Day 2 at CES 2023 was more of the same, in a very good way. The excitement seemed to compound what I witnessed on day 1. I ventured over to the Venetian to explore what that area had to offer, and needless to say, it did not disappoint. Everything from smart homes to sports-connected products, to a variety of other verticals all being showcased on two massive floors dedicated to companies exhibiting their impressive technologies and products.
As with day 1, I was able to speak to a number of different booths, and dedicate time to exploring what IoT For All community members were showcasing, to which I provide a brief rundown below that I hope you enjoy!
If you missed my rundown of Day 1, be sure to check that out here.
When I stopped by Silicon Labs room, it was filled with interested people looking to learn about their demos. The first demonstration I saw was focused on their complete Matter development solutions, which allow for the rapid creation of Matter products and bridges for legacy devices. The demo features products from major tech companies, such as Google, Samsung, and Amazon, working together seamlessly. The second demonstration is an early preview of their Bluetooth High Accuracy Distance Measurement (HADM) solution, which improves the device positioning capabilities of Bluetooth technology by allowing HADM-enabled devices to more accurately measure the distance between them. Another leader in the space focused on Matter bodes well for the hype surrounding this newly-released technology.
Stopping by Microchip’s meeting room was a treat. I was given a guided tour of their work in sustainability, functional safety, and security which was their focus this year at CES. They had several impressive demos laid out around the room showcasing their solutions in touch and gesture (this was super cool), wireless power and charging, USB and Ethernet networking, and e-mobility and electric vehicles. Microchip has a focused commitment to innovation and their ability to provide a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, which was definitely on display this year.
I had the opportunity to stop by Sequans who were showcasing their cellular Internet of Things connectivity solutions. Sequans is a leading provider of chips and modules for cellular IoT connectivity and has solutions that support a range of technologies including LTE-M, NB-IoT, Cat 1, Cat 1bis, LTE Cat 4/6, and 5G IoT. In their space, they were displaying the FlorLink SmartHub and other Sequans-powered IoT devices including a Ubiik smart metering device, a SODAQ tracker for CBRS, and the ThinTrack GNSS tracker. They pioneered the use of Cat 1 for IoT and have a comprehensive portfolio of cellular IoT connectivity solutions with advanced features such as low power consumption, integrated eSIMs, an open SDK, and GNSS. It’s always a pleasure to speak with their team – if you’re interested in learning more you can check out a recent podcast recording we did together!
One of my final stops along my CES 2023 journey was NextNav, a leader in next-gen GPS that enables a whole new world of applications relying upon vertical location and a more resilient geolocation technology. Their booth was showing their TerraPoiNT network and Pinnacle technology and how the newly acquired Nestwave fits in. This recent acquisition will help accelerate the deployment of NextNav’s TerraPoiNT System by leveraging NestWave’s LTE/5G capabilities to allow NextNav to intelligently combine signals from existing terrestrial LTE/5G networks with its own highly synchronized TerraPoiNT system to deliver 3D position, navigation, and timing (“PNT”) capabilities while lowering capital and operational expenditures. Their tech is quite impressive and truly goes beyond 2D location technologies. They are able to provide altitude data with “floor level” accuracy which has been independently proven to offer +/-3m accuracy 94% of the time which is pretty impressive stuff for in-demand use cases across industries.
I had the opportunity to speak with Radix’s CMO Nadav Avni who walked me through their booth showcasing how their solutions can be used to manage Android TV devices in the hospitality industry, as well as other Android-based devices used for a variety of purposes such as operating hotel rooms, providing information kiosks, and more. Their company focuses on Android devices that are used for single purposes such as digital signage and hospitality. Their management platform consolidates all of an organization’s devices, work processes, and stakeholders into one easy-to-use platform. It runs on AWS and is compliant with GDPR, CCPA, and ISO. Radix supports all major operating systems but primarily focuses on Android and its various flavors including Android, TV, AOSP, and Google TV.
At CES, it’s all about Matter for Kudelski IoT, who is showcasing their upcoming certification authority service with the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). This approval will allow Kudelski to become a Device Attestation Authority, providing Matter certificates to approved Matter device manufacturers. Kudelski is differentiated from other providers because it also offers a full range of security design and lab evaluation services, as well as foundational security technologies and lifecycle services to help device manufacturers consider and perfect their overall approach to security for their devices and services. Very exciting stuff happening with Matter around the entire industry!
Last but most certainly not least I stopped by Morse Micro’s room and was given a tour by their Co-Founder and CEO. This team traveled all the way from Sydney to showcase Wi-Fi HaLow technology and how they are revolutionizing IoT video connectivity. Wi-Fi HaLow offers a longer range, lower power, higher network capacity, and advanced security for IoT devices. The demonstrations showed off the capabilities of Wi-Fi HaLow and their portfolio of Wi-Fi HaLow systems-on-chips (SoCs) and modules, which are among the smallest, fastest, and lowest power available. These solutions are gaining traction in the market and are being used in a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial IoT applications.
After logging 32k steps along my two-day journey of CES 2023, it’s safe to say that in CES is back. I am eager to hear how the attendance numbers stack up to previous years pre-pandemic, but if my experience was any indication, the excitement of CES was felt every step of the way.