Technology Bulletin

    • Powering IoT Devices: Batteries, Energy Harvesting...
    • May 14, 2019
    • "While batteries have been a starting point for powering IoT, energy-harvesting technologies, which derive power from external sources such as solar, therm... View More
      "While batteries have been a starting point for powering IoT, energy-harvesting technologies, which derive power from external sources such as solar, thermal, wind and vibration, have set their sights on IoT. However, the problem is that it does not generate sufficient energy quickly enough for most applications and is still much more expensive than current battery technology. For now, energy-harvesting solutions looks like a natural fit for small sensors and IoT devices used in places where the batteries are hard to replace. Generally, the consistency, cost, and lifespan of devices running on ordinary lithium-ion batteries along with the power-saving designs leave most of the market with no good functional or economic reason to switch. However, energy harvesting will continue to evolve, and ultimately the option is destined to play a big role in creating ultra-low-power systems." - Liz Lee (Source: IoT Agenda)
    • OPPO Reducing Celebrity Endorsement in China
    • May 14, 2019
    • "OPPO has been reducing its celebrity endorsement strategy in China since 2017. At its peak, OPPO had used many celebrity stars as spokespersons for its fl... View More
      "OPPO has been reducing its celebrity endorsement strategy in China since 2017. At its peak, OPPO had used many celebrity stars as spokespersons for its flagship models. OPPO has shifted towards advocating more technological and innovation aspects. However, OPPO stated that it will still need to evaluate whether it will reduce celebrity endorsements overseas. OPPO has benefited from its vast marketing campaigns and gained a strong foothold in China as well as in South East Asia. Similar to Huawei, OPPO is now looking to differentiate itself and focus on technology innovation." - Mengmeng Zhang (Source: Gizmochina)
    • Baidu Will Set up a Cloud Computing Center in Nort...
    • May 14, 2019
    • "On May 12, Baidu signed a data center landing agreement with Xi'an Municipal People's Government. The Xi’an Aerospace Base will be the base ... View More
      "On May 12, Baidu signed a data center landing agreement with Xi'an Municipal People's Government. The Xi’an Aerospace Base will be the base for the Baidu Cloud Computing (Xi'an) Center Project. According to the company, Baidu Cloud Computing (Xi'an) Center will be a green, energy-saving, technology-leading, ultra-large-scale cloud computing center. This will be Baidu's first large-scale self-built data center with a scale of more than 100,000 units in the western region. Baidu is investing aggressively to increase its presence in the Chinese cloud computing space which is currently dominated by Alibaba and Tencent. Similarly, earlier this year, Baidu announced plans to set up an AI cloud computing center in the northern Chinese city of Baoding. The ever-increasing spend on cloud computing from Baidu is due to their "ACE" program, launched in November 2018, to focus and promote autonomous driving, connected roads, and efficient cities." - Prachir Singh (Source: KrASIA)
    • Polte Corporation’s Cellular Location-Based Servic...
    • May 14, 2019
    • "Traditionally location tracking solutions require devices embedded with a GPS module along with a cellular (2G/3G/4G/5G/NB-IoT/LTE-M), non-cellular module... View More
      "Traditionally location tracking solutions require devices embedded with a GPS module along with a cellular (2G/3G/4G/5G/NB-IoT/LTE-M), non-cellular module (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Sigfox/LoRa) or VSAT connectivity. This is for connecting to the internet/cloud directly or indirectly for recording its location or status. However, the Cloud Location over Cellular (CLoC) solution from Polte brings a new use-case to life especially to monitor critical materials and packages while they are in the transit. Furthermore, the component cost saving of US$2-US$3 per IoT module/device for not embedding GPS chips which also saves significant battery life."- Satyajit Sinha (Source: AiThority)
    • Huawei Is the Leader in Terms of the R&D Investmen...
    • May 14, 2019
    • "Chinese players have come a long way from being technology adopters to technology drivers. This is visible in smartphones and developing wireless standard... View More
      "Chinese players have come a long way from being technology adopters to technology drivers. This is visible in smartphones and developing wireless standards. Huawei is at par with global players and is even ahead of Microsoft, Apple Intel, and others, in terms of R&D spends. Moreover, Huawei has gained essential patents in 5G and is a big influencer in the 3GPP. Huawei's 2018 R&D budget accounted for 14% of its revenues, second largest after Alphabet. With the growing might of the companies in China (Asia), more voices will rise against them as the balance of power shifts towards the east." - Parv Sharma (Source: Bloomberg)
    • CATL Commences Production of High-Nickel Batteries...
