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 announces strategy to promote IoT

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The UK's telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, has announced its plans for ensuring the country is leading the way for the Internet of Things. It aims to achieve this by working with the industry and government to create a true regulatory environment which promotes investment and innovation to push the use of connected devices forward.

Steve Unger,...

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Industry, IoT, Regulation, Testing & Measurement.

The IoT-based future of policing

We all know the Internet of Things is going to have a substantial impact on public services and how they are delivered - although not always for the better. The Internet of Things will allow for greater efficiency and reduced expense, but potentially at the cost of jobs, privacy, and security.

Earlier this week, President Obama proposed $263 million to improve law enforcement after all the protests coming out of places like Ferguson regarding police brutality....

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Public Services, Regulation, Surveillance.

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.

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.

2014: The year of emerging market connectivity, open access and smart cities

It is traditional for analysts to end a given year with an assessment of the major trends in that year and predict what the next year will be like. This year we thought we’d do a bit of that ourselves and update you on some of the things you can expect from us in the coming months.

Broadband and politics, unhealthy bedfellows

Probably the most significant news of 2013 in the broadband space will remain as the partial collapse of the Australian NBN. A highly political project from the start, its...

By Benoît FELTEN, 17 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

Google’s Nest outrage shows world isn’t ready for the IoT

Nest Labs, the connected devices startup by ex-Apple Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, has been a rather successful story hasn’t it? And today, it’s been acquired by Google for the sum of $3 Billion.

Yet instead of being happy for the three year old firm; the internet isoutraged. Comments like “I just tore mine off of the wall. Thanks for nothing, Google” are currently circulating social media… so why are people so vexed?

For most, it appears to be privacy concerns....

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M.

Interview: Xively’s Chad Jones on driving the IoT

Xively’s cloud platform helps to simplify the development and management of IoT-connected products.

The platform removes the need to build infrastructure to support connected devices so businesses can focus on the product innovation itself while considerably cutting the cost and time involved in bringing a connected product to market.

TelecomsTech (TT) spoke to Xively’s VP of Product Strategy, Chad Jones (CJ), about the future of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, IoT, M2M.