Thayer Infrastructure Services, LLC. | June 01, 2022
Thayer Infrastructure Services, LLC (“TIS”), a premier infrastructure services provider in the power, fiber, and wireless communications construction industries, today announced the completed acquisition of J. Lee Associates, Inc. (“J. Lee”), a wireless communications construction company, that has been providing a range of services for the wireless industry in the New England area for almost twenty years. Terms of the J. Lee Associates, Inc. transaction were not disclosed.
J. Lee will operate as a part of American Cell Enterprises, LLC (“American Cell Enterprises”), one of three TIS operating companies. Beginning with its acquisition of LeCom Utility Contractors, this is the fourth such acquisition made by TIS in the last year and further builds out the TIS platform of operating companies. Tim Luden, CEO of American Cell Enterprises, and J. Lee President James Van Sicklin will continue to oversee the J. Lee operations.
“I am very excited to be working with Jim and his team. J. Lee brings new capabilities to ACE with a new geography. This will give us another great opportunity to expand the ACE footprint.,” said American Cell Enterprises CEO, Tim Luden.
James Van Sicklin, President of J. Lee added, “We are excited to be joining forces with the TIS Group family of companies as part of American Cell Enterprises. This presents us with a unique opportunity to grow, provide an opportunity for our employees, and expand our ability to service our customers.”
“As our fourth acquisition, J. Lee Associates, Inc. will serve as a key building block in the services we provide to our customers in the wireless communications industry. “Jim and his leadership team are a very welcome addition to our expanding capabilities. This partnership represents another strong piece of our ability to provide a breadth of power, fiber, and wireless communications services to customers across our growing service area.”
Rudy Esteves, CEO of TIS
J. Lee represents yet another key piece of growth for the TIS family of companies, as its team continues to entertain interest in acquiring new partners who support the power utility, fiber deployment, and wireless communications industries.
About J. Lee Associates, Inc.
Located in Marlborough, MA, J. Lee, a Veteran-owned company, was formed in 2003 to provide network development consulting and contracting services to the wireless industry. J. Lee’s proven and successful delivery of professional consulting services as well as general contracting services allows it the ability to provide a single service, or a comprehensive end-to-end solution, depending upon customer needs. J. Lee is staffed with local, experienced full-time professionals and are organized into two distinct service offerings, Professional Services and Field Operations.
About Thayer Infrastructure Services, LLC.
Thayer Infrastructure Services Group consists of Thayer Power & Communication, LLC; LeCom Utility Contractors, Inc.; and American Cell Enterprises, LLC. All three operating companies are leading providers of mission-critical infrastructure repair, maintenance, upgrade and construction services for the electrical utility, wireline and wireless communications industries. American Cell Enterprises is the TIS group operating company dedicated to providing the full range of turnkey wireless infrastructure solutions. The TIS family of companies has a deep understanding and strong track record of delivering exceptional day-to-day safety, quality, and service. Acquired by private equity firm Calera Capital in 2020, the Company is based in Warren, Michigan, and offers its services across a large regional area including the Central Midwestern, Northeastern, and the Southeastern United States.
IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Opti9 | April 01, 2022
Opti9 Technologies LLC of Garden City, NY and Omaha, NE, announces the launch of its hybrid cloud management tool, OptiXdashboard. This single pane of glass platform provides unparalleled insights and orchestration tools for public, private, and hybrid infrastructure including the integration of Opti9's enhanced CloudOps Managed Services offering for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
"We've enhanced our dashboard to address the unique needs of managing complex workloads across multiple clouds, services, and platforms. It provides a single interface to define and manage resources, alerts, reporting, service-level-agreements (SLAs), security, and networking across the hybrid cloud landscape. This ensures all systems are delivered and secured in the same manner, all backed by Opti9's managed service offerings. This is the true realization of the hybrid vision behind the formation of Opti9 earlier this year."
Sagi Brody, CTO of Opti9
The most notable addition to the dashboard is the inclusion of CloudOps, Opti9's fully managed AWS service. The dashboard now provides full integration for CloudOp's managed security, compliance, networking, FinOps, best practices, asset management, and customizable alarms as they relate to AWS. Additionally, customers can utilize the dashboard's existing management, orchestration, and resilience capabilities. CloudOps is also integrated into the existing granular role-based-access-control, authentication, service help desk, and notification routing for the entire hybrid ecosystem. This includes AWS, private clouds, networking, backups, and disaster recovery services, allowing network and security standards to remain consistent across the entire hybrid cloud domain.
