floLIVE Partners with Sony and Kigen to Introduce a New iSIM
11 January 2022 - floLIVE, a leading IoT connectivity provider of advanced 5G network solutions and cloud-based global connectivity services, today announced it has collaborated with Kigen - a leader in eSIM and iSIM security, and Sony Semiconductor Israel (Sony) - a leading Cellular IoT chipset provider.
The three vendors have successfully developed an advanced, state-of-the-art solution based on Sony’s Altair cellular IoT chipset ALT1250 with an integrated SIM (iSIM) powered by Kigen’s iSIM OS and embedded with floLIVE’s global connectivity. The new solution leverages the benefits brought by iSIM technology of lower size, cost, and efficient communications, combined with an advanced LPWA chipset for NB-IoT and CAT-M and local breakouts - all contributing to improving latency and extending battery life - key requirements for modern IoT use cases.
floNET is floLIVE’s global connectivity service. Through a globally distributed array of core mobile network instances, it provides enterprise customers with localized connectivity that adheres to privacy and data sovereignty regulations (e.g., GDPR), and is permanent roaming safe.
“Our joint solution is a unique offering in the IoT space, and will be a model for other solutions in the market,” said Nir Shalom, CEO floLIVE. “We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with Sony and Kigen to leverage our highly-effective over-the-air multi-IMSI solution that is in line with Sony’s own target to extend battery life and optimize data usage, and Kigen’s advanced, highly-secure integrated SIM OS.”
This collaboration is a significant step in floLIVE’s growth as a global connectivity leader, and in the worldwide need for innovative, iSIM-based connectivity solutions that meet new business needs.
“Sony is at the forefront of the next generation of connected devices, and to make that happen, we collaborate with vendors who have new approaches to enabling IoT connectivity”, said Aviv Castro, VP Business Development at Sony Semiconductor Israel. “floLIVE offers broad global coverage in our target markets and can address local regulatory challenges. This not only encourages IoT adoption, but also supports specific customer requirements for privacy and scale.”
Having developed its own global software connectivity infrastructure, floLIVE can customize any element of the solution to meet specific customer requirements. The solution supports additional cellular technologies such as 5G, for future use cases.
“Kigen initiated the iSIM technology with a vision to simplify the manufacture of global IoT products and scale seamlessly,” said Vincent Korstanje, CEO at Kigen (above). “This collaboration with Sony and floLIVE combines the best of security through Kigen iSIM OS with out-of-the-box LPWAN connectivity on proven iSIM chipset so OEMs can focus on meeting regulatory and local market needs.”
Sigfox Partners with HT Micron and Nowi to Develop New Energy Harvesting Modules
5 January 2022 – Sigfox, a leading IoT communication service provider and 0G network pioneer, today announces its partnership with HT Micron, a Brazilian expert in advanced semiconductor solutions, and Nowi, a semiconductor company specialising in the development of energy harvesting power management technology. This collaboration will aim to explore and unlock the benefits of integrating energy harvesting into Sigfox devices.
This collaboration marks the first step for Sigfox towards a commercial development of energy harvesting modules to equip IoT devices and contribute to more sustainability in IoT. Key use cases are applications in smart metering, industrial sensoring, asset tracking and air quality monitoring.
During the research phase, HT Micron worked on creating the innovative semiconductor solution for integration with Nowi’s Energy Harvesting PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit), specifically designed for low power IoT devices. Featured on Sigfox devices and powered by the 0G technology, this solution will not only help reduce battery consumption, but offer longer autonomy and reduce the total cost of ownership.
Nowi's PMIC is designed to efficiently extract power from ambient energy sources like light and vibration to charge a variety of energy storage elements such as rechargeable batteries and capacitors. The circuit is best suited for most low power applications such as distributed IoT sensors and TV remote controls for example.
“The low power consumption of Sigfox solutions are particularly well suited to being powered by ambient energy harvesting. As many Sigfox-based applications require intermittent communication intervals, this allows for trickle charging a storage element with energy harvesting in between transmissions,” explains Chris Juliano, CCO at Nowi.
As a key strategic partner of HT Micron, Sigfox has worked with the company for several years. HT Micron will play a key role in this project given their expertise in the creation of innovative modules and their focus on energy harvesting for IoT mass adoption with sustainability.
“We are glad to take this next step with Sigfox and explore energy harvesting solutions as a new way to create added value to our end customers and help them improve their environmental impact,” says Edelweis Ritt, CIO at HT Micron (above).
“This collaboration with Nowi and HT Micron is another proof point towards our ambition to create IoT solutions that will help our clients preserve the environment by greatly reducing their energy consumption. We are looking forward to the development of these new devices and to the positive impact they will generate” says Benjamin Jooris, Client & Ecosystem Success Director at Sigfox.
