Wireless Logic Group eyes European growth as France-based Matooma joins the group

Wireless Logic Group, a European IoT connectivity platform provider, has acquired Matooma, the Montpellier, France-based IoT connectivity specialist which is said to have grown rapidly since its inception in 2012. Today, Matooma is recognised for its expertise and innovation within the cellular IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity space, with a broad base of customers using their secure network solutions across multiple applications.

The Matooma acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is Wireless Logic’s third major purchase in 2019 having already welcomed Dutch-based M2MBlue and SIMPoint in February and June respectively. The three new organisations join the UK-headquartered IoT connectivity platform provider as it continues to deliver rapid expansion throughout its European network.

With Matooma on board, the group has an increased presence in France working alongside Wireless Logic’s existing Aix-en-Provence team, and will enhance its European reach which includes offices in Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. The group’s European focus with global reach is backed by Montagu Private Equity who came on board in June 2018.

Oliver Tucker

Commenting on the most recent acquisition, Oliver Tucker, Group CEO of Wireless Logic Group says, “We are delighted to be welcoming the Matooma team into the group. In just seven years, they have built an enviable reputation in France by delivering highly responsive and tailored IoT connectivity services, supported by exceptionally strong leadership.”

“Over the coming months our integration programme will enable the group to enhance our best-in-class connectivity platform solutions to which Matooma will play a significant role, particularly within their core markets,” Tucker adds.

Speaking on behalf of Matooma, founder and CEO Frédéric Salles comments, “The success of Matooma has been based around the innovative use of secure mobile technology, a winning approach to nurturing long-lasting mobile network partnerships and in the strength and character of the Matooma team – our people have been so fundamental to where we are now today.”

“Our journey so far has been short, fast-moving and with every opportunity seized. We are looking forward to combining our strengths with Wireless Logic and together building an even more exciting future as we develop and evolve the IoT connectivity market across France and further afield.”

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NEC acquires Norwegian bioinformatics company, OncoImmunity AS

NEC Corporation announced the acquisition of OncoImmunity AS, a Norway-based bioinformatics company that develops proprietary machine learning software to support the fight against cancer. OncoImmunity AS will now become a subsidiary of NEC and operate under the name of NEC OncoImmunity AS.

OncoImmunity AS, founded in 2014, is a bioinformatics company dedicated to the development of software solutions that facilitate the effective selection of patients for cancer immunotherapy, and identify optimal neoantigen targets for truly personalised cancer vaccines and cell therapies in a clinically actionable time frame.

NEC announced its business strategy surrounding its AI-driven drug discovery business in May 2019. This acquisition is integral for enhancing the resources and capabilities that support the development of its individualised immunotherapy pipelines. NEC will maintain its focus on drug discovery, while NEC OncoImmunity AS continues its neoantigen prediction services.

Sharing a common vision, both NEC and OncoImmunity AS firmly believe in improving individualised cancer treatments through Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI holds great promise in enabling each and every patient to receive the most appropriate medication.

“The OncoImmunity AS team are delighted to be joining the NEC Group and firmly believe that the union will realise great synergies, marrying the mutual strengths of OncoImmunity AS’s and NEC’s neoantigen prediction pipelines with NEC’s expertise in AI, data management and security.”

“These synergies will help strengthen NEC’s individualised immunotherapy programs, whilst simultaneously positioning NEC OncoImmunity AS as the leading neoantigen prediction service provider in the field,” said Dr. Richard Stratford, chief executive officer and co-founder of OncoImmunity AS.

“NEC strongly believes that healthcare based on genomics paves the way for individualised medicine. OncoImmunity AS is a recognised player in the neoantigen prediction field, and their compelling systems are expected to form valuable synergies with NEC. We are confident that this acceleration of development will provide promising new avenues that lead to better cancer treatments,” said Osamu Fujikawa, senior vice president, NEC Corporation.

