IoT News Roundup

Insecure IoT devices helped take down list of popular websites; Vodafone expanding connectivity offerings via satellite coverage; Jabil, Verizon Ventures invest in Verdigris; Autodesk integrates predicative maintenance software into Fusion platform; YunOS to use Gemalto identity-management services for IoT devices; Kontakt.io opens beacon showroom in Berlin; Orange Launches Datavenue Service Worldwide.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Jabil, Verizon Ventures, Back Smart Building Tech Provider Verdigris

Verdigris, a Silicon Valley-based startup that attaches sensors to electrical panels in order to track building-wide energy consumption and equipment health, has raised a $6.7 million round of funding, bringing its total funding to $16 million. One of the firm's existing investors, Jabil, a contract electronics manufacturer that operates 57 factories in 33 countries and is a Verdigris customer, led the investment. Verizon Ventures, the telecommunications company's investment arm, also contributed.

Verdigris' technology has been installed at approximately 100 buildings, primarily hotels, factories and hospitals. The firm says it will use the funds to scale manufacturing of its hardware and to meet increased customer demand. Other investors in this round include Stanford StartX Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is to support the technology-development efforts of Stanford alumnae, and individuals who have previous invested in Verdigris.

Autodesk Adds Predicative Maintenance Software Tool to Fusion

Product design software provider Autodesk and Boston-based data science software provider Nutonian are partnering to integrate Nutonian's artificial intelligence modeling engine, Eureqa, into Autodesk's Fusion Connect IoT platform. (Fusion is the Industrial IoT software that Autodesk acquired from SeeControl in 2015.)

Eureqa works by devising predictive models from raw data, and is designed to enable any user in an organization to solve data-driven business problems. With Eureqa enhancing Fusion Connect, manufacturers can analyze data collected from connected machines in order to better predict when they might fail or require maintenance. Eureqa generates alerts diagnostics dashboards that end users can access in order to not only schedule machinery maintenance but, when used as part of the Fusion platform, also track potential flaws in the design or materials used in products.

YunOS Integrating Gemalto Security Services for IoT Devices

Gemalto, a digital security services provider, is now working with YunOS, a cloud-based IoT operating system developed by Alibaba Group, the $100 billion Chinese e-commerce company, to provide connectivity and security for YunOS. The YunOS system is used to manage IoT devices in a range of applications, including connected cars and smart-home appliances. Through the partnership, YunOS will leverage Gemalto's Allynis Trusted Service Hub to deploy identity lifecycle management services for security-sensitive applications running on IoT devices.

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