The project will initially see the integration of Nowi’s PMIC solution with HT Micron’s Sigfox system-in-package into a development kit to be used for testing purposes by R&D and product development teams. The next stage will see the three companies create a mass production module to be used by any type of device maker. More information will be presented at CES 2022 (5-7 January in Las Vegas) at Nowi’s booth (#51733) to gather customer and developers’ feedback.
Pod Group Launches a Single eSIM for IoT Applications in US Markets
3 January 2022 – Pod Group, a Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) company and the world’s first Enterprise Network Operator (ENO) has today announced the launch of a new eSIM which has been specifically developed for IoT applications in the US market.
The ENO ONE SIM is based on a single SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) meaning enterprises no longer need to manage multiple SIMs and platforms. The eSIM can be enabled pre- or post-deployment with a choice of profiles, including US native tier one carriers, US multi-network and global coverage on the same eSIM. This allows enterprises to decide which profiles to use and download at any point during the device lifecycle.
The ENO ONE SIM is a new eSIM solution that Pod Group will be introducing together with G+D, who acquired Pod in July 2021. As a leader in eSIM technology and management, G+D’s portfolio complements Pod’s own core network which combines local native carrier profiles in key markets with global IMSIs covering 600+ networks in 185 countries.
As an Enterprise Network Operator, Pod runs its own dedicated IoT core network designed for enterprise IoT applications, including connectivity on both private and public networks and seamless roaming between the two. Network, connectivity and eSIM management as well as security and billing are provided as managed services via Pod’s IoT Suite platform.
Sam Colley, CEO of Pod Group (above) commented; “The key to Pod and G+D’s combined proposition for enterprise IoT applications is flexibility and simplicity. Combining G+D’s leading eSIM solution with Pod’s expertise in enterprise IoT connectivity enables delivery of a huge range of profiles via a single eSIM platform, catering for all requirements and allowing the broader IoT ecosystem to start seeing tangible benefits from this much acclaimed technology. The benefit for enterprises is a greatly simplified connectivity solution, ONE eSIM with a single SKU, and ONE platform to manage all their connectivity requirements, whether global or local.”
G+D’s leadership in eSIM also means that both consumer eSIM (SGP22) and M2M eSIM (SGP02) standards are available, giving enterprises choice not only in the coverage available to them, but in the functionality of the eSIM for different types of application. Using the cryptographic capabilities of the SIM card reduces the cost and complexity associated with installing device-based applications, making enterprise IoT deployments simple, secure and scalable.
Pod Group will be presenting the new ENO ONE SIM at CES (Las Vegas, 5th-8th January 2022) on booth #10240 where there will also be demonstrations of Pod’s innovative eSIM-based applications such as Zero Touch Provisioning.
Source: Pod Group
Karamba Security Receives $10 million in New Funding
2 December 2021 – Karamba Security today announced it has secured $10 million in new funding in an extension to its B Round financing. VinFast, a member of Vingroup, the largest private conglomerate in Vietnam, led the investment with participation from SVIC and existing investors: YL ventures, Fontinalis Partners, Liberty Mutual, Presidio Ventures, Glenrock, Paladin Group and Asgent. This brings the total capital invested in Karamba Security to $27 million.
Investors in the round were motivated by Karamba’s strong customer base and leadership in IoT and automotive security. Other factors were the due diligence conducted with Karamba’s customers and the growing need for IoT and automotive compliance with new cybersecurity regulations.
Karamba Security is an industry-leading automotive and IoT security company providing cybersecurity solutions that secure the device’s entire lifecycle without interference of R&D or supply chain processes. Karamba’s IoT security enables automotive OEMs and suppliers, as well as IoT device manufacturers, to comply with industry regulations and differentiate their offerings without imposing costly changes on their product development schedules or requiring changes to legacy modules they use. Karamba’s recently launched, cloud-based incident analysis has been getting strong market traction, including securing and monitoring a fleet of 800K units in over 100 countries around the globe.
The company will use the new funding to accelerate development of its product roadmap to meet customer demands to comply with new regulations such as UN R155 and ISO 21434 for automotive cybersecurity and the U.S. Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.
“Based on our view of the market and extensive technical evaluation, witnessing first-hand Karamba’s core technology and learning from other OEMs, we see how well-positioned Karamba is to help our companies leapfrog ahead on their paths to cybersecurity,” said VinFast deputy CEO, Ms. Pham Thuy Linh. “We are particularly impressed with their product leadership and customer traction. In addition, they can help us–as well as other OEMs and IoT device manufacturers–to comply with the new cybersecurity regulations, such as UN and ISO/SAE automotive cybersecurity requirements and the U.S. Executive Order for Cybersecurity, something that is essential for our expansion plans into the European and U.S. markets.”
