Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”
This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”
As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...
Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Developer Kits
In order to help promote M2M (Machine-to-Machine) development based in the cloud, vendor Deutsche Telekom is providing developer kits to get started.
TelecomsTech spoke to DT’s Ruslan Ismailov at Mobile World Congress back in February to discuss the telco’s M2M strategy going forward – and now we’re beginning to see some progress.
Consisting of an Arduino or a Cinterion board with a GSM chip, and of course a SIM card for access to the...
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?
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...
Beyond telephone numbers - Need for an application layer identifier
Do "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...
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...