IoT News Roundup
Comcast, AT&T each announce IoT pilots; Xenio Systems stands alone; CEL adds voice, low-latency features to smart-building platform; HID, Intel each launch smart-building products; Verizon takes IoT to the skies.
Oct 07, 2016—
AT&T, Comcast Each Announce IoT Pilot Projects
Also on Wednesday, AT&T reported that it is building a network using LTE-M cellular technology in San Francisco, on which it will launch a pilot program next month. A variant of long-term evolution (LTE) technology, LTE-M is optimized for low data transmissions and long battery life, to support machine-to-machine communications. It supports data rates of up to 1 megabyte per second using 1.4 MHz of spectrum. AT&T said in a press release that a number of technology partners that have created LTE-M (also called Cat-M1) modules will be involved in the test, including Sierra Wireless and u-blox.
According to AT&T, five companies will participate in the pilot: Badger Meter and Capstone Metering will test the network to support communications with water meters; CalAmp will evaluate the network for connected vehicle applications; PepsiCo will test vending machine applications on the network; and Samsung will test the use of connected consumer devices, including wearables.
AT&T also announced this week that it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to preconfigure AT&T devices to send data for storage to the AWS cloud, via AWS's IoT applications. The objective is to improve the data's security and reliability.
Xenio Systems Spins Out from Bridgelux
Reza Raji, who founded and led smart-home IoT platform provider iControl Networks (which Comcast acquired earlier this year), serves as Xenio Systems' CEO. Currently, Xenio Systems has just under 20 employees.
Though independent, the company will continue to work with Bridgelux to source and develop its products. Retail beacon applications for location-based services and marketing are Xenio Systems' initial market focus, but the firm is also eyeing lighting and beacon applications in health care and other industries.
CEL Launches Cortet IoT Wireless Connectivity Platform
CEL's Cortet radios modules are compliant with the ZigBee or Thread protocols, but are also available with CEL's proprietary MeshConnect protocol, which is built on the IEEE 801.14.5 communications standard. The Cortet App, which can be white-labeled, is designed to control a local network of devices directly, through an IP bridge, when inside a building. It can also control those devices remotely, via Cortet's cloud-based platform.
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