INDUSTRIAL IOT

Magix Applied Considering AI Application for IoT Systems

SPYR Inc | April 13, 2022

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SPYR Inc., dba SPYR Technologies, a technology company whose subsidiary, Applied Magix, Inc., develops and resells Apple ecosystem compatible products in the multibillion-dollar smart home and connected car markets, announced that Applied Magix is looking into AI applications for its products.

While the public perception of AI is that robots and supercomputers are out to take over the world, the reality inside the area of IoT looks to be a lot more mundane on the surface. It entails the use of artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making systems to govern and ‘decide’ on behaviors in our environment.

“As part of our Secret Lab initiatives, AI frequently comes to the forefront of product development and how to make smart hardware even smarter. For example, various sensors track a number of conditions around your house, but when processed by an AI system, analysis of those conditions can be used to trigger actions that increase security or save you money in the long run,” said Applied Magix CEO Dr. Harald Zink.

“AI is a fascinating field that is fast growing and shows a tremendous amount of promise to make our lives easier in an enriching way,” states Tim Matula, chief executive officer of SPYR Technologies. “It’s exciting to get updates on what Applied Magix’s Secret Lab is exploring and working on and will hopefully be finding its way into our homes at some point in the future.”

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The Internet of Things is far from secure. Don't trust me, just check the FBI, they are getting worried about this too. I have talked about hacks of Internet enabled devices before, (fridges, baby monitors, smart cars) , there's nothing better than an infographic to see the big picture. This one is fascinating.According to Computer Science Zone, there are around 4.9 billion connected smart devices in use in 2015. This number is going to skyrocket to 25 billion in the next five years, a number which translates to 2.5 IoT-enabled devices for each person on Earth.

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The Internet of Things is far from secure. Don't trust me, just check the FBI, they are getting worried about this too. I have talked about hacks of Internet enabled devices before, (fridges, baby monitors, smart cars) , there's nothing better than an infographic to see the big picture. This one is fascinating.According to Computer Science Zone, there are around 4.9 billion connected smart devices in use in 2015. This number is going to skyrocket to 25 billion in the next five years, a number which translates to 2.5 IoT-enabled devices for each person on Earth.

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Xoriant X⋅CELERATE IoT Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Xoriant | August 03, 2022

Xoriant today announced the availability of its X·CELERATE IoT solution in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Microsoft Azure. Xoriant customers can now take advantage of the scalability, high availability, and security of Azure, with streamlined deployment and management. Xoriant is a global product engineering, software development, and technology services company headquartered in Silicon Valley. Xoriant customers can rapidly provision the end-to-end X·CELERATE IoT solution and customize it for many industries including manufacturing, transportation/cold chain, and retail to drive operational efficiency, create new insights, lower downtime, and increase business productivity. X·CELERATE IoT is a low-code solution that integrates data from IoT devices and enterprise data sources enabling sophisticated analytics to provide actionable insights. The solution uses machine learning to detect problems and provide improved visibility into processes. Workflow tools and a role-based interface enable automatically notifying the correct stakeholders when problems are discovered. Individuals throughout the organization are provided with the right data to inform business decisions. The solution leverages Microsoft Azure services including Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT Edge, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cosmos DB, and Power BI. Xoriant, a Microsoft gold co-sell partner, is accelerating the deployment, development, and optimization of Microsoft technologies to deliver innovative business-critical technology solutions. With over two decades of partnership with Microsoft, Xoriant has been helping clients across industries with the proven combinations of Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365 services and related Microsoft products. As a trusted Microsoft Partner, Xoriant's customizable solutions, proofs of concept, and consulting offers are published on Azure Marketplace. "X·CELERATE IoT being listed on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as a co-sell solution is a testament to long term partnership with Microsoft and bring the value-add benefits to end customers. Microsoft Azure marketplace allows Xoriant to reach new customers and markets faster by starting with proof of concepts to take solutions into pilots and production, to showcase quantifiable benefits using Microsoft Azure Services and Microsoft partnership," Rajashree Varma, VP of Alliances, Xoriant "Through Microsoft Azure Marketplace, customers around the world can easily find, buy, and deploy partner solutions they can trust, all certified and optimized to run on Azure," said Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. "We're happy to welcome Xoriant solution to the growing Azure Marketplace ecosystem." The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use. About Xoriant Xoriant is a Silicon Valley headquartered product engineering, software development, and technology services firm with offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For both technology companies and enterprises, from startups to the Fortune 100, we leverage our expertise in emerging technologies and our high-performing teams to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate time to market and keep our clients competitive. Across all our technology focus areas – product engineering, DevOps, cloud, infrastructure and security, big data and analytics, data management and governance, digital, and IoT – every solution we develop benefits from our product engineering pedigree. For 30 years and counting, we have taken great pride in the long-lasting, deep relationships we have with our clients.

