How the IEEE 802.15.4 standards are benefiting IoT deployments and smart cities in India

IEEE 802.15.4™ is a global standard for developers of smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In the past, developers, service providers and end users had the dilemma of interoperability for communication layer implementation. To address this issue and take advantage of IEEE 802.15.4, now they have a globally accepted option.

IEEE 802.15.4 was developed to enable low-data-rate applications that require years of battery life,...

By Amarjeet Kumar, 25 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Why should cellular IoT be different to other technology rollouts?

For generations, technology adoption has developed in a consistent manner:

  • A product is introduced.
  • Early adopters pay a premium to be first to use it.
  • More of the market sees the value and pays a high price for access to the technology.
  • The product hits mainstream, enabling manufacturers to lower the price, due to high volume sales.

It was that way with the first PCs, the first VCRs, the first cell phones, you name it.

It’s ultimately a matter of supply and demand. The more people want the technology, the lower it can be priced.

Along comes the Internet of Things,...

By Ilan Reingold, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Silicon Labs deploys the first Bluetooth Mesh solution for IoT developers

Just days after we reported on the announcement of Bluetooth Mesh, Silicon Labs has become the first to introduce a comprehensive suite of software and hardware which supports the new specification.

As we noted in our previous article, Bluetooth Mesh has all the right ingredients to enable Bluetooth to become a key wireless standard due to its low-power, ubiquitousness, and now with extended...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

Bluetooth ups its IoT cred with mesh networking

In the ongoing fight to become a dominant wireless standard for the IoT, an update to Bluetooth has provided mesh networking capabilities.

"By adding support for mesh networking, the Bluetooth member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish," said Mark Powell, executive director for Bluetooth SIG, Inc. "In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of 

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

The next generation of cellular IoT networks – where to begin?

In the ongoing push to establish the next generation of cellular IoT networks, the remaining key question is: Which technology should be rolled out first – CAT-M1, offering a quicker time-to-market, or CAT-NB1, providing a simpler and more cost-efficient service?

In the U.S. – the first market to see these new technologies deployed – Verizon and AT&T appear to have opted for the time-to-market...

By Ilan Reingold, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Visa argues how ‘things paying for things’ are driving commerce trends

More than 80% of Americans have a ‘strong’ interest in using connected devices to make purchases but are concerned around data and security, according to a new study from Visa.

The research, conducted alongside PYMENTS.com and titled ‘How We Will Pay’, aimed to find out payments preferences of Americans, specific behavioural patterns, buying habits and shopping preferences related to connected commerce. Visa described the trend as 'IoT and Things Paying For Things'.

75% of the...

By IoT News, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Three questions every citizen needs to ask about smart cities

Smartness is a constant endeavour for humanity. The word has been in use for far too long. Now that phones have become smarter, and with the prevalence of the Internet of Things, we are moving ahead with smarter cars, refrigerators and appliances, among many others on the consumer end, as well as smarter manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, and many more on the industrial end. The list is exhaustive.

According to the UN, in 2014, 54% of the world’s population lived in urban areas – a proportion...

By Ripal Vyas, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities, Standards.

Volansys becomes latest firm to join ZigBee Alliance

VOLANSYS has announced it has joined the ZigBee Alliance to expand its position within the latter’s ecosystem.

VOLANSYS allows OEMs and device manufacturers to employ connected products based on ZigBee technology using its latest solutions like HomeBridge, Modular IoT Gateway, Modular Edge Network Platform. The membership with the ZigBee Alliance enables VOLANSYS to provide the latest ZigBee - and dotdot-powered IoT gateway as well as smart products that offer meaningful IoT interoperability to its...

By IoT News, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Actility acquires Abeeway for greater IoT location services

Actility, an IoT and M2M solutions provider, has acquired geolocation system specialist Abeeway with the aim to provide a best in class portfolio of IoT location services to support service providers and solution vendors across a wide range of industry sectors.

Abeeway, already a market leader in tracking devices, offers on-demand geolocation, movement alerts or geofencing that use GPS signals to determine their location, but energy-efficient LoRaWAN communication to pass that location to a tracking...

By IoT News, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

The fall and rise of cellular IoT: A guide

Traditionally, the greatest rises tend to precipitate the hardest falls. However, we occasionally encounter a situation where a fall is essential to advancing the greatest of rises.

The case of cellular IoT provides us with such a scenario.

According to recent projections, we can expect to see cellular IoT grow to some 2.4 billion connections by 2025, the majority of which will be in the automotive space, closely followed by security and utilities...

By Ilan Reingold, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.