Avnet announces IoT programme and marketplace

Channellife | January 14, 2020

Avnet is launching a new IoT-specific partner programme designed to provide developers with a place to build complete IoT solutions.

Using Avnet's IoTConnect platform, powered by Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite, developers can connect devices that address both the software and hardware needs of IoT solutions.

Avnet will be adding a comprehensive marketplace in the coming months, which will allow a developer to write IoT applications to its platform and offer them for sale.

"IoT is complex, with unique hardware, software and security requirements at every stage of the development cycle," says Avnet business transformation president Pete Bartolotta.

"With our partner programme and the upcoming marketplace, we are putting proven IoT solutions in the hands of partners and systems integrators so they can scale their own businesses and accelerate the adoption of IoT."

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DEVICES

Borqs Technologies Shipped Mobile Point-of-Sale Devices to the Largest Mobile Operator

Borqs Technologies, Inc. | January 20, 2022

Borqs Technologies, Inc., a global provider of 5G wireless solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and innovative clean energy, with operations in the U.S., India and China, today announced that it has shipped more than US$3 million value of mobile point-of-sales (POS) devices to the largest mobile operator, one of the Fortune 500 companies, in India in December 2021. Borqs designs the POS IoT device with key technologies to work particularly for the India market, including the latest radio bands, payment methods, etc. Borqs’s POS device has passed India’s mobile payment certifications and mobile operator certifications. Borqs currently employs approximately 300 staff worldwide, with more than 73% in India, 7% in the US, and 20% in China and other markets. The Company believes that the India market is strategic and critical to the Company’s business. Historically the India market and the U.S. market have been contributing the majority of revenue to the Company. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and offers great potential for business opportunities. Along India’s economic growth, an increasing number of people are moving up to the middle class and with rising disposable income. India's middle class is expected grow to 580 million people by 2025. Under the growing consumer spending trend in India, Borqs’s relationship with the largest India mobile operator will continue to help the Company to expand its IoT products in India. About Borqs Technologies, Inc. Borqs Technologies is a global leader in software and products for the IoT, providing customizable, differentiated and scalable Android-based smart connected devices and cloud service solutions. Borqs has achieved leadership and customer recognition as an innovative end-to-end IoT solutions provider leveraging its strategic chipset partner relationships as well as its broad software and IP portfolio. Borqs’ unique strengths include its Android and Android Wear Licenses which enabled the Company to develop a software IP library covering chipset software, Android enhancements, domain specific usage and system performance optimization, suitable for large and low volume customized products. The Company is also currently in development of 5G products for phones and hotspots.

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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Senet and the Helium Network Expand Integration to Deliver LoRaWAN Connectivity and Managed Network Services Globally

Senet | April 21, 2022

Senet, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Helium Network, the world’s largest decentralized wireless network, today announced an expansion of their roaming integration to include Helium-compatible Hotspots deployed globally. This global expansion follows a previously completed network integration for US customers and the delivery of integrated network mapping and planning tools designed to simplify the rollout of IoT solutions. Available today, Senet’s Extended Coverage Services now include global LoRaWAN network connectivity delivered by more than 720,000 Helium-compatible hotspots in over 55,000 cities and 170 countries. The Helium Network broadens coverage in areas where Senet has already deployed carrier-grade networks and provides access to LoRaWAN network connectivity for enterprise and consumer-grade devices where Senet has not yet deployed carrier-grade services. As new hotspots are added to the global Helium Network, they will automatically contribute to Senet’s network coverage at no additional cost to customers. The Carrier Grade On-Ramp for IoT Solution Providers For solution providers deploying commercial applications at scale, Senet provides a carrier grade on-ramp to the Helium Network. Through a full suite of cloud-based services, solution providers partnered with Senet can onboard and operate their IoT devices using Helium-compatible hotspots while benefiting from Senet’s world-class managed network services and superior customer support, including: Application management through an intuitive user portal or APIs Simplified billing in US dollars Secure device provisioning and onboarding Network monitoring and management Notifications and alerts for application and network health Centralized device control and reporting Customer-specific network mapping and system health tools Expanding Senet’s integration with the Helium Network is an example our combined interest in delivering LoRaWAN coverage at a global scale for the widest range of use cases. The growth of the Helium Network has been explosive and as solution deployments grow in scale, robust network and device management services are becoming increasingly important. Through our Extended Coverage and managed services on-ramp to the Helium Network, solution providers benefit from greater coverage and consistency in operational service which are vital to success.” Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. Network Planning and Coverage Visualization Tools With this global network integration Senet has also enhanced its network planning and coverage visualization tools. Features unique to Senet’s integration with the Helium Network include: Global and integrated display of Senet and the Helium Network’s public network coverage from a dynamically updated map Interactive capabilities, including zip code search and zoom functionality, allowing users to view coverage available at any location Through the click of a mouse, Senet customers can “drop a pin” on a network planning map resulting in the display of path quality to that location from the Senet network and the number of Helium-compatible gateways in proximity to that location “Senet has been a trailblazer in innovating around LoRaWAN service delivery, and they continue to drive market adoption of low power wide area networks for large scale commercial applications,” said Scott Sigel, COO of the Helium Foundation. “With our expanded network integration and Senet’s managed services approach to onboarding and supporting solution providers, we look forward to entering more markets, faster and with more opportunity for scale.” About Senet, Inc. Senet develops cloud-based software and services used by Network Operators, Application Developers, and System Integrators for the on-demand deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) networks. In addition to industrial and commercial applications, Senet has designed smart meter networks for many municipal water utility districts across the United States, representing millions of households. With a multi-year head start over competing Low Power Wide Area Network technologies, Senet offers technology in over eighty countries and owns and operates the largest publicly available LoRaWAN network in the United States. Our disruptive go-to-market models and critical technical advantages have helped us become a leading connectivity provider with recognized expertise in building and operating global IoT networks.

