Das Thema Internet of Things ist ein wesentlicher Baustein der Digitalen Ökonomie, der sich rasant weiterentwickelt. Experton Group stellt Ihnen daher im Folgenden eine Zusammenstellung interessanter aktueller Kurznachrichten und Links zum Thema Internet of Things vor.
M&A, Strategies, Alliances
- Cumulocity and Micro Technology have launched the CUMoNoSU joint venture in Japan, a SaaS cloud-offering that aims to kick start Japanese business deployments and developments.
- Ecovent has won $6.9m in funding to continue work on its connected air vents, with investment led by Emerson, and the goal of launching the vents this year.
- Philips has joined the AllSeen Alliance, as a premier member, and Samsung-owned SmartThings has joined the ZigBee Alliance board of directors.
- BearingPoint and relayr have partnered to form the relayr alliance, to pair their consultancy expertise.
- ams has acquired NXP’s CMOS sensor business, as the company aims to expand its environmental sensing portfolio.
- Qualcomm has signed a deal with Brusa, with the Swiss automotive component company licensing Qualcomm’s Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology.
- Delphi is buying HellermannTyton for $1.7bn in a connected car push, according to Reuters.
- Hyundai Heavy Industries has partnered with Accenture to boost the efficiency of its container ships using sensors, using Accenture’s Connected Platforms as a Service (CPaaS).
- Microsoft has partnered with Jasper to expand its Azure IoT platform ahead of a public preview later this year, and Jasper has partnered with Telefonica to boost the latter’s Brazilian M2M platform.
- ARM has bought Sansa, a security firm previously known as Discretix, for a sum reported as $75-85m.
- Sensata Technologies is acquiring the portfolio of Custom Sensors & Technologies for $1bn. The deal includes the Kavlico, BEI, Crydom and Newall product lines and brands.
- Nokia has sold its Here mapping division for around $3bn, to a concosrtium including Audi, BMW and Mercedes – as expected.
- Intel and Honeywell are partnering on industrial security, joining Intel’s McAfee and Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security Solutions.
- Wind River has updated its real-time virtualization platform, VxWorks, which it says will allow users to integrate a Type 1 hypervisor into the core of its real-time operating system to speed up development and improve security and performance.
- RFaxis and Silicon Labs have partnered to develop a Thread-compatible chipset, for smart home and IoT devices, pairing RFaxis’ RF CMOS front-end IC with Silicon Labs’ chips, software stack and developer tools.
- Silicon Labs has also launched its Simplicity Studio development platform, which is intended to help developers make more efficient designs.
- Intel and Micron have unveiled a new type of non-volatile memory called 3D XPoint, which the pair claim is up to 1,000 times faster than NAND flash and ten times denser.
- Kontakt.io’s Bluetooth beacons have been selected by Proxama in the UK to complement its TapPoint out-of-home advertising network, as the latter builds out a beacon-powered network for advertisers to leverage.
- STMicro has launched its Cloud-ST25TA NFC evaluation board, targeting developers looking to add NFC to wearables, smart cities, and other emerging applications.
- QuickLogic has launched its Eos sensor hub, with 6 FPGAs powered by an ARM Cortex-M4F.
Laws and Regulation
- Amazon is proposing dedicated airspace for drones, with different bands for slower local flights and high speed transit. Given the pace of FAA legislation, it’s unlikely that the regulator will pay much heed, but there’s a growing number of businesses looking to use drones as part of their operations.
Networks and Protocols
- Sri Lanka is getting the first national internet coverage from Google’s Project Loon, the balloon-based broadband initiative that will cover the country’s 25,000 square-miles.
- Geotab has partnered with O2 in the UK to launch its fleet tracking platform on British roads, using OBD-II powered Go7 device. Geotab says it currently covers 450,000 vehicles.
- James Brehm asks how T-Mobile managed to lose 33,000 M2M connections in the current market.
- Kore is partnering with Fargo Telecom to extend its M2M offerings in Asia.
Smart Homes and Buildings
- CastleOS has unveiled what it says is the first Windows 10 smart home hub, leveraging the voice control enabled by Microsoft’s Cortana.
- Google is apparently offering a redesigned version of its Glass wearable to businesses. Called Glass Enterprise Edition, the new design features a clip to attach it to a standard pair of glasses.
- Microsoft effectively confirms that an enterprise version of its HoloLens wearable will be available within a year.
- RCR Wireless revisits its connected car report, and finds around 13/20 of the interviewee predictions to be accurate.
- Def Con has thrown up a $100 kit that can hack GM’s OnStar connected car system. Dubbed OwnStar, the kit was invented by Samy Kamkar, who strongly advises against using GM’s RemoteLink app until an update is released. GM notes that it’s already patched the issue, which is more than Chrysler managed recently, which had to resort to mailed USB sticks.
- Another Def Con presentation will demonstrate vulnerabilities in industrial routers from Siemens, GE, Garrettcom and Opengear, and another panel will examine a vulnerability in Globalstar’s fleet management units.
- Lighting Science Group (LSG) and AmeriGroup have been chosen as founding partners of a $300m plan to build Pakistan’s first smart city development in Karachi.
- BAI and Sensus have signed an Australian partnership to install monitoring hardware and digital infrastructure for utilities, using Sensus’ FlexNet platform.
- Verizon has unveiled its Grid Wide Utility Solutions platform, a cellular-based leasing system aimed at utilities that don’t want to invest in constructing their own smart metering infrastructure.
- BMW i3 owners in San Francisco are being offered $1,000 to defer charging their cars in peak times, as part of an 18-month trial between BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric.
- OSIsoft and eMotorWerks have partnered to integrate OSIsoft’s PI charging system with eMW’s cloud-based charging platform, to provide data from eMW’s Juicebox charging stations to utilities and partners.
- The Wi-Sun Alliance has signed a deal with India’s Smart Grid Forum to advance deployments of Wi-Sun’s 802.15.4g wireless standard in the country.
- Frost & Sullivan look at mHealth in Australia, and find that its growing adoption is fraught with obstacles and challenges, and firmly skewed towards consumer, rather than business, offerings.
- CVS is partnering with IBM’s Watson to try and spot patients at risk of chronic illnesses, by crunching their records and prescriptions.
- Big Cloud Analytics and Intel have partnered to showcase their joint big data offerings for the newly founded Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance – a group that aims to further the potential of analytics in looking after public health.
Forecasts and Blue Sky Thinking
- GreentechLead takes a look at a report from Frost & Sullivan that says the lithium-ion battery market will reach $55bn by 2020, with growth stemming from grid storage and wearables.
- Juniper Research puts the 2020 total of IoT devices at 38bn – down on the headline 50bn that Cisco has been leading with, although up from Ericsson’s downward revision from 50bn to 26bn (which Parks Associates seems to have followed). We still think that the total is much higher, but it’s an issue of semantics.
- MarketsandMarkets says the IoT in retail market will be worth $35.64bn by 2020, which also predicts that the satellite M2M market will hit $5.91bn by 2020, up from $3.36bn in 2015.
- Tata Consultancy says 80% of companies increased their revenue when using IoT technology.
- ABI says that Bluetooth beacon shipments will break 400m annually in 2020.
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