The OptiXdashboard allows organizations to customize and control the value they receive from a managed service offering. This includes the ability to dictate which alarms and events are impactful to their business and should be immediately routed to Opti9's Network Operations Center (NOC), as opposed to those which should be sent to their own business units for further investigation. Additionally, businesses can define per-service and per-cloud recovery point objective (RPO) SLAs, technical contacts, and escalations. The dashboard also provides real-time and historical aggregated hybrid cloud usage data, along with service-specific details.
Opti9 is a hybrid cloud solutions provider with offices in Garden City, NY, Omaha, NE, Overland Park, KS, and St. Louis, MO, and data centers in North America, Europe and the APAC region. The company is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and Veeam Platinum VCSP, along with several other key partnerships and certifications. Opti9 specializes in managed cloud services, application development and modernization, backup and disaster recovery, security, and compliance. With its business-first focus, Opti9 blends experience with innovation and new solutions to deliver on its "Right Workload, Right Cloud, Right Time" approach.
Veniam Technology | January 03, 2022
Nexar, a leading computer vision company, and the number one consumer smart dash cam seller in the United States, announced today a strategic partnership with Veniam, the leading provider of intelligent networking for the internet of moving things.
Using Veniam's software APIs, Nexar will be able to better collect the images it needs to create an AI-digital twin of US roads. This will enable Nexar to make the most of all available wireless networks (4G/5G, Wi-Fi, mesh…) and transfer massive amounts of data to the cloud in a secure and cost-effective way. This cooperation will also help to further expand the wealth of vision data it collected by Nexar, to build a real time twin of the road, improve safety, train Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and inform city decisions, as well as "see" changes in the road.
"Veniam's capabilities are a great fit for Nexar and will help it realize its vision of seeing what's ahead on the road," said Eran Shir, Co-founder and CEO of Nexar. "Given the huge volumes of vision data coming from the road and the AI it requires for solving connectivity/bandwidth problems, as well as addressing the issue of compute costs. Veniam's technology helps us with the connectivity, allowing us to transfer more data, making the real time digital twin of the road better and more robust."
"Both Veniam and Nexar look at vehicles not just as transportation machines but as critical data sources to make our cities healthier, safer and most sustainable,We are delighted to complement Nexar´s system with Veniam's intelligent networking software thereby expanding and accelerating Nexar's access to valuable city data."
João Barros, founder and CEO of Veniam
Using Veniam's software, some Nexar dash cam models will be able to make smart decisions on what data to send and when, as well as through which networks. This dramatically reduces the overall cost per GB, while increasing the total amount of data available.
As more and more auto OEMs install cameras and advanced sensor systems onboard their vehicles, Nexar will be able to leverage Veniam's communications technology at the edge to split and share the data flows, making it easier for different cars to collaborate in understanding the world and driving safely to their destinations.
With this partnership, Nexar and Veniam are laying the groundwork for realizing their common vision of improving the lives of millions of people by making cities better and safer.
Nexar is a vision-based software company building the world's first safe-driving network. When drivers pair Nexar-powered smart dash cams with the Nexar app, they join a connected vehicle network that uses computer vision and sensor fusion to see hazards on the road, and alert those in the surrounding area. Using anonymous, aggregated data captured from this network, Nexar has developed a portfolio of vision-based data services for public and private sector partners to make roadways safer and more efficient. This includes the Nexar CityStream platform, which supports construction zone and road inventory monitoring, and now Nexar Virtual Camera.
Veniam is accelerating future mobility and making places more human by delivering intelligent networking software for delivery fleets, dash-cams, telematics providers, connected cars, autonomous vehicles and other mobile IoT devices. With an IP portfolio of more than 130 issued patents, Veniam makes the most out of all available networks (4G/5G, Wi-Fi, V2X, etc.), moving massive amounts of data between vehicles and the cloud - all with lowest GB price, quality of service and security profiles. Best known for its mobile Wi-Fi offload solution and city-scale vehicle mesh networks, Veniam works closely with the world's largest fleets, Auto OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
Sequans | December 16, 2021
Sequans Communications S.A. announced availability of a new series of Cat 1 IoT modules based on its second generation, LTE Cat 1bis chip, Calliope 2. The new Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are low-cost, low-power, IoT-optimized solutions that support VoLTE and throughput higher than LTE-M for applications including wearables and hearables with music streaming; smart city/smart home IoT devices such as security cameras, alarm panels, and utility meters; and data aggregators that can require throughput up to several megabits per second. Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are optimized to support three regional variants covering North America, Japan, and Europe.
