Networked Globe briefing – 28 January 2014

Partnerships and acquisitions were the main focus in M2M yesterday while Apple’s gloomy earnings forecast dominated the tech industry news and the company’s plans for iBeacon has some implications for the internet of things sector.

Apple downgrades outlook, promotes iBeacon

Computer and smartphone giant Apple fell just short of analyst expectations in their first quarter 2014 financial results, however a gloomy forecast for second quarter revenues saw the stock fall 7% during the day.

During the analyst briefing following the result’s being released, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer made some comments about iBeacon that should give the Internet of Things industry no doubt that the company sees retail tracking as a key market.

Sierra Wireless to Acquire In Motion Technology

Sierra Wireless announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire Vancouver-based In Motion for $21 million US dollars in cash.

In Motion provides ruggedised in-vehicle mobile routers with an integrated security system, management and application platform that enables organizations to connect and manage mobile operations, vehicles and workforces.

Sierra Wireless and In Motion will together provide a choice of device-to-cloud solutions for enterprise customers.

Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless, said “The Sierra Wireless and In Motion businesses are highly complementary, and together will hold a unique competitive position.”

CEO of In Motion Technology, Dean Rockwell, added “We are excited to join the Sierra Wireless team and we look forward to being able to deliver even greater value to our customers with the expansion of our solutions offering and global footprint.”

The acquisition is expected to close in early March 2014, subject to the approval of the British Columbia Supreme Court and In Motion shareholders.

Food and pharmaceuticals go on the cloud

Dutch telecommunications and ICT service provider KPN and business cold supply chain business anlalytics provider Dyzle BV have announced a collaboration to offer an integrated platform for monitoring, tracking, and providing real-time data analytics and visualization for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Dyzle’s platform is a cloud-based service that collects data such as temperature, humidity, energy consumption and CO2, analyzes that data, making it visible on a personal dashboard accessible securely over the web from any internet-enabled device.  The main purpose of delivering this data is to help customers provide undisputable evidence and proof of product quality for temperature-sensitive products.

Friedrich air conditioners partner with ThinkEco

Energy efficiency monitoring company ThinkEco and air conditioning manufacturer Friedrich have partnered to enable utilities across the US to cost-effectively bring new customers into demand side management programs.

Beginning in summer 2014, utilities will be able to use ThinkEco’s cloud platform and demand response (DR) services to incorporate connected Friedrich Kühl air conditioners directly into DR programs.  Customers can use their FriedrichLink WiFi kit to opt into available programs, allowing them to receive incentives and rebates while utilities can monitor usage.

This technology partnership is already planned for deployment in New York City, enabling Kühl owners to participate in the 2014 coolNYC program,, a demand response partnership between Con Edison and ThinkEco.

Director of Product Management at Friedrich, TJ Wheeler said, “it’s not just about turning ACs on and off, it’s also about customer engagement, accurate measurement and reporting, and recruiting and retaining customers for success in a large-scale DR program.”

Multi-Tech Systems & Aeris Communications Announce Global M2M Partnership

M2M venodrs Multi-Tech Systems and Aeris Communications have come together to provide a suite of products and services for deploying IoT solutions globally. The partnership will enable Multi-Tech customers to quickly deploy purpose built M2M applications with Aeris certified hardware and network services.

Multi-Tech Systems continues to expand its global presence with a broad portfolio of modems, routers and gateway products. The company recently announced European-specific products, including the MultiConnect™ PCIe embedded PCIe mini card communication module, a complete, ready-to-integrate communications device that offers standards-based penta-band HSPA+ 21 performance. Its reliable external devices and future-proof embedded designs are available in both GSM and CDMA to allow companies to more easily expand their IoT solutions on a global scale.

Earlier this month, Aeris announced a European expansion, claiming to be the first M2M service provider offering an end-to-end solution for any geo-market and any wireless technology – CDMA or GSM.

“Complexity is the enemy as M2M deployments expand in size, scope, and geographic reach,” said Mark Cratsenburg, Vice President of Sales for Aeris Communications. “Working together with Multi-Tech, we can attack this problem head-on with a solution that spans from the device to the application, across all geographies, and supporting all wireless technologies, delivering M2M programs that are on time and on budget.”

About the author

Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.