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April 21, 2016

We need to stop thinking about the Internet of Things as a thing

In the last few weeks, the author found himself several times talking with people about the “Internet of Things Market”. The fact is that there really is no such thing. IoT is a way of thinking about the use of remote monitoring and management of devices to achieve a particular goal. As such it exists within a technology environment that includes things like crowd-sourced data, enterprise [...]

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March 15, 2016

MWC is a conference you should not miss if you are in IoT

Every year Machina Research’s analysts are out in force at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year’s event marked an important milestone as attendance surpassed 100,000 for the first time. MWC is now a showcase for a much wider ecosystem of operators, technology players, service professionals, developers and customers. In particular it has become a critical talking shop for all [...]

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September 22, 2015

3GPP’s new NB-IOT standard adds much needed choice to M2M landscape

Last week saw one of the year 2015’s most far-reaching developments in M2M connectivity, as 3GPP’s plenary meeting in Phoenix, Arizona reached a decision on the standardization of a new “NarrowBand IoT” (NB-IOT) technology. It means that there is now a common standard for rolling out and operating cellular-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, to be included already in 3GPP Release [...]

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June 24, 2015

The global M2M market is set to reach 27 billion connections in 2024, generating US$1.6 trillion in revenue

Every year Machina Research takes a snapshot from its M2M Forecast Database to look at the current state of the M2M market and expectations for how the market will grow over the next 10 years.

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June 19, 2015

The role of Smartphones in connected car and driver services

The vision of M2M services in the connected car is both compelling and reasonably well understood. The OnStar service, launched by GM as long ago as 1996, has provided a template for communication services for both car and driver that has proven both stable and capable of extension.

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May 29, 2015

IoT promises to disrupt a lot of existing industries

At the Stream IoT conference in April, the author spent some time discussing the impact that IoT might have on existing industries and business processes. During that session I hypothesised that IoT has the potential to substantially disrupt the capitalist system as we know it. In much of the research on the Internet of Things, the focus has been on the incremental value provided by [...]

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April 20, 2015

Will the global IoT market opportunity reach US$4.3 trillion by 2024?

Machina Research predicts that the IoT market opportunity will be worth US$4.3 trillion in 2024. That would position it amongst the top five largest national economies, surpassing such giants as Germany, Brazil and the UK. It will undoubtedly be a contributing factor to many developing economies and industries. But is the figure too high? With global IT spending at nearly US$3.8 trillion [...]

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March 16, 2015

Smart Streetlights are the drivers of the Smart City

Margaret Ranken, principal analyst, Machina Research

Last month’s article from Machina Research looked at the potential for connected lighting to incorporate sensors that will help drive a range of new smart services in buildings. Connected street lighting has the potential to play a similar role in Smart Cities. As part of our new Smart City Research Stream, Machina Research has [...]

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February 16, 2015

Connected lighting – the new killer application in IoT?

Emil Berthelsen – Principal Analyst, Machina Research

Facility Managers are open to innovations that will help them to reduce costs and add value to their customers. One such innovation may come from the providers of connected lighting services who have started to respond to the decline of a very traditional industry.

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January 12, 2015

The highlights of CES 2015: IoT dominates the show, but we’re not there yet

Matt Hatton, Founder & CEO, Machina Research

At CES in 2011 a former colleague of the author quizzed me on why we had set up a research and advisory firm to look specifically at IoT and M2M. At the time the show was dominated by tablets, smartphones and 3D technology. By CES 2015 the situation had changed dramatically: everything at the show was about the Internet of Things. [...]

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