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StaffAlerter Adds Personal Alerting Device for Enhanced Safety

March 4, 2019

Instant communication is becoming more important in business, schools, municipalities and the federal government. After 9/11 this became more apparent than ever and school shootings and other emergencies have only reinforced the need.

Yet most schools and cities haven't solved the problem. Why? Perhaps because they don't know what company to turn to. 

Layoffs at Telit, an Annual Event?

February 28, 2019



Sources tell us IoT company Telit has laid off 38 people. We have reached out to the company for details and did not immediately hear back. One person affected by the layoffs says this move has affected morale within the organization - obviously, not for the better.

This seems to be an annual event as last year, around the exact same time the company laid off 100 people in India and the U.S.

This news should not have any effect on the real or perceived growth of the IoT space.

IoT Evolution took place earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and the optimism level on the show floor and in conferences was very high.







The Case for Edge Computing gets Stronger as IIC and OpenFog Unite

February 20, 2019

Edge computing has a very bright future - it is absolutely inevitable.

If you are unconvinced, we invite you to read until the end.

For the sake of this post - we will use edge and fog computing interchangeably. This is becoming a less controversial position based on a recent exclusive interview with Chuck Byers, OpenFog CTO.



The OpenFog Consortium announced at an IoT Evolution Expo keynote in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month, that their merger with the Industrial Internet Consortium or IIC was finalized. Both Carl Ford and Ken Briodagh with IoT Evolution have interesting insights on this merger, as does Matt Vasey, Chairman and President of OpenFog Consortium.

Suffice it to say, this combining of resources makes a great deal of sense as it helps the adoption of edge/fog computing. Here are some of the benefits and issues of fog-computing and OpenFog contributions.

Latency

Chuck discussed that apps should run in the cloud if possible but there are often impediments.













Pareteum on What iPass Merger Means

February 18, 2019

We told you last year Pareteum wants to let carriers and companies quickly integrate global mobile services. They abstract the communications companies and users need, allowing a focus on applications and services, not the underlying network.

To that end, last year, Pareteum procured a worldwide license to embed iPass technology as part of its connectivity strategy.

You may recall, in 2008 we were pretty impressed with how iPass helped create a communications skin first discussed by the head of Bell Labs. Specifically, they allowed a single login and password to access a network of global WiFi devices.

Now, the two companies are involved in M&A meaning the best of both companies can be harnessed by customers worldwide.

In an exclusive interview, CEO Vic Bozzo explained, Vic said, "Wireless is eating everything. Demand is growing and carriers can't keep up." He continued, "Pareteum provides flexible, elastic, cloud-based management of all of these streams of communications."

Our most recent video interview with Vic Bozzo


With iPass, they get a top-notch connectivity manager allowing customers to toggle easily between wireless and WiFi. In addition, they get access to 65 million global hotspots and over 500 Fortune 1,000 customers.

"Customers can now connect anywhere and everywhere," he exclaimed.

He went on to explain, companies are taking advantage of their open APIs to take advantage of more flexible communications and the smart-city space is beginning to heat up as a customer segment.

It's a great story with impressive synergies - a further abstraction of communications, allowing companies and developers to focus on solutions and apps, while ensuring connectivity is handled in the most efficient manner.


















Can't Miss at ITEXPO Jan 29-Feb 1st in Florida

January 8, 2019

Thanks to your feedback, we have been building ITEXPO into the most comprehensive business tech event around focusing on communications and IT.



First off, besides the ITEXPO Conference Program, here are some of the collocated events you should be aware of

Asterisk World: This is the business event behind the most popular open-communications solutions in the world. Come learn about the entire open-source/Linux communications ecosystem in a single place.

The Blockchain Event: The one place you need to be to learn about the future of distributed ledger and smart contact technology. Smart contacts could be the hidden gem in this tech as they can allow truly decentralized marketplaces to perform trust-based transactions. In other words - a smart contract could act as an intelligent agent - paying one party from another based upon preset conditions.

MSP Expo: Companies are more frequently turning to MSPs - especially as the war for tech talent heats up.









At IoT Evolution See Cisco, Google, Nokia and What Matters

January 8, 2019

IoT Evolution Expo returns to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jan 29-Feb 1st, 2019 with an amazing agenda.

Attendees tell us they love this event because it has all the right players to learn about the present and future of the market.



To get a sense of what it will be like - we encourage you to read our recent interviews with some of the speakers.

