Uber closing self-driving truck division

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Uber is pulling down the shutters on its self-driving trucks unit, a programme rooted in the $680 million acquisition of San Francisco-based Otto in 2016. The company has announced that it is now refocusing its efforts on self-driving cars as it gears up for IPO in 2019. Last week, Uber’s head of advanced technologies, Eric Meyhofer, confirmed that the company’s fleet of self-driving cars is being redeployed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to resume public testing. Uber’s autonomous vehicles were pulled from public roads in March, following a fatal collision with a…

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Scandit raises series B funding to bring IoT to everday objects through computer vision

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Scandit, an enterprise technology platform for mobile computer vision, bar-code scanning and augmented reality, has announced that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding led by GV, with participation from NGP Capital and existing investor Atomico, among others. Scandit has previously raised $13 million. The new funding will enable Scandit to accelerate global expansion and further develop its mobile computer vision platform to support advanced capabilities across any camera-equipped device. The funding is intended to propel Scandit’s long-term vision of bringing the Internet of Things to everyday objects.…

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Soracom simplifies secure provisioning of IoT devices in field

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SIM Authentication Eliminates Need to Load Device Keys and Tokens at Manufacturing. Soracom, Inc., provider of the leading cloud-native connectivity-as-a-service platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced released of its Krypton service, which simplifies and lowers the cost to securely provision connected devices in the field. Krypton uses SIM authentication to identify each unique device the first time it is connected to a cloud service. This allows shipment of devices with a common firmware image to end customers, who can then add unique device information and keys at deployment…

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Samsung and Swann IoT apps breached

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Security flaws were revealed within the firmware of Samsung‘s SmartThings Hub. Cisco Talos issued a blog on multiple vulnerabilities. As Jeremy Cowan reports, this is not the only IoT security flaw exposed recently. No surprise then, that enterprises are getting twitchy about the security of their future IIoT services. Talos finds Samsung Smart Things vulnerability Cisco Talos has been working with Samsung to ensure that these issues have been resolved and that a firmware update has been made available for affected customers. The hub is a central controller that allows…

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Semtech’s LoRa technology creates smarter streets in India

Ahoy Systems smart street light solutions offer ultra-low power capabilities to save cities on utility costs. Semtech Corporation, announced that Ahoy Systems, an electronic design house and OEM for several smart city devices, incorporated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and technology into its smart street-lighting products. Neel Maharaj, CEO at Ahoy Systems, said: “Our smart street lights are built to ensure city efficiency and sustainability, without compromising the safety of streets for pedestrians and drivers. Smart cities leverage our smart lights to reduce their energy footprint and cut down on maintenance costs.”…

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Kerlink connects with leading Turkish IoT network provider

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Kerlink, announced plans to expand its presence in Turkey, in partnership with the nationwide IoT network-solutions distributor, NetOP Technology. The Turkish company designs and manufactures more than 60 types of low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) sensors, and provides end-to-end IoT solutions for vertical markets with its hardware and software. NetOP Technology’s sensors support an extensive range of applications in industrial control, logistics, smart buildings, smart cities, smart agriculture, smart health care and other widely used IoT applications. “Previously, we have had to decline some IoT business opportunities because available solutions did…

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IBM showcases Watson momentum in Europe as well as cloud success

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IBM is certainly making progress in Europe if recent releases are anything to go by – both in cloud and with its AI-enabled assistant Watson. Many of the company’s new European clients are using Watson, according to a momentum release, including Spanish electricity grid operator Red Eléctrica de España, Italian elderly care provider Cooperativa Sole, Dutch telecommunications operator Tele2 and Israeli manufacturer of smart air conditioning Electra Group. Bret Greenstein, global vice president of IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings, said: “IBM announced a $3 billion investment globally to bring…

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Xage Security raises $12 million to take blockchain security to Industrial Internet of Things

