Vodafone Connected Consumer 2030: How smart tech will transform our world

Vodafone held an event to celebrate the launch of a new report exploring how “smart technology will fundamentally transform our experience of the world in the next decade.”

The report, Connected Consumer 2030, was conducted by The FutureLaboratory on behalf of Vodafone.

An opening video at the start of the event highlighted the challenges we face—geopolitical tensions, climate change, strained healthcare systems, depleting resources, and more. It’s a pretty bleak...

IoMT devices in smart hospitals to exceed 7M by 2026

A study by Juniper Research suggests the number of IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) in smart hospitals will exceed seven million by 2026.

The leading research firm’s analysts expect 7.4 million IoMT devices to be deployed globally, with over 3,850 per smart hospital.

Adam Wears, Research Analyst at Juniper Research, said:

“The emergence of remote monitoring within healthcare presents an opportunity for network operators to place themselves within the...

Berg Insight: The number of remotely-monitored patients hit 45.6M in 2020

Research from Berg Insight suggests the number of remotely-monitored patients hit 45.6 million in 2020.

The IoT market research giant analysed the growing number of patients enrolled in mHealth care programs where connected devices were used as part of the regimen.

Adoption is currently being driven by sleep therapy, diabetes monitoring, and implantable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices.

ResMed and Philips are the two brands dominating the sleep therapy...

Editorial: 10 predictions for the IoT in 2022

As we begin wrapping up the year, it’s time to predict what the IoT industry will look like in 2022.

Seamlessly connected homes

“The US market has seen substantial year-over-year growth in the number of connected homes, and this is expected to continue in the years to come,” analysts from McKinsey said in a recent report.

“However, we're still far from the vision of seamlessly connected homes.”

The emergence of Thread as a widely-backed...

Turning to IoT for better patient care beyond the pandemic

We sat around a little table in my grandmother’s tiny kitchen in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. Like every morning before, her neighbor, Phil, stopped by for a cup of coffee. He walked in with his eight-pound cylinder of oxygen in tow. His silver spoon clinked the edges of his glass as he stirred his coffee. At 86-years-young, he proudly maintained a smirky sense of humor and teased us for adding three spoonfuls of sugar to our coffee. That was over 18 months ago now. It seems like life was...

Analysing one provider’s approach to the Internet of Things for healthcare

A report from Business Insider last year looked at an area described as the 'Internet of Medical Things' (IoMT). Its remit naturally focused around connectivity and IoT devices in hospitals and wider healthcare. The report argued the market would grow to an  estimated $158 billion by 2022.

Writing for this publication this time last year, Asim Rahal noted that, in spite of the positive figures, a clear disparity remains. "IoT devices both in and out of hospitals have become...

Frankfurt Airport is using IOTA to verify COVID-19 test results

Frankfurt Airport is using the IOTA DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph) to securely and privately verify the COVID-19 results of passengers.

COVID-19 is set to continue causing disruptions to our lives for the best part of this year, or potentially longer. Fortunately, technologies are emerging which are hastening the return to some form of normality.

Spending long periods under “stay-at-home” restrictions has many people craving for some extended time outside their four...

Continued investment in emerging tech can spur the NHS into the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for most organisations, large or small, and the NHS is no different. To overcome these challenges, the NHS has looked towards technology to help keep its hospitals running at capacity and continue to provide the standard of care we’ve come to expect.

Working at Vodafone, I’ve witnessed the digital transformation of the NHS first hand. During the pandemic, we worked with the NHS to increase the 4G network capacity at the temporary...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Withings raises $60m to expand into B2B connected health services

IoT device maker Withings has raised $60 million in venture capital as it sets its sights on providing B2B services.

Withings has had an interesting story so far. The company was founded in France in 2008 and went on to build some acclaimed connected health devices, including scales and smartwatches.

In 2016, Withings was acquired by Finnish giant Nokia. The Withings brand subsequently disappeared in 2017 and became Nokia Health.

Nokia Health never really took...