Carahsoft to serve as ForeScout distributor for Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has named Carahsoft as a facilitating partner for an enterprise-wide blanket purchasing agreement through the U.S. military’s Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) program.

DHS awards Factom $192k for blockchain tech

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $192,380 to Factom to begin beta testing of a capability that uses blockchain technology to secure IoT data.

Google acquires IoT platform Xively

Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn. 

Worldwide technology spending on IoT to reach $1.2 trillion in 2022: IDC

Internet of Things (IoT) spending will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6% over 2017-2022 and reach $1.2 trillion in 2022, according to a forecast by IDC.

Siemens is acquiring Enlighted

Siemens is acquiring Enlighted, a provider of smart IoT (Internet of Things) systems in buildings, based in Sunnyvale, CA. Financial details of the deal was not disclosed. 

Gridsum, Tencent, Shandong Guohui to jointly develop industrial IoT platform

Gridsum has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Tencent Cloud and Shandong Guohui Investment Co. to jointly develop an industrial internet of things cloud platform.

Nokia acquires SpaceTime Insight

Nokia has acquired SpaceTime Insight, a San Mateo, California-based Internet of Things (IoT) company with offices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., India and Japan.

Amazon, Iridium launching satellite cloud-based Internet of Things solution next year

Amazon and Iridium are launching Iridium CloudConnect, a satellite cloud-based solution that offers global coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) applications in 2019.

Alibaba Cloud to work with Kenyan ministry to support wildlife protection project

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, and the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife of the Republic of Kenya have agreed to explore a collaboration to deploy Alibaba Cloud’s technology to support the Kenya Wildlife Protection Project. 

Sprint, Ericsson working on IoT-dedicated core and operating system

Sprint and Ericsson have inked a global relationship to build a distributed and virtualized core network dedicated specifically to IoT (Internet of Things), in addition to an IoT operating system.   

Munich Re acquires IIoT company Relayr for $300M

Munich Re has acquired relayr, a provider of industrial internet of things (IIoT) solutions, at a valuation of  $300 million.

Microsoft will pour $5 billion into IoT over 4 years, tripling prior spending —...

Microsoft plans to invest $5 billion into various programs surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next four years, writes Blair Hanley Frank of VentureBeat. Here is the link: https://venturebeat.com/2018/04/04/microsoft-will-pour-5-billion-into-iot-over-4-years-tripling-prior-spending/

Mobile telematics provider Cambridge Mobile Telematics raises $500M

Mobile telematics and analytics provider Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) has raised a $500 million investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. 

Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices — ZDNet

The Japanese government approved a law amendment on Friday that will allow government workers to hack into people's Internet of Things devices, writes Catalin Cimpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/japanese-government-plans-to-hack-into-citizens-iot-devices/

Spanish utility company Naturgy signs hybrid cloud services agreement with IBM

Spain-based Naturgy, a supplier of gas and electricity, serving more than 18-million customers in more than 30 countries, has inked a ten-year agreement with IBM to help implement a hybrid cloud strategy.