The ‘First Receiver’ concept. Part 2: The enabling architecture

The first receiver concept is predicated on the ability to leverage — to the hilt — the value of IoT data and it’s being enabled by an event-driven, publish and subscribe deployment architecture that takes what’s technologically possible and makes it practical.

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What is the ‘First Receiver’ concept? Is it the ultimate IoT deliverable? Part 1

IoT is progressing faster than many could have imagined so we shouldn’t be surprised when it throws up a new term. I came across the “first receiver” when reviewing a book titled “The Future of IoT” that outlined and then explained the concept in detail, but it took a while before the penny finally dropped.

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Contextual-aware driving behaviour: What is it?

The traditional way to assess driving behaviour is to combine quantifiable events such as acceleration, braking, swerving, cornering, etc. with data on the vehicle’s location. That’s the way usage-based insurance operates, says Bob Emmerson, a freelance writer and telecoms industry observer.

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Book review: The Future of IoT

This is a big book: 256 pages, 77,000 words. It’s sub-titled “Leveraging the shift to a data centric world” and it targets the executives and senior managers of both enterprise organisations and technology companies.

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An IoT epiphany

I’ve been reading and writing about Moore’s law for many years: it’s been driving the IoT evolution and it continues to progress exponentially, rather than the gradual or linear way of earlier technology developments.

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Book review: The Outcome Economy

This is a review of a timely publication sub-titled “How the Industrial Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business”, written by Joe Barkai, a consultant, speaker, author and blogger. It’s timely because while the business case for the IIoT is compelling, all too often it is overlaid with noise, buzzwords and tired clichés.

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Machines as an IoT service

IoT solutions for the industrial manufacturers will typically employ services such as remote management, OTA software updates, preventative and predictive maintenance as well as the ability to integrate operational information with the company’s enterprise systems.

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A pan-European response to cybercrime is critical

Cybercrime has become a well-financed global industry. Cybercriminals are very resourceful: they are increasingly operating as syndicates, conducting research and buying services from each other. In addition, says technology writer Bob Emmerson, threat surfaces are growing in line with the billions of connected users and devices.

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There’s a fragmented choice of wireless technologies for low power, wide area IoT

The telecom industry is good at generating confusion, says freelance IoT and communications writer, Bob Emmerson. LTE Cat-1 services are being launched in the States but not NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1 is the official term), which only arrives in 2018.

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RPMA technology coming to Europe in 2017

RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) LPWAN (low power wide area network) technology was designed from the bottom up to optimise wide area connectivity for Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things (M2M and IoT) devices.

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An IT-centric view of the IoT

An earlier blog titled “Don’t leave it to IT” focused on the need for a clear, defined strategy, something that has to come from C-level management, writes Bob Emmerson, freelance writer and IoT industry observer.

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Software-defined WLANs do IoT

At the beginning of the decade the mobile enterprise was a hot topic, writes Bob Emmerson. Mobilising applications and processes had and still have the proven ability to: boost productivity by capturing data at source; enable the delivery of enhanced services,

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Don’t leave it to IT – Part 2

Part One of this article focused on the need for a clear, defined strategy when adopting an IoT system, which is something that has to come from C-level management. The early role of IT is to ensure that the appropriate technology and architecture decisions are made.

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Don’t leave it to IT – Part 1

There was a time when I could focus on and write about a key technology development like wireless data for a few years and then, when the Internet bubble burst, move on for a few more years to Voice over IP followed by Unified Communications.

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CEO lifts the lid on EE merger in his book ‘The 4G Mobile Revolution’

A book written by Olaf Swantee, the former CEO of EE “reveals the lessons to take away from the merger of Orange and T-Mobile that led The 4G Mobile Revolution.”

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Companies don’t make things

Companies don’t make “things”: that is not how most companies view their manufacturing activities. They make products, which is why I prefer the term “Internet of Smart Connected Products”, even though it is a bit of a mouthful.

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