Nokia, Vodafone and Telit team up to expand ecosystem using NB-IoT technology

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Nokia, Vodafone and wireless technology provider Telit are entering a partnership to expand the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem using Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) technology, the companies have announced.

Using the radio access network and elements from the Cloud Packet Core solution, Nokia deployed a fully integrated NB-IoT system at Vodafone's Open Lab in Dusseldorf, Germany. The system uses the IoT technology from Telit and will be used by the firms to expand the IoT ecosystem.

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By IoT Tech, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

The data management implications of the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

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The recently published Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Automated Vehicles Policy provides regulatory guidelines for autonomous – or self driving – vehicle development. While autonomous technologies have been rapidly advancing in recent years, regulatory laws had not kept pace.  This policy resolves the regulatory uncertainty and provides a clear roadmap for deploying autonomous vehicles on public...

By Kieran Maloney, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

EEMBC announces new benchmark to target IoT security functions

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The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, EEMBC, has announced a new benchmark to ensure optimum efficiency of security implementations in IoT devices.

Currently at a development stage within the EEMBC’s IoT Security working group, the benchmark is said to provide an industry-created and standardised tool for application developers to quickly, accurately, and equitably compare the performance and energy efficiency of security solutions targeted at IoT end-point...

By IoT Tech, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Sigfox claims to develop world’s first ultra-low cost IoT communication modules

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Sigfox, a provider of global communication solution powering the IoT, with its ecosystem of partners, have produced what is claimed to be the first ultra-low cost IoT communication modules.

These modules significantly reduce the cost barrier, with modules up to twenty times cheaper than LTE cellular modules and five times cheaper than the closest competing technologies. In order to lower the cost barrier, Sigfox and its partners optimised every feature of the design and...

By IoT Tech, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Skyworks promises world’s most efficient front end solutions for IoT applications

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US-based semiconductor manufacturer Skyworks Solutions has introduced a suite of new high performance, fully integrated front-end modules for the rapidly expanding IoT market. These modules are the first in a series of solutions powering multimode operation for next generation Bluetooth, Thread and ZigBee wireless networking protocols.

The modules are at their best when paired with System on a Chip (SoC) platforms, the company argues, providing efficient wireless solution, maximising...

By IoT Tech, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

LEEDARSON becomes latest firm to join ZigBee Alliance board of directors

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LEEDARSON, a China-based connected lighting and smart home provider, has joined the non-profit ZigBee Alliance at the promoter level as well as accepting a seat on its board of directors.

Kellen Yang, sales director from LEEDARSON, said: “This is a crucial time as the relevant wireless standards emerge as vital to proliferation of the IoT market, and organisations behind them like the ZigBee Alliance wisely move to consolidate in a strategic direction for the good of the...

By IoT Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Semtech and ZTE launch IoT demonstration base dedicated to LoRa technology

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Semiconductor provider Semtech Corporation has partnered with Chinese telco ZTE to officially launch the latter’s first Internet of Things (IoT) demonstration base dedicated to LoRa Technology in Nanjing.

The CLAA IoT Demonstration Base allows IoT solution providers to deploy and test their applications over a low power, wide area network (LPWAN). ZTE plans to deploy over 30 commercial demonstration bases across China by the end of 2016.

The initiative is the result of a cooperative...

By IoT Tech, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

IoT, big data, fog computing, and how the work of today can shape tomorrow

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The future technological landscape will, according to the experts, be one where driverless vehicles zoom around and cater to passengers’ whims, just one of billions of connected devices. But how can a vision for 2030 be relevant to today’s needs?

Doug Zuckerman is conference chair of the IEEE Technology Time Machine, taking place later this month in San Diego. The conference covers as its key areas big data, brain – how technology can...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Standards.

Tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM form Partnership on AI

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The world's biggest advancements often come from talented individuals putting their minds together with a common goal. Today's giants of tech started with humble beginnings – such as in a garage or dorm room – but are now brimming with talent looking for the next big thing. 