    • May 7, 2019
    • "Prompted by reducing its exposure to volatile cobalt and lithium supplies, CATL’s NCM 811 battery, containing 80% nickel, 10% cobalt, and 10% mangan... View More
      "Prompted by reducing its exposure to volatile cobalt and lithium supplies, CATL’s NCM 811 battery, containing 80% nickel, 10% cobalt, and 10% manganese, claims to offer a longer lifespan and allows higher range on a single charge, a key requirement for EVs. We can expect the trend towards higher nickel content and securing the mineral supply to continue. Apparently, battery and automakers are petrified about supply." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: ET Auto)
    • CK Holdings Completes Acquisition of Magneti Marel...
    • May 7, 2019
    • "Both Magneti Marelli and CK Holdings would benefit from common synergies and economies of scale due to the acquisition. Both companies can help each other... View More
      "Both Magneti Marelli and CK Holdings would benefit from common synergies and economies of scale due to the acquisition. Both companies can help each other to get new clients. For instance, Magneti Marelli can help CK Holdings to get business from FCA. Magneti Marelli gets to enter the lucrative automotive infotainment business. However, it still would not be an easy run for Magneti Marelli, given the existing competition from big players like Panasonic, LG Electronics and Samsung." - Aman Madhok (Source: Telematics Wire)
    • AT&T and Vodafone in Automotive Alliance Discussio...
    • May 7, 2019
    • "By pooling their resources, AT&T and Vodafone are looking to accelerate the adoption of mobile technologies in automotive applications by simplifying ... View More
      "By pooling their resources, AT&T and Vodafone are looking to accelerate the adoption of mobile technologies in automotive applications by simplifying global roaming and connectivity, as well as future 5G and cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies. While AT&T and Vodafone have their respective strengths in automotive, there is a real opportunity for the two to focus on V2X and V2I, as they co-develop connected vehicles to as-a-service offers, and eventually to autonomous driving. While accelerating development, collaborating will also avoid duplication of resources, resulting in a significant saving for both companies." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Enterprise IoT Insights)
    • Intel in Strategic Agreement with Great Wall Motor...
    • May 7, 2019
    • "As part of an agreement signed during Auto Shanghai 2019, Intel and GWM will co-develop intelligent cockpits and smart traffic applications as part of the... View More
      "As part of an agreement signed during Auto Shanghai 2019, Intel and GWM will co-develop intelligent cockpits and smart traffic applications as part of their joint efforts towards developing autonomous driving. Powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake System-on-Chip (SoC) solution, GWM’s premium SUV, WEY, will be among the first vehicles, with an Android 8.0 O-MR1-version-based vehicle-mounted intelligent terminal. Over 2019 and 2020, five automotive OEMs in China are expected to offer their models with the same Apollo Lake system. Intel is strategically looking to advance into in-vehicle solutions in areas of infotainment, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Enterprise IoT Insights)
    • Ford (+Autonomic) Partners with Amazon To Advance ...
    • May 7, 2019
    • "Cloud is an important component for the next generation connected car, which is going to generate terabytes of data per day. Leveraging this data using an... View More
      "Cloud is an important component for the next generation connected car, which is going to generate terabytes of data per day. Leveraging this data using analytics (AI or ML), OEMs and developers will aim to offer compelling connected car experiences. Autonomic's TMC platform plays an important role here from abstracting the complexities for the developer to develop and scale for any connected platform. With Amazon's end-to-end AWS Cloud platform, toolkit, and above all AWS Partner network such as HERE, developers and OEMs do not have to care about large investments. In fact, OEMs can efficiently boost time-to-market for their mobility-centric application and services and offer it to end users. We expect more and more such partnerships from OEMs with cloud players across the globe. Amazon AWS remains well positioned in this arena." - Neil Shah (Source: Business Wire)

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