Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IMC Newsdesk Archives: September 2019

AT&T signs IoT roaming agreements across Canada

Businesses will be able to operate IoT devices and applications across Canada and the USA now that AT&T has signed separate reciprocal roaming agreements with Bell, Rogers and Telus.
Alibaba IoT location tracker based on Semtech LoRa

Alibaba Cloud, the third largest public cloud services provider globally and the leading cloud provider in the China, has released an IoT-enabled location tracker based on Semtech’s LoRa technology.
Five IoT start-ups emerge from Sigfox programme

Five IoT start-ups have emerged from Sigfox’s Hacking House programme. The companies are addressing urban mobility, medical device and water safety problems with IoT innovations.
Avnet acquires Witekio to boost IoT offering

Phoenix-based electronics distributor Avnet is to acquire Witekio, formerly known as Adeneo Embedded, a privately held company with expertise in software and embedded systems that help developers overcome the technical challenges of developing IoT products and services.
Sprint and CalAmp form IoT alliance
US telco Sprint has formed an IoT partnership with California-based technology company CalAmp to deliver intelligent telematics devices and software applications.
AWS accelerates machine learning
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of G4 instances, a GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instance to accelerate machine-learning inference and graphics-intensive workloads.
Telus shop allows self-service IoT connectivity

The Telus IoT Shop is a self-serve online portal that lets businesses purchase and manage prepaid IoT connectivity on the Canadian wireless network.
Libelium shows how IoT can protect the planet
Following the United Nations call for sustainable development goals, Spanish wireless sensor network company Libelium is promoting IoT technology as a tool to achieve prosperity while protecting the planet.
BeagleBoard development board suits AI applications

The BeagleBoard Foundation has introduced the BeagleBone development board targeting artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Built on its open source Linux approach, it fills the gap between small single board computers and more powerful industrial computers.

Huawei offers to sell 5G IP
Huawei's chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, has said his company could sell its 5G know-how to a western company as way of meeting concerns over the company's independence and trustworthiness
Hitachi boosts IoT Division with Consulting Merger

Hitachi is merging its industrial IoT and manufacturing analytics arm, Hitachi Vantara with its consulting business, Hitachi Consulting. The merger is aimed at boosting the company's IoT and industrial internet businesses by focusing its consultancy business squarely in that area
Daimler Trucks testing automated trucks on public roads

Daimler Trucks has begun testing automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads in southwest Virginia. The public road tests follow extensive testing on a closed loop track
Airbus begins in-flight trials of IoT-based cabin

Airbus reports it has begun in-flight trials of IoT connected cabin technologies on board an A350-900 Flight Lab aircraft. The company claims it is the first aircraft manufacturer to undertake such flight-testing of actual connected cabin innovations
Google works with Cornell on Health Data app
Google is working with Cornell University, the University of California San Francisco, and the Commons Project to give Android a patient smartphone app that will provide user access to patient records
Ericsson Nanjing 5G factory IoT Showcase
Ericsson has completed automation of its factory in Nanjing, China. The company says its Nanjing factory is now one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world
Oracle launches AI-Voice for Technical Use
Oracle has launched an AI-trained voice assistant that can understand domain specific language and technical terms and well as conversational language. The tool is likely to find application in busy and challenging technical environments, such as industrial and engineering, logistics and supply chain and infrastructure management
Baidu puts $200 Million into Smart City and Medical IoT
Chinese internet giant Baidu is investing 1.4 billion yuan (US $200 million) in a partnership with investment house Neusoft to develop new smart city and health IoT based technologies and programmes
Cisco teaches IoT at La Trobe University

Cisco is helping educate students at Melbourne’s La Trobe University on technology innovation with a focus on the IoT. The collaboration includes a new position of Cisco chair of IoT.

Sigfox and LoRa to challenge cellular IoT for next five years

Sigfox and LoRa will provide stern competition to low-power cellular IoT technologies over the next five years, according to Juniper Research.

Palo Alto Networks to buy Zingbox for $75m

Californian cyber-security company Palo Alto Networks is to acquire IoT security start-up Zingbox, for $75m.

Digi SmartSense IoT platform provides business-critical insights

Digi, through its SmartSense subsidiary, has announced the availability of an IoT platform following early access trials with organisations including cinema chain AMC Theatres and Children’s Minnesota, one of the largest freestanding paediatric health systems in the USA.

Nordic and iBasis field test eSIM for NB-IoT and LTE-M

Nordic Semiconductor says it has invalidated any question marks over cellular IoT and eSIM technology used in NB-IoT and LTE-M LPWA use cases following successful field testing across 24 countries using a single eSIM from Massachusetts-based iBasis.

WiSig licenses Ceva IP for NB-IoT deployment in India

WiSig Networks has licensed Ceva's cellular IoT technology to serve the Indian market. The California company’s Dragonfly NB2 IP is accelerating WiSig's NB-IoT SoC development in a project driven by an Indian mobile network operator to enable cellular IoT use cases.

MediaTek kit speeds development for Alexa Voice Service

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has introduced a development kit for the Alexa Voice Service that could help developers build voice-assistant products, reducing development costs and accelerating the integration process for creating products with Alexa built-in.

Universal Electronics picks SecuriThings for cyber security

IoT service provider Universal Electronics has selected technology from Israeli company SecuriThings to improve cyber security for its connected devices.

IoT security fears could drive quantum sensor market

Extensive global R&D activity and growing demand for increased security in IoT networks are two factors driving growth in the global quantum sensors market, according to a report by BCC Research. But high costs and lack of awareness are holding back deployments.

Sigfox partners Alps Alpine to drive IoT innovation

IoT service provider Sigfox has entered a partnership with electronics manufacturer Alps Alpine to drive forward technical innovation and expand their combined reach.

Top three US mobile networks certify Telit IoT modules

IoT enabler Telit’s LE910C1-NF and LE910C4-NF modules have been certified for use on the three largest US mobile network operators. The certifications mean that OEMs can develop products for many verticals and use cases that can be immediately deployed across the mobile networks using a single SKU.

IBM helps start-up give information to first responders

British Columbia start-up Lightship Works is adopting IBM artificial intelligence and cloud technology to give first responders fast access to insights during critical incident responses.

Definium deploys Semtech LoRa network in Tasmania

Definium Technologies has deployed an enterprise-grade statewide network in Tasmania based on LoRa technology from California-based Semtech.

Gartner sees 21% increase in IoT endpoints by next year

Gartner is forecasting that the enterprise and automotive IoT market will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21% increase from 2019. By the end of 2019, 4.8 billion endpoints are expected to be in use, up 21.5% from 2018.

Waterloo researchers develop low-cost IoT network for 5G

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada say they have developed a cheaper and more efficient method for IoT devices to receive high-speed wireless connectivity.

Imec and Ingdan bring design services to Chinese IoT companies

Chinese IoT companies can access the Belgian Imec R&D innovation hub’s ASIC design and manufacturing services through a deal with local AI and IoT business service platform provider Ingdan, part of the Cogobuy group.

U-Blox celebrates 500 millionth GNSS receiver

Swiss wireless communications firm U-Blox is celebrating the sale of its 500 millionth GNSS receiver.