KW 31: Apple, Google and Amazon agree on smart home standard, Amazon’s older Kindles will start to lose their internet access in December, Orange, Sierra Wireless, LACROIX, and STMicroelectronics join forces and launch IoT Continuum


Apple, Google and Amazon agree on smart home standard: An alliance sponsored by Apple, Google, Amazon and other tech companies will begin certifying smart home devices later this year using a network technology called Matter, an important step toward making smart home products like smart speakers and lightbulbs more widely accepted. One sign of the technology’s how is that Matter will let smart-home products from Apple and Google work together despite the companies‘ longtime rivalry.

IoT solutions enable sustainable mining and metals industry: Global firms Schneider Electric and AVEVA have announced that their combined technology offerings will support the mining companies to achieve energy efficiency, yield improvement and will help in reducing greenhouse emissions. Schneider Electric’s IoT platform EcoStruxure combined with AVEVA’s Digital Transformation Solutions is proven to drive industrial sustainability initiatives, the companies said.

Amazon’s older Kindles will start to lose their internet access in December: Amazon’s Kindle e-readers with built-in 3G will begin to lose the ability to connect to the internet on their own in the US in December, according to an email sent to customers. The change is due to mobile carriers transitioning from older 2G and 3G networking technology to newer 4G and 5G networks. For older Kindles without Wi-Fi, this change could mean not connecting to the internet at all.

Orange, Sierra Wireless, LACROIX, and STMicroelectronics join forces and launch IoT Continuum: Orange, Sierra Wireless, LACROIX, and STMicroelectronics announced the creation of the “IoT Continuum” – a partnership that aims to simplify and accelerate the mass deployment of IoT in Europe and beyond. The IoT Continuum aims to increase the confidence of businesses by addressing the current uncertainty, complexity and reduce costs to IoT deployment, bolstering the burgeoning IoT ecosystem in Europe and beyond, according to a press release. The partners will also promote eSIM and 5G technologies to drive “Massive IoT” and are committed to helping customers develop a digitalized approach to IoT Continuum.

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In Germany, one in five major industrial companies is planning Industry 4.0 applications such as networked production facilities. Four out of ten companies already have IoT platforms in use.


Continuity in the data center can be achieved via sensors: Data centers are an essential part of the global technology infrastructure in the digital economy. The growing popularity of cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) increases dependence on their efficient operation. Data center failures can have devastating consequences for both service providers and end users. As a result, the task of maintaining ideal conditions in the thermal envelope of a data center becomes critical to ensuring its operation. This requires sensors that provide reliable, consistent and accurate data for decision-making. It is therefore necessary to equip the facility with relative humidity and temperature transducers, as well as outdoor weather stations to monitor pressure, wind, humidity and temperature.

Smart water management to combat hardship: Only 2.5% of the world’s water reserves are freshwater. However, a large proportion of this is bound as ice to glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic or is located as groundwater deep underground and is therefore not available. This leaves us humans with only 0.3% of freshwater reserves, which are unevenly distributed. With intelligent water management, however, it is possible to waste less of the available quantities and distribute the rest better and more fairly. That’s why Software AG and Telstra have teamed up to develop smart monitoring for water distribution networks via the cloud-based Cumulocity IoT platform, which is being deployed in Australia. Using smart meters, the system enables near real-time monitoring of flow, pressure, water quality and leak detection. Sensors send an alarm signal when deviations occur. The smart meters can be controlled via Telstra’s IoT platform and a cloud-based accelerator that accesses Cumulocity IoT. Utilities can thus detect and fix problems with water pipes at an early stage.

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Mioty radio protocol enables networking of IoT transmitters via geostationary satellite: Fraunhofer IIS has enabled massive and straightforward networking of IoT transmitters via a geostationary satellite using the mioty radio protocol. In the test setup, transmitters with integrated mioty sensor nodes radioed data packets directly to satellites. The transmission in the S-band at about 2 GHz was realized via the EchoStar XXI communication satellite. In the process, the transmitters use the mioty-specific radio protocol „Telegram Splitting Ultra Narrow Band (TS-UNB)“ without any special adaptations for satellite communication. The number of data packets sent was massively increased using a signal generator. This was to test the overall capacity of the transmission system. The tests showed that in a defined coverage area and with a system bandwidth of only 200 kHz, up to 3.5 million telegrams per day can be successfully transmitted via satellite using mioty.


„As investments are made, risk is also potentiated – because unlike PCs on the network, IIoT devices are implemented with much less risk awareness.“
Florian Lukavsky, IoT expert and CEO of IoT Inspector, examines the firmware of IoT devices with his security company and has already published a large number of advisories for affected manufacturers in the past. In random samples, serious security vulnerabilities were discovered in nine out of ten devices.


Russia blames ISS incident on software glitch: Russia said on Friday that a software failure caused thrusters on its new lab module to switch on and move the International Space Station (ISS) off course after the new module docked. Engines on the new Nauka science lab switched on three hours after docking with the ISS on Thursday, pushing the whole space station out of position for 47 minutes before NASA ground crew managed to fix the problem. Russian space agency bosses said they would work on changing a newly attached module which was at fault during the minor accident.

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