IOT News Roundup

Arrow offering customers leg up on IoT deployments; GreenPeak, Dusun co-create smart parking app; Built.io upgrades integration tools; Microsemi offering new range of security services; Czech Republic to get Sigfox network.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Built.io Upgrades Integration Tools
Built.io, which sells a mobile app development platform, has made a number of upgrades to Flow, its integration service to help companies connect sensors, beacons and other IoT devices with cloud-based services and mobile devices. These upgrades include pre-configured integration software to connect devices with enterprise software from Salesforce.com, Marketo, Oracle and SAP, as well as a revamped workflow tool that allows users to drag and drop icons within the Built.io software in order to integrate devices with back-end systems. Flow now also includes a gateway used to securely connect firewalled systems to cloud- and Web-based services.

Microsemi Launches Security Services Program
Microsemi Corp., a provider of high-security semiconductor and software products that power components such as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and solid-state hard drives used in a range of industries, is opening a virtual Security Center of Excellence and making it available to any Microsemi customer. Microsemi will staff the center with security and systems analysts, as well as cryptography, hardware and software engineers. The company says it created the center in response to a recent growth in cyber-security threats emerging within IoT products and services.

The center is designed to help customers in multiple vertical markets to address and respond to security threats within their specific applications. The facility specifically offers the following services: risk assessments, implementation cost estimates, testing services to discover and evaluate side-channel threats and other security vulnerabilities in products and services, and security design consultations.

Sigfox Expanding into Czech Republic
French technology company Sigfox, which deploys sub-1GHz radio devices to create low-power wide-area networks for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, says its network will soon begin operating in the Czech Republic, thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile and Czech firm SimpleCell Networks. The companies decided to deploy Sigfox technology in the republic based on the results of a pilot program they conducted there this summer, in which data transmitted from Sigfox base stations was received within one second as far as 120 kilometers (74.4 miles) away, provided that there was a clear line-of-sight between the two points. Interference from urban infrastructure shortens the transmission distances, but T-Mobile believes it will enable country-wide coverage by installing 350 Sigfox base stations across the Czech Republic, which it plans to do by the end of 2016. T-Mobile will work with Sigfox to begin selling products and services based on the network during the first half of the year.

During June and July of this year, Sigfox announced that its network is also expanding into Luxembourg, Belgium and Denmark.

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