Google is a United States-headquartered, multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of its profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results.Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares but control 56 of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. Its mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," and its unofficial slogan was "Don't be evil." In 2004, Google moved to its new headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex.Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine. It offers online productivity software including email , a cloud storage service , an office suite and a social networking service . Desktop products include applications for web browsing, organizing and editing photos, and instant messaging. The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system and the browser-only Chrome OS for a netbook known as a Chromebook. Google has moved increasingly into communications hardware: it partners with major electronics manufacturers in the production of its "high-quality low-cost" Nexus devices and acquired Motorola Mobility in May 2012. In 2012, a fiber-optic infrastructure was installed in Kansas City to facilitate a Google Fiber broadband service.The corporation has been estimated to run more than one million servers in data centers around the world ; and to process over one billion search requests, and about 24 petabytes of user-generated data, each day .In December 2013 Alexa listed google.com as the most visited website in the world. Numerous Google sites in other languages figure in the top one hundred, as do several other Google-owned sites such as YouTube and Blogger. Its market dominance has led to prominent media coverage, including criticism of the company over issues such as search neutrality, copyright, censorship, and privacy. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 25, 2017
SPARTAN CLOUD is First Product Released, Enables Secure Connection to Major Cloud Platforms Based on Transport Layer Security (TLS) SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - May 25, 2017) - Intrinsic ID, a leading provider of authentication technology for Internet of Things security and other embedded applications, today announced the availability of SPARTAN™, a family of authentication solutions for IoT devices. SPARTAN enables device makers for the first time to ensure authentication based on digital identities derived from the silicon fingerprint of a chip that can be created at any point in the supply chain. "SPARTAN is the logical next piece in our IoT security portfolio," said Pim Tuyls, chief executive officer of Intrinsic ID. "SPARTAN builds on the key creation capabilities of our BROADKEY product and the key provisioning of CITADEL to deliver strong, hardware-based authentication instantiated in software, which therefore escapes the availability, scalability and cost limitations that plague traditional security methods such as secure elements. This approach takes into account principles for IoT security issued by the Department of Homeland Security last year." In November 2016 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced issuance of Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Version 1.0, which highlights approaches and suggested practices to fortify the security of the IoT and equip stakeholders to make responsible and risk-based security decisions as they design, manufacture, and use internet-connected devices and systems. The first member of the SPARTAN product family is SPARTAN CLOUD, which is available immediately. SPARTAN CLOUD is embedded security software for IoT devices to establish a secure Transport Layer Security (TLS)-based connection to major cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and Google Cloud Platform. It provides seamless integration with cloud-connected applications via a library based on the MQTT messaging protocol. Use cases include cloud-based data collection and processing from trusted IoT sensor nodes; smart home devices controlled from the cloud; smart city infrastructure; and smart health monitoring services. SPARTAN CLOUD offers several advantages over traditional methods applied to similar use cases. The strong, SRAM PUF-derived chip identity means the chip cannot be cloned by copying non-volatile memory (NVM) information from one chip to another. No sensitive data is stored in NVM so the device's private key is reconstructed on the fly from SRAM PUF. Since standard SRAM memory is used, the solution can be widely deployed in nearly any digital chip. The reconstructed private key is used directly by the Transport Layer Security (TLS) stack for client authentication towards the cloud server. The solution integrates seamlessly with the MQTT protocol library that is offered by the cloud provider to connect to its services. Intrinsic ID partners have expressed enthusiasm at the SPARTAN announcement. "The integration of Intrinsic ID's SRAM PUF technology in our eSecure module has resulted in very successful custom security development," said Thierry Watteyne, chief executive officer of Barco Silex. "I expect the extension of Intrinsic ID expertise which resulted in the SPARTAN authentication product family to benefit both our partnership and service to mutual customers." "Authentico and Intrinsic ID have both focused on taking new approaches to longtime security issues, and the development of SPARTAN demonstrates their innovative mindset," said Philip Lundin, chief executive officer of Authentico. "We at Authentico are focused on bringing traditional password security to a much higher level by implementing state-of-the-art protected password