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Onclave Networks receives ATO from Defense Health Agency

Onclave Networks has announced it has been granted an Authority to Operate (ATO) from the Defense Health Agency (DHA), the first ever such authorisation awarded to a secure communications platform on the basis of Zero Trust. The authorisation marks a step in the adoption of stringent security standards to protect the nation’s health data amid increasing cyber threats.

Onclave is a global cybersecurity company aiming to change the future of securing IT/OT devices, systems and users, improving on the methods and technology used by the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Onclave’s TrustedPlatform is a Zero Trust-based network overlay that protects networks by cryptographically securing vulnerable OT and IoT/IoMT networks. Onclave eliminates the attack surface, prevents breaches and secures the network from malicious lateral movement.

“Receiving this ATO from the Defense Health Agency, the first of its kind awarded on the basis of Zero Trust by any federal government agency, is a significant achievement for Onclave,” said James Taylor, the CEO of Onclave Networks. “It highlights our innovative technology and our strong dedication to protecting the nation’s health systems. This milestone is crucial as it opens the door for wider acceptance of zero trust architectures within the federal government, enhancing our defence against more complex and advanced threats.”

“Onclave’s Authorisation to Operate from the Defense Health Agency will propel it forward across the federal government, hardening the nation’s most critical cybersecurity ecosystems,” said Manish Thakur, a board member of Onclave and managing partner at Option3.

Onclave expects the ATO to set a new standard for the implementation of Zero Trust across the federal government, with initial customers including the DHA, White House Communications Agency and NATO.

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July 15, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

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Matterport achieves AWS IoT Competency status

Matterport has announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Competency status. This designation underscores Matterport’s role and expertise in innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, empowering customers to use AWS for IoT and achieve their cloud transformation goals. (more…)

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July 12, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

ENGIE Vianeo and BICS partner to enhance EV charging stations with IoT connectivity

ENGIE Vianeo, the EV charging business of energy company ENGIE Group, announced on Tuesday a partnership with international communications enabler BICS to connect its charging stations to the Internet of Things (IoT). The solution will provide real-time data which allows for remote maintenance and enhanced decision-making. Partnering with BICS will deliver seamless connectivity, security and regulatory compliance to support ENGIE’s rapid European rollout plans.

As the EU aims to enhance the availability of EV stations, ENGIE Vianeo is upgrading its charger fleet by integrating real-time data for better analytics and more effective troubleshooting. Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular across Europe – new electric car registrations reached nearly 3.2 million in 2023, increasing by almost 20% from 2022. However, this is driving demand for more accessible charging infrastructure. 

Last year, the EU approved a new law to add more chargers across its member states, with specific targets for 2025 and 2030. This legislation put specific emphasis on installing stations across main highways. In response to this demand, ENGIE launched its charging business, ENGIE Vianeo, last year. 

By utilising BICS’ IoT connectivity portal ‘SIM for Things’, ENGIE is upgrading its EV charging estate into a network of IoT devices to improve efficiency, reliability, and user convenience. The solution supports remote maintenance and troubleshooting, analytics on station activity, and enables remote software and firmware updates. These are determining rating criteria recognized by the users. Previous iterations of the technology have used a ‘black box’ fitted to the stations, these would collect data but have to be physically collected and processed, while this new solution means real-time, remote data collection from the highway to ENGIE Vianeo’s European supervisory centre.  

The real-time data provided by the solution will also improve customer experience, described by ENGIE Vianeo as a ‘key element of the transition to a lower-emission mobility model.’ Users will be able to see live information, via their phone app, on nearby charger availability or the charging status of their vehicle. Answering such a need to guarantee the best charging experience leads to a significant increase in attendance. 

“The appetite for electric cars is growing across Western Europe,” Clémence Fischer, managing director at ENGIE Vianeo, said in a media statement. “We aim to meet this demand by rapidly expanding our number of charging stations. In France alone, we aim to have 12,000 charge points by the end of 2025. In Belgium, we expect to double the current number of charging stations to exceed 5,000 charge points by the same date.” 

Fischer added “Managing such a large, dispersed estate presents challenges, so alongside BICS, we’re investing in technology to give us complete visibility over our infrastructure. This will help us improve the prompt response of our services and keep stations maintained and running reliably, so they’re always ready and available when customers need them.” 