A collective of the world's biggest technology pioneers has joined forces in a historic...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

Netclearance releases mBeaconVend, aims to give vending machines IoT boost

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The humble vending machine, like so many other big, dumb machines, is ripe for disruption through Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Coca-Cola is leading the revolution, putting connected technologies in its machines to gauge temperatures, assess stock levels, and work out what brands are most popular. Indeed, according to a TechWeek Europe article last year, connecting a vending machine...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

How the eSIM can help turn the IoT from incredible potential to a reality

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It’s predicted that by 2020 there will be 11.6 billion mobile devices, according to Huawei, connected by over 500 mobile network operators (MNO) worldwide.

With this growth in connectivity fuelled by trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), attention is switching to the hardware and whether it is capable of meeting demand. In addition, as connected devices get smaller with...

By Emmanuel Legros, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

The rise of LTE Cat 1 for IoT: Sequans and MultiTech latest to debut products

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Sequans Communications and MultiTech’s latest product launches give rise to a growing trend; the continued emergence of LTE Cat 1 platforms for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Sequans Communications has signed an agreement with T-Mobile to provide its Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset platform which will be used by the latter’s machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) customers, while MultiTech Systems has launched a 4G-LTE Cat 1 version of its award-winning...

By IoT Tech, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Huawei becomes latest company to join ZigBee Alliance

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Chinese tech giant Huawei has joined the ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association for open, global standards for low-powered wireless IoT devices, as a promoter. The company has also accepted a spot on its board of directors.

The Shenzhen-headquartered company's solutions are deployed by 45 of the global top 50 telecom operators. Its ICT solutions, services and products are used in over 170 regions and countries, supporting communication for over a third of the global...

By IoT Tech, 31 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

ISO and IEC approve OASIS consortium’s MQTT Internet of Things standard

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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have approved for release the foundational Internet of Things (IoT) standard, known as MQTT, developed by the OASIS consortium.

The MQTT classifies an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport protocol. MQTT is ideal for IoT applications where resources such as battery power and bandwidth are at a premium.

The Joint Technical Committee on Information...

By IoT Tech, 12 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

SOMFY joins ZigBee Alliance board of directors

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SOMFY, a company which operates in the home and commercial automation space, has joined the ZigBee Alliance at the promoter level and on the board of directors.

The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT).

SOMFY develops, manufactures and distributes products in 58 countries across five continents. SOMFY offers a number of motorised solutions,...

By IoT Tech, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation to collaborate on connected home adoption

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With a view to further cross-application interoperability and device connectivity in the connected home, the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) have inked a liaison agreement.

Both organisations – which share many member companies – will collaborate to ensure compatibility of OCF's application layer with Thread's low-power, secure and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer.

Thread Group president, Grant Erickson, said: “Thread Group members...

By IoT Tech, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Double standards: ABI Research argues importance of 3GPP IoT for radio node units

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ABI Research argues that the new 3GPP IoT standards will comprise over 50% of cellular IoT radio node unit shipments by 2021. Of the new standards, NB-IoT (NarrowBand-IoT) will account for over 70% of Release 13 shipments and more than one third of all cellular IoT shipments. This value or figure is much more than legacy M2M or the current Cat-1 standard.

Nick Marshall, Research Director at ABI Research, said: “While some in the industry view the new 3GPP standards as...

By IoT Tech, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Netherlands beats South Korea to the punch in rolling out nationwide IoT network

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It was a close run contest – but the Netherlands beat South Korea to announcing a nationwide network for the Internet of Things (IoT) by four days.

On June 30, KPN announced the deployment of a network based on the LoRa standard, which went live in November 2015 in Rotterdam and The Hague, with a rapid rollout beginning in early 2016, while on July 4 SK Telecom unveiled its grand plans for a nationwide LPWAN (low power wide area network) LoRa IoT network.

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By James Bourne, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

The future of IoT is open and bright – but plenty still needs to be done from here

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The concept of the connected home and IoT (Internet of Things) has exploded into the public consciousness as few technologies have before. The number of households with some form of smart home system is set to surpass 100 million worldwide by the end of 2015 and nearly triple in the next ten years’ time to over 300 million.

Such is the speed of growth - and certainly the hype - that it is no surprise the current early adopter market is fragmented at best, with a slew of...

By Thomas Rockmann, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.