The first summer collection of Internet of Things news and updates. Continue reading to explore  IoT innovations:

Hardware news

Microsoft and Kymeta build ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs

Microsoft has partnered with satellite connectivity firm Kymeta to create ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs for the likes of first responders and law enforcement.

The companies modified two Chevrolet SUVs for their demonstration; a Chevrolet Suburban Tactical Vehicle, and a Chevrolet Tahoe Advanced Patrol Vehicle.

Microsoft and Kymeta build ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs

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RAC's black boxes prevent breakdowns or speeds up recovery

The RAC will use information from connected ‘black boxes’ to prevent breakdowns or speed up the recovery time of stranded vehicles.

Having a vehicle fitted with a black box has become popular in recent years to help reduce insurance premiums. Data collected from these boxes provide insights on whether an individual is a safe or reckless driver.

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Gemalto brings always-on 4G LTE connectivity to Acer’s latest Windows 10 laptop

With an increasing need for workplace mobility, Acer has incorporated Gemalto miniaturized embedded SIM (eSIM) into its Swift 7 laptops to offer ultra-portable always-connected PCs that enable users to be connected on the go.

Compliant with the GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning specifications, Gemalto eSIM is fully integrated with Windows 10. Users can easily activate the default telecom operator profile which comes with the new Acer Swift 7. Later on, they can switch to their preferred mobile network operator without the need to change SIM cards as eSIM is globally interoperable across all carriers. Thanks to reliable and always-on mobile eSIM connectivity, professionals gain in work productivity and efficiency wherever they are.

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Quectel Supports Pietro Fiorentini Smart NB-IoT Gas Meter to Be First to Comply with EU Directives

Pietro Fiorentini Smart NB-IoT Gas Meter

Pietro Fiorentini, an Italian pioneer in NB-IoT Smart Meters, said its RSE model Smart Gas Meter with 3GPP NB-IoT enabled connectivity has achieved European Union approvals.

The smart device, with Quectel Wireless Solutions module inside, becomes the first Smart Gas Meter with NB-IoT connectivity on the market to bear the EU’s RED (Radio Emission Directive), MID (Measuring Instrument Directive) and ATEX (Installations in Explosive atmosphere) approvals.

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Telit Enables Public Safety Marketplace to Address Today’s Growing Needs with Two New xE910 Modules

Telit, today announced that its LE910C4-NF series module, based on the Qualcomm® MDM9207 LTE modem, is now available allowing solution integrators in the public safety space to bring advanced IoT applications to market.

Since 2006, Telit has had an extensive network of support offices, competence center partners and other US-based resources available to system integrators and solution providers bring products to market quickly and cost effectively. More on

NTT DOCOMO Approves Altair’s IoT Chipset for First Commercial Launch of eDRX in Japan

Demonstration Shows Power Reduction of up to 80%, in comparison with Altair Chipset using DRX, Significantly Extending Operation of Battery-Powered IoT Devices.

Altair Semiconductor, today announced that chipset interoperability testing on Altair’s ALT1160 Cat-1 chipset has been completed by NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan’s largest mobile services provider.

Altair has commenced shipping of the ALT1160, featuring Ultra Low Power Consumption optimized for battery operation, to support the first commercial implementation of extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) technology in Japan by DOCOMO. Check more on

Sigfox Launches Sens’it Discovery

Sens’it Discovery

Sens’it Discovery is a customizable IoT solution that combines the Sens’it 3 device with the application, along with Sigfox connectivity. It comes with 6 different sensors (thermometer, hygrometer, light meter, accelerometer, magnetometer, reed switch) and a central button for multiple use cases.

Sens’it Discovery is available for purchase today and includes:

  • 1 Sens’it device and accessories
  • 1-year application access
  • 1-year Sigfox connectivity

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Gemalto Collaborates with Qualcomm Technologies to Integrate eSIM into the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform

The effort will support the integration of Gemalto’s eSIM technology and remote subscription management solutions, with the new Secure Processing Unit (SPU) on the Snapdragon mobile PC platform. As a result, this innovation will provide seamless LTE and forthcoming 5G connection, extended battery life, and a foundation for consumer applications such as online payments, transport ticketing and authentication to cloud services. This initiative represents the first time an eSIM will be integrated with processing platforms designed to power Always Connected PCs and similar consumer devices.