storage schemes based on SRAM PUF. We look forward to working with the Intrinsic ID team to apply SRAM PUF to protect human authentication based on passwords." "The need to guarantee the authenticity of IoT devices is bringing intense pressure to device and system manufacturers, and that pressure will only continue to increase," Tuyls said. "Device authentication must be both certain and cost effective as IoT devices continue to become not only more ubiquitous, but more critical." SPARTAN utilizes Intrinsic ID's SRAM Physical Unclonable Function -- or SRAM PUF -- technology that forms the basis for other Intrinsic ID products. SRAM PUF technology extracts a chip's silicon fingerprint and derives from it a cryptographic root key, which is unique to a particular SRAM and hence a particular chip. Intrinsic ID products utilize the root key to derive additional cryptographic keys that serve as the foundation for ensuring a device's security. Forthcoming members of the SPARTAN family include SPARTAN LIGHT, a small-footprint embedded authentication solution for securing an identity between a chip and a host. SPARTAN LIGHT embodies a number of advantages over traditional authentication -- it is more secure because it contains no sensitive data in the chip's NVM, and is unclonable because copying the NVM content does not copy the key. Because it works with standard SRAM, available in nearly any digital chip, it can be deployed widely. Furthermore it imposes only a small footprint on the authenticating device and therefore bears a low cost. Use cases include sensor authentication; microcontroller authentication; engine control unit (ECU) authentication, particularly suitable to automotive applications; and consumable authentication, applicable for batteries. Other future members of the SPARTAN product family include SPARTAN BROADCAST, tailored to protection of broadcast data based on asymmetric cryptography, and SPARTAN SECURE CHANNEL, which provides mutual authentication between chips as part of establishing a Secure Authenticated Channel, a method of transferring data which is resistant to overhearing and tampering. SPARTAN CLOUD is available now and will be demonstrated at Intrinsic ID's Spring Security Summit today in Mountain View. Intrinsic ID is the world's leading digital authentication company for the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded applications. It is the inventor of SRAM Physical Unclonable Function, or SRAM PUF, leveraging manufacturing variations in semiconductors to create unique IDs and keys to authenticate chips, data, devices and systems. Through its flexibility, scalability and low implementation cost, Intrinsic ID products address the security needs of the fast-growing IoT market. Its solutions are used to validate payment systems, secure connectivity, authenticate sensors, and protect sensitive government and military data and systems. Intrinsic ID's award recognition includes the EU 2016 Innovation Radar Prize, which honors high-potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research. Intrinsic ID's SRAM PUF technology has been proven in millions of devices and in products that have passed certification by Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL6+), EMVCo, Visa and multiple governments. Visit Intrinsic ID online at www.Intrinsic-ID.com. Intrinsic ID, the Intrinsic ID logo, BROADKEY, CITADEL and SPARTAN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intrinsic ID, Inc., and are protected by trademark laws of the United States and other jurisdictions. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
News Article | May 11, 2017
Receive press releases from Digital Management, Inc.: By Email DMI Acquires Lochbridge and Enters the Connected Car and IoT Market DMI Acquires Market Leader Lochbridge and Launches Business Centered on the Connected Car , IoT and Big Data Analytics Bethesda, MD, May 11, 2017 --( Through proven and award-winning deployments for some of the most ambitious adopters of connectivity, Lochbridge has enabled more than $1.5 billion in new annual revenues for its clients. Together, the companies will help organizations across industries rethink how they use mobility and digital solutions to better serve their end customers. As we enter an era where there will be 50 billion connected devices, the know-how to connect and operate across the Internet of Things will be critical to how companies compete. Lochbridge has delivered first-ever business solutions for connecting devices: · Unparalleled experience in connected vehicles: The Company was a pioneer in developing and deploying connected car solutions, growing quickly within the automotive and manufacturing space. Lochbridge has since brought its depth of experience and learning to additional industries such as financial services, public sector and healthcare. · Monetizing a connected world: Lochbridge is a critical acquisition as DMI continues to partner with its clients to conceive and deliver a new breed of connected services. With the advent of IoT, DMI aims to help clients expand the types of devices they rely on to engage customers, enable their employees, drive operational efficiencies and create new revenue opportunities. · Impact with the biggest innovators: Together, DMI and Lochbridge have helped some of world’s top brands create new service offerings leveraging their connected vehicles and advanced analytics, including Tennant Company, Covenant Transport, and five of the top automotive OEMs in the world. Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO, said, “Organizations across industries are actively seeking new ways to engage their customers wherever, whenever and however they want and to monetize those interactions. DMI’s acquisition of Lochbridge is a natural extension of our mission to help our customers win in a connected world. With our depth in mobility, commerce, analytics and modernizing platforms for the connected world, we are well positioned to be the partner of choice for our customers on this journey.” Romil Bahl, Lochbridge president and CEO, said, “Lochbridge has focused on digital innovation and our ability to engineer a connected world. Through connectivity, extraction and analytics, we create a ‘sixth sense’ into businesses and products. This excites customers with new connected experiences and delivers new sources of revenue and cost savings. What excites me is that DMI and Lochbridge together represent the world’s only mobility + IoT + digital services company, underpinned by best-in-class analytics.” About DMI: DMI, the world’s first end-to-end mobility company, combines all the skills and services necessary to deliver mobile enterprise solutions. Built to reinvent business through mobility, DMI has expertise in mobile strategy, UX, web, and app development, omni-channel commerce, brand and marketing, big data management and analytics, and secure device and app management. The company’s unique, integrated approach to mobility has resulted in dramatic growth as well as an expanding client base, which includes hundreds of Fortune 1000 commercial clients and all fifteen U.S. Federal Departments. Additional information is available at www.dminc.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. PR Contacts: US Adriana Saldana Nadel Phelan, Inc. 831-440-2415 firstname.lastname@example.org International Laura Cahill AxiCom +2083924071 email@example.com Corporate Stacy Greiner DMI 240-200-5878 firstname.lastname@example.org Bethesda, MD, May 11, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Today DMI, a global leader in end-to-end mobility solutions, announced the acquisition of Detroit-based Lochbridge, a market leader in bringing IoT solutions to the automotive, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing sectors.Through proven and award-winning deployments for some of the most ambitious adopters of connectivity, Lochbridge has enabled more than $1.5 billion in new annual revenues for its clients. Together, the companies will help organizations across industries rethink how they use mobility and digital solutions to better serve their end customers. As we enter an era where there will be 50 billion connected devices, the know-how to connect and operate across the Internet of Things will be critical to how companies compete.Lochbridge has delivered first-ever business solutions for connecting devices:· Unparalleled experience in connected vehicles: The Company was a pioneer in developing and deploying connected car solutions, growing quickly within the automotive and manufacturing space. Lochbridge has since brought its depth of experience and learning to additional industries such as financial services, public sector and healthcare.· Monetizing a connected world: Lochbridge is a critical acquisition as DMI continues to partner with its clients to conceive and deliver a new breed of connected services. With the advent of IoT, DMI aims to help clients expand the types of devices they rely on to engage customers, enable their employees, drive operational efficiencies and create new revenue opportunities.· Impact with the biggest innovators: Together, DMI and Lochbridge have helped some of world’s top brands create new service offerings leveraging their connected vehicles and advanced analytics, including Tennant Company, Covenant Transport, and five of the top automotive OEMs in the world.Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO, said, “Organizations across industries are actively seeking new ways to engage their customers wherever, whenever and however they want and to monetize those interactions. DMI’s acquisition of Lochbridge is a natural extension of our mission to help our customers win in a connected world. With our depth in mobility, commerce, analytics and modernizing platforms for the connected world, we are well positioned to be the partner of choice for our customers on this journey.”Romil Bahl, Lochbridge president and CEO, said, “Lochbridge has focused on digital innovation and our ability to engineer a connected world. Through connectivity, extraction and analytics, we create a ‘sixth sense’ into businesses and products. This excites customers with new connected experiences and delivers new sources of revenue and cost savings. What excites me is that DMI and Lochbridge together represent the world’s only mobility + IoT + digital services company, underpinned by best-in-class analytics.”About DMI:DMI, the world’s first end-to-end mobility company, combines all the skills and services necessary to deliver mobile enterprise solutions. Built to reinvent business through mobility, DMI has expertise in mobile strategy, UX, web, and app development, omni-channel commerce, brand and marketing, big data management and analytics, and secure device and app management. The company’s unique, integrated approach to mobility has resulted in dramatic growth as well as an expanding client base, which includes hundreds of Fortune 1000 commercial clients and all fifteen U.S. Federal Departments. Additional information is available at www.dminc.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.PR Contacts:USAdriana SaldanaNadel Phelan, Inc.email@example.comInternationalLaura CahillAxiComfirstname.lastname@example.orgCorporateStacy GreinerDMI240email@example.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Digital Management, Inc.
