Sat, Jan

Internet of Things

  • BT and M2M specialist Neul have joined a consortium of companies to build a city-wide M2M network in England, with the two businesses installing a network of base stations across Milton Keynes.

  • Handset manufacturer BlackBerry is using its QNX technology to build a public application platform that supports the Internet of Things.

  • The value of the M2M module market is set to almost double during the next four years, thanks to a shift towards 3G technology, according to a new report.

  • UK infrastructure company Arqiva and cellular connectivity provider Sigfox are building a dedicated internet of things networks, initially targeting 10 cities across the UK.

  • The healthcare sector is increasingly looking to M2M technology to transform how it operates, with Europe set to be the second biggest market by 2023.

  • UK regulator Ofcom is looking at spectrum sharing and repurposing bandwidth to cope with the expected boom in data usage across mobile devices and M2M.

  • Operators need to be technology agnostic in order to take advantage of the burgeoning M2M market by offering partners the right kinds of services.

  • Jasper Wireless and Telit-owned ILS Technology have extended their partnership in a bid to remove the technical risks and complexity operators face in offering IoT-based services to the enterprise market.

  • The increasing maturity of the M2M market can sometimes have unexpected consequences. One delegate at Thursday’s M2M World Congress in London, joked that the standard of the slides and presentations have certainly improved in the years he has been working in the sector.

  • M2M hardware company Queclink and data management business RacoWireless have teamed up to produce a development kit for those looking to explore the Internet of Things.

  • Cisco, IBM and Intel are among the companies who have co-founded a group aiming to drive standards and adoption of the Internet of Things.

  • Wireless Logic has overhauled its M2M SIM control platform with a host of new functions, including the remote configuration of new settings onto a SIM.

  • JT and Progressive Platform have unveiled a smart tracking M2M device that combines GPS tracking, “black box”-style data recording about acceleration and cornering and a SIM card to communicate through the mobile phone network.

    The Channel Islands operator aims to provide the device as part of a managed service to the motor insurance market.

  • Jasper Wireless has launched the world's first commercial end-to-end Global SIM product after signing a technical partnership with Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).

  • Apple has launched a new Siri-based, hands-free service for consumers that enables them to use an iPhone while driving.

    According to the US-based company, a consumer can use CarPlay to access contacts, make calls or listen to voicemails by using its voice-activated Siri software.

    Siri can also read received messages, allow consumers to verbally make responses or make calls. 

  • Neul has unveiled a new M2M network solution, based on the Weightless standard, that is designed to make use of white space spectrum.
    The Weightless standard relies on white space frequencies that take unused fragments of radio spectrum and harnesses them to connect smart meters, structural-integrity sensors and other devices without needing dedicated spectrum. 
  • Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has been selected by Verizon to deploy its 4G-LTE SIM cards that are designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
    G&D’s ruggedised SIM cards are available either as removable plug-in M2M SIMs or as embedded MFF2 M2M SIMs and are designed to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, vibration or high humidity, for use in outdoor meters, automobiles, external security cameras and buoys.
  • BlackBerry has announced that its BB10 mobile OS will offer native support for Bluetooth Smart Ready, a key enabler of seamless connectivity between Bluetooth Smart devices, and could help drive consumer applications of M2M.

    Bluetooth Smart Ready (formerly known as Bluetooth Low Energy) enables devices to communicate with each other using short data transfers with low power requirements to help preserve battery life in both smartphones and Bluetooth Smart devices.

  • By Mary-Ann Russon

    Last week, Nokia unveiled a new smartphone featuring a world-first 41-megapixel camera powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip.

    However, research from IDC shows that camera resolution is far down the list of features that consumers look for when purchasing a smartphone.

    According to a survey of smartphone owners in 25 countries, camera resolution ranked 15th behind audio voice quality, battery life, device security and browsing.

  • GeoSIM has announced a new global M2M data transfer solution that enables customers to be charged a flat rate for each data message that is transmitted, no matter where in the world the device is roaming from.

    The new solution, the GeoSIM Global M2M Data System, uses Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) technology to transmit data in small packets no longer than SMS text messages to the customer’s server in only a few seconds.