IoT News Roundup

Google seeks to push Alexa off smart-home throne with Home; Indiegogo, Arrow Electronics partner; the VA starts to eye IoT solutions for medical devices; new car router from Sierra Wireless; Lux Research says VC funding for IoT security on the rise; Autodesk brings it IoT data management to cloud-based service.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Sierra Wireless Releases New Vehicle Router
Sierra Wireless, a provider of embedded wireless devices and gateways, has released an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) vehicular Gigabit Wi-Fi router, known as the MP70, designed for mobile workforce applications, such as policing, public transportation or field services. The router supports cellular communications that are 10 times faster, and with Wi-Fi transmissions four times farther from a vehicle, than previous models. The device's Wi-Fi radio picks up data from field agents' or drivers' laptops, voice, text, digital video surveillance, body-worn camera systems, automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems, and electronic citation systems, and routes that data to the Sierra Wireless AirLink Network Management solution via a local cellular network, as long as they are inside or within 800 feet of their vehicles (the range is reduced without a clear line of sight).

The device contains I/O ports for monitoring vehicle status, such as light bars and sirens, a Global Navigation Satellite System for tracking purposes and optional AirLink telemetry to interface with the vehicle engine diagnostics. The router also supports Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The AirLink Network Management solution allows IT departments to manage data from its fleet and mobile assets, either cloud-based or at private data centers. The MP70 is now available through Sierra Wireless's authorized channel partners for US$1,049, and includes AirLink Management Service (ALMS) for three years with orders placed in 2016.

IoT Market Growth Stoking Investment in Security Startups, Lux Forecasts
Market research firm Lux Research estimates that by the end of this year, VC firms will invest $400 million in cyber-physical security startups, due to the growing interest in the technology in response to the rapid adoption of IoT technology in consumer and commercial applications. (Similar to IoT implementations, cyber-physical systems consist of physical devices integrated with—and actuated by—communication and networking technology.) This prediction is based on an increase of 78 percent, from $228 million in 2015, thus far this year.

The forecast is part of a report, titled "Cybersecurity Venture Investment in Pervasive Computing and in the IoT," which also found the following:
• Nearly half of all IoT security startups are based in the United States, with Israel also claiming a significant number (a third).
• Seventy-seven cybersecurity startups have raised $808 million since 2000.
• Rather than develop vertical solutions, the majority of startups provide horizontal security platforms applicable to a wide range of IoT devices and use cases.
• Most startups are focused on innovating device behavior analysis, network behavior analysis or a combination of the two. They are also developing new approaches to authentication and encryption in IoT environments.

Autodesk Adds IoT Data Management to Cloud Service
Product design software provider Autodesk has announced that it is adding Fusion Lifecycle (formerly called PLM 360), its cloud-based product-development software, and Fusion Connect (the renamed SeeControl, the Industrial IoT software that Autodesk acquired in 2015), to its cloud-based product-innovation platform, in which they will join Fusion 360. Fusion 360 offers product developers a range of software tools with which to perform parametric and direct modeling, mechanical engineering, drawings, visualization, simulation, machining and additive manufacturing.

The move is aimed at generating a unified product-innovation platform that encompasses how products are designed, made and used. Pricing for the combined platform has not yet been released, but Autodesk reports that it will continue to offer the three software products as separate subscriptions as well.

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