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Telit and Thales Announce the Creation of the Leading Western IoT Solutions Provider: Telit Cinterion

Telit | July 29, 2022

Telit, a global leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), and Thales (Euronext Paris: HO), a global leader in Aerospace, Defense, Security & Digital Identity, today jointly announced they have entered into an agreement under which Telit intends to acquire Thales' cellular IoT products. The intended transaction includes Thales' portfolio of cellular wireless communication modules, gateways, and data (modem) cards, ranging from 4G LTE, LPWAN to 5G. The intended transaction establishes California-based Telit Cinterion, as a leading Western provider of IoT solutions, expanding the company's presence in growing industrial IoT segments and end markets including payment systems, energy, e-health, and security. It also enhances the company's ability to respond more expertly to growing demand for cybersecure IoT solutions in modules and cellular connectivity, thanks to leading technologies from Thales. "Innovation, scale and efficient IoT solutions are key for success. This transaction with Thales is arguably the most impactful one for Telit competitiveness. While it will boost our ability to address customer needs more precisely from a richer portfolio, it will also enable us to deliver all new offerings derived from the experience, expertise, and the DNA of two companies that have made security and quality part of their brand promise from the very beginning." Paolo Dal Pino, Telit's CEO Philippe Vallée, Thales's EVP Digital Identity and Security, added: "The Thales and Telit combination brings together complementary strengths. The business will provide a unique value proposition in a highly competitive global IoT market and will allow Thales to focus its investments on its three core activities in aerospace, defence and security and digital identity and security. The new combination will rely on a unique set of expertise brought by Thales and Telit employees. It will also benefit from leveraging both companies' strong and complementary product portfolio and Thales's experience in cellular connectivity." Thales' cellular IoT module business, with approximately 550 employees across 23 countries, services many of the world's top brands. It generated sales of more than €300 million in 2021. With the transaction expected to close in Q4 2022, subject to entering a binding share transfer agreement, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, Thales becomes a shareholder in Telit Cinterion, controlled by asset manager DBAY Advisors and led by Telit CEO Paolo Dal Pino. Thales' cellular IoT products business and Telit's customers and partners will continue to receive the outstanding supply, support, and service to which they have been accustomed. All relevant parties will receive regular updates throughout the transaction, upon closing and ensuing integration periods. To sharpen focus on Industrial IoT, Telit Cinterion plans to spin off and manage separately the automotive IoT unit after closing. Deutsche Bank acted as exclusive financial advisor to Thales, and Rothschild & Co as exclusive financial advisor to Telit, DBAY Advisors. About Telit Telit simplifies onboarding of connected 'things' with a portfolio of enterprise-grade wireless communication and positioning modules; cellular MVNO connectivity plans and management services; edge and cloud software; and data orchestration, IoT and Industrial IoT platforms. With over two decades of pioneering IoT innovation experience, Telit delivers award-winning, secure, integrated IoT solutions for many of the world's largest enterprises, OEMs, system integrators and service providers, so they can connect and manage IoT at any scale. About Thales Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and "deep tech" innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technologies – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organizations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.

