ReFirm Labs Partners with aDolus Technology to Improve Security, Integrity of Firmware Running on IoT Devices

aDolus, ReFirm Labs | September 04, 2020

ReFirm Labs, a provider of the industry’s first proactive IoT and firmware security solutions, and aDolus Technology Inc., a global authority on software intelligence for critical infrastructure, today announced an integration partnership to improve the security and integrity of firmware that runs IoT devices for customers and their supply chains in regulated and critical industries.

The aDolus FACT™ platform provides a central, authoritative source of truth about the authenticity of firmware to help operators of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) validate the origins and integrity of firmware before installing it on their equipment. FACT aggregates information about firmware and software from many sources to provide an easy-to-use "FACT Score" for a file's trustworthiness.

ReFirm Labs’ Centrifuge is a cloud-based, highly scalable platform that vets, validates, and continuously monitors the security of firmware to protect against emerging cyber threats while enabling automated compliance reporting. Centrifuge has been proven to increase productivity for security teams while reducing the number of breaches on internet-connected devices.

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Sisvel Launches Its Cellular IoT Patent Pool

Sisvel | November 11, 2022

Sisvel International S.A. (Sisvel) announced today the launch of its Cellular IoT (C-IoT) Patent Pool consisting of 20 patent owners. The C-IoT patent pool offers a single solution to license standard essential patents (SEPs) that are essential for the use of the cellular LPWAN standards LTE-M and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). Sisvel is joined in the pool by ASUSTek, Datang, Ericsson, ETRI, Innovative Sonic, JVCKENWOOD, KDDI, MediaTek, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DOCOMO, Optis Cellular, Optis Wireless, Orange, Pantech, Shanghai Langbo, Sony Group Corporation, Telefónica, Unwired Planet and one additional company to be announced soon. The pool remains open for new participants that hold relevant patents. The C-IoT pool’s initial main focus will be on smart meters and asset trackers. “The IoT market has been in development for about a decade, however only now we see clear early signs of widespread roll-out. The LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies are an obvious pick to connect products and services, and with this pool, available already in an early phase of technology adoption, we will remove a lot of questions and concerns by giving easy, transparent and reasonable access to the patents that the creators of the technology hold.” Mattia Fogliacco, President of the Sisvel Group. “It has been a pleasure putting this pool together, as so many parties with diverse background and business models showed resolve and common interest in creating a pool in the LPWAN IoT space.” said Sven Törringer, the program manager of the Sisvel C-IoT patent pool. He added: “This has been a harmonious process and we are convinced that the offer we bring to the market will not only reduce friction and concerns, but rather boost the interest in the adoption of the LTE-M and NB-IoT standards in IoT products, allowing for swift investments in this sense.” LTE-M and NB-IoT are cellular LPWAN IoT standards that followed out of the 4G LTE standard. They offer a solution for low power connectivity of IoT products, that may compete with the functionality offered by a number of other technologies, such as LoRaWAN, Sigfox, WiFi, MIOTY, Bluetooth, various mesh network technologies, etc, and combinations thereof. By offering a clear framework for obtaining licenses under the pool’s portfolio of LTE-M and NB-IoT SEPs, Sisvel is making it easier for manufacturers of IoT devices to make a balanced choice between the available technologies. The Sisvel pool has committed itself to make the terms of LTE-M and NB-IoT competitive, to encourage the use of the LPWAN cellular IoT standards, helping to achieve a level playing field. About Sisvel Sisvel International S.A. is the holding company of the Sisvel Group. Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing IP. The group identifies, evaluates and maximizes the value of IP assets for its partners around the world, providing firms with a revenue stream which can be reinvested in innovation for the generation of future revenues. Sisvel has 40 years’ experience in the management of successful patent portfolios, including those relating to audio compression standards (MP3 and MPEG audio), as well as broadcasting and digital terrestrial television standards maintained by the Digital Video Broadcasting Project. Currently Sisvel operates patent pools and joint licensing programs in the fields of mobile communication, wireless local area networking 802.11, video coding and digital video broadcasting.

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Molex Explores the Potential of the Industrial Metaverse to Accelerate Next-Gen IoT Infrastructures in New Research Report and Webinar

