Ikotek | September 30, 2022
Ikotek, the leading IoT original design manufacturer (ODM) and electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider, is announcing expansion of its executive management team with industry veterans and continue their aggressive growth plans for the company.
Headquartered in San Diego, USA, Ikotek offers a one-stop-shop for IoT solutions across design and development, hardware build, testing and verification, product validation, software development, manufacturing and certification delivering high quality products and services to reduce complexity, speed up time to market, eliminate risk and reduce costs. The company has already designed, manufactured and shipped millions of IoT devices since its inception.
Ikotek, the only US-based global ODM with a pure IoT focus, combines end-to-end design consultancy across program management, R&D, sourcing, testing and production at its own as well as third party manufacturing facilities to produce designs for our customers. With a wide variety IoT projects in progress, such as asset tracking, dash cameras, PDAs and handhelds, point of sale (POS) devices and hardware for smart grid and metering deployments, Ikotek’s core focus is on the enterprise market as it looks to develop solutions to take full advantage of IoT at scale.
Led by Chief Executive Officer, Joe Peterson, who has more than 27 years of diverse experience across cellular and IoT industries in the US and international, Ikotek has gathered a team of industry veterans to amplify its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted IoT ODM. Recent additions to the US-based executive management team include:
Bill Leunis, the Vice President of Finance, who brings extensive experience in finance, operations and general management in manufacturing and EMS organizations. Previously, he has headed Finance in divisions of large multi-national corporations ranging in size from 500 to 20,000 people. In addition, he has served as CFO of a company, leading all aspects from its acquisition to IPO for eight years after going public.
Tim Newberg, the Vice President of Sales for the US and Canada, has joined with more than 25 years of experience and leadership in the wireless, broadband, consumer electronics and massive IoT industries. From hardware and software strategy to product marketing, sales and business development he has held senior executive positions at companies including Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Sequans, Rootmetrics, Polte and Sercomm.
Steve Burrington, the Head of North America Engineering, is a 25-year veteran of large and medium-sized wireless product development teams. Previously he served as Vice President of Engineering at CalAmp for the company’s telematics products. He has extensive experience of getting a diverse range of products to market, via organic development and JDM partnerships. In addition, he has held Vice President of Engineering roles at Netgear and Sierra Wireless.
These additions to the Ikotek management team have been supported by hires across the business and Ikotek now has more than 350 dedicated R&D employees and continues to add employees on a weekly basis.
“We’ve seen an incredible uptake of new customers over the last year and we’re excited to bring our unique ODM capabilities and advantages to customers,” said Peterson. “Supporting our customers with quick time-to-market, leading IoT industry expertise and cost-effective services and solutions is critical during a time where digital transformation is growing across all industries. To help manage growth, commercial excellence and new customers, I’m thrilled to welcome these three leading IoT and ODM capacities to our management team. We aim to serve our customers with local experts in North America and Europe and APAC so we can ensure that Ikotek is close to our customers and has local understanding of their needs.”
Ikotek targets mid-market IoT customers in response to increased demand for the design and build of products. The company’s ethos is to give customers a competitive advantage, through cost reductions and enable substantial savings to be achieved on their device design, manufacturing and certification costs. In addition, Ikotek is focused on taking customers’ projects from idea to market in record breaking time. In less than three months, Ikotek has provided end-to-end ODM services that took a complex IoT device to market including design, development and manufacturing.
“Ikotek exists to turn our customers’ device dreams into IoT reality,” Peterson added, pointing out the ways in which the company can help are listed on www.ikotek.com. “We’re keen to become customers’ indispensable partner in taking their innovations from concept to high volume product launches across global markets.”
Ikotek is The IoT ODM. With a wide variety IoT projects currently underway, our core focus is on the enterprise market as it looks to develop solutions to take full advantage of IoT. We cover technologies from cellular connectivity, including NB-IoT and 5G, to satellite connections and from well-established IT to relative newcomers such as artificial intelligence IoT (AIoT).
Morse Micro | September 07, 2022
Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company reinventing Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced $140M in Series B funding. The round was led by MegaChips Corporation, a leading ASIC and SoC services company based in Japan, with participation from existing investors including Blackbird Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Skip Capital, Uniseed, SpringCapital, Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull and others.
Morse Micro intends to use the capital raised to revolutionize our digital future by achieving unprecedented scale and demand for its Wi-Fi HaLow technology. It will focus on deepening its offerings, including the design of new solutions, while accelerating the go-to-market strategy for its existing Wi-Fi HaLow chips and modules.
A strategic business partnership with MegaChips accompanies the investment and will usher in a new era for Wi-Fi HaLow across East Asia. In addition to manufacturing Morse Micro’s IEEE 802.11ah compliant semiconductors and modules, MegaChips will provide quality assurance, sales support and new distribution channels that will deliver scale across the region. The two companies will also engage in joint sales and promotion activities to grow the market for Wi-Fi HaLow solutions.
