IoT news briefs: ARM gains IoT strength; Visa: Everywhere IoT wants to be

In IoT news this week: ARM acquires Simulity Labs, a UK-based manufacturer of eSIMs—embedded subscriber identity modules; Visa signs 13 new technology partners to its token service provider program; more.

Courtney Bjorlin

July 7, 2017

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IoT news for the week of July 3

ARM Gains IoT Strength

Bolstering its position in the IoT chip market, ARM acquired Simulity Labs, a UK-based manufacturer of eSIMs—embedded subscriber identity modules, which Constellation Research reports are a new version of a SIM card that isn’t replaceable, and, as such, support IoT use cases.

Everywhere IoT Wants to Be

Aiming to handle payments transacted using IoT devices, Visa has signed 13 new technology partners to its token service provider program. According to a report in Digital Transactions, through tokenization, payment card data is replaced with a digital string that protects against fraud. Visa’s Token Service Provider Program aims to give technology companies a standards-based approach and access to Visa’s tools and services, as well as integration, development and marketing support.

Cisco and TomTom Partner on Technology to (Literally) Speed Autonomous Cars

Cisco and TomTom are working together to research and develop “ultra-fast lane level traffic technology,” leveraging TomTom’s transportation expertise and data gathered from Cisco’s from sensors, controllers and routers that connect systems to improve things like traffic flow. The software will be built on Cisco’s IoT platform.

Where’s My Bag?

Tumi will partner with AT&T and leverage IoT technologies to build a wireless tracking device that will provide travelers with location-specific positioning information regarding the whereabouts of their luggage and travel bags.

Unlimited IoT from AT&T

Speaking of AT&T and IoT, the company has launched a $200 million venture fund with IoT-focused venture capital firm Coral Group to find—or finance—connected service or connected platform startups. 

Follow the Leaders

Altitude, a design and innovation consultancy recently acquired by Accenture, and social media consultancy Leadtail released a report on 257 IoT influencers this week.  

IoT for Good

A new report, “IoT in Enterprise 2017,” by UK-based mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat found that IoT is helping food producers monitor food production, hygiene and sustainability to meet increasingly stringent import requirements, enabling developing-country food producers to export more food to developed nations.

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