IOT News Roundup

Texas Instruments' dual-interface NFC tag for automotive market; Verizon offers LTE network; Olea announces new sensor device; NXP-Freescale merger gets greenlight; Czech Internet infrastructure company selects Semtech's LoRa; Gimbal and NanoLumens form partnership.
By Claire Swedberg

NXP-Freescale Merger Gets Regulatory Approval

NXP Semiconductors has announced that it has received all regulatory approvals for its merger with Freescale Semiconductor, as well as the sale of its RF Power business, required as a condition for the Freescale merger. The closing for the merger transaction and divestment is scheduled for Dec. 7. The newly merged company will become the fourth largest maker of non-memory chips, and the leader of automotive semiconductors, the firms report.

The two companies announced plans for the merger in March 2015, indicating that they intended to secure market leadership in the semiconductor industry. The firms further noted in March that the merger would allow them to capitalize on the growing opportunities for businesses to meet demand for security, connectivity and processing. NXP says it anticipates a cost savings of $200 million during the first full year after closing the transaction, based on the merged companies' combined scale, size and global reach.

České Radiokomunikace Deploying Semtech Corp. Solution for Pipeline Measurement Tracking

Gas distributor RWE and smart meter provider Softlink have chosen to deploy an Internet of Things solution provided by Czech Internet infrastructure company České Radiokomunikace (ČRa) that consists of Semtech's LoRa technology. ČRa tested the technology this past spring. Following those tests, a pilot network was deployed in Prague and surrounding suburbs. The network employs pulse sensors on the RWE gas pipeline to capture data that is then forwarded to the ČRa cloud via the LoRa radio network. From there, the information is processed and sent to end users. The pilot network is expected to be ready for commercial operation by the end of this year, Semtech reports.

Gimbal and NanoLumens Team to Sell Platform

Mobile-engagement technology company Gimbal and LED display systems provider NanoLumens have joined forces to create new solutions that deploy Gimbal's location-intelligence platform and mobile-engagement capability, as well as NanoLumens' LED technology. The platform resulting from this partnership will include geofences and beacon-based proximity technology.

The digital display platform that the partnership will offer is intended to bridge the gap between mobile device users and brick-and-mortar stores. Solutions offered by Gimbal and NanoLumens will deliver targeted messaging to consumers on their smartphones and tablets, based on their proximity to store displays.

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