Why the right balance between breadth and depth is key to IoT partner programme success

ABI Research’s ​“SI/VAR and Partner Program IoT Ecosystem Market Data” report, which ranked 547 companies on their IoT service capabilities in its recent analysis, has found that partner programmes and their member companies are steadily maturing in their IoT offerings while at the same time also reducing average number of members per partner programme.

Compared to the first time when ABI Research first...

By IoT News, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

New MIT research study explores spintronics for ultra-low-power microchips

A new research study from MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory claims to have potentially opened the door for ultra-low power microchips – which could be good news with regard to the Internet of Things.

The focus of the study is around spintronics – a portmanteau of spin transport electronics – which explores the intrinsic spin of an electron in terms of performance rather than its electrical charge, meaning they can retrain...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Atmosic Technologies introduces platforms to drive battery-free Internet of Things

California-based semiconductor supplier Atmosic Technologies has introduced the industry’s lowest power wireless Bluetooth 5 platforms, which comprises of the company’s inaugural M2 and M3 series, to enable IoT devices to be “forever connected, anywhere.”

Atmosic is developing solutions to enable forever battery life to tackle the effort, cost and ecological impact associated with battery maintenance...

By IoT News, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

EU puts weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G for connected cars

As the industry decides what connectivity should be used for connected cars, the EU appears to be putting its weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G.

The EU hopes the approval of technical specifications for one technology over the other will help bring the industry together.

Once there’s more certainty about what standard will be used, the industry can move forward with confidence. Manufacturers and consumers will both know their new products will be supported and not quickly defunct.

Draft proposals from the EU...

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

Twilio’s new ‘super SIM’ allows developers to confidently deploy IoT devices globally

Twilio has launched a new ‘super SIM’, built upon the company’s mobile core infrastructure, along with an expanded set of tier-one carrier relationships with Singtel, Telefonica and Three Group.

The super SIM allows developers to confidently deploy IoT devices globally via using a single API so that the company can optimise network performance on tier-one carriers based on the location the device is deployed...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Standards.

Why the next ‘uncarrier’ needs to be the automotive industry

As mobile operators speed towards 5G, automotive companies are in a race of their own. Autonomous and connected vehicle initiatives have become priorities for established and emerging players alike - Uber, Waymo, Volvo, Tesla, GM, Ford, BMW - the list goes on.

Successful connected and autonomous-vehicle strategies will require bulletproof wireless connectivity. Stakeholders in this expanding industry have stars (and dollar signs) in their eyes when they dream about where 5G and edge computing can take...

By John Reister, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Standards.

How integrated SIM will be a game changer for cellular IoT

There were numerous innovations demoed and discussed at this year’s MWC Americas. However, AT&T’s announcement with G+D and Altair of the development of the first MNO-grade integrated SIM, for deployment across cellular LPWA networks, generated particular excitement among OEMs and ODMs.

Avishay Shraga, head of security technologies for Altair, provides five reasons why IoT device manufacturers are eagerly anticipating the...

By Ilan Reingold, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

UK government launches IoT security code of practice – HP and Centrica Hive sign up

The race to standardisation in the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly when it comes to security, is a long and knotted one. Getting security baked in at the design stage is increasingly important – and it is with that goal in mind that the UK government has announced a Code of Practice around consumer IoT.

HP and Centrica Hive are the first two companies to have signed up to the agreement to help manufacturers bolster...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Standards.

How semiconductor companies are adopting IoT and AI to drive new revenue growth models

The semiconductor industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in technology.

Information provided by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reveals that global sales of semiconductors reached $40.16 billion for the month of August 2018, which was a 14.9% year-on-year increase compared to August 2017. Market research consultant Stratistics MRC has also stated that many semiconductor companies have started to adopt IoT to...

By IoT News, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Eight technologies that are changing IoT – and how they can benefit you

It’s fair to say that IoT has seen a fair few buzzwords roll through over the years, but there is a fresh batch of cutting-edge technology that will really change the way businesses and consumers alike interact. We’ve picked out eight critical areas where this change will be most marked and disruptive to the IoT networks we know today:

LPWAN

By Martin Keenan, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Arrow and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance team up for innovation lab

Arrow Electronics has teamed up with the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance to launch the Colorado Open Lab, which will be located within the company’s global headquarters in the city of Centennial in Colorado.

The Colorado Open Lab, which is an IoT engineering workspace for customer development showcase and innovation collaboration to expedite development of OEM IoT appliances and AI-enhanced applications, is supported by...

By IoT News, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

It is high time for IR sensor 2.0 – driven by the IoT

The IR sensor is a crucial component in many everyday products, ranging from medical equipment to mobile phones. But the technology is 50 years old and in serious need of an upgrade. The next generation IR sensor 2.0 for IoT will be much thinner than old sensors and cheaper to manufacture.

Today's manufacturing industry is highly dependent on sensors. Whether it is heavy industrial products or smaller consumer products – they are all more or less dependent on well-functioning sensors that control...

By Robert Ekström, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Manufacturing, Standards.

How cellular will be key to sorting the IoT standardisation wars

A new study conducted by the GSMA and InterDigital has highlighted some important transitions in the field of IoT that have started to become a reality with everyday deployment of the technology.

The report, titled ‘Mobile and the Internet of Things: Unanimity Around Fragmentation, Surprises In Connectivity And Geography’, notes that the various transitions include: the key role of the 3GPP standards-based...

By IoT News, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Verizon upgrades its Cat M network for IoT solutions

Verizon has made its Cat M network capable of providing voice access and serve applications using fixed IoT voice services, such as alarm panels with communications components, by strengthening its ability to support a wide range of IoT solutions with enhanced features.

A feature called Connected Mode Mobility (CMM) empowers mobile voice service that is being deployed at present and will be complete within the month of...

By IoT News, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Smart, connected products: How to set up a successful service paradigm

Smart, connected 'things' can report their current state and send alerts when problems appear. However, these products are still not intelligent enough to work without human participation, and a certain degree of monitoring, control, and maintenance is needed anyway, which can be an additional burden for vendors.

In such a situation, vendors can resort to independent service providers who focus on similar products from different vendors. Service organisations, in their turn, may find new opportunities...

By Boris Shiklo, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

CTIA announces Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices

Washington-based CTIA – a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the US – has created the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected IoT devices.

The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program is said to be the first of its kind to be developed in partnership with several leading wireless operators, tech firms, security experts and test labs, across the country....

By IoT News, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Opportunity knocks for chipset providers as China rethinks its cellular IoT strategy

When the new generation of Cat-M1 (LTE-M) and NB-IoT networks began rolling out, there was considerable speculation as to which markets would push forward each technology. The two largest U.S. carriers decided to prioritize Cat-M1 networks, while Chinese operators prioritized NB-IoT with its simpler and less costly technology.

At the time, Cat-M1 and NB-IoT were considered to be competing technologies. However, most mobile network operators have...

By Ilan Reingold, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Sierra Wireless launches AirLink LX40 router for IoT and enterprise use cases

Sierra Wireless has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s most compact cellular router, called AirLink LX40, for the IoT.

The router comes in two variants: LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300 Kbps downlink) for enhanced coverage and LTE Cat-4 (up to 150Mbps downlink) for higher throughput. The LX40 supports data processing at the edge and is suitable for connecting cameras, smart lockers and point-of-sale terminals, as well as industrial remote data logging and sensing equipment in indoor or...

By IoT News, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

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.