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IoT Contract Hot List – May/June 2019

Here is our latest and unrivalled list of all the major IoT (Internet of Things) contracts publicised worldwide in the last two months.

It’s free to be included in The Contract Hot List, which shows the companies announcing major contract wins, acquisitions or deployments. Email your contract details to us now, marked “Hot List” at j.cowan@wkm-global.com 

Vendor/Partners
Client, Country
Product/Service (Duration & Value)  
Awarded

Altair
ERM Advanced Telematics, Israel
Partnership agreed under which Altair optimised cellular IoT chipsets will be used to provide installation-free solutions for IoT, asset management and stolen vehicle recovery
5.19

ALPS Europe & Sigfox
DHL, global
Long-term partnership agreed to deploy tracking system for 250,000 DHL roll cages
6.19

 

Arqiva

 
UK Power Networks, UK
Deal to provide new broadband global area network (BGAN) M2M solution for electricity distributor’s SCADA network
5.19

Ayla Networks
Hamilton Beach, USA
Ayla IoT Platform chosen by make of FlexBrew coffee machines to develop system for automatic re-ordering of coffee and brewing supplies
5.19

Bearing Point/Beyond
Tata Communications, global
Bearing Point selected to provide its Infonova Digital Business Platform to allow customers to manage and monitor how they use Tata MOVE IoT and enterprise mobility service
5.19

Comcast
Universal Parks, USA
Comcast MachineQ enterprise IoT service chosen to provide LPWAN technology for IoT projects at its Orlando, Florida park
6.19

Globastar
PrismaQuality, Finland
Deal to provide satellite connectivity to provider of ReindeerApp and collar for tracking herds of reindeer in northern Finland and Sweden
5.19

Kerlink
Sensoterra, The Netherlands
Kerlink Low Power IoT Reference Design platform chosen for production of new class of soil moisture sensors
6.19

Navigil
City of Helsinki, Finland
Deal to provide Navigil smart wristwatches to approximately 200 customers suffering from memory loss diseases
6.19

SAS
Lockheed Martin, USA
Selection of SAS analytics to analyse streaming data from sensors on Hercules C-130 aircraft and enable predictive maintenance
5.19

SAS
Ulbrich Stainless Steel, USA
SAS analytics chosen by maker of engineered stainless steel products to ensure consistent high quality
5.19

Semtech
Birdz, France
Continuation of usage of Semtech LoRa devices and radio frequency technology for future smart meter deployments
6.19

Semtech
Istanbul Airport, Turkey
Semtech LoRa-based sensors deployed to track location, usage and condition of thousands of devices
6.19

Sierra Wireless
Stone Technologies, USA
Selection of Sierra Wireless Uplink remote monitoring system to help expand business beyond traditional alarm monitoring
5.19

Telefónica
Schindler, global
Deal agreed to provide IoT connectivity for smart elevators and escalators worldwide
5.19

Traxens
CFL Multimodal, Europe and China
Selection of Traxens cargo tracking IoT system for rail freight wagons throughout European corridor and New Silk Road to China
5.19

Vodafone Business
Perch, UK
Digital displays and retail marketing specialist selects Vodafone Business to provide engaging digital experiences in stores via IoT services
6.19

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GetWireless expands IoT product portfolio with addition of new Peplink SD-WAN solutions for public safety

GetWireless, a Value-Added Distributor of IoT solutions since 2001, continues to expand its IoT portfolio through its long-term relationships with industry-leading manufacturers.

Peplink is one of these industry-providers, and their new expanded portfolio introduces nine new products which will grow their footprint in the public safety arena. These new products, which range from single-LTE to quad-LTE versions, are FirstNet ready and support Band 14 along with the other LTE bands operating on the leading commercial networks.

With SpeedFusion technology, the multi-cellular models can aggregate and bond the data throughput of multiple mobile carriers for any application, such as incident command posts, rapid deployment systems or any place where connectivity saves lives.

