Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: November 2018

Blackberry acquires Cylance for $1.4bn to protect IoT endpoints

Blackberry is acquiring Cylance, a specialist in artificial intelligence and machine learning, for $1.4bn. The company says this will make it the first vendor with a single offering for intelligently protecting and managing fixed and mobile IoT endpoints.

Renesas breakthrough could eliminate batteries for IoT devices

Renesas unveiled at last week’s Electronica trade show in Munich an energy-harvesting embedded controller that can eliminate the need to use or replace batteries in IoT devices.

Intel launches neural stick for prototyping vision at the edge

At last week’s Intel AI DevCon artificial intelligence developer conference in Beijing, Intel introduced its Neural Compute Stick 2 designed to build smarter AI algorithms and for prototyping computer vision at the network edge.

Avnet partners Octonion to bring AI to the edge

IoT companies can leverage artificial intelligence to help speed the development process through a product being developed by Avnet and Octonion, a Switzerland-based intelligent edge IoT software provider.

Telit promotion extends 2G life with route to 4G

Telit has announced a pan European limited time commercial promotion that offers technical and financial incentives for adoption of any combination of its four 2G modules now with discounts continuing into successor 4G IoT modules.

Antenna maker Taoglas spots shift from LoRa to NB-IoT

There is a move towards NB-IoT and away from the likes of LoRa, according to Ronan Quinlan (pictured left), co-CEO of Irish antenna maker Taoglas, speaking at last week’s Electronica trade show in Munich.

Sigfox and Mouser announce global distribution agreement

IoT services provider Sigfox is making its Sens’it Discovery product and SDR dongle available worldwide through Texas-based distributor Mouser Electronics.

Prost! Digi toasts Xbee at Electronica

Digi says its modules are so easy to use that customers often come up with novel applications that had not even been considered. And its director of product management Mark Tekippe (pictured) was keen to demonstrate one of the more popular for managing beer kegs at last week’s Electronica trade show in Munich.

Omron adapts fisheye camera for automatic people detecting

Omron has added its own algorithm to a normal fisheye camera to let it detect people from above without using thermal sensors or relying on movement. The Japanese company was demonstrating the device, due out next year, at last week’s Electronica trade show in Munich.

IDT module provides 6LoWPan connectivity

California-based Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has introduced an FCC certified module that provides critical and secure 6LoWPan wireless connectivity to link devices to the IoT.

NTT Docomo programme to foster IoT collaboration

Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has launched a programme aimed at fostering collaboration among IoT providers and expanding the IoT market across Asia. Mobile operators from 15 countries in the region have expressed their intention to participate.

HPE partners SparkCognition on AI predictive maintenance

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is collaborating with Texas-based SparkCognition to provide AI-based predictive maintenance on HPE Edgeline converged edge systems.

Nokia and Infosys drive digital transformation

Nokia and Infosys, a consulting, technology and services company, have established an alliance to drive digital transformation in a wide array of enterprises and industries, addressing vertical markets such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, media, entertainment and education.

Dish Network picks Ericsson for NB-IoT rollout

American satellite TV company Dish Network has selected Ericsson to deliver radio access and the core network for its NB-IoT network, slated for completion in March 2020.

Fujitsu unveils DNSS module at Electronica

Fujitsu Electronics will be presenting at this week’s Electronica show in Munich a multi-receiver GNSS module for applications such as smart watches, fitness trackers, logistics and indoor or outdoor navigation.

Digi forecasts major take-off for IoT in 2019

Market growth and IoT technology development in 2018 will act as the launching pad for real widespread changes in 2019 that will see machine learning, blockchain and other transformational technologies mature from largely theoretical opportunities into actual use cases, according to Digi.

OnSemi launches IoT mesh and AI products at Electronica

On Semiconductor is unveiling IoT products for wireless mesh networking, battery-less edge nodes and artificial intelligence at this week’s Electronica trade show in Munich.

Global revenue for IoT in buildings to top $4bn by 2027

Global revenue associated with IoT products and services for small and medium commercial buildings is expected to exceed $4bn in 2027, according to Navigant Research.

