Drones: Are they set to become IT departments’ new nightmare?

Drones, also known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), previously used only by the armed forces or security forces, are becoming increasingly popular.  For example in France, after proving their use in farming, they are now gradually being adopted by an array of companies, including production companies.

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M2M and its transformative effect on the automotive industry

The potential for M2M technology to revolutionise our lives is huge. Recent research by IHS predicts that global M2M connections will more than triple by the end of 2017 reaching 375 million, up from 116 million in 2012.

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Implementing successful business change in field service: criteria for success

When a field service organisation is implementing any change to the way it works, whether it is rolling out new technology or processes or ways of working, there are a number of challenges which need to be overcome and key criteria for success that need to be realised in order to achieve a successful outcome.

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M2M at its most rewarding

Right now, as a serious sideline, I’m writing about advanced networking technology such as software-defined networking and network functions virtualisation.  I like disruptive developments and writing about them can be challenging, but M2M is something else. 

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Scandinavia – an area optimised for the development of M2M services?

If you were to set out to design a geographical region that was optimised for the development of M2M services, it would probably look a lot like Scandinavia, according to Jeremy Green.

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The lessons we’ve already learned about wearables

As an industry, we’re still in the early days of wearable technology – figuring out what works (and what doesn’t) and continuing to define and refine this ever-growing market. As David Maidment of ARM says, wearable devices make up such a large and diverse category.

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Sustainable and peaceful homes with Telenor Connexion

The concept of the smart home or connected home – or domotics as it was called in the past – has been around for many years. Today, the smart home represents a strong opportunity for the M2M and IoT community, but also for more traditional industries working around products and services for the home. However, there is not much

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Smart connected homes driving IoT

The Internet of Things is set to create a market worth almost US$9 trillion by 2020. According to some analysts*, a large chunk of this business will be generated by smart connected homes. Antony Savvas reports on business developments in the smart home sector.

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This Week: Apple Watch, cyberwar, Gartner mansions, Rhino bracelets and wearable tech pays

You never now what’s coming next in this business. Jeremy Cowan’s week in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has included wearable tech for payments, Ralph Lauren shirts, Apple Watches, global cyberwarfare, and the size of the average Gartner’s gaff.

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What will make a utility smart?

Maingate Solutions was founded in 1998 as an M2M service provider (a mobile virtual network operator) offering machine-to-machine communication services to enterprises and utilities in the Nordic region, while also serving industrial, domestic security and point of sale verticals. In 2008 it began to focus on how to handle the huge quantities of data produced. Maingate now supplies

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Lighting up future utility models

The concept of prepaid service has long been recognised as a major driver in the explosive growth of mobile communications. With the rising costs of utility services, and the deployment of those services increasing across developing countries, and the availability of smart meters and smart grid infrastructure, Alun Lewis asks how long it will be until pre-paid models

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Seven priorities for developing smart energy devices?

There are major growth opportunities for utility companies through smart meters and smart home platforms, provided they address quality and consumer driven issues.

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Preventing tragic mudslides using M2M technology

Like most people, I was completely floored by the devastating mudslides in Washington State earlier this year that tragically killed a few dozen people. All over the world, landslides/mudslides affect many people each year.

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Wearable band shipments rocket by 684%, but are privacy and fashion issues still slowing adoption?

According to the latest device shipment estimates, the wearable band market grew 684% worldwide in the first half of 2014 compared with the first half of 2013. If true that’s impressive growth, writes Jeremy Cowan, but wearable technology could see even bigger growth if it wasn’t for key concerns around fashion and privacy.

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Where are the opportunities for CSPs in the Internet of Things?

Communication Service Providers’ (CSPs) are looking to be leaders in the Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) revolutions. Their M2M businesses have been growing rapidly in recent years and many see expanding their strategies into IoT as a natural extension that will allow them to capitalise on an even broader opportunity.

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How ‘Hemline Theory’ explains recent trends in machine-to-machine communications

(Blog) September 4, 2014 — Could PKI become fashionably late? It’s often said that information technology is actually a fashion industry, says Nick Booth. Trends come in, lose their flavour in the course of a season and get ditched for something newer and racier. But they never quite disappear. Then 10 years later, they’ll suddenly

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