Telefónica Digital's new Thinking Things concept creates smart M2M connectivity 'for almost any object'

London, UK. October 25, 2012 – Telefónica Digital has today presented ‘Thinking Things’, a “simple solution currently under development which connects almost any device wirelessly to the internet”.

The concept enables physical objects to be controlled online and could radically alter our world through ‘smart’ connectivity and rock bottom prices, says Telefónica, providing opportunities for innovation and economic growth.

Invented by Telefónica I+D, the research and development division of Telefónica, the product will provide a significant boost to the development of M2M communications and help the establishment of an internet of physical things. With Thinking Things, tasks such as controlling thermostats, monitoring assets or tracking loads with a mobile phone can now become an affordable reality.

Thinking Things consists of three elements:

* Physical modules containing the core communications and logic
* Energy via a battery or AC
* Sensors and actuators

Modules are simply connected together and then to the device they will control, or deployed in the space to be monitored. For instance, modules can be plugged into a lamp to enable remote control of home lighting. This is demonstrated in this video.

Once connected, a web page is created for the new device. This provides online access to control the functions of the physical modules. The interface reportedly makes it extremely easy to configure the modules’ triggers, for instance controlling home temperature online or via SMS. All the web functions are offered through an API, so developers can access all functionality from their software.

Francisco Javier Zorzano, Telefónica I+D said: “We think the time has come to democratise the Internet of Things – to open its capabilities to every kind of company and individual, with small investments. This opening should mean an explosion of new developments and services, as happened in the 90s with cheap internet access.”

The Thinking Things portfolio currently includes a battery, wireless connection, humidity / temperature, presence detection, RGB indicator, accelerometer + compass, pressure detector, servomotor control and some generic modules with standard electronical interfaces. Additional capabilities such as GPS, radio frequency identification (RFID) and more are in development.

Thinking Things is another Telefónica Digital innovation aimed at capitalising on M2M opportunities and follows the launch of Drive to Improve, a telematics device that tracks vehicle journeys.

The final element of Thinking Things would be the data services ecosystem. This would offer access to metadata from Telefónica’s network, leading to personalised and localised services as an example. It will also provide the ability to easily monetise new products and services through a developed network.

Telefónica Digital is a global business division of network operator Telefónica. The division’s mission is to seize the opportunities within the digital world and deliver new growth for Telefónica through research & development, venture capital, global partnerships and digital services such as cloud computing, mobile advertising, M2M and eHealth. It is also driving innovation in over-the-top communications services under a new umbrella brand called Tu. Telefónica Digital will deliver these new products and services to Telefónica’s 311 million customers as well as leveraging the power of the internet to enter new markets. It is headquartered in London with regional centres in Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, Spain and Tel Aviv. Jajah, Terra, Media Networks Latin America, 48 and giffgaff are all managed under the Telefónica Digital umbrella.

FEATURED IoT STORIES

9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more
RECENT ARTICLES

IoT solution providers now can integrate LoRaWAN connectivity with thingPark embedded OEM program

Posted on: December 3, 2021

Actility launches ThingPark Embedded, an OEM-type Partner Program which enables IoT Solution Providers and device manufacturers to integrate a full-featured industrial-grade LoRaWAN infrastructure to their offering.

Read more

Schneider Electric launches grids of the future lifecycle management at Enlit Europe event

Posted on: December 3, 2021

Rueil-Malmaison, France. 2 December 2021 – Schneider Electric, the provider of digital transformation of energy management and automation and The World’s 2021 Most Sustainable Corporation, believes that electricity is the only energy that offers the fastest vector for decarbonisation through a combination of renewables and digital software-led solutions.

Read more