News Article | March 1, 2017
Dublin, March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Security Solutions to Expand Smart IoT Markets" report to their offering. The report Security solutions to expand smart IoT markets analyzes the Internet of Things (IoT) security business opportunity. Service providers rely on IoT solutions to reach new efficiencies and performance optimization along with the introduction of new big data analytics. Although the potential benefits are undeniable, today most IoT systems lack adapted security architectures to face the risks of a connected world. IoT complexity demands the implementation of security solutions from end-to-end of the value chain. The report focuses on secure IoT opportunities in six market segments (smart home, consumer devices, automotive, smart cities, industrial IoT and healthcare). It analyzes major trends and challenges, the IoT security architecture and security solutions available, the value chain as well as the positioning and business models of the multiple stakeholders in this industry. Standardization, interoperability, regulation and privacy issues, among others, are also discussed. The report forecasts secure IoT device shipments and their installed base in six market segments between 2017 and 2022. In each market segment, shipments are also calculated according to the type of security solution adopted (i.e. software, hybrid or hardware.) Moreover, product and services revenues are also computed for each segment during the forecast period. This report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years (2017-2022). Security solutions to expand smart IoT markets forecasts secure IoT device shipments and their installed base in six market segments. In each market segment, shipments are also calculated according to the type of security solution adopted (i.e. software, hybrid or hardware.) Moreover, product and services revenues are also computed for each segment over the forecast period. Key Topics Covered: 1. Introduction 2. IoT definition 3. IoT devices' functions 4. IoT components 5. IoT segmentation 6. Trends and drivers 7. Challenges 8. Connectivity 9. Value chain 10. Stakeholders 11. Why we need IoT security 12. What to do with IoT data? 13. Privacy 14. Business model 15. Standardization and interoperability 16. Certification 17. Regulation 18. Market trends and forecasts 19. Final remarks 20. Companies and organizations - AIOTI - AT&T - Able Device - Actility - Amazon - Apple - Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) - CNRFID - Cisco - ECSO - ETSI - Eurosmart - GSMA - Gemalto - Giesecke & Devrient - GlobalPlatform - Google - Industrial Internet Consortium - Infineon - Inside Secure - Intel - Internet of Things Security Foundation - LoRa Alliance - NXP Semiconductors - Oberthur Technologies - oneM2M - Oracle - Praetorian - Prpl Foundation - ST Microelectronics - Safran - Sierra Wireless - Sigfox - Trusted Objects - Wisekey For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/lf97hk/security
News Article | February 22, 2017
KIRKLAND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) welcomes industry leaders from Google, Garmin, Toyota, Indiegogo, and more as speakers at the fourth annual Bluetooth World event. These top Internet of Things (IoT) innovators will anchor a refreshed Bluetooth World format offering attendees a unique opportunity to experience the power and potential of Bluetooth and see the IoT in action. You can join the Bluetooth SIG, groundbreaking developers, and these industry-leading speakers from 28-29 March 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. “The IoT is so much more than just a sensor in a device – it’s a movement that has the potential to transform our lives,” said Katy Scheck, Director of Marketing, Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth World 2017 is a celebration of this transformation, blending hands-on experiences of today’s best products with a look at the future of Bluetooth in the IoT.” Attend the 22,000-square-foot interactive exhibit for free, or get full access to the two-day event, including forward-thinking keynotes, developer workshops with live training, and networking sessions, for only $50. This year’s event will celebrate the designs, products, and devices that are paving the way in our connected world and inspire developers to create the 'next big success story'. Bluetooth World 2017 will showcase the latest IoT innovations ranging from health, fitness and wearables to automotive, smart home, and audio, through a number of interactive features including: Smart Home Zone Get hands-on with the most innovative smart lighting and consumer goods on the market and enjoy in-depth technical conversations with Qualcomm, ARM, and more. Audio Zone Explore the latest in Bluetooth speakers, headphones, hearing aids, and other medical devices, and find inspiration from the likes of Mindtree and