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Hardware news

Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform adds smarts to its new IoT chipsets

Chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm has launched its Vision Intelligence Platform alongside its first two dedicated chipsets for IoT devices.

The new 10nm chipsets, QCS605 and QCS603, can be used for devices such as drones, robotic vacuum cleaners, 360-cameras, and more. Both contain Qualcomm’s latest development in camera and artificial intelligence. For more click here.

STMicroelectronics and Jorjin Introduce Ultra-Low-Power Sigfox IoT Modules with Dual RF Connectivity

Jorjin’s WS211x Sigfox/BLE modules benefit from the market-leading performance and energy efficiency of ST’s BlueNRG-1 BLE System-on-Chip (SoC) and the S2-LP sub-1GHz RF transceiver. These advantages have enabled Jorjin’s modules to deliver cutting-edge connectivity and great battery lifetime, targeting coin-cell -operated or energy-harvesting IoT applications.

Fully programmable devices, Jorjin’s new Sigfox modules exploit the ultra-low power Arm® Cortex®-M0 technology embedded in ST’s BLE SoC to act as independent IoT connectivity nodes. For more click here.

Particle Delivers Production-Ready LTE Cellular Solution for Future Proofing IoT

This all-in-one cellular solution is the first commercially available LTE hardware module for IoT product creators to future proof their devices along retiring 2G and 3G networks. Particle’s LTE module includes built-in cloud and SIM support, and is certified for the newly available LTE networks designed just for IoT. More info here.

Device Authority Announces Support for Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

With the recent release of KeyScaler 5.8, Device Authority, a global leader in Identity and Access Management (IAM) for the Internet of Things (IoT) announced its support for Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, which automates and secures the enrolment process by enabling organizations to register and provision their devices, and connect to Azure IoT Hub.  For more click here.

Quectel BG96 Helps Solve Major Health Challenges in Australia

Quectel BG96

Cat M1 is a new standard of Radio Access Technology specifically designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M devices. It features low power consumption, increased signal penetration, wide coverage, massive connectivity and lower cost, ideal to enable a wide range of healthcare applications, such as patient and elderly people monitoring/tracking, remote biometric measurements such as Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Glucose levels, etc. 

For more click here. 

Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT Platform Powers STW’s Remote Monitoring of Transport for London Buses

Software AG today announced how STW (Sensor-Technik Wiedemann) is implementing a solution, powered by Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform, for remote condition monitoring of exhaust gas treatment systems retrofitted to London buses as part of the Greater London Authority’s plans to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).  For more click here.


Semtech and IoTsens Deliver a Smart Water Solution for Smart City Pilot in Spain

IoTsens’ LoRa-based smart water platform is designed to reduce utility costs and maximize resources.

Semtech Corporation announced that IoTsens, an Internet of Things solutions and services company, has integrated LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) in its smart water platform.  For more click here.

Healthtech: Wearable helps injured athletes recover faster

For athletes suffering from serious tendon injuries, the rehabilitation process is painfully slow and far from risk free. One slip could undermine months of physiotherapy and put the process back to square one. More info here.

Deep-sea IoT: Diver tracking device surfaces for launch

Divers will soon be able to access a connected device that can track their position in the sea and alert emergency services when they are in danger.

Backed by IoT connectivity and solutions firm Aeris, the new Sharknet device automatically records and transmits the surface position of a diver to their smartphone. The system  launched in May. For more click here.


Microsoft, MediaTek launch new family of Azure Sphere IoT chips

More info here.

Health IoT: New wearable can diagnose stomach problems

The researchers claim that the new system is as accurate at diagnosing some gastrointestinal conditions as traditional methods are, but without any need for invasive tests or examinations in clinical settings. And it is much quicker.

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are the second leading cause for missing work or school in the US, and are responsible for 10 percent of all patient visits to a doctor. But, according to a UCSD and UC Berkeley paper published in Nature, their prevalence is “at odds with bottlenecks in their diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.” For more click here.

Wearable can diagnose stomach problems

Hubitat meets demand for reliable, non cloud-based home automation

Hubitat, Inc. has just unveiled the home automation platform designed to run 100% locally, greatly improving reliability compared to the cloud-dependent hubs currently on the market. The local approach to home automation also delivers faster device response and keeps personal data secure. For more click here.


Software news

Software AG and Telefónica complete collaboration agreement

At the core of the collaboration is Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform, which operates across cloud, on premises and edge, and provides Service Providers with a comphensive, end-to-end IoT solution. This end-to-end approach ensures that any app or device – regardless of underlying technology or vendor source — will operate seamlessly across Telefónica’s network.

Both companies commit to working together as integrated service providers to deliver end-to-end Digital Transformation and Internet of Things (IoT) services.

Cumulocity IoT platform at the heart of IoT-as-a-Service collaboration to manage millions of devices and sensors. For more click here.

Using a Home Test Kit and Smartphone to Test for Kidney Disease

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Geisinger and Healthy.io announced the launch of a novel clinical trial using a smartphone-enabled home urinalysis device for chronic kidney disease (CKD) among patients with high blood pressure.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a contributing risk factor to CKD.  One of the best ways to test for CKD and assess kidney damage is a simple urine test which detects the presence of albumin. The smartphone app from Healthy.io enables lay users to conduct a urinalysis test at home and securely share results with their clinicians.

Test for Kidney Disease

FreeWave partners with McQ to offer low-power video streaming

This means it doesn’t require Wi-Fi or cellular technology at the camera, and can also be powered by solar, wind, or fuel cells, eliminating the recurring costs of cellular services and the challenge of limited Wi-Fi coverage in many areas.

