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GlobeNewswire | October 20, 2023
Swift Navigation, a market leader in precise positioning technology for automotive, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile applications, today announced the launch of the Swift Partner Program. By bringing together an ecosystem of industry-leading companies across the technology stack – mobile network operators (MNOs), chipset and module manufacturers, system integrators, and application platform providers – Swift is doubling down on its mission to build a safer and more efficient future by changing the way we understand and navigate every centimeter of our planet.
Centimeter accurate, failsafe, and cost-effective precise positioning technologies are key to unlocking megatrends: vehicle autonomy, industrial automation, and the next generation location-based mobile applications, such as navigation, worker safety, and augmented reality, among others. But integrating precise location can add complexity and costs to an already challenging product design cycle, contributing to delayed product launches, cost overruns, and suboptimal consumer experiences.
With the launch of its Partner Program, Swift is dramatically simplifying the process to enable precise location and deliver exceptional user experiences in any geography, at any scale, with unit economics that work.
Swift is on a mission to democratize precise positioning technology to accelerate the deployment of location-based products that improve safety and efficiency for business and consumers, said Holger Ippach, Executive Vice President of Product at Swift Navigation. Swift’s technology already underpins some of the most complex deployments in the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the best companies in our industry to unlock the next wave of innovation.
Swift’s cloud-modeled Skylark™ Precise Positioning Service delivers uniform, centimeter accurate positioning through carrier-grade networks deployed and operated in partnership with MNOs around the world. This enables Swift’s customers to seamlessly deploy products across multiple geographies and ensures failsafe, end-to-end system reliability backed by commercial-grade SLAs, a rarity in the industry.
Commenting on the partnership with Swift Navigation, Andreas Reich, Chief Product & Innovation Officer Deutsche Telekom’s IoT division, said: “Through our long-term partnership with Swift, we expanded Skylark’s coverage across Europe and continue to help our customers deliver new cutting-edge IoT products and solutions enabled by precise location. In a recent cross-border drive test across Europe, we showcased Skylark’s failsafe performance by tracking a vehicle every centimeter of the way from Hanover to Barcelona — over rugged mountains, through tunnels, and across urban canyons.”
Swift’s hardware agnostic precise positioning service is differentiated in a market historically dominated by vertically integrated solutions that lock customers into one vendor for both the GNSS receiver and corrections service. By allowing customers to select components that have been rigorously tested for their use case, Swift simplifies the product design cycle, maximizes the customer’s purchasing power, reduces the risk of downstream field support issues, and minimizes any effort required to incorporate precise location into existing solutions.
Finally, by partnering with system integrators and industry-specific application providers, Swift is accelerating adoption of its precise positioning technology across industries. Today, Swift’s more than 7,000 customers – including more than 20 automotive OEMs and suppliers, multiple market-leading handset manufacturers, logistics companies, industrial equipment manufacturers, and more – are collectively deploying more than 5 million vehicles and devices enabled by Swift’s technology.
Chipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics, module maker Septentrio, system integrator Taoglas, and GIS platform provider ITS Geo Solutions, are among other partners participating in Swift’s Partner Program.
Commenting on their respective partnerships with Swift:
Luca Celant, ADAS and Infotainment Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics, said: “STMicroelectronics is delighted to have partnered with Swift Navigation. We have worked closely together on several successful projects, delivering the powerful combination of Swift’s reliable centimeter accurate positioning service enabled by ST’s market-leading Teseo GNSS receivers, IMUs, and processors. We share Swift’s commitment to an open ecosystem, which offers our customers the utmost flexibility in designing their solutions.”
Jan Van Hees, Business Development Director, Septentrio, added: “Septentrio is thrilled to be part of Swift’s partner program. We have collaborated closely with Swift to enable mosaic and AsterRx receivers to deliver Skylark’s uniform centimeter accuracy and fast convergence as part of Septentrio’s Agnostic Corrections Partner Program. This partnership has provided our customers with a great option offering the consistent performance needed to deliver reliable products with exceptional consumer experiences.”
Dermot O'Shea, CEO and Co-Founder, Taoglas, added: “Swift’s partner program allows us to integrate precise positioning into our ever-growing variety of out-of-the-box solutions. By joining forces, we are reducing the cost and effort required to perform module-level validation, integration and engineering development.”
Erik Schütz, Managing Director, ITS Geo Solutions, added: “Our collaboration with Swift enabled us to enhance our flagship solution, GeoAce, with ultra-precise GNSS corrections. Thanks to Swift’s open ecosystem, we were able to quickly source hardware that was already pre-integrated with Skylark and rapidly launch the new offering to our customers without a hitch.”