Cambridge Consultants to create your own Bluetooth hearable. Health and Fitness Zone Experience the latest innovations and future of connected health and fitness devices in our interactive Bluetooth health and fitness center and gaming area. Automotive Zone Peek under the hood of a Tesla Model X P90 and get hands on with a range of connected car tools from Teledyne LeCroy. Testing Stations Test the performance and interoperability of your product, completely free of charge, to ensure it meets the Bluetooth SIG’s standards and regulatory requirements. “The IoT is on the cusp of radically changing how many industries operate, and Bluetooth is key to these industries reaching full potential,” said Cassia Networks founder and CEO, and Bluetooth World Exhibitor, Felix Zhao. “We are looking forward to interacting with the wide range of developers, start-ups, engineers, and CTOs and celebrating the new frontiers Cassia and the other Bluetooth World exhibitors and attendees are exploring throughout the IoT.” See the full Bluetooth World agenda here: https://bluetoothworldevent.com/bluetooth-world-2017-agenda Exhibition and press/analyst passes are free, and all-access content passes are just $50: https://bluetoothworldevent.com/register If you’re interested in exhibiting your latest IoT innovations, visit: https://bluetoothworldevent.com/exhibit For partnership and sponsorship information, speaking opportunities, or any general show, marketing, or press inquiries, visit: https://bluetoothworldevent.com/contact Bluetooth is the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity. Propelled by a global community of more than 30,000 companies, Bluetooth serves to unify, harmonize, and drive innovation in the vast range of connected devices all around us. Through collective creation and shared technical standards, Bluetooth simplifies, secures and enriches the technology experience of users worldwide
News Article | February 21, 2017
COLOMBES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, and Omoove, a company by Octo Telematics, a European leader in providing innovative technological solutions dedicated to shared mobility, today announced that they are joining forces to transform user experience and increase security for car sharing services. The two companies will present EasyOpen, a service powered by OT’s Secure IOT Cloud that transforms smartphones into car keys, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. EasyOpen combines OT’s expertise in secure service enablement for smartphones and wearable devices with Omoove’s multiple years of experience in car sharing platforms and on-board technology. Until now, the majority of car sharing fleet systems relied on direct communication between components installed in vehicles and a central management system. These purely online systems tended to create latencies for the users, and potentially made the vehicles vulnerable to illicit use. To offer a superior level of reliability and solve latency issues, EasyOpen introduces the use of a smartphone with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to quickly and safely manage access to vehicles enabling users to directly interact with the vehicle using a device they already own, even if their smartphone is out of range of network coverage or runs out of battery. The service can also be extended to any wearable device equipped with an eSE (embedded Secure Element) supporting NFC technology. Relying on OT’s Secure IOT Cloud, EasyOpen ensures strong authentication of the user’s smartphone and secure provisioning and storage of the digital keys in its eSE from the enrolment to the effective use of the service. In practice, it will provide an extremely simple, intuitive and fast user experience. After initially registering to the service through the EasyOpen application provided by Omoove, users will be able to immediately find vehicles in the area using their smartphone and book the one of their choice. Digital keys will be sent remotely and in a secure way via OT’s Secure IOT Cloud to the user’s device. The user will simply have to place the smartphone close to the windshield to unlock the door. OT’s eSE equipping the NFC receiver installed in the cars will then ensure the secure communication between the user’s device and the car and will also enable the remote management of the access rights at the car level. In case of device loss or theft, the digital key will be disabled remotely to avoid misuse. “OT is a strategic supplier both to mobile device makers and to the car industry. As such we have a natural position to build the trusted and secured link between smartphones and cars. Octo Telematics has already established its capability and legitimacy to deploy car services at scale in the Usage-Based Insurance sector and we are really pleased to team-up with them as they now ambition to reinvent the car sharing experience.” said Viken Gazarian, Deputy