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SECURITY

Xiaomi Strengthens Its Position on Consumer IoT Security with Proposed Global Common Standards

Xiaomi Corporation | January 18, 2022

Xiaomi, a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company that established the world's leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, has published a new set of proposed global standards to support and reassure consumers about the security of their data while using IoT products. The guideline entitled "Cyber Security Baseline for Consumer Internet of Things Device Version 2.0" *[1] aims to protect security and user privacy with a comprehensive set of requirements covering guidelines from device hardware, device software to device communication. It also states the requirements on data security and privacy, which include communication security, authentication and access control, secure boot, data deletion, etc. It is a security baseline that all Xiaomi smart devices should follow. The guideline of Xiaomi meets the need of the consumer IoT industry as there is no such general standard that can be publicly queried and implemented. Now companies can use this guide to avoid some basic security and privacy protection risks, and to quickly improve the security and privacy protection capabilities of their IoT products. Xiaomi owns the world's leading consumer AIoT platform. As of November 2021, Xiaomi's AIoT platform has connected more than 400 million devices, excluding smartphones and laptops, and there are more than 8 million users with 5 or more Xiaomi IoT devices around the world. Xiaomi offers the most comprehensive security protection to its users and explores the best industry solutions and common standards for other stakeholders. The guideline comes as the British Standards Institution (BSI) confirmed that Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 has obtained the BSI IoT Kitemark™ Certificate, which has undoubtably proved the high degree of consistency between the Cyber Security Baseline for Consumer Internet of Things Device of Xiaomi and the international IoT security standards held by BSI. "Users' security and privacy is the top priority of Xiaomi, and we promise that this applies to all markets where we operate. I'm delighted to see that Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 has also successfully joined the BSI Kitemark™ certification. Over the years, we have made great efforts to protect users' security and privacy. I'm confident and proud to say that Xiaomi is in the leading position of IoT security policies and practices in the world, and we will continue to work hard to build a better IoT ecosystem for our users." said Cui Baoqiu, Xiaomi Vice President and Chairman of Xiaomi Security and Privacy Committee. "Connected devices can bring huge benefits to society, but it is imperative that their function and security can be trusted throughout the required device life. By achieving the BSI Kitemark™ for IoT Devices for its product and having its systems regularly and independently tested and monitored, Xiaomi is demonstrating to consumers their commitment to safeguarding information. Congratulations to the team at Xiaomi for this achievement." David Mudd, BSI Global Digital and Connected Product Certification Director The BSI IoT Kitemark™ is a product and service quality certification owned and operated by BSI. It conducts technical testing and security audits for IoT systems, giving consumers reassurance and confidence of secure and trust-worthy IoT devices under the highest standards. Obtaining the BSI IoT Kitemark™ Certificate means that Xiaomi products are in compliance with multiple cybersecurity standards, including the ETSI/EN303645 standard issued by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), as well as the Open Web Application Security Project® (OWASP) Top 10 security requirements. It is the third time that Xiaomi received this international security accreditation, following Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K and Xiaomi Home App, which achieved the BSI Kitemark™ Certificates in July 2021. These are only a small part of the bigger picture of what Xiaomi has achieved on IoT security. In June 2021, Xiaomi published the Xiaomi IoT Privacy White Paper *[2], explaining the security and privacy policies and practices of Xiaomi's IoT products, gaining trust by increasing the transparency. In November of the same year, in The Contemporary Use of Vulnerability Disclosure in IoT (Report 4: November 2021) *[3] published by the Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF), Xiaomi was listed as one of the 21 IoT device suppliers that met the extended threshold test, namely received the highest rating for security vulnerability disclosure policy, which demonstrates Xiaomi's leadership in IoT security. In the future, Xiaomi will keep improving its IoT security framework, while strengthening its security management and technical testing capabilities to fulfill the responsibility of a global industry leader and let everyone in the world enjoy a better and smarter life through innovative and safe technology. About Xiaomi Corporation Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. Embracing our vision of "Make friends with users and be the coolest company in the users' hearts", Xiaomi continuously pursues innovations, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is one of the world's leading smartphone companies. The company's market share in terms of smartphone shipments ranked no. 3 globally in the third quarter of 2021. The company has also established the world's leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, more than 400 million smart devices connected to its platform as of September 30, 2021, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338th, up 84 places compared to 2020. Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, Hang Seng TECH Index and Hang Seng China 50 Index.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

