Before the IoT there was roaming: The importance of getting the basics right

There is no doubt that the Internet of Things (IoT) and other wearable innovations boast considerable long-term market valuations. A new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers predicts that IoT will have a US$4.5 trillion impact on the global economy, adding four percent to global GDP by 2020.

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The Internet of Pigs is set to fly

General Alert (GA), producers of sensors and monitoring technology on farms, is working with Internet of Things (IoT) company 1248 to improve the welfare of pigs, poultry and other livestock and provide early warning of transmitted diseases.

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The real benefit of IoT is wider and greater than any hype for the ‘next big thing’

Slippers that blink when the dog needs letting out. A heart rate monitor that runs the bath when you burn 100 calories. A kettle that tweets when you run out of teabags.

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The verdict post-ETS is there’s potential momentum ahead for the smart energy industry

Highlights of the recent Energy Thought Summit (ETS) held in Austin, Texas included the concepts of IT/OT convergence, utility operations and business models; plus newly available technologies designed to improve energy creation, delivery, consumption and conservation. Jacob Rodrigues Pereira, senior analyst, Smart Utility Infrastructure at IHS reports.

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Compatibility and energy consumption are the keys to new smart home solutions

From new wireless solutions to intelligent door intercoms for the existing telephone system and wine refrigerators that can be monitored using an app, innovative smart home products were one of the highlights at CeBIT 2015.

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Securing the Identity of Things (IDoT) for the Internet of Things

In its recent report, The Identity of Things (IDoT) for the Internet of Things, Gartner lays out how it believes the Internet of Things (IoT), or what is often now referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), cannot and will not prosper unless organisations knuckle down and come to grips with how to manage

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New sensor technologies will take wearables from hype to commercial success, says IDTechEx

There will be over 3 billion sensors in wearable technology devices by 2025, with more than 30% being emerging sensors types, says James Hayward of IDTechEx. This is one of the main conclusions from the company’s latest market research report, Wearable Sensors, 2015 – 2015.

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We must settle consumer fears about the Security of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already revolutionising consumers’ lives. Smart meters and thermostats are reducing energy bills, and wearable tech is helping to make us healthier. But for IoT to truly take off, Sean Lorenz at LogMeIn believes the industry needs to allay consumer fears about security.

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A security checklist to protect sensitive customer and user data in the Internet of Things

(Blog): With the recent release of the FTC report on IoT device security, now is the time to start evaluating the security of devices, says Don Schleede of Digi International. This includes how they are manufactured. 

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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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Is the IoT the Internet of Threat?

The IoT is set to revolutionise the way we communicate with each other and the companies we buy from, with everything from refrigerators to cars to be linked through the Internet. But the security threat needs to be addressed to make sure customers are protected.

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Satellite M2M and Big Data reassure ship owners facing piracy, theft and long logistics chains

We take for granted that we live in a connected world as we read tweets from the International Space Station, ponder the first driverless cars and expect WiFi in airplanes.

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Five reasons the ‘Maker Movement’ will drive the Internet of Things

(Blog) June 30, 2014 — Making things is cool again! Looking into retail, big chains are out and homemade kitsch is in. In the gaming realm MineCraft and several thousand ‘build your own’ game clones are sweeping the internet. 

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IoT: It’s Déjà vu Time

I’m old enough to have been writing about cellular data shortly before the Internet bubble burst 14 years ago.  There was a lot of nonsense being sprouted at that time.  Fridges would have GSM connectivity and tell you when you had run out of milk.  Does that sound familiar? Nokia and other mobile phone vendors

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Can your toaster help solve a major hurdle to M2M’s success?

No, I haven’t “lost my marbles” and the title of this blog is actually not a joke. It stems from an interesting article (can’t find it online = sorry) in a recent issue of MacLife, where Rik Myslewski suggested exactly that. While the idea does sound a bit wacky, it may have some merit.

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How ‘free’ is free WiFi anyway?

March 12, 2014 (Blog) — OK, in my most recent guest post here on M2M Now, I may have creeped you out on how a trendy neighbourhood in Toronto was keeping a pretty close eye on all of its visitors. Although I grew up in Toronto, I haven’t been to that area in a long

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