Molex | November 03, 2022

Molex, a global electronics leader and connectivity innovator, today released a new report that examines the emerging world of the industrial metaverse and its impact on next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures. To help companies prepare for what lies ahead, "Unleashing the Power of the Industrial Metaverse" offers pragmatic insights on the integration of physical and virtual technologies and processes to speed product-design cycles while improving production-line efficiencies and economics. "One of Molex's greatest assets is our engineering expertise, and the industrial metaverse will streamline everything from product development through commercialization and ultimately fulfillment, Modernizing IoT infrastructure to take full advantage of the metaverse is a strategic business imperative that will result in deeper, more productive customer experiences and richer data insights today and well into the future." Mike Giresi, Chief Digital Officer, Molex Industrial Metaverse as Productivity Force Multiplier Molex and Arrow commissioned the development of this report to offer perspective on how the industrial metaverse will transform manufacturing through increased adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), digital twins, Machine Learning (ML) and predictive analytics. These early enablers already are gaining traction in industrial settings to support manufacturing automation, process optimization, remote assistance, and training, as well as predictive maintenance. As these technologies and use cases establish a firm foothold, they will create momentum for consumer-focused applications by facilitating faster inflection points and quantum leaps in productivity. According to the report, a robust industrial metaverse will deliver unprecedented value, starting with the design and ideation phase of product development all the way through manufacturing, sales, service and maintenance. Immediate and Long-Lasting Impact on Next-Gen IoT The industrial metaverse also will have a major impact on next-gen IoT infrastructure while creating new opportunities and challenges for today's engineers. As such, engineers are uniquely positioned to be among the first group to tap the full potential of the industrial metaverse. To that end, the report addresses five functional pillars, including speed and bandwidth, signal integrity, form factor, power consumption and electromagnetic interference (EMI). In addition, the report offers guidelines for how companies can get started, as well as advice on integrating core capabilities throughout their internal and external business processes while ensuring secure connectivity and seamless data analysis. Molex and Arrow Sponsor Industrial Metaverse Webinar The webinar "Unlocking the Potential of the Industrial Metaverse" will be held on December 6, 2022, at 9AM PT/12PM ET Expert panelists will discuss how the industrial metaverse is transforming manufacturing and what to do to prepare for the next wave in digital transformation: Samantha G. Wolfe, Founder of PitchFWD, an emerging tech consultancy, adjunct professor at NYU's Steinhardt School and co-author of "Metaversed" Mark Schuerman, Senior Business Development Manager, Molex and industrial automation expert Rob Meyer, Digital Engineering Manager, Arrow and lead technical consultant for e-commerce operations Click here to register for the webinar Molex Reinforce Industrial Automation Expertise at SPS'22 Molex also will be joining other industrial automation leaders at SPS 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, November 8-10, Hall 10.0, #110 Visit Molex to learn how the company is optimizing the power of Industry 4.0 technologies and delivering the latest Ethernet capabilities About Molex Molex is a global electronics leader committed to making the world a better, more-connected place. With presence in more than 40 countries, Molex enables transformative technology innovation in the automotive, data center, industrial automation, healthcare, 5G, cloud and consumer device industries. Through trusted customer and industry relationships, unrivaled engineering expertise, and product quality and reliability, Molex realizes the infinite potential of Creating Connections for Life.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

Enlighted Ushers in New Era of Smart Building IoT Data and Space Intelligence

Enlighted | October 03, 2022

Enlighted, a leading proptech company, released a curated portfolio of smart IoT building solutions to create customer value and further enable sustainable enterprises across industries and geographies. According to analyst firm Verdantix1, 75% of firms will use IoT data for space utilization monitoring. The solutions announced today, part of Siemens' open business platform Xcelerator, elevate the use of IoT building data to a new level of functionality for leaders seeking to improve productivity of their operations and to reach carbon neutrality. “We anticipate our new solutions and alignment with Siemens Xcelerator business platform will enable our customers to leverage their building’s IoT and activity data to vastly improve processes and decisions around the interactions of people and their spaces, Additionally, we will help them further transform their real estate portfolios with a focus on long-term sustainability to meet ESG goals.” Stefan Schwab, CEO, Enlighted Space Intelligence Solutions – Revolutionizing the Use of IoT Building Data The new portfolio includes two offerings that help enterprise companies understand activities within their spaces, gain access to deep analytics and leverage visualizations and application software to improve workflows and space utilization. The offerings include: Data Services: A set of data APIs and visualizations around three primary areas of value: Occupancy Insights, including new people-counting capabilities to help understand how space is being used and inform decisions around portfolio sizing and space design Efficiency Insights to capture and report on energy savings for ESG reporting towards carbon net zero Location Insights to capture asset and people movements for use with third party location tracking applications Location Intelligence: A complete Real Time Location System (RTLS) that includes patented smart sensors embedded in light fixtures, long-life tags and badges combined with a SaaS cloud application for establishing new workflows, events and triggers associated with the movement of assets and people. With multiple standard business platform integrations, Location Intelligence will initially focus on outcomes for healthcare, education, office, and manufacturing industries. “The Enlighted solution enables us to rapidly adjust our lighting controls via a smart software interface. During the last California heat emergency, we did exactly that, enabling us to dim our lights in the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco while maintaining office functions,” said Alex Ruggeberg, Global Real Estate Engineering, Salesforce. “We easily measured the energy savings via Enlighted’s data reporting. This is exactly the kind of intelligent, smart IoT building management that is part of a sustainable future for Salesforce.” Ruggedized Micro Sensor First to market, a low bay Ruggedized Micro Sensor delivering all the functionality of current IoT sensors in a minimally sized package. The sensor is designed for outdoor applications, parking structures, and damp or wet locations. Speed Digital Transformation with partner J2 Innovations Strengthening its technology ecosystem, Enlighted also announced a new partnership with J2 Innovations, a Siemens company and provider of open software systems for smart buildings to speed digital transformation around building management. “J2 Innovations is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Enlighted. With J2’s FIN Framework combined with Enlighted’s IoT offerings, we are excited to deliver a powerful set of IoT solutions to the market,” said Alex Rohweder, CEO of J2 Innovations. “We’re looking forward to leveraging Enlighted’s robust data capabilities integrated with our IoT enabling framework.” Enlighted is a leading proptech provider of IoT solutions at the intersection of people, space, and work. We offer a unique combination of cognitive environmental IoT sensors and lighting controls that connect to intelligent workplace experience apps, offering a singular, scalable, interoperable solution to address a spectrum of building, space, and productivity needs. Our customers leverage these solutions to enable occupant well-being, greater business efficiencies and momentum toward their sustainability goals. Enlighted is part of Building Robotics, Inc., a Siemens company.

