Why 450 MHz is the unsung hero of cellular IoT

In the general clamour surrounding cellular IoT connectivity, it’s easy to overlook some of those key components that may not receive the attention they deserve. One example is the 450 MHz spectrum, currently utilized for 2G and 3G networks around the world. However, as the cellular IoT ecosystem evolves, it is time to understand the potential of 450 MHz.

Around the world, legacy 2G and 3G networks at 450 MHz spectrum are being retired at an ever-increasing rate and migrating to 4G and 5G. Consequently, a significant...

By Ilan Reingold, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Ericsson and China Mobile continue IoT collaboration with recent updates

Ericsson and China Mobile have signed a cooperation agreement around the Swedish operator’s Device Connection Platform in order to strengthen the latter’s IoT goals.

The agreement, signed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai last week, is based on the strategic cooperation framework agreements which the two firms signed at MWC in Barcelona this year for the expansion of IoT opportunities in industry and enterprises.

Qiao Hui, general manager of China Mobile IoT, said: “By launching DCP, we will...

By IoT News, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best.

In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments.

“Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

IoT worldwide spending to hit $1.2 trillion by 2022, says IDC

Global spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to hit $1.2 trillion by 2022, according to the latest report from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, argues the IoT technology market offers business investment opportunities across a variety of industries and illuminated through implementations of use case.

As the diverse IoT market reaches broad-based critical mass, innovative offerings in analytics software, cloud...

By IoT News, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Battle for standardisation driving rise of LPWA network connections, research finds

Cellular and non-cellular low power wide-area (LPWA) network connections will grow globally at a CAGR of 53% until 2023, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market growth will be driven by growth in smart meters and asset trackers, with the continued battle for dominance between the primary standards, NB-IoT, CAT-M, Sigfox and LoRa, also fuelling the rise.

In 2017, smart meters and asset trackers contributed to almost three-quarters of all LPWA network connections, dominated by non-cellular LPWA...

By IoT News, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Eight key factors to consider when using IoT to drive innovation

In Chinese culture, eight is considered the luckiest number; this is because its pronunciation “ba” sounds like “fa” – the word for prosper, wealth or fortune. It is also an auspicious number for the internet of things (IoT). This is because, if you want to prosper using IoT to drive innovation, there are eight key aspects that really matter.

A modular and future-proof IoT platform

In order to make the most out of IoT, it is important to be sure that your business' IoT...

By Joe Nagy, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, Standards.

New report assesses global cellular IoT market through 2025

A new report by TMR Research looks into all possible aspects of the global cellular IoT market through 2025 – trends, market shares, market strategies, growth drivers, restraints, opportunities, regional outlook and key players.

According to the report “Cellular IoT Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017 – 2025”, Wireless area networks (WAN) will drive the growth prospects of the global market from 2017 to 2025. WAN, possible through...

By IoT News, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Live, die, repeat: The security shortcuts endangering IoT device adoption

IoT devices are repeatedly exhibiting the same flaws creating a massive vulnerable attack surface which will inevitably lead to more major attacks. We’ve already seen DDoS attacks increase 91 percent over the course of 2017 due to vulnerable deployed devices, yet estimates suggest only 9 percent of IoT vendor budgets are spent on security. This pitiful investment is leading to shortcuts and a ‘live, die, repeat’ attitude to development that...

By Andrew Tierney, 15 February 2018, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Security, Standards.

Telefónica prepares for smart cities with 5G trials in two Spanish locations

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has begun 5G trials in the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina, in partnership with Nokia and Ericsson.

The cities will be converted into ’5G living laboratories’ over the next three years for testing services, business models, and technologies relating to the upcoming mobile standard.

In Segovia, Nokia was chosen as the partner of choice for its ‘unique’ end-to-end product portfolio. In Talvera de la Reina, Ericsson was...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Gemalto wins AT&T certification for Cinterion LTE-M IoT module

Gemalto has announced it has won AT&T certification for the Cinterion LTE-M IoT module expanding cellular connectivity possibilities for solutions related to IoT.

Gemalto’s Cinterion LTE-M IoT enables highly efficient use of existing 4G networks by utilising marginal energy and IoT-optimised bandwidth. The module is suitable for IoT solutions with fixed power budgets and that do not require high data throughput such as remote monitoring and control, healthcare, security systems, POS and smart city...

By IoT News, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

CAT-M1 or NB-IoT? The polls say go for both

As the adoption of the next generation of cellular IoT networks continues, it seems no one technology will ultimately dominate.

The US, Korea and Australia have spearheaded the rollout of CAT-M1. This process is motivated by the relatively straightforward upgrade of existing CAT-1 networks, as well as voice support, lower latency and improved power consumption to address a potentially larger subset of IoT applications.

Concurrently, China and Europe have opted to begin with the simpler and ultimately lower...

By Ilan Reingold, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Global semiconductor revenue hits $419.7 billion in 2017, says Gartner

Preliminary results released by Gartner showed that global semiconductor revenue amounted to $419.7 billion in 2017, up 22% year-over-year.

The memory market, which accounted for 31% of the overall semiconductor revenue in 2017, realised revenue growth of 64% due to higher prices arising from undersupply. Samsung Electronics occupied the top position in the memory vendors list for 2017, followed by Intel, SK Hynix, Micron Technology and Qualcomm.

Andrew Norwood, research vice president at Gartner, said:...

By IoT News, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

The era of the IoT: How to make a successful entry

Today, the world is on the verge of mass introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) into everyday life and business. It is expected that its serious development is inextricably linked to the new standard of mobile communication, 5G, which is at the final stages of development and testing.

With its help, a great number of smart devices connected to the network can be managed. However, today there are devices, the technical characteristics of which allow even administrating the operation of IoT-devices even...

By Suren Arustamyan, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Why passive optical LANs are the IT backbone to future proof today’s enterprise networks

As businesses undergo digital transformations to remain competitive, they need to provide an IT backbone that is fast, secure and reliable, while exceeding growing bandwidth needs. What they are finding is that existing copper cabling cannot keep pace.

IT executives are constantly being challenged with the need for greater performance and bandwidth in their enterprise networks. The demand for more elaborate security coupled with superior scalability and reliability at lower costs is at an all time high. The...

By Dave Cunningham, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Encryption, data and government: Lessons learned from the KRACK vulnerability

The KRACK vulnerability has been one of the many highly publicised cyber security weaknesses that are more frequently making it to the front pages of news papers and websites.

KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attacks allow attackers to break the encryption that protects your traffic while traversing the air between your device and its connected wireless access point.

The recent news and subsequent publicity around the KRACK vulnerability has meant that many more people now know what WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access)...

By Dan Brown, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability disclosed: What it is and what you need to do from here

A serious weakness in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol could put almost every wirelessly connected device at risk from a security attack – with IoT-enabled devices at a major risk.

The vulnerability, known as KRACK, for ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks’, was discovered by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven, and puts doubt on the ‘four way handshake’, a method of securing Wi-Fi which has previously been mathematically proven as secure.

If a Wi-Fi network is protected, the four way...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Standards.

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.