Providing benefits for industry players:

  • OEMs optimize their bill of materials and supply chain costs.
  • Mobile operators benefit from a larger addressable base of connected devices and a trusted platform for secure services.

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Software news

Hide and Seek: The first IoT botnet to survive device resets is caught  

A botnet has been discovered by security researchers which is the first to survive resets of compromised devices.

Researchers from Bitdefender published their findings today. The malware strain, which they’ve dubbed 'Hide and Seek' (HNS) for self-explanatory reasons, copies itself to the /etc/init.d/ folder.

This folder contains the daemon scripts for Linux-based systems which are often used for devices like IoT products and routers. By placing itself here, it can automatically be run again to re-infect the device following a reboot.  Check more on

Volvo's trucks and cars will communicate to improve safety

Trucks and cars by automotive giant Volvo will soon communicate with each other to improve road safety.

Operating as two separate entities with the same owner, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will collaborate on the ‘Connected Safety’ solution. By implementing V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the companies hope sharing real-time data about road hazards may help to prevent accidents. Find out more on

Google Assistant has tripled device support in four months

Google has been hard at work increasing the number of devices supported by its Assistant as it fights to control the smart home.

Competing for the smart home is clearly near the top of Google’s priorities as those interactions move away from smartphones. Once a consumer is invested in an ecosystem, it’s difficult to get them to switch.

Google’s main competitor is Amazon with their Alexa ecosystem. Amazon, quite likely as a result of its retail presence, has sold a lot more of its Echo line of products to customers.  More on this on

Sigfox U.S.A. Announces Connectivity as a Service to Complement Its Public Network

  • Sigfox U.S.A., the North America network operator LPWAN connectivity provider Sigfox, today announced its Coverage as a Service (CaaS) offering, a new network solution providing on-demand connectivity for U.S. customers.
  • CaaS is a subscription service that provides all the benefits of the Sigfox public network, including network management, monitoring, and support. The service can be tailored to fit the specific needs of the customer, installed wherever coverage is needed with the capability to connect thousands of devices.
  • Available for both indoor and outdoor deployments, CaaS gives customers control to address various areas of need, including rural, remote, and deep indoor spaces in areas not yet covered by the Sigfox U.S.A. public LPWAN in the U.S.  Check more on

Here and Sigfox join forces to create global IoT location service for logistics and supply chain sectors

HERE Technologies and Sigfox today announced a partnership to develop and deploy a global location service that will open new opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, particularly in supply chain and logistics.

By integrating global coverage of wifi hotspots from HERE with the Sigfox worldwide network and geolocation engine, industry and consumers will be able to locate their assets everywhere, both indoors (including inside factories warehouses and other buildings) and outdoors, without any additional infrastructure, regardless of the size and quantity of assets. More info on

MULTOS Consortium launches IoT Development Kit

The MULTOS Consortium, announced today the launch of a new development kit for design companies, professionals, device manufacturers and software developers focused on securing embedded devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The MULTOS “Trust Anchor” secure embedded SDK reduces the design effort for smart secure device projects requiring robust hardware root-of-trust protection, critical for many IoT solutions and businesses. Its flexibility allows a high-security microcontroller running the renowned MULTOS operating system to be designed in as either the main micro-controller at the heart of a connected secure device, or as a supporting secure co-processor. Check for more.

SpotSee Provides Customers Access to Data in Real Time Through ShockTrak and SpotSee Cloud

The ShockTrak™ Impact Recording and Satellite Tracking System combines the flagship ShockLog® 298 Impact Recorder and a satellite communications module to deliver real-time reporting on impacts and asset location.

