San Francisco-based Paceline created a new integrated financing product to offer credit card rewards for physical activity recorded by smart watches. He partnered with a credit card issuer Evolve Bank & Trust for the new program, which offers rewards, cash back and other benefits. Customers earn the rewards when they have done at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. “Rewards programs are essentially loyalty drivers for credit cards, and they are developed to drive card business,” said Joel Liegeger, CEO and founder of Paceline.
A team of scientists from Toshiba presented a photonic chip to secure quantum communications. Encryption works by giving a random secret key to both the sending party and the receiving party in the two-way communication line, a technique called quantum key distribution. These are encoded in particles, usually made up of pairs of photons that make the lattice immutable due to quantum entanglement, a phenomenon of quantum physics.
Nordic semiconductor launches a new prototyping platform for cellular IoT applications called Nordic thing: 91. He employs TinyML to enable artificial intelligence inference from its battery-powered energy envelope. TinyML is a variant of machine learning designed specifically for connected edge applications such as wireless sensors. The implementation of Nordic was carried out in partnership with Edge pulse, a development platform for on-board machine learning.
New on the TinyML the scene is Imagimob latest development framework targeting edge devices. Features from the latest iteration include AutoML, the automated coding program for creating optimized machine learning models, as well as data visualization models.
California-based Quanergy systems released a new version of its 3D perception software for smart city and Security applications. Double Qortex DTC, the platform is compatible with Lidar sensor some products and helps to adapt 3D algorithms that allow vehicles and city infrastructure to understand their environment.
Luxembourg-based QO technology launched a nanosatellite for 5G IoT services. The company plans to launch a constellation of 72 satellites for 5G IoT and machine-to-machine communications (M2M). Initially, he plans to focus on latency tolerant applications like smart agriculture and environmental monitoring, but intends to move to near real-time applications such as robotics, smart cars and Leak detection.
Toshiba launched 20 microcontrollers (MCU) based on Arm’s Cortex-M4 chipset with floating point units (FPU). The M4N range contains 2MB of flash code and 32KB of data flash memory, as well as various interface and communication options, including FS OTG controllers connected by Ethernet and USB 2.0. Toshiba expects MCUs to support a variety of sensing applications, building and factory automation, industrial networks, information management, and office equipment.
Container Shipping Liner HMM, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, is experimenting with Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor refrigerated and frozen containers on its ferries, according to Load Star. The pilot study is expected to last one or two years and will use sensors to track container location, temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide content and vibration. HMM has thus equipped 800 new containers with IoT equipment.
An IoT device marketplace for products with LoRaWAN connectivity has been updated with new certifications. Senet’s IoT marketplace provides access to LoRaWAN IoT devices certified by his team, with the aim of helping practitioners avoid failures and dropouts in the field. The devices tested by Senet, whose core business focuses on cloud-based software and services, include smart water meters, asset trackers, environmental sensors, waste fill level monitors, temperature and humidity sensors, pest traps and building sensors.