IoT News Roundup

Juniper Research warns that IoT botnets present huge cybersecurity risk; NXT-ID chooses Nordic Semiconductor's wireless BLE and NFC module for smart cards, wearables; TrackNet secures series A investment to develop, deploy IoT solutions; Eir Business releases IoT store built on Asavie platform; Digi International intros embedded modem; Kony helps KMC Controls launch mobile app with IoT technology; Silicon Labs acquires Wi-Fi company Zentri; Frost & Sullivan announces Technology Innovation Award for Antenna Company.
By Rich Handley

Silicon Labs Acquires Wi-Fi Company Zentri
Silicon Labs has announced the acquisition of Zentri, a provider of low-power, cloud-connected Wi-Fi technologies for the Internet of Things. Zentri helps customers securely connect and manage products across a range of industrial, commercial and consumer applications.

Zentri's combination of modules, embedded and cloud software, application programming interfaces and tools are designed to enable the rapid development of secure IoT end-node products within a matter of weeks. By eliminating the need for wireless design expertise and providing a library of cloud-connected applications, Zentri allows IoT device makers to focus on differentiating their products and speeding time to market.

"Silicon Labs is proud to join forces with Zentri," said Tyson Tuttle, Silicon Labs's CEO, in a prepared statement. "This acquisition builds upon our strategy to deliver comprehensive, multiprotocol silicon and software solutions to securely connect IoT products to the cloud. Zentri's Wi-Fi expertise, software and tools will extend our multiprotocol connectivity portfolio to a wider range of power-sensitive IoT end node applications."

Frost & Sullivan Announces Technology Innovation Award for Antenna Company
Frost & Sullivan has presented Antenna Company with its Technology Innovation Award for advanced antennas for wireless communications. Frost & Sullivan reports that the rollout of new wireless standards is driving an increase in the number of multi-band antennas per system, while product form factors continue to shrink.

With the award, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Antenna Company's patented SuperShape technology, designed to enable antenna systems to overcome the challenges associated with the integration of multiple antennas into consumer and enterprise applications. SuperShape technology combines 2D and 3D optimization of antenna geometries with engineered polymer materials, the company indicates, in order to create dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) systems with high efficiency, isolation and coverage.

"Antenna Company is honored to receive this award from Frost & Sullivan," said David Favreau, Antenna Company's CEO, in a prepared statement. "The award recognizes the scalability of SuperShape technology across multiple applications where data throughput, extended coverage, or streaming video performance is critical."

Antenna Company is currently working with customers to integrate its technology into products such as Wi-Fi routers, set-top boxes, home gateways, notebook PCs, outdoor access points and telematics devices. "Antenna Company has successfully demonstrated the benefits of its technology for Wi-Fi and GPS applications," said Jabez Mendelson, a senior research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, in the prepared statement. "In addition to those examples, we see strong potential for the application of Antenna Company's technology in the emerging 5G market to help improve network capacity and coverage."

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