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Netsnapper Brings SD-WAN to IoT and IIoT

October 9, 2017

Many M2M devices need to be securely and persistently connected over a variety of transports such as satellite, WiFi, LTE, etc. Increased persistence can increase pressure on security as the longer devices are connected, the greater the chance of them getting hacked. In addition, staying on all the time means a larger battery drain.

One company, Netsnapper thinks they have the solution to these problems.

Accelerite Brings IoT to Non-Developers

October 8, 2017

At this pint we have all heard endless times IoT will be a multibillion dollar market, hundreds of billions of devices will permeate our world and the flood of data produced by myriad sensors and gizmos will need to be crunched and evaluated endlessly. Society will be better off as a result because farms will use less water, thermostats will reduce power usage and we’ll be able to apply this technology to save our rainforests and even endangered animals.

How will all this be accomplished if we don’t have millions more programmers who are proficient in IoT programming? To learn more, we sat down for a face-to-face interview with Kumar Thangamuthu, Product Management at Accelerite.

BSNL and Aeris Accelerate IoT Adoption in India

October 3, 2017

The IoT opportunity is quite immense and no part of the world will remain untouched. If the technology can be embedded in rhinoceros horns and trees in the Amazon, there is no place it won't go.

Case in point, as we reported recently, BSNL and Aeris have joined forces to jointly tap the IoT market in India. Some of the areas of focus for this joint initiative include improving supply chain efficiency, enhancing customer experience, tracking and monitoring assets, improving logistics and empowering smart cities.

“As a leading Indian telecom player, BSNL has taken many steps to leverage technology to launch new services in line with the changing needs of our customers,” said Shri Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL.

Summa Networks Lets Smaller Carriers Compete with Large Telcos in IoT

October 3, 2017

Javier Martin, CTO of Summa Networks tells me his company’s next-generation HSS and HLR based on NFV and SDN allows providers to compete with large telecoms to take advantage of smart services. MVNOs and other carriers can just activate profiles to go from 3G to 4G he explained.

The multi-tenant system allows for operation in the cloud and is compliant with 3GPP Release 12. In addition, there are new functions dedicated to IoT and the licensing cost is quite attractive.

Comtech Boosts Location and Analytics in IoT

October 2, 2017

Telecommunication’s big differentiator in the IoT space has to do with its Location Studio IoT. The company has been a leader in the space for decades thanks to its acquisition of TCS – a company who also was a leader in indoor LBS going back to our earliest meetings with the company in the nineties.

Fast-forward to 2017 and location is becoming crucial for numerous applications on cell phones but also for asset tracking, customer service and numerous other applications being developed.

We had a chance to discuss the company’s vision with Jay Whitehurst (above) and Fred Servais (below) who mentioned the company’s SDK has the following features:

  • Small memory footprint
  • Power-efficient
  • Utilizes small message size
  • Works with NB-IoT and LoRa
  • OS-agnostic
  • Cloud-based
  • Provides a positioning response
  • Flexible pricing models
  • Accuracy
  • Can use assisted GPS
  • Optimizes for battery life

The way the system works is to send whatever information the device has available to it and Comtech uses the cloud to determine where the device is located.

Airline Outage, The Cost of IT Downtime and how AIOps Can Help

September 28, 2017

Estimates of an hour of downtime are as high as $500,000 per hour but in some cases the cost can be far, far greater. Today's Airline outage affected Amadeus Altea software used by 125 airlines and appeared to also have hit some online check-ins.

Business Continuity is crucial for all companies - not just airlines. But airlines are interesting because the damages quite often can be measured quickly. For passengers with delayed or cancelled flights - the penalty could be as high as 510 British Pounds or $685 per passenger.

If we assume 2,000 flights faced this penalty and 200 people were affected per flight, the damages could be 2,000*200*$685 or $274 million dollars.

Interestingly, this would mean if the problem was solved quickly, potentially a quarter of a million dollars could be saved.

AT&T Connected Health Foundry Celebrates Success

September 23, 2017

Earlier today we discussed how some years back IMS provided a platform for carriers to roll out applications. The industry discussed the concept for a number of years – magazines, associations and events sprung up to support carrier efforts but the market never happened the way anyone thought it would. This was in-part because Apple rolled out an App Store and then Google followed and developers didn’t need to work with carriers. It was much faster to integrate with the hardware in the hands of the consumer.

C by GE Sol: Would You Buy a $200 GE Lamp?

September 18, 2017

Some time back we were fortunate enough to attend a breakfast meeting with Jack Welch in Stamford Connecticut. At the time, the Palm 7 was all the rage to give you an idea of how far back we're going in time.

Jack said two things which stood out in our minds.
  • A Palm 7 uses as much energy as a refrigerator when you take into account the servers it accesses
  • Chinese light bulb competition is brutal
On this second point, GE has turned to Apple's playbook of vertical integration to get around the problem of commoditization of their market. Instead of fighting the no-name brands head-on, the company has gone upmarket and sells a $200 C by GE Sol Lamp which includes the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

Yes, you can assemble something similar by buying an Echo Dot from Amazon and some Philips Hue lights but this misses the point of the elegant simplicity of the Sol which is a piece of art in and of itself.

This new lamp C by GE Sol is part of the GE Lighting portfolio and was designed by Richard Clarkson. It not only works with voice commands but also via an iOS and Android app.

Here are some other features of this lamp:

  • Five Different White Lights: From crisp energizing light to help you stay alert in the office to soft, relaxing light to help you unwind in the family room, Sol has five white tunable light options for your control.

MultiTech Continues IoT Leadership in LPWA and Security

September 12, 2017

One of the longest-running companies in the connectivity business, MultiTech has stepped up their IoT leadership. Specifically, in the world of LPWA. At MWC Americas the company demoed NB-IoT with T-Mobile. Company spokesperson Sarah Brown told me in an in-person interview that this is the first demo of its kind in the US.

TMC Partners with MWC and CTIA on Enterprise IoT Event

July 28, 2017

We are approaching the 20th IoT Evolution event and TMC and Crossfire Media keep working hard to improve the event, show after show. Thanks to many people like you who have given us positive comments on our efforts, we've been able to grow each event and find new conference areas of focus which tie in with IoT.

We've decided that its important to expand our reach even more and work with others to continue our goal of objectively educating the industry about the Internet of Things.

As a result, TMC and Crossfire will be launching Enterprise Implementations Summit at the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership with CTIA.

As the name implies - the focus here will be on implementation of IoT in the Enterprise - an areas which IoT Evolution has become an acknowledged expert in.

So why did we do it? The bottom line is we are passionate about spreading the word about how IoT is transforming business... This event allows us work with Mobile World Congress and CTIA to educate even more people and help the market grow even more quickly which is a win for all involved.

We are looking forward to meeting with the tens of thousands of people expected at this event and welcome your input.

There are various speaking opportunities available for IoT Evolution’s Enterprise Implementation Summit.

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