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 News, 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 News, 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 News, 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 News, 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...

By IoT News, 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 News, 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.

For the...

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.