NTT and Schneider Electric Join Forces to Power IoT Environments with Private Wireless Network Trials

NTT | March 17, 2022

NTT Ltd. today announced its collaboration with Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, to deliver Private 5G (P5G) – an on-premise private network solution and digitization enabling platform that can dramatically advance digital solutions in the manufacturing environment. The long-standing partnership between NTT and Schneider Electric builds on existing joint strategic innovations that help clients achieve efficiency and sustainability goals with advanced digital processes within the Industry X sectors. In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider’s Lexington Smart Factory, the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site leveraging IoT connectivity, Edge analytics, and predictive analytics to drive energy efficiency and further sustainability goals. The P5G will power key use-cases that solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality. For example, the companies will integrate ‘machine vision’ capabilities (industrial cameras with specialized optics) into existing factory and warehouse automation systems, that identify faults as well as wear and tear for incident root cause in near real-time. Through co-innovation, the solution will provide a model for operational integrity management that scales across a broad footprint of global factory environments to power Industry 4.0, enabling Network Edge platforms. Additional P5G use-cases to be addressed include: Unfettered connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint that yields more efficient and accurate workflow systems. Machine vision application to detect anomalies in machine performance to ensure high performance, availability, and quality of product. Augmented reality solutions that enable remote worker support for enhanced equipment maintenance and management and worker experience. With this strategic partnership, we are confident that NTT's P5G solution will support Schneider Electric business and service level objectives with a powerful machine vision solution that solves for operational continuity and performance throughout the Lexington and Lincoln plant facilities. Our P5G platform brings full-stack managed services, process workflow and IoT application integration capabilities that both addresses strategic objectives towards factory high performance and net zero carbon emission goals.” Shahid Ahmed, EVP New Ventures and Innovation at NTT. “In partnering with NTT, Schneider Electric further extends its manufacturing expertise along with data center and network solutions to drive innovations for self-contained Edge Private 5G use-cases,” said Luc Rémont, Executive Vice President International Operations at Schneider Electric. “Above and beyond superior security and control offered through this partnership, wireless networks offer superior benefits over a wired network from a sustainability perspective – smaller copper cabling footprint means minimizing energy usage and aligning to our net-zero carbon goals,” Rémont added. To further the partnership, NTT will deploy its Private 5G services and data centers with Schneider Electric technologies, including a prefabricated data center to integrate and test its edge offerings using EcoStruxure™ solutions. This is expected to be 100% operative in Schneider Electric factories during the 2nd QTR 2022. Schneider Electric’s prefabricated data centers help cloud and service providers scale quickly and efficiently while also meeting their sustainability goals. In addition to a 60% reduction in up time compared to traditional data centers, these prefabricated modular data centers are manufactured with sustainable construction methods and features that boost reliability, optimize operational energy savings, and leave a smaller environmental footprint. About NTT Ltd. NTT Ltd. is a leading, global technology services company. To help our clients achieve their digital transformation goals, we use our global capabilities, expertise, and full-stack technology services delivered through our integrated services platform. As their long-term strategic partner, we help them enhance customer and employee experience, transform their cloud strategy, modernize their networks and strengthen their cybersecurity. And across their transformation priorities, we automate their business processes and IT, drawing insights and analytics from their core business data. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 50,000 people across 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions.

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