Due to the typical locations of charging stations, in built-up metropolitan areas or remote highways, mobile connectivity (as opposed to fixed fibre) is a must. BICS is making this simple for ENGIE Vianeo, providing the internet connection, the SIM cards to connect the charging stations, and its SIM for Things platform for easy setup and maintenance. While the initial rollout for these ‘connected chargers’ will focus on Belgium, they will later expand across Western Europe, including France, Italy and Spain. Around 50,000 devices are expected to be deployed as part of the collaboration.    

“IoT technology augments businesses by enabling real-time visibility across their operations, from the management of moving parts within factories to devices distributed across the globe,” says Mikael Schachne, CRO Enterprise at BICS. “Enabling EV vehicles to access charging stations anywhere is essential as we look to achieve a more efficient and carbon-neutral mobility infrastructure. We are very pleased to partner with ENGIE Vianeo to accelerate their rollout, reducing the complexity with ‘plug-and-play’ SIM connectivity to rapidly and easily connect smart chargers across Europe.”

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July 10, 2024

Posted by: Anna Ribeiro

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July 9, 2024

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KORE appoints Bruce Gordon as executive VP, COO to drive IoT operational excellence

KORE Group Holdings, an Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and pioneering IoT hyperscaler, announced on Monday that Bruce Gordon has joined as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), effective July 2, 2024. Gordon brings over three decades of technology sector experience, having held multiple significant leadership roles. 

Most recently, Gordon served as chief executive officer and executive chairman of GeoDigital, a provider of 3D services and geospatial intelligence software. Previously, at ABB Ventyx (formerly Mincom), Gordon served as senior vice president for business solutions. Prior to this, Gordon held roles of chief technology officer at Infor, an enterprise software company, overseeing technology strategy through a significant period of growth which included the acquisition and integration of 27 companies, and chief operating officer at Descartes where he was responsible for a significant business transformation.

“I am thrilled to join KORE and lead our operational strategies during this exciting period of expected growth,” Gordon said in a media statement. “With a focus on innovation and customer-centred solutions, I look forward to working with the talented team at KORE to drive operational excellence and deliver unparalleled value to our customers.”

In his new role as executive vice president and COO of KORE, Gordon will focus on enhancing operational efficiencies, fostering innovation and driving sustainable growth. His leadership will help optimise KORE’s internal processes, leverage human talent and maximise market opportunities to solidify the company’s position as a leader in IoT.

“We are delighted to welcome Bruce to the KORE executive team,” said Ron Totton, interim president and CEO of KORE. “Bruce’s extensive experience and proven track record in transforming organisations and driving growth will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and expand our offerings to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

In connection with his employment, the company made a grant to Gordon of an aggregate of 100,000 restricted stock units (RSUs), where each RSU represents the right to receive one share of the company’s common stock upon the terms and conditions of the related RSU award agreements. The grant of RSUs was offered as a material inducement to Gordon’s hiring.

The RSUs were granted by the Compensation Committee of KORE’s Board of Directors, in reliance on the employment inducement exemption under the NYSE’s Listed Company Manual Rule 303A.08, which requires public announcement of inducement awards. 

The RSUs were granted outside the KORE Group Holdings, Inc. 2021 Long-Term Stock Incentive Plan, but will be governed by the terms of the Plan as if they were issued under the Plan.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the award agreements, 10,000 RSUs shall vest on the first anniversary of the grant date, 27,500 RSUs shall vest on the second anniversary of the grant date, 27,500 RSUs shall vest on the third anniversary of the grant date, and 35,000 RSUs shall vest on the fourth anniversary of the grant date, subject to Gordon’s continuous employment or service to the company through the applicable vesting date.

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Harada and UnaBiz develop initial Sigfox 0G film antenna tracking for autos

Automotive antennas company Harada Industry has teamed with UnaBiz, a massive Internet of Things (IoT) service provider and integrator, to design and manufacture Sigfox 0G technology-based vehicle tracking solution and in-vehicle antenna for the automotive industry.

The collaboration between Harada and UnaBiz involves joint efforts from R&D teams to create a ‘Film-type Vehicle Smart Tracker,’ empowered by Sigfox 0G technology, that can be attached to the windshield of automobiles. 

