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Exclusive Interview with Aricent's Frank Kern at MWC 2015

April 3, 2015

It’s been a few years since I've covered Aricent (2012, 2009, 2006) but as fate would have it I was fortunate enough to interview Frank Kern, CEO at MWC 2015. This is one of the companies behind many of the products we use and one you likely don’t know a great deal about. It’s owned by KKR and Sequoia and is a pure-play product innovation services company – Kern explained his they don't do IT and BPO like others in the space.

Another differentiator is the company’s core strength is connectivity and there is a great demand for such services at the moment.

Fring Alliance Aims to Become Carrier VoIP Cooperative

April 3, 2015

Fring may be one of the more interesting stories in the telecom space. The company launched one of the first VoIP apps I used on the iPhone – if not the first. They then sold to GENBAND some years later to be the core enabler of a hosted VoIP platform carriers could purchase from GENBAND and resell to their customers. In short, a simple cloud-based white-label way to compete with OTT without massive investment.

Yes, Consumers Will Buy Self-Driving Cars

April 1, 2015

Mercedes driverless car

Every technological leap requires some vision. Some more than others. In the case of self-driving cars, it seems apparent that at some point in the future, every car will be autonomous.

A Candid Talk with Ford about Connected Cars and the Future

March 4, 2015

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2015 I spoke with James Buczowski a Henry Ford Technical Fellow about the company’s connected ecosystem experiments and the future. In the booth, Ford showed connected bikes talking to connected cars and subsequently developing connected ecosystems allowing cities to direct drivers to available parking spaces, developing usage-based insurance models.

Sometime back I wrote about connecting Waze to fitness apps to allow drivers to know if a bicycle rider was around the next blind corner. I mentioned this to Buczowski who told me the DOT in the US is working to get vehicles to communicate more effectively and the V2X initiative is designed to allow better vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

Why Cradlepoint is Poised for Growth

March 2, 2015

We all know the M2M and IoT spaces are growing like crazy... Our own growing M2M Evolution and IoT Evolution shows are just a few examples of how the marketplaces are on fire as a seamlessly never-ending flow of new customers comes to each iteration of these events.

While many of the conferences in the space are doing well, I have to say the prospects for one of the players in the market - Cradlepoint might be even better. They seem to be in the right place at the right time with the right products.

The company's AER 2100 is a wired router with built-in redundancy - allowing up to two wireless modems to be activated and even a second wired connection. The device is making tremendous gains in the IoT space.

In a conversation with Ken Hosac of the company today I got to learn how security is becoming another major reason for the company's growth.

Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

October 21, 2014

Securus eResponder a Solid IoT, M2M Device

August 4, 2014

With an aging population around the world, the potential for strokes, falls and other medical problems which leave a person unable to reach help, only increases. As a result, the need for a device you wear all the time – something small and light increases as well.

This category of product in fact is likely one of the first in the M2M space otherwise known as IoT.

I recently had a chance to try out the Securus eResponder Mobile Personal Emergency Response System, a device name which apparently is designed as a filter.

How to Get AT&T to Fund Your IoT Idea

July 31, 2014

IoT and M2M developers - here is some exciting news.

It Isn't that often that you can develop something for what is supposed to be one of the largest market opportunities ever and at the same time get the support of a major telecom carrier. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention you could also get $5,000 in the process and a Samsung tablet.

Fast Pitch sponsored by AT&T takes place Wednesday, August 13, from 2pm-4pm in Las Vegas at M2M Evolution which is collocated with ITEXPO.

AT&T judges will listen to three minute pitches at booth 601. Two winners will be chosen to receive $5,000, a Samsung Tablet, and invaluable feedback from the company. There will be a judges choice winner and an audience choice winner.  

Altair Touts Single Mode LTE Success, Will Focus on IoT

February 27, 2014

Single mode LTE is has gone from evangelism mode to commercial shipments according to Altair Semiconductor as they showed me the new Verizon seven-inch Android Ellipsis Tablet which retails for $249 with no contract and only $10/month as part of your shared plan. This is the first LTE-only product according to Brendan Schaffer who tells me that by using a single-mode device you can save up to $100.

Another product, the HP 11.6 Inch Chromebook is also an LTE-only device and it costs $249 with no contract or activation or $199 with activation and no contract or $149 with a 2-year contract. You can pick this device up at Best Buy according to Schaffer who says the product really maximizes cloud-based computing, extending it beyond WiFi.

Mer Group Describes Future Innovations at MWC 2014

February 27, 2014

In many emerging markets there is a black market for money, corruption and fraud. It is for this reason that Mer Group has customized its mobile money platform and added budget managent, transfer and dedicated money solutions in addition to current features like person-to-person, payments and top-up capabilities.

One challenge for countries is by the time money gets from the governemmnt to a school for example, part or much of it is lost. To get around this challenge, Mer Group digitizes the money, then requires multiple authorizations and then the budget gets transferred more securely.

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