The Week In Review: IoT

VMware strikes IoT alliances with 6 companies; Intel debuts 2 IoT SSDs with 3D NAND; Synopsys helps Gridbee achieve first-pass silicon.


VMware this week announced Internet of Things strategic alliances with Bayshore Networks, Dell, Deloitte Digital, Intwine Connect, PTC, and V5 Systems. IDC estimates IoT spending will reach almost $1.3 trillion by 2019. “IoT is said to be the largest addressable market since the advent of the Internet, and the true potential of IoT has yet to be realized in the enterprise. As a company that has been delivering technology innovations to enterprises for nearly 20 years, we will leverage our core strengths around device management, operational analytics and security to help bring specific IoT offerings to customers,” Bask Iyer, VMware’s chief information officer and general manager, IoT, said in a statement.

SIGFOX has collaborated with myDevices to offer the Cayenne drag-and-drop Internet of Things project builder to its partners. “myDevices is a perfect fit for our ecosystem partners of device makers, systems integrators, semiconductor manufacturers and end-users,” Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Partners, said in a statement. He added, “Their agile and easy-to-use IoT project builder and platform enhances our partners’ ability to connect the dots and make IoT a reality for industries including smart city, agriculture, building intelligence, and infrastructure control.”

Intel brought out two new solid-state drives with 3D NAND flash memory devices for the Internet of Things market. The Intel SSD E 6000p Series is aimed at digital signage and point-of-sale devices. The Intel SSD E 5420s Series offers an added layer of data protection, according to the chipmaker.

Gridbee Communications reported winning first-pass silicon success for its integrated Internet of Things secure wireless communications chip design using Synopsys DesignWare ARC EM6 Processor. “To meet the profitability and reliability targets of the industrial IoT market, it is imperative that we develop secure, power-efficient and reliable plug-and-play wireless communication solutions that are easy for our customers to deploy,” Stephane Laurent, Gridbee’s chief business development officer, said in a statement, adding, “Synopsys’ ARC EM processors are highly configurable and offer extremely low power consumption. ARC’s hardware advantages, combined with the available security features and software development tools, enable us to deliver tailored solutions that address the evolving challenges of IoT communications.”

The IEEE has scheduled its third annual World Forum on Internet of Things for December 12-14 in Reston, Va. Vinton Cerf, Google’s Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, will be a keynote speaker at the conference.

Market Research
Business Insider names Honeywell, Hitachi, Comcast, and T-Mobile as leading companies that will benefit from spending on Internet of Things technology. BI Intelligence forecasts there will be 34 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, compared with 10 billion last year. Of that 34 billion, IoT devices will represent 24 billion, with the remaining 10 billion being traditional computing devices, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and tablet computers.