Sigfox looks to the heavens
As the internet of things grows to encompass many more “things,” so are the number of wireless ways to connect them. Wi-Fi,…
Neck and neck with Sprint
T-Mobile’s customer growth spurt continued into the normally busy holiday season in 2014 as it added 2.1 million new connections to its…
Kore Wireless, one of the biggest independent players in internet-of-things connectivity, is buying competitor RacoWireless. Combined, the two will manage 3 million cellular connections linking everything from farm equipment to bagged ice machines.
Intel’s venture capital arm has doled out the first tranche of its latest big Chinese fund, with some interesting investees on its roster.
Sigfox’s dedicated wireless network for the internet of things will debut in the U.S. in the next few months. The low-power, low-bandwidth network is optimized for the expected explosion of smart sensors, appliances and wearables.
The French startup, which has developed wireless technology to let everyday objects send out tiny chunks of data at low power and low cost, wants to build on existing network rollouts in France, Spain, the Netherlands and Russia.
IBM and AT&T are teaming up to share and analyze smart city and utility data so municipalities can react to traffic incidences,…
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay, Ericsson’s Vish Nandlall describes the transformation of the mobile network.
Craig Foster is an Analyst for Gigaom Research and the co-founder of Valour Consultancy, a U.K. based provider of market intelligence relating…
The UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced an industry pilot of the long-range broadband and M2M technology later this year, in order to make sure everything works properly ahead of a likely national deployment next year.
The Weightless SIG claims the new standard will allow for ultra-low-power transmissions at long-range and at a cheap manufacturing cost. If true, that would make the technology ideal for M2M communications.
M2M outfit Jasper is investing in Tekelec’s policy server technology, which means it will be able to prioritize the traffic of certain machines over others. Why? Not all “things” in the internet of things are created equal.
Sierra is exiting the mobile hotspot and dongle business so it can concentrate on the growing machine-to-machine market and embedded connectivity.
Looking to get a connected car without buying a new vehicle? A small module with GPS and cellular radio that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostic port may be the answer. Moj.io is just that and includes 8 useful apps to add smarts to your car.
M2M is huge, and power everything from point-of-sale machines and ER devices to much of the Big Data revolution. But all that is in danger, says John Horn of RACO Wireless, if we don’t patch two major holes.
ARM, Neul and CSR have joined hands with Cable & Wireless Worldwide to push adoption of the Weightless wireless standard. Meanwhile, ARM and Neul are also backing an internet-of-things accelerator program, with the help of Unilever and Raspberry Pi.
Family member locator apps will grow into a big business as tracking services gravitate from specialized devices to the smartphone, according to Berg Insight. Sixteen million people use a GPS or cellular tracking service today, but smartphones will drive that number to 70 million in 2016.
T-Mobile will soon have nearly 1 million new wireless connections on its network, but they won’t be smartphones. T-Mobile is linking its 2G network to hundreds of thousands of ice machines – that’s right, those refrigerated boxes outside of grocery stores and gas stations containing bagged ice.
There are more than 5 billion mobile subscribers in the world, and new growth is coming from Asia and Latin America, according to data out on Thursday from Wireless Intelligence, which ranked the top 20 mobile operators by subscribers. U.S. carriers are way down the list.
The number of total wireless connected devices is expected to more than double from 9 billion today to more than 24 billion in 2020, according to the GSMA. That growth will be paced by connected devices which are expected to double to 12 billion by 2020.
Tablets and e-readers and connected electric meters … oh my! As device makers embed broadband into more gadgets, and consumer demand for ubiquitous broadband skyrockets, operators are realizing they aren’t in Kansas anymore and traditional financial metrics and ways of running their businesses won’t cut it.
Macheen, a company that wants to build a broadband cloud that can provide device makers and retailers with connectivity, has signed a deal with Sprint to deliver 3G service in the U.S. It is now working with Dell in the U.S. and Germany.
The undercover smart grid player Digi International is about to get a lot less undercover. On Wednesday, telco giant AT&T said it has partnered with Digi to offer home and building energy applications for the 13 million smart meters that connect to AT&T’s wireless network.
