IBM and its subsidiary Red Hat have launched edge computing offerings for the 5G era that pave the way for enterprises and telcos to deploy and manage AI, IoT and analytics workloads at the edge.

Intel acquires Moovit for $900m

Intel has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) company, for approximately $900m. Moovit is known for its urban mobility app that offers travellers around the world multimodal trip planning by combining public transportation, bicycle and scooter services, ride-hailing, and car-sharing.

AWS makes human review easier for machine learning

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced Augmented Artificial Intelligence, a managed service that makes it easier to add human review to machine-learning predictions to improve model and application accuracy by continuously identifying and improving low confidence predictions.

Vodafone heat detection camera aids Covid-19 return to work

Vodafone has launched a heat detection camera to help UK organisations get back to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The camera combines thermal imaging and Vodafone’s IoT connectivity to screen the temperature of people as they enter buildings.

Telit module supports CBRS private networks

Telit’s LM960A PCI Express Mini Card family is available in a version supporting the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) to applications that can benefit from private networking, such as warehousing, industrial manufacturing, and public and enterprise venues.

GCF and 450MHz Alliance partner on interoperability

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the 450MHz Alliance have signed a memorandum of understanding so global wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, and IoT and M2M device makers can access a programme to increase confidence in interoperability in this spectrum.

Zoo uses Nominet IoT tools to protect endangered species

International conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is using IoT tools from internet infrastructure firm Nominet to protect endangered animals from the illegal wildlife trade by preventing and detecting criminal activity.

Brain raises $36m to expand robotics AI business

California-based robotics AI company Brain has raised $36m in series D funding to help meet the growing demand for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in retail, healthcare, airports, education and other industries on the front lines of the Covid-19 health crisis.

Silicon Labs completes Redpine acquisition

Texas-based electronics company Silicon Labs has completed its acquisition of Redpine Signals' wifi and Bluetooth business, development centre in Hyderabad, India, and patent portfolio for $308m in cash.

Senet enables LoRaWan AMI for water across USA

New Hampshire-based LoRaWan firm Senet says it has established a leadership position in enabling advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for water supplies across the USA.