Regarding regulations, VinFast’s Ms. Linh was referring to the new cybersecurity regulation published under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, UNECE WP.29/R155. The requirements, based on the newly ratified global ISO/SAE 21434 standard, will become mandatory in the EU for all new vehicle types from July 2022 and all new vehicles sold from July 2024.
VinFast, which recently announced the establishment of its headquarters in California, will make more than $200 million in capital investments and create at least 1,065 new full-time jobs. Because of this, VinFast was awarded a tax incentive of $20.5 million from the State of California.
“National and individual risks of cyberattacks on IoT devices and connected vehicles have driven strong regulatory requirements. IoT device manufacturers and automotive OEMs are in an urgent need to comply with such regulations, without changing R&D processes, delaying time to market, or increasing product manufacturing costs. Karamba’s one-stop-shop offering of products and services has driven strong market traction of such OEMs and IoT device manufacturers, who are attracted to Karamba’s seamless security throughout the device lifecycle,” said Ami Dotan, Karamba co-founder and CEO (above).
Karamba's cybersecurity portfolio for IoT devices will be available for viewing at CES 2022 in Las Vegas from January 5 - 8 at CES Westgate Suite 730. For more information, please visit www.karambasecurity.com
Source: Karamba Security
Workz Introduces New Biodegradable SIM Card
23 November 2021 – SIM card provider, Workz, has introduced a new biodegradable SIM card to its product range to help mobile network operators reduce their environmental footprint. The SIM card, titled EcoSIM, completely biodegrades at the end of its usable life, either in landfill or compost conditions eliminating its plastic waste.
In 2019, 5.5 billion SIM cards were produced worldwide. The Covid-19 pandemic saw production reduce in 2020, but tens of thousands of tons of plastic are still needed every year to manufacture the SIM cards the world needs. The sector has made strides in recent years to deal with its high use of plastic. The Workz biodegradable EcoSIM is intended to further this progress.
Workz is recognised as one of the world’s top ten SIM card producers supplying SIMs to mobile network operators (MNOs) in over 70 countries worldwide. EcoSIM is the company’s latest of many sustainable initiatives. The company, which is ISO 14001 certified for Environmental Management, has reduced the average plastic consumption for each customer by half through modified designs as well as introducing virtual alternatives such as eSIM. It also uses recycled materials for packaging and has optimised its supply chain to reduce emissions, energy use, and unsustainable materials. These changes have led to a significant reduction in the impact to the planet for Workz and its customers, in some cases, leading to a reduction in emissions by over 90%.
The Workz EcoSIM is environmentally friendly and made from an oxo-biodegradable plastic that breaks down into small pieces and slowly degrades in the presence of oxygen and UV light. Whilst the card also contains a stabiliser to ensure consistent performance over the usable life of the SIM, when placed in a landfill, the degradation process takes 18-30 months. The plastic, which is approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), can also be safely recycled with other oil-based plastic. This offers a significant improvement when compared to the estimated hundreds of years normal plastics take to decompose.
Commenting on the new eco-friendly SIM card, Tor Malmros, Workz CEO (above) said “MNOs need planet-safe solutions to achieve their sustainability objectives, as well as to maintain consumers who are more environmentally aware than ever. With EcoSIM and eSIM, we’re delighted to be able to provide more sustainable alternatives to the traditional SIM that can make a real difference for network operators and their environmental footprint.”
Shield-IoT Raises $7.4M to Streamline and Secure Mass Scale IoT Networks
22 November 2021 – Shield-IoT, a leader in mass-scale IoT and IIoT network cyber security and operational monitoring, announced today the closing of a $7.4 million Series A round of funding. The Series A round was led by NextLeap Ventures and Bloc Ventures, with participation of Atlas Ventures, Akamai Technologies, Springtide Ventures, DIVEdigital and Janvest Capital Partners.
Founded in 2017, Shield-IoT addresses the escalating proliferation of IoT cyber threats to devices, data, critical services and infrastructure. With Shield-IoT, service providers and IoT brands can monitor and secure their mass-scale B2B IoT and IIoT networks, reduce operational costs, and generate new revenue streams with value-added services.
“Shield-IoT’s innovative approach to anomaly detection enables Akamai to provide accurate analytics at mass-scale,” says Ramanath Mallikarjuna, Chief Strategist at Akamai Technologies. “Akamai is collaborating with Shield-IoT on innovative solutions to enhance cybersecurity and operational monitoring for customers of Akamai’s IoT solutions."
