Exploring top smart city projects in the United States

Smart city projects have gained momentum over the last decade, as more municipalities across North America have launched a wide variety of digital transformation initiatives. That said, some cities have achieved significant outcomes that enable them to improve services for citizens.

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are the smartest cities in the United States, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Cities were evaluated across various metrics such as deployment of LED streetlights, smart...

By David H. Deans, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Major potential for IoT in transportation but lots of work to do, new research finds

A new piece of research from Inmarsat argues that a lack of data-sharing skills and processes will negate deriving the best insights from Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the transport sector.

The research, which was conducted in May of this year by Vanson Bourne and took responses from 100 large transport companies, found many potential use cases for IoT, from monitoring environmental changes – cited by 54% of respondents – to speeding up time to market (48%).

Yet there are still various...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IoT, Telematics.

Comcast focusing on smart homes with current strategy

US-based telecommunications company Comcast is expediting its efforts in home automation, as it looks to tap into connected devices and expand its home security business.

As reported by Reuters, the company’s push to diversify comes in the backdrop of many US consumers dropping traditional cable television packages to opt for cheaper alternatives.

The company has witnessed exponential growth in its Xfinity Home security service wherein...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, IoT.

KDDI acquires Soracom to bolster IoT capability

Japanese telecom provider KDDI is to acquire IoT platform provider Soracom, according to an announcement from KDDI president Takashi Tanaka.

The company will acquire Soracom’s outstanding shares, making it a consolidated subsidiary of KDDI.

Soracom, which was formed in 2015, provides the Soracom IoT platform to deliver secure communication optimised for IoT and M2M by combining over the air connectivity with cloud capability. The platform allows customers to operate and manage connections and devices...

By Telecoms, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

Sierra Wireless acquires Numerex for $107 million as it aims to bolster customer base

Sierra Wireless has announced it is to acquire Numerex, a provider of machine to machine communications, for $107 million (£81.5m), as it bolsters its customer base and sales capacity.

The move, Sierra said, will bolster its position in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market, as well as providing an experienced sales team and channel and accelerates the company’s ‘IoT device to cloud’ strategy.

“We believe that the combination of Sierra Wireless and Numerex result in a powerful...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

How Aarhus is using Bluetooth sensors to solve traffic issues

Implementation of Bluetooth technologies for monitoring traffic conditions has experienced success in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, which has used BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors for several years across its entire road network.

The municipality has also been collecting traffic data based on the movement of driver´s mobile devices.

The sensors have accumulated traffic data that provide insights into current road density, flow and formation of queues and share traffic information with users....

By Telecoms, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, Networks, Telematics.

China Mobile downgraded by Morgan Stanley, ‘scrambling’ to catch up on IoT, say reports

It has not been the best week for China Mobile. The operator, which is the largest global telco in terms of domestic subscribers, has been downgraded in the eyes of analysts Morgan Stanley, while another analyst, Edison Lee at Jefferies, said the company faces a ‘dilemma’ in terms of Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

According to Barrons, Morgan Stanley finds three issues with China Mobile’s...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, IoT, Operators.

British government pumps £16m into 5G research

The UK government has pumped £16 million into 5G research to help ensure Britain is at the forefront of mobile technology.

By 2030, 5G is expected to inject up to £173 billion into the economy. In comparison, the £16 million investment announced today sounds like a bargain for the potential return.

Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, added: “Ensuring Britain remains at the forefront of digital innovation is a priority for this government.

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, IoT, Mobile, Research.

NB-IoT and VoLTE progress: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Verizon pushing initiatives

A couple of updates – and firsts – have taken place in the NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) and VoLTE (voice over LTE) spaces.

Deutsche Telekom has introduced two entry packages as pilot NB-IoT solutions in Germany, in a move to widen the scope of its network offerings in the arena and accelerate its 2020 5G communications standard.

The packages are NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, and NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, which is a more comprehensive product offering.

Both...

By Telecoms, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

GSMA claims mobile IoT initiative has ‘taken off’ after operator LPWA rollout

Several of the world’s leading mobile operators, including AT&T, China Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, have launched commercial rollouts of low power wide area (LPWA) networks, with the GSMA claiming its Mobile IoT Initiative has been a success.

The list of operators includes AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon and Vodafone.

The rollout programme is part of the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative that encourages the market to take on licenced LPWA networks. In China,...

By Telecoms, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.