Networked Globe Briefing – 16 April 2014

Today’s IoT news leads with Zebra Technologies acquiring the enterprise operations of Motorola Mobility in order to extend the company’s reach into the Internet of Things.

In other news, Canada’s Redline Technologies is to deploy a wireless security camera network across Mexico, Conde Nast becomes the first media company to utilise instore beacons and database startup MongoDB partners with M2M smart grid analytics company Silver Spring Netrworks.

Zebra Technologies acquires Motorola’s enterprise arm

Zebra Technologies Corporation have finalised negotiations to acquire Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business for $3.45 billion in an all-cash transaction.

For Zebra, the purchase will strengthen its position in key industries including Retail, Transportation & Logistics, and Manufacturing with Motorola’s customer base including around 95 percent of the Fortune 500.

“This acquisition will transform Zebra into a leading provider of solutions that deliver greater intelligence and insights into our customers’ enterprises and extended value chains,” said Zebra’s CEO Anders Gustafsson.

The combined business would have had pro-forma sales of approximately $3.5 billion in 2013 with Zebra increasing its head count of 4,500 employees upon completing the deal.

Motorola Solutions will continue with its voice and data communication solutions for government and public safety markets and retain its intellectual property portfolio.

Conde Nast’s Epicurious becomes first media brand to use Beacons in stores

Conde Nast’s Epicurious has joined the inMarket Mobile to Mortar beacon platform to improve in-store shopping for consumers, brands and retailers.

Through its Recipes & Shopping List app, Epicurious will offer hyper-local features to its advertising partners, while adding “digital concierge” benefits to shoppers’ real-world shopping experiences.

inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar platform alerts customers’ mobiles when they are in a ‘smart store’ and can feed services to shoppers. The service is currently live in grocery and big box stores in major U.S. metro areas including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

“Without a robust app ecosystem to interact with consumers, a beacon is just a watch battery attached to a radio. We don’t sell radios. We power a platform that connects brands and shoppers when it matters. We’ve created the world’s largest platform of shoppers in store — regular people who use digital tools as part of real-world shopping — and we’re making the experience even better for them,” said Todd Dipaola, CEO and co-founder of inMarket.

MongoDB scales real-time smart grid data platform

Hot database startup MongoDB have announced that networking and solutions provider for smart energy networks of Silver Spring Networks is building on the MongoDB database to seamlessly capture and store high volumes of rapidly changing, complex machine-to-machine data for its new SilverLin Sensor Network.

The SilverLink Sensor Network produces near real-time analytics of fast moving data, as well as historical data, across a variety of parameters, such as temporal, geospatial and sensor-type, enabling utilities and application developers to extract deeper and actionable insights into energy usage patterns as they’re happening.

Silver Spring Networks will also be open to the MongoDB developer community to further accelerate development and deployment of new value-add applications that leverage Smart Grid data. Standard and new software-defined sensor components and applications will be made available to utilities, sensor network operators and consumers through the SilverLink App Store.

“The distributed M2M networks we deploy for smart grid and smart city applications capture millions of data streams that will exponentially grow as more devices are connected,“ said Charles Sum, Vice President, Software Architecture and Analytics, Silver Spring Networks.

Redline Communications expands Mexican crime fighting network

Canadian wireless networks provider Redline Communications has won a $1.7 million contract to power a wireless video surveillance network of more than 1,000 cameras in Mexico. Under this contract, Redline will provide M2M connectivity between cameras located throughout multiple cities and a central automated monitoring center.

These systems allow authorities to monitor activity in public places, improve police response time and enable better crime analysis. This contract with Redline includes the replacement of an existing smaller wired network with Redline’s wireless backbone and expanding the number of cameras 20 fold.

The deployment of the network is expected to start immediately with the first phase completed by June 2014 and a smaller second phase expected by the end of 2014.

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.