Huawei and Intel to verify 5G technologies and their degree of maturity

The telecommunications industry is maturing rapidly and is all set for commercial deployment of the fifth generation of mobile networks from end-to-end under unified 5G standards.

The latest example of Huawei looking to launch 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR)-based Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) is an apt one. To bring this to life, the Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company has formed collaboration with chipmaker Intel to verify 5G technologies and their...

By IoT News, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

MTN, Ericsson and Qualcomm complete Cat-M1 IoT test in Africa

South African telecom provider MTN, alongside Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, have announced the successful demonstration of end to end Cat-M1 capabilities, claimed to be the first in Africa.

Cellular IoT technologies, such as the Cat-M1 and their evolution into 5G, have set a solid foundation for massive IoT by reducing complexity, lowering power consumption, expanding coverage, and increasing device density. Cat-M1 allows advanced IoT applications by providing hundreds of kilobits per second in...

By IoT News, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

I am Apple, hear me roar: LTE for IoT

When I was growing up, there was a popular commercial on TV. It was an ad for financial services, and the tagline went, “When EF Hutton talks… people listen.”

I guess today, and especially given that the original EF Hutton is long gone, we’d say: “When Apple talks… people listen.”

From PCs to MP3s, smartphones to tablets, Apple has not necessarily been the first to introduce new technologies. They were neither first nor...

By Ilan Reingold, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.

China Unicom partners with Ayla Networks to deploy IoT products

Ayla Networks has announced it has signed an official strategic cooperation agreement with leading telecommunications services provider, China Unicom.

The two companies will join forces to further their respective technological prowess and effectively channel their combined resource to deliver innovative IoT products and services.

Ayla and China Unicom presented some of their ideas for future IoT joint development, including smart home, smart hotel, connected car, intelligent cold chain, artificial...

By IoT News, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

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 range. While it can be...

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.