Advancements in Sequans' Calliope 2 chip technology remove the cost and power consumption barriers that have thus far limited widespread adoption of Cat 1 for IoT. These advancements include 1) higher integration for lower cost, 2) lower power consumption in both active and power-saving modes, near the level of LTE-M, thus extending the battery life of Cat 1 devices significantly, and 3) advanced signal processing techniques that provide superior radio performance. LTE Cat 1 is available worldwide on all cellular networks, including those areas where LTE-M and NB-IoT are not, making it ideal for IoT companies wishing to deploy products globally.
"Cat 1 is a truly universal IoT solution," said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. "With our new Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules, we have made Cat 1 highly suitable for IoT so that it can now support a much wider variety of IoT use cases, including those that need voice. We've reduced the cost and lowered the power consumption by applying the power-saving techniques of LTE-M and NB-IoT, and we've embedded high-level, on-chip security with iSIM support---all of which combine to make our Calliope 2 modules truly future-proof and able to support the evolution from 4G to 5G for many years to come."
"We are proud of our partnership with Sequans that expands our cellular IoT module offering that includes RYZ014A alongside our MCUs with 4G cellular connectivity based on Sequans proven Monarch Cat-M1/NB-IoT LTE platform,Therefore, we are excited about Sequans's Calliope 2 Cat 1 platform that supports IoT use cases demanding higher bandwidth, greater mobility, and lower latency."
Roger Wendelken, SVP, head of MCU Business, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas
"There is an explosion in demand for Cat 1 technology around the world, and even more specifically for the new Cat 1bis technology, increasing the overall LTE Cat 1 market from 132 million units in 2021 to an estimated 200 million units in 2025," said Takeshi Niwa, marketing analyst, TSR. "The great success of Cat 1bis in China, notably in the utility segment, demonstrates the accelerated adoption and deployment of this IoT-focused LTE category, driven by its lower cost compared to first-generation Cat 1 and also by the shutdown of legacy 2G and 3G networks. The availability of platforms like Sequans' Calliope 2 that brings a newer generation of optimized Cat 1 technology into the market will extend this rapid growth to other countries including Japan and the United States."
Calliope 2 GC02S1 modules are 5G-ready and compliant with the 3GPP Release 15 massive IoT standard. User application software and interfaces are compatible with Sequans' Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform, allowing easy migration among Cat 1, LTE-M, and NB-IoT massive IoT technologies.
Calliope 2 GC02S1 Module Features
Supports 3GPP Release 14/15, including PSM and eDRX for ultra-low power consumption
Cost-effective support for Cat 1bis data rate: up to 10 Mbps DL and 5 Mbps UL
Ultra-small "S1" LGA package
Power supply supports 3.1V-5.5V
Supports VoLTE and high-quality voice
Supports external SIM and eSIM as well as integrated SIM and integrated eSIM
Common Criteria (CC) EAL5+ security for iSIM
Compatible with Sequans Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform for easy migration among Cat 1, LTE-M, Cat NB1/NB2
"Sequans pioneered Cat 1 technology for IoT and has always recognized its value," said Karam. "We are the only cellular IoT connectivity solutions provider with a strategic product roadmap for Cat 1. Our Calliope 2 chip platform and GC02S1 modules are designed with a clear eye on its particular value for IoT, especially now that 2G and 3G networks are being shut down and 5G is on the horizon."
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading developer and supplier of cellular IoT connectivity solutions, providing chips and modules for 5G/4G massive and broadband IoT. For 5G/4G massive IoT applications, Sequans provides a comprehensive product portfolio based on its flagship Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT and Calliope Cat 1 chip platforms, featuring industry-leading low power consumption, a large set of integrated functionalities, and global deployment capability. For 5G/4G broadband IoT applications, Sequans offers a product portfolio based on its Cassiopeia Cat 4/Cat 6 4G and high-end Taurus 5G chip platforms, optimized for low-cost residential, enterprise, and industrial applications. Founded in 2003, Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States.