Tesco’s future SuperMarket(ing) wants your face

Retail giant Tesco has been on a mission to modernise their business since investing £1 billion late last year into moving beyond the age-old ‘take a shelf-item to the checkout’ model used in stores for decades. Now they want to personalise the experience, by scanning your face.

Let’s take a look back at Tesco’s modernisation; the first step was “self-scan” checkouts, a fairly self-explanatory name where you scan and pack your own items.

This was followed by the...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, M2M, Marketing.

How to extract meaning and value from M2M data

Mobile network service providers are going to be inundated with machine-to-machine (M2M) data. Extracting meaning and value from that mass of raw information is a huge undertaking. Analytics software platforms and professional services are part of the solution. ABI Research forecasts that the M2M analytics industry will grow a robust 53.1 percent over the next 5 years -- from $1.9 billion in 2013 to $14.3 billion in 2018. The ABI forecast includes revenue segmentation for the five components that together enable analytics to be used in M2M services: including data integration, data storage, core analytics, data presentation, and...

By David H. Deans, 01 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, M2M, Operators.

Why small cells are poised for growth in Latin America

Small cells mean big changes for mobile networks

Already an important element in 3G networks globally, small cells enable network coverage to be easily extended to accommodate data growth, especially in busy outdoor areas. However, as operators move to 4G/LTE networks and introduce heterogeneous networks (HetNets), small cells become even more important. Why?  Because LTE technology promises higher bandwidth in the radio interface, end-users also expect better service, lower latency and more throughput. This...

By Tellabs, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, LTE, M2M, Networks, Small Cells.

UK’s tracking programme is exclusively for cows

Whilst many of us are steal reeling from the invasive privacy measures used by the NSA in their PRISM programme; it turns out the UK has started a similar tracking initiative... for cows.

The aptly-named “Cow Tracking Project” connects individual cows to the web, Internet of Things-style, by attaching a GPS device to each, and placing sensors around their shed to monitor their movements and sleeping habits.

Its aim is to monitor any behavioural changes which could...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Industry, M2M.

How to succeed in the new mobile economy

As technology continues to advance, the mobile ecosystem has successfully built a host of new business models, from automotive to health and education to the connected living space at home.

This marks an incredibly exciting time for the customers who will able to embrace an evolved mobile experience, the developers and device manufacturers who can continue to drive innovation and the operators who must develop strong value propositions to entice the 21st century mobile user away from competitors.

From an...

By Mike Boyarski, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

ThingWorx’s Ken Forster on leading the IoT and M2M renaissance

Recent winner of ITExpo's "Most Innovative Product" award; ThingWorx is a forward-thinking platform leading the way in the Internet of Things and M2M. So who better to talk to about the future of this renaissance-like movement than EMEA Head, Ken Forster?

Like the other big industry talking point, LTE, both the IoT and M2M is in a state of Long Term Evolution; constantly adapting to what people expect...

By Ryan Daws, 09 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M.

Examining the upside market opportunities for M2M connections

Machine to machine (M2M) applications growth continues on an upward trajectory. Cellular M2M connections are set to reach over 450 million by 2018, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 to the high teens, but with improving world economics connection growth will accelerate to a CAGR of 26 percent through 2018. However, recent connection growth has come in the face of declining connection ARPUs. "The market for M2M connections can...

By David H. Deans, 06 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, M2M, Operators.

How M2M will drive a more sustainable, connected society

By Matthew Key, CEO, Telefonica Digital

15 July 2013: By 2015 over six billion objects in the world will be connected to the internet. The explosion of M2M communications, creating what is known as the Internet of Things, is set to fundamentally transform almost every aspect of human society and disrupt every industry it touches.

We see it as the biggest growth opportunity in the market and aim for M2M to represent...

By Telefónica, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M2M.

M2M: The focus is still on people

The idea of machines speaking to machines makes some people worry that there is an impending machine age. In reality, “machine-to-machine communication” (M2M) is not science fiction, but science fact. And human beings are being anything but left out.

M2M is getting ever closer to users to improve their quality of life and there are a number of reasons for this: Firstly, networks have now become omnipresent: wireless Internet is being installed across large areas...

By Daryl Miller, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, M2M.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...