Managing Director of Connected Device Makers business at OT. “As a pioneer and leader of Insurance Telematics, Octo places innovation at the heart of its growth. The agreement between Octo and Oberthur Technologies allows us to leverage the mutual expertise in automotive solutions and IoT applications, where both companies are investing, and to cover the needs of the emerging sharing mobility market for fleet managers or car sharing operators. Digitalizing and securing the keys in end-users’ devices is the first achievement of the agreement, led by Omoove, focused on shared mobility solutions, and OT, a field-proven expert in securing digital services covering a wide range of smartphones and wearable devices, as well as the automotive space. This is a key asset to offer a ready-to-use and fully-secured solution to Omoove customers, supported by cutting edge technologies, serving a strong and unique user experience” said Giuseppe Zuco, CEO at Omoove and Octo Telematics co-founder. No keys, no card, you only need a smartphone to open the car and start the journey! Discover the service at the Mobile World Congress on OT’s booth, Hall 6 Stand 6H30. Omoove is the European leader in providing innovative technological solutions dedicated to sharing mobility. Its proven cloud platform enables the rapid development of new mobility offers to its clients: insurance companies, fleet managers, car makers and car sharing operators and corporate car sharing. Omoove operates more than 10 car sharing services in 14 cities with about 3,500 cars and scooters, 600,000 registered users and more than 370,000 rentals per month. Founded in 2001, Omoove part and is wholly owned by Octo Telematics, the largest and most experienced insurance telematics company in the world for number of registered users and managed vehicles. The company is headquartered in Rome with offices in France, Spain, UK, Germany and the United States. www.omoove.com OT is a world leader in embedded digital security that protects you when you connect, authenticate or pay. OT is strategically positioned in high growth markets and offers embedded security software solutions for “end-point” devices as well as associated remote management solutions to a huge portfolio of international clients, including banks and financial institutions, mobile operators, authorities and governments, as well as manufacturers of connected objects and equipment. OT employs over 6 500 employees worldwide, including almost 700 R&D people. With a global footprint of 4 regional secure manufacturing hubs and 39 secure service centers, OT’s international network serves clients in 169 countries. For more information: www.oberthur.com Download The M World, All you need to know about the latest trends of the Mobility world, available on AppStore and Google Play www.oberthur.com/themworld
News Article | February 28, 2017
Race to dominate internet of things sector amid strong competition from tech firms London, February 28th, 2017: The latest market report from technology M&A advisory firm, Hampleton Partners, reveals soaring deal values in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector bolstered by strong interest from telecoms investors fighting to gain a foothold in the rapidly growing market. The IoT M&A report, which covers mergers and acquisitions in the period between July 2014 and December 2016, shows that deal values were driven by landmark deals such as Softbank's $32 billion acquisition of ARM and Verizon's $2.4 billion purchase of Fleetmatics, both of which topped 2016 deal tables. For the whole IoT sector, the trailing 30-month median revenue multiple rose to 4.0x, after hovering between 3.4x and 3.6x during the period. Top acquirers ARM and Intel tied in first place for the highest number of IoT deals, announcing five acquisitions each. Just shy of the top position is Verizon, acquiring four entities. Other active acquirers included NXP, PTC and Google, with three acquisitions each. Out of 231 transactions in the trailing 30-month period, activity in the monitoring segment accounted for the most - 34 per cent - of all completed deals. 2H 2016 also boosted valuations in the lagging semiconductor segment which made up 20 per cent of all activity in the same period. Semiconductor resurgence ARM's sale to Softbank, along with a handful of other semiconductor-related billion dollar transactions accounted for three out of the top five IoT deals. The resurgence in billion dollar deals resulted in the trailing 30-month median revenue multiple for semiconductor-related transactions making a recovery to pre-2016 levels of 3.5x. Miro Parizek, principal partner, Hampleton Partners: “Going forward IoT is likely to be an area of strong mergers and acquisition activity as powerful players vie for leadership in the connected world, seeking to dominate new and emerging technology markets by snapping up key enabling companies