The nation’s top two carriers managed to add 3.4 million new subscribers in the second quarter of 2011 in an almost-saturated mobile market. For that, they should thank your car, your iPad and whatever other connected device you might have floating around.
Ford is working on a technology that enables cars to talk to each other, and could help cars avoid crashes and reduce fuel consumption. The technology won’t be available at least for another 5 years or so and is based on WiFi and GPS.
The world the added 196 million mobile subscribers during the fourth quarter of last year, a record amount. The growth is positive for operators, but they are already looking ahead to ensure that when everyone has a cell phone their sales keep trending up.
Connected devices were the top source of revenue growth for mobile operators last year, but without new pricing plans, that growth could stall, according to data released today by Chetan Sharma. And so far AT&T is on a tear when it comes to M2M growth.
Connected tablets will certainly show off the capabilities of the 4G deployed by operators, but the big profits will come from elsewhere. For example? Your medicine cabinet, where a new bill bottle cap sends 20 kilobytes of data per day while costing $15 per month.
Sprint is adding another M2M, or machine to machine, device on its 3G network: the BodyMedia armband will capture workout data and shoot it to the cloud. This new “Internet of Things” approach for devices is expected to generate nearly 300 million data subscriptions by 2015.
The GSMA, the organization representing most of the world’s mobile operators, today changed its rules to allow for a programmable SIM card much like we described Apple building with Gemalto a few weeks back. It’s expected devices with remote-activated SIMs to be available by 2012.
Major carriers must overcome the ceiling under which they now find themselves and the growth of their businesses. Solutions lie not in voice-centric mobile devices, but with new non-phone, data-consuming devices like tablets, e-readers and machine-to-machine technology like digital picture frames, personal navigation devices and more.
The underpinnings are already being laid for an Internet of things that will bring connectivity to everything from consumer electronics to pets. But a wide variety of challenges from privacy to platforms, must be met as we move toward an always-on, always-connected society.
Mobile penetration in the U.S. is nearing 100 percent, leading some to wonder whether we’re near a saturation point. But as connectivity expands to a wide range of devices that aren’t phones, “handset penetration” won’t really matter anyway.
Machine-to-machine services are a promising opportunity for carriers. The segment promises to boost revenues with minimal network taxation by delivering lightweight data transmissions to everything from e-readers like the Kindle to railroad cars and home appliances. For software developers and hardware manufacturers, then, the question is how to tap the new market for connected devices. How do you add connectivity to existing products, or create entirely new intelligent devices, and what kind of business model should you employ?
Operators are increasingly looking to machine-to-machine services to help offset a saturated handset market and data congestion on their networks. But the new world of M2M will require the emergence of new partnerships and business models.
Carriers’ data revenue hit $12.5 billion in the first quarter of 2010. However, they face two challenges: a saturated market and users who are boosting their consumption of data faster than carriers are boosting their data revenue. The Internet of things will help.
Last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured a flood of new connected devices catering to needs as diverse as entertainment, personal security, home energy efficiency and biometric monitoring. Each of these devices is intended to improve its owner’s quality of life — but it’s easy to imagine being surrounded by a cloud of these “helpful” personal devices, all simultaneously sounding their alarms, experiencing chaos instead of calm. We can find ways to streamline how connected objects communicate and cooperate, how they connect and stay connected to the cloud, and how they use the capabilities of the cloud to create the maximum benefit for the user. Here are a few considerations that designers working on the next generation of connected objects should ponder, to be sure that their devices create calm and not chaos.
As Google is learning the hard way, customer care is a crucial component the mobile world. And its importance will increase as connectivity extends to a wide range of devices and applications. That presents a key opportunity for carriers to bring added value to the table.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless are using the CES stage to tout M2M services such as wireless health care and connected entertainment systems. And the home will be a key focal point for such businesses as 4G networks come online.
Verizon (s vz) Wireless, nearly two years after saying it would offer its network to “any apps, any device,” is moving toward…
Seems AT&T (s t) is learning from its mistakes. The nation’s No. 2 carrier has picked up 24 licenses covering wireless spectrum…