“With MegaChips’ financial backing and robust manufacturing and sales support, Morse Micro will be poised to achieve our goal of revolutionizing IoT connectivity with our growing portfolio of Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs, modules, software and development tools, With growing market traction for Wi-Fi HaLow-compliant solutions in the IoT ecosystem, we’re at an exciting inflection point. MegaChips shares our vision to revolutionise connectivity and build enduring Wi-Fi HaLow solutions for the future. We are delighted to partner with them, and for the support we’ve had from all of our investors, as we take the next step forward in our company’s journey toward market scale and leadership.”
Michael De Nil, co-founder and chief executive officer at Morse Micro
Since launch in 2016, Morse Micro has focused on long-range, low-power wireless connectivity. Today its portfolio includes the industry’s smallest, fastest and lowest power Wi-Fi HaLow compliant SoCs and modules. With use-cases that extend across the complete IoT ecosystem, from consumer to commercial, industrial to agricultural use, Morse Mirco is enabling wirelessly connected devices to achieve 10x longer range, covering 100x the area or 1000x the volume of traditional Wi-Fi networks.
“MegaChips pursues strategic partnerships and investments with promising startups like Morse Micro that have innovative ideas, cutting-edge applications and are expanding their businesses in areas such as industrial IoT, wireless communications and energy control,” said Tetsuo Hikawa, President and CEO of MegaChips Group. “Morse Micro’s visionary management team has had a tremendous impact on the Wi-Fi industry, and we expect more great accomplishments to come as we work together to ramp production and sales of their flagship Wi-Fi HaLow products.”
Note to editors: What is Wi-Fi HaLow?
Wi-Fi HaLow is the first Wi-Fi standard tailored to meet the needs of the IoT, making it a superior alternative to traditional Wi-Fi alternatives and many other wireless technologies.
Wi-Fi HaLow offers a unique combination of capabilities and advantages that other wireless technologies can’t match such as:
Long-range connectivity: Wi-Fi range extending more than 1 km from the access point by using lower frequencies which better penetrates walls and other obstacles
Direct savings: Ultra-low power consumption enabling IoT devices to run on batteries for years
Ease of use: No need for proprietary hubs or gateways, enabling a single access point to support more than 8,000 IoT devices
Peace of mind: Full support of state-of-the-art security protocols including WPA3
About MegaChips Corporation
MegaChips Corporation (Prime Market of the TSE (Tokyo Stock Exchange): 6875) was established in 1990 as the first innovative fabless semiconductor company in Japan and has focused on R&D and developed unique LSI leveraging proprietary technology. As market needs become increasingly complex due to rapid information technology innovation, we provide total solutions from design to development and production of LSIs that make full use of our unique and original analog and digital technologies and mixed-signal analog/digital technology. While enhancing existing business, we put an effort into sustainable growth focusing its managerial resources into the launch of new business targeting the growth areas of industrial equipment, communications, AI, energy control and robotics.
About Morse Micro
Morse Micro is a fast-growing fabless semiconductor company developing Wi-Fi HaLow solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) market that can reach 10x the range of conventional Wi-Fi technology and last many years on a single battery. The company was founded by Wi-Fi pioneers and innovators, Michael De Nil and Andrew Terry, joined by the original Wi-Fi inventor Prof. Neil Weste and wireless industry veterans, whose teams designed Wi-Fi chips into billions of smartphones. Headquartered in Australia with offices in China, India, the U.K. and the U.S., Morse Micro’s strong and diverse system team, portfolio of IP and patents, enables Wi-Fi HaLow connectivity across the complete IoT ecosystem, from surveillance systems and access control to industrial automation and mobile devices, allowing connected devices to reach farther.
Bentley Systems | November 16, 2022
Year in Infrastructure Conference, Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced new capabilities of its iTwin Platform, significantly extending the scope and interoperability of infrastructure data that engineering firms and owner-operators can use to create and leverage digital twins in design, construction, and operations workflows.
The new iTwin Platform capabilities will power Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, a set of solutions that span the end-to-end infrastructure lifecycle and value chain, encompassing ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise, unified and made interoperable by Bentley’s infrastructure schemas.
iTwin Experience is a new cloud product to empower owner-operators’ and their constituents’ insights into critical infrastructure by visualizing and navigating digital twins. Significantly, iTwin Experience accelerates engineering firms’ “digital integrator” initiatives to create and curate asset-specific digital twins, incorporating their proprietary machine learning, analytics, and asset performance algorithms. iTwin Experience acts as a “single pane of glass,” overlaying engineering technology (ET), operations technology (OT), and information technology (IT) to enable users to visualize, query, and analyze infrastructure digital twins in their full context, at any level of granularity, at any scale, all geo-coordinated and fully searchable.
