SOFTWARE AND TOOLS
Goodix | May 19, 2022
Today, Goodix Technology showcased its expanded product portfolio with major breakthroughs in sensing and connectivity solutions at the 2022 Goodix Tech Seminar in Shenzhen, China. Based on the company's strategic layout, Goodix continues to invest heavily in core technologies that drive innovation in IoT applications for a new era of smart connectivity. Two highlights of the seminar were the introduction of the new Bluetooth LE SoC and Time of Flight (ToF) solutions.
Featured Innovation Accelerates the Connection of Everything
In recent years, the major theme of new technological developments features heavily within the Internet of Things (IoT) field, which has caused widespread transformation within a wide array of industries. Recent data from IoT Analytics expected that the global number of connected IoT devices are to grow at a CAGR of 22% to 27 billion active endpoints by 2025, bringing huge market opportunities for smart wearables, smart home, and smart city connectivity applications.
Leveraging years of innovation in low-power wireless technology, Goodix debuts its new-generation Bluetooth LE SoC GR5526 series featuring stronger display driving capability, lower power consumption and faster connection. The solution integrates a dedicated 2.5D GPU to improve graphics rendering efficiency, and supports over 30 FPS on a 454*454 resolution display screen, enabling a superior visual experience for wearable device users. An ultra-low power system architecture is adopted to reduce the power consumption during Bluetooth transmission by 30% compared with previous generation products. Compatible with the latest Bluetooth 5.3, the solution delivers excellent RF performance for a more stable and rapid connection. Goodix is dedicated to innovating Bluetooth LE technology with a new GR533x series targeted at the smart home, smart tag markets to be released soon.
Additionally, Goodix's NB-IoT SoC solution that integrates an OpenCPU application system has been successfully applied to smart water meters in a joint cooperation with renowned industrial partners. Its innovative dual AP/CP core architecture not only improves the system stability and connection reliability, but also ensures ultra-low power consumption that can support the long battery-life of smart meters. Featuring high integration, ease of use, and competitive BoM cost, this solution will further extend Goodix's footprint in the broader IoT market.
Aiming to build an open IoT ecosystem, Goodix will continue to work with industry partners, and support mainstream integrated development environment (IDE) with rich peripheral resources to help customers accelerate the time-to-market of different wireless applications.
Creating a Smart Life with Diversified Sensing Applications
With strong expertise in acoustics, optics, and electronic sensing technology, Goodix stands at the forefront of the advancing sophistication of IoT applications.
During the seminar, Goodix demonstrated its Time of Flight (ToF) 3D sensing solution which integrates a ToF image sensor and a laser driver to enable high-precision depth measurement for various applications such as smartphones and robots. Utilizing a self-developed sparse to dense algorithm, the solution offers a 5-meter with error<1% high-precision ranging performance with low power consumption, facilitating smartphones to create a more accurate photo bokeh effect and a faster focusing capability at night. It also supports the functions of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and obstacle avoidance for intelligent navigation of sweeping robots with its combination solution of line-pattern and flood-pattern.
The ToF sensor features several patented technologies to help smart devices achieve better ambient light suppression, anti-interference, and high dynamic range (HDR). Together with an extensive set of hardware and software, reference designs, algorithms, and SDKs, Goodix can deliver turn-key solutions to enable the wider applications of ToF technology such as drone aircraft obstacle avoidance and height measurement, as well as facial recognition, and automobile safety.
In response to the strong growth of the wearable markets, Goodix has launched a rich solution portfolio of health sensors and VersaSensor (multi-functional interactive sensors) for smartwatches, bands, headphones, and VR/AR devices, and won large-scale commercial adoption by well-known global brands. As a step further, Goodix introduces its fingertip oximeter total solution that deploys the medical grade algorithms. Cooperating with related applications, it can provide effective health instructions and disease diagnosis & alerts for users at home.
We have always emphasized the principle of growing together with customers. We have an unwavering focus on our core technologies of sensing, processing, connectivity, and security. And in these fields, we will continue to create powerful collaborations with industrial leaders and ecosystem partners. Our aim is to expand commercial implementations of these innovative technologies and to bring a more intelligent, and connected life for consumers around the world."
Sandy Hu, President of Goodix.
Cloudastructure | January 21, 2022
Cloudastructure, the award-winning cloud video surveillance provider, has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase rapidly growing IoT cybersecurity company IPG. The terms of the deal are undisclosed.The acquisition would add an important new layer of cybersecurity to Cloudastructure’s expanding physical and cybersecurity platform and a key offering for enterprise customers as they embrace new IoT technologies.
The plethora of IoT devices tells the story. According to a Forrester report, “State of Enterprise IoT Security in North America: Unmanaged and Unsecured”:
67% of enterprises have experienced an IoT security incident
84% of security professionals believe IoT devices are more vulnerable than computers
93% of enterprises are planning to increase their spending on security for IoT and unmanaged devices
Routinely installed IoT devices include: video surveillance, access control, fire and life safety, utilities, conveyance, HVAC and building management.
IPG’s cybersecurity tool GearBox is a “plug-and-play” tool which inventories devices, performs risk analysis, compliance testing and rogue device detection. This combined with readily accessible normalized data alleviates the level of risk introduced by IoT installations. The IPG team will be joining Cloudastructure, including Steve Kiss, CEO, as General Manager, IoT Security.
“The acquisition of IPG means Cloudastructure enterprise customers can enjoy not only a vastly higher degree of cybersecurity than they can with other cloud video surveillance providers, but opt for a robust IoT risk management posture throughout their organization.”