FirstNet is a new dedicated, high-speed LTE wireless network for public safety being built by AT&T in partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It was created to prevent the communication challenges faced by first responders during 9/11 and other emergency and disaster situations. FirstNet service is offered as a priority service through the AT&T network.

According to the First Responder Network Authority, when public safety personnel in the field have strong wireless connectivity that is guaranteed through network priority and pre-emption, they can respond more quickly and effectively. It ensures that public safety agencies and first responders get information faster and can make the best decisions in emergency situations.

“GetWireless is excited to add the new public safety solutions from Peplink to our product portfolio,” said Brian Taney, CEO at GetWireless. “The innovative technology of the Peplink product line will empower our partner community to expand their offerings in the law enforcement and public safety markets.”

Peplink’s FirstNet Ready products and technology bring a number of key benefits for mobile deployments such as seamless failover to commercial LTE, bandwidth bonding, traffic steering and protection of data/security.

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The IoT Community and Certnexus partner to address global IoT skills gap

CertNexus, the global purveyor of vendor neutral, emerging technology certifications and micro-credentials and the Internet of Things Community announced a partnership to facilitate and accelerate closing the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) skills gap.

According to a report by Inmarstat, 76% of companies surveyed require additional senior, strategic-level staff with skills in IoT, and 80% do not possess the IoT skills required to ensure their current IoT solutions will work as intended. According to Bain and Company, the IoT industry is on its way to becoming a $450 billion (€404 billion) industry, and organisations will require investments in training and validating skills in order to succeed in this rapidly growing environment.

The two organisations have signed an agreement that provides the industry workshops and other turnkey training solutions to the world’s only ANSI/ISO 17204 accredited IoT Certification: the Certified Internet of Things Practitioner (CIoTP). The IoT Community will have members access to CertNexus’ certifications and micro-credential through virtual classes, access to digital books and virtual labs, and sit for CertNexus exams. Additionally, CPE credits will be assigned to IoT SLAM and Master Class events to continue the certification maintenance.

Nancy Shemwell

“The development of IoT technology is only as good as the business value derived. To ensure true value, the solutions must be deployed and secured—a tremendous challenge facing the industry,” says Nancy Shemwell, chief operating officer, IoT Community. “Offering CIoTP, the only ANSI/ISO 17204 accredited IoT Certification is a key development in the Community’s value chain. Partnering with CertNexus and their best-in-class training and certification offerings is a natural extension. Corporations now have access to develop and validate the necessary skills to successfully implement and secure IoT solutions.”

“We are dedicated to bringing innovative training and certification solutions to the global marketplace,” said Jeff Felice, president, CertNexus. “Partnering with The IoT Community to offer CertNexus training and certifications helps us to accelerate the value we can bring to IoT professionals and the businesses they represent. Together, we believe we can provide tremendous value to the Community and the industry as we embrace the emerging opportunities contained within the Internet of Things.”

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Best Transportation claims to be the first to make use of an electric vehicle

Best Transportation, headquartered in Port Newark, NJ, claimed to announce its first usage of a fully electric class A tractor. The company successfully picked up a container in Maher Terminal, also headquartered in the Port, and delivered the container to a Costco Wholesale location within New Jersey without incident.

Best Transportation claims to be the first trucking company to move a container from the Port of New York & New Jersey using an electric vehicle. The use of this type of vehicle is the first step in Best Transportation’s plan to increase the number of electric vehicles in its state-of-the-art fleet.

“Best Transportation is proud to be the first trucker to move a container through the Port of New York & New Jersey and deliver to a customer, with a zero-emissions vehicle. We made history today,” said Tom Heimgartner, president of Best Transportation.

“These are exciting times for our company; we are investing in the future. Not just the future of Best Transportation, but the future of our customers, the consumer and the Port of New York and New Jersey. This is just the first step in our zero-emission vehicle program. We are making every effort to reduce the carbon footprint of our company and our customers’ supply chain. The future is here and it is at Best Transportation,” he continued.

