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IoT technologies will be key to not just rebuilding our industries, economies, and societies from the pandemic—but making them better than ever before.

It’s well-known that disasters often lead to the biggest advancements. Innovations that would normally take years to receive the necessary funding and overcome legal hurdles can be deployed far more quickly during, and in the aftermath of, a crisis.

Governments and investors are looking for companies with technologies...

Sigfox appoints Jeremy Prince as the company’s new CEO

Sigfox has announced the appointment of Jeremy Prince to lead operations at the global IoT network provider.

Prince replaces Ludovic le Moan who co-founded Sigfox and served as its CEO since December 2010.

“I wish the very best to Jeremy and I am confident that he will lead Sigfox to the next level” said le Moan.

Anne Lauvergeon, Chairman of Sigfox, commented:

“We have the greatest gratitude for Ludovic’s leadership of Sigfox for the past 10...

ABI Research: LoRa will lead non-cellular LPWA growth in next five years

A new report from ABI Research suggests LoRa will lead growth in non-cellular low-power wide-area (LPWA) network technology in the next five years.

The research was commissioned by Semtech Corporation and is titled ‘LoRaWAN and Multi-RAN Architecture Connecting the Next Billion IoT Devices’.

Marc Pegulu, VP of IoT Applications in Semtech’s Wireless & Sensing Products Group, said:

“LoRa and the LoRaWAN open protocol enable interoperability and...

The story of semiconductors in 2020: Why initial gloom gave way to optimism

When the coronavirus pandemic hit worldwide back in the spring, market research and analysis on the global semiconductor industry had a more than downbeat flavour to it. But now, the mood appears to have shifted.

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), at the beginning of March, noted worldwide sales for the month of January 2020 were 0.3% down from 12 months previously. Gartner had noted in its preliminary results, issued in January, that worldwide semiconductor revenue had...

Atmosic and SMK Electronics team up to make IoT device batteries last ‘forever’

California-based Atmosic Technologies and Japanese components producer SMK Electronics have announced a strategic partnership to attempt to enable 'forever battery life'.

The initiative will integrate Atmosic's M3 system-on-chip (SoC) into a range of connected devices from SMK.

Atmosic's M3 solutions are based on the Bluetooth 5 standard, with various technologies in place to aim to ensure lower and longer power. These are Lowest Power Radio, On-Demand Wakeup, and...

Shifting smart priorities amid the Covid-19 pandemic: A guide

Across the globe, governments have fast tracked the use of mobile and IoT technologies in the fight against Coronavirus. At the same time, leading cities are supporting shared bike schemes and dedicated cycle routes. They are also evaluating the viability of public transport systems where ridership has decreased by as much as 90% in some places.

As passengers gradually return to public and private sector transport systems, service providers need to deal with changed priorities....

Microsoft acquires CyberX to bolster Azure IoT security

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of IoT security specialist CyberX to beef up Azure IoT's capabilities and help customers assess their risk profile across industrial environments.

CyberX, which will complement existing Azure IoT security offerings, aims to solve two specific challenges, according to a blog post from Microsoft announcing the news. Customers need greater visibility into the IoT devices already connected to their networks, as well as manage security on...

Frank Stoecker, CEO, EMnify: On how IoT will prove mission-critical during – and after – Covid-19

As the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to be felt, many networks and services need to cope with the extra strain being put upon them. For cloud services, some are already feeling the heat - recent outages with Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and others point to that.

With regard to other companies, however, the effects are less stark. EMnify, a Berlin-headquartered provider of IoT and M2M connectivity, sees relatively stable activity on its network. Why? For the use cases that...

Thales, Telstra, Microsoft and Arduino working on scalable IoT security with GSMA standard

Thales and Telstra have collaborated with Microsoft and Arduino to implement a GSMA solution that would allow trusted and secure end-to-end communication between device and cloud in order to pave way for scalable security for connected IoT devices.

As billions of devices collect, process and send data to the cloud within the IoT ecosystem, a variety of IoT services are executed. In order to enable...

Why its time to break down boundaries to unleash the full potential of IoT

The introduction of the Global System for mobile communications (GSM) opened the door to a new era for the telecoms industry. By introducing interoperability within the ecosystem, global standardised technical interfaces were made available, new business relationships were formed and new forms of co-operation emerged.

As a result of this, today users now have the luxury of being able to choose their...