When high-dollar assets like power transformers are being shipped to remote areas like the jungles of the Amazon, it can be difficult to track and review damages that occur. The SpotSee Cloud receives data from devices either through cellular or satellite connectivity, enabling customers to access and visualize their data in real time even if their assets are in hard-to-reach locations. Find out more on

Dialog Semiconductor Adds Bluetooth Mesh Support to SmartBond Product Family

The SmartBond IoT Sensor Development Kit makes developing motion and environmental sensing applications easy. Merging cutting-edge Bluetooth® low energy hardware, sensors and sensor fusion software, it enables the world’s lowest power 12 degree-of-freedom (DOF) wireless sensor module. Highly integrated, it cuts system size and cost and includes all essential hardware and software to speed creation of advanced IoT devices.

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General news

Australia prepares for autonomous vehicles with draft laws

Transport ministers in Australia have drafted vital legislation to prepare for autonomous vehicles to roam the land down under.

In the National Transport Commission (NTC) policy paper Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles, we get an early look at the legal framework enabling Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to replace human drivers. More on this on

Nvidia’s AI robot learns from observing humans

  • Nvidia has demonstrated a robot with a groundbreaking AI which learns to complete tasks by observing the actions of a human.
  • The researchers, led by Stan Birchfield and Jonathan Tremblay, claim their development is a ‘first of its kind’ deep learning-based system.

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ASPIDER-NGI adds European eSIM Profile under €10/GB for IoT eConnect

ASPIDER-NGI, provider of independent mobile solutions for managing IoT connectivity, announced new eSIM profiles for IoT eConnect.

The new profiles provide preferred coverage across Europe at under €10 per GByte.

The new profiles also include global coverage from 575 operators with full control of coverage options. These rates provide usage pooling across devices to avoid the breakage and overage lock-ins of the old voice-based sales models. These profiles are also available as donor profiles for clients to load into their own eSIMs.

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TeamViewer is Now Integrated into PTC’s ThingWorx

TeamViewer®, a leading global software provider for IoT, connectivity, monitoring, support, and team collaboration, announced today that its remote access solution is now integrated into PTC’s ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform, the market leading IoT partner ecosystem.

TeamViewer’s integration into ThingWorx extends the platform’s reach to allow for embedded remote access functionalities. With one click, service technicians can securely access and control the affected device. This will drastically improve and facilitate incident management as operational teams can immediately react and intervene to operational issues to reduce downtime, mean time to repair, and service expenses. Find out more on

Sigfox U.S.A and PNI Sensor Partner to Bring Low Power Wide Area IoT Enabled Parking Solution to the US

Sigfox U.S.A., the North America network operator for the global Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity provider Sigfox, has partnered with PNI Sensor to launch an IoT enabled parking solution in the US, the Sigfox enabled PlacePod.

Solving the most mission-critical aspects of parking management including accurate, real-time vehicle detection and location of available parking spaces, the PlacePod is an industrialized low power wide area IoT enabled smart parking sensor for on-street, off-street, municipal, and private parking management. Unlike other magnetic sensor-based parking sensors, PlacePod accurately detects parking events in dense urban environments and filters out magnetic interference from underground trains, passing traffic, and overhead power lines which can trigger false parking events. More info on

New US restaurant opens with fully robotic cooking staff

Boston restaurant Spyce has opened, promising customers an affordable, delicious meal – cooked entirely by robots.

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Toronto pilots new smart city technologies with Intel, Microsoft

The City of Toronto in Canada has chosen a number of technologies to pilot in its smart city initiative.

In partnership with Microsoft, Intel, QuadReal Property Group, the IESO, Fasken Law, and the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the city will trial a range of Internet of Things (IoT) proposals in its Urban Pilot Program, also known as UPPlift: Toronto.

The solutions will use a mix of the IoT, advanced sensors, and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance facility efficiency, and improve citizens’ experience of the built environment.

Among the pilot technologies are ArgosAI’s parking security and analytics system, which will be used to count people, manage space usage, and assess advertising impact.

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Health IoT: Ingestible sensor can help diagnose disease

MIT researchers have designed an ingestible device that can communicate with your GI tract -- and share what it learns with your phone.

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Scottish hospital monitors medical beds with IoT

A Scottish hospital is trialling the use of an Internet of Things (IoT) system, which monitors medical beds and improves access to maintenance data.

Medical beds have a number of hydraulic and mechanical components that require regular maintenance checks to ensure they are operating efficiently, and will not compromise patient safety or comfort. More on


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