‘AllSeen Alliance’ gives IoT its direction

If you take a look at Gartner’s emerging technology ‘Hype Cycle’ for 2013, you’ll see the “Internet of Things” riding high at the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’. This means, defined by Gartner, publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures.

Speaking to both players and analysts, they’ll tell you the IoT is very disjointed –...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, M2M, Research.

Emerging business models for Smart Wearable devices

A "smart wearable" product is an app-enabled computing device which is worn on, or otherwise attached to the body, while being used. In some cases a wearable device is also considered a fashion accessory.Most wearable devices are always on and accessible at any time with a constant interaction between the user and the device. This definition covers a wide range of devices from watches to displays which can either work independently or in conjunction with an external platform -- such as the smartphone or media tablet. The outlook for wearable technology applications is very bright. New findings from a recent market study...

By David H. Deans, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Research.

Prepare the rifles, Amazon to deliver packages via drones!

The Smart City revolution may be coming in the next couple of years; but that doesn’t stop Amazon showing their hand in the next-generation of package deliveries (hint, it involves drones.)

Although not due to launch until 2015; the world’s largest online retailer’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, showed off the “Amazon Prime Air” on a 60 Minutes segment. Appearing like something found in a Terminator movie; Amazon’s latest innovation has...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, M2M.

Swisscom discuss bringing Smart Living to the masses #TTW

Marianna Tamborini, Head of Smart Living Marketing for Swisscom, guided the audience in a session at Telecoms Tech World through the challenges of offering smart living solutions to the mass market and how to overcome them.

She explains whilst solutions are becoming more commonplace in the United States; mainly due to automated home security systems – in Europe the field is still very much in its infancy.

These security and safety-related solutions are part of the...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, M2M.

Will Google Glass be the 'killer app' for M2M? #TTW

TelecomsTech caught up with Pat Nash, managing director at InVMA, a partner of M2M and IoT solutions provider ThingWorx to discuss standardisation, Google Glass and how startups can get by in an increasingly competitive market

There are a few burning issues with machine to machine (M2M) communications before the mainstream boom hits; namely standardisation and partnerships.

Yet Pat Nash, managing director at InVMA, sees things differently.

"I don't think standardisation will necessarily help the industry, but...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, M2M.

Kinect developer PrimeSense detected and acquired by Apple

Arguably the technology which makes Microsoft’s Xbox console stand-out from its main competitor is its Kinect peripheral; an innovative motion detecting camera. Whilst many gamers are slowly coming around to see its benefits; developers have been hacking it for years for fantastic uses.

Apple is known to acquire a range of technologies to use for its devices; ‘TouchID’ is a feature found in the new iPhone 5S made possible through the company’s AuthenTec acquisition in 2012.

A notable...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Smartphones, Smart TV.

James Monighan: How current M2M reportage is missing the point #TTW

Ahead of Telecoms Tech World next week James Monighan, who is chairing the M2M track at the event, discusses the current state of the M2M market, how important the customer experience is, and how the coverage doesn’t quite tell the full story

It’s becoming clear that the machine to machine (M2M) ecosystem is going to revolutionise everyday lives, especially as it morphs into the Internet of Things (IoT).

Yet the majority of reports on the topic focus on big numbers. A Strategy Analytics research report released

By James Bourne, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, M2M.

Samsung embarks on worldwide tour to promote a S-lifestyle

Everyone who regularly uses technology knows how convenient (and yet occasionally frustrating) a tight ecosystem can be - yes, just look at Apple’s iDevice and Mac line. These work together flawlessly… until you try to use another manufacturer.

This has two favourable advantages; firstly, you have full-control to create a great experience for customers. Secondly, it makes it frustrating for any customer to leave the ecosystem.

Samsung is looking to recreate the ‘i’ experience with...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Mobile, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Microsoft will rule the internet (yes, and Google…)

The next decade will be connected to that source of knowledge we know as the internet – whoever rules it has the keys to the tech world. Nobody really “owns” the internet; but some companies certainly have more influence than others over its contents – notably, Google.

One of the current hot topics in the industry is “The Internet of Things” - the idea being that every device has a reachable address on the web.

Whoever can harness this technology has an enviable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, M2M, Smartphones.

Tizen selects Nokia’s Here platform for location

Nick Dillon, Senior Analyst, Devices & Platforms

The Tizen Association announced on Monday that it has selected Nokia’s Here maps platform to power the location elements of the Tizen mobile operating system.

This fills a major hole in Tizen’s offering and paves the way for the launch of the first Tizen handsets from Samsung, which we expect to arrive in 2014. Although the impact of the deal will ultimately rely on the success of Tizen, the selection of Here not only illustrates the growing...

By Ovum Research, 15 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Devices, Smartphones.