How US utility companies are exploring new digital apps

Digital transformation has begun to impact the industrial sector where maintaining security is a high priority. According to the findings from a recent survey of U.S. based utility companies, 40 percent of respondents believe that data security is the leading barrier to the adoption of new digital technologies.

However, it's clearly a barrier that can be overcome, with 64 percent of large utility organizations expressing a willingness to adopt innovative technologies - such as Internet of Things (IoT),...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

Orange Business Services accelerates LTE-M strategy with enterprise IoT trials

Orange Business Services has launched several field trials across Europe in order to expedite its LTE-M strategy to support the development of IoT solutions for the enterprise market.

In Spain, the communications integrator – the B2B branch of the Orange Group – has started several tests with strategic customers and device manufacturers in an open ecosystem of participation. This covers different sectors and applications, including smart utility, smart cities and facility management.

The provider...

By Telecoms, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

Why the smart home is the new battleground for CSPs

Not since Columbus discovered the Americas has a new land represented such potential. The smart home market is a new world of opportunities, with communication service providers (CSPs) and global brands, including Google, Amazon and Apple battling to capture this growing market.   

In the UK, which is still classed as being in the early adopter phase, more than four million Britons have invested in smart devices for their homes with the market currently

By Dan Faulkner, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Customer Service, IoT.

OpenFog Consortium and ETSI to collaborate on fog-enabled mobile edge applications

The OpenFog Consortium and ETSI will be joining hands to develop fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies, as the two have signed a MoU with an intent to benefit organisations working to develop 5G, mission-critical and data-dense applications through fog computing and networking and thus reduce technical overlap across the multitude of domains.

The Consortium will be working with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG) wherein both organisations will...

By Telecoms, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Networks.

Global cellular IoT module shipments grew 35% annually, says Counterpoint

The latest study from Counterpoint Technology Market Research’s IoT service shows that global cellular IoT module shipments grew 35% on a year-on-year basis, and will keep gaining momentum in volume with technologies such as 4G, LTE-M and NB-IoT that will continue to drive the market.

The cellular IoT market is currently ruled by SIMCom Wireless, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Telit Communications, and u-blox. These five companies contribute two-third of the cellular module volume shipments and revenues of...

By Telecoms, 20 September 2017, 2 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Small Cell Forum aims to enhance smart communities and smart buildings with new partnership

A far-reaching collaboration has been formed between the Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) wherein the alliance will address issues with smart communities and smart buildings.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work on technical, commercial, and regulatory solutions. All their existing work and skillset will be put together to develop solutions that simplify and expedite deployment of dense networks and in-building...

By Telecoms, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT, Small Cells, Smart Cities.

MWC: 49% of US connections will be 5G by 2025

A report from the GSMA, released to mark the start of MWC Americas, predicts 49 percent of US connections will be 5G by 2025.

North America is a global leader in 4G adoption and the GSMA anticipates the nation to make a similar rapid transition to 5G. While around half of U.S connections are expected to be on 5G by 2025, the report expects adoption in Europe and the leading Asian markets(China, Japan, and South Korea) to be around 30 percent.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks.

MWC: T-Mobile plans to launch the first nationwide NB-IoT network in 2018

Ahead of the debut MWC Americas, T-Mobile has announced plans to launch the first nationwide NB-IoT network in 2018.

A nationwide NB-IoT (Narrowband-IoT) network will help to accelerate the deployment of IoT sensors, devices, and solutions. NB-IoT requires little spectrum to support a large number of devices while benefitting from extended range and improving battery life.

“Not only have we built America’s best unlimited network, but this magenta army is also moving at a...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators.

Exploring top smart city projects in the United States

Smart city projects have gained momentum over the last decade, as more municipalities across North America have launched a wide variety of digital transformation initiatives. That said, some cities have achieved significant outcomes that enable them to improve services for citizens.

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are the smartest cities in the United States, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Cities were evaluated across various metrics such as deployment of LED streetlights, smart...

By David H. Deans, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Major potential for IoT in transportation but lots of work to do, new research finds

A new piece of research from Inmarsat argues that a lack of data-sharing skills and processes will negate deriving the best insights from Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the transport sector.