Additional iTwin products include:
iTwin Capture, for capturing, analyzing, and sharing reality data, enables users to easily create engineering-ready, high resolution 3D models of infrastructure assets using drone video and survey imagery from any digital camera, scanner, or mobile mapping device. Infrastructure digital twins of any existing assets can accordingly start with reality modeling, rather than requiring a BIM model. iTwin Capture offers the highest-fidelity and most versatile means of capturing reality to serve as the digital context for surveying, design, monitoring, and inspection processes.
iTwin IoT, for acquiring and analyzing sensor data, enables users to seamlessly incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) data created by sensors and condition monitoring devices. Infrastructure IoT can be used effectively for real-time safety and risk monitoring in operations and construction activities, including to measure and visualize environmental changes, structural movement, or deterioration for condition assessment, maintenance scheduling, and to prompt precautionary interventions. By securely incorporating real-time data at scale from among hundreds of sensor types, iTwin IoT increases the value of engineering and geotechnical data.
Bentley’s Engineering Applications, Powered by iTwin
In the 2022 Going Digital Awards, the proportion of finalists crediting iTwin reached 42%. Noting the sophistication and maturing of digital delivery approaches, as evidenced by the 2022 finalists’ projects, Bentley presented a broadening of its strategic priorities for iTwin, including adding “digital-twin native” advantages to its infrastructure engineering applications.
In the keynote, Founder and CTO Keith Bentley described the evolution of iTwin from a set of open-source programming libraries to a platform-as-a-service used by Bentley and partners to develop, run, and extend applications that use digital twin workflows. Bentley’s engineering applications will next take advantage of iTwin capabilities on the desktop. Users will continue to work with these applications as they are accustomed to, but alongside the usual resulting .dgn file, the engineering applications will also create and synchronize an iModel, Bentley’s specialized container to semantically align and federate infrastructure engineering data within digital twins. iModel and iTwin will enable users to participate in data-centric workflows, including for integration, validation of design intent, rules checking, clash detection, component queries and reuse, quality assurance, and digital-twin deliverables creation.
Keith Bentley said, “It is clear to me that infrastructure digital twins are the future of our industry and our company. Our digital twin journey began four years ago with a series of open source projects to create cloud-native tools, called iTwin.js. It has evolved into the iTwin Experience that is the workhorse for digital twin solutions from Bentley and others. I’m very proud of the tremendous progress we and our users have made using the iTwin Platform, as evidenced in the current YII submissions. Phase 2 of our journey involves improving our existing desktop products using the same iTwin engine. Users of our MicroStation and engineering design and analysis applications will next gain new features that can make their projects more efficient, more connected, and the results more valuable. We can do that by augmenting, not replacing, their existing tools, workflows, file formats, and deliverables. The iTwin engine will run on the same desktop ‘in process’ with the design applications, synchronizing a local iModel and connecting to cloud services when and as necessary.”
Integration with Immersive 3D Environments
At the same time, Julien Moutte, vice president of technology, described the enhanced interoperability of the iTwin Platform, including integration with 3D environments, such as Unreal, Unity, and NVIDIA Omniverse, to enable immersive experiences across a wide range of devices. “From the start, we created services in the iTwin Platform that allow software developers to align and federate infrastructure data from different sources. We are now opening the doors of the metaverse for those digital twins, enabling new use cases and immersive experiences. Our interoperability with game engines via USD, glTF, DataSmith, and 3DFT unlocks a whole new world of possibilities for application developers. We are excited to see what our users can achieve by combining such technologies, which are fundamental building blocks of the infrastructure metaverse.”
Describing the broadening ecosystem adoption of iTwin technologies, Moutte announced that Adobe has licensed Bentley’s iTwin Capture for its Substance 3D Sampler application, which enables designers to easily transform real-life pictures into a photorealistic surface or environment. Alexis Khouri, vice president, growth, 3D and metaverse at Adobe, said, “Bentley’s iTwin Capture capabilities in Substance 3D Sampler will help Adobe’s creative professional customers to populate their 3D experiences and save many hours (or even days) of 3D modeling time. Adobe’s strategic collaboration with Bentley will allow us to offer an easy-to-use and state-of-the-art 3D capture solution for 3D artists and designers of all levels.”
In a performance-redefining breakthrough, Bentley has developed a new iTwin Platform service that enables software developers and digital integrators to stream digital twins into Unreal Engine, the leading game engine from Epic Games, to create immersive experiences for fly-throughs and multi-user collaboration.
“Infrastructure digital twins are becoming fundamental building blocks of virtual worlds that empower people to interact, collaborate, and solve problems together, The seamless workflow and high performance that Bentley offers by integrating the iTwin Platform with Unreal Engine will help developers achieve new levels of immersion in complex visualizations and simulated experiences.”
Marc Petit, vice president, Unreal Engine Ecosystem at Epic Games
iTwin Experience is in early access; iTwin Capture and iTwin IoT are available now. iTwin Experience incorporates capabilities from OpenCities Planner. iTwin Capture incorporates capabilities from ContextCapture and Orbit 3DM. iTwin IoT incorporates capabilities from the sensemetrics platform and Vista Data Vision.