Currently in use across multiple verticals including telcos, utilities, transportation, manufacturing, smart cities, and government, Shield-IoT offers a simple-to-deploy and easy- to-operate cloud-based software solution to protect any IoT device or application with no changes to end customer networks.
Based on over 15 years of academic research and 50 academic papers, Shield-IoT coreset-AI patented technology revolutionizes IoT mass-volume data analysis through a unique transformation of “big data” into small datasets.
“Coresets compress the data from n to log(n), or from 1 million to 20 data points, enabling context-free highly accurate anomaly detection in minutes instead of hours or days” says Professor Dan Feldman, Chief Scientist at Shield-IoT.
“Shield-IoT removes the big data barriers and opens the door to a $50 billion IoT connectivity services market (2025)”, says Udi Solomon, CEO and Co-Founder of Shield-IoT (above). “Our innovative technology is helping global IoT players to move forward and accelerate IoT growth”.
IOTech Expands Partnership with Google Cloud to Provide Smart Edge-Cloud Solutions
22 November 2021 – Edge software provider IOTech announced today it is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud to offer smart and integrated edge-cloud solutions for enterprise companies. With this partnership, industrial users including manufacturing, building automation, and smart energy can now deploy smart, no-code and integrated edge-cloud solutions at scale.
IOTech's IoT platforms, Edge Xpert® and Edge XRT® enable Google Cloud customers to extract and process data from a broad range of OT devices at the edge
This expanded partnership will impact industrial IoT deployments which come with certain challenges including OT/IT integration.
The northbound communication protocol to Google Cloud is typically MQTT or REST while the southbound communication protocols include Modbus, BACnet, Ethernet/IP, S7, OPC-UA and many more. Other challenges industrial users face include the ability to extract data from old, and legacy IoT devices and the ability to control what data specifically is sent to Google Cloud, mainly for security, latency and/or cost reasons. Edge computing capabilities and features therefore play an increasingly important role in industrial IoT.
The partnership allows the industrial user to deploy a smart, no-code and integrated edge-cloud solution at scale. IOTech’s Edge Xpert typically resides on the edge gateway or server level while Edge XRT can reside on legacy or resource-constrained hardware such as MCUs and PLCs, typically found at the far edge. Both platforms come with 20 plus OT connectors including Modbus, BACnet, Ethernet/IP, S7, OPC-UA, and many more. The platforms also include an SDK making it easy for customers to build new OT connectors, if required. Seamless data integration with Google Cloud is provided as standard.
“IOTech is excited to be a Google Cloud Edge ISV partner. The integrated edge-cloud solution allows for fast deployments, significantly reducing the time to value. Adding an OT device is enabled through simple configuration and no coding skills are required,” remarks Keith Steele, CEO of IOTech Systems (above).
L&T Technology Services Partners with NVIDIA and Mavenir to Adopt AI-on-5G Platform
17 November 2021 - L&T Technology Services Limited (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS), a global pure-play engineering services company, today announced that it has been selected as an engineering partner by Mavenir and NVIDIA to accelerate adoption of the industry’s first converged AI-on-5G.
LTTS will support Mavenir with customization, integration and deployment of AI applications for deployment on NVIDIA’s AI-on-5G Platform.
AI is already transforming many industries across the globe. When combined with the power of 5G networks, the two technologies will enable powerful new use cases in a quick, secure, and cost-effective manner.
NVIDIA’s AI-on-5G platform is a unified platform that brings together developments at the edge to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises across all industries. 5G provides the underlying connectivity for billions of devices, extending AI’s reach to all connected objects and enabling new use cases and new markets. AI-on-5G is supported by a large ecosystem of partners offering a range of GPU-optimized applications and by NVIDIA SDKs, toolkits, and APIs.
Abhishek Sinha, Chief Operating Officer & Member of the Board, L&T Technology Services (above) said: “5G and AI are two inseparably linked technologies – both poised to significantly improve the performance of applications and solutions and enabling huge amounts of data to be processed in real-time. We are delighted to support NVIDIA and Mavenir on this transformative initiative to offer powerful AI solutions that unlock the true potential of 5G.”
Soma Velayutham, Industry General Manager, AI & 5G, NVIDIA states:“NVIDIA is building platforms to bring the power of AI to the edge to support enterprise transformation. LTTS’ expertise in digital engineering will help accelerate the adoption of AI-on-5G platforms at the edge globally.”