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Semtech Corporation to Acquire Sierra Wireless

Semtech | August 04, 2022

Semtech Corporation a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, and Sierra Wireless, Inc. a world-renowned Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, today announced a definitive agreement under which Semtech will acquire all outstanding shares of Sierra Wireless for US$31 per share in an all-cash transaction representing a total enterprise value of approximately US$1.2 billion, subject to customary closing conditions. The acquisition will significantly expand Semtech’s addressable market and is expected to approximately double Semtech’s annual revenue and create a strong and diverse portfolio of connectivity solutions for the growing IoT market, making it easier for customers to find innovative end to end solutions for any segment. The deal is also expected to be immediately accretive to Semtech’s non-GAAP EPS before synergies and generate US$40 million of run-rate operational synergies within 12-18 months post-transaction close. This acquisition brings together two important technologies for the future of IoT – LoRa and cellular – to enable the digitization of the industrial world with a comprehensive chip-to-Cloud platform. Semtech expects the combination of Sierra Wireless’ cellular capabilities across its modules, gateways and managed connectivity together with Semtech’s LoRa-enabled end nodes to create a uniquely differentiated IoT portfolio which will enable a plethora of new IoT use cases to be conceived. In addition, the combination of Sierra Wireless’ Cloud services offerings and Semtech’s LoRa Cloud™ services will bring together a future Cloud services portfolio offering that will include enhanced security, provisioning, device management, and geolocation capabilities for power optimized IoT applications. This new Cloud services capability is expected to add greater than US$100 million of high-margin IoT Cloud services recurring revenues immediately. “We believe the next era of technology growth is the full digitization of our industrial world – the Internet of Everything. Our vision is to build a simple, horizontal platform with the goal of accelerating this transformation and to bring about a smarter and more sustainable planet,” said Semtech president and chief executive officer, Mohan Maheswaran. “This exciting strategic acquisition of Sierra Wireless is a critical part of bringing this vision to life through the combination of cellular, LoRa and Cloud services. Together, with the world-class Sierra Wireless engineering team, we will be positioned to advance the market with multi-radio solutions that bring new chip-to-Cloud services to support customers and grow our business.” “Over the last year, Sierra Wireless has taken decisive steps to profitably grow the business, and I am proud that the progress we have made has culminated in this exciting transaction. Together with Semtech, we will be able to extend the reach of IoT solutions by scaling, optimizing and ultimately delivering an even stronger product portfolio and service model to customers, Sierra Wireless is a high growth business with some of the best, most advanced IoT technology in the industry, and we are pleased to deliver immediate and compelling value to our shareholders through this transaction. Joining Semtech will also allow us to bring cellular and LoRa technology together to create innovative solutions that exceed the expectations of our customers around the world while delivering exciting career opportunities to our talented employees as part of the combined company.” Phil Brace, president and chief executive officer of Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless brings highly complementary skills and capabilities to Semtech, including Sierra Wireless’ leading modules, gateways, 5G, and Cloud services. Given Sierra Wireless’ demonstrated expertise in IoT and cellular engineering, software and services, and its extensive knowledge of IoT channels and vertical markets, Semtech expects the combined company will be well positioned to serve high growth segments such as: Supply chain, logistics and asset management Utilities, including water, gas and electric metering Smart cities and building, including air quality monitoring and public safety Smart agriculture and species protection Transaction Details Under the terms of the agreement, Sierra Wireless shareholders will receive US$31 per common share. This represents a premium of approximately 25% to the closing price of Sierra Wireless’ common stock on July 29, 2022, the last trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of approximately 30% to Sierra Wireless’ unaffected 30-day volume weighted average price. Semtech intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand and committed debt financing arranged by J.P. Morgan. This transaction has been approved by the Semtech and Sierra Wireless Boards of Directors. This transaction is subject to approval by Sierra Wireless shareholders, certain regulatory bodies and the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and other customary closing conditions. This transaction is expected to close in Semtech’s fiscal year 2023. Until close, the parties remain separate independent companies. Sierra Wireless Preliminary Financial Results In a separate press release issued today, Sierra Wireless announced preliminary details relating to certain of its financial results for its second quarter of 2022. Sierra Wireless will issue a press release to share its full second quarter financial results after the market closes Aug. 11, 2022. The Sierra Wireless preliminary results press release is available on its website. About Semtech Semtech Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com. About Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless is a world leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network services, and software to unlock value in the connected economy. Sierra Wireless works with its customers to develop the right industry-specific solution for their IoT deployments, whether this is an integrated solution to help connect edge devices to the cloud, a software/API service to manage processes with billions of connected assets, or a platform to extract real-time data to improve business decisions. With more than 25 years of cellular IoT experience, Sierra Wireless is a global partner customers trust to deliver them their next IoT solution.

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