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 members...

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.

A guide to how lithium batteries can bring remote wireless power to the IIoT

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Advanced primary lithium batteries will support the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by enabling remote wireless devices to operate maintenance-free for up to 40 years.

Wireless connectivity is key to permitting greater convergence and interoperability between ‘smart’ devices that will soon be connected to the burgeoning IIoT.

Closely tied to the development of low-power communications protocols such as ZigBee, WirelessHART, and LoRa, remote wireless...

By Sol Jacobs, 30 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Development, IIoT, IoT, Standards.

Sensing the opportunities with next-generation IoT beacon technology

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Beacons have so far been a slow-burn technology. It was back in 2009 when SIG announced Bluetooth version 4.0, which included Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the basis of beacon technology although it took another four years to become mainstream. This came in 2013 with Apple announcing iBeacons at its developer conference. Android standardisation took longer, and it was not until July 2015 that Google released Eddystone. Google is however constantly expanding its capabilities, the most...

By Jonathan Duffy, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

IBM collaborating with Cisco for IoT analytics

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IBM is collaborating with Cisco to provide customers with IBM’s Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco’s edge analytics capabilities.

Certain businesses are unable to benefit from the interconnectivity of devices and sensors, which generate real-time data, and the storage capacity of cloud computing. This is on account of their presence in remote and autonomous locations. However, the new IBM and Cisco partnership aims to change this.

Mala Anand,...

By IoT News, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.