It is still early on in the development of electric powered class 8 heavy duty over the road tractor trailers. Unlike passenger vehicles which have become viable and popular, large trucks do not yet have the range or the amount of horse power and torque required to move heavy loads. Best Transportation is purchasing and testing electronic vehicles (EVs) in order to stay ahead of the learning curve and be ready when the next generation becomes available.

Best Transportation completed the test run as part of its ongoing sustainability program. In addition to the BYD Zero Emissions On Highway Tractor, the company plans on introducing four electric yard hostlers for use inside the Port.

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Nordic enterprises seek Digital Transformation from data centre and cloud vendors

Enterprises in the Nordic countries are investing in digital transformation and looking for vendors to help them with their move to the cloud and adoption of artificial intelligence for operations, according to a new report published today by Information Services Group, a global technology research and advisory firm.

The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Private/Hybrid Cloud — Data Centre Services & Solutions Report for the Nordics finds many Nordic enterprises turning to IT outsourcing as a way to cut costs, expand their businesses globally and gain access to technology experts with niche skills.

“As Nordic enterprises transform their businesses to raise their profiles in the global market, digital transformation and cloud and data centre outsourcing have become their key priorities,” said Barry Matthews, partner and head of ISG Northern Europe, which includes the Nordics.

In some cases, however, Nordic businesses are struggling to see quick returns on investment when they move to a cloud computing model, the report says. While cloud computing can eliminate or minimise hardware infrastructure, some enterprises need outside expertise to help them plan and capitalise their cloud investments.

Many Nordic enterprises are turning to providers to help them roll out artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) to automate commoditised IT infrastructure and software maintenance and to reduce labour-intensive intervention for mundane tasks. In addition, container technology is growing in popularity with Nordic enterprises, especially for mission-critical applications in financial, educational, and media and communications organisations.

Another trend in the cloud and data centre market is a move toward hyper-converged infrastructure, with Nordic enterprises embracing the convergence of software-defined hardware and software – for computation, networking and storage – in an easy-to-use system that enables digital transformation.

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Dover Fueling Solutions and Microsoft collaborate to provide Azure based edge to cloud IoT solutions

Dover Fueling Solutions (“DFS”), a part of Dover that delivers advanced fuel dispensing equipment, electronic systems and payment, fleet systems, automatic tank gauging and wetstock management, is pleased to announce a planned strategic partnership with Microsoft to bring new cloud and IoT solutions to market.

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services that let organisations build, test, deploy, secure and manage applications, services and solutions. Through this alliance, Microsoft will help enable DFS’ vision to deliver next generation retail site architecture and solutions that will digitally transform the fueling experience for end customers, while delivering retail site operating efficiencies, enhanced consumer experiences and new revenue streams.

Microsoft and DFS will collaborate to develop, deploy, promote and support DFS Azure based solutions including the Wayne iSense Remote Monitoring and management solution. The iSense remote solution provides real-time updates of fuel dispenser and other support equipment at a retail fueling forecourt.

David Crouse

With iSense remote monitoring, a station owner can stay on top of pricing, maintenance issues, flow rates, and much more from virtually anywhere. As an Azure IoT cloud-based solution, it will also integrate with other systems so customers can boost security and scale as needed.

David Crouse, DFS president added, “We are pleased to partner with Microsoft to utilise Azure to power IoT solutions. This planned alliance will advance DFS proficiency to drive technology, innovation and speed for our retail customers throughout the world.”

“Microsoft is pleased to partner with DFS, a strategic provider of technology for convenience retailing, to deliver new Azure based IoT solutions for fuel dispensers,” said Michael Kuptz, general manager, America’s IoT Experience, Microsoft. “New Azure based Cloud to edge IoT solutions from DFS will help fuel retailers and convenience store operators save time and money, while providing consistent and secure experiences for customers.”

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