Altair Semiconductor: On the Sony acquisition and sustainable IoT

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MWC It is safe to say that the critical buzz around chip and LTE technology provider Altair Semiconductor has rarely been higher. Three weeks after the news broke that Altair was to be acquired by Sony for upwards of $212m (£148m), Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP marketing at Altair, sees it as the “ultimate validation” of Altair’s 10 year vision.

“It’s not just the value of an acquisition,”...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Open Interconnect Consortium aims to help developers with IoT toolkit

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The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) has launched a new developer toolkit in order to further standardise the Internet of Things (IoT) and help organisations take advantage of its potential.

The updated developer tool offering comes with a new resource model tool, known as oneIoTa, which facilitates rapid downloading of OIC resource models for utilisation in development. It contains both OIC and UPnP Forum resource models in both JSON and RAML formats.

The update also includes the API...

By IoT News, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Security guidelines for the IoT published by GSMA

The GSMA, an official body which represents telecom companies, has published guidelines today which aim to ensure the secure deployment of IoT services and devices. Developed in consultation with the mobile industry, ‘The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines’ will help to boost growth of this exciting sector. 

“As billions of devices become connected in the Internet of Things, offering innovative and interconnected new services, the possibility of potential vulnerabilities...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Standards.

New Wi-Fi standard aims to bring more power to the Internet of Things

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced Wi-Fi HaLow, a new standard for products incorporating IEE 802.11 technology aimed at reaching the full potential of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The new Wi-Fi HaLow designation, announced at the CES show earlier this week, will apply for low-power Wi-Fi solutions operating below the one gigahertz range, offering longer power connectivity and longer range. It will enable various power-efficiency use cases in connected cars, smart homes, digital...

By IoT News, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Afero platform aims to bring more connectivity and security to IoT

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A new platform called Afero has been unveiled in Los Altos in California, aiming to bring greater connectivity and security to the Internet of Things within and outside the home.

Afero was introduced by a number of industry veterans from Nest, Apple and Google, while at its helm is Joe Britt, a former Engineering Director of Google Android and a co-founder of Danger, which made the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone.

The team behind Afero has been working almost two years to develop a...

By IoT News, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Asia-Pacific governments play key role in realising IoT's potential

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The Asia-Pacific region is seeing a substantial rise in the growth of the IoT industry and it is set to impact technology, economics, and politics. A Business Insider Intelligence report has anticipated the number of internet-connected devices will rise from 10 billion devices at present, to 35 billion by 2020. The report adds that investment in IoT solutions will total close to $6 trillion...

By IoT News, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

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 result...

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.