World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?


The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

What are the upside opportunities for M2M modules?

Mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) modules -- based upon 2G technologies -- continued to dominate shipments in 2012 with over 70 percent market share, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. As a result, module revenues did not break the $1 billion mark as hoped and the average module price continued to decline. "Cellular M2M module price competition was intense in 2012 driven by several factors," says, Dan Shey, practice director at ABI...

By David H. Deans, 05 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Mobile, Networks, Research.

Schneider Electric pushes to be the leading smart cities vendor

Stuart Ravens, Principal Analyst, Energy & Utilities TechnologySchneider Electric recently updated its Smart Cities technology portfolio, with a particular emphasis on three specific areas: real estate energy management, smart water networks, and its city management platform. Schneider Electric has an impressive portfolio of smart city technology. However, the products are branded at an individual level, giving little hint of the overall portfolio’s value and weakening Schneider...

By Ovum Research, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M.

Beyond telephone numbers - Need for an application layer identifier

Schulzrinne sipnoc2013Do "smart" parking meters really need phone numbers? Does every "smart meter" installed by electric utilities need a telephone number? Does every new car with a built-in navigation system need a phone number? Does every Amazon Kindle (and similar e-readers) really need its own phone number?

In the absence of an alternative identifier, the answer seems to be a resounding "yes" to all of the above.

At the recent SIPNOC 2013 event, U.S. Federal Communications Commission CTO Henning Schulzrinne gave a presentation (slides available) about "Transitioning the PSTN to IP" where he made a point about the changes around telephone numbers and their uses (starting on slide 14) and specifically spoke about this use of phone numbers for devices (slide 20). While his perspective is obviously oriented to North America and country code +1, the trends he identifies point to a common problem:

What do we use as an application-layer identifier for Internet-connected devices?

In a subsequent conversation, Henning indicated that one of the area codes seeing the largest amount of requests for new phone numbers is one in Detroit - because of the automakers need to provision new cars with...

By Dan York, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, M2M, Mobile, Telematics, VoiP.

How clued up are consumers on smart meters? [infographic]

For the utilities sector, smart metering is a hugely important step to inform consumers of where their money is going – especially with continually rising bill prices – as well as saving energy overall.

And in terms of the ever-growing Internet of Things, the smart meter is seen as the first step to creating the smart home.

In the UK, smart metering has been a major issue of late. Earlier this month it was announced by the government that the rollout of smart meters to 30 million UK homes is to be...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, M2M, Operators.

How wireless technology enables the IoE ecosystem

Perhaps you have seen the research that Cisco IBSG has shared about the Internet of Everything phenomenon. Others are now participating in the global market assessment, with the intent to gain a better understanding of the applications and associated upside potential. The latest data from ABI Research on the Internet of Everything (IoE) shows that there are more than 10 billion wireless connected devices in the market today -- with over 30 billion devices...

By David H. Deans, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, M2M, Research, Wireless.

Building automation market will reach $43 billion

After years of steady but low growth, the commercial building automation systems (BAS) market is experiencing a rapid period of change and investment. Traditionally, growth and adoption has been closely tied to new building completion but new entrants and new connectivity are driving greater investment. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, over the next five years the building automation services market will grow to $43 billion -- that's up from $35 billion this year. Two key factors...

By David H. Deans, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Infrastructure, M2M, Security.

London City Airport gets smart and shows channel development flightpath

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector TechnologyCity CIOs need to understand how technology can be used to make their arena more economically competitive. There is a school of thought that says that the main competitive edge for a city is not location but accessibility – and on a global stage that means the airports. Indeed, many cities are becoming transport hubs where the city supports the airport rather than the other way around.

London City Airport is about to develop its offering for the...

By Ovum Research, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, M2M.

Exploring automotive telematics and in-vehicle infotainment

The two main silos in the telematics industry -- consumer automotive and commercial telematics -- remain the most active areas within the broader M2M (machine to machine) mobile communications industry. Advancements in entertainment head-units and higher smartphone penetration will result in software App capability reaching a fifth of all consumer vehicles in the developed markets of North America and Western Europe by 2017. According to the findings from the latest market study by Juniper Research, the success of new standards -- such as MirrorLink -- will be instrumental in creating the foundations for the connected car ecosystem to flourish. ...

By David H. Deans, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, M2M, Telematics.

Smart grid investment to reach $80 billion+ in 2018

The various utility applications for communications networks and associated investment in infrastructure will grow rapidly in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Moreover, spending by utilities transitioning their networks to Smart Grid capabilities reached $23.68 billion in 2012. Highlighting the growing momentum behind the spending, the 2012 total alone represents 48 percent of Smart Grid spending to date. During the...

By David H. Deans, 12 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Research.