The Week In Review: IoT

SENSORO pulls in $18M; Mentor is Azure-certified; ST offers IoT kit.

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Finance
SENSORO reports receiving $18 million in Series B funding from Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Sumitomo, and Tsing Capital. Nokia Growth Partners provided $10 million in first-round financing two years ago. SENSORO, which provides Internet of Things sensor devices and network technology, was established in 2013 as part of the Microsoft Accelerator program.

Daylight Investors of Los Angeles led an investment of $6 million in 802 Secure, a San Francisco-based firm, which will use the money for continued development of its two main products, AirShield and P25CleanRF. 802 Secure specializes in IoT wireless defense.

Deals
Mentor, a Siemens Business, joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things, offering the Nucleus real-time operating system and the Yocto Project-based Mentor Embedded Linux platform, among other embedded products, software, and hardware.

ABB and IBM will collaborate on Industrial IoT technology, combining ABB Ability with IBM Watson IoT, providing artificial intelligence and machine learning technology for the factory floor and the electrical power grid.

Security
Mocana this week introduced its IoT Security Developer Kit, which combines its IoT security software modules with an Infineon Technologies OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module. The Mocana IoT Developers Kit is customized for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B development board and is available here.

Icon Labs worked with Infineon to provide IoT Certificate management for the OPTIGA TPM, enabling IoT device manufacturers to manage public key infrastructure certificates throughout the product lifecycle with OPTIGA TPM. More information is found here.

Products
Samsung Electronics has brought out the Exynos i T200 chip, an application processor for Internet of Things devices. The AP may go into volume production and full commercialization during the second quarter of this year. The chip is fabricated with a 28-nanometer process and features two high-performance microcontroller cores, on-chip security, and ancillary blocks.

STMicroelectronics introduced the STM32L4 IoT Discovery kit, which supports low-power wireless protocols and incorporates several microelectromechanical system sensors. It also has an ultra-low-power STM32L4 microcontroller and a dynamic near-field communication tag chip with a printed antenna, all on the same board. The kit is priced at $53 and available from ST and its distributors. Details here.

Cisco Systems unveiled a trio of new offerings to support the Industrial IoT. The company’s IE 4000 Switch line now supports time-sensitive networking technology. It introduced the Connected Asset Manager for IoT Intelligence visualization software tool. And Cisco debuted the Industrial Network Director for network management.