M&A activity in the IoT platform space

Weekly IoT digest 39/2015: Industry news, M&A activity, startup rumors.


Dear IoT pioneers,

if we are to see 50bn connected devices by 2020, most of these devices will need to be managed by IoT platforms. Last week saw yet another big company acquiring a young IoT platform: Alcatel-Lucent acquired Mformation. Alcatel-Lucent cited that it hopes “to be able to provide better IoT security” through the Mformation platform. It is the third acquisition of a rather advanced IoT platform this year, after Amazon acquired 2lemetry in March and Autodesk acquired SeeControl in August.

On the topic of IoT security, it is now the FBI that takes a position and warns to beware of cybercrime.

Other noteworthy IoT news this week:

  • IBM announces yet another IoT partnership by joining forces with HCL to profit from HCL’s hardware and platform design capabilities.
  • Dialog Semiconductor acquired chipmaker Atmel for $4.6bn to offer a better product portfolio for the Internet of Things

Enjoy reading,


for IoT Analytics

1. News picks of the week

Telecoms.com– Sep 18, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent acquires Mformation for IoT device management

Kit vendor Alcatel-Lucent has acquired mobile device management company Mformation with an eye to strengthening its Internet of Things and mobile security …

Fortune– Sep 16, 2015

The FBI warns citizens to beware of cybercrime and the Internet of
When will we stop blaming the victim and tell device manufacturers to step up on security? Those connected thermostats and lightbulbs the tech world is so …

Fortune– Sep 14, 2015

IBM appoints leader for its Internet of things practice
IBM has formally created an Internet of things business unit on Monday and … has been named vice president and general manager of the new IoT division and …

2. IoT M&A and partnerships

Mobile World Live– 21 hours ago

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6B to offer “complete

Dialog Semiconductor agreed to acquire Atmel, a US designer and manufacturer … for IoT in terms of product portfolio”, Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli said in a call.

ZDNet– 4 hours ago

AU$18.5m reverse takeover will see ASX Internet of Things debut

As part of the forthcoming deal, Ardent is set to acquire 100 percent of IoT Group for AU$18.5 million with the company to be known as Ardent IoT.

EE Times– 4 hours ago

HCL, IBM Team Up to Drive IoT Adoption
“Our partnership with IBM will create new solutions and replicable use cases and POCs to enable accelerated adoption of IoT within and across industries,” said …

3. Further information

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