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Blues Wireless Launches Global Partner Program to Accelerate IoT Solutions Delivery

Blues Wireless | September 21, 2022

Blues Wireless, the industry-shaping IoT edge-to-cloud solution, today announced the formal launch of its global partnership program. Through this program, organizations have access to discounted Blues Wireless products, developer expertise, and support resources to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) solutions at 10x lower cost and time. The program enables solution integrators and product design consultancies to deliver highly scalable global IoT solutions quickly and easily. "Most IoT projects fail to scale due to complexity, costs, and lack of expertise. With Blues edge-to-cloud infrastructure, developers use very simple API to get sensor and controller data to any cloud application. We offer these at the lowest cost in the industry with an innovative business model with included global cellular for 10-years, and a pay-as-you-grow data consumption." said Mobeen Khan, COO at Blues Wireless. "We are inviting solution integration companies and product design consultancies to join our global partner program to deliver sustainable, scalable IoT solutions." Blues Wireless launches Partner Program to deliver edge-to-cloud IoT solutions at 10x the speed and at 10x lower cost. Key benefits of the Partner Program include: Expert help at every step: Through our in-house IoT experts, specialized in all aspects of IoT solution delivery, we can offer partners access to industry leaders at every stage of development and delivery. Custom solutions delivery: Partners can integrate any MCU in their customers' edge devices to any cloud application. Enterprise-level engineering: Blues Wireless is a hyperscale infrastructure provider offering secure, global connectivity for high-scale deployments. You can scale your customer solution from the first to the millionth connected product and beyond. Improved project ROI: With consumption-based pricing and out-of-the-box cellular connectivity, partners can anticipate 10x accelerated project timelines and reduced delivery cost for customers. Pulsar Labs, Inc., a technology company providing turn-key development of IoT and GNSS products, was among the first solution providers to partner with Blues Wireless. "Blues Wireless has a very attractive technology offering for our enterprise IoT clients," says Dan Wang, owner of Pulsar Labs Inc. "Their Notecard product is flexible and easy to integrate, extremely low power, and includes cellular data for 10 years. Working with Blues Wireless, our team has designed and shipped many IoT products that weren't possible before, such as a GPS tracker with 10 years of battery life and an AI-powered IoT node with camera and sensors." Another Blues solutions partner is TheoremOne. They have been in the business of delivering IoT and connected products for over a decade, and are finding that they can accelerate end-product delivery through the highly specialized, yet collaborative nature of the partnership. "With Blues, we are able to focus on the data and the engagement layer of a solution — all of the infrastructure required to get data from a remote edge device to the application layer is handled through Blues Notecard and Notehub, This allows us to deliver solutions faster and at a scale not possible before." Brady Brim-DeForest, CEO of TheoremOne Blues Wireless has steadily gained developer and commercial traction since its launch in early 2021, with a greater than 5x growth in customer deployments this year. Many of these customers need support building sensor integration at the edge and integrating data into their enterprise applications. This often requires partners that are experts in different verticals, like healthcare and manufacturing, or experts in use cases like supply chain tracking or environmental monitoring to help them launch commercially. By involving an ecosystem of experienced partners, Blues Wireless is looking to further accelerate market momentum and help realize the promise to create a connected world for our customers. About Blues Wireless Founded in 2019, Blues Wireless is creating a connected world by providing an accelerated path to IoT. Notecard, their flagship product, is a highly secure system on a module (SoM) that inexpensively and efficiently connects any device to the cloud. With embedded global connectivity and consumption-based pricing, developers can break free from the complexity of per-month, per-device cellular subscription management. Enterprise use cases range from simple tracking and remote monitoring to edge analytics and remote control. Blues is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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