IoT and Big Data are working together in 3 key ways

Its 2001, Apple is readying up to launch an iconic product & experience revolutionising the portable music player industry. The product is named unconventionally, as the iPod. Steve Jobs has been intrinsically involved in the design, user experience and even the minutest detail such as the colour of the iPod … to this end they were conducting focus groups to

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M2M & The IoT: What’s the Difference?

There is no commonly accepted, precise, unambiguous definition of the IoT, which is unfortunate: it comes, in my opinion, from the complexity and breadth of the concept as well as the difficulty of combining B2B and B2C since they are related but separate developments.  This is one reason why the term becoming entangled with that

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Utility business and organisational challenges in focus at 25th annual Distributech conference

Blog: February 19, 2015 — The 25th annual Distributech conference, held earlier this month in San Diego, USA, brought together technology vendors and the utilities they serve to review new technologies available in the utilities industry. Jacob Pereira of analysts IHS reports.

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Five years out – What doesn’t matter in the Internet of Things any more?

I had a great discussion the other day on the present and future state of the IoT. Much of the discussion focused on monetisation, as it often does these days., says Dr. Scott Nelson of Logic PD. I recounted the most recent WSJ article on the IoT bubble and the author’s less than surprising advice

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Five forecasts for the new year – which connected products will make the most in 2015

After covering a number of general industry imperatives, followed by our views on enterprise traction, it is now time to focus on the topic that is most likely nearest and dearest to everybody’s heart: producing revenue. Here we’ll offer our take on the products that will either become more visible this year or follow a

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GSMA helps IoT market with best practice guidelines

Late last year, the GSMA Connected Living programme announced the availability of the ‘IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines’, which received the backing of 13 global network operators as well as a number of ecosystem partners. The Guidelines were designed to help Internet of Things (IoT) developers, service providers, communication module makers and operators negotiate the

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How big is the IoT market opportunity?

For years Machina Research has been sizing the market opportunity associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Our M2M forecasts are widely acknowledged as the most granular and rigorously researched in the business. However, we are increasingly asked about the market opportunity associated with the wider Internet of Things. For us the two things are different.

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Who wants to turn their house into a data centre?

There are a couple of new ways home owners can cash in on the M2M boom. I know which I prefer…

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Why Google and Apple want a piece of the connected car pie

Tech giants Apple and Google have created a lot of connected car noise and ‘smoke in the room’ since making their intentions known in the first quarter of 2014. Apple led the charge by announcing their new smartphone based infotainment offering, CarPlay, at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March. Google followed shortly after

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A practical approach to IoT security

IoT hit the peak of the Hype cycle recently, so according to analyst firm Gartner we are on our way down into the Valley of Disillusionment. Ish. Based on an informal polling of the blogosphere, says Dr Scott Nelson of Logic PD, security is likely to be the gravity that pulls us down the slope.

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Why ecosystems matter for the Internet of Things

Simply put no one approach has yet produced a single truly meaningful solution for IoT. It is fast becoming clear that there have been numerous ‘false dawns’ in IoT around Low Power Radio and Smart technologies. Each solution today has both advantages as well as disadvantages and many ‘single stack’ suppliers whilst singing their solution

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Business growth in M2M and IoT outstrips the global economy

The global economy is picking up, even though a dark cloud still looms over the Euro zone. The financial results that Telit and others have reported recently are very positive and there are further indications that M2M /IoT is bucking the trend. 

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Facial metrics meets job interviews and draft selection

Many people will tell you that it is what you DO not what you SAY that actually speaks volumes. They are referring to body language – like how nervous you look by motions such as shaking, lack of eye contact or many other tell-tale signs. One only has to talk to an experienced Police Investigator

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The trade-offs of HCE on mobile payment security

The recent inclusion of host card emulation, known as HCE, into Android 4.4 KitKat last year opened up the possibility of performing mobile NFC payments without using a hardware secure element. But while HCE may potentially remove some of the complexity of SIM secure element NFC payments, this is only part of the story.

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Enabling the IoT vision

The IoT should be seen as an evolutionary development, one that employs M2M communications technology. Although the IoT architecture is different, it is built on a common foundation. A key IoT requirement is the need to decouple data generation from data usage. In an M2M solution they are physically linked: they monitor one issue, a

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Wearable technology: A materials goldmine

In 2025 over US$25 billion will be spent on formulations and intermediate materials for wearable technology, as forecast by analysts IDTechEx in the brand new report Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025. Companies at this early stage of the value chain will enjoy a multiplier over the coming decade.

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