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Xage Security, a blockchain security platform provider for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has raised $12 million in a series A funding round which would be utilised to further develop its security fabric for edge IIoT networks and essential national infrastructure. The funds will help bolster its tech team and fortify its implementation capabilities and expand the scope of its technology, as Xage supports innovations such as decentralised energy production, 5G networking, and smart cities. Xage is currently working with companies like NTT Communications, GE Renewables, and GlobaLogix to…

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Perch secures $1.7 million in funding to help enhance retail through IoT technologies

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Perch, a provider of interactive retail marketing through the Internet of Things, has raised more than $1.7 million in a recently held seed funding round that was led by The Visuality Corporation, Corigin Ventures and leading angel investors. The company announced a new augmented reality campaign management system, enhanced computer vision and sensing capabilities within its platform. It has also expanded the list of its retail clients, which include Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Coty, Kate Spade New York, Bumble and bumble, Red Bull, and Beam Suntory. Former CEO of…

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Why 450 MHz is the unsung hero of cellular IoT

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In the general clamour surrounding cellular IoT connectivity, it’s easy to overlook some of those key components that may not receive the attention they deserve. One example is the 450 MHz spectrum, currently utilized for 2G and 3G networks around the world. However, as the cellular IoT ecosystem evolves, it is time to understand the potential of 450 MHz. Around the world, legacy 2G and 3G networks at 450 MHz spectrum are being retired at an ever-increasing rate and migrating to 4G and 5G. Consequently, a significant amount of 450…

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Microsoft unleashes Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Windows 10 IoT Core

Following an unveiling at Computex last month, Microsoft has announced it’s unleashing Windows 10 IoT Core Services into public preview. IoT Core Services enables solutions running on Windows 10 IoT Core to be commercialised and companies to create long-term business models for ongoing value. One of the most important components of the service is the Device Update Center, where an overview of all devices can be seen and updates scheduled for when appropriate. All updates are delivered using the same CDN (Content Delivery Network) as Windows Update. For security, the…

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LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

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LG subsidiary CNS has announced its CityHub platform designed to provide centralised management and data analysis of citywide IoT devices. CityHub, the platform’s tentative name, is able to collect data from IoT sensors across the deployed smart city. This could be sensors installed on things such as vehicles and buildings, or infrastructure like street lights and traffic cameras. The platform supports the international oneM2M standard in addition to 98 other IoT standards used by specific industries like manufacturing and logistics. “With widespread connectivity, Cityhub can single-handedly collect and manage IoT-based…

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Industrial IoT is where the action is – but success will need leadership

Industrial IoT

The consumer applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology drives many peoples understanding. People equate IoT to the fridge that updates an online shopping list or the smart energy meter that shows electricity usage. These are useful ideas and might save a household some time and money. However, the real power of IoT is in the applications that solve real-world problems and can transform the business models of whole industries or the way that governments deliver public services. The real action is in B2B uses or Industrial IoT, sometimes referred…

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Liege gets smart parking through NB-IoT technology – and a new partnership

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Belgium-based CommuniThings has partnered with Orange to launch the first smart-parking solution over NB-IoT technology for commercial use. Dubbed as “Shop & Drive”, the solution assists commuters to find available parking space via a mobile application at the same time as stimulating shopping activities through increased vehicle rotations at each spot. This Shop & Drive smart parking solution running on Orange Belgium’s Mobile IoT network introduces low-power wireless sensors and open-data applications serving residents, retailers and municipalities. CommuniThings has been selected by Orange Fab BeLux – an accelerator programme for…

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Ericsson and China Mobile continue IoT collaboration with recent updates

Ericsson and China Mobile

Ericsson and China Mobile have signed a cooperation agreement around the Swedish operator’s Device Connection Platform in order to strengthen the latter’s IoT goals. The agreement, signed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last week, is based on the strategic cooperation framework agreements which the two firms signed at MWC in Barcelona this year for the expansion of IoT opportunities in industry and enterprises. Qiao Hui, general manager of China Mobile IoT, said: “By launching DCP, we will be able to solve unified connection management and roaming across borders for our…

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