The research, which was conducted in May of this year by Vanson Bourne and took responses from 100 large transport companies, found many potential use cases for IoT, from monitoring environmental changes – cited by 54% of respondents – to speeding up time to market (48%).

Yet there are still various...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IoT, Telematics.

Comcast focusing on smart homes with current strategy

US-based telecommunications company Comcast is expediting its efforts in home automation, as it looks to tap into connected devices and expand its home security business.

As reported by Reuters, the company’s push to diversify comes in the backdrop of many US consumers dropping traditional cable television packages to opt for cheaper alternatives.

The company has witnessed exponential growth in its Xfinity Home security service wherein...

By Telecoms, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, IoT.

KDDI acquires Soracom to bolster IoT capability

Japanese telecom provider KDDI is to acquire IoT platform provider Soracom, according to an announcement from KDDI president Takashi Tanaka.

The company will acquire Soracom’s outstanding shares, making it a consolidated subsidiary of KDDI.

Soracom, which was formed in 2015, provides the Soracom IoT platform to deliver secure communication optimised for IoT and M2M by combining over the air connectivity with cloud capability. The platform allows customers to operate and manage connections and devices...

By Telecoms, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

Sierra Wireless acquires Numerex for $107 million as it aims to bolster customer base

Sierra Wireless has announced it is to acquire Numerex, a provider of machine to machine communications, for $107 million (£81.5m), as it bolsters its customer base and sales capacity.

The move, Sierra said, will bolster its position in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market, as well as providing an experienced sales team and channel and accelerates the company’s ‘IoT device to cloud’ strategy.

“We believe that the combination of Sierra Wireless and Numerex result in a powerful...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

How Aarhus is using Bluetooth sensors to solve traffic issues

Implementation of Bluetooth technologies for monitoring traffic conditions has experienced success in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, which has used BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors for several years across its entire road network.

The municipality has also been collecting traffic data based on the movement of driver´s mobile devices.

The sensors have accumulated traffic data that provide insights into current road density, flow and formation of queues and share traffic information with users....

By Telecoms, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IoT, Networks, Telematics.

China Mobile downgraded by Morgan Stanley, ‘scrambling’ to catch up on IoT, say reports

It has not been the best week for China Mobile. The operator, which is the largest global telco in terms of domestic subscribers, has been downgraded in the eyes of analysts Morgan Stanley, while another analyst, Edison Lee at Jefferies, said the company faces a ‘dilemma’ in terms of Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

According to Barrons, Morgan Stanley finds three issues with China Mobile’s...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, IoT, Operators.

British government pumps £16m into 5G research

The UK government has pumped £16 million into 5G research to help ensure Britain is at the forefront of mobile technology.

By 2030, 5G is expected to inject up to £173 billion into the economy. In comparison, the £16 million investment announced today sounds like a bargain for the potential return.

Andrew Jones MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, added: “Ensuring Britain remains at the forefront of digital innovation is a priority for this government.

By Ryan Daws, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, IoT, Mobile, Research.

NB-IoT and VoLTE progress: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Verizon pushing initiatives

A couple of updates – and firsts – have taken place in the NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) and VoLTE (voice over LTE) spaces.

Deutsche Telekom has introduced two entry packages as pilot NB-IoT solutions in Germany, in a move to widen the scope of its network offerings in the arena and accelerate its 2020 5G communications standard.

The packages are NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, and NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, which is a more comprehensive product offering.

Both...

By Telecoms, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.

GSMA claims mobile IoT initiative has ‘taken off’ after operator LPWA rollout

Several of the world’s leading mobile operators, including AT&T, China Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, have launched commercial rollouts of low power wide area (LPWA) networks, with the GSMA claiming its Mobile IoT Initiative has been a success.

The list of operators includes AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon and Vodafone.

The rollout programme is part of the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative that encourages the market to take on licenced LPWA networks. In China,...

By Telecoms, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators.

Wi-Fi Alliance launches certification program for smart home developments

Wi-Fi Alliance has launched a certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design, which sets the guidelines to enable home builders provide an industry-approved network-installation plan.

The enterprise design practices enlisted in this program enable homes to have a consistent Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire home and outdoor spaces like garages and patios. It also provides seamless integration with many smart-home devices such as Wi-Fi voice-activated wireless speakers, security cameras, door locks,...

By Telecoms, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, WiFi, Wireless.