The transparent film tracker will not obstruct the driver’s view, and its placement at the top of the windshield improves the radio wave environment, enhancing Sigfox 0G network reception. This retrofit tracker will be followed by fully integrated Sigfox-based solutions that automotive manufacturers can embed directly during vehicle assembly. Combined with Harada’s advanced antennas, the integrated solution will open a broad range of use cases for the industry.

Micware, a tier 1 in-vehicle platform software provider for automotive control and car navigation systems, and an existing partner of Harada will also be working with UnaBiz to develop the tracking and telemetry software platform.

Harada is located in 13 cities across 9 countries, supporting Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and the Central America markets. At the same time, UnaBiz has networks deployed in over 70 countries worldwide through its global 0G operators empowered by Sigfox 0G technology.

Keigo Harada, executive officer of Harada expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, “It is a pleasure working with the UnaBiz team to combine our expertise in radio communication technologies to advance the automotive sector. Sigfox 0G and its global footprint are powerful, yet simple and elegant LPWAN technology that are straightforward to integrate into our portfolio of vehicle products and antennas. We are committed to leading the way, driving technological innovations that provide the best products and services for our customers.”

“We are excited to work with Harada, a world-class supplier for global automakers as we see more and more Sigfox 0G technology engagements and applications in the automotive sector,” Alexis Susset, CTO of UnaBiz said. “Our automobile OEM customers in Europe and Japan are leveraging Sigfox for asset tracking, stolen vehicle recovery, and telematics. Harada’s antenna knowledge is unique and a key enabler for us to expand globally and deploy solutions tailored to the automotive sector. We couldn’t be more excited to launch such a key collaboration in an industry we look forward to supporting in its digital transformation.”

“Micware is thrilled to collaborate with Harada and UnaBiz, both leading experts in their fields, to revolutionise the future of vehicle tracking and telematics,” Takuma Segawa, executive director of Micware added. “We will contribute our deep knowledge of software and other digital tools to build industry-leading solutions and products to build modern and inspiring experiences for end-users.”

Harada and UnaBiz are set to explore various commercial strategies for the newly developed automotive products, with plans to introduce them to the market by the second half of 2024.

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July 8, 2024

Posted by: Anna Ribeiro

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Global leaders to attend Intelligent Manufacturing Kuala Lumpur 2024 summit

Intelligent Manufacturing Kuala Lumpur (IMKL) returns next week to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), from 10 – 12 July 2024. The event will bring together an international line-up of experts to guide manufacturers across the ASEAN region through key topics in industry 4.0, including generative AI, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) principles, cloud infrastructure, data centres and more. In addition to its flagship two-day conference, participants can look forward to a variety of product showcases, interactive workshops and live technology demonstrations. (more…)

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July 5, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

mioty Alliance announces ETSI TS 103 357-2 V2.1.1 update for LTNs

The mioty Alliance has announced the release of ETSI TS 103 357-2 V2.1.1, a update to the TS-UNB protocol specification for Low Throughput Networks (LTN). This new version, published in June 2024, represents a major step forward in standardising and improving LTN technologies.

Key highlights of the new specification include:

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LG Electronics acquires majority stake in Athom

LG Electronics has acquired an 80% stake in Athom to strengthen LG’s position in the smart home market. The company’s founders Stefan and Emile will stay on as executives.

With this acquisition, the Homey operating system, connectivity and partnerships that Athom has developed over the past ten years will become available to LG, instantly making LG one of the leading provider of smart home solutions worldwide.

Homey will continue as it is, with Athom remaining committed to developing Homey Cloud and Homey Pro, and keep working on an ever-expanding lineup of new products. Backed by LG’s knowledge and experience in manufacturing, partnerships and worldwide sales, Homey can now grow even faster than before. (more…)

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July 4, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

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The Business Show Asia: Empowering entrepreneurs in 2024

The Business Show is one of the world’s leading events for entrepreneurs, business owners and start-ups. Running for 25 years, The Business Show takes place in locations across the globe including London, Los Angeles, Miami and Singapore, and the team behind the event have plans to continually expand to reach more countries and markets. The Business Show aims to support entrepreneurs and start-ups by offering them the services and products they might need to run a successful business. (more…)

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July 3, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska