Editorial: Building an open, programmable city

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Bristol, a city in the South West of England, has gained international exposure in recent months thanks to becoming the European Green Capital. During yesterday's 'Bristol is Open' launch, we got to see how the city is prepared to lead the way for connected cities thanks to a range of partnerships and a world-leading infrastructure...

To understand how the city is positioned to lead the way on...

MWC15: Panasonic becomes a MVNO

“When most people think of Panasonic, they think of televisions” is the honest claim made on-stage by an exec from the Japanese firm at Mobile World Congress. It’s a humble start, just before the company paves the way forward for the IoT with the launch of their own MVNO service.

Partnering with Vodafone, Panasonic says it will offer connectivity to their customers in over 40 countries for one flat tariff. This will ensure all their devices which would benefit from being connected to the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M, Machine Learning, MVNO.

Ofcom takes 'TV white space' prime time

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UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced today the use of 'white space' spectrum in the TV frequency band will be available for use by the industry. It follows a series of successful trials of which TelecomsTech reported on back in October.

Some uses for the spectrum so far...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Licensing, M2M, Regulation, Spectrum, Testing & Measurement, Wireless.

IoT: Turn your home into an energy-efficient Den

Yasser Khattak is a 19 year old entrepreneur who could save the UK economy £1.7bn through evolving one of the most-used appliances in our homes; the power switch. His innovative platform, called Den, is starting off by connecting the humble power switch to the web. Once connected, Den will enable users to intuitively power on and off other devices as and when needed via a series of sensors.

A conscious-effort was made to evolve the technology behind the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Innovation, IoT, M2M.

The tactile internet: IoT, 5G and cloud on steroids

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By Professor Mischa Dohler & Professor Gerhard Fettweis, Fellows of the IEEE

Each Internet generation was believed to be the last, with designs pushed to near perfection. The first and original Internet, a virtually infinite network of computers, was a paradigm changer and went on to define the economies of the late 20th century. However, after that Internet came the Mobile Internet, connecting billions of smart phones and laptops, and yet again redefining entire segments...

By Telefónica, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, M2M, Networks.

How wireless technologies enable the Internet of Everything

Imagine a world where all manner of electrical and electronic devices are connected together via a wireless link -- that's the Internet of Everything. The installed base of active wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion in 2014, that's about 20 percent more than in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Moreover, the number of devices will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecast for 2020."The driving force behind the surge in connections is that usual buzzword suspect, the Internet of Things (IoT)," said Aapo Markkanen, principal...

By David H. Deans, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Research.

Samsung and Intel team-up for consumer IoT specification

For the Internet of Things to truly take-off, the industry needs to come together and create a standard for communication between compatible hardware and software. There are already several consortiums with the support of major heavyweights; such as the 'AllSeen Alliance'.

The AllSeen Alliance is backed by LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image, TP-LINK,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M.

Big data and the road to smart cities

By Julian Garcia Barbosa, Big Data Senior Account Executive at Telefónica. 

Improving citizen security, optimising waste management, anticipating traffic jams and analysing citizen sentiment: these are just a few examples of what Big Data could do to bring our cities into the future.

According to a UN report, 70% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. In spite of occupying only 2%...

By Telefónica, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.