What makes for great IoT product development?


Cisco has pegged the Internet of Everything for soon impacting our lives ten times more than the Internet itself. Yet so many companies in the more commonly called Internet of Things (IoT) are struggling for survival.

Why? Maybe, like the Google Glass, it was just too soon. Or like another seemingly failed Google acquisition, Revolv home automation hub, maybe the bigger guys are gobbling up the competition (

By Telefónica, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Marketing.

How to build a smart city out of ruins


Dubrovnik is seemingly the polar opposite of Sarajevo, the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dubrovnik struggles to modernise and become a smart city, while protecting its pristine 7th century spirit, while Sarajevo tries to build a smart city from rubble.

They may make for strange bedfellows, but these two cities with seemingly different problems are working together to build connected cities that solve their citizens’ problems.

Dubrovnik is a geographic...

By Telefónica, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

When context brings sense to the big data mess

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Big data—which will soon be an understatement—is the amalgamation of information we’re getting from all of our mobile devices, and then adding to that soon the information we’re getting from all those other devices soon from the Internet of Things. Now the debate is if big data is valuable at all. Soon this insurmountable amount of data will become nonsense, unless we add context. Big data will enable machine learning that can in turn enable contextual...

By Telefónica, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Content.

Data for social good: When big data and machine learning saves lives


“There are people who will then research and find out ‘Why is this?’ Or change policies based on this data. Information can save lives,” said Nancy Lublin, founder of Crisis Text Line. In just over two years, 15 million text messages have been sent to “741741” from every area code in the US, connecting people with anxiety and depression with counsellors.

It has grown rapidly because “just someone being...

By Telefónica, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Machine Learning.

The IoT may talk too much – but add a strong silent database and it could save the Amazon


The great thing about the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it takes communication to unprecedented heights. But that’s also its weakness. Those ‘Things’ never shut up, babbling away in tongues and confusing everything.

In theory, the global village of IoTs could potentially save the world by helping us use our precious food, water and energy wisely. However, keeping up with all this unstructured talk would consume more of the earth’s resources than could be...

By Telefónica, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Developing Countries, IoT.

How are startups innovating cities?


Barcelona—a smart city – is an interconnected ecosystem with many parts, and therefore it can be natural to try to house all of these moving parts in one place, via traditional top-down government plans. But governments aren’t necessarily known for their cultures of innovation; infact the stiltedness of governments combined with budget constraints are reasons it’s taking much longer than planned for us to see truly smart cities come to fruition.

The solution?...

By Telefónica, 01 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

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.

Why IoT is going through a difficult teenage phase


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.

Why open standards on the web will benefit us all

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Deep within the bowels of the internet there is a battle raging - one that has the potential to fundamentally change how people use the web.

Actually, that’s probably a bit dramatic. The bowels of the internet are far more likely to be a brightly lit, open-plan office in downtown San Francisco, or maybe a bit further south in Silicon...

By Telefónica, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Standards.

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.

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.

Telefónica’s Simon Birkenhead: “Don’t get obsessed with the latest technology”

Speaking at the Technology for Marketers & Advertisers conference, Simon Birkenhead, Director of Global Ad Sales at Telefonica, explained: “The iPhone, born in 2007, doesn’t look too different today from what it did seven years ago. The iPad was born in 1993, it was called the Apple Newton. That was the first iPad. The design has changed a bit, it’s a bit more ‘gadgety’ but the concept hasn’t really changed that much.”


By Telefónica, 03 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, 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.