Randy Van Buren, Solutions Engineer, Nokia will be a panelist in the “5G General Session - Keeping Connected: From 5G to Zigbee."

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

What will be some key points you plan to hit in your session?
Key points for my session will be implementation of identity of networks, data access paths, endpoint credentials as well as subscription / accounting are now opened up from the legacy cellular world of being defined by carriers toward the IT-perspective of letting an enterprise, application, and manufactured determining the option that suits their definition. The carriers will be required to provide the flexibility of provisioning, mapping, and freeform storage, transport, as well as billing.

What new insights can attendees expect to take home from your session?
Insights to be gained will be the pressure on carriers to move away from traditional SIM cards and their associated infrastructure toward eSIM and other forms of trust sources that are software-based instead of soldered into hardware.

One of our great keynoters is Ricardo Prada, UX Director at Google, where he directs broad, multidisciplinary teams of scientists and designers, adapting future technologies to human needs and capabilities. 











Dispersive Networks Hopes to Be the Future of Secure Networking

October 30, 2018

The December 2015 Ukraine power grid cyberattack was the first successful attack on a power grid and this event gave rise to Dispersive Networks.

According to Wikipedia, the attack was complex consisting of the following steps:



  • Prior compromise of corporate networks using spear-phishing emails with BlackEnergy malware;
  • Seizing SCADA under control, remotely switching substations off;
  • disabling/destroying IT infrastructure components (uninterruptible power suppliesmodems, RTUs, commutators);
  • Destruction of files stored on servers and workstations with the KillDisk malware;
  • Denial-of-Service attack on call-center to deny consumers up-to-date information on the blackout.

In total, up to 73 MWh of electricity was not supplied (or 0.015% of daily electricity consumption in the Ukraine).

Cyber attacks on the energy distribution companies took place during an ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war and is attributed to a Russian advanced persistent threat group known as "Sandworm".

If there is any good news that emerged as a result, it was people trying to find ways to prevent such attacks in the future. 



In an exclusive interview with Ed Wood, CEO at Dispersive Networks we learned how his company took the knowledge of this attack and used it as the basis of their technology which uses tech principles from telecom like spread-spectrum to take networking to the next level.





Pareteum Lets Carriers and Companies Quickly Integrate Global Mobile Services

September 11, 2018

Abstraction in tech adds value. Look no further than portable document format or PDF for an abstraction format for documents that revolutionized the way they were shared and printed. Before PDF, lots of energy was spent on installing printer drivers, exporting and importing documents - and quite often, retyping.

The packet network is an abstraction in the simplest sense - we send packets and they generally arrive at their destination, taking numerous possible routes.

The cloud is yet another abstraction - an amazing one... We save our files and run our applications without worrying about where the hard drives are - or the processors, memory, disaster recovery, etc.

Telecom has seen tremendous abstraction take place over the decades.





New Rev.io REST API Helps Carriers Reduce Leakage, Improve ROI

May 15, 2018

Revenue leakage among carriers is close to a billion dollars and as new services come on line, the complexity of managing various plans increases, potentially allowing for lost sales and profits.

To deal with these and other problems carriers face, Rev.io is working hard to produce new solutions for communications service providers or CSPs.



In an exclusive interview with Evan Rice, VP of Sales & Marketing, he explained the company has recently released its new REST API which is lighter weight than SOAP. The new developer portal allows test calls, an interactive developer portal and sample code in various languages.

Rev.io's new REST API gives clients and partners access to their usage-rating, metered billing, customer data, and inventory catalog via easy to implement integrations. The company hopes to expand partnerships and has encouraged other companies to utilize the REST API to create integrations with their monetization engine.

The new API Development Portal combined with an API-first architecture will allow Communications and IoT service providers to have an improved developer experience. Rev.io clients will be able to fully integrate with proprietary or partner systems, access a library of documentation, and enjoy the quality and usability improvements gained by moving from a SOAP API to a REST API.










FracTEL Advances Conference Call Security

April 30, 2018



Citing the common theft of conference call pin codes in places like political campaigns, Michael Crown, President of FracTEL told us in an exclusive interview, his company's SKRUM solution announced at ITEXPO earlier this year, securely calls participants instead of relying on them to enter pin codes. He said, "Conference calls are expensive." He continued, "At the end, nothing happens. Calls aren't actionable."

This is why FracTEL is focusing on changing this. At the conclusion of a call, they perform recording and transcript analysis.



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