The real Sim City: How over 15,000 sensors made Santander smart

By Francisco Jariego, Director of Industrial IoT, Telefónica

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing day by day.

As urban environments are becoming more densely populated and more complex, cities face challenges in a number of different areas: congested transport infrastructure, air quality and pollution, energy efficiency and climate change.

Governments around the world are now racing to transform their towns into...

By Telefónica, 26 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications: A burgeoning, diverse market

This is the first in a series of entries on Machine-to-Machine (“M2M”) communications. One definition for M2M is “RF devices associated with/connected to physical assets, communicating information to or from the physical assets and, potentially, directing or controlling operation of the physical assets or processing a transaction.” Leading M2M consultants include ABI Research and Yankee Group.

Google’s Nest...

By Douglas Jarrett, 11 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M2M.

A closer look at Virgin Media Business' “Three New Things” shortlist of web technologies

UK telecoms giant Virgin Media Business is currently running a competition to find “Three New Things” alongside some very appetising rewards for digital entrepreneurs up and down the country. The list has now been whittled down to 10 finalists – and most have something in common…

Perhaps unsurprising for a competition run by a modern and forward-looking empire as Virgin Media – the majority of the finalists have some relation to the web and connected...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, M2M, Smartphones.

The smart device market outlook for China

During 2014, China will remain one of the leading high-growth markets for digital technology. The Chinese Smart Connected Device (SCD) market grew by 45 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by IDC.However, segment growth was mixed. The market growth rate of smartphones was 64 percent, media tablets were at 77 percent -- but, in contrast, PCs declined by -12 percent.IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker provides an integrated view of three important digital technology markets: Personal computers (notebooks and desktops), smartphones, and media tablets. According to the IDC study findings, overall 2013 saw fast growth for the SCD market in China."2013 was a game changing year. The consumer SCD...

By David H. Deans, 19 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, M2M, Research.

Spectralink Interview: Outdated NHS technology hampers effective patient care

TelecomsTech (TT) spoke with Simon Watson (SW) from Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, about NHS England’s recently announced £100m funding to modernise their “outdated” systems and improve patient care.

With a range of healthcare solutions, Spectralink is poised to offer clear insight into what aspects of the NHS needs to be updated in order to remove the barriers that prevent medical professionals from working...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, M2M.

Blackberry's smart pivot to M2M

The machine to machine (M2M) market is growing rapidly – as sensors become cheaper to embed in our clothes, appliances, shipping containers and just about everything else. In fact, one estimate pegs the market as worth $88 billion in nine years from now. Hundreds of billions of sensors will soon be sold, presenting an opportunity like few others. More importantly, there is no market leader in the space...

By Rich Tehrani, 27 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, M2M, Marketing.

PTC’s ThingWorx acquisition extends product lifecycle to Internet of Things

PTC’s $112m acquisition of ThingWorx, a startup offering a platform for building and running applications based on smart, connected devices, will logically extend the company’s service lifecycle management (SLM) business. It will also help PTC’s product manufacturing clients to build value-added operational and maintenance services.

ThingWorx takes PTC into an increasingly crowded market for integrating machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. However, ThingWorx is more than middleware, and...

By Ovum Research, 24 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, M2M.