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Eurobites: ARM Buys IoT Security Specialist

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: satellite broadband in Austria; Tata WAN win in Germany; does Android dream of WiFi sheep?

  • ARM Ltd. , the UK-based chip designer, has underlined its commitment to the Internet of Things by acquiring Offspark, a Dutch security software company with a strong IoT bent. Offspark's PolarSSL technology is deployed in a range of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and smartphones. ARM says the move will help developers using its mbed platform to design and build IoT products. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. (See ARM Acquires IoT Security Vendor.)

  • A1, Telekom Austria Group 's domestic subsidiary, is to launch satellite broadband, enabling previously unconnected buildings in border areas and mountain zones to get Internet access. The move represents an extension of Telekom Austria's partnership with Eutelsat Communications S.A. -- it already delivers TV services via satellite to customers of its subsidiaries in central and south-eastern Europe. (See Telekom Austria and Eutelsat Team on Satellite Broadband.)

  • KION Group, a German manufacturer of fork-lift trucks and related warehousing technology, has awarded a $20 million global wide-area network deal to Tata Communications Ltd. The network will embraces the group's 330 sites and 22,000 employees across 30 countries.

  • Has anyone told Jay-Z? Aspiro AB , the Swedish music streaming service that is in the process of being acquired by hip-hop star Jay-Z's Project Panther Bidco company, has reported that its paying users are deserting it in droves: On January 31, 2015 the total stood at 503,000, compared with 566,000 a year ago.

  • A survey by small cells vendor ip.access Ltd. has reached the conclusion that UK businesses are effectively losing ₤32.75 million ($49.79 million) a week as their employees roam their offices seeking a better mobile signal. Sixty-two percent of all those surveyed claimed to have poor or variable mobile reception at their place of work.

  • Would ewe believe it? A team of researchers in North Wales is trialing a plan to connect sheep to the Internet so that flocks can be monitored online, reports the BBC. Wireless sensors fitted to the sheep enable the livestock to be monitored from the comfort of the farmer's favorite chair.

    WiFi Sheep
    Lamb: 'Hey, Mum, does this mean I can have an iPad for Christmas?'  Mum: 'Baa, humbug.'
    Lamb: "Hey, Mum, does this mean I can have an iPad for Christmas?"
    Mum: "Baa, humbug."

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • mhhf1ve 2/10/2015 | 3:54:16 PM
    wireless sheep! I suppose if farmers are losing sheep then wireless monitoring would help them track them better... and then they wouldn't lose any sleep while drifting off counting sheep (using an automated system).
    [email protected] 2/9/2015 | 9:12:03 AM
    IoT and sheep Re ARM M&A - interesting that Intel also cited IoT smarts when it announced the propsoed acquisition of Lantiq last week



    And as for the Internet of Livestock... that's just shear desperation....
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