Sure makes OCF IoT platform

Israeli company Sure Universal announced an IoT platform based on the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) standard at last week’s OCF China workshop in Guangzhou.

Big data, IoT and sensors to impact mobile workforces

Big data, the IoT and sensors will be the technology trends most impacting mobile workforces over the next 12 months, according to mobile technology buyers in research from Panasonic.

Intel, Arm and Microsoft partner Advantech to cure IoT fragmentation

While not broken, the IoT is seriously fragmented and there is a need for companies to collaborate at all stages of product development to drive the market forward. That was the message from last week’s Advantech Co-Creation Summit in Suzhou, China.

IBM helps Dubai government implement blockchain

IBM is working with Smart Dubai to create the first government-endorsed blockchain platform-as-a-service in the United Arab Emirates.

Laird joins Semtech LoRa design programme

Wireless connectivity firm Laird Connectivity has joined the recently launched Semtech design partner programme.

Kore invests in IoT programme at Texas university

Kore Wireless has entered a five-year partnership with the University of Texas at Austin’s Master of Science in Information Technology & Management programme.

Telit module helps IoT users handle continued 2G growth

Telit has announced an IoT module with GSM and GPRS, multi-constellation satellite positioning and Bluetooth functionality, all in a 270mm2 form factor.

Time to stop doing things wrong if IoT is to meet expectations

The benefits of IoT have been exaggerated and the difficulties under-estimated, according to Annie Turner  (pictured) from IoT Now Transportation, speaking at last week’s Advantech IoT Co-Creation Summit in Suzhou, China.

Apac mobile operators join GSMA IoT programme

Fourteen mobile operators across the Asia Pacific region have joined the GSMA’s Apac IoT partnership programme. The programme is said to represent the largest IoT community in the region, with over 500 partners.

Murata coin cell batteries suit LoRa and Sigfox devices

Japanese component maker Murata has developed two high drain and extended temperature lithium coin cell batteries for low-power wide-area (LPWA) communications devices using LoRa and Sigfox networks.

IT security specialists look to IoT devices for information

An increasing number of IT security professionals believe IoT devices will become a better source for general opinion, general news and discussions on IT security than traditional media such as online web sites and magazines.

IBM strengthens IoT, Edge hand with Red Hat purchase
IBM's purchase of Red Hat for $34 billion gives it a strong entry point to the growing market for edge computing and enterprise IoT device management
VW, Mobileye, Champion self driving EV ride hailing in Israel

Volkswagen Group, Mobileye and Champion Motors have announced plans to commercialise Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) with self-driving vehicles in Israel
Sprint earmarks 9 cities for 5G

Sprint is promising to roll out 5G to nine cities across the United States this year, although customers will not be able to use it until the network formally launches.
Huawei upgrades cloud for industrial IoT
Chinese telecoms manufacturer Huawei has launched a new version of its IoT Cloud Service platform, which has been boosted with expanded connections, cloud services, and AI designed to provide a more powerful industrial IoT and manufacturing digitalisation offering.
EDF Energy, Nuvve 1,500 V2G chargers in UK

EDF Energy has announced a partnership with green technology company, Nuvve, to install up to 1,500 Vehicle to Grid (V2G) chargers in the UK.
TI multiprotocol gigabit TSN-enabled processors for Industry 4.0
Claiming an industry first, Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a multiprotocol gigabit (Gb) time-sensitive networking (TSN)-enabled processor family designed for Industry 4.0 applications, factory automation, motor drives and electric grid infrastructure
Sigfox launches WiFi geolocation service for massive IoT
IoT service provider Sigfox has launched Atlas WiFi, a geolocation service for massive IoT applications. Atlas WiFi is designed to support global supply chain and logistics applications.
Viavi claims first with 3GPP-compliant 5G core emulator
Viavi Solutions has introduced a mobile core emulator compliant with 3GPP standards for faster 5G network development and deployment. Viavi is claiming its TeraVM 5G Core Emulator as an industry first
China Xiaomi in IoT push into Japan

Xiaomi is targetting Internet of Things applications as its next growth area, and is attempting to break into the Japanese market for smart devices and connected device applications