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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

October 17, 2016

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they want to add services and increase the value of their offerings. The latter idea generally wins out and the concept also applies to satellite providers like ORBCOMM. I recently sat down to talk about the company with Sue Rutherford, VP of Marketing and we discussed how the organization has evolved by adding transportation management expertise through acquisitions.

The goal of the company is to become a solutions service provider, covering all parts of the IoT ecosystem.

Iridium Doubles-Down on IoT Support, Faster Connections

September 27, 2016

“If you have a coverage map, you aren’t global,” said Tim Last, VP & GM M2M Business at Iridium when I asked why the company’s M2M/IoT business was growing so fast. The company’s customers span most major markets such as enterprise, industrial, government, maritime, aviation, fleet management, asset tracking, environment and Cathodic protection or pipelines. The company’s satellite–based solutions help industries that have global assets which need tracking.

He also showed me the new Iridium Edge (coming soon), a solution which is like a fixed-site telemetry device – it can be used for secondary connectivity to back up cellular.

IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers

September 26, 2016

Business travelers get the idea of the single SIM card which allows global connectivity at reasonable pricing. I’ve written about companies like Gigsky, Xcom and Truphone before – providers of such SIM solutions which work across a number of global carriers.

In the IoT space, the need is just as great – in fact, you might say it’s even greater. I say this because, when there is a potential glitch with a universal SIM solution which could happen occasionally, due to configuration errors and the like, a user can always revert to a local SIM or even their home SIM with roaming turned on.

MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions

September 26, 2016

For anyone who worked with PCs during the 1980s they remember MultiTech as a major player in the world of modems. In a world where tech companies are acquired or go out of business seemingly faster than it takes the light from the screen you’re reading to reach your eyes, this company has innovated and stayed in essentially the same business they have always been in, helping machines communicate with one another.

As the company continues to grow in what we now call the M2M or IoT space, I sat down with Sara Brown from the company to learn about the company’s IoT SocketModem Cell for 4G-LTE Cat 1.  Allowing upload speeds of 5 Mbps and download of up to 10 Mbps, it’s designed for 2G replacement as well as use in solar devices or others where power is scarce.

Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

September 25, 2016

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed China to get the most intimate secrets of virtually all federal employees – tens of millions of them. As I’ve described – this information, which is super top-secret and consists of sexual history could be used to blackmail U.S. workers.

Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.

If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

AT&T Drives IoT Growth via Channel Partners

March 23, 2016

With predictions about IoT devices numbering in the billions and revolutionizing every market from medical to industrial, a simple question remains. How will all these devices and solutions get sold? Who will deploy them, connect them, harness the data they emit in order to allow businesses to become more productive and efficient?

Consider that estimates put the number of public and private companies in the US at more than 27 million and over 115 million worldwide.

DMI's Shows End-to-End Mobility Solutions at MWC16

March 3, 2016

At Mobile World Congress (MWC16), the event’s tagline was “Mobile is Everything,” and I’m on record stating that the phone part of the show is becoming irrelevant as there isn’t any money to be made in handsets anymore unless you happen to have an HQ in Cupertino, California.

Even though the handset may have become less important from a profit perspective, it is still a pivotal part of the digital transformation I mentioned as  a major trend at the show.

DMI, bills itself as the first end-to-end mobility company and in my meeting with Magnus Jern, Alika Nagpaul and Tim Wagner, they told me how their organization helps companies – not just carriers, from customer acquisition to a full mobility strategy.

They really do provide a lot of services – holistically handling all the common pain points a company has, as it looks to make mobile a larger part of its focus.

Amazon Echo now Integrates with Telzio Cloud Phone

March 2, 2016

Want to access Amazon Echo's Alexa via your phone? Well, the good news is it's as simple as dialing *0 on a Telzio IP phone and voila, you're connected. Telzio is a provider of cloud-based HD-quality business phone systems which recently announced Hollywood marketing agent BOND as a customer.

What sorts of things can you do with this integration? You can have Alexa tell you a joke, purchase items or even change your thermostat settings - if you have your home automation system linked with the Echo.

“The Amazon Echo is one of the best new smart devices to hit the market in years,” said Peter Rank Schrøder, co-founder and CEO of Telzio.

Top 10 Mobile World Congress Trends #MWC16

February 29, 2016

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind event for the telecom market known as Mobile World Congress and I’m still amazed by the amount of optimism I’ve just witnessed. It would not be an exaggeration to say this level of excitement about the future of telecom hasn’t been seen since 1998. Although it has great food, the city of Barcelona has a pretty poor economy.

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