SK Telecom boosts its smart home platform via collaboration with Samsung and LG

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South Korea-based operator SK Telecom has boosted its efforts at creating an open ecosystem around its smart home platform through collaboration with Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

SK Telecom has signed MoUs with both companies that will ensure interconnectivity of Samsung and LG’s smart home platforms with SK Telecom's Smart Home App. As a result, users of SK Telecom's smart home platform will be able to control consumer electronic products of Samsung and LG...

By Telecoms, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, IoT, Operators.

By subscription only: The future of traditional telecoms services?

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Among the sweeping changes taking place within the telecommunications industry, the popularity of subscription based business models seems to consistently resonate as one of the top concerns for all involved. With new players entering the field on a weekly basis, the business model of communication service providers (CSPs) will never be the same again.

Despite a number of variations introduced over the years, telecommunication services have traditionally been charged on a pay per...

By Timo Ahomäki, 07 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

Gemalto rolls out industry-first M2M module to target industrial Internet of Things

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With a view to target applications in machine to machine (M2M) and industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Gemalto has rolled out the new Cinterion ELS31, a novel LTE Category 1 wireless module to enhance 4G LTE connectivity.

Providing power optimisation and single-mode LTE at speeds of up to 10Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s uplink, the module is well-suited to IoT applications like metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management and mHealth.

The module can function at operating temperatures...

By Telecoms, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, LTE, M2M.

Ericsson makes widespread IoT adoption possible

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Gartner predicts 4.9 billion connected devices will be in-use by the end of this year, a number which is set to grow to over 25 billion by 2020. Existing networks are struggling to cope with the demand placed on them by the IoT – and whilst the development of new technologies has picked-up to solve this dilemma – until then software needs to step-in and optimise...

By Ryan Daws, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Disruption, Industry, IoT, M2M, Networks.

Intel goes for 5G and IoT in latest strategic play

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Intel has elaborated on its plans to incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G in its future roadmap – ‘from device to data centre’.

At its recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the tech giant announced it would collaborate with equipment and device manufacturers NTT DOCOMO, Nokia, and SK Telecom, alongside academic institutions to “accelerate 5G standards development and solve key technical challenges.” With this in mind Intel also announced the...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, Networks.

Smart Cities: Reviewing what makes a city smart

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Smart Cities are no longer a promise of the future but an increasing priority for local, regional and countrywide governments and a flourishing business area for technological firms and CSPs with interests in the IoT market.

The European Union is so far the part of the world where more efforts have been made to develop smart cities. At...

By Telefónica, 17 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Smart Cities.

The telcos’ perspective: Leading cross-industry business transformation through IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most discussed topics in the telecoms industry today. With subscriber growth tapering off even in geographic regions that were late to mobile adoption and a host of over the top (OTT) players creating a challenging outlook for services beyond the traditional telecommunications space, it is understandable that communications service providers (CSPs) are looking for new opportunities. But while there is definitely a strong need for...

By Timo Ahomäki, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Operators.

Luxembourg becomes latest country to roll out SIGFOX nationwide IoT network

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Global connectivity provider SIGFOX, in conjunction with partners POST Luxembourg and RMS.lu, has announced Luxembourg is the eighth country to deploy its nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network.

The Benelux nation, with a population of just over 500,000, follows Portugal, Belgium and Denmark, where plans were announced earlier this year. The network already operates in France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

SIGFOX claims its ultra narrow band (UNB) technology, alongside...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Infrastructure, IoT.

Why IoT is going through a difficult teenage phase

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By Nick Booth

Uncommunicative data refuses to come out of its silo – and boy can it be difficult.

As we all know, there are hundreds of benevolent IT developers who only want to do one thing – improve the world, one Internet working of Things at a time. Oh to be young and idealistic!

In a way, they are like parents – they want the best and they can see possibilities that the offspring can’t. Tragically the IoT cannot benefit from the wisdom of their experience....

By Telefónica, 24 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, IoT.

UK government offers £10m for a smart city project

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The UK government is helping to advance the uptake of the IoT (Internet of Things) in cities through a £10 million prize being offered to a single collaborative research and development project which helps to demonstrate "the capability of IoT in a city region." 

This prize is being offered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities.

Global M2M revenues will reach $40 billion by 2019

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During the last couple of years, machine-to-machine (M2M) offerings have become a key part of the product portfolio at telecom service providers and a significant new revenue stream for the few specialists.The management of devices is key to M2M offerings, and it distinguishes the capabilities from the broader Internet of Things (IoT), where any object may be furnished with wireless connectivity on an ad-hoc basis.Juniper Research has forecast that...

By David H. Deans, 05 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Research.

Ericsson paves the way for insane 5G speeds

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Researchers at Ericsson have been working on technologies to help shape 5G in the coming years, with perhaps one of the most exciting advancements being 'Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO' which the company demonstrated late last month. 

The technology allows devices to ping multiple towers and maintain more than one datastream at a time for enhanced speed...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, IoT, Networks, Research.

Industrial Internet of Things will reach 43.5m devices

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As more machine-to-machine (M2M) applications are being created, Internet connectivity will become essential to numerous heavy industries around the globe. The installed base of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in industrial automation reached 10.3 million in 2014, according to the latest worldwide market study by Berg Insight.The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks is now forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach...

By David H. Deans, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, IoT, Research.

Advocating a BLE-powered future for the Internet of Things

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Opinion Much of the focus of connecting assets, products and spaces through the Internet of Things tends to hone in on the need to give everything a physical Internet connection. In many cases, companies are working to do this by utilising the mobile internet, or enabling Wi-Fi connectivity. Whilst this is one approach, it comes with added costs and security implications. 

In the consumer space, for...

By Mike Crooks, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT, WiFi.

How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things

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Most utility companies have a plan to utilize technologies that are key ingredients of the Internet of Things (IoT). As an example, the Smart Grid Sensor market will expand rapidly in the coming decade, with revenues growing nearly ten-fold, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS. IHS forecasts that while the smart grid sensor market only accounted for less than 20 percent of total sensor sales revenues in 2014, they will account for 75 percent of the total sensor market in 2021.The smart grid...

By David H. Deans, 26 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, IoT.

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...