About Swift Navigation
Swift Navigation is changing the way we understand and navigate the planet. Swift’s precise positioning solutions enable centimeter-level mapping, tracking, and navigation to unlock vehicle autonomy, industrial automation, and digital innovation across industries globally. Some of the largest companies in the world are leveraging Swift’s technology to enable safer driving, deliver autonomous vehicles and equipment, optimize logistics, and unleash next-generation mobile applications for navigation, worker safety, and augmented reality, among others. Learn more about how Swift is building a safer and more connected future at www.swiftnav.com
Skylo Technologies | September 25, 2023
emnify, a leader in cloud-native IoT connectivity solutions, and Skylo, a global software-defined non-terrestrial network (NTN) operator, have unveiled an industry-first convergence of satellite and cellular IoT connectivity from a single emnify SIM. This collaboration, in partnership with module manufacturer Murata, expands the IoT connectivity landscape to include space, reducing operational costs and complexities.
This innovative IoT connectivity solution is aimed at global IoT deployments, including remote and previously inaccessible areas. This collaboration addresses the growing demand for global, reliable, and cost-effective IoT connectivity solutions that can operate in remote regions and improve the monitoring and tracking of assets.
Vice President Corporate Technology and Innovation at Murata, Mehul Udani, said,
It’s critical that IoT customers have reliable, cost-effective, integrated hardware solutions to take advantage of innovations in IoT connectivity. Murata’s cellular and NTN radio modules, together provide a breakthrough in offering converged connectivity around the globe.
[Source: Business Wire]
emnify and Skylo have introduced converged satellite and cellular IoT connectivity from a single SIM. The solution reduces operational costs and complexities, expanding IoT's reach to various use cases. Partnerships with Murata and the integration of NTN satellite services offer reliable and global IoT connectivity.
Emnify and Skylo are leveraging the SuperNetwork with Skylo’s NTN satellite connectivity to enable transformative IoT use cases. These include remote monitoring systems, which allow reliable monitoring of resources in remote areas, and asset tracking, which provides continuous data for equipment location and telemetry. This innovative solution merges satellite and cellular connectivity, extending tracking capabilities to previously unreachable locations. Emnify and Skylo are offering an evaluation program for customers to test the SuperNetwork's capabilities, and they will host a roundtable at Mobile World Congress to discuss the potential of this converged IoT connectivity.
Frank Stoecker, CEO and founder of emnify, stated that their collaboration with Skylo underscores their commitment to expanding the SuperNetwork and creating new opportunities and open new markets for IoT businesses everywhere. The addition of satellite connectivity exemplifies the power of the SuperNetwork to go beyond the traditional networks and provide dedicated connectivity with worldwide reach.
About Skylo Technologies
Skylo Technologies is an NTN service provider facilitating direct connectivity for smartphones and IoT cellular devices through satellite infrastructure. The management and service for these satellite-connected devices are administered through Skylo's commercial NTN vRAN, featuring a cloud-native base station and core adhering to 3GPP standards. Skylo's primary focus revolves around enabling connected services for individuals in outdoor settings and connected workflows for machinery in various industries, including agriculture, maritime, logistics, mining, and more.
The Linux Foundation | September 20, 2023
On September 9, 2023, LF Edge, an organization under The Linux Foundation dedicated to fostering open, interoperable edge computing solutions, announced the upcoming launch of the LF Edge Sandbox. This self-service platform, provided by ZEDEDA, allows for the deployment of LF Edge projects and solutions to edge devices.
The LF Edge Sandbox acts as a centralized system, enabling individuals to swiftly engage with LF Edge projects for creating proofs of concept (POCs), demonstrations, and end-user experiences. The service operates as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution and is offered by ZEDEDA, an LF Edge member organization. It grants remote management and orchestration capabilities for edge hardware running LF Edge project applications, utilizing the LF Edge Project EVE's open Linux-based operating system, EVE-OS, to facilitate secure device management and application orchestration at scale.
It is set to become available in the coming weeks, providing developers with a platform for testing open-source projects and experimenting with their own solutions.
Users with a Linux Foundation ID will be able to create a free LF Edge Sandbox account, select LF Edge project applications for deployment from a pre-configured list, and even test private applications for real-world use cases. The deployment process is designed to be quick and straightforward, with applications ready for testing within minutes.