Cloudastructure CEO Rick Bentley
IPG CEO Steve Kiss commented, “We couldn’t be more pleased joining Cloudastructure, a cloud-based video surveillance provider that views cybersecurity as critically as we do.”
Subject to satisfactory completion of customary due diligence and the signing of a definitive agreement, the closing of the deal will be announced on a mutually agreeable date.
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, with R&D in Silicon Valley, California, Cloudastructure’s award-winning surveillance video management system is designed and supported by world-class technical resources drawn from five continents. The platform’s unique architecture enables AI and computer vision for scalable, flexible, cost-effective security and eliminates the resource-intensive management and data risks of on-premises solutions. Cloudastructure enables a unified view of multiple sites for motion, facial recognition/detection, anomaly detection, object counting, LPR, advanced analytics, and compliance and delivers up to a 75% lower total cost of ownership than other systems.
About Infrastructure Proving Grounds
Infrastructure Proving Grounds (IPG) produces the award-winning GearBox IoT security tool. GearBox combines a durable appliance with simple execution to allow industrial operators the insight they need to secure their infrastructure. GearBox provides cybersecurity and performance metrics to some of the nation's most critical infrastructure including utilities, commercial buildings, healthcare and transportation. IPG received the “Most Fundable Company” award from Pepperdine University in 2019, are contributors to the NIST IoT 800-53 security standard and an Intel IoT Solutions Provider.
Zimperium | December 17, 2021
Zimperium, the global leader in mobile security, and Intertrust, the pioneer in trusted computing and digital rights management (DRM) technology, today announced a partnership to provide end-to-end security and data management for IoT devices, apps and media services operating in Zero Trust environments. Under the terms of the partnership, Intertrust will offer Zimperium's Mobile Application Protection Suite (MAPS) to its Intertrust Platform™ and Intertrust ExpressPlay® customers.
The Zimperium-Intertrust partnership completes our offering of the world's best end-to-end secure data operations and rights management solution, with bulletproof endpoint technology.We're proud to partner with the world leader in this space and look forward to delivering robust end to end solutions to our customers"
Talal Shamoon, Intertrust's Chief Executive Officer
Intertrust Platform is a breakthrough product that provides trusted interoperable data operations for business ecosystems. It also connects to authenticated IoT devices and apps, creating a circle of trust between clouds and devices. ExpressPlay Media Security Suite offers a number of innovative content protection services including ExpressPlay DRM, a cloud-based multi-DRM service. Zimperium's revolutionary security technology creates a protected processing environment on devices and sensors that lowers the risk of malicious tampering and signals when an attack is taking place. The combination gives enterprises and media service providers alike access to trusted data ecosystems and a high level of assurance that devices and apps in the Zero Trust environments they work with are highly resistant to hacks that can cause major disruptions or inappropriate access to data.
Intertrust provides software and services to major corporations globally and is offering MAPS to its current and future customers immediately.
Zimperium provides the only mobile security platform purpose-built for enterprise environments. With machine learning-based protection and a single platform that secures everything from applications to endpoints, Zimperium is the only solution to provide on-device mobile threat defense to protect growing and evolving mobile environments. Zimperium is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and backed by Warburg Pincus, SoftBank, Samsung, Sierra Ventures and Telstra.
Intertrust provides trusted computing products and services to leading global corporations–from mobile, consumer electronics and IoT manufacturers, to service providers and enterprise software platform companies. These products include the world's leading digital rights management (DRM) and technologies to enable private data exchanges for various verticals including energy, entertainment, retail/marketing, automotive, fintech, and IoT. Founded in 1990, Intertrust is headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional offices in London, Tokyo, Mumbai, Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul, and Tallinn. The company has a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing.
SafetyCulture | June 13, 2022
Global workplace operations company, SafetyCulture, has announced a USD $2.1M investment into data and IoT software company, Inauro. This investment continues SafetyCulture's support of emerging technologies which enhance frontline processes.
Launched in 2020, Inauro was created to realize the value of IoT technology across industrial applications and improve everyday operations. IoT devices produce a vast amount of data but are typically siloed depending on their function. By linking data from sensors, devices and other digital systems used within an organization, Inauro provides teams with a single source of data, streamlining workflows and enabling faster decision making.
Inauro has built a customer base spanning agriculture, manufacturing and construction, and its flagship PerspioTM platform has been recognized by global award bodies, including an IoT Global Award for Big Data and Analytics.
"The IoT market is thriving globally, but most IoT solutions are built to solve a specific problem which creates data silos across organizations. We want to solve this challenge and enable businesses to make the most of their IoT technology. At its most simple, we want to make sure the right information is available to the right person in real-time. That's when we'll unlock streamlined operations and create efficiencies,"
Inauro co-founder and co-CEO Craig Kesby
SafetyCulture CEO and Founder, Luke Anear said, "Today, SafetyCulture collects data from 800 million workplace checks a year, a lot of which are conducted manually. Inauro will help us to automate many of the equipment checks for our customers. We're constantly pushing to find new ways to innovate and automate processes so tasks can be done to higher standards, jobs become safer and teams can concentrate on the most meaningful work. Inauro will be a key partner as we continue to raise the bar for frontline teams."
Anear continued, "It's always great to help drive forward businesses with similar goals to ours. Through this investment, not only will Inauro be free to expand into new markets, but SafetyCulture customers will also reap the benefits of taking their digitization efforts to the next level."
SafetyCulture is a global operations platform empowering teams to drive workplace improvements. SafetyCulture acquired microlearning business EdApp in 2020, led a USD $6 million Series A funding round for Unleash Live in 2021, and acquired lone worker safety app SHEQSY in early 2022.