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).
Space-Time Insight Acquires IIoT Service Provider GOFACTORY
Cratus and Fujitsu Partner on BlueBrain Edge Processing Unit
The BlueBrain is available now and is compliance with the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. An upgraded version, compliant with the Bluetooth 5.0 standard, will be available by year's end. Gunay says Cratus plans to work with Fujitsu to integrate more radios into the BlueBrain, including a sub-GHz radio, for long-range applications, and an NFC module, for access control applications.
Building Management Virtualization from Stratus Technologies
"Environmental controls [in buildings] are consolidating so that HVAC, air-quality control, and other environmental sensors such as carbon dioxide monitors and smoke detectors are all software-driven. Thanks to the IoT, these endpoints [communicate] over a central network," says Jason Andersen, vice president of business line management, Stratus Technologies. Through the Always-On service, he says, a building manager can choose to virtualize the building management system and avoid having to run, maintain, and monitor as many as 10 different servers at the building.
Stratus Always-On Infrastructure for Smart Buildings is available now, through system integrators Johnson Controls, Tyco, Schneider and Siemens.
Samsung Making $1.2 Billion Investment in IoT
The investment is part of what Samsung calls its vision for "Human-Centered IoT," which highlights the use of IoT technologies to aid in home healthcare services, particularly for aging individuals. Kwon called on industry peers to focus on the use of open, standardized technology to ensure interoperability of hardware and software, across industries.
The CEO also announced that Samsung is a co-founder of a newly launched program, hosted by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), called the National IoT Strategy Dialogue. He described this program as a means for educating policy makers on the ways in which IoT technologies could benefit individuals, communities, innovators and the U.S. economy.
Semios Offering Free Two-Year Moisture Sensing Service
"Water shortages have been tough for farmers. By fine-tuning irrigation to where and when it is most needed, farmers can protect their crops from drought conditions and time the irrigation sets throughout the season to enhance growing conditions,” says CEO Michael Gilbert.
The Soil Moisture Module is designed to conserve water and fertilizers by ensuring irrigation flows do not continue beyond the root zone and that crops do not suffer from a deficit of water.
Through this offer, Semios will deliver, install and service its soil moisture solution demo station to customers for two years at no charge. But the moisture module is part of Semios' larger controller and sensor network, designed to provide fruit and tree nut farmers remote access to conditions in their fields. Therefore, customers using the free service would need to purchase these other Semios products and services, which provide pest management, disease control, and alerts to prevent frost damage.
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