in the segment.” About the research The 8th bi-annual “Hampleton Partners IoT M&A Research Report, 2H 2016” covers the period from July 2014 – December 2016, using data from 451 research. Hampleton’s research reports cover the following industries: Automotive Technology, Digital Marketing, e-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Internet of Things , IT Services and Outsourcing, SaaS and Cloud Services and Fintech. About Hampleton Partners is a London-based M&A advisory firm, serving the owners and shareholders of technology companies. With offices in the US and Europe, and associates in Asia, Hampleton combines international reach with local resources to provide the very best in M&A and corporate finance services. The Hampleton team boasts an invaluable combination of deal making expertise, operational experience, deep industry knowledge and an extensive network of contacts.
News Article | November 15, 2016
Brian Krzanich, the chipmaker's CEO, said Tuesday at the LA Auto Show that the company's investment arm, Intel Capital, plans to make more than $250 million in new investments over the next two years "to make fully autonomous driving a reality." In particular, Intel will look at technology that will drive internet of things innovation in transportation; technology that can "directly mitigate risks while improving safety, mobility, and efficiency at a reduced cost;" and companies that use data to make automated driving systems more reliable. Autonomous car technology has become a big focus for companies such as Google and Uber. And for chipmakers, the move to make cars smarter opens up a new batch of customers. Nvidia has benefited as a key Tesla chip supplier, while Qualcomm plans to buy auto chip supplier NXP for $39 billion. It's vital for Intel to make sure it doesn't miss out on the market like it largely did with smartphones. Intel's automotive business is involved in 30 vehicle programs on the road currently, according to The Wall Street Journal, and is slated to increase that number to 49 by 2020 with orders worth $1 billion.
News Article | February 27, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain (MWC 2017) and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meeami Tech, the leader in IP Communications and voice IoT, today announced integration and optimization of Meeami’s industry leading ClearVoice voice enhancement software solution on the Wi-Fi router platform (IPQ40x8) from Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. ClearVoice vastly improves automatic speech recognition (ASR) for voice command and control user interfaces (UI), and artificial intelligence (AI) driven natural language processing (NLP) found in services such as AVS, Cortana and Google Assistant. The joint demonstration shows ClearVoice-powered AVS integration and voice activated IoT control for a range of home IoT applications. ClearVoice is an advanced software solution for voice IoT applications that enables superior voice recognition in far-field and noisy environments via patented voice signal processing algorithms for multi-microphone beamforming, noise cancellation (NC), acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) and automatic gain control (AGC). ClearVoice offers broad hardware platform support and highly optimized CPU and memory utilization for easy system integration with reduced cost and complexity. It supports single microphone and arrays from 2 up to 8 or more microphones. “Rapid advancements in AI, local processing power and cloud-based machine learning has propelled the use of NLP and voice as a user interface into the mainstream across a variety of IoT applications such as smart home, wearables, connected car, enterprise, and vertical and industrial,” noted Doug Makishima, vice president of sales and marketing for Meeami Tech. “This turn-key optimized solution, integrating Qualcomm Technologies solutions will enable OEMs to add high-quality voice UI ASR and voice AI assistant capability such as Amazon’s Alexa, quickly and cost effectively to their products.” Meeami Technologies, a spin-off of the former media processing and real-time communications group of Imagination Technologies, is the recognized leader in IP Communications and Voice IoT technology platforms for voice, video and messaging applications. To see how Meeami is helping top-tier OEM, IC and carrier customers, with embedded software, mobile apps and end-to-end communications solutions, see www.meeamitech.com. Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Network features are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
News Article | October 25, 2016
