IoT News Roundup

Cypress selling a Bluetooth sensor kit; French boiler manufacturer to connect heaters to Sigfox network; C3 IoT calls new customer roll; Space-Time snaps up GOFACTORY; Stratus Technologies announce smart-building software service; Samsung making $1.2 billion bet on IoT; Semios giving away the farm (soil monitor).
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 24, 2016

Cypress Announces Solar-Powered BLE Beacon Kit
Cypress, a semiconductor company that sells a range of memory and wireless component modules, is selling a kit that includes a solar-powered temperature and humidity sensor with an integrated Bluetooth radio, a USB-powered Bluetooth receiver and debug board, and the Cypress BLE-Beacon app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems and provides a graphic visualization of temperature and humidity readings in 2D or 3D. The CYALKIT-E02 Solar-Powered BLE Sensor Beacon Reference Design Kit (RDK) was created to enable system integrators or end users to design solar-powered IoT sensors that can be very small (the sensor module is 25 mm in diameter and 5.5 mm thick) and provide temperature and humidity tracking with BLE wireless connectivity. The sensor uses a super-capacitor to store energy and power the beacon for up to 30 hours in no light. The solar panel can operate indoors, with light levels as low as 100 lux.

The sensors could be useful for indoor environment tracking for indoor use or for agricultural, smart home, or industrial automation applications. Cypress is currently taking pre-orders for the kit, for $49, and says it will begin shipping them in two to three weeks.

Sigfox, e.l.m. leblanc, Partnering to Connect Boilers for Remote Monitoring
Low-power wide area network (PLWAN) provider Sigfox and French boiler manufacturer e.l.m. leblanc, have announced an agreement through which e.l.m. leblanc and its partners in France will add Sigfox radios to boilers, enabling remote control of boilers used to heat houses and other buildings, and a means for tracking their energy consumption.

The agreement marks a return to a feature that e.l.m. leblanc, which is owned by the Bosch Group, attempted to launch years ago. The company had planned to add cellular modems to their boilers to offer users to remotely monitor boiler performance, optimize their maintenance, and support preventative maintenance programs, but the technology proved to be too costly, according to a press release for that use case.

Currently, nearly 2,000,000 e.l.m. leblanc boilers are installed in France. Starting in September, the companies will add Sigfox radios to at least 100,000 of those boilers.

C3 IoT Announces Trio of Customers, Partners
C3 IoT, an IoT platform provider that earlier this year transitioned from serving only the energy industry to targeting its software to a wide range of companies, ranging from manufacturers to healthcare to financial services, has signed three different deals during the past two weeks. On June 16, it announced a strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services through which the C3 IoT platform is now fully integrated with AWS IoT, a managed cloud service that connects devices to the cloud and provides sensor status and network health data. The C3 IoT Platform uses AWS’s infrastructure and services to provision, manage and scale network components.

On June 20, C3 IoT announced that the U.S. Department of State had awarded it a multi-year contract, of a value up to $25 million. Through the contract, C3 IoT will provide the State Department its machine learning-based platform and software application suite, which the department will be able to use, in collaboration with networks of sensors, to automatically monitor, analyze, and support energy management systems across more than 22,000 State Department facilities in more than 190 countries.

Thirdly, on June 23, C3 IoT announced that ENGIE, a Fortune 500 global energy company, has selected the C3 IoT platform for a three-year minimum licensing deal, as part of ENGIE's new Digital Factory initiative in order to improve its operational performance and predictive maintenance across all of its 24 business units across the world. Through this program, ENGIE will also develop IoT-based programs to offer new products and services to its residential, business and industrial. ENGIE will use the C3 IoT platform to power its IoT initiatives across its entire enterprise.

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