BG Kumar, President, Communication Services Business Group, Mavenir comments: “With the recent launch of Mavenir’s Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and Enterprises can take advantage of seamless, hyperconverged AI-on- 5G applications enabled by Mavenir’s deep knowledge in AI coupled with broad solutions expertise serving a diverse customer base. Selecting L&T Technology Services as an engineering partner will enable the technology to reach organizations on a global level and unleash the endless possibilities provided by 5G.”
Cellnex UK Awarded 10-Year Contract to Build 5G Private Network in Basingstoke
15 November 2021 – Cellnex UK has been awarded a contract by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to design and build a 5G private network. The proposed network will consist of a 5G core network and a Radio Access Network, in Basing View, Basingstoke's central business district.
The council hopes to create a comprehensive 5G ecosystem focused on commercialisation, where businesses can access 5G connectivity to develop, trial, and bring new products, services, and applications to market. The project is supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre.
The proposed 5G private network will provide indoor and outdoor connectivity in Basing View, home to over 100 companies primarily from the professional and financial services, digital tech, cybersecurity and life sciences sectors. The project will also support a 5G Living Lab, where industry partners can showcase technology expertise and foster innovation by providing a range of use cases, including smart city and Internet of Things applications, mobility and transport, and digital health. Through its strong focus on commercialisation and business engagement, the project will also support innovative start-ups and businesses, helping to develop further 5G innovation and capabilities.
"I am delighted that Cellnex UK has been given the opportunity to support Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's vision of a fully connected business community in Basing View," said David Crawford, Managing Director, Cellnex UK (above). "Cellnex UK, through its Edzcom business, has deployed over 35 private networks across Europe, including ports, airports, mines, manufacturing plants, refineries and is the ideal partner to deliver Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council plans for economic growth and digital innovation in the area."
Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Ken Rhatigan comments: “5G technology is going to transform the way we all live our lives and deliver significant benefits for our borough’s businesses and encourage more businesses to come and grow here. I am delighted that we have been able to continue our strong track record of partnership with the private sector to attract significant investment and ensure our borough remains a great place to live and cement our reputation as a top tech town. We look forward to working with Cellnex and Enterprise M3 to bring our 5G vision to reality.”
Kathy Slack, Chief Executive of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership said: “I’m thrilled to see the 5G Living Lab come to fruition with funding from Enterprise M3 LEP, bringing a step-change in digital infrastructure to business in Basingstoke. We’ve all had experience of using innovative new digital systems during the pandemic and this new ultra-fast network will enable more businesses in Basing View to build, test, demonstrate and ultimately commercialise new, innovative products, further enhancing Basingstoke’s thriving high-tech economy.”
Source: Cellnex UK
AT&T is in the Field to Deliver a Smart Solution for the Dairy Industry
2 November 2021 – Austrian-based technology company smaXtec is using AT&T IoT expertise to operate its smart sensor, enabling dairy farmers to better understand their cows and reduce costly veterinary bills. Already active in 25 countries including the United States, Germany and the UK, the company is planning to expand its operations over the next 12 months with the goal of having more than 1M connected cows ‘in the field’.
By swallowing the smaXtec sensor, data can be provided on a cow’s inner body temperature, rumination, movement activity, and pH levels. This is extremely helpful to maintaining the health and improving insemination success within a herd.
In addition to early detection of diseases, the smaXtec solution, enabled by AT&T IoT connectivity, supports farmers with reliable calving detection and automatic heat detection. The technology informs farmers about imminent calving 36 to 6 hours prior to young being born, allowing for monitoring and potential intervention to help the safe arrival of a healthy animal.
The smart sensor provides farmers with valuable insights and actionable recommendations in near real-time on simple to use software applications. Users can access cow and herd data via the web or by using the smaXtec app.
John V. Slamecka, AT&T region president–EMEA & LATAM (above) comments: “The IoT applications which can be enabled by AT&T’s global network never ceases to amaze me. In this case the smart solution developed by smaXtec is delivering priceless data from inside the cow. Animals that had to be inspected and monitored in person can now be checked remotely, saving farmers time and money. It’s a fantastic example of what can be done when a customer harnesses the scale of AT&T’s IoT connectivity.”
Stefan Rosenkranz, CEO, smaXtec notes: “As one of the founders of our company, I have been involved in every step of the journey from concept to commercialisation of the sensor technology. The feedback we get from farmers deploying the service is fantastic: making their lives easier and their farm business more profitable while improving the welfare of their animals through the use of data.
“As we prepare for the next phase of our development as a business, it was important we worked with a company which could offer us global connectivity and in particular a strong U.S. presence as we are building our market presence there. Our aim is to have 1M connected cows and I am delighted to be working with AT&T as we move forward.”