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IMC Newsdesk Archives: October 2019

Microsoft simplifies route to secure IoT

Microsoft this week announced  capabilities that simplify its customers’ route to delivering highly secured IoT products and services.

AWS launches IoT into space

US companies Hypergiant and Dynetics are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to take the IoT into space.

Vodafone and AT&T open NB-IoT in Europe and USA

AT&T and Vodafone will open up access to their respective NB-IoT networks to make it easier for their customers to create massive IoT deployments that work across the USA and parts of Europe.

Kore launches IoT platform at MWC

Last week’s Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles saw the introduction of the Kore One IoT platform and the first two services built on it – SecurityPro and ConnectivityPro.

Aeris makes Fusion IoT generally available

Aeris has announced the general availability of its Fusion IoT network, one of the first intelligent 5G-ready offerings, including LTE-M, NB-IoT, LTE, 2G and 3G. The California company has also chosen the Google Cloud platform as the infrastructure provider for the network.

IoT malware attacks jump during third quarter

There has been a dramatic jump in IoT malware, encrypted threats and web app attacks during the third quarter of this year, according to Californian security company SonicWall.

Altair adds Polte location technology to cellular IoT chipset

Israeli chip company Altair Semiconductor has integrated Texas-based Polte's cellular-based location technology into its ALT1250 cellular IoT chipset.

Accenture opens innovation studio in Chicago

Professional services company Accenture has expanded its Chicago Innovation Hub with an Industry X.0 studio to help its clients accelerate the development of smart connected products and services from months to weeks.

GigaWire Alliance and Home Grid Forum merge

The GigaWire Alliance has become part of the Home Grid Forum to create a new force in broadband access technology development and an organisation that will be structured to work across a widening portfolio covering IoT, connected cars, smart grid, light communications  and GigaWire MDU.

Microsoft expands Windows IoT at Ceatec

In a keynote speech at last week’s Ceatec show in Japan, Ian LeGrow, Microsoft partner director, announced general availability of Windows IoT board support packages for NXP’s i.MX family of processors along with other Windows IoT additions.

Intel acquires Smart Edge for $27m

Intel is to acquire the Smart Edge intelligent-edge platform business from Pivot Technology for $27m. Smart Edge is a cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing.

Sprint puts NB-IoT on Curiosity platform

At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles, Sprint announced the availability of NB-IoT on its Curiosity IoT platform. A complement to the nationwide Cat-M rollout, NB-IoT expands low-power wide area network access to its dedicated, virtualised and distributed network and operating system, purpose-engineered for IoT.

Ericsson and Nvidia virtualise 5G radio access networks

Ericsson and Nvidia are collaborating on technologies that can allow communication service providers to build virtualised 5G radio access networks (RANs). These virtualised networks can enable faster and more flexible introduction of AI and IoT services.

Sigfox tracks Grand Raid runners

Sigfox made its 0G network available for Capturs trackers throughout last week’s Grand Raid race in Reunion Island. This enabled real-time tracking of runners on the SFR Grand Raid web site.

Qualcomm develops chipset for Azure Sphere IoT OS

Qualcomm Technologies announced today at this month’s 5G Summit in Barcelona that it is developing its first cellular chipset optimised and certified for Microsoft’s Azure Sphere IoT operating system.

U-Blox strengthens Bluetooth portfolio

Swiss company U-Blox has strengthened its Bluetooth portfolio to encompass more use cases from ultra-long range to indoor location.

STM launches LoRa development packs

ST Microelectronics has introduced two $99 ready-to-use development packs that lets all types of users from large corporations to smaller companies, independent designers, hobbyists and schools use LoRa’s long-range, low-power wireless IoT connectivity for tracking, positioning, metering and other applications.

TÜV Rheinland certifies LoRaWan in India

German technical services company TÜV Rheinland has launched its LoRaWan certification programme in India. It has been selected to be the first LoRa Alliance authorised test house in India and will offer services for testing end devices in the 865 to 867MHz frequency band.

IoT CMP devices to top three billion by 2023, says Berg

The number of devices managed on commercial IoT connectivity management platforms (CMPs) will grow at a CAGR of 32.6 per cent from 770 million in 2018 to reach 3.15 billion by 2023, according to Berg Insight.


