Don’t count out cellular. It could still win with the internet of things

Eran Eshed - Altair

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Cellular connections are expensive and the plans aren’t always conducive to connecting 1,000 devices in a go, but that is changing argues Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing & Business Development, Altair Semiconductor in this week’s podcast. Eshed makes a case for cellular as a real answer to connectivity for the internet of things, especially for industrial customers. I’m not sure I’m convinced, but he did address range issues, the cost of the modems inside devices and more.

Kevin Tofel and I also discussed what was a busy week in smart home hubs with Samsung buying SmartThings for a reported $200 million, the launch of Best Buy’s home hub (a collaboration between the retailer and a startup selling a service called Peq) and the news that Home Depot is putting its considerable muscle behind the Wink platform. We also discuss the new white Philips LED connected bulbs and their $30 price tag, which means that the price of connected bulbs is coming down. So listen up to see how Kevin views the Samsung buy of SmartThings, the thought of four home platforms and more.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing & Business Development, Altair Semiconductor

  • Kevin thinks Samsung is likely to keep SmartThings open so isn’t worried
  • Maybe the smart home can handle a few big closed systems
  • Home Depot’s push for Wink makes sense for it and the consumer
  • Cellular may be expensive, but carriers are making it much cheaper with 4G-only service
  • The industrial internet isn’t going to rely on Wi-Fi

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