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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The Internet of Things powers healthcare anywhere

(Blog) Minnetonka, MN, USA. August 29, 2014 — Fitbits, UP bands, connected scales — so many of us (including me, says Jeff Liebl of Digi International) use wearables and devices that collect information from our bodies. The editors of Wired Magazine coined the phrase “quantified self” back in 2007.  The ability to collect and transmit

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The MVNO roll-up begins now!

(Blog) San Antonio, Texas, USA. August 26, 2014 — The Overview: Within the next week or so, there will be at least one sizable transaction in the MVNO space, with the amounts dwarfing the recent Axeda acquisition by PTC, writes Lawrence Latham. The goal of these transactions is to turn one or more of the MVNOs

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Google, Apple, Samsung…who among today’s front-runners is most likely to dominate the IoT ecosystem?

For nearly a decade industry analysts and technology enthusiasts have been discussing “Internet of Things” (IoT) and the art of the possible.  Early on it seemed like a pipe dream or a luxury only the rich could the physical world around you reacting to your unique needs and preferences to provide a contextual, relevant and

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Apple may launch NFC payments in iPhone 6, but the banks and telcos can stop smiling …

West Malling, Kent, UK. August 22, 2014 – It’s that time again. Apple is expected to make a product announcement soon and the Mac-osphere is already going into meltdown about what might be coming. Not for the first time the smartphone “smart” money is on, well, money – or embedded security and near field communications

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David & Goliath – makers aren’t concerned with waiting around for approvals

When I started writing about M2M a few years ago I liked the fact that there were no Goliaths — no 800 lb. gorillas — nobody dominated the market and determined its future. Instead it was populated by relatively small vendors that were generating a plethora of innovative applications. After a while I could see

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Internet-Servicing: how to maximise your service revenue potential

By adopting the latest Internet 4.0 technologies, machine builders and process equipment suppliers can maximise their revenues by offering new value-added services that improve their customers’ performance, says John Pritchard, Managing Director at MAC Solutions.

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Does the IoT need standards? The clue is in the name

On 31st July Machina Research published “Standards for the Internet of Things”, a report which examines existing and emerging standards for communications, connectivity, networking, service layers, data abstraction and discoverability; all elements critical for the success of the IoT. It was interesting to place this standards work in the context of our wider research on

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Are connected devices a risky business for energy providers?

Increasingly, smart devices are being connected to smart meters and other microchip-bearing pieces of energy-related apparatus. With smart home platforms such as British Gas’ Hive, German tado and Google’s Nest gaining market share, energy companies have access to valuable customer data while consumers can monitor, control and reduce energy consumption.

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Sign-of-the-times: Will the Internet-of-Things strengthen consumer connections for even the most hallowed of brands?

Way back when we first got into the M2M business, one of our most consistent predictions about where M2M would create business value (outside of traditional AVL and fleet telematics applications, of course) centered on the vending machine.

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The future of the connected home

I have a connected light bulb in my living room, says Sachin Mahajan. Whenever India plays a cricket match, it turns blue, telling me to switch on the TV and kick back.

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M2M on wheels – UBI :)

I came to Canada in 2004 and bought a car a year later, writes Sachin Mahajan of Telus. Even though I had been driving accident-free for nine years in two other countries, insurance companies here treated me as if I was a complete novice on the roads.

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Modular M2M/IoT makes sense

In a competitive environment companies need to reach the market quickly. So why go through the hassle of designing an M2M device and getting it certified?

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The story so far … Subex and T-Mobile USA both fire broadsides

In this new column, editor-in-chief Jeremy Cowan looks at the communications news that’s fit to publish, and all the rest. There’s a strong rebuttal of rumours that Subex is to be sold, and a punchy response from T-Mobile USA’s CEO to allegations by the FTC that it has crammed bogus charges onto customers’ bills.

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I’m 2.5 km below the earth’s surface … ‘Can you hear me now?’

Part of my rationale for spending money on space programmes is the number of spin-off technologies that have been created by/for the space industry… technologies that benefit all of us every single day.

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