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Recognized experts from the M2M industry share insights and views on the present and future of the Machine-to-Machine markets and technologies

De-Hyping Smart Cities

De-Hyping Smart Cities

Guest post by Jim Morrish, Director & Founder, Machina Research. There is a lot of hype around the potential for smart cities and, undoubtedly, the adoption of ‘smart cities’ initiatives is gaining pace. But much of the discussion within the industry is essentially supply-side focussed, rather than demand side focussed. Vendors will often have a slightly utopian vision of what a smart city might look like, whilst currently ‘dumb city’ residents and stakeholders often remain unconvinced. In this article we seek to begin to...
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Interview with ThingWorx at M2M Innovation World Congress 2014

Interview with ThingWorx at M2M Innovation World Congress 2014

At M2M Innovation World Congress 2014, last week, M2M World News had the opportunity to interview Andy Balousek, Director of Technical Sales at ThingWorx. M2M World News: Could you please share with us a brief description of the ThingWorx offering? Andy Balousek: Product-wise our charter is to create a platform for this explosion in connected applications, to address the need for applications in the field of the Internet of Things. Connectivity applications experience a...
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When it comes to spectrum for M2M technologies, unlicensed doesn’t mean do-as-you-please

When it comes to spectrum for M2M technologies, unlicensed doesn’t mean do-as-you-please

Guest post by Matt Hatton, Director, Machina Research.

An increasingly diverse range of access technologies are being used for the M2M connectivity which will underpin the Internet of Things.

In a recent Machina Research report¹ we examined the plethora of standards that are being used for M2M. There has been a noticeable recent expansion to the already broad range of technologies available, including Bluetooth Low Energy and a range of low power wide area (LPWA) technologies from firms such as Neul and Sigfox which...
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Seven priorities for developing smart energy devices?

Seven priorities for developing smart energy devices?

Guest post by Angus Panton, Director of Power and Communications at SQS.

There are major growth opportunities for utility companies through smart meters and smart home platforms, provided they address quality and consumer driven issues.

According to mobile phone giant, Vodafone, in its latest M2M barometer report, 20% of utilities and energy firms have now adopted smart grid and smart metering systems, and 17% have also introduced smart home and office offerings — a category that includes home automation, intelligent...
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M2M device saves the Amazon rainforest

M2M device saves the Amazon rainforest

Guest post by Eva Enanoria, LeadingQuest. The Tembe tribe, the indigenous people of Brazil, teams up with a tech start up company, Rainforest Connection to protect its rainforest from illegal logging activities, through a simple M2M device designed from old smartphones as deforestation threatens not only the Amazon. In fact it has become the second largest contributor to climate change because it produces more greenhouse gas than all the trucks, cars, airplanes and ships combined. Environmentalists believe that the best way to stop...
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Brazil Exports First M2M-enabled Aircraft for the Military

Brazil Exports First M2M-enabled Aircraft for the Military

Guest post by Eva Enanoria, LeadingQuest. Drones are one of the many applications that involves M2M communication technology today. These M2M-enabled aircrafts, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), do not have a human pilot aboard and rely mostly on onboard computers that are controlled remotely. As the concept of connected and driverless cars is gradually being adapted, pilot-less aircrafts have long been made a reality. In fact, military agencies all over the world have been using drones and other remotely controlled...
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Utilities – from risky business to smart, successful connectivity

Utilities – from risky business to smart, successful connectivity

Guest post by Angus Panton, Director of Power and Communications at software quality specialist, SQS Group Ltd.

Utilities are driving much of the action in consumer M2M – but it’s a disruptive technology for suppliers and needs careful quality control.

Players in the world of M2M communications are focusing on one of the fastest growing application sectors: energy and utilities. Consumer-based equipment such as smart meters and internet-controlled heating controls will be rolled out to possibly hundreds of millions of...
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Are M2M security solutions necessary for IoT?

Are M2M security solutions necessary for IoT?

Guest post by Eva Enanoria, LeadingQuest. As more equipment manufacturers and developers, particularly for consumer appliances, are catching up with the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) and as most of these devices become M2M connected, new technologies and solutions are beginning to emerge, further speeding up the growth of IoT and facilitating a much smoother adoption process for industries and consumer sections. We are moving into a world where everything will be connected eventually. Several reports have indicated how...
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Bluetooth Smart Beacons for the IoT

Bluetooth Smart Beacons for the IoT

Guest post by Eva Enanoria, LeadingQuest. When Wi-Fi Alliance introduced Wi-Fi Direct, a wireless network specification that supports a wide array of uses that mostly invade the Bluetooth territory, everyone thought that it was going to be the end of Bluetooth technology. As interesting at it is, the technology found ways to survive and thrive in the ever-changing world of innovation and technology. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), a non-profit organization overseeing the development of bluetooth standards, designed a new...
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Utopia or Brave New World?

Utopia or Brave New World?

Guest post by Lawrence Lundy, ICT Consultant on connected society and data-driven services at Frost & Sullivan.

The benefits of a connected society will be colossal; companies will need to win consumers trust in order to thrive in this new world.

As William Gibson, the technology writer once said: “The future is already here - it’s just not very evenly distributed.” This is true of the geographic distribution of new technologies, and it is also true of the distribution new technologies across devices. In this...
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