With the Sandbox, developers can easily deploy LF Edge project applications, making it simpler for them to explore and test various projects. It aims to encourage the development of edge computing solutions by simplifying project deployment, allowing developers to focus on building valuable solutions.
GM, Networking, Edge and IoT at the Linux Foundation, Arpit Joshipura, remarked,
The development of the LF Edge Sandbox speaks to the community's robust array of in-demand edge computing solutions. This new service will make it even easier for people and organizations to trial various LF Edge project solutions and blueprints across formats, ultimately enabling faster deployment. Congratulations to the community for achieving this milestone, and thank you ZEDEDA for the resources.
[Source: Cision PR Newswire]
Joe Pearson, chair of the LF Edge Technical Advisory Council (TAC) and Open Source Strategy at IBM Software, Networking, and Edge Computing, stated that the abundance of intriguing LF Edge projects, with more on the horizon, has made it a challenging task for an individual or even a small team to acquire sufficient knowledge to install and experiment with all these solutions. He pointed out that Project EVE's platform, as executed and supported by ZEDEDA, offers a simplified approach for deploying any of these projects across various architectures and in the most suitable format, whether it be a bare install, virtual machine, or container. Joe also highlighted that this Sandbox would enable interested parties to become productive within minutes rather than spending days or weeks on the same task.
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation has emerged as the go-to organization for the world's leading developers and corporations seeking to foster ecosystems that expedite open technology advancement and widespread commercial adoption. Collaborating closely with the global open-source community, it tackles some of the most challenging technological hurdles, underpinned by the most extensive shared technology investment assembled.
Software and Tools
Business Wire | October 17, 2023
DirectDefense, a leading information security services company, today announced it has been named a winner of the 2023 IoT Innovators Award from CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. This award honors North American solution providers that are driving IoT innovation forward, recognizing the enormous potential of IoT and integrating cutting-edge technologies into their portfolios.
IoT solutions are a pivotal technology that propels digital transformation by bridging the gap between the physical and digital world, and between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Owing to its capacity to generate new sources of data, mitigate risk and provide real-time performance updates, IoT has emerged as a significant contributor to contemporary business initiatives. The recipients of this year's IoT Innovators Awards have demonstrated their leadership in the industry by devising innovative IoT solutions that expedite time-to-market planning and deliver the utmost value-add to their customers’ IoT investments.
Regardless of industry, operational continuity is vital to success, and downtime from a security breach or violations of change management or remote access procedures isn’t acceptable, said Christopher Walcutt, Chief Security Officer at DirectDefense. Relying on experts who can help strengthen an organization’s security architecture without disrupting operations safeguards against more serious interruptions from a breach, especially since OT environments are not repaired or restored as quickly or as easily as traditional corporate IT environments. Working in the security ecosystem and with our outstanding partners, we are honored to be recognized by CRN for helping clients secure their IT and OT assets.
DirectDefense offers a comprehensive suite of IoT and IIoT security solutions from device and application testing to cybersecurity architecture and system design to keep organizations safe from attack. IoT and IIoT devices in the cloud are often interconnected for functional and data analytics reasons and create multiple entry points to the controlling network. DirectDefense works with organizations to enhance visibility and create an effective remediation plan that prioritizes the most critical vulnerabilities.
“The 2023 winners of CRN's IoT Innovators Award have been recognized for their exceptional IoT solutions,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “These organizations have demonstrated remarkable proficiency in overcoming various challenges and have emerged as trailblazers in the fields of IT and OT. By offering innovative solutions, they have enabled their clients to outperform their competitors and establish themselves as leaders in their respective industries.”
DirectDefense was previously named to the CRN’s 2023 Solution Provider 500 list in the Security 100 category, which recognizes the top technology providers and consultants providing managed services, and the 2023 CRN Fast Growth 150 list, which showcases the 150 fastest-growing and highest-performing solution providers across the entire North American region. The IoT Innovators Award list is featured online at www.crn.com/IoTinnovators.
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, it connects and empowers technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 40 years of unequaled channel experience, The Channel Company draws from deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.
About DirectDefense, Inc.
DirectDefense provides enterprise risk assessments, penetration testing, ICS/SCADA security services, and 24/7 managed security services for companies of all sizes. Focused on building security resiliency, the firm offers comprehensive security testing services with specialization in application security, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and compliance assurance testing. Its team of highly talented consultants has worked with the majority of the Fortune 100 companies, in industries such as power and utility, gaming, retail, financial, media, travel, aerospace, healthcare, and technology. More information can be found at www.directdefense.com.