Verizon and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. are coming together to offer wireless connectivity with end-to-end security to IoT developers.
The product, which will be commercially available early in the second quarter of 2017, will give developers the ability to access Verizon’s ThingSpace software development kit via the Cypress Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) Studio 4 development platform. Developers using WICED can integrate cloud connectivity with the Verizon ThingSpace platform in a single development environment.
Verizon’s ThingSpace is a web-based, global IoT platform that allows developers to create, onboard, and manage devices and applications. The WICED platform supports ThingSpace APIs and popular cloud services, eliminating the need for developers to implement the protocols necessary to connect to those services and, as a result, reducing development time and costs. The Cypress WICED Studio 4 development platform features an integrated and interoperable wireless software development kit that includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks and simplified application programming interfaces.
Ericsson and Cisco are extending their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN). EWN combines Ericsson’s 3GPP access, core networks, and applications with Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio to provide reliable Wi-Fi with the highest performance to Ericsson’s mobile, cable, and other industries customers.
The offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits, including:
- Indoor Small Cells: Combining indoor Ericsson access networks with Cisco WLAN enables deployment in venues of both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
- Operator Wi-Fi: Allowing operators who have outdoor Ericsson access networks to use Cisco WLAN to offer access to their subscribers.
- Traffic Steering: Integrating Cisco WLAN with either Ericsson macro or indoor access networks via Ericsson’s unique Real Time Traffic Steering feature enables operators to steer users between mobile and Wi-Fi access networks, ensuring the best end-user experience.
- Core Network Integration: Integrating Cisco WLAN into Ericsson packet core using trusted configurations will allow operators to offer all their core network services over Wi-Fi for multimode devices. Ericsson’s Wi-Fi Calling capabilities already deliver voice mobility over Cisco WLAN.
The design and deployment of solutions based on the new offering will be handled by Ericsson’s services organization, with full product support from Cisco, the companies said.
NETGEAR Inc., a provider of networking devices, expanded its portfolio of mobile broadband solutions with two new 4G LTE modems, the NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem 1120 and 4G LTE Modem 2120.
NETGEAR said the 1120 offers connectivity via an Ethernet port on the side of the modem that can be connected directly to a WiFi router, switch or computer and provides download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The 2120 modem comes with dual Ethernet ports, and can provide 4G LTE or 3G fallback connectivity during wireline network outages.
NETGEAR also launched a bug bounty program in partnership with Bugcrowd to enhance the security of itss products. The scope of NETGEAR’s bug bounty program includes NETGEAR’s devices, mobile applications, and exposed APIs with potential rewards ranging from Bugcrowd points to $150 – $15,000 per bug identified.
SureCall, a cellular signal booster manufacturer, announced Flare, the company’s latest cell phone signal booster. A CES Innovation Award Honoree, the Flare is the industry’s first booster to integrate the indoor antenna with the signal booster, which simplifies set up and maximizes the ability to strengthen cell signals.
SureCall said the booster utilizes an omni-directional antenna and works across all North American cell carriers. The booster kit includes an outdoor antenna that captures signal from the cell tower, amplifies it, and re-broadcasts the signal indoors to an area of weak or non-existent cellular coverage. The Flare supports multiple users simultaneously and covers one to two rooms of a home or small office, with up to 2,500 square feet of total coverage.
Flare will be available first quarter 2017 for $399.
Greenwave Systems released a series of announcements, including a new voice-enabled solution for service providers and two partner releases, one with Quantenna and another with DSP and VTech.
According to the company, service providers can now deploy their own voice-enabled personal assistant – or in the case of enterprise/industrial cases, make connected device voice-enabled – via Greenwave’s AXON Platform for Conversational IoT. Greenwave said the solution is a carrier-grade smart gateway that supports a hands-free, voice activated speaker with customizable wake-up word and open architecture. The solution combines the company’s AXON Platform with advanced integrated voice and Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered natural language understanding (NLU) technology from Nuance, enabling service providers to create conversational IoT in multiple languages.
Greenwave also said it will be partnering with Quantenna to bring service providers a full performance Wi-Fi range extender, and will be working with VTech and DSP, utilizing DSP’s Ultra Low Energy (ULE) offering and Greenwave’s sensor technology to advance VTech connected home products.