Open Interconnect Consortium aims to consolidate standards efforts for IoT

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The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is furthering interoperability and alignment on standardisation for the IoT with the acquisition of the assets of the UPnP Forum. The development is set to simplify and consolidate the work on technology and infrastructure at both organisations.

Open Interconnect Consortium executive director Mike Richmond said: “UPnP Forum pioneered the networking software protocols fundamental to today's Smart Home.”

The move is also set to...

By IoT News, 25 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Intelligent gateways set to become standard for bridging device networks

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A new VDC Research report indicates that the market for IoT and intelligent gateway hardware will grow fast through to 2019.

With solution providers and manufacturers pushing more intelligence to the network edge for new connected services and applications, the IoT and intelligent gateway hardware market will see strong growth over the forecast period.

Gateways are becoming a standard component to deliver end-to-end IoT solutions and mitigate the complexities of emerging wireless...

By IoT News, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Bluetooth IoT roadmap for 2016 unveiled, greater speeds and range promised

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In order to ensure the relevance of Bluetooth in the IoT, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has planned a number of enhancements as part of its 2016 technology roadmap, including longer range, higher speeds, and mesh networking.

The improvements are being put in place in order to cater to the demands of industries such as smart home, industrial automation, location-based services and smart infrastructure. Products such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) are already being used on...

By IoT News, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Kevin Ashton: Why SaaS will shift to ‘service as software’

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Kevin Ashton, considered the father of IoT, has predicted that software-as-a-service will shift to service-as-software instead, with service and software growing interrelated in different ways.

Ashton spoke at the ServiceMax European Customer Conference, saying that the transition to service-as-software will result in both self-diagnosing and predictive service. He was a keynote speaker at the 2015 MaxLive Europe conference,...

By IoT News, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

M2M retail sector analysed in latest industry research

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A report from Research and Markets has assessed the retail sector for machine to machine (M2M) communications and argues the market for wirelessly connected point of sale (POS) and multi-space parking meters are among the most advanced aspects in the space.

According to Berg Insight, the number of cellular M2M connections in the retail industry will rise to 44.3 million by 2019, up from 23.1 million in 2014 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9%.

Wireless M2M communication...

By IoT News, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Opinion: Freevolt could be the wireless charging breakthrough the IoT needs

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Lord Drayson, CEO and Chairman of Drayson Technologies, introduced a new wireless charging technology earlier today called 'Freevolt' which could solve the battery issues faced by a lot of wireless devices which make up the Internet of Things. 

Freevolt turns ambient radio frequency (RF) waves into usable power for low-consumption devices which means some devices will never...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

OneM2M standard for IoT validated at interoperability event

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In order to assess the interoperability and end-to-end functionality of the oneM2M Release 1 Specifications, 29 organisations and companies tested their equipment together at the headquarters of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Sophia-Antipolis, France.

ETSI and TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea) co-hosted the event, backed by the European Commission. oneM2M is a global standards initiative for Machine to Machine (M2M) and the...

By IoT News, 25 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Luxembourg rolls out SIGFOX nationwide IoT network

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Global connectivity provider SIGFOX, in conjunction with partners POST Luxembourg and RMS.lu, has announced Luxembourg is the eighth country to deploy its nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network.

The Benelux nation, with a population of just over 500,000, follows Portugal, Belgium and Denmark, where plans were announced earlier this year. The network already operates in France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

SIGFOX claims its ultra narrow band (UNB) technology, alongside...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

AT&T forms Smart Cities Organisation for citywide IoT

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Telecom giant AT&T is expanding its focus on IoT for cities with its new dedicated Smart Cities Organisation.

The new initiative is similar to the firm's connected car organisation, but focused on creating innovative and disruptive IoT-based solutions for cities instead of cars. AT&T is already engaged in delivering IoT to solve community challenges like street lights, water systems and utility meters.

The firm is working current private and public smart city...

By IoT News, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.