Intel probably already supplies the brains for your PC. Now it wants to do the same for your next car with new members of its Atom processor family. That auto could have a giant screen instead of analog gauges, digital displays instead of rearview mirrors and cameras to detect pedestrians and drowsy drivers. If Intel gets its way, the company's new A3900 chip will power it all. The company surged into global dominance by making the processors that power PCs, but since we're not buying those so much anymore, Intel has been scrambling to be a part of new markets. You don't see an "Intel inside" sticker when you use Google search, but Intel chips are a foundational part of the technology that delivers the search results. You also don't see Intel inside stickers on your phone, but that's because Intel flopped in that market despite years of trying. But it's got a better chance in another big market -- the so-called internet of things, including cars. We're used to computer power in our phones and laptops, but the internet of things spreads it to everything from factory robots and door locks to streetlights and refrigerated boxcars. Even though you may not care whose chip makes your toaster smart, you may be glad to hear Intel is involved. The company has world-class chip manufacturing technology, which for you and me translates directly into lower prices. The A3900 and its less heat-tolerant sibling, the E3900, will arrive in products in the second quarter of 2017, said Ken Caviasca, general manager of engineering and development for Intel's internet-of-things group. The new chips are up to 1.7 times faster at computing and 2.9 times faster at graphics tasks, he said. "The E3900 can go to the higher performance needs the E3800 couldn't meet," Caviasca said. They come in dual-core and quad-core models. For car technology, Intel's competitors include NXP Semiconductor, which you probably never heard of despite years of experience in the market, and Nvidia, which you're more likely to know since they're a top maker of the PC graphics chips that make video games look realistic. Those companies rely on widely used designs licensed from ARM Holdings -- designs also used in almost every mobile phone and tablet. Intel expects customers like Delphi and Neusoft will use the A3900 in today's increasingly electronic vehicles. It's also aiming the less heat-tolerant E3900 at video devices like surveillance cameras and at industrial devices like factory robots. There, the chip can assure reliably fast communications among different devices like machines working in concert. That quick communication link -- a thousandth of a second -- is also useful in cars, where for example designers want to ensure a computer spotting a pedestrian can be trusted. "You want to guarantee the time between acquisition and action," Caviasca said.
News Article | November 12, 2015
If you're tired of sitting in your car frustrated over traffic congestions or just too sleepy and plain tired at the end of the day, Kevin Ashton has a technological forecast that will surely excite you. The man who coined the term " Internet of Things" himself predicted that by the year 2030, you'll be able to put your feet up on your dashboard because cars will do the driving for you. That's right, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Auto-ID Center founder Kevin Ashton believes that the technology of the future is predictable when you base it on past trends and he wrote a book titled "How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery" which is currently a finalist for Best Innovation & Creativity Book of the Year in the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards for 2015. "Expect self-driving features in most new cars by 2020 and cars without steering wheels between 2025-2030, varying by country. What's the point? They will be safer, faster, more fuel efficient, and you'll be able to get things done, or take a nap, while you move from place to place," he wrote. He anchored the predictability of future technology on three specific laws that technological progress seems to abide by: Moore's Law or the idea that every two years, microprocessors half in size; Metcalfe's Law which determines that a network's value is dependent on the number of users squared; and Koomey's Law which establishes the idea that every 18 months, the energy spent for computation is halved. Basically, what this means is that computer technology becomes smaller, constantly connected to the Internet and more energy efficient. Ashton's predictions may just be on its way to the streets as more and more car manufacturers are investing in technology to produce a self-driving vehicle. Toyota, Nissan, General Motors and Google are racing to perfect their technology as they all announced their plan to get autonomous vehicles cruising the streets by 2020. We have five years of waiting time for car manufacturers to make good on their plans and 15 years to see if Ashton's predictions are correct. To pique your interest on his ideas more, Ashton also predicted that we will discover extra-terrestrial life and gives his take on the reality of Climate Change and how humans would cope with it.