IoT News Roundup

Samsung to expand smart-home position with Dacor; Libelium kits for LoRa proof-of-concept projects; Cayenne upgrade includes Arduino support; Ayyeka's water-, environmental-monitoring kits now plugged into Sigfox network; IndoorAtlas scores E.U. grant; Gartner says IoT nearly at peak hype in Africa.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Aug 12, 2016

Samsung Acquiring Luxury Appliance Maker Dacor
Samsung is growing its stake in the smart-home market. The electronics giant announced this week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Dacor, a 51-year-old American manufacturer of high-end kitchen appliances. Some of Dacor's cooking products sport integrated Wi-Fi-enabled Android tablets that run Dacor's iQ cooking app. While in the kitchen, the app can be used to access recipes or watch tutorials, but users can connect to the tablet remotely, using an Android phone, to set the oven's temperature or timers remotely.

The deal will make Dacor, which is headquartered in Southern California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America. According to a release from Samsung, the deal will result in no changes to Dacor's corporate identity or brand, nor will it impact U.S.-based manufacturing operations, which employ 240 people. Samsung did not disclose the terms of the deal, but according to The Los Angeles Times, Samsung paid more than $150 million for Dacor and was bidding against several other companies in the electronics and appliance industry, including LG and Haier.

New LoRa IoT Development Kit Built on Libelium Hardware
Spanish firm Libelium, which provides sensor networks for smart-city applications, and Loriot, a Swiss IoT software provider, along with radio module manufacturer Semtech, have co-developed an IoT development kit comprising a gateway and 10 sensor devices that communicate over the LoRa protocol for a low-power, long-range wide-area network (LPWAN). It also includes application software and a subscription to Loriot's cloud-based LoRaWAN network. The development kit is optimized for proof-of-concept projects for smart-city, security, environmental-monitoring or smart-agriculture applications. It is available for use in North America, operating at 915 MHz, or in Europe, operating at 868 MHz. The kit can be purchased online for €5,200 ($5,811).

Cayenne Upgrade Includes Arduino Support
MyDevices, which sells software that uses protocol translators to connect devices virtually to an end user's applications or platforms, has formed a partnership with open-source hardware provider Arduino, through which Cayenne, myDevice's drag-and-drop IoT network-development tool, includes support for Arduino development boards. Cayenne lets users link Arduino microcontrollers to myDevice's secure cloud and then control actuators, as well as visualize sensor data through the myDevice web dashboard or smartphone app.

The companies say comparison tests conducted by HexCorp, a product design consulting firm, showed that a developer could build an Arduino-based sensor with a temperature sensor and an LED light bulb six times faster when using Cayenne than without the drag-and-drop tool.

Ayyeka, Sigfox Forge Partnership
Ayyeka, a Jerusalem-based provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions—specifically for water and wastewater management. as well as for environmental monitoring—has announced that Sigfox, a provider of long-range, low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technology, has certified Ayyeka's remote-monitoring system as a network partner. Through this channel partnership, the two firms are currently developing a pilot program that will take place in San Francisco. The details have not yet been disclosed.

For the past few years, Sigfox has been deploying infrastructure to build out its network across 23 countries. Sigfox uses an ultra-narrow-band radio frequency protocol—meaning it relies on very narrow slices of the unlicensed Industrial Scientific Medical (ISM) frequency band—and operates at 868 MHz in Europe and the 902 MHz band in the United States.

Ayyeka, which initially relied only on cellular modems integrated into its devices to transmit data, has also successfully integrated support of LPWAN technology compliant with the LoRa Alliance.

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