KW 33: SpaceX buys IoT satellite startup Swarm, Compatible smart home standard Matter not available until 2022, Google infringed on five Sonos patents


SpaceX buys IoT satellite startup Swarm: SpaceX will be acquiring satellite connectivity startup Swarm Technologies, the first such deal for the 19-year-old space company headed by Elon Musk. Swarm operates a constellation of 120 sandwich-sized satellites as well as a ground station network. The deal would transfer control of Swarm’s ground and space licenses to SpaceX, in addition to any licenses pending before the commission. If the transaction is approved, the startup would become a “direct wholly-owned subsidiary” of the larger company.

Compatible smart home standard Matter not available until 2022: Back in 2019, Apple announced that it was teaming up with Samsung, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create a more open and secure standard for smart home accessories. Then referred to as “Connected Home over IP” and eventually rebranded to “Matter,” the launch has now been delayed until 2022. Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) CEO Tobin Richardson wrote in a blog post that while Matter itself has a “feature-complete specification,” the group still has to finish developing the SDK and the certification program by which developers will be able to get both existing and new hardware officially labeled as Matter-approved.

Google infringed on five Sonos patents: Way back in January 2020, Sonos sued Google over patent infringement. Now, the streaming speaker company scored an early victory with the US International Trade Commission. A preliminary ruling penned by ITC chief administrative law judge Charles Bullock finds that Google infringed on five patents. “Today the ALJ has found all five of Sonos’ asserted patents to be valid and that Google infringes on all five patents,” Sonos Chief Legal Officer Eddie Lazarus said in a statement to TechCrunch last Friday. “We are pleased the ITC has confirmed Google’s blatant infringement of Sonos’ patented inventions.“ The finding is still very much early days for what’s likely to be an even more protracted battle between the two companies.

Networking technology mioty also works via satellite: The energy-efficient networking technology mioty enables the simultaneous transmission and reception of data packets over long distances. Until now, the range for IoT applications in terrestrial networks has usually been up to 15 kilometers. Now, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) has successfully tested the use of this technology via a geo-satellite. The tests were part of the ARTES Future Preparation program of the European Space Agency (ESA) and demonstrated that massive networking of IoT transmitters via satellite is straightforward.

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By 2024, the global Internet of Things (IoT) analytics market could reach $40.6 billion.


Digital networking enables better working conditions: The demands on health care have fundamentally changed over the course of the digital transformation. In addition to the expansion of safety precautions, the networking and coordination of personnel now plays a central role. In order to be able to meet the new requirements, the German government has put together an economic stimulus package in the form of the Hospital Future Act (KHZG), which provides 4.3 billion euros in funding for modern emergency capacities, digitization and IT security. Artificial intelligence can make a fundamental contribution to patient care in this regard, as it can be used to better understand clinical data and thus fundamentally transform the health care system. It can also help physicians make faster, more reliable diagnoses and choose the most appropriate treatment methods. The Internet of Things can also unleash its potential in health care. Processes can be made faster, more efficient and more reliable through networked systems. Such a network can improve the quality of care and reduce errors in the long term.

IoT operating systems as the heart of edge intelligence: IoT operating systems are performing increasingly demanding tasks with low system resources. For timely data acquisition and transmission of Big Data, an IoT operating system requires a relevant edge device with the corresponding operating logistics. They must be able to operate reliably in the tightly constrained margin of the required performance metrics. IoT operating systems must be real-time capable and efficient with limited resources. The systems use software tracks to collect, evaluate and forward the required measured values. At the same time, they create a direct integration of the physical world into a computer model. The resulting models, also called digital twins, allow, among other things, the simulation and modeling of processes in order to improve their efficiency. They can also be used to monitor physical reality and coordinate processes. Big data from IoT can thus help to improve the efficiency and accuracy of operational processes.

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SAS and Eurelectric are working together to reduce carbon: In the Eurelectric network, 32 countries with more than 1,000 industry representatives have joined forces to achieve a CO2-neutral power supply in Europe before the middle of the century. Furthermore, competitive pricing will be created in the integrated European energy market. The use of advanced analytics helps in that more data than ever before is available through complex grid systems and networked devices. These are analyzed by analytics and a reliable supply can be ensured. SAS data analytics is already being used in numerous projects that address sustainability and social improvement as part of the „Data for Good“ initiative.


„These are technologies that will have a tangible impact on our lives. That’s why this is an issue of very high social relevance, and one that spans the globe.“
Armin Dekorsy, head of the Communications Engineering Group in the Department of Physics/Electrical Engineering at the University of Bremen, is researching the implementation of the 6G standard – with this technology, data can be transmitted more than 100 times faster.


Nokia’s smartphone: 25 years since it changed the world: Nokia presented its 9000 Communicator at the CeBIT 1996 computer fair in Hanover, Germany, and launched on August 15 of that year. „The office in your back pocket“ added to the IBM Simon from 1994 and the HP OmniGo 700LX from March 1996. The phone had 8 MB of memory and a 33MHz processor. The screen was a black and white LCD, with a then-high resolution of 640×200 pixels. The long, thin screen meant it could offer a first: a graphical web browser on a mobile device. If you still have a Nokia Communicator 9000 in the drawer, hold on to it. The first smartphones are still in demand on eBay and other platforms and sell for over $600.

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