How IoT and collaboration are transforming the mobile communications industry

Despite its name, Mobile World Congress is about so much more than mobile handsets. Now in its 31st year, MWC retains its title as the biggest event in the telecoms calendar, yet it has undergone an astounding transformation from mobile tradeshow to technology behemoth.

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Intertrust grows investor base in a push to expand its IoT products and services

Intertrust Technologies Corporation has announced that it has grown its investor base as part of an expansion of its products and services supporting the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Bytesnap predicts big things in 2017 for home automation, LTE-M, and Industry 4.0

Yes, it’s already that time of year when every analyst turns into Mystic Meg and tries to predict the year ahead. How many of them in 2015 foresaw Brexit or President Trump? Answer me that, says Jeremy Cowan. Well, here’s the firstof 2016/17, courtesy of the team at embedded systems consultancy, ByteSnap Design.

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VR Headset sales grow faster than expected as awareness grows and content improves

Global sales of dedicated virtual reality (VR) headsets will grow to 21 million units by 2020 — a tenfold increase over 2016.

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Driving virtual interactions with new science park hub

A new virtual/augmented reality hub to drive technology has been launched by two PhD students at Liverpool Science Park. This innovative technology sector is projected to be worth $150 billion by 2020.

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The good news is that the IoT has a new spirit of co-operation …

The bad news, says Nick Booth, is that this could create an opportunity for the Internet of Fiends.

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The top three of MWC… Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and 5G

In the run up to Mobile World Congress the predictions were coming in thick and fast. So who was right? We take a look at the top three trending topics that stood out at the biggest MWC event yet.

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Zuckerberg, 5G, handsets and brands overtake wearables in Twitter rankings at Mobile World Congress 2016

The international public relations company, Hotwire has issued statistics on the most tweeted about brands and topics (using #MWC2016) at last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The total number of #MWC2016 comments on Twitter came to 405,132.

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Microsoft to kickstart consumer smart glasses market from 2017, boosting shipments to over 12 million by 2020

A study by Juniper Research shows that over 12 million consumer smart glasses will ship in 2020, with the majority of growth occurring after 2017. This is compared to less than a million devices shipped in 2016, from a variety of vendors.

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Chief IoT Officers, enterprise wearables, an LPWA casualty, and virtual reality to get real in 2016

IoT Now salutes the industry pundits who are avoiding safe predictions for 2016. Machina Research is one that states, “there is little point in doing these kinds of predictions if you’re not going to be outspoken and take a few risks.”

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Allen Proithis to lead SIGFOX’s IoT expansion in North America

SIGFOX, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, has announced that mobile-telecom industry veteran Allen Proithis will head the company’s expansion in North America, including deployment of the SIGFOX network in 10 major U.S. metropolitan areas by Q1 2016.

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Never mind Fibre to the Kerb, Powerline WiFi range extender kit carries it up the stairs

PRODUCT REVIEW: If you have high ‘net dependency proto-adults (let’s call them teenagers) at home you may recognise this conversation, says Jeremy Cowan. It starts with an expression close to bereavement.

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Smart watches in-use to reach over 100m by 2019, Juniper Research finds

A new report by Juniper Research has forecast that more than 100 milion smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness.

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This Week: Apple Watch, cyberwar, Gartner mansions, Rhino bracelets and wearable tech pays

You never now what’s coming next in this business. Jeremy Cowan’s week in the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has included wearable tech for payments, Ralph Lauren shirts, Apple Watches, global cyberwarfare, and the size of the average Gartner’s gaff.

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Wearable band shipments rocket by 684%, but are privacy and fashion issues still slowing adoption?

According to the latest device shipment estimates, the wearable band market grew 684% worldwide in the first half of 2014 compared with the first half of 2013. If true that’s impressive growth, writes Jeremy Cowan, but wearable technology could see even bigger growth if it wasn’t for key concerns around fashion and privacy.

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Smart contact lenses? It’s time to think how wearable technologies will impact on your business

Blog. April 24, 2014 — Google has a patent pending for a contact lens with a micro camera and sensors embedded on the surface, controlled by blinking. The patent application reveals that the smart lenses will be able to take photos, process data related to them and carry out tasks based on that processed data.

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