But the firms added that the solution could work equally well in agricultural or oil machinery surveillance. It could also be used for collecting data on volcanic activity, agriculture, or wastewater, and from unmanned drones, along with identifying problems on roadways that are not connected to existing networks. For more click here.

US army develops battlefield AI for troop safety

The researchers, who work at the US Army Research Laboratory in Maryland, claim that the system can help soldiers improve their skills 13 times faster than conventional technologies, potentially saving lives at the same time.

With the machine-learning-powered solution, soldiers are able to decipher battlefield information more quickly, such as identifying explosive devices or analysing images to locate potential threat zones. For more click here.

Amazon: Alexa upgrades for memory, context, meaning

“Alexa can store arbitrary information you want and retrieve it later. For example, a customer might ask: ‘Alexa, remember that Sean’s birthday is June 20th.’ Alexa will reply: ‘Okay, I’ll remember that Sean’s birthday is June 20th.’

“This memory feature is the first of many launches this year that will make Alexa more personalised,” he added. “It’s early days, but with this initial release we will make it easier for customers to save information, as well as provide a natural way to recall that information later.”  For more click here.

Amazon debuts blockchain network solution

E-commerce giant Amazon has unveiled a new solution that allows users of its cloud computing platform to create and deploy secure blockchain networks.

Blockchain Templates is offered as an additional service for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is powered by a range of open-source frameworks.

The service is positioned as a quick and easy way for companies and individuals to set up their own blockchain networks for a variety of purposes. For more click here.

Huawei working on AI that can interact with human emotions

Chinese technology company Huawei is working on a new artificial-intelligence-powered voice assistant that will be more aware of emotions and more interactive than current products on the market, according to the company.

While existing voice assistants like the Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri have varying capabilities, they all serve a more functional role in informing the user or taking directions. For more click here.

Google’s DeepMind AI is learning to navigate cities without a map

For more click here.

General news

Self-driving cars

Michigan and the UK will collaborate on self-driving cars:

Governor Snyder says London has the best model in the world for roadworks and the installation of V2X (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) technology which in the future will be used for communicating road closures and traffic delays to provide alternative routes and ease congestion.

“Michigan leads the world in the development and integration of intelligent connected vehicles, and face-to-face meetings with government leaders and large employers help us strengthen these relationships to collaborate on future technologies,” Snyder said

China sets out guidelines for testing self-driving cars. For more click here and here.

Why for vehicle telematics, cellular IoT is the only option

With the continued rollout of new LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, increasingly more vertical industries are recognizing and adopting cellular IoT as the most viable solution for IoT connectivity. This is especially true for the aftermarket telematics industry – including fleet management, cold chain logistics and “Buy Here Pay Here” companies.

  • Vehicle telematics is an established market
  • For telematics, there is no alternative to cellular
  • Coverage is essential
  • Cost will always be a key differentiator

For more click here.

Semtech and Brazil’s Anatel Deploy LoRa Technology Nationwide

Semtech Corporation announced that Anatel, Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency, has released new technical requirements for radio frequency (RF) communication devices, enabling the operation of LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) throughout Brazil.

According to Frost and Sullivan, by 2021, the Internet of Things (IoT) market for applications and hardware is set to generate $3.29 billion in Brazil. To support this rapid IoT growth, Brazil needs a strong, flexible infrastructure. For more click here.

Is the LoRa Alliance getting a head start?

LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technologies have been rapidly developing in the IoT market in recent years, both technologically and commercially.

Libelium continues powering the Internet of Things (IoT) adding LoRaWAN and Sigfox wireless connectivity for Australia to Waspmote Plug & Sense! and Smart Parking sensor devices.

The Spanish IoT company adds new coverage to its wireless sensor network with Sigfox RC4 radio and with LoRaWAN AU915-928 radio. Both radios offer coverage in several countries from Australia to Asia Pacific and South America. 

LPWA shipment data

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More than 2.5 billion records stolen or compromised in 2017

Gemalto today released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, revealing that 2.6 billion records were stolen, lost or exposed worldwide in 2017, an 88% increase from 2016.

While data breach incidents decreased by 11%, 2017 was the first year publicly disclosed breaches surpassed more than two billion compromised data records since the Breach Level Index began tracking data breaches in 2013.

Gemalto, today announced, it is bolstering protection against cyber-attacks for the new generation of cloud-based virtualized networks being planned and deployed with Intel® technology.

For more click here, here.

Self-driving PODs to be trialled in Lake District national park

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Nearly half of UK manufacturers victims of cybercrime

Nearly half (48 percent) of UK manufacturers have been victims of a cyber attack, according to a new report. As a result, the Cyber Security for Manufacturing report calls for greater government support and a focus on the security needs of factories.

The paper, published by manufacturers’ organisation EEF and AIG, and carried out by The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), surveyed 170 UK companies. It found that 41 percent do not believe they have access to enough information to even assess their levels of cyber risk. Meanwhile, 45 percent feel that they lack access to the right tools for the job. For more click here.

Open Bionics’ releases affordable 3D printed bionic arm

Open Bionics is releasing what it claims is the most affordable multi-grip bionic arm ever made, at less than half the price of its nearest competitor. Andrew Hobbs investigates how the Bristol-based company’s Hero Arm is transforming lives.

For more click here.

IoT security: Half of IT departments don’t change default passwords

Almost half (47 percent) of CIOs and IT managers have allowed IoT devices onto their corporate network without changing the default passwords – even though one of the first steps that companies are advised to take with IoT devices is to change security defaults.

A default password can be the easiest way for hackers to work their way inside a network, causing potential damage not only to individual devices and the IoT system, but also to the whole organisation in terms of lost data or reputation. For more click here.


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