Canonical, InfluxData, Wiliot, and More – Today’s Internet of Things World

From Canonical’s updated operating system optimized for IoT and cutting-edge hardware to InfluxData’s new edge data replication offering and Wiliot’s Reusable Transport Item solution, we’ve rounded up the latest announcements for innovative IoT products.

Canonical releases new iteration for Ubuntu

Canonical has published its new version of Ubuntu, the operating system for public cloud workloads, with the latest version optimized for the Internet of Things and high-end hardware. Ubuntu applications include embedded IoT devices such as smart gates, autonomous vehicles, and advanced robots. The new version also includes a “fully proactive kernel” to ensure time-bound responses, and features a built-in over-the-air security update framework. Ubuntu Core also offers advanced security features out of the box, including secure boot, full disk encryption, secure recovery, and strict limitation of the operating system and applications.

InfluxData announces edge data replication solution

InfluxData has launched a new edge platform feature, Edge Data Replication, for its InfluxDB time series platform. The latest offering is aimed at centralized business intelligence, allowing developers to collect, store, and analyze high-resolution time-series data in InfluxDB while copying data to InfluxDB Cloud, in what the company says is “the industry’s most scalable time-series data replication solution.” Use cases include Energy, manufacturing, aerospace and other high-tech industries, where groups can connect edge and cloud workloads to automatically reflect data from edge InfluxDB sources to InfluxDB Cloud instances in real time, reducing costs in and out of the cloud and enforcing cloud consistency.

Renesas launches mobile-to-cloud IoT development platforms

Semiconductor solutions provider Renesas has announced the addition of two new Cloud Development Kits to its line of products designed to provide complete connectivity to its RA and RX families of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). These kits are the first to feature Renesas’ RYZ014A Cat-M1 LTE cellular module, which allows users to securely set up wireless communications between MCUs and gatewayless cloud services, and develop cloud IoT products without the need for individually designed circuits and software stacks. Both suites are designed to run on the AWS IoT Core, which provides access to many cloud and IoT services for data analytics and IoT device management.

InnoPhase, Ingenic Establishes Low Power Ulta Wireless Camera Platform

InnoPhase Semiconductor Group, in collaboration with microprocessor provider Ingenic, has launched vision systems into the marketing field by creating an ultra-low-power wireless camera platform. Under the partnership, the groups have harnessed “see-as-a-sensor” applications and incorporated low-power and wireless capabilities to improve flexibility and portability. Use cases include any identity or vision based systems such as security cameras, identity verification and even baby monitors.

Denso launches new EV charging solution

DENSO, the group behind the QR Code, has released a proof of concept solution aimed at addressing range concerns still associated with electric vehicles (EV’s) using dynamic wireless power transmission to reduce the number of times drivers need to stop to charge. The technology derives its influence from self-charging hybrid cars that charge their batteries while driving, as well as wireless charging of smartphones. In the case of electric vehicles, chargers are included in the road, and the vehicles receive electricity when they pass or stop at the devices. This technology is expected to work well with vehicles serving distribution centers, factories, and other facilities operating around the clock.

Wiliot launches Reusable Transfer Object (RTI) solution

IoT solutions provider Wiliot has announced the launch of its new offering, the Reusable Transport Element (RTI) solution, built on the company’s IoT platform. The new solution features Wiliot’s IoT Pixels that can attach to plastic boxes such as those used in the industrial and agricultural sectors and make them smart and traceable using Wiliot Cloud services. IoT Pixels are self-powered postage stamp-size computers that communicate wirelessly with Wiliot Cloud and can monitor a box’s physical and environmental conditions, such as temperature and location changes, as well as whether the box is full or empty—allowing for a more transparent supply chain. The solution is already used by the Israeli retailer Shufersal, Supporting 250 farmers and distributors and 300 Shufersal stores to create a traceable and sustainable supply chain.

OTTO Motors has unveiled a new fleet management program for autonomous mobile robots

OTTO Motors, a leading provider of autonomous mobile robotics (AMR), has revealed its latest software update, providing customers with “better insight and depth” of AMR fleet performance. Including dashboards, analytics, video playback, and troubleshooting capabilities. The new tools will allow users to analyze their systems, identify risks, and improve operations. using the new system, Customers will also be able to play “snapshots,” which are detailed records of fleet actions and states, all displayed in video format.

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