Huawei markets its 4G chips for IoT

Huawei has announced that it has begun selling its in-house developed 4G chips on the open market for IoT applications. The company is mulling selling 5G capable chips for IoT next year
Quectel achieves first 5G data call over 5G mmWave module
Chinese GNSS and cellular technology supplier Quectel Wireless Solutions has completed its first 5G data call over its 5G millimetre wave (mmWave) module that fully complies with 3GPP Release 15 5G NR standards. The company is claiming it as an industry first
Thundercomm launches commercial-ready 5G IoT products

IoT product provider Thundercomm has launched commercial-ready 5G products, including a system-on-module, an IoT 5G AI kit, and 5G solutions for location tracking and XR
ZTE claims first with 5G+VDSL2 hybrid gateway

Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE has launched a 5G+VDSL2 hybrid home gateway and is claiming an industry. The company is claiming gigabit speed broadband even in legacy copper cabled areas
USDA pilots IoT data and AI-driven farm

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) together with Microsoft and California based geographical modelling specialist Esri is piloting an IoT data and AI driven 7,000 acre farm in Maryland, in an effort to help farmers cut costs, increase yields and sustainably grow crops that are more resilient to climate change
Auto majors cooperate on vehicle blockchain
BMW, Ford, GM, Groupe Renault, Honda, and other major automakers are working with the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) to develop a proof of concept for a blockchain-based vehicle identity
NEC wins Indian twin smart city project
NEC has won the contract to be the smart city master system integrator for Kalyan Dombivli, twin cities in the Indian state of Maharashtra, neighbouring Mumbai. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, and NEC is also contracted to provide operation and maintenance of the systems for the following five years
SenRa, Bosch to deploy LoRaWAN solutions in India
Bosch is partnering SenRa, an Indian LPWAN provider for LoRa-based IoT applications. The two companies are planning to deploy LoRaWAN solutions across India in many IoT segments, including Smart Cities, Industrial IoT, Smart Buildings

AT&T certifies world’s smallest NB-IoT module

AT&T has certified what it is claimed to be the world's smallest form factor LTE-M and NB-IoT module for operation on its 4G LTE wireless network. The module was jointly produced by Japan-based Murata Electronics and Sony subsidiary Altair Semiconductor.

Qualcomm powers Finnish IoT innovation centre

Finland IoT services company Uros is to open an IoT and 5G innovation centre at its Oulu headquarters using technology from Qualcomm.

AWS boosts learning at Humber College

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is helping Humber College in Ontario transform the student and campus experience by addressing the skills gap, broadening academic delivery, increasing programme options, and enhancing technology and innovation across the college.

U-Blox and Kudelski set up IoT security laboratory

Swiss company U-Blox has partnered the Kudelski Group to help companies protect IoT devices and the ecosystems. They have set up the IoT Security Lab, a consulting service for protecting business assets in high-value ecosystems.

Infineon and Lanner partner to secure IoT platforms

German electronics company Infineon is working with Taiwan-based Lanner Electronics to add trusted platform modules (TPMs) to embedded IoT computing and network platforms.

Telia picks Ericsson for 5G RAN

Nordic communications service provider Telia has selected Ericsson as its sole 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor for its nationwide network in Norway to help it deploy IoT and Industry 4.0 applications.

MIT researchers turn RFID tags into IoT sensors

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a way to turn RFID tags into solar-powered sensors for IoT applications.

Renesas MCUs add security to IoT applications

Japanese electronics giant Renesas has unveiled a family of 32bit Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers with extra security for intelligent IoT applications. The RA MCU family combines security, connectivity, HMI, flexible software and a partner ecosystem.

Eutelsat partners Sigfox in nanosatellite project

European satellite operator Eutelsat is targeting the IoT with a constellation of 25 nanosatellites as part of a partnership with Sigfox.

White paper looks at benefits of combining wifi and LoRa

A white paper from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and the LoRa Alliance explores IoT use cases incorporating both wifi and LoRaWan technologies.

Microchip offers pre-provisioned IoT security for small deployments

Arizona electronics company Microchip says it is simplifying hardware-based IoT security with pre-provisioned devices for deployments as low as ten units in Amazon Web Services (AWS), LoRa and Google Cloud applications.

Researchers power IoT devices from ambient radio waves

Japanese researchers have developed a way to power IoT devices from ambient radio waves in the atmosphere. The joint research was carried out by the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST), Fujitsu and Tokyo Metropolitan University.

SiLabs modules add mesh networking to IoT

Texas-based electronics company Silicon Labs has launched integrated, secure modules to reduce development cost and complexity, making it easier to add robust mesh networking connectivity to IoT products.

Adesto and Cadence collaborate to reduce IoT latency

Californian companies Adesto Technologies and Cadence Design Systems have collaborated to expand the ecosystem around the xSPI expanded serial peripheral interface communication protocol to enable higher transfer rates and lower latency for flash memory in IoT devices.

NimbeLink celebrates jump in fastest growing company list

Minnesota-based edge-based cellular connectivity company for the industrial IoT NimbeLink is celebrating jumping 739 places in Inc Magazine’s list of the USA’s fastest growing privately held companies.

Manufacturing and automotive lead German IoT adoption

Enterprises in Germany are quickly adopting IoT technologies, with the manufacturing and automotive industries taking